In September, I shared my thoughts on a bunch of magazines I subscribed to courtesy of all the airline miles I racked up in 2011. Where do they stand seven months later? Keep reading to find out my thoughts on W, Lucky, Self and Glamour.
Initial Impression: I wasn’t sure what it’s goal is since it seems to be an odd mix of celebrity pop culture, current events and high fashion.
Seven Months Later: Still no clue. I haven’t read a full article, and to date there has been nothing on the cover that has compeled me to crack it open. It’s large. It doesn’t fit in my mailbox and barely fits on my bookshelf. It arrives and every month I think, “Wow, I totally forgot I actually subscribed to this!”
Seven Months Later: Oh Lucky, Lucky, Lucky. I cannot count how many times I’ve shaken my head while reading this magazine. Let me jump straight to my number one pet peeve: This magazine is a way for the editors and writers of the magazine to showcase what they’re wearing, what they love and where they’re traveling. Lucky is a very self-absorbed magazine and I honestly wonder how much the editors at Lucky truly think about what their readers want.
Seven Months Later: Self is a great place to start for getting fit without totally going overboard. It has a down-to-earth attitude that doesn’t leave me feeling like I’m not doing enough when it comes to being fit. Its exercises aren’t pushy or overly complicated. Its recipes feature ingredients found in the average kitchen. One thing I do wish Self would get rid of is its fashion section, which just comes off as an add on. It feels formulalic and boring as if Self is saying, “We know we’re a women’s magazine so we know we need a fashion section, but we’re just kind of going to throw it in there.”
Seven Months Later: If this post had a subtitle it would have to be: An ode to Glamour. I think I love this magazine so much that it has replaced Elle as my absolute favorite. Glamour is honest, funny and non-pretentious. It talks about sex in a way that doesn’t make you feel awkward. It has interesting celebrity interviews that don’t focus solely on what the celebrity is eating or wearing (one of my pet peeves for celebrity interviews!). Glamour gives women a platform to tell their story in a non-judgmental/we’ve all been there kind of way. Even though it’s a magazine, I feel like it’s very interactive and I never feel left out.
Verdict & What Do You Think?
At the end of the day, I would probably drop my subscriptions to every magazine on this list except Glamour. In the coming year, I plan to subscribe to other magazines including Elle (of course), Nylon and Seventeen. As a reader, I like magazines with variety and reader engagement, so we’ll see if this new batch makes the cut.
Do you subscribe to any of these magazines? Do you agree with my assessment? Would you subscribe to any of them? Are there any magazines that I should subscribe to? Share by commenting!