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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

One thing I love about U.K. magazines is that they occasionally give me presents. My keychain is a light-blue heart from Aspinal of London that I got with an issue of Tatler a while back. This month, while in London, I picked up an issue of Elle that came with a Paul & Joe Sister ruffle-sleeve t-shirt. There was even a choice of four colors. I pondered the army green but went for my usual black.

I'm boring when it comes to t-shirt colors.

If U.S. fashion magazines started giving me gifts, I would forgive them for putting celebrities on the cover instead of models. I miss the good old days of beautiful covers that weren’t pimping someone’s new movie … but I can be bought.

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34 Responses to “Souvenir From London”

  1. Hmm!! I migth want to pick up a few mags when I am in London!! I never knew they did this in teh UK so thanks for letting me know 🙂

  2. I will never forgive them for whoring celebrities on the front of magazines. I hate buying a magazine with a celebrity I despise on the cover; it somehow implies tacit approval. Bring back the anonymous models!

  3. I. Grace says:

    Agree! They should do the same here. They don’t even give out those totes they promise giving away for free if you subscribe x years or so. =(

    PS – happy anniversary to you and Mr. B!

  4. That is cute! I wonder if it made it here – I’ll need to check.

  5. Susan says:

    I love your humor 🙂
    I totally agree with you too- I would love to have old model-covers back…
    have a wonderful day, xoxo

  6. i have that top in creamy beige, it’s pretty nice on too!
    xx-LJ from SOS!

  7. Lara says:

    Oh! I love the UK mags too! It’s been a while but I went to Barnes & Noble one day and they had about 4 fashion mags with the gifts. I grabbed all of them like an idiot. I got 2 tote bags, a sparkly headband, and I forget what else. So much fun! The mags were great too!

  8. Jill says:

    I so agree about the lack of models on fashion magazines. Remember Kim Alexis? I thought she was so glamorous.

  9. hiyaluv says:

    i would spend so long trying to decide which magazine to buy-not for the content of the magazine but for the best gift!

  10. The free swag was the only thing that kept me from being disgruntled about the exorbitant mag prices in Australia when I lived there. It is kind of fun.

    But given the choice, I’d much rather have our dirt cheap U.S. prices ($3.95 per issue, year-long subscriptions for $8?!) and be able to have every mag on the rack, than pay double and have to ration—and rationalize—my mag purchases weekly and monthly.

    ♥ V


  11. Lisa says:

    I lived abroad for three years, the last year of which I was in England. When I saw all the magazines giveaways over there I figured it was the new global trend in magazine publishing; something to stimulate the sagging industry amid the recession. Boy was I disappointed when I returned to the U.S and there weren’t any prizes in the magazines…I also once scored a Paul & Joe Sister top out of a UK magazine. I still love it and wear it.

  12. Sally says:

    Almost as good as the music review mags that give you mix CDs!

  13. Jemina says:

    Love the ruffled tee!!! and free!!!!! me want!!!! xoxo

  14. Paulettew says:

    I would love that and most likely buy magazines more often.

  15. Paulettew says:

    I would love that and most likely buy magazines more often!

  16. Yay for fabulous freebies!
    Cute tee!


  17. I know! Whenever I go to the UK I’m overwhelmed by the magazine choices and the awesome freebies attached. Japanese magazines also do it too. Somebody should give a hint to the editors over here, maybe it would save the publishing industry from going under.


  18. Nickie Frye says:

    I totally agree on the actress magazine covers. They annoy me. Always. Not to mention the huge editorials devoted to them, with hopelessly uninteresting interviews attached. zzzz…..

  19. marian says:

    i miss when covers were strictly about models too!

  20. When I’m in the UK I become a complete magazine ho because of those goodies! I’ve gotten so many really nice freebies that way. Love your tee!

  21. Miss Janey says:

    Yes, bring back the MODELS…

  22. Nina says:

    Asian magazines also give out freebies. It seems only the US doesn’t participate. Probably for liability reasons…

  23. janettaylor says:

    I love Ur T! 🙂

  24. lisa says:

    Hehe Japanese magazines are great for free gifts too!

  25. Kirafashion says:


    How nice of them to give you this beautiful gift! I am happy for you and I also agree with you about US Fashion Mags…not every month we need a celebrity on the cover..I also love models too!

  26. I got this top in the army green colour though! I love presents from magazines.:)SarahD

  27. you should come to Seoul!!! they ALWAYS give you a prezzie for a mag. it’s like a trade, lol.

  28. Emma says:

    UK mags are the best for freebies. Does mean I spend a fortune on them, though. I too can be bought it seems (and it’s so much easier to justify when you get a gift worth £10).

  29. stacy says:

    Excuse me missy… why haven’t I seen this magazine or this T-shirt yet??

  30. K-Line says:

    Really, why don’t they do that here? It would sell so many more covers.

  31. enc says:

    I’ve scored a few great items in magazine polybags in England. I still have one of the totebags!

    I love that top. Now let’s see it on you!

  32. apparellel says:

    gotta love an honest woman! haha.


  33. dreamsequins says:

    That shirt is adorable. I haven’t purchased a magazine in-store in ages… and no it’s not because I own an iPad, either. What do you think about this whole iPad magazine app trend, anyway? xx