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French Onion Soup

Is everyone else very into homecooked hearty meals this fall?  We certainly are.  Both of us having just returned from France are feeling the effects of this really horrendous rainy fall weather.  Luckily for us, we are always welcoming of an excuse to cook and eat hearty meals, just like this one.

Gruyere, cheddar, and parmesan.  Seriously, it’s magical. Magical as a starter to your meal, to accompany anything on the dinner table, or just as your full on meal.  Seconds ae welcomed. Which is why we are getting right to the point.

French Onion Soup

Ingredients

4lbs onions (sliced)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into chunks)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
a few springs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 dry sherry
8 cups broth (chicken)
8 slices stale baguette or sourdough bread (GF bread is allowed!)
1/2 cup parmesan (grated)
1 cup white cheddar (grated)
1 cup Gruyere cheese (grated)

Directions

  1. In a Dutch oven, melt butter with olive oil and then combine the onions, salt and thyme and bay leaf. Cook, covered over low-medium heat, stirring ociassionally until onions are golden brown and very soft
  2. Add the sherry and cook 5 minutes more.
  3. Add the broth, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any caramelized onions. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  5. Spoon the soup into 8 individual ovenproof crocks and top each one with a slice of bread and a layer of grated cheese.
  6. Place the crocks under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes until the cheese is brown and bubbly.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy with a nice glass of vino!

Enjoy!

XO

Michelle & Samantha

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Our Triumphant Return

Well everyone, obviously we took a little bit of a hiatus but guess what?!  We’re back!!!  We are making our return a subtle one that also comes with an explanation.  It was completely unintentional for us to be like that person who just “isn’t into you” and stops calling with no explanation.  We love you guys and really did miss you.  That’s why we want to explain why we left and what our return will look like moving forward.

Truth be told, we struggled, and struggled, and struggled with this decision to put our blog baby on hold but well… life got in the way!

One of us had a sweet little baby girl earlier this year and the other got married not too long ago.  Although we love our blog, it was becoming a chore for both of us.  Instead of losing our authenticity and love for it, we decided we needed a little tiny break.  We needed to be able to get our lives back on track, feel normal, and have a little time to ourselves.  It’s hard to feel overwhelmed at times, but it has been so helpful to have each other to go through it together and to help each other find the balance we needed.  We are incredibly lucky to have each other in our lives and to have each other’s support.

Both of us are perfectionists, and well, Champagne Chic was becoming less than perfect.  We would rush through our posts, take half-hearted photos, and, well, feel overwhelmed constantly.  That’s not something we could be proud of.  So, after a long discussion, and some realistic goal setting we are making our triumphant return to the blog-o-sphere.

We are nicely recovered and ready to give our amazing readers something to look forward to.  Warning, we probably won’t be posting quite as much as we were in order to try to keep that balance!  Nevertheless, we are still back in action and cannot wait to share our newest adventures as we move forward!

XO

Michelle & Samantha

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Frose ALL Day

Hello, Sweet Friends.  Have we got an important post for you today! We actually cannot wait to share our recipe so will keep the talking MINIMAL.  You do, after all, have to freeze that watermelon AND rose.  Ding ding, this here is a recipe for Frose.  So that you can drink Frose all Day with Bae.  Oh yeah, we know it rhymed, they don’t pay us the big bucks for nothing.

Obviously, no one pays us to do that.  It’s horrible.  Horribly aswesome though. Should we stop judging and just get into the recipe?!  Yeah, that’s what we thought.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bottle of Rose, frozen (slightly, this won’t freeze all of the way)
  • 1 Watermelon, blended and frozen (easiest way is in ice trays)
  • 2 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 2 ounces simple syrup (IF you want, we don’t usually add it)

Directions:

  • Blend all ingredients together
  • Serve in cute glasses, while still frozen with any fruit of your choice and a side of lime
  • Frose all day, with bae

Enjoy!

XO

Michelle & Samantha

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What We Are Obsessed with In Our Purse

Purses.  They are the window to a woman’s soul.  Is she fun?  Is she simple?  Is she bat shit?  Yah…a purse can tell you a lot about someone and even more so is what’s inside that purse!!  For some reason we used to switch bags and it would take forever to sort out the stuff from one purse to another and so on.  We have simplified our lives a touch and found some great tricks to keep purses tidy.  This week we are totally obsessed with what’s in our purse.  Shall we??

Michelle dumped hers out and this is what we found…  A Chanel card holder for just the essential cards she needs on a daily basis. Not that her visa number isn’t ingrained in her brain…  Then her two fave go to’s right now that we are totally obsessed with.  A clear MAC lipgloss for day to day and then a Matte red Louboutin lipstick for fun days and nights out.  You wanna switch bags?  No problem, she keeps all these petite items together in a Louis Vuitton cosmetic bag.  So, all that needs to be swapped is that!  Easy, right?  Inside the cosmetic bag you’d find mints, headphones and of course, this Bvlgari Monica perfume.  the perfect size for a purse!

Moving on over to Samantha’s purse, we have found some real treasures here as well.  First and most likely most importantly, her Chanel change purse.  Who on this Earth likes their change just roaming free at the bottom of the purse? How about rattling around in their wallet?  Yeah, that’s right.  NONE OF US.  Thus, the almighty and all-necessary change purse!  Next, obviously we cannot handle dry hands around these parts.  Everyone knows how much we travel and thus, everyone knows how DRY our poor little skin gets.  We won’t have it. So, we problem solve on our own.  Never will you miss out on soft skin again.  Speaking of dry hands, does ANYONE like dry lips either?!  That’s what we though.  So La Mer, show us the way to lips that don’t crack, please and thanks!

What sorts of goodies are you carrying in your purse?!

XO

Michelle and Samantha

 

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Summer Bag Obsessed

We are always obsessed with bags but instead of obsessing over a new one each week, we’ve decided to go easy on our readers and do it seasonally.  So, here we are in the middle of summer.  And here are the CCL girls obsessed with bags.  What does that give us?!  Our very first summer bag obsession.  How excited are we?!  On our end, we are probably more excited than you and we know it.  Should we just dive into which bags we are storing our mass amounts of useless stuff in this summer?!

First up, well sort of.  It’s more like a three in one here. White bags. Obviously, it’s summer time. Why wouldn’t we obsess over white bags?!  Clearly, we are strong believers in seasonal colours: spring/summer = white, fall/winter = black.  Here we are in the summer showing you some of our top white bags.  Celine, Chanel, and Prada.  To be honest, shopstyle didn’t have the Prada bag we love the most that’s pictured below.

Second, convertible bags?! Whatever will they think of next?  Here it is, the All-Saints convertible bag.  Want a backpack? Sure, no problem.  Want an over the shoulder strap? Yup, we’ve got that too.  Seriously, how freaking amazing is a bag like this? #amazed

Third, blue Celine.  The most perfect bag to bring with you anywhere.  Perfect for a weekend getaway, that lounge day at the pool, or even if you’re brave enough to bring it to the beach and risk getting sand in it.  We are barely brave enough to go into the water at the beach so you’ll find us using this bag poolside.  Or for a quick trip!

Fourth, this cute little black clutch.  Okay fine, seasonal doesn’t necessarily mean light colours.  Really, if you’re going out at night odds are high, especially if you’re anything like us, that you will go for that black jumpsuit or romper.  Did we nail it?! Go for some light pink or red lipstick.  Whatever, this black clutch is cute and you know it!

What summer bag are you obsessing over?!

XO

Michelle & Samantha

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