Year: 2012

Most meaningful moment of the year

I think I’ve pretty much established the fact that my family’s pilgrimage to Europe last summer was one of the more important events of my life. In addition to crossing off a handful of Life List dreams, Viktor and I were able to take our children to my husband’s childhood home. From the moment they were born, I’ve wanted nothing more than to take our children to visit Poland while Viktor’s parents were still alive, and last year we were…
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$500 Rue La La giveaway

$500 giveaway

UPDATED: We have a winner! Thank you everyone for entering the Rue La La giveaway.  If you didn’t win, the universe still loves you.  So do I.  And there will be so many more giveaways where this one came from, so don’t be discouraged!  Please know your comments made my entire weekend happy. The $500 giveaway winner is now Melissa D.  If this is you, get in touch with me asap so you can start shopping.  The deals are slipping…
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How I like to wear jeans: everyday look

how to wear jeans

I’m obsessed with fashion.  Like, there are literally 15 fashion magazines stacked up next to my bed as I write this, kind of obsessed. But I’m very sartorially practical, and the sad {and happy} truth of it all is that I don’t work at a trendy NYC agency, but in my cozy home office instead.  Which means on a day-to-day basis the only humans who see me are in my carpool {hi kids!}, or have been married to me for…
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Pinterest is not the enemy

rainboy party how to

There’s a lot of bad buzz around how to use Pinterest right now, but I’m still the happiest user on the block.  I love me some Pinterest. If you steal my stuff, I will cut you. The Bloggess is my other lover The posts I put together take an average of 5 hours a piece to create, photograph, edit, and blog.  If you steal any of that we’re going to have some words.  That’s just plain illegal.  If you steal…
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Maybelline vs Maybelline mascara face off

maybelline vs maybelline mascara

A couple of years ago I did a little Maybelline vs Maybelline mascara face off to see which of the 3 grocery store mascaras in my makeup bag {at the time} was the best of the best. Maybelline has of course come up with about eleventy billion different kinds of INTENSE EYELASH FIBER EXTENSION miracle mascaras by now, but these are some oldies and I thought it would be fun to pull this out again and see what some of…
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What to wear this weekend

It’s Friday.  You’ve earned it.  You’ve hauled yourself out of bed day after day after day this week, {okay just a few days – still, it feels like a lot} and you’re ready for a break.  Now all you have to decide is what to wear this weekend. You have a few options: door #1 is casual boyfriend sweats and  a stack of good books.  Door #2 is the farmers market with your sweetie, and door #3 is a sexy…
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What’s in your purse series week 80

what's in your purse series week 80

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series Purse is from Cathy.  This one is awesome. 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 I’m in the process of cleaning out the garage, tubs and tubs and boxes and boxes of stuff. I came across…
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HGTV iPad 2 winner

house hunters international

I don’t know about you, but I had so much fun: a) talking about finding your dream home b) watching House Hunters International {live! on the tee vee!} and live tweeting while a very, very young and uh, very “American” couple chose an apartment in Vienna.  {side note: Heather Spohr and I were texting back and forth during the show: “Seriously?  $1,800 buys THAT in Austria?!  Why are we still living in the U.S.?”  double side note: Rebecca Woolf is…
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Fun birthday celebrations for you!

fun birthday celebrations for you

Birthdays are a big deal where I come from {Utah Valley thankyouverymuch} but in Viktor’s family they merit little more than a greeting card.  All the love falls on your patron Saint day in the {original} Czarnecki household.  When we were in college Viktor would have a huge mail day somewhere in September wherein he received the entire contents of a party store, but on his actual birthday not so much. I took the reins on that one as soon…
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