Year: 2012

Dye your hair at home

dye your hair at home

My hair started going grey a handful of a years ago. Actually, I lie.  I found my first grey hair the night of the Christmas dance my senior year in high school.  There I was primping in the bathroom waiting for my date to show up, when I found a silver hair on my wee baby 17-year-old head. I’m afraid its only been downhill from there.  I’ve spent the intervening years plucking a handful of grey hairs at a time…
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What’s in your purse series week 75

what's in your purse series

This week’s What’s in Your Purse Series is from Alma, my trustee graphic designer. If you love this series and want more of it, submit your purse. Take two photos of your purse {NICE, CLEAR, NOT-BLURRY ONES} one of the outside, one of the inside, along with a listing of the contents to: allison AT petitelefant DOT com In Alma’s {edited} words her purse is full of: “crap, crap, crap” I love it.

Vegan couscous and dates dinner recipe

vegan couscous and date dinner recipe

For a variety of reasons, I’ve recently gone vegan.  Gluten free too.  It’s been a long time coming and so far I feel amazing, even though I’m still trying to figure out what on earth I can eat. Up to this point its been a lot of protein bars and fruit shakes, but I’m having fun trying new vegan dishes here and there.  Wait until you try this new recipe I made over the weekend: vegan couscous chickpea and date…
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DIY home made hair mask

DIY home made hair mask

Would you like to know what? I’ll tell you what. Winter is hard on your hair, like really really hard on it.  All that running to and fro in the cold air really makes a girl’s hair feel sad and dry. But I’ve got your back always, always.  I’ve put together a little DIY home made hair mask to spruce up your limp tresses.  Remember V05 hot oil?  This is kind of like that, only free and totally natural and…
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Exploring Budapest, Hungary

Szechenyi baths

Since I’m done blathering on about the holidays, it’s time to start talking travel on Fridays again.  I’ve missed revisiting my travels, and I realized yesterday I still haven’t blogged about most of our trip to Europe.  There’s a lot to share, so here we go! After a few weeks in Poland {which I’ll get to eventually, there’s SO much interesting stuff to tell you about there} we headed off to explore a few countries to the south: Hungary, the…
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What’s in your purse series week 74

what's in your purse series 74

The what’s in your purse series is back!  It took a little break over the holidays when: a) my blog crashed, b) my email crashed with 30,000 emails disappearing in a blink, c) the holidays happened, and d) I was tired. But here we are with What’s in Your Purse Series Week 74!  Can you believe it?  74 weeks of purses.  BANANAS. If you love this series and want more of it, submit your purse. Take two photos of your…
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What I wore Wednesday black on black

what I wore wednesday black and black

What I wore Wednesday black on black I got dressed a few times over the holidays; maybe three times.  Or four.  Stop judging me.  Masterpiece Theater doesn’t care if you get out of your pajamas to enjoy a Downton Abbey marathon.  I mean, really. On Wednesday though  I really did get dressed to go to dinner and a movie with some dear friends, and I figured greasy hair and pajama bottoms might embarrass them in public. I’m a giver is…
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The 2011 blog recap


I have years where I set resolutions, and I have years where I tell resolutions to suck it, and this year is the former.  At heart I’m a goal setter, an organizer, a lover of things clean and fresh.  I can’t wait to sit down and fully detail what I’d love to make happen in 2012. I checked a lot of things off my Life List in 2011, and I plan to do even more in 2012. But let’s start…
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Happy new year 2012

happy new year

Happy new year!  It’s 2012 and we’re all still alive! Barely. How are you feeling today?  I’m bleary eyed and ready to head back to bed, but that’s not really helping anyone is it? I hope your holidays were wonderful.  Mine were.  They were filled with marathons of Masterpiece Theater and chai lattes, sleeping in and snuggling with my family, fancy dinners with real china, and a few nights with dear friends. The holidays couldn’t have been better. I told…
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