How to use a Curling Wand or Clipless Curling Iron

I love that with a few different hair appliances you can create so many different looks. Especially with this interchangeable clipless curling iron, often called a curling wand. I absolutely love it. It comes with three sizes, small, medium, and large, and each  creates a different look. Now I know that the fact that it’s clipless makes it seem harder to use, but fear not! It’s actually super easy and you’ll love it once you’ve got the hang of it. Follow along and learn how to use a curling wand!

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The one that I am using is called NuMe 3 in One although it looks like they’ve added a fourth since I got mine! I love it, no complaints here. For this tutorial I am using the medium barrel. Let’s do this.

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First start by separating your hair. I usually start at the bottom and work my way up so you don’t have to mess up curls as you go. The smaller sections you take, the more curls you’ll have. Then arm yourself! I double up in the glove department because I like to be able to completely grab the curling iron wand without it burning me.

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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.

Safari Tips For Kruger National Park

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I just so happen to live about thirty minutes from one of Africa’s top safari destinations, Kruger National Park. Being the size of Israel, this park offers an amazing African adventure that no tourist will want to miss. It has perpetually ruined my kids appetite for the zoo and with good reason. There’s something so beautiful about seeing Africa’s animals in their natural habitat. If you find your travels taking you to the beautiful country of South Africa, then I have no doubt safari at Kruger National Park will be at the top on your “things to do list.” Along with a spirit of adventure, you might also find these nine tips helpful for your safari in the park.

1.  Bring your passport. You will probably have it on your person anyway, but you can’t get into the park without it, so double check that it’s on your person!

2.  Bring plenty of food and beverage. You can only leave your car at marked areas, and driving through the park can be hot and long. Be sure you’re stocked with food and beverage for your journey.

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3.  Beware of elephants. Do a search on YouTube, and you’ll understand this tip. … >> 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.

New Lineup of Contributors: Andrea

Hi, Friends. I’m very happy to introduce Andrea Howe as the latest lovely contributor at Petit Elefant. Andrea will be sharing her awesomeness and expertise as a contributor in all things crafty and we are very excited about it. Please join me in welcoming Andrea to Petit Elefant.

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Andrea is a wife and mother of 3 who spent 11+ years carving out a successful career in the fashion industry. After years of traveling and long hours, she decided to leave that world behind to focus on her family and pursue other passions. She now writes about life made more approachable at her blog For The Love Of, and covers topics as diverse as personal style and food and wellness, with some creative DIY’s thrown in for good measure. Andrea also recently committed to living a more healthy lifestyle, and writes about her misadventures doing so, at her Babble column and her Instagram account, named Gwyneth Made Me Do It.

 

 

 

 

 

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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5 Different Ways to Wear Scarves for Plus Size Women

How To Wear A Scarf

It’s the first day of spring! I wish someone would let the weather in on that secret. I’m itching to pull out my spring wardrobe, but let’s be honest:  I’ve probably got a few more weeks left until that can really happen. In the meantime, I’ll try to transition a few pieces, and adding scarves is a great way to do that! Luckily there are several different ways to wear scarves that won’t add bulk to a curvaceous figure.

I’ve already told you how I’ve been afraid of scarves in the past. When I finally worked up the courage to give them a whirl I tried lots of different ways to wear scarves, but quickly found that simple was best on my frame. Long lines and not a lot of fabric around the neck and face is flattering for most plus size women.  Eliminate the bulk!

So here they are, 5 ways to wear scares without overwhelming your body.

How To Wear A Scarf

SHOULDER DRAPE
Simply draping one end of the scarf over a shoulder is a great look if you’re not wearing a jacket, but still want a little bit of warmth.

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FAKE KNOT
I love this one. You can adjust the … >> find out more...

Carrie

Hello everyone, I’m Carrie. I’m a family photographer, and a mom of three elementary school kids. I grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, but I’ve lived on the east coast for the last eight years. I love exploring new places, baking, volunteering at my kids’ school, and reading. You can check out my other work at Cabesh Photography.

Traveling Toiletry Cases Cute + Stylish

traveling toiletry cases

Traveling is one of my favorite things, my very special, very favorite things in the whole world.  But travel has its ups and downs.  Air travel usually means heading somewhere exciting, but just thinking about getting through security makes me break out in a sweat.  I’m getting better at the whole process, but almost always something goes wrong; last time I flew from LA —> SLC my Cookie Butter was confiscated by the T.S.A..   It was all very traumatic.  The T.S.A. needs to get their own Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s from now on and leave my stash alone.

Anyhoo.  We were talking about traveling.  And how wonderful it is, T.S.A. aside.

makeup travel case

One of the things I’ve gotten better at in my travels across the globe, is how I organize all my gear.  I’ve gotten much better at traveling with less, WAY LESS, than I once did.  And part of all that organizing and gear wrangling means getting smarter with the kind of products I take with me on my travels.  Having the right tool for the right job doesn’t only apply to garage tool stashes and construction sites, it also applies to wrangling toiletries and … >> 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!

6 Travel Quotes to Inspire You

Best Ever Travel Quotes | Petit Elefant

Ah, travel. I heart it so. Nothing inspires me more than really great, really deep quotes from fellow travel lovers both vintage and modern, and I’ve adopted the ones that speak to me most as personal travel mantras.

Travel is what makes me pore over travel books and magazines like a fan-girl tears through Tiger Beat. It keeps my wanderlusting mind filled with happy thoughts.

Dreamy sigh.

That we’re a family of travel hounds is no secret, and when we’re not flying off somewhere, we’re talking about the places we want to explore next (the kids want to go to England and the Caribbean while my husband and I want to lose ourselves in France and Mexico), or making note of the adventures we want to try (my seven-year-old has visiting a sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica at the top of his life list).

And though we can’t live the life of nomads, what with things like school and work and funds to consider, we’ve found that travel quotes are a wonderful way to harness all that free-spiritedness and channel it into what amounts to warm hugs via cleverly crafted words and phrases.

Here are a few of my … >> find out more...

Pilar

A native of Chile with deep Chicago roots, Pilar and geekdom have been mutually exclusive since tight-rolled jeans and slap bracelets were in fashion, making it rather fitting she married a Star Wars nerd, made two nerdlets, and became the world’s okayest mom. An award-winning writer, social media strategist, photographer and geeky pop culturalist, her commentary has appeared in and on some cool sites like Babble, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo and Fandango (where she's Contributing Editor of the Family Room).

Bring on Spring Fashion Trends

Let’s talk Spring fashion trends. I don’t know about where you live, but here in Utah we had a few pretty amazing days that made me feel like Spring will be here sooner than later! On Sunday we walked outside to 60 degree weather! 60 degrees! Now to some that may still feel freezing but to us and our usual 30-40 degree February, 60 is practically a heat wave. So with my wishful thinking, I decided a Spring fashion trends post was necessary. When we think of Spring and fashion, what comes to mind?! Color. Bright colors! Basically anything you would see in a flower shop is a must have.

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Now once you have your pop of color, whether it be a bright top, colored denim
, or a pair of cute neon shoes, then comes the fun! Play it up with a fun print or get really brave and mix bright colors! Spring fashion trends mean having fun with your colors and patterns. It’s also good to mix dressy pieces with casual ones-  similar to this dressier pencil skirt paired with a fun striped baseball tee!

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A shopping list for Spring fashion trends inspiration:

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Robyn Stewart

I'm Robyn from Cleverly, Yours where I blog about life and fashion. I'm a Utah girl from a small town with a big town sense of fashion. I have a passion for fashion and love trying new things and being inspired by others. I love my blog and what I do; stop by and say hello!

Lunchtime Layered Taco Salad Jar

easy layered quinoa taco salad jar

When I worked outside of the home I enjoyed packing a lunch everyday for myself. I don’t function well unless I’ve had something healthy to feed my brain. I’m sure you’ve all seen salad jars, but have you actually ever made one? I wish I had known about them when I was packing my lunches all those years! I hadn’t seen this brilliant idea until last year. I work from home now, but I still love them. They are easy to put together. Depending on what you layer in the jar, you can even make them once a week for the whole week. For this one, I’m using my very favorite quinoa taco salad recipe – minus the taco.

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The idea with these taco salad jars is to layer the vinaigrette at the bottom and work your way up to the leafy greens. That way the greens stay fresh because they haven’t been sitting in the dressing. When it’s time to eat, you just turn the jar over. The dressing coats everything and it’s ready to eat!

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I chose my favorite ingredients, but these are just a suggestion. You could certainly add in shredded chicken or meat, cheese, sour cream, or … >> 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.

Home Hair Color Tips and Tricks

For most of us gals coloring our hair is pretty important. And expensive. And those home hair color kits can be scary! So, for those of you lucky women who have never had dye grace your beautiful locks – don’t. What a joy to not have to worry about roots or scheduling hair appointments every six weeks or so.  But for the rest of you wondering about home hair color how-to’s I’ve got some handy tips and tricks! tips for coloring hair at home

Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I had my hair colored in the salon. See, it went a little something like this: I had a boyfriend waaaayyy back in high school whose sister was a hair stylist. She would put three different colored highlights into my hair for free and I was a beautiful blond. Well, let me rephrase — my hair was a beautiful blond. Blond, however, is not really my color. Hard to resist free highlights, though. Well, we broke up (shocker!) and probably the saddest part was that I either needed to find another hair stylist to do the same for free (unlikely) or go closer to my natural color. I chose going almost natural. Not all … >> 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.