Have you jumped on the juicing wagon yet? I was immediately hooked when I bought my first juicer two years ago. I never cared much for the bottled stuff you find on store shelves. I was amazed at how much better fresh juice was – better than anything I’d ever tasted! Yes, I even did one of those crazy juice cleanses. Making vegetable juice at home is so much better and healthier than buying it in a can or bottle. It’s made fresh, full of vitamins and nutrients. The canned and bottles juices are often nothing more than overly cooked vegetable concentrates.
We have found a blend we really like made from tomatoes, beets, fennel, celery, carrots, cucumber, kale (or spinach), red pepper, a little onion, and a good dose of fresh lemon juice and coarsely ground black pepper. It would be a great base for a bloody mary, and is a fantastic afternoon pick-me-up. Of course, you can switch out different veggies for the ones you like best. Sometimes I want more tomato juice, so I’ll use two. Other times I like more cucumber. It just kind of depends. It’s seriously like summer in a glass. You’re going to love … >> find out more…
Hi everyone! Today I thought it would be fun to talk about braids. Why braids? Well, because it’s winter and with the harsh weather, braids can keep your hair from flopping about and protect it from damage. It also rains quite a bit this time of year and your hair won’t get has soaked when they’re wrapped in a braid. Not to mention they’re super easy and cute, and right on trend!
So today I thought it would be fun to share some braid inspiration with you.
Long and simple
If your hair is long enough a simple, pretty braid, French braid, or fishtail is so pretty. Even if it isn’t as long as mine here, no worries, you can still create a pretty side braid. You can also wrap the braid up and around for a pretty braided bun look. Super simple and elegant, my kinda style! Here’s three winter braids that anyone can do. Even if you can’t braid, there’s one for you!
Braid those bangs!
I don’t know about you, but man, bangs can be a super big hassle! I mean, I love them when they’re cute but absolutely hate them when they get in my face … >> find out more…
Hello again lovely Petit Elefant readers! I am excited to be back and posting in the new year and hope you will follow along with me while looking at tons of new fun fashion tips and ideas.
An absolute favorite piece of mine for this season is the trench coat. I feel like it adds just that little extra “somethin’” to an outfit and can make even a casual tee look polished. You can dress them down with a beanie and lace up boots or class it up with some pearls and gorgeous heels! With this particular look I went with layers (always a good idea in the winter) and kept the neutrals in play with this short, neutral trench coat. The faux leather sleeves add a little bit of edge to the look as well and tie in the black leggings, booties and bag. I always love finding these unique kind of pieces to complete outfits. I have found a few favorites in all different price points, colors and lengths in case you are shopping around for a trench coat this year to complete your look. Happy shopping!
Please welcome Pilar to Petit Elefant as one of our esteemed Contributors. Readers and friends, meet Pilar. Pilar, meet readers and friends.
A native of Chile with deep Chicago roots, Pilar and geekdom have been mutually exclusive since tight-rolled jeans and slap bracelets were in fashion, making it rather fitting she married a Star Wars nerd, made two nerdlets, and became the world’s okayest mom. An award-winning writer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared on Babble, Yahoo, and Fandango (where she’s Contributing Editor); and she’s been featured in and on cool places like CNN, Good Morning America and Huffington Post. A true bohemian (no DVR) and eclectic travelhound (all the wanderlust), Pilar is also an avid photog, and though she’s photographed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Skywalker Ranch, a lot of Scotland and Anne of Green Gables’ Prince Edward Island, her favorite shots always end up being the ones with her kids in them. Ok, and the one she snapped while tripping over Chris Hemworth’s foot. True story.… >> find out more…
Still more awesomeness coming your way. Meet Jen, another of our new contributors.
Hi! My name is Jen Price, mother of two and wife to the hottest redhead around. I grew up in small town Texas. Despite the beauty and loveliness of the Lone Star state, it couldn’t contain my hunger for adventure and desire to see the world. Visiting 21 countries around the globe has only whet my appetite to see more.
In 2006, I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes
, a movement dedicated to bringing HOPE and HOME to orphans and vulnerable children. I wear the hats of wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. I write for several websites including my personal blog, I Believe In Love,
where I share my creative ventures, my photography, and the stories of the orphans I love on in S. Africa.
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2014 is just bursting with good things around here. Today, please meet our fabulous friend and new contributor, Carrie.
Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography
After my second baby I found that I was suddenly thrown into the plus sized section at the store. What a shock! I was disappointed to find few pieces that I was willing to wear. I was a plus sized girl in her late 20′s looking at old lady clothes! While I don’t consider myself a fashion expert, I’ve learned to find plus sized clothing that is attractive and affordable. I’ll be sharing my plus size secrets with you here, on Petit Elefant.
We’ve been working on some exciting things behind the scenes here at Petit Elefant. As such, we have gathered some fantastic talent in the form of several new regular Contributors. Lovely women with smarts and style who will be sharing their mad skills right here, with all of you. The very best stuff. For reals. Let’s get to know them one by one, shall we?
Please join us as we welcome and introduce our first fabulous contributor, Natalia Simmons.
Natalia, of Ma Nouvelle Mode, 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 … >> find out more…
A custom made suit. Sounds like something for the jet setters, the rich and famous fabulous people who are not me and you, doesn’t it? That’s what a custom suit sounds like; something I will never have made for me and mine, no matter how great they look on Justin Timberlake with his fancy moves and even fancier lady hair. However as it turns out, if you’re in Utah, you too can be one of the fabulous people with a great suit designed and made just for you.
No, for serious. This is a thing. And you’re not even rich and famous! (okay, maybe you are, but keep reading)
Here’s the lowdown: a company called Dress Code makes custom suits & shirts at a sweet price-point. Dress Code does not have store fronts but they come to you with all the patterns and fabrics to design your own suit. Reps are in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, pretty much all over the place. Not cheap-o fall apart suits, not Nordstrom / Bloomingdale prices, a good $300-400 middle ground for a great suit. Is it tricky getting one made for you, you ask?
I’m so glad you asked, because … >> find out more…
Friends, the first ever Trader Joe’s in my state opened shop a few weeks ago. Never mind that it’s still a good hour’s drive away from me. I’m still ga-ga for it. To say that I went a little crazy on my first visit would be quite accurate. I was even snapping pics with my phone, so giddy was I. It’s a mecca for the food-sensitive patron or all-around snack hound or conscientious consumer. So many gluten-free goodies to tempt, where shall I start?
Tossed with favorite veggies or sauce and dinner is D-O-N-E. No worries.
Always a good idea to keep mixes like this on hand, for cub scout meetings, sleepovers, breakfast…dont’ you eat brownies for breakfast?
Last box anywhere in the store. Mine. All mine.
I’m a leader in the Udi’s Gluten Free community, a great place to learn more about life without gluten. Live chats, recipes, wise words of wisdom and so on. Join us for a Live Chat Thursday, January 9th!
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