Three Magazines I’m Reading This Spring

Having the hard work of fixing a house up to sell behind us and having completed our move into our new home, I finally have a few minutes to relax and unwind. Lately I’ve discovered a couple of new favorite magazines, and re-discovered an old favorite:

I admit to a *slight* obsession with Fixer Upper on HGTV. Honestly, it wasn’t until Joanna Gaines brought her vision of rustic industrial furnishings to the masses that I realized that the home decor style I’d always loved was a “thing” now. This just so happened to coincide with the decision my husband and I made to buy a new home, and loading more than half of our stuff into a POD to stage our house so we could sell it really made me realize how much more simply and intentionally we wanted to live in our new home. A subscription to Magnolia Journal is only $20 a year for four issues.

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Kismet led me to discover Faerie Magazine when I came across a Tumblr post recently listing a number of interesting magazines to check out. It’s right up my alley, filled with articles on warriors and goddesses, an interview with Rasputina, information on gemstones and myths and recipes of golden apples. The magazine is published quarterly, and back issues are available on the website.

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Each time I travel to the mountains, whether it’s for work or for fun, I always pick up a copy of Edible Blue Ridge magazine. Of all the local versions of Edible magazine I’ve come across, the Blue Ridge one is the best. It’s always chock full of information on local food and beverage producers, and covers regional restaurants, food events and more. You can get your subscription delivered to your home, or you can pick it up at one of the many outlets throughout the region where it’s free to grab.

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What are your favorite magazines? Tell me in the comments below and I’ll pick one lucky winner by May 15 to win a yearlong subscription to The Magnolia Journal.

 

 

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A new look

2017 has been a year of change, and in that vein I’ve decided to make some changes to my blog. While my obsession with culinary history continues, I wanted to open this blog up to be more of a lifestyle blog reflecting who I am and the things I love, from food and recipes to music, movies, clothes, home decor and more.

It’s no secret that I’ve been drawn to a darker aesthetic since I was a teenager, but what happens when you’re goth af on the inside, but you’re married, have kids and a career and live in the ‘burbs?

From the Wikipedia: Southern gothic is “a subgenre of gothic fiction in American literature that takes place in the American South.” Themes that are typical in Southern Gothic literature “include deeply flawed, disturbing or eccentric characters who may or may not dabble in hoodoo,ambivalent gender roles, decayed or derelict settings, grotesque situations, and other sinister events relating to or stemming from poverty, alienation, crime, or violence.”

For me, the Southern Gothic aesthetic encompasses urban and rural decay, melancholy music, rustic industrial decor, antiques and found objects, the spectre of history looming large and, my favorite part, the note of eccentricity that’s the hallmark of people who don’t fit into boxes. Imagine walking down a deserted Southern country lane, the air heavy with humidity and the scent of magnolia, as you explore a roadside antique shop or graveyard.

Join me as I share my obsessions and explore the Southern Gothic aesthetic.

What’s on the horizon: the promised recap of my anniversary Europe trip with my husband, antiquing in the mountains of Virginia, music, favorite recipes and more.