Braids Braids Braids!

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

braids PE

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!

hanging braids PE

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...

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.

Comments are off for this post

Notes From A Travel Junkie

TravelJunkie1

I remember sitting in High School English class listening to fellow classmates talk about how they had never been to Dallas, a 45 minute drive from our small town. The thoughts in my head went something like this, “Really? You’ve never been to Dallas? That is NOT going to be me. I’m going to get out and see the world.”

That’s where it started nearly 18 years ago, and I haven’t stopped.

With twenty one countries under my belt, there’s three things that continue to drive me to see and experience more outside of my home country of America.

1. Culture. Culture is a beautiful thing to experience. It enriches our lives. It makes us appreciate the values and traditions that are handed down to us. I love experiencing cultures outside my own. It’s like inhaling a breath of fresh air.

Plate of Prawns

2. Food. Let’s be real here. I love food. I love ethnic food. There’s so much creativity and flavor explosion that happens when trying new foods. You know what’s even better than going to your local Indian restaurant for a good curry? Going to India for an amazing curry. Or how about eating a plate of prawns fresh from … >> 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.

Plus Size Active Wear- Sports Bras

Happy New Year! Time to get going on those resolutions, right? We all know that most goals for the new year are fitness related…..something to do with our enjoying the holiday season a little too much, I’m sure.

When I first started going to the gym my biggest challenge was finding something to wear. I wanted clothing that would be comfortable for my workouts, but also wanted to cover the body parts I was trying to improve without spending big bucks.

Today, let’s talk about sports bras. Here are a few of favorite my plus sized options.
Each of these sports bras has a feature or two that will meet your specific needs.

 

1. Supportive racer back and removable padding.
2. Underwire and comes in cup sizes.
3. Moisture wicking and tag free.
4. Front closure for easy on and off and adjustable straps.
Sports Bras

Old navy activewear
oldnavy.gap.com

Racerback sports bra
lanebryant.com

Racerback sports bra
lanebryant.com

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.

Comments are off for this post

Trenchcoats and Layers

petitelefant.com

 

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.

petitelefant

petitelefant1

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!

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!

Comments are off for this post

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.

gwen stefani

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...

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!

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.

Pilar Clark 2013
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.

Comments are off for this post

New Lineup of Contributors: Jen

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

20120522_Price_0007(1)
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.

Comments are off for this post

New Lineup of Contributors: Carrie

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

Carrie_Skinfill
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.
DIY trophy with spray paint
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
boys room decor
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.
It’s hip to be a
>> 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!

Comments are off for this post