Summer Fun Under The Stars

destination summer tank top skinny-jeans

Summer is fun, isn’t it?  Seriously, summer is my saving grace during the long, cold Utah winters.  Sometimes I go weeks at a time during a freezing, slushy March just dreaming about the summer, when all things are possible.  Summer in Utah really makes up for the miserable winters, and we spend summers swimming, barbecuing, camping, horseback riding, hiking and playing in the mountains, kayaking, and hanging out on the back yard deck.

I’m super excited to be partnering with Kohl’s #DestinationSummer to share some fun summertime ideas in Utah, because you should definitely visit.  Utah is absolutely amazing, especially in the summer.  We got all dressed up for this fun summertime idea, and you’ll understand why below.

button down

This summer we’re not traveling like we usually do, we’re staying close to home to have our fun since my baby girl is still sick after 3 months of non-stop vomiting.  No big deal though, because Utah rules summer.

mens fashion mens style

In fact, spending time under the stars is the best way to experience Utah in the summer.  The days are hot and dry, and the nights are perfect and cool, just right for movies + symphonies under the stars, which is exactly … >> 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!

Sexy And Totally Comfortable Shoes For Women

Wedge Booties

Sexy, comfortable shoes?  Total oxymoron.  Usually.  But Brian James, a relatively new shoe company defies the un-sexy odds of comfortable, day-to-day staple shoes by making some seriously hot shoes for women.

summer sanda;s

Brian James is a shoe company started in 2012 by Angela Edgeworth, founder of the adorable children’s footwear line, pediped.  Angela named the new shoe company for women after her husband Brian James (so cute!) because aside from her love for her two daughters and her shoe collection (OBVS), her husband Brian is her favorite.

wedge pumps

Now, let’s talk about the shoes.  Last summer I was gifted a pair of Brian James sandals.  I was in the middle of hosting a party for 350 women in Chicago, in July.  It was hot, I was tired and my feet swollen, and I’d just walked 5 blocks in the heat and humidity before I put my new sandals on.  I’m always skeptical when it comes to new shoes, especially when my feet don’t feel awesome, and I’m here to tell you, WHOA.  These shoes, you guys!  So comfortable.

I’m a total shoe wimp.  My feet can only handle certain kinds of shoes, and I really won’t suffer for fashion.  I’m too … >> 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

Summer Nail Colors

Summer Nail Colors

One thing I love about Summer is a bright shiny manicure or pedicure. I just can’t stay away from all the shades of pink and orange and colors inspired by cotton candy and ice pops. Aren’t they so pretty lined up there all nice? Let’s talk summer nail colors in pastel, pink, and orange.

Pastels

pastel summer nail colors

Sometimes it’s fun to rock something out of the ordinary  like these colors from Joe Fresh that make me think of summer treats like sherbet and cotton candy.  JC Penney carries this line but I couldn’t find them online, you might have to check it out in store.  Pastels are fun and very on trend right now, and a fun manicure is an ideal way to play with a trend.

Orange is the new black

orange summer nail color

I love the color orange. I think Elle was wrong when she said “whoever said orange was the new pink was seriously disturbed!” It’s a beautiful color and a really fun bright for summer.  The middle one, from Wet n Wild is about a dollar or so at Target and it lasts forever! Don’t underestimate a bargain brand.  The Revlon is a very true orange which probably works all year … >> 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

Summer Vacation Photography Tips

Summer Vacation Photography Tips

Ah, Summer vacation. It’s like an oasis from the long school grind. It’s something that everyone looks forward to which is why all the memory making from this very important event must be documented. Here’s a few Summer vacation photography tips that I’ve found helpful as I’ve learned to capture the memories but still enjoy the moments.

1. Capture the small moments that spark an emotion. When we drove from Texas to California, our car was packed down. I knew we would forget how crazy it was unless I took a photo. Same was true when we pulled into our driveway after a haul to Utah and back and we looked at the speedometer…3399.9 miles. Small moments but they’re fun to remember years down the road.

2. Let your child get behind the lens. I love seeing things from their perspective. While camping in Moab, I gave the camera to my son. Not only did he love it and capture some great shots but, it was also a memory in itself! As far as photography tips, this one might be my favorite.

Summer Vacation Photography Tips

3. Don’t get too focused on capturing the perfect shots that you’re not present. As a photographer, this … >> 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.

Comments are off for this post

Fabulously Simple Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe

Ice Cream Sandwich CakeIf you need an easy dessert for any sort of gathering this summer, look no further than this simple, extremely tasty ice cream sandwich cake. A mountainous slab of ice cream sandwiches covered in soft, snowy white caps of whipped cream. Henceforth known to my family as The Matterhorn Cake. It’s not vegan or paleo or clean or in any way healthy, and requires zero baking, and can be made a day or two in advance. Yes to all of those things, thank you very much.

My husband is a Cache Valley, UT native and a Fat Boy Ice Cream sandwich, made in his hometown, is a beloved treat. It’s the only ice cream sandwich worth eating, he maintains. Thus, the foundation for this dessert, a mountain of totally worth-it calories. Awesome, just like the real Matterhorn in Switzerland. Or the one at Disneyland. Whichever. But you can truly use any kind of ice cream sandwich you prefer.

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

You will need:

12 Fat Boy Ice Cream sandwiches (or your favorite)

1/2 jar of your favorite caramel sauce (or about 2/3 cup homemade)

1/2 jar of your favorite hot fudge sauce (or about 2/3 cup homemade)

1 pint whipping cream + … >> 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.

How To Make Your Very Own BB Cream

DIY BB cream

What’s BB Cream?  Why do I need to know about it?  What does it do?  Who am I? How did I end up here?  Who are you?

Sorry.  We’re not going to get into an existential discussion today, we’re just here to talk about makeup.  Which is what BB cream is: makeup.  For your face.  That’s usually where makeup goes, on your face.  (ignore me.  it’s a rainy day over here, I’m all sorts of confused about life)

Let’s talk about WHAT BB Cream is, how to wear it, and FINALLY how to make this aforementioned BB Cream.

tinted moisturizer

What on earth is BB Cream?  Well, it’s basically tinted moisturizer, only more.  BB stands for blemish balm.  Blemish balm moisturizes your skin while covering up +/or disguising your blemishes.  But it’s lighter than foundation so if you, like me, don’t love the feeling of foundation on your face, BB Cream might become your new best friend.

BB Cream is a super simple combination of your favorite moisturizer (with SPF, I hope!) and your favorite foundation.  Together they make magic.

I use Oil of Olay because my skin is sensitive and it has a bit of SPF in it.  Add foundation, … >> 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!

Beautiful Bronzer for Summer

Summer is here and we all want that beautiful glow that goes with it… without the skin cancer or sunburn. I feel ya! Heck, I have two little black babies who just have to step outside and they have the most beautiful tans meanwhile mommas wearing a big hat as white as a ghost. It’s rough. Thank goodness for bronzer!

No worries! Today I have a bronzed summer makeup look for you. It’s rather easy and with a few steps after your foundation,   you should have that beautiful summer glow you’re looking for.

Bronzed Summer Makeup

bronzed summer makeup look

 

After you’ve applied your eye makeup and foundation, there are a just a few more quick steps for beautiful bronzer. You’ll see, it’s simple.

Step one is optional, maybe fun to rock for a girls night out or date night or any special evening. Add a little sheer shimmer above the cheekbone up and out to the temples. Not too much, just enough to add a shimmer.

Step two:   Add your bronzer under your cheekbone up to your hairline along your temples and hairline along your forehead. It’s framing your face and giving you that overall glow.

Step three: Take a big brush … >> 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.

The Fault in Our Stars Is A Movie Now

the fault in our stars movie

Which Summer movie opens today?  The Fault In Our Stars.

I for one, can’t wait to see it.  My teenage daughter read the book by John Green a million years ago and fell instantly in love with the story.  I read it last night, sobbing into my pillow well past my bedtime.  It’s a beautiful story, the characters are smart and witty and caustic, and handle cancer as I hope I would: pissed off but philosophical about the whole thing.

the fault in our stars

It’s a beautiful, wonderful story and you should rush to see it ASAP.  I’m going tonight.

Visit the official website // Like TFIOS on Facebook // Follow @TheFaultMovie on Twitter // Follow on Google+ & Instagram

It’s a perfect Summer movie.

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!

Hiking With Wild Horses in Kaapsehoop

Kaapsehoop, South Africa

I live in a small town in South Africa. All kinds of outdoor fun make the “things to do list” in my neck of the woods. One of my favorite Saturday entertainment options is Kaapsehoop, a mere thirty minute drive from Nelspruit in the Mpumulanga province. You can cruise through the whole town in about sixty seconds, but you can easily spend a day exploring everything it has to offer.

This lovely town is best known for the wild horses that roam freely on its streets. They’re friendly enough to give a little rub on the nose even though their big size can feel a little intimidating. My nine-year-old was terrified at first but warmed up enough to name one of them Mr. Ed.

Kaapsehoop, South Africa

There are a couple of cafés where a prego roll or a pancake can be enjoyed, but it’s also a nice place to pack a picnic lunch to eat on the grass. Antique shops and stores with interesting loot are worth visiting, but my favorite activity is the hike to the spectacular view at the top.

Kaapsehoop, South Africa

The yellow footprints clearly mark the path that’s simple enough for kids to hike. Depending on your explorers, you can … >> 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.