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GREAT.LY

Everyone listen up! Have you heard of the super awesome site great.ly? They are all about connecting the dots between makers and tastemakers and bringing the best of the best to you! Everything on that site is absolutely GORGEOUS. Just the right things for a refresh in your style, your wardrobe, or your home.

great.ly“Tastemakers are a powerful force online, motivating the purchasing habits of millions of people worldwide daily, yet no one has made them central to an online shopping site where makers go to sell their fabulous products. GREAT.LY is an ecommerce platform that will leverage the audiences of tastemakers to drive sales for the maker economy. It is a simple WIN-WIN situation.” ~ SARAH BRYDEN-BROWN, FOUNDER/CEO

Petit Elefant is honored to be a tastemaker for the site and I’ve picked out some of my favorites for all of you to browse, shop, and drool over! Here are just a few of the things in the Petit Elefant Collection and Boutique:

great.ly artThe Gilded Pineapple Printgreat.lyNeon African Trible Pillow with Beaded Accents

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Mamuye Leather Tote

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Cheers Mini Bowls

pictured above: Double Strand Mint Green and Gold Necklace

 

Now head over to great.ly and get your hands … >> find out more...

Rachel Utterback

Subscribe Online With Target

You know what kills me as a wife and mom? It’s those supposedly “quick” trips to the store for stuff I forgot to stock up on or ran out of that end up eating all my time because let’s be honest here, quick trips turn into long trips and I’m automatically behind before I even started.

This post is sponsored by Target Subscriptions – everyday essentials delivered on the schedule you set.

Enter Target Subscriptions. All my favorite stuff I buy there on a regular basis, but delivered to my door with free shipping, free return shipping AND in-store returns. The free in-store returns is a huge perk for me, because how inconvenient can it be return stuff via the mail?

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So let’s play this out for a minute. My favorite Method laundry detergent and cleaning products, which I can only find at Target anyway, gets delivered to my door on a schedule that I set, with all the convenience and none of the additional cost to me. I don’t have to burn gas driving from the country boonies where I live to my nearest Target store for this stuff, instead it comes directly to me. I save gas, time, energy, AND … >> 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!

Golden Globes 2015 Highlights

I confess. I spent the bulk of last night wrapped in a blanket, watching the Golden Globes. Mostly just for the clothes. Of all the shows recognized last night, cinema or television, I think I’ve only seen 3. But, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler? Pretty darn funny. The George Clooney Lifetime Achievement Award joke was probably the best joke of the evening, along with “…to prepare for my role as Human Woman.” Amen.

Other highlights: George Clooney’s speech, Michael Keaton’s speech (way to go, Mr. Mom!) and for goodness sakes, that beautiful Gina Rodriguez: “I can, and I did!” Fantastic. And, well, Prince. What? John Legend and Common–so good. But enough with the talk. Let’s get back to the clothes, with just a few of my favorites from the Golden Globes Awards.

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1. Julianne Moore (in Givenchy Haute Couture) made an entrance with this glamorous number. Those feathers and shimmer gave such great movement and interest to the gown. Congrats on the win, also!

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2.  Katie Holmes–this rich plum color is gorgeous on her, and a beautiful wintery shade with lovely pleats and drape, plus that jeweled cuff bracelet. Understated and timeless.

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3. Reese Witherspoon (in Calvin Klein Collection) is … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

6 Gorgeous Printable 2015 Calendars

Time for a 2015 calendar, because it’s almost here! The new year! 2015! If one of your goals is to be more organized, may I suggest starting with a pretty 2015 calendar? I use my smart phone calendar for some things, but I’m still a bit old fashioned and like to write things down and see them all at a glance without my trusty smartphone. I’m talking about using a nice paper 2015 calendar for jotting down all of your to-dos and special dates to remember. For free! Here is a little selection of very lovely free printable 2015 calendars you can download right this minute, all courtesy of talented  designers across the interwebs. Enjoy! Free_Printable_Calendar_2015_Long(2)

1. I like the black and white color scheme and darling chalkboard look of this calendar by Botanical Paperworks

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2. Understated and elegant, and more of that awesome black and white, whether you place it on your desk or your fridge or your pin board, or in a notebook, from Chantel Emma

calendardownload3. Seriously cute designs here, like that wood grain! From Mad About Pink

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4. Bright and fresh calendar from Miss Tiina

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5. Gold dots? Or maybe turquoise? Say no more! By Oh So >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

Makeup in under 5 minutes!

Have you ever overslept and needed to get ready in a hurry? All you need is this 5 minute makeup tutorial to give you a beautiful, natural glow.

Have you ever overslept and needed to get ready in a hurry? All you need is this 5 minute makeup tutorial to give you a beautiful, natural glow.

•Mac foundation brush: number 128 $ 40.00  •Liquid foundation: $ 25.00 • Concealer: $25.00 •Prep & Prime mascara $ 17.00 •Mascara: $ 20.00 •Brush cleaner $ 15.00

• Mac foundation brush: number 128 $ 40.00
• Liquid foundation: $ 25.00
• Concealer: $25.00
• Prep & Prime mascara $ 17.00
• Mascara: $ 20.00
• Brush cleaner $ 15.00

First step: I take my mac brush and mac foundation.

First step: I take my mac brush and mac foundation.

Second: take the liquid foundation and dab a medium sized amount (start with a small amount, and if you need more, simply add more) on the back of your hand

Second: take the liquid foundation and dab a medium sized amount (start with a small amount, and if you need more, simply add more) on the back of your hand

   The reason I do this is so I won’t spread bactria and dirt that may be on my hand. Using a brush also helps to keep your face clear, by preventing the oils found on your hands from clogging the pores on your face.

The reason I do this is so I won’t spread bacteria and dirt that may be on my hand. Using a brush also helps to keep your face clear, by preventing the oils found on your hands from clogging the pores on your face.

Third: start spreading the foundation in a circular motion, on and all around your face, the circular motion helps spread the foundation evenly and prevents it from being too thick.

Third: start spreading the foundation in a circular motion, on and all around your face, the circular motion helps spread the foundation evenly and prevents it from being too thick.

Continue in a circular motion.

Continue in a circular motion.

Continue.

Continue.

 Fourth: Take the concealer (I like to go about 3-4 shades darker than my foundation color).


Fourth: Take the concealer (I like to go about 3-4 shades darker than my foundation color).

Suck in your cheeks (like a fishy or kissy face) and apply the concelar right underneath the cheek bone.

Suck in your cheeks

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Making Life Easier One Blow Dryer At A Time

It’s not every day I use a blow dryer on my hair, but it’s a necessity all too often. A few months after my first baby was born I thought I needed a change and proceeded to chop 15 inches off my hair length. FIFTEEN INCHES. That’s like mid-life crisis level action there, CODE RED! It took me close to three years to grow back out and I swore I’d never make a drastic chop like that again. So here I am, 6 years, two more babies, and a mess of hair later. There are many many days where I feel like chopping it off again for the simple purpose of making my life easier because this much hair takes a generous amount of time to style, and mama ain’t got a ton of that to spare. But then I remember the growing out process and that chop chop urge goes right out the window.

To compensate, I look for any way I can to simplify my hair routine. I rely heavily on dry shampoo to get me through the days I don’t wash my hair for the simple reason that it can take me close to a half an >> 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!

My Favorite Holiday Flicks

Let’s be honest, binge watching all my favorite holiday movies is pretty much the best tradition ever.  A tradition that requires zero effort other then plopping down on the couch, or my bed if I please, tuning up ye olde dvd player and settling in for the night. I am all about the minimal effort when it comes to the holidays and I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t participated in this tradition several times already. Some people hit the mall this time of year, some people hit the couch. I’m team couch, the mall is way too crowded.

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‘Tis the season.

So, you know, because I love you I think it’s time we talk about my top 5 favorite holiday flicks. I’m hoping you’ve seen most, if not all, of these so that we have that much in common. If not, add them to your list and return so we can discuss. Movie time!

 

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*image via Movie Gazette

White Christmas – Danny Kaye, Bing Crosby, Rosemary freakin’ Clooney, and of course… Vera-Ellen’s legs. It’s just my favorite. I sing all the songs and wish I could dance all the dances, and of course I cry when they … >> 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!

Last Minute Gifts Under $50

Who else doesn’t have all of their shopping done for the holidays? I hope I’m not the only one! Don’t despair! Last minute gifts aren’t that hard to come by.

Moms do a lot right? I think they deserve the best when it comes to Christmas presents. Let’s give the moms (and other important gals) in our lives the greatest Christmas ever with these awesome gifts under $50. I’m not going to lie, I would want any (or all!) of these! Word on the street is that most of our staff would, also. Kids- are you paying attention.

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1. How fab are these gloves from Anthropologie? Gotta keep those fingers nice and warm! ($48)

2. Every house needs a beautiful calendar for 2015! I love this one from Rifle Paper Co. ($26)

3. Get cozy in these polka dot printed pj’s from Gap! ($44.99)

4. This 3-wick candle from Bath and Body Works will fill your home with the most divinely cozy smells! ($22.50)

5. Isn’t this scarf beautiful? Looks super comfy too! Get it at Loft! ($34.50)

6. Everyone needs a classic pair of stud earrings! THESE from Kate Spade! ($48)

7. I think any mom would love 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!

You Do You – A Mantra For Holiday Cheer

If you are in need of a snappy mantra for holiday cheer to get you through the season, stick around. Friends, please meet Kalli Verbecky. She’s visited us before, is generally fabulous, and today has shared a refreshing perspective and gentle reality check, to which I say amen.

IT’S ALMOST FREAKING CHRISTMAS

christmas tree lotI mean, duh, right?

You have your advent calendar out, your halls are decked to the max, and cookies and treats, and zoo lights, and making gingerbread houses, and trimming your tree, and an elf on a shelf and hot cocoa for all! Because that is what celebrating the holidays in 2014 means I guess. This level of festive commitment is what your kids are counting on because you ARE the source of friggin’ holiday magic! So get with the program and try not to ruin their childhoods with a lackluster December showing. You don’t want to spend the rest of the year in a shame cycle now do you?

Let’s dial that back for a minute with a short vignette: last December I had a bit of a wake-up call. Let me preface this by saying I love the holidays, I love Thanksgiving, I love Christmas, … >> 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!