Category: Style

Office Wear / Fall Fashion For The Ladies

Office wear is a tricky thing sometimes for the ladies.  For dudes it’s pretty straight forward:  if you are a dude and you work in an office you’re either wearing a suit or business attire of some sort.  Nice shoes are involved, black socks (hopefully, not white and athletic), button up shirts with a tie and maybe a cardigan or a jacket.  For the ladies?  Well.  Office wear is all over the place, totally dependent on where you work, and how many mean girls there are in your office.
I’m only sort of joking.
Office Style Fall 2014

Suffice it to say, there are a lot of options for office wear, none of them including a see through top and a black polka dotted Madonna bra.  Or flip flops and a greasy top knot.

One *appropriate* option this Fall, and a gorgeous one at that, is a dressed up version of harem pants with heels and a classy blouse on top.  If you use the right accessories you’ll look dressed up to hit the morning meeting even though you’re essentially wearing fancy pajamas.  EVERYONE wins.  Even your cranky boss.

‘How does one wear sassy office wear’, you ask?  Easy peasy.  Throw something like this … >> 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 to Wear for Family Photos (Plus Size edition)

WhatToWearForFamilyPhotos

Photo courtesy of Blue Lily Photo

It’s fall! Once all the school supplies have been purchased and my kids are back in school I start to think about our yearly family photos. As a photographer, I often get asked for recommendations on what to wear in family photos. What I’m about to share with you applies not only to plus sized women, but to everyone!

The first rule for deciding what to wear for family photos is to be comfortable. If you’re wearing something that’s a little more formal, or unusual for you it will show in the photos. So, more than anything, be yourself! Choose pieces that fit well and make you happy!

Second, go for color! Bold colors, especially jewel tones, make photographs “pop”. If you’re not comfortable in jewel tones try using a scarf, sweater or jacket to provide the splash of color that will draw your eye to the finished product.

Finally, many people worry about coordinating outfits for the entire family. The good news is that matchy-matchy photos are out! Choose one outfit you love to wear, and get the others to coordinate with them. The colors don’t have to be the same,

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Carrie

Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography.

DIY Facial Scrub With Natural Ingredients

I’ve got a great little DIY facial scrub for you today. Lately I’ve been seeking out more natural ways to care for my skin. I really love my cosmetics, but I also know that I taking care of my skin with good cleansing is an important part of any beauty regimen.  Gentle is always better when it comes to skin care, which is why I love this oil cleansing DIY facial scrub. It’s easy and your probably have these natural ingredients in your cupboard. If not, they’re easy to find at your local market.

DIY oil cleansing face scrubSo here is what you need:

  • 3 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp castor oil
  • 2 Tbsp baking soda
  • couple drops of essential oils (optional but I used Lavender)
  • About 4 Vitamin E capsules or 2-3 drops of Vitamin E oil

All of these things are super great for your skin. They cleanse, moisturize and rejuvenate all in one. It’s awesome. All you really do is mix the oils together, add the baking soda, essential oil drops, and vitamin E.

DIY face scrubAfter you’ve mixed it all together and you’re ready to use it, here’s how I do it. Take some into your fingers and rub it all over your … >> find out more...

natalia

Natalia is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don't have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace her own beauty.

Simple Summer Makeup Look

simple summer makeupThe heat is on, but your makeup doesn’t have to look melted and heavy. A simple summer rmakeup look is all you need. It’s funny how the weather and seasons change the way we do our hair and makeup.  I guess it’s because the weather–heat, humidity, air conditioning–affects our wardrobes and skin and even our moods. I know I definitely change the way I do makeup during the summer, opting for lighter, brighter, more natural.  So today I thought it would be fun to share my simple summer make routine.

Simple Summer Makeup

Yep, you guys, that’s all you need! And it will be more than enough. In fact, you could even go with less by eliminating the BB Cream and just using the bronzer. Here’s what I use to get this simple summer makeup look:

  • Eye Liner – I am currently using an eye liner I got in my Julep box and I currently love it! Any brown eye liner you can just smudge into your lash line would be perfect.
  • Mascara – My favorite mascara, hands down, is this Voluminous by L’Oreal. I’ve tried the expensive stuff and the cheap stuff and it always comes back to
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natalia

Natalia is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don't have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace her own beauty.

How To Dye Your Hair At Home With Helps And Hints

This post is brought to you by L’Oréal Paris.

Dyeing at home, is it a thing for you?  It is for me.  In fact, I’ve only maybe had my hair colored at a salon once or twice in the last 10 years.  Truly.  There’s just no justification for me to pay someone to do it for $150 a pop when I can dye my own hair at home for under $15.

how to dye your hair at home

 

But I have simple hair.  One, all-over color to cover up the greys my super fun genes have sent my way.  Fun fact: my mom went completely silver when she was 35.  You know how old I am?  Don’t answer that, I’ll lie anyway.  The point is: it’s either dyed, or silver, and mama’s not going out like that.

 

how to dye your hair at home

So, you’re afraid to do it yourself?  Don’t sweat it.  I’ve got all kinds of tips from the pros (me, having dyed my own hair for the last 20 years) to keep it legit, and gorgeous for less than the price of a weeks’ worth of coffee. Or Diet Dr Pepper, your choice.

 

dye gray hair

 

Here’s the thing about dyeing your hair at home: there are all … >> 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!

Summer Fun Under The Stars

destination summer tank top skinny-jeans

Summer is fun, isn’t it?  Seriously, summer is my saving grace during the long, cold Utah winters.  Sometimes I go weeks at a time during a freezing, slushy March just dreaming about the summer, when all things are possible.  Summer in Utah really makes up for the miserable winters, and we spend summers swimming, barbecuing, camping, horseback riding, hiking and playing in the mountains, kayaking, and hanging out on the back yard deck.

I’m super excited to be partnering with Kohl’s #DestinationSummer to share some fun summertime ideas in Utah, because you should definitely visit.  Utah is absolutely amazing, especially in the summer.  We got all dressed up for this fun summertime idea, and you’ll understand why below.

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This summer we’re not traveling like we usually do, we’re staying close to home to have our fun since my baby girl is still sick after 3 months of non-stop vomiting.  No big deal though, because Utah rules summer.

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In fact, spending time under the stars is the best way to experience Utah in the summer.  The days are hot and dry, and the nights are perfect and cool, just right for movies + symphonies under the stars, which is exactly … >> 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!

Sexy And Totally Comfortable Shoes For Women

Wedge Booties

Sexy, comfortable shoes?  Total oxymoron.  Usually.  But Brian James, a relatively new shoe company defies the un-sexy odds of comfortable, day-to-day staple shoes by making some seriously hot shoes for women.

summer sanda;s

Brian James is a shoe company started in 2012 by Angela Edgeworth, founder of the adorable children’s footwear line, pediped.  Angela named the new shoe company for women after her husband Brian James (so cute!) because aside from her love for her two daughters and her shoe collection (OBVS), her husband Brian is her favorite.

wedge pumps

Now, let’s talk about the shoes.  Last summer I was gifted a pair of Brian James sandals.  I was in the middle of hosting a party for 350 women in Chicago, in July.  It was hot, I was tired and my feet swollen, and I’d just walked 5 blocks in the heat and humidity before I put my new sandals on.  I’m always skeptical when it comes to new shoes, especially when my feet don’t feel awesome, and I’m here to tell you, WHOA.  These shoes, you guys!  So comfortable.

I’m a total shoe wimp.  My feet can only handle certain kinds of shoes, and I really won’t suffer for fashion.  I’m too … >> 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!

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Summer Nail Colors

Summer Nail Colors

One thing I love about Summer is a bright shiny manicure or pedicure. I just can’t stay away from all the shades of pink and orange and colors inspired by cotton candy and ice pops. Aren’t they so pretty lined up there all nice? Let’s talk summer nail colors in pastel, pink, and orange.

Pastels

pastel summer nail colors

Sometimes it’s fun to rock something out of the ordinary  like these colors from Joe Fresh that make me think of summer treats like sherbet and cotton candy.  JC Penney carries this line but I couldn’t find them online, you might have to check it out in store.  Pastels are fun and very on trend right now, and a fun manicure is an ideal way to play with a trend.

Orange is the new black

orange summer nail color

I love the color orange. I think Elle was wrong when she said “whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed!” It’s a beautiful color and a really fun bright for summer.  The middle one, from Wet n Wild is about a dollar or so at Target and it lasts forever! Don’t underestimate a bargain brand.  The Revlon is a very true orange which probably works all year … >> find out more...

natalia

Natalia is a mom to two crazy boys and wife to one handsome dude. She lives in France part of the year where her husband plays professional basketball, but she hails from Southern California. The hubs was born & raised in Nassau, Bahamas, which makes them an intercultural, interracial family traveling the globe together since 2007. She loves to cook (but mostly eat), hang with her fam, be adventurous, & find ways to stay girlie in a house full of men. On her site you can find loads of hair tutorials, makeup ideas, & fashion tips for the everyday woman. She believes that beauty and fashion don't have to be intimidating and that every woman should learn to embrace her own beauty.

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How To Make Your Very Own BB Cream

DIY BB cream

What’s BB Cream?  Why do I need to know about it?  What does it do?  Who am I? How did I end up here?  Who are you?

Sorry.  We’re not going to get into an existential discussion today, we’re just here to talk about makeup.  Which is what BB cream is: makeup.  For your face.  That’s usually where makeup goes, on your face.  (ignore me.  it’s a rainy day over here, I’m all sorts of confused about life)

Let’s talk about WHAT BB Cream is, how to wear it, and FINALLY how to make this aforementioned BB Cream.

tinted moisturizer

What on earth is BB Cream?  Well, it’s basically tinted moisturizer, only more.  BB stands for blemish balm.  Blemish balm moisturizes your skin while covering up +/or disguising your blemishes.  But it’s lighter than foundation so if you, like me, don’t love the feeling of foundation on your face, BB Cream might become your new best friend.

BB Cream is a super simple combination of your favorite moisturizer (with SPF, I hope!) and your favorite foundation.  Together they make magic.

I use Oil of Olay because my skin is sensitive and it has a bit of SPF in it.  Add foundation, … >> 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!