Magazine suggestions, please!
June 27, 2006 7:55 AM   Subscribe

Do you have any fun, cool, hip magazine suggestions for someone who desperately misses Budget Living and needs more stuff to read around her messy apartment?

Two of my favorite magazines died this year -- Budget Living and CHOW. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for replacement mags (print or online). I'm looking for fun, hip magazines aimed at the 20s and 30s sets. I have a wide variety of interests (architecture/design/girly stuff/personal finance/indie rock/etc...) and the magazines that I get right now include Under The Radar, Dwell, Domino, The Economist, and Real Simple (which I like but feel is aimed at women older than me who own their homes, whereas I'm young-ish, single and a renter, so it's sometimes boring). I really loved Budget Living and I'm so sad that it didn't last, so anything similar to that would be awesome, but anything else would be great too -- what do the cool kids* read these days?

*And by kids, I mean those of you in your late 20s and early 30s!
posted by echo0720 to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I think some of the Budget Living staff moved over to the new Martha Stewart magazine Blueprint, which has a similar focus to Budget Living. You may also like the more DIY approach of Readymade.
posted by kelegraph at 8:03 AM on June 27, 2006

Blueprint is great- definitely subscribe to it.
posted by elisabeth r at 8:10 AM on June 27, 2006

posted by sanitycheck at 8:10 AM on June 27, 2006

I second Blueprint, I love it.
posted by tastybrains at 8:11 AM on June 27, 2006

Being a lover of girly stuff myself, I love Allure. It's the only fashion/beauty magazine that is halfway intelligent in my opinion. I could do without the celebrity profile each month, but other than that, it's a great magazine.

What about Bee,
Pink, or

Jane is too young for me, and Bitch can be a sometimes be a little too intense. Bitch also has knitting projects if you are into that. I am sad Budget Living didn't last too. It was a great concept with quality articles.
posted by LoriFLA at 8:18 AM on June 27, 2006


And as you may be aware, Chow has poured its energy into its website, while it "suspends" publication.
posted by schoolgirl report at 8:22 AM on June 27, 2006

posted by necessitas at 8:28 AM on June 27, 2006

Apartment Therapy
posted by mattbucher at 8:29 AM on June 27, 2006

How about Budget Travel?
There's also National Geographic's Traveller and Adventure.

If you have any interest in foreign policy, I enjoy FP: Foreign Policy. It provides a pretty accessible dialogue on present foreign policy issues, which you may enjoy if you like reading the Economist.
posted by Atreides at 8:48 AM on June 27, 2006

What about Real Simple?
posted by tastybrains at 9:08 AM on June 27, 2006

oh, duh, you already get it. :::smacks head and gets more coffee:::
posted by tastybrains at 9:08 AM on June 27, 2006

I have nothing perfect for you, but....

Utne is good, though not aimed at young people per se. National Geographic Traveler can be fun, I second that. And what about fitness magazines, like Shape or Fitness Magazine (I especially like that one - seems like it has more substance)?

What about finance magazines - surprisingly interesting and can be fun in their own way. Kiplinger's seems to get good reviews, and enjoy it quite a bit. Not geared to young ppl, but it doesn't hurt to know more about personal finance.

Vanity Fair?

Then of course there's US Weekly and its progeny. Though arguably not cool or hip, they are indisputably fun and young.
posted by Amizu at 9:30 AM on June 27, 2006

Wallpaper* is amazing, but tends to be aimed at the jet-setting "more money than sense" crowd.

Still though, I love it.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:43 AM on June 27, 2006

a second for "real simple"
posted by delladlux at 10:29 AM on June 27, 2006

Ooops. Someone else not reading the full post.
Money Magazine is great read for budget living too.
posted by delladlux at 10:31 AM on June 27, 2006

I'm British and like to wallow in irony, so I read the Chap.
"The web site you are about to enter contains words and images that may induce excessive languidity and an increase in levels of panache."
posted by athenian at 11:11 AM on June 27, 2006

posted by The_Auditor at 3:49 PM on June 27, 2006

Ken Jennings aka Jeopardy uber-champ highly recommends "Mental Floss."
posted by Juggermatt at 11:05 PM on June 27, 2006

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