There are many good bloggers out there. Bloggers that are really nice to read and produce very inspiring images, able to communicate a very precise idea and aesthetic in such an effective and charismatic way that you soon become addicted and find yourself craving for every new post.
There are bloggers that go even beyond that.
Somehow their website is so impregnated with their beautiful world and their genuine style that it becomes something web-trascendent.
Like, it’s not even a blog anymore.
It’s the essence of a lifestyle, a dream, an inspiration all together. It’s the intoxicating mixed feeling of relating to them and at the same time aspiring to be like them.
For a long time I thought Garance Doré was the one and only I could put in this category of super-bloggers.
But a couple of years ago I discovered the blog of Mimi Thorisson, Manger, and I had to change my mind.
Basically, Mimi’s website is a food blog (THE food blog, I’d say) but as you scroll through the pages you realize that it’s actually much more than that.
Mimi is a Chinese-French beauty living in a countryside castle in Médoc, France, with her husband and a lot of kids and dogs (I honestly don’t remember how many… but a lot).
Her blog documents visits to the local markets, walks in the beautiful French woods and rustic but somehow elegant fireplace-lit dinners.
The beautiful photos in her blog, by her Icelandic husband Oddur Thorisson, are able to make you actually smell the cheese platters and the duck sizzling in the pan and anticipate the taste of a gorgeous glass of champagne.
The recipes of Mimi are the quintessence of French food: seasonal, genuine and full of taste with a reminiscence of grandma’s comfort Sunday food and the elegance of a Parisian bistrot.
And French style: Mimi enchants us with a very simple and chic beauty. You’ll see her either in Repetto flats or Hunter boots, wearing a simple black dress with grace. Never blow-dried hair, never too much make-up.
I’ve been wanting to make a portrait of her almost since my very first visit to her blog, but my long illustration hiatus and that kind of feeling that “I’ll never be able to render her beauty and the mood around her” blocked me until today.
And her wonderful world in the countryside of Médoc didn’t intoxicate me alone: she became so famous with her blog that she has her own cooking show (La table de Mimi, on French TV) and first cookbook (A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse) and has appeared on countless magazine, websites and TV features.
But now I’ve talked enough, head over to her blog (and her Instagram @mimithor) and see for yourself.
You’ll be so hypnotized by her style and the beautiful photos of her food that you’ll find yourself drooling at the screen without even noticing 😉