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Fashion Magazines: The Good, The Bad, and The One You've Never Heard Of

I really enjoy a good fashion magazine. And while I like many of the newsstand variety (Vogue, W, Elle and Marie Claire in particular), sometimes it can start to feel like you are seeing the same editorial over and over. How many times can one see Caroline Trentini jumping in the air in front of a white background? (Ms. Wintour, please take note.) So I'm always on the lookout for something new. Today I thought I would share some of my non-newsstand favorites, as well as a...disturbing discovery of a magazine. 

V Magazine is hardly unheard of. It's been around since 1999 as the young, hip sibling of Visionaire. V is issued less frequently than its' newsstand contemporaries; the issues are released in line with the fashion seasons. It not only highlights fashion, but music, art, architecture and literature - I heard about Die Antwood from V, a find of which Mr. BF is particularly fond. I particularly enjoy the magazine for their progressive, unique editorials, and their wide(er) variety of models. Of note: the January 2010 edition featuring plus sized models.

If you want to feel good about yourself, I would steer very clear of New Beauty. This hand gernade of a magazine was in my gift bag from the Stylefixx event about a month back. It's basically a magazine all about plastic surgery, featuring whole spreads on things I didn't even know could be wrong with you. For example, one editorial suggests that the tip of your nose can make you look old. Another point blank asks, "Are Bigger Breasts the Answer to your Problems?". Look, I'm not against plastic surgery - I think we should do the things that make us feel good about ourselves, and if getting a little work done makes you happier with yourself, go forth and go under the knife. But a whole magazine dedicated to finding new things that are "wrong" with you? Pages and pages of suggestions to spend lots of money so we can all look exactly alike? Who chose this standard of "new beauty"? 

Finally, I'm excited to share this gem with you - Friends, meet Chelsea. I love this little book! Created by Chelsea Fairless and Megan Hart, the magazine contains all sorts of pearls: from interviews with designers, Heathers references and freaky / awesome LOL Cats fashion illustrations. Trust me, reading it is a real pleasure!

What are some of your favorite magazines? I'd love to hear your suggestions!

V Magazine: (subscriptions available)
Chelsea Magazine: (purchase online)
New Beauty Magazine: (at newsstands)
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