Bodysuits + High Waisted Chambray Pants + Leather Jacket + Booties

I posted a look last week that was beyond comfy, yet still for the warmer temps.

Seattle has since gotten a lot colder, but it’s hopefully going to be back in the 60’s this next week a few times!

The easiest way I know to transition your summer favs into fall is by adding a fun jacket (my favs are denim and leathe!) and booties!

So…I did just that! And meanwhile…there’s Maya art directing haha. 😉

On me…

Leather Jacket- Plein Sud (eBay, similar here), faux leather option here)
Bodysuit- Velvet Torch
Booties- Sam Edelman “Posey Chain Trim Bootie” (eBay, fun ones here & here)
On Maya…
Dress- Hanna Andersson (love this for fall)
Leggings-Hanna Andersson (thrifted, similar here)
Clogs- Hanna Andersson ( similar here)
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

All Black + Statement Clog! (Bodysuit + High Waisted Crop Pants + Strappy Clogs)

I recently posted about Maya turning SIX!  But…I felt like the post should be mostly about HER-duh!!  But…as she was off petting random dogs that came by, I had to opportunity to take pics of just me-ha!

As per usual, I wasn’t really prepared to take pics on this day.  This was on her actual birthday, and she had school.  I swear it’s one thing after another (such is life!!).  But after getting some work done while she was in school, my main thought was getting her last minute gifts/balloons!

Soooo, I put on the outfit that was sitting on my dresser from a wedding I’d recently shot-I’d washed the bodysuit, I promise!!.  BUT…it was in a mound of clean laundry on my dresser too.

  Please tell me I’m not the only one that has a STACK of clothing on their dresser.  Clothes recently worn, but not really dirty.  Clothes out of the dryer that you don’t have time to fold and put away…for like 3 weeks straight.  Ok, 4.

This was SO comfy (as I need to be when shooting a wedding), but I feel like all black can crossover to just about any situation.  It can be casual, it can be dressy, it is always flattering.  AKA…it’s always a WIN!

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve worn these clogs!  I’m so sad to be saying good bye to them until next summer! And…had to get shots of both of our shoes, because our shoe shots are some of my favs! Seriously…dying.

On me…

Bodysuit- H&M (similar here)
Pants- Club Monaco (really old, similar here and less expensive here)
Clogs- Sven “Ankle Wrap Strap”C/O
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- GapKids (thrifted)
Belt- Old
Leggings- GapKids (thrifted)
Clogs- Sven  Sling Strap Children’s Clog C/O
Keeping it Real…
I had given Maya the remote to take my picture, and she took like 35 in a row and wouldn’t stop haha.  This would be me running to stop her.
And…then I gave her the remote to take pics of us together.  I feel like she has way more fun when she has control of things at times.  But again…a kazillion shoe shots later… 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Maya is SIX!!

 Maya recently turned SIX on October 4th!!

I’m kind of in denial about it…

What I’m NOT in denial about is the fact that I am constantly in awe of the little person she is becoming, and I am BEYOND proud that she is not only my flesh and blood, but SO thankful that I get to hang out with her on the daily, and that she choses to hang out with ME!!

So, Maya, just know… You are beyond loved.

And this year…

You still ABSOLUTELY know what you want and cannot be swayed.  A common comment from teachers, yet they always say it with a smile on their face vs a look of concern. 🙂

You LOVE to sing.  Anytime.  Anywhere.  I finally put you in two separate weeklong singing/performance camps this summer, and low and behold you had a solo!!  Not once but twice!!  Yet, you kept it a SECRET, so we were totally surprised come performance time at the end of the camp!!  Good thing your mama always has her camera and phone ready!!

You are still hands down one of the funniest human beings I know.  Always ready with a joke, and an attempt to make people laugh!  The fact that YOU laugh hysterically is your fail safe! 😉

You LOVE dogs.  Anywhere we go, you want to stop and ask “Can I pet your dog?!!”  You are SO good with them.  You know to hold out your hand for them to sniff, and then your second question always is “Do you have any treats for them?!”  Even without treats, all dogs love you.  I constantly hear “Oh, they usually don’t like kids!”  But they always love you.  You’ve even talked about wanting to start a dog walking business when you get older!

