Operation: Magazine Obsession

As I have stated before, I have a sick obsession with magazines. I just feel like I can never throw them away because I was always scared I would lose an article, tip, picture, recipe, etc., so when it was all getting out of hand (I had huge rubbermaid’s full of old magazines), I decided to take charge. Over the past couple years in my free time when I would be home from school, I would slowly go through my magazines, ripping out the pages I wanted to keep, and always keeping the cover. This became a problem because back in the day I had ripped off the covers of tons of magazines and had them covering my entire wall…. (this was circa 2007, it was the day before Prom and I was trying out my dress and tiara with greasy hair) JUST POSTING TO SHOW MY WALL OF MAGAZINE COVERS… the wall behind me was COMPLETELY filled from top to bottom, the entire distance of my wall.

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Anyway, I’m doing my best to finish all the organization now, so that one day sometime soon, I will have no extra magazine clutter and everything will be fantastic and organized and put in it’s rightful place.

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These are the 6 binders of magazines I currently have (1 is still in the making).
With these 6 binders, I was able to purge just over 220 magazines.

220 magazines!!!!!

And those were the only ones I had left without their covers (that were all over my wall when I was younger). I saved the covers and the cover-less magazines, but I just didn’t find the time or energy to go through them all and match them up…. so they ended up in the recycling bin. Just a little over a year ago. I was keeping those things for years and years and finally had the nerve to just THROW THEM OUT. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. hahaha

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Today, here’s the random pile that I am still dealing with. I just went through all my Entertainment Weekly magazines and organized them by date (I was sooo mad to find out that of the years 2011 & 2012, I am missing just TWO issues of each year!!!!)

This is just a TEMPORARY organizing system until I make something more bright & pretty!

This is just a TEMPORARY organizing system until I make something more bright & pretty!

I am also obsessed and LOVING my semi-new collection of Coastal Living. I first subscribed in September 2011, and I don’t know how I ever went without these lovely magazines for so long! They are so full of bright blues and happiness and sunshine and amazing homes and recipes and cities…. I am keeping these in plastic and have to find a fun place to put my most inspirational magazines!

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I also need to sort/organize all my Rolling Stone issues and Alternative Press magazines…. Although I’m not sure if I want to keep all the AP, but I feel so bad throwing them away!!! (Again, I know this is not normal! hahah)

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Lastly, I don’t have that big of a collection yet, but since we are now monthly subscribers, we’ll be building our Playboy collection slowly but surely ;] I keep them stored in these magazine holder that I need to decorate for now.

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Along with all the magazine purging/sorting/organizing I’m doing today, I still have fresh new May/April issues that I need to read! :]

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So yes, I cannot part with my magazines and I am obsessed with covers and advertisements and articles and pictures and word art…….
and I’m not ashamed to admit it 😉

I can’t wait til I get them all organized and perfect so I can showcase them all!!!

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

5 Favorite Things in the Magazine

The cover of this week’s EW is so fantastic! I’m so excited to go see the movie next Friday, this cover made me smile for sure! I found my 5 favorite things in the issue that excited me or I felt was worth remembering & linked them up :]

 

• Entertainment Weekly • March 8, 2013 • #1249 •

EW 3/8/2013

EW 3/8/2013

1) I know I brought it up last week, BUT I seriously can’t wait for Wreck It Ralph to be on sale so we can head to Best Buy & pick up a copy. Probably end up getting Chipotle for lunch while watching the movie……. A usual Saturday of ours. ;]

2) You know the adorably funny commercials for AT&T with the little kids explaining things? Beck Bennett is the name of the man that sits with the kids asking them questions at the round table. I have always liked those commercials and I thought it was awesome to learn that Beck, who is 28, got casted in these commercials after his work on YouTube was discovered. His series “Fresh Perspectives” is absolutely hilarious is pretty much like the commercials. This one made me laugh out loud.

3) I can’t wait to see this movie, I love both Paul Rudd & Tiny Fey, they are both hilarious! Here’s the trailer.

4) In case I haven’t mentioned before, I am OBSESSED with (print) advertisements. Ever since I could remember, when looking through magazines, I never minded the ad pages because I would just obsess over them, finding the elements I loved, the parts I would change, etc. It’s always been one of my favorite things to collect too (I have binders FULL of my favorite ads that I have been collecting for well over 10 years). Anywayyyyy, this Tic-Tac ad makes me smile because of the bright colors, but I also love when the ad’s teach ya a fun fact like that! The other one in this series I especially remember is this one. 

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5) Finally, the beautiful Natalie Portman in her Miss Dior perfume ad. I love all the ads in this series, she is sooooo gorgeous and the pictures are just so simple & perfect. This video is the Miss Dior film, she is SO SMOKIN HOT in it!

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I’m so obsessed with my magazines (and always have been), I’m so happy that I’m now finally actually looking into the things I would dog-ear the pages to remember….. but then would just get tossed aside and never done. Today, I’m able to listen to the songs, watch the videos, look up things I wanted to further learn about it, etc. It’s so exciting & I love that I’ll always be able to remember it now :]

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

EW + a Little Shopping

Just a few quick tidbits from this week’s Entertainment Weekly, and then my fun new items I bought shopping this weekend. Haven’t really been shopping in a while, and I even stopped shopping online for almost a good 2 weeks. And for me, that’s crazy awesome because I usually purchase at least like, one Groupon a day and constantly checking out other sales and such online. Now that I had quit my job, however, things have changed & I’m trying to be more frugal (which really isn’t that hard for me because I already have so much, I don’t need anymore crap in our house!)………. but, there IS always room for more…. or so I tell myself :]

• Entertainment Weekly • March 1, 2013 • #1248

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EW 3/1/2013

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this lil guy is sooo adorable, his video is amazing and inspirational!

this lil guy is sooo adorable, his video is amazing and inspirational!

obsessed. envy her beauty!!

obsessed. envy her beauty!!

can't wait to finally be able to see this!

can’t wait to finally be able to see this!

i am quite intrigued by this flavor of vodka. have to try it

i am quite intrigued by this flavor of vodka. have to try it

Aaaaaand now for the few things I got this weekend that make me smile :]

First, from Sephora:

4 piece flawless complexion set

4 piece flawless complexion set

comes with all this goodness!

comes with all this goodness!

retail: $30.00

retail: $30.00

LOVE benefit's packaging, always.

LOVE benefit’s packaging, always.

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the only black eyeliner i ever use. for years, this is what i have been wearing on my eyes.

the only black eyeliner i ever use. for years, this is what i have been wearing on my eyes.

retail: $19.00

retail: $19.00

gonna test these vs. brush for the new cover up set. retail $5.00

gonna test these vs. brush for the new cover up set. retail $5.00

Next, from Payless Shoes: I just had to get these for a couple reasons. A) I just threw away my shorter heeled, pointy toed black pair of shoes the other day with the intention of buying a new pair, B) not only were these on sale, but they were from Payless, so they were cheap and I thought I would be paying a lot more for a pair, C) everybody needs a favorite pair of black heels that can go with just about everything and now I found my favorite ones :]

retail: $32.99 / sale price: $24.99

retail: $32.99 / sale price: $24.99

was trying to snap a pic of the shoes but Aria would not leave it alone!

was trying to snap a pic of the shoes but Aria would not leave it alone!

shiny, black, semi-pointed, 3.75" heel

shiny, black, semi-pointed, 3.75″ heel

And finally, from Marshall’s: I needed new special color treated shampoo & conditioner, so these were perfect! Half price & I love the packaging! The brush was needed as well because I have been using the same brush that is in 2 pieces that I constantly have to glue back together…. for the past 4 years! The beautiful blue color of this new brush didn’t hurt either :]

retail: $16 / price: $7.99

retail: $16 / price: $7.99

it was only $5!!!

it was only $5!!!

All in all I got some awesome deals & can’t wait to start using the awesome Benefit makeup set :]
Shopping always makes me so happpppppyyyyyy!!

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse

Inspiration from magazines.

Like I have already said before, I love reading and collecting magazines. I think the main reason I can never throw them away is because I’m afraid that I’ll remember something I read and want to be able to refer back to something. Now, I will start marking the little things that make me happy or pictures I want to remember, and start blogging with them here :]

Today’s inspiration comes from a couple magazines:

• Coastal Living • March 2013 • Volume 17, Issue 2 •

Mar '13

Mar ’13

lovely colors, this room screams my name!

lovely colors, this room screams my name!

i need to buy this pretty paint (isn't too $$$ either!!)

i need to buy this pretty paint (isn’t too $$$ either!!)

these glasses looked really cool :]

these glasses looked really cool :]

this room screams BEAUTY to me.

this room screams BEAUTY to me.

lovely little room i would have for guests.

lovely little room i would have for guests.

oh the blue!!!!!

oh the blue!!!!!

pictures of colors alone just make me smile. :]

pictures of colors alone just make me smile. :]

Shrimp-Pineapple Fried Rice recipe

Shrimp-Pineapple Fried Rice recipe

Coastal Living is one of my all-time favorite magazines. They are a breeze to read/look through, and the photos are always super gorgeous and perfect, making me jealous but also giving me ideas for my future coastal home I dream to have one day 🙂 I would recommend this magazine to anyone who loves the whole beach scene and things revolving around that sort of decor and meals… super great mag!

• Entertainment Weekly • February 22, 2013 • #1247 •

2/22/13 EW

2/22/13 EW

I absolutely LOVED the cover of this issue with Seth & his two characters Stewie & Ted. I was very excited when I saw this waiting for me in my mailbox… :]

LOVE him from New Girl

LOVE him from New Girl

Ron is one of the best characters on TV- ever.

Ron is one of the best characters on TV- ever.

NEED TO TRY THIS!!!! (since I love 3 cheese ziti)

NEED TO TRY THIS!!!! (since I love 3 cheese ziti)

• Rolling Stone • Issue 1177 • Feb 26, 2013 •

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Feb 26 RS

As usual, this Rolling Stone cover caught my attention right away, even though I don’t particularly like the show Girls. I did love the black and white and pink themed colors tho… I am obsessed with word art/ type font type stuff!

i wanna wear two pairs of Chucks like this. makes me smile & wanna do for christmas!

i wanna wear two pairs of Chucks like this. makes me smile & wanna do for christmas!

I was only 3... only know a couple of those songs.

I was only 3… only know a couple of those songs.

....now I can basically sing them all! Mumford should be a bit higher!

….now I can basically sing them all! Mumford should be a bit higher!

Self • March 2013 •

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Self Mar 13

I don’t actually subscribe to this one, but I am thinking about it because it it’s so cheap….. damn I love magazines!!!!! Plus, I found SO MANY inspirational pictures, ideas, etc., in this issue I’m sure I would begin to love it more & more in further issues to come!

Usually I LOVE essie ads, but this one, ehhhh, idk, doesn't do it for me.

Usually I LOVE essie ads, but this one, ehhhh, idk, doesn’t do it for me.

awesome work out

awesome work out

here were some cute examples

here were some cute examples

this is a question i SOMETIMES feel like i could relate to...

this is a question i SOMETIMES feel like i could relate to…

these are hearts are all bronzer thingies... how awesome & cute!

these are hearts are all bronzer thingies… how awesome & cute!

this is actually a perfume. i love love love the packaging!

this is actually a perfume. i love love love the packaging!

super awesome bright yellow bike.

super awesome bright yellow bike.

want this phone case meow.

want this phone case meow.

cool treadmill warm up

cool treadmill warm up

and her hair too... :)

and her hair too… 🙂

want this girls hair. just love it so much!!!!

want this girls hair. just love it so much!!!!

love this photo shoot

love this photo shoot

positive picture & vibes, easy little warm ups

positive picture & vibes, easy little warm ups


and then finally, my last one of the day,

• Us Weekly • Issue 941 • Feb 25, 2013 •

US Weekly Feb 25

US Weekly Feb 25

I don’t subscribe to this one either, just sometimes on weekends when I feel like I really need to read some gossip, I buy these types of magazines, however after reading a couple of them I’m starting to miss them and I’m looking into getting a subscriptions. These ones are sooooo expensive though so I don’t know if I really would get it!

love this ad. makes me smile and wanna try that.

love this ad. makes me smile and wanna try that.

LOVE this lip balms so much.

LOVE this lip balms so much.

Lucy Hale is so frickin gorgeous!

Lucy Hale is so frickin gorgeous!

yayy they're suggesting everyone watch New Girl because it's such an awesome show; I know I will be!

yayy they’re suggesting everyone watch New Girl because it’s such an awesome show; I know I will be!

this ad makes me laugh, plus I can't wait to try these.

this ad makes me laugh, plus I can’t wait to try these.

So those were just some of my weird, random parts that I love from reading thru magazines over a nice, long weekend…… NOT looking forward to work tomorrow at ALL!! ohhhhhh well…….. should be over sooon……

all love & smiles :]

mary elyse