Year: 2010

home made gift ideas

home made gifts

If you’re short on cash this year {and who isn’t, really?} I’ve got a few homemade gift ideas for the women in your life. 1. Bath Salt 2. Cupcakes in a Jar 3. Homemade cookies 4. Homemade popcorn 5. Hot Chocolate on a Stick 6. Bath Bombs 7. Sugar Scrub 8. CD Cover 9. Felt Pillow {images from Country Living, Martha Stewart, Make and Takes, According to Kelly, Marta Writes, Tip Junkie}

interview with Meg Cabot

meg cabot photo

You know how much I love Meg Cabot, right? I adore her to bits and itty bitty pieces.  Her books have brought me great pleasure during some of the hardest times in my life.  Do you have books or movies that transport you completely, entertain you so thoroughly, you start googling in the middle of the night to find out where you can get more of the good stuff? That’s how I feel about Meg. It’s on my Life List…
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what to wear with a pencil skirt

pencil skirt

Have you ever wondered what to wear with a pencil skirt?  The thought keeps you up at night, I’m sure of it. Well, even if it doesn’t, I’m here to show you how I like to wear mine. Last Fall I showed you how to dress like Mad Men, and this tweed pencil skirt is a pretty similar look.  The great thing about the pencil skirt is that if you have plenty of curves {AHEM} it puts emphasis in all…
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What’s In Your Purse Series: Week Twenty Eight

bill fold

Would you like to know how clever I am?  I forgot entirely to put up a purse last week.  Super clever, that’s me. This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series purse is from purse designer Wendy Stevens.  She literally sculpts metal by hand into purses & billfolds.  Is that the coolest, or what?  I highly recommend browsing her stuff, it’s absolutely amazing. Contents include: Euros Chanel Lipstick leather card case pen Beautiful Maria of My Soul by Oscar Hijuelos —Awesome…
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Fun Ways To Wrap A Present

fun way to wrap a present

    Last week I showed you a present wrapping idea, the way that almost all the gifts at my house are wrapped this year.  I literally have a house full of brown paper packages tied up with string, and it’s such a beautiful look.  The monochromatic look of it all is soothing and calming in this season of crazy. But I wanted to show you a couple of other fun ways to wrap a present should you want to…
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camera bag giveaway winner!

camera bag

And the winner of the Camera Bag Giveaway is…….. joey! at first i liked the ginger in brown, but then i liked the clover in turquoise or grey (it fits a laptop too!!). as far as style goes, i still like the brown ginger the best, i just wish it also fit a laptop. Joey, you have just won yourself a gorgeous, and I do mean GORGEOUS camera bag.  Congratulations, happy Christmukah, Kwanzaa, Hannukah, Christmas, or Festivus. Did I miss…
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party outfit idea

party outfit idea

It feels like a million o’clock and I’m just posting for the day.  Is it a million o’clock yet? Can I go to bed anytime soon? I’ve had a few ideas up my sleeve for a while for party outfits.  So much fun to think about the zillions of possibilities for holiday party wear.  Is it a super fancy holiday party?  Whip out some sequins!  Casual?  Go crazy and throw on some peep toe pumps. Here are a couple party…
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Author Meg Cabot

kids books

I have, over the years, expressed my deeply seated love for author Meg Cabot.  In fact, having lunch with Meg Cabot is #91 on my Life List.  I kind of adore her. I picked up her first book a handful of years ago in a Costco.  I was passing the books when my eye rested on a book titled ‘Size 12 is Not Fat‘ and I was like ‘say it sister!‘. I’m a size 12, and I most certainly am….
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how to pore strips

DIY pore strips are so easy!  You know those Biore pore strips you buy at the drugstore for about $12 a pop?  Yeah, those.  Today I’m going to teach you how to make your own homemade pore strips.

make your own pore strips

Why?  Because:

  1. I’m obsessed with beauty products
  2. I’m obsessed with cheap
  3. Homemade {mostly} = cheap.  Mostly.
  4. Cheap Beauty = HAPPY Allison

Ready?  Ready.

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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!