Month: April 2012

What’s in your purse series week 83

what's in your purse

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from Erica.  Thanks Erica! If you love this series and want more of it, submit your purse. Take two photos of your purse {NICE, CLEAR, NOT-BLURRY ONES} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to: allison AT petitelefant DOT com   Contents: Android phone (not pictured-taking picture) Wallet Ear buds Bread tie (random!) Jo-Ann’s coupons Two notebooks Band aids from Urgent Care my…
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How to make your own acne cream

how to make acne cream

I am at the mercy of all things beauty related, especially when it comes to skincare.  More specifically, I’m at the beck-and-call of every bit of acne that showed up 20 years too late.  I’m a hot mess of hormonal imbalance and my poor, poor face has taken the brunt of it all. I didn’t have bad skin in high school, or even in college for that matter;  my skin practically glowed through all the angsty years of my youth. …
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The only food photography book you need

food photography book

Almost exactly a year ago one of the loveliest people on the planet, my sweet friend Helene Dujardin of the blog Tartlette, wrote a book.  A food photography book called Plate to Pixel.  In fact, she wrote the only food photography book you need.  Ever, in the world.  Period. Seriously. Photography is tricky for me.  It isn’t intuitive to me like it is to other people, so I’m constantly searching for sources to help a sister out.  I search the…
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Best veggie fruit smoothie ever

I started eating vegan several months ago, and quickly discovered the easiest way to get all the fruits and veggies I need is to make at least one veggie fruit smoothie a day.  I really can’t tell you how much better I feel eating so many fruits and vegetables while skipping the meat and cheese.  It’s amazing honestly, and it’s really helped my stupid Lupus.  Smoothies have become my besties, and I’m always experimenting with new combinations of veggies and…
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The time I found myself in Costa Rica

I found myself in Costa Rica

Today is the first day in 2 weeks I’ve used a clock except for checking to see if it’s time for: surf lessons, a waterfall hike, dinner, lunch, or pool time.  It’s also the first time in a couple weeks I’ve known what day of the week it is and that it’s still April. My family just got back from Costa Rica and I’m the most relaxed I’ve been in about 15 years. I’m not telling you this to be…
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Dear children, be whatever you want

children be whoever you want to be

Dear children, I know you’re still small, that you’re growing into your feet and arms, and long, long legs.  I know you don’t have to decide right now who you want to be when you grow up, or what you want to do with your life.  Right now I’m spending a lot of time thinking about you when I fall asleep at night, when I wake up in the morning, and when I’m at stoplights. In fact, I spend almost…
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New favorite lipgloss

We like to talk about makeup around here, in case you hadn’t noticed. All kinds of makeup, and I confess to being something of a lipgloss junkie. It would not be inaccurate to say I probably have 5 different glosses in my purse right now, not to mention how many others in my makeup case at home or kept in the console of my car. Lip gloss at all times and places, all favorites for different reasons. At the top…
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New York International Auto Show

Hello! Allison’s faithful assistant Kimberly strikes again while Allison is otherwise detained in a subtropical locale. This time I’m pulling car duty in Manhattan, which it turns out isn’t such a bad gig.  Does a high gloss finish turn your head? Do terms like “800 horsepower” and “rear suspension geometry” get you a little hot and bothered? My answer is YES. Yes, now that I’ve spent a little time around the world’s hottest cars and some serious auto lovers. I…
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What I wore Wednesday corduroy + stripes

What I wore Wednesday

I think the last time I did What I wore Wednesday it was my How I like to wear jeans post about Levi’s.  I’m a slacker, I need to be better about this.  But hold onto your hats, I have a new one.  This is What I wore Wednesday corduroy + stripes. Before I get into detailing the outfit I want to tell you something.  Usually when there’s a photo of me on my blog, someone who is not Viktor…
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