Hi, my name is Lucinda and I am a Magazinophile. It started at a very young age, National Geographic was the first to be exact ( I wanted to be a wildlife photographer). Slowly I moved on to Seventeen, Glamour and Elle. By the time I hit High School, I knew that I wanted to be a part of the magic. All the places that I traveled to, boarding school, college, Italy and New York City, my magazines travelled with me, my constant companions. My Father can attest that after graduating from college, the U-Haul truck arrived filled with only a bed and at least 20 boxes of magazines. The images have inspired me every step of the way. When I got to New York City, I literally ran to Conde Nast. Unfortunately, I never worked at one of their publications but headed to Mirabella instead. Sadly, Mirabellaclosed it's doors but the magazines helped me when I started designing Childrenswear. Finally, they made their way from NYC to the other end of Connecticut. I still have at least 20 boxes of Magazines in my house which I constantly leaf through for inspiration, renovating a house, cooking a dinner, creating an event, designing a logo, raising a son and dreaming of white sand beaches in the middle of a New England winter.
It has truly been a tough year witnessing the end of some of the most amazing publications. It feels like a death in the family, my constant companions being taken off the rack and disappearing forever. But then as I was leafing through
a vintage Domino and an Elegant Bride, I was reminded of few things that made me feel a little better. First, I am so glad that I never listened to my parents who constantly wanted me to throw my "friends" away (my husband knows better!!). Second, after years of being inspired by the pages of Elegant Bride, I feel lucky and honored to have inspired them (see images below). And lastly, even though we seem to be at an "end of an era" for publications, and there is nothing like going to the newsstand or your mailbox for that shiny new issue of Elle Decor, there is now the online magazine or shall I say Blog.
So it's ok to be sad and mourn over some good "friends" but there are always new ones to be found and many of them are at your fingertips which you can leaf through every morning (instead of monthly) with a cup of jo and your fuzzy bunny slippers.
Emily & Ben, Island Farm, Stonington, CT 2005
Tatianna & Jeff, Wadawanuck Club, Stonington, CT 2007
Image by the uber-talented Jason Walz.