Lantern Craft

It’s that time of year.. the days are short, the nights are long, and if it’s raining, the days just feel dark! These lanterns are a wonderful kid activity and winter decoration to bring some warm light into the house! Growing up in Scandiavia and going to a Waldorf, we would make these every November for our Lantern Festival. They are super simple to make and you can get creative with shapes, sizes and color schemes! Have fun! :-)

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Supplies

  • Glass jar (any shape/size OK, but needs to be glass not plastic)
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Glue (watered out Elmer’s glue)
  • Brushes or sponge brushes to brush light coat of glue on outside of jar
  • Tea lights / votive candles
  • Shiny star stickers (optional)

Directions

  • ‘Paint’ the outside of the jars with a thin coat of watered out glue and rip up pieces of colored tissue paper and stick to jar
  • Repeat with multiple layers until desired color density / effect is reached
  • Let dry, and add a few star stickers
  • Light candles and drop inside the jars
  • Enjoy super cosiness! :-)

dit-elle-Esther

The power of Social Media…

 You can say anything you want about pictures and make it so…

I could lie and say I took these a few days ago when we had a random hour of sun and 60 degree weather, but…they are from about a month and a half ago.  I’ve been so busy with work and life!  Plus, it’s been off and on POURING and windy lately, so we haven’t been taking as many pics.  Thankfully, I have few that I never posted for one reason or the other, which is what you’ve seen posted sporadically lately :)

I DIY ripped these vintage Levi’s because my collection was growing a little out of control.  I thought I’d at least make these different ;)  I did a tutorial on how I do the DIY ripped jeans here.Blog Zara Stiped Crop Top Vintage DIY Destroyed Levis Birkenstocks-1 Blog Zara Stiped Crop Top Vintage DIY Destroyed Levis Birkenstocks-2 Blog Zara Stiped Crop Top Vintage DIY Destroyed Levis Birkenstocks-3 Blog Zara Stiped Crop Top Vintage DIY Destroyed Levis Birkenstocks-4 Blog Zara Stiped Crop Top Vintage DIY Destroyed Levis Birkenstocks-5Of course I had to DIY rip a pair for Maya too! Blog Zara Stiped Crop Top Vintage DIY Destroyed Levis Birkenstocks-6 Blog Zara Stiped Crop Top Vintage DIY Destroyed Levis Birkenstocks-8 Blog Zara Stiped Crop Top Vintage DIY Destroyed Levis Birkenstocks-9Blog Arizona Jeans Heart Sweater DIY Ripped Levis Sperry Topsider Brown Shoes-1Blog Arizona Jeans Heart Sweater DIY Ripped Levis Sperry Topsider Brown Shoes-2Blog Arizona Jeans Heart Sweater DIY Ripped Levis Sperry Topsider Brown Shoes-3Blog Arizona Jeans Heart Sweater DIY Ripped Levis Sperry Topsider Brown Shoes-4Blog Arizona Jeans Heart Sweater DIY Ripped Levis Sperry Topsider Brown Shoes-5Blog Arizona Jeans Heart Sweater DIY Ripped Levis Sperry Topsider Brown Shoes-6Blog Arizona Jeans Heart Sweater DIY Ripped Levis Sperry Topsider Brown Shoes-7Blog Arizona Jeans Heart Sweater DIY Ripped Levis Sperry Topsider Brown Shoes-8Blog Arizona Jeans Heart Sweater DIY Ripped Levis Sperry Topsider Brown Shoes-9Seriously…love this city on a gorgeous day.Blog Seattle SkylineOn me…

Top- Zara (old, similar here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Jeans- Levi’s DIY ripped by me (thrifted)
Shoes- Birkenstocks (20 years old, and still hanging in there!)
On Maya…
Sweater- Arizona  (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Levi’s DIY ripped (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Sperry Topsider  (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
When you look at this picture, I’m sure you think “Awe, that’s so sweet.  Maya looking up sweetly at me…”  Blog Zara Stiped Crop Top Vintage DIY Destroyed Levis Birkenstocks-7
In reality, she’s in time out for biting me when I tried to pull her away from running under the tripod and almost knocking my camera over.
Thank GOODNESS that phase is gone.
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Avocado Toast with a Soft Boiled Egg…

Avocado toast is just about everywhere, and for good reason.  It’s DELICIOUS and good for you too!!  You can keep it pure, or mix it up.  That’s one of the things I love about food and fashion.  You can get inspired by others, and then make it your own.  I got this idea from Frugal Feeding‘s Avocado Puff Tart recipe.  My mouth started watering the minute I saw it…

We got some yummy artisan bread at the Sunday Farmer’s Market, and I just new I wanted to make a variation of his recipe using it.  I had some tomatoes that were on their last legs, so I diced them up, soft boiled some eggs, and dinner was served!  SO easy and delicious-total win!!Blog Avocado Toast with Soft Boiled Egg and Tomatos-1Ingredients

  • Loaf of bread (any kind will do-can even use gluten free!)
  • Avocado (amount varies on how many people you are going to feed)
  • Tomatoes
  • Soft Boiled eggs (I did one per slice of toast)
  • Chili Pepper Flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Slice up some bread.
  • Mash up the avocado in a bowl and season with a little salt and pepper.
  • Dice up the tomotoes
  • Soft Boil the eggs.  Bring a pot of water to boil.  Drop eggs in and let them cook for 8 minutes.  Drain water, and immediately cover with cold water to stop them from cooking further.
  • Pile everything on the bread and sprinkle with chili flakes (optional).Blog Avocado Toast with Soft Boiled Egg and Tomatos-2Blog Avocado Toast with Soft Boiled Egg and Tomatos-3Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

Jeans that feel like pajamas? Count me IN!

 I’m a little embarrassed by how many days in a row I’ve worn these jeans :}  They are not the most flattering jeans, but you cannot beat them for comfort!  Not only are they super baggy, but the cotton is this super soft thin fabric.  Even better?  I got them off eBay for $15!Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-1I recently scored this sweater from StyleMint when they had their get 3 for $20 sale.  Yes, this sweater was less than $7 (regularly $69.98)!! Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-2 Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-3 Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-4 Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-5Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-6Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-1Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-2 Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-3 Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-4 Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-5 Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-6 Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-7 Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-8 Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-9 Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-10 Blog Old Navy Gold Striped Sweatshirt DL1961 Harper Cherokee Faux Fur Boots-11Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-20Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-21Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-23The road to having this sweet little nugget was not an easy one.  Looking back now, I’m glad for every road bump, every hope dashed, and every tear shed, because they’ve been blown away by all the laughter and love she has brought into our lives.  For those that have struggled to have a child, it’s SO hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Believe that it is there…

I vascilated between leaving it at that and telling the whole drawn out story (I actually did, but ended up deleting it because it was literally a novel that maybe 2 people would read…)

My story really isn’t any different from many.  We started trying to have Maya a little before I was 35, aka “advanced maternal age”-UGH, can they not think of a better phrase now a days??!!  So…I was somewhat prepared for complications and not so easy road.  What I wasn’t that prepared for was exactly how much of an emotional roller coaster it would be.  Every month, getting your hopes up, and then having them crushed.  A process that is supposed to be joyful, ended up just being frustrating and depressing.

BUT…after two years, almost as soon as I became pregnant, I knew!  Before any kind of testing, I just knew, and I WAS!!  I’m tearing up just typing this.  I took a test early, and it came back positive.  Yes, I still have the test (gross to some, but there is no way I’ll ever throw it away!!)

And then…I got to go get the official word.  The only real bonus to going to a fertility specialist is ALL the extra/early tests you get!  I remember the crappy parking on a downward hill to get to the clinic.  I remember getting in the elevator to get to the office.  I remember it ALL.  And I have the worst memory ever!!

The minute I heard the heartbeat…it became a reality.  Maya became a reality.

A reality, I could never have imagined… A love I could never have imagined.  A joy I could never have imagined, and yet it was mine.

I know so many people that have stories way more complicated and heart wrenching than mine.  The ability to have a child is such a gift.  A gift many can’t have.

I will never stop being thankful for this gift.

Blog Nordstrom Hat StyleMint Nicholas Sweater Rag and Bone Boyfriend Jeans Leopard Flats-24On me…

Hat- Nordstrom (thrifted, similar here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Jeans- Rag & Bone (ebay, similar here)
Shoes- Target
On Maya…
Top- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 “Harper” (C/O)
Boots- Cherokee (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I wear these jeans around the house unrolled, but they look even more unflattering that way.  SOOOO comfy though.  The fabric is so soft that they don’t really hold a roll though.  SO…about every picture I took I had to roll them again… :(  All in the name of vanity, because I couldn’t show you just how slubby I really look every day-HA!  Oh, and while I’m at it.  Yeah, not only was I NOT showered, we had just gotten back from the gym.  It was such a nice day though, and I knew I wouldn’t have time to take pics after we took our shower/bath.  Maya was already dressed, so I just grabbed what was laying in a heap on my dresser from the day before hahaha.  Thank GOODNESS there’s no smell cam on computers ;)  And double thank goodness for the hat trend!Blog outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

How to keep warm with 3 levels of layering…

 This day was deceptively cold.  It was clear and sunny, but in the 30’s.  Not so cold that we needed our ginormous coats and hats, but cold enough for layers…Blog Leather Jacket Gap Jean Shirt StyleMint DL1961 Emma Riker Cafe Noire Booties-1 Blog Leather Jacket Gap Jean Shirt StyleMint DL1961 Emma Riker Cafe Noire Booties-2 Blog Leather Jacket Gap Jean Shirt StyleMint DL1961 Emma Riker Cafe Noire Booties-3 Blog Leather Jacket Gap Jean Shirt StyleMint DL1961 Emma Riker Cafe Noire Booties-4 Blog Leather Jacket Gap Jean Shirt StyleMint DL1961 Emma Riker Cafe Noire Booties-5 Blog Leather Jacket Gap Jean Shirt StyleMint DL1961 Emma Riker Cafe Noire Booties-6 hahaha, I love that she just busts a move out of nowhere :)Blog Leather Jacket Gap Jean Shirt StyleMint DL1961 Emma Riker Cafe Noire Booties-7Blog Faux Fur Vest DL1961 Chloe Whiteley-1Can you tell it was WINDY?Blog Faux Fur Vest DL1961 Chloe Whiteley-2Blog Faux Fur Vest DL1961 Chloe Whiteley-3Blog Faux Fur Vest DL1961 Chloe Whiteley-4Blog Faux Fur Vest DL1961 Chloe Whiteley-5Blog Faux Fur Vest DL1961 Chloe Whiteley-6Blog Faux Fur Vest DL1961 Chloe Whiteley-7Blog Faux Fur Vest DL1961 Chloe Whiteley-8On me…

Leather Jacket- Bought in Italy 20+ years ago
Denim Shirt- Gap (thrifted, similar here)
Striped Top- StyleMint
Jeans- DL1961 “Emma” in Riker (ebay score!)
Boots- Cafe Noire (thrifted, but similar here)
On Maya…
Vest- Koala Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- (thrifted, but similar here)
Denim Shirt- Gap (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Cherokee (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
This was a very quick outting!  I didn’t think it was that cold, but then the sun went down very quickly and we were in the shade.  As long as I was hugging Maya or she was jumping/dancing all was well.
This is Maya’s face right before she said “Mom, it’s cold.  I want to go home…”  And so we did!  Seriously…those fingers?!  I love them!blog outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

A Pop of Fuchsia for Gray Fall Days

Inspired by the bright pink flowers on Camelia trees, and especially in winter or days when all you want to wear is black, gray, blues.. a fabric flower clip adds such a nice pop of color to the palette! Flower clips are easy to find online or in stores or make one with a flower from a craft store and clip. I’ll add that to my DIY & kid fun project and publish whenever we get there! :-)

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Lauren’s daughter Maya was entertaining us by digging in the dirt and having a lot of fun! :-)

Jeans: Silver Jeans Co. On sale now. :-)

dit-elle-Esther

Classics never go out of style… Leather Jackets + Converse

 Ok, so I did it again.  I dressed us alike.  I honestly didn’t mean to, but then it just happened.  Oh well.

Just wait for it…. :)1 blog Doma Leather Jacket StyleMint tee DL1961 Emma Denver Black Converse-7 Blog Doma Leather Jacket StyleMint tee DL1961 Emma Denver Black Converse-2 Blog Doma Leather Jacket StyleMint tee DL1961 Emma Denver Black Converse-41 blog Doma Leather Jacket StyleMint tee DL1961 Emma Denver Black Converse-11 Blog Doma Leather Jacket StyleMint tee DL1961 Emma Denver Black Converse-7 Blog Doma Leather Jacket StyleMint tee DL1961 Emma Denver Black Converse-8 Blog Doma Leather Jacket StyleMint tee DL1961 Emma Denver Black Converse-9 Blog Doma Leather Jacket StyleMint tee DL1961 Emma Denver Black Converse-10 Blog Doma Leather Jacket StyleMint tee DL1961 Emma Denver Black Converse-11You know, because who needs a jacket it the winter???  Obviously, not Maya…blog purple faux leather Jacket Hanna Andersson Checked blouse DL1961 Harper Pataky Black Toddler Converse-1And then I managed to wrestle it back on her! blog purple faux leather Jacket Hanna Andersson Checked blouse DL1961 Harper Pataky Black Toddler Converse-2 blog purple faux leather Jacket Hanna Andersson Checked blouse DL1961 Harper Pataky Black Toddler Converse-3 blog purple faux leather Jacket Hanna Andersson Checked blouse DL1961 Harper Pataky Black Toddler Converse-4 blog purple faux leather Jacket Hanna Andersson Checked blouse DL1961 Harper Pataky Black Toddler Converse-5 blog purple faux leather Jacket Hanna Andersson Checked blouse DL1961 Harper Pataky Black Toddler Converse-6On me…

Jacket- Doma (old, but similar here and less expensive here)
Top- StyleMint (similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
On Maya…
Jacket- H&M (last year, but similar here)
Top- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Jeans- DL1961 “Harper” (C/O)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
This was cut a little short because I didn’t realize HOW MUDDY it was going to be at the park.  Maya had said she wanted to try and fly her little butterfly kite, but once we got there all she saw was MUD!!!  And…have you ever tried to distract a toddler from mud??  Thankfully I had a full package of wet wipes with me ;)
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren