We are in clog heaven…

We had a completely random 60 degree day on Monday.  It was SO NICE!!!  Sadly, our day was jam packed, and we only had 30 minutes to play outside and take some pictures… ;{Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-1 Can we talk about how freaking adorable these clogs are??!!  And what’s even better?  They are totally comfortable!  Clogs really are the best mom shoe!  They allow you to wear a little bit of a heel, yet your feet don’t hurt and you can still chase play with your kids ;)  And they look adorable too-bonus!!

I was contacted by Sven Clogs after we posted and tagged them in a few shots on Instagram from the post I did a few weeks ago.  She said she loved the pictures and wanted to send Maya and me some clogs as a thank you.  WHAAAT??!!  I couldn’t believe it!!!  I went to their site, and fell into the rabbit hole of cute clogs.  Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-2The attention to detail is beyond gorgeous.  I got the medium height ones with the bendable base, which is what makes them so incredibly comfortable.  The vintage clogs I wore in the other post are ridiculously cute (you will see me in them again next week…), but I have to admit…the wooden base isn’t as comfy as these are.  I have to kick them off the minute I walk in the door, unlike these.  I wore them all day!Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-3- Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-3Haha.  Peace out!

Or…possibly reprimanding me.  She has become the total manners police.  It’s kind of funny.  “Mommy, that’s not good manners!”  or “Mommy, you said a bad word!”  Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I have…well, I like to curse.  BUT…I really try very hard not to in front of the kids.  So, if I say “Shut up!” in an Elaine way, not a mean way, Maya still says that’s bad manners :)  Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-4 Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-5 Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-6 Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-7 Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-9And I’m dying over Maya’s!  SHE loves them too!  She wanted to wear them the minute we took them out of the box, and was so excited when I said we were going to wear them this day.Blog See by Chloe White Boho Vince destroyed Skinny Jeans Sven Lacy Clog-10Oh, and I’d like to take a moment to thank that ship for being perfectly coordinated with our outfits hahaha. :)Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-1Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-2Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-3Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-4Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-5Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-6Every time we come to this park, Maya loves to get on top of this little ledge and jump off over and over and over.  I was a liiiiittle nervous about her jumping with clogs.  I wasn’t sure if she would twist her ankle with the little bit of heel it has.  I was trying to talk her down and say that maybe it wasn’t a good idea to jump.  All I got was a “Shhhhhh”

No idea where she gets it… ;)Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-7And so she jumped!Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-8And she didn’t twist her ankle.  So, she jumped again, and again, and again.Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-9Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-10Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-11And then…it was time to go pick up her brother.Blog Gap Denim Vest HM Red Zip Dress Levis Jeggings Sven Mary Jane Toddler Clogs-12On me…

Top- See by Chloe (ebay, similar here and less expensive here)
On Maya…
Vestt- Gap (jacket that I cut the sleeves off of (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- H&M (thrifted)
Jeggings- Levi’s (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Since we only had a limited time, I was kind of rushed and didn’t have time to really check what pictures I was getting.  There was also a guy at the end of the pier with us, and that always makes me feel like a big nerd.  ANYWHO, can I just say how sad I was when I got home and realized I totally messed up the focus on this shot?  There were a bunch of cute ones that we took that were all this fuzzy.  BOO!!! :(
Blog OuttakeA HUGE thank you to Sven Clogs!  We are beyond grateful, and we LOVE THEM!!  All that said…generous gift aside.  All my views on them are totally genuine and have nothing to do with the fact that they were given to us.  If they were horribly uncomfortable, I would have just kept my mouth shut and said thank you ;)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Kale Salad with Chicken and Avocado

This is a wonderful paleo salad with Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing – add chicken and avocado – and call it dinner!

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Ingredients

  • large bunch of kale deveined and chopped finely
  • 1/2c dried black current, raisins or cranberries
  • 1/2c. toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 2-3 cups of chopped cooked chicken or turkey
  • One batch Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing

Thanks for the inspiration: http://cavemanstrong.com/2014/08/paleo-kale-salad/

dit-elle-Esther

Boyfriend Sweaters + Plaid

 Obviously, since I only post 3 days a week, there are a lot of outfits and outtings that go undocumented.  That also means there are a lot of REPEAT outfit that go unseen/undocumented ;}  I wore this outfit the other weekend, and the Huz was like “Ooooh, I like that shirt on you!”  Um, really?!  Although, I guess there’s something about an oversized man’s shirt on a woman, no?  Anywho…it got repeated and duly documented :)Blog Zara Boyfriend Cardi Levis Plaid Edyson Sloan Nine West Booties-1 Blog Zara Boyfriend Cardi Levis Plaid Edyson Sloan Nine West Booties-2 Blog Zara Boyfriend Cardi Levis Plaid Edyson Sloan Nine West Booties-3 Blog Zara Boyfriend Cardi Levis Plaid Edyson Sloan Nine West Booties-4Don’t let the sunshine fool you.  It was COLD.  All Maya wanted to do was snuggle and then go home. Blog Zara Boyfriend Cardi Levis Plaid Edyson Sloan Nine West Booties-5Ok, and eat her snack :)Blog Brown Fishermans Sweater Naartjie Pink Tunic Joe's Jeans Boyfriend Self Esteem Booties-1So, we went home and then walked to Meme and BOPO’s house for a quick visit. Blog Brown Fishermans Sweater Naartjie Pink Tunic Joe's Jeans Boyfriend Self Esteem Booties-2 Blog Brown Fishermans Sweater Naartjie Pink Tunic Joe's Jeans Boyfriend Self Esteem Booties-3 Blog Brown Fishermans Sweater Naartjie Pink Tunic Joe's Jeans Boyfriend Self Esteem Booties-4 Blog Brown Fishermans Sweater Naartjie Pink Tunic Joe's Jeans Boyfriend Self Esteem Booties-5There was something about the dead vines.  The color with her sweater and the pop of pink?  Loved it! Blog Brown Fishermans Sweater Naartjie Pink Tunic Joe's Jeans Boyfriend Self Esteem Booties-6 Blog Brown Fishermans Sweater Naartjie Pink Tunic Joe's Jeans Boyfriend Self Esteem Booties-7“Mmm-my.  I pcked uh lfff fr you”  Translate- “Mommy, I picked a leaf for you.” ;) Blog Brown Fishermans Sweater Naartjie Pink Tunic Joe's Jeans Boyfriend Self Esteem Booties-8On me…

Sweater- Zara (last year, similar on sale here)
Top- Levi’s (thrifted from the men’s section, similar here)
Jeans- Edyson “sloan” deconstructed skinny  (thrifted, sold out, but similar here)
Boots- Nine West  (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Sweater- Grand Knitwear (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Naartjie (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Self Esteem  (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…

I have to admit that it’s really hard for me to battle the war against photographer and mom at times.  There are so many images and places that I want to shoot, but ultimately, I have to listen to what Maya wants.  Where she wants to go.  Because…that is the entire point, no?  Ok, not the entire point, because a big part of this for me is letting my creative juices flow.  BUT…a lot of times the two of those don’t mix, and that’s ok.   I’d much rather have a “happy Maya” than my dream shot, because let’s be real.  I won’t get my dream shot if she’s not happy!! :)

(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Creamy Lemon Garlic Dressing

This is a wonderful paleo dressing – great for salads, on roast chicken or as a dip! On Thursday I’ll post a recipe for Kale Chicken Avocado salad with this dressing! :)

Blog garlic lemon paleo dressing

Creamy Lemon Garlic Paleo Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • juice from one entire lemon
  • 1 garlic clove (large)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 c walnut pieces
  • pinch of sea salt
  • pinch of pepper

Directions

  • Add all items to a food processor (or use an inversion blender) and blend until smooth
  • Refrigerate till ready to use

Thanks for the inspiration: http://cavemanstrong.com/2014/08/paleo-creamy-lemon-garlic-dressing/

dit-elle-Esther

Moto Boots, Plaid, and Playing in the Woods

 I often wish I could tag posts that are my favorites.  Like…ones that I completely overshare on and want to remember.  I’m guessing I could create a “favorites” button?  Ok…duh. Guessing I’ll do that!  In any case.  This would be one of those :)

And, this scarf that I’m wearing?  It might just be a baby blanket that I thrifted for a few dollars for my newborn shoots!  Hahaha.  I was looking at scarves for a post one time, and ran across a scarf that I thought was really cool.  Then, I realized…it looked a LOT like a baby blanket I had.  So…how’s that for thinking outside the box for fashion?  Baby blanket as a scarf?  YES!Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-1 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-2 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-3 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-4 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-5 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-6 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-7 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-8 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-9 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-10 Blog Zara Hankerchief Tee Genetic Denim The Twig Rag and Bone Moto Boots-11Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Levis Plaid Top DL1961 Harper BabyQuiz Suede Boots-1Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Levis Plaid Top DL1961 Harper BabyQuiz Suede Boots-2Checking out the birds chirping… :)Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Levis Plaid Top DL1961 Harper BabyQuiz Suede Boots-3Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Levis Plaid Top DL1961 Harper BabyQuiz Suede Boots-4Blog Janie and Jack Faux Fur Vest Levis Plaid Top DL1961 Harper BabyQuiz Suede Boots-5As an fyi…between the picture above and the picture below was the “keeping it real” at the bottom.  It came out of nowhere!!  It was weird, and then…it passed.  Thank GOD!  And why?  Because I saw some poop on the ground, pointed it out to her, and she started poking it with the stick.  And guess what?  I let her hahaha.  Because seeing her have fun is worth a poopy stick ;)
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Scarf- Baby Blanket haha (thrifted, similar look here)
Top- Zara (Still available on sale in navy here)
Jeans- Genetic Denim “The Twig in Strip” (ebay, similar here)
Boots- Rag and Bone (Nordstrom Rack for $111!!, in all black here)
On Maya…
Vest- Janie and Jack (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Levi’s (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 “Harper” (C/O)

Boots- Baby Quiz (thrifted, similar here)

 Keeping it Real…

 So…this entire shoot was NOT all laughter and sunshine!  About 15 minutes in, Maya takes off running down the path.  I started to run after her, and got a big “NO!!!  YOU STAY BACK THERE!”Blog outtake 1
And then the HOWLING began.  Yes, I took a picture ;}  Then…I put the camera away and walked sloooooowly towards her.  Every step I took towards here made her howl even harder and she started to run again.  I stopped.  She stopped.  I kept approaching her as if she were a spooked animal, and…she let me, but was still sobbing.  I couldn’t get it out of her why.  Then I noticed the poop on the ground.  The kid thinks saying poop is hilarious, so I pointed it out to her and said “Look at that POOP!!”  And then the tears were gone, and the hysterical laughing began.  I still have no idea what happened, but I’ve never been sooooo glad for POOP! :)Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Chunky Knits, Leather Leggings, and…a Fairy Princess!

Here’s the 3rd pair of leather pants I SCORED on eBay over the holidays.  The trifecta of leather!  These weren’t quite 95%+ off like the other ones, but…85% off was good enough for me to pull the trigger and they are sooooo comfy!  I love the gray color too!Blog Zara Chuncky Tie Back Sweater Vince Skinny Crop Leather leggings Coastal Sam Edelman Petty Booties-1 Blog Zara Chuncky Tie Back Sweater Vince Skinny Crop Leather leggings Coastal Sam Edelman Petty Booties-2 Blog Zara Chuncky Tie Back Sweater Vince Skinny Crop Leather leggings Coastal Sam Edelman Petty Booties-3Little photography lesson-for those that are wondering.  The image above is a little hazy, because I had my camera farther back and the sun was hitting the lens.  Closer up, below, both myself and the camera were fully in the shade, so no sun flare.  I kind of like the hazy look sometimes, but for details, it’s nice to get the crisp image. Blog Zara Chuncky Tie Back Sweater Vince Skinny Crop Leather leggings Coastal Sam Edelman Petty Booties-4I had a shoot scheduled for this day, and my parents were all set to pick Maya up from preschool.  Well, the baby got sick, so my shoot got rescheduled.  Maya was so excited to go over to Meme and BOPO’s house that we decided to still have her go over there.  I got to get some work done, so it was an all around win.

When I walked over to pick her up…I found a Fairy Princess!!  I seriously almost died from the cuteness overload, and Maya was so freaking excited!  Of course fairies need to fly ;) Blog Zara Chuncky Tie Back Sweater Vince Skinny Crop Leather leggings Coastal Sam Edelman Petty Booties-5 Blog Zara Chuncky Tie Back Sweater Vince Skinny Crop Leather leggings Coastal Sam Edelman Petty Booties-6She was in a total kisser bug moon (see proof of this in the video at the end :)) Blog Zara Chuncky Tie Back Sweater Vince Skinny Crop Leather leggings Coastal Sam Edelman Petty Booties-7 Blog Zara Chuncky Tie Back Sweater Vince Skinny Crop Leather leggings Coastal Sam Edelman Petty Booties-8It wasn’t even 50 degrees, so I wasn’t sure how Maya would do in her Fairy Princess outfit outside.  Well, she just ran around non stop, so no problem staying warm :)Blog Fairy Costume-1 Blog Fairy Costume-2 Blog Fairy Costume-3 Blog Fairy Costume-4 Blog Fairy Costume-5 Blog Fairy Costume-6 Blog Fairy Costume-7 Blog Fairy Costume-8 Blog Fairy Costume-9 Blog Fairy Costume-10 Blog Fairy Costume-11On me…

Boots- Sam Edelman “Petty Suede Boots” (thrifted for $8.40!!!)
On Maya…
Costume- Purchased by Meme and BOPO :)
Keeping it Real…
My dad was nice enough to take a few videos while we were shooting.  I LOVE THEM!!  I love that it shows how much fun we have, and I love that it shows what the scenario really looks like.  We took the pictures in the alley behind my parents house.  There was mixed sun and shade, garbage and recycling cans, and cars lining the way.  The beauty of the crop ;)
So…here we are {I don’t think the video can be seen on your phone :( }

(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Mashed Potatoes

What says comfort food like hot mashed potatoes with very simply some melted butter, salt and pepper..! Mashed potatoes are incredibly easy to make. And you can do so much with them. Mix in some fresh or roasted garlic, sour crème or milk, finely chopped chives or green onions, bacon bits and cheddar cheese. The combinations are endless! The secret to good mashed potatoes however is simple.. it lies in the quality and type of potatoes. I’ve found red potatoes and gold potatoes to be excellent options for mashed potatoes.

Blog mashedpotatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • dash of salt
  • Butter and/or other favorite toppings

Directions

  • Peel potatoes (if desired), chop in 1″ pieces
  • Cover potatoes with water in pot and bring to boil
  • Cook until knife inserts in a potato easily
  • Pour off water and let cool a bit
  • Use an inversion blender to mix, adding butter and other toppings as desired

dit-elle-Esther