Welcome to Avec Nou by Minou! I’ve been absent from the blogosphere (do we still call it that??!) for some time now….might I even say years? I didn’t mean to fall off the map and I apologize for leaving everyone hanging without so much as an explanation, but I’ll be touching on that in upcoming blog posts!

I know I’ve been absent from the blogging world for quite some time, but I’m so happy to be sharing this new beginning with you! So much has changed, so many new faces have popped up, and it’s all as inspiring as ever! I wanted to share with you all the reason that I’ve been MIA for so long (literally years!!) and hopefully my story and experiences may help some of you, even if it’s just one person. Life has a funny way of working out sometimes, and regardless of what path we think we are on, we always need to remember that even if things don’t work out how we expect or how we want them to, sometimes it actually is for the best and that paves the way for bigger and better things to come into our lives.

You might have noticed that my blog name has changed. When I first started my blog back in 2011  and was trying to come up with a name, the only thing I knew was that I wanted my nickname “Minou” to be a part of it. At the time, I never even dreamed that my social media presence would even get to where it is now, which is why I never really gave much thought to the name. In my mind, the blog was going to be my creative space to primarily share my outfits, along with some of my thoughts and opinions to accompany the photos. So to those of you who have ever wondered why my blog was called Bijou Minou, it was because I wanted something cute that had a nice ring to it (it rhymed after all) and so my blog was born. I’ve gotten so many questions over the years regarding what the name means, and to be frank, there wasn’t any real meaning behind the name besides the fact that it had my nickname in it. [Funny story: a few years ago, I was interviewed for an online publication and the interviewer did some research and found that “bijou minou” translated to “kitty jewelry”…cute right? Haha….yeah that’s about where the meaning of it stops!]

So here we are years later and I’ve made the decision to re-brand myself and my blog. To be very blunt with you all, I really have never liked the name Jamie, even as a little kid. No one in my family has ever called me that; I’m Minou–to my family and very close friends and I wanted to share that now with all of you!  I’ve reflected on the past of this site and noticed that in my previous posts I was very detached, and that was probably due to the path I was pursuing at that time. I’ve given it a lot of thought and I want to be more personal with all of you. I want to get to know you and really give you an insight into my life–my thoughts, my opinions, my inspirations, my favorite products, etc… and that’s how I came up with the name Avec Nou, which translates to “with Nou.” I want Avec Nou to be a community–a space where I can share what I love and am passionate about with my readers and my main goal is to remain as personal and authentic as possible.

I’m so excited to share this new journey with you! Stay tuned for more posts and leave me a comment on what you’d like to see on the blog!

Until next time,


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