When I was 12 I discovered "my kind" of music (which is still "my kind" now so I obviously got something right) and started to get Melody Maker every week (and NME once in a while as well) - my magazine habit also became expensive as I graduated from Cosmo to Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. I'd decided I wanted to study fashion when I left school you see, so it was research.
Party because they were reference material (and they were - a briliant resource when I got to college and they helped fill many a sketchbook and moodboard) but also because they were pretty expensive, I ended up with a collection of Vogue magazines including every issue from October 1991 to July 1998. I needed a whole cabinet for them and they weighed a ton. Shortly before we moved down to London that summer my boyfriend (now husband) drove me to the recycling bins to get rid of the lot - it still brings me out in a cold sweat to think about it...
Anyway, we moved to London but I didn't stop buying Vogue, I needed my monthly glossy magazine fix. Some time I think in that first year a lovely magazine called Nova appeared (I believe it was a reincarnation of a magazine from the 70s) and it was a thing of beauty - it smelt great and was beautifully designed, I even subscribed but I'm pretty sure it didn't last the year - the start of the whole "print is dead" thing I suppose.
So I stuck with Vogue, occassionally bought interiors magazines, occassionally bought other fashion magazines but that was pretty much all that was out there. Then in 2010 the little man was born and my magazines just kept piling up unread so I stopped buying them. Probably for a good year. I was saving the planet and money - win win!
Then in the spring of 2011 Mollie Makes appeared - and at just the right time for me too. I was finally working on creative stuff again (in my spare time as in when I wasn't working in the city and looking after a baby...) and it inspired me and I even started blogging as a result. I subscribed to Mollie Makes for 2 or 3 years but had to drop it when I left my job to go self employed as I needed to save money. I still buy it, but not every month.
Nowadays my magazine habit is expensive again, but not so heavy on it's use of trees! I don't buy anywhere near as many but I like the nice ones. It's going back to Nova again - I want something that smells beautiful, is nicely designed and unique - something I want to have to build a shelf for and something I can go back to time and time again. Here are four of my current favourites: