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**editor's note: natalie is the force behind Up The Get Up. do yourself a favor and visit her blog asap and follower her on instagram @upthegetup. her instagram stories are where it's at - everyday she takes you on her online shopping adventures & the girl knows how to navigate an online sale. your welcome in advance!**

I'll be honest - today's post ventures dangerously close to the three's a crowd border, but for my own sake I maintain that it resides in a three's company-esque territory. When you get a duet as good as House of Lilac (premier gifting company specializing in high-end, curated gift boxes and bouquets) and Mandolin Aegean Bistro (you know, that little piece of the Aegean tucked away in the Miami Design District that serves the yummiest Greek & Turkish cuisine), how's a girl supposed to hold back from weaseling her way into that duet to make it a trio (even if said trio only exists in said girl's mind)?

Mandolin is one of my favorite restaurants in Miami (it's where I had my bridal lunch!) because as it rightly points out, it's a place to "feed your body and soul." Combine that with my favorite soul-enriching activity made easy and fabulous by House of Lilac - gift giving - and you have one of the most prized collaborations to date. 

The product of the collab between HOL & Mandolin are the Mandolin Market gift boxes (peep all four below). Resembling the likes of something you would see on the glossy pages of a Mykonos-inspired Condé Nast Traveler spread, the beautiful boxes are filled with gourmet goodies from the Mandolin Market, a bodega of sorts where owner Anastasia Koutsioukis (Mrs. Mandolin) sells specialty items imported from Greece and Turkey. The best of these have been selected for the HOL gift boxes, which offer different varieties of artisanal food products (Greek olive oils, herbs and spices, homemade hot sauce, etc.), cookbooks and handcrafted ceramics. 

The byproduct of the collaboration is where I come (forced myself) in: two looks to make you look like a Grecian princess and Mandolin regular, a yearning to move to Miami to take advantage of the HOL pantry-makeovers-in-a-box, and a burning desire to go to Greece and live out my Mamma Mia! destiny

Eye Clutch - Jessica Butrich// Blue Pom Pom Earrings - Mercedes Salazar// One Shoulder Top - Ulla Johnson// White Cropped Pants - Tibi// Yellow Eye Slides - Sam Edelman// Lapis Gold Palm Earrings - Nicola Bathie// Yellow Straw Clutch - Mar y Sol// Blue & White Dress - Miguelina// Pearl Leather Sandals - Ancient Greek Sandals


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our new collection is here! (and we are playing favorites)

our new collection is finally live on the shop and we could not be more excited! we made this collection with our favorite customer requests in mind and can confidently say that you can find the perfect gift for any reason or occasion in the shop. we’ve got your bases covered. to me, there is nothing like knowing you are gifting someone with something that they typically wouldn’t buy themselves but totally need and will love. that is what we aimed to do with this collection. every gift box has a story, and while it’s hard to play favorites with these pretties, I wanted to round up my picks from the collection and how I would personally gift them!

first up, our everyday gifting collection. for this category, we thought of everyday occasions and special celebrations you’d gift for and how we could elevate those experiences. personally, I love hosting. home owning is new for me and if I get a reason to show off my newly formed domestic skills, I’m game. a staple in my hosting playbook is a well put together cheeseboard and this box does just that. it is the perfect complement to your hostesses' appetizer table - it includes baked flatbread, three pepper jam, honey, wooden laser cut cheese picks, and a soy votive. yes, yes a million yesses!

another one of my favorites is our ‘with love’ box. really you can give this for any occasion to show love or joy (just because or for any reason), appreciation (a great way to say thank you!) or sympathy (if someone has experienced a hardship). This box is filled with things that are sure to fill your soul, including baked flatbread, vanilla bean caramels, chocolate rice crisps and a soy votive. basically, gifting this box is never a bad idea.

if you are looking for a gift for her (or for me for that matter!) look no further than the bath box. this box is great for someone that takes mandatory baths every weekend… the end all be all of spa gifts. cue a running bath filled with coconut soak that nourishes the skin and smells like the beach, a burning soy votive, finished off with lavender soap and a pouf, it's my kind of saturday night and the perfect gift for hard working females. are you listening, hubby?

speaking of husbands, this box was created with my husband and melanie's husband in mind aka – the chill guy because to put up with me… you gotta be chill! this is for the guy who enjoys the simple things in life – a little salt and beef jerky, a dark chocolate bar to conquer the sweet tooth and of course, our guy favorite… herbivore post shave! you can gift this for an anniversary, birthday, or a congratulatory event like a job promotion or graduation. this to me is a great gift to give to my cousins or brother.

while I believe all our baby boxes are spectacular, my personal favorite is our nursery box. why you may ask, lemme tell you! every expectant or new mom is going to get the basics and a million of them. how do is set myself apart – the perfect gift to complement the perfect nursery. our best selling love you nightlight and month + week blocks not only make the most adorable decor accents but are the perfect gift for sleep training and, of course, documenting growing baby's first year, while the room spray is a must for masking all those dirty diapers. it really checks all the boxes and looks damn good doing it!

last but not least, our wedding boxes. and so the adventure begins! I love to show the newly engaged or recently married couple just how excited I am for them with a gift that hits all the celebratory marks. this box includes mr. & mrs. wine glasses, a theme appropriate candle, and champagne flavored gummy bears. let’s get the party started!

trust me, I put my money where my mouth is and can tell you that every month I have get billed a nice amount from house of lilac because there is always a reason to celebrate and give – and I love seeing how much joy my loved ones get out of receiving these! make someone’s day and gift them one of these boxes! we are offering 20% off the new collection through memorial day with the discount code ‘memorial’ at checkout. happy gifting!

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bouquet subscriptions

at House of Lilac, we pride ourselves in the ability to gift thoughtfully. our love for flowers always has us thinking of new ways and ideas to work with them and to spread joy with them.  enter: our floral bouquet subscription service!

order for yourself or for a friend, loved one, or significant other. we also love this idea to add some freshness to your office space or retail shop! weekly or bi-weekly flower deliveries are a special and unique gift idea for the lady in your life. we can think of a million ways to use or gift this service, we love it so much. to put it simply, this is the gift that keeps on giving!


the concept is pretty simple really. just like a magazine subscription, except instead of a boring magazine you get the freshest, most fan-frickin'-tastic flowers in Miami delivered to your door on a regular basis. you can sign up right here on the website and read our a little more about the process here

some helpful facts: 

  1. you can choose between weekly or bi-monthly (every other week) options. deliveries are made either wednesdays or fridays (take your pick).
  2. there are two different bouquet size options available for delivery: single or double. 
  3. the flowers delivered that day will reflect the "bouquet of the day." we pick the freshest flowers available at market that morning so flower requests are currently not an option. (check out the flower of the day on our instagram feed every wednesday and friday morning before 8am!).
  4. there's no recurring contract so you won't be bound past the month you signed up for.

they're seriously simple bundles of beauties which are sure to bring a smile to any face. we're currently offering 20% off first month subscriptions with code subscribenow (and this won't last long) so do yourself a favor and fill your life with flowers!

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valentine's day bouquets + gift boxes

love is in the air and our Valentine's boxes and bouquets are here!

show the love (or treat yourself!) with the perfect little something. the best part? we are offering 10% off  through 10pm Wednesday, February 8, with the code HOL10 at checkout. happy (valentine's) gifting. 


ever seen a prettier bouquet? we are absolutely in love with our valentine's bouquet and would be oh so happy to receive it. this sweet something comes with garden roses, ranunculus, and protea wrapped in kraft paper in vase and will be delivered on valentine's day. 


if you really want to spoil someone, might we suggest our floral subscription? we offer our daily fresh flower bouquets on a weekly or bimonthly subscription basis, delivered straight to your door every wednesday or friday. this is a the type of gift that keeps giving, literally every week, other week or month! talk about best gift ever.  


let's not forget our most darling custom Valentine's day gift boxes. nothing says valentine's day more than some delicious candy and our sweet box offers the most gourmet treats that we can't get enough of!  for the person who just loves to treat themselves, our spa box is filled with the stuff luxurious pampering dreams are made of, sign us up! 

can everyday be valentine's day?

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TODAY is the last day for holiday gift box orders!

all, i'm sorry (but not really sorry) to holiday bombard you but TODAY is the LAST day to place your holiday gift box orders! order by clicking here online or contacting us at for local delivery and nationwide shipping. 

wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season! we will be closed from december 23 until january 3, 2017, for the holiday season and will reopen for business for the new year (i.e., no orders will ship or deliver during that time). 

home, family (our baby margot will be here any day), and recipe updates then! 

xx, melanie

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$45 holiday gift boxes

guys, brace yourselves. i'm going to blow your mind. if you're in the market for...

last minute, teacher, white elephant, hostess, stocking stuffer, holiday party, close friend, family, favorite person holiday gifts, we've got a super limited quantity of our pop up shop minis left over for sale on the website. these are available for pickup, hand delivery, or ground shipping. they're really darn cute, a steal, and will go fast! so snag 'em while you can. 

choose between: 

lush nuts cinnamon spice peanuts
cacao art s'treat art chocolates
sugarfina gingerbread cookies
holiday packaged in our 5x5 box

bijou holiday soy votive
pair of letterpressed 'fa la la' or 'ho ho ho' coasters
cacao art trio of chocolate snowmen
holiday packaged in our 5x5 box

happy gifting! and don't forget to shop our holiday collection, now available for weekly shipping, delivery, and pickup through the 23rd of this month. 
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house of lilac pop up shop - sunset holiday market

i know, we're bombarding you with a million promotions and pop up shops, but it's the holidays and we've got lots to offer! 

join us for our annual pop up shop at RPS on Sunset Drive THIS SATURDAY from 10-10pm! we're joining forces with ana mari ortega handbags and jewelry, rock paper scissors gift merchandise, and orchard + olive housewares to make this market the shopping experience of the season. and while you're shopping, make your own holiday letterpress cards alongside letterpress girls

*and of course enjoy free holiday bites and drinks.

we're selling our...

adorable $45 GIFT BOXES for friends, family, clients, or just under the tree. we'll also be giving special promotions on our holiday gift box collection

we're also (best part) selling our daily FRESH FLORAL BOUQUETS for $30-$35 all. day. long (or until they run out). so if you're looking for a quick gift for Saturday (or just flowers for your home), be sure to stop by!

we'd so appreciate everyone sharing this post and spreading the word. so if you love us, make sure you tell everyone you know (and stop by!). 

on a more personal note, black friday sales = amazing. did all my shopping from my laptop for the house (except i was forced into best buy by my husband at 9am where I sat the whole time). it was my first black friday shopping experience and all in all, a success. thanksgiving = delicious. DELICIOUS. it really is too bad my stomach is too small these days thanks to my almost full term child. took advantage of some much needed r&r this weekend and hitting the ground running tomorrow with the beginning of our holiday gift box order madness. bracing. myself. reading = the hating game: a novel. so far so good! re: nordstrom and neiman sales I mentioned in my last post, I fell victim and bought myself a pair of ballet flats. (at least they're flats and I can use them a lot?). dinner this week: Turkey Spaghetti Bake (with ground turkey not leftover turkey); Shepard's Pie; chicken vaca frita (a la my husband); shredded chicken tacos (via family friend recipe). 

by the way, these chicken parmesan meatballs were so easy to make and so good. totally recommend.

see you saturday!!!


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we're giving thanks with our bouquets and black friday sale!

everyone, hold onto the seat of your pants. we're basically giving away our products this week with our two promotions. 


need a hostess gift for thanksgiving dinner? we're still running our buy one bouquet, get the second half off promotion until this WEDNESDAY MORNING, AT 9AM. buy one for your beautiful home and then buy one for a host or give both to the host (god knows they deserve it!!!) or just 'give thanks' to that special someone and send them a bouquet. it's a win, win and an opportunity that ends so soon. click here to purchase or click photo below. 


we're starting our black friday pre-sale tomorrow through next monday!! 25% off ALL OF OUR HOLIDAY BOXES. all holiday boxes will be shipped/delivered starting next monday so purchase your holiday gifts here now and save while you can. 


i know this is a lot for one post but we're so excited to be part of the first "sunset holiday market" taking place next saturday, december 3, at Rock Paper Scissors on Sunset Drive (next to whip and dip) from 10am - 10pm.



come shop at anytime from 10am-10pm for the holidays with our market exclusive house of lilac $45 holiday gift boxes and fresh bouquets (to go!), rock paper scissors gift merchandise, and orchard + olive housewares. and while you're shopping, make your own holiday letterpress cards alongside letterpress girls

*and of course enjoy free holiday bites and drinks. 

i apologize for the excessive information in advance. the holidays get me too excited. 

re: personal life, i finally got through every book i was reading (finished the last one (eligible - a must read if you're a pride & prejudice fan) at 3am last night during a bout of third trimester insomnia) and am looking forward to watching bravo nonstop until no. 2 arrives next month. i am listening to this pretty cool npr podcast called "how i built this" that documents interviews with different entrepreneurs and how they made it big. the sarah blakely, spanx founder, interview is pretty amazing and a must listen to if you're into inspiring ted talky stories of the sort. 

on the menu this week: what's gaby cooking ham & cheese pasta, shredded chicken tacos (recipe via a family friend), what's gaby cooking chicken parmesan meatballs, whole foods frozen pizza (the corn crust kind), and of course, THANKSGIVING. (my favorite holiday, ever). 

and finally, i suggest not walking into neiman or nordstrom this week or next - they're having a 40% off sale. including the shoe department. i'm thankful i can't wear normal shoes right now. 



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Give thanks. Thanksgiving bouquet promotion.

So, Thanksgiving is next weekend (where does the time go?) and to honor my favorite holiday of the year, we're running another fabulous bouquet promotion. From right now until next Wednesday, November 23, 2016, you can buy one bouquet and get the other 50% off - deliveries will ALL take place next Monday-Wednesday so they're perfect gifts for yourself (think flowers for your home if you're hosting the holiday) or for someone you love and want to thank. 'tis the season! purchase here (or click on photo above).

see details below:

  • when: for any and all bouquet orders placed TODAY THROUGH NEXT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 AT 9AM. 
  • what: our fresh floral bouquets come wrapped in kraft paper, tied with twine and a small message card, inside a vase. our bouquets change daily, so bouquets will vary depending on the bouquet delivery date. miami deliveries will take place NEXT MONDAY, TUESDAY, AND WEDNESDAY. (see our FAQs for more information on deliveries). please specify your delivery day preference and any recipient messages in the "gift message" box in the cart. *please note that requests are not guaranteed - once one day fills, no more requests are taken for that date. we will notify you within 24 hours of order processing. 
  • how much: $45 for one bouquet, excluding shipping. $22.50 for the second (or fourth). Limit 4 bouquets per person. (If you wanted to order more bouquets, please contact us separately and we will quote you for a custom order). 

in other news, our holiday trunk show is DECEMBER 3 at Rock Paper Scissors on Sunset Drive from 10-10pm!! excessive propaganda will commence this week. we'll be selling $45-$50 dollar gift boxes that are GREAT as hostess gifts, secret santa gifts, or small holiday gifts for the holiday season and TONS of bouquets for the week so be sure to stop by and join us.


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holiday gift boxes

i swear, i never thought we'd finally debut these but thanks to the best photographer turnaround (Carolina Guzik), our holiday boxes are finally live and available for preorder! we basically picked 10 of our most favorite and best-selling boxes, added in a bit of holiday spice, and voila - welcome to holiday 2016.  

the best part? we're offering 20% off all holiday gift box purchases through THIS FRIDAY ONLY.  just enter code holiday20 at checkout. 

foodie signature gift box $65

classic signature gift box $65

small sweet box, starting at $95

beauty box, starting at $95

hostess box, starting at $95

pantry box, starting at $100

sweet + savory box, starting at $120


home box, starting at $120

medium sweet box, starting at $135

large sweet box, starting at $185

holiday collection details:

  1. deliveries and shipments start when? deliveries and shipments commence November 28, 2016. we will confirm all delivery dates upon order processing. delivery date requests are welcome and will be accommodated whenever possible. please include any requested delivery dates in the gift message box in your cart. 
  2. last day for holiday gift box orders? december 10, 2016. BUT LAST DAY FOR CUSTOM ORDERS IS NOVEMBER 30, 2016. 
  3. can i deliver my box with flowers? you can deliver your box with flowers or dried flowers. however, all shipped orders will be shipped with dried flowers (please be sure to pick this option at checkout). 
  4. custom orders - what if I wanted to send a different box than the one featured in the collection or if i wanted to place a large order? the bulk of our holiday orders are custom orders and we welcome all custom order gift box requests. our custom orders allow us to get more creative and can include fresh baked pastries and sweets, wine or eggnog, along with our other high quality gift items. if interested, please email us at 
  5. holiday packaging and fresh flowers? the packaging and fresh flowers included in our holiday boxes are reflective of the christmas holiday; however, hannukah packaging and flower requests are very much welcome and very much doable. please note your request for non-christmas packaging in the gift message box in your cart. 

anything you think i might not have covered? read our FAQs for more delivery and shipping info or just email us at we respond pretty quickly!




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