Among the first things that struck me about British magazine stands (they call them “news agents” here) are the proliferation of gossipy tabloids (note to self: is not “gossipy tabloids” a tautologic term?), and — tadah — the many interesting freebies that come with their lifestyle, fashion and art publications. Magazines in the US don’t give freebies the way they do here — cookbooks, DVDs, scarves, body butter from Body Shop(!), soaps, notebooks, gift wrapping prints… you name it.
I decided to go for a walk down the street to the Co-Op at the end of the day yesterday for air and to top up on our groceries. At the end of the run I thought to treat myself to a magazine — any no-brainer light read that had nothing to do with the practice of Law. Maury skype’d his suggestion: get a really trashy tabloid for a dose of cultural exchange. Hahaha, nice. I stood in front of the overflowing rack taking the longest time to pick something I would enjoy reading and not just pick out for the fancy freebie. I ended up with “Easy Living”, a Conde Nast publication which I believe has no US counterpart, although the racks of Barnes&Noble certainly would have them in their foreign mags. Nicole Kidman on the cover, and a Cath Kidston “washbag” as a freebie, plus a Cath Kidston mag/catalogue. That looked like a fair enough deal for GBP3.20 ($4.50).
Cath Kidston does a lot of floral oilcloth stuff. Her work is equal parts sweetness and quirk. The frou-frouness of florals is something I must admit I have yet to get used to, much less appreciate. But this side of the pond, it is a style/design de rigeur and well entrenched in many places, whether in the bigger cities or the smaller towns. And, when in Rome….
I made a good choice with Easy Living. It is a cross between Domino, H&G and a little bit of TheNest, translated to CondeNast-ese. It entertained me enough as I laid in bed battling the sneezies that night. Light read, although, as of now, very foreign to me still. :)
See anything you like?