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I'm Nicole. I am a wife, mother, shop owner on Mackinac Island, and lover of handmade. The little things and little moments inspire me. Follow me on my blog as I write about shop news, my travels, island life and motherhood.
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            Sadly, summer is coming to an end and college students are getting prepared for the upcoming semester. Looking through our stores we have so many products that would be the perfect addition to this school year. I found 5 products from Little Luxuries, Canvas and Paddle and The Artist Market that are essential for college students. See our favorites below:

 Little Luxuries Of Mackinac Island 

1Canoe2- Peach Today Notepad:

          In college you always want to stay organized with this note pad you are able to have your schedule on one side and your tasks on the other side. Having goals is always important so having this feature at the top is great to always remind you to keep going!

Swig Mug 18oz.:

            Having this mug handy will be a lifesaver in college. This mug can keep drinks cold for up to 9 hours and hot for up to 3 hours. Weather you need a cold sip of water to stay hydrated or need hot coffee to help you keep going through the day this insulated mug is perfected to do just that!

Hand Sanitizing Wipes:

            Not only are these wipes easy to take on the go but these sanitizing wipes can be used both for surfaces and skin which is great for college students.

Island Girl Tote:

       This reusable Island Girl tote is perfect for college students! It could be used for groceries, trips back home and even to hold all of your books for classes.

Mackinac Sherpa Blanket:

            With the cold season coming ahead and if you go to school somewhere cold this double-faced Sherpa blanket is perfect to keep you warm and can match any college room aesthetic.

Canvas and Paddle 

Mackinac Awesome Fudge Coffee:

            Caffeine is a must for some college students, this Michigan made fudge coffee is a must have! Having a little taste of Mackinac fudge is a great way to help you study day or night.

Shopping List:

            Has anyone ever lost their shopping list? I know I have!! This jumbo shopping pad is a great way to keep track and organize what you need from the grocery store. Plus, it is made in Michigan!

Storage Bowl:

            Storage is always important when it comes to college students, these multipurpose storage bowls are great for snacks, food in the fridge, or even your jewelry. The black and white pattern can match anyone's room décor.

Stormy Kromer Hat:

            With summer and warmer weather winding down, and colder weather will be here before we know it! This cozy Stormy Kromer hat is ideal to keep anyone's head warm which can be helpful for those cold walks to class.

Backpack:

            Customers love the backpacks at Canvas and Paddle. They are durable and essential to   hold your books, laptop, pens and pencils and more!

The Artists Market of Mackinac Island 

Stickers:

            Want to add a little personality to your laptop or water bottle? These stickers are a perfect addition. Stickers are a great conversation starter in class and are a fun way to decorate your water bottle or laptop with.

Essential oils:

            College can be taxing as everyone knows, we have a handful of essential oils that can help from stress relief, help sleeping, and more, we have it all!

Alleviation Aromatherapy:

            A great addition to the Essential oils is the Alleviation Aromatherapy we have. All you need to do is sniff the oils to help with countless things such as sinus, migraines, and if we need boost of energy. They are small and can fit anywhere, which makes it perfect for on the go college students. 

Soap and Washcloth:

            Having products that serve two purposes is even better for college students. This fun multicolored ball is soap and a washcloth in one made of wool. Each color has a different essential oils, so come and pick your favorite scent today!

Key Chain: 

Never lose your car keys or dorm keys with this key chain. This product is not only cute but the perfect size where you can easily find them in your backpack or purse.

I hope you enjoyed learning about our top back to school essentials. Shop online or in the the store, we are open till 10 pm!

 

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We're SO excited for our SUMMER Bucket List! We're ready for sunny days, warm nights and lots of family time! 

☀️ Long bike rides through the island and around M-185 🚲

☀️ Beach days at the many inland lakes in Northern Michigan ⛱

☀️ Jumping in the lake! 💧

☀️ Picnics in Marquette Park 🧺

☀️ Ice cream at Sadies 🍨

☀️ Iced Chais at Lucky Bean ☕️

☀️ Dates with friends at Watercolor Cafe 🎨

☀️ S’mores by the campfire 🔥

☀️ Flashlight tag 🔦

☀️ Lemonade stands 🍋 

What is on your summer bucket list? I'd love to hear! 

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Lilacs on Mackinac
Today we are sharing some of our favorite lilac goodies that we have in the shop!
Elizabeth W. Lilac Perfume: Spritz on some of this perfume for a romantic, fresh, and floral aroma. A lovely scent of lilac with subtle hints of jasmine, neroli, and freesia that will leave you smelling like Mackinac during lilac season all year long.
Beth Mueller Lilac Mug: Artist, Beth Mueller was born in rural Indiana. Her artwork is inspired by having lived there, her travels, family, and day to day experiences.Beth and Nicole, owner of Little Luxuries, have worked together since 2009. Beth has created a beautiful collection of specially made pottery for Little Luxuries. Handmade in Vermont.
Lilac Gift Set
Island Girl Lilac Gift Set: Need a great Grab and Go gift? These make perfect party favors, holiday gifts, and a nice thank you for anyone! They are also just what you need for any hotel room or travel. The scents are the perfect way to capture Mackinac in June, for those friends and family members who aren’t able to join you on the island during Lilac season. 
Lilac Soap
Island Girl Lilac Soap: Do you love the smell of lilacs in the Spring? Well, this soap is your answer to capturing the scent all year around. It is a dead ringer for a lilac bush in full bloom. We waited until we found the right lilac scent and this won. We add dried purple heather for a little color and texture. This is a must if you are looking for a strong fresh floral scent.
Blooming Lilac Candle
Blooming Lilac Candle from Milk Reclamation Barn: These candles have been repurposed into beautiful soy candles. Blooming Lilac reminds us of lilacs on Mackinac in full bloom, while spreading scents of happiness, love and tranquility.
Island Girl Lilac Crew Sweatshirt: Grab this lilac sweatshirt for when you are missing Mackinac Island! This sweatshirt will remind you of your favorite days biking past so many beautiful lilacs. This is the perfect comfy and cozy sweatshirt, yet classic! but classic enough that it'll never go out of style!
Lilac Bubble Bath
Lilac Blossom Bubble Bath: Sink into soft, fragrant lather of our Lilac Bubble Bath. Indulge in this age-old ritual to rejuvenate your skin, senses and spirit.
Nat + Noor Barrettes: We love this set of blue and light purple barrettes. The color is perfect for pairing with your outfits while on the island for the lilac festival. 
Island Girl Lilac Hoodie Dress: Missing Mackinac Island? Grab this Island Girl hoodie dress to remind you of days biking your favorite spot! You can pair this hoodie dress with jeans or leggings for the perfect cozy and comfortable look! 
Mackinac Island Lilac Tray
Mackinac Island Lilac Tray: This is the perfect serving tray for when you have company over! It will be a great conversation starter about days spent on Mackinac smelling and enjoying the lilacs.
We are so excited for lilac season this summer! These are just a few of the many lilac goodies that we have in the shop. To see more, visit our Lilac Goodies collection here!
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This week’s Monday Maker features a resident of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, The Red Cabin Studio! 
Red Cabin

The Red Cabin Studio is owned by Laurie Nash, who is the designer and creator of all the products that come from the Red Cabin Studio. Laurie’s passionate about Northern Michigan and island living! Her products are beautiful, creative and represent life in Michigan perfectly. 

pillow

You can find ornaments, pillows, stickers, framed vinyl decor and more in her shop! Her newest collection includes mugs, which we are very excited about! Her designs are personal to Mackinac Island and capture the perfect representation of what it’s like to vacation on the island. 
frame

Next time you are in the shop, don’t forget to look at the selection of products from the Red Cabin Studio.
Photos Courtesy of Red Cabin Studio
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This season we have many wonderful new products to share with you! Below are a few of our favorites! We hope you can find your way into the store or our online shop so you can try them out yourself! 

Photographed above is an adorable women's t-shirt from Little Luxuries' very own brand, the Island Girl Collection. This soft and feminine top fits all shapes of bodies comfortably and aims to inspire each customer to embrace their inner-island self. If you ever need a second opinion on this top, feel free to ask any of our retail associates...you may see them choose to rock it at work as a fellow island girl themselves! 

This next product also comes from our brand, the Island Girl Collection, but instead of an item to wear alongside your girlfriends, this water bottle can tag alongside you wherever you may go this summer! From hiking to sunbathing to road trips to biking, the stainless steel and copper plated walls of this bottle promise to keep your hot beverages at a consistent temperature for 12 hours and your cold beverages at a consistent temperature for 24 hours! We love this 17 oz. tag along buddy!!

Above is featured our Green Bubble Gorgeous shower bombs! Who doesn't love a luxury shower? These handcrafted bathing goods uses aromatherapy to ensure that the user is aroma-happy! Our store offers many different scents of bombs that each provide a special use, ranging from Cold Seasons to Headache Relief to Girl Probs. Come check out which shower bomb would best suit your bathing needs!

The beautifully dainty necklace shown above is part of our Juicy Christians jewelry collection, which is Michigan-made. The wide variety of necklaces that are offered all carry the same mission to help the owner see themselves as God sees them. From the encouraging words to the beautiful designs to the ever-inspiring bible verses found on each necklace, you will be sure to change your daily mindset from the moment you purchase one!   

Sweet and salty all in one! You can't ask for a more delicious treat than Kika's treats! These dark chocolate covered caramels are some of our staff's favorite treats to taste test! The added crunchy rice inside, these yummy bites will have you wanting more and more! 

Be sure to watch for more blog posts to come regarding Mackinac Island's Annual Lilac Festival! The festival's activities will begin June 9th and Little Luxuries will be hosting many exciting events that you won't want to miss out on! 

 

Nicole,

xoxo

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