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Monday, August 20, 2012

Magazine Notes: Don't Rip Em! Don't Stick Em! Pic Em!

So you're flipping through a catalog or magazine and you see something you LIKE! What happens next? Ripppppppp! You tear out the page or maybe use the stickers provided by the magazine to mark the pages.

Hmmm. Well ladies, there is another option.Why not use your cell phone to take a picture of what you like in that magazine or catalog?

I'm a lady on the go and you are to. I don't have time, nor does my purse have any room to carry ripped pages from magazines or even heavy magazines with tag flags coming out of them. Who wants to carry all of that from store to store? Let's put our cell phones to work!

It's so easy (and may I add polished) to take a pic of what you like and refer back to it a little later. Now if you collect editorials etc in a binder, this won't work for you. This is for the girl that sees something she likes and will buy it in the next couple of weeks.

Retail and Online Shopping 
The next time the sales lady asks..."Can I help you?" Tell her..."You surely can!" Show her pics of the items you've saved on your cell that you wish to purchase. A picture is worth a thousand words and she should be able to find the items right away (that's her job!). You'll be in and out of the store in no time, instead of looking for the items yourself. While she's pulling the items, you can look at sale items and other things in the store.

How many times have you seen a particular blush, eyeshadow, or lipstick shade on a model in an advertisement and forgot to bring the page or lost the post it note you wrote it down on? Whip out your camera! Refer back to the pic you took. Again, it will help the sales lady find it for you or you can locate it yourself.

Style Inspiration and 
Re-Working What's Already In Your Closet!
Use what ya got! You have a lot of fashion staples already in your closet. Just add new pieces and accessories to make that outfit look NEW again. Example: Animal print was big last winter! I have a leopard skirt similar to the one below. Now all I have to do is purchase those shoes by J.Crew and locate an orange-y cardigan. Voila!!! I'll have a new look for Fall! Magazines always give you GREAT ideas on how to put an outfit together. Snap a pic and SAVE! Get Inspired!

Grocery Shopping
Magazines are always advertising the latest foodie products. Take a pic! Refer to it while you're in the grocery aisle or go through your pics while making your grocery list and write them down. That way you'll never forget to try that new yummy food item.

 Make Your Cell Phone Camera Work For You! Snap a pic! 
Hope these tips help!
Have an Inspiring Monday!

* All pics were taken from the 2012 InStyle September Issue with my cell phone !


LoveT. said...


Wish you a happy Monday ,kisses :*

Style Journey said...

This is a great way to get inspired using technology. Although I am still old school and I rip those pages out and glue them in my binder, lol! Heather

The Dainty Dolls House said...

I have a stack of magazines that I have folded down the side to mark them or circle stuff in them as well. And I have been known to rip things out as well, but I like to make collages, so that's mainly why I do it!! But, I do like to keep magazines, it's fun to look back through them and see all the pictures and what people were saying!! But, taking pics of them would save when your in the doctor's office or somewhere else & you see something great & can't have the magazine!! Fabulous tip :) Have a super Monday! xx

Katherine said...

this is a brilliant idea! i'd love to do a picture grocery list - i'd enjoy that

<3 katherine
of corgis and cocktails

Natalie said...

This is such a great recommendation! I take pics of scribble notes and product descriptions I see online and stuff, but magazines are great to snap as well. I have tons of magazine recipes mixed in with photos of pretty cappucinos and my kitty. Haha. ;) Have a great week, girl!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Kim, great idea and one that I've done for a long time because of my job! It's important to be up on the latest fashions when you illustrate fashion and when I see something I think would be fun to paint, I snap a pic with my phone. It's also great when you see a recipe from a mag that you'd like to make but don't want to write it all down ... just take your phone to the grocery store! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, sweets! xoSandy

SANDY M Illustration

NOLA Cleophatra said...

