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As we near the completion of this incredible year, we like to reflect back and honor those who have brought something special into our lives.  Our dear friend Ajaytao has graced the pages of WordPress for some time now, lifting … Continue reading

Featured Blog: The BOUTIQUE @ Trésors De Luxe

Our NEW blog, baby! XO

Our NEW blog, baby! XO

We’re so proud of the newest member of our WordPress family: The Boutique @ Trésors De Luxe : http://tresorsdeluxeboutique.wordpress.com/. There you’ll find inspiration, thought provoking quotes and even more free style tips that will bring GLAM to your look! Take our word, you’ll feel right at home at our second home, so make yourself a hot cup of tea, settle in and explore with us!

We’re offering free domestic shipping within the U.S. all through the month of December with purchases over $50 so have fun and start your holiday shopping early!!!

Trésors De Luxe

(unique and GLAM JEWELRY collections, baby!)

 Trésors De Luxe

{A JEWELRY BOUTIQUE}

the ORIGINAL Trésors De Luxe (.COM), baby! XO

FEATURED BLOG! {Professions For PEACE}

peace. love. joy.

peace. love. joy.

When we come across a blog that not only inspires us, but elevates us as human beings, we know we’re onto someone extraordinarily unique!  So, we are highlighting our dear friends at Professions For PEACE as our featured blogger for the month and hope you enjoy, find inspiration and see the beauty in and all around this incredible blog!
We are proud to present to you… Professions For PEACE!
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When I was invited to do a guest post at this delightful site of Trésors De Luxe, the first word that came to my mind to share about was BEAUTY. This site is all about beauty and I am all about raising our level of joy, and beauty and joy are wonderfully interrelated.

Along with the first thoughts we think as we wake and the thoughts we contemplate as we close our eyes at night, are the images we see. Have we tidied the bedside table and left ourselves a glass of water for when we wake? Have we kept the scary books away from our bedside and instead chosen art books with images of nature or statues or paintings? Have we chosen artwork for our walls that inspires us?

The very first thing we see when we open our eyes helps set the tone for our entire day. And this is not about money, for a bedside table can consist of a stack of books or a sturdy box, art books can be borrowed from the library, and artwork for our walls can be as accessible as our neighbourhood thrift store or an up-and-coming local artist, as long as the piece touches our heart and makes us feel good to look at it.

 Please consider these excerpts from Thomas Moore’s ‘Care of the Soul’:

“Care for our actual homes… however humble is also care of the soul. No matter how little money we have, we can be mindful of the importance of beauty in our homes.”

“Every day we will find moments when the soul glimpses an occasion for beauty, if only passing a store window and stopping for a second to notice a beautiful ring or an arresting pattern in a dress.”

“If we are going to care for the soul, and if we know that the soul is nurtured by beauty, then we will have to understand beauty more deeply and give it a more prominent place in life.”

“An appreciation for beauty is simply an openness to the power of things that stir the soul.”

 Let us acknowledge the importance of beauty and bring it into our surroundings. Let us nurture and care for the soul by choosing artwork for our walls and tables that inspires and uplifts. And let us remember to have hyacinths, or any flowers, on our bedside or kitchen tables to allow their beauty to help feed our soul. 

rose professions for peace, love, joy

Warmest wishes for a beautiful day,

Gina

Professionsforpeace.com

http://professionsforpeace.com/ 

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We truly hope you have a magical, peaceful and treasured-filled day!

Trèsors De Luxe

Our Featured Blogger { Maxima }

 maxima 1!
When we come across a blogger that not only inspires us, but elevates us as human beings, we know we’re onto someone extraordinarily unique!  So, we are highlighting our dear friend, Maxima as our featured blogger for the month in hopes that you will see the incredible artistry of this remarkable talent.
We are proud to present to you… Maxima!

What brought you WordPress?

WordPress is, with due respect to other blog services, in my opinion the best, this is supported by the fact that many, much attention has been paid to its clients, through technical assistance, and other forms of cooperation with the bloggers! Particularly fascinated me, that some calm and brilliant, and very wide range, high quality blogs. All in all, an excellent blog service and much more!
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What inspires you?
The  beauty of the human soul and generosity of heart with people of good will.

What lessons have you learned in life that you would like to share?
Many things, but here briefly. Something related to the broad scope of the blog as a medium to make friends, writing a blog I realized the truth that I want to share with you, the blog and knows no boundaries, no physical or spiritual, the blog I have met many people of different fate, selfless giving, but also more received, he became a true friend to people, socialized with many. Had a bad experience and caution is certainly necessary, but the friends that I met writing my blog are real people, although virtual, are people of good heart and noble soul, and no way I’d changed, even for some real!
wrought iron

Your Brilliantly Deployed Kisses

Written: © Maxima

Your kisses brilliantly deployed,

And framed

Just don’t review width of

  Twinkle

trodden paths

Range heart of the, Revisited

Bliss that – with no mercy

– Orchestra to be

Orchestra of the most engrossing

Instruments and sounds

That pushing aside the veil and shadow

The sources of our self-knowledge

He plays the most beautiful music of love

.. And all – signposts – absolutely

Lose their meaning

I love you

 This is my favorite poem…  
Written: © Maxima Electronic thoughts, 
Flowing in waves, So, am I bot?
I smile for the beautiful love that makes life worth living.
I cry for injustices that some bastards do to helpless women and innocent children.
I stretch in the morning, and brace the sunrise.
I cringe at night, for all wrongdoings and pray for forgiveness, before stars go nowhere in sight.
I cherish beautiful friends like you,  and curse those who mongers and make fun of you.
So, I am not a bot,  for in my heart, I cherish all of you!
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We thank our guest blogger, Maxima, for the incredible energy and loving spirit to be our Featured Blogger of the month!
XO ~ Trèsors De Luxe

Our Featured Blogger { This French Farmhouse }

We are thrilled to bring you our newest featured blogger for August!  We are pretty confident you’ll be swept away by all the little goodies, just like we are…

Mini Coconut Cheesecake!

I started being creative as soon as I could hold a pencil, spatula or a pair of scissors in my hand (which was not easy seeing as I am left handed and the world is out to get me.) I made mock magazines, took photos and stood on a stepstool to make homemade donuts.  As I grew up I became increasingly interested in the visual arts, eventually went to school for graphic design and now own my own studio, Pixel Soup Creative. But, when I am not designing logos, I am taking photos and blogging about my life in Redmond at www.ThisFrenchFarmhouse.com

French farmhouse Peonies!

Bedroom treasures…

My blog is made up of the  the things I love, the things that inspire me, and the things that I’ll remember 50 years from now.

Amalfi, Italy

Grilled artichoke…delicious

I share this life with Justin, my best friend and husband, and our sweet and smiley baby boy, Sage Michael. Our family is also composed of chocolate labs Huck and Chili and chickens Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. We love to work on projects together and travel the world.

First there is the house…

We live in Redmond, Washington – about 20 minutes east of Seattle. Our craftsman cottage was built in 1947 and sits in the middle of a country acre. It’s a lot of work, but we have never had more fun making a house a home. Since we bought in 2009, Justin and I have worked together to bring the property back to its former glory and rejuvenate the country setting with a lived in, yet refined French Farmhouse style. Give me three shades of white paint and some 220 grit sandpaper and I’ll shabby chic the car if you’ll let me. We jokingly refer to it as the “Shanda Foisy Signature Farmhouse Finish.”

