Category: Style

My Favorite Figure Flattering One-Piece Swimsuits 2016

One-piece swimsuits are the figure flattering champions of the swimwear world, and I’m loving what I’m seeing right now for Summer 2016.  There are so many different color choices, cleavage options, (no, really) and styles – there’s something for everyone.

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Even if you aren’t into camouflaging a tummy (who isn’t into covering up a tummy?), these 12 one-piece swimsuits will have you swooning for a sunny day at the pool.  Gorgeous bows, halter tops, and one-shoulder swimsuits are super flattering and draw the eye away from tricky spots.  Not that you have any tricky spots, I’m just saying, if you’re sensitive about tricky spots, there are so many options for you and your gorgeous body.

And if all else fails, there’s always distraction. If you’ve got a nice rack, now’s the time to bring the girls out (in a classy way, naturally).  Classy cleavage (it’s a thing) is always a good distraction, especially in a one-piece swimsuit, so don’t be afraid of daring necklines like the pink, white, and black suit above.

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Halter tops are awesome if you’re a little more flat chested; they draw the eye upwards and add a little lift while keeping everything where … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Recipe To Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

DIY dry shampoo is one of the best behind-the-scenes beauty secrets of all time.  It’s so easy to make and does such a good job, you’ll never spend money on store bought dry shampoo again.

Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

Have you ever used dry shampoo?  I’ll admit, until a decade ago I’d never even heard of dry shampoo, let alone people making their own DIY dry shampoo, but it has opened my eyes to the wonders of beauty shortcuts.

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And as far as beauty shortcuts go, this is one of the really good ones.

Recipe To Make Your Own DIY Dry Shampoo

People didn’t used to use shampoo on their hair as often as we do now, and the theory is that people’s hair was in much better shape before washing it all the time.  I’m a believer in not washing very often, especially since I’ve had a mohawk over the last few years.  My hair looks better, behaves better, needs less product and hair drying, and feels so much smoother and hydrated when I only wash it once or twice a week.

homemade dry shampoo

The trick though, is that hair gets greasy and smelly without regular washing.  So dry shampoo fills in the gaps of shampooing by absorbing the oil from your … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

What Makeup To Use For Spring Makeup Looks

Spring makeup is my favorite, and a few weeks ago I showed you a really gorgeous, super easy before and after Spring makeup look on my daughter.  Today I’m sharing the makeup I used to create the look.

Spring makeup look

It really didn’t take too much to create such a gorgeous, fresh Spring makeup look on my daughter, and as with any makeup look, it’s just a matter of using the right products in the right colors to really make your face shine.  In the good way, not the ‘I haven’t discovered blotting papers’ way. That way is just bad.

spring make up palette

As a refresher, here’s the before and after of my daughter with no makeup, and then with some pretty spring makeup.

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I didn’t use Photoshop to get the ‘after’ makeup look, just some key (quality) makeup products.

Let’s have a look, shall we?

spring makeup palette

What Makeup To Use For Spring Makeup Looks

  1. Tarte blush + bronzer in Power Couple
  2. Burt’s Bees BB Cream
  3. Burt’s Bees lipstick in Magenta Rush #511 and Iced Iris #510
  4. Benefit High Beam liquid highlighter
  5. Natural Mineral powder foundation in Medium (purchased at Costco in a set)
  6. Naked 3 Urban Decay palette
  7. MAC mineralize blush in Gentle
  8. MAC
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Home Made Peppermint Sugar Scrub With Recipe + How To

Today’s how to: home made peppermint sugar scrub (with a recipe!).

Home Made Peppermint Sugar Scrub With Recipe + How To

The last sugar scrub we made together (let’s pretend we had a girl’s night – more fun for everyone) was a lovely lavender body scrub, perfect for relaxing and exfoliating at the same time.

Today’s sugar scrub is the opposite of that.  It’s a delicious (and I do mean delicious) home made peppermint sugar scrub, which feels so invigorating and refreshing in the warmer months . . . hello, Summer!

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Peppermint sugar scrub genuinely feels a little tingly on your skin, and I swear it cools you down, if only mentally.  Exactly what a girl (and guy!) needs during a hot, sticky time of year.  This sugar scrub is genuinely one of my favorites; it smells so delectable and fresh, which is always what I crave when things get too warm.

how to make your own sugar scrub

Whip up some of this sugar scrub to stash in your shower, and let me know if you try it.  I promise, learning how to make this peppermint scrub was a huge revelation to me, and has saved me so much cash in the end.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub - How To
 
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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Step By Step Spring Makeup Look

Today, a spring makeup look, step by step, with easy instructions so you can learn recreate it on yourself at home.

// This post is in collaboration with Burt’s Bees® and EcoTools® both of which are sold at WalMart.  Thank you for your kindness and support of Petit Elefant sponsors. //

step by step spring make up look

 It’s been awhile since I’ve done a step by step makeup look, so I’m excited to share today’s post, which is a really simple tutorial for a gorgeous, dewy Spring look with just a few makeup products.

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The first thing to know, before you start any makeup look, is that it’s really important to start with the right tools.  Good makeup is no different than any other job; the results are always better if you start off with the right tools for the job.  For this makeup I used these really affordable brushes from the EcoTools® Day-To-Night brush set which includes a highlighting fan brush, a pointed concealer brush, an eye shadow brush, a detailed lip liner brush, and an angled face brush.  They’re a great set of soft, inexpensive brushes that do a really good job for a great price.  I also used a … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

An Adorable Spring Outfit For You

Guys, here’s an adorable spring outfit for you to think about today: a 3/4 sleeve button down denim shirt, a pink maxi skirt, grey messenger bag, floppy hat, simple gold hoops, and stacking bracelets.  Oh, and maybe the cutest blue sandal wedges (with a navy blue bow!) I’ve ever seen in my life.

 

An Adorable Spring Outfit For You

Are you as excited as I am to see the sun?  I love this time of year, when I start to pull out all the light, bright spring and summer clothes I packed away in the fall.  The best thing about it is that I always have something tucked away I’ve completely forgotten about, so it’s like I’m shopping all over again, but I don’t have to spend money.  EVERYONE wins.  Then I can start to look around and see what fun new spring fashion trends are popping up, and fill in my wardrobe with a few new spring-y accessories.  A perfect new spring outfit is the best way to break out of the I-hate-my-life winter blues and out into the sunshine and light.

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Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

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Summer Sandals I’m Loving Right Now

Right now we need to talk about summer sandals.  I know it’s only March, but we all need to start our shoe shopping ASAP-like.  Mostly because it’s March and it’s ugly outside and I’m dying to go on a good Spring Break trip, but I’ll probably be doing yard work and laundry instead. It’s a pretty glamorous life I lead.

 

Summer Sandals

Do you have your eye on anything special right now?  I’m super loving high heeled sandals, that little peep toe adds a whole other level of sexy, especially in gorgeous muted shades like pale grey and soft pinks and gold.

I think when you have gentle, soft colors on shoes you can go a little more daring with the style.  Imagine those gold spiky little Michael Kors numbers in hot pink or yellow – you might think twice before buying those.  But in gold, or light blue, or grey?  Totally gorgeous.

What’s in your line of sight right now?  Are you more of a flat sandals kind of girl or do you wear only heels, all the time?  I can only wear heels for so long before I start to cry a little, but I do love a … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

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DIY Make It: Clay Mask Recipe

Make it: your own detoxifying red clay mask recipe and DIY!

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// This post is sponsored by Lionsgate to celebrate the opening of the movie The Divergent Series: Allegiant which opens this weekend in theaters.   As always thank you for being supportive of the sponsors that Petit Elefant running. //

Red Morrocan Clay mask
Have you read the Divergent Series?  It’s a collection of 4 books, young adult dystopian novels, based in post-apocalyptic Chicago, wherein individual personality and free will are rather heavily discouraged, (read: the leaders of the society will kill you dead if you make your own choices or exhibit a personality other than the one you were assigned).   The heroine, Beatrice Prior, or Tris (played by Shalene Woodley in the movies) likes making her own choices thankyouverymuch, and as a result spends her life on the run from the baddies.  In the 3rd movie in the series, Allegiant, Tris heads out the city of Chicago beyond the wall, to this place.
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Which looks suspiciously like beautiful Southern Utah to me.  Maybe the San Rafael Swell, which is known for its gorgeous red rock mountains.  And where there’s red rock, there’s red clay, and where there’s clay . … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!

Natural Deodorants: The Truth About If They Work

Natural deodorants: here’s my truth about my year-long experiment with aluminum-free deodorants.

 

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Guys.  We need to talk about natural deodorant. It’s a thing.  And there’s a lot of kerfuffle about whether or not natural deodorants work.  I’m sure you’ve read about how terrible regular deodorants are. How your aunt’s mom’s sister got breast cancer from using deodorant with aluminum.

I’m not here to dispute any of the aluminum arguments.  I’ve read all the research.  Aluminum isn’t awesome for you to ingest or apply topically, or to absorb into your skin.  It’s aluminum.

HOWEVER.  Some of us sweat like banshees.  Some of us being me, and me, and me.  Like ugly crying, but from my sweat glands.

 

soapwalla deodorant

So.  About a year ago I ended up in bed for a month with a life-threatening Lupus flare-up.  It was really bad. And the long and short of it is that my body basically reset itself while I was down.  I hardly ate, or opened my eyes for that matter, for a whole month, and of course, I didn’t wear deodorant.

As I came out of my illness, I decided a couple of things: I hadn’t had caffeine for … >> find out more...

Allison

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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!