In Honor of Mariam

Mariam was a light in the world. A little jewel in so many ways. Her kindness and caring brought the best people together. She was passionate about giving a voice to others. She persevered through many struggles in her short life. In the months before she passed, Mariam began to tell her story of Surviving Steven Johnson’s Syndrome (SJS) on TikTok. She wanted people to know that they can be survivors, and like her, thrive as well.

Mariam worked hard to build this brand– a project that started for fun after she finished college. She always enjoyed writing and developed her own sense of style. When The Petite Bijou took off she realized that communications, creative direction, and building brands were skills she possessed. She went to graduate school and earned her MSIMC. She became a Pinterest guru, an Instagram expert and coached other bloggers, influences, and entrepreneurs.

Her passion for helping others lead her to start The Bijou Show. Mariam’s knack for coaching others prompted her to create Bijou Social, her consulting business. She had plans for other projects as well.

Mariam was not disabled, but differently abled.

Mariam was a private person and we respect that still. There was much she never shared with readers. She was hesitant to share her health journey. SJS left her with chronic health problems, such as low vision and weakened lungs that sometimes slowed her down. Mariam was not disabled, but differently abled. This did not stop her from having– and achieving– her goals and dreams. She saw the world differently and appreciated the little things.

She was a kind, caring, loving person with a big heart and warm energy. Her family and friends are immensely proud of her and what she accomplished.

Behind The Blog

The Petite Bijou is an online destination featuring wholesome yet sophisticated living and styling tips for women. The site is run by the family and friends of survivor, lifestyle influencer, and writer Mariam, who passed away in the summer of 2020.  Mariam also hosted The Bijou Show, a self help podcast.

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  1. Debbie wrote:

    I just discovered this blog and was so sorry to see Mariam passed. My sympathies as I am sure it is still difficult for family and friends. She looks like she was a lovely young lady!

    Posted 3.8.21 Reply
    • Editor wrote:

      Thank you for reading this blog and for your kind words. She was indeed a lovely person.

      Posted 3.10.21 Reply
  2. Anna wrote:

    I am devastated not to have her around. Our lives are changed forever

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  3. Amy B. wrote:

    Thank you for this post about Mariam. Her blog was such a ray of light – and I know I would be been eagerly awaiting her new posts and finds, especially at this time of year. Best to her family.

    Posted 11.29.20 Reply
  4. Corrine wrote:

    We miss and love you dearly.

    Posted 11.29.20 Reply