Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hip Hop Magazine Swap

My sincere apologies, lovelies- it appears I am practically allergic to posting on Wednesdays, as these past few weeks have been evident. It’s a combination of the snowball-into-the-weekend effect, coupled with that not-quite-over-the-hump-of-the-week yet scenario that practically makes it impossible to focus on blogging for a hot minute. I’m super sorry, and I promise I’m trying to be better!

What better way to get your fill of all those nice fat September issues while kicking back with your girls than to host a magazine swap? The rules are simple and the rewards are totally thrifty- just pick an afternoon when most everyone is free. Invite over all of your besties (especially the ones who can afford to buy the really expensive foreign fashion magazines for fall) for a lazy afternoon of laying on the couch, reading and swapping and swooning over plaids, tweeds, and leather. It’s one of my favorite ways to get my fix of all the fall fashion- especially seeing as I’m extremely jealous of any youngin’ that gets to go back to school- without spending the $80-100 it would take to satisfy my cravings.

Last year's Elle.
Don’t forget to pick-up:
-       Vogue
-       Elle
-       Harper’s Bazaar
-       Vanity Fair
-       In Style
-       Glamour
-       Cosmo (if you’re more into sexy stories and hilarious interviews and less into wide-leg jeans and platform boots)

For the brokest of the broke (raise your hand, ladies), be prepared to share a digital handful of web-based fashion magazines and blogs (Matchbook Mag, What I Wore, and Cupcakes and Cashmere are just a few of my favorites).

And please, for the sake of the swap, be sure to coordinate who is bringing what- otherwise you run the risk of six old copies of Town and Country and not a Vogue in the crowd.

If you want to be a grown-ass adult about it, bake some cookies or put out a few little snacks (nuts and chocolate chips always do a lady right), stock the cupboard with a bottle or six of Two Buck Chuck, and cue up your Falling in Love with Fall playlist (mine is included below).

Fall Playlist (perfect for a Magazine Swap occasion):
1. Talking Bird by Death Cab
2. Baby it’s You by the Beatles
3. Paris (Ooh La La) by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
4. Tree House by The Henry Millers
5. King of Carrot Flowers (Pt 1 and 2) by Neutral Milk Hotel
6. Trailer Trash by Modest Mouse
7. Power of Love by Jimi Hendrix
8. Heavy Metal Drummer by Wilco
9. Please Mr. Postman by the Marvelettes
10. Moi Je Joue by Brigitte Bardot

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