what to wear to a conference.

If you’re wondering what on earth to wear to BlogHer this year, I have a couple of suggestions for you.

What are YOU wearing?

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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. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you 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!


  1. Julie {Angry Julie Monday} :

    First of all, awesome job. My husband asked what I was watching. I said, MY FRIEND ALLISON….:) I was squinting because I’m not used to your dark hair still.

    Great choices…I spent an hour in the dressing room at Nordstrom today…I got a so-so dress, but BAM I did get two pairs of awesome shoes…

    Still on the hunt for headbands…it is all ABOUT the accessories.

    • Allison :

      Thank you! I know, I threw you a curve ball with the dark hair, but you recovered nicely.

      There is an amazing Nordstrom Rack in Brea. I spent 4 hours there last time i was in your neighborhood.

      P.S. accessories? Forever 21. Always.

  2. jane maynard :

    you’re so good at this whole putting outfits together thing!!

    I can’t wait to wear my Yummie Tummie biker short thingies pretty much for the rest of my life.

    • Allison :

      You’re not too shabby with the outfits putting together thing yourself. Foxy mama.

      It’s a good thing I have TWO pieces of Yummie Tummie to get me through the weekend.


  3. Rachael :

    Um — everything was cute, but what I really want to know is where you got that green t-shirt you were wearing???

    • Allison :

      The green tee has your name written all over it! TJ Maxx baby.

  4. Marie :

    Ugh, I’m sooo behind on even thinking about what to wear. So I’m happy to see this and start my engine! So great!

    • Allison :

      Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway….

  5. Alix from Modern Kiddo :

    You are so cute, Allison. I love this!
    And damn damn damn I wish I was going to BlogHer! I’ll be with you ladies in spirit!!!

    • Allison :

      It turned out not too shabby, even though it was my first shot.

      I wish you were coming to BlogHer too. Boo!

  6. Azucar :

    Are three suitcases enough, or should I plan on four?You know, just for my shoes?

    • Allison :

      YOU, my friend? Will need AT LEAST one suitcase just for shoes. Really and truly.

  7. Audrey - Mom Generations :

    Love Love Love it!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love your jeans in the video, too!!

    • Allison :

      Aren’t those fun jeans? They’ve been my favorite summer staple.

      Thanks for the encouragement, coming from the vlogging diva, I’ll take it!

  8. Natalie :

    I so don’t want to make this a fashion show, but I know as soon as I start packing, I’ll be thinking the same things!

    You rock girl! Definitely want to meet ya face to face sometime. I’ll come say hi!

    • Allison :

      It doesn’t have to be a fashion show at all, but I love dressing up when I get the chance!

  9. Andrea :

    Great ideas! I haven’t started putting things together yet, but My Spanxx will have top billing in the suitcase for sure :-) I also need to start thinking about jewelry! With a toddler I am out of the habit but great accessories make ALL the difference!

    • Allison :

      Spanx = fabulous.

      Accessories make all the difference in the world, and they’re cheap!

  10. Kathleen :

    I love that tunic, and the heels too (which I remember from an earlier post).

    I’m not sure what I’m wearing yet. I’ll probably be tearing apart the closet next week getting ready. But I’m with you on no heels during the day. It was too much last year.

    PS I’m glad I finally know how to pronounce your last name.

    • Allison :

      Think of it like this: Char-NET-ski

      The heels are from BlissDom, and are fabulous. I love love love wearing them! Only flats during the day.

  11. nichelle stephens :

    Whatever pack, save room for the goodie bag and or any shopping you do in NYC. See you there!

    • Allison :

      Yes, can’t you just wait for the shopping? I’m planning to hit a thrift store or two.

  12. Kim :

    Allison, you are so cute. Gah, I went shopping today and just feel like a zero. I did pick up a couple of cute pieces, a dress from Target with a cardi and a fat sucker-inner. ;) I am good to go for at least one cocktail party. Can’t wait to see you!

    • Allison :

      No, no feeling like a zero! I always carry a fat sucker inner.

      Can’t wait to see YOU!

  13. Vanessa :

    So pretty you are :) Have a blast!

    • Allison :

      Thank you, I will!

  14. Loukia :

    You are so cute! I know mostly what I’m bringing/wearing – for night time, pink dress from Banana one night, black dress from Banana the other night! OR.. BCBG black dress. Will decide that night! (I’m only there Thursday/Friday night, leaving Saturday. Boo.) As for the day… I was thinking cute more casual dress – have a nice straight to the knee black dress from Club I want to wear – hope it’s not too much? And a beige dress, belted, from Banana as well… OR of course… nice jeans, cute top. I will off course overpack!

    • Allison :


      Nighttime is the most important time for planning your outfits, that’s when all the parties are!

      You can’t go wrong with BCBG and Banana. Can’t wait to meet you!

  15. Kami :

    Look at you go, Vlogger. I loved it! and thanks for the heads up. I haven’t evne started to think about what to wear at Blogher.

    • Petit Elefant :

      It’s because you’ve been on vacation. I, however, have been thinking about it a lot.