Fringe Crop Top + Levi’s Cut offs + …Hunter Boots? (Blackberry Picking take 2!)

 I know some people can rock boots with cut offs, and I LOVE it on them…but the only way I felt ok wearing this was because we were going blackberry picking again.  The last time we went, my ankles got all scraped up!  So, I planned ahead this time!

What I didn’t quite plan for was that it would be 90 degrees in the SUN!

SEATTLE, WHAT IS UP?!?!?

We went a little earlier this time, because we were having people over for dinner, so the sun hadn’t set behind the trees yet.  Needless to say, I was SWEATING LIKE A PIG!  (BTW, do pigs even sweat??)

So…I decided to take pictures before we picked and that ended up being a very smart move.  I was a hot mess (pun intended!!) by the end of it all!Blog Free People Crop Fringe Top Levis 501 cut offs Hunter Gray Boots-1 Blog Free People Crop Fringe Top Levis 501 cut offs Hunter Gray Boots-2 Blog Free People Crop Fringe Top Levis 501 cut offs Hunter Gray Boots-3 Blog Free People Crop Fringe Top Levis 501 cut offs Hunter Gray Boots-4 Blog Free People Crop Fringe Top Levis 501 cut offs Hunter Gray Boots-5 Blog Free People Crop Fringe Top Levis 501 cut offs Hunter Gray Boots-7Blog Tea Collection Pupple Blue Dress Kamik Rain Boots-1 Blog Tea Collection Pupple Blue Dress Kamik Rain Boots-2 If you look close, you can see blue fingers ;)  You can also see two bandaids on her elbow and another one on her finger.  Yes, we made TWO trips back up to the office and they were so sweet.  Note to self.  ALWAYS carry bandaids!!  I usually carry them in my purse, but didn’t have it with me ;(Blog Tea Collection Pupple Blue Dress-3 Blog Tea Collection Pupple Blue Dress-4 Blog Tea Collection Pupple Blue Dress-5 Blog Tea Collection Pupple Blue Dress-6On me…

Top- Free People (thrifted)
Jeans- Levi’s (thrifted and DIY cut off, similar here)
Boots- Hunter “Graphite Gloss”  (thrifted for $40!)
On Maya…

 

Dress- Tea Collection (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Kamik Stomp Rain Boots (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Me- “C’mere!!”
Maya- “I’m going over there…”
Hahaha.
Classic…
Blog Outtake-1Showing me her owie (from trying to pick her own blackberries ;() Blog Outtake-2 Everything about this.  Her face, the fact that I didn’t move the focusing stand out of the way.
Life.Blog Outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Watermelon Granita

This is quite the simple summer treat! Love watermelon? You’ll love watermelon granita!

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups roughly chopped watermelon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 6-8 mint leaves and more for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Directions

  • Freeze a glass baking dish for an hour
  • In a blender, puree watermelon, lime juice, mint leaves and honey until smooth
  • Pour through a fine-mesh sieve and discard solids
  • Pour juice into chilled baking dish and freeze until slushy, ~45 minutes
  • Rake surface with a fork to break up ice crystals
  • Freeze 30 minutes
  • Repeat until frozen
  • Scoop into bowls, garnish with mint and serve

dit-elle-Esther

Blackberry Lemon Pudding Cakes

I made Lemon Pudding Cakes for dessert on Easter, and they were DELICIOUS!!

SO…I decided to make them again the other night when we had some friends over.  I shook it up a little and incorporate some blackberries that Maya and I picked earlier that day.Blog Blackberry lemon pudding cakes-1 Blog Blackberry lemon pudding cakes-2 Blog Blackberry lemon pudding cakes-3

What you need…

  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • large eggs (separated)
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (room temp)
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Finely Grated Lemon Zest
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice and Blackberry Juice ( just strained a handful of berries and then filled the rest of the 1/3 Cup with lemon juice🙂
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 3 Teaspoons Turbinado or Some Other Coarse Sugar

What to do…

  • Heat oven to 350° F.
  • Place six 4-ounce ramekins into a 9×13 Pyrex dish.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and flour; set aside.
  • In a second medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and butter until combined.
  • Whisk in the milk and lemon zest and juice. Add the lemon mixture to the sugar mixture and whisk until smooth.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites and salt on medium-high until stiff peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • In 3 additions, gently fold the egg whites into the lemon-sugar mixture.
  • Divide the pudding mixture among the ramekins (about 3/4 of a cup each). Dividing evenly, sprinkle with the turbinado sugar.
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours if you have the time.
  • To the roasting pan, add just enough hot water to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
  • Bake until the tops are golden brown.  I accidentally undercooked mine at 35 minutes, and honestly the general consensus was that was a happy accident.  Original recipe says to cook for 40-45.
  • Take out of the pan and let cool on a rack.
  • Here’s what I would do again, but didn’t have time to do this time, which is why the pudding and cake aren’t as separately defined.  I refrigerated the cakes for a few hours before cooking and the pudding was creamy and the top cake was solid but moist.  Also, you can eat them right away, and it will be more like a lemon molten cake.  To each his own, but cold lemon sounded better to me.🙂
  • Can make one large cake (probably best in an 8×8 pan).  If you do that cook for 30-35 minutes.

For reference, here’s what the original lemon cakes looked like that I refrigerated for a few hours before baking.  A definite distinction between the pudding and the cake.  Blog Real Simple Lemon Pudding Cakes-3Either way…still so good!

Enjoy!!  We did!🙂dit-elle-Lauren

Balsamic Strawberries

I discovered strawberries with balsamic recently – wow – yum! Strawberry goodness with a pop from the vinegar and pepper. Try it!

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries, rinsed and sliced
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar (optional, omit for paleo version)
  • Pepper to taste
  • Mint for garnish

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients and let marinade for at least an hour or up to four
  • Enjoy!

dit-elle-Esther

Hat + Dress + Coated Jeggings + Booties (All Black for the WIN!)

 We’ve been having really hot days here (ok, for Seattle getting into the upper 80’s and breaking 90’s is HOT!), but…randomly we’ve been having a few super cool foggy mornings!  Of course Maya had soccer camp all this week, that we needed to leave at 8:30am for, so no location shoots were possible.  BUT…one morning, I decided to run outside and try and get a few shots in the fog.  Of course it took us 30+ minutes for me to convince (bribe) Maya to go outside, to throw something on really quick, and gather all the gear and go.  By that time, most of the fog had dissipated, but…we got a few shots with it!Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-1And, when you are just running out the door without a shower, hats are an easy fix! Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-2I love wearing jeggings under short dresses!  Dresses them down a little bit, and it’s a lot easier to run around and not worry about your dress flying up and….! Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-3 Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-4 Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-6 Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-8Throwing her stuffy…Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-1 Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-2 Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-3 Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-4 Omg, that face!!Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-5 Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-6

On me… (sorry, no time for links)

Hat- H&M
Top- Twenty8Twelve (old)
Jeans- Helmut Lang (eBay)
Boots- SixtySeven “Blake” Bootie (Nordstom Rack, sold out, loving these)
On Maya…

Dress- Tea Collection (thrifted)

Boots- Naturino (thrifted)

Keeping it Real…
For reference.  I took the first shot at 8:02am, and the last shot at 8:14am, then we quickly ran inside, to change for soccer that we had to leave for by 8:40 haha.
But first…let me take a selfie!  Ha!  Just kidding.  A SnapChat…
Blog Outtake-1 Oh, and…TicTac bribes for the win :)  Puffy early morning no make up eyes, NOT for the win… BUT, that’s why I wore a hat😉Blog Outtake-2I have NO idea where she gets half her bruises, but she’s COVERED in them!!
Blog Outtake-3I LOVE this shot of her, but I didn’t have time to remove my tripod, so… Blog Outtake-4
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Little Black Dress… Day to Night (Date Night!)

 Ok, I didn’t wear this to date night, but the Huz commented many times over the course of the day how much he liked the dress, so that counts, right??😉Blog Ella Moss Tiered Clara Dress Miz Mooz Clogs-1 Please excuse my blindingly pale legs!!  I keep meaning to use self tanner, and then…Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-2 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-3 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-4 We BOTH were wearing things under our dresses, which was good, because although it was 80 degrees…it was windy!!  I’ve gathered a bunch of diaper covers for Maya to wear under dresses in the summer.   Size 18-24 month and 2T still fit, because she’s not wearing a diaper!  Super cute and a lot cooler than leggings.Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-5 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-6I gave Maya the choice of what we should do.  I said I’d copy whatever she did🙂 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-7 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-8 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-9 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-10 Attempted to get a shoe shot…haha.Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-11I can’t even handle her….so freaking cute!!Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-1Ps-she has a mint in her mouth (bribe anyone??!), so that’s why her mouth is all puckered in all these ha! Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-2 Looooove the back of this dress!Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-3 Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-4 Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-5I was a liiiiiiittle nervous about her doing kung fu kicks in these clogs, but…not to worry! Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-6

On me…

Dress- Ella Moss “Tiered Clara Dress” (eBay, similar here)
Clogs- Miz Mooz (old, but loving these here)
On Maya…
Dress- Crew & Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress (scored when she had a massive sale!)
Clogs- Hanna Andersson (scored for $10!! Similar here and here)
Keeping it Real…
The remote wasn’t working at first, but I figured out it was because the grass was interfering?  So…I propped it up on my phone🙂Blog Outtake-1Popcorn and seaweed to keep her in one spot for a shoe shot, but I actually liked the one where she was lying down better!  Oh, and sports came all week equaled more bruises than normal…I edited those out🙂 Blog Outtake-2The focusing set up haha.  Blog Outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Zucchini Mini Pizzas

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Ingredients

  • Zucchini, sliced 1/2″ thick
  • Tomato or meat sauce
  • Cheese
  • Fresh or dried spices like basil, oregano, thyme
  • Any other favorite pizza toppings

Directions

  • Heat oven to 35o*
  • Set zucchini slices on parchment paper on a baking sheet
  • Top with sauce, spices and cheese
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and toasty
  • Cool a bit and enjoy!

dit-elle-Esther