I love getting confessional reader emails along the lines of this one from Elizabeth, a fellow glossy obsessive and the proud owner of the above gorgeous 'book room'...
"There are magazines going back to the early 1990s, though I have occasional 80s and 70s magazines – otherwise, I don’t collect “vintage”. And I regret the ones I threw away before I became serious about keeping them. They’re organised by year, with some separated piles of specific magazines (because I can). As well as the titles and subscriptions I mentioned (I subscribe directly to American Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and buy at my local newsagents British Vogue and Elle, and regularly buy first- or second-hand madison and Shop Til You Drop and others), I’ve held subscriptions in the past to Allure, Glamour and Lucky (American direct subscriptions are soooooo cheap!). I also have another bookshelf that holds my living/home/food magazines.
Honestly, I am sure I could have bought my house ten years ago with all the money I’ve spent on magazines… but then what would I put in my book room?! (I used to fib to my parents about magazines – “oh no, I didn’t buy that, I borrowed it from the library” – but of course now with all those shelves of evidence it’s pointless! They know how much I enjoy magazines – they are my one vice – a necessary one. And when bush fires threatened my suburb a couple of years ago, I honestly was in shock at the thought of abandoning my magazines (and the fuel they would provide for a fire). I re-read them all regularly!"
Elizabeth's email has the same effect on me as those Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese ads (y'know, the angels in heaven ones; I like 'em) – but rather than making me want to spread cheese all over everything, I want to make tracks for the nearest newsagent! Gimme, gimme, gimme. Clearly, I'm overdue for a Glossaholics Anonymous meeting.
I'm equally excited by a cute press release (yes, I need to get out more), like this one promoting the launch of Nicole Hopkinson's new book The Global Shopper 2 ($24.95; Hardie Grant Books, out in August – review to come!). The pack came with the book, press release, a 'Passport to Shop' promotional booklet and a pair of socks to keep my tootsies warm as I surf the web...
Girl With a Satchel