A million Internet years ago, Jamie Keiles, an 18-year-old high school senior from Pennsylvania, decided to live her life according to Seventeen Magazine for an entire month. I thought the idea behind The Seventeen Magazine Project was fascinating, which is why six (!) years later I’m attempting my own mini version.
For some reason or another, I have a free subscription to Seventeen, and I’ll idly flip through pages when I should really be doing something productive. But, then, I realized reading Seventeen could be counted as research if I blogged about it. I love it when laziness and productivity collide.
While issues of Seventeen frequently found a home in my room during high school and college, things get a bit awkward when I’m caught reading them now. I mean, I’m in my early 30’s. I should only be reading O and Redbook.
But… teen magazines are still my guilty pleasure. While I may not know who all the cover stars are, I still enjoy the fashion, beauty, and lifestyle advice tucked away in the magazine’s pages. I put three issues to the test, and here are the results…
Life According to Seventeen Magazine…
I didn’t need Seventeen to tell me to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but I appreciated the confirmation that my reading selections are still on par with those of high school girls. I don’t think this surprises anybody. My love for the Harry Potter series (and YA in general) is no secret. Go here to see what I thought about the new book.
When I first started blogging, I was really into nail art. Then, life happened, and now, I’m happy when I can find the time to paint my nails at all. What I really like about this lapis nail art is how easy it is. It’s practically fool proof. Layer and swirl is the name of the game, and the result is so pretty.
While flares are slowly creeping back into everyone’s closet, skinny jeans are still my go-to. The August issue of Seventeen is all about the denim – from skirts to jackets to jeans. Here’s my take on How to Look Effortlessly Cool in Distressed Denim.
The struggle is real when it comes to warm-weather beauty. Braids are recommended as an alternative to the basic ponytail, but I think I am officially too old for braids or at least too old for these double French braids. Give me a ponytail or a messy bun any day.
Since the lapis nail art was so successful, I had to try some back-to-school nail art. However, these Lisa Frank-esque nails were a lot of work, and my nails didn’t look nearly as cool as the model’s.
Taking a page from the September issue of Seventeen, I decided to turn my closet into cash. The magazine recommended Poshmark, and after getting my first sale, I’m very happy I followed their advice. Although, I’m still trying to decide which service I like the best: Poshmark, Tradesy, or ThredUp.
What’s your favorite magazine?
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