Category: Style

3 Fashionably Patriotic Outfits

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We’re feeling patriotic over here, because isn’t the 4th of July the best? It’s probably one of my all-time favorite holidays. I love dressing up in red, white, and blue and celebrating with friends and family all day long! Look totally cute and stylish while still being patriotic with some inspiration from these 3 outfits that will WOW!

The “Casual Cute Parade” Outfit:

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The “Lounging By The Pool”: Outfit:

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Rachel Utterback

Shellac Nails

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Do you know what my favorite beauty tricks are? Low-maintenance ones. So, concerning the love and care that nice-looking nails require, I often come up short – literally. I am a notorious nail-biter. Sometimes it’s absent minded, other times it’s stress related, but either way the only time I really seem to kick the horrible habit is when my nails are painted.

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This polish is 3 weeks old.

Nail-painting itself is not an easy endeavor, and common polish always chips off your hands within days (and yet, somehow, pedicures could withstand a nuclear war without even a blemish.) Gel and acrylic nails often require too long a commitment, they damage your nails, and leave your hands looking more mangled than glamorous when they come off.

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This is after I removed the shellac (on my own, and without acetone).

Fortunately, there is a happy in-between manicure solution: Shellac. And gals, it’s the bomb. The substance Shellac is a blend of gel and polish. It is applied like a polish and so it can’t be used to extend your nail, but it does add strength and durability. In the long term, Shellac is much less harmful to nails than gels and acrylics, and it … >> find out more...

elliepeek

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, 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.

How to Rock a Sale

If your summer plans include hitting up every great sale that comes along, it’s time you had some training. Might sound silly, but trust me, if you go into a sale with a plan and a purpose, you come out at the other end quicker, happier, and significantly less broke. Let’s eighty-six the buyer’s remorse, mmkay?

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There are too many summer “blow-outs” to keep track of, but a personal favorite of mine is the “Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual” which is happening right now! How do I survive that explosion of lace, sequins, and smelly body lotion? These are seven tips and tricks that I have picked up by working in retail and by indulging in (sometimes over-indulging in) sales myself, with pictures from my last semi-annual haul.

  • Know what you want. Check online and see what you are looking for, before you go. I always start with the basics: “I’m looking for a nude bra, black bra, and pajamas.”

 

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  • Go early! You are not the only one looking to take advantage of half-priced heaven, but you can be one of the few early birds.
  • Be prepared to budge. Sometimes the store will be out of the exact item you imagined,
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elliepeek

20 years old, and deeply happy to be alive. I am an aspiring writer, maybe-lawyer, 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.

How to Use a Curling Wand

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While it may be intimidating to try and master yet another hair tool, I have to say, this one is so worth it. The curling wand creates a more natural wavy texture that the curling iron can’t quite match. If you’re looking to achieve that messy, beachy look, then a curling wand is just what you need. Here’s how to get the look:

I like to curl my hair in 3 layers, so let’s start with the bottom layer. Holding the curling wand with the plug-end facing up, select a piece of hair about a quarter or half inch thick. If you want more piecey waves, choose thinner pieces of hair. Hold the curling wand behind the piece of hair and wrap the hair around the wand, away from your face. Hold for 10-12 seconds.

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For the middle layer, I recommend alternating which way you curl each piece. Try some by holding the curling wand in front of the piece of hair and wrap it around the wand towards your face. Hold for 10-12 seconds. When you switch to the other side of your head, make sure you also switch the curling wand into your other hand. So hold the curling wand in your … >> find out more...

Amanda Holstein

Blogger at Advice from a Twenty Something, Amanda Holstein lives in San Francisco, CA where she writes her modern advice column for the everyday, stylish girl. She’s not your high-fashion guru, she’s your friend who knows about the sale at Madewell and who’ll actually tell you if that shirt doesn’t look good on you (someone needs to, right?). Besides blogging, Amanda works full-time at Federated Media Publishing, helping some of her favorite online publishers do what they love.

Daily Routine For A Healthy Life

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A daily routine has become a thing for me, in the last 6 months.  We all do some of the same stuff daily, like go to work, drop kids off at school or daycare, or even a daily trip to the gym.  But I’ve been working really, really, super hard on having almost the same routine every single day, including weekends.  Because what I realized in all my actively-getting-healthier business is that routine, simple daily routine, makes my life a happier place to be.

Do you remember about a month ago when I started the 28 day clean face challenge with Burt’s Bees?  I started the challenge by doing the same things I was already doing every day like exercising, drinking 2-3 gallons of water, meditating / reading my scriptures, and going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning.  But what I wasn’t doing consistently was washing my face every morning and night, and going through a regular skin care routine, and it’s SO IMPORTANT to do that, especially when you’re just shy of 40 years old (but also, ALWAYS).

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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!

Mamagama Maternity Giveaway

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**CONGRATULATIONS to Lindsay, comment #4, and Lori #9, the winners of our giveaway! Thank you to everyone who participated, and thank you to Mamagama!

So, friends, I am almost 30 weeks pregnant, in my third trimester (yay!) and REALLY struggling to find a cute outfit to wear everyday. It’s hard work to find something stylish, comfortable, and flattering to that ever-growing bump. Am I right ladies?

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That’s where Mamagama Maternity comes in. You guys, these are the most comfortable and soft t-shirts I have found, maternity or otherwise! And BONUS- they are totally cute. Like, really really cute. Ruffles? Graphics? Totally on trend, feminine but not fussy. Dress   them up, or not, it all works.

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Mamagama Maternity is so awesome that they are giving away TWO adorable t-shirts to TWO lucky readers of Petit Elefant! They are giving away this Captian American t-shirt that is perfect for the 4th of July and this purple beach ball t-shirt that is one of my favorites. All of their other t-shirts are pretty adorable too. How cute is The Peek A Boo Chicken t-shirt? It’s just hilarious. And I loved wearing the blue “Flirty” t-shirt! So feminine and pretty.

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Rachel Utterback

Cleanse Your Face and Cleanse Your Life

My face has endured a fair amount of abuse in its 37 years on the planet, some of which has even been caused by me. I had gorgeous skin as a child and teenager, and like most gifts, I took it for granted until the day it turned on me in my late 20’s.

It happens all the time.

And now, as a conscientious nearly-40-year-old woman, I’m doing a lot of work not only to cleanse my face, but to cleanse my life as well. I really, truly believe the two go hand-in-hand. Eating good things and living a clean and simple life makes for a good face, from the inside out.

Good face products are pretty key too, so I’m excited to try a 28-day Face Cleanse and share the results with you in a month. Have you ever done this? A lot of us do a nice body cleanse or detox on the regular, but how many of you have ever done a face cleanse? Raise your hands, even though I can’t see you.

I’ll assume you all knew that, because you’re a smart bunch.

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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!

Sunglasses and Getting the Right Style

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With spring in full force, it’s time to break out your sunglasses. Unfortunately, not all sunglasses are created equal. What I mean is, there are certain styles that work better for certain occasions. For instance, you wouldn’t wear your playful retro sunnies to an outdoor wedding ceremony, nor would you wear your seven dollar aviators on your way to an interview. So today we’re going to break down the world of sunglasses so you’ll never have to wonder, “Do these work?” again.

For everyday:

Your everyday shades are the pair of sunnies that fit your face perfectly and give off a more casual vibe. For my oval shape face, aviators are my go-to. You can wear them while running errands, out to brunch, or at a BBQ. They’re your versatile pair that you carry with you at all times. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Ray Ban Aviators!

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For trendy get togethers:

Wearing your new maxi skirt or getting dolled up for a pool party? Now’s the time to break out your fun pair of shades. Go for a retro shape or something with color or texture. These Madewell sunglasses are my must-haves for outdoor get … >> find out more...

Amanda Holstein

Blogger at Advice from a Twenty Something, Amanda Holstein lives in San Francisco, CA where she writes her modern advice column for the everyday, stylish girl. She’s not your high-fashion guru, she’s your friend who knows about the sale at Madewell and who’ll actually tell you if that shirt doesn’t look good on you (someone needs to, right?). Besides blogging, Amanda works full-time at Federated Media Publishing, helping some of her favorite online publishers do what they love.

The Longest Ride Movie and Ariat Giveaway

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***UPDATE: Our randomly generated winner is #71, Chrysula! Congrats, you lucky gal! Please contact us via email directly so we can get you all hooked up with your boots. Thank you, to every one who entered. I feel some definitely cowboy-boot-love solidarity with all of you!

Do you have a soft spot for cowboys, cowboy boots, books movies, or love stories? Yes, you do. And you’ll want to pay attention here. You’ve seen the trailers for The Longest Ride from 20th Century Fox, right? It’s Nicholas Sparks’ latest novel-turned movie, and it features dreamy cowboys and young romance and all the things we love about a good chick flick. Plus we have a giveaway. For you.

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The Longest Ride is the love story of Luke, a former rodeo champ looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student about to start her dream job in the art world New York City.  Their goals will bring inevitable conflict as Sophia and Luke are inspired by Ira, an aging widower who recounts his own lifelong love story. Better bring tissues. You’ll need them for those moments when you aren’t swooning over Luke’s have-mercy-on-me good looks.

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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.