I was very lucky as a child that I was allowed a magazine each week, or month (depending on if it was weekly or monthly). I used to be desperate for magazine morning to arrive, and couldn't wait to get home to get my head stuck in it! Here are the things that I have read over the years......
My first ever comic was The Beano! You were either a Dandy reader, or a Beano reader - and I was definitely Beano! May have been something to do with the free toffee bars on the front that I remember quite frequently?! I was such a Tomboy, so this suited me so well! And look at the price - just 14p!
I then progressed onto 'Mandy for Girls' - again, a comic but more girly!
The next magazine I got - for AGES was called Hi! But I cant find any pictures of it! It was pretty similar to 'Blue Jeans' that I progressed on to anyway. Its funny because I can actually remember this cover on this magazine, a snip at 22p! I used to like the posters you got with things like Blue Jeans, Hi! and Jackie. This one had Brother Beyond and Matt Goss, which would have certainly gone on my wall :)
They also had photo stories - remember them? I used to love them!
Which brings me on to 'My Guy' - absolutely full of cheesy photo stories about school and going out with boys! Sadly, I don't think they make these any more. Today's teens are missing out!
I then started reading Just Seventeen - which my mum wasn't very happy about as I wasn't 17!!!
Look at how young Kiefer looks here!
I then became music obsessed and got Select - which was all about Indie and alternative music, and usually came with huge posters and a free tape. A tape!! ha ha!
I think after Select, I became old enough that the free magazines stopped and I had to buy my own!
And over the adult years, I have read all sorts of things, buying at least a weekly or a monthly or two each and every month, though I didn't subscribe to anything until I moved into my own house.
I have always got to read double the amount of magazines that I buy too, as my friend Jo and I have always done magazine swaps. Jo gets Marie Claire and Glamour, which I swap with her when I've read my magazines.I'll also pick up Grazia or Company when they have it on offer for £1, which is quite often!
I dread to think the amount of money that I've spent over the years on Magazines, but as I said earlier, its my little treat, and way of escaping for a bit.
As I have worked in Fashion for 7 years, its also important for me to keep up to date with current trends and colours. When I worked for Underground Shoes in the design team, we used to get about 20 glossy fashion, alternative culture and lifestyle magazines a month. It was H E A V E N as we were allowed to take them home to read, bliss! I do miss that. I think we worked out how much getting the 20 magazines cost per month once. A lot! Many of them were imported from Japan and the States. I did keep a few of the Japanese ones as I loved them so much - Kera, which is a Gothic Lolita/Fruits magazine.
Obviously I couldn't read any of it, but the pictures were awesome.
I think I'll go and dig out my old copies when I've finished this post!
At present, I subscribe to two magazines - and they couldn't be more different from one another! Firstly, I get Easy Living which is a bit of a home/lifestyle/interiors magazine aimed at 30 somethings. They have great articles and recipes and nice home stuff and product reviews.
and the other one, as mentioned earlier is Skin Deep Tattoo Magazine. The best tattoo mag in my opinion. I love tattoos, and its all inspiration for Dolly Cool, so I count this one as business expense too!
I also like reading the YOU magazine, free with the Mail on Sunday - which my sister saves for me, and The Stylist, which is a free magazine that they give out at the train station, that Jo passes on to me.
and craft/creative magazines such as Mollie Makes.
I really could go on and on! So, you could say that I'm a bit obsessed really.
Does anyone else love reading magazines? Which ones do you like? :)