Happy Anniversary to us! || “8” in Whistler

 The Huz and I celebrated our 8th anniversary on 8/8.  I’m a bit of a numbers nerd, so I was kind of excited about this one!

We were super lucky that my parents were able to watch Maya (and they took her to SO many amazing places!!), so we could escape town and have some one on one time.  It was SO needed and so amazing!

We went up to Whistler, and I only took my camera out once.  For like 5 minutes!  Actually exactly 5 minutes!  I just looked at the time stamp on the images haha.  The Huz isn’t a huge fan of pictures, and honestly it was REALLY smokey due to the all wildfires that are going on.

SO…this was it.  We had gone to an earlier dinner and I convinced the Huz to take a few pics outside our hotel.  This was a pretty busy walking path, and a group of 30 somethings walked by and asked if we were taking pictures for Tinder!

UM….WTF?

No…
Nope, not awkward.  OMG, and I just now noticed my remote on the top of the fence post!  Oh well.  Too lazy to remove that now! He’s a good sport 🙂 LOOOOOVE these next two of us!! We took a walk one day to Lost Lake, and it was SO pretty.  But kind of eery with all the smoke!  AND…after being outside for a few hours, we were both feeling the effects of the smoke.  Kind of sad, but also nice to lay in our hotel room reading-aka HEAVEN!

Here’s a few iPhone pics from that walk.  And…NO FILTER!  So odd looking back on these, and seeing just how smokey it was… Nope, no filter!!From our first night out… (iPhone)

We went to the same restaurant both nights!

We thought about going to another restaurant the second night, but we had so much fun sitting at the bar at Bar Oso, that we went there again the second night!

I highly recommend going early and sitting at the bar!  The first night we sat at the bartender’s end and watched him make all these AMAZING cocktails!  Some serious love went into them, and the Huz benefited from a few 😉  I stuck with boring wine…

The second night we sat at the food end.  They plate all the food right in front of you!!  And the attention to detail is AMAZING to watch and…eat!!

And, of course I had to take pictures of our food!!  Sadly, I only took them with my phone, but…still

On me…

Dress- Fraiche by J (Nordstrom Rack)
Belt- Old
Clogs- Miz Mooz (old, similar here )
On The Huz…
Shirt- Toscano (Nordstrom Rack)
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I make the weirdest faces….fact.
Haha.
The Huz is like….Um….
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

Gray Split Back Tee + White Raw Hem Skinnies + Ankle Wrap Clogs!

If I sound like a broken record, I’m sorry…

I LOVE classics with a twist!

From the front, this looks like a pretty basic outfit. And then… LOVE this back!!

And But….love her more!
But they came right back on for a dance off! Oh, and the side details of these super comfy clogs?

Yes, I’ve been wearing them a LOT! and then I decided to tie the back of this tee for a more fitted look…

Love Maya’s shoes just flung around haha.
I can’t even!

Maya was like “OH!  We almost made a circle!!” when she saw this. 🙂 Seriously, so cute with the tied back right??!! I can’t even…I LOVE capturing the way we look at each other!! My dad goes for a walk in the evening, and we see him when we are out playing after dinner.

LOVE these next images of them!

On me…

Jeans- Current Elliott “The Cropped Straight Leg” (Bought on eBay like new for $2.26!!!)
Clogs- Sven C/O
On Maya…
Dress- Naartjie Kids (thrifted)
Clogs- Sven C/O
Keeping it Real…
Soooooo….sometimes I tell Maya we can do whatever SHE wants.
Dancing is usually on the list haha.
And sometimes she grabs the remote and starts shooting a kazillion pictures.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Little Red Dress…

 I’ve totally turned into a dress girl!

Honestly, I’m kind of shocked!  But they are just so easy, and I’m all about THAT!

Especially with it being so hot in Seattle lately.  Dresses are just soooo comfy too!

I’ve had this one for a while, and I love that it can easily be dressed up or down.

I was meeting a client to take some head shots, and we took these right before she showed up 🙂 I know, I know…I totally should have tried to do the red dress emoji twirl! That pose!!

On me…

Dress- Cynthia Vincent (Old, similar here and less expensive here)
Hat- Thrifted, similar here.
Sandals- Mystique (old, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Romper- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sandals- Saltwater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Since we didn’t have a lot of time I wasn’t quite paying attention and messed up the focus on a few of them.  GRRRRRR!!!
Her sweet face though!! Aaaaaaand not quite so sweet face haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Party in the Back Top + Jeans + Espadrilles || Girls’ Night out!

 If there is one combination that I’m always about, it’s white/cream top + jeans + (whatever shoe fits the situation)!!!

 It’s a classic..  It’s a no brainer!

And whenever I find fun and “interesting” white/cream tops, I’m IN!

They come through in a pinch, and I know that I can work them in whenever!!  They are always there when you need a “go to” fall back.

From the front….looks pretty basic!
Wait for it…I’m ALWAYS a sucker for an interesting back!  If you are unsure of a dress code.  You can play it casual in the front, and then….add a pop of fun in the back!

A mullet top if you will 😉

I posted on Friday another post with my friend and her daughter who came to stay with us a few weeks ago.We had my parents over for dinner since they knew Laura so well.

We had my parents over for dinner since they knew Laura so well, and then decided to take some pictures, because…duh.

Love ALL THESE LADIES!!!I remember when Kylie was 18 months old!!

