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La Vie Est Belle

Leather and pearls go together like sand and sea. Just ask the legion of Wendy Mignot fans at La Vie Est Belle in Seaside. The small, funky, and lively shop has become the bohemian hot spot for beachy jewelry lovers from far and wide.

After years of sailing to ports of call throughout the Caribbean and beyond, Wendy and her husband/soul-mate Jean-Noel eventually settled in Seaside and opened La Vie Est Belle to showcase her handmade jewelry.

Wendy's creations have become something of a trademark for the South Walton beach life. There are those who have copied her, even tried to imitate. But she has loyal customers who have adorned themselves for years with her art, and are proud to say, "It's a Wendy."

Even celebrities the likes of Steven Tyler, Pierce Brosnan, Orlando Bloom, Luke Bryan, Alice Cooper, Kix Brooks, Colt Ford, Florida Georgia Line, The Bangles and many more collect her pearls. And it's easy to see why. 

Each of Wendy’s trademark lifestyle collections include the finest Tahitian, South Sea, and Freshwater cultured pearls, along with sea glass, shells, stones and ancient shipwreck coins. Her designs put a twist on the once traditional strand of pearls, with each one-of-a-kind piece hand-crafted and strung on soft, hand-rolled leather and tied with precision and care. 

“La Vie Est Belle translates to 'Life is Beautiful' and that's always been my philosophy," says Wendy.

Wendy's philanthropic efforts are well known in the South Walton community. Her efforts have benefited both local and national groups like Alaqua Animal Refuge, Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast, Lighthouse Family Retreat, Food For Thought Outreach and others. One of her recent campaigns, Life is Beautiful and So Are You, raised funds and awareness for anti-bullying and suicide prevention.

This year, Wendy along with her sister Tamara presented a $4,000 check to The National Center for Victims of Crime. All of the proceeds from the sale of her “Shooting Star” necklaces benefit those affected by violent crimes.

Wendy's skillful hands and giving heart are invaluable to our community, and have quite a following internationally as well. Wendy Mignot Fine Pearls and Leather ships all over the world for collectors that can’t make it to Seaside. Visit the e-boutique at for a showcase all of the fine leather and pearl collections, including new designs.

La Vie Est Belle is located on Central Square in Seaside, Florida. Stop in to browse fine pearls and leather collections as well as one-of-a-kind creations by other artists. La Vie Est Belle is open daily and you can call 850-231-4692 for more information. If you don’t have a “Wendy” yet, it's time to join the tribe.

Follow La Vie Est Belle and Wendy Mignot Designs on social media where you'll fall in love with beautiful photos, collections, places and people. You'll become an instant fan on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest as you follow the tribe. Watch for specials and giveaways on Facebook and Instagram.

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