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A really good, well written weekly read
Member Name: flossiee
Advantages: So many good articles, female columnists
Disadvantages: Sometimes the fashions are a little pricey, slightly expensive cover price
This is my favourite weekly by far. It comes out every Tuesday and costs £1.95. So it is a bit more expensive than some other weekly magazine, but it's definitely worth the extra.
It doesn't just cover celebrity gossip or real life stories (although it does still contain both of these) it also has politics sections, current affairs, and good, thought provoking journalism.
A favourite section of mine is the 'fashion charts' where it does a 1-10 countdown of their best brands of the week, with an example of each. It veers between high street and high-end designer (for example, in a recent issue, it had a pair of £30 River Island trousers next to a gorgeous £1,500 Jil Sander bag) and it's nice to both see some things you can afford, and also drool over beautiful things you can aspire to.
There's then a 10 hot stories section, where it counts down the top stories of the week, in a journalism format. These can be "celebrity shocker" stories, political issues, current affairs and fashion trends. The articles are always quite wordy, so it's a good magazine to last you a while, rather than just loads of pictures with captions underneath like some weeklies.
There's usually a written debate between two female journalists about a particular issue, following a 'yes' and 'no' format, one arguing for each. For example this week, it was Jane Moore and Carole Cadwalladr arguing about whether it's women's fault that our MP's are all men. This debate is usually engaging and interesting to read, and always aimed at issues affecting women, which is quite refreshing.
There are adverts in the magazine, but they're usually pretty relevant and there are not nearly as many as you would find in other magazine of a similar calibre, for example Vogue or Elle (although I know they're both monthlies).
There are a few weekly columnists - Fiona McIntosh, Polly Vernon and Lauren Laverne, who do issues of the week, fashion, and culture respectively. These sections are always interesting. I particularly like Polly Vernon's column as she writes about interesting fashion trends and presents a way to work them that you may not have thought of before.
There's the good old 'fashion jury' section, where they rip into people's outfits, but perhaps in a slightly more restrained way that some other magazines.
There's a section that covers recent parties in a 'Vogue' or 'Harper's Bazaar' kind of way, but if that's not really your cup of tea (it's not mine) then it's a short section and you can just skip over.
Grazia is obsessed with Sex and the City, so it's been a great source of information in the weeks running up to the movie release.
There's then a higher end fashion shoot, which can be a little dispiriting as all the clothes are very expensive (in the recent issue, I saw a gorgeous pair of shoes, only to have my hopes scuppered as I realised they were £590). however as I've said they try to include high street stuff aswell, so it could be worse. they also do a profile of a high street shop each week, which has led me to go into a variety of new shops that I wouldn't usually go into to search out a dress of a shirt, and I have found some lovely stuff.
Hair and beauty sections are there too of course, and they too are of good quality, with expert advice, and cheaper products mixed with the more expensive ones.
There is also always a competition on the back page to win a gorgeous designer bag stuffed with things - and some of the money always goes to charity.
Summary: A really really good, intelligent women's magazine