Tonight (as luck might have it, to be fresh in my mind!!) as I was making dinner with you standing next to me on your stool, you said.

“We are a lucky family.”  I agreed, but then asked what you meant by that, and you said.

“Well, we have healthy food that tastes good (I was making a salad, which you love).  And we have a really nice home.  And, we’re just lucky!”

The fact that you just pop those things out randomly?  I wish I wrote more of those things down!!  But…I couldn’t agree with you more, Peanut!  And I couldn’t be luckier to have YOU as a daughter!!!

LOVE YOU!!!

I really wanted to surprise Maya with balloons when she got out of school, and a few other little gifts from the dollar store to add to the few things we had gotten her.

As an fyi, if you have a dollar store near you-most cities do (they have different names)!!  They have mylar balloons for $1!  Even ones with sayings!  I was SHOCKED once when I went to get a last minute gift/balloon at just HOW EXPENSIVE balloons can be, so I vowed to go to the dollar store after that!  Oh, and one of her favorite gifts?  A plastic microphone that really echo’s her voice when she sings!!!  For those in the Seattle area…yay Dollar Tree!!

All that said…

Things have been a little rough this past month, with Maya starting kindergarten, and my workload starting to increase.  She’s not been her usual happy go lucky self.  Especially at school and with the new kids she’s met.  And to say that I’ve been an overthinking/overstressing hot mess about that is a pretty big understatement…

Thankfully, I’ve had a few really good talks with her teacher (who I love!), and what I’ve discovered is that I need to just step back and let Maya be Maya.  She truly has a better head on her shoulders than I do, and the way she looks at life, is WAY beyond her years.  I literally learn from HER every single day.

Right after this next image, she saw a woman sitting on a bench by herself.  Granted she had headphones on and probably just wanted to chill.

Maya said… “Can I go say ‘hi’ to her?   She looks like she’s kind of left out…”

Oddly enough, I actually took a video of it, NOT knowing that was what she was going to do.  I mainly had wanted to get a video of her running with the balloons.  But THAT is her.  SO freaking kind and sweet.
Ok, note to self.  Balloons are NOT the best prop!  They always seem like a good idea, but getting them in the frame and YOU?  Not so much. Unless they randomly get blown towards you.  Thank you wind! Yeah…balloons, cropped out, because…I’d rather have US! Then…as we were leaving a woman came by with her dog (immediate magnet for Maya!) and a camera.  She said she was there to practice taking pictures of her dog, and asked what we were doing.  We told her we were taking pics for Maya’s birthday.

Then Maya asked if she wanted to take pictures of her!  hahaha.  Of course she won’t “pose” for me, but a stranger?  She was ON!

I was DYING!  Are you kidding me??! These next two….LOVE!

On me…

Bodysuit- H&M (similar here)
Pants- Club Monaco (really old, similar here and less expensive here)
Clogs- Sven “Ankle Wrap Strap”C/O
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- GapKids (thrifted)
Belt- Old
Leggings- GapKids (thrifted)
Clogs- Sven  Sling Strap Children’s Clog C/O
Keeping it Real…
She really wanted me to spin her, but it’s kiiiiiind of hard to do with balloons ha!
Haha.  Her face!  But honestly, I’m so impressed with her balance!  In clogs, no less!!
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Bodysuits + High Waisted Chambray Pants + Clogs = Jammies in public!

 I’m all about outfits that make you feel like you’re in your jammies, yet totally fake people out that you have your sh*t together! 🤣

This is one of those outfits! 💃🏼🙌🏻🤗

On me…

Bodysuit- Velvet Torch
Clogs- Swedish Hasbeens “Fideli” (eBay, sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Hanna Andersson (love this for fall)
Leggings-Hanna Andersson (thrifted, similar here)
Clogs- Hanna Andersson ( similar here)
Keeping it Real…
A lot of the times, I tell Maya she can pick what we do.
Usually, she wants me to copy her.
Usually, we do something weird haha. 😉
I just wanted to post this, because it looks like I actually have boobies here!
I don’t… 🙂
Must remember what bra I was wearing haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

White Ruffled Top + Ripped Skinnies + Red Clogs!

 I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again…a statement red shoe will ALWAYS make an outfit!

When it’s a clog?!  I’m telling you…I get questioned about these clogs more than any other shoe!  Ok, honestly…people barely ask me about anything, so these are a total statement shoe/clog!

Oh, and they are soooo comfy!  I’ve raved about them in many a post, so feel free to go back and look at how versatile they are!

The weather here in Seattle has been all over the board lately.  It was in the mid 80’s and then the mid 50’s.  All within a few days.  I had to dig out a few of Maya’s summer dresses that I had packed away!

It should be noted that I took these pictures over a month ago, BUT…I could have taken them this last week haha.
Her face when I said let’s dance together!!
Oh, and then she said

“Let’s have a dance off!!” I’m going to call it a tie!

Unless there are some of you that say I look like “Elaine” (for anyone that gets that reference)

(for anyone that doesn’t get that reference-google Seinfeld Elaine Dance!)

I’m telling you it was the camera!  hahaha.  That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! But these next ones… LOVE! There’s something about clogs on her feet!  She just wants to dance!  I used to be worried about her twisting her ankle, but nope!  She just keeps dancing away! That tongue and pointed fingers!! Oh, and my dad happened upon us once again on his evening walk.

LOVE this one!! And of course she talked him into an airpalne!

I won’t even do that anymore, so I’m thinking about calling an end to these too.  So glad I’ve documented them thus far tho!

On me…

Top- Clu (eBay, similar here)
On Maya…
Top- Mini Boden (thrifted, )
Jeans- Hudson  (thrifted, but similar here)
Clogs (Old but SO cute for fall here)
Keeping it Real…
Yeah….this is Maya 🙂
I can’t even begin with this…hahaha.  Maya’s hair!  Seriously…how did I fix that??!
My face.
Oh, and my dad that happened upon us on his walk…which we love!  Clearly not shown here, but above!!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Enjoying those last summer nights…

 To be honest, I took these images 3 weeks ago when it was still nice and sunny here in Seattle!

I’ve been super busy with work, and with Maya’s extracurricular activities.  Plus, my Instagram account has been somewhat blocked since the beginning of September, so I just decided F*ck it, and took a little break.

I have no idea if or when my IG account will go back to normal, but I’ll keep plugging along.  If you aren’t already, feel free to follow us there too.  Right now only active followers see my posts, and none of my hashtags work, which is kind of a bummer.

BUT….c’est la vie!  There are way more important things.  It’s actually been a nice taking a break from Instagram.  I didn’t realize how much time I spent on there, and now that I don’t have any time to spare…it’s eye opening how alluring it is.

There’s so much research going around about the adverse effects that social media has on kids these days, but let’s be honest.  It’s us adults too!

Anywho….here are some shots we too, that are actually some of my favorites.  We took them around our “nightly walk” route, so it’s kind of special to us, and I’m so sad to see these summer nights going away… And…see that remote in Maya’s hand?  Yup, I gave it to her and SHE took these pics! 🙂 And then we switched back to the remote timer… LOVE these next two!! I think she was trying to catch a bug haha. Striking a pose…as per usual. She seriously KILLS ME!! Aren’t these the COOLEST FLOWERS?!!  I found out that they are called the Passion Flower.  I sooooo want to grow some, but I’d most likely kill them. 😦 The woman who owns the house happened to come by, and she said Maya could have one! I can’t even…

On me…

Top/Dress/Swimsuit Cover Up haha- Mademoiselle Hortense Saint Barts (thrifted)
Leggings- Forever 21
On Maya…
Dress- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted)
Leggings Tucker and Tate- (thrifted,)
Sandals- Saltwater “Sun San” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
 The remote has been spotty lately, so I had to manually hit it a few times.  Ironically, I left it at a park a week later, so…
I’m getting a different one!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Maya’s officially a Kindergartener…

Maya officially started Kindergarten this past Monday, and if I’m honest…it’s been a bit of an adjustment…for both of us.  We’ve both been used to spending A LOT of time together these past (well, almost 6 years!)

Her school starts at 7:45, so gone are our mornings of leisurely cuddling on the couch for 30 minutes as we wake up.  Ok, I wake up.  She wakes up bright eyed and bushy tailed from the start!

