Sunday, September 15, 2013
But recently I've discovered something nice. Something pretty. The British Harper's Bazaar is marvelous. First, it's printed in a small version which makes it tote-able and easy to hold - its diminutive size makes it a cozy read. Also, Bazaar has Justine Picardie as editor-in-chief. She is Coco Chanel's most premiere biographer and that makes her understand that women want pretty more than they want shock. Also, Harper's Bazaar has always had literary ambitions which at one time was considered indispensable to a cultivated readership. This month, the magazine delivered with a long-forgotten short story by Virginia Woolf, "Lapin and Lapinova". It held my interest one entire lunch hour as I sat eating on a stonewall in the sun. No joy-less lunch eating for me.
I'm also a sucker for any reference to a romantic painting that appears with modern lipsticks and shoes. Just thumbing through the Brit Bazaar is a mini art or history lesson. At the very least, one can soak in a little beauty. Their almost monthly spin-off of Diana Vreeland's "Why Don't You..." columns inspire me even more than the book of Vreeland's actual columns.
The magazine is a bit more expensive than the American version, and celebs still grace the covers but I'm loving it because, simply put, Pretty makes me happy.