Summer Dresses + Denim Tops + Vans

 I think I’m going to be living in this outfit all summer…

Nothing more classic than a little black dress, whether it’s a casual tank or little cocktail.  You can never go wrong!

Oh, and our weather is still a little all over the place.  Chilly one minute, and then totally hot.  It even got into the mid 80’s the other day!!  IN MAY!  IN SEATTLE!!!Blog Feel the Piece Tank Dress Gap Denim Shirt Leopard Vans-1 So, layering is always a good idea.   And…so is wearing little shorts under dresses that can fly up:)Blog Feel the Piece Tank Dress Gap Denim Shirt Leopard Vans-3 Blog Feel the Piece Tank Dress Gap Denim Shirt Leopard Vans-4 Blog Feel the Piece Tank Dress Gap Denim Shirt Leopard Vans-5 She totally tried to hide behind me:)Blog Feel the Piece Tank Dress Gap Denim Shirt Leopard Vans-6But, I was too quick for her haha. Blog Feel the Piece Tank Dress Gap Denim Shirt Leopard Vans-7 She was in HEAVEN with all these dandilions!  And, since we were at a park, I let her go for it!  No neighbors to offend here:)Blog Gapkids Denim Jacket Vintage Havanna Dress Checkered Vans-1 Blog Gapkids Denim Jacket Vintage Havanna Dress Checkered Vans-2 Blog Gapkids Denim Jacket Vintage Havanna Dress Checkered Vans-3 Blog Gapkids Denim Jacket Vintage Havanna Dress Checkered Vans-4Always on the run… Blog Gapkids Denim Jacket Vintage Havanna Dress Checkered Vans-5 Blog Gapkids Denim Jacket Vintage Havanna Dress Checkered Vans-6We actually went to this spot as a location scouting adventure for a shoot I had last weekend.  I ended up not going here, but I can’t WAIT to bring a client here (or come back ourselves) around sunset!  I took a bunch of videos on Snapchat.  I’m still not 100% sure what I’m doing, but if you want to follow us there, we are at lkahan-ditelle. Blog Gapkids Denim Jacket Vintage Havanna Dress Checkered Vans-7 Blog Gapkids Denim Jacket Vintage Havanna Dress Checkered Vans-8 Blog Gapkids Denim Jacket Vintage Havanna Dress Checkered Vans-9

On me…

Top- Gap (thrifted)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted for $6!, sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Gap (thrifted)
Dress- Vintage Havana (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Maya- “I want to make your hair look pretty!”  Which…is totally sweet.  BUT…then she tried to yank out my pony tail!  Not so good…
Blog Outtake-1She’s also in this phase where she’s constantly chewing gum.  No big deal, but half the pictures I have of her now are of her mid chomp😉Blog Outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Avocado Brownies

Avocado brownies? Why? Because they are moist, soft, rich and delicious! Almost paleo (minus the sugar) and very rich, I would not give these to kids but they are a nice grown-up treat! Cut into squares and eat warm or store in the freezer for a cool dark chocolate treat!

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Ingredients

  • 2 large, ripe avocados, mashed until creamy (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or grease baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together mashed avocados, melted chocolate and coconut oil until smooth and creamy. Whisk in sugar. Mix in eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Add vanilla.
  • In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Stir dry mixture into avocado mixture until just combined — be careful not to overmix! Spread batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool and then cut into squares.

Modified slightly from the original and thanks PCC Natural Markets

dit-elle-Esther

Sweet Potato, Guacamole, Chicken Sausage, Soft Boiled Egg…Breakfast for dinner?

I know I’m not the only person that loves breakfast for dinner!  And, I also know that it’s kind of a repeat for me, but…it’s easy and DELICIOUS!  Who wouldn’t want that?!

I literally came up with this meal 30 minutes before I was supposed to make it, and it took me approximately 30 minutes to make.  Admittedly, because I ran inside while Maya was playing with our neighbors.  I turned on the oven, peeled and chopped the sweet potatoes, seasoned them, and turned on the pot for the eggs, in…less than 5 minutes.  Then…we played for a few more minutes.

THANK GOD FOR LITTLE DISTRACTIONS, NO?!!!

And, precooked chicken sausages are a godsend in our household.  I freeze them for later, and soak them in a warm water bath right before I need them!

Diced up for a pasta meal, or sliced in half for this!  SO easy, delicious, and healthy!

