Twinning is Winning… Stripes + Skinnies + Moto Boots

 We’ve been having abnormally hot weather this May, but over the weekend it was pretty chilly.  It was nice to revisit boots and layers for a few days!Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-1 Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-2I feel like I should be knocking on wood, BUT… Maya has been more open to my clothing suggestions lately!  For the last year, it has been twirly dresses and leggings on repeat!  Which…is fine, but I LOVE her in jeans.  And honestly, they are more durable for falls!

I couldn’t resist twinning with her!Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-3 Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-4 Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-5 Again….interesting back?  I’m IN!!!Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-6 Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-7 Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-8 Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-9 Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-10 Blog John Eshaya Sweater DL1961 Emma Wick Fiorentini Baker 7040 Boots-11Seriously, dying…Blog HM Todder Faux Leather Jacket Gapkids Splendid LA DL1961 Chloe Josmo Boots-1 And…I think she inherited my laugh😉Blog HM Todder Faux Leather Jacket Gapkids Splendid LA DL1961 Chloe Josmo Boots-2 Blog HM Todder Faux Leather Jacket Gapkids Splendid LA DL1961 Chloe Josmo Boots-3 And dance moves hahaha.Blog HM Todder Faux Leather Jacket Gapkids Splendid LA DL1961 Chloe Josmo Boots-4

On me…

Sweater- John Eshaya (eBay, similar here)
Top- StyleMint (old, similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 Emma in Wick (eBay, similar here)
Boots- Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Boot (purchased via an Instagram acct)
On Maya…
Jacket- H&M (thrifted, but similar here)
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Splendid (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Posing with the focusing stand haha.
Blog Outtake-1It’s not always laughs and smiles.  A lot of the time is tiger roars…😉 Blog Outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Stripes + Destroyed Jeans + Vans (Mom Uniform…AND photography insight)

 While my taste in clothing is sometimes all over the board, I do have a few things that I always fall back on as my tried and true uniform.

One of those combos is…

Striped top + Destroyed Denim + Comfy tennis shoes.

I vary the combo in sleeve length, fit of the jeans (skinny, boyfriend, straight leg), and color of the shoe, but it’s pretty much a no fail comfy, yet stylish combo.Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-1 Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-2I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try a few lens that I rarely use.  I have so many lens, and tend to only use the same one or two over and over.  Such a waste of both money, and my creativity!!

I only brought my 35mm and my Lensbaby on this day which definitely gives a different look than I’m used to.  ESPECIALLY the Lensbaby (below), but I ended up loving the shots I took.  Maybe because they were different??

Oh, and my remote trigger is still not working, so it was back to the self timer shots. GRRRR!

DYING though…Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-3Kinda love how Maya is totally out of focus running to me on the image below!  I would NEVER attempt an action shot with a Lensbaby with a client, but…maybe….???  One of my biggest regrets is that I don’t take more images that I WANT to capture with clients.  How are they supposed to know, if I don’t take them?!!

That’s going to be my goal going forward.  Although, It’s going to be hard.  I love sunset images (aka, the golden hour), and I know ALL of us are trying to get our kids to bed then!!  SO HARD!   I tried really hard to get a few images that show that sunny haze, buBlog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-4LOVE this next one! Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-5 Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-6And then the 35mm.  I NEVER use this lens, and I have NO idea why!  I always thought it distorted the images, but it totally doesn’t!  AND…big bonus?  I could set the camera up about 4 feet away, which made running back and forth to hit the timer totally easy-WIN!!

I think with clients, I prefer to be farther away from them to make them more at ease, and zoom lens let me do that… Oh, and you can’t beat the bokeh of a zoom lens!

BUT…being able to run back and forth and get these with a self timer?  I’ll take it!Blog Free People Madness Muscle Tee Genetic Alexa Legacy Cheetah Vans-7 Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-1 Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-2I can’t even… I know I say that all the time, but I’m just SO not good with words!  And yet, I end up capturing exactly what I want to say, so…maybe I’m better with imagery words? Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-3And, just to show you what happens when you get a liiiiiittle bit closer.  You lose the sun flare and haze.  I’m totally torn, because I love both!!  Yet, they are absolutely different! Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-4Oddly enough, where we went isn’t a huge park.  It’s right across the street from the beach, and not big at all!

Not the most picturesque of shots, but she kept jumping back and forth from these, so I had to capture it :)  The city/beach is across the street to the right.  I should have done a panorama shot in the “keeping it real” section!  Next time…because we will be back.  Actually, we’ve been here before a few times, but it always looks different.Blog Plum Sykes Dress Hanna Andersson Converse-5

On me…

Jeans- Genetic “Alexa in Legacy” (ebay)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted for $6!, sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Plum Sykes (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Hahaha.  Fainting from smelling the daisy??   Or…just not feeling having her picture taken with me? 😉
Blog Outtake-1
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks

Nothing says comfort food like Creamed Corn with Bacon and Leeks. Corn is starting to come into season now, and hopefully you can find it fresh and sweet and serve steamed – as is – or with a little salt and butter! This is a fantastic recipe for leftover steamed corn. Cut kernels off the cob and cook with some milk, leeks and bacon. Delish!

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Ingredients

  • 6 ears corn
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 chopped leek
  • 4 slices bacon
  • Salt/pepper to taste

Directions

  • Cut kernels from ears of corn to measure 3 cups
  • Using the dull side of knife blade, scrape milk and remaining pulp from cobs into a bowl
  • Place 1 1/2 cups kernels, milk, salt and pepper in a food processor, process until smooth
  • Cook bacon in large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until crisp, turning once
  • Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings in pan; crumble bacon
  • Add leek to pan and cook 2 minutes or until tender, stirring constantly
  • Add pureed corn mixture, remaining 1 1/2 cups corn kernels, and bring to boil
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes or until slightly thick
  • Sprinkle with the crumbled bacon just before serving

Enjoy!:)

dit-elle-Esther

Healthy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas | (can be made gluten, dairy, and soy free)

Chicken enchiladas are pretty simple to make.  There are a bunch of different things you can throw in there, and let’s be honest…if it’s drenched in yummy sauce you can’t go wrong.:)

When Maya was 5 weeks old, she was diagnosed with a dairy and soy allergy.  Since I was breastfeeding…that meant no dairy or soy for me either😦.  Dairy isn’t so hard, but finding things that don’t have soy is REALLY HARD.  Making dinners was really hard (wait did I say that already?).  I had to get creative.  Did I mention I have two hungry teenage stepsons?  SO…I made this recipe just thinking of things that would taste good that didn’t have dairy and soy.

Maya is still what I’d call “dairy intollerant” (she gets really congested), but we have a little bit here and there and she does ok.  The entire recipe only has 1 cup of cottage cheese, and 1/2 a cup of shredded cheese.  Adds the perfect amount of creaminess to the enchiladas and a hint of cheese on top.

They are packed with low fat protein and taste delicious!  Blog Gluten Free Healthy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas-1 Blog Healthy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas-7

Ingredients

  • Bag of Tortillas.  I love these, and you could easily sub in any gluten free options.
  • 7-8 chicken breasts (depending on size)  Basically each enchilada has almost a full chicken breast!
  • Large jar or can of enchilada sauce.  I go back and forth between red and green.
  • Small yellow onion
  • Jar of diced chiles (they aren’t that spicy if you’re worried and add a great flavor and moisture to the mix)
  • Can of refried beans (I like to use black bean, but use whatever!)
  • 1 C low fat Cottage Cheese (I love the one that has Chive in it!) don’t use for dairy free
  • 1/2 C Shredded cheese don’t use for dairy free
  • 2 TBL of Olive Oil

Directions

  • Start boiling your water for the chicken.  I have NO idea why I boil the chicken!  I saw a friend do it once, and then have done it ever since when making enchiladas!  It’s easier, doesn’t have any added fat from cooking it with oil, and it requires less attention-WIN.
  • Add chicken and cook for 10-12 minutes (until they rise to the top)  They will cook more in the enchiladas, so you want to make sure you don’t overcook them.
  • Put olive oil large a non stick pan.  Add onions and stir for about 5 min (or until they start to get soft).
  • Once chicken is cooked, let it sit on a cutting board/plate/bowl.  You will want it to cool before you shred it (I’ve burned my fingers WAY too many times)  Oh, and note-if you have a dog…don’t let the chicken sit out on the counter.  Do I need to tell you what happened when I did that??😦
  • Dump refried beans, chilis, cottage cheese (opt out for dairy free)  into the pan with the onions.  You can add a little bit of your enchilada sauce to the mixture if you aren’t using the cottage cheese to make it a little moister.  Start finger shredding the chicken into this mixture and stir.  (or do it all in a big bowl)  Maya loved helping stir it all together!
  • Pour about 1/4 C of enchilada sauce into a 9×13 pan, so they don’t stick.
  • Scoop about a cup of mixture into each tortilla, roll and place (seam side down) into 9×13 pan.  Repeat until all tortillas are filled or you run out of mixture.
  • Pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the rolled tortillas and add cheese on top (opt out for dairy free)
  • Bake at 350 for 20.  Garnish with avocado, some plain Greek Yogurt, salsa (or all three!)

Keeping it real…

I actually first wrote this post 2 and a half years ago, but hated the picture I took.  The kids were hangry haha.  SO, I never posted it.  I was super excited to find it in the archives after making it again for dinner on Monday!  This time I snapped a few slightly better rushed picture before we ate (oh, to have TIME!!), and had the post all ready to go-WIN!!

Here’s the first picture from 2.5 years ago with green sauce…:)Blog Healthy Chicken Enchiladas-9Enjoy!!

dit-elle-Lauren

Coconut Panna Cotta with Tropical Fruit

We’re excited for warm and dry season so we can eat all meals on our deck! Nothing says summer like Panna Cotta with fresh fruit or berries. Coconut Panna Cotta with Tropical Fruit is a wonderful twist on the classic Panna Cotta with Berry Coulis.

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The number one challenge in photography is lighting! Too bright or too dark creates different challenges. This past week has been a rainy grey one in Seattle. To maximize lighting, I have been running outside between showers to try to get good shots! Welcome to my mini studio!:)

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 (7-gram) pouches gelatin (5 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups grass-fed whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1 (14-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup granulated sugar (I used 1/3 cup coconut sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons shredded coconut + more for toasting and sprinkling on top
  • Sliced mango, pineapple, kiwi or banana, for serving

Directions

  • In a saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over water and let stand for 1 minute. Place over medium heat and stir constantly until granules are dissolved, about 3 minutes. Add milk or cream, coconut milk, sugar and vanilla. Stir over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour mixture into 6 ramekins; sprinkle coconut on top. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 3 hours.
  • Optionally (I did not do this step) to serve, dip each ramekin in boiling water for a moment to loosen panna cotta. Turn onto a serving plate. Arrange sliced fruit beside each panna cotta and serve.
  • Optionally (I added this step) toast some coconut and sprinkle on top.

Thanks for the inspiration PCC Natural Markets!

dit-elle-Esther

Day at the beach…

 My remote shutter officially died on this trip.  Insert major sad face!  I’m fairly certain it’s a random setting that I pushed accidentally, and yet…after HOURS of researching…can’t figure out.  I had to go back to the self timer on the camera, and I have NO IDEA how I used to do that all the time!!!  Needless to say, I was a hot sweaty mess by the time we left!Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-1BTW, vintage Levi’s are the perfect jeans for crop tops!  Even if you think you can’t score them thrifting.  You CAN if you want to…  Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-2 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-3 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-4 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-5 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-6 Blog Free People Peplum Top Levis 501s Converse-7I loooooove all the fluffy clouds! Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-1OMG, and that face?!!

LOVE!!! Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-2 Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-3 Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-4 Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-5I told her NOT to throw sand…Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-6 And then…decided WTF, she was due for a bath anyways….Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-7I mean, can you say no to that face??! Blog Sweet Luka Mo Paint Splatter Dress-8

On me…

Jeans- Levi’s 501 (thrifted, and DIY cut similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
On Maya…
Dress- Sweet Luka Mo (old, tank version here)
Rain Boots- (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I promise she’s laying there laughing😉Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Boho Tops + Ripped Skinnies + Gold Sandals | Twinning is winning!!

 It is soooo rare that I can get Maya into jeans anymore.  All she wants to wear are dresses, but…Every once in a while I can still talk her into it.  On the days she has swim lessons, I tell her she has to wear jeans, because they can be worn easily over her swimsuit at the gym before her lesson…

Yes, she could easily throw a dress on over her swimsuit, but WHATEVER.  She hasn’t questioned me yet haha.  She has SO many pairs of jeans that I’ve thrifted just sitting in her closet!  I have to get her into them every once in a while!!

And…I couldn’t resist somewhat twinning with her, and ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THAT POSE?!!!Blog Millau Lace Up Boho Top Genetic Denim Twig Mystique Gold Sandals-1 I want to eat her upBlog Millau Lace Up Boho Top Genetic Denim Twig Mystique Gold Sandals-2 Blog Millau Lace Up Boho Top Genetic Denim Twig Mystique Gold Sandals-3 Blog Millau Lace Up Boho Top Genetic Denim Twig Mystique Gold Sandals-6 Blog Millau Lace Up Boho Top Genetic Denim Twig Mystique Gold Sandals-7 Blog Millau Lace Up Boho Top Genetic Denim Twig-4 Blog Millau Lace Up Boho Top Genetic Denim Twig-5 Blog PeekKids Floral Top Levis Destroyed Skinny Jeans Gold Saltwater Sun San Sandals-1Yup, always a toy in hand… Blog PeekKids Floral Top Levis Destroyed Skinny Jeans Gold Saltwater Sun San Sandals-2AND, always petting every dog we see and asking if she can give them a treat! Blog PeekKids Floral Top Levis Destroyed Skinny Jeans Gold Saltwater Sun San Sandals-3 AAAAAAND, doing a bootie shake for anyone who wants to stop and watch haha.Blog PeekKids Floral Top Levis Destroyed Skinny Jeans Gold Saltwater Sun San Sandals-4 This is her “flying”😉Blog PeekKids Floral Top Levis Destroyed Skinny Jeans Gold Saltwater Sun San Sandals-5On me…

Top- Millau (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- Genetic Denim “The Twig in Strip” (ebay, similar here)
Sandals- Mystique (old, similar here)
On Maya…
Top- Peek Kids (thrifted, but love this on sale here)
Jeans- Levi’s (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Saltwater Sandals (20% off with code SECRET20OFF through 5/29)!!!
Keeping it Real…
UGH.  I had more issues with the shutter release not working!  Then when I thought I fixed it, I must have messed up the focus while doing so!  I have 40+ SUPER CUTE shots that are focused like this ;(  Maya was having fun taking my picture, and then ran and jumped into my arms giving me all these super sweet BLURRY kisses… I really shouldn’t complain, but it bummed me out.  Thank goodness I went over and checked!Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren