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

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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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