Month: July 2015

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    Bye bye, Unicorn/Dream magazine

    unicorn dream magazine blog end bye bye

    | When beautiful things end |

    Bye Bye Unicorn/Dream magazine. From now on we will no longer blog on There won’t be another issue of Unicorn/Dream magazine. We’ll shut down the successful Flickr group. You can’t submit any new photographs anymore. This is the end. I will continue on this blog,

    love for the unicorn dream magazine community


    | Love for the Unicorn/Dream magazine community |

    I’ve always worked very hard on my own to build u/d. It gave me a lovely, international team and even lovelier readers. Thank you so much for all the support and love! All the thousands of photographs, poems and crafts you’ve send me, both digital and in the mail. I can’t thank you enough. It gave me strength and power to go on. To spread the Unicorn/Dream love. The knowledge that there are people out there who are as dreamy as I can be. To get to know new artists and stay inspired week after week, year after year. The thing I’m the most sad about is the fact that we can’t reunite anymore. That I won’t meet strangers with the same passion anymore. The same dreams, the same taste in art and creativity.

    Why I needed to quit my blog in order to grow


    | Why I needed to quit in order to grow |

    In the end the curating became too much. From the launch on, I received about a 100 emails each days with love letters, suggestions and submissions. It was overwhelming. Of course I didn’t make much money with the project, as I had other businesses on the side, like my freelance photography and writing. I refused to sell my soul to make a lot of money with the blog and magazine. I think I could, the traffic was overwhelming. The first issue was read by over half a million (!!) people in the first week alone! I was also still studying at the time, so keeping up was very hard and I was (still am) always busy. With almost a 1000 pending images each time I logged in to the Flickr Group, it was just too much to curate. I wanted to go on holiday, work on my travel journalism and take some weekends off every now and then. But I couldn’t. I also had other blogs on the side and it was hard to find a dedicated designer to design the magazine. There were enough photographers and writers, it was just that designers had a totally different idea of design…
    So that was when I decided I couldn’t create the magazine anymore. Of course, I could have run an Crowdfunding campaign to raise money, become really professional and make it my only business – and focus- , but I couldn’t. I loved my other hobbies, work and interests too much. Just blogging was fine by me, I ran an ad every now and then to cover the costs of the blog and I just loved getting to know you all. But now, after I got back from my world trip I decided: It’s been enough. I realised I really need to focus on one thing before I turn 30 in a few years. My whole life I’ve done so many different things at once. I should really try to focus. Keeping up with everything wasn’t fun anymore. It created less time for the creative stuff, the stuff why I initially started. So I really hope I can spread the love in the future via my newest project, this blog.

    Unicorn dream magazine becomes

    |New Beginnings |

    Hopefully this will help me find some peace. I always had stuff to do because I had to do everything alone, run several blogs and build a community. Oh and make money to pay for my rent. Blogging regularly (which I didn’t in the end!) and social media (which I didn’t updated in the end!) are the two most important things for growth. I didn’t do both of them, so I knew the end was near. It didn’t made me happy anymore. It just made me super stressed, as there was always stuff to do like accepting pending submissions, reply to emails (I was always behind) and writing articles. I’m happy now that I can focus on one blog – this blog. (Okay, and I still have two other blogs but at least it’s one less). I just launched (in beta!) and it’s so nice to combine all my different loves in to one blog. I can focus on my business blogging and working for others too on really cool projects. Building strong connections with brands for my blog. Shooting cool campaigns and building a large following in one place. Doing the inspiring stuff again. With a massive smile and new energy.

    Why I decided to quit my successful blog after 5 years and use Pinterest in stead


    | Why I decided to quit my successful blog after 5 years and use Pinterest in stead |

    Lately I’m a little bit Pinterest crazy, and I must say, I was an early user, but I never really made a cool, personal account. So what happend? Recently they announced to roll out buyable pins. That was a reason for me to create a personal account and spend all my free time on pinning all those beautiful things. Because with buyable pins I cannot only buy all the beautiful stuff I see, I can also try to sell stuff myself (more about that further in this post). I also created a Unicorn/Dream magazine board where I’ll be pinning all beautiful, dreamy things. Both things make me happy again and inspire me in ways I haven’t felt in a long way. I think Pinterest has proven in the past and it already did for this blog, that it’s a great resource for traffic. But also the other way around; to discover new great blogs and artists. I love all things visual and Pinterest is the best way to collect all inspiring things from the big world wide web. I bet most of you are addicted to Pinterest too, so show some love and follow me there to stay inspired! For me, Pinterest is one of the great ways to share new found artists, and it’s way quicker that writing a blog posts about it. Who has time to read anyways in 2015? The internet focusses on quick, readable content these days, so for me, swapping the blog for a Pinterest board is just a natural thing to do.

    Let's stay friends


    | Hopefully you’ll join me on my new journey! |

    I love the Unicorn/Dream magazine community. I’ve met so many of you from all over the world and you’ve written me so many kind words. I’ve made so many great friends all over the world and I’d like to continue to connect with all of you! Hopefully you’ll follow me on Pinterest and follow the Unicorn/Dream board. If you’d like to participate to the board, comment on a pin and I’ll let you in!

    Follow Noni May | ‘s board Unicorn/Dream magazine on Pinterest.

    I invite you all to keep this great community alive on my personal blog and on Pinterest by pinning your favourite posts of half a decade to the Unicorn/Dream magazine website. Follow me on your favourite social medium and stay connected!

    And your e-mails are still welcome! Just e-mail me at! I won’t read my email from now on!

    The end of unicorn dream magazine is here

    | The next step |

    My next step? Getting the word out for my new personal blog. Delete all social media channels of Unicorn/Dream magazine, cancel my hosting plan etc. So much to do, but the most important thing I wanted to do first was letting all of you know what’s up. I’m not really sure if I’ll change the U/D accounts into one for N/M or if I’ll just delete them. Suggestions are always welcome!

    I’ll still collaborate, interview and write about my favourite, dreamy artists. I’ll still share DIY’s and Poems. I created a category on this blog called Unicorn/Dream magazine, where you’ll find the collection of all things beautiful. We’re all unicorns deep down, we can’t hide it! I’ll launch a few Unicorn/Dream magazine related products soon, on this blog, so keep updated and follow me! I know all of you will LOVE them, and it’s unfortunate that I decided to quit the blog before the launch. But I’ll still continue working and creating dreamy things, so don’t worry! Do you wanna work with me? Drop me an email! > nm at nonimay dot com!

    | Love forever, hope we can still connect online! Don’t forget me, I won’t forget you! |

    xNoni May

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    My summer no. 1 prosecco + styling recipe

    Each year, when the sun is out, it’s not offically summer for me until I pick my favorite summer drink. Last year it were a lot of G&T’s. This summer, I think it’s Hugo. Hugo is the Italian summercocktail from Scavi & Ray and is a blend of prosecco, lime, mint and elderflower. And the best part? This drink is very reasonable priced and goes hand in hand with something sweet. Hhmm!
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    I tried a few different ways to serve this drink, and my favorite was the one with the flowered ice cubes, mixed with fruity ones. (Oh, and don’t forget to make sure it’s an edible flower if you still wanna have fun after you take a sip!)
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    The drink is perfect for a summer evening at the beach, in the park or, like me – on your balcony after a busy day at work.
    The drink is already fruity from itself, thanks to the elderflower, but mixed with fresh fruit, it makes the perfect summer drink. I added some raspberry and blueberries to my ice cubes (heart shapes for life!). This way my drink got chilled and I got my portion of daily fruit intake 😉
    summer cocktail drink scavi and ray prosecco noni may DEF 1
    I never heard of the brand Scavi & Ray before – until I found Hugo – so I dug a little bit in the history. Joe Scavi and Carluccio Ray both live in New York as immigrants but their dream was to go back to their Italian roots in Italy. They visited Veneto and decided to stay there and create their own prosecco. It resulted in a successful prosecco brand and the rest is history. How cool! I wish I could create my own prosecco 😉
    summer cocktail drink scavi and ray prosecco noni may DEF 1
    These days Scavi & Ray have a couple of prosecco’s, of course Scavi & Ray Hugo but also Scavi & Ray Spumante and Scavi & Ray Rosato.  But the green bottle is my current favorite and matches perfectly with all my colorful summer stuff. Happy summer!
    More info Scavi & Ray.
  • In the know, green smoothie workday

    In the Know – July 6th

    I’m always annoyed because I wanna know it all. I wanna do it all, I wanna know it all. I know it’s impossible, but I’m a news junkie and I love reading articles online. I don’t always have time, but when I have, I’d like to share my random or interesting finds with you.

    What was up last week? Things interesting enough to share, just not in a single blog post. Know it all: (more…)