I spent last year reading Vogue and Lucky. Vogue largely made me feel depressed that I didn't live in an NYC penthouse and have a job other than socialite, celebrity, model, or magazine editor. I probably also burned calories just trying to lug 100 pages worth of ads around and lost my temper reading article after infuriating article on how one should maintain thinness and beauty through various methods of plastic surgery and food depravation. Lucky just added insult to injury by largely being a shopping catalog you just dumbly paid for.
Trying to find more realistic fare, I currently spend my time reading Harper's Bazaar and C Magazine.
Kudos to Harper's for creating a high fashion magazine that celebrates variety within the female form (example: every issue contains a Fabulous at Every Age section) and doesn't require me to flip thru 10 pages of ads for 1 page of editorial. Plus the photoshoots are actually interesting and push the envelope (i.e. not the same cycle of predictable female celebrities + Kate Moss over and over). Beauty section is really down to earth (pass the latest lipstick colour, not the latest injectable toxin). Overall: A
C Magazine was a bit of a gamble in order to inject some West Coast style into my reading. While I think the magazine still has some issues with print quality on it's pages every now and then, the photoshoots are a treat. Also I think it's nice that C tries to incorporate both Northern California and Southern California rather than just being a trendy L.A. magazine. Took forever to get my first issue though. Overall: B+