Year: 2014

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

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

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Empowered Underwear For Girls, No Really!

tween bras

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…
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Shopping For Social Good fashionABLE

leather tote bag

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. I 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…
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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.

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3 Crazy Easy DIY Halloween Costumes

If you are looking for awesome DIY Halloween costumes for kids, stick around. Because Halloween is coming, friends. And you’re going to need some costumes. And you’re going to need them easy and you’re going to want them cheap. Maybe these 3 quick and painless ideas will inspire you.  All of these costumes were pulled together using things we found already laying around in our closets & craft bin, with the exception of a few minor accessories to add a…
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Decadent Toffee Apple Dip Recipe

Toffee Apple Dip

This Toffee Apple Dip is going to make you very popular this fall. I know this because once, many years ago, my husband and I attended a grown-ups only Halloween party at a neighbor’s house. In the middle of the buffet was a platter of apples and a bowl of a creamy, sweet dip I’d never heard of before. Guests were wild for it. The lovely gal who made it explained that it’s her go-to treat to take to all…
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How To Accessorize Your Watches With Jewelry

how to accessorize

Learning to accessorize can seem a bit daunting sometimes, right? And it seems like the rules of fashion change all the time; sometimes it’s okay to stack bracelets like crazy up both arms, but other times you’re supposed to accessorize with nothing but a simple necklace and a watch. What the what? No worries, you’ve got this. It’s okay to accessorize the way you want, but I have some tips in case you’re worried about the fashion police knocking on…
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Best Of Me Romantic Movie For Your Weekend

The Best of Me

***Congratulations to our winner, Elizabeth C. who said: What a hard question! I have a bunch of favorite movies… But because it’s nearly Halloween and I’ve been watching a lot of scary movies, my favorite movie currently is Poltergeist.  Please contact Petit Elefant directly, Elizabeth, and a special thanks to everyone who participated. I’m a movie fan.  Which is to say, I love a feel-good movie of any sort, especially the romantic.  So sue me.  Life is hard enough on…
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A Beautiful Boutique Hotel NYC

A Beautiful Boutique Hotel NYC

A good hotel is my kryptonite.  For real, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous hotel in a cool city.  Fresh linens, a plush bed, room service (in theory, if you’re a kazillionaire), and if you’re really lucky, a thick white robe and slippers. I have a weakness for white robes in gorgeous hotel rooms.  It will be my ultimate downfall. So a few weeks ago I went to New York City for some meetings around the United Nations annual meetup,…
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