How many pairs of distressed skinny jeans does a girl need…

 Apparently at least one more :)

I posted a glimpse on Instagram of one of my latest thrift hauls (actually a different outfit that I have yet to wear!).  Is that something anyone would want to see more of on the blog?  Like how much I score things for, or no?  In any case…this entire outfit cost me less than $20!  Retail would have been more than $250 :)Blog Talbots Boho top Paige Destroyed Skinny Betula White Birkenstocks-1 Blog Talbots Boho top Paige Destroyed Skinny Betula White Birkenstocks-2The other thing I love about thrifting, is buying brands I may never have bought otherwise.  I don’t think I’ve ever shopped at Talbots, but since scooping up this top I’ve worn it twice in 3 days haha :} Blog Talbots Boho top Paige Destroyed Skinny Betula White Birkenstocks-3So…the upside to this school playground that we’ve been going to pretty much every other night.  There’s usually only a few people there (if any!), so I don’t feel as self conscious setting up the tripod to take pics.  AND…Maya just plays on the playground while I snap a few quick pics of myself…all within eyesight!  Total win.  Then, I can usually lure her over to play in front of the camera for a few of us together… :) Blog Hanna Andersson Orange Halter Dress Stride Rite White Sandals-2 Blog Hanna Andersson Orange Halter Dress Stride Rite White Sandals-3The downside is… that if there are other kids there, she certainly is not in the mood to take pics with me haha.  Not that it’s really a downside.  I LOVE that she run, run, runs here.  Am I the only mom that loves going to school playgrounds more than actual playgrounds because there are no swings or sand pits?  Kind of defeats the point to have Maya go and want to swing the entire time or sit in the sandbox and dump sand over her head over and over (total mean mommy admission!!!)

Anywho!  There was NO getting her in front of the tripod on this night, but the Huz was there (yahoo to that after him being in NYC all week!!!), so he took these next few of us as I was wrangling her to go home :)Blog Talbots Boho top Paige Destroyed Skinny Betula White Birkenstocks-4 Blog Talbots Boho top Paige Destroyed Skinny Betula White Birkenstocks-5 Blog Talbots Boho top Paige Destroyed Skinny Betula White Birkenstocks-6Oh magical sun setting light.  How I love you… And that adorable nugget??  TOO CUTE!!  It was a good night…Blog Hanna Andersson Orange Halter Dress Stride Rite White Sandals-1On me…

Top- Talbots (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- Paige “Blue Heights” (thrifted, similar here)
Shoes- Betula by Birkenstocks (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya… (total outfit cost-$5!)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Shoes- Stride Rite (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I am almost caught up with work, so I’m doing links again.  Not sure how long that will last or if anyone cares ;)
(all pictures of me taken with a self timer and tripod, ones of me with Maya by the Huz :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Lemon Granita

Well, it’s pushing 90 in Seattle this week which really is not bad given the damp chilly weather we had this winter. OK, 90 does start to feel a little hot, but that’s when you make awesome Lemon Granita! :-)

Blog lemon honey granita

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar (or 2/3 cups honey)
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chopped fresh basil, mint, lemon balm or rosemary (optional)
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest

Preparation

  • Combine water and sugar in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • Remove from heat and stir in optional fresh herbs. Cool to room temperature; strain.
  • Stir together herbed simple syrup, lemon juice and zest. Transfer to a non-reactive baking dish and freeze for 30 minutes. Thoroughly scrape the entire pan with a fork, breaking up ice crystals. Repeat this freezing and scraping process every 30 minutes, until granita is firm but not frozen solid, 2 to 4 hours.
  • Spoon into small glasses and serve.

Thanks and inspired by the PCC Granita de Limone recipe!

dit-elle-Esther

Zara Sale….take 2 :}

 Ok, so my Zara sale “Happy Birthday to me” purchase was not just limited to this.  :)  I got these shoes too!!  They were only $29!!  I have to admit…they aren’t as comfortable as the leopard ones (which I wore on a shoot the other day-passed that test!).  That’s ok though.  They aren’t uncomfortable, and they are so flipping cute!!  Oh, and this boxy tee too ;)  Because, you can never have too many white tees (they never stay white…)!Blog Zara Tee Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Zara Lace Up Sandal-1 Blog Zara Tee Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Zara Lace Up Sandal-2 Blog Zara Tee Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Zara Lace Up Sandal-3 Blog Zara Tee Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Zara Lace Up Sandal-4Maya found some sidewalk chalk on the playground…

“Mommy, draw a cat?”

“Sure…”

“With a tail!”

“Sure!”

“And a cow!”

I’m actually a pretty good artist, but a cow?  Why are those so hard to draw??

“Um, he’s sleeping…” (My answer to everything I don’t want to/can’t do :))Blog Zara Tee Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Zara Lace Up Sandal-5and…she accepts it every time hahahaBlog Old Navy Striped Dress Brown Converse-1Because, she has Goffrey2.  Why does she need a cow??Blog Old Navy Striped Dress Brown Converse-2OMG, I don’t even know what she is doing here, but it cracks me up!!!Blog Old Navy Striped Dress Brown Converse-3Blog Old Navy Striped Dress Brown Converse-4Blog Old Navy Striped Dress Brown Converse-5I’m only including this picture, because it’s actually a big deal.  Maya is SO cautious at any playground!!!  She was pretty early/advanced in all her verbal/mental stages, but late in most of her motor skills.  She’s still totally cautious to climb anything and still won’t stand up on the slide platform no matter how high/low the slide is.  She crawls… SO, the fact that she wanted to climb up this “rock wall” thing was pretty cool!  This was about as far as she went, but still! :)Blog Old Navy Striped Dress Brown Converse-6On me…

Top- Zara (on sale now!)
Jeans- Current Elliott (ebay, similar here)
Shoes- Zara (sold out :()
On Maya…
Dress- Old Navy (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Honestly, I don’t even remember what was going on here.  Might have been that she saw the chalk, yet I wasn’t sure what she meant?  Or maybe…Goffrey2 got dropped??  (insert horror emoticon!!)  Either way…it’s not always smiles, hugs, and kisses ;)Blog Old Navy Striped Dress Brown Converse-7
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Healthy Carrot Cake Cupcakes // Gluten Free

What makes Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins even better?  FROSTING!! :)  I didn’t have any cream cheese on hand, so I thought I’d try something with goat cheese.  I love getting creative with what’s on hand!Blog Healthy Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes-1 Blog Healthy Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes-2I left the room for a minute.  When I came back, Maya had taken a bite out of every carrot and was working her way through this one :)Blog Healthy Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes-3Blog Healthy Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cupcakes-4I’m reposting the recipe for the muffins turned cupcakes :)

Ingredients (makes 12)

Muffins

  • 4-5 small organic carrots (about a cup)
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 6 Medjul Dates (pitted)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/8th teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8th teaspoon salt
  • 1/8th teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8th teaspoon grated fresh ginger (I cheat and use this)
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Organic Honey
  • 1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/4 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Frosting

  • 3 oz goat cheese (I get the little individual 1 oz packs from Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 6 oz containers of Non Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Organic Honey

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Peel and break in half the carrots and pulse in a Cuisinart til shredded.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse til blended.
  • Scoop 1/4 of a cup of the mixture into muffin tins
  • Sprinkle shredded coconut on top
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  • Place a big dollop of frosting on and ENJOY!
  • These are really moist.  I’m not sure why.  They don’t do well if you seal them up in a container, so just refrigerate what doesn’t get gobbled up immediately, and they will not dry out.

Nutritional Facts (I entered all the ingredients into Calorie Count)

Cupcakes

Serves 12 //  Calories per frosted cupcake- 160 // Total Fat- 5.9g // Saturated Fat- 3.9g // Cholestererol- 35mg // Sodium- 178mg  // Total Carbohydrates-18.7g // Dietary Fiber-1.5 // Sugars- 12.6g // Protein- 8g

dit-elle-Lauren

Healthy Carrot Cake Muffins

I’ll admit…these were my 2nd attempt.  I’ve been wanting to make a carrot cake version of the Banana Muffins I made, and my first attempt were just a liiiiiittle too healthy tasting haha.  Maya gobbled them up, but that’s not really saying much ;)  So…I made them a little bit sweeter, and loved them!  There’s still no refined sugar, so they are much healthier than the standard carrot cake.  They are super moist, not heavy like other carrot cakes, and delicious!Blog Healthy Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins-1 Blog Healthy Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins-2 Blog Healthy Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins-3 Blog Healthy Paleo Carrot Cake Muffins-4

Ingredients (makes 12 muffins)

  • 4-5 small organic carrots (about a cup)
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 6 Medjul Dates (pitted)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/8th teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/8th teaspoon salt
  • 1/8th teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8th teaspoon grated fresh ginger (I cheat and use this)
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Pure Organic Honey
  • 1 Cup Cooked Quinoa
  • 1/4 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Peel and break in half the carrots and pulse in a Cuisinart til shredded.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse til blended.
  • Scoop 1/4 of a cup of the mixture into muffin tins
  • Sprinkle shredded coconut on top
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  • These are really moist.  I’m not sure why.  They don’t do well if you seal them up in a container, so just leave them out and they will not dry out.  Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts (I entered all the ingredients into Calorie Count)

Serves 12 //  Calories per muffin- 98 // Total Fat- 3.4g // Saturated Fat- 2.2g // Cholestererol- 27mg // Sodium- 146mg // Potassium- 198mg // Total Carbohydrates-15.1g // Dietary Fiber-1.5 // Sugars- 9g // Protein- 2.2gdit-elle-Lauren

Cold rainy days in July…yes, please!

Am I the only one that likes when the weather takes an unexpected turn?  Like a super sunny day in February or a rainy day in July.  By the end of winter I’m sick of all my sweaters and coats, but it was nice to revisit them for a few days :)

And the wind was nice enough to cover the fact that I didn’t have any make up on ;)Blog StyleMint Parka HM Striped Sweater Genetic Denim the Shane Black Linea Superga-1 Blog StyleMint Parka HM Striped Sweater Genetic Denim the Shane Black Linea Superga-2I love Superga shoes!  When I saw these platform versions on ThredUp, for $10, I thought they’d be perfect!  Once again (high fives for ThredUp ) , when I got them they looked like they’d never been worn.  Love that!  Plus, they add a little height to my short legs and are totally comfy.  What I didn’t realize is that they are SO SPRINGY!!  I wanted to do a jump shot to show how springy they were, and I have to admit…I was kind of impressed when I came home and saw this one!!  I have 6 outtakes that are ridiculous, but love this one!  I’m a total shoe shot nerd…love them!  And no, no Photoshopping was done to this!!  Insert “hi five emoticon” if there was one :}Blog StyleMint Parka HM Striped Sweater Genetic Denim the Shane Black Linea Superga-3 Blog StyleMint Parka HM Striped Sweater Genetic Denim the Shane Black Linea Superga-4 Blog StyleMint Parka HM Striped Sweater Genetic Denim the Shane Black Linea Superga-5 Blog StyleMint Parka HM Striped Sweater Genetic Denim the Shane Black Linea Superga-6That look!!  Little glimpse into the teenage years…Blog Old Navy Green Parka Pumpkin Patch Boho 7fam Grey Toddler Skinny Jeans Pink Plaid Converse-1Blog Old Navy Green Parka Pumpkin Patch Boho 7fam Grey Toddler Skinny Jeans Pink Plaid Converse-2Love me some sunflare…Blog Old Navy Green Parka Pumpkin Patch Boho 7fam Grey Toddler Skinny Jeans Pink Plaid Converse-3Blog Old Navy Green Parka Pumpkin Patch Boho 7fam Grey Toddler Skinny Jeans Pink Plaid Converse-4Blog Old Navy Green Parka Pumpkin Patch Boho 7fam Grey Toddler Skinny Jeans Pink Plaid Converse-5Blog Old Navy Green Parka Pumpkin Patch Boho 7fam Grey Toddler Skinny Jeans Pink Plaid Converse-6She never met a puddle she didn’t like… :{Blog Old Navy Green Parka Pumpkin Patch Boho 7fam Grey Toddler Skinny Jeans Pink Plaid Converse-7Blog Old Navy Green Parka Pumpkin Patch Boho 7fam Grey Toddler Skinny Jeans Pink Plaid Converse-8Blog Old Navy Green Parka Pumpkin Patch Boho 7fam Grey Toddler Skinny Jeans Pink Plaid Converse-9On me…

Jacket- StyleMint (from winter-sold out)
Sweater- H&M
Jeans- Genetic Denim “The Shane” (ebay)
Shoes- Superga (ThredUp)
On Maya…
Jacket- Old Navy (thrifted)
Top- Pumpkin Patch (thrifted)
Jeans- 7 For All Mankind (eBay)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I mean…I wasn’t even close on any of the ones leading up to the shot I finally got!!!  The little blinking light gets faster and faster as it’s about to go off, and I just couldn’t time it right!  Thank GOD there was nobody else on the playground hahaha.  I was about to throw in the towel, and then got the one I posted above.  Thank goodness for digital cameras and stubborn determination :)Outtakes
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Five Ingredient Baked Chicken Curry

OK, this recipe was inspired because my cupboards were (almost) bare one day and I did not have many ingredients available. This turned out DELISH! The sweet raisins balance with the heat of the curry, creaminess of the coconut milk and tomatoes. Yum!

Blog five ingredient curry chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken breasts or 6 thighs
  • 2 Tbsp curry powder
  • 1 can coconut milk (full fat)
  • Handful of raisins
  • 1 can diced or crushed tomatoes

Directions

  • Heat tomatoes, coconut milk and curry powder in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • When warm and combined pour over chicken and raisins in glass baking dish
  • Bake (covered in tinfoil) for ~45-60 minutes or until chicken registers done on your cooking thermometer
  • Serve with shredded carrot or other salad and fresh cut cucumbers. Voila!

dit-elle-Esther