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what's cookin' since launch + holiday plans

it's already October (how?) and it's been an insane two weeks since we launched fall + winter 2016. hopefully, you were able to use our LOYAL20 discount off one box or bouquet order - if you weren't, go buy a bouquet or a gift box for someone and enter LOYAL20 at checkout for 20% off your order! (trust me, it's a steal of an offer and one that will end before the holiday madness starts - so go!). p.s., we deliver locally 3 times a week and ship within two business days of order processing - efficiency at it's finest!

onto more riveting topics than the presidential townhall debate i should probably be watching but can't get myself to listen to, first and foremost, my baby turned a year old last tuesday, which means that: 1) time has flown by and, as freaked out as I am to say, 2) my second child will be here in a little over two months. but we won't discuss that bc it gives me anxiety - i haven't had a baby shower yet and my house isn't ready. surprise. they're both projected for a month from now though sooo, positive thoughts all around (i'm all about this by the way but that requires a whole 65 other blog posts to discuss). 

second, our boxes were featured in Lonny Magazine in the team's fall editor picks (INSANE)!!!! died. like 75 times. check out the feature! it was a huge hard work pays off moment - one of the best of my career - and i'm sure it will be the first of many to come. 

and third (although I could really go on but I'll spare you a novel), we're gearing up for the holidays, which means that we've had to juggle getting regular orders out the door, client proposals, and new collection marketing, all while deciding between gingerbread gummies or cookies and winter pine or mulled wine scented candles. this is my FAVORITE gift season and we have so much in store for old and new clientele. we're set to launch later this month so stay tuned. 

in other personal news...

  1. i'm obsessed with Amber Interiors and her new shoppe. she's an interior designer based out of LA and I basically want to buy every piece she uses and features in her work and her store. one day. SOON. 
  2. i bought this cookbook from Ayesha Curry. And it's FANTASTIC. some great quick meals for anyone interested in weekday dinners. we've been cooking 5 days a week since alexander started eating human food and are always looking for great recipes and cookbooks. for anyone interested in this week's recipes: Sunday: Ina Garten's spaghetti and meatballs (the BEST recipe that's out there); Monday: traditional cuban chicken vaca frita (my husband's recipe but this one is pretty good, too); Tuesday: pre-made turkey burger patties from the Whole Foods butcher (this is our, "we are out of options, what do we cook that's not chicken" meal); Wednesday: chicken marsala (a friend's recipe); and Thursday: shrimp and grits from Ayesha Curry's cookbook. i'll report back on our thoughts in my next post. 
  3. i'm reading Eligible and just finished The One that Got Away. Both great, mindless, pretend-life reads. 
  4. i love love, love this ring, designed by my good friend and fellow office mate Ana Mari Ortega. you can see it on a human hand (my fingers) here

xx

p.s., we're planning a bouquet give away next week so keep your eyes peeled!

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fall + winter gift boxes and bouquets

you guys,

it's been some time since I've been on here - totally not ok but there are good reasons: 1) we found out we were pregnant again right after my last blog post (unplanned but always welcome, of course) and 2) we've spent the summer working on a new office, new collection, new brand image, new website!!!, and our newest addition, our bouquets. out with the old and in with the new. 

re: our new website. it's meant to be much more user friendly for gifters and we're hoping you love it as much as we do. feedback is always welcome!

re: the new collection - our new boxes are probably everything we've ever wanted them to be. it's pretty amazing to finally see your vision come to life so it's a big day for the house of lilac crew. thank you to those who tolerated me throughout this endeavor. you are loved more than you know! our new boxes are simple, categorized, and suit all the giftees in all the land. shop our foodie gift boxes (chocolate, cookies, caramels, cookies and cream bars - yes, this is real and they're the most delicious thing i've ever had), our hers (think hosting, spa, beauty), our his (jerky, bbq sauce, post shave), and of course, our baby boxes.  

small sweet box

 small baby girl box

all of our boxes come with your choice of fresh flower bouquet or planted succulent (shipped orders will be shipped with a dried flower selection in lieu of the flower bouquet). we're offering local hand deliveries monday, wednesday, and friday (dependent on order date) but non-delivery dates can be requested at an additional fee. and of course, as per usual, we're shipping nationwide within two business days of order processing. you can read more about our new delivery schedule in our frequently asked questions page. 

and finally, to the main event: our daily fresh floral bouquets, wrapped in kraft paper, for $45 dollars, and yes, our white hobnail ceramic vase (as seen below) and a custom message is included. die. introducing the gift box bouquets and the floral bouquets of the day has been a brand vision and goal of mine for some time, said introduction finally topping off House of Lilac gifts as depicted in my current creative state of mind (this will change in due time, of course). the somewhat increasing flower selection at whole foods and the desire to gift something easy (and on the affordable side) led me to assemble my own whimsical bouquets for some time (think dinner parties or small tokens of appreciation). but once i decided to incorporate floral bouquets into our gift boxes this past summer, the decision to launch our $45 bouquets was a no brainer. the catch - bouquets of the day will vary depending on flowers available at market that day - so flowers can't be requested. we're not trying to set ourselves apart as florists - we're just really elevated die-hard gifters with a keen eye for style and practicality. mic drop.

to celebrate our launch, we're running a special 20% off promotion for all clients (either use code loyal20 at checkout or mention loyal20 on all custom orders - which reminds me...). 

don't forget custom ordering! it's still our bread and butter and our favorite creative outlet. so if you're getting married, gifting on the corporate side (clients, donors, marketing efforts and events), just want to gift something a little more unique than what you see in our fall+winter collection or maybe mix and match our gift items in your own gift box, contact us at sayhello@houseoflilac.com. 

also, for snippets of our new office layout, follow us on instagram! we're always posting stories and pretty awesome photos. :)

xx

 

 

 

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Mother's Day Gift Boxes

they're finally here! and oh so pretty. we're offering a few of these for take home purchase THIS THURSDAY at our Mom's Night Out Event at the Archive Gallery as well as FREE DELIVERY on any gift box pre-orders.

don't forget to rsvp here - we'd love to see you for champagne, wine, chocolate, and mother's day gifts and blooms! 

if you can't join us, limited quantities are available now online or contact sayhello@houseoflilac.com for order form information. 


mother's day luxe 


Inside: 

Aster + Bay Clary Sage Bath Salts
Mast Brothers Milk Chocolate Bar
Arabella House of Lilac Lavender Soy Candle
'You Make Mom Jeans Look Good' Jewelry Dish
Fresh Bouquet of Flowers 

Outside

White Prayer Storage Container (8x8 inches)
Pink Blossom Italian Cotton Ribbon
Handwritten Message Card



Inside

Herbivore Botanicals Coconut Soak
Mast Brothers Chocolates Almond Butter Chocolate Bar
House of Lilac In Bloom Soy Candle
Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Lip Polish
Fresh Bouquet of Flowers 


Outside

7.5x.7.5 inch wooden box
Pink Blossom Italian Cotton Ribbon
Handwritten Message Card



Inside

Shine Bright Ceramic Mug
Mast Brothers Chocolates Vanilla Chocolate Bar
Elderflower Presse Lemonade
Kika's Treats Cookies
Bellocq Teas Atelier Loose Tea Bag
Dried Lavender Bunch

Outside
10.5x.4 inch wooden box
Champagne Satin Ribbon
Handwritten Message Card

 

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Mom's Night Out

We're so excited to finally shout this one from the rooftops! Calling all my Miami gals, please join us at The Archive on Thursday, April 21st, for an exclusive evening filled with beautiful mother's day gifts and blooms.

For mamas, non mamas, soon to be mamas, or mama lovers alike, bring yourself and any other special women in your lives to enjoy shopping, music, wine, champagne, and chocolate pairings provided by Cacao Art

* Please RSVP here by April 19th! Space is limited. 
xx
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House of Lilac Baby Easter Baskets

happy hump day! so we've been busy curating baby and kids easter baskets. and they're seriously the cutest. we're offering free miami delivery on these cuties until Friday! just enter code easterhop at checkout (click on photo below to purchase). 


Baby Inside

Pat the Bunny Easter Book
Lu&Lu Boutique Burp Cloth
Yellow Robin Designs Teething Ring
Furry Bunny Ears or La De Dah Kids Crochet Bunny

Kids Inside

Pat the Bunny Easter Book
Cacao Art Chocolate Bunny
Sugarfina Heavenly Sours
Furry Bunny Ears or La De Dah Kids Crochet Bunny

The Outside

11x4 inch wooden basket with flower border for girls and ribbon border for boys
 
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House of Lilac Baby

Our baby boxes are finally here! And they're seriously the cutest. After a few months of curating and styling, we've sourced organic cotton muslin swaddles, burp cloths, crochet plushes, genuine leather mocs, high quality wooden teethers and rattles, and baby bath and room products from our favorite (American + Australian) gift partners. Shop our three price points starting at $80 for baby girls and boys as well as our 'surprise' gender neutral option for both girls and boys.

Available now for preorder. Local delivery and nationwide shipping starting March 14, 2016. For custom orders, please contact us at sayhello@houseoflilac.com. 

Mountain of Love


Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Bike Family Swaddle
Lu & Lu Boutique Elephant Burp Cloth
Little Bahini Cape Cod Mocs
La De Dah Kids Grey Mini Bunny Pram Toy
Noodle & Boo Room Spray
Noodle & Boo Bundle of Joy
hair and body wash + lotion
Yellow Robin Designs Wooden Teething Ring
Feltman + Co. Wooden Rattle




Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Watercolor Rose Swaddle
Lu & Lu Boutique Gold Dot Burp Cloth
Little Bahini Pirouette Slippers
La De Dah Kids Cream Mini Bunny Pram Toy
Noodle & Boo Room Spray
Noodle & Boo Bundle of Joy
hair and body wash + lotion
Yellow Robin Designs Wooden Teething Ring
Feltman + Co. Wooden Rattle




Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Swaddle Little Wings
Lu & Lu Boutique Gold Metallic Burp Cloth
Little Bahini Cape Cod Mocs
La De Dah Kids Cream Mini Bunny Pram Toy
Noodle & Boo Room Spray
Noodle & Boo Bundle of Joy
hair and body wash + lotion
Yellow Robin Designs Wooden Teething Ring
Feltman + Co. Wooden Rattle

Shower of Love


 


Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Swaddle Bike Family
Lu & Lu Boutique Elephant Burp Cloth
La De Dah Kids Grey Mini Bunny Pram Toy
Noodle & Boo Bundle of Joy 
hair and body wash + lotion
Feltman + Co. Wooden Rattle




Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Watercolor Rose Swaddle
Lu & Lu Boutique Gold Dot Burp Cloth
La De Dah Kids Cream Mini Bunny Pram Toy
Noodle & Boo Bundle of Joy
hair and body wash + lotion
Feltman + Co. Wooden Rattle




Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Swaddle Little Wings
Lu & Lu Boutique Gold Metallic Burp Cloth
La De Dah Kids Cream Mini Bunny Pram Toy
Noodle & Boo Bundle of Joy
hair and body wash + lotion
Feltman + Co. Wooden Rattle

Sprinkle of Love



Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Swaddle Bike Family
Lu & Lu Boutique Elephant Burp Cloth
Noodle & Boo Bundle of Joy 
hair and body wash + lotion




Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Watercolor Rose Swaddle
Lu & Lu Boutique Gold Dot Burp Cloth
Noodle & Boo Bundle of Joy
hair and body wash + lotion




Little Unicorn Cotton Muslin Swaddle Little Wings
Lu & Lu Boutique Gold Metallic Burp Cloth
Noodle & Boo Bundle of Joy
hair and body wash + lotion
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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