It Was a Very Good Year
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Intro_v01_Anne1 of 22intro
Anne Weintraub2 of 22
In my experience, the old cliché that launching a new brand is akin to childbirth is, in fact, pretty close to the truth. It's exhausting and exhilarating, and you soon miraculously forget any initial pain to find yourself loving your baby more each day. So I couldn’t resist getting a bit nostalgic on our anniversary...
Personal Best3 of 22
I believe that writing is an inherently personal and emotional endeavor, like listening to music or eating. So the first-person essays from our editors are among my favorite stories. Natasha Burton’s “In Praise of My Working Mom” was truly heartwarming and hit very close to home since I’m a working mom myself.
Mother Lode4 of 22
Despite my bias toward essays about moms, Megan Bello’s “Why an Imperfect Mother Is Really the Most Perfect Kind of All” stands on its own merit. She had me, and I imagine the many others who read it, at the first two lines: “In 1985 we banned my mother from making meatloaf. To be honest, I think she was relieved.”
Plastic Fantastic5 of 22
We also love grabbing hold of a pop culture moment and turning it on its head. For “10 Kens We’d Like to See” in honor of the Ken doll’s 50th birthday (I know, can you believe it?), we had a really good time dreaming up ridiculous and sublime personas for Barbie’s main squeeze. My personal favorite: “Bad-Influence Boyfriend Ken.”
Two Hot6 of 22
Comedy writers (and couple) Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn make married life a thing of hilarity. Their columns for Glo offer insightful observations as well as laughs, turning well-worn topics into something fresh. I especially appreciate the tell-it-like-it-is aphrodisiacs in “10 Ways to Reignite the Flame,” including “Buy the Damn Lingerie” and “Make Money!”
Boy, Oh, Boy7 of 22
One of our most popular series toys a bit with the opposite sex, making sensational—and delightful—generalizations (backed by experts, of course!). It’s all in good fun and, as they say, humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Our writers have shed light on everything from “What His Facial Hair Says About Him” to “What His Bathing Suit Says About Him.”
Caroline Rules8 of 22
Caroline Manzo puts the real in The Real Housewives of New Jersey, and her fans relate to the reality star’s no-nonsense attitude, focus on family and, above all, abundant common sense. Every Monday Caroline answers Glo readers’ questions about deeply personal—yet universal—issues, such as family communication and body confidence.
Sweet Secrets9 of 22
The “What Your _____ Won’t Tell You” series has included everyone from flight attendants to servers to babysitters. Our intrepid content partner, Woman’s Day, tracks down candid representatives from every field imaginable, who then dish everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-but-were-afraid-to-ask thoughts that are at once juicy and revelatory.
Party People10 of 22
Our Party Planner stories in Living present fabulous and affordable tips for making your life a little more festive. Elina Furman’s kids’ Easter party story is one of my favorites, packed with sweet ideas, from Jelly Belly bubbles to Mad Hatter favor boxes.
Hit Home11 of 22
Celebrated blog Remodelista is another of our premier content partners, and their impeccable taste never ceases to amaze me. They identify the trends first, such as “Urban Barn” and then find spot-on objects to beautify your home.
Pet Projects12 of 22
Amy Keith, Glo’s Living editor, also hunts down incredibly cool pieces in sometimes unexpected spaces. Despite the fact that I no longer have a dog, I can’t stop flipping through the over-the-top accessories in her “Extreme Pet Pampering” story.
Happy Place13 of 22
The impetus behind our Hump Day Happy Hour column was, frankly, the desire for another excuse to drink. “Why not have mixologists create custom Glo cocktails to celebrate news events and holidays?” we thought. Totally logical, no? And then we discussed how Wednesday is the cruelest day of the week and when you most need a stiff one. I believe the greatest excuse we came up was Barbie’s birthday—it still makes me smile.
The Family Way14 of 22
Who do you think women really dress to please? Themselves, other women, men or their mothers? Well, we decided to cover all bases when we created our “Of Mom and Men” series by enlisting stylist Nicole Mann Novick, her husband and her mother to write irreverent commentary on the latest runway trends. Their perspectives couldn’t be more different or amusing—a healthy reminder that one person’s Rodarte is another’s fashion roadkill.
In the House15 of 22
The premise of “Resident Style” is to “dress like your favorite room in the house”—a less direct way of saying “shelter porn for the fashion-obsessed.” Beautiful room images + matching clothing and accessories = happy readers. I love the gorgeous slides designed by Glo art director Natasha Lee and how they're a creative way to shop.
Real Good16 of 22
At Glo, we’re firm believers that real women on the street often can be even more inspiring than models on the runway or celebrities on the red carpet. The “Sidewalk Style” series showcases real women everywhere, from Nashville to New York, alongside practical style tricks.
Model Behavior17 of 22
That doesn’t mean we ignore what happens during Fashion Week—we just make it fun and accessible in our “Runway Cheat Sheet” stories. The runway shows are actually about more than just clothes; our style and beauty editors reveal the inspiration behind the fashion, the celebs in the front row, the music that played and more.
Total Gem18 of 22
Finding gorgeous fashion at a good price is very important to us—and our editors have a rare talent for it. “Baubles on a Budget” is a great example of incredible jewelry that won’t break the bank.
Legendary Locks19 of 22
“Hair Highlights” was, believe it or not, inspired by men’s obsession with sports highlights. We feel that woman are as passionate about Michelle Williams’s latest pixie cut as men are about March Madness. Our series presents the best celebrity hair of the week and now gives you something to do while your guy is marveling at Blake Griffin’s latest slam dunks.
The Real Deal20 of 22
Beautiful people come in many different packages in our book (many of them not 5'10" and 120 pounds), so we love featuring diverse women and men. “Flatter Your Face,” an original makeover feature we shot, showcased just that.
Big Idea21 of 22
I love a good theme issue (like this one!), and we had a blast coming up with ideas for our 90210 issue last September 2, 2010 (9.02.10). It was a big hit, so apparently there are a lot of closet Brenda and Brandon fans out there.
Perfect Cover22 of 22
Photo editor Alexis Jonnson manages to come up with a compelling new cover image for Glo six days a week, and now there's an even easier way for you to discover these alongside every issue from the past year. Take a moment to browse what you may have missed the next time you need a little pick-me-up.