I love a good magazine. As a child, I always (politely) asked my mum for the latest issue of whatever magazine I was reading at the time. Top of the Pops, Girl Talk, Mizz. There was something about them that I just really enjoyed. And I always felt adult for reading them, even though the content was about dressing like the Olsen Twins, how to be a good witch like Sabrina or a secret (that wasn’t really a secret) about Zac Efron.
As I got older, magazines just weren’t the same. I wanted something that would fill me with inspiration, with really great written content and enjoyable articles. But, there was nothing on the market. Not that I knew of anyway. I tried liking fashion magazines such as Vogue, but they were just full of advertisements and airbrushed models. I wasn’t interested in celebrity gossip magazines either, you know, the cheap £1 issues which are full of candid pap shots.
For years I didn’t even purchase a magazine, and I was so disappointed. Occasionally I bought a copy of OM Yoga or Country Living (I don’t even live in the country, I just like to pretend I do) as they were the only magazines that appealed to my interests. But even then, there was a serious lack of variety and I found reading blogs far more engaging and varied than any magazine.
That was until I discovered the three magazines mentioned below. They have everything that I want to gain from spending my money on a fairly pricey magazine: beautiful photography, graphics and illustrations, recipe ideas, lengthy articles, topics on wellbeing, mindfulness, living, creativity and escaping. I know these topics may not appeal to everyone, but if like me, you want to read something that makes you feel all kinds of cosy and content, then these magazines are for you.
This magazine is my favourite. Reading an issue of Breathe makes me do just that – breathe. It’s calming, enjoyable, non-judgemental and just a really, really lovely read when you just want to wind down and relax. It was first published last year, but I only recently discovered it a few months ago. It is jam-packed with ideas on how to make time for yourself, live slowly, find your inner creativity and lots of other goodness. There are different sections on wellbeing, living, mindfulness, creativity and escaping, each filled with lots of great ideas and ways to inspire. It’s a lengthy magazine with content that you can always return to, or read again whenever you want a little reminder on certain topics. There’s so much to gain from it, with little to no advertisements and at £5.99, it is money well spent. Plus, Breathe always has the loveliest cover image.
THE SIMPLE THINGS
How I didn’t find out about The Simple Things sooner I do not know. Much like Breathe, The Simple Things celebrates the little things in life and taking the time to live well. It is a feel good magazine that covers seasonal recipes, places to explore, ways to freshen up your living space, a could-do list for each month and so much more. The photography is beautiful and evokes a sense of comfort and homeliness. It has a typically British feel to it, which I absolutely love as it is very supportive of eating, exploring and purchasing locally. At £4.99, it is meaty, beautifully written and looks great on a coffee table.
IN THE MOMENT
This relatively new magazine also offers lots of ways to mindfully live your life well. Its purpose is about living in the moment and appreciating the small things. It’s not be rushed or flicked through quickly. Instead, this magazine invites you to put your feet up, grab a hot drink and enjoy what you are reading. There are creative projects to try, ways to stay active and healthy, and articles that will inspire you. It is very similar to both of the magazines above in terms of the topics it covers, but the content itself is always new and different so you’ll never get bored.
What magazines are you reading? Let me know below!
Love Georgie ♥