A different kind of boyfriend jean…

I went to college in the 90′s when grunge was at it’s height of fashion.  I loved thrift stores almost more back then, than I do now.  Mostly out of necessity, but also for the thrill of the hunt like today.  One of the things I used to love to find and wear were army pants.  Like…actual US Military Army pants.  They were always so perfectly worn in and soft, and I loved the extra large pockets.  Made me feel dainty, which when you’re 5’8 is a total plus :)

 Anywho!  I found these “Army Pants” by Current Elliott on Twice (online resale store that has great stuff and repeatedly sends coupons!) for $21.  I had a $10 coupon from a prior purchase, so I jumped on them.  I wasn’t disappointed.  They fit exactly like the true army pants!  I like that they are a different spin on the boyfriend jean too…Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-1 Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-2While we are talking about nostalgia, how about these Dr. Scholls!??  I remember my mom wearing them in the 70′s, so when they kind of came back in the 90′s I snatched up a few pairs.  Ok…I got 3 colors haha.  Of course I still have them.  I figure if Birks are making a comeback, these should too! Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-3 Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-4 Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-5Maya’s totally into holding my face right now.  She says “Awe…nice!”  Yet, sometimes it’s not so gentle :{ Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-6 Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-7 Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-8Dying over this little top from Little Boogaweezin!  She’s offering 30% off all baby/kids clothing on Friday when you use the code SURPRISE.  Such cute stuff for both baby and Mama!Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-9Dancing in the leaves… Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-10 Blog Stem Top Current Elliott Army Pant Dr Scholls-11On me…

Top- Stem (Nordstrom Rack, similar here)
Jeans- Current Elliott “The Army Pant” (sold out, similar but different color here)
On Maya…
Top- Little Boogaweezin (on sale!)
Jeans- Levi’s (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Vans  (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
We are on Spring Break in Whistler right now.  I wasn’t sure if we would take many pics while here, and we haven’t.  Truth be told, the first day, I was in no mood to take her picture.  She figured out how to climb out of the pack and play, so it was co-sleeping for us.  She hasn’t done that since she was 3 months old, so there was a lot of.  “Hi Mommy…kiss?  Hug?  Daddy, what are you doing?  Kiss?  Hug?”  When she finally went to sleep it was horizontally across the bed with her feet in the Huz’s face and arms stretched out to mine.  Needless to say, NOT much sleep was had, and I was a tad cranky the first day of our trip.  Oh, and even if I had, I forgot my card reader. :( These were taken the Friday before we left… Might be the only outfit post we do this week.  Feel free to check out our Instagram for iphone trip pics.
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Strawberry, Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad

Celebrate the longer evenings and sunnier days with a hint of summer kind of dinner – spinach salad with strawberries, warm chicken and goat cheese! :)

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Ingredients

  • Large bunch of spinach (~5 cups, washed & dried)
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 3 oz goat cheese
  • 1-2 cups cooked and shredded or diced chicken (GREAT use of a leftover roast chicken)
  • Dress with vinegar & olive oil, poppy seeds, salt & pepper
  • Slivered almonds (optional)

Directions

  • Toss the spinach and strawberries with the dressing
  • Lightly mix in goat cheese and almonds and chicken
  • Serve immediately – excellent with cold or still warm chicken!

dit-elle-Esther

Cream of Artichoke Soup

Artichoke soup – yum! Full of veggies, delicate herbs, and rich with a splash of cream. This would be a great paleo soup if you substitute coconut milk for the dairy. :)

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence (found it at PCC in bulk – it’s basically a blend of savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme oregano and sometimes lavender)
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less to adjust the heat)
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 3 (14-ounce) cans artichoke hearts, drained
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or chicken stock
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 bay leaf

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.
  • Cook onions, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, Herbes de Provence, celery seed, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper until soft, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add artichoke hearts, vegetable stock, milk, cream and bay leaf.
  • Bring to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Remove bay leaf and carefully blend soup with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender or food processor. Adjust seasoning and serve.

Thanks PCC!

dit-elle-Esther

Pretending I have long legs…

 Truth be told, these espadrilles only lasted for a nano second before I put flats on again, but I am so tired of seeing myself in flats haha.  I think every mom should put heels on every once in a while.  Totally takes off at least 5 lbs, makes you feel just a little bit more put together (flats do that too, unless….you wear them EVERYDAY), and dare I say it…sexier?  Who couldn’t use all that?!  Not really that realistic day to day, but a very nice change here and there :)Blog Enza Costa Genetic Denim Banana Republic Espadrilles-1Having the heel be a wedge makes it a little easier/steadier. Blog Enza Costa Genetic Denim Banana Republic Espadrilles-2Thank you wind, for making these shots look way more dramatic than they were :) Blog Enza Costa Genetic Denim Banana Republic Espadrilles-3 Blog Enza Costa Genetic Denim Banana Republic Espadrilles-4 Blog Enza Costa Genetic Denim Banana Republic Espadrilles-5 Blog Enza Costa Genetic Denim Banana Republic Espadrilles-6Never ever will I get tired of these crazy hug tackles.  Hope she doesn’t either :) Blog Enza Costa Genetic Denim Banana Republic Espadrilles-7 Blog Enza Costa Genetic Denim Banana Republic Espadrilles-8“Look Mommy.  Insects!!”  She’s obsessed with finding ants, spiders, or any kind of bug/insect :) Blog Enza Costa Genetic Denim Banana Republic Espadrilles-9

