Life According to Seventeen

Seventeen magazine is a teenage favorite, but is the fashion, beauty, and life advice still relevant when you're in your 30s? I put 3 issues to the test...

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…

Seventeen magazine is a teenage favorite, but is the fashion, beauty, and life advice still relevant when you're in your 30s? I put 3 issues to the test...

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.

Experiment: Success.

Seventeen magazine is a teenage favorite, but is the fashion, beauty, and life advice still relevant when you're in your 30s? I put 3 issues to the test...

When I first started blogging, I was really into nail art. Then, adderall order online us 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.

Experiment: Success.

Seventeen magazine is a teenage favorite, but is the fashion, beauty, and life advice still relevant when you're in your 30s? I put 3 issues to the test...

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.

Experiment: Success.

Seventeen magazine is a teenage favorite, but is the fashion, beauty, and life advice still relevant when you're in your 30s? I put 3 issues to the test...

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.

Experiment: Fail.

Seventeen magazine is a teenage favorite, but is the fashion, beauty, and life advice still relevant when you're in your 30s? I put 3 issues to the test...

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.

Experiment: Fail.

Seventeen magazine is a teenage favorite, but is the fashion, beauty, and life advice still relevant when you're in your 30s? I put 3 issues to the test...

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.

Experiment: Success.

What’s your favorite magazine?

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23 comments

  1. Great post. I’ve been thinking of blogging about things I read in magazines too, and this post just made me even more excited to do that. I love reading magazines (I get Seventeen too – it’s all good haha) and it would be fun to try out some of the tips and tutorials and share thoughts! 🙂
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  2. I loved this – gosh I haven’t read Seventeen Magazine in a LOOOONNNNG time. Loved your comparisons. I hope skinny jeans stay in fashion for a long time – I love them! My favorite magazine is a toss up between HGTV and Food Network. I also like PeopleStyle.

  3. I used to get Seventeen! Before and after that actual age. Magazines in general were always my guilty pleasure but it’s been awhile.
    I can confess to buying a recent Us Weekly and devouring it. It used to be about the gossip, but now it’s about seeing the celebrities’ kids grow up.
    Don’t I sound old??

  4. Good advice and ideas are good advice and ideas point blank, if you ask me, almost regardless of where they hail from. It sounds like Seventeen is (still) rife with such and that plenty of them apply to a wide range of ages, so why not have full reading and trying out some of those points yourself?

    ♥ Jessica

  5. Hahah nice!!I like magazines with fun personalities! I’ve been a Cosmo reader since I was 15 and now that I’m 29, I’m still devoted to Cosmo. I read a lot of Glamour too. But I steer clear from teen magazines as I find them a bit too young and at the same time, high fashion stuff like Vogue is just really boring.

  6. What a trip down memory lane. I used to read Seventeen. Now, I am the grandmother of a girl who just started her freshman year of college. Yikes! Where do the years go? Reading your article, it was fun to remember a time when I thought I needed the fashion and beauty advice available in Seventeen magazine. Thanks!

  7. How fun! I haven’t picked up a Seventeen mag in years! I’ve had better success selling on Tradsey but buying on Poshmark. I love my skinny jeans and am glad they are still on trend!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  8. I love the idea of this experiment and its execution. I also like to survey magazines for all ages (otherwise, at my age, I’d be limited to Modern Maturity). Teen mags are fun for the perspective they offer. We should never grow too old for youthfulness.

  9. What an interesting post, I just loved your comparisons and I am so happy to hear that skinny jeans are still the go to jeans. I really want to sit back and read a teen magazine now! I still have some of my first Teen magazines from when I was 13.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  10. Oh my gosh I love that you did this!!
    If there’s a pumpkin on a magazine right now, I’m buying it.
    I have a collection of Rachel Ray’s magazines (and a few Food Network Magazines) in my kitchen pantry, because umm… those are like mini cookbooks.
    Poshmark…. I’ve made three of four sales on there (I sale my kids clothes). I just started an eBay, but I’ve made ZERO. I’m thinking of turning in my kiddos’ clothes to ThredUp. Hopefully, I’ll make more this time around.
    XOXO