Posted on June 24, 2014 by Justine | 0 comments
I have long been an admirer of Pretty Nostalgic: I remember coming across it about a year ago, in Winchester's WH Smith: and it stood out from so many of the other titles on the shelves: it was noticeably different, and I picked up a copy immediately. I come from a family obsessed with magazines: my aunt and cousins and I can spend hours paging through back issues, new titles: practically anything we can lay our hands on is welcomed with glee. There is something so aesthetically escapist about a magazine: at least that's how I see it. It's a window into other worlds; worlds of fashion, interiors, design, and I do like escaping into the pages for even a few minutes.
I'm in the process of writing a separate blog post on my favourite new magazine titles out there at the moment, but one of my absolute best has got to be Pretty Nostalgic. It's founder, Nicole Burnett, describes Pretty Nostalgic as "a home and lifestyle magazine celebrating vintage, traditional and sustainable ways of living. Each glorious issue offers 112 pages of original, well-researched content, illustrated with specially commissioned artwork, illustrations and photographs and well as genuine vintage images from our own archive. The magazine is not only an inspiring read with a fresh paper smell you could bottle, it’s also full of advice on how to step off the mass-consumer bandwagon and start reclaiming your own life, just as people did in the past." I like to describe it as a "keeper"- you know the type I'm talking about. You just don't part with your copies: you keep them shelved beautifully on your bookcase, or stacked on tables, to be leafed through and appreciated once again.
I feel very lucky indeed to have become a contributor to the most recent issue of Pretty Nostalgic: I wrote and shot the images for a piece entitled Read To Me, about the joys of reading aloud and my passion for vintage books, namely Penguin books, Observer books and the Ladybird series. I loved every minute of the process: styling and shooting the pictures, using items from my personal archives was a delight, and I have to say I probably shot way more than Nicole was ever expecting- I did get a bit carried away!
My huge thanks go to both Nicole and Rae who did a brilliant job on the final feature, and who are currently supporting me as I write and shoot a second piece for them, due out in September. The Pretty Nostalgic team is a great one to be a part of: the ethos of the publication is "Spend Wisely, Waste Less, Appreciate More"- something which I try to do every day, and certainly something the publication stays true to on each of its pages.
It is well worth subscribing to Pretty Nostalgic, which you can do through their website. Subscribe for yourself, or as a gift for someone, or, if you are a business owner, they offer a business package. There are also big exciting changes afoot at Pretty Nostalgic HQ: be sure to get the next issue!