On me…

Top- Enza Costa (sold out, similar here)
Jeans- Genetic Denim “Twig” (ebay, similar here)
Shoes- Banana Republic (old, but these look like they might actually be comfy here)
On Maya…
Top- Janie and Jack (thrifted, but this is cute here)
Jeans- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Old Navy  (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Kind of exposed my keeping it real right off the get go.  I see so many bloggers wearing these gorgeous heels, and I always wonder how long they stay on… :}
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Having fun in the woods…

 I had a shoot on Friday, and Maya tagged along.  She was SO good just sitting in her stroller while I worked.  It was a mini session, because it was POURING during our first attempt, so after I got a few good shots, Maya got out and played with one of the little boys.  I also managed to get a few before they showed up :)Blog Patterson Kincaid Top Goldsign Denim-1 Blog Patterson Kincaid Top Goldsign Denim-2 Blog Patterson Kincaid Top Goldsign Denim-3 Blog Patterson Kincaid Top Goldsign Denim-4Throwing “caterpillars” in the creek, so they can go “swimming” :) Blog Patterson Kincaid Top Goldsign Denim-5Blog Maya Sweet Girl Dress Bridge Blog Patterson Kincaid Top Goldsign Denim-7 Blog Patterson Kincaid Top Goldsign Denim-8 Blog Patterson Kincaid Top Goldsign Denim-9I swear sometimes I look at her and wonder how I got so lucky.  Not because she’s so cute (although, could she be any cuter???), but because of her.  She’s such a good kid.  She’s always does so well when I take her on shoots with me (which isn’t very often anymore).  I love how excited she gets doing the simplest thing.  I love that she wants to play in the water and mud all while wearing a dress.  Ok, maybe not that last part, with this particular dress, but you get my point.  I’m definitely not the most articulate, so I hope she sees it all in my pictures later on.  Since that is how I tell my stories best…Blog Patterson Kincaid Top Goldsign Denim-10On me…

Top- Patterson Kincaid (old, but similar here)
Jeans- Goldsign “Frontier” (destroyed by me, similar here, here and less expensive here)
Boots- Bought these 20 years ago. :|  Similar here and here.
On Maya…
Jacket- Osh Kosh (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Sweet Girl

Boots- Carter’s  (thrifted, but similar here)

Keeping it Real…
Don’t have any keeping it real moments from this day.  It really was a great day.  Thank GOODNESS nobody fell in the creek :)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

The sun only lasted one day…but I’m still wearing sandals :)

 We had just gotten back from running errands.  Maya’s new favorite thing is to climb into the front seat and pretend to drive when we get home.  Hey, it keeps her entertained and contained, which lets me take in the groceries, or…take selfies haha :)Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-1 Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-2 Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-3She is such a kisser and a cuddler-LOVE IT!Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-4 Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-5 Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-6 Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-7 Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-8 Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-9 On me…

Sweater- H&M (on sale-$10!!)
Jeans- Current Elliott (scored at Funky Janes Consignment, similar here)
Shoes- ShoeMint “Eila” (sold out, but these are fun)
On Maya…
Top- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Overalls- OshKosh (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…

Right before this, I asked her if her diaper needed to be changed.  “NO!!!”  Um, yes, it did.  Ugh, seriously if anyone has tips on potty training I’m all ears.  We started 4-5 months ago, and she did it right away.  Totally thought I had struck gold.  Then, after a few times she didn’t want to again.  I figured I’d just wait and see, but now she screams anytime I try and put her on her little seat.  :(  I’ve tried stickers, having her watch her friend that goes (thought for sure that would do it), bringing her in with me every time I go, food bribes, big girl panties….nothing.

Knowing her, she’ll just be ready one day.  Not going to really worry about it all that much just yet…Blog HM Sweater Current Elliott Boyfriend ShoeMint Eila-11
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is an old standby for football Sundays, game night and parties, but with baseball Opening Night in Seattle this evening, figured it would be in order to blog about! Thanks Rj for this recipe! :)

Blog buffalochixdip

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 pkg cream cheese (8oz)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup hot sauce (e.g. Frank’s hot sauce)
  • 1/2c blue cheese dressing (ranch dressing if you don’t like blue cheese)
  • 1/2 c blue cheese crumbles (optional)

Directions
Mix everything together and bake for 25 mins @350. Stir once done, serve hot with tortilla chips.

dit-elle-Esther