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Spring + Summer Gift Boxes

It's been...4 months? Well we had a baby! And things got a little busy with holiday orders, the new year, and curating this new collection. But our little nugget is almost 5 months old and we're finally back in the groove of every day work and ready to debut Spring + Summer. Get ready to swoon. And we're offering free shipping and Miami delivery through March 1, 2016 with code FREESHIP at checkout. Yay!

We hope you love. 

xx, the HOL crew

photography by Carolina Guzik

Spa Gift Box

Gold Lash Sleep Mask
Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil
Aster + Bay Green Glow Mask
Barr-Co Soap Bar
Linen Washcloths


Tatine Tisane Moonlight Mile Votive
Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Soak
Barr-Co Hand Cream



Bellocq Tea Marjorelle Mint Loose Tea Atelier Bag
Lush Nuts Dark Cocoa Chili Almonds
Kika's Treats Coconut Shortbread in Pure Dark Chocolate Cookies
Mast Brothers Chocolates Almond Butter Chocolate Bar
Sugarfina Heavenly Sours




Aster + Bay Clary Sage & Grapefruit Bathing Salts
Le Feu de L'eau 16 oz Soy Votive
Ceramic Lotus Flower Ring Dish
Sugarfina Champagne Gummy Bears




'Shine Bright' Ceramic Mug
Bellocq Tea Le Hammeau Tea Box
Blackbird Food Co. Chocolate Granola
Rifle Paper Co. Botanical Journal
Aster + Bay Rosewater Mist



Le Boite NYC Vadouvan Popcorn
Blackbird Food Co. Strong Man Granola
Mast Brothers Chocolates Dark Chocolate Bar
Jacobsen Salt Co. Honey Nut Chews
Lush Dark Cocoa Chili Almonds



Dram Apothecary Black or Citrus Bitters
Jacobsen Salt Co. Pinot Noir or Lemon Zest Barbecue Cooking Salt 
Sugarfina Cuba Libre Gummies
'Get Your Cocktail On' Set of 4 Gold Foil Letterpress Coasters
Orchard + Olive Brass Bottle Opener




Le Boite NYC Cancale Caramel Popcorn
Herbivore Botanicals Post Shave
W&P Design Rocks Whiskey Tumblers
Dram Apothecary Black or Citrus Bitters
Jacobsen Salt Co. Pinot Noir or Lemon Zest Barbecue Cooking Salt 
'Get Your Cocktail On' Set of 4 Gold Foil Letterpress Coasters
Orchard + Olive Brass Bottle Opener




Sugarfina Faves Candy Tasting Box
Rifle Paper Co. Market List Notepad
Mast Brothers Chocolates Milk Chocolate Bar
Kika's Treats Caramelized Graham Crackers in Pure Milk Chocolate
M. Greenwood Jams Fig Jam



Sugarfina Faves Candy Tasting Box
Rifle Paper Co. Market List Notepad
Mast Brothers Chocolates Milk Chocolate Bar
Kika's Treats Caramelized Graham Crackers in Pure Milk Chocolate
M. Greenwood Jams Fig Jam
Bee Local Willamette Valley Honey
Set of 4 'Get Your Cocktail On' Gold Foil Letterpress Coasters




Sugarfina Heavenly Sours
Blackbird Food Co. Strong Man Granola
Rifle Paper Co. Market List Notepad
Mast Brothers Chocolates Vanilla Chocolate Bar
Kika's Treats Caramelized Graham Crackers in Pure Milk Chocolate
M. Greenwood Jams Ginger Pear Jam
Bee Local Willamette Valley Honey
Jacobsen Salt Co. Pinot Noir or Lemon Zest Barbecue Cooking Salt
Set of 4 'Get Your Cocktail On' Gold Foil Letterpress Coasters



Tatine Tisane Kashmir 2 oz Soy Votive
Kika's Treats Coconut Shortbread in Pure Dark Chocolate Cookies
M. Greenwood Jams Three Pepper Jam
Bee Local Willamette Valley Honey
Ruffle Linen Kitchen Towel
Set of 4 'Get Your Cocktail On' Gold Foil Letterpress Coasters




Pair of Mr. and Mrs. Stemless Wine Glasses
Paloma's Nest 'Forever Yours' Ring Dish
Sugarfina Champagne Gummy Bears


Rifle Paper Co. 'Get it Done' Notepad
Rifle Paper Co. 'Legal Pad' Notepad
Studio Carta Paper Scissors with Gold Handle
Studio Carta Letter Opener
Blackbird Food Co. Strong Man Granola

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift Boxes

We're so excited to announce that we're having our first ever Holiday 'Build a Box' event next Friday, December 4! We're calling it our House of Lilac launch event and hope you can all come to shop our gift boxes or curate your own gifts (we package, of course). Bubbly and small bites to be provided. We're still offering our holiday gift boxes for sale here in the shop or simply link through below (and are taking custom orders, of course).

xx

Gourmet Foods Box

starting at $50.00

Soaks & Scents Box

starting at $65.00

Cocktail Box

starting at $60.00

For Her Classic

starting at $90.00

For Her Chic

starting at $95.00

For Him 

starting at $90.00

For Families

starting at $90.00

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Baby Love Luna

 

 Perfectly Baked onesie

For Part 2 of our collaboration interview series (we kicked off the series with this interview with Orchard + Olive, our home vendor), we sat down with Cristina Bustamante, founder and owner of Baby Love Luna, our favorite children's boutique and our go-to baby vendor for House of Lilac Baby Box collaborations. I'd be lying if I said she wasn't a catalyst to my having the guts to found House of Lilac (and leave a pretty steady law job) and she's still one of the best retired lawyer/working mom/entrepreneur resources ever. Keep reading to find out the inspiration behind her brand, her secret to being a mompreneur, and what's in store for the future of the adorable online boutique. 

Tell me a little about yourself and Baby Love Luna.  

My name is Cristina and I am a lawyer turned mom turned entrepreneur.  I was working at a small firm in Coral Gables, FL when I had my first child, and my husband and I made the decision that I would stay home to raise our daughter.  Fairly quickly came our second daughter, and in a blink of an eye came our son.  Baby Love Luna is a representation of my life with three kids.  My oldest daughter, Blake, was fascinated with the “luna” when she was a baby.  We would go outside and look for it and her smile would melt my heart.  We still look for the luna anytime we are in outside after sunset, it’s our family thing.  It’s all my favorite brands and styles that I have found along the way, and we keep growing.

How the concept/idea came about.

I always knew I wanted to start a business.  I originally wanted to produce my own children’s pajamas.  I had limited production experience.  I decided on a baby and children’s store because I was constantly getting asked where my kid’s clothes came from, or getting phone calls about what moms to be should get to prepare for the baby on the way.  It became clear that a store would be the perfect business for me.

What kind of brands do you carry and why? How would you distinguish your buying from other baby/kids websites?

We try to primarily carry brands that are organic or made from high quality material. We also focus on clothes being practical for the every day.  Things that aren’t just cool or pretty but won’t itch or squeeze them.  I think kids love clothes to reflect their personality but even more so kids love to be comfortable.  I think that’s what distinguishes us from other stores.  We try to specialize in comfort.

Favorite brands. Be honest! And explain why.

This is a hard question.  I have to go with Mini Rodini.  Their prints are consistently out of the world cool.  Every season it gets better and better.  It’s so whimsical and fun.  To top it off it’s organic and environmentally conscience.  

NUNUNU is also a favorite because I feel like they paved the way for the cool kids. They always surprise me with their style.  They find a way to make clothes totally edgy but beyond comfortable for the kids to wear.  This season they came out with a Ninja shirt, and my customers say their kids cannot get enough of it.

Children of the Tribe.  Out of Australia and have nailed boho chic for babies and kids. Their line is full of love and positivity.

Are there any must buys for new moms?

The Aden + Anais Serenity Star is a must.  It works as a night light, clock, plays music and even tracks feedings.  It does so much, and when you’re a new mom you appreciate things that do so much.

What are your gift go-tos?

My gift go-tos are any of the NUNUNU onesies or playsuits.  They make such great gifts and typically the new mom isn’t buying this for herself because she’s focusing on other necessities.  I also love to give the Perfectly Baked 'Fresh Outta the Oven' onesies, because I can’t get enough of those.  So adorable.

Do you offer any special services or collaborations?

We offer a styling service for some of our customers.  A lot of our customers are working professionals and don’t have a lot of time for shopping.  For those who have contacted us and we send them a monthly basket of 4-5 items depending on what they have budgeted of our “must haves” for their babes.  We also do baby gift baskets for hospital delivery or ship anywhere in the US.  

We have also collaborated with House of Lilac and help them prepare some of the most fabulous baby gift baskets we have ever seen.

How do you manage being a mom and business owner day to day.

I try really hard to find a balance.  I prioritize and figure out what needs to get handled that day.  I never want my kids to feel like they are second place, so I make sure there is an activity for them every day where it’s just about them.  I can work on the business at night when they are back in bed.

Toughest part about being a mompreneur and momboss.

Finding that balance.  It isn’t easy.  Some days I have to work on the business more than my kids would like.  Sometimes my kids are sick or there’s an emergency and I can’t even touch the business for a day or two.  I end up feeling guilty.

Best part about being a mompreneur and momboss.

I feel proud.  I started a business and we are about to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. My daughters watch me, they offer to help, and they tell anyone that will listen about mommy’s store.  I feel like I am showing them they can do anything they want to do if they work hard.  

What’s in store for the future of Baby Love Luna?

We are growing every season.  We are bringing in new brands and new categories.  We are soon going to have a nursery section where we will curate a great selection of nursery decor and other accessories.  Stay tuned. Continue reading

Christmas Collection 2015

[cue music] It's. the. most. wonderful. time. of. the. year!

And this was BY FAR our favorite collection to style. An extension of our fall/winter collection, we are now taking individual and corporate orders on a first come, first serve basis for December delivery and shipping. Email us at sayhello@houseoflilac.com for ordering information. 

xx 

His Gift Collection

Regular His Gift Box

$170.00 (excluding tax and delivery/shipping)

for local deliveries, add a bottle of seasonal liquor: $200.00

 

  1. Rifle Paper Co. Cocktail Recipe Cards
  2. Moscow Mule Mug via Orchard + Olive
  3. Jacobsen Salt Co. Honey Nut Chews
  4. House of Lilac exclusive trio of "ho ho ho" green letterpressed Linen Napkins
  5. Dram Manhattan Cocktail Kit

Small His Gift Box

$90.00 (excluding tax and delivery/shipping)

 

  1. Moscow Mule Mug via Orchard + Olive
  2. Dram Orange Cocktail Bitters
  3. Jacobsen Salt Co. Salty Honey Nut Chews
  4. House of Lilac exclusive set of 8 "ho ho ho" Cocktail Napkins

Family Collection

Family Classic Regular Gift Box

$200.00 (excluding tax and delivery/shipping)

for local deliveries, add a fresh bouquet of seasonal flowers: $225.00

For the Kids

  1. Sugarfina Candy Tasting Box

For Mom

  1. Bellocq Box of Tea
  2. Le Feu d L'eau Jasmine Soy Candle
  3. Rifle Paper Co. Market List Notepad

For Dad

  1. Dram Orange Cocktail Bitters
  2. Jacobsen Salt Co. Barbecue Lemon Salt

For the Family

  1. Spielman Bagels featuring Jacobsen Salt Co. Herb & Salt Bagel Chips

Family Small Gift Box

$90.00 (excluding tax and delivery/shipping)

For the Kids

  1. Sugarfina Heavenly Sours Candy

For Mom

  1. Bellocq Bag of Tea
  2. Rifle Paper Co. Market List Notepad

For Dad

  1. Dram Orange Cocktail Bitters

For the Family

  1. Spielman Bagels featuring Jacobsen Salt Co. Herb & Salt Bagel Chips

Hers Classic Collection

Hers Classic Regular Gift Box

$175.00 (excluding tax and delivery/shipping)

for local deliveries, add a fresh bouquet of seasonal flowers: $200.00

 

  1. Bellocq Box of Tea
  2. Barr-Co Hand Cream
  3. Le Feu de L'eau Profond Rose 16 oz. Soy Candle
  4. Little Flower Candy Co. Caramels
  5. House of Lilac exclusive trio of "fa la la" red letterpressed Linen Napkins

Hers Classic Small Gift Box

$95.00 (excluding tax and delivery/shipping)

  1. Bellocq Bag of Tea
  2. Barr-Co Hand Cream
  3. Little Flower Candy Co. Caramels
  4. House of Lilac exclusive trio of "fa la la" red letterpressed Linen Napkins

Hers Chic Collection

Hers Chic Regular Gift Box

$155.00 (excluding tax and delivery/shipping)

for local deliveries, add a fresh bouquet of seasonal flowers: $180.00

  1. Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Soak
  2. Little Flower Candy Co. Caramels
  3. Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Body Oil
  4. Rifle Paper Co. Social Stationery
  5. Tatine Tisane Collection 2 oz. Soy Candle
  6. House of Lilac exclusive trio of "fa la la" red letterpressed Mini Linen Napkins

Hers Chic Small Gift Box

$95.00 (excluding tax and delivery/shipping)

  1. Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Soak
  2. Little Flower Candy Co. Caramels
  3. Rifle Paper Co. Social Stationery
  4. House of Lilac exclusive trio of "fa la la" red letterpressed Linen Napkins

Be Merry Gift Set 

$40.00 (excluding tax and delivery/shipping)

Individual Gift Items

ho ho ho & fa la la Embroidered Hemstitched Kitchen Towel

$28.00

ho ho ho & fa la la Hemstitched Linen Napkins

$15.00 (set of 3)

fa la la Hemstitched Linen Cocktail Napkins

$12.00 (set of 3)

ho ho ho & fa la la Cocktail Napkins

$8.00 (set of 8)

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The Art of Gifting

Love pillow via Orchard + Olive

I often get asked how I came up with the idea behind our company. For the most part, it's a lot like asking someone how they figured out what they wanted to do in life (career wise). Which means that yes, there are dreams and aspirations involved but there are also coincidences that get you there. 

House of Lilac was founded on the premise of thoughtful gifting. I was once told at a conference that one of the ingredients to doing what you love was to take what mattered most to you in life and transition that into your work life. What mattered most to me in life was and is my family. And giving to them on all levels was and always will be my priority. What I loved and wanted most was a career full of creativity, flexibility, and success. Cue a love for thoughtful gifting and wrapping (always) and mix that with the wonderful clients who coincidentally saw these talents in me and asked me to source and gift for them, and the House of Lilac gift company was born. 

We love what we do. We are on the mission to perfect the art of gifting by sourcing, curating, and gift styling our gift boxes and details with all the thought and all the love our hearts can give. And we work every day with the hope of not only spreading this love to those who receive our gifts but also with the belief that it is more blessed to give than to receive.   

 

 

 

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The His Gift Box

Whoever said a "Man Box" couldn't be done, doesn't believe in the power of cocktails and cocktail accessories. 

  1. Purpose: style a gift our clients can send to male clients, a special male in their life, or quite frankly, themselves (it's that good). 
  2. While sourcing, we thought "what do most men like?" Men are pretty simple creatures, so the research behind this wasn't too difficult. The obvious answer was alcohol of all sorts - wines, liquor (whiskey being a sure bet), beer, the list goes on. 

So we thought, let's create a "Man Box" that will knock the socks off males across the land. And we did. 

Items sourced and why

  1. Copper Mug - Because who doesn't love drinking out of a copper mug, especially one sourced through Orchard + Olive.  
  2. Jacobsen Salt Co. Nut Chews - Because nuts and alcohol are always a good idea (regular mixed nut tin option also available if the chews aren't your type). 
  3. Rifle Paper Co. Cocktail Recipe Cards - Because documenting favorite drink concoctions is always a good idea. 
  4. Dram Apothecary Manhattan Cocktail Kit - Because it was too good to pass up on. Includes pine syrup, branded cherries, bitters, and a cocktail recipe. Makes about 8-10 cocktails. 
  5. and the optional cherry on top - 750 ml Bulleit Bourbon - The key and missing ingredient to a true Manhattan cocktail. 

The perfect addition to office or home barware collections, order yours for November delivery/shipping by clicking here or emailing us at sayhello@houseoflilac.com.

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Best Ribbons for Gifts

It's true what they say - trial and error and experience are one the best teachers out there. I'd be lying if I ever said that finding the ribbons for our gift boxes was an easy endeavor. Just like our gift items, it takes a few samples, constant tying, and an extreme aesthetic connection before we make the "ok" on our ribbons. What we've found works? Think pliable. sturdy bows. and statement makers. Here are our favorites (all perfect for diy at home!)...

  1. Silk Ribbon
  2. Linen Ribbon
  3. Wide Velvet Ribbon
  4. Cotton Woven Ribbon
  5. Wide Satin Ribbon
  6. Statement Ribbon
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