Winter 2016

Winter 2016

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”  – T.S. Elliot

Dear Tribe,
I hope this correspondence finds you and yours hopeful for new beginnings and grateful for the past years experiences.  After spending the holidays in St. Barths with the extended Mignot Tribe, Jean Noel and I are looking forward to 2016 and a year filled with peace, love, happiness and pearls, of course! We are pleased to share our latest news with you.


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New Imagery:
We have already begun our first project of 2016 with Creative Marketer & Professional Photographer Colleen Duffley.  Look for new images showing every design in an environmental context. We will soon release images form a photo shoot modeling all designs for you to see each piece worn with styles for every occasion.

New Designs:

  • Larimar & Pearl Necklace Designs: Larimar, a rare blue green gem found only in the Dominican Republic paired with freshwater pearls.
  • Bella Rings: Features a braided leather band with Tahitian or South Sea Pearls. Coming Spring 2016!
  • Ancient and Shipwreck Coin Necklace and Bracelet Designs: A treasure trove of one of a kind coins have been recently added to the JNM Reserve.

FLASH Promotion – ONE DAY ONLY : January 29th
Heart Shaped Pearl Freshwater Necklace $30 OFF*

Pearl Crush Valentine;s Day Select Designs:  January 30-February 14
Offering 4 designs with a romantic spirit at $25 off*

  • Two Pearl Rain Drop Freshwater Pearl Necklace
  • Love Freshwater Pearl Bracelet
  • Lavender Freshwater Pearl Stud Earrings
  • Coastal Single Freshwater Pearl Necklace, Blush LTD

Keep following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest for our “Pearl Crush” giveaway. Simply share each days post for a chance to win a $75 gift card/code to


We welcome you to La Vie Est Belle in Seaside, Florida on Valentine’s weekend for a glass of champagne.  A long stem rose will be presented with each purchase…’la vie en rose’.

In honor of my sister, Tamara Tkacz, we pledge our support to The National Center for Victims of Crime offering star-shaped pearl designs for the “Be The Light” campaign.  Thank you for helping us to raise over $2100!

‘PERFECT IN SOUTH WALTON’ People’s Choice Award for Best Jewelry 2016
Thank you for the love and votes!

Please be sure to follow our blog, “La Vie Est Belle: life, love, and style inspired by my tribe” ,  for all things “Pearly”.  I am thrilled to have my sister Katerina Cavanagh writing a monthly inspirational series and Blakney Barrett blogging fashion and lifestyle trends in 2016.

La Vie Est Belle,

*Limited availability, only while supplies last, no refunds/exchanges, promo code is not required

Wendy Mignot; Where it all began

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Everyday countless people are buying, wearing, gifting, and customizing the enchanting art created by Wendy Mignot. Many people know and love her work. Have you ever wondered about where she began? Some of you may already know this inspiring artist, but for those of you that don’t,  you are definitely missing out. Don’t worry, I am willing to help change that! I have had the privilege of knowing this wonderful artist for many years now,  and now that I am older and currently a business student there were some questions I had. Wendy being the person she is, was more than willing to take the time to answer them for me!

One of the most basic questions any young entrepreneur would ask is where we began our interview: “What initially made you want to start your business, aside from supporting a family?” Wendy responded with:

“When I initially started my business I didn’t even realize it was a business, I was young and carefree traveling on a sailboat from Island to Island in the Caribbean. Along the way I collected rocks and shells and trinkets, I loved to treasure hunt on the secluded beaches where we would anchor our boat, then I began to string them on leather and other fibers, this brought me much enjoyment and satisfaction, IT MADE ME HAPPY.  I would wear them and people would ask me where I bought them, and that is when I realized that I could do this as a career and not just as a hobby.”

As our interview went on,  I began to notice just how passionate Wendy was about her designs which led me to my next question, how that passion came about. In our interview this was one of my favorite questions I asked. She let us in on a little bit of her childhood.

“This happened at a very young age, I remember my first necklace my grandfather gave me it was a tiger’s eye pendant on a little golden chain, I treasured it dearly (I still have it). My next piece of jewelry was a “W” on a chain that my mother and father gave me. When it broke I was devastated. My father told me we could try and fix it. I was thrilled at the possibilities, but I wasn’t sure how?  That night he took out his soldering machine and we soldered it back together, I was amazed.  I can remember as a child making necklaces and bracelets out of gum wrappers and anything I could get my hands on.  When I look back at photographs of myself as a young girl, I always had a necklace on.”

People come into my store, and see something that they can relate to. A piece of art that portrays change. Pearls are far more than just a stone. They represent strength.

We later on,  went into the most important question anyone could ever ask an artist: Even after all this time, and with all of your success, do you still feel as passionate today as you did back then, or has the business aspect depleted your passion? The response was one of the most honest answers possible.

“Owning a business is almost always an emotional rollercoaster. There have been phases of passion and frustration, and just being overwhelmed at times.  But, fortunately for me I have persevered.  With all the ups and downs of life and business,  I have continued to stay ahead of the curve so to speak. Over the years,  I have had times where I thought I just couldn’t do it anymore. Being a full time mom of 2 kids, a loving wife to my husband, the remodeling of my dream house, the opening of our online boutique, and a steadily growing storefront business, not to mention the backbone of my business, making all my designs can get a little overwhelming. Quite the contrary, I LOVE WHAT I DO, I’m EXTREMELY PASSIONATE about my jewelry, but also I am passionate about how what I do effects the people around me. Being able to see how my jewelry has impacted people’s lives is the best part. The friendships that have been made, the relationships that have been formed and seeing the excitement from people purchasing my jewelry,  be it their first piece or adding to their collection,  fills my heart with so much joy. It truly is what makes it all worth it. So to answer the question, has it depleted my passion, Absolutely NOT!”

So as you can see there is so much more than meets the eye with the one and only Wendy Mignot. For those of you that haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, I hope this helped. If you ever find yourself in the sandy shores of Seaside, Florida, I strongly encourage you to stop in her store,  La Vie Est Belle. It will definitely be worth your while. Who knows, if you’re lucky you might just catch this inspiring artist, her beautiful children or maybe even her goofy husband running around. Don’t hesitate to introduce yourself, you won’t regret it!

Article By:

Blakney Barrett


Represent our Tribe

IMG_5456“From gracing the cover of Vanity Fair, to designing for Hollywood’s A list, Wendy Mignot’s designs represent elegance and sophistication. They  capture the character and heritage of the Mignot French connection, as well as the design aesthetic that has become a world-renowned brand defining Gypset Style and Bohemian Chic fashion.”

We are always seeking out unique boutiques and fine retailers around the world to represent Wendy Mignot’s Fine Pearls + Leather Jewelry®. Click on the Wholesale Form below and send to, or complete the contact form below, be sure to comment in the box and our wholesale rep will be in touch with you after review.

Join the Mignot Tribe today!

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eBoutique Reviews


We strive for 100% customer satisfaction, so we love when you give us feedback. Keep it coming in the new year!

Review The necklace is very pretty. It was delivered before Christmas and I was pleased about that.
Coastal single freshwater bracelet Beautiful bracelet.
Incorrect item I ordered the Pink Limited Edition-Diamonds Necklace for my daughter as a gift, who has been asking for this necklace for over a year. I did not open the package upon receiving I just wrapped it as is, we were extremely disappointed to find that it was not the Pink Necklace, but off white, with no pink. I ordered on the 16th and have only 14 days to exchange, today is Saturday after Christmas, which only gives me Monday.
Wendy Signature Freshwater Necklace White Outstanding in every way!
Gorgeous This piece is even more beautiful in person. What a great gift for my sister.
Love it Wendy Mignot has become a sister tradition in my family. This is my second piece and I see many more in my future. I absolutely love the beauty and quality of each one.  I am now looking at the Bora Bora collection

Highly recommend to everyone.

Unusual pearl bracelet I love this unusual bracelet. It’s a wonderful addition to my collection. It stacks well with my other Wendy originals which I have purchased from the Bird’s Nest on Block Island.
Stunning I purchased these for my daughter for Christmas.  They were something she had picked out from your website because she has other pieces from this collection.  They are truly stunning and beautiful.
Perfect Exactly what I ordered! The jewelry is made very well and the pearls are high quality. The website was easy to use and the jewelry came beautifully packaged. I will order again.
Earrings Great earrings! Fast shipping & everything I hoped for
Coastal pearl necklace Wonderful piece! Fast shipping! Love it!
I bought 3 necklaces I have recently bought three of these. They are beautiful – and will make great gifts!!

The one I ordered for myself, however, came at 16 inches when I thought I was ordering 20 inches. I am hoping I can return it for an exchange. Also I tried to get the holiday discount but couldn’t make that come through on my phone.

purchase I purchased the earrings as a Chritmas gift for my granddaughter. She has several pieces from Wendy. I know she will love them. Ordering was very easy
Rain Four Freshwater Necklace White love my pearls…Thank you Wendy and Staff.
Beautiful! I can’t wait to surprise my daughter with these pearls…she’s going to flip. They’re gorgeous and the perfect length. My only wish is that the packaging (gift box) was a bit nicer…it had a very generic feel to it.
Great necklace!! Great present! The order was easily made and came in a timely manner. I am very pleased with this product and plan on wearing it for years to come.
Bohemian Tahitian Necklace stunning!!!
Queenie Freshwater Necklace Beautiful piece of art!
Awesome Necklace What a beautiful addition to my collection. I am now able to have the “layered look”. All my Wendy pieces are gorgeous and this one did not disappoint.Already looking at my next piece! Merci Wendy again for yet another outstanding purchase experience.
necklace I have several pieces and love my pearls from Wendy. I do wish I had picked the necklace myself instead of buying online. I don’t love the pearls on this one and realize they are all works of nature and that is to be expected. The $100 discount was fantastic.
beautiful necklace love the product, love the look…the only negative is that less than a week after receipt, and despite multiple applications of the shea butter, the leather necklace is flaking already.
Besides tiny flaw, great bracelet!! I love the simplicity of this bracelet! But, it seems one of the pieces of leather is tied in a different direction as the other side,so it twists a little
High quality!! Love this piece!!
Rain two drop tahitain necklace Awesome piece and Awesome service!!
Awesome but.. Love the versatility..but it seems the larger Pearls hole where the leather slides in is a bit too small.. So whenever I try to slide The pearl the leather gets tiny rips in it because the hole is so small
Great quality product Excellent quality and received them very promptly. The only thing missing was that due to the fact that this mail order, we missed the excellent service we always receive from the nice folks at the Seaside store.
Fabulous My daughter has been a Christ Church camper for years and always admired Violets pearls.  We gave her a necklace for her 16th birthday in October and she gets so many compliments on it.  We live in Northern Virginia so it’s great to have something unusual.   A bracelet for Christmas arrived two days ago.  I just noticed the sale so I might order another one.
Fabulous pearls another addition to the collection!  I was captivated by Wendy’s creations the first time I spotted them in a corner case at the coffee shop she and her husband ran in Sea Side years ago and they have never lost their appeal or attraction.  I own a lot of jewelry, but I have something of Wendy’s on every day, casual or dress up, doesn’t matter.  Delighted to have a new piece, small and just for fun, but still fabulous!
Love my bracelet! This is my first piece from Wendy. Surprised and tickled with the elegant packaging and note from her. Pleased with the quality and luster of the pearls. Love it and will be ordering more! Thanks!
Beach The 5 pearl necklace with knots is lovely.  I ordered for my granddaughter. I have purchase several from Wendy and they all been great.  She will be excited when she opens Christmas Day.  Thanks as always for the excellent service.
Coastal Single Freshwater Necklace White Fast shipping.Quality of item was excellent.Sent very well detailed information about product.
Stop Light Freshwater Bracelet Loved my bracelet.Will purchase again from Wendy Mignot.My favorite place to shop for Pearls!!
Beautiful Once again Wendy delivered a beauty. This necklace is gorgeous and the pearls are brilliantly matched. Thank you Wendy.
Bracelet Live (Love) the bracelet but I ordered to small so I have to send it back for a bigger sze
Bracelet Again, I ordered this to small also, sent it back for a bigger size
Exactly what I ordered Beautiful and fits perfectly!
Bracelet It is beautiful.  She has the necklace and with the sale you had this will make the perfect Christmas gift.  She enjoys going to SEASIDE just to go in the store.
Necklace This is the second necklace for the second child.  Just beautiful.  We love it.  Please let me know if you run any specials.
6 necklaces I bought six of these to give as gifts for my mom, sisters and nieces. They love mine that I wear everyday!
Necklace One of the pearls on the necklace was not very pretty, not smooth, very bumpy so I had to send it back also to get a different one. The 18″ that bought for my mother in law is absolutely beautiful!
Simply Perfect Modern classic, goes with everything.  Perfect as a finishing touch or stand alone necklace.
lovely simple pearl bracelet This bracelet is exactly what I wanted for everyday casual outfits.  The quality and beauty of this bracelet will insure it is not a piece just to sit in a drawer.
great gift I bought 3 of these for my college daughters.  I know that they will be happy to have these to wear day and night.  The quality of the necklace makes it a great value and an excellent Christmas gift. They will remind us of our sweet Seaside adventures.

Find Your Dawn Wall



by: Katerina Cavanagh

There’s no way in hell you would find many of us sleeping on an artificial aluminum ledge, secured to a sheer vertical rock wall suspended hundreds of feet off the ground for two and a half weeks. There’s even less of a chance that we would then leave that ledge on a daily basis and use our fingertips to find miniscule cracks to hang onto long enough to move our bodies along the face of that wall in an effort to get to the top of that rock.

But last January, when professional climbers Tommy Caldwell and Keith Jorgensen did that exact thing, scaling the Dawn Wall face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park for 19 days I couldn’t get enough of it. I followed their progress daily. I learned the difference between the kind of climbing they were doing called free climbing and other types of rock climbing and then I asked myself, why? Why am I so intrigued with this? I would never do anything remotely similar. Even many of their critics said it was nothing more than an act of vanity. Technical rock climbing is not death defying, it’s a carefully laid out and executed series of movements across the wall with the safety of the climbers obviously given the highest priority.


Frankly, it’s more dangerous to travel in your car on I-95 during rush hour than to free climb. The intriguing part was the two climbers commitment to their personal goals and success. They had tried before and failed but the Dawn Wall continued to call them back. I followed their journey so closely because I realized that inside all of us there is a Dawn Wall. We just need to find it.

Don’t make a resolution for 2016. Make a commitment to find your Dawn Wall. We are bound only by the limits of our own imagination. Look for possibilities. Let the smallest edge lift you higher than you were before your journey began. Reach for the top or make it about the climb. Just keep your heart open enough to hear your Dawn Wall when it calls. Because life is … and always will be beautiful….. and it’s counting on you to keep it that way.
Happy New Year! #findyourdawnwall  .


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Katerina Cavanagh is a  contributing author on  La Vie Est Belle’s Blog, and will be running a monthly article on inspiration. Being Wendy’s sister and the writer in the family, we are looking forward to her offerings. Kat is a certified veterinary technician and works as a client care coordinator at a large animal hospital. She lives on a small farm in Connecticut, with her husband, sons and many furry friends.  Follow her stories…she has a beautiful way with words