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 thoughts on “A Difficult Decision

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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 !

  5. 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!!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.


  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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!


  18. 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!

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  21. 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)

  22. 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!

  23. 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*

  24. 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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!


  27. 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


  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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!

  35. 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.

  36. 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.


  37. 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! :)

  38. 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!

  39. 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!

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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).

  43. 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

  44. 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

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