She’s always been the kid to just jump right into any new situation with a smile on her face and an energetic “Bye mom!!”

Even on her first day of preschool at under 3…much to my teary eyed surprise!

She’s always been so concerned about the kids who cry, and always used to go up and ask if they were ok.

Her first day started off great!  She was excited yet a little nervous.  When we got to the playground, it was a crazy zoo!  She walked right up to two girls she didn’t know and asked what their names were.  She asked if they were going into Kindergarten, and when they said they were she goes… “Oh!  It’s like we’re twins!!  We’re ALL going into KINDERGARTEN!!” haha.  So sweet… When it was time to go in, they let us walk them to their rooms.  We found her cubby, found her name on a table, and she plopped right down and started coloring in her name balloon.  When it was time to go- “Bye mom!”

Tuesday was a little sketchier.  On the way to school, she said.  “I don’t really want to go back.  I don’t get to do anything I want, and I really just want to hang out with you!”

Well…this past Wednesday was rough.  It was the 1st day they wanted us to NOT walk them in.  We were supposed to say our good byes at the line up on the playground.  She started bawling when it was her classes turn to go in.  She wouldn’t let go of me and said that she didn’t want me to leave.  That she just wanted to hang out with me all day.   I ended up walking her to her door, where to teacher literally had to pull her off of me.  Ugh, I’m tearing up again as I type this!!   I think it’s hard no matter what if your child is crying, but it was also such a shock and such a departure from her usual demeanor… Truth be told, I was a hot mess all day until pick up.  THANKFULLY every Wednesday is early release, so I didn’t have to wait as long!

That afternoon, we went to our neighborhood drugstore and got her a little beanie boo key chain to put on her back pack.  I told her that if she ever got sad, that she new her little dragon was there with her.  I also made sure that we made time for at least 15 minutes of cuddling on the couch on Thursday,

Thursday morning, I made sure that we made time for at least 15 minutes of cuddling on the couch, and at drop off, she grabbed another little girls hand that was looking sad, and together they both walked in waving as they went!

For me, it’s hard because I actually have LESS time to work than I did when she was in half day pre-school.  That is, if I still want to go to the gym, which I mentally NEED.  So…I’m frantically trying to get as much work done as I can, and then work more at night.  All that to say.  Not much time for this blog, which bums me out…

ANYWHO…I’m sure we will get our groove back, and we will find ways to spend quality time together, even if it’s not as much as we used to…sniff sniff.

Here she is the morning of Kindergarten.  The light sure is pretty at 7:25am!!

And she sure is freaking cute!!!

I started this questionnaire last year, so I had to do it again!

Again, all answers are straight from her as she said them.

What’s your favorite color?
💜purple

What’s the favorite thing you did this summer? 
Watching everything I want, eating, and playing with Findley and Miles (our neighbors/future in laws 😂).

What’s your favorite food? 🌯Burritos, 🍝pasta, and 🥑guacamole with cottage cheese.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
👸🏼 A Princess! That has a lot of pets!

What’s your favorite thing to do? 
📱Watch everything I want and play with my toys. (I swear I didn’t just let her sit around all day with the iPad all summer!!)

What’s your favorite sport?
🏈Flag football and 🤽🏻‍♀️dodgeball.

Then Maya got to pick a question and she chose….

What’s your favorite fruit?
🍌Banana, mango, and papaya.

Later that night, we went outside to get a few shots of us together…

She kills me! Creative crop, or I laughed my way out of the frame…hmmm, you decide!
SO excited to wear booties and a jacket again!!!  It’s been chilly in the mornings and evenings, but still 70ish in the afternoon. I’ve worn this jacket a lot, but I’ve never done a close up of all the cool distressing.

One of my BEST Goodwill scores ever!  And…I’m wearing it Maya’s 1st day of Pre-K pics too haha.

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
Boots- El Naturalista Duna N528 (thrifted for $7!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted)
Hoodie- Juicy Couture (thrifted)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
These always crack me up… I had originally wanted to get the sun behind us, but it set too quickly.  Her facet tho!!
(all pictures taken with a self timer, because I lost my remote-wah wah!!, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren