Beauty Travel Essentials

Summer vacation might be coming to a close but it’s never too late to squeeze in some little weekend vacations. Those are my favorite kinds! Not too much work to prepare and just enough time to get away and enjoy yourself without being gone too long. On those types of vacations, whether you’re flying or driving, it’s nice to keep things simple, am I right? I’m all about minimal makeup, dry shampoo (hello, life saver!) and cute hairstyles. So today I thought I’d share some of my beauty travel essentials.

vacation essentials - what you'll need

These are some of my very favorite drug store beauty products. With these items you should be good to go for your next vacation! I don’t usually wear very little to no makeup at all when I’m camping, but these lightweight products would be perfect for that or even a beach vacation, and ideal for long flights as well. Here’s what I included:

  • Face sunscreen (I got it in my BirchBox and really like it)
  • Aveeno CC Cream – it’s lotion with coverage and SPF. Wins all around!
  • Revlon Nearly Naked Powder – just as the name says, it’s barely there! Enough to give some nice coverage but it doesn’t feel heavy at
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natalia

Natalia 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 to embrace her own beauty.

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Our Disney World Vacation Part 4

DisneyWorld Castle Title

We finally came limping home from our big vacation to Walt Disney World, exhausted and happy and bursting at the seams with great memories, a couple of blisters and perhaps the evidence of a few too many churros. We did everything that was important to us, though not even close to everything that’s possible at Disney World. It’s a massive magical place. And hot. Really really sticky blazing hot. Today I’ll give you our favorite highlights from each of the 4 parks, and Typhoon Lagoon. I’m sharing a ton of info today, so prepare for a lengthy post you may wish to bookmark.

Disney World Castle & Think

The Magic Kingdom was our first stop, and also our very last. I love starting the Disney World circuit with that magical stroll down Main Street U.S.A. and finishing our trip with the Main Street Electrical Parade, Tinkerbell, and those amazing fireworks. All are musts for anyone visiting the Magic Kingdom. I get goosebumps every time! My boys especially love the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It’s the newest attraction in Fantasyland and it’s great–a fun interactive queue to help pass the time, and just enough thrills to please, but not very frightening. My rather … >> find out more...

Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

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Walking With Giraffes

Walking With Giraffes

Walking with giraffes. I swear that sounds like a movie title starring some animal conservationist that is trying to save the giraffe species. Well, that’s not quite what the story is about. Although, if that movie had the tagline, “Based on a true story,” then these narratives would have something in common. Venture with me as I tell the tale of walking on the African plains with one giraffe.

Once upon a time there was a gal named Jen (that’s me!) who lived in South Africa. She loved the country for its beauty, animals, and people, even though it was a long way from her friends and family in the great state of Texas. Her scenery was much different than her Dallas homestead, but her days were much like those of her friends across the ocean…shuttling kids to and from school, keeping the house clean, working hard to put healthy, home cooked meals on the table. She worked, too, but her work was where things were not so much the same. Everyday was different, and Jen loved it that way.

Giraffe

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Jen Price

Jen currently makes her home between two continents, one in the great state of Texas and the other in a small town in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. She wears many hats such as wife, mother, photographer, storyteller, communications director, writer, traveler, and lover of dark chocolate. She writes for several websites including her personal blog, I Believe In Love, where she shares her creative ventures, her photography, and the stories of the orphans she loves on in S. Africa.

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How to Take Your Summer Dresses from Day to Night

day to night summer dresses

With summer coming to an end, it’s time to get the most out of your dresses before it’s too late. The great thing about dresses is that they are super versatile. What makes them so versatile? They’re great for layering. Whatever you layer over your dress can totally change the look and feel of your outfit. Whether it’s a denim jacket or a statement necklace, these additions make all the difference. Check out my top tips for transitioning your summer dress from day to night.

For Day

Start with an easy breezy dress like this white one from Old Navy. Your key pieces for making your summer dresses more casual? Flats and denim. Denim is my go-to when I want to dress down a look. Try a denim jacket or a chambray shirt. Simple sandals are a great daytime staple as well. I recommend a pair of slides (these go with everything!). Bring in some color to brighten up your day look with a printed tote.

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For Night

The best way to make your dress nighttime ready is by swapping out your accessories. Instead of flats, go for something dressier like a wedge or heel. Jewelry is key — opt for something that really … >> find out more...

Amanda Holstein

Blogger at Advice from a Twenty Something, Amanda Holstein lives in San Francisco, CA where she writes her modern advice column for the everyday, stylish girl. She’s not your high-fashion guru, she’s your friend who knows about the sale at Madewell and who’ll actually tell you if that shirt doesn’t look good on you (someone needs to, right?). Besides blogging, Amanda works full-time at Federated Media Publishing, helping some of her favorite online publishers do what they love.

Quote of the Week: The Impossible

This week’s Petit Elefant Quote of the Week is from the poet Theodore Roethke.

(If you’re just getting started, we’re on week 6 of the new inspiring quote series.  If you’re interested in catching up, here are links to week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6 of the Petit Elefant Quote of the Week.)

This week’s quote, isn’t just a Quote of the Week, it’s also part of Shot@Life’s Blogust 2015—a month-long blog relay—where some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share inspirational quotes for their children. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or take action using the social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, one vaccine will be donated to a child around the world (up to 50,000).

So please, pretty please, comment, share, take social media action, and help us reach 50,000 vaccines.  Last year I asked for your help on behalf of my sick daughter Sofie.  Not only did you help raise money for a record number of vaccines, you lifted up 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!

Back to School With Fancy New Shoes

This year, we’re oversimplifying our life in an effort to stay on top of the crazy school madness before it even begins! So in that vein, we emptied out our closets instead of cramming them full of new school clothes, and what happened is we, magically, discovered exactly what we need for school and the next 9 months of life. It turns out, all my son needs to get through school and swim and everything inbetween was three pair of shoes: a pair of shoes for church, a pair for school, and a pair of flippy sandals for swim team practice.

It’s a variation on the theme my mom played every year: simplicity, basic needs. My mother took all 8 of her children shopping the week before school to pick up two pair of shoes each: a pair for church and a pair for school. And I have to be honest, I kind of like it. It keeps things basic and full of purpose and easy to maintain. It was also a fun way to shop with my 10-year-old for whom shopping isn’t usually his favorite activity. It forced him to really think about a pair of shoes he could … >> 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!

How To Make A DIY Recycle T-Shirt Bag

Today’s DIY:  how to make a recycled t-shirt bag.

DIY recycled t-shirt bag

Have you ever wondered how to recycle an old t-shirt into something more awesome?  A bag, perhaps?  I’ll be honest, it might be weird, but I’ve actually wondered that very specific thing.  In fact, I wondered about it so much that I decided to play around with some t-shirts I was about to send off to donation.  And as it turns out, making a DIY recycled t-shirt bag is one of the easiest DIY’s, crafts, how-to’s, and/or sewing projects you can possibly think of.

For reals.

So let’s get started.

 

tshirt

Supplies:

  • old t-shirt
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • sewing machine

 

Step 1:

Find an old t-shirt you don’t wear anymore.  An old sports t-shirt, your favorite college tee, that hideous thing your mother-in-law got you for Christmas, you name it.  Just grab it, wash it, dry it, and lay it out on a solid surface to do some cutting.

 

sleeves

 Step 2:

Cut the sleeves off.  Dukes of Hazzard style.  Make sure to cut the seams off entirely, and make the cut as smooth as possible.  It’s okay to shave off a few extra centimeters if you don’t get it straight … >> 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!

The Show To Watch On Netflix Now

Month by month I’m bringing you news of my favorite things to watch on Netflix.  First we talked about the adorable Ellie Kemper in the Netflix Original Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  Tina Fey can do no wrong.  Don’t argue with me, it’s true.  Then, we talked about Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater, which I really liked, a lot, despite all the critics.  This month we need to talk about Luther.

You guys.  LUTHER.  I’ll be honest, I genuinely hesitated for a while about whether or not to recommend Luther.  It’s violent, and scary, and very TV-14.  And it’s also brilliant, fascinating, and so, SO well done.

 

The Show You Should Watch On Netflix

It’s no secret I’m obsessed with all things BBC.  In fact, if a show has BBC in the top corner, it’s practically a guarantee I’ll give it 5 stars.  But I’ve really hesitated with Luther because I hate scary shows.  I end up scared and shivering deep into the night, convinced there’s a serial killer in my closet every single time I watch one, so I waited.  Luther has been around since 2010 and the reviews have been amazing from day 1, so I was willing to look past the … >> 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!

A Summer Full of Sun and Swim

It’s been the Summer of Swim Meets at my house.  Let’s be honest, it’s always the Summer of Swim Meets, but this summer has been pretty back-to-back.  Swim practice every day, and a swim meet every weekend, all over the state.  We’ve been out in the sun nonstop.

swim meet

We’re vigilant with sunscreen, always, but sometimes when we get a little too much sun, and our skin is a little extra dry, I like using a nice moisturizer to give everyone’s skin a little therapy in-between sunny days at the pool.

swimmmeet

Because let’s be honest, the dry Utah mountain air + sunshine = thirsty / needy skin.  And the occasional sunburn on top of that makes for misery.

aloe vaseline

We’re currently loving this Vaseline Aloe spray.  It smells tasty, yummy and feels so cool and refreshing on ouchy burned skin.  We tried some after a pretty intense all-day swim meet on the red skin of my little swimmer and the overall consensus was:

  • 1) it’s easier to use spray aloe on burned skin than to rub it in
  • 2) it smells good
  • 3) we’re packing this in the car for every remaining summer swim meet

 

Aloe

sun burn relief

sun-soothing-spray

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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!

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