High Waisted Denim + Crop Tops + Clogs | 70’s Influence

 It seems like people are always saying “The 70’s influence is coming back!”  Honestly, I don’t think it’s every left.  There are always 70’s influences that are in style.  It was a great decade for inspiration.  All the bohemian flowing looks…the wide leg denim…the amazing hats!!  I could go on and on.  Although, maybe it’s because I was born in the 70’s?  I don’t think so :)

I stumbled upon these jeans at the thrift store over the weekend.  They were in the girls section, but looked like they might fit, so for $5 I grabbed them.  I LOVE THEM!!!!  They are high waisted, and because they are meant for a 12 year old, the length is perfect!! haha.  Only slightly embarrased that these are meant for a middle schooler, but whatever!  Once again, my lesson in looking outside the box while thrifting was a big success!Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-1 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-2 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-3 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-4 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-5 Maya found a humongous ant!  She named him Dan, and carried him around on our walk for about 20 minutes :)Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-1Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-6 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-7 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-8 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-9 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-10 I attempted to have her set him free for a few minutes, but that didn’t last.Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-11Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-2Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-3I was actually a little sad for Dan that we relocated him so far away.  Hopefully he’ll find his way back to his family if he had one…Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-4Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-5Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-6Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-7Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-8Rolling down the hill towards my Christmas tree shadow :)Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-9Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-10On me…

Top- Zara (last year, loving this here and here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Jeans- 7FAM Girls “Slimmy” (thrifted, similar here)
Clogs- Vintage Holje (Funky Jane’s Consignment, find some similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Tea Collection (thrifted, but similar on sale here and here)
Shoes- Saltwater “Surfer” Sandal  (thrifted for $1.50!!)
Keeping it Real…
Someone was NOT happy about setting Dan free to give me hugs ;)Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Red, White, and Blue Salad | Happy 4th of July!

So, I’m not recreating the wheel by any means with this salad, but for those of you that need inspiration for a 4th of July dinner/picnic…done :)  All of these items are from Trader Joe’s :)Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-1 Ingredients

  • Mixed Greens
  • Kale Broccoli Mix
  • Blueberries
  • Beets
  • Raspberries
  • Goat Cheese
  • Cranberry Walnut VinagretteBlog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-2 Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-3What to do
  • Dice up the beets, and toss it all together-DONE!Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-4 Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-5 Blog Red White Blue 4th of July Salad-6Enjoy and Happy 4th of July!dit-elle-Lauren

Paleo Plum Pie with Crumb Topping

This is a totally delicious breakfast, snack or dessert. Make it when plums are in season and top with ice-cream or Greek yogurt for some totally non-paleo deliciousness! :-)

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Ingredients

For the crust

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg
  • dash of salt (optional)

For the filling

  • 4 cups sliced plums
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder (I used 1 Tbsp potato starch instead since I didn’t have arrowroot powder)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the topping

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Place almond meal and salt in a food processor and pulse briefly. Add coconut oil and egg and pulse until mixture forms a ball, adding a little water if necessary to make dough stick. Press dough into a 9-inch pie dish.
  • Toss together filling ingredients in a bowl; arrange in pie crust and pour remaining liquid over the top.
  • Stir together topping ingredients and crumble over filling.
  • Bake until the filling is tender and the top is golden, 35 to 45 minutes.

Thanks PCC Natural Markets for the inspiration!

dit-elle-Esther

Healthy Bake at Home Pizza

Some nights pizza just sounds good.  Ok, most nights pizza sounds good haha, but that’s not going to happen… I love trying to make healthy options that our teenage boys will still like.  Do they like it as good as our favorite delivery?  No…but they still chow it down, and I feel good.  Oh, and it’s pretty easy too!blog Costco Healthy Cheese Pizza Aidells Chicken Sausage Peppers Avocado Basil-1Ingredients

  • Pizza crust or ready made frozen cheese pizza of your choice (you can find gluten free options easily now!)  I used Costco’s Frozen Cheese pizza-not greasy at ALL!
  • Aidell’s Chicken Sausage (I used apple), diced.  Amount varies on how many you are feeding.
  • Red, Yellow, and Orange Bell Peppers (diced) Amound varies on how many you are feeding.
  • 1 Avocado diced
  • Handful of Basilblog Costco Healthy Cheese Pizza Aidells Chicken Sausage Peppers Avocado Basil-2What to do
  • LOAD the pizza up with the chicken sausage and peppers.  That way, everyone is filling up on healthy stuff!  Cook as per directions.
  • Once cooked, top with avocado and basil and serve it up!

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Potato Egg Baskets

Potatoes, eggs, prosciutto and some herbs all in one! These are a very pretty addition to a breakfast or brunch spread, or keep in the freezer for a great protein snack!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and grated (super fast – run potatoes through your food processor with grater blade)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 12 eggs
  • 3 slices prosciutto, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste (optional)

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 425° F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  • Combine potatoes, butter, 1/4 cup cheese, salt and pepper in a bowl. Divide potato mixture evenly among prepared muffin tin and gently press to form a thin layer on the bottom and sides of each cup.
  • Bake until just golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 350° F.
  • Gently crack 1 egg into each potato basket. Sprinkle with prosciutto, chives and parsley.
 Top each egg with remaining cheese.
  • Return to the oven and bake until eggs are set, 10 to 13 minutes. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper before serving.

Thanks PCC Natural Markets!

dit-elle-Esther

Wide Leg Denim + Pastel Tops…for the both of us!!

 YES!!  I found wide leg denim for the both of us!!  Thrifting no less! (insert hands in the air emoticon!!)

Ok, but first… It’s really not that big of a feat to find wide leg denim for me.  It’s out there.  It’s popular.  I love it.  Some don’t, so yay for me!  I thrifted this particular pair for $16, which (might shock you) is more than I would normally spend.  BUT…wide leg, fun zipper pockets, and fit almost perfectly, except the length?!  I was sold.  I can’t blame my abnormally short legs too many times.  They do a LOT for me… (fyi, I’m 5′ 8″ and am wearing 4″ heels wedges-GRRRR)Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-1Honestly, I had thought about pairing this top with a high waisted pair of wide legged jeans, but  then said F it, and wore it with low rise.  Yes, I’m over 40.  Yes, my tummy is a few shades lighter than my arms.  Yes, I kiiiiinda care.  But…no time for all of the above-DONE! Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-2Maya’s like “Um….Mom?!  Over here!!!” :) Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-3 Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-4 Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-5 Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-6 Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-7 Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-8 Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-9 Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-10 Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-11 Blog Zara Mint Crop Tank 7FAM Dojo Wide Leg Flare Banana Republic Espadrilles-12Cannot get her out of my neighbors yards!!!! {sorry neighbors!!!}Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-1Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-2Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-3I mean…could you DIE over how cute wide legged jeans are on a toddler??  I thrifted hers last week for $9, which (again!) is more than I would normally spend, but…TODDLER FLARES?!??!Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-4Oh, and then…the dancing began.  Because what else would make you want to dance than flared denim??  :)Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-5Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-6Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-7Seriously?  LOVE!!Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-10Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-11Blog Pink Old Navy Tank Wide Leg Flare Toddler Joes Jeans Eddie Mark Kids Sandals-12On me…

Top- Zara (last year)
Jeans- 7 For All Mankind (thrifted, similar here and here)
Shoes- Banana Republic (old, love these here)
On Maya…
Top- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted)
Shoes- Zulily (search Eddie Marc Kids)
Keeping it Real…
Because I noticed that my lovely sports bra was showing and couldn’t adjust it in time for the self timer to go off (OOPS!), oh and there’s the MOON, AND…what happens when you try and set a toddler down…
Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Summer Dresses…

 I say all the time that I’m not a “dress” girl, but over and over when I wear them, I think… “Why don’t I wear more dresses??!”  This is one of my favorite summer dresses.  I’ve been wearing it every summer for the past 8+ years (am I the only one that gauges time on occasions?  I know I wore this on our honeymoon which was 6 years ago, and it wasn’t new… :) )  It’s a convertible dress-meaning you can wear it a ton of different ways, depending on how you tie it.  It’s a no brainer to take on vacation because of it’s versatility, comfort, oh and spray it a few times with a water bottle and wrinkles be GONE!

I love that I can wear it around my neighborhood with flip flops and it’s totally casual.  Yet, if I throw on some fancier sandals-date night!!Blog Rachel Pally Mexico Convertible Dress Silver Havaianas-1 Blog Rachel Pally Mexico Convertible Dress Silver Havaianas-2Let’s all just pretend that I don’t have a total farmer tan, ok?  Great… Blog Rachel Pally Mexico Convertible Dress Silver Havaianas-3Twirling.  Cos, she makes it look so fun! ;) Blog Rachel Pally Mexico Convertible Dress Silver Havaianas-4 Blog Rachel Pally Mexico Convertible Dress Silver Havaianas-5 Blog Rachel Pally Mexico Convertible Dress Silver Havaianas-6 Blog Rachel Pally Mexico Convertible Dress Silver Havaianas-7 Blog Rachel Pally Mexico Convertible Dress Silver Havaianas-8Loooooove this next shot!  Look at her face!!  LOVE!!Blog Rachel Pally Mexico Convertible Dress Silver Havaianas-9Blog Mignone Butterfly Sparkle Twirl Dress Umi Silver Sandals-1Hahaha!Blog Mignone Butterfly Sparkle Twirl Dress Umi Silver Sandals-2There was a ribbon hanging down from our neighbors tree.  I’m assuming from a balloon?  In any case, she was determined to grab it!Blog Mignone Butterfly Sparkle Twirl Dress Umi Silver Sandals-3Blog Mignone Butterfly Sparkle Twirl Dress Umi Silver Sandals-4Blog Mignone Butterfly Sparkle Twirl Dress Umi Silver Sandals-5Oh, and could I Photoshop that GINORMOUS bruise from Maya’s leg?  Yes, faster than I can type this sentence.  But…that’s toddler life.  And, that’s what I want her and ME to remember.  She basically looks like Child Protective Services should haul me in at any minute, but…she’s having fun!!!Blog Mignone Butterfly Sparkle Twirl Dress Umi Silver Sandals-6My favorite…Blog Mignone Butterfly Sparkle Twirl Dress Umi Silver Sandals-7And…there are still people in our neighborhood who water their lawns… Which is heaven for Maya.  Preeeeeetty sure they wouldn’t be overly excited that she was running through their yard, but whatever.  OOPS!  And, truth be told, this happened at the BEGINNING of our walk, but I thought it looked better to have it at the end hahaha.  Thankfully the sun dried her dress and hair out quickly!Blog Mignone Butterfly Sparkle Twirl Dress Umi Silver Sandals-8Blog Mignone Butterfly Sparkle Twirl Dress Umi Silver Sandals-9On me…

Flip Flops- Havaianas
On Maya…
Dress- Mignone (thrifted, but love this one here)
Shoes- Umi “Tamela” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Obviously, Maya isn’t used to seeing me in dress either!!  Oh, and “hide and seek” is her favorite game haha.Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren