Have a Valentine movie + dinner on us

Dinner + a movie, that’s how we usually roll, on an early Thursday night matinee movie for date night at my house.  We’re a little bit gangsta like that.  I need to be in bed before 9 o’clock, and you know, school night!

This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks everyone for entering!  Comment #93 is our winner.

valentine movie + dinner

Please tell me you’re less of an old lady than me and have regular dates at normal times of the day (and night).  Please bless you see a movie in the dark of night (not the afternoon matinee special I’m so fond of, just like the rest of the retirement community) and as you’re planning a little something with your Valentine it won’t include an early bird special dinner (my favorite!).

One of you lucky non-boring movie goers has the glorious opportunity to have a Valentine movie + dinner on us, Petit Elefant this Valentine’s Day.  Or whatever day, I don’t like to label what we have together.

Here’s the skivvy on this Fandango (onomatopoeia!) giveaway:

One (1) winner will receive:

  • $30 Fandango gift card
  • $100 Visa gift card

 

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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!

How to get the Downton Abbey style

Style mavens do you know how to get Downton Abbey style?  I’m sure you’ve heard of Downton Abbey by now:  the British period drama (my favorite kind!) about some upstairs aristocrats + downstairs servants on a gorgeous country estate in England and all the surrounding drama at the turn of the century?  No? 

It’s AMAZING.  So juicy.

how to downton style

With all the hubbub about the show I’ve been thinking about all the onscreen style.  It’s hard to miss.  Sir Matthew Crawley dresses like a proper gentleman complete with a hat for every outfit (swoon) and Lady Mary dresses for dinner every night in elbow length gloves and pearls.  I can’t get enough, I really can’t.

I put together a fashion board of Downton style: 1920’s, elegant, lacy, ladylike fashion, fancy, white-gloved, post WWI fashion.  Here are the pieces how to get the Downton Abbey style (aristocrat version):

  • 1 part fancy ankle length dress with lace detailing
  • Pearls, natch
  • Fur stole, (for the English weathers)
  • Bejeweled hair piece and/or bracelet
  • Art deco clutch or purse
  • Simple T-strap heels
  • Sneer

Mix all those up, add a dose of sass and an air of superiority and you’ve got yourself a perfect Lady Mary Grantham.  I … >> 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!

DIY hardware bracelet tutorial

A DIY tutorial is so much fun.  Do you love a fun hardware bracelet DIY as much as I do?  They are easy (well, usually), fast and stylish. The craft trifecta! I’ve been playing around with sequins, trying to make earrings or even decorate a shirt. But you know how they looked the best? As a bracelet. Lucky me.  So I have an easy tutorial for you to make your own.

DIY Sequin Bracelet

And you know my love of hex nuts.  My style resolution is to wear more accessories to jazz up my outfits, and combining tough hex nuts from the hardware store with girly sequins is a perfect combination.

DIY Bracelets with Sequins

Want to give it a try? Of course you do! Here’s the easy tutorial.

DIY hardware bracelet tutorial

Sequin Bracelet How-to

You will need:

  • Stretch Magic cord. You can find this at any craft store in the jewelry supply section. And this stuff is seriously magic. You can string pretty much anything on it to make a stretchy bracelet in no time flat.
  • Sequins. A lot of sequins. If you can find them on a string you’ll save yourself quite a bit of time. However, they don’t sell them that way at
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Stephanie Gerber

Stephanie Gerber is a mother of 3 who writes for pretty mommies on a budget. She shares stylish and crafty adventures on her blog Henry Happened.

How to make simple outfits more amazing

How to make simple outfits more amazing is so much easier than you think.

Sometimes all you have time to do, mentally and physically, is throw on a simple t-shirt and a pair of jeans. And guess what? That’s okay. We’re all busy and sometimes creating the perfect, pulled together outfit is just not high on our priority list. But there are some quick things you can learn how to do to make your everyday on-the-run outfit look more stylish. The simple key is to add one (or all) of these…

simple outfits

Accessories:

Loading up on amazing accessories is the best thing you can do for your closet. They’re the easiest solution how to amp up the simplest of outfits. Whether it be a colorful scarf, a statement necklace, or bold earrings, accessories are your friends. For this outfit, I started off with a simple gray sweater on top. The necklace was the perfect way to not only add interest to the look, but to also bring the attention up around my face.

how to make simple outfits amazing

Color:

Oh the wonders color can do. It just makes an outfit pop. This outfit started off as just a sweater and blue jeans, but I opted to bring in … >> 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.

Must have accessories for winter style

You can have gorgeous style in the winter, it’s absolutely attainable.  While there are certain trends that go in and out of style each season, there are also key pieces your wardrobe has to have year after year. When it comes to the colder months of winter, the three must-have items on my list are a perfect coat, oversized sweaters, and chunky scarves. What should you look for in these essential winter pieces? See what’s on my style checklist below.

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The Goes-With-Everything Coat:

The most essential piece to invest in all winter long is that perfect “goes-with-everything” coat. One that’s not only warm and cozy, but also versatile in color and shape. If you describe your style as timeless, go for a classic trench silhouette. It’s perfect for all occasions and it’s figure flattering. If you like to air more on the trendy side, try something unique like a military cut. As long as you choose a neutral color, the coat will be a great versatile piece to have. And for those of you who like to go bold and chic, try a modern silhouette with an oversized collar. Their minimalist shape will work with … >> 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.

Tutorial to make a clay pendant heart necklace

Make your own clay pendant heart necklace with this simple tutorial!  You’ll end up with a hand crafted, super cute heart necklace.

DIY heart pendant tutorial

Have you started getting ready for Valentine’s Day? You have less than a month! It’s time to start crafting! After you sign your kid’s name to a package of Cinderella Valentine’s because she refuses to use anything else, you’ll have plenty of time to figure out what to wear and make this simple clay heart necklace.

tutorial to make a clay heart pendant necklaceI recently discovered that you can gold leaf clay. It’s so easy and addictive. Make one of these and you’ll want to gold leaf everything, trust me.

tutorial to make a clay pendant necklace DIY Clay Heart Pendant: supplies to make your own

  • White polymer clay. Make sure you don’t get translucent by mistake. They look the same in the package but the translucent bakes up into a weird color. You only need 1 small package.
  • Gold leaf flakes. This stuff is so fun!
  • Gold chain. You can easily use chain from a old necklace too.
  • 1 jump ring
  • I thought it would be fun to add a skeleton key to the heart charm but you don’t have to. If you do, you’ll need a
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Stephanie Gerber

Stephanie Gerber is a mother of 3 who writes for pretty mommies on a budget. She shares stylish and crafty adventures on her blog Henry Happened.

DIY hand warmers Valentine heart

Hearts are everywhere right now!  It’s time to make some DIY hand warmers Valentine hearts to keep you nice and toasty.

how to make valentine handwarmersIt’s Steph here again from Stuff Steph Does. It seems like as soon as January rolls around all the red ornaments, lights, and other decorations from Christmas transform into glittery hearts and cupids for the upcoming day of celebrating love. Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about your Valentine? Nope, I can’t either. But what better way to start thinking about it than with a fun DIY project!

The saying goes “Cold Hands, Warm Heart,” right? Well who wants cold hands? I know I don’t! Warm up your Valentine’s hands and their heart with these adorable, reusable hand warmers.

DIY hand warmers Valentine heart (s)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 100% Cotton or 100% Wool Fabric* – (2) 3” squares per handwarmer
  • A heart stamp (use one you have or make your own!)
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Rice
  • Thread

*Its important to use natural fibers for these since you will be zapping them in the microwave. Some synthetic fibers can do some funky stuff when surrounded by radiation, so it is best to be safe and stick with … >> find out more...

Stephanie Hayward

A designer, maker, crafter, and blogger, Stephanie Hayward spends her days designing buildings in Columbus, Ohio and nights blogging about design, DIY, and (attempts at making) good food at Stuff Steph Does. She lives with her partner in crime, Brandon, and their spunky little dog, Lucy.

3 tips for a nice road trip with kids

A nice road trip with kids?  Is it possible?  Today we have 3 road trip tips for a nice (no really, NICE) road trips with kids from editor Lyndsey Payzant Wells, a brave traveler with toddler in tow.

road trip with kids

(the tulip festival in northern Washington)

Road tripping is one of the great American pastimes. Load up your car, gather the family and you’re on your way. But when you’ve got kids in tow, there are a few extra road trip tips you need to take to be prepared — whether you’re driving to the next city or all the way across the country. To save your sanity, I’ve put together my 3 best tips for a family road trip…along with a few photos of fun places we’ve successfully “tripped” to over the years. 

3 tips for a nice road trip with kids:

  • 1. Pack accordingly. I’m always tempted to over-pack for road trips, since it’s not like I have to get all my stuff to fit in one carry-on or something like I would if traveling by plane. This gives you a little extra leeway to be super prepared. In addition to your regular daily sets of clothing, toiletries,
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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!

Football Food

Okay, here’s a confession. I love the Super Bowl. Not just for the commercials. The food, the friends, and, actually the football. But maybe mostly the food. We’re having a small game-day gathering here, with plenty of noshing for all. We relax, put out some coloring pages and race cars for the little ones, and munch munch much through the entire game. Our game day  menu has to meet some special requirements, like being gluten-free and totally delicious. Also? Easy to fix, serve and eat. Bonus points for being extra good for you.

My go-to is guacamole with a pile of blue-corn tortilla chips. I have just a few ground rules for this. It should be fresh, chunky, and should not ever ever contain mayo or sour cream or anything like unto such. Never. Got it? Now we can begin.

Start with 2-4 Avocados. Rather firm but yielding to gentle pressure . If the skin feels loose or squishy, toss ‘em. Then get on with the rest of the flavor party like so:

Juice of 1-2 fresh limes or 1 lemon. I prefer lime, but lemon is what I had today.

2-3 green onions

Fresh Cilantro

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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.