Friday, 5 October 2012

::: Pretty Nostalgic Magazine ~ Review :::



I shall hereby tell you a short story of how Pretty Nostalgic came into my life. I was not seeking a to spend any cash. Money is on a strict budget at present and any frivolous expenditure was being stored away for a particularly fruitful car boot. Or a unexpected vet bill (Woo -  you threadbare old mog -  I'm looking at you)

So when a reader commented that they had spotted me in in Issue 3 of this mysterious publication -  I set off to investigate. I popped a shout out upon Twitter and garnered enough response to know I had to see it for myself. A trip to my local WHSmith ensued. All on the basis of vanity. What photo had been used? In relation to what?

I strolled in, dodged being seduced by the chocolate and new books on offer, and headed off to the magazine bit. And there is was. I knew before I had even picked it up that I would be parting with cash in the very near future. Maybe a bit more on some chocolate to cheer me up from spending pennies I don't have.

Pretty Nostalgic is not your run of the mill, read and recycle magazine. You won't see these in your Doctors waiting room - unless you are very lucky. It's a keeper. A collector. Something that I know I will refer back to again and again. I headed home, having flipped through and finding my mug (grinning like a loon on a bicycle as part of The Vintage Style Ride for a feature about cycling) and subscribed on line.  I just had to. It was too nice to not have it in my life.




You see, it's rammed full of all the bits I like about the vintage/retro/rusty-old-bits-of-interesting-tat-in-your-kitchen scene. It is printed on thick paper. It is warm, inviting, inclusive.  The features range from snippet sections stuffed full of concise info, to 4 page editorials. The how-to's are not just how to make bunting and do victory rolls. And, thankfully, it is not stuffed to the gills with adverts. Sure, they are there, but they are nicely laid out and made to fit with the whole aesthetic of the magazine.  When the first 3 issues landed on my doorstep, I brewed up, battened down and read them cover to cover. I surfaced to cold tea and hungersome cats.

I was sold on not only how this book-esque magazine looks and it's content, but also the creator's manifesto. Once I had read this, in part on the first page of Issue 1, I breathed a sigh of content. Exactly the sort of thing I have been seeking. Something worth parting with limited funds for.


 Pretty Nostalgic is £8 per issue. I shall give you a moment to recover. I needed one myself. But, as this is a bi-monthly gig, that's almost like £4 an issue. Kinda. Plus, if you subscribe, you receive a 25% discount and a free gift. I am all about the free gifts. I was sent some beautiful vintage birthday cards. That I won't be sending to anyone, because they are too nice to share. Oooh -  I am a wicked friend.

And there you have it. In all -  a new, well-worth-the-spendage publication on the market. 

For keeps. 

Roll on Issue 4.



43 comments:

  1. Hey I never usually do these things but I had to this time as this mag looks gorgeous!
    https://twitter.com/Scarlet_Realm



    Lauren xx

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  2. I bought the first issue, it's lovely. Bit steep for the finances at the moment though so I'd love a chance to win another issue. I follow by GFC and already follow PN on twitter

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  3. I have tweeted too @FHCShopping
    Thanks for the giveaway x

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  4. I have done all three as I would love to give this a read.

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  5. Really fancy this but had not heard of it - might go on my birthday list!

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  6. The subscribe deal looks great too.

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  7. Two follows and a tweet, all done. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  8. All three from me also!

    Fabulous looking magazine

    And fabulous blog too. Very interesting and inspiring, thank you

    Foxy x

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  9. All three from me also!

    Fabulous looking magazine

    And fabulous blog too. Very interesting and inspiring, thank you

    Foxy x

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  10. I still haven't managed to get my mitts on this magazine yet so would love to be entered please.
    Am following your ace blog on GFC
    Thanks!

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  11. Already follow PN on twitter too.

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  12. I'm in Canada, so ineligible for the giveaway, but had comment. BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  13. Following via GFC

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  14. Following on Twitter missielizzieb

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  15. I was certain you'd already be subscribing to this mag when I left my message as I thought it would be right up your Vintage street!
    Glad you found it and love it as much as I do. I agree that that initially the price is a bit of a shock but when you subscribe it becomes so much better value for money as it is jam packed with loveliness.
    Lisa x

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  16. A ha! It t'was you my lovely! Thank you for that! You brought it in to my life :D

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  17. Following you on twitter @sarah34090

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  18. aaaand I have tweeted https://twitter.com/sarah34090/status/254640725285810176


    xoxo

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  19. Hi Land Girl 1980. Have done all the necessary following. Love your blog. Good luck to all the entrants. @chickwoman

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  20. Hello, what a lovely giveaway! I've followed on GFC - Janey L :)


    xx

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  21. I've also followed on Twitter - @cupidsbow1414


    Janey

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  22. And I've tweeted too :) @cupidsbow1414

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  23. What a great looking magazine- I follow on GFC

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  24. ...and followed on Twitter...

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  25. ...and tweeted too ( @whatpeggysaid) thanks for the great giveaway x

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  26. I am following your blog - mellysocks

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  27. I have followed @prettynostalgic on twitter :) 💜

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  28. Have also followed via GFC @twotooty2fruity :) x

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  29. I am already following you on GFC!

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  30. I have followed Pretty Nostalgic on Twitter (looks good; well found!)

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  31. I have tweeted I have entered the @LandGirl980 @PrettyNostalgic #giveaway http://bit.ly/SHwc3O

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  32. I was in issue one, and was equally thrilled. Such a lovely magazine.

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  33. What a great give away! Thanks for the opportunity. :)

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  34. I keep meaning to have a look at this magazine as it looks like a lovely read. I follow you on google :)

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  35. I have followed Pretty Nostalgic on twitter.

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  36. ..and tweeted as well @sarahbrewer19

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  37. I am following you on google, have just found your lovely blog.

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  38. Oh hello Disquis! And LG! I've followed you since I started blogging (you were one of my first followers, I distinctly remember - thanks for that!) I've also followed all of your instructions and would love to get my paws on a copy. £8 - that made me say a bad word out loud and as you know I'm always a lady..... anyhooo, I'd be interested to see this to asses it's lovelyness v's value for money. I like the picture of the piano in the garden, If I shove our piano outside I would at last have space for a bar! Not sure my husband would be happy though.....

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  39. I love Pretty Nostalgic mag ~ good luck everyone xxx

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