Today's fresh reads is centred on an entire type of text: the magazine. Orchard Library is the only place to get good quality magazines that aren't terribly out of date- I'm looking at you, Clementi Public Library- so when the time strikes, it's always a good idea to pop inside to see what new stocks they have. I super appreciate that they actually bother to put new issues. Once, I checked the Frankie drawer, and the latest issue was actually inside!
1. Cereal magazine. This one has been on my to-read list for a long time, because the covers look absolutely beautiful. Cereal claims to be a 'travel and fashion' magazine- true to its word, most of the articles were dedicated to far flung places as well as well known places.
One thing though, personally the pictures were the best part of the mag. Cereal isn't your run of the mill tabloid. Most of the articles I just scanned through, because it wasn't very interesting to read, no stories or personal anecdotes, or even anything about people, it was just a lot of stylistic information on the places that were featured. If you're super into travelling or geography, you'd find this riveting, but facts and artistic-nothings don't attract the average reader, as they can get a bit dry.
However, it is fantastic as coffee table magazines because anyone can pick it up just to admire the lovely images. It is so dreamy. They make you want to leap into them and have the adventure of your lifetime.
overall: 2.5/5- had high hopes for this one. Check it out at: http://readcereal.com
2. i-D. Biebz in the house!!! Yes, I picked this one up because JB was on the cover. But, I picked i-D itself as it is pretty big in Australia. I NEARLY bought an issue the last time we were in Sydney.
i-D is focussed on the fashion industry, along with chunks of pop culture, music, and lifestyle pieces. The attractiveness of i-D lies in that they often feature celebs, but not in the trashy tinseltown way, not the way famous people are recycled for magazines like Seventeen or Cleo. Think Cara Delevingne, Nick Jonas; not Taylor Swift (snake), or your small town girl who's the next big thing because she starred in Pitch Perfect. i-D's style's more quirky, unique, and edgy, more punk rock, not bright and girly. It's similar to Nylon.
I liked that it was chock full of high quality fashion editorials. This is a magazine that is sincere to fashion. Variety of clothes, in glossy HD, big name brands i.e. Alexander Wang, Balmain. What is not to like?
i-D was better than Cereal in the word department. Some of the pieces were very interesting to read, especially when they were of people I know- like Biebz, and that guy from The Maze Runner, plus interviews with semi-famous fashion models. They also talked to lesser known artistes.
It could really improve on the font though. On some pages, the words were absolutely squashed together in black type, making it hard to read. Or it was too big and glaring. Also, the team at i-D seem to have forgotten about paragraphs entirely.
overall: 3/5. Generally a nice magazine. No doubt very edgy, very Tumblr. But that formatting.....view more at: http://i-d.vice.com
*WARNING: The pictures get really bad around here, mostly because I used two different cameras while crafting this post. Some of them are blurry and the lighting is uneven, but hopefully they still illustrate something anyway.*
(I had to use Frankie's own picture for the magazine because there was a screw up with my picture.)
3. Frankie Issue 58. I won't be going through this in detail as I've mentioned before, there will be an entire post dedicated to Frankie one day, so a general overview isn't exactly needed. Suffice to say Frankie is still hands-down, my favourite magazine ever. I have to thank Tumblr for this. Otherwise I would never have known to pick up a copy when in Sydney. And then I fell head over heels in love with everything about Frankie: the gorgeous pictures, their sometimes funny, sometimes nostalgic, but always beautifully worded articles (Rowena Grant Frost and Eleanor Robertson, I see you!), the house tours at the end, just everything.... no complaints at all about nitty gritty-s such as format or wording. I just wish there was more per issue.
overall: 5/5! Have more Frankie goodness at: http://www.frankie.com.au/
4. Elle. Ah, the last rag on the stand.
I got this on accident while shopping for Ethel's birthday. (Long story.) It was an unintentional $5.50 spent, but I don't regret too much, because they do have some spiffy things inside. Though Elle is a little bit like your Cosmopolitan or Woman's Weekly, they really try to have a local spin on it. Especially so because this issue featured power women from Singapore, like Narelle Kheng, Xiaxue, Shu An, and Jemma Wei, whom I all love a lot. More power women in women's magazines, please! Wasn't able to get a good shot of those pages though.
Their fashion spreads are pretty nice, and they have the usual beauty-people-jewellery-general life routine too. The best thing about it is that all the pictures will be up on my mood board one day.
overall: 3/5, for an easy holiday read. Head to: http://www.elle.sg/
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