It’s completely realistic to get gorgeous in the morning with a an easy, everyday, 7 minute makeup look. It’s true. Stay with me. Work, school, kids, dinner, housework, family time. These are just a few things that take up life, often we probably even have more to add to the list. Just because we’re busy doesn’t mean we can’t make time for ourselves, though. I don’t know about you, but when I make the effort to, put on makeup and attempt my hair I feel so much better. I’m actually a lot more productive!I have whittled my makeup routine down to 7 minutes. That’s right, seven. How do I know it’s seven? Well, I timed it. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t lying to ya’ll. Oh and I had a couple of little boys interrupting me to check on their dinosaurs, so you might even be able to knock this out in less! Here’s what I used for my 7 minute makeup routine. You can most certainly adapt to what you have or what works for you.
Manicures at home are pretty much my specialty. I love doing my own nails, so much so that I have a regular old salon party every Sunday night with my ridiculous collection of OPI nail polish; I watch my stories and give myself a manicure and go to a super happy place before the week turns to madness. It’s a ritual I’ve had for a long time and I don’t feel quite right on Monday if I don’t have pretty painted nails.
It’s just a thing, and we all have our things, don’t we?
Well anyway. I always have my nails done, it’s just how I roll. But when I travel I hate to take nail polish with me unless it’s an emergency (sometimes I have, in fact, had nail emergencies, deal with it) so if I’m traveling for more than 5 days I like to get a shellac/gel manicure so I’m not stressing about chipped nail polish (a trashy look on me).
Eventually though even a gel manicure starts to peel, taking the whole nail-bed with it, and the temptation to peel the manicure all the way off becomes too much for me (gel peels off like a … >> find out more...
Just look what our newest contributor, Andrea, has been up to in the craft department! Read on for this fabulous sequin bracelet DIY.
I’ve loved the look of stacked sequins in jewelry for a while now. I have a long boho-type necklace that mixes metallic sequins with all sorts of funky beads to make a very unique and pretty statement, and I’ve gifted a couple sets of simple sequin bracelets for birthdays. The store I had picked up a couple of bracelets has long been sold out, and months later, I’m still dreaming of owning a set of my own. So, when I spotted loads of pretty sequins at my favorite bead shop, I decided I could most definitely make my own. Turns out, I was right, and the process and results came out better than I ever expected. Here’s what you’ll need for your own sequin bracelet DIY:
- Flat sequins in your favorite colors
- Unique beads or stones (try to find ones that match the diameter of the sequins as close as possible so it doesn’t wind up looking bulky)
- Elastic bead cording
- Beading needle
- All supplies should be available at a local craft store. To find
Do you dream of traveling to Scotland? Smoky whisky, lilting brogues, family tartans, medieval castles, bagpipes, mythical creatures, verdant backdrops – all that and more makes Scotland easy to fall in love with, something my family discovered first hand while visiting the small, incredibly vibrant country peopled with some of the most welcoming folk in Europe.
And though my husband and I are used to overnight travel and jet lag, this was the very first time my kids had gone beyond the limits of the Caribbean. Adventures by Disney invited us to join them as a family to experience an abbreviated version of their Scotland itinerary, and after a proper night’s sleep, both kids proved themselves seasoned travelers, excited to go exploring from the minute the sun came up until long after the stars appeared in sprays across the inky night sky.
We can’t wait to go back, and if you’re not smitten with Scotland already, these five adventures should leave you convinced and ready to pack. (Besides, you kind of have to heart a country whose national animal is the unicorn.)
EXPLORE OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH
Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is where historical medieval awesome meets thoroughly … >> find out more...
I’ve got 5 ways to dress up t-shirts for you, friends. If you’re anything like me, you probably love your comfy t-shirts and you probably have a tee in every color and shape–scoop neck, v-neck, crew- neck, etc. Alas, the good old plain t-shirt and jeans gets pretty old, pretty fast. I find myself gravitating to a white v-neck and comfy jeans almost daily, but like to jazz up the look! Here are my favorite ways to dress up t-shirts for any occasion.
Pair it with a fun skirt, bright accessories- or both! Some of my favorite outfits have been a mixture of casual pieces with slightly dressier pieces. You may usually wear a pencil skirt with a chiffon top or button down, but why not pair it with a fun t-shirt?! This will definitely dress up the t shirt without being fussy or fancy, great for brunch or a date night. Play it up with other prints! A grey tee by itself looks fine, but when you throw a fun camo, chambray or striped blazer over your it, there’s a whole new look in play. Throw on a pair of skinny jeans and adorable flats for a look … >> find out more...
I love that with a few different hair appliances you can create so many different looks. Especially with this interchangeable clipless curling iron, often called a curling wand. I absolutely love it. It comes with three sizes, small, medium, and large, and each creates a different look. Now I know that the fact that it’s clipless makes it seem harder to use, but fear not! It’s actually super easy and you’ll love it once you’ve got the hang of it. Follow along and learn how to use a curling wand!
The one that I am using is called NuMe 3 in One although it looks like they’ve added a fourth since I got mine! I love it, no complaints here. For this tutorial I am using the medium barrel. Let’s do this.
First start by separating your hair. I usually start at the bottom and work my way up so you don’t have to mess up curls as you go. The smaller sections you take, the more curls you’ll have. Then arm yourself! I double up in the glove department because I like to be able to completely grab the curling iron wand without it burning me.
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I just so happen to live about thirty minutes from one of Africa’s top safari destinations, Kruger National Park. Being the size of Israel, this park offers an amazing African adventure that no tourist will want to miss. It has perpetually ruined my kids appetite for the zoo and with good reason. There’s something so beautiful about seeing Africa’s animals in their natural habitat. If you find your travels taking you to the beautiful country of South Africa, then I have no doubt safari at Kruger National Park will be at the top on your “things to do list.” Along with a spirit of adventure, you might also find these nine tips helpful for your safari in the park.
1. Bring your passport. You will probably have it on your person anyway, but you can’t get into the park without it, so double check that it’s on your person!
2. Bring plenty of food and beverage. You can only leave your car at marked areas, and driving through the park can be hot and long. Be sure you’re stocked with food and beverage for your journey.
3. Beware of elephants. Do a search on YouTube, and you’ll understand this tip. … >> find out more...
Hi, Friends. I’m very happy to introduce Andrea Howe as the latest lovely contributor at Petit Elefant. Andrea will be sharing her awesomeness and expertise as a contributor in all things crafty and we are very excited about it. Please join me in welcoming Andrea to Petit Elefant.
Andrea is a wife and mother of 3 who spent 11+ years carving out a successful career in the fashion industry. After years of traveling and long hours, she decided to leave that world behind to focus on her family and pursue other passions. She now writes about life made more approachable at her blog For The Love Of, and covers topics as diverse as personal style and food and wellness, with some creative DIY’s thrown in for good measure. Andrea also recently committed to living a more healthy lifestyle, and writes about her misadventures doing so, at her Babble column and her Instagram account, named Gwyneth Made Me Do It.