Good morning my sweets, and happy Monday! I’ve been meaning to do a review of The Simple Things Magazine literally since their first issue, and now it’s been a year…oops! But, come to think of it, the review will be better now, because I have bought, and treasured, every single issue since then! Over the weekend I picked up a fresh copy of their August issue, and as I was out in the backyard reading it, Bixby playing in the background, and Coco the chicken hunting for worms in the lawn, I realized it would be the perfect time to shoot a little video.
Video? Yes, that’s right! I’ve never shot a video for Lolalina before, so this is very new to me. It’s less than 2 minutes long, but I think it captured the spirit of The Simple Things…especially the last few moments, when you can hear the ice clinking in my glass, and Bixby’s sweet toddler voice from far off.
I have a limited amount of shelf space reserved for saved magazines, so it says a lot that I’ve made room to keep every back issue of The Simple Things. Jane Toft (creator of Mollie Makes, another splendid publication) has always been on the creative board of The Simple Things, and with this past issue stepped up to the Editor-in-chief role, which seems to be a great fit. The front pages are filled with delightful finds picked by Will Taylor, there are always to-die-for recipes (including a cake each month), unique real-world home tours, travel features, a one-page short story, garden tips, ideas for creative outdoor adventures, and the photography is positively luscious throughout.
The mood the magazine manages to create is one of mindful creativity — each page encourages the savoring of one simple pleasure or another. Past issues have covered wild swimming, the pleasures of chicken keeping, the history of color, food with friends, and much more. Their tagline is “living and loving the simple life” and I can’t imagine a better way to do just that than sitting down for a spell with The Simple Things and something yummy to drink.
If you haven’t yet picked up an issue, I highly recommend that you do, as soon as possible. You won’t regret it! In fact the only thing I would change about The Simple Things would be to make it arrive in the States a bit faster from England! Are you a fan, too? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments! hugs, Laura
(image + video: Laura Gaskill; please feel free to share with a link back to this post)