Striped Tee + White Crop Flares (for fall!)

 I mentioned on Monday when I wore a “little white dress” that I do not adhere to the “No white after Labor Day” rule.  One of my favorite ways to break that rule is white denim.  I looooove white denim, and it’s a repeated trend for me here on the blog!

Seen here, here, herehere, here, here, and here to name a few (haha, I’m obviously obsessed!)blog-enza-costa-striped-tee-dl1961-toni-white-kork-ease-platform-sandals-1 blog-enza-costa-striped-tee-dl1961-toni-white-kork-ease-platform-sandals-2 blog-enza-costa-striped-tee-dl1961-toni-white-kork-ease-platform-sandals-3 blog-enza-costa-striped-tee-dl1961-toni-white-kork-ease-platform-sandals-4 blog-enza-costa-striped-tee-dl1961-toni-white-kork-ease-platform-sandals-5 blog-enza-costa-striped-tee-dl1961-toni-white-kork-ease-platform-sandals-6 blog-enza-costa-striped-tee-dl1961-toni-white-kork-ease-platform-sandals-7 blog-enza-costa-striped-tee-dl1961-toni-white-kork-ease-platform-sandals-8blog-purple-mexican-dress-hanna-andersson-clogs-1 blog-purple-mexican-dress-hanna-andersson-clogs-2 blog-purple-mexican-dress-hanna-andersson-clogs-3

On me… (sorry, no time for similar links!)

Top- Enza Costa
Jeans- DL1961 “Toni”
Sandals- Korks by Kork Ease
On Maya…
Dress- (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Clogs- Hanna Andersson
Keeping it Real…
Yes, I laugh hard…go big or go home!
blog-outtake-1 Yup, another one of these.  I might do an entire blog post on them haha.blog-outtake-2 She’s got some serious dance moves😉blog-outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Comfy Jumpsuit + Destroyed Denim Jacket (AND…Maya’s 1st day of Pre-K!!)

 Yes, for those of you in the know…Maya’s 1st day of school was 2 weeks ago.  Yes, I am just now getting around to blogging the pictures we took…

Truth be told.  I actually forgot that I hadn’t blogged them yet-whoops!  I posted a sneak peek on Instagram on her first day, and then…well, life’s been a whirlwind.

So…I decided to basically wear pajamas on her first day haha.

Seriously, this jumpsuit is SO comfy!!blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-1 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-2 It’s hilarious.  Now when I’m trying to get pictures of just me, she wants to jump in them!

NOT COMPLAINING!

And, yes, she has a cracker in her hand🙂blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-3 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-4 The days of doing this are numbered.  I know I keep saying that…blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-5 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-6 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-7 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-8

I thought I’d finally jump on the bandwagon and do the yearly questions to see how Maya’s answers change.

(All answers straight from her.)

What’s your favorite color?
🌈Red, orange, blue, gray, purple, and silver and gold.

What’s your favorite thing you did this summer?
🏈 Flag football.

What’s your favorite food?
🍝Spaghetti and meatballs, 🍟french fries, 🌯sandwiches, and 🍎apples but only if they’re really dark red. 😂

What do you want to be when you grow up?
🎤 A ROCKSTAR!

What’s your favorite thing to do?
I just like to eat food…😏

Then Maya got to pick a question and she chose….
What’s your favorite flower?
🌸A cherry blossom, because they smell soooo good!

God, I love this kid! Couldn’t be more proud of the sweet, funny little girl you are becoming!blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-1 If you look closely, you can see a chestnut that Maya was tossing in the air.  She collected a bunch for some squirrels (video at the end!!).blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-2 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-3 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-4 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-5 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-6 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-7

On me…

Jumpsuit- Three Dots “Boat Neck Jumpsuit” (eBay sold out)
Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted)
Dress- Tea Collection (thrifted)
Leggings- Tea Collection (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
If you want a laugh…CLICK HERE “When Squirrels Attack!!” haha.  I can’t stop laughing!
She was jumping up and down and waving her stick in front of the camera🙂  Funny thing is that it just mad the picture a little fuzzier and darker.  LOVE playing with images, and she totally inspired me to try the trick on a shoot I had later that week!
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(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

White Boho Top + Destroyed Skinnies + Clogs

 If there is one thing I live in, it’s white tops and jeans!  The types of jeans might come and go out of fashion, but the combo is timeless and EASY!blog-joie-cotton-tank-dl1961-margaux-gibson-dansko-mary-jane-clogs-1 blog-joie-cotton-tank-dl1961-margaux-gibson-dansko-mary-jane-clogs-2 blog-joie-cotton-tank-dl1961-margaux-gibson-dansko-mary-jane-clogs-3 Gah.  The way she is reaching for my hand…and the look on her face?!

LOVE!!!blog-joie-cotton-tank-dl1961-margaux-gibson-dansko-mary-jane-clogs-4 blog-joie-cotton-tank-dl1961-margaux-gibson-dansko-mary-jane-clogs-5 blog-joie-cotton-tank-dl1961-margaux-gibson-dansko-mary-jane-clogs-6 blog-joie-cotton-tank-dl1961-margaux-gibson-dansko-mary-jane-clogs-7 blog-joie-cotton-tank-dl1961-margaux-gibson-dansko-mary-jane-clogs-8 blog-joie-cotton-tank-dl1961-margaux-gibson-dansko-mary-jane-clogs-9I’m so obsessed with this dress!!  And I scored it for $3 in perfect condition!blog-blue-mexican-embroidered-dress-converse-1 She was totally doing all these moves on top of this post.  I was so impressed!!  And…a little nervous.blog-blue-mexican-embroidered-dress-converse-2 haha🙂blog-blue-mexican-embroidered-dress-converse-3

On me… (sorry, no time for similar links!)

Top- Joie (eBay NWT for $10!!)
Jeans- DL1961 Margaux in “Gibson” (eBay)
Clogs- Dansko (eBay)
On Maya…
Dress- (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Getting creative with my “Maya taking pictures of us between my legs” shots🙂
blog-outtake-1 I bought silly string thinking it would be a fun shot having her spray it at me.  She wasn’t strong enough to push it down and spray it haha.  She finally got it, but it just drizzled out.  Probably a good thing since we obviously picked it all up before leaving!  She just stood there dribbling it into my bag, and though tit was hilarious!blog-outtake-2 “HI!!!  Can I pet your dog?!!”
ALL THE TIME….
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(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Mommy Manicure (take 2)

I want to preface this post by saying this is NOT a sponsored post (although, I wish it were haha!)  I just love this nail polish!

How many mama’s run out of time when they get the long awaited date night or Mama’s night out?

ALL HANDS ARE RAISED!!

I did a post over a year and a half ago (WHAT?!) about using Sally Hansens Miracle Gel nail polish.  It’s great for an in home nail polish that lasts longer than normal, but it’s still a process!  A process that most days, I just don’t have time for!  What I do have time for?  About 2-3 minutes!  Which, is all this Sally Hansen Ista-Dri nail polish takes!

I literally did my nails 5 minutes before I took the pictures for  this post.  I ran out to take the images with no smudges, because one coat, 60 seconds to dry!blog-sally-hansen-insta-dri-cocoa-a-go-go-1 Granted, if you only do one coat (like I did above), it only lasts about a day before chipping.  But, honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had a professional non gel manicure last more than one or two days before chipping, so total win.

With this polish, if you do a 2nd coat the next day (again…another 2-3 minutes!), you get another day out of it.  Pictured below-my 2nd day.blog-sally-hansen-insta-dri-cocoa-a-go-go-2 blog-sally-hansen-insta-dri-cocoa-a-go-go-3 The color I used.  Cocoa A Go Go.  I’m a total sucker for nail polish names.  Tell me I’m not alone?blog-sally-hansen-insta-dri-cocoa-a-go-go-4
dit-elle-Lauren

Little White Dress + Boots (Yes, after Labor Day!!)

 I’ve never been one to adhere to the “No White After Labor Day” rule.  I say wear white all the time!  It’s so versatile, and there’s something about crisp white clothing that makes me feel so good!

Granted…they don’t stay crisp and clean for very long, but that’s what Oxyclean is for haha.

I actually scored this dress new with tags ($145!) at Goodwill a few years ago for $8, but totally forgot I had it!  Yes, I’m a pack rat, and can go shopping in my own closet.  I have issues, but I certainly wasn’t mad about finding this gem!blog-terra-nostra-white-dress-aquatalia-boots-1 blog-terra-nostra-white-dress-aquatalia-boots-2 blog-terra-nostra-white-dress-aquatalia-boots-3 blog-terra-nostra-white-dress-aquatalia-boots-4 blog-terra-nostra-white-dress-aquatalia-boots-5My new favorite picture of the two of us!!blog-terra-nostra-white-dress-aquatalia-boots-6blog-gapkids-floral-dress-pink-saltwater-sandals-1 The many poses of Maya…blog-gapkids-floral-dress-pink-saltwater-sandals-2 blog-gapkids-floral-dress-pink-saltwater-sandals-3 I can’t even handle this next one!  I want to EAT HER UP!!!blog-gapkids-floral-dress-pink-saltwater-sandals-4 “Mommy, look!  I’m an old lady!!” haha.blog-gapkids-floral-dress-pink-saltwater-sandals-5 blog-gapkids-floral-dress-pink-saltwater-sandals-6The Huz was out of town for the first part of last week, and I vowed to get some sunset shots of us while he was gone.  Well…we missed it the first few nights, but got them this evening!  Actually, I really wanted the sun poking through the trees (which we got), but after we left the park, I had to get out of the car and grab this shot too… So lucky to live where we do!blog-west-seattle-sunset

On me…

Dress- Terra Nostra (thrifted for $8!, similar here)
Boots- Aquatalia (eBay for $50! similar here)
On Maya..
Dress- GapKids (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Trying to wrangle Maya back into the shot haha
blog-outtake-1 I attempted to take a few vertical shots, but my lens was too heavy and sank down!  Oh, and Maya was standing right in front of the camera haha.  The latter wouldn’t have been a big deal if I’d actually captured the top half like I meant to!
Can we call this a shoe shot?😉blog-outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Wool Hat + White Button Down + Crop Flares + Booties (I can smell fall!)

 We are in that time of year where one week it’s in the 90’s (say WHAT?  Shoot me…), but then…we’ll have a cooler morning here and there, and this week RAIN!  It’s one of the many things I love about Seattle.  We have definite weather changes, and with that comes variety in our wardrobe choices-yay!!  I’m getting excited to wear booties again, so I broke them out for a test run the other day with my favorite cut of jeans-crop flares!  Oh, and a wool hat, because I hadn’t washed my hair in…well, a few days.😉blog-nordstrom-wool-hat-alara-white-button-down-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-sam-edelman-petty-booties-1 blog-nordstrom-wool-hat-alara-white-button-down-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-sam-edelman-petty-booties-2 blog-nordstrom-wool-hat-alara-white-button-down-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-sam-edelman-petty-booties-3 Oh, and her little hand gripping my hair…DYING!

I know that everyone thinks their kid is the sweetest, but…she IS!!blog-nordstrom-wool-hat-alara-white-button-down-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-sam-edelman-petty-booties-4 blog-nordstrom-wool-hat-alara-white-button-down-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-sam-edelman-petty-booties-5 OMG, her face!!!!  It’s a cross between wanting to show that she’s mad, but…NOT-HA!
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“But MOM…I’m WORKING on my COMPUTER!

….I guess, I could just bring it out there too…”

 :)
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Seriously, the best $.75 ever!  I originally thrifted this a few years ago just for her to pretend to work on it.  I never thought it would actually work, but 2 batteries later…a total working learning “laptop”!blog-tank-leotard-peek-kids-floral-skirt-pink-minnetonka-moccs-4

On me…

Hat- Nordstrom (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Alara (eBay)
Boots- Sam Edelman “Petty Suede Boots” (thrifted for $8.40!!!)
On Maya…
Leotard- Bloch (thrifted)
Skirt- Peek Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Moccs/Boots- Minnetonka (hand me down from a friend-SCORE)
Keeping it Real…
OMG, haha!  I showed this video I took on our Instagram Story.  She often grabs the remote shutter and starts taking pictures.  She thought it was hilarious to take pictures between my legs….between HER legs!😉  And…the camera caught me getting a picture of US, that she took. haha.
blog-outtake-1 blog-outtake-2 Oh, and I had another post all together taken in this direction of the side walk, but CLEARLY I f’d up the focus.  It was 8:30 in the morning, so I blame it on my coffee not having kicked in yet!
All in all, a blessing in disguise, because I love the light in the other direction more🙂
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(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Grilled Orange Chicken with Onions and Quinoa

Last week I posted a recipe for a easy, refreshing, delicious Clementine Goat Cheese Salad.  I mentioned in that post, that I made this dish to go with it, and here it is!

I rarely use recipes (ironic, no?!), but one thing I love doing, is repeating flavors in the different dishes of the meal.  I used the same flavors in the chicken, the quinoa, and also the salad.  It cuts down on needing a bunch of different ingredients, and makes everything go so well together!

blog-orange-onion-chicken-and-quinioa-1This tastes great on it’s own, but even better when paired with the salad… blog-orange-onion-chicken-and-quinioa-2

What You Need… (feeds 4)

  • 4  Chicken Breasts
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 Sprig of Rosemary or 1 Tablespoon
  • 1 Medium sized Orange
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 1 Cup uncooked Quinoa (Omit or sub out with cauliflower rice for Paleo/Whole 30 option)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste.

What You Do…

  • Pour Olive Oil, Garlic, Rosemary, and juice from half the orange, into a small bowl and stir.
  • Take 2/3rds of the liquid and pour over chicken breasts in a large bowl or zip lock bag.  Slice the other half of the orange and place inside bag/in bowl.  Salt and Pepper to taste.  Let that all marinate for 30+ minutes.  If you want to do this in the morning and let it marinate in the refrigerator all day…even better!
  • Slice Onion in 1/2 inch slices and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Light your grill to medium heat and let it get hot.
  • Take quinoa and either place in a rice cooker (what I did) and add left over 1/3rd mixture from above and cook.  It’s usually done in 20 minutes.
  • Or, if you don’t have a rice cooker, cook on stove top with 2 cups water plus added 1/3rd left over mixture.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and let it cook covered for another 15 minutes.  Let it sit for another 5 minutes covered but with the heat turned off.  Fluff it up.
  • While Quinoa is cooking place chicken, onions, and orange slices on the grill.  Cook on each side for 7-8 minutes (depending on breast size).
  • Layer quinoa in a serving dish (I drizzled a little of the salad dressing over the top, but you could just drizzle with a little olive oil), then top with chicken, onions, and oranges.

Enjoy!!

dit-elle-Lauren