I have a confession to make. I'm an addict. A magazine addict, that is. My addiction is so bad that I've actually considered building extra shelves in our condo just to house my ever-growing collection. Instead, I mostly just stack them in random corners and underneath coffee tables while trying to convince myself that the hoarded piles count as interior decor.
My infatuation with magazines began at the age of 12, when I stayed home from school one day with a sore throat and fever. My mom, being the awesome mom that she is, went to the grocery store and stocked up on ingredients for chicken noodle soup as well as a small arsenal of magazines to help keep my boredom at bay. I have a crystal clear memory of opening my very first Teen magazine that day and feeling as though I'd been transported to a glittery and exciting new world: a world of celebrity quizzes, boy advice, and beauty tips. This was all very intriguing stuff to a kid who typically had her nose stuck in a Nancy Drew novel!
Of course, my taste in magazines evolved over the years. Teen remained a favorite for awhile, but was soon replaced by Seventeen and CosmoGirl. I think I was 16 or 17 when I discovered "women's magazines" like Glamour, Marie Claire and Allure, which I devoured like candy, even though my primary concern at that age was getting elected to the student council and prepping for the SATs...not the latest metallic eyeshadow trend. But that's what I loved so much about magazines. It was like peeking into someone else's impossibly fun, chic, and sophisticated life for an hour.
I think Glamour especially has done a good job of reinventing itself to remain relevant to the modern woman, and I still pick it up from time to time when I'm craving something light and fun. But these days, my taste in magazines runs more toward the likes of Real Simple, Oprah, and Body & Soul - magazines that I'm ashamed to say I used to think of as "boring old person magazines" (guess I'm officially old!).
I also love to indulge my culinary obsession with mags like Food & Wine and Bon Apétit, though Gourmet remains my favorite of the cooking publications (*tear*). Domino was a favorite for decor ideas (*another tear*), and though it's no substitute, I like the pretty spreads in Elle Decor as well. I also regularly pick up Wired, Vanity Fair, Vogue, ReadyMade, and various magazines devoted to yoga, crafts, technology, culture...you name it. After a long day, there's nothing better than settling into a hot bath with a mug of tea and my latest magazine purchase.
Not that I need to add any more fuel to my obsession, but I can't help asking: what are your favorite magazines?
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