Month: January 2011

vintage pearl giveaway

–UPDATED–

The winner is:

Emily January 31, 2011 at 7:55 pm

So beautiful!

Emily, get in touch asap with allison@petitelefant.com to claim your prize!

Do you remember the sterling silver necklace I had made for my mom from Vintage Pearl?  I gave it to her at Christmas and she almost didn’t know what to do with herself she loved it so much.

Seriously, hard core love.

necklace

Guess what friends?  I’m giving away two $50 gift certificates to Vintage Pearl this week.

Giveaway Details:

  1. To enter the Vintage Pearl giveaway, leave a comment on this post.
  2. Giveaway ends next Monday February 7th at Midnight MST.  The giveaway winner will be announced on this post on Tuesday January 8th.
  3. There will be TWO winners, each will receive a $50 credit to spend as they please.
  4. If you want to Like Petit Elefant on Facebook, you’ll have the inside track on giveaways like this one.  If you don’t want to Like it, I won’t be offended.

–

This post was sponsored by Vintage Pearl.  My opinions about their jewelry and my mother’s reaction to her Christmas present are 100% mine.

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!

tween fashion on Hollywood Boulevard

I’m a day late, a dollar short, the house is messy, and my father-in-law is still in town.

I can’t win today.

However, I do have a cute photo of Precocious’ outfit to bide you over.

tween style

We were in L.A. last week? The week before? I don’t know. We were in L.A. at some point this month for an event with Jennifer Garner that I’ll post about as soon as the swelling in my hands goes down.

Not even kidding a little on that one.

We walked a little bit on Hollywood Boulevard, just as long as it took to find a drugstore with a cold diet Dr Pepper and a nail salon for a cheap-o pedicure, and I got some cute shots of Precocious’ outfit. We’re in the tricky stage of “not a kid, not a teen” with style, so I’ll be posting photos of her outfits now and again, so you can navigate the tricky waters with me.

tween style

This is one of my more favorite outfits she’s put together, minus the white Hanes sports socks, which were a deliberate decision on her part in an effort to keep blisters at bay.

Top: Polarn O. Pyret

Jeans: GAP >> 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!

What’s in Your Purse Week Thirty One

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series Purse is from Jan from Aerograms from Jan, a Canadian Expat living in Ireland.  I want to be like her when I grow up.  Thanks Janice!

whats in my purse

what's in my purse

Purse – I lusted after this black leather Coach bag (model 9326) for years since I first met my best mate Marie back in 2003. When Marie retired hers from regular usage, I sneakily picked one up on eBay and it’s been my best mate ever since (sorry Marie – first for mimicking your handbag style and secondly for replacing you with an inanimate object). When my lovely little Coach isn’t slung over my shoulder and nestled snuggly under my arm, it’s keeping my Nanny’s old stole company in the cupboard (don’t they look happy together?)

Contents –

1. Oyster card – This is a prepay travel card to use the Tube in London. I don’t live in London but I seem to carry this around all the time for when I travel there for work or to visit mates.
2. Eyeglass case and a glasses wipe – I’m a long time wearer of specs and it’s my uber pet peeve when my glasses get … >> 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!

easy flower centerpiece

flower centerpiece

I made this centerpiece for a Christmas party I hosted in December and my friend Marie said to me “You have to blog about this!”, to which I replied lamely, “Really?  But it was so easy.”

And I missed the entire point, because hello, I’m all about the easy livin’.

Materials needed to make Easy Flower Centerpieces:

  • multiple short vases {I used short drinking glasses from my other lover IKEA}
  • a bouquet of cheap flowers such as Carnations {I used about 8 flowers}
  • cheap foam filler of some sort.  this red foam filler was from a flower store, $2 for the entire container
red carnations

Step 1:

Cut the flowers/Carnations to about 3″-4″ inches long.  Think bud vase height.  You don’t want them towering over the glasses/vases, but tall enough just to peek out.  Measure based on the containers you’re using.

flower fill

Step 2:

Take the foam filler you picked up for cheap-o at your local florist and fill the containers almost to the brim.

cheap flower centerpieceStep 3:

Now fill those babies with water.  Let it soak in, and add a little more H20 if necessary.  You be the judge, I trust you.

flower centerpiece

Step 4:

Put about 3 flowers per container, depending … >> 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!

flat stella.

Have you ever heard of Flat Stanley?  Meet Flat Stella.

flat stella

A few years ago for a school project, Precocious was required to create a Flat Stella version of herself.  She drew a purple dress, long golden hair, and chocolate brown eyes in a an adorable 3rd grade likeness of herself.  We were assigned to ship Stella off, with an envelope and instructions to photograph Flat Stella wherever she landed.

flat stella

First Stella went to our friends in Maryland.  Flat Stella had a run in with the president’s motorcade in Washington D.C. and spent some time at historical monuments before she was shipped off to France, Belgium, and The Netherlands, and finally home to Utah at the end of the school year.

She was a busy girl, it took her almost 9 months to trot the globe.

visit to paris

Flat Stella has seen the Eiffel Tower.

I still haven’t seen the Eiffel Tower.

I’m not bitter.

Precocious thumb-tacked Flat Stella to her wall and only removed her last Fall when she felt she’d outgrown her a little.

I’m not kidding, if you can in any way do this, get on it.  Flat Stella has in no small way inspired a love of travel … >> 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!

12 hour lipcolor

You guys, this 12 hour lipcolor from L’Oreal is off. the. hook.

Please to enjoy.

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!

wedding attire

Hello all. This post will be brief. I’m in the middle of attending and speaking at a social media design conference called Alt Summit, and in an effort to stay upright {literally, I’m almost flat on my face with tired at this point} I’m not going to post again until Monday. However, I wanted to show you the outfit I wore to our friend’s wedding on Monday.

It’s my favorite wedding attire so far.

wedding attire

Dress: Shabby Apple

Tights: Nordstrom, Brass Plum

Shoes: Steve Madden, T.J. Maxx

And here’s a gratuitous couple shot of me and Viktor.  He was the best man and I haven’t seen him in a tux since our wedding, almost 13 years ago.

wedding outfit

Isn’t he a handsome devil?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, I’ll catch you on the flip side.

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!

how to: look less tired with make-up

***REPORTING FROM LOS ANGELES***

Would you like to know how I fool people into thinking I get a full night of sleep?  I totally trick them with makeup.

Watch this quick video tutorial on how to brighten your eyes with a little makeup trick that I learned from the pros.

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!

Wedding report:

Victor here reporting to you on behalf/behest of Allison.  Allison is in Los Angeles right now with P at an event that I am sure she will be writing about soon.  In fact, in sure that she’s Tweeting about it @petit_elefant.  When she comes back, she’ll go straight to the Alt Summit where she’s speaking/presenting/mingling and selling this year’s Social Luxe Lounge event.  Anyways….

We spent the last few days about 50 miles from home getting ready and helping celebrate the wedding of spouse #3.  Spouse No. 3 has been around since 1995 when all three of us showed up in the same little Idaho town to attend college.  Allison came from Utah, Arlo came from Timmins, Ontario Canada, and I came from the greater Los Angeles area.  In fact, Allison has known Arlo longer than I had and she had a little thing for him; maybe it was just the fact that he was from a foreign land and from two time zones away that he had going for him, but when I swooped in from a foreign land that was 8 time zones away, well, maybe that’s what swung the pendulum my way.  Allison never looked back.

Czarnecki and McGinn family

Czarnecki

>> find out more...

Michal

This is Michal's profile description. This is were Michal tells you how awesome and wonderful he is. He's just one cool cat.