I went to your website to complete the survey and found a message that it is no longer active. I found this frustrating because I logged on to take the survey after reading the Sept issue with Diane Lane and found the survey query for the Oct/Salma issue. I searched my local Barnes Noble, CVS, Target and couldn't find this issue. You can understand my frustration to now find the survey closed. Hence, this email. I have never takensurveys because they are "time-consuming" or quite frankly, I usually could care less. However, I was moved to contribute. Mainly,because of the prize but more importantly because I am a magazine-whore (as well as shoe-coffee-beauty whore) and because I bought your premier issue when I was in my early 30's. I remember telling my sister I couldn't wait to turn 40 because of how cool, edgy, and powerful you made +40 look. I subscribed to your magazine and I don't remember at what point I didn't. But still found myself buying it off the newsstand. I love being seduced by words, images, mood, color, style, juxtaposition, and ideas! You quit seducing me :(
I'm not sure what you asked in the survey but here's what I think.
I HATE YOUR FONT. It's too " Kiehls" or "Bigelow". It's too old fashioned! Maybe you think the mature audience would appreciate it. They might appreciate it in a product that promises to deliver after many years. But not in magazine that we turn to keep us updated, forward, edgy or sophisticated. (The font I'm referring to is the one you use as page headings: Contents, Letter, Notebook, etc)
The Oct cover issue with Salma: too busy and cluttered. I like Salma. But the cover-- Too much hair, too many words, and too many sizes.
Why didn't you use the photo of Salma on page 8? That would've been powerful!
Pitch the travel photo idea--Glamour and even the Detroit Red Wings do that.
Instead, have a "More" page where your readers send in photo, age, and city and tell us what they now have "more" of.
It would be like a transformation page. They used to be quiet/shy/suppressed and now "more" outgoing/funny/sexy.
Please make this a reader page. We are bombarded with enough movie stars, models etc. I'm talking about the amazing women that your colleague collects
I love the beauty search idea. I love the Notebook pages! I love Stylebook! I love the Beautybook. They are to the point.
Clean. Streamlined. I love the Second acts.
Again, I HATE YOUR FONTS. The font for the article Sex Trafficking's Unlikely Angel. It sucks--too hard on the eyes.
I skipped the whole article!
I loved the Joy of Ex article--hated the font.
Loved the field guide to men. Keep it!
How about a Sass-and- the-City page? Women everywhere have a girl’s night out. How are women +40
Celebrating? What are they doing and how long have they been gathering? Take pics of 3-4women out w/brief profiles and how they celebrate being women.
Thank you in advance for reading my email.
As a veteran image consultant and jewelry blogger, I just loved Jennifer's article on re-defining your personal style by clearing out your closet. In response to her question, "is there a such thing as an age-appropropriate necklace?" on pg.54...well yes there is! I thought she would enjoy my blog post on the subject: