Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Pen Pal blogger treats courtesy of Ioana of Fashezine


After absent mindedly posting a comment on Ioana's blog, Fashezine, offering to post her copies of Dazed and Confused that she couldn't track down in her home town, I thought it would be nice if we could trade magazines/treats instead of just reimbursing me so we came up with the idea of becoming Pen Pal bloggers.

So this is the first post documenting our Pen Pal journey, I hope you like it! There is a little envelope on my right hand sidebar (or click here) where you can find a page dedicated to the posted treats...

I had been expecting Ioana's parcel in the post for a few days now, what with weekends and bank holidays getting in the way, so when it finally arrived this morning I was nothing but delighted with the contents. Ioana had sent me a couple of her favourite magazines, 'Interview' from her recent trip to New York and her favourite Romanian magazine 'Omagiu' which thankfully has English translations, accompanied by a very cute, handwritten postcard from Ioana. I love seeing different handwriting, there's always so much personality that you just can't capture in an email.

I have never owned a copy of 'Interview' before, only stared longingly at it's website as it's difficult to get hold of in rural England... So thumbing through it's massive pages was a proper treat, though I always forget just how many adverts there are in American magazines. I was enthralled by the interview with the beautiful Carey Mulligan, inspired by the Bronx Ballerina editorial and fell in love with their photography.

'Omagiu' had me at 'Hello'. With just a lonely, plaited braid of hair on a completely white background on it's front cover, I was hooked. This issue is obsessed with magicians, dissection and witchcraft so it is packed full of beautiful, thought provoking illustrations, art work and fashion. It is definitely a culture and ideas magazine rather than solely fashion which interests me greatly. I could flick through it's pages for hours without getting bored.

I love the smell of proper, chunky magazines, there's something about it, and feeling the paper in your hands, that can never be replicated online and keeps magazines oh so special. I also love getting post for a similar reason, I love looking at stamps, seeing handwriting and opening envelopes. It's also lovely to see things specifically chosen for you, Ioana got it perfectly right, I love both of the magazines!

To see more of Interview online, click here. To see more of Omagiu, which I thoroughly recommend you do, click here.

If you have been inspired by this and want to get involved, find yourself a fellow blogger to be your penpal and get posting! Let us know how you get on if you do...
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34 comments

  1. hay i love ur blog like so much..
    this is my first time on ur blog
    and im following you :)
    would you check out mine and follow me back?
    http://kylacallista.blogspot.com/

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  2. Omagiu definitely sounds like my kind of magazine, looks like an interesting issue too!

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  3. Ah Clare, so glad they finally arrived! Loving the post you did on they, captured everything just perfect! The illustration from Omagiu with hand-writting on it is one of my favourites too :p. Anyways, working on my post with the ones I have from you as we speak! Again so happy you liked them, they where send with lots of love!

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  4. This is funny as Interview has recently come to my attention. I was watching a TV program about Andy Warhol and had no idea that he actually founded it. O well, I feel so behind on times.

    I love big chunky magazines. Lots to see and explore.

    & there's just something enchanting about handwritten letters, stamps and recieving beautiful post I agree.

    WANTED : penpal

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  5. im following you :) would you follow me back?? kiss
    underworld

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  6. This is sooo cute i totally love this idea!

    There are sooo many magazines around the world I would love to buy but just are not available in the UK!

    Thanks so much for sharing !!

    Char x

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  7. such a good idea! i'd love to do this with someone in france who could send me Numero....£7+ for a magazine is SO MUCH, but the editorials are SO GOOD.
    jenn.x

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  8. I have mentioned you on my blog and used the picture of your amazing elastic wedges. Hope you don't mind but I found your post inspirational!

    http://laurenlovesshops.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  9. totally lovely, and that cover of carey mulligan is so dreamy and pretty! thanks for showing pen pal.... love it!

    xo

    justyna

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  10. The things that can happen for bloggers... Great idea! And these magazines look really interesting.

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  11. i want a blogger post friend.
    the magazines look fantastic. im rather in love with zink and paper magazine.
    xx fi
    http://saveourshoes.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh what a wonderful idea! That Omagiu magazine looks so interesting. I love discovering new magazines, especially since it's hard to get hold of them around here.
    Clare x

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  13. Love internaional mail.

    .sarah
    http://sarahbrown88.blogspot.com/

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  14. god it's been years since i had a penpal! think i had 21 at one point too x

    Missy
    High street + Couture =
    http://thefashionfusion.blogspot.com

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  15. this is such a great idea! I'd love to do something similar if i had the time- and lived nearer a post office..! xx

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  16. nice post those magazine pics r verey cool
    great post

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  17. Girls! What an amazing idea you had ;)

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  18. hi, thanks for ur comment!!

    i think i´ve already asked to u if u are living in manchester... i am living there for 1 month and i am very keen on meet people, places, stores, relationship with fashion, blog,...

    Thanks

    gloria

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  19. UH! This is the best idea.

    Interview looks so good, and the handwritten postcard is lovely.

    Right, fellow commentors on Clare's post- who wants to be penpals? Haha.

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  20. awesome magazine!
    and you have the best idea <33

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  21. cool! that sounds great,
    here is my email: glorimeri78@hotmail.com,
    just let me know when u can...

    cheers,

    gloria

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  22. Oh my word!! I want a pen pal too!!

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  23. This settles it. I need a pen pal ASAP. I used to have a Japanese one in middle school and it was always such a treat to receive the letters!

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  24. WOW!! the pictures are lovely. Mags from romania thats awesoem!! :D I want pen pals too!! OMG :D xxxxx

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  25. What a wonderful idea! I'd love to try this :)

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  26. I had an idea like this the other day because I too was missing Dazed and Confused.

    If you ever want some Toronto and Montreal indie fashion mags let me know!

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  27. aww what a lovely idea! now i really want a penpal blogger! x

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  28. Such a RAD and COOL blog!
    penpals are lovely. if you wanna be pen pals, email me at
    twentygirls.blog@gmail.com!!! xoxo Bri

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  29. I love this idea - blogger penpals! Very cute.

    Ugh! I feel so behind, being on vacation left me all out of the loop with my daily blog reads. I don't think I'll ever catch up.

    KeepItFvncy,
    M.E.

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