So simple and smart!!! Love it!!!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

What a no-brainer idea! I'm actually shocked I never thought of this before. I'm actually the terrible person who tears out pages from magazines no matter where I am! Ha! I normally tear out recipes or weight loss tips. I figure I can start tearing out the fashion pages when I'm actually small enough to fit into cute clothes. :)

Angela said...

that is a great tip.

Oh to Be a Muse said...

This is definitely a great way to go shopping--very 21st Century. I actually went to the mall yesterday and this would have made my shopping experience easier. But I now find that malls are just too crowded, so I think I'll continue shopping online for the most part.

TheTinyHeart said...

That is a great idea, Kim! A lot of times I'll find something great in magazines but then I completely forget about it. Taking photos of it on your cell phone is a wonderful reminder!

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Cara said...

Now why didn't I think of this?! I literally ripped apart 5 magazines yesterday afternoon and sorted things into piles. So smart Kim!

Unknown said...

Such a cute idea! I always find things in magazines and this is such a great way to keep track of your "wish list"

xoxo Bree
The Urban Umbrella


A BRIT GREEK said...

Kim, I have been doing for a long time now, I even take pictures of random documents just in case I forget or lose something! How crazy?

Asos (magazine) have developed an app for when you hold you phone over a page they have highlighted, (AKA SCAN TO SHOP) it will take you to the relevant shop! How cool?

bridechic said...

You don't know how great it is to hear this advise! Visuals are a great way to remember and believe it or not my clients bring phone pics into my studio all the time . . .

EverythingPrettyGirls said...

Hm, good idea! I ALWAYS flag things and completely forget about them. I like this.

Thanks for sharing!


Shop N' Chomp said...

I do this too! I have also done it at restaurants (i.e showing a dish on Yelp)...haha! ;D It's a great way to cut down on waste.

jo said...

Kim, you're so smart! All I need is the new iphone 5. Hehe.

xo Jo


Coco said...

Great tips sweetie! I do that a lot already, but the idea of the groceries shopping photo list has never occurred to me!a big big hug

Anne said...

I used to love ripping and pasting into folders but don't have much time for it lately! Might try the phone version!! Thanks Kim for a lovely post:) Have a good week!

xix said...

Wonderful advice! I've never thought about taking pictures of them, but I never rip pages from my magazines either. They just seem too precious to me to rip apart, even if I really love a page or two. :)

♥ xixia | thisisxixia.com

Mica said...

Oh Kim! You have no idea how useful this was to me! I honestly hadn't thought of doing that! Definitely beats cutting or tearing pieces out to just loose them later, can't believe I hadn't thought of this before, hehe!

I have an inspiration folder on my computer, I'll soon be filling it up with magazine pictures, thank you :)


Sam said...

Hi Kim, this is a really great and clever idea! Thanks for sharing with us, I will try it out soon!

Mighty B said...

WOAH! I've never thought of doing this. What an amazing idea. I've actually taken workout exercises and copied them from a magazine, but never used it for shopping. I will definitely be trying this.


Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Kim! What a marvelous idea that now seems so simple to me! How did I not think of this before!??! Thank you a million times over for sharing!!

oomph. said...

cute pics and great tips! photos do come in handy...i send photos to my friend all the time, he shows them to the sales people, etc...works out great, haha! i'm really debating whether to make the switch to iphone...my BB is ok, but i know the iphone is better at all this stuff!


Carol said...

I just started to do that! great tip!


MOSAMUSE said...

i want to add color to my hoisery this season as well!
nice post!


Anonymous said...

Such a stellar idea1

<3 Cambria

Unknown said...

Yes! Great idea Kim because I am infamous for losing my magazine clippings and having them in multiple purses so this is such a better idea for organization!

Unknown said...

Such a great idea Kim! I used to cut out photos of stuff I wanted back in high school and paste it into a notebook--this is so much easier, ha! I am going to have to try this!

xo Mary Jo

Unknown said...

I used to be a ripper of pages but in the last year or so my iPhone does all the work for me . Thanks for sharing the great tips Kim! :)


Unknown said...

Kim this is such a cute post. I just started doing this with recipes. I need to do it with fashion!


Aitana said...

I do the same!!!^^


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Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

I do exactly the same with hair styles. I used to carry print outs and magazines around like some donkey, but after I got my iphone I decided to take photos instead. Works a treat. :) I also make my clients (as am a nutritionist by day) take photos of foods and food related items both during consultations and when they are out and about shopping - takes all the guess work out. :)

Have a great day!

Heather said...

Great idea! Although I like physically flipping through old pages - I keep them inspiration binders... :)


Unknown said...

Kim, you're a genius! I will try to remember to do this from now on xo

A Brit Greek said...

Me again! Didn't see your Kardashian comment til today! Bahahaha! Yes, they have sold their sould to the devil... and will do anything to make money from us, but using cheap fashion is a big no-no!

Megan said...

Good thinking! I'm always ripping pages out of magazines and now that I think about it, it makes SO much more sense to just take a picture :)

Unknown said...

wow!!! that looks really cool!

xoxo from rome

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PAPS said...

Yes I sometimes do this too.

Lona-Jasmiin said...

Great idea! I'm more into japanese magazines/blogs but it works well for these too. Only finding the items can be harder.

But wow, $60 for a faux leather bag seems a bit pricey to me :o

littlemissandrea said...

This is an awesome tip! Thanks Kim :D


I actually do this often, because I am an on-the-go lady. Especially when I'm seeking something to buy, mobile in hand with photo always helps. This past weekend I finished all of my glossies, but I also love tearing a few great inspirations sometimes, since I file a few of them ... it also helps me with work! :)

Katherine said...

Great pics!


Unknown said...

I am one those people who tear or mark the pages, lol! But from now on, I am definitely going to take some pictures with my phone and do a little shopping. Great tips!

Juneli said...

That's a great way to store and later make use of ideas collected from here and there! My hubby makes good use of the cell phone cam- he even takes pics of the black and white labels that are adhered to the packages that we receive for future reference! Technology has made our life so much more easy!
Juneli from Fashionably Yours

CE&TH said...

SO glad I'm not the only person who does this! Haha I was looking through an old mag one day & had deja vu like no other! Turns out I had a ton of the pics I'd taken of the exact same pages on my phone XDD Glad you're passing along the great idea!!
xx Corinne

steph said...

Hey Kim, this is such a good idea. I already do this for recipes (especially going to shop for groceries!) and for some reason I never thought to use it for magazines!

Alexa said...

Great idea girl!! I need to do this.


LongIslandWeddingOfficiant said...

Looove your "taking pics" idea! Will do it from now on.
hugs from New York,
Ask Erena

Head to Toe Chic said...

Such a good idea! I'm always tearing out the pages or marking the pages in some way. Taking a picture on my phone will make it so much easier!


Project Curve said...

i have never torn pages from a book and magazine..i just get this oh no that's wrong feeling..from childhood we are taught books are sacred and you should respect them as education is very valued in my country(cough so is superstition cough)..so you know that psychs me out..and this is a very good idea..i think everyone should practice this.

aki! said...

You've just made cellphones dangerous to me!

miss b said...

I used to be forever ripping pictures and recipes from magazines but for a while now I have used my i phone - so much easier especially as you can also enlarge the photo to check ingredients at the supermarket!

erica marie said...

This is a really great idea...I've taken photos of recipes but haven't ever done it with things I want as far as fashion goes. This will surely cut time when shopping. Thanks for the tip girl.

xo erica

Samantha said...

LOVE this Kim!! You are brilliant! I use my phone camera so much, not not for this! Thanks chica!

Hope you are having a great week!

xo, sam

Jacqueline said...

I love magazines more than anything and hate the idea of digital copies, but it would be nice to people to save pages easily. Maybe I will have to subscribe to online and mail...
But great idea with the cell phone!



Lorena said...

Totally agreeeeeee
I use to rip the magazines but for about a year now I take pictures with my cel too :)
I never thought of showing the pictures to the sales girls at stores to help me find what i am looking for, what a great idea.

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