Month: March 2011

Spring 5th grade fashion

kid style

I’ve mentioned before that Precocious doesn’t let me within an inch of her closet.  Well.  Sometimes she does, but more often than not she doesn’t really think I have any fashion sense.

*AHEM*

She doesn’t care that I style people for a living.

fashion

Now while I normally eschew the matching of tops to shoes and purses, I have to admit this works on her.

Maybe because she’s ELEVEN.

purple ballet flats

She got these purple ballet flats for Christmas and has worn them infinitely since then.

Can’t say I blame her, they’re adorable.

So, Spring 5th Grade Fashion outfit:

- Jeans: Skinny Jeans from GAP

- Purple shrug sweater from T.J. Maxx

- Tank top from Old Navy

– Purple ballet flats from T.J. Maxx… >> 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 series week forty one

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Katie.  Thanks Katie!

–If you want to submit your purse to the series take two photos of your purse {nice, clean non-blurry ones} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom

silver

what's in your bagAbout my purse:
I found this at Forever 21 for around $25 after months of searching for a purse I actually liked. I had been carrying around an old and much too big bag for the longest time and it was to my relief when I purchased this to replace it. It is actually also quite large but not enough to be annoying. I like having a little more space anyway, if only to find myself digging around even deeper to get what I need out of it!

Contents:

  • Makeup bag – I keep all the makeup I use on a daily basis in here in case I ever need a touch up when I’m out of the house. This includes my foundation, concealer, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, and pressed powder. I’m surprised sometimes at how much can actually fit in there!
  • Contact case- Knowing my eyes, I can’t
  • >> 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!

how to bread pudding

Sometime over the long, long, LONG winter I’m not quite done with, I became obsessed with bread pudding.

I don’t know how or when it happened, but it did and there’s no help for it.  So instead of getting up to run on the treadmill at each hotel I stayed at over the course of the last 5 months, I ordered bread pudding from room service everywhere I went.

Makes sense, right?  A girl’s gotta preserve her food stores to last through winter.

pudding

I’m happy to report that my food stores fat stores are in healthy order.

AHEM.

So when I came across a bread pudding recipe in Family Fun I knew I needed to take it firmly by the hand and get to know it a little better.  You might want to take notes.

ingredients bread pudding

Recipe for Bread Pudding:

  • 1 day old baguette or loaf of French Bread
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • whipped cream for serving {I highly recommend not skipping this part}

sliced french bread

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Cut up … >> 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!

Trip to europe: what to pack

downtown warsaw

I asked this question on Twitter last night:

Fill in the blank. When traveling in Europe don’t forget to pack ___________.

Today, I’m asking you.  If you’ve traveled abroad anywhere for a length of time, tell me what I should be packing.  If you’ve traveled to Europe, even better.  And if you’ve traveled to Europe with kids for any great length of time, you win the prize!
{There really isn’t a prize, but I have some gum at the bottom of my purse if you want it.}

>> 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!

bad fashion week series part 2

Bad Fashion Week Series Part 2:

Socks + Sandals

socks and sandals

Hold me.

Several members of my extended family do this {cough, cough DAD} and there’s just no help for them.

I’m told this is all over Europe so I just need to put on my big girl panties and not cringe every time I get on a train in Warsaw this summer.

It’s a good thing I don’t speak Polish.

Birkenstock, socks + sandals, Birkenstocks and sandals, socks and sandals>> 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!

The incident of the saw and the stitches

You guys, it’s been the longest week in the history of weeks.

stitch

The whole family got strep throat over the weekend last week, went to our various doctors for a diagnosis, and started on antibiotics on Monday.

Strep throat + Lupus = bad news.  Taking care of 2 sick kids with strep throat while I had strep throat = double awesome.

Wednesday we had the State Science Fair for Precocious at B.Y.U.  We all trooped in, up to our necks in antibiotics and cough drops, ready to take on the 5th graders of the world.

Precocious didn’t advance, thank the heavens above.  3 rounds of science fair has been plenty, thankyouverymuch.  My parents came to support Precocious in the whole affair, and Charming decided he’d go home with them {they live 10 minutes away} instead of sticking around for the science fair nonsense.  Can’t say I blame him overmuch, it was totally boring.

We finished up with the science fair, not advancing to nationals for which we were all supremely grateful, and were headed out to the car when my phone rang:

My mother {sounding a little wound up}: “Ummm, Ali, uhhh, how close >> 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 series week forty

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Hilary Erickson.  Thanks Hilary!

If you want to submit your purse to the series take two photos of your purse {nice, clean non-blurry ones} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to allisonATpetitelefantDOTcom

handbag
what's in your purse

  • Orange baby is my baby’s “purse” — her “contents” are on the side.  When she’s rifling through mine I give her hers.
  • It holds a baby, car, crayons, cell phone calculator, folding brush.
  • Medication vile (I’m a nurse, people look to me for help)
  • Sanitizer
  • sunscreen
  • teething tablets
  • infant tylenol
  • Bath and Body lip balm/tint
  • Empty snack containers (2)
  • Wallet
  • Pens
  • OLD tissue container
  • Useless paper
  • Lint remover (Santa gave that to me for Christmas, is that a hint?)
  • Diego sticker that someone gave my 10 year old son at the doctor’s office.  He eyerolled it into my bag
  • Some change
  • antibacterial lotion
  • The green and pink thing is a diaper/wipes holder that i MADE.
  • Notebook
  • Maxi pad (no, I’m not to proud to share that with the world)
  • SUPER dirty bib (which is more embarassing than the maxi pad)
  • Diaper rash cream trial size
  • Fruit snacks.
  • >> 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!

luxurious facial scrub

facial scrub

StriVectin was a swag sponsor for SocialLuxe Lounge last year, and now I’m addicted to their luxurious facial scrub.  Seriously, this stuff is like magic.  It’s really gentle, for those of us with extra sensitive skin, and has the most delicious scent on earth.

Almost an anti-scent.  A subtle smell of luxury.

strivectin-SD

I’ve been buffing my face after a hot bath or shower, when my skin is most susceptible to accepting new products {don’t laugh, it’s true} and it’s baby soft.

My skin, that is.

Delicious, delectable, delightful stuff.… >> 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!

how to clean make-up brushes

Do you know how to clean make-up brushes?  Did you even know you’re supposed to clean them?

makeup brushes

You totally are.

Between all the make-up that ends up on the brushes, that gross cold you were fighting back in December, and the oil from your face, your make-up brushes need to be washed fairly often.

Every couple of weeks at least.

make-up brushes

I’ve been washing mine with a combination of hot water and shampoo for years, but the make-up artist on the set of all the photo shoots and commercials I’ve been working on introduced me to her method of cleaning.

And I like it.

makeup brushes

What you need:

  • rubbing alcohol {she uses 99% alcohol, ordered from her pharmacy but I just buy the regular stuff from the grocery store}
  • tissues or old washcloth
  • spray bottle for alcohol

how to clean make-up brushes

Step 1:

Spray the alcohol onto the bristles of the brush until it’s thoroughly saturated.  Try to spray down, opposite of what I’m doing in the picture, so the alcohol doesn’t drip down into the handle of the make-up brush.

Step 2:

Swipe the make-up brush back and forth on the tissues or rag until you see colors appear.  You might need to … >> 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!