Why I like Instyle Magazine

April’s and May’s 2017 covers of US Instyle magazine made me happy. April’s featured Victoria Beckham and with May, Amy Schumer. 2 ladies with 2 totally different body shapes and age. Victoria Beckham gives us thinner lipped girls hope in a social media world of plump lips and lip injections. Amy Schumer proves you don’t have to be a haute corture runway supermodel to be on a cover of an international fashion magazine. Confidence and beauty at 20, 40 and 30

For as long as I can remember I’ve been an US Instyle magazine reader. I don’t think I’ve missed an issue since 2003. I was so happy when I found my then local kiosk sold it in Spain when I moved here. Continue reading “Why I like Instyle Magazine”

I See You Spring

Happy March!

I’m getting excited. Spring’s saying hello! I can feel it’s buzz in the mornings, it’s warmth, the light’s changing from it’s soft winter glow. Late Winter, early Spring’s coming a close second to my love of Summer. In about 2 weeks I’ll be switching out my winter coat. It’s warm enough early afternoon to have a lighter jacket but the mornings and evenings say different. I’m hoping that saying if March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb and vice versa the lion’s roar’s worse that its bite. The next few weeks look sunny and windy and I’ve got my fingers crossed the wind’s the lion. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now the days are getting longer myself and what Continue reading “I See You Spring”

Books 2016 Part 2

Happy Monday!

I can’t believe January’s nearly in double digits already. Maybe January this year won’t feel like the long month it usually is. Already the days are getting noticeably longer even if the temps are dipping to single and minus digits around here at night.

Anyways, continuing from Part 1 of my books 2016 list and working down the pile of books, part 2.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Part 1 can be found here. Continue reading “Books 2016 Part 2”

Books 2016 Part 1

When I wasn’t outside playing as a kid, my nose buried in a book. Which my Mum loved and was puzzled by. I read so much my spelling should have been amazing. It’s not and it wasn’t until my mid teens my parents realised I’m mildly dyslexic. No one ever told me and it was until P said something I thought maybe. Recently I mentioned it to my Mum and she said when they realised, it was too late. That’s why I hardly use ‘big’ words and my Spanish pronunciation isn’t what it should. I joke and it’s true I can’t pronounce words in my own language which usually lets me off a little. It doesn’t affect my day to day life much, I’ve learnt to work around it and play I’m learning Spanish. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For the past few years I confess I haven’t read many books since Apple released the iPhone. Internet at my Continue reading “Books 2016 Part 1”

The Magazine Shop

When I/we first moved to Spain, one of my many priorities was, ‘Am I going to find my American magazines’. Learning Spanish was high on the list too. Ironically it was a trip to Prague where I first encountered and started reading USA Glamour magazine. I remember Sarah Michelle Gellar was on the cover during in her Buffy days. Back then few places in London aside from Borders sold international magazines. Now most WHSmith’s throughout the UK do, however even now I prefer to read American magazines to British magazines. 

I needn’t have worried. Along the upper part of Las Ramblas near Placa Catalunya are quite few few kiosks selling international magazines as does FNAC in El Triangle. However one of the best magazine shops was/is literally around the corner from our then apartment.The Magazine Shop, Placeta de Montcada

Located in El Borne in one of the smaller most picturesque squares in the city, Placeta de Montcada is the ‘magazine shop’. 10 years and I still don’t know it’s name! Family run, with a very patient, but loves the attention golden retriever (sadly he passed last year. Golden retriever Junior is gradually learning the ropes), stock a large a selection of English language magazines. US and UK Glamour, Instyle, Shape, Cosmo, National Geographic, Elle, Vogue, Harpers, the artsy fashion magazines which few other places do and a whole host of other international newspapers and magazines.Placeta de Montcada

Placeta de Montcada

International magazines here are about a month behind. Every month around the same time, I’d pass by for a few days to see if any had arrived. I think I became known as the ‘La nena de revistas americanas’ (American Magazine Girl). I’d prop my bike up, smile and be told ¡Mañana! or ¡Si, creo que si!! The owners are also very patient!

They sell ice creams, soft drinks, water and postcards too!

The Magazine Shop, Placeta de Montcada

Last year when we came back to Barcelona for a ‘see how it is to move back’ trip, I popped by to say hello. 2 years I hadn’t passed by and they welcomed me with the biggest smile, asking where I’d been and how am I. There was me thinking they wouldn’t recognise me!

Sadly now, I get most of my magazines on line via Zinio. It works out cheaper and saves trees. I started Zinio in France as the magazines there are way more expensive than here. That said, if you’re ever on the Côte d’Azur, the best international magazine shop is located in Antibes, just past the Arch in Port Vauban as you start the sea wall walk. You’re welcome!Palm trees Placeta de Montcada

US Instyle Magazine however is the only magazine of the ones I read currently unavailable on line in Europe. So once a month around the same time I pass by when I can, ask, to be told ¡Mañana! or ¡Si! Some days though I wake up with a feeling it’s arrived and it has! The lady, who I think is starting to learn English, likes to say the prices in English to see if she got them right. In return, I learn a bit of Catalan and I always ask how the dog is. If he’s around they call him over so I can say hello.

I could get the magazines from other places and if even Instyle was to become available on Zinio, I think I’d say no. I don’t get to say hello to a cute golden retriever, have bike ride through El Borne or learn a bit of Catalan and it’s history.

Do you like to support small businesses? Magazines on line or paper? I like on conivence of on line, it saves trees, but I never read them as quickly as traditional paper. I’m more likely to pick up and read a magazine lying around!