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.

 

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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.

 

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 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.

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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.

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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

We give an overall … >> 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!

Quick Refrigerator Pickles

My Auntie Nan is famous around my hometown for her homemade sweet pickles. She makes and bottles them every year, and delivers them at Christmas time to her friends. My family happily has been on the receiving end of Auntie Nan’s sweet pickles for 3 decades.  They are delicious, and always make an appearance on our holiday relish plates. I had wicked cravings for them when I was pregnant–and that dear lady who isn’t really my Aunt at all–mailed me 3 quarts of them. Enough to see me through an entire pregnancy of cravings. Her recipe is closely guarded, and the procedure is tedious and time consuming to be sure. Each little pickle is just bottled right up with love and kindness, and I’m pretty sure lots of sugar and plenty of spice.

quick pickles

This recipe is not hers. Not even close. But it’s a pretty tasty one, nonetheless, and ridiculously easy. It takes only minutes to put together, and they are ready for serving up at lunch the next day, right alongside your potato salad and hot dogs, or with your favorite sandwich. The flavor is tangy and spicy and even a bit zesty, and a refreshing change of pace … >> 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.

Citrus Season In South Africa + A Recipe

Oranges

It’s Winter in the Southern hemisphere which means citrus season in South Africa. Lemons and oranges are a plenty, and it’s wonderful. If I need lemon juice, I just go outside and pick some lemons off the tree. I don’t have an orange tree, but no worries. The side of the road is dotted with merchants selling bags of oranges for only R15. That’s comes out to only a little over $1. Every week I buy a bag, and every week we have freshly squeezed OJ for our weekend breakfasts. Goodness.

Citrus Merchant

All this citrus takes me back about thirty years. It’s funny how certain things invoke memories in you. My grandmother lived in North Dallas, and we would go and pay her a visit frequently. The best was when that visit also involved a trip to Northpark mall, perhaps because the adults in our company would be like a magnet drawn to its opposite as they strolled over for a treat at the best place ever, Orange Julius.

Orange Julius

I didn’t know what was in the frozen, citrus treat. All I knew at eight years old was that it was delectable, so delectable that it etched a memory in my … >> 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.

The Evolution of a Hair Style

evolution of a hair style

Let’s talk hair for a minute, shall we?  Hair is a big deal to me, mostly because about the time I turned 21 I realized it wasn’t a huge thing to just swap out hair with the seasons like you would a nice throw rug in your home.  Easy, relatively painless, and the overall effect is so visually impressive it’s hard to stop.

Aside from the pastel colors, my hair has been every natural color available: red, blonde, orange, black, brown, and currently dark brown streaked with silver.  I’ve also done almost every hairstyle: pin straight and long in high school, the Rachael in college (if you’re too young to get that reference, you can Google it.  it wasn’t a good look, even on Jennifer Anniston), a short “mom” bob after my daughter was born, long again but with strong bangs this time, then short and layered with side swooped bangs, blonde and short like Posh Spice (again, see Google if needed), short and black (see Katie Holmes) and finally, buzzed on the sides and mohawk on top a la P!nk.

It’s funny to me, as I’m looking back at the last two decades of the evolution of my current … >> 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!