The love of magazines…sharing my favourites

I love to read.

My house is a sad visual representation of that fact – bookshelves cover every available wall, piles of books are constantly beside the bed, in my handbag and beside my desk, and there’s rarely a week that goes by without another book title coming home with me to roost. While I’ve also been an avid magazine purchaser and reader for some time, I’ve recently been drawn into exploring a wider range of titles. The only downside to this pursuit (well apart from the financial implications) is that it takes me ages to get through them all…but for me that is a happy problem to have indeed!

In comparison to books, magazines offer a completely differ art-form and provide a completely different experience to the reader / viewer. Of course being what they are there is a heavy emphasis on visual aspects. Magazines can make you feel like you’ve found a life-long friend in print, or they can open a window into a previously unknown world. I wanted to share with you some of my all-time favourite and recently purchased magazine titles (which are yet to be inducted into the dedicated, must-read list).


Firstly, the Must-Reads (also known as the never throw-aways):

  1. Frankie – I’ve loved Frankie from the very beginning. Amongst the pages I find a little bit of everything – fashion, reviews, interviews, craftiness, photography, creative inspiration and a little bit of myself. Frankie reminds me of a funny, quiet, smart, quirky cool girl who sits up the back of the classroom and who you’d instantly want to be friends with. The best thing of all she’s cool and yet not too cool to be unapproachable…
  2. Lula – I would never have thought that my major Frankie crush could be rivalled, but then Lula comes along and completely steals my heart. Lula is unique, beautiful, kooky, dreamy and 100% printed muse material. There is so much to love amongst these pages that it’s hard to put it all into words – the font, the format, the features…everything is an absolute pleasure and privilege to read and view.
  3. Real Living – I’ve had a love-hate relationship with interior design / renovation inspiration / home improvement style magazines for some time. Often I have succumbed to their beauty or fleeting inspiration only to be disappointed with what could be realistically achieved in my own home. Real Living is practical without being preachy and includes achievable ideas and inspiration for creating unique spaces in your home. This isn’t a magazine which suggests cookie-cutter solutions or generic designs, it simply presents alternatives and options which I for one had never considered before. Look out ugly house – your days are numbered!!
  4. Notebook – I’ve only been reading Notebook for three or so issues, but to be honest it only took the first read to be completely smitten. This magazine is like that old friend, sister, mother, grandmother, or wise-old soul who you warmly welcome into your life. This is a smart magazine for smart women who don’t want to waste their time on waffle. It includes recipes, craft inspiration, book releases, details of upcoming cultural events, fashion, interviews…in other words, it has comprehensive and wide-ranging content.
  5. Peppermint – I love magazines which use a wonderfully textured paper like Peppermint (thick, matt paper pages…I’m in love). What isn’t there to love about Australasia’s first eco-fashion mag? Born in Brisbane, it features a great mix of local and international content, it’s focussed on real people and real issues (no celebrity hounding or cheap gossip to be found) and it has a wonderful environmental theme without resorting to stereotypes of what it usually means to be ‘green’.

Secondly, the New-Comers (the yet-to-be-determined whether I collect):

  1. Corduroy – Until this issue Corduroy was a magazine that I’d never come across before, but for some reason I thought I might just get along well with it. It’s another magazine like Peppermint which uses wonderful matt paper and has that divine ‘nice paper’ smell. It includes short profiles of inspirational people (some well-known, and some not-so-well-known at all), some beautiful full page photographic images, long profiles and a range of fashion features…all in all this magazine is understated and elegant, and leaves me feeling like I may become a little like that just by reading it. Well a girl can dream…
  2. Dazed & Confused – Perhaps a touch too ‘arty’ and a touch too full of advertising for my usual taste, Dazed & Confused never fails to intrigue. This magazine opens up an ecletic world of bizarreness and beauty which is sometimes unbelievable, sometimes disturbing or sometimes irresistable  – but which is always interesting.
  3. Wonderland – I circled this magazine for some time before I was ultimately seduced by its glossy beauty and amazing photography. I find this magazine challenging in the very best sense of the word. It features a wide range of image-heavy content and it can always be counted on to provide some fascinating insights into some fascinating people (for instance this issue features Vivienne Westwood, Charlie Kaufman and Leonard Nimoy). Your eyes deserve to be spoilt in this way!
  4. Russh – A beautiful magazine which perfectly balances stunning fashion editorials with more attainable ‘real-world’ pieces. The people, places, products and stories that are featured are all undeniably cool, but not in a way that leaves me feeling alienated. Russh opens my eye to new worlds and new inspirations.
  5. Yen – I’ve been an ‘on-again, off-again’ buyer and reader of Yen over the years, but recently I find myself once again returning to the fold. Sometimes I found it a little ‘too cool for school’ and a little smugly self-aware of it’s own level of coolness. Now I find that either I’ve mellowed, or the magazine has lost a little of its ‘cool for the sake of being cool’ edge. Whatever the reason I find Yen to be a creatively and artistically focussed women’s magazine which still feels ‘grounded’.

Given that I’m still feeling all ‘magazine obsessed’ at the moment, I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list in coming weeks. I may also end up moving some of the ‘New-Comers’ into the ‘Must-Reads’…stay tuned.


  1. Paul

    Westwood, Kaufman and Nimoy, what a dinner party that would be. I’ll have to get that mag on the way home tonight. Your taste in everything is impeccable, Tracey.
    .-= Paul´s last blog ..“They glow unbearably bright” =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Paul – I know!! What wonderful company to spend time in…how could I resist a magazine that brings such people together… ???

      I’m so glad that I’ve lured another such as yourself to a new magazine temptation…I hope you succumb (or at the very least read the articles in the store!!)… 8)

  2. Maxine

    I love this post. I ‘appropriate’ a lot of those mags you’ve mentioned from cafe’s and waiting areas and use them to create recycled art for my blog. Though as a poet I shouldn’t admit it, I confess to reading them while I rip & paste 🙂
    .-= Maxine´s last blog ..ramblings =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Maxine – Oh thank you! So glad you enjoyed reading about the magazines I love. Magazines are so perfect for all sorts of wonderfully creative reasons…not just for reading! 8)

  3. Ricardo

    I was a magazine reading fiend back in the day. All sorts of them. News one, hipster ones, tech ones, film ones. You name it. There is something satisfying about reading the right ones. Quick, informative and engrossing. I think the internet ruined my appreciation of them .
    .-= Ricardo´s last blog ..Would Anyone Care to Guess Who This Is? =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – I’m sure magazines are somewhat addictive, there’s always another one to buy, always another edition coming out…they never, ever stop.

      I know what you mean about the internet changing this need for magazines though…now it is possible to get information from so many sources, not just from print. I go through phases of collecting them and being more than a little obsessed with them…before I get sick of all the clutter…

  4. jason

    cool! i havent been really obsessed with a magazine since spin first came out when i was 15. believe it or not, it was actually really good for 2-3 years there!
    .-= jason´s last blog ..RICHIE – CHAPTER THIRTEEN (Twitter Novel / Keitai Shosetsu) =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jason – It’s funny how obsessed you can become with magazines…I’m really hoping this phase dies down soon for me, because I really can’t justify spending so much money on magazines especially as I’ve been doing my best to stop buying so many books…it seems my reading purchases have just changed format…

  5. Kimberley

    I am the absolute same! I have a pile of magazines I’m yet to read yet I buy them – even the texture of paper alone (like Peppermint as you mention) is enough to draw me in! I am a new discoverer of Frankie, I’m buying every copy of Notebook, and find it so inspiring. I’m not sure I’d like Russh, I’m not entirely into *fashion heavy* magazines.. My collection would be beauty, notebook/pepperminty/dujour type magazines, then there’s computer/web design and movie magazines! Its really a sickness..

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kimberley – At the moment I just can’t get enough of all the delicious magazines available…just when I feel like I’ve discovered all the magazines worth discovering, I go ahead and discover some more. Oh Frankie is just the best, and I love Notebook…but you probably already know all that!! 8)

      There are some really lovely photographic editorials in Russh, and I was surprised at the affordability of some of the labels featured within…it didn’t leave me feeling like I do when I read Vogue (ie. depressed that I can’t afford anything in there, and horrified at the cost of some items). In some of the articles I just swoon with the beauty of it all…

      Oh true, movie magazines are great as well. I’ve never really explored the world of computer / web design magazines, but maybe I should!! I wish somehow that I could claim magazine purchases as a tax deduction…that would be sweet!! Or better yet, if I just had unlimited funds in the first place to buy as many as I want! 8)

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