This fall it’s all about the burgundy

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Burrrrrrgundy

 

I have a confession to make: if it didn’t make me look like a total vampire, I’d wear deep burgundy lipstick every day of the week.  In fact right this minute I’m wearing OPI’s super foxy Honk if you love OPI on my digits, a deep sultry burgundy if there ever was one.  I save the burgundy lips for serious rock and roll or a truly dark restaurant, but it’s time to bend the rules because

this fall it’s all about the burgundy

Burgundy lips, burgundy nails, burgundy eyes (I’m just not that brave, I’ll be honest), and deep purple cheeks (that one should stay on the runways).

Here’s how to wear it:

  1. Put the lipstick on straight out of the tube.  Blot, reapply, and use a lipstick brush or q-tip to clean up the edges.
  2. In order to NOT be mistaken for a member of the undead, keep the rest of your makeup minimal.  By which I mean almost nonexistent.  It’s a little streetwalker to have crazy eye makeup and super dark lips all on the same face.
  3. Once you’re out and about during your day, check the mirror every so often to make sure your lipstick
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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!

Get your animal print on

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You know, it’s time for you to break out a little.  Be a little nuts.   Get your animal print on. Wear some zebra, python, leopard, giraffe, lemur.

I’m kidding about the lemur.  It doesn’t really go with my skin tone.

ANIMAL!

Seriously though, there’s something a little sexy and sophisticated about animal print, as long as you do it right.  This week on Babycenter I wrote a post called 7 sexy ways to rock animal print and I want you to read it.  And then I want you to do a little online shopping because girlfriend, you can do this.

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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!

Restaurant style fresh salsa

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My name is Lindsey and I am addicted to chips and salsa.  I don’t know why I even order an entree when we go to Mexican restaurants.  The only thing I really go for is the chips and restaurant style fresh salsa.  And if a restaurant has lame salsa, I’m probably never going back.

restaurant salsa

I started making salsa at home once I realized it was possible.  I was 18.  So a bit of a dunce, I guess.  But it was a huge hit and I haven’t stopped making it since then.  Chances are you are smarter than I was and have already been making fresh salsa at home for years and years.  Chances are you don’t really need a recipe.  But if you do?  I’ve got you covered.

fresh salsa

When it comes to the actual ingredients, you’ve got a little leeway.  You could pretty much use any tomato growing in your (or your neighbor’s) garden.  Heirlooms are my favorite kind to use because they are so sweet and flavorful.  A fun variation might be to use green heirlooms or even tomatillos, which look like green tomatoes, but aren’t.

You could use whatever chiles you like best.  For hotter salsa, add the … >> find out more…

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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!

Healthy snacks back to school

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I’m a leader in the Udi’s gluten free community and my most recent question is about healthy snacks back to school.  What healthy foods did you eat when you went back to school as a kid?  What were your favorite school lunch snacks?

I’m super bitter about my sack lunches as a kid.  My mom made homemade bread once a week for sandwich bread, (cry me a river) and we canned peach and apricot jam all summer long from our orchard bounty (I thought it was terrible at the time).  The sweetest snack I got was a banana for dessert and for some reason, in the 80′s at my elementary school, bananas were considered a throwaway food.  Top that all off with the huge brown grocery bags we used once in a while as lunch sacks (no, the really big ones.  folded over 7 times) and I’ve got some therapy to do.

healthy back to school snacks

Now that the tables are turned, I sound like my mother.  I’m always harping about healthy snacks for back to school.  Ding dongs weren’t on the menu at my house when I was little and they aren’t on the menu for my kids. Wonder Bread? 

Fugghetaboutit.

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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!

Back to school traditions old and new

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I have a little back-to-school tradition for my husband, the teacher/administrator. Each first day of school I deliver a bundle of goodies and supplies to his classroom. Just for him. Bouquets of pencils, snacks, apples, and the like. I look forward to putting it together as much as he looks forward to the special delivery.

