Thursday, 5 March 2015

PRINT ISN'T DEAD - MY FAVOURITE "SLOW LIVING" MAGAZINES

"Its no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone elses life through abstract eyes, they have learned what its like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference [...] If youre still looking for someone to complete you, to fill the void of your singly-healed heart, look for the breed thats dying out. Youll find them in coffee shops, parks and subways. You will see them with backpacks, shoulder bags and suitcases. They will be inquisitive and soulful, and you will know by the first few minutes of talking to them. They will write you letters and texts in verse. They are verbose but not in an obnoxious way. They do not merely answer questions and give statements, but counter with deep thoughts and profound theories. They will enrapture you with their knowledge of words and ideas." - Lauren Martin for Elite Daily

The other day I was reading an article on why readers are scientifically the best people to fall in love with. How is that possible, you might be asking? Well, studies have shown that those who read fiction are capable of the most empathy and "theory of mind", which is the ability to hold opinions, beliefs and interests apart from their own. Now I'm a big lover of reading - and books in general - but there has been a recent resurgence in the art of the magazine that I'm actually pretty happy about. I'm not talking about celebrity gossip (even if they can be a guilty pleasure of mine) or a monthly Vogue that "just happens" to find its way into my basket; oh no, these magazines are new discoveries with fresh ideas and stunning articles. They're not even classed as light reading for me. In fact, I see them as more grown-up picture books with gorgeous natural colour palettes and breathtaking scenic photography. They make me want to travel, to cook, to discover. I yearn for this sense of wellbeing that no other medium provides me with.
Don't get me wrong, I love social media as much as the next person. I just think sometimes it's right to switch off and get lost in print. The written word can be a powerful thing to comprehend. At times I find myself taken aback by people who don't enjoy reading. When I read my stress levels dissipate, I get lost in the tale, lost in my own thoughts. I silently question, I ponder... It is for these reasons (and many others) that it truly scares me to think that reading is going out of fashion, especially those who read in print.

2014 marked the personal era of lifestyle magazines. I don't even know if I like calling them magazines, perhaps publications is a better turn of phrase. Kinfolk, Cereal and, most recently, In Clover have all provided me with hours of solitude that I have gladly taken the time out to enjoy. Life can be so hectic and complicated, but sitting down with a cup of tea and a good book - or publication as I'm now known to coin - well, there's nothing like it. It's difficult in this day and age to forget about smart phones and other technological gizmos, I know that more than anyone, but the simple art of reading - and really seeing - is an experience like no other.
KINFOLK
Kinfolk magazine is the one that started it all for me. I purchased Issue 7 on a whim - I think I saw the cover on one of my favourite Instagram accounts and it really piqued my interest. I mean, it was an ice-cream cone filled with flowers, you've got to admit that's pretty zany! Kinfolk magazine is described as a "slow lifestyle" publication, packed full of beautiful photo essays, unique recipes, and lifestyle ideas. It explores ways for readers to simplify their lives, cultivate community and spend more time with friends and family. I've always admired this simpler way of living - the photography suggests a positively bohemian vibe, stressing the need to rekindle our love for both nature and each other. I just love it! Contributors for the volumes vary from Copenhagen to Cape Town, so there is plenty of variety, culture and exploration. It truly awakens my desire to travel the world and visit all these visually stunning places. 

Kinfolk is published quarterly and their creative hub is situated in Portland, Oregon. Each issue carries a different theme e.g. springtime, defining your weekend, celebrating the home, nature and the ocean, endearing imperfections, entrepreneurial aspirations etc. As you can probably tell, it's a real variety and keeps you guessing as to what the next issue will offer.

You can subscribe to the magazine here.
You can purchase previous issues here.
You can purchase The Kinfolk Table here.
CEREAL
One of the most beautifully photographed publications that I have ever seen, Cereal is primarily a travel lifestyle magazine. It is published quarterly and the team, based in Bristol, are small but full of ambition. Critics have suggested that Cereal is a British version of Kinfolk, and while I do see similarities between them, I have to disagree. Why compare the two when you can read and enjoy both? What strikes me most about Cereal is the writing and photography itself. You can practically see the passion jump off the page. Each issue contains detailed expositions of edible topics, travel destinations, as well as profiles of products, people and places - all chosen because they're relevant, interesting or have simply caught the team's attention. If you're looking for a wonderfully written publication with beautiful quality photography, definitely give Cereal a look.

They have also recently produced a London travel guide, which is packed full of photo essays, neighbourhood maps, and recommendations of places to visit. At £8 it sounds like an incredibly handy read, and I'm sure its success will - quite literally - open doors for budding travellers and pave the way for more travel guides of other cities in the future (I'm hoping for Paris or Milan, personally!) 

I know I said it's good to switch off the technology, but you should also check out their official website and Pinterest account - the photography is absolutely stunning and everything I aspire to. I can't believe some of the shots don't make it into the actual magazine!

You can subscribe to the magazine here.
You can purchase previous issues here.
IN CLOVER
My most recent discovery, and a little bit closer to home. In Clover was the brain child of journalism student Bryony and her two friends Olivia and Alice, who were adamant (like me) that magazines still had a place in the world. Her love of writing and her mother's contentment inspired her to create her own slow living publication, packed with offline pursuits in the form of art, food, culture and sustainable fashion. Based in picturesque Cornwall, how could you not be inspired by your surroundings and live a life most enviable? 

So far, there is only one issue of this magazine but its market will surely be craving more after being lured in by its charming writing, interviews, and artistic photography. There are plans for the magazine to be published quarterly and, I for one, will be purchasing more volumes as they become available.

You can subscribe to the magazine here.
You can purchase Volume One here.

You can also purchase all of these lifestyle magazines (and previous issues) on Amazon UK
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12 comments

  1. I think I'm going to pick up one or two issues of Cereal - it looks absolutely stunning. I'm loving the magazine resurgence too, there's something amazing about having brilliant publications in print. I'm definitely going to have a look at that London travel guide... I adore things like that (personally think there should be one for every city in the world... projects...).

    little miss fii || Fii x

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    1. Ahh you won't regret it - I think Cereal might be my favourite of the bunch. I'm such a photography nut and they have it so down! And it's great to have beautiful photographs and articles in print, and they're great to just pick up on a lazy Sunday morning over brunch. The London Guide looks fabulous too - you're so right! Xx

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  2. these are such stunning photos!

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  3. This post is beautifully written and I could not agree more - print definitely isn't dead. I hadn't heard of any of these magazines before this but I'll definitely be having a look, I love to read :) xx

    Toasty

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    1. Thank you Beth! You won't regret investing - they have brought me hours of solitude so it's worth it! Xx

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  4. i love print magazines and would rather it to any digital publication. There is just something about holding a magazine and flicking through the pages
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    1. Yes, so true! I love the physicality, and I'm also a bit of collector when it comes to publications too! Xx

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  5. This is a really well written post and you have me convinced on looking into magazines other than Glamour and Cosmo! Kinfolk seems right up my street, thank you for sending along your link during the Sunday chats!

    Hannah x

    Hannah | Granite City Girl

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    1. Thanks so much, Hannah! No problem, hope you enjoyed reading through my blog! Xx

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  6. Ooh these magazines look super cool, you should read Suitcase magazine, I think you'd like it :)

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    1. Thanks beaut, I'll look into it! Xx

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