Monday, August 2, 2010

Letter to my FAVORITE Editor: Mr. Drucker

Dear Mr. Drucker:

I just wanted to let you know of my great pleasure in reading page after page of the August issue of Town & Country.  I must say I feel like you read my mind of needs, wants and delicious desires.

As I sat on a plane bound for Colorado last week, I had the pleasure of actually reading a magazine.  I usually go straight for my Vanity Fair but Julianne Moore, in all her clear and clean beauty, caught my eye.  Without much deliberation, I picked it up and kept thinking, "this is the most relevant Town & Country issue I've read in years".  I hadn't permanently shelved T&C but it, by far, wasn't my first choice of magazines I have so little time to read anymore.
What else does a cover need but a beautiful redhead to draw you in?  Of course, I'm partial because I have a daughter with those same beautiful locks.
And, do you know how many times I visit New Orleans a year?  Let's just say many.  I thought there was no stone unturned for me in NOLA but this article provided a few great nuggets I can't wait to check out.
And then, this deliciously inviting article on a place I can't imagine anyone on planet Earth not wanting to visit.

How can beautiful clothes invoke an emotion like no other?  My favorite:  modern and timeless all in one, sophisticated and elegant beyond reproach.
How did you know orange is one of my signature colors?  I told you I feel like you read my mind!

So wish I lived somewhere I could don these wool and tweed beauties for more than a day.  Nonetheless, I've bookmarked and sent to all my friends who live above the Mason-Dixon line.
And, who doesn't love Ralph?  I know, I'm a child of the 80's.  I had his sheets, pillow shams, comforter and more, more, more while in high school but to read this truly "Living the American Dream" story is inspirational, even for those who don't care for his aesthetic.

Oh and I've been interviewing friend after friend (I have ones spanning from their 20's to 80's) about what to do with my 40 year old "skin".  And, here, you gave me every bit of up-to-date information I need if I ever decide to do more than a facial (it's coming).

And, this article truly made me happiest.  A feature on a spectacularly beautiful home and in the South, no less.  You couldn't have picked a more lovely space to show us what true elegance really is.

So, Mr. Drucker, after getting over my heartbreak of you leaving House Beautiful, T & C is the most perfect fit for your special talents.  I've felt for years most readers who love what we do:  house, home, entertaining, fashion, travel and anything else that provides an amazing lifestyle needs to be able to find it all in one place.  I don't really have time to review 10 or 12 magazines a month anymore, I have one hour to sit down and be truly engrossed in a page turner.  You, my friend, have given me one and for that I'm grateful.

All the best,
Gwen Driscoll
A Renewed & Fond T & C Reader
Memphis, TN

P.S.  Can't wait to see what you have in store for next month!!!

Images courtesy of Town & Country


  1. Welcome back, Gwen!

    I also had drifted away from T&C. I'll connect back up- thanks for the update. I want to see that second last photo up close- it's one of my favorite wallpapers.


  2. Welcome back, darling one. I felt exactly the same as you, so happy to see this post. It says it all, so I'll just forward it on to Mr. D. again and sign it MarshaMarshaMarsha.

  3. I am most certainly ready to add this to my shortlist!! Fabulous images!

    Art by Karena

  4. Gwen,
    missed you dear! I am thrilled to have been given a T&C subscription and it makes me proud to be a woman. I think all women would love this issue.

  5. You re-introduced us to T & C. Mr. Drucker should pay you for the advertising and run this post in the magazine! By the way, I am redesigning the interior of my blog and I came up with some new topics to cover. I'd love your feedback...and you have given me a few topics to add--"house, home, entertaining, fashion, travel and anything else that provides an amazing lifestyle".

  6. Beautifully written, thank you for the encouraging story. I to had been so very sad to see my Drucker leave House Beautiful but glad to know is will continue to share his talent with us through this beautiful publication as well.

    Cheers! Pam

  7. Welcome back, Gwen! I couldn't agree more with you. I usually spend 10 minutes on magazines over lunch but as soon as I opened T&C last week, I had to take it home and read it cover to cover. Can't wait to see what the talented Mr. Drucker will do in the coming issues!

  8. Great Post!! Now I am really going to pick up a T&C. Mary

  9. In full agreement-seeing all the same you do. It was not a jam packed one with pages of drivel but packed in every page - content. What will they think of next? Gaye

  10. You know, I've stuck with Town and Country, hoping someone like Mr. Drucker would come along. What a thrill it was to open this issue. My prayers were answered. I do so look forward to where he will take me in the big September issue!

  11. Thanks Gwen! I am picking up my copy at the grocery store this afternoon!

  12. Welcome back! I love your take on the new Town and Country. I devoured every page. I'm a big Stephen Drucker fan and was sad to hear that he was leaving House Beautiful. I hadn't read House Beautiful for a long time until he came along. The same for Town and Country. Things are going to be very interesting. Can't wait to here what all you have been up to. Mona

  13. Hi Gwen!

    I'll run out and get a copy, it looks fabulous reading! Welcome back, how wonderful to be so busy!


  14. Hey there!!! did you see this months? With Tory Burch on the cover? Even better!xx

  15. Look who's back!!!!
    Off to pick up T & C now. Got to see what they said about NOLA!!!!
    xo xo

  16. Gwen,
    Glad you are back...hopefully a bit refreshed!
    Great copy.... I am like you with not muct time to read magazines and an airplane is the best place to get caught up. You dangled a good carrot!

  17. Welcome back! Hope you had a nice break.

    I love this letter and so enjoyed your rediscovery of T&C. The pictures are to die for and I see something in every one that I like.

    Thanks for sharing, and please if you start an appendix to your letter where you need signatures, be sure to count me in.. :)

    x Charlotta

  18. I ran across your blog through another. I find it beautiful and interestin, and will visit again!
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  19. I am so glad you are back! Wasn't this a great issue? And Julianne on the cover - I'm hooked immediately. =) Great post! I can't wait to pick up September's with Tory Burch on the front. Have a great day. =)

  20. Hi Sweetie - you & I are the same, only reading magazines at 30,000ft. these days! I stockpile mine & then struggle onto a long haul flight with an additional 30lbs. of cabin weight, dropping them all the way down the aisle as I struggle to my seat! We get T&C Down Under, but generally about 3mths. behind you guys. They seemed to have got thinner & thinner over the years, so I gave up buying them. Your glowing review has renewed my curiosity - you need to do their PR & get paid for it.
    Millie ^_^

  21. That holiday destination looks amazing! x

  22. This is such refreshing letter to read--thanks for sharing. I'll be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine this week.

  23. welcome back!! will need to pick it up now- thanks for the peek!

  24. Good to see you back ,Gwen.
    We all love great magazines.

  25. I loved this issue as well! I love that they listed different looks for all of the multi-tasking women out there!
    Lila Ferraro

  26. great post and lovely to see you back! have a great sunday.. verbena cottage

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  28. Gwen,
    I miss your posts! I hope you are well and that business is going well!

  29. I'm a great admirer of Stephen Drucker and HB has always been my favorite magazine. The only thing I ever liked about T&C were the wedding photos! I'll give it another try - thanks for the heads up.


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