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Spring Fashion Style Trends For Women 2015

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Ladies, 2015 is officially jam-packed full of gorgeous fashion style, and I’ve been spotting fun, trendy new Spring lines practically all over the universe, (the internet counts!). So, girls, women, ladies, let’s get started.

Heeeeey, hey laadieeeees!

I can’t help myself.  I sort of apologize.

 Spring Fashion Style Trends  2015Please hear me when I tell you there are some Spring 2015 trends you want to check out.  Today I’m hitting a few that I’ll share below, but first, let’s break for a video.  I’m starting up style videos again with the magical sparkly editing skills of my friend Jenny so let’s pause and watch. (are you excited about this?  do you have topics you want me to cover?  let me know in the comments!)

Now that we’ve seen the fun style stuff I hauled in almost-3D, let’s talk about discount shopping for a minute.  You know I love a good deal, so much so that I’m genuinely incapable of buying anything full price.  ANYTHING.  Food, clothes, airline tickets, hotel rooms, cars, homes, stickers, … >> 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!

Everyday Bun Hairstyle

It’s time you learned how to put your hair in a bun. You can do it! Hair is a tough thing, sometimes. I mean, we’ve all got to live with whatever hair we we were born with. And deal with it every single day. Let’s be honest, sometimes we resort to pulling into a pony tail, or tucking it under a hat, or pulling it into a messy to-knot style bun. At least that’s on trend, right?featured photo

However, a top knot isn’t for everyone, so today I’ve got a tutorial for a very simple everyday bun that you can do in maybe 10 minutes flat. It’s easy, cute and people will think you spent quite a bit more time than you actually did!

Another benefit of this simple hair style? You can wear it on dirty hair. In fact, most styles look great with dirty hair! A little dry shampoo and tease at the roots and you will be good to go. Here’s the break down of how to do it.messy bun tutorial

  • I didn’t show it here, but you can start by teasing the crown and the sides of your hair. A little dry shampoo can never hurt!
  • Start by separating
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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.

The Magic of Band T Shirts

band t shirts uhuh honeyI’ve never regretted buying band T-shirts. I have this whole collection of shirts, picked up at concerts or hunted down on E-Bay, that are all dedicated to the music I love. And I actually wear them. I don’t just wear them for me, though. I wear them for the people around me. Because first and foremost, band t shirts are conversation-starters.

band t shirts Music is one of my all-time favorite things to talk about, and when I can talk about it with a stranger on a rainy day, that is a sort of magic to me. When a melody hits you just right, it is such a joy to share it with someone. It’s a phenomenon that crosses generations. Then there are the words.

There are some perfect lyrics in the universe, (the ones you write on your hand when you’re bored) they stick to you. Well sometimes those lyrics end up on a shirt, and you can carry them around all day. When someone feels those words the same way you do, and then sees your  band t shirt – presto – instant friend, and perhaps possible soul mate.

band t shirtsSo, search a bit on your favorite online outlet. You know that … >> find out more...

elliepeek

19 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

New Names for Benedict Cumberbatch

In case you thought we were done mooning over our beloved Benedict Cumberbatch, fear not. There’s more. Mr. Cumberbatch played sportingly along with Jimmy Kimmel in this little video about changing his name. On of my favorite literary heroines, Anne Shirley, once surmised it would be hard to imagine a rose could smell as sweet were it called a skunk cabbage. So, then, would a Benedict Cumberbatch be as totally awesome if his name were, say, Gary Miller? I say not. For sure not. (No offense to any Gary Millers out there, or to anyone who might know or love one. Of course.). The set up is absurdly incongruous: Benedict Cumberbatch hitting on women in a bar, using a variety of potential new names for himself. You’re welcome.

Which new name was your favorite? I not telling mine, but I will say I lost it at “Chad” and snorted til the end. Jimmy Kimmel has it right, Benny’s parents deserve an Oscar for bestowing the grand and quirky name upon him. No other name will ever do.

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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.

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Simple Day to Night Makeup Look

Somehow even though you do a full face of makeup in the morning, it does not look quite the same in the evening. The toll of the day’s activities and general life kinda smudge it around and wipe it off. But what happens if you have a date night or cocktails with the office after a long day at work? You definitely don’t have to do another full face of makeup. Use these simple tips to touch up your makeup for a night out.

Day to Night Makeup Look

day to night makeup lookFirst of all, let’s talk about what you’ll need. It’s very simple, and I’ll tell you the brands I’m using, but use whatever you’ve got on hands or the products you already love! If you are looking to try a few new products, these are the ones I personally use and can recommend.

What you’ll need:

what you'll need for a day to night makeup look
  • Powder – I am using Younique powder and I really like it!
  • Red Lipstick – use your favorite shade, recently I’ve been loving these Burt’s Bees lip crayons. The color I used here is called Redwood Forest. They’re only $8.99 too!
  • Black liner – I really recommend this liner, especially if you have
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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.

Plum Lipstick

Winter is the perfect time to try plum lipstick. There are plenty of ways to be daring in this life, and if you’re not planning that grand and defiant uprising (yet), I would suggest utilizing the not-so-extreme but just-as-gratifying place for rebellion: make-up. Though there are an estimated ba-zillion ways to make a statement with the inky, powdery magic of liners and brushes to the face, let’s talk about one. Lipstick. Plum lipstick.

Plum LipstickSince there is nothing “more articulate than a kiss,” your lipstick ought to be a precocious start – the accessory to the smile, the speech, or the kiss. Deep, silky purple communicates the perfect level of coolness and daring for the task. I admit my own love of dark lipsticks was once stifled by an unfortunate blitz of events: in an encounter with a potential crush I was told that dark lipstick was too intimidating for him; I found “dramatic lips” on an online list of 7 Beauty and Style Trends That Guys Hate!; and then the most disastrous reason – I didn’t have the courage necessary to dip into my spectacular, plum war-paint. I was forgetting the best style advice of all – wear >> find out more...

elliepeek

19 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer and human being. I am an English major at Brigham Young University. I write a heavy bit of poetry, and eat a heavy bit of Indian food. I lived in Germany for a bit, but currently call Utah my home. I want to travel as much as time and cash will permit, in this short and spectacular life - and look good while doing it.

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Favorite Moments of 2014

A full week of 2015 has already gone, but I’m not yet ready to dim the lights on the year to which we just kissed good-bye. Not that we want to live in the past, but year 2014 brought us some unforgettable characters and events, so let’s reflect on them one last time, courtesy of my beautiful young friend, Whitney, who knows everything cool and that it’s good to remember things.

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  1. Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir at the Sochi Olympics

2014’s winter Olympics saw plenty of heart-warming athletic triumphs, like U.S.’s first gold medal in ice dancing. But Sochi will also be remembered as the first pairing of former Olympians Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir. They joined forces as well-dressed figure skating commentators and became a must-watch part of Olympic coverage. Awesome or awesomely bad. Whichever.

  1. Jay Leno Passes the Tonight Show Baton to Jimmy Fallon

After more than 20 years as the host of The Tonight Show, Jay Leno permanently stepped off stage in 2014. Former SNL cast member and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon took his place, bringing his immediately viral skits and hilarious games to the NBC staple. Fallon’s unique spin on Tonight 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.

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Cumberbatch Babies

There were actual squeals of joy and rows of exclamation points and proclamations of a state of emergency and frantic text messages when I heard the news today that my favorite, Benedict Cumberbatch is going to become a daddy.

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Indeed, Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch and his gorgeous fiancee Sophie Hunter are expecting a baby this year! Bring on the Cumber-babies!  It’s no secret that Benedict Cumberbatch is beloved around here.  For several valid heart-throbby reasons. His elegant gait, his public desire to marry and have children, his deliciously silky voice and ever-dreamy accent, his old fashioned manners (the engagement announcement was very classy), his graciousness and charm during interviews and fan maulings, the way he wears a suit and tie, and of course his formidable talent all add up to one big, mad, juicy celeb-crush. I confess: his photo is the wallpaper on my phone. It’s true. He’s our favorite topic of conversation around here. And those conversations never ever include highly romantic overtones. Wink.

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We are tremendously happy for Mr. Cumberbatch and his lovely bride-to-be Miss. Hunter. She’s quite beautiful–those eyes, the cheekbones, the posture and grace. And those gowns—she has great taste.  Well, obviously, and … >> 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.

Making Life Easier One Blow Dryer At A Time

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 hour to dry my hair on the days I do wash it. 30 minutes with a blow dryer is … >> 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!