Online magazines - inspiration on the web!


It's been a few years since my last post about where I get inspiration on the web. Since then, a lot of my buds are on Pinterest and Lookbook, probably silently cursing me for introducing these time-eaters to them.
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So, naturally, I figure it's now time to share more inspiration on the web!

My two favorites right now are Rue Magazine and Enfant Terribles Magazine. Yep, you read that right - they are indeed magazines! Just free. And not on paper. And not bogged down by pages and pages of advertising.

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE print magazines. In fact, they take up a lot of space in my home, because I hoard them. And I like the weight of a magazine in my hand, and the texture of really good paper (Frankie magazine being a favorite for this). But online magazines have the advantage of allowing me to read articles and look at awesome photos while under my blanket as I wait for my boys to fall asleep. I mean, real talk, right?

I've found that I preferred viewing these magazines on the iPad. They're okay on my lappie, but I guess I like being able to read all magazines lying down ;p Plus the photos turn out stunning on the iPad, and frankly it's the visuals that draw my attention anyway (although the writer in me enjoys absorbing all the text as well). 

These magazines also allow you to click/tap onto clothes, furniture, etc and take you directly to the website so you can purchase it on the spot! This also goes for social/contact links throughout the magazine, which is great if you're like me and enjoy discovering new, talented people. Anyway, here are two e-magazines I'm currently inspired by!

Rue Magazine





I've been reading this e-magazine for about 6 months now. The website itself has great editorial and Pin-nable images, but my favorite thing to do is flipping through the back issues of the magazine. There are lots of home decor inspiration, with a little bit of apparel and food ideas thrown in there as well. Most importantly, I love the aesthetic. Reading it feels light, bright, and incredibly stylish.

What I like about this magazine also is that it features real homes by real designers. No show homes here! Here is a description of the e-zine according to the Rue Magazine website:
We believe that a beautiful life is more than well-crafted design; it’s the laughter in the living room, the fragrance from the kitchen, and the way you feel when you slip into that fabulous frock. We're here to provide you with the resources needed to make that all your own. Founded in 2010, Rue has expanded from a bimonthly digital lifestyle magazine to your daily source for all things inspiring. Join us as we empower you to live the most beautiful version of your life.
Read Rue Magazine here.


Enfant Terribles Magazine







I just discovered this magazine thanks to Michelle at DanceyPantsDisco (which, in itself, is a beautiful blog). Enfants Terribles Magazine was founded in Denmark, but it is truly international in it's editorial. The current issue even includes a shoot by a photographer mama in LA!

The magazine is very whimsical, and features lots of children's apparel and gorgeous photoshoots. I like how they feature working mothers as their contributors - I found a bunch of bloggers, photographers, and illustrators through this magazine. Each issue has a theme, which makes the contributions that much more interesting. It's amazing how differently people view a single theme.

I also love that it's a great outlet and platform to showcase the talents of some incredibly creative people. In fact, that was one of the principles the magazines was founded upon, according to their website:
Enfants Terribles Magazine is the creative playground for handpicked creative souls from all over the world. We are building a playful and inspiring universe where you can always find an excuse to play.
Read Enfants Terribles Magazine here.

I hope you'll enjoy these magazines as much as I do!