Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Difficult Decision

I come to you with a heavy heart today. After deep introspection and many sleepless nights, the High Gloss Magazine team has decided that our July/August 2011 issue which was released last month will be our last. So many factors have gone into this decision and it is something that we have spent a lot of time contemplating very seriously. The journey that High Gloss has taken us on over the past year has been an incredibly enriching experience. I can only speak for myself, but creating this magazine and working on it day in and day out with our amazing team taught me so much, not only about the publishing industry, but about myself and people in general. It has been a tremendous growth experience with so many memorable moments and once-in-a-lifetime experiences along the way.

We are so thankful to everyone who has helped us since High Gloss was first born— our fabulous and supportive readers who gave us the motivation to make it through 80 hour work weeks and drove us to create the best magazine that we could, our team of editors in all of its various incarnations, the designers and style-setters whose beautiful work has greatly inspired us, the fiercely talented photographers who made all-day photo shoots so fun, each of our contributors without whom we could not have created so much original content, our ad sales staff and our web guru, Tim who made so much of the magic happen behind the scenes, our fellow digital magazine editors who have been so encouraging and helpful, the design community who embraced us, our friends and family for their unwavering support, and everyone else who has helped and inspired us throughout our journey.

In the end, we feel extremely proud of the level of content we produced in our beautiful magazine, but it seems that life has other plans for us. We have had a few lifestyle changes happen within our team and we each have some very exciting things on the horizon. It seems that when one door closes, another opens.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

78 comments:

Jen S. said...

You are absolutely right when on door closes another one opens. I know that this is probably bitter sweet for you but in the end you know what's best for you. Best of Luck.....

jen
http://blankwhiteframes.blogspot.com

alicia said...

So sorry to read this! Best of luck to everyone on their future endeavors.

The enchanted home said...

A saying that is my personal mantra, when one door closes another opens...Amen to that! I am sorry to hear this..your magazine while it was admittedly hard for me to warm up to online mags, was one that always delivered in a big way, chock full of intersting articles, fascinating people and totally beautiful interiors. I must admit I was really starting to not only get the hang of it but enjoy it! I wish you well and we never know what we are fully capable of until we try, best of luck in your future endeavors!

Tonia said...

That is how life is, changes come about. I hate to see you guys end it. Well wishes for all.

Creategirl said...

Oh Paloma, I can't imagine how difficult this decision was for you. Thank you for all the hard work you put in to bring us such a beautiful magazine! I am excited for these new doors to open for you and can't wait to see what they bring! julie

el {what you fancy} said...

Very sorry to hear this... it was my favourite of all the digital mags. But wishing you all the best for the exciting things that will inevitably follow :)
~el

Karlita said...

oh, this is sad... but there are some things in life that we need to let go at the right moment.. some things just arrive to teach us something and looks like this was the case for you.. wish you all the success in your future plans!

evylexdesign said...

I almost cry when i start to read your post this morning, but i wish you the best for your futur projects !

Thanks for the many colourful moments and daydreams you gave me each time i opened the HighGloss issue on my Ipad !

Katherine Velie said...

I am sure that was a heart-rendering decision for you. I know you worked so hard on it, and I agree, the content and photography were outstanding.

You should be proud of what you accomplished....and be sure that more incredible projects await you in the future!!
xo,
Katherine

Doodle Home said...

Very sorry to hear this. Best of luck to you all in future projects!

Living in Art said...

Thanks for enriching our lives, continued happiness, we look forward to learning what new things are on the horizon for all of you! It isn't sadness, it is as it is, we celebrate your time with all of us! Be well!

beth said...

Paloma-

Wishing you the best. What you have accomplished this past year speaks volumes and I am sure is just the beginning for you.

We will keep our eyes open for all the exciting things to come.

Beth
InteriorConnector.com

Luciane at HomeBunch.com said...

All I have to say is a BIG THANK YOU for all of your hard work towards High Gloss. You and your team really made it fun and informative for all of us. I appreciated every page of it and I'm so glad we had the opportunity to see your vast talent.

I'll miss High Gloss, you know I'm huge fan. But at the same time, I totally understand and support your decision and I'll be praying for many other blessed doors to be open by you.

Hugs to you, my friend!


Luciane at HomeBunch.com

the lil bee said...

I'm so sorry, Paloma. I know how tough it can be to say good bye to something you really believed in. You should all be really proud of what you accomplished. It was a wonderful moment in time and we'll all miss it. xo

Meg said...

Im sad to read this Paloma but I know great things are ahead for you! Everything happensvfor avreason and as difficult as this decision has been, I know change is good and will bring other wonderful opportunities! xxx

SuperStrata said...

We will miss it! Best of luck with that open door...

Smitten Design said...

Sorry to see it go, congrats to the team for producing a great design mag. I'm sure you've learned valuable information along the way.
Best!

Lana said...

Sorry to hear that I always check your blog and never comment. I just want to say you and the rest of your team did a great job in producing such an interesting magazine which I always looking forward to.

I still believe,sometimes things fall apart so right thing falls together.

Ande said...

Sorry to hear this. High Gloss will be missed but we all look forward to seeing what your next project will be. Wishing you all the best!

Jamie said...

sorry to hear that! i can't wait to see what you're up to next:)

alison@MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Know you put your whole heart into the HG endeavor, and that it must be really tough to close it down, but you're such a creative spirit, new and great things are sure to reveal themselves. Good luck!

bazaarofserendipity said...

Im sure this was a difficult decision, and even harder to write this post. But I applaud you for taking the risk with the Mag! Great things in your future! I just know it!

Carolina Eclectic said...

Hi Paloma
I'm so sorry to hear this. I can't even imagine how difficult of a decision that must have been. Wishing you the best
Your friend
Carolina

Alex said...

I'm so sad that there will be no more High Gloss! I'm sure it was a very difficult decision, but I am anxious to see what lies ahead for you and the rest of the team!

Stacy Curran said...

Sorry to see it go, but happy for you...sounds weird, but here's why: the decision is made. It must have been agonizing. But it's done. You can move on. Take a vacation, spend time with loved ones, and look back only with good memories. You will succeed at whatever path you travel next. Just keep moving forward....with all f our best wishes.
Stacy

Wives said...

it takes a lot of maturity and time under your belt to come from such a gratuitous and appreciative place like that, paloma. i wish you all the best in future endeavors and seems like you'll be just fine. thanks for putting out some AMAZING content for the time that you did, it was some of the best work out there.

Anonymous said...

I will truly miss your magazine. I always looked forward to the beautiful photos and your team's ideas! Good luck with your future endeavors!
M

Elizabeth said...

I am so disappointed! I look forward to each edition of HighGloss. Will the past issues still be available on the website? The content that you and your team produced was fantastic. This must have been a very difficult decision, but I know we will continue to see amazing things from you.

Cristin {Simplified Bee} said...

Paloma,

I can't imagine how difficult of a decision this was for you. You and your team delivered a beautiful magazine you can be proud of. New and exciting doors will open for you I am sure. Can't wait to see what's next!

xo,
cristin

jacquelyn | lark + linen said...

I can't imagine how difficult it is for you to be doing this. Whatever your reasons may be, I'm sure you're making the right decision! I will miss your magazine, but I can only imagine what great things you and your team will get up to in the future. Good luck! and keep your head up!

Elsa said...

HG will be missed! I know you all worked very hard and I'm sure this was a difficult decision. Good luck!

F. said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. High Gloss
was my favourite online magazine. I
wish you all the best for your future
and can't wait to see what you will do next.

Carrie Hampton said...

I'm heartbroken to hear that you will not longer be publishing High Gloss --- I really really enjoyed your publication. In a ever growing field, I found your publication a true standout. I can only imagine the amount of work and dedication your team spent on HG in this past year. I will treasure each issue - and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the inspiration and information you have provided.
Best wishes to you all on your upcoming adventures. I look forward to hearing about them!
- Carrie Hampton
www.lifestylefiles.blogspot.com

Elizabeth said...

So sorry to hear this. As easy as it was for people to comment negatively regarding online magazines, and they never would have sent in a letter to a published shelter mag, it was just as much work to produce as a paper one - I respect all the work you put in for a year and you can always be proud of what you achieved in so little time.
All the best,
E (modern24seven.blogspot.com)

Anonymous said...

There is no failure. Only delayed success. Good luck in your future endeavors. I truly enjoyed High Gloss!

H.G. The Countess said...

Such sad news, I was so impressed with High Gloss and loved reading every issue. It will be missed. But I canot wait to hear what you will be up to next, because I am sure it will be an amazing endeavor!

