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The holidays are nearly upon us (gak! I’m not ready!) and instead of scouring the interwebz for thoughtful gifts for the ones you love, I’d like you to take a moment, or two, or three to look at some pretties for yourself. You deserve it. It’s been a long year and you’ve worked hard at all of the things so put your feet up and take a peek at some arm party decorations I’ve gathered just for you.
While you’ve been working so hard at all of the things (pat yourself on the back, you hard worker you) I’ve been gathering like a squirrel for winter collections of things I love, collections of things I think you’ll love, from all over eBay. One of my very favorite places to buy all of the things.
I’ve created dozens of collections from my favorite makeup, to boss leather jackets, to purses you must have this very minute, to an arm party of bracelets. I’d love to have you follow my collections on eBay to see a myriad of my (ever growing) collections of everything pretty.
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One of the modern marvels of the world, (my modern world anyway) is the invention +/or discovery of blotting paper. Tell me you know about this stuff. You do know about it, right? If not no biggie, that’s what I’m here for, to help you navigate the sometimes weird world of beauty.
Blotting papers are these magical little squares of paper that absorb oil from your face.
Truth. You know I wouldn’t dare tell you guys any lies, I love you too much.
This is what blotting paper looks like, little unobtrusive pieces of wafer thin paper. It’s actually rice paper which is super fantastic at absorbing oil from your gorgeous mug and doesn’t leave anything behind so you won’t end up with powder residue on your nose when you head to the ladies to touch up your makeup.
Women still do that, don’t they? Or is the ladies room just for a quick bit of gossip and general outfit rearranging? I usually generally go to the restroom when I’m out and about because I’m an old lady with an old lady / post kid bladder. Once in a while I refresh my lipstick in there … >> find out more…
Clockwise from top left: Incognito in Sausalito, I knead sour-dough, muir muri on the wall, embarca-dare ya, dining al-frisco
OPI has done it again. A new amazing Fall collection of completely gorgeous nail colors for Fall 2013. And you guys, this time it’s named after and color themed to match one of my favorite cities in the world: San Francisco.
If you know much about San Francisco you’ll probably have a little giggle at the nail polish names. Embarca-dare ya? Come on. Lost on Lombard? Stop! The clever is almost too much to handle, and the colors are to die for, as always.
Check it out:
in the carpool lane, lost on lombard, peace & love & opi, first date at the golden gate, keeping suzi at bay, a-piers to be tan, haven’t the foggiest
wharf-wharf-wharf, it’s all san andrea’s fault alcatraz rocks
I’m currently sporting ‘haven’t the foggiest’ which is a gorgeous metallic silver, but embarca-dare ya, and incognito in sausalito plan to get on my nails at some point in the next 7 days. They’re all insanely good. My teenage daughter is a fan of the liquid sand which are the bottom three colors, but I’m … >> find out more…
Boots are as much a staple for a stylish outfit for Fall weather as the white tents during fashion week in NYC. They’re a thing, an institution of Fall you might even say. Exactly which boots you should wear is totally up to you, but there are a few standard boot choices, with a million and one variations to consider. Here’s a whole DIY post from Robyn on how to’s: transitioning into Fall Fashion, and another from me on 3 ways to wear booties this Fall. Because really, what does one wear with a skinny jean? What about a super flared boot cut pant? And if you were to wake up and decide you absolutely must wear a dress to work that day, because your legs are too fabulous not to share, what on earth should you wear on your feet with that situation going on?
I’m so glad you asked! I have a very fashion-y answer to all of those questions, just for you.
5 boots you should be wearing this Fall
- The tall high heeled boot: perfect for a flow-y dress or gorgeous knee length or above skirt. Not to be worn with a long
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How to transition into Fall fashion is all the buzz in the fashion world right now, and we’re talking about it today with Petit Elefant fashion editor Robyn. Get excited because it’s starting to get chilly (ish) out! (note from Allison)
Hello again lovely Petit Elefant readers! I am so excited to be back for another fashion post and I’m even more excited it has to do with one of my favorite all time things – Fall Fashion!
I feel like there is always a point in January or February when I start to get a slight hankering for summer trends and warm weather (as I’m sure most of us do!) but it never seems to be quite as intense as my desire to jump back into the fall trends! Summer is great and all but let’s be honest, layering chunky sweaters and boots are what we fashionable ladies live for!
Now here’s the tricky part- this awkward time of year when it is still too warm to be wearing any more than one or two layers (tops!) during the day but the nights are chilly. It’s also still a little premature to jump right into sweater season so there … >> find out more…
My kids are headed back to school this week, and none of us are excited. Summer is our favorite time of year (collectively) and we all moan and groan about the first day of school.
It’s not that the kids don’t like school per se, it’s just that going back to school marks the end of our summer glory days; days filled with sunshine, pools, lazy afternoon naps, and trips to the French Riviera.
For me anyway.
None of that goodness happens during the school year.
Except the pool part, my kids swim year round, so at least they can’t complain about that.
(don’t fret, they’re sure to find a way)
The fun part about the kids heading back to school, at least for me, is the shopping involved. Surely I can’t be the only parent who loves buying back to school supplies.
Please tell me you too love stupid cute back to school supplies. Help a sister out here. I don’t know if it’s all the freshly sharpened pencils or new textbook smell, but I can’t get enough of it, especially since it’s my kids and not me headed into the classroom.
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Summer is the best. The best in the west, maybe the east, and certainly the south. But not Vegas, summer is never good in Vegas.
Anyway it’s hot outside and freezing inside, the kids are home, pools are open, and it’s Snow Cone season. It’s the perfect storm of happiness and swimsuits and glory.
Did I mention Summer is my favorite?
So what does one wear on the way to the pool, or on a perfectly sunny Saturday at the farmer’s market? I’ll tell you: whatever you want.
Want to know why?
Because it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy.
But seriously, let’s say you really do want a suggestion about the best Summer outfit ever for you to wear wherever you want (remember the livin’ is easy), what would you wear?
Put on your favorite short-sleeved button down shirt, match it with some shorts or a flirty skirt, find some Ray Bans (or a cheap farmer’s market alternative) and toss on some sandals. My favorite are Saltwater Sandals, preferably in a bright color (I do love me some color) but you can wear whatever sandals you want (if you’re looking to make your bum look tighter wear some wedges). … >> find out more…
How to recycle a thrifted purse this Summer, a new DIY tutorial from Steph, whose last project: how to geometric earrings made my life complete.
I’m a firm believer that Memorial Day definitely marks the beginning of Summer, more so than the “official” season change in June. School is getting out, theme parks and pools are opening up for the season, and shorts and sundresses are essential. It’s summer! Let’s make sure our handbag says its so, too. I have a simple how to DIY project you can do in an afternoon to give a plain straw bag some Summer-time glamour.
How to recycle a thrifted purse this Summer
- Straw Bag
- Bias tape with piping
- Sequin trim
- Fabric/craft glue
During a past visit to the thrift store I found a huge selection of straw bags and it was just my luck that they were 50% off! So instead of splurging on a 2 dollar purse, I got this cute bag for a mere buck! How can you pass that up?! I may or may not have 3 more in my closet right now.…
The how to is pretty simple for this project:
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