My bedroom…

Then there is the food…

I started cooking with my mom as soon as I could stand. Years of making homemade breads, curries and learning to brine a chicken prepared me to work as an apprentice pastry chef under Julie Hoagle during high school. While everyone else was in after school sports practice – I was furiously trying to perfect the ‘airiness” of my Madeline Cookies. I seriously considered culinary school, but in the end decided that the hours and lifestyle of being a chef were not for me. While design helps pay the bills, cooking is still my passion. When I’m not working in my studio or on the house, you will find me in the kitchen; cooking, styling and photographing (I’m still learning!), and most importantly, eating with my family.

and the Arts and Crafts…

I try to squeeze in as much creative time as I can, but the days seem to go by much faster now that we have a child. Although I’m not opposed to putting the baby in the front pack while I paint a picture or wander through a flea market looking for things to re-purpose. I do my best to make home-made gifts for Justin and our family. At the end of the year we like to give “Our Box of Favorite Things.” It is usually made up of mostly cheese and alcohol, but our family doesn’t seem to mind.

The { ever growing } Bucket List Take a food styling class in Brooklyn from Béa Peltre Kiss a boy on a bridge in Paris Go to Tanzania and South Africa Learn to ride a motorcycle Grow an organic vegetable garden Write a cookbook Eat Panang curry in Southern Thailand Have a farm sink in my kitchen Watch my son ski with my husband Eat Pizza in Naple Be on “This American Life”

Have a luxurious and treasured filled day,

 Trésors De Luxe!

www.tresorsdeluxe.com

Tracie Louise Photography!

We’ve selected Tracie Louise as our very first honoree on “Featured Blogger of the Month!”   We’re sure you’ll see why we think she’s remarkable, just like we do…

Clevland

I think I was born with creativity running through my veins…  but for over 3 decades, I was an artist without a medium.  I tried many things over the years, from art and craft, to drawing and painting, and even writing.  But nothing seemed to gel.  I always loved photography, from the very first instamatic I took away on 4th grade camp, to the High Schools 35mm SLR, I borrowed and played official school reporter, recording all the most important scholastic events.  At one point in my early 20’s, I even imaged that I might be able to be a photographer.  I went to the Photography Institute to inquire about enrolment, but backed out at the last minute, for fear of not being able to make the grade.

Dicky

In the years to come I still loved to snap things on holidays.  I never really understood the point of going somewhere different and exciting unless you were going to photograph it.  I thought I was just recording the events of my life… I still didn’t see that this is what I was born to do.  Any time I saw a person without a camera, I just didn’t get it.  I still don’t.

Finally at age 45.  My youngest son bought himself a digital SLR.  I was excited for him, and secretly envious of his new purchase. I borrowed it every chance I could, just to experiment and take pictures in my garden.  Finally my son decided that he was never going to get the same enjoyment out of the camera that I was, and he allowed me to have it.  I was so excited.

A few months later my husband and I went on a trip to the USA.  I was snapping everything in sight, naturally.  We stopped at several of those Tourist Information Centres and took brochures away with us.  Whilst riffling through the pages of the glossy tourist magazines,  a thought occurred to me…. someone is taking those pictures!  Why couldn’t that someone be me?

I came back home to Australia and started Tracie Louise Photography.  That was 15 months ago.  In that time, I have eaten, slept, breathed, and absorbed all things photographic.  My style has developed into something hopefully a little unique and definitely much more artistic than it once was.  It’s still early days for me yet.  But to say that I have found my passion would be an understatement of epic proportions.  I spent literally decades trying to figure out what I was “meant” to be doing with my life, when it was under my nose the entire time.  Finally a clarity that only comes with hindsight.

Ready to Launch

And this experience of not discovering my passion until relatively later in life, pushes me to inspire others to find theirs, much sooner.  I have never had a dream before, a goal, a mission.  And so I am driven by the idea of influencing others to reach for their own stars, whatever they may be.  Whether you are a teenager or you are in your 80’s, it is never to late to peruse a dream, to be all that you were meant to be.  My hope is that my images inspire others to seek beauty where they might not otherwise see it.  And to share a little of myself and the way that I look at things along the way.”

Sunrise 2

For more information : http://www.tracielouisephotography.com/

XX ~ TDL!

Have a luxurious, treasure filled day @ www.tresorsdeluxe.com!