Category: Style

Mamagama Maternity Giveaway

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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.

5 Reasons to Love Watching Tennis

Our bright young friend Whitney, well versed in all cool things, is an avid tennis fan.  She’s sharing her love affair with this classy sport today, right here. You’ll be studying up on your Aces and 40-Loves in no time with this primer on why it’s so easy to love watching tennis.

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It’s spring again. Spring always gets me thinking about love, and love always gets me thinking about tennis. (See what I did there?) One Sunday afternoon in 2008 I found my mother enthralled with, of all things, a tennis match on TV.

I joined her, since she told me it was happening in London (my favorite), but I quickly found other reasons to stay: Nadal and Federer.

You see, 2008 was the year Rafael Nadal first beat Roger Federer in the Wimbledon Gentlemen’s Singles Championship. His victory came after 4 hours and 48 minutes and two rain delays—and after Federer had won the five previous Wimbledon titles. Many tennis fans still consider it one of the greatest matches in history. I had picked a heck of a first tennis match to witness. It was amazing.

Roger Federer captivated me. Painfully defeated, yet still the epitome of sportsmanship. (His … >> 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.

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.

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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, you … >> 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.

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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.

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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.

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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