Chunky Knits + Cowboy Boots!

Fall for me equals big comfy sweaters + boots.  Sooooo many variations, but all so good.
blog-chunky-oversized-hand-knit-cardigan-j-brand-skinny-lucchese-cowboy-boots-1 blog-chunky-oversized-hand-knit-cardigan-j-brand-skinny-lucchese-cowboy-boots-2 blog-chunky-oversized-hand-knit-cardigan-j-brand-skinny-lucchese-cowboy-boots-3  And… Three cheers for mother in laws that live in Oklahoma and send us amazing cowboy boots!!

Maya just got this pair for her birthday, and we are both in LOVE!!

Oh, and the way she’s leaning on me??!  Dying…blog-chunky-oversized-hand-knit-cardigan-j-brand-skinny-lucchese-cowboy-boots-4 blog-chunky-oversized-hand-knit-cardigan-j-brand-skinny-lucchese-cowboy-boots-5 blog-chunky-oversized-hand-knit-cardigan-j-brand-skinny-lucchese-cowboy-boots-6 blog-mini-boden-furry-vest-le-top-cute-cookie-dress-old-west-square-toe-cowboy-boots-1 blog-mini-boden-furry-vest-le-top-cute-cookie-dress-old-west-square-toe-cowboy-boots-2 Omg, that face!!blog-mini-boden-furry-vest-le-top-cute-cookie-dress-old-west-square-toe-cowboy-boots-3 blog-mini-boden-furry-vest-le-top-cute-cookie-dress-old-west-square-toe-cowboy-boots-4 blog-mini-boden-furry-vest-le-top-cute-cookie-dress-old-west-square-toe-cowboy-boots-5 blog-mini-boden-furry-vest-le-top-cute-cookie-dress-old-west-square-toe-cowboy-boots-6 blog-mini-boden-furry-vest-le-top-cute-cookie-dress-old-west-square-toe-cowboy-boots-7

On me…

Sweater- Handknit by my dad.
Top- Mason (eBay, similar here)
Jeans- J Brand (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Vest- Mini Boden (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- GapKids (thrifted)
Cowgirl Boots- Old West Square Toe Boots (birthday present from Gigi!)
Keeping it Real…
She loves standing right behind me to take our picture, or under my legs…as I’ve shown many times🙂  I was trying to get her from being behind me.  She wasn’t having in of it.
blog-outtake-2I was trying to set up for the boot shot ( you can see the focus stand in the background), and Maya kept sticking her head right in front of the lens haha.  I Photo Shopped the stand out of the shot in the main post. blog-outtake-1
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Off the shoulder sweater + Ripped Skinnies + Pop of RED clogs

 One of my favorite accessories is a fun red shoe!  It makes any outfit pop… And, when you can’t think of what you want to wear, your shoes can save you!

Honestly, I took these images a few weeks ago. That will be the reoccurring them lately, as I’m in the thick of my busy season, and our weather is… well, not so great!

Currently, it’s raining sideways and we are about to have 20-30 mph winds with 40-50+ mph gusts of winds over the weekend (WHAT!?)  Needless to say, my shoots over the weekend and Maya’s soccer game have been cancelled, and we will be cuddling inside with our fire going.  Because even if we loose power, it will still go (thank goodness!!)

Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up on work!!
blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-1 blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-2 blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-3 blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-4blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-5 Couldn’t leave the stuffies behind…😉blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-6 The only way I could get her to let go of them, was to offer to swing her…blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-7 blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-8 Love this next one!  She normally jumps, but she just kept balancing on one foot and then pushing off into my arms.🙂blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-9 And then the sun came out!blog-lily-mcneal-sweater-current-elliott-gray-destroyed-skinny-sven-red-lacy-clogs-10Clearly, I can’t resist a pop of red on either of us blog-lands-end-striped-dress-hanna-andersson-footless-tights-red-vans-2 That pose…blog-lands-end-striped-dress-hanna-andersson-footless-tights-red-vans-3 blog-lands-end-striped-dress-hanna-andersson-footless-tights-red-vans-4 blog-lands-end-striped-dress-hanna-andersson-footless-tights-red-vans-5

On me…

Sweater- Lily McNeal (old)
Belt- Linea Pelle (old)
Jeans- Current Elliott (eBay)
On Maya…
Dress- Lands End (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson
Shoes- Vans (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
THEN…she decided to do a twist mid jump!  UM…I’m so glad we didn’t watch more of the Olympics than we did.  We barely had time for any.  We only watched a little bit of gymnastics, but good grief.  I can’t even imagine what she would try if she’d seen more!blog-outtake-1 When I’m smiling off to the side in images of just me…this is what’s really going on🙂blog-outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Remlinger Farms “Fall Harvest Festival” | For Maya’s 5th Birthday

We went to Remlinger Farms for Maya’s 4th birthday last year (SO fun looking back on those pics!!), and we had such a good time that we went back again a few weeks later!

This year, I asked her…

“Would you rather have a birthday party with all your friends, or go back to Remlinger Farms with family?”

She chose Remlinger Farms with family again-YAY!!

I was a little nervous if she would have as much fun as she did the year before.  I shouldn’t have been worried…🙂
blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-1 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-2 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-3 She freaking LOVES this ride!!  I think this might be the last year she can go on it, which is sooooo sad!blog-remlinger-farms-x2blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-4 Although, the best part for her was having her big cousin there again!blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-5 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-6 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-7 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-8 OMG, dying over Houston and Charlie’s face And…Maya’s face here-HA!  What you can’t quite see (except by my sister in laws swirling hair!!!) is that this little ride was spinning around SO FAST!  I actually had to look away, because I was getting nauseous… Obviously, I didn’t volunteer to go on this one with her!blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-10 The family that rock climbs together…blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-11 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-12 My dad got this one of me🙂  Not going to lie.  I was shaking for a little while after this.  I don’t recommend rock climbing in Frye boots haha🙂blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-13 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-14 Gah.  How cute would it be to have this every year!  Charlie didn’t come with us last year, and I’m not sure she’ll chose this over a party again next year…😦blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-15 I wanted to get a family picture in front of this, but the kids vanished…

So, my sister in law kindly got this one🙂blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-16 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-17 The train was the only thing we didn’t do last year, so we wanted to make sure we got on.  It was perfect timing too, because it started to rain right before we got on!

DYING…blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-18 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-19 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-20 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-21 Are you kidding me?blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-22 blog-remlinger-farms-mayas-5th-birthday-23Happy Birthday sweet girl!!

See Maya’s 5th birthday “Black Balloon Shoot” here.🙂

Keeping it Real…

Note to self.  Don’t try and “grab a quick family picture” at the end of the day when it’s just started raining…

As an fyi, I’m 5’8″ but look tiny next to Charlie haha!blog-outtake-1 Because…someone was TUCKERED OUT!blog-outtake-2

Menswear Inspired….or, actual menswear?

A little of both!  I love the menswear inspired look.  I am not afraid to actually buy mens clothing, and I absolutely buy boys clothes for Maya too!

My entire outfit (minus my prescription sunglasses ;)) all were thrifted!  The entire outfit cost me around $20-$25!blog-theory-tan-button-down-levis-501-luciano-moresco-brogues-1 blog-theory-tan-button-down-levis-501-luciano-moresco-brogues-2 blog-theory-tan-button-down-levis-501-luciano-moresco-brogues-3 blog-theory-tan-button-down-levis-501-luciano-moresco-brogues-4 blog-theory-tan-button-down-levis-501-luciano-moresco-brogues-5blog-theory-tan-button-down-levis-501-luciano-moresco-brogues-6I can’t even with this next pose.  It’s so funny.  She definitely went through a “NO PICTURE!!” phase for a while.  She eventually would get over it and just play, thank goodness!  Unless, of course it’s with my phone.  She still is pretty adamant about me not taking pictures of her with my phone!  I think she is so used to me having a big camera, that she doesn’t think as much about it.  But with my phone, I’m all up in her face and usually asking.

Anyways, lately, she’s been pulling out these “poses” and it’s totally cracking me up!  I honestly think that’s why she does it.  She’ll do anything if it gets a laugh.  SO…I’ll keep laughing😉 1blog-maya-259-old-navy-tan-trench-tucker-tate-tunic-cherokee-destroyed-boyfriend-brown-toms-3And of course, she’s always jumping and twirling🙂blog-old-navy-tan-trench-tucker-tate-tunic-cherokee-destroyed-boyfriend-brown-toms-2 blog-old-navy-tan-trench-tucker-tate-tunic-cherokee-destroyed-boyfriend-brown-toms-3 After this one, she was like-

“Mom!  Did you get it when I made the face like this?!!”

Insert…below face🙂

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

Top- Theory (thrifted)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Jeans- Levis 501 (thrifted from the mens dept and DIY cut off and frayed)
Shoes- Luciano Moresco (thrifted from the mens dept)
On Maya…
Jacket- Old Navy (thrifted)
Top- Tucker + Tate (Nordstrom Rack)
Jeans- Cherokee (Target)
Shoes- Toms (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Haha.  Yes, this is another one of her new “signature poses”  :)
blog-outtake-1 And….another picture of her taking a picture of us between my legs🙂blog-outtake-2 She was running around by the tripod and ALMOST ran underneath it!!  My face…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Maya turns 5!! And she chooses black balloons… :)


I’m not sure why this age feels so much different, but…you. You are becoming such an amazing little PERSON!
You crack me up like no other. I’m in awe of your wit, and you are truly happiest when you are making others laugh.
You seek out and experience joy in a way that I envy. It’s so infectious! You brighten everyone’s day that you are around. Luckily, for me, I get to be around you a lot. ❤️
You ABSOLUTELY have your own opinions, and cannot be swayed.
Black balloons? Even after both me and the lady blowing them up tried to sway you away towards another color. Honestly…I love them!
You are a total rule follower. It’s a blessing and a curse. Curse, mainly when you call me out on breaking the rules…
You used to be sooooo cautious, but are now suddenly opening up to trying to do things that I can’t believe you want to try. And you do them!! SO PROUD!
Most of all…you are one of the sweetest, kindest, loving people I know, and I am so lucky to be your mama.
Love you It’s so funny.  At the balloon counter, both the woman who was helping us and I double and triple checked that she really wanted black balloons.  She was insistent, and I honestly love how they turned out!blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-happy-hannas-tutu-dress-smoky-cowboy-boots-2 Oh, and I also had a different outfit picked out for her, but she was adamant about this dress and boots.   And I have to admit…that pop of pink?  

LOVE IT!blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-happy-hannas-tutu-dress-smoky-cowboy-boots-3 kept my outfit pretty simple.  A) because, honestly, I wasn’t even sure we were really going to attempt this shoot until about 45 minutes before we did it-ha! B) it was her day! C) you can’t go wrong with black, denim, and a leather jacket!blog-doma-leather-jacket-cynthia-vincent-peplum-top-dl1961-toni-el-naturalista-booties-1 Where’s Maya??🙂blog-doma-leather-jacket-cynthia-vincent-peplum-top-dl1961-toni-el-naturalista-booties-6 blog-doma-leather-jacket-cynthia-vincent-peplum-top-dl1961-toni-el-naturalista-booties-7 blog-doma-leather-jacket-cynthia-vincent-peplum-top-dl1961-toni-el-naturalista-booties-8 blog-doma-leather-jacket-cynthia-vincent-peplum-top-dl1961-toni-el-naturalista-booties-9I could eat her up…blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-happy-hannas-tutu-dress-smoky-cowboy-boots-10 blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-happy-hannas-tutu-dress-smoky-cowboy-boots-11 blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-happy-hannas-tutu-dress-smoky-cowboy-boots-12blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-happy-hannas-tutu-dress-smoky-cowboy-boots-12 blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-happy-hannas-tutu-dress-smoky-cowboy-boots-13

In the green of the grass…
In the smell of the sea…
in the clouds floating by…
at the top of a tree…
in the sound crickets make at the end of the day…

“You are loved. You are loved. You are loved,” they all say.

(Nancy Tillman)

Happy 5th birthday sweet girl!


On me…

Leather Jacket- Doma” (old similar here)
Top- 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent (eBay)
Jeans- DL1961 Toni “midrise” (eBay, similar here)
Boots- El Naturalista Duna N528 (thrifted for $7!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Cowboy Boots- Smoky Mountain “Denver Boots” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I still have this dream of capturing the perfect jumping shot!  This is not it… hahaha.
Both our faces crack me up!!
blog-outtake-1 Runaway balloons!!blog-outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Crop Flared Overalls + Chasing the Golden Hour

 This park we go to while the Huz is out of town is perfect right now after dinner.  We caught the last few rays of sun before it set behind the trees, and there’s a big field where Maya can practice soccer.  I’m hoping to go back a few more times before Fall really sets in!

Oh, and I did a post about these ridiculously comfy overalls before.  Oddly, as I looked back on these images, I wonder how really flattering they are.  I mainly LOVE how comfy they are, but… blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-2 One of my favorite images I got from this night!  Although, with this light..there were a few!blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-3 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-4 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-6 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-7 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-8 That light?!  That laughter?  Love…blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-9 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-10 It’s so funny.  I kept asking her if she wanted to blow the dandelions.  Again…it’s not our yard or our neighbor’s yard, so go at it, no?!😉

But…she wants to just tear all the “fluff” off and then throw it!  I guess that works too🙂blog-gapkids-chambray-dress-gray-checkered-vans-1 blog-gapkids-chambray-dress-gray-checkered-vans-2 blog-gapkids-chambray-dress-gray-checkered-vans-3 blog-gapkids-chambray-dress-gray-checkered-vans-4

On me…

Top- Patterson Kincaid (eBay)
Overalls-Gap (thrifted, similar here and here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
On Maya…
Dress- GapKids (thrifted,similar here)
Leggings- GapKids (thrifted, similar here)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Sometimes we laugh ourselves right out of the frame🙂
blog-outtake-1 The downside to this park, is that a lot of people bring their dogs here to run off leash in the attached baseball field.  Maya cannot resist a dog, and always wants to run off and play with them.  Takes a little while to get her back… So, there are about a kazillion self timed shots of me caller her back
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


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 She’s got some serious dance moves😉blog-outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))