Boho Tops + Raw Hem Skinnies + Strappy Clogs!

 This was Maya’s last day of school. so we decided to go out to dinner to celebrate!!

And then…when we came back?

Pictures!  I love summer nights…

I can’t EVEN!!!! Yes, this is her new thing.  If I  pick her up, she does this… Not going to lie.  I feel like I’m going to drop her!!

So…I’ve told her no more.

BUT…documented!
Could she be any happier?! The microphone in the background….it will be back!

I want to EAT HER UP!!! Oh, and she wanted to bring her microphone outside with us.. BUT…guess what.  The following week she was in a singing camp, and had a few SOLOS!!!!, so…

Foreshadowing??

On me…

Top- Joie (eBAy)
Clogs- Sven C/O
On Maya…
Jacket- (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Um…
The focusing stand.  I wish she’d hug ME like that… Nope.  Hasn’t exited the licking phase yet!  UGH!!! Because…. So, I gave Maya the camera, and video’d her taking pics of me.  This one isn’t too bad!!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Swing Tees + DIY Raw Hem Skinnies + Birkenstocks

 Back when we first started this blog, I would take pictures of us almost every day.  Usually more every day casual playing shots.  I’d mix in date nights, and fun outfits, but usually I never had time for those, because I was always running late to get out the door haha.

I still can’t believe I used to blog every week day!

Anyways…here’s a total basic every day outfit.  With us just playing outside of our house.

As we do most summer evenings… 🙂 I loooooove the raw hem trend!!  So great for those of us with short legs!!

SUPER easy to do too!  I just measured off another pair of jeans that I have that had the perfect length hem, then cut!  I did the back a little longer for a fun alternative. hahaha.  I was trying to get Maya into the shot with me, and was showing her we could have fun and do a jumping shot.  I had already pressed the timer, but she wasn’t having it… Eventually, I coaxed her in!

AND…didn’t adjust the height enough, so I chopped off our heads ha!

On me…

Top- Patterson Kincaid (old, these are both fun here and here)
Jeans- Genetic Denim “The Stem” (old, similar uncut here, cut here, less expensive here)
Shoes- Birkenstock “Ghiza” (thrifted, similar color here)
On Maya…
Top- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Pants- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Shoes- Birkenstock (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
These shots didn’t make the cut, because someone’s pants kept falling down…
You can see a hint of what was to come… 😉
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Dr Martens with Dresses | Golden Hour at the Beach

I went to college in the early 90’s.  When grunge was at it’s peak.  Wearing Dr. Martens with dresses was what we wore on the daily.  Except back then, it was vintage dresses, and we wore them with socks!

As with most style trends, things always come back around…

I know I’m not the only one who’s coveted the Balenciaga Ceinture Cutout Boots!  What I thought was funny when I clicked on them (occasionally, I like to dream…), was that they are inspired by Dr. Martens!

I thrifted these fun cut out Dr. Martens a few years ago, and they’ve been a fun budget friendly option with a similar look.

And this dress?  I bought it off eBay without a slip for $12, but just wore a black tank dress underneath!  Never be afraid to buy an amazing see through dress on the cheap!  You can always find a slip!  My guess is that one of the dresses you already own has one you can use!

Two of my new FAVORITE images of us next… I loooooooove getting golden hour shots!!  Maya’s bedtime is around 9:00, so it’s kind of a stretch to get her out at this time.  BUT…the Huz was out of town, so I made an exception, and let her stay up a liiiiittle later 🙂 Dying over Maya’s pink ones too! Forever striking up a conversation with anyone who walks by.  Or in this case…paddled by in their kyaks.

“Hi!  What are you guys doing?!” her face… 😉 I LOVE that I got the details of her dress sleeve in this next one!

On me…

Dress- Ella Moss (eBay, similar here and here,)
Shoes- Dr. Martens (thrifted, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Dress- Vintage (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Kayakers…. “What are YOU doing?!”
Don’t mind me…
And this is why we were laughing.  She came LAUNCHING into my arms!
haha. Can I lie and say this was Maya?  or…me?!!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Tunic + Distressed Skinnies + Ankle Tie Wrap Sandals…date night!

 I love our neighborhood!  We can easily walk to a number of really good restaurants, and last weekend, we did just that!

And…Since it’s staying lighter later, Maya and I came out to play and took a few pictures after dinner! I came out wearing just the top and asked the Huz if he thought it was ok to wear to our neighborhood restaurant. He paused and said. “Yeah…I think so. I mean…it’s a liiiiiittle short!” 😳 He thought I was ONLY going to wear the top! 😂 😂

Honestly, it was sold as a dress, but not for my monster torso. 😏
Maya being a dragon, as per usual… This…

On me…

Top- Project Social T (eBay)
Jeans- AG the Legging Ankle (thrifted for $4.20!!, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Dress- Yo Baby (Zulily-old, but love this one!)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Sandals- Saltwater “Sun San” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Our faces in all these…hahaha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Cut off Levi’s 501’s for the Beach…

 We had some record low tides over Memorial Day weekend!  I really have no interest in going to the beach over the weekend, because it gets CRAZY busy, but Maya doesn’t have school on Friday’s, so we headed down to enjoy a crowd-free beach!

I’ve had these cut offs since college!  I originally thrifted them as jeans and cut them back in 1993…yikes.

I still love them! Big shocker…she went into the water and got soaking wet!Trying to spin dry her off haha 🙂

On me…

Hat- thrifted, similar here.
Top- Clu (eBay, similar here)
Jean Shorts- Vintage Levi’s (Similar here)
On Maya…
Hat- (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Jean Shorts- thrifted and DIY cut off, but similar here)
Shoes- Saltwater (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Right after she fell in… 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Dresses as tops + Destroyed Skinnies + Statement Clogs

 I am SO excited for warmer nights where it stays light until after 9:00!!  One of my favorite things to do is take a walk around our neighborhood after dinner.  SOOOOO much better than being stuck inside, like we have been for the last 6 months! I didn’t realize this was supposed to be a dress until I tried to look it up online.

The downside to having a super long torso…

BUT, I also realized after this that it has POCKETS!! DYING over these clogs!!  How fun is the ankle strap on mine??

AND…so comfy too!
Yes, her clogs went flying after this last spin haha.LOVE her!!
So Maya 🙂 The Huz came outside to take out the recycling, and I managed to pull him into a few pics 🙂

On me…

Top- One Teaspoon “Dinky Tiered Tank Dress” (ebay, but here in black)
Clogs- Sven C/O
On Maya…
Dress- Jelly the Pug (thrifted)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Clogs- Sven C/O
Keeping it Real…
I was trying to take a shoe shot, but…we stood in the wrong place, and Maya clearly wasn’t feeling it haha. Liiiiiiiittle more swing that I anticipated! How most of the shots of me look before I crop her out 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Matching Swim Cover Ups for the win! + another Giveaway!!

 I’ve talked a few times about my love of Swimzip.

Most recently with my thoughts on “Day to Night” wearing here.

But, my love first started with the kids wear, to be honest.

And you know, I’m sure I’ll talk about them a few more times, because I LOVE the fact that there are cute alternatives to protecting our skin!  As we all should!

I was super excited that we finally got a nice day with temps in the 60’s and an amazing low tide!  So, we threw on our matching Swimzip suits and headed out to play.  Warning…I took A LOT of pics!

And…guess what?!  I’m doing another giveaway over on Instagram and today’s the last day to enter, so GO tag your friends for a chance to win a $35 credit!

The ruffles on Maya’s suit?  DYING!! I can’t even handle this next one… THAT BUTT!!

On me…

On Maya…
Shoes- SaltWater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Taking pics with a shutter release and tripod in water was not the easiest.  I usually set something down where I’m going to stand, so that the focus is on us.  Not so easy to do in the water.  Oh, and at first the shutter release wasn’t working.  Here I am manually pushing it, AND standing where I originally meant to stand (getting my full reflection).  Thankfully I figured out what was wrong with the shutter release.
Here’s a behind the scenes video of the set up and a runaway Maya 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren