New magazine edition … additions.

Are you a maximalist or a minimalist? I think ideally I’d like to live my life maximally but surround myself with a minimum of things … it’s perhaps a tall order and a long way off, but it’s something to aim for. With the whole ‘minimal’ approach to stuff, I’ve been doing my best to not buy too many books, skirts, necklaces … well, much of anything really. All in all I think I’ve done pretty well with curbing my spending and shopping habits, especially when it comes to my weakness for printed materials …

But then, every once in a little while and despite my very best of efforts, a magazine (or two … or three) comes along to sweep me off my feet. Given that I’m more of a ‘lead with the heart than the head’ kind of person, I tend to follow my instincts. Is that an adequate justification for more magazine purchases? … I don’t honestly know, so let’s just look at my most recent lovelies instead of pondering further:

New magazine edition additions

Granted, I’ve had my eye on a couple of these magazines for a while … but they are all new additions to my household. Do you read any of these lovely publications? Or perhaps I can lead you into printed temptation too? … Here’s a little about what drew me to each:

  • Uppercase – A dog wearing a bow-tie. That was enough for me. But if you need to know a little more, it’s filled to the brim with all sorts of interesting people who are working on all sorts of creative things. It has me feeling two-thirds inspired and one-third jealous. Oh, and it’s printed on lovely matte paper.
  • Anthology – While it shares similarities with Uppercase, I think Anthology covers more of a whole-of-life angle (working, eating, travelling, decorating and gifting), whereas Uppercase is more tightly focussed on creative work pursuits. They make a nice couple I think.
  • the lab magazine – One evening while killing time at a local late-night newsagent (as you do), I spotted this magazine with Sam Rockwell on the cover. Given that I’m a little bit in love with him, it instantly drew my attention. In flicking open the cover I discovered that other intriguing folk like Vincent Cassel, Devendra Banhart, and The Kills were also included on its pages. While I can’t really explain it, I’m also a fan of slightly oversized magazines, of which this is one.

So there you have it. Three more things to own and read … just call me the girl who can’t resist a magazine. Is there anything that you find hard to resist?


  1. Lucent Imagery

    My dear, you know my love of practicing minimalism as much as possible. Except in experiences, never say no to those! But, I too was tempted by the printed kind this past month or two. I’ve indulged in House and Garden and Gourmet Traveller – French features in them, given our recent Paris trip I was drawn to more things French! I bought a fashion magazine too and upon reading it remembered why I don’t buy them more than once a year or just read them at the hairdresser! That Uppercase looks very interesting and I’m yet to read an Anthology. Mmmm.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – I do indeed know your fondness for all things minimal … and I definitely agree with you on never saying no to experiences (after all, they’re the most important thing of all to do).

      Oh the printed lovelies you’ve recently been tempted with sound wonderful … there’s always something delightful and inspiring in both your magazine choices … and understandable you were drawn to all things French in light of your recent travels! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I honestly don’t know how I used to read some trashy magazines when I was younger, I suppose my tastes are becoming more discriminating? (or perhaps just more expensive?). ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Felicity

    These are THE most gorgeous magazines that I’ve seen in the longest time and I can see why you were seduced.
    I have to stay away from bookstores at the moment as I’m on a bit of a book-buying rehab {the library is my new best friend} because I would enter a store and not be able to walk away with anything less than three tomes!

    Happy reading my friend, I hope your week is filled with lots of loveliness,

    xx Felicity

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Felicity – Aren’t they just the very best looking of magazines? (I definitely agree with you).
      Best of luck with your book-buying rehab, I hope the library is treating you to all the printed loveliness you could ever wish for! ๐Ÿ™‚ … I used to be shocking at bookstores, but now I seem to be able to ‘handle’ the book addiction a bit better.

      PS. Thanks for your well wishes, things have been busy lately … but nothing I can’t handle! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Take care and have a wonderful week.

  3. belinda/gretchenmist

    can really relate to splurging on magazines! these look like brilliant ones.
    i can control myself for the most part, but then i also go through times of wanting too many things!!
    have a great week xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Belinda – I’m so glad to hear I’m not alone on the whole ‘easily succumbs to magazine temptation’ front … It’s a constant battle for me to be honest (my poor bank account hates me most days). ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Have a lovely rest-of-the-week.

  4. Teresa

    I love Uppercase! It’s the only magazine I’ve stayed subscribed to over the years and I love seeing it arrive in my mailbox (or on my door step, which is more often the case!). It’s such a beautifully designed and printed magazine and is always packed with tonnes of creative inspiration. I did think of you and your love for bow-ties when I saw the latest cover! ๐Ÿ™‚

    For some reason, Anthology didn’t make my cut back on magazine purchases. Like yourself, I’m trying to be more minimal … but it is so very lovely! You might’ve tempted me to revisit it!

    Happy inspired reading! x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa – Uppercase has most certainly charmed me … and it wasn’t just the bow-tie doggy on the cover! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I’m not sure if I’ll buy the others again, but one can really never say never, when it comes to a magazine can they? ๐Ÿ™‚

      I made so many magazine cutbacks earlier in the year, so this has been my first indulgence since then … I hope this isn’t the start of more magazine obsessions … ๐Ÿ™‚

      PS. I know I owe you an email … it’s been a strange weekend / start to the week with me being sick … talk soon.

  5. Valerie

    I saw Anthology in Anthropologie (try saying that ten times) and was seriously tempted to buy. It’s funny. There is so much “out there” online, but beautiful printed media still has its charms.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Valerie – Oh my, that is a bit of a tongue-twister … haha! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I know what you mean about there being so much out there online, and that’s fantastic … but yes, sometimes it’s nice to feel paper beneath the fingers and have to physically turn a page! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. hila

    have you read The Gentlewoman magazine tracey? I think you’ll love it. I find it hard to resist books, naturally. I’ve been buying way too many of them lately …

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – I have read The Gentlewoman magazine … and goodness, it’s so lovely. I was so happy to find such a beautiful, intelligent magazine.

      I’ve been really good about not buying too many books, but it is always a source of temptation for me … at least you can put your addiction down to an academic requirement! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Andrew


    Looks like a grand magazine selection.

    All the best


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Andrew – Thanks so much. They are a lovely trio of magazines, the only trouble of course I found is that it’s hard to find the time to just sit and read them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Take care, and have a wonderful week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Monica {bohemian twilight}

    you’re a terrible influence on me! lol but i will pass this time. although they sound grand, i skip magazines completely, just put the cash into books. i will force myself not to research these further…. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Monica – Haha, sorry for the temptation … Putting your cash into books is equally wonderful (all good books must go to wonderful new homes). Your will power to resist magazine temptation is admirable! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Camila Faria

    I try to be as minimalistic as possible, but also can’t resist gorgeous publications. Especialy books. It’s super hard to find these awesome magazines here in Brazil, but I read them via internet. The lab magazine is a new reference, I have to check it out soon.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – As you can tell, I’m definitely with you on that inability to resist a gorgeous publication … they offer a comfort and a joy like nothing else! And yes, books are wonderful friends indeed …

      How frustrating that you can’t get all the awesome magazines in Brazil, thank goodness for the internet!
      PS. If you’re ever after anything in particular I’d be happy to send you a copy (I never hang on to my magazines, it’s better to move them on to another person to read).

  10. Selma

    I think I am possibly a member of the clutterati but what I call the ‘constructive’ clutterati. Haha. A friend of mine is a designer with minimalist tendencies and her house is full of clean lines. It is very soothing but unattainable for someone like me who always has 25 projects on the go at once, I fear. Still, a girl can dream, right?

    They look like great mags. We have a lot of music mags in our house (running a music shop as we do) but I can’t resist things like Vogue Food and Living and Gourmet Traveller. They offer such wonderfdul images and recipes, almost like the way life should be!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Selma – Haha, constructive clutterati is a very sophisticated alternative to boring old ‘clutterati’! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m with you on the minimalist dream … I do like to appreciate a clean line (or clean surface) in someone else’s home … it’s a slooooow journey for me I think (because yes, I seem to jump from one thing to the next and the next …).

      Lucky you, having music mags in the house … I used to read a lot of them! And there’s nothing quite like Vogue Food or Gourmet Traveller to inspire and help us dream of other wondrous things. Perfect day-dream material!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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