Friday, March 12, 2010

Destination to Inspiration... an Online Magazine

I want to try out some new ideas and projects
that have been percolating for quite some time.
I’ve been dreaming of creating something delicious


an outlet where my romantic side can flourish


An intriguing place that is big enough for all of us, 

I’ve been busy working on a destination…
An online magazine to showcase and share creativity
in all its varied forms.
The blogosphere is the perfect place to do just that  
and the time is right!
resz-orsay clock
destination with
beautiful images,
budget friendly style and ideas,
scrumptious recipes,
interesting articles and features,
home and garden, fashion, travel,
stories and  “what-not”,
  handmade goods and unique boutique items…
above all it needs to be practical and
tailored -made for a fast-changing world!
We need writers, photographers, artisans and romantically inclined bloggers.
Are you interested?

  Gal Vero-DidotPAris PAstry

Do you want to join in as we journey to this
  Destination to Inspiration” ?
to celebrate romance and  joie de vivre?
Do you have any ideas, suggestions or
interested in featuring/advertising your boutique?
Or perhaps you have writing or graphics skills
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It is still a work in progress but with alot of imagination
and a bit of work this online magazine could 
evolve into something fabulous  with a little French flair!

If you have a minute let me know what you think,
I’d love to hear from you.

Put a Little Ooh La La in Your Life!
Mimi Bleu 

Photo: Courtesy of French Mademoiselle


Jackie said...

What a magnificent idea! Love the photos on your post.....If you would like any assist from Florida, let me know! Hope all is well with you.

flwrjane said...

I don't know what I could add, but I would certainly be a devoted reader. Very exciting.

Unknown said...

I had been thinking recently that magazines were probably heading towards the blogasphere. Magazines have gotten so expensive! This sounds like a wonderful idea to me.

Donatella said...

Your magazine article is super! Maybe you could gather/ collect some actual French/ European magazines, those in particular that are related to the fashion industry... Not because you will be doing fashion, but I think you would be so inspired by their layout and design! The oversized pages and bindings... the vivid colors and bold ad ideas... Some from the LA model scene of NYC too of course!

Cant wait to hear and see more!

Donatella said...

Oops! I forgot: The Bible in my recent post is not a 'family Bible' per se... While it belongs to me/ my family now... Not in the sense that you meant. I WISH it were so that I had one from so long ago! This one came from a flea market and has handwritten notes from the early 20th century; so interesting, so heartwarming too. God is immutable.

I bet you must treasure the one you have!

Sara Louise said...

Fantastic idea and no better woman :-) I'd be more than happy to help with the 'what not' if you needed input from a confused girl in Provence

Unknown said...

Sounds like a great idea!!!
I'm loving the look of that cake too!
Happy weekend!

Splenderosa said...

As a jewelry designer & former luxury fashion expert, I would love to be involved somehow. Yes, I fear the magazines are now so expensive and the ad revenue is drying up for them, the moment to start this venture is now. Tell us more. xx's Marsha

My Passport to Style said...

This is so strange my romantic friend I have been musing over exactly the same idea! I also have a freelance journalist friend who might be interested in contributing! I am a little shy to share my thoughts outloud here. Would you mind emailing me over @ so I can email you my thoughts! Sharon xx

Tilly Rose said...

Hi hun...what a lovely idea! Not sure if I could do anything to help but would love a challenge.
My email address is
Let me know the sort of thing you are looking for. I'm very creative in most things....
Hugs Karen x x x

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OUI, OUI, OUI, MOI! I am very interested in something like this dear Mimi! What are the details? Do tell!!! I am interested. Everything you listed I love: budget decorating, French ideas, I do draw, storytelling...

Bisous, Anita

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

This is a wonderful idea. And, I can just imagine all the great ideas that could be found here in the blogger world.
Let me know if I can help.


Paris Pastry said...

I am interested! What a great idea! Just tell me what to do! Lovely to see you used my image :D!

Have a wonderful day!


VM Creation Atelier said...

Awesome idea,my dear romantic Mimi!!!-)*

I dont know yet what I can bring there,but I know for sure that it would be Amazing online store ever!
I dont know of do you find it intresting,but maybe I can to plase by you the fashion sketches,drowings or somthing els about these...

Thank you,dear Mimi for sharing you ideas and you creativity with all of us!-)))*

With all my love and care,


Obee Designs said...

Dearest Mimi,
I think your idea is marvelous!! I can't wait to help you. We will certainly have to discuss :)
As always, I thank you for coming to visit me. Your comments are always eagerly anticipated and appreciated!
I hope you are having a wonderful day and a splendid weekend, my friend!!

Karin B (Looking for Ballast) said...

What a pretty, pretty site this is! :) What a haven for all things beautiful. Thank you for visiting my blog, too, and I am looking forward to seeing what you create with your new venture. If it is anything like this, it will be good. :)

I'm off to check out a few prior posts, too.

Be well and see you again soon!

Lee said...

Hi Mimi,

Intriguing will have lots of volunteers! Have a wonderful weekend!


A wonderful idea! Blogland is evolving into a multifaceted outlet with so much potential! I wish you success and would love to assist in any way I can! ~ Angela

Simply Colette said...

Sounds lovely! Would love to participate. :)keep me updated!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Well, could you send some of that gorgeous cake over please, sweet Mimi?
Have a happy weekend!

My Grama's Soul said...

What a fabulous idea!!! Please count me in if I can help in any way.



Wanda Lee said...

My dear friend,

What a truly splendid idea, and from such an exceptionally talented lady as yourself!~ I have thought of and planned something very similar; and I would be most interested in participating with you as well!

[I am also an avid collector of a wide range of magazines, and 'yes', they are getting very expensive! .., This is truly the way of the future and an idea whose time has come]!

(At last count I have a room full of magazines and several thousand at that, by conservative estimate)!

Your ideas are all so lovely, dearest Mimi; I love every wonderful thought on your list!~

Please do count me in for sure!..,

How do you plan to gather perhaps a somewhat more 'formalized group' of contributors? Or do you prefer a more loosely structured group of various people and contributors per se?..,

Would you like to have my email address?~ Currently it is not on my blog; so to avoid spam I think I'll set up a G-mail account very shortly..,

Also,my husband is a web developer 'extraordinaire' and also a fine artist.~He is also able to design 'data base' websites that are very robust!~ He has and does work with international clients on a regular basis; many of whom he has not met personally except, via 'word of mouth referrals'.

Here is his web address: ~ The company name is; Crossbow International.

Do feel most welcome to have a look at his portfolio; ( he has several more to add soon!~ Of course I do not know if he may be of assistance or if this would be of potential interest to you, yet I thought I would mention it.., ~(Many of our clients these days are currently 'high end' designers from New York, one from London and another from L.A.~ These are in part, still works in progress; therefore they are currently not on the portfolio; yet on our test site.)..,

This is most exciting news my friend!! Thanks ever so much for stopping by to visit!

It's delightful that your other exceptionally talented readers are also so 'on stream' and 'on board' with your fabulous idea! ..,

I could fairly give you 'a big kiss and a hug' right now I'm so utterly delighted and fairly 'scintillating' with enthusiasm!

Overall, I love the 'romantic flavour',and nuance of your exceptional and timely idea; you are no doubt just 'bursting' with fresh ideas of your own my dear lady!!!!

Warmest regards and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

P.S.~ As you know I specialize and delight in the fanciful look of romantic realism; Please do let me know how I may be of further assistance!!~ We'll be in touch!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This is a tre's bon idea. Very inovatinve and perfect for now. I would love to help. Come by my blog and give it a look. I write longer posts but that is the focus of my blog. I have more ideas than time and more pictures than space allows.I think you are on to something! This could be very very successful! And I would love to be a part of it.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Thank you for your quick response. Yes, I will wait to hear from you!

Unknown said...

That is an amazing idea Martha!!! So much potential! I would love to help in any way that I can. The decorating magazines seem to offer less and less these days and so many people have turned to blogging for inspiration, I think this is the perfect time to do something like this!!

Good for you!

:) T

p.s. I received my pkg yesterday and I must THANK YOU profusely!!! So awesome!!! It is really going to be a huge help for us to get around the city with all of your little books chuck full of tips and information! I just can't thank you enough for your generosity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Many hugs ~

Magdalena said...

Mimi Bleu I love this idea and would be an avid reader, everything you do is magical my dear! I don't know what I can do to , but If you can think of anything please just ask and I'll help if I can!! I can't wait.
I also want to tell you how touched I was by your kind words re. my migraines and tooth issues, it seems I have a lot of fluid in my ears and that is probably adding to all this pain. we are traveling by car now and will fly next month when all this hopefully clears up! ( I think it was from an allergy when we adopted our new dog) As for my speaking French, I try hard but it is difficult. I practice everyday but seem to freeze up in the presence of French speaking people, although all my French friends are so kind and encouraging :) How is your French coming along??
Have a lovely day (Oliver says hi!!)

Little Emma English Home said...

Loved your comment, thank you so much. In Italy we say something like "the neighbour grass is always greener"...I don't know if there's anything like this in french. I'm dreaming about Paris and you about Italy....Where are you planning to come???

So nice planning holidays, I'm looking forward...

I wish you a happy weekend!!!

Unknown said...

i was just thinking how i prefer an online magazine to the traditional form. it's just the way i look for inspiring images these days. i look at the success of Lonny mag and think more people should go that route!
i can't wait to see what develops!!
xoxo alison

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

I think that it's a fabulous idea and you live in a city where there is so much inspiration.
I wish you every success with your project, Mimi.
Have a lovely weekend.

Jenny said...

I would love to imagine that I am sophisticated enough to imbue some elegance to your magazine idea (somehow it sounds very "elegant" to me, I guess because your blog exudes elegance) but all I know is that I love France/Paris and travel and since I am not a photographer I could only guess that I would attempt to write of the love I have for the city of lights and the glimpses I have had of her. But best I can say is that I would love to be an enthusiastic reader.

Rita said...

Oh my dear Mimi,
what an amazing idea and you are the perfect person for such a superb project.

budget decorating, homemade goods... I'd love to collaborate but I'm afraid I could be of very little help if no help at all.
However that maybe, you can count me among your fervid readers and most enthusiastic fans!

its simple love said...

Count me in. I'd love to contribute! I could contribute photography, fashion finds, and city guides! Let me know how to get involved.

Love the idea.


Gorgeous Glam said...

I too love that little cake in the first picture! I had them made for my bridal luncheon! Have a great weekend! xoxo

Georgia said...

This is stunning :)
feel free to check out my blog

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

OH MY! I am so in!
Really, please tell me if I can help in ANY WAY! Photography... writing...anything!!!


Unknown said...

What a great idea! and that cake is so adorably pretty! Have a sweet day!

Annesphamily said...

Tell me what you need! I will definetly be a devoted reader! I love stopping by! Happy weekend to you and glad the postcard arrived safely!

Simplement ... said...

Je poursuis la balade avec tes photos très inspirées, magnifiques ...

Lori said...

What a wonderful idea. If you need me to help out let me know what I could!!! Great idea..

Anastasia Schembri said...

What a marvelous idea!!! I am not sure if I could help in anyway but I am at your disposal for anything you might need!!
Have a great weekend!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

What a wonderful idea- As a devoted Francophile and connoisseur of the good life I would be totally interested in participating!


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Your online zine sounds exciting!!! Please keep us posted! Hugs, Coralie

Champagne Macarons said...

Bonjour Mimi,
I have been contemplating the same venture... I have so many ideas that I have yet to narrow them. I have given up most of my magazine subscriptions as I prefer reading online instead. It seems that most of the pages are now advertisements.
If there is anything I can add, please feel free to email me! I am happy to help in any way I can.
Have a lovely week!

Auntie Cake said...

I am cheering you on! Can't wait!

Lancerika said...

wishing you the best on this
new exciting venture!
If you are interested in
original art prints
come by..
Bon chance

Jeanne Henriques said...

Wonderful idea Mimi...I look forward to following your progress! You are the perfect person to make this happen. With this in mind I am sending you the Happy 101 award to thank you for following me along. Your visits always make me happy!
Jeanne :)

Vær våken said...

That is definitely something I will read! I wish you all luck in the world!!

Debi said...

I just discvocered your blog and so glad I did! What a fantastic idea!! I don't know what I could do although I am an artist specializing in romantic art.....hmmmmmmmmmm. I would love to contribute something?
Have a wonderful day!

Debi said...

Hello again! Thank you for visiting me and you very kind comments! I work in oils, watercolors and also acrylics. I am looking forward to your names and hearing from you.

The Stylish House said...

This idea is scrumptious! It’s like soaking in a bubble bath lit by candlelight! Turn on the music and let the romance begin.

love lives in the kitchen said...

what a wonderful initiative! i love the pics also :) i would be glad to participate with some of love lives in the kitchen ideas :)
sending you a big hug from milan,

Chicago Chic said...

Hello my friend! I am finally back from a short vacation, and had the best time showing my mother around Rome. I have missed you and your beautiful posts! This online magazine sounds incredibly exciting and what a beautiful adventure to embark on! I really would love to be part of it, if you can use anything from me over here in Italy! Let me know! :)


Pratishtha Durga said...

This is such a great idea, and from a die-hard romantic, no less! I do write, and would love to assist in any way I can.

vicki archer said...

Sounds like fun....xv

Janean said...

it would be great! go for it!

Marina Saclley @ Iced VoVo's said...

Hi Mimi
I did read this last week, but didnt leave a comment.
I think it is an absolutely fantastic idea ... and you have had such a great response and many people who would love to volunteer!
I'd love to be involved ... but am so swamped with work for the next year and a half, but I am sure you will do great things with it!

Good luck ... and thanks for your very sweet comment.

Chicago Chic said...

Absolutely, here is my email!

Thanks, can't wait to hear from you!
- Rachel

*Chic Provence* said...

Oh yes, count me in. if I can contribute.. lovely idea, very timely, relevant



Wanda Lee said...

Hello there my dear lady!..,

My, what 'a busy whirlwind of activity' these days have been for me lately dearest Mimi!!~ Thanks you so much for the kind comments my dear friend;I'm so glad that you enjoyed my latest 'romantic realism imagery'!..,

I have not had time to set up a G-mail account, so I'll just go ahead and give you my email address: ~ (I do NOT EVER open any email that I do not recognize anyway)!..,

I'll be very much looking forward to 'chatting' ABOUT YOUR FAB NEW ONLINE MAGAZINE PROJECT Mimi!..,

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Gorgeous Glam said...

I would love to contribute! I love to write and take pictures and of course all things glamourous are my specialty! Please let ne know if you need any help doll. xoxo

Fifi Flowers said...

Ooooh sounds FAB... keep me posted... would love to maybe be a part of your adventure!!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Mimi! How how nice of you to stop by and visit. And I am so happy to know that you are a happy woman with such a marvelous attitude and joie de vivre; you are such a delight ma chèrie! How is the project on-line mag going? Let me know when you need any ideas!

Grosses bises, Anita

The Antiques Diva™ said...

I am sooo interested in this and can't wait to see where you go with this idea. Keep me in mind should you need an occassional Paris (or European post) or anything to do with European antiques or flea marketing!

Kimberly Merritt said...

Let me know what you need... sounds like a great destiniation to me!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Mimi dearest! You came to my post! YEAH! Yes, I did make that faerie under glass! I scanned an old print that we have, made her a set of wings with French text and glittered away!!!!

Tristan is a hoot and loves all things sparkly. He is a dear.

You go out now and make something beautiful as Tristan would say!!! Bisous, Anita

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Mimi,
Just popped in to say have a lovely day!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Mimi dearest,

Thanks for visiting my mini blog! I am having a ball with these books!! Je suis bouquiniste!!! Anita

Barb said...

What a wonderful idea.
I can tell you that i would follow along.

big hugs,

Julie Marie said...

Hello Mimi, what a fabulous idea! Much success to you! Thank you also for your heartfelt comments on my post today, I so appreciate them... will check back often to see how your online magazine progresses... xoxo Julie Marie

Unknown said...

Please, count me in! What a great idea. :-) Just let me know what needs to be done and I will make my best effort. This post made me smile - so inspirational! Wishing you wonderful weekend!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello sweet lady...

Ohh my, I was just getting ready to reply to the email that you sent me when I realized that I must have deleted it by mistake..I'm so sorry! I thought I would just come by and say YES...I am very find that you have shared your secret! hehe! My friend, I think an online magazine sounds fabulous...very interesting!!! I have to be honest, I don't have a clue about doing something so GRAND! I wish you the very best in your endeavours...this is sooo exciting!!! I was certainly appreciative and humbled that you emailed me about this! Thank you! have certainly received a great response!!! How very encouraging! Keep me posted, my friend!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Jackie said...

Hello Mimi! Thank you for stopping by! Miss Bubbles puts the Oh La La in my life, lol.

Abatevintage said...

Love the pictures.

So glad you didn't give up on me yet lol... Yeah summers around the corner hear in Arizona it's been in the 80's and this weather makes me think of the 50's so I though what the heck why not change it up a bit, have a little bit of fun :)

Miss ya.


Natasha in Oz said...

Well, it looks like you have a merry band of helpers here so this is sure to be a huge success!Look at how prolific Lonny has become in a relatively short amount of time;evidence that online magazines are definitely the way to go. You are a smart cookie!

Not sure if I can do much to help but please count me in!

Best wishes and have a beautiful weekend,

Chronicles of Dolliedaydream said...

Oh la la Mimi what a fab idea! I certainly don't buy so many fashion magazines these days, prefering to keep myself updated on all the fabulous blogs that are out there, so I think digital is the way to go at the moment. I am no techno wizard, but would be a willing contributor for anything and everything cupcake related ... should you ever be looking for recipes, pictures etc :-) Wishing you lots of luck in my Easter Giveaway and the happiest weekend! xxx

Fabulous Finds Gal said...

What a fabulous idea! If anyone can do it, you can! Count me in, I may want to advertise my website and able to provide fab finds as well. Let's talk. Congrads on your new venture! Cheers.


TeriGigi/Girl Meets Paris said...

I would love an online magazine. I am passionate about France, so let me know if you need/want anything...

Great always :)

Jonny J Petros said...

It is a wonderful idea!!! I can imagine how beautiful it would be Will definetly be a follower of the magazine. Sincerely,Jonny

Winchester Manor said...

What a fabulous idea my friend! If you ever need anything from this wanna be French just let me know!

I have missed you and sorry my visits are so sparse, I'm up to my eyeballs in work but I see the light and hope to be done soon.

Big hugs,

bikim said...


The Gossamer Tearoom said...

Dearest Mimi,
Thank you so very much for visiting and reading my new post. I am grateful to not be forgotten when I am not able to blog as much as I would like to.

I have to say that I am VERY excited about your online magazine. Also, if you would have any interest in anything I might be able to contribute, I would consider it a very great honor to write or design something!

Wishing you a wonderful evening!


Eileen said...

What a fabulous, fabulous idea! I would love to contribute. I can't wait to see how this progresses.

myletterstoemily said...

this is such a magical place. thank
you for giving us a sweet respite
from real life. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello! I came by way of Anita's blog....this is an interesting inspirational..and I do wish you much success!

it is so nice to meet up with creative visionaries...
artful living is at it's best here in blogland...and I look forward to seeing the results of this vision come to fruition!

come by and visit me sometime!
ya never know where sparks will fly!

ciao bella
creative carmelina

Mary Ann said...

I am so excited! can't wait...verbena cottage