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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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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 past weekend we were on Mackinac Island getting ready for the new season. There is a lot of preparation involved before that opening day! 

We are enjoying the last couple of weekends of the streets being empty before the crowds arrive. We were also able to spend some time with family and friends and catch a gorgeous sunset! Louie made a little ‘boat’ out of popsicle sticks and duct tape and we all went down to the water to let it ‘sail’. It was so cute! 

On the work side, I’m busy getting the three shops ready for the new season, along with Andrew busily making new changes at Doud’s Market. Doud’s Market has decided to update to self-checkout lines which is an exciting, but big project!

 

I worked on tidying the shops, going through new product that has arrived and putting displays together! We have SO many amazing new goodies for the season. I’ve been sharing on my Instagram many of my favorite new goodies for Mom this Mother’s Day. 

Do you need help picking out a gift for Mom? Check out our Mother’s Day page here: https://littleluxuriesofmackinac.com/collections/mothers-day-gifts.

If you still need help after looking at our Mother’s Day collection, send us an email at littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com. We’d love to help you find the perfect gift for Mom! 

Hope your week is a good one! You’ll find me in my casual shop clothes and a baseball hat this week moving boxes, pricing, displaying and trying to get it all together! 
Nicole 
Xo
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Nicole Doud

Do you ever wonder what a seasonal shop does during the off season? Here are a few things that we do to stay busy and get ready for the upcoming season!
*Spend time with family and friends! Since we are open 7 days a week for 7 months a year, I rarely get to spend time with extended family or even friends! A lot of the off season is spent with our loved ones, catching up and making memories! I also spend a lot of time with the boys when they aren’t in school. I love to take the time to make cookies for them, read them extra books or make a fun arts and craft project!
*Take trips! When it isn’t a pandemic, we spend a lot of time taking weekend trips, heading South for warmer weather! Andrew and I usually take a trip just the two of us to celebrate our anniversary and the end of one season before the next season begins! It’s nice to have just time for the two of us and to explore somewhere new!
*Evaluate the past season. Brainstorm what worked and what didn’t! I want to make sure that each season, we are improving and becoming the best shop we can to keep on selling the goodies that bring a smile to your face! 
*During November and December when the storefront is closed, we are very busy mailing out online orders and then opening on select days for Island residents to do their holiday shopping. 
*Order for the upcoming season! I spend a lot of time perusing catalogs, searching for new, unheard of artists and looking for unique goods for all three shops! This is one of my favorite things to do during the off season. Dream about new goodies that you’ll love!
*In January, I start to hire for the next season! If you’re interested in applying, read about the positions we have open HERE and then send an email with your resume and references to me (Nicole) at littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.com
*Purge! I love a good deep clean! I spend a lot of time going through the shops, getting rid of old displays and thinking of ways to display goods!
*House projects! Since I’m so busy during the summer, I spend some days doing house projects, deep cleaning and decorating various spaces. Out with the old, in with the new!
The off season is filled with memories being made with our family and friends, plus administrative work to prepare for the upcoming season! It’s a lot of work, but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Nicole
Xo 
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We're hiring for the 2021 season! Would you like to be a part of a passionate, hard working team and live and work on beautiful Mackinac Island, MI? 
At Little Luxuries, we are like family, and we take pride in our company. We believe that we work better when we all work together. 
We offer housing located on Mackinac Island, flexible with schedules, and we offer fun perks! We work hard to provide our customers with beautiful, carefully selected products each season. 
See our job opportunities below:
Retail Manager: 
April-November, previous retail experience, comfortable working in a fast pace environment, exceptional customer-service, hard working, creative, able to manage a team, multi-tasker and works six days a week.
Retail Associate: 
May-August & May-November
Very hard working, enjoys people, exceptional customer service skills, creative, pays attention to detail, comfortable working in a fast pace environment, team player
If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please email littleluxuriesmanager@yahoo.comyour resume and references. Thank you for your interest! 
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2020, the year of our new normal.
This year, masks became our new normal. Everyone created a Zoom login for countless online meetings. School constantly fluctuated between online learning and masked learning. We counted how many guests could be in the shop at once. We ate and cooked at home more than ever before. 
In February, we took a family trip to NYC and Andrew and I escaped to Mexico in March. Those trips were fun escapes before we realized that we would be spending more time at home than ever before! 
This year was an unexpected gift in a lot of ways. We had more family time than we would have ever expected. The boys started distanced learning, we relocated from Petoskey to Mackinac early and spent our days in the fresh, cool air all throughout the spring.
I learned to pivot to more of an online shop than ever before and you showed up LOVING all the fun options! I was excited to offer Surprise Boxes, Curated Boxes, Online Trunk Shows and more! It was so fun to box up your orders for yourself, for friends and for those you loved on the front lines.
I'm ending the year grateful for the boys, grateful for our health and grateful for you. 
Xo,
Nicole 
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