monday giveaway: sponsorship giveaway (NOW CLOSED)

I am very excited about today's giveaway. You may have noticed the blog design changing a bit. Now that we have a little space on the left side bar, I wanted to give you a chance to promote your blog or business. I am giving away one free sponsorship for March AND April along with a blog post introducing you to my wonderful readers!

1. To enter, please leave a comment below with a link to you blog or business.

2. For a second chance to win, blog about this giveaway and leave a link to your post.
A winner will be chosen at random. This giveaway ends Thursday, February 3rd at 8 pm.
Would you like to sponsor la chapstick fanatique? My readers are lovers of food, design, clothes and weddings and love coming across new and unique shops. My rates are designed with Etsy shops and small businesses in mind. Please email me at morgan.designblanc{at}gmail{dot}com for more information.

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weekend: grad parties and birthday continuations

a friend's surprise graduation party . . . our new side table . . . barn love . . . the Hubs birthday dinner at his parents
and some inspiration for the coming week:

bath tub photoshoot

anthro unveils their wedding collection february 14th

cute in the snow

H&M is going online! just have to wait a year...

check out this fabulous deal that Boots USA sent me
How was your weekend?


francophile friday: bensimon

Bensimon is a French company that sells cute comfy sneakers. They have a variety of colors and you can get them with laces or as slip-ons. Want to look very French this summer? You'll need a pair of these.

I know there is snow on the ground but I am dreaming of spring. I definitely want to get some Bensimons before my trip to Jamaica. They can be my "travel" shoes. I am just torn between what color to get: framboise or marine?

Or do you think I should be patient and wait to see what they come out with in the spring? I don't normally wear bright colors but if you are going to get me to wear them, it would be in the summer.

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winner of the hickory tree giveaway!

I am excited to announce that the winner of the Hickory Tree button giveaway is Judi from the blog, 25 Acres. Congrats, Judi! Email me at morgan.designblanc{at}gmail{dot}com with your information.

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the sofa is here!

Our new sofa and loveseat arrived yesterday. I am so excited. The sofa looks darker in the pictures above since I was relying on the light in the room but it is actually a creamy natural color. I am not going to show you any full pictures yet, though. You are going to have to wait until the entire room is finished.

For our family room, I want something comfy and cozy with vintage, rustic, and industrial elements. Something like the rooms below:
We don't have as much room as the rooms above and are on a tight budget but I think with a little creativity we can create something we both love.

Also, the Hubs brought home my horoscope yesterday. He thought it was really funny what it said:
I guess I better get moving - the week's already half over!

{photo credits: 1 - cococozy; 2 & 3 - le journal de la maison; 4 - erin martin design; 5 - le journal de la maison}


the wedding photos

I thought you might like to see some pictures we took on the beach and some that didn't make the cut in the other wedding posts. Are you sick of my wedding yet?


rustic apple gallette

I had a bunch of apples that were about to go bad and one of the two pie crusts that come in the Pillsbury package. One of my favorite desserts is apple pie or really anything resembling apple pie. So a few Friday nights ago, with a house all to myself (except for the pup), I decided to make an easy apple tart. It turned out so well!

It was so yummy in fact, I ate half of it. And ended up with a horrible stomach ache. The Hubs came back at 1 am after a night out with friends to find me in fetal position in bed groaning. But it was so worth it!

adapted from many different recipes
makes 6 - 8 servings

1 pre-made pie crust (or one from your own recipe)
5 apples (I used Gala but I think something tart like Golden Delicious would be good), peeled, cored and sliced (save peels and cores)
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup sugar (for glaze)

1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
2. Spread pre-made pie crust out a little more with a rolling pin.
3. Place on a baking sheet or pizza stone.
4. Overlap apples in a circle inside the pie crust about two inches from the edge. Fold dough edge over over apples.
5. Brush melted butter over dough edge and crust. Sprinkle sugar over crust and apples.
6. Bake for about 40 minutes until the apples are soft, and the crust is golden brown. Rotate it every 10 to 15 minutes while it is baking.
7. To make glaze, put reserved peels, cores and sugar in large saucepan. Add just enough water to cover. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
8. Let the gallette cool before brushing glaze over apples and crust.



monday giveaway: the hickory tree (NOW CLOSED)

Remember that post I did in September about autumn inspired Etsy finds? Well, I featured some wooden buttons from The Hickory Tree and now she wants to giveaway some buttons to one of my fine readers!

Linda, the owner of this Etsy shop points out that her inspiration comes from nature. She says, "I like to create unique, eco-friendly items out of tree branches including Tree Branch buttons, Wooden Gift Tags, and Rustic Wedding Decor such as Rustic Wooden Place Card Holders. My items are geared towards the fiber artist, crochet and knitting artists, brides looking for rustic and eco-friendly wedding decor, as well as those looking for unique embellishments for their own beautiful, sewn creations. My raw material is always taken from fallen trees found on the forest floor, rescued from the neighborhood wood drop off site or found along my country road after a storm." Great job, Linda, on being finding unique ways to create beautiful items while still be eco-friendly!
The giveaway consists of 21 Tree Branch Buttons made up of various Northern Michigan Woods including Maple, White Oak, Red Cedar, Northern Cedar, Sweet Apple, Red Pine, and Black Walnut. I think these would be great to use for non-traditional, rustic Valentine's Day cards or just some homemade cards, in general. I am thinking about knitting a scarf and putting some of her buttons on one of the ends so I can turn it into an infinity scarf if I want.

1. To be eligible, you must be a follower of my blog so, if you aren't yet, make sure to sign up! (And if your "follower" name is different than your "comment" name, be sure to let me know.)

2. To enter please visit The Hickory Tree shop, and leave a comment below telling me what your favorite item is.

3. For a second chance to win, write about this giveaway on your blog and leave a second comment below with a link to your blog post.

A winner will be chosen at random. This giveaway ends on Thursday, January 27th at 8:00 pm Eastern time.


weekend: the early birthday

a saturday morning walk with the pup . . . baking an early birthday cake for the Hubs (his real birthday is next weekend) . . . cute birthday candles that were probably not very manly but I couldn't resist the polka dots . . . celebrating at market street inn . . . Kathy getting sunday morning hugs from peyton

a few links for inspiration for the week ahead:

can't get this song out of my head

ms. stone seems to be everywhere these days

gosh, i love grey!

a beer belly is good now?

How was your weekend?


francophile friday: le col

Le Col Cashmere was started in Paris and they just started producing their very popular tube scarf in 2009. They say, "We wanted to create a cashmere scarf that one could envision a student wearing while riding a Vespa through the city streets as well as an investment banker donning a Chesterfield coat." Yes, please! And they are practical and stylish.

Basically, you can choose from two scarves: Le Col Cashmere which is $109 and Le Grand Col Cashmere which is $179. Then they have a selection of neutral practical colors in each. They are unisex so you can share with your significant other!

They look so cozy, don't they? Perfect for the snowy weather we've been having...

winners of the Goody giveaway!

I am so excited to announce the winners of the Goody giveaway!

The winner of the Spin Pin is Ashley who said "My first choice would definitely be the spin pin, and then the no pressure head band! I have been DYING to try these."

The winner of the Statements Medley is Tanya who said, "The statements medley would be amazing, as would the pressure-free headband."

The winner of the Pressure-Free Headband is Amanda who said, "I LOVE the double tortoise headband. I own it in every color they make. So, since I already own it, for the purposes of the giveaway, the pressure free is my #1 and the double tortoise will have to take the #2 position. I'm so sad that I have short hair right now and can't use the spin pins. I have heard great things from so many people!"

Congrats to all of of the winners! Please email me at morgan.designblanc@gmail.com with your information!

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lusting after elbow patches

I have been loving that elbow patch look for awhile now and have been meaning to sew some onto my old items. Since I got another grey blazer (I swear its so different . . . well maybe not that different . . . ok only the lapels are different) I thought I would sew some onto my thrifted one. I still plan to do that when I get a chance...

This past weekend, I was in Baltimore and got a chance to go to H&M. They had the most adorable sweater - it had stripes AND elbow patches. I instantly fell in love. I tried it on and it has that 90s belly shirt look but my friend, Tanya, reminded me with a long tank it would look really cute.

I kind of wish I had a cream colored shirt to go underneath. But until then, the olive green seems to work.

Do you like this trend?

{first photo via here, second photo via here, third photo from here}