weekends / saturday six (2016.04.16)

(1) Marimekko for Target is launching on Sunday, April 17, which means midnight tonight-ish. Aside from studying their lookbook, check eBay auctions (there was a press preview last weekend) and also understand Marimekko retail prices (no need to overpay for a Target collab piece!). I anticipate a crazy launch.

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to read / {deal alert} last minute gift of texture for $10

Merry Christmas Eve! I’m not a big giver of Christmas presents – I like to give thoughtful and practical presents and prefer to give when I find something worth giving than for the purposes of a holiday. I get more excited with good discounts on almost everything from Thanksgiving through Christmas.

One discount to note:

Texture is the Netflix of magazines! Next Issue was rebranded to Texture and has a bunch of enhancements, such as saving articles and searching across magazines. I have an older review here. Through midnight tonight, gift 3 months premium for $10 (originally $44.97). Premium has all of the weekly magazines for those of you who like People. It’s perfect if you’re going on a trip and don’t want to lug around heavy magazines or if you want to catch up on back issues or if you just want to read more without paying for the cover price. You can bookmark articles but you can also easily save any page as an image to your gallery. It works on on iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and iPad mini™ using iOS 7.0 and up, devices using Android 4.0 and up, and Windows 8 and Windows RT PCs and tablets. I use it on my iPad mini and can’t imagine taking up precious iPhone memory on magazines. Some of my favorite magazines like Domino, AFAR, and Real Simple are on it.

general / brain dump and next issue review

Image source: Next Issue app

I got an iPad mini a few months ago as a gift and LOVE it. I’m a big magazine reader and over the years, I haven’t managed to zero out my backlog of magazines (subscriptions are pretty cheap). I heard of Next Issue a while back — it’s the Netflix of magazines — and since I now have a decent tablet to use it on, activated a trial subscription right before a trip. I’ve been loving it so far. In some cases, it’s better than print magazines!

Pros:

  • Usability and features. More magazines are going digital-friendly and have special features (e.g. Lucky). Also easy to click from a magazine to the internet.
  • Save it for later. You can easily bookmark/save articles (save as image).
  • Quick read. It’s easy to flip through a magazine to find an article for magazines you don’t regularly read. Here’s a list of all magazines on Next Issue.
  • Back issues. For almost all of the magazines I’ve read so far, there are back issues available for you to catch up.
  • Weightless. No paper to recycle or have to lug around! I usually bring a stack of mags with me on a flight and dump them along the way.
  • Publisher spam. No individual subscriptions to manage (which leads to less snail mail spam…).
  • Fresh off the press. When a magazine hits the newsstand, it hits Next Issue too — so I got to check out the John Legend/Chrissy Teigen feature in AD asap! (Too bad I didn’t know who she was last Feb when we were standing next to each other at JFK.)
  • Versatility. You can share your account across 5 devices.

Cons:

  • Content. I quit weekly gossip rags like US and People a long time and it’s too easy to indulge with Next Issue. (Need some self-control!)
  • Cost. At $9.99/14.99, it’s not the cheapest. Weekly magazines are a part of the premium package. But, if you’re an airport newsstand buyer, or travel and don’t want to be saddled down by paper magazines, I think this is pretty worth it.

If you’re interested in checking Next Issue out, get a free 60 day premium trial through my referral link. For a limited time, you can also opt for a shorter trial and 2000 AA miles.


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to read / instagrams i follow

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  • evachen212, former Teen Vogue editor and object of major girl crushes everywhere
  • ohjoystudio, besides the obvious, her daughter is ridiculously cute and well dressed
  • marissawebb, former J.Crew head designer

general / smartphone upgrade: bb => iphone

In preparation for upcoming activities, I finally transitioned from the Blackberry (I’ve used about 4 models since 2006) to the iPhone 4S. I’m still waiting for my service to transfer over, but I’ve had enough fun through my wifi (which is appropriately named after a famous bag designer). I’m also trying out the Kindle Fire and some other gadgets which I’ll write about if they are worth it.

Yeah yeah, everyone’s been telling me how much I would love the iPhone. I won’t deny it. It’s going to make my life so much more convenient, especially since I had to uninstall applications from the Blackberry towards the end and the Blackberry can barely open webpages. I’ve gotten rather used to weaning myself from Twitter.

It’s only been a few hours and I love these apps:

Newsify Google Reader / eBay / Flickr

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