My dear Doré readers, it’s been a while.
And it’s not because I am not here! It’s because this place has tremendously evolved over the years, and I am tremendously proud of this.
Recently, Emily, Veronica and I have taken a new direction. We were craving the kind of honest, clear, fresh take on style and beauty. Something that’s straight to the point, a great guide in a time of plenty. We love beautiful things. We love art, we love beauty, we love clothes, we love people. We love having a laugh.
We love supporting the most creative voices of our time.
Some of you might have noticed my absence from the pages of this platform, and for a long time, it was as much a choice as it was a torture. My baby had grown and I felt like my role now was to let it live. I didn’t want to be the mother behind the kid saying “he’s great but what about me, me, me!!!” and bringing the attention to herself.
My stories were no more about fashion and beauty. I mean sometimes, but far gone were the days where I was running in high heels. Slowly they didn’t find their place here anymore. I tried to adapt my tone and use formulas of the past, but it felt like one of these smoothies you leave in the fridge too long. You know?
So I took a break.
And within that break, I finally understood that I needed to find new ways to communicate. I needed to get back in touch with the intimate ways I used to share. It took the shape of the newsletter Veronica told you about a few weeks ago.
It felt right to have these two means of communication. And when came the time to ask myself what I was going to do with this newsletter, after a lot of questioning, after a lot of contemplating of my experience in publishing, of the new world we live in, and of my needs as an artist, I decided the newsletter would become a community, kind of like a member’s club. And, before you ask, yes, there is a price to join the club. It’s $6 a month. I did some serious research about subscription pricing – but I am also thinking about it as you taking me for a coffee each month. Ah!
I needed privacy, and a safe place.
I went back at it like if it was 2006. I basically built the website with my own hands – though if it wasn’t for the help of John, one of Emily’s friends, I would still be in CSS / HTML / JAVA limbo : a lot has changed since 2006!!! Coding isn’t what it used to be, I am telling you that.
Starting next week, the newsletter will only be sent to members.
The members will also have access to the platform on which I’ll create exclusive videos and host lives with great experts on all the fields that interest us. I want us to grow together.
I also created a place for us to chat. I wanted more than comments. So I installed a conversation board – the idea is to share everything from our workouts to our favorite books to our career advice.
Soon, I’ll also be launching IRL events. It’s been my dream for so long, wherever I am, to be able to meet with you. The smaller, more engaged audience will finally make this possible.
Imagine this new step as if Doré was the playground open to everyone to come play, and this new intimate space is like the boudoir. Smaller and more private.
I’m still here – on this great platform that is Doré, though slightly more behind the scenes. And, however you chose to follow me, and us, I want to express to you all my gratitude for all these years of style, beauty and wonderful conversations. You guys rock.