The last Friday theme chosen by Annika in Virginia, next month it is up to Desiree in Alabama to choose the subjects. My favourite magazines and newspapers are easy to pick – I love reading interior design magazines, some cooking magazines once in a while, and to a lesser extent fashion mags.
Interior Design magazines:
- Sköna Hem* – I discovered this interior design magazine at my grandmother’s place years ago and I had a subscription for ages. But then I moved to Belgium and had to discontinue it. However, my brother and sister gave me a new subscription as a christmas present in 2005 and since then it has been coming all the way to Brussels. My friend T who took over the contract on my apartment has been sending us our mail every now and then, and this week O came home with the last three issues (that I had a subscription on) (we get the mail sent to O’s office)! I was soo happy!!
- Elle Interiör – another favourite, I have been trying to get used to Elle Decoration (UK & US editions) but it is not just the same, and not even Elle Décoration (French edition)… In the foreign editions there are too many too modern, too sterile, too hotel-like homes! I have asked my mother to buy all the issues that I have missed of both Sköna Hem and Elle Interiör, and she’s bringing them to Puerto Rico in two weeks’ time!
- Living Etc – a British interior design magazine that I like as it shows both exclusive and “normal” homes. Great for inspiration!
- Damernas Värld – a Swedish magazine with, what I think, the perfect balance between fashion, interesting interviews with strong women, some recipes and travel articles.. I just received a package yesterday** from my friend L in Stockholm – with the latest issue of DV, some photos and some Swedish sweets!! I have been spoilt this week with magazines from home, that’s for sure!
- Marie Claire – a bit too many ads for my taste, but I like MC (preferably the UK version) for more or less the same reasons as I like the Swedish magazine above! I don’t buy MC regularly but every now and then, usually when I travel. I like how they make a smaller “travel-friendly” version of the magazine.
- Everyday with Rachael Ray – I am a fan of Rachael Ray and her cooking (minus all the cheese), and her magazine is fun and inspiring!
- Qué Pasa – a bilingual (EN/SP) travel magazine for Puerto Rico. I enjoy reading it to get tips and ideas for what to see and do on our island, especially when we have visitors.
- Sydsvenskan – my local newspaper in Skåne has a perfect website where I can read all (?) articles from the paper version. My grandfather used to work as a journalist for this paper so it is very closely connected to my family. I really missed it when I lived in “the north” (i.e Linköping, not very far north at all) but when I studied at Lund University I would always have a subscription to this newspaper. It’s quite funny how I can discuss newspaper articles with my family, despite us being so far apart.
- BBC News – not a newspaper but where I get my international news… It’s actually my “home” page on Internet Explorer.
So in conclusion, it is obvious that I prefer reading Swedish magazines and newspapers but I haven’t found any great American ones that I like. Maybe because my taste is more European? But, I will check out the other bloggers’ favourites and maybe I’ll find something that catches my fancy which I can try to find in Borders tomorrow!
*) O has the funniest way of pronuncing Sköna Hem, somehow he pronunces Sköna in the same way as he does the name of my friend’s ex-husband S and my Latvian sister Z. It’s not easy sometimes to know who / what he is talking about 😀
**) Yes, some mail is coming through to me again!! But my friend’s wedding invitation was returned to her (we couldn’t go to the wedding anyway, but it would have been nice to have the invitation at least) and my grandmother has given up on trying to send me letters! I still don’t understand if the mail delivery is depending on the mood of the postman or if some of the letters are really sent to Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria??