I have consumed many magazines hoping to find one that's different, one that isn’t filled with a vlogger’s top tips or some other similar mush, and with Caboodle I have definitely found it. I think everything about Caboodle can be summed up by the back pages of the magazine, the first Girls Just Want to Have Fun (of course) and this edition Make Your Own Sunshine (which I cannot agree with more).
Caboodle is an extremely modern magazine, it’s main message being be and love yourself no matter what. It includes interviews with women in fashion, music and food, vegan recipes (that don’t contain smashed avocado), ideas or ways of becoming eco-friendly and, my personal favourite, photos of dogs in knitwear.
Each Caboodle is bursting with information on how to self-love, eat vegan and be happy. The first pages are also filled with adverts for independent businesses run by girls and pages on artisan craftswoman, chocolatiers and girl bosses. Caboodle is aimed at tweenagers all the way to adults, and having been written, produced edited and everything else by girls it will not surprise you that it is generally aimed at …girls, especially for those looking for something different. The girls in charge are dog-loving, environment friendly, stylish girl bosses: all the perfect things to be in charge of such a cool, eclectic magazine.
Caboodle Craves… is particularly wonderful, great for inspiration, gifts or just for that feeling of having something to dream of, but the magazine is more than an ideas catalogue. The latest edition also included an interview with a feminist girl punk band called the Dream Nails, and while their style of music may not interest you their message most certainly will. Towards the back there is also a mini photo-shoot showing some cool styles definitely worth trying out. When I showed my first Caboodle to my friend, she referred to it as a 'proper cool, real magazine', a great West Country compliment from an urban girl.
While it is priced quite high (£10), compared to other mainstream magazines aimed at the same age and sex group, once you open one you will see why. It is a lasting magazine you can forever look back at; it even has that wonderful fresh smell of a good quality book. The average teen now gets around £8.03 a week pocket money so for under two weeks of saving you get a whole lot of inspiration, whether that’s turning vegan or just wearing more rainbows. The quality also makes it a perfect gift for somebody who needs a bit more sunshine in their life.
Disclaimer: if you dislike rainbows you will not enjoy this magazine.