Monday, November 22, 2010

I Just Love These Graphic Tees!

We carry Idylle tees here at Tres Belle Boutique, and I just love the graphics on them. I wanted to share some of the newest styles with you. These tees are great for layering and look great worn with skinny jeans or jeggings. The Lace Locusta Hooded Tee, Night on the Town Hooded Tee, Freedom Themal Hooded Henley, and more Idylle styles can be found on my website

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Please join us for shopping with a twist on Friday October 29th, 2010 "The Comforts of Home"

When I think of the comforts of home, I think of old worn sweaters, soft and faded with time. Sitting by the fire, wrapped in a beautifully pieced quilt that my mother made so many years ago. On the sofa beside me, the colors of the quilt I’m stitching, bright in comparison. A pot of tea, steeping in a favorite tea pot, sitting on a table nearby.

Throughout my home there are many framed photographs on the wall, and placed casually among my belongings. Many of family and friends that are a part of my present, others of family no longer with us, but never forgotten.

In my home, I’m surrounded by glimpses of my past as I sip my tea from the antique cup and saucer that once belonged to my grandmother. The fragrance of the potpourri simmering on the stove, reminiscent of holiday get-togethers, and mingling with memories of my mother’s kitchen during the holidays. The lit candles, with their rich and spicy fragrance, cast soft shadows around the room, lighting up corners with memories of familiar voices and laughter.

The comforts of home reach out from the past and wind their way into those of the present. They are our own distinct style, with a touch of nostalgia mixed in. A place we create for ourselves that is warm and inviting and will one day become a comforting memory for our loved ones.

Come visit the boutiques at Make Mine Pink for all the “comforts of home.”

Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Photo Contribution 1: The Vintage Linen Press | Photo Contribution 2: Forget Me Not Dreams

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

MMP Friday Shopping Event October 8th "Treasures for the Bed and Bath"

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year. I’m just getting settled back into my regular routine and enjoying some of the nesting that naturally comes with the season.

A long hot bath at the end of a cool autumn day is just the stress reliever I seem to enjoy the most. The desire to rush and get every minute out of each and every day, has passed with the summer season. The bath becomes my sanctuary, and scents of honeysuckle and rose surround me, soothing away the stress of a busy day.

The shelves in my bath are lined with scented candles and delightful bath gels and oils. Vintage glass bottles that once held perfume and special oils, now display a single rose. A glass tray, once boasting the most magnificent hand-painted roses, now holds beautiful, decorative soaps. Lace trimmed towels, drape casually over the vanity stool, and add just the touch of luxury I now have the time to enjoy.

My bedroom undergoes some seasonal changes as well. The light and airy lace sheers, are now replaced with heavier silks and brocade panels. Some etched with the finest roses, providing beauty and warmth as well as my own escape from the outdoors.

Eiderdown comforters and antique quilts are freshened up and stacked at the foot of the bed. Beautiful hand-stitched pillows, now out storage, and covering every sitting surface. My Vintage hankie collection, framed above my bed, a reminder of the gentle women from my past.

No matter how busy you find yourself, adding a few special touches to your bedroom and bath will make you feel like you’ve escaped from the everyday worries, even for just a few moments. Surrounding yourself with some of your favorite treasures and scents, will create a sanctuary of your very own.

Please visit the boutiques at Make Mine Pink to help you create your very own escape for your Bed & Bath.

Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Photo Contribution 1: Savon Marie

Thursday, September 16, 2010

MMP Friday Shopping Event September 17th "Cupcakes and Polkadots"

Do you remember the simple delights of childhood? How a cupcake could make you giggle and as far as you were concerned, polkadots belonged on everything. As I made the passage from child to adult, I found that some of the same things that gave me delight as a child, still brought a smile to my face. The little girl in me, always looking for an opportunity to relive the happiness of childhood. Then having daughters, the perfect excuse.

Cupcakes remind me of those happy times – and because cupcake bakeries are popping up all over, it’s given us glorious permission to partake in this delightful pastime! After-all, who doesn’t love a cupcake? The once simple confection, now piled high with frostings and toppings, indulging the child in all of us.

It’s the simple things like cupcakes and whimsical dots that bring us so much pleasure. So why not add a little whimsy to our lives? Because of this fun, new focus on whimsy, we’ve seen cupcakes and polkadots finding their way into even the most conventional lifestyles! Cupcake pillows and purses, fabrics sprinkled with delightful little cakes and colorful dots, framed prints of the grandest of cupcakes, piled high with whipped frosting and topped with a cherry, earrings dangling with the smallest of tasty confections. All a scrumptious reminder of the delight we feel when we take time to enjoy the simple things in life. The delight we feel when we let our inner child out to play, even if only for a moment.

Grandmas and Grandpas are pulling up chairs and sipping tea from miniature china cups, the table spread with the palest pink and purple polka-dot cloth. Cupcakes are served on the finest china, the delight of sharing a special moment with your favorite daughter, granddaughter or child. These are the tiny pleasures, yet building memories for a lifetime.

Cupcakes and Polkadots remind us how easy it is to escape to a place where a little touch of whimsy can brighten a whole day. A bit of fun and delight in a world that can be demanding.

All things whimsical have a place in our lives and each brings about smiles and wisps of childhood memories. Whether it is a fanciful collection or a whimsical element added to your decor, the hint of fun is a welcoming greeting to all. A ceramic cupcake, sitting amongst our heirloom teacups, a cupcake pillow, tossed on the chair by the bed, a set of brightly painted polkadot mugs, for afternoon hot cocoa by the fire, all an aide-memoire, to dream, and to remember.

It only takes a moment to think back to a special day, remembering the things that delight and refresh our senses. And if you need a little help building your whimsical collection, the boutiques at Make Mine Pink would be a great place to start.

Joyce Lucas, Founder
Make Mine Pink

Photo Contribution 1: Roseblossom Cottage | Photo Contribution 2: Gail Friend Designs | Photo Contribution 3: The Polka Dot Rose

Sunday, July 18, 2010

On The Fourth Day of "Christmas In July" .........

Tomorrow will be the fourth day of Make Mine Pink "Christmas In July" Have you found all the shopping bags yet?? If you haven't, you better get a move on. This shop hop is almost over and you don't want to miss out on some great prizes and some great shopping. My Special for tomorrow will be this lovely Dragon Fly necklace and Dragon Fly Earrings. Save 20% tomorrow only! There is only one necklace and one pair of earrings available, so if you like them you better order starting at midnight!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tomorrow's Christmas In July Special's

Here is my sneak peek at tomorrow's Make Mine Pink "Christmas In July" Special. Save 30% on these beautiful earrings by Treska. By now I hope you are all registered and searching the beautiful boutiques at Make Mine Pink for all the hidden shopping bags. You can win some fabulous prizes! No purchase is necessary to play but, you might be tempted to do some shopping at some of the best online boutiques I know. Happy Hunting!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's "Christmas In July" at Make Mine Pink

Starting tomorrow Friday, July 16th through Tuesday, July 20th, Tres Belle Boutique will be participating in Make Mine Pink's "Christmas In July Shop Hop". Each of the five days I will be listing a different Special for your shopping pleasure. You will need to Register if you decide to play for some great prizes. Once you register start looking for the shopping bags that are hidden on the participating boutique's websites while doing a little shopping at the same time. Here is a sneak peek at what tomorrow's special will be. Be sure to check back tomorrow for Saturday's Special!

Monday, July 5, 2010

My New Signs

I know this does not seem too exciting to everyone, but to me getting my new signs at the new boutique was a good day. We have been open six weeks at the new location and I have been waiting patiently for my signs to be done and installed. So yesterday when Ryan from Haze Graphics showed up with my signs in hand it made my day. Trying to get the signs hung was a little tricky on a busy Holiday weekend, but don't they look nice?

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Isn't This A Beauty?

My friend Tritia has some great pieces of furniture like this beautiful pink dresser. I feel so lucky to call her my friend and to offer her pieces for sale in my new boutique. They make beautiful displays for me to show off all of my goodies while giving the store that soft vintage look that I love. Thanks my friend. Keep up the great work!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Open At Last!

It feels like forever and my old bones are aching, but we are finally open at our new location in downtown Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. First and foremost, I would like to thank all my great friends and family for all the help in getting my new boutique ready to open. I could never have done it without all of you (yes David the lasagna is coming). I especially want to thank my husband, Tony. Without his support and all his work, I would never have been able to accomplish this start to the next chapter in my life. Tony, I want you to know how much it means to me when you make my dreams come true. I love you! So if you are in the area, stop in, visit, shop, and enjoy all beautiful Lake Geneva has to offer.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Finally Moved and Ready to Unpack

We are finally all moved out of our old location and into the new store in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It was very sad to leave the place where my boutique made it's home for the last four years. As the day progressed my sadness gave way to excitement about starting a new chapter of my life. I always believe that when God closes a window for a reason, he always opens a door. It was the right time and the right place for Tres Belle Boutique. Enjoy these before pictures and check back in a few days. I promise you will love how it's all coming together!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Where Would I be Without a Little Help From My Friends and Family

Getting the store ready to paint was no easy task. We first had to take off all the slat walls the previous tenants had left up. Thank goodness my niece Hannah showed up to help us. We managed to get them all down, but there were zillions, yes zillions of holes in the walls that needed to be patched and sanded before the painters could paint. My friend Natalie was there to lend a hand to help sand the walls. Now the painters. my friends Trisha, Debbie, and my daughter Brittany were able to get rolling. Tyler my future son in law was getting the trim painted so once the walls are done he is laying the wood floor. Stay tuned for more updates!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

We Got The Keys!!

Wow! How exciting we got the keys to the new store today. Took my Mom, my daughter Ashley, Trisha our friend, Tony and I and headed up to Lake Geneva to celebrate our new venture. So we popped a bottle of champagne to kick off the celebration before all the work begins.

Once we put the temporary sign in the window it seemed to finally make it real. Off to dinner to celebrate. I think my daughter Ashley was ready to go!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Tres Belle Boutique Is Moving To Lake Geneva

After four years in our present location in McHenry, Illinois we have decided to move Tres Belle Boutique to the beautiful downtown district of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Follow along with us as we turn our new store into a tres belle (very beautiful in french) boutique. Here we are the first time we saw the space for rent. I wasn't to happy at first as I was coming from a beautiful old home to a store front in need of a lot of work. Never fear as I have some very creative people that I am very close to and I am very excited to begin my journey into the next chapter of my life. Painting, cleaning, and designing have already started, so make sure to check back for day two coming soon!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Isn't Spring Beautiful!

I wanted to share how beautiful sprintime is in my yard. I can not believe how lush and full the forsythia bushes are this spring in our area. My daffodils are such a bright welcome each day as I pull into the driveway. As you accessorize your outfits this spring season remember to choose some jewelry with a flower theme. These earrings and necklace from Tres Belle Boutique are lovely flower themed pieces. Happy Spring Everyone!

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    Tres Belle Boutique is located in beautiful downtown Lake Geneva. Tres Belle Boutique is a women's apparel and gift boutique. Our boutique is filled with beautiful merchandise from designer women's apparel to the perfect gift for someone special. Very beautiful, as the French names implies, is just what Tres Belle has to offer. Whether a picture of the Eiffel Tower or a beautiful piece of jewelry that originates from France, you will feel the French influence throughout the store. The boutique offers garden and home decor, specialty gifts, jewelry, handbags, accessories, lotions, and vintage chic repurposed furniture. If you are looking for an outfit to set you apart from the rest or a special gift, Tres Belle Boutique is a must for distinguished shoppers. We would love for you to stop in if your in town or if not check us out on our website,