SO weird…yet, she’s become such an amazing young woman!
Totally nailed the Charlie’s Angels pose!

HA!

On me…

Top- 10 Crosby Derek Lam (eBay)
Jeans- DL1961 Toni “midrise” (eBay, similar here)
Shoes- Banana Republic (old, similar here)
On Maya…
Sandals- Saltwater Sandals “Sun San”  (thrifted,)
Keeping it Real…
I have NO idea what’s going on with my face here, but hahahaha….Um…stretchy jeans?? 
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Off the shoulder top + Skinnies + Wedges | Girls Night Out!

 My girlfriend of over 20 years and her daughter came to stay with us a few weeks ago.

We shopped, we ate, we drank rose, and…we laughed.

What more could you ask for?

I mean…what’s the good of taking pics in front of your house if you can’t have a glass of wine while doing so?

hahaha

Ok, funny story.  We actually took the BUS to a neighborhood restaurant earlier in the evening.  HA!  We were a liiiiiiiittle more dressed up than most of the passengers.

Whatever…
Because no matter how big, they are always our babies right?? Playing with the remote.  Aka…taking a picture of herself!

On me…

Top- Sincerely Jules “Everly Top” (Nordstrom Rack currently only $29!)
Jeans- Citizens Of Humanity (thrifted, similar here)
Sandals- Ugg (thrifted, LOVE these here)
On Maya…
Dress- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here in two toned)
Shoes- Salt Water Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
 Um….
Hi, my name is Lauren, and I’m a very enthusiastic laugher… 🙂
Two things about this.  YES, the guy didn’t realize he was walking into our shot until the LAST minute.  Oh, and THEN..Maya thought it would be hilarious to pull my top down!
Good times… 😉 I have no idea what’s going on here haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Cold Slow Cooker Chicken With Mango, Avocado, Spinach, Tomatoes, Peppers, and Quinoa

Yes, that’s a mouthful of a title, but it’s a flavor explosion in your mouth too!!

I tend to forget about my slow cooker in the summer, because…hot!  BUT…the biggest reason I use my slow cooker is because of it’s convenience factor.  THAT is needed all year round!

The other day, I knew I’d be running around all day and wouldn’t be getting home until right around dinner time.  Slow cooker to the rescue.

What you need…

  • 4-5 Chicken Breasts (I actually threw mine in frozen!)
  • 1 Medium yellow onion  diced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Ginger
  • 1 Cup Organic Mango Nectar
  • 1 Large Mango
  • 1 Large Avocado
  • 1 Cup diced peppers (I used a yellow, orange, and red)
  • 1 Cup Cherry or grape tomatoes.  I used multi colored ones.
  • 4-5 cups baby spinach
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup uncooked quinoa

What you do…

  • Put Olive Oil, Garlic, Ginger, and Onion down and mix.
  • Lay Chicken Breasts on top.  Mine were frozen.  I’m sure if they were thawed, they might just be more tender!  BUT…if you don’t have time (as I never do)  you can put them in frozen as an FYI…
  • Pour the cup of Mango nectar (honestly, you could use orange juice too!  It all cooks away…
  • Here’s the odd/specific timing part.  You can totally mess around with this timing depending on when you will be home!  I started this in the morning.  Cooked it on high for 4 hours.   I added the quinoa about 30 minutes before it was done.   Then took the chicken out, chopped it (probably could have shredded it had it been on low for longer!).  I added the chicken back in to soak up a little more juice.
  • While it was still in warming mode, and right before I took it out, I added all the spinach and tossed it around.
  • Then I took it all out and placed it in a bowl to cool for a few hours.
  • Either earlier when it’s cooking or later depending on when you have time.  Dice the mango, avocado, peppers, and tomatoes.
  • Add all the diced fruits and vegetables on top, salt and pepper to taste, and serve!

Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

Little Black Dresses for my birthday…

 I posted on Friday about my early birthday celebration over the weekend.

The upside to having  your birthday during the week, is that you get a double celebration!

We had my parents over for dinner on my actual birthday, and then went outside after dinner for a few pictures. I LOVE these shots!  Her leaping into my arms and looking directly at the camera on the tripod….as if there is anyone there!

Funny, no?
Loooooooove!! Maya saw this picture and said “Look! We’re both twirling at the same time!!” 👯💃🏼💃🏼 I’ve tried to do this a few times and failed miserably or…comically! 😂. This time… #Nailedit 🤗 🙌🏻 And…convinced the Huz to get in a few! She loves her Meme and BOPO! And…this dress was made for twirling!  As most Hanna Andersson dresses are!  Which is why they are a favorite of ours!

On me…

Dress- Ella Moss (Old, but similar here and here.)
Sandals- J. Litvack (thrifted, similar here and here.)
On Maya…
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I honestly could have done an entire blog post on the keeping it real from this!  Mainly because I took SO many pics!  I’ll keep it to a few…
Honestly, I LOVE this next one!  SO….kind of a cheat on the “keeping it real”, but far from perfect, which I love!
Maya is all about saying “NO PICTURES!  I don’t want to go take pictures!!”
BUT….if I want to take a picture without her?  She’s ALL up in there!
Here’s a video compilation that my dad took while I was taking pictures.  FYI, a neighbor had composted recently and that’s what was stinky haha. And…Maya running and jumping her hand in front of the camera! AND…my laugh.  Go big or go home, right?
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren