Category: Style

The Evolution of a Hair Style

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Let’s talk hair for a minute, shall we?  Hair is a big deal to me, mostly because about the time I turned 21 I realized it wasn’t a huge thing to just swap out hair with the seasons like you would a nice throw rug in your home.  Easy, relatively painless, and the overall effect is so visually impressive it’s hard to stop.

Aside from the pastel colors, my hair has been every natural color available: red, blonde, orange, black, brown, and currently dark brown streaked with silver.  I’ve also done almost every hairstyle: pin straight and long in high school, the Rachael in college (if you’re too young to get that reference, you can Google it.  it wasn’t a good look, even on Jennifer Anniston), a short “mom” bob after my daughter was born, long again but with strong bangs this time, then short and layered with side swooped bangs, blonde and short like Posh Spice (again, see Google if needed), short and black (see Katie Holmes) and finally, buzzed on the sides and mohawk on top a la P!nk.

It’s funny to me, as I’m looking back at the last two decades of the evolution of my current … >> 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!

Cute New Camera Bags For You

Cute New Camera Bags

It’s no secret that traditionally, a functional but cute camera bag has been hard to find.  Until, that is, my rock star friend Maile created Epiphanie Bags, a line of gorgeous camera bags, because the need was there (big time) and she’s a genius.

I’ve owned an Epiphanie camera bag for over 5 years and I love everything about it.  It’s stylish and utilitarian, and sometimes I use it for a purse without even taking my camera anywhere because that’s how much I love it.

 

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But when I do need a purse to hold a camera, my Epiphanie bag is my go-to.  I use it as my personal item on any flight I take across the world because it fits just right under the seat and holds all my essentials, (including my super precious camera).

 

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Maile (the creator of Epiphanie) recently re-designed all her bags, this time using 100% leather.  And you guys, the bags are gorgeous.

I’m personally torn between the Chelsea and the Catalina.   But I’m definitely not averse to the Florence either.

I’ll take one of each, please.  In every color.

 

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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!

How To: Everyday Face Makeup

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With the contouring craze taking over the makeup scene, it feels like we’ve gotten far far away from some of the basics. What about the day-t0-day makeup that everyday women wear to work or run errands? Contouring is not very realistic for the typical lifestyle, so it’s important to master your face makeup in a way that fits your everyday routine. For this look, you only need four products: concealer, foundation, bronzer, and blush. Let’s walk through each step!

Step 1: Concealer

Start by applying a concealer under your eyes and onto any dark spots or blemishes. I like to apply the product with the applicator and then blend with my fingers. Here I’m using bareMinerals Stroke of Light in Luminous 2.

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Step 2: Foundation

Choosing your foundation really depends on your type of skin and your preference. I typically have dry, sensitive skin so I like a liquid rather than a powder. I also like something that’s good for my skin and can hydrate it at the same time. I rely on bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream in Suede for my everyday foundation. I apply a few swipes on each section of my face and blend with their super >> 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.

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