Category: Travel

embarrassing pioneer woman story {starring me}.


Pioneer Woman is coming to town. Yes, that Pioneer Woman. I’m very excited to go with a gaggle of girlfriends {and Precocious} to her book signing tonight in S.L.C. I don’t own the cookbook yet but I hear it’s phenomenal and I’m dying to get my hands on it, and to hang out with Ree again.

I met/accosted her at BlogHer this year. I’m sure she doesn’t remember, unless she talks about it in therapy every week.

Remember how I went to BlogHer this year and threw a super fun, swanky party? I really got out of my box and it was scary and awesome, all at the same time. It made me stretch beyond my normal social capacities, which are glaringly limited.

I had a great time at BlogHer. I did things I don’t normally do at home.

I draped myself all over a cardboard cutout of Edward and danced like it was 1989 at MamaPop’s party.




I jumped off banquettes {completely sober} at BowlHer.

I harassed Carson Kressley at the amazing Nikon party.

Me: Carson I adore you! And I just cry every time I watch How to Look Good Naked! 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!

10 Tips for a Disneyland Vacation.


I went to Disneyland when I was nine. And I was very disappointed, I have to be honest. I guess I was so used to Canada’s Wonderland, which is an amusement park as opposed to a theme park. I have since married an avid Disneyland fan (who has educated me on the difference between an amusement park and a theme park) and we always knew that someday, we’d make it out to Disneyland together. We recently found my old journal where I wrote about my visit to EuroDisney when I was 16. It included such gems as “it was just a looking-attraction, but it was fun” and “we saw a fake moose.” That particular quote finally gave Mike the insight he needed to understand why I didn’t love Disneyland as much as he did. “Everything is fake, Alma,” he explained. “Everything. You’re supposed to go in, leave the world behind, and use your imagination.”

Well, last week we went to Disneyland where we met up with my parents and all my siblings. This isn’t a very McGinn thing to do, at all. Leave it to an in-law (my brother’s wife) to suggest such a thing. But we all … >> find out more...

Alma

vampire diaries vs. sixteen candles.


I won’t get too pop-culture-ey on you but I’ll flat-out admit the fact that I’m watching the melodramatic, high school drama The Vampire Diaries on the CW {thanks a lot Erin}.

And would you like to know what occurred to me as I was watching last week’s episode on Hulu?

The love interest/boyfriend/Edward wannabe Stefan? He looks startlingly like Jake Ryan aka Michael Schoeffling. You know, the love interest from the classic John Hughes 80′s movie Sixteen Candles.

Then again, I did spend a fairly large portion of my afternoon yesterday reading a tribute to the late John Hughes while sitting under a dryer, making my hair turn an unnatural shade of blonde. And I shed a little tear for my youth.

What do you think? Did all the dye go to my head?

{images here and here}.

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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!

take me to europe.

You know how last summer we road tripped down the coast of California and blogged about it? Next Summer the goal is Eastern Europe. I know, right?



Viktor is {obviously} a foreigner. He’s been back to Warsaw since he left as a kid but I have yet to visit the motherland, and I figure next Summer is as good a time as any.


Most of Viktor’s family still lives in Poland. In fact, this is the view out his auntie’s window in downtown Warsaw. Not too shabby.

These are my in-laws; they would really love to show my children their original stomping grounds before they don’t have any stomp left.

And I would really love to see Old Warsawa. I mean, look at those cobblestone streets.


And this run-of-the mill Polish cathedral. *sigh*


Besides, where else outside of Prague can you go to a public bath and see such spectacular sights?


Eastern Europe or Bust

{coming to Petit Elefant Summer 2010}.

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!

don’t stop believin’ {glee is my happy place}.

Go ahead, judge away. GLEE is the best thing on TV right now and I for one, just can’t get enough {thanks to all my twitter friends for the recommendation}.

Here’s a little something to make your weekend that much happier. It just makes me want to get up and dance.

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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!

what to do in new york city.

I’m back and I’m exhausted. I had such a great time in New York though, and I have such fun things to share. I didn’t do much touristy stuff {no Statue of Liberty trip, no Broadway show} but I saw everything I wanted to see, ate everything I wanted to eat {and then some}, and generally spent way too much money at NYC thrift stores. I thought I’d compose a list of my personal favorite Top 10 list of things to do in New York City. In no particular order:

1. Sephora
2. Pinkberry
3. Canal Street
4. Pearl River Mart
5. Ghandi Cafe
6. H & M
7. Rice to Riches
8. East Village Thrift Shop
9. Kate’s Paperie
10.Housing Works Thrift Shops

Was that too predictable?

Have you ever played in a Sephora store? It’s a mega playground for make-up loving {addicted} women like myself. Me being in Sephora is what I imagine an alcoholic feels like in a liquor store. Overwhelmed, overjoyed, where to start?!

{wrinkles, what wrinkles?}


A conglomerate of my New York City photos.

{every single time I’m in NYC I see a celebrity. last time it was Scott Speedman and >> 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!

update from new york city.

I’m hanging in New York City today. Sometimes I wonder why I don’t live here. Cold Diet Dr. Pepper on every corner, girls handing out Maybelline mascara by the bucket in Times Square…

wait.

WHAT?

I was in a cab yesterday, headed to the Upper East Side with my cabbie talking a mile a minute about Kadafi’s U.N. debut when we passed by Times Square, where I saw a human mascara walking around. Hordes of girls followed the mascara costume around handing out Maybelline’s. Come on, that’s MY mascara. I leaned out the window and yelled

*Over Here! Over heeeere! I’m out of mascara! I love you Maybelline, I’ll follow you to the ends of the earth!*

The sweet little interns just smiled and waved. For a minute or two I literally debated leaving my luggage in the taxi and making a run for the mascara. And then my senses returned and I realized that leaving my luggage, filled to the brim with hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of M.A.C. makeup in the car with the cabbie to make a grab for $5 mascara? Not a good idea.

In other news I’m having an amazing time. … >> 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!

e.l.f. makeup party.



I hosted an e.l.f. makeup party for some of my nearest and dearest over the weekend. Oh, the good times we had. Mix together some cupcakes from Cupcake Chic {to die for}, flavored sparkling water {oh my!}, strawberries, a whole lot of makeup, & some of my best friends. Good, good times.

I broke it up into several stations: eyes, lips, face {get it, get it?}, nails, and eyebrows. It’s imperative to have an eyebrow station if you’re doing makeup; you don’t want to look like the missing link when you’re getting hot for the night.

Look at these gorgeous women. Some before & after shots for your viewing pleasure:


I have really hot family and friends. It’s a fact.


Thank you e.l.f., for the makeup; I don’t think these girls will need any more for the rest of the year. And to Melissa for styling the event, props. Cupcake Chic? My hips would like a word.

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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!

startup princess utah

You know, I was never the best at anything in high school. Or college for that matter. I always had loads of friends and loved to dress up, accessorize, and play with makeup. I’ve always loved to read. In fact, in college I was the worst librarian ever because I always read books in the stacks instead of shelving them like I was getting paid to do. I loved every writing class I’ve ever taken, and felt like I excelled a little at least in that area. But you can’t really be captain of the writing team. See a pattern here?



You know what though, I think I’ve found what I’m good at, what I love. Some people get energy from solving math equations, designing buildings, creating html. I’m good at people, and I’m decent at writing. Which translates to me having a wicked good time blogging. I spend time with people like these and come home so buzzed I can’t even sleep.


I had a really good time Friday at the Startup Princess event in SLC. It’s always fun to hang out with the SLC blogging mafia, and even better to add to the circle of friends. >> 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!