Guess what today is? My 200th post on this blog (and my 458th post since the beginning of my blogging experience). To celebrate this milestone on Vintage French Chic, I am doing a giveaway.
Many of you were reading me back on my old blog so you know why I switched to a new blogging format and name. For you newbies, the short explanation is I wanted to streamline my topics to the three (four if you count photography) I love the most. For as long as I can remember I have loved vintage things and french things. The love of “chic” things came a bit later…with age and chronic health issues (I had to start doing something with myself to look and feel better, for heaven’s sake).
I wanted my giveaway to reflect all three aspects of my blog’s name. Therefore, my giveaway will include something vintage
How fun is that?! So here we go…
First up, VINTAGE. What is the perfect vintage thing for me to giveaway? Think, people, think! A handbag of course. You all know how much I love my handbags and most of the ones I love and use are vintage. Since warm months are upon us (Northern Hemisphere), I wanted to offer a bag that is quintessentially summer-y. A coated straw/wicker handbag:
I have written before on this blog about how much I adore straw handbags for summer. And there is just something about these coated straw/wicker ones that make me smile. I have one that I inherited from my Grandma. I don’t remember her using it but I love knowing that she did. This particular bag for the giveaway is in superb shape. The brown lucite handles really make it stand out too. Forget Kate Spade wicker bags…get the real deal here! For free.
Next up, FRENCH. I had to think about this for a minute. I thought maybe passing on a book on French living or style was an idea. But instead I decided to offer a “taste” of France. I am giving away a nice sample size of Mariage Freres Lily Muguet Green Tea. This tea is sooooo yummy. I won a sample of it in a giveaway a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. It is very hard to find Mariage Freres tea in the USA but I was able to get a tin of it in Chicago. And then, once I that started running low, my chere friend, Adrienne brought some back for Europe for me. I don’t drink this during the Fall/Winter…I save it until Spring because it is so hard for me to get my mitts on it. AND it is such a perfect Spring/Summer tea. I will be sending the sample in a full-sized Mariage Freres tin (bonus!) so you can keep it and use it for something else later.
And finally, the CHIC. In my last post I mentioned that I love watches. When I was searching Ebay for my “new” Philip Stein watch, I found this tres chic dual time watch. The seller said it is from Anthropologie and described it as “New without tags” (I see no evidence of wear–the protective plastic shield is still on the back too). The faces of the watch are cream with silver numerals/hands giving it a bit of a vintage style. It would be a great watch to use when traveling. And when you aren’t, you can always be set on your home time and Paris time!
Included with the watch are two paper bead bracelets made by my neighbor and fellow blogger, Ellen (Ellen Alive!). She is a bead making professional–she specializes in glass beads and paper ones. I love wearing her bracelets with my watch because they are so light weight and colorful.
And I am including a sample of Tocca’s Margaux fragrance. I hope you like it. I love a couple of Tocca’s other fragrances but this one was a bit too powerful for me.
So what do you need to do to enter?!
Just leave a comment below that you would like to be included in the drawing. If the winner is from outside of the USA, I will have to omit the perfume and possibly the tea sample due to mailing regulations (as of writing this post, I have been unable to contact a HUMAN at USPS). I will be leaving this open through April 30th. The winner will be drawn and announced on May 2nd, on my French Friday post. In the meantime, I will be on a blogging break. My yard is screaming for some major attention AND we are in crunch time for the other BIG changes going on around here. I need to focus my attention in these matters for now. I know you all understand.