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Fashion Magazine Covers Spring Fashion Trends 2014

6 of the Most Fashion-Forward Spring Magazine Covers

Fashion Magazine Covers Spring Fashion Trends 2014 Best CoversWant to look runway-ready this spring? Take some inspiration from these trendy fashion magazine covers which showcase some of the season’s hottest styles!

Back in the fall, the top fashion designers unveiled their spring looks on the runway. In the past couple of months, what are being called this season’s hottest trends have made their way onto magazine covers.

Whether you’re a diehard fashionista or prefer to set your own trends, you’ll be inspired by these looks that top fashion magazines declare as being hot right now. Here are some of the season’s most fashion forward spring magazine covers:

New York Magazine, Spring Fashion Issue:  Actress Lupita Nyong’o is everywhere these days—the big screen, the red carpet, and now fashion magazine cover girl. The artistic execution—which we love—serves a dual purpose here, as it showcases an eye-catching floral print that’s all the rage this spring.

Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Spring 2014: Rising star Naya Rivera of “Glee” fame wears several spring trends on the cover of this Spanish-language magazine. In addition to the colorful floral print, Rivera’s top is both athletic-inspired and cropped—the latter of which we’ve seen on quite a few magazines.

InStyle UK, March 2014: English actress Anna Friel also shows off a couple of in-style looks on this British fashion magazine. For starters, the boxy shape of her dress is said to be a popular cut in both blouses and jackets. It also appears to be a dressier sweatshirt material, which going to be hot this season.

Vogue, March 2014: Singer Rihanna lights up the cover of this iconic fashion magazine, rocking four spring trends. The cropped top is one, but it’s also mesh and is embellished with beads and sequins, like her. Finally, her top is fringed to round out her very fashion-forward cover girl look.

Marie Claire, March 2014: Everyone’s favorite she-vampire takes center stage on this fashion magazine. Her heavily beaded dress earns high marks for incorporating two seasonal trends. Embellishments are hot now, and her dress is certainly that, but its graphic design adds another stylish dimension to it.

People StyleWatch, March 2014: “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez highlights one of the hottest—and easiest—trends on this celebrity style magazine. White blouses, white dresses, and white pants are everywhere this season. Lace details on her blouse also add a sheer touch which is popular this spring.

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Our Favorite Romantic PEOPLE Magazine Covers (Plus a Subscription Deal to Love)

People Magazine Romantic Magazine Covers Celebrities Magazine Subscription Discount Deal Extra 10 Dollars 1 Year Subscription Print DigitalWe’re falling for some of PEOPLE magazine’s most romantic magazine covers today, as well as the subscription deal that can help you keep up with all those blushing brides and handsome grooms!

Love is in the air today on Valentine’s Day, and there’s certainly no shortage of the agony and ecstasy of it on celebrity magazine covers pretty much every day.

So many headlines focus on breakups, makeups, engagements (broken and otherwise), marriages, and divorces.

If you want to keep up on all the ever-changing relationship statuses of your favorite celebrities, sign up for a 1-year PEOPLE magazine subscription and save an extra $10 through today. This deal includes print issues, as well as immediate digital access.

In the spirit of this day devoted to the celebration of love, we’re going to highlight our favorite romantic PEOPLE magazine covers. Get ready to fall head over heels for these:

The Royal Wedding, May 16, 2011: We all love a good fairy tale, and the courtship and marriage of William and Katherine had the makings of a modern-day one. This special collector’s issue cover captured the beauty and bliss of their big day.

Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth, April 18, 2011: The second time down the aisle appears to be a charm for actress Reese Witherspoon. She stunned in the role of blushing bride during her California wedding to talent agent Jim Toth.

Beyonce & Jay-Z, April 21, 2008: This super-musical couple tied the knot in a super-secret New York City affair. Of course, Beyonce—the celebrity magazine’s “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” honoree in 2012—lived up to that coveted title.

Trista & Ryan Sutter, December 22, 2003: In proof that sometimes love can be found on a reality show, the star of the first season of “The Bachelorette” found happiness at the end of her journey. She and firefighter Ryan Sutter wed in California in a televised ceremony—what else!

Easy DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Guy from Pinterest

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for Him DIY BouquetsCan’t think of a great gift for your guy this Valentine’s Day? Make your own with the help of these crafty DIY bouquets we found from, where else, Pinterest!

Roses, chocolates, jewelry—there’s an endless supply of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her out there. But when it comes to the main man in your life, flowers and heart-shaped diamonds probably aren’t at the top of his wish list.

Thankfully, there’s some pretty crafty—and creative—gift ideas for him that you can find, and no source is more popular these days than the pinning phenomenon that is Pinterest.

Rather than settling for a gift that’ll leave him less than enthused, resort to a thoughtful gift that you can make yourself that he’s sure to love.

In the spirit of all the flowers that will be delivered this week, we limited our easy DIY gifts for him to bouquets of some of his favorite things. Here’s four of our picks from Pinterest:

Candy Bar Bouquet: Does your guy have a sweet tooth? Indulge him in all his favorite candy bars or other sugary treats with this perfectly festive presentation. This pin from Buzzfeed doesn’t overlook details like using rose cupcake wrappers to give it an authentic bouquet look.

Bacon Rose Bouquet: If the way to your man’s heart is through his stomach, then perhaps this is the way to go. In just four easier-than-you-think steps illustrated in this pin from our own Magazines.com blog, you can create a delicious and manly Valentine’s Day bouquet.

Minis Bouquet: Give your main squeeze a dozen (or more) mixers for his favorite cocktail with this drinkable bouquet. This idea from MBDesire is highly customizable, which means you can demonstrate how well you know your man and what he loves.

Themed Bouquet: Go for a themed presentation if you really want to flex your creativity. This “You Comfort Me” bouquet via Trusper combines comfy socks, undies, and Southern Comfort minis, for example. Again, personalize away to show you’re well aware of all his favorite treats and things.

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The Ugly Truth About Fashion Magazines and Body Image-Photoshop Controversies

Fashion Magazine Covers Body Image Double Standard Photoshop Controversy Design CompositionFashion magazine critics claim they’re pushing for the industry to accept and feature beauty of all colors, shapes, and sizes. But why is it they don’t cry Photoshop foul when a pencil-thin model or celeb graces a magazine cover?

If it’s not a body image debate that’s abuzz in the fashion magazine world, it’s a Photoshop controversy that’s brewing. You can file Lena Dunham’s February Vogue spread under the latter, but unlike most photo-retouching controversies, this one failed to gain much steam.

It started when Jezebel, the popular feminist blog, offered $10,000 to the fashion magazine for the original images from “Girls” star Lena Dunham’s photo shoot.

Rather than discovering Dunham had been photoshopped to the extreme, the before-and-after photos posted on the site show only minor touch-ups—such as lifting the dress’s neckline, a tuck at the hip, smoothing a wrinkle, removing bags under the eyes—were made.

Many commenters on the blog were more offended by Jezebel’s “mean girl” attack on Dunham—criticizing her posture, pointing out wrinkles and other imperfections—than the use of Photoshop in basically making small enhancements to the photos that appeared in Vogue.

These days Photoshop has become a dirty word in the magazine industry. Once considered a helpful tool to make minor edits to avoid expensive reshoots, its use now is often assumed as a means of creating a deceptive image.

But, ironically, that controversy seems to bubble up when a fashion magazine steps out of its size-2 cover girl comfort zone and features a plus-sized celebrity.

In recent months, Elle magazine came under fire for “hiding” funny girl Melissa McCarthy under a baggy coat on one of its “Women in Hollywood” covers. And it was criticized again when Mindy Kaling—the Indian-American star of “The Mindy Project”—was featured in black and white on one of its “Women in Television” covers.

McCarthy and Kaling’s cover girl peers were featured wearing body-hugging clothing in full-color photos. Which led many to believe that magazine was subtly pushing a double-standard when it came to body size and ethnicity.

Both have publicly said they were pleased with their cover looks, but that didn’t stemmed the criticism. Even Lena Dunham said she felt her appearance in Vogue was an accurate reflection of her style. She told Slate, “I don’t understand why, Photoshop or no, having a woman who is different than the typical Vogue cover girl, could be a bad thing.”

The truth is that isn’t a bad thing. But this rampant distrust of Photoshop and demand for equality and acceptance of all shapes, sizes, and colors of beauty has created an ugly response.

Since when does anyone—ANYONE—take a perfect photograph? Where is the demand for unretouched photos of Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Moss, and a hundred other skinny, model-perfect examples of beauty that are pushed upon us every month? When any one of them is featured closely cropped or covered up, where is the outrage that their bodies are being hidden?

The critics howl the loudest when a plus-sized star makes it on a fashion magazine cover, insisting that the industry still can’t accept more than one version of beauty. And just when Vogue seems to embrace the notion that it is in its pages, then some way, somehow Photoshop must be to blame.

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10 Organization Tips for the New Year from Top Home Magazines and Pinterest

Easy Organization Tips Tricks DIY Storage Ideas Home Decor Home MagazinesWant to make 2014 the year you finally get your home in order? Start with these small, but effective organization ideas from Pinterest and top home magazines that will get clutter under control in no time!

Get organized. Cut out the clutter. Sound familiar? If you’re like many, you might have resolved to do just that in 2014.

One of the biggest obstacles you face just might be the overwhelming feeling you get as you wonder where to begin. Redbook magazine suggests tackling one small organizational task every day, even if it’s just a small step. At the end of a month, you’ll have made some progress that will hopefully snowball until you’ve reached your ultimate goal.

In keeping with Redbook’s advice, we took to some top home magazines and, of course, the super-helpful pinning phenomenon that is Pinterest to find these 10 simple tips for organization to help get you going.

1. Manage Your Mail: For starters, open your mail over the shredder or recycling bin, suggests Redbook. That will help you make quick decisions about what to toss and what to keep. Good Housekeeping recommends putting everything else in a visible storage space—trays, bins, wall file, etc.—so you don’t forget to deal with the important stuff.

2. Go to the Bar: As in placing one in cabinets under sinks in the kitchen and in bathrooms. Blogger Bailey, Marie, and Me demonstrates it’s great for hanging spray bottles like cleaners, air fresheners, and other items, plus it nearly doubles your storage! Who couldn’t use that?

3. Spice Things Up: So many spices, so hard to keep track of them all. To keep your kitchen cabinets from getting overrun, install a mop holder inside doors to hold them. Not only will it keep your spices organized, but you’ll finally be able to see them all at once.

4. Wrap Up Your Towels: Closet space may be precious, especially in small bathrooms or guest bathrooms. To get more of it, hang wicker on their sides or even a wine rack. Roll up your towels and place them in your choice of storage. Instant organization—and space!

5. Protect Yourself From Stains: Martha Stewart Living suggests organizing a stain treatment kit so you can act fast to combat spills, ink, and other common blemishes. Keep cornstarch for fresh grease stains; natural bleaches like lemon juice and white vinegar; glycerin for ballpoint ink; and a mild, clear dishwashing liquid for all-purpose stains. Add eyedroppers and cotton swabs to your kit for easy application.

6. Hang It Up: An unmanaged closet can get out of hand fast. Just think of the chaos unkempt scarves, tank tops, and ties can create! Peeking Pines says get them under control by adding shower rings to hangers. For tank tops and ties, All Things Mandi suggests installing a towel rack, then hang and organize hang away!

7. Put On a Prettier Face: With your makeup! Start with a magnetic board in a decorative frame. Affix magnetic strips to the backs of all your essentials and attach. Don’t forget to add small baskets to hold brushes and such. This keeps your makeup off counters, and it frees up drawer space, too!

8. Just Shoe It: Removing shoes at the door is an easy way to prevent tracking in dirt and other pollutants. Keeping them organized there may be another. Good Housekeeping recommends mats, shoe racks, and decorative wicker baskets. Wet shoes and boots especially need to be stored where they will get plenty of air circulation to help them dry.

9. Prepare for Playtime Disaster: “Neat” is probably not the word that comes to mind when you think of your child’s room after playtime. But you can make cleanup easier by using bins and baskets, like these from A Well-Dressed Home, labeled with categories to keep like items together. Good Housekeeping recommends this as an alternative to using lidded toy boxes so your child can see where the toys go and help with cleanup.

10. Tame Magazine Mayhem: Your favorite subscriptions can pile up fast (we know!). But Cot Cozy’s idea to use plastic wall racks—like you’d see in a waiting room—help keep all your magazines neat and organized. Plus you get the bonus of “artwork” that changes every month!

For more information on these and other organization ideas, visit our Pinterest board here!

Magazine News Year in Review 2013

Top Magazine Stories of 2013

Magazine News Year in Review 2013The more things changed for magazines in 2013, the more they stayed the same. Several celebrated major milestones, some went digital-only, and one notable title announced its intent to return to print.

Another year in the magazine industry marked another year of changes. More magazines went digital, more made adjustments because of the changing nature of magazine readership.

But as much as digital made its mark on magazines in 2013, several other developments should be taken as proof that those traditional print editions aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. So with 2014 just days away, we take a look back at some of the top headlines in the magazine industry of the past year.

1. More Magazines Go Digital: In 2013, we said goodbye to several magazines in their printed form, like Whole Living in January and PC World in August. Perhaps none made bigger headlines than Newsweek, which started the year in its new all-digital form. By the end of the year, Newsweek’s new ownership announced it would be bringing the print magazine back in early 2014.

2. Everyday Food Supplement Debuts: Martha Stewart’s beloved digest-sized food magazine, Everyday Food, became a digital casualty of late 2012. Fans were promised it would live on online and in quarterly supplements to Martha Stewart Living subscribers. The first debuted in February.

3. Magazines Get a Makeover: Every year, we can usually count on a few titles to make a few tweaks in their look, but it’s rarely happened to The Atlantic. In March, the monthly unveiled a bolder cover look, a redesigned table of contents, and more engaging layout changes. Reader’s Digest debuted its makeover with its January 2014 issue (already on newsstands), and Popular Science will follow suit in February 2014.

4. More Female Writers Get Recognition: The National Magazine Award nominations were kinder to female writers and reporters this year. Half of the field of 34 awards finalists were women, compared to just seven of 24 a year ago. Women received recognition in each of the 23 awards categories, after being shut out of four in 2012.

5. Magazine Readership Posts Solid Numbers: Digital has long been thought to spell the end of printed magazines, but numbers released in May showed a 3 percent increase in readership—helped in part because of tablet editions. Among the more popular genres are magazines devoted to diet, fitness, and mental well-being.

6. New York Magazine Awarded Cover of the Year: New York Magazine’s Hurricane Sandy cover image titled “The City and the Storm” took top honors in the American Society of Magazine Editors “Cover of the Year” contest. The post-Sandy image captured the city that never sleeps in half-darkness.

7. Multiple Magazines Mark Milestone Anniversaries: 2013 was a banner year for major celebrations for major magazines. National Geographic marked its 125th anniversary in October with a special issue devoted to photography. Time celebrated its 90th anniversary in February, while Esquire turned 80 in October. Just more proof of the longevity of the printed word.

8. Time Inc. Unveils New Subscription Model: Starting with PEOPLE magazine in September, Time Inc. debuted its new subscription packages. The publisher offers traditional print-only or digital-only subscriptions, or print-plus-digital offerings for readers who want a taste of both.

9. Nancy Gibbs Makes Magazine History: Her byline has been attached to well over 100 cover stories of the venerable newsweekly, but Nancy Gibbs made magazine history in September when she was named Time magazine’s first female managing editor.

10. New York Magazine Scales Back: The longtime weekly magazine that covered the Big Apple announced earlier this month that it would cut back to bi-weekly production. Citing the higher costs of production and diminishing print ad revenues, the magazine said it would scale back its printed issues and also invest in its online presence as its digital ad revenues continue to rise.