Are you a Betty?

Are you a Betty?

Betty1 I said I wasn't going to be stopping at all the GFW talk and it doesn't stop at the fashion design students.  The journalism, marketing, promotion students and their final projects were on show and I have a few to talk up starting with Betty Magazine produced by Hannah Burgess and Charlotte Jacklin from UCA Rochester.  If Lula magazine had a younger, slightly British-centric sister into sugar n' spice and all things nice, she would be Betty.  Followers of Betty would be the Bettettes and they have a love of vintage, tea parties, music and living in a fantasy world.  It's the kind of girly niche that mirrors what Lula is so very good at but does so to an even more specific degree with its localised content and very specific age demographic targeting.  Everything from the typography, the presentation, the use of retro images, the choice of photography styles and of course the chosen editorial subject is all centred around that saccharine niche and incredibly focused that I actually think if Betty carried on as a working publication, they'd gain a similar, albeit younger, cult following as Lula has done…

Everyone can download the PDF to read through the 136 pages that Hannah and Charlotte have produced…

They've spotlighted Mary Benson, whose rainbow stripy foil dress is tempting me…

Another Flickr star to join the Eleanor Hardwicks of this world…


Denims and floral galore…




Vintage swimcap heaven…


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Shoes polaroided with cute hoisery…



Love the intro to the New Etiquette Guide article which reminds us of a few basic rules…


A guide to Leeds…


Meals that Bettettes alternate between; pick n' mix and afternoon tea
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**EDIT** Charlotte and Hannah are busying away with their 2nd issue which will be out around Sept/Oct time… not just a uni one-off!


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  1. Belinda

    2009-06-14 at 10:02 PM

    I will be a Betty if it means i can get my hands on that rainbow dress!

  2. Rosie

    2009-06-14 at 10:20 PM

    How wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lucy - The Fashion Setter

    2009-06-14 at 10:26 PM

    Oh the diabetic cuteness!!!
    I’m downloading the pdf right now.
    Lucy =)

  4. alicepleasance

    2009-06-14 at 10:40 PM

    Thank you Susie, I’m sure I’ll love this!
    Eleonor Hardwicks photos are amazing…and she’s still so young!

  5. Hineahi

    2009-06-14 at 10:41 PM

    I’m not really a cutesy feminine person myself, but I do love those retro images!

  6. dapper kid

    2009-06-14 at 10:46 PM

    Oh my, what a beautifully put together magazine. I would be happy to call myself a Bettette (or the male equivalent!).

  7. Hiroko

    2009-06-14 at 11:03 PM

    thanks so much for posting this! i’ve downloaded it and it’s lovely.

  8. Clare

    2009-06-14 at 11:06 PM

    I loved this magazine at GFW, the girls were really lovely too. They deserve lots of praise!

  9. Bathroom

    2009-06-14 at 11:07 PM

    J’adore ton blog !

  10. chelsea

    2009-06-14 at 11:12 PM

    I really like the look of this

  11. Zoe

    2009-06-14 at 11:16 PM

    I’m downloading the PDF, it looks really good!
    Thanks for sharing it! (:

  12. Laura

    2009-06-14 at 11:38 PM

    wow. I actually reported on someone before you did! haha
    not meaning that in a bad way just your always ahead of the game hehe.
    Mary Benson was featured in my uni magazine.. and is stocked in a local boutique Blue Rinse.
    The magazine looks great though!!! 🙂

  13. Brigadeiro

    2009-06-14 at 11:44 PM

    Ooh, will download this! It looks amazing! Love all the floral pieces! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  14. Kelsey

    2009-06-15 at 12:11 AM

    I love this! Thanks so much for sharing <3

  15. connie

    2009-06-15 at 1:18 AM

    Omg I love the polaroids of the shoes and hoisery. So cute.
    bonbon’s vintage

  16. Bombshell Kitten

    2009-06-15 at 2:28 AM

    Fab! I especially love the fashion sketch on the Mary Bension page. And the shoes? Oh, my. Love.

  17. Chelle

    2009-06-15 at 2:45 AM

    thanks for the tip off, I am now happily flicking through Betty! It’s conjuring up all sorts of fond memories of England in the summer, and making me feel that little bit warmer here in my cold apartment in Bondi! I do rather fancy some pic n mix now though! xxx

  18. Nicole Then

    2009-06-15 at 4:57 AM

    wow, their stuff are pretty creative and original. love it, thanks for sharing 😉

  19. Caroline

    2009-06-15 at 7:48 AM

    The magazine is AMAZING! Am myself a fashion journalism student and wish for my final project to be as fantastic!
    Noticed that the image with girl in pink “flowerpanties” and jeans shirt is kind of a rip off of Corinne Day¬¥s image of Kate Moss. I like it though, and why not use very great ideas.

  20. katiep

    2009-06-15 at 9:42 AM

    will Betty magazine be at the Colophon 2011 event!
    Love the magazine here in the office. We went to the We Make Magazine’s lecture in Westminster on Wednesday where Becky Smith the editor of LULU was speaking.
    Great magazines, our blog post reporting can be found at
    we’d love to also hear your thoughts

  21. eda

    2009-06-15 at 9:44 AM

    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Nahna

    2009-06-15 at 10:38 AM

    Wow, that’s amazing stuff!!!!

  23. Meream

    2009-06-15 at 12:40 PM

    THAT is my dream fashion magazine. Whimsical and unique.

  24. Andrea

    2009-06-15 at 2:14 PM

    wow, i can’t wait to download the PDF. i love what i see so far.

  25. Lady Julianne

    2009-06-15 at 3:42 PM

    That rainbow dress is beautiful and this magazine sounds right up my street, can’t wait to read through it!

  26. Isabel

    2009-06-15 at 3:42 PM

    I need to read this magazine. It looks so freakishly pretty!

  27. Jill 'just call me Betty' Adams

    2009-06-15 at 4:19 PM

    Wow, I’m looking at this & it’s very impressive. Thanks for tipping us off (even if Laura did discover it first : ) but I hope Betty doesn’t mind the backhanded compliment. I don’t see it as remotely saccharine, to me it seems quite ironic and intelligent and fun: all the things most of us hope we’re doing with our own blogs.
    I’m especially impressed with their mission statement: ‘..we don’t want to play on people’s insecurities: our philosophy is for people to embrace who they are and celebrate it.’
    Sounds like my kind of girls! In which case, I’m definitely a Betty, and proud of it.

  28. susie_bubble

    2009-06-15 at 4:24 PM

    Jill, when I said saccharine, I meant the aesthetics of the mag as opposed to the tone…wouldn’t post about it if I thought the writing was all too nicey nicey….

  29. Susan Azari

    2009-06-15 at 7:12 PM

    I LOVE Mary Benson! I bought that rainbow dress a few months ago and now it’s almost doubled in price!
    I did a little post about her here:

  30. Sister Wolf

    2009-06-15 at 7:49 PM

    But are they teenagers??

  31. Eyeliah

    2009-06-16 at 3:55 AM

    thank you for introducing me to Betty!

  32. s88

    2009-06-16 at 9:55 AM

    wait wait wait – stop. Yes, it’s very very very pretty. Visually, it’s perfection. But has anyone actually tried to read this yet? I gave it a fair shot – read it all the way through. Is it me, or are magazines getting visually prettier, but in terms of the actual writing, a lot duller? The ideas were good, but the writing was incredibly clunky.

  33. Chic Looks

    2009-06-16 at 2:57 PM

    OMG i just downloaded and read the pdf version and me lovessss it. Do you reckon they’ll be available to buy, so many gorgeous pictures.

  34. SwanDiamondRose

    2009-06-23 at 6:12 PM

    well i’m in! i find it hard not to like this style.

  35. Jane K.

    2009-09-10 at 1:25 PM

    This magazine is nothing like Lula? Are you crazy?

  36. susie_bubble

    2009-09-10 at 1:28 PM

    ^I said Lula’s younger, slightly more British sister….

  37. jane k.

    2009-09-10 at 1:52 PM

    I do not agree at all….

  38. Sophie Eagle

    2012-01-22 at 9:30 PM

    I have the rainbow dress 🙂

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