Pretty: Smile high club...

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...

Genius!

Yours truly,
Girl With a Satchel

8 comments:

On Track said...

I adore how Elizabeth has stored her mags in that shelf, it looks great :D

x Miss Corrine x said...

That is AMAZING! I too am ridiculously addicted to magazines, and have been for many, many years - sadly, I am constantly culling my collection (after much peer pressure from the boyfriend, and before that, family!), but I always wish that I still had them because like Elizabeth, I re-read them constantly, and still get as much enjoyment from them as the day I bought them! That book room is wonderful - I will definitely have to invest in something similar, and vow to keep ALL of my glossies! :)

Leah said...

What a fantastic press release - I am looking for the book online now!

Fashion Hayley said...

I wish I had a book room, I need more room for my growing collection ASAP. I have 1 book shelf which is currently full to the brim with magazines that I have collected since I was 13. I do have to cull every now and then with pressure from my husband who hates the piles of mags that collect beside the bed and just like x miss my family used to make me cull too. The worst thing about collecting magazines is moving house. They are so heavy to move. I also lived in Japan for 1 year and had 3 FULL suitcases of magazines after the year. I sent home 1 suitcase to Aus for $200 and had to give away the other 2 suitcases full to my co-workers and friends. When I went into work with my suitcase and dumped the mags on the desk my co workers were so excited, but they couldn't believe how much money I had spent on magazines (I only gave away English mags, I kept most of my Japanese mags)

frangipani princess said...

Love the bookshelf! I can't bring myself to cull my magazines, and as a result have 50+ copies of gf, 50+ copies of dolly, as well as a years worth of teen vogue and about 20 other random titles. They're not prettily (sp?) displayed though, they're in title and chronological order in my wardrobe...

gg xx

Anonymous said...

Seriously though it IS a problem, too much buying of magazines..........I think I need some help ekk!!

Amy said...

I think id be a great idea to have a magazine swap with your readers.
We could swap all the mags that we dont want anymore for other ones. That would be awsome :)

rachel said...

*sigh* I wish I had a book room!