OPIs Collection of Gwen Stefanis 2014

It’s 2014 guys, which means it’s time for a new collection of nail polish.  Because if there’s anything that screams ‘I’ve got my crap together’ and ‘my New Year’s Resolutions are going swimmingly, thank you very much’ it’s a fresh manicure with some seriously tight colors.

You know what?

These colors are tight.

‘Tight’ isn’t normally a word I incorporate into my daily vocabulary, but I think I might start using it because it’s a new year, and I feel like 2014 is going to be tight.   So friends, these new nail polish colors are tight, tight like your best pair of Spandex, tight like your favorite pair of skinny jeans, tight like your bestie.

Don’t worry, I won’t throw it around too much, this isn’t the Jersey Shore, or your college campus.

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But let’s get to the colors.  Gwen Stefani, one of my favorite style + music icons, collaborated with OPI on a new nail polish collection and you’d better believe it rocks.  (see what I did there?)

Stefani is pretty ridiculous talented, all around.  Her fashion line L.A.M.B. is amazing.  Her kids are adorable.  She married her musical crush, and she’s a crazy good … >> find out more...

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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!

New Lineup of Contributors: Pilar

Please welcome Pilar to Petit Elefant as one of our esteemed Contributors.  Readers and friends, meet Pilar. Pilar, meet readers and friends.

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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.

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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New Lineup of Contributors: Jen

Still more awesomeness coming your way. Meet Jen, another of our new contributors.

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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.

 

 

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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New Lineup of Contributors: Carrie

2014 is just bursting with good things around here.  Today, please meet our fabulous friend and new contributor, Carrie.

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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.
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.

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.

How to Spray Paint Trophies DIY

//  Today’s DIY: how to recycle old trophies with spray paint.  I know you’ve always wanted to learn how to do this.  In fact, *I* have always wanted to learn, so I’m extra stoked about this DIY.
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A while back I had a hellish, non-stop migraine for 3 months straight and was pretty immobilized, unable to post on the blog in any regular fashion.  I put a call out to friends and loved ones to guest post, and everyone came through with flying colors, of course.  My Instagram friend, Courtney Snowden, offered up this amazing post on how to re-purpose old trophies, and it’s been sitting in the queue ever since.  Courtney is extremely clever and I’m excited for you to check out this DIY she whipped up to show all of us how to spray paint + re-purpose random household objects into cool decor.  //  Note from Allison
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It makes me happy that the word “CRAFT” isn’t basically considered a swear word anymore. It wasn’t too long ago that the simple mention of the word evoked images of grannies crocheting barbie doll toilet paper roll covers. Crafting today is actually considered pretty cool.
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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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New Lineup of Contributors: Robyn

fashion editorYou’ve actually met Robyn before, here, but we’d like to make it nice and official. Welcome, Robyn!

Hello, lovely readers! I am Robyn from Cleverly, Yours, where I blog about life, fashion, and funny things from time to time. I am a Utah girl who grew up in a small town but have anything but a small town sense for fashion! I definitely have a passion for fashion and I love trying new things and being inspired by others. I love my blog and what I do and would love for you to stop by anytime to read a little more about me! www.cleverlyours.com

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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New Lineup of Contributors: Natalia

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.

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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...

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.

Make it Your Own Coffee Body Scrub DIY

Coffee lovers, rejoice! Your ever-lovin-coffee-minds are about to be blown with this DIY coffee scrub.  Yes, truly, today I’m going to show you how to make your own coffee scrub.  We’ve done citrus scrub, regular ol’ sugar scrub, and strawberry salt foot scrub, so I thought it would be fun to mix it up (wakka, wakka) and try some coffee scrub.

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Let me tell you right now, if you hate the smell of coffee, you should maybe go learn how to make a layered white chocolate pumpkin cream pie instead.

DIY make it coffee scrub

If you’re still with me, I trust you love the smell of coffee.  When you walk into a bookstore + or coffee shop, you lift your head in the air and inhale, deeply.  Because coffee smells like magic and fairy-tales, that’s why. So it makes sense to me then, that you and I would love to wake up with a morning shower featuring a coffee scrub finale before heading out into the world.

Every little bit helps, you know.

DIY coffee scrub ingredients

If you remember, the sugar and salt scrubs I make always feature some sort of natural oil.  The combination of the exfoliant, in this case coffee grounds, … >> 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!

Happy Happy New Year to New You!

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Hello, you.  And you, and you.  I’ve missed you.  I hope every last one of you took a big fat break over the holidays.  If you didn’t get a break, please know you deserved one whether it happened or not.  If you were in my hood I’d invite you in for a hot cup of tea and make you put your feet up, because man, last year was hard.  Take a load off, relaxers are welcome here.

So what did you do over the holidays?  We took a big fat break and a road trip to Spokane to visit a dear college friend of ours (my husband and I met in college so we have a lot of mutual friends from those days) and had such a great time.  I really don’t like traveling during the holidays and had low expectations for a great Christmas, but I’m telling you, sometimes a road trip to a faraway place is just what you need.  We hung out as a family because there wasn’t anything else to do BUT be together.  I didn’t putter around the house cleaning and organizing, and I didn’t open my laptop once.  That wouldn’t have happened at home.… >> 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!