Saturday, 13 November 2010

My Vice.


So around 4 years ago I quit smoking. I was an avid smoker all of my teenage life, it was my vice. I also used to be quite a drinker back in the day, but these days I tend to hardly ever drink other than special occasions. To be honest it doesn't really appeal to me to just have a glass of Rose for the hell of it, I'd much rather have a cup of tea. I definitely have to be in the mood for a drink, but when I am in the mood, well thats an entirely different story :)

So once the cigarettes went out of the window, I needed something else to fill the void. I've bought Cosmpolitan all of my life, and I  soon started to buy the celebrity gossip magazines with my extra cash to fill the time spent twiddling my thumbs instead of fagging it at the back door.

I soon grew tired with the likes of Now, Closer, and Reveal, and started buying the Monthly Glossies. By Glossies I mean Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, Company, and Glamour to name a few. Not forgetting the cooking magazines I also liked to snap up each month. Then I started buying all of them, every single month.


I just absolutely love sitting down with a cup of tea and a magazine and looking through the glossy pages. I find it really relaxing, and slightly therapeutic, sometimes I just look at all of the pictures, photos, and even the adverts. Its just nice and easy on the brain, nothing too taxing or intense, just what a girl needs after a long day.

This carry on has been going on for around 2 years. I have piles of magazines everywhere, and I mean everywhere. For some strange reason, that I cant quite seem to fathom, I just can not bring myself to throw them away. Occasionally when having a big room tidy, I'll have a completely ruthless moment and get rid of a few, but the majority still stay, piled high mountains of neatly stacked magazines around my bedroom.



Now this may sound quite dramatic, but I really do think I have a problem. I managed to stop myself buying the cooking magazines a few months ago when I realised the habit was getting ridiculous. And now most months I only buy Vogue or Elle, not both. No thats a complete lie. I buy Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Elle every single month. One for each week. At one point I wasn't even reading them, as I sit and type I can see out of the corner of my eye 2 magazines still in the wrapper, not even opened.

So do you think I'm a little bit mental? Or do some of you do the same? I'd like to think that I will stop buying my monthly mags, but I absolutely know that I wont. Because I dont want to stop buying them. Just like quitting smoking, you can only stop if and when you want to stop. The thing I want to do is start throwing the damn things away at the end of each month, instead of holding on to them all like a mad woman.
I suppose what I'm seeking is some kind of reassurance that I'm not the only one out there well and truly addicted to buying magazines?
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  1. Hiya!

    It sounds like you are verging on having a new kind of 'addiction'. All these magazines are fairly similar. Try and identify your favourite and stick with that every month...or alternate each month!

    Instead of hauding the mags why don't you create a scrap book? Tear out your fav pics or articles and throw the rest out.

    A cluttered home is a cluttered mind!!

    Hope this helps : )

    Gemma x

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  2. i had exactly the same thing with those trashy magazines, the ones around £1. I was scared to sit on a train and do nothing, and I would always go to WHSmith beforehand. I don't even know why I did it, I'd flick through it once and then I'd get bored of it and buy another.

    So not quiteee the same as you but wow what an effect magazines have on us! xx

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  3. I used to be exactly the same (and still am quite bad to be honest!). I used to subscribe to some and then buy the rest- mostly the expensive glossies. I would buy them and read them cover to cover- every word.

    It's only since having less time to read them properly that I've 'cut down' and now I only buy Glamour, Marie Claire and sometimes Cosmo. I think I also realised that I've been reading them for like 5 years and so a lot of the articles are just repeating themselves.

    You've made me want to buy some more tomorrow though! Haha xxx

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  4. I am the same! I subscribe to Glamour,Vanity Fair,Tatler,Red and Elle and always buy Vogue and Grazia on top of that. Have been obsessed with mags since I was ten! There's nothing like a brand new shiny mag to pore over in your own time. I have to say though that since I've discovered blogs I have become a lot more cynical about the reviews and featured items,as I know most of it is advertiser-driven but that doesn't stop the rush I get when a new one drops on the doormat!

    Don't feel guilty about it-they're so much healthier than gags or booze and you can donate them to your local doctor's surgery when you're done! Or do what I do and cut out your favourite pictures and build up huge scrapbooks of inspiration and recycle the rest.

    Clearly,I have a lot to say about the subject!

    Love your blog x

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  5. I'm exactly the same! Sometimes I barely even read them, just looking at the pages makes me feel better! I think lots of people do it, there's just something so appealing about magazines. I eventually want to go into a career in fashion/beauty journalism so I've convinced myself it's all good research! xx

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  6. I do the exact same thing.
    I have come across mags still in their wrappers many times that are from months ago.
    Then I stopped buying mags so much so now it's more of a treat :)
    x

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  7. As soon as I saw the photos of magazines, I cooed. Actually COOED, like they were cute babies or puppies or something. I love magazines. Just like you, I think settling down with a glossy is a great way to relax.

    A few years back I had a terrible magazine habit. I'd buy at least one a day... sometimes two. I had my favourites (Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, InStyle and Heat) but when I'd read them, any magazine would do. I spent SO much money on them and it got to a point where I was only flicking through them, not reading but just skimming, because I had so many to get through.

    That's when I went cold turkey and gave them up completely. Now I have subscriptions to Red and Instyle and will occasionally buy Grazia, but that's it. It sounds ridiculous but I was definitely addicted!

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  8. Do you subscribe to them or just buy them monthly?

    I got a great deal with Glamour: 6 issues for £6 and a Model's Own gift set as a free gift! It contained a nail polish, blush, eyeliner and eyeshadow!

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  9. You're definitely not the only one that is addicted to buying magazines! I buy the glossies every month too, as bad as it is for my purse, and end up looking at the pictures rather than reading them! I should work on that :) <3 xxxx

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  10. OMG Kelly I do this all the time and I thought I was one of the only people that did! I have in front of me as I write this, a neatly stacked pile of glossy magazines..some half read..some waiting to be read and unopened! I just never seem to find the time to read them..or so I tell myself!
    Laura
    xoxo

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  11. Oh don't worry I'm exactly the same! I've slowly started buying less, and it's down to 2 a month now (plus more mag every week)! Great post :)
    xx

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  12. OMG I'm exactly the same. I have collections going back to like 1998!! I can't throw them out. I get rid of the weeklys like now and closer but i have to keep cosmo, glamour, company etc. All kept in piles, in date order haha
    I even have like New Woman which isn't even published anymore.
    Damn those glossy covers and gorgeous pictures
    xx

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  13. I 100% agree with you on the smoking vice, I smoked all of my teenage life until recently too! I am addicted to buying private eye every two weeks, and I LOVE Vogue and WOman At Home every issue without fail, so don't worry, it's not just you! :) xxxx

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  14. oooooh! you made me want to go and buy a mag! Probably VOGUE...only because the gorgeous Emma Watson is on the cover...I think I have a girl crush! ;)
    I am not mag-obsessed but I do like a flick now and then xxxx enjoy your Sunday xxxx

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  15. I am addicted to Elle! It's the only fashion magazine I buy (also because it's relatively cheap) but I absolutely have to buy it every month!!

    xxx
    Vikki

    http://stylometre.blogspot.com

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  16. I'm exactly the same! Elle, Vogue, Glamour, Cosmo.. one for each week, in that order. Sometimes if I'm feeling flush I'll strech to Company and Marie Claire, mainly if my month is train journey heavy! I do throw mine out though, but only after I've cut out my favourite bits and stuck them somewhere.
    xxx
    Jo

    www.smokeandsugarx.blogspot.com

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  17. In contrast to the above comments I hardly ever buy magazines, but if I do visit a friend and there's some lying around I do admittedly have a good flick through.

    I tend to disagree with a lot of the mixed messages that women's magazines send out, but that's a whole other story. I stick to blogs now, I get a lot more enjoyment out of them :)

    Donating your old magazines to a doctors surgery or something sounds like a good idea though :)

    x

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  18. hello. my name is melissa and i am also a magazine-aholic. over the years i've gone through phases of not really buying any magazines to going full tilt buying all that i want each month. i've found that once i sit down and see how much room they take up i learn to let go. what's helped me is that i have kind of a scrap book. in this folder i tear out the pages that i like, so then if i ever want to look at a certain picture or look again it will be in my folder and not lost forever. that may be something that can help you get rid of the stacks you have saved.

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  19. I don't think my habit is quite as bad as yours! But I do buy the glossies, flick through and look at the pretty pictures and rarely read the articles. Then they get added to the pile on my window sill until I have to move house or something and then they all get chucked. xx

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  20. I'm totally the same, i buy Elle,Cosmo, Company, Glamour every month and then Look every week, i never throw them away! having read this i really need to go get Vogue as my girl crush is on the cover!! xx

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  21. I'm obsessed with buying glossy magazines too, Glamour, Cosmo, Company, Elle, Vogue ect, quite an expensive habit but theres nothing better than settling down in bed with a cuppa and a glossy mag - bliss!

    xx

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  22. I used to be addicted to buying magazines. I used to go & buy one and struggle to find one I didn't have!

    I stopped when I realised how much money I was spending and the fact that sometimes I wasn't even reading them properly!

    xxx

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  23. I am completely obsessed with magazines too!! I get Cosmo, Glamour, Company, Grazia, More and a few others, and like u said, I sometimes find that I don't even have time to read them all properly! And i'm so glad i'm not the only one who struggles to throw them away...I always think 'oh i might flick through them again one day, or need some info from that article' but of course I won't because I'll have so many new ones by then!! But don't worry about having a problem..its not harming u or anyone else (unless u're tripping over the piles of mags haha!) and its a damn sight better than smoking. One tip: do u have/have u thought about getting a subscription for one or a few magazines? I got a Cosmo subscription as a Christmas gift last year and will def be renewing it, u save sooo much money per issue!
    Great post, beautiful photos too :) xxx

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  24. I always manage to buy a couple each month, but I don't think i'm on your level yet.
    You've made me crave milkybar buttons!

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  25. I used to be like that, now I have three delivered to the house monthly, Glamour, InSyle (my favorite), and Cooking Light. I definitely don't keep them though, I'm an anal neat freak who loves to throw things out/recycle. The thing I hate about magazines though are all the ads. At least you guys get freebies with your magazines, wish we got that here in the states!
    Tammi Marie
    www.lake-breeze.blogspot.com

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  26. I subscribe to Vogue and every month buy Elle and Harpers Bazaar. Some months I'll go a little magazine happy and buy Vanity Fair and Nylon too but gets pricy! I spent about £40 on magazines in August which was quite bad :/ Never buy Cosmo though, not sure why just never took my fancy for some reason xxx

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  27. I buy Elle religiously every month but not really any others. I occassionally buy Glamour,Cosmo and Vogue. At work, we have a lot of the cheaper gossip magazines and there's always a race to read the new magazine....

    http://teacupsandbuttondrops.blogspot.com

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  28. I'm exactly the same, I buy magazines sometimes and don't even read them. I've stopped myself buying Cosmopolitan as that's the main one I don't read, but I still spend way too much on others.

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  29. Haha, I feel like I could have written this post! I buy all the glossies from Vogue to Company and I also buy the crappy Pick Me Up and Reveals etc when I'm bored (or skint at the end of the month!)...!!!

    Its funny how you say you like settling down with a mag and a cup of tea - I think tea is one of my other addictions!

    Great blog btw, just discovered it right now. Will be adding to my reader!

    xx

    adele
    www.thomassenland.com

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  30. I have a collection of Glamour colection almost as tall as me, well up to my waist. I had to stop buying them, I found I was buying them and never reading them but I gave the collection to my cousin to carry on I just couldnt throw them away. I find now I buy Vogue and interior magazines and rarely ever read them!

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  31. I've been really broke lately and so have really been trying to cut down on purchases. I've hardly bought any magazines lately, although I do still buy Grazia most weeks and Elle and occasionally a Pick Me Up! (guilty pleasure read!) I have a Vogue subscription but it goes to my mums house so I tend to get two or three months worth at once... My stepdad bought me some down when he came to see me but two of them are still wrapped up. Feel a bit guilty about it now!

    I bought more when I was at university at the London College of Fashion but it was essentially a requirement of my course. When I have money next, I am planning on buying myself a subscription or two... so much cheaper!

    I don't keep hundreds, though. I tear out what I want to keep and have them in a box and I do like to keep anniversary editions or first issues. But you're definitely not alone, don't worry!

    ▲ WOLF WHISTLE ▲

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  32. I used to buy closer every week when I was at uni (a distraction from having to write essays!) but it does get monotonous so stopped buying it. Now I got through stages where I buy loads of mags and then don't buy a single one for a couple of months xx

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  33. Snap!! I love love love my mags. Elle is my fav, but I also get grazia every week. I do spend silly amounts and just like you I have them stacked all over the place- drives people crazy- but such ashame to throw away!

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  34. You're definitely not alone in this! I don't have the time for celebrity gossip magazines but I make sure I get LOOK every week & I get Company, Cosmo, Glamour & Elle every month! :$

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  35. I am exactly the same do not fear!! but I smoke drink and buy mags ha! so I'm skint!! I love elle, vogue, cosmo, glamour, company love them all!! xxx

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  36. I am pretty much the same! The only thing that stops me buying Elle and Vogue every month is my student bank balance! I always buy Glamour and a couple of others every month (especially if I like the cover girls!), regardless of whether I've read last month's or not! I enjoy reading them but don't always have time...but HAVE to buy the next one so I don't miss out haha! I can see 2 unread mags as we speak! I don't think it's too much of an issue, it's just better if you actually read them! At least it's not damaging your health :) xxx

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  37. Haha well looking at all the comments... its nice to know im not alone! I do this too... its like a compulsion to buy magazines. If im in need of cheering up I will buy one, flick through and relax. I have a stack in my room at uni... and considering ive only been here since the end of sepetember, im not sure there should even be a 'stack' at this point. Doesn't help when Glamour is giving away free nail varnishes! xo

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