Blog Sweet Potato Guacamole Chicken Sausage Soft Boiled Egg Whole30 Paleo Gluten Free-1 Blog Sweet Potato Guacamole Chicken Sausage Soft Boiled Egg Whole30 Paleo Gluten Free-2 What you need…

  • One sweet potato (for 2-4 people)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea salt
  • 3 Pre Cooked Chicken sausage (Depending on the amount of people you want to feed!  I did one per adult, and half for Maya) I love Aidell’s, but there are so many good ones!
  • Avocado (or pre-made guacamole-yes, I cheated on this one!)
  • Eggs (2 for me and the Huz, one for Maya)

What to do…

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut sweet potato in 1/2 inch slices
  • Lightly coat in olive oil (or oil of your choosing), and salt and pepper to taste
  • Start a pot of boiling water.  For me, it’s a LOT easier to soft boil eggs for more than two people.  If you want a runny egg and there’s more than 2, it’s way too much for me to manage on top of everything else!!!
  • Bake the sweet potatos in the oven for 20-25 minutes, flipping over half way through.
  • At the half way mark add chicken sausages that are cute in half.
  •  In that time, remove the eggs from the boiling water.  7 minutes = runny yolk, 8 minutes, less, so…I remove ours at 7, and then turn the heat off for Maya’s while ours then run under a cool water bath.
  • Once the sweet potatoes are crispy on the outside, take them and the chicken sausages out.
  • Layer everything and enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

 

Baked Zucchini Sticks

Zucchini is in season and what a better way to prepare it than roll it in some almond meal, seasoning and parmesan cheese. Serve hot and crispy with your favorite marinara sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 medium sliced zucchini – sliced into 3 x 1/2″ sticks
  • Marinara sauce for serving (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place egg whites in a shallow dish and season with salt and pepper. Combine breadcrumbs, cheese, oregano and garlic powder in a resealable plastic bag; shake well.
  • Working with a few at a time, dip zucchini sticks in egg whites to cover. Place in the plastic bag and gently shake to cover with breadcrumb mixture. Place breaded zucchini in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and lightly spray with cooking oil. Repeat with remaining zucchini sticks.
  • Bake until golden and crispy, 20 to 25 minutes, flipping halfway through baking. Serve hot with ketchup or marinara sauce.

Modified from the original from PCC Natural Markets.

dit-elle-Esther

No Time…basics!

Does anyone else feel like the end of the school year is near, and as the weather gets nicer there is SO much more to do?  Ok, maybe it’s just me.  Maybe it’s that I had 3 shoots this weekend, and I feel like I’m running around like a mad woman with no purpose…

All that to say.  I cannot even think about outfits right now!  Easy basics are about all I can handle.Blog Dallin Chase Top DL1961 Emma Shoemint Espadrilles-31Blog Dallin Chase Top DL1961 Emma Shoemint Espadrilles-2 Blog Dallin Chase Top DL1961 Emma Shoemint Espadrilles-3 Blog Dallin Chase Top DL1961 Emma Shoemint Espadrilles-4 Blog Dallin Chase Top DL1961 Emma Shoemint Espadrilles-5 Blog Dallin Chase Top DL1961 Emma Shoemint Espadrilles-6 Blog Dallin Chase Top DL1961 Emma Shoemint Espadrilles-7 Blog Dallin Chase Top DL1961 Emma Shoemint Espadrilles-8Um….and let’s be clear.  Maya picked out her entire outfit.  Because…peach, plus polka dot leggings and polka dot shoes…PERFECT!😉 Blog Plum Baby Dress Polka Dot Vans-1And, she went on a blowing kisses frenzy, but it was really hard to capture! Blog Plum Baby Dress Polka Dot Vans-2 Blog Plum Baby Dress Polka Dot Vans-3 Blog Plum Baby Dress Polka Dot Vans-4 Blog Plum Baby Dress Polka Dot Vans-5 Then, we walked over to my parents house to give them something, and we came home with a flower… as we do.Blog Plum Baby Dress Polka Dot Vans-6 Blog Plum Baby Dress Polka Dot Vans-7 Blog Plum Baby Dress Polka Dot Vans-8

On me… (No time for links, sorry!!)

Top- Dallin Chase
Jeans- DL1961 “Emma”
Shoes- Shoemint
On Maya… (No time for links, sorry!!)
Dress- Plum Baby  (thrifted)
Leggings- GapKids  (thrifted)
Shoes- Vans (Nordstrom Rack)
Keeping it Real…
This entire shoot could have been a “keeping it real!”  I got a new tripod (because my old one was stolen out of my car-GRRRR!), and I’m still trying to figure it out.  THEN…for some random reason, my remote triger wasn’t on the same channel as my remote.  Oh, and Maya was in THE BEST MOOD EVER!  Seriously?!!!  GAH!  So, after 15 minutes of her posing and playing for me while I was working on my non working camera (while I was cursing up a storm-under my breath, ok NOT!!!!)
I kept attempting to focus on the focus stand, and she was so freaking cute…
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Oh, and THEN…. a comedy of errors.  I chopped off her head, she “punched me”, I almost dropped her/choked her, and….well, not pretty.  Hahaha.  All in all.  It really was a super fun evening, but I FAILED at capturing it all… At least, I failed at capturing it well.  It was mostly captured😉
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(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Our Earth Day…in entirely thrifted outfits :)

 Most days we are mostly wearing clothes that come from thrift stores or eBay, but I wanted to make sure that on Earth Day, we were wearing entirely thrifted outfits.

The day started off nice and sunny, but by the time we got our acts together to go down to the beach, it was cold and windy! Blog Levis Jacket Splendid Striped Tee COH Gray Ava Checkered Vans-1 Blog Levis Jacket Splendid Striped Tee COH Gray Ava Checkered Vans-2Perfect excuse to cuddle to keep warm! Blog Levis Jacket Splendid Striped Tee COH Gray Ava Checkered Vans-3 haha.  The look on her face.  I swear it didn’t last long😉Blog Levis Jacket Splendid Striped Tee COH Gray Ava Checkered Vans-4Blog GapKids Jean Jacket Crewcuts Striped Dress Toddler Checkered Vans-1 Blog GapKids Jean Jacket Crewcuts Striped Dress Toddler Checkered Vans-2Right before we headed down to the beach I saw a picture on Value Village’s Instagram that showed this super cool clothing sculpture on a very familiar looking beach.  Come to find out, it was Alki!!  SO….of course we had to go check it out!

And…yikes.Blog Value Village EarthDay Alki Beach-3Blog GapKids Jean Jacket Crewcuts Striped Dress Toddler Checkered Vans-4Maya just wanted to play hide and seek haha. Blog GapKids Jean Jacket Crewcuts Striped Dress Toddler Checkered Vans-5 Blog Value Village EarthDay Alki Beach-6 Blog Value Village EarthDay Alki Beach-7She lost interest pretty quickly, and started chasing seagulls.  ALMOST got this one!!Blog GapKids Jean Jacket Crewcuts Striped Dress Toddler Checkered Vans-8 And then…a little dancing on a platform to keep warm!Blog GapKids Jean Jacket Crewcuts Striped Dress Toddler Checkered Vans-9 Which…didn’t work so well.Blog GapKids Jean Jacket Crewcuts Striped Dress Toddler Checkered Vans-10NO…she didn’t jump from the platform!!  She jumped from the steps:) Blog GapKids Jean Jacket Crewcuts Striped Dress Toddler Checkered Vans-11

On me…

Jacket- Levi’s (thrifted, similar here)
Top- Splendid (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- Citizens of Humanity “Ava” (thrifted, similar here and here)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweatshirt- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Tucker and Tate (thrifted)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Ok, so she wasn’t as excited as I thought she’d be haha.  Although, in her defense, we parked way down at the other end of the beach, played for a bit, and then walked down to the sculpture… And this was after a few hours playing at the gym too.
I was a liiiiittle worried about getting her to walk back, but the seagulls helped:)Blog Value Village EarthDay Alki Beach
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Asparagus Pistachio Pesto

It’s asparagus season and we are seeing a lot of beautiful crisp fresh green stalks in stores locally. If you love asparagus, lemon, garlic, olive oil and pistachios, you will LOVE this! It is totally, amazingly, delicious. This recipe directs you to blanch the asparagus quickly and then process into pesto. Perfect spring or summer appetizer or side! Enjoy!:)

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb asparagus, tough ends removed
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 lemon, juiced (2 to 3 Tbsps, I used Champagne Vinegar)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Directions

  • Blanch or steam asparagus until al dente and still a bold green
  • Refresh in cool water
  • Cut asparagus into 1-inch pieces
  • In food processor, pulse garlic, pistachios, lemon juice, salt and pepper a few times, then add asparagus
  • Pulse the processor to make sure mixture is not over mixed, while gradually adding olive oil
  • Process until desired consistency

Thanks PCC Natural Markets!

dit-elle-Esther