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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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Happy Friday from our store to YOU! 


September is off to a great start and I am loving the coming of fall this time of year! For this blog, I wanted to share what my family and I would consider a perfect September day on Mackinac Island! Read along for a taste of beauty and some ideas for your next island visit:

First, a morning wake-up drink from Lucky Bean Coffeehouse is a must...

... Then, a bike ride around the island on M-185, taking stops at your favorite scenic photos...

...If you've never been inside The Grand Hotel, you must! It is worth the $10 to take a self-guided tour through the famous historic hotel. Head to the very top, to the Cupola bar, for more beautiful views of the island and the Straits of Mackinac and for a delicious cocktail or mocktail! The News Stand in the hotel is a cute little shop with magazines, books about the Grand Hotel, cards, snacks and beverages. I like to look at the sweet cards and pick up a homemade caramel... 

...On your bike ride or walk back downtown, take a little detour in the 'forest' just before the hotel. It's a peaceful walk through trails that leads you to the famous Esther Williams Pool and even a 'Secret Garden'... 

...For lunch, I suggest the Tea Room inside Fort Mackinac. The Tea Room has some of the best views, the food is light but delicious and then you can tour Fort Mackinac following lunch...

...Of course shopping has to be on your agenda! Hit the local shops on Main Street and Market Street. Make sure you visit Little LuxuriesArtists Market and Canvas and Paddle!...

...While downtown, visit the famous  Pink Pony bar and America's Oldest Grocery Store, Doud's Market... 

...Need a rest? Find a spot in Marquette Park to relax and watch the boats in the harbor, or just people watch along Main Street... 

...For dinner, if you want to escape downtown, head for a leisurely bike ride to the Woods Restaurant, or the restaurant at Stonecliffe Inn. After dinner, go to Sunset Rock, which is behind Stonecliffe Inn, for some stunning sunset views overlooking the Mackinac Bridge ...

...On your ride back downtown, take a bike ride through the Annex, a historic neighborhood just past the West Bluff. There are beautiful homes and landscape to enjoy...

...By this time, it's probably time to catch an evening boat back to the mainland. Hope these insider tips for a perfect day on the island are helpful! 

Enjoy!

 

Nicole, 

xoxo

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Hi all! 

The end of August is approaching very quickly which only means one thing-the beginning of fall! I feel like it was just yesterday that our "beginning of the season" post was being sent out! But no worries,

our stores will still be open and full of life until October 29th, the same day the Grand Hotel closes for the winter. We are looking forward to meeting more of you in person before then! 

**Also, I want to note that our Little Luxuries online store will remain active all winter. Instead of bringing your gifts home with you, we will have them shipped right to your doorstep!**

I hope you and your family can soon feel the summer craziness begin to slow down as autumn approaches. I know my family can! Although, this fall feels a little bit different because we have a new family member to prepare for [Baby Doud's due date is mid-November]. We are getting so excited to meet our newest little angel!  

It does sadden our hearts to watch the summer season come to a close, we LOVE when autumn makes its first appearance on the island. The cooler weather, the beautiful change of colors in nature, a stronger sense of community among the island residents, and pumpkin added to everything!!

[See some of my favorite fall recipes below-Click the link to check them out]

Pumpkin and Sage Stuffed Shells

Pumpkin Pancakes 

The pumpkin stuffed shells are so easy to make and have such a delicious flavor! And my boys absolutely love the pumpkin pancakes-they add a healthy twist to breakfast which I love as a mother. I hope you and your family can enjoy them too! 

Happy cooking! 

 

Nicole, 

xoxo 

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This year was our 8th summer trunk show with Jenna Kator from the Jenna Kator Collection! It is always a favorite event for myself and our staff. We had two giveaways throughout the afternoon - one of Jenna's wristlets and one of our Island Girl handbags. Customers had a chance to pre-order from the new fall collection which will be available next month! 
  
Jenna and I have become lifelong friends from our working relationship. We started our businesses at the same time, our children are very close in age and we can connect on many levels through work and life. She has been a positive influence for me and I am very grateful to be able to work with Jenna and carry her beautiful handbags. I also had the privilege of co-designing a line of custom handbags together that you can find here.   
  
Jenna is a big part of the Mackinac Island community, especially the Women's Wellness Weekend which takes place every October. Jenna brings a bus full of women from the Detroit area to Mackinac Island for a fun girls getaway! We host a private trunk show for her group and this year her group is over 70 women!  The weekend benefits the Mackinac Island Community Cancer Fund. You can find more information here
We look forward to welcoming Jenna to the island again very soon! 
Nicole, 
xoxo
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Yesterday, my good friend Carly Woods from Pearls and Paint took a trip to the island to visit my three shops! She wasn't only coming to make a visit, but also to film video tours of her favorite items throughout the stores. 

Pearls and Paint is a home styling company that is based in the eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula. Carly began this company as a pursuit of her passion for home styling, although she still dedicates time to being a real estate agent full time and a mother of two. 

"My favorite thing is listening to [my clients] tell me how they need a space to work for them, hunting for how to achieve that, and then watching their face light up when I show them my design."

Carly spent time in all three stores-Little Luxuries, Canvas and Paddle, and The Artists Market-giving the viewer tips on where select items would work well in a home as well as how she would use those home goods in her own house. We had a blast hearing her thoughts on how to style with our products! 

When asked what her favorite home styling tip is to give someone, she responded with, "I love to tell my clients to 'design your space to fit your function. You should love the space you live in, whether home or office.'"

We encourage you to check out her other "how-to" videos on her Facebook Page if you are looking for a home-styler to bring ideas to your next house project! Carly also does personal consulting for specific room arrangements. Her business card information is displayed below:

Thanks again for visiting, Carly! 

 

Nicole, 

xoxo 

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Hi there!

This week, we have a special edition to share with you: our summer employees' favorite products! If you have wanted to get to know some of our hard workers this year or learn more about select products, keep reading (this is the blog for you)!

To start us off, Emily (I'm sure a familiar face to many of you), our wonderful store manager from St. Ignace, MI., chose to feature our perfume line, Lollia. Here's what she had to say: 

"The reason I love this line of perfumes is because you can wear your favorite scent all day and it lasts without needing to reapply often. 'In Love' is the scent that I chose. The reason I think it's an overall good fit for Little Luxuries is because it aims towards every age group, not only with the packaging, but also with each scent-they both represent each individual who is buying it. Plus the packaging is so pretty and I love that the line is made right in the USA!"  

Lexy, our retail associate from Harbor Springs, MI., chose to feature our Shower Therapy bombs-yes, shower bombs do exist! Here's what she had to say: 

"These bombs definitely fill up your whole shower with its aroma! Each bomb lasts about four showers, but make sure to set it on a ledge or shelf-too much exposure to water makes the bomb disintegrate quickly. I have used both the Eucalyptus and Lemongrass bombs. The Eucalyptus one is very strong but by the end of the shower, I felt like I could breathe better-it was definitely a stress reliever. The Lemongrass one also smelled so good and fresh! I'm excited to try more scents!"

Annie, our retail associate from Rochester, MI., chose to feature 'The Home T' mug that reads "I Woke Up Happy". Here's what she had to say:

"I love my Home T mug because of its sweet and comforting quote on the front. It reminds me each morning to start the day off with a positive attitude while sipping on my warm coffee. These mugs are also great because they are an affordable price, can be easily washed in the dishwasher, and is a modest size, making sure your coffee doesn't get too cold before you can drink it! Also, 10% of The Home T's profits are donated to multiple sclerosis research." 

 

Kimmy, our retail associate from Clarkston, MI., chose to feature the Island Girl of Mackinac T-Shirt from our Island Girl collection. Here's what she had to say: 

"I would highly recommend this t-shirt because of its cozy feel and I love the cut of it-I think it flatters all body types of women. I also love the logo that is on it because it really encompasses the idea of being on the island. As an island girl, this is my first time here, and I have learned to truly embrace living on the island in a carefree way, just like the logo suggests!"

Leigh (left) and Kathleen (right), retail associates and cousins from Nashville, TN., chose to feature our bags of Mackinac Granola (Organic) from our food collection. Here's what they had to say:  

Leigh- "This organic granola is deliciously sweet with the dried fruit that it includes. It's good to pair with a bowl of yogurt or just to eat by the handful. Coming up with my family from Nashville every summer, this granola always reminds me of big family breakfasts on the island!" 

Kathleen- "I love the mix of sweet and salty-the sweet oat flavor and the salty pistachio and pumpkin seeds. The pecans in the granola definitely bring me back to my Southern roots. Also my mom and aunts love to make homemade granola, so trying this Mackinac Granola is great to bring home to my family!"

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Bryanna, our retail associate from Imlay, MI., chose to feature our vintage silverware rings from our sister store, The Artists Market. Here's what she had to say: 

"I own a couple different pieces of jewelry from The Artists Market, but I love my two Vintage Silverware Rings because they add a vintage flare to any kind of outfit. It's such a timeless piece of jewelry, especially since it is authentic silverware from the 1900's. These rings are triple-plated with silver, and so far, I have had no problems with wear and tear or water exposure. Also, these are such a perfect, unique gift to give someone!"

As for me, Nicole, I chose to feature my Meanwhile Back on the Farm bag, also from our sister store, The Artists Market. It is made very well. The straps are real leather and get softer the more I use it. The interior of the bag has the cutest fabric! The bag doesn't show dirt. It's a great every day tote to carry a little bit of everything. I highly recommend Meanwhile Back on the Farm for any type of tote! 

Thanks for reading this week! I hope you learned a little bit more about our staff this summer and were able to add a few more items to your wish list. Our summer hours are 9:30am-10:00pm seven days a week, so be sure to stop in soon! Also, our online store can be found here if you're ready to get shopping!

 

Nicole, 

xoxo

 

 

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