This year marks the advent of a new back-to-school tradition: I’m sending my first baby to Kindergarten! On a bus! Every day! He’s bursting with excitement. Me, well, most days I’m not. To make this whole official start of school thing special for my little guy and for me, I planned a super duper date for the two of us. School supplies tossed into the cart with glee, new clothes picked out by the kiddo, a visit to the photo booth at the mall, then lunch at the joint of his choice (he felt really grown up and important). The promise of frozen yogurt after lunch kept him cheerful while shopping and was probably his favorite part. We ended our hot date at home with a fashion show with all the new gear. My favorite part: he’s still willing to hold my hand in public. … >> find out more…

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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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Ooh wee part-eee NYC

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I’ve got so much fun to share with you about what I’ve been up to, and big (amazing) changes around the corner for Petit Elefant. But in the meantime, a sneak peek into what I’ve been doing all summer for SocialLuxe Lounge in NYC.

Please to enjoy.

The 2012 Slow Churned SocialLuxe Lounge

hosted by:

Jane maynard

Marie LeBaron

and Allison Czarnecki

(on Vimeo)

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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!

Olympics activities for kids

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It’s been all Olympics, all the time at our house ever since the Opening Ceremonies. My little boys are completely enamored with the swimming, the gymnastics (“The women are better than the men, Mommy.”), the tennis, the volleyball, and the medals. Oh how they love those gold medals. If they aren’t watching, they are re-enacting, and vowing to become Olympians. Go for it, kiddos. Go for it.

I’ve found some fantastic Olympic themed activities for family gatherings or to occupy them–perhaps quietly–when they are done with the whooping, cheering and couch-diving. A few of favorites:

Totally cute free printable board game, card game, mazes and more from UK-based Tiny Me

 

Planning a party for your future olympian? Great inspiration and party kit from Birds Party. Love those Olympic rings!

For family fun: a Frisbee makes a great discus, pool noodles make great javelins, and sidewalk chalk makes a great cycling or running track. Also, a dollar store “gold” medal makes a great behavior incentive for little ones, be it for getting chores done first or good behavior. I speak from personal experience on this one.

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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 do YOU wear white?

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A few weeks ago I wore an all white outfit for an entire day and at least one piece of white clothing the following two days in an effort to see if I could keep myself clean for 72 hours.  What I realized when I accepted this challenge* is that

#1 I don’t have much white in my closet, and #2 I stopped wearing white of any sort around the time my daughter was born almost 13 years ago.

how do YOU wear white?

I wore head-to-toe white on the first day, just to get it out of the way and see if it was actually possible to go an entire day in white without looking crazypants.  I pulled out a pair of white jeans I only wear when I’m away from the kids, and even then only for a few hours at a time.  This outfit is pretty close to what I wore, pops of color in my purse, shoes, necklace, bracelets, and earrings.  I couldn’t help myself, and I really tried.

White just isn’t practical in my life with two kids and a horse, a black cat, and whatever else comes my way on any given day.  I didn’t even realize it was … >> find out more…

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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!

Make some tasty vegetable curry

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I love to tell the story of how I went from hating on veggies to eating a mostly plant-based diet.  Part of that drastic progression involved eating plenty of curries–Indian and Thai especially.  I’ll save the rest of the story for another day, because today it’s all about how you need to make some tasty vegetable curry.

mixed vegetable curry

I kind of go crazy when I go to the produce section or farm stands.  Everything looks so beautiful, I can’t wait to buy a bunch of veggies and then I get home and don’t know what I was thinking.  So, if you are like me in that regard, or you have a prolific garden, this curry is for you.  It’s delicious to be sure, but it also is a good way to use up those excess veggies you went crazy buying last week or for when the inevitable “I’ve-got-more-zucchini-than-I-know-what-to-do-with” hits.

make some tasty vegetable curry

I adapted this from a recipe I like in a cookbook I found in the bargain bin at Borders years ago.  This was about the time I decided that I might as well figure out how to make my own curries or keep spending all of my pocket money at … >> find out more…

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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!