I often find myself staring at the colorful magazine rack at airports or along street corners, scanning the shelves for any sort of material that peaks my interest. I search for a minute, maybe more, before I give up all hope and end up boarding my plane or Uber, magazine-less and utterly disappointed. I often don’t even know where to look, or what to look for when it comes to inspirational, creative content. You know what I mean- articles and written pieces that express insight on how to live intentionally and beautifully, magazines that feature architecture and galleries that speak to the inner creative in me. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered, through other members of the Grace Belle team, that there exists in the world, lovely, insanely gorgeous magazines that boast of aesthetic and grace.
Since my enlightenment, the Grace Belle team and I have looked to 10 different magazines to satisfy our creative hunger, and have decided to share our list with you. These magazines foster unique and exciting perspectives of our global and local community, and contain numerous tips on how to express yourself creatively. We have read each of the magazines listed, and are so inspired by their material. Be sure to check them out!
If you haven’t heard of the ever-popular Darling then let us introduce you. Darling, which is all about “the art of being a woman,” is a beautifully curated magazine that offers a vast array of material, from interior design tips and tricks to tips on how to take aesthetically pleasing Instagram shots, to perspectives on current events. Everything about this magazine screams creativity and intention. More than anything, Darling caters to all sorts of women, whether you identify as a creative or not.
Cereal is all about style. In addition to articles and gorgeous photography, Cereal is unique, in that it offers City Guides for four of the major cities across the globe- New York, London, Paris, and Copenhagen. These City Guides are a compilation of personal essays penned by locals, photographs of well-known, and not so well-known sights around the city, as well as some travel tips and tricks along the way, so it’s perfect for the inner Adventurer as well.
Kinfolk is a minimalist’s dream. The magazine considers itself a space where creative professionals can collectively share their work. Its gallery, located in Copenhagen, is full of breathtaking photography and beautiful stories. Fun fact: They often feature artist interviews and exhibits in their articles. For all you aspiring artists out there, this is the magazine for you.
Trouve means “to find” in French. This magazine focuses on the creative in such a specific way. The editors feature artists from all over the world, from typography artists, to saddlers, to architects, Trouve has it all. They host a unique series called the Studio Series where they hold Instameets allover the country to network and share. Each edition is a different theme, which keeps things interesting for the reader. We highly recommend!
Woven is all about telling the artist’s story. It’s a thoughtful magazine, filled to the brim with stories of creativity, life, and light. There’s one article in particular I read that stood out to me. It’s called “Heroes of the Imagination.” This article spoke to me as a writer, as the author continually spoke of writing from the heart, and allowing one to pen thoughts honestly and openly, not necessarily expecting great and wonderful words to flow, but instead, authenticity. One’s honest perspective is special and worthy enough to be shared. So seriously, go check out Woven, because more incredibly inspiring words are sure to follow.
Folk is a magazine for the inner globe trotter in you. It’s all about adventuring off into idyllic landscapes far past the horizon. Don’t believe me? Take a look at their gallery! Everything is so stunning. They feature stories from travelers all over the world, and these experts have curated their very own Travel Guides. These Travel Guides feature unique and creative ways to experience new cities and frontiers. Take a gander- it’ll make you want to impulsively buy a plane ticket and explore new terrain.
Belong is a magazine we worked with before and have met so many friends through. The magazine celebrates the art and community of blogging, social media and entrepreneurship. We love how at the beginning of each magazine they have a two page spread with contacts for all the girls featured in the magazine! It’s a wonderful way to connect with other creatives and entrepreneurs. The founder featured our Grace Belle website in the first issue and that really helped us kickstart our community!
The Hearth is a beautiful magazine that shares the stories of people and their travels or journey. This magazine is full of substance and great storytelling.
9) Deeply Rooted
Deeply Rooted is all about fellowship, and as the writers state, it is “Written for Christ’s Glory.” This magazine is filled to the brim with Bible studies, book reviews, stories of hope and passion from fellow believers from every walk of life. Their Bible studies are definitely worth looking into. Check out their Colossians study Here. It’s worth taking a peek.
Crea is a Los Angeles based magazine that is focused on creating content so their audience can achieve their creative goals. They feature local business news, entrepreneur success stories, fashion lookbooks, landscape photography, and much, much more. It is a magazine for the dreamers- for those who are looking for new ways to be creative, to expand their vision and learn something new.
So that’s it. Those are our Top 10 Most Beautiful Magazines that inspire us, keep us up late reading at night, and make us hungry for more. We highly recommend them, and encourage you all to check them out ASAP. We are so thankful for these lovely artists and their generosity to share their work. #LiveLifeBeautifully
About the Author: Sam Olson
I’m Sam; blog team lead, PNW native and recent film school graduate. I am a creative- or more specifically, a storyteller- which means lots of late nights thinking deep (or not so deep) thoughts and just trying to learn something new everyday- even if it seems monotonous or dull. I absolutely love old films and stupid puns- basically anything off the humor boards on Pinterest. More than that, I love people and am passionate about storytelling.