Layers + Nene Matching Leather Slip On Shoes!

 It’s been SO COLD lately!!  Like way TOO cold for pictures.  We got a break last Friday where it crept into the 40’s.  We literally had 15 minutes before we had to race to gymnastics, but we’d recently been given these amazing matching shoes, and I’ve been dying to take pics of them!!

Oh, and I’d washed and straightened my hair, so….not letting THAT go to waste haha! 🙂

This is actually a sweater vest that I wore under the denim jacket for a warming later, and some texture from the fringe.blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-1 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-2 Gah…the way she’s looking up at me!!

Although, see what was really going on in the “Keeping It Real” section… 😉blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-3 How fun are these shoes??!  The leather is SO soft and gorgeous, and the foot bed is extra cushiony (I don’t think that’s a word, but you know what I mean!)blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-4 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-5 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-6 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-7 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-8 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-9 blog-3x1-denim-jacket-stylemint-fringe-j-brand-nene-joyce-slip-ons-10 blog-zara-girls-puffer-sweet-luka-mo-aztec-dress-shoes-black-joyce-slip-ons-1 hahaha.blog-zara-girls-puffer-sweet-luka-mo-aztec-dress-shoes-black-joyce-slip-ons-2 blog-zara-girls-puffer-sweet-luka-mo-aztec-dress-shoes-black-joyce-slip-ons-3 blog-zara-girls-puffer-sweet-luka-mo-aztec-dress-shoes-black-joyce-slip-ons-4 She even cracks herself up!blog-zara-girls-puffer-sweet-luka-mo-aztec-dress-shoes-black-joyce-slip-ons-5

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
Sweater Vest- Stylemint (old, Love this one here)
Top- Free People (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- J Brand (eBay, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Girls (thrifted)
Sweater- Tucker and Tate (thrifted)
Jeans- Levi’s (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
To see what was really going on when we were trying to get the shoe shots…
I was trying to get the focus down for a shot, and she just kept jumping off this rock.  Which…then gave me the idea for the jumping shot 🙂
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(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Lean in, lean out

Once upon a time, about three years ago.. a dear friend named Bonnie introduced Lauren and I. Bonnie is one of those fabulous people who everyone adores.. she also knows a lot of people and has this amazing super power in connecting people.

Lauren was(is) a photographer and fashionista and I was a fashionista wanna-be and creative person! I was pregnant with my son at the time and Lauren did a pregnancy photoshoot for me and helped put together outfits. She had (has) this amazing collection of clothes, shoes, accessories.. all specially curated and found at thrift and consignment shops. (Lauren’s super power is finding diamonds in the thrift shopping rough).

Anyway, we became friends (because Lauren is also fabulous!) and I suggested she start a fashion blog. I tried to convince her the world needed to see her unique and timeless style and be inspired. She said she would think about it if I would do the blog too.. and so it started and evolved and we created Dit-Elle a fashion, food, lifestyle mommy blog.. in attempts to inspire other busy moms. We’re both introverts so it felt a little awkward at first just putting ourselves out there in this blog and on social channels, but it took off.

Lauren did most of the fashion posts and I did most of the food posts. I love food photography and wanted to build a collection of my favorite, true and tried recipes. I was also gluten free and dealing with stomach pains.. and wanted an arsenal of recipes I could refer back to anytime, a go-to cookbook. When I made a new dish (and if it was good!), I’d immediately put it on a fancy plate, place it by my kitchen window, and with one kid on my hip, the other playing on the floor, snap a bunch of photos, hoping to get at least one good one! And then I blogged those food photos twice a week when the kids were asleep.. sometimes I would do posts on wellness, health, gluten free or paleo living, food allergies and other tips and tricks. On occasion Lauren would talk me into doing a fashion post. We rarely saw each other, but we alternated fashion and food posts to create a rich collection of inspiration for our readers and for ourselves!

This past fall.. it seems like life caught up to me and I had to stop blogging. I work full-time outside of the home in a very demanding job and industry. Then I have that other full-time job of raising two kids which I think is actually the more demanding job (and kudos to all those moms who do that full-time because it truly is a full-time, 24×7 job!). For me, juggling the office job and home job provided a kind of balance. I love (most of the time) going to an office and working on demanding projects with intense people.. success was always defined and I felt like I was growing and doing great things. Raising two small kids was very hard. Everyone says “enjoy it, because those toddler years are so fleeting, they go by so fast..” but for me, every day was slow and tough and difficult. And people don’t talk about that. And when midnight rolled around, and the house was finally quiet, and I was still amped up from getting the kids to bed (feeding and bedtime in the zoo!) and then perhaps some “fire drill” project that had come my way from work.. I would blog. And it would bring me some peace and quiet and space for my creative energy.

Anyway, there you go.. which brings me to now. My kids are  demanding attention from me in a different way.. Ava is in kindergarten and Anders is a little 3 year old terror (a super cute one, but still trying to tear the house down at every opportunity). I rarely cook and am thankful for food services like Munchery (read my post about “Not Doing It All” here). When I’m home with them, I want to give my kids undivided attention. I want to take care of my body (hot yoga, walking the dog, sleep..). And on that topic, after years of a huge sleep deficit I am now enjoying finally sleeping through the night on a regular basis (wahooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

Sometimes you have to lean in to what inspires you and gives you energy. And sometimes you have to lean out. Right now I have to lean out. And take a break from blogging.

My philosophy has always been this: every parent is different, every kid is different, every family situation is different.. you simply have to find what works for you at that moment in time! And hopefully have some fun, and laugh at yourself a bit along the way! 🙂 I will not be blogging much this year but if I do make something interesting, it will find its way here! 🙂

Happy happy 2017! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead! 🙂

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One of our family goals is to spend more time outdoors and less time in front of screens (because we do a lot of that for work!). Here the huz, Ava and Anders and I on a fall hike on Crystal Mountain! 🙂

Blood Orange, Almond and Ricotta Cake

I was introduced to Tartine a few weeks ago when visiting San Francisco. I thought we had stumbled upon a small local bakery café.. not realizing it was THE Tartine.. world famous for their amazingness. Delicious looking tarts, croissants, quiches and more on were on display and I was not optimistic there were GF options.. but of course there were! 🙂 And behind the glass the server pointed out some beautiful tiny orange almond ricotta cakes.

The cake was delicious and my daughter (6 yrs) ate a whole piece of ham and cheese quiche. Tartine was just as amazing as the 6k+ reviews on Yelp rave about. And of course I couldn’t not try to make the cake! 🙂

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  •  1 tablespoon water
  •  3 large eggs, separated
  •  2/3 cup (135 grams) granulated sugar
  •  2 blood oranges, or another orange of your choice
  •  1/2 cup (4 ounces or 115 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  •  2/3 cup (165 grams) ricotta
  •  1/3 cup (45 grams) cornmeal
  •  1 cup (135 grams) firm-packed almond flour or meal
  •  1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  •  1/4 cup apple, quince or apricot jam (optional, for glossy finish)

Directions

Heat oven to 300 degrees F. Butter a 9-inch round cake pan and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper.

Stir brown sugar and water together so they form a thick slurry. Pour into prepared cake pan and spread thin. Set aside.

Whip egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until they hold thick peaks. Set aside.

Place granulated sugar in a large mixing bowl. Finely zest both oranges over it.

Cut both oranges in half. Cut one of the halves into paper-thin slices and arrange slices over brown sugar base in cake pan. Juice other three halves (I had about 1/3 cup juice) and set juice aside.

Add butter to zest and granulated sugar in large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer (you can use same beaters you just did for egg whites) until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, and beat to combine. Add juice and ricotta; mix until smooth. Sprinkle salt over batter, then add almond flour and cornmeal and mix until just combined. Gently fold in egg whites.

Scoop batter in large dollops over prepared cake pan base. Gently spread batter flat, trying not to disturb orange slices underneath. Bake in heated oven for 35 to 40 minutes [updated to warn that this took longer for many people, but remains accurate for my oven– better to check early than late], or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and then (my preference) for 5 more minutes. The final cake is so moist, almost damp, I found the extra baking time beneficial.

Cool cake in pan on rack for 5 minutes, and then run a knife around the side and invert onto a cake plate. If any orange slices don’t come out easily, just gently arrange them on the top of the cake. If desired, heat jam until loose and brush over cake top for a glossier finish. Let cool and cut into slices. This would be delicious served with an extra dollop of ricotta, creme fraiche or barely sweetened whipped cream. The cake keeps at room temperature, but we prefer it from the fridge.

Thank you Smitten Kitchen! Visit their page for beautiful pictures and more tips on making this cake: https://smittenkitchen.com/2016/01/blood-orange-almond-and-ricotta-cake/

 

dit-elle-Esther

Little White Dress…Day to night (Night)

I showed this dress on Monday as an every day wear, but honestly…it begs to be worn out!!

All the little details…kill me!  Oddly, when I got home, I swear the attached slip shrank like 4 inches!!!  I don’t remember it being so short in the store, so I added another slip underneath for coverage!

If I were to go out for New Years, this would absolutely be an option!blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-1 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-2 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-3 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-4 I told Maya we could do whatever she wanted for these next shots.  I’ll reveal what she really had us doing in the “keeping it real”… :}

All in all, I just want her to have fun, so whatever she suggests, I’m game for 🙂  AND, I got some great shots of us laughing, so I’m beyond happy too!blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-5 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-6 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-7 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-8 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-9 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-10

On me…

Leather Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)
Booties- Nine West (I think 20+ years old! Love these!)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- See Kai Run(hand me down)
Keeping it Real…
And for those following along, yes…she’s still in the licking phase ;{
blog-outtake-1In her words when I asked what we should do…
“Make funny faces, and pee in our pants!”
“WHAT?!?!”
“Just preteeeeeending!!!”
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Behind the scenes video here!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Little White Dress (Day)

 I recently found this dress while thrifting.  It’s by one of my favorite designers.  It retailed for $368, and I found it for $32 (with a coupon!).  Honestly…that’s still more than I’d normally spend, so I hemmed and I hawed with it in my cart around the store…

Rarely do I try things on when thrifting.  Mainly because I don’t have the time, but I decided to try this dress on, and I sent a pic to a friend of mine.  Her words- “It’s so you!!!”

And so…it became mine.

BUT…If I spend money on dresses that only get worn once, that’s ridiculous, right??!  Most dressy dresses can be dressed down, and honestly…I think I like it dressed down better!  Oh, and in warmer weather, I’m so wearing this with a jean jacket and sandals!!

Later in the week, I’ll show how I dressed it up!

blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-1 I wish I could say that I planned this hair flip!  But…nope.  Total accidental catch, but I love it.blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-2I always ask Maya what she wants us to do in shots.

“Let’s pretend to be statues!!”
blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-3 blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-4 blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-5blog-zara-faux-fur-vest-hanna-andersson-twirl-dress-see-kai-run-boots-1 The girl’s got hops!!blog-zara-faux-fur-vest-hanna-andersson-twirl-dress-see-kai-run-boots-2 blog-zara-faux-fur-vest-hanna-andersson-twirl-dress-see-kai-run-boots-3On me…

Leather Jacket- Organic by John Patrick (ebay)
Boots- Frye 12″ Harness boots (thrifted for $10!! They were in the men’s section!!)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- See Kai Run(hand me down)
Keeping it Real…
Um…I’m back here!!!
blog-day-outtake-1 hahahaha.  She wanted to get all up in the camera…blog-day-outtake-2 And…licking me yet again… 😦blog-day-outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Family Pictures 2016

As a photographer, you’d think I’d put a ton of time and effort into our family pictures every year.  Truth be told.  I’m SO freaking busy taking everyone elses pictures, that I am contstantly amazed and thankful that we even TAKE pictures!  Oh, and it’s getting even harder as the boys get older.  With all of our schedules, and the weather, it really is a miracle that these ever happen…

SO glad that they do though!!

blog-family-pics-2016-1 blog-family-pics-2016-2 Hahaha.  Charlie standing on his tippy toes!  Like he needs to…1-blog-family-pictures-1 I can’t even….

I pity the guys that want to date her…1-blog-family-pictures-2 1-blog-family-pictures-3 1-blog-family-pictures-4 1-blog-family-pictures-5LOVE this shot of them!!!
1-blog-family-pictures-6At this point, I didn’t want to mess with the tripod again, so my mom got these next two of me and Maya 🙂
blog-family-pics-2016-3 blog-family-pics-2016-4 blog-family-pics-2016-5 hahaha 🙂blog-family-pics-2016-6GAH!!!  She looooves her daddy!
blog-family-pics-2016-7 blog-family-pics-2016-8 This just makes me happy on so many levels.  This image captures so much about them, and I love it!blog-family-pics-2016-9 blog-family-pics-2016-10As we were heading to the car, I realized I didn’t have any with my parents!!Mom got this…

Mom got this…blog-family-pics-2016-11 Dad got this….blog-family-pics-2016-12 Oh, and I never got any of just me, so…I got these when I came home.blog-family-pics-2016-13blog-3x1-destroyed-denim-jacket-vince-shirtdress-el-naturalista-booties

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)-
Dress- Vince (eBay)
Jeggings- Helmut Lang (eBay)
Boots- El Naturalista Duna N528 (thrifted for $7!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted)
Dress- Jill Stuart NY (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
“Can you give me a kiss?”
I guess that’s a no?blog-outtake
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of the kids and ones of me with my parents :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Dressing for a party in pajamas! (I mean cashmere and silk joggers…)

 So, we took these images right before Thanksgiving.  Yes, that was a little bit ago, but still…

Tis the season!

And who says you can’t be comfortable when you go to a party or host one??  I literally felt like I was in my jammies, and I was in heaven!blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-1 I can’t even handle her…blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-2 She’s a one woman show, I tell ya!blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-3 I’m her one woman audience… 🙂blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-4 blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-5 blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-6 blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-7 blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-8I couldn’t decide on which image to post of these next three (there were actually 5!), so…I’m posting all three.

Because, are you kidding me?!!blog-faux-fur-jacet-crewcuts-silk-tutu-old-navy-riding-boots-1 blog-faux-fur-jacet-crewcuts-silk-tutu-old-navy-riding-boots-2 blog-faux-fur-jacet-crewcuts-silk-tutu-old-navy-riding-boots-3 Coming in for a punch to the gut.  It’s her new thing, and she thinks it’s hilarious… :{blog-faux-fur-jacet-crewcuts-silk-tutu-old-navy-riding-boots-4

On me…

Sweater- Sweater- Joie “Tambrel” (eBay, here with a super fun back!!)
Pants- Trina Turk (eBay, similar here in black)
Booties- Tracy Reese “Gina” (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- (thrifted, similar here)
Skirt- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Leggings- Tucker + Tate  (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I’m in trouble…blog-outtake-1 Didn’t know we were going to do this, or I’d aimed the camera a little higher-grrrr.blog-outtake-2I don’t even remember what she was about to do here, but obviously, it wasn’t good haha 😉
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(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren