Category: Travel

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!

timpanogos storytelling festival


In large part because of my mother, my earliest memories include books. I was immersed in books from the word go. Three of my four sisters are/were librarians. I was a librarian in college, but that’s a story for another day. My sister-in-law is a master librarian. In fact almost every memory I have has a book memory associated with it. Do you know what I mean by that?



This summer while driving down the coast of California for nearly a month, I was pretty stressed. I was planning SocialLuxe on the road, managing a three week family road trip, and making sure the cat was fed and the lawn watered at home. My coping mechanism for stress is to read really great escapist literature. This is why I have an addiction to various fashion magazines and light novels such as those written by Meg Cabot. Meg, can you hear me? Iloveyou. She’s one of those people I’ll stalk until we’re besties.

I read every single one of Meg’s books while we drove down the coast. It’s a good thing she writes as fast as she does or I might have been out of distraction reading. My >> 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!

blogher 2009, chicago i love you.

I’ve been sitting on this BlogHer post for several weeks because it’s taken me that much time to wrap my head around it. I’m still sifting and mulling in my brain, but it’s time to show you some photos.

Of course at first there was the SocialLuxe kick-off party, which was fabulous. Worth the last 5 months of my life I spent working on it.

When SocialLuxe was finished I was off to the races!

This was my first time to Chicago, and like every other city I visit I wish I’d had more time to wander around and get to know the city better. It’s beautiful. The architecture of all the buildings downtown is stunning. The buzz in the air is electric. The Sheraton was beautiful, the beds divine. I wanted to marry my bed, seriously. A big, huge, fat THANK YOU to Brand About Town for the ticket to BlogHer and the hotel room. I never win anything in my life, and I can’t believe I won admittance and a hotel for the conference. It was fate.

I accosted Pioneer Woman, Marlboro Man, and her adorable kiddos in the lobby. Marlboro Man is much taller >> 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!

places to travel before I die.

Today I’m feeling all kinds of retrospective.  Perhaps it’s because Precocious is back in school and the house is a little more quiet; I have a few minutes to myself here and there to reflect on things.  Like life.  And how happy I am in mine.  How lucky I am to be doing what I love.  To have the wonderful friendships I have.

I don’t want to wax too nostalgic, I’ve already cried once this morning and Charming doesn’t know what to do with me.

I’ll leave it at this though, I just found a list I’d tucked away in a book of places I want to travel before I die. I made it when Precocious was a brand new baby.   I was in school full-time, and we were living with my parents. I never thought I’d get above ground, never mind across the world. So here’s my travel list, and one of my favorite quotes.

“In spite of illness, in spite even of the

archenemy of sorrow, one can remain alive long

past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid

of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity,

interested in big things, and happy in small ways.”

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!