As we prepare to bring you The Year in Magazines, our full roundup of favorite stories from 2014, we thought it best to reach out to some experts in the field (who also happen to be avid Next Issue readers).

Read on to hear why these 7 stories are Alyssa’s and Bonnie’s picks, then open up back issues in your Next Issue app and get reading!


Alyssa Hertzig spends her days as Beauty Director for Brides Magazine, and her free time blogging at The Sparkly Life. Her favorite stories of the year give amazing tips on everything from getting the shiniest hair, to finding the right red lipstick for you, to staying safe in the sun.


Bonnie McCarthy is a nationally-recognized design enthusiast, author, photographer, and former fashion editor at Teen Magazine. We were thrilled to have her share her top 2014 stories on home and gardening. Find more from Bonnie at This American Home.

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Alyssa's Best of Beauty

The Shining


Who doesn’t want glossier hair? This comprehensive article has practical, fresh tips for boosting shine. But what really sold me? The stunning photos that go along with the piece. Simply gorgeous.

Red Alert


This one isn’t just for brides-to-be, I promise! Red lipstick can instantly update your look, but so many people are afraid to wear it. As this story shows, there’s a red out there for everyone.

Sun Mistakes You're Probably Making

Women's Health

A writer goes undercover at a dermatologist’s office, a San Diego beach, and a shopping mall to discover the sunscreen mistakes that real people—even doctors!—are making. Great advice on staying safe and protected.

Screen Stars


In their #SocialMedia issue, ELLE asked some of the biggest social stars (including the gorgeous model Karlie Kloss!) to share their best beauty tips for life online and off.

Bonnie's Best of Home Décor

The Contemplative Gardener

Country Living

It’s a three-way tie, but since I can only pick one story in this issue, I suggest the tale of Tarrnation Farm. Beyond the beautiful home Reggie Tarr built by hand in Sugar Hill, NH, it’s his philosophy that will linger in your consciousness. He works hard, lives simply, and cultivates charm and character in abundance.

Second Nature


Designer Lauren Liess says it was love at first sight when she found this home for her family of five. I felt the same, and I think you will too. Liess proves once and for all that family-friendly doesn’t have to mean frumpy. Natural light, blonde woods, elegant design and thrifty details add up to real life inspiration.

Blurring the Boundaries


You had me at “…window walls frame Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.”This “rustic and not too precious,” home truly welcomes the outside in. Tap an icon to view the floor plan, peruse a detailed list of building materials, or just grab a cup of coffee and a cozy sweater and daydream.