Snow Ahead For Days And Wow!

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Wow it’s snowy out in my neck of the woods.  Snowy, cold and very, very wintery.  I’d give anything to be on a beach somewhere but since I’m not, I’m going to enjoy the weather I have and burrow in for the winter.  Instead of dreaming of surfing somewhere (I wouldn’t dare!) I’m going to light a fire tonight.  We’re going to have soup for dinner and hot tea afterwards in front of the fireplace while I nestle in with a good book.

Do you have certain books you read and movies you watch when it’s cold outside?  I tend to watch almost exclusively BBC shows once we’ve packed up Fall and head into December: Sherlock (OBVS), Pride + Prejudice (Colin Firth version, of course), Upstairs Downstairs, you name it.  As long as there’s a BBC stamp in the corner I’m usually game.  I end up using words like ‘posh’ and ‘marvelous’ and phrases like ‘ that’s rather daring’ and ‘we mustn’t!’.  I wish I were joking, but I can totally understand why Madonna and good old Gwennie end up … >> 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!

Dry Skin Rescue Facial Homemade DIY

avocado face mask

It’s DIY facial time.  A little *me* time for you, because you’re worth it.  Your skin is dry, it’s acting up and behaving like a small, angry child and there’s only so much you can take before you want to break up.  For realsies this time.  Because you deserve better.  You deserve a glowing face with nary a flake of dry skin in sight.  So here’s what you’re going to do about it: you’re going to make a homemade DIY facial with ingredients from the kitchen, and when you’re all done your face will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Dry Skin Rescue Facial Homemade DIY

  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1/4 cup honey

DIY honey facial

First of all let’s set the stage.  Put on your bathrobe and start up some spa music.  If you have children, make them leave the room.  If you can’t do that do the next best thing: put on some headphones with Enya or some other calming music, for me right now that would be Bastille.  I won’t judge you if your spa music is Metallica, we all have our own things.

Next, let’s talk ingredients.  It wouldn’t be DIY without … >> 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!

I really want a personalized bed with photos

A bed used to be a place for sleeping.  A boring white + blue striped mattress, covered with a sheet and maybe a nice down comforter (if you were lucky).  I never take a good bed for granted but my kids don’t know the difference.  I’ve spoiled them by not making them sleep on fold-up camping cots or 3 to a bed, stitch, like I did from time to time growing up in a family with 8 kids.  So imagine then how I felt when I discovered there’s such a thing as a personalized bed, a bed so personalized you can get photos of whatever you please as light panels on the headboard.  Can you even imagine?

I clearly cannot.

personal bed

 

My childhood self wouldn’t have even known where to start with such an unbelievable future creation.  What pictures would I choose for the headboard?  Princess Leia?  No! My Little Pony! No, too girly! I loved G.I. Joe so much I used to sneak into my brother’s bedroom to play with Joe and all his army buddies, maybe I could find a photo of ol’ Joe for my room!  I know, I know, She-Ra from Masters of the Universe!  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!

Looking for some hot nerd glasses? I can help!

This hot nerd glasses post is sponsored by eBay. Follow my eBay collections to see regularly updated style in every category you can dream up, including an entire shrine collection dedicated to Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock Holmes.  He’s so hot right now.

Your mom’s so hot right now.

hip glasses

 

I’m curating collections by the minute over on eBay, and I have a couple I’m a little obsessed with.  That’s not weird is it, to love your own collections?  Anyway.  Weird or not, two of my favorite collections right now are Statement Necklaces + Only Nerds Wear Glasses, alternately titled: ‘Glasses Are For Awesome People Who’ve Got It Goin’ On’.

Nerds rule the world.

 

nerd glasses

Are these tortoise shell safety glasses or magical seeing eye glasses?

 

looking for some nerd glasses

 

Do these cat eyed glasses make you a) hot, b) smart, or c) both?  The answer is d) all of the above.

Your mom wears cat eyed glasses.

Mine did, in 1958 anyway, and she looked amazing.

 

statement necklaces

 

Fancy a gorgeous necklace?  I love a good statement necklace, it can easily make simple outfits more amazing and is often the difference between blah blah boring and Va-Va-VOOM.  This black dipped, … >> 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!

Friday news roundup + why work life balance is crap

pumpkin cream pie with white chocolate on top

It’s Friday, Friday FRIDAY and time for another Friday news roundup.  We made it to the end of the week together and now you and I can all sleep/drink/party ourselves into oblivion.  Maybe we’ll run around to little league soccer games, till up the garden beds, do a little Christmas shopping?  I don’t know what floats your boat but sleep + Sherlock float mine (the Cumberbatch version, obvs).  This weekend you’ll find me at a swim meet for my kids (where else?) and putting up Christmas decorations (I know, I caved).  We’re also planning to introduce the kids to the glory of Waking Ned Devine for our weekly Saturday night movie.  Have you seen that movie?  Please say yes.  If not, scurry off somewhere to find and watch it asap-like because it’s absolutely the best.

This week was insane, (aren’t they all?) and there’s so much news to share!  So much! You’ll be hungry by the end of this post so if you didn’t come prepared, go grab a slice of pie to tamp down the hunger pains; we’ll wait.

Ready? Let’s go!

gluten free cornbread

 

Friday News Roundup

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!

My very favorite read from the last 5 years

book club pick

I love to read.  I’m a reader, through and through.  Always have been, and hopefully always will be (unless I’m rendered deaf and blind, in which case: take me out coach).  Much to my husbands’ dismay I regularly pay overdue fines of $50+ to the local library for ambitious amounts of overdue books, lost books, and books accidentally soaked in Chai (who me? never!) in addition to spending unhealthy amounts of cash at Barnes & Noble for new hardback books I’ve been dying to read and don’t have patience to wait for in paperback.

There’s nothing like a really good read is there?

Once upon a time I was in a book club for about five minutes before I realized, (as in every other aspect of my life) I don’t like being told what to do, even if it means reading a book someone else has chosen.  I don’t take orders very well, even if I’m the idiot who opted into the club in the first place.

Sometimes I need to be saved from myself.

Anyway, this was my only book pick I managed to stick around for (I guess I had to show up) and I 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!

Casual Studious Fall Outfit Idea For You

Casual Studio Fall Outfit Idea

 

Need an outfit idea for Fall, now that we’re almost heading into Winter?  I’ve got a great outfit for you: a combination of casual, sexy, + studious.  How can that be, you ask?  Easy.  Mix some sophisticated pieces with some ripped boyfriend jeans (or maybe just some skinnies, your choice) and you’re ready to roll whether you’re headed into the office (I wouldn’t maybe wear ripped jeans there unless you’re a pretty casual bunch) or to the classroom, or even to your local Starbucks for an afternoon coffee date.

Here are the components you need to hit the style mark this Fall:

Casual Studious Fall Outfit Idea For You

  • gorgeous Fall blazer (I’m partial to herringbone)
  • long sleeve button down shirt (plaid or check is adorable)
  • skinny jeans or casual boyfriend jeans
  • ballet flats (live a little – go nuts with leopard)
  • leather satchel (fake or real – leather, I mean)
  • earrings (bold or delicate, totally up to you, but these fox earrings are amazing)
  • delicate statement bracelet
  • watch, or another delicate bracelet of your choice
  • statement ring, or two

(alternately, you can wear leather riding boots instead of ballet flats.  if it’s freezing where you live, go with

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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!

What is it really like behind the scenes of a major film festival?

cannes film festival ticket
film festival

At the beginning of the summer I traveled to the French Riviera to attend the Cannes Film Festival with one of my best friends, Rachael, like you do.  Like one does, one who isn’t me.  Anyway no surprise: I loved it, every minute of it, especially the naked massage on the beach.  I might just up and fly to France one of these days just to experience that again.  The grocery shopping and resulting food purchases were ridiculous (insanely delicious.) France is awesome, and the Cannes Film Festival, the reason Rachael and I headed to the South of France in the first place, was otherworldly.

what it's really like at a film festival

I didn’t know this prior to heading into the festival, but one cannot purchase a ticket to the Cannes Film Festival.  Period.  You either are “someone” or you know “someone”.  I obviously belong in the latter category, which is awesome.  I was given a ticket to not only the film festival but all sorts of behind-the-scenes shenanigans as well, for which I’m super grateful.  I only had about 48 hours notice to get a red carpet dress, which proved trickier than you might imagine. I would’ve been in a huge pickle had 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!

Layered White Chocolate Pumpkin Cream Pie

pumpkin pie

 

Thanksgiving is my NYC marathon. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch. But I do spend an inordinate amount of time getting ready for the big day of gluttonous feasting by testing out recipes well in advance. It’s a sickness that results in the expansion of certain parts of my body and makes me thankful for jeans with a bit of stretch. You feel me, right? Okay. That’s how we come to this Layered White Chocolate Pumpkin Cream Pie.

white chocolate pumpkin cream pie

The vision of this pie came to me one day as I was remembering a pie I made years and year ago. My mom used to make this popular layered dessert in a 9 by 13-inch pan. Your mom might have too. A buttery layer of crust, then a layer of sweetened cream cheese, then chocolate pudding (from a mix), topped with Cool Whip. I turned that dessert into a 100% homemade pie using homemade pudding and everything. Everyone agreed it was a brilliant move, much better than the original dessert, and gave me several pats on the back. Heck, I was even patting myself on the back. So then I thought, why not make a pumpkin pudding instead of a chocolate … >> find out more…

Lindsey Johnson

Lindsey Johnson can usually be found in one of three places--the kitchen (cooking and washing dishes), behind her camera, or at her laptop editing photos and writing. If she's not in any of those places, chances are she's chasing after her three crazy kids or scoring a great find at the thrift store. She writes the food blog, Cafe Johnsonia and lives near the beautiful mountains in Utah with the aforementioned three crazy kids and one great husband.