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...


  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?

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

  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!

  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

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

  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

  7. your blog is lovely!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!


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



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

  12. i want a blogger post friend.
    the magazines look fantastic. im rather in love with zink and paper magazine.
    xx fi

  13. 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

  14. Love internaional mail.


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

    High street + Couture =

  16. 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

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

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

  19. 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,...



  20. 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.

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

  22. cool! that sounds great,
    here is my email:,
    just let me know when u can...



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

  24. 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!

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

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

  27. 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!

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

  29. Such a RAD and COOL blog!
    penpals are lovely. if you wanna be pen pals, email me at!!! xoxo Bri

  30. 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.



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