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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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Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island

Today we had a book signing with the authors of Lilacs: A Fortnight of Fragrance on Mackinac Island. Here are some pictures from the event, plus some fun facts that our staff has learned about lilacs during this year's Lilac Festival. 

Lilac Festival on Mackinac Island

Lilacs belong to the sans family as the olive.

◦ Lilacs are edible.

◦ Lilac bushes can live over 100 years! 

The purple lilacs have the strongest scent compared to other colors 

Lilacs symbolize spring and renewal. They also symbolize confidence, which makes them a traditionally popular gift for graduates 

European colonists frost brought over their beloved lilac bushes to North America in the 1750’s

Lilacs have been a source of inspiration for artists throughout history. Impressionist Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet both gave famous works depicting the beauty of lilacs in their paintings 

A lilacs smell can change depending on the season! A lilacs scent can change character based on the years climate. A cool spring and summer will trails a different scent than a hot season. 

It was an honor to host Sue Allen and Jeff Young today! I am so excited about this brand new book about the lilacs on Mackinac Island. The rich history of Mackinac’s lilacs needs to be cherished and this book will help preserve them.

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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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Mackinac Island Lilacs

Mackinac Island Lilacs

This year, we are really missing having all of you here for Lilac Festival! Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau is doing a great job to bring you virtual events over on their social media pages, so be sure to tune in on their Instagram & Facebook!

The Barn Social Lilac

We wanted to highlight some of our favorite memories from last year’s lilac festival! Last year we had so many fun artists at Artists Market that you were able to interact with. The Barn Social was there doing a live painting, Mary Lou Peters was also there meeting you while live painting. Red Cabin Studio popped in for you to meet, along with so many other artists that we love!
Mackinac Island Lilac Festival
One of our favorite events every year is the parade! The boys love this part of the week and I admit, I do too! It’s always so fun to see how creative the different businesses can be! The boys also love heading down to Windemere Point for all the children’s activities. In past years, there was a lilac planting class at St. Anne’s that was always really neat to see, especially since you got to take home your own lilac plant! 
There are so many lilac goodies in the shop, but I just wanted to take a minute to highlight a few! 
Lilac Pin
Lilac Enamel Pin: Show off your love for Lilacs with this lilac enamel pin! Perfect for a denim jacket, backpack or tote bag!
Beth Mueller Pottery
Beth Mueller Lilac Pottery: Beth Mueller pottery is a favorite around the shop, especially when it has lilacs on it! The online shop is stocked with lilac pottery just for you! While you're there, check out the new Otto Bowl by Beth Mueller that makes the perfect sized jewelry holder.
Lilac Tray
Lilac Trays: These lilac trays are made exclusively for Little Luxuries! They are perfect for afternoon tea or an evening cocktail with your favorite snack! Head to the website to shop!
We really wish that you were hear to smell and see the lilacs! We’re trying to share all our favorite products of lilacs on our social media pages, along with current pictures of the lilacs to help bring a little joy to your day.
 
Xo,
Nicole 
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