Looking back at the demise of something so dear to my heart. I wrote this post last year as the end was blaring out of the TV, but something this big this important should be shouted from the roof tops, so here is my tribute to not just a magazine, but to an old friend, who for reasons beyond belief, is no longer with us.
Why? Why why why…? It was October 5th 2009, about two weeks ago, I was at the gym, on the treadmill. Loud music blasting in my iPod earphones, CNN on the screen in front of me, both meant to distract me from dwelling on the fact that I’m running on a conveyor belt alongside other people running on conveyor belts. Then I saw it. An image on the TV screen of the cover of the latest issue of Gourmet magazine, and the printed headline, “Gourmet magazine closes after 70 years.” WHAT!? No Way! How is that possible? I’m frantically looking around, for… what… ? I think I was expecting others must have seen this headline and also stopped running out of shock and disbelief, like me. I was thinking I’d see people hugging, comforting one another over the news, shaking their heads. But no, I only saw people still running, pedaling, and the usual sea of heads bobbing up and down in the elliptical section.
I couldn’t keep going. I had to know what happened, so I ran home and checked online and yes, indeed, Conde Nast was shutting down Gourmet. Along with 3 other titles: a cookie magazine and two bridal magazines. I don’t get it. Isn’t there another silly magazine they could shut down? How about Golf World or Golf Digest? Does the world really need both? (or either?) Immediately I emailed my Mom, my Stepmom, and chef Neal, among others, like “OMG, did you hear???” They too were saddened. I wanted to call people and talk about it. I wanted to pull out a bottle of good wine and sit on the floor with all my old issues spread out around me, flipping through them and getting drunk and nostalgic. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
The media business is taking a pounding as advertisers hold back spending on marketing. The effect for the Broadcast Networks, will be less spending on scripted shows and more directed at the cheap reality type show. But for those in the magazine business the sudden advertising black hole, is much more dire and is sending many of them into a death spiral.
But since we all know the future of this planet must be a green one, the magazines and media covering it, must be booming, right? Sadley the truth is green media is bleeding red. Fresh new comers such as Plenty Magazine, Organic Style Magazine and Hybrids like Conde Nast’s Domino Magazine are feeling the effects of high over head and a thin advertising base. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Green, sustainable, organic. These words are no longer relegated to the lunatic fringe or the farmers markets. Each month, more and more mainstream (and edgy) publications are featuring socially conscious and eco-savvy stories. But how can you keep abreast of them all?
Luckily for you, G Living is on top of it. You may not have the time or the inclination to trawl through glossy magazines, ogling gorgeous organic fashions, alternative transportation or stunning off-the-grid architecture every month. But we live for this stuff. And we’ll begin our commitment to magazine green with one of our favorites – Wallpaper.
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While flipping through the many “green” themed fashion magazines out this month, I came across sexy looking Surface. Although I have seen this magazine many times before and have always liked its slick covers, I never got into reading it. This month’s issue gave me a few reasons to look a little closer: a feature photo I snapped of G Living Live host Marie Westbrook dressed in organic clothing by Jonäno. Second, an interesting article featuring the rise of talented, ethical designers in the fashion world.
“Environmentally friendly and socially responsible clothing lines are all the rage, but very few of these "ethical" labels offer clever designs aimed at fashion-forward adults. This changed last year, when Peter Ingwersen, former brand manager for Levi’s Red and Levi’s Vintage, launched Noir, a modern, sharply tailored collection of womens wear noted for its decidedly pronounced sex appeal and sustainability. Ingwersen’s collection earned accolades at London Fashion Week, designed which showcased borrowed-from-the-boys suits, slinky pencils skirts and curve-caressing dresses that evoked S&M inspired undertones."
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BPM + G = BPM / G Living—the definitive voice for the modern urban human
I’m not intertwining my fingers in some clichéd gesture of synergy, but the newly formed BPM / G Living alliance is about as sleek as you can get. Like water off a duck’s ass, really. BPM + G = BPM / G Living—the definitive voice for the modern urban human navigating through life with a conscience. I’m guessing that’s you, a product of the discriminating industrial and computer age with everything at your fingertips. Tomorrow’s electronics littered around the house, terabytes of music on insanely small and powerful computers, connected to the net 24/7. All those distractions no doubt make it difficult to put your best “G” foot forward.
It’s going to take a bitch slap, with our wallets, to drive the point home. Like Al Gore, if we’re going to change our murky landscape for the better, we need to be unflinching in our vision and delivery. The timing is right. There are practical and easy solutions for every facet of a green life. We need to demand that the ideas and products we’re being fed have an equal or better standard than the traditional options everyone is used to. Living the “G” lifestyle isn’t just about the environment; it’s about living smarter, healthier and making informed decisions. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos