Magazines #44: Good Housekeeping (May 1989)

Good Housekeeping may not be most exciting magazine in the world, there's still plenty of interesting pages to be found, if only for their sheer "eighties-ness".  Let's have a look...

"I never thought eyeglasses could be a plus - I was wrong!"   Nope.   I think it was the haircut, Jennifer.

This issue of Good Housekeeping came with a nice "Body Be Beautiful/89" section which has all kinds of 80s goodness within..

I think it was a requirement for 80s women's magazines to have workout guides.

It was all about the bright clothing back then.

That noxious stank is gone.  Hooray!

You'll be seeing this advertisement again in some upcoming Monday post.

There's a part of me that hates the 1980s.  This family reminds me why.

"$2,000 for a super-duper computerized treadmill."  I guess this meant there was a digital display or something.  It's 1987 and "computerized" exercise equipment is a big deal.... I was in college at this point.  Man, I'm old.

Dee-lish! The kids will love it!

God, the 80s palette is just not my cup of tea.  I'm more at home with the tones of the 70s; give me Harvest Yellow any day over wall-to-wall pink pastel.

In a shocking revelation, Elle MacPherson reveals she uses moisturizer.  And in another doozy of a reveal: 28 percent of those polled thought a tan was "healthy".

Ladies, remember that your beauty horoscope says to have "dark smokey eyes" from May 19-23.

And now for something truly unsettling...

What the - ?

Whew.  Turns out this nightmare is just a home-perm ad.

There's a short story included called "Informed Risk" by Robyn Carr.  I was tempted to transcribe the whole thing, but then I remembered that no one on earth would read it but me.

Looks like the lady above didn't have "Automatic Shut Off"...

This gal is way too happy with her new curling iron.

Here's our cover model, Deborah Raffin.  I know her from Grizzly II, Death Wish 3, Scanners II, and Lace II (she was apparently the go-to girl for sequels).  Deborah passed away in 2012 from leukemia.

What workout music would be playing on that ectoplasm green boom box?  I'm thinkin' "Rhythm Nation" or "Pump Up the Jam".


  1. I hope there never comes a day when I look back on my life and say, "ya know, the '80s were so much better than the '70s." Pull the plug if that happens. High-cut bikinis way over the hips were horrible, as are today's ultra-low-rise jeans that leave too much hip bone poking out in unflattering ways, especially with so many of today's girls being flabby - instant muffin top, a term we didn't have a decade or two ago.

    1. AnonymousJune 12, 2015

      Fashions that were attractive in the 70s have been retooled today in an unflattering way. The aforementioned low rise jeans being an example. We had hip huggers in the 70s and they looked great. The way they are cut today they don't look so good, and more often than not women show butt crack (often displaying a tattoo or "tramp stamp"). When did the "women showing butt crack" trend start? Also, tight jeans in the 70s were just that. Tight. And they looked great on the right people. But today's "skinny jeans" are extremely tight in the leg and loose in the butt, an overall unattractive look. If you're gonna wear tight jeans, do it all the way, like we did in the 70s. Don't cop out at the butt.

    2. It's probably no surprise that I prefer the 70s style above all, but the fashions of the 80s deserve some respect - especially when stacked up against the no-styles of the past couple decades. Give me shoulder-pads, skinny ties and hair-sprayed saturation over the yawn inducing forgettable style vacuum of today. What hung in 2002 closets is pretty damn similar to 2012 closets, if you get my meaning; whereas, 1980s fashions at least had a distinctive look - there was no mistaking a 1976 closet from a 1986 closet.

    3. voiceofthe70sJune 12, 2015

      A few years ago there was a lengthy, detailed article in Vanity Fair called "You Say You Want a Devolution?" which covers this very phenomenon, the fact that there are distinct styles to every decade up to about the 90s where it all starts blurring into one thing. The 80s is probably the last decade thus far that had a "look", a "feel", a "sound" (whether one likes that look, feel or sound is quite a different story). The 60s didn't look like the 70s. The 70s didn't look like the 80s. After that it all starts to look the same. I strongly recommend reading the article, which attempts to explain the reasons for this phenomenon.

      You Say You want A Devolution


    4. Thank you for providing this link; it says what I've been trying to say for years much more eloquently than I ever could. One problem though: it describes the problem perfectly - this weird stagnant malaise has never been illustrated better - but it doesn't explain WHY. It tries to, and offers a few explanations for it, but I'm not buying. And I'm not sure anyone really knows why it's happening (or more accurately - not happening). I'm sure it's not simple, the reasons are manifold, and it will take armchair historians many years removed from our present day to finally uncover the answer.

    5. Just watched "Life of Crime" with the lovely & talented (& nipply) Jennifer Aniston. Really incredible 1978 sets, cars, fashion, and hair. There's some great wallpaper in some of the places, and Jennifer's sunglasses are perfect. Very good movie that I highly recommend.

  2. I love the 80s looks. Perhaps I'm just more of day-glo kinda guy.

    1. I'm more of a harvest gold/avocado/burnt orange kind of a guy; but I can respect the day-glo guys as well. It's the pastel fellas that give me trouble.

  3. My Mom had a subscription for many years between the 70s and the 90s. For some years Deborah Raffin was on the cover at least once every year. This was the time of Miami Vice, where pastels ruled.

    1. Miami Vice is playing basically every day on Rodriguez's awesome El Rey network. I'm going to have to give it a a re-watch - I honestly haven't seen it since the eighties. I have a sinking feeling it hasn't held up well.

  4. I love the '80s, and remember it for its colorful, quirky, arty styles and culture. I was about 13 when MTV was cutting edge media, introducing America to music video and New Wave and Thriller-era Michael Jackson. This edition of Good Housekeeping the more Yuppie side of '80s culture, but there was so much more as well. I also love '60s and '70s nostalgia (and even remember some aspects of the '70s from my childhood), but my interest in pop culture started to fade around 1994, when culture became either gross and offensive or blah and boring.