Julie Khuu said...

Wishing you all the luck for the next adventure Paloma! I'll be following the whole way through :D

xo-Julie
Peace. Love. LOL!

Haute Khuuture Blog

Amanda said...

I am so saddened by this news! But excited to know that there WILL be something even greater on the horizon! You have poured so much into HG and it showed. It truly was one of the faves of on-line mags out there!! *hugs*

Darbyut said...

HG will be missed, but not forgotten!! Thank you to everyone who put so much work into the magazine. Best of luck for your future endeavors!

Wendy said...

Oh my. Sorry to hear the news... I can't imagine the number of sleepness nights. I loved the magazine... all my very best with your new adventures!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

I cannot even imagine what a difficult decision this was. I am so sorry to hear the news and I truly enjoyed every issue of High Gloss. I have no doubt what lies ahead for you will be even more extaordinary!

Lily said...

So sad to see it go ! Thank you for such fabulous inspiration and good luck on the next wonderful thing !!

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Shelly said...

Sad news, but keep your chin up girl! I know good things are still in store for you. The mag was wonderful, but I'm sure that's just a peek at what you can bring to the design world. Good luck for the future Paloma!

Vanessa said...

I am so sad to hear this since High Gloss is my absolute favorite! I look forward to every issue, they are drop dead gorgeous and glamorous with the best style! I can't wait to hear about what you do next Paloma! I know it will be fabulous!

Cheers,
Vanessa

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Dear Paloma,

Surely this is a difficult day for you. I can only imagine the sleepless nights and hours spent over the keyboard, fingers raw, this past year -- verily, this was your first baby.
But you're very young and new doors are sure to open. I would encourage you to fling them wide and step into the light with your best foot forward.
Best of luck in all you do, Alcira

nerochronicles.com

Lee Nicholson said...

Best of luck to you and the High Gloss team! Thank you for the amazing issues.

mackenziepage said...

This is such sad news, but I know you'll have many great opportunities on the horizon.

You have been and continue to be such an inspiration to style bloggers and home decor afficianados everywhere.

Thank you for sharing your vision in High Gloss, I will continue to enjoy it on my daily La Dolce Vita read!

Mackenzie Page

manvi @ mochatini said...

paloma,
as a huge fan of HG i am so sorry to hear this. I will miss it but I fully support your decision and know that you have something EVEN better up your sleeve.
Cant wait for it and wish you ALL the best for this new chapter.
xox

designstiles said...

Thank you for creating three beautiful issues that will inspire us for many years to come.

Best of luck always.

xx

Irene

the modern sybarite ™ said...

It is a sad announcement and a hard decision. So sorry to hear the news. But what you've learned cannot be taken back and will only make you a better businesswoman. Lo bailado no te lo quita nadie!

Unknown said...

I hope you choose to keep your blog - and although it is sad I know only to well that better things are around the corner, for everyone!
xoxox
anita

Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

So sorry to hear. You did such a beautiful job with it. Good luck in your future endeavors. We'll all still be here at your blog!

Amanda said...

So sorry to hear this. High Gloss is by far one of my most favorite online design magazines. Wishing you all the best in the future!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear that; I had just discovered your terrific magazine. Good luck in the future.

Erin said...

Put aside how much I've looked forward to each issue of High Gloss to drop, how much I've enjoyed the inspirational articles and photos. When I read your latest blog post today, my heart sank a bit for you. We can only imagine how much time and energy you've put into each and every High Gloss issue, what personal sacrifices must be made just to make each issue go live. I had sensed some decisions or changes might be in the air based on some of the quotes you've been posting of late. Know something Paloma...from just a stranger out here on the interwebs, you have been a tremendous inspiration to me. You've dared to change your path in life, to TRY new adventures and put yourself out there. It's bold, it's brave and it's what I aspire to as I'll spend yet another day monotonously clicking away on an excel spreadsheet, dreaming about the day when I'll be brave too. Girl, keep on keeping on. All the best for new adventures that await!

Marcus Design said...

I am so sorry to hear this Paloma, I have truly and thoroughly enjoyed each issue you have put out, and your style has always been right up my alley. But all in all, I know that there will be different successes waiting around the corner for you. Best of luck with your next endeavors.
Nancy xo

Anonymous said...

I'm as sad to hear this as I was when Domino ended. High Gloss has become my favorite out of both digital and print maagazines. it will truly be missed; however, I look forward to seeing what you do next :) Best wishes!
Noelle

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Paloma, I am sorry to hear this as I really have enjoyed High Gloss but am sure it is the right decision for you at this time. Best wishes to you on your next venture and I am so glad you are keeping your blog. High Gloss was truly great, you have a lot to be proud of!

Heather van Breda said...

You should all be very proud, High Gloss was spectacular. I look forward to seeing what you all do next.

Linda Merrill said...

Hi Paloma and all the HG team - am very sorry to hear your news. I can only imagine how much work has gone into the editions you have published over the last year and the difficult decision to move on from it. Good for you for being brave enough to know when walking away is the right decision for you. Brava to you all ladies!

Crystal @ Rue said...

Your courage inspires me. So proud of you, Paloma.

xo
Crystal

Your Southern Peach said...

I will certainly miss High Gloss since it was one of my favorite online mags! While I did enjoy reading High Gloss, I also really enjoy your blog and am happy to continue following you here at La Dolce Vita.

Wishing you all the happiness in the world on your future endeavors.

Simply Mel {Reverie} said...

Paloma ~

You created something extraordinary with High Gloss, and you should be extremely proud of the first class, gorgeous content you provided. You are a true talent and there is no doubt many more great things are ahead for you.

Bisous,
Melissa

Anita said...

I am sad to hear this, but thankful and inspired by the content that was delivered. I am sure many great things are in your future, and I wish you the best! :)

Arianna Belle {Organized Interiors} said...

I have no doubt that the best is yet to come for you. We're all here to cheer you on support you in whatever you choose to do next.

Big Hug!

Arianna

Adriene Rathbun said...

Wishing you success in your next journeys! High Gloss was an amazing pub, and will be missed. Thank goodness for LDV!

Jane Kilpatrick Schott said...

I only expect to hear about more wonderful endeavors from all of you!

I would follow you anywhere.

jlm said...

Really will miss HIgh Gloss but I am sure whatever you chose to do next will be just as fabulous!

LindsB said...

Hi Paloma, even though I know this was a super difficult decision for you I am so HAPPY that you first made the decision to start HG in the first place! I loved your magazine and loved all of the amazing homes and design porn you and your team featured. I hope that the door that opens for you next is even bigger and better!
xxoo
Lindsay

Lily Lemontree said...

Terribly sad to hear this news, receiving your email updates and savoring every page of HG was always a highlight in my day!
Wishing you much luck with any future endeavour you have in store, I know you will be a smashing success with whatever comes your way!

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

You've done a fabulous job and we've obviously all been the benefit of that. Heart ache accompanies hard decisions. I'm so sorry for that...yet I'm looking forward for what lies ahead for you. No doubt it will be something wonderful. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Mona

Sharon said...

NOOOOOO. I love you guys. Sorry to hear . . .can't wait to see what you are all working on.

houseofwentworth.com said...

Paloma,
I'm so happy that we were able to share the High Gloss experience with you as it was amazing! I can't wait to see what the future holds for you all... I'm sure it will be a wonderful door to walk through :)
Best Wishes!
Amy Lambert Lee

Nancy Crosby (Ft. Worth, TX) said...

Paloma,
High Gloss magazine became my favorite interior design magazine over the past year. You and your staff should be so proud of your accomplishments. Best of luck to you...and I will continue to remain a loyal follower of La Dolce Vita (my favorite blog).

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your beautiful magazine - it got me excited about my own home again and provided me with lots of ideas. Your mag was truly my favourite. I'm sure a brighter future awaits, whatever it is. Best of luck.

Nicole Z, Brisbane, Australia

Macarena Martinez said...

Nooooooooo!!! Why? It's not fair! High Gloss is one of the best online magaziines, it can't desapear! Hope you can start a new mag soon, you are incredibly talented and all your productions always have the highest level of queality. Of course abnother door will soon open, and if it doesn't...Girl: build your own door. You can do it. A huge hug, and toons of cheer-ups! XoXo

Tami Ramsay Design said...

Great job with the magazine. Thanks to you and your team for all the hard work and best of luck to all of you.

Scribbles and Books said...

When one door closes, another opens! Thanks for the beautiful work you shared and I can't wait to see what you'll produce next!