Monday, August 10, 2009

Thank you, Better Homes & Gardens!


I started this blog a little over two years ago as a summer project to keep me busy while on a break from teaching. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that my humble little blog would have come this far. I started off blogging about random things that had happened to me and featured a few personal essays. Eventually, my focus and my voice became much more clear and La Dolce Vita became a true lifestyle blog with its main emphasis on interior design and travel. These topics just happened to be some of the things I loved most, which is what makes me want to continue to do this each and every day.

Along the way, my readership has grown and I am so thankful for those of you who carve out a little space for me in your lives each day. It means so much to have your support and to read your feedback. I have also had the good fortune of meeting and befriending several fellow bloggers. This outlet feeds my soul so much and it has truly enriched my life. While I never expected any of these things to happen when I first started writing this blog, I knew that they were possible. On the other hand, I never dreamed that more than a handful of people would read La Dolce Vita, and I certainly didn't think the media would ever take notice, but by some miraculous turn of events, they have.


My little blog and I are mentioned in the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens, a magazine that I have read since childhood. It is such an honor to be mentioned in such a respected publication. I was flabbergasted when they first contacted me about doing the feature and I couldn't believe my lucky stars. Today, while waiting to check out at the grocery store, I spotted the magazine and couldn't help but buy a copy even though I have a subscription. It felt a little surreal to be standing there with my cart full of groceries while looking at my face on a glossy page in a national magazine.


Thank you so very much to my loyal readers and to Ms. Gayle Butler, Editor-in-Chief at Better Homes and Gardens. This means so much!

61 comments:

Sasha said...

Congratulations!! How fabulous!!

I *Heart* You said...

congratulations!!! you work so hard on every post so this honor is so deserving! i'm so happy for you!

Freckles Chick said...

Congrats, that's awesome--you deserve it so much! You are a source of inspiration to us daily. Thank goodness for you and your blog!! =]

Morning T said...

Congrats- you certainly deserve the recognition!

Dumbwit Tellher ♥ said...

Congratulation's & well deserved. I think if it were me, I would of fainted, right there in the grocery isle!

I am Trish Marie said...

Congrats! I am going to get a copy today when I go to the bookstore!

Jaime said...

That is so exciting!! Congrats :)

Tracy @ comfortandluxury said...

Congratulations! How fun and well-deserved. Your blog is one I learned a lot from before starting my own. So if I haven't said so before "thanks!"

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Mrs. Limestone said...

So fabulous and very well deserved. We all know you are a design superstar so this is no surprise to your "fans" :)

meohmyoh said...

Wow CONGRATS! That is SERIOUSLY an accomplishment!

A Girl said...

Congratulations sweetie! So awesome!

A Girl

Emily said...

That is fabulous! Congratulations and I have no doubt there are many wonderful things to come for you.

Arianna Belle said...

WOW! That's great news Paloma!!! I definitely need to pick up a copy of the magazine! Congratulations!!! I'm sure there will be more media spotlight in the future!

New England Girl said...

Oh, this is SO wonderful. :) I am super happy and super excited for you. You certainly deserve it! Can't wait to pick up my September issue now. :)

Bela said...

It's the result of a fabulous written and nice way to say the things and dedication...
You and your blog are part of my life and love it!
Congratulations!
You deserve it!
Xoxo from Brazil!!!

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Paloma - that is HUGE!! Congratulations!

EMD Design Journal said...

Kudos - you deserve it! My blog is almost a month old and I can only hope to create something as celebrated in 2 years!

SGM said...

PALOMA! What a well-deserved honor. (and might I add that your secret-keeping abilities are excellent). :)

bandelle said...

Yay, Paloma! Couldn't be any happier for you. Congrats.

Kylie
xxx

TTI said...

Very exciting! I am not a subscriber, but I will check it out next time I am in the store! A well deserved honor.

pink-to-green said...

What a wonderful accomplishment; congrats!

City Living Girl said...

Congrats Paloma!! Very exciting & well deserved!

Ken Brand said...

Nice Job. Congratulations, talent is always found. Cheers.

Jessie {A Punctuated Life} said...

That must be an exciting feeling -- congratulations!!

Jesse said...

Congrats, that is so great!

lizawiza said...

Congratulations! I was just reading about another blog in a magazine today and thought, La Dolce Vita should be featured in a magazine. Apparently someone else had the same thought. Way to go!

Joi said...

Congrats! How neat!

Lauren said...

Congrats!!! Totally deserved!!!

Leah said...

Too cool!

So Haute said...

Congrats! What a really great mention!!

Cote de Texas said...

congratulations!!!! I am beyond thrilled for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yeah!!!!!!!

Lauren said...

Paloma!!! I am so happy for you!!!!!! Will go out and buy one asap!!! congratulations and huge hug!! :)

C said...

Congrats, girl! That's such a great achievement!!

nifer said...

Congratulations Paloma! I've only been reading your blog for a couple weeks now, but I truly enjoy it. You have such a unique vision and voice - truly one of a kind! I'm sure you will be having many more visitors to your site. Best wishes!

- Jen

Donna@designson47thstreet said...

Congratulations! I JUST found you and I can see why people are so fond of your blog. It's a great one! :)
Donna

AB HOME Interiors said...

Holy Cow!! Congrats. What an honor, and how exciting!!

Blushing hostess said...

So well deserved!

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Congrats on the feature in Better Homes and Gardens! Fun to hear how your blog has grown!

carlee said...

Congrats!

Alicia B. Designs said...

congrats!! You're such an inspiration!

LindsB said...

OMG!! So so so exciting and SO well deserved, congrats!

I love you and your blog- its been one of my daily reads for a long time now, even before I had my very own blog. You are a great source of inspiration, so thank you!

Jennifer said...

a big, big congratulations, Paloma! very exciting, and well-deserved.

Ann Marie said...

I love your blog and read it on a regular basis. Congrats, well deserved!!

Paloma {La Dolce Vita} said...

Thank you so much, everyone! I have the best readers in the world. Your support means SO much to me. xoxo

shoppingsmycardio said...

what an amazing accomplishment!! congratulations to you, paloma...you deserve every bit of this!

Anonymous said...

My goodness! That's so cool. Wow, you must be wondering what it would be like if you hadn't started blogging.

Congrats--must check out the magazine now.

jbhat

Sarah - La Jeune Marie said...

Congrats Paloma! I love LDV and am so happy you continue to inspire daily!

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

Congrats :)

Topsy Turvy said...

How wonderful ... Have a glass (or 2) of champagne!

–Lana

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! I'm so proud of you and excited!! I think BH&G has great spreads lately, I can't wait to go pick it up!!Congratulations!!!
Sally W.

Tamstyles said...

congrats...im so happy for you!

{this is glamorous} said...

how exciting! congratulations!

Lindsey Heaton said...

Congrats! I love your blog. Can't wait to pick up the magazine.

Vroom said...

Congrats!!! So well deserved :)

Tiaa @ EYInteriors said...

that is so exciting! congratulations! it is well deserved!

Heidi Lyn said...

Congratulations! You have a special style and pull that keeps us all reading.

Jessie said...

Hooray! This is wonderful and I am so happy for you!!!

xoxo

Jessie

Sarah (Matters of Style) said...

Congrats, P! That is so wonderful! Couldn't be happier for you!

tarheel said...

ooh, just saw this! Congrats- you deserve it!

Courtney said...

Gosh, I am a bit behind here, but CONGRATULATIONS! What a truly well-deserved and very exciting mention!! xoxo