Thursday, March 20, 2014

New Spring Lines!

We are excited to introduce two new lines to our shop:
Margaret O'Leary Knitwear & Stella Carakasi.

Margaret O'Leary
Maragaret O'Leary Knitwear hails form San Francisco, the designs infuse "a relaxed sensibility and a California Chic aesthetic, with just a hint of Margaret’s native Ireland." We love the casual elegance in these knits, they offer chic cuts, interesting textures and most of all, they feel amazing!

Stella Carakasi
Stella Carakasi pieces are drapey and luxuriously soft. Stella uses fine cotton, linen and jersey blends to create sustainable designs with unique architectural elements that flatter a woman's body. We love that these pieces can be worn in any setting and their unique designs add just a little intrigue to your everyday wardrobe. 

Monday, December 16, 2013


Our winter Trippen collection has gone on sale. 

Hit the Shop button to check out our latest cuts.

The Bass.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Prairie Underground::Trunk Show

Prairie Underground + Chan Luu

Please join us at our Front Street location on Thursday, August 1st for a great trunk show with apparel from the Seattle based line Prairie Underground and signature accessories from Chan Luu. We will have both current styles and a fall preview.

You can find our Front Street location at 300 E. Front St. Suite 101, Downtown Traverse City. Just one block east from the State Theater. 

Chan Luu Accessories::Trunk Show

Celebrating our sixth year carrying Chan Luu

Please join us at our Front Street location on Thursday, August 1st for a great trunk show with Chan Luu scarves + jewelry and apparel from the Seattle based line Prairie Underground. We will have both current styles and a fall preview.

You can find our Front Street location at 300 E. Front St. Suite 101, Downtown Traverse City. Just one block east from the State Theater. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Trippen Shoes.

Trippen is in...

This is our second season carrying Trippen and we are enamored. These hail from Germany, they're hand made with an artistic aesthetic and so, so comfortable! I wouldn't classify myself as a "shoe collector" as many women are, but I can't help but snag a couple styles from each season. 

Current styles (as shown from top to bottom): Trippen Fan, Trippen Antiope, Trippen Caliope, Trippen Netz.  For online sales please give our store a call at 231.929.7796.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Chan Luu Wraps

Just In............ Chan Luu Wraps
Aaaaah... Chan Luu summer wraps are in and looking great. A beautiful ornament for your wrist with jeans,  leggins or up-dressing. Available at Boutique a la vie - Mercato, or check on our Ebay store.  Have a great June and hope to see you soon.  (rhymes...didn't mean it.  bonus)

Monday, June 3, 2013

Recieve 15% off your Boutique A La Vie purchase.

Ok, here's how it works:

Make a purchase from the boutique at our new Front Street location and then go to Yelp on the Boutique A La Vie-Allure page and write a review of your shopping experience there. Pretty simple.

After you have done that you will receive 15% off your next purchase at either location (Mercato or Front St.). Simply use your smartphone to show us your review, or print it out. 

This promotion will run from now through July 15th, 2013. 

Our Front Street shop is located at 300 E. Front St. on the south side of the street, snuggled in between the parking garage and Running Fit. We share a space with Allure salon. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Staying Zen in the marketplace

                Zen - a total togetherness of body and mind, dropping all illusion, a state of mind. 
So....the birth of this boutique came from letting go and allowing a zen state to take over and create.  Now......the maintaining and business success of this boutique comes from following the rules, meeting goals and budgets, and selling a bunch of stuff.   Sometimes i chuckle (sometimes cry) at the difficulty in staying in THAT place - that state of mind where selling a bunch of stuff is secondary to creating and helping people to feel beautiful inside and out.   Yet, at the same time, knowing that selling a bunch of stuff is the only way to continue to create and pass on the sweet juju.
Mmmmmmmm.  I stumble forward, humbly asking for the path that leads toward Staying Zen in my sweet marketplace. 
I'm so thankful for the adventure of it all.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Urban-natural fashion.

 I love being inspired by nature, but quite frankly this spring has continued the winter dregs for a bit too long and that inspiration hadn't found me until I found this:

A robin conveniently nested outside the door here at the Mercato in what else but an abandoned bike basket. I immediately melted for these little fuzz heads but I was also struck by the beauty of the colors here. 

And so, a little urban-natural inspiration from the birds:


The cloth above is a Prairie Underground tunic with a crossover neck, half-sleeves, two pockets and lovely detailing. I love the fabric the designers chose for this piece, it's a hemp and cotton blend that has a durable weight to it yet it's breathable and perfectly summery. The bag is from Alternative Apparel, it is so chicly simple. The duffel shape and two long leather straps are well paired and add a touch of detail to the simplicity. It has two pockets on the outside and one on the inside and is made from 100% luxuriously soft leather. 


Monday, May 13, 2013

Meet Maneq.

The new and the tried and true.

(Dress by Maneq, Necklace by Rebel Designs 
and Belt by Cowboys Belts)

Meet Maneq, a new line we introduced this spring. Maneq is designed and made in Turkey, it is both classic and innovative and is made with a silk-like blend that wears like a dream. And the colors! Simple neutrals and chic hues, like the nude featured above or the washed marigold below, the use of color here can make these pieces really stand out in your wardrobe. 

(Maneq camis)

We are now on extended summer hours, so come by 10a-6p during the week or 10a-7p Friday and Saturday, 11a-4p Sundays.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Spring linens here!

Prairie underground jacket - Completo pant with a sweet Jo bag. Earth tones that are clean and feel like spring.

Chan Luu Wrap Bracelet, Moonstone on White Leather. NWT. Originally $200

Authentic Chan Luu wrap bracelet. This is a moonstone on white leather mix. Chan Luu wrap bracelets are 32 inches with an extra three inches for adjustments, they wrap around 3 to 5 times depending on wrist size. All Chan Luu jewelry comes with a lifetime warranty for repairs. This style runs at $200 originally, we have it on sale for $150. 

For more information click here

Chan Luu Cashmere/Silk Scarf. Olive And Black Dip-Dyed. Originally $245

Authentic Chan Luu scarf, from Chan Luu's dip-dyed cashmere/silk collection. These scarves are so soft, 50% cashmere, 50% silk, and can be worn all year round. The color is olive with a matte black dip-dye. The scarf measures about 64" by 60". We are a small boutique and all our items are new with tags and in excellent condition. If you have any questions please send a message. Thank you!

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