How To Home Gel Removal DIY

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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?

how to remove shellac nails

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).

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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...


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!

3 Easter Dresses for Plus Size Women

Easter dresses for plus size women


When I was a girl my grandma bought me a new Easter dress every year. I was always thrilled to have a something new for the holiday, and to welcome spring. I confess, as an adult I still find myself wanting a new dress every time Easter rolls around. I’ve been scoping Easter dresses online and I’ve created three fashion-forward Easter looks for us curvy gals.
If the weather cooperates, this outfit would be comfy for a picnic or lunch al fresco. Casual, yet still full of spring cheer.
Spring look


Do you have Easter brunch plans with family or friends? Dress up just a little in honor of the day.
Spring look


This outfit speaks to the little girl in me that still wants an Easter dress. The belted dress is classic, and the necklace adds a little pop of color to draw attention to your face. I’d absolutely wear this look to church services on … >> find out more...


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.

Sequin Bracelet DIY To Make Now

Just look what our newest contributor, Andrea, has been up to in the craft department! Read on for this fabulous sequin bracelet DIY.

DIY Sequin Bracelet

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
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Andrea Howe

Andrea is the founder of For The Love Of, a lifestyle blog dedicated to approachable, modern living. She writes about style, her love of DIY, and living a healthier life through wholesome, nutritious cooking. She is also a regular contributor at Babble. You can find Andrea on Instagram @andreavhowe and @gwynethmademedoit

5 Things Kids Should See and Do in Scotland

5 Things Kids Should See and Do in Scotland | Petit ElefantDo 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.) 


5 Things Kids Should See and Do in Scotland | Petit Elefant

5 Things Kids Should See and Do in Scotland | Petit Elefant

Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is where historical medieval awesome meets thoroughly … >> find out more...


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, social media strategist, photographer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared in and on some cool sites like Babble, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo and Fandango (where she's Contributing Editor of the Family Room).

5 Ways to Dress Up T-Shirts

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.

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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. graphic tee, camo, skinny jeans, converse, fashion, blogger, how to, comfy, casualPlay 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...

Robyn Stewart

I'm Robyn from Cleverly, Yours where I blog about life and fashion. I'm a Utah girl from a small town with a big town sense of fashion. I have a passion for fashion and love trying new things and being inspired by others. I love my blog and what I do; stop by and say hello!

How to use a Curling Wand or Clipless Curling Iron

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!

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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.

how to curl your hair with a clipless curling iron

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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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.

Safari Tips For Kruger National Park

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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.

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3.  Beware of elephants. Do a search on YouTube, and you’ll understand this tip. … >> find out more...

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.

New Lineup of Contributors: Andrea

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 howe

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.






Kimberly 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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5 Different Ways to Wear Scarves for Plus Size Women

How To Wear A Scarf

It’s the first day of spring! I wish someone would let the weather in on that secret. I’m itching to pull out my spring wardrobe, but let’s be honest:  I’ve probably got a few more weeks left until that can really happen. In the meantime, I’ll try to transition a few pieces, and adding scarves is a great way to do that! Luckily there are several different ways to wear scarves that won’t add bulk to a curvaceous figure.

I’ve already told you how I’ve been afraid of scarves in the past. When I finally worked up the courage to give them a whirl I tried lots of different ways to wear scarves, but quickly found that simple was best on my frame. Long lines and not a lot of fabric around the neck and face is flattering for most plus size women.  Eliminate the bulk!

So here they are, 5 ways to wear scares without overwhelming your body.

How To Wear A Scarf

Simply draping one end of the scarf over a shoulder is a great look if you’re not wearing a jacket, but still want a little bit of warmth.

How To Wear A Scarf

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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.