How To Get Beautiful For Holiday Photos

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Beauty might not be top of mind when you think about the holiday season, but it probably should be. I mean, when you get together with so many different groups of people for work and family and church parties, you want to look your best.

Stress (ie bad skin + frizzed out hair) goes hand in hand with said family / work / church parties, and sometimes you’ve got to primp and pamper yourself a little bit to combat the *fun* of the season. Especially if you’re having family photos taken for holiday cards. You want to look all glow-y and shiny (in a good way), your best beautiful face forward and everything.

So how does one get all glow-y and sunshine-y for holiday photos? Well. It all starts on the base layer. Your inner beauty matters first and foremost, but after that, you’ve got to work on your skin. My skin is a train-wreck when I’m stressed, so I have to take extra care of it, especially during the holidays.

I happen to be a very big fan of Olay products of every sort: face wash, face brush, and especially the moisturizer>> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Bourke’s Luck Potholes South Africa

Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

I grew up in small-town Texas, about 40 miles North of Dallas. Potholes were an everyday occurrence in that small town. In fact, even though I haven’t lived at my parent’s home for 19 years, I still remember the path you had to drive to dodge every pothole, dip, and crater that presented itself in my parent’s neighborhood. Suffice it to say, I viewed potholes as evil little ploys to slow me down and ruin my car. Naturally, they were not a source of beauty.

When I moved to South Africa and heard of a tourist destination with the word “pothole” in it, I brushed it off. What could be so great about going to look at potholes? Well, there is something great, and let me tell you why visiting the Bourke’s Luck Potholes should be on your “things to see” list next time you’re in the Mpumulanga region of South Africa.

Bourke's Luck Potholes South Africa

1. You can have a picnic. My family laughs at me for my love of picnics and picnic baskets, but seriously, isn’t there something that’s just so great about having a family picnic together with your favorite food and the fresh air?

2. The Bourke’s Luck Potholes are >> find out more...

Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

How-To Preserve Garden Herbs For Winter

Today’s how-to is all about preserving garden herbs for winter.  Did you know that was a thing?  If only my teenage self could see me now.  She’d be horrified that I not only keep a garden, but take extra steps to preserve my herbs for the Winter.  It’s all good, teenage Allison, chill out.

how-to preserve garden herbsLearning how-to preserve your herbs to use in the cold months of the year is a thing, and it’s a super easy thing at that.  Also, tasting *fresh* garden herbs in the depths of frozen Winter?  I don’t want to go Martha on you, but it’s a good and lovely thing, a very wonderful thing, so let’s get to it.

I planted a lot of herbs in my Summer garden this year, and had rosemary and basil coming out my nose so I’m grateful there’s a way to preserve that business.  (although don’t try to preserve basil, it’s a wimpy plant for the freezer)  Let’s get started, shall we?

How-To Preserve Garden Herbs For Winter

Items needed:

  • chopping knife
  • cutting board
  • fresh rosemary
  • ice cube trays
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • Saran-Wrap
  • freezer

garden rosemaryStep 1:

Pick rosemary from your garden.  Or from the grocery store shelves.… >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Happy Wednesday And A Beautiful Girl

It’s another beautiful day, friends.  The scent of Autumn is in the air.  The snow is starting to fall, one trickling snowflake at a time.  It’s cold enough for hot drinks and cozy fires, a good novel on the couch.  Time to tuck in with your favorite TV shows and hunker down for the Winter.

wordless wednesdayWhat are you watching, what are you reading?  I’m reading romance novels, one after the other.  Ones with totally implausible plot-lines and modern day, swashbuckling heroes.  There’s always a firefighter or some other tough guy, with plenty of money and six-pack abs.  And a damsel slightly in distress.  It takes feminism back a solid half-century at least, but it’s mind numbing, and sometimes that’s what counts when it’s always dark outside.

I’m behind on life.  I have an inbox jam-packed full of emails I need to return, and laundry that needs to be folded.  Doctors to call, appointments to make, groceries to buy, posts to write, stairs that need vacuuming.  But right now I’m spending a lot of time with my kids.  They need me, I need them, and the house can wait.  Hopefully the email and you guys and everything in-between can hang tight … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Sweet iPad Air Two Giveaway For You

A giveaway! Friends, you are going to love me today.  I have an immensely rad giveaway for you today! I have partnered up with the lovely Christine Koh (Boston Mamas), Audrey McClelland (Mom Generations), Heather Flett (Rookie Moms), Jane Maynard (This Week For Dinner), Morgan Shanahan (The 818), Rachael Herrscher (Today’s Mama), and Sarah James (Whoorl) to offer one lucky follower a 128GB wi-fi iPad Air 2 ($699 value)!

ipad air giveawayEnter to win between November 10-21 via the Rafflecopter widget below; you have 8 entry options and of course we encourage you to enter all 8 ways to maximize your chance to win! Once the giveaway ends, the winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email, with 48 hours to respond. Good luck!

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Moms Simple Homemade Granola Recipe

My mom’s granola is one of the better things this earth has to offer, and I’m not even kidding a little.  It’s the simple things in life that make it so good, you know?

homemade granola Growing up as one of the younger siblings in a family of 8 kids, I got ripped off a fair amount of my young life.  I never had anything new, and anything precious I did have was broken / stolen / maimed within moments of landing within my reach.  But, like any good cliché, I always had a playmate, which came in handy every year when we took our family vacation. >> Read More

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Empowered Underwear For Girls, No Really!

Buying underwear for tween + teen girls can be a seriously stressful experience.  And I’m not just talking about your end of the deal as a parent or guardian, I’m talking about the sweet girls you’re taking shopping.

Ladies, do you remember your first experience buying a bra?  I was equally stoked and horrified to get my first bra, and the whole experience is a hazy memory of hormones and tears.  It was even worse when I went to school the next day and every boy in the 5th grade asked me about my over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder.  When they weren’t busy snapping my bra strap.  I think the first boy I slapped was, in fact, a boy from my geography class who had done just that.  It was pretty horrifying, and I was a tough girl.

tween brasSeriously, you guys, will puberty ever get easier for anyone?  The latter years of Elementary School and Junior High are a hot mess, and puberty only compounds the whole special experience.

But, the great thing about the world is that now that we have the blessed Interwebz, (saints be praised) we as women can connect to people across the globe and find wonderful humans who … >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Shopping For Social Good fashionABLE

Are you shopping for the holidays yet?  I know I’m jumping the gun a little bit, but it’s never too early to be prepared is it?  That’s the Boy Scout motto and everything, so let’s all get prepared together and be shopping scouts on our A-game.  I believe in us, you guys, I really do.

african scarfI traveled to Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the first AYA Summit hosted by ONE.org in Google’s offices in D.C.  It was a meeting of the minds, to discuss what’s being done about global issues affecting girls and women, issues we need to be working on, because the solutions are really simple.  I’ll get into all that later, because I have so much exciting stuff to share with you, ways you can get involved to actually make a difference.  For real.

envelope clutchBut before we jump into that, I need to share some shopping 4-1-1 that’s about to expire.

Have you heard of fashionABLE?  It’s an organization aimed at fighting endemic poverty by creating jobs for women in Africa, which empowers them to break the cycle of crippling poverty, violence, sex trafficking, and a host of other issues.

So basically,

you buy >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Bold Picks for Fall Fashion

This fall I’m going for bold fall fashion, and I’m ditching the cardigan-boot combo. They are great basics, sure, but they are called basics for a reason. And who wants to be basic? Personally I go for the clothes that will make me stand out. Pairing bright colors, adding a wild shoe, or wearing a vintage patterned top that stands out will do the trick. Maybe I’ll add a wide belt, a hat, or a high waist detail to daily look, Don’t be afraid of your local second hand store: some of my most treasured clothes came from someone else closet. Fall doesn’t have to be an excuse to burrow into bland colors and parkas and bulky boots. The day is only as interesting as you make it, and the same goes for your wardrobe. Bente Bold Fall Fashion

I’m a sucker for anything that looks like it would belong in Cher Horowitz’s closet: shoulder pads, glitter, beads, patterns, etc. It doesn’t always have to be extravagant, but it does have to pop. You can wear something this bold just about anywhere. I like to pull it out for concerts or special occasions where a little bit of drama and elegance are in play. Paired with black or red pencil skirt and maybe a wide leather belt makes a really great look. This is fall fashion that carries right on through the winter holidays, too.
Bold Fall Fashion
High waist anything is flattering to nearly any feminine figure. No matter what the color, it never fails to make you look sophisticated and fashion forward. I usually go for bold combinations, like the red skirt and green shoes combo you see here. A bit out of the ordinary but not sloppy or gaudy because the rest of the outfit is simple in shape and colors. Fall days can range from sunny and warm to brisk and chilly, so adding a fun denim or leather jacket keeps this ensemble versatile. It never hurts to step outside of your comfort zone and try things that you never thought would work.
Bold Fall Fashion

All black everything is timeless. This outfit is made up of a turtle neck leotard, high waist black jeans, tan ballet flats, and a cropped denim jacket. This is another little number that can be worn casually or dressed up, depending on the shoes. These comfortable fabrics are ideal for active and hectic days: dance class, shopping, yoga, work/school, lunch date, soccer game…My favorite outfits are those that can be used comfortably, fashionably, and worn everywhere.

So, what fall fashion finds will you be adding to your look this season? >> Read More

Bente McPherson