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Knit Jumpsuit + Distressed Denim Jacket + Studded Tennis Shoes

 We’ve been super lucky to have a LOT of warm sunny days, but it’s still interspersed with some chilly mornings and evenings.

This weekend was totally bonkers.  Super sunny one then an hour later a down pour.  THEN…sunny again, oh and wait…more rain! That means lots of layers in the morning, that you peel off during the day, and then add back on at night… 🙂 I’m seriously obsessed with knit jumpsuits now!  You literally feel like you are wearing pajamas!  Yet, you cam make them look put together too! These have a fun stripe down the side. How cute are Maya’s pink Docs!!?? Our neighbor came home.  Don’t mind us… 🙂 She kills me with these poses!

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
Sweater- Inhabit (old,)
Jumpsuit- Nation LTD (eBay, similar here and LOVE this one here)
Shoes- Superga (similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Hudson Kids (ebay, but similar here)
Dress-Mignone (thrifted)
Boots- Dr Martens “Blip” boots (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
A) Truth be told….I took these THREE MONTHS AGO!
Oh, the days of blogging daily are GONE!
BUT…c’mon, Seattle weather means I can pretty much insert anything in and make it seem like I
just took it!
And…I have no idea what was going on here (because…3 MONTHS AGO!) but I’m assuming a
neighbor walked by haha.  As they do.
I can’t even… I almost didn’t post this, because…my LORD…what is that FACE?!!  But obviously
Maya sees that all the time, so…wow.  Sorry Maya.  And if you scroll down to these “keeping it
reals” well, this is IT! haha 🙂
Me adjusting, and Maya…well, who knows what that face is for 🙂 Us just seeing our neighbor… 🙂
And can we talk about Maya’s gap toothed SMILE?  GAH!  I miss it!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Leather Bomber + Silk Tank Dress + Wrap Sandals | All Black for Date Night!

 The Huz and I were long overdue for a date night!  We had gotten a gift certificate from his boss for….CHRISTMAS, but just hadn’t gotten the chance to use it until now!

Ok….these were taken about 3 weeks ago now…as per usual!

BUT…

We went to the Pink Door downtown, and I decided to sass it up a little bit more than my usual around the neighborhood date night.  This dress is SO comfy, and I love that it can be dressed up or down.  I’m all about small cross body bags when I go out.  Easy to wear and not at all cumbersome! AND…I even managed to coerce the Huz out for a few!! Maya was not as happy about it.  She was a little bummed that we were leaving her behind… I knew it would get chilly in the evening, so I brought along this leather bomber.I think it’s such a fun alternative to the classic biker leather jacket! And these sandals are SO comfy!  I accidentally wrapped them oppositely, but I kind of like it!Dying over this vintage Hanna Andersson dress!!

SO CUTE!!  Even if she’s giving total attitude…

On me…

Leather Jacket- Remake Remodel (eBay for $16!! similar here and cute faux option here)
Dress- Feel the Piece “Ray Tank Dress” (ebay $14- retail $290! similar here less expensive here)
Cross Body Bag- DVF (eBay, similar here and less expensive here)
Sandals- Koolaburra “Alexa” (eBay)
On Maya…
Dress- Vintage Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Leggings- Tea (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Her face in these…
Kind of classic these days.  I’ll TAKE pictures, but I’m going to be a grumpy face about it….
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Cold Shoulder Blouse + Released Hem Skinnies + Booties + Leather Jacket

 To be honest…these were taken almost two months ago from Easter!

Gah!  One of these days I’ll get my act together and blog more consistently, but that day is not now…

BUT, I figured I need to blog some of our warmer clothing looks soon or I’ll have to just wait til next fall haha.  And you can just wonder why Maya looks so young 🙂

I’m ALL about loose tops for the holidays, so I can hide my food baby haha.  We had a pretty casual Easter meal, so I decided to pair this silk top with some released hem jeans.

I undid the hem myself with seam ripper!  Anyone interested in a tutorial?  It’s super easy!  I showed how in my Instagram stories under DIY Denim, but could make a blog post at some point!
I love that this jacket looks like a “denim jacket” yet, it’s the most AMAZING leather!!

Thank you eBay!
I asked if everyone wanted to come out for a family pic, and got a resounding universal “NOOOO!”

Thankfully, I can still bribe Maya to come out quickly for a few! The sun kept coming out, and then hiding…such a nightmare for taking pictures, but whatever… Oh, and Maya’s leggings are actually work out pants that she wore on our morning walk that she didn’t want to take off.  It wasn’t a battle I was going to fight…

Again…bitter about the sun blowing out so much of these shots, but…I’ll get over it. This next one is SO HER!!!! hahaha.

Sorry, no time to search for similar items right now!

On me…

Leather Jacket- Vera Wang
Jeans- J Brand
On Maya…
Faux Leather Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Anavini (thrifted)
Shoes- Dr Martens “Delaney” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Other than the HORRIBLE light??
Yeah, Maya loooooves to grab the focu stand and move it.
I laugh sometimes…other times, I do not 🙂
Her face…YET AMAZING lighting as the sun went behind the clouds….GRRRRRR. I love this SO MUCH!!!  SOOOO her!  And yet…keeping it real 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Red + White + Blue | Memorial Day 2018

 We had the best long weekend!


I didn’t have to work all weekend, the weather was AMAZING, and we just had a ton of park hangs, play dates, and a BBQ at my parents house.
🤗👌🏻
It was a preview of summer (minus me not having to work) and it was so good…

So…funny story.  The reason there’s a “haze” on the first image, is because Maya kept jumping up and waving her hand in front of the camera…  Looooove this next one! AND….awe!!! My mom and Maya decorating with flags… hahaha 🙂 Not exactly what you’d think of for climbing shoes, but… 🙂

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
Top- Sandra Ingrish  (similar here)
Jeans- Current Elliott “The Cropped Straight Leg” (Bought on eBay like new for $2.26!!!)
On Maya…
Denim Jacket- CrewCuts (thrifted)
Dress- Copper Key (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Yup, could probably do another post with the outtakes, but…here’s just a few.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vintage Silk Kimono + Light Destroyed Skinnies + Peep Toe Booties | Date Night or Mama’s Night Out!

 The kimono craze! Are you on board or think….yeah, no… I’ll save it for after bath/before bed?

I was on the “Eh…how can I make it work??” team a few years back, but now I’m in love! Yes, that happens to me a lot.

This kimono is actually my great grandmother’s cousin (is that my great great cousin?? 🤔) who I’m actually named after! No…her name wasn’t Lauren. It was Vernona Spicer. 😬 Thankfully, my middle name is Spicer (another fun fact! I always won for interesting middle name in grade school ) . Not that Vernona isn’t a great name.  I’m thinking in the age of overused “original” names….it needs to make a come back!

BUT…this kimono!  I’ve kept it safe in my closet thinking I’d make a belt for it, and then it hit me… It may have never had a belt?  OR…it doesn’t need one!
All the colors in it are my favs!!

Later this week, I’ll show how a simple shoe swap makes this easy to wear to school pick up or park and then…out for this look!

I’m all about easy changing!!

On me…

Kimono- Vintage
Keeping it Real…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Happy Mother’s Day to me! | 2018

 I don’t really want a big fanfare for my birthday or Mother’s Day.   Really, I want a hall pass on some of the day to day duties (namely DINNER!) and I want pictures-duh.

It’s what my mom and I ask for every year, and I’m SO glad I have them to look back on!!

If you want, you can look back on 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 part one and two (lucky year!), and 2017.

And…I’ll admit.  This next shot wasn’t just of me haha.

The remote was going crazy and firing off never ending shots until we turned the camera off!  Needless to say, there are a LOT of outtakes.  And…some of Maya and the Huz next to me with questionable looks on their face :).  But, since I didn’t get a chance to take a pic of just my outfit…this will have to suffice 😉 What to say about this sweet nugget…

While she challenges my patience, she also brings me so much joy, love, and pride every single day!

I am one lucky mama.
And…twinning is always winning! Love these next few!!!

BUT…just wait for the outtakes at the end…
My new favorite of the three of us!! And…to my amazing mom and friend…

Maya and I are both SO lucky to have you in our lives!  Even luckier that it’s in our daily lives!! I can’t even… Again….NEW FAVORITE!
Funny story.  I cropped myself out of this shot because I was frantically running towards the camera on the tripod that was going CRAZY taking pics!  Maya’s face though….WORTH IT! All the heart eyes… Pretty much the best reality of our group shot attempts… But then we got this!! And this, so…I’ll take it all! And then…letting her do what she loves to do.

Which, is what I love to capture, so…win WIN!

On me…

Dress- Corey Lynn Calter (eBay for $14!!, LOVING this midi version!)
Clogs- Sven “Ankle Wrap Strap”C/O
On Maya…
Dress- (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I thought of doing an entire post of our outtakes, but…let’s be honest.  I don’t even have time
to blog REAL posts, so…here are some of the best ones.  There are more!
SO…just know…as my mom and I walked away, we thought…
“I’m sure we got one or two…”
And of COURSE we did.  BUT…, it wasn’t all super smiley perfectness…
AND, I really could have posted twice as many outtakes, BUT, I also could have posted twice as
many shots that I love too!  I guess it’s all about balance…and…reality. 🙂
This first one.  Maya probably telling my parents she doesn’t want to take pictures.  And one of the many shots with the shutter firing when it wasn’t supposed to!
Hahaha.  Yes, by butt as a try to stop the shutter AGAIN, and Maya picking her nose…as she does ALL THE TIME. Licking me….as she does ALL THE TIME 😉
Me trying to wrestle her to NOT lick me… Maya giving herself a hickey that you can STILL see 3 days later…I love that I caught the remote being thrown in mid air.  I’d had it with it’s craziness!
Maya probably explaining to me how I can fix it 🙂
AND….any guesses what I’m about to say here?? 🙂
Even with all these, I’m so grateful for ALL these images, and feel totally thankful for my role as
a mama to Maya and daughter to my amazing mom!
Most pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod.  Or taken by me, my mom, and my dad!

dit-elle-Lauren

Knit Poncho + DIY Distressed Hem Crops + Converse (Sunset on the Beach)

 Even when we have warmer spring days, the evenings on the beach can still be pretty chilly.

I took these over almost 2 months ago, but even now, we layer up in the evening.  BUT…not for long!!  We’ve bit inching into the high 70’s during the day, and I cannot wait for warm summer evenings!

I love the ease and comfort of a poncho!  Totally takes me back to my high school days when the Mexican blanket poncho was all the rage!

Now…I’ll do a fun knit instead 🙂 These are one of my FAVORITE pairs that I’ve chopped (and that’s saying a lot considering I’ve gone a little crazy chopping haha)

I played around with the hem instead of just doing a straight chop.  I love how they turned out!  Love… BUT…love these even more! Dancing on a rock…as she does…. And these kids flares?!!!

DYING! Yes….this is why we suffer through the 9 months of cold and rain….

On me…

Sweater- Gypsy (ebay)
Jeans-  DL1961 Joy in “Kahlo” DIY raw hem (similar here and here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
On Maya…
Jacket- (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- CrewCuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- J Brand (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
haha.  Got caught in the act with the remote.  It had been acting up…
Mid catches… And yes, it was SUPER WINDY!!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren