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Matching Swim Cover Ups for the win! + another Giveaway!!

 I’ve talked a few times about my love of Swimzip.

Most recently with my thoughts on “Day to Night” wearing here.

But, my love first started with the kids wear, to be honest.

And you know, I’m sure I’ll talk about them a few more times, because I LOVE the fact that there are cute alternatives to protecting our skin!  As we all should!

I was super excited that we finally got a nice day with temps in the 60’s and an amazing low tide!  So, we threw on our matching Swimzip suits and headed out to play.  Warning…I took A LOT of pics!

And…guess what?!  I’m doing another giveaway over on Instagram and today’s the last day to enter, so GO tag your friends for a chance to win a $35 credit!

The ruffles on Maya’s suit?  DYING!! I can’t even handle this next one… THAT BUTT!!

On me…

On Maya…
Shoes- SaltWater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Taking pics with a shutter release and tripod in water was not the easiest.  I usually set something down where I’m going to stand, so that the focus is on us.  Not so easy to do in the water.  Oh, and at first the shutter release wasn’t working.  Here I am manually pushing it, AND standing where I originally meant to stand (getting my full reflection).  Thankfully I figured out what was wrong with the shutter release.
Here’s a behind the scenes video of the set up and a runaway Maya 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Dressing up super cute SPF50 Cardigans + Giveaway!

I posted this outfit with a different top and shoes on Monday to show a more casual look, but I love that it can easily be dressed up too!

These fun booties I scored for $14 will be seen A LOT more on the blog.  LOVE THEM! And the detailing on the back of this cardigan?  So fun and so flattering! Maya had the remote for these close ups of me 🙂And she was dancing around in front of me for this next one 🙂

I love the way it drapes when you button and snap it up!

Pretty much, she just runs around and plays while I take pics of myself.
And then she comes in for a few.
Especially if I let her dance 🙂 Loooooooove these next three!

Don’t forget that you can still win a $35 credit towards a purchase of either my cardigan, Maya’s cardigan, or so many other cute SPF50 tops!  If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow us at @dit_elle and @shedolane

Giveaway ends Friday at 9PM PST

On me…

Top- Velvet (old, similar here)
Shoes-Sam Edelman “Posey Chain” (thrfited, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Raquel & Chloe Kids (thrifted)
Leggings- Tea Collection
Shoes- Saltwater (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
 I set up where I was going to be and then gave Maya the remote for most of the close up shots of me.  She always has fun, and I just laugh hysterically win win! Her tongue here! and…both her face and ALL the people.  Yes, I got rid of them in most of the shots, but just know…yes, there were people walking by as we were taking these.  I’ve given up caring haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Super cute SPF50 Cardigans + Giveaway!

 I recently got this cardigan, and it’s instantly been one of those pieces of clothing that I reach for and wear all the time!  You know that top that you can throw over anything in the in between seasons?  This is it!  I’m just bummed I didn’t get it in time for our recent Mexico trip because it would absolutely make the cut in the packing wardrobe!

Swimsuit cover up?  SPF50, so YES!

Throw it on over a tank and shorts?  YES!

At night when the temps drop?  YES!

Wear to the park with your kid over the tank and jeans that you thought would be warm enough??  YES!

And…I’ll be styling it (and with Maya too!) with a dressier option coming later this week!

Is now too soon to mention that you could win a $35 credit towards a purchase of either my cardigan, Maya’s cardigan, or so many other cute SPF50 tops?  If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow us at @dit_elle and @shedolane

Sooooo much goodness and more giveaways coming throughout the month of May!

And it has POCKETS!! LOVE the detailing on the back!!

Oh, and btw, the same company sells Girls and Boys clothing too!  Maya’s cardigan has SPF50!

I’m way more diligent on Maya’s coverage, even though I’ve been diagnosed 3 times!  AND…let’s be honest.  I still want her to be cute while being protected!  I’d feel guilty about saying that, but since I found Shedo Lane and SwimZip, I don’t!  You can absolutely still be active and out in the sun and still look cute and protected!

Or…in the shade looking at plants haha.  And while I’m on the PSA.  Our shoes are buy a Mom’s pair and get a kids pair for FREE!!!!

These are UNISEX, and soooo well made!
I’m trying to be better about taking videos as we go, but honestly…most times, just taking pictures with the tripod is about all I can handle!

I did manage to capture a video of us taking these next shots though…

I want to eat her up!! It’s almost as if I asked her to showcase the cardigan!

As if… 😉 I mean…

Totally bumming that I chopped her hand off becaus she danced so close to me, but still…

 DYING!
Funny bts video of right before this next shot here.

She’s so freaking funny, and I’m SO glad I get to capture that!

On me…

Top- Thrifted
On Maya…
Top- CrewCuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 (eBay, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
And this is what it looks like before we take a shot… 🙂  My focusing stand, and Maya wanting to be in the shot.  WHICH, she mostly wants to be in the shot that I’m focusing on.  When it comes to taking a picture, she takes off!  Such is life… 🙂
Ok, I was on the fence about posting that other shot as a real shot or a behind the scenes, but these two…hahaha.  For SURE BTS!!And…for our shoe shots?  Yes, this happens more often than not….but, I can’t decide which I like more, so I don’t really care!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

SwimZip “The Sophisticated Swim Cover Up” Day to Night

I did a post before about my love of SwimZip.  You can see Maya frolicking in low tide in the cutest suit in this post.  Seriously…LOVE!

After having two skin cancers dug out of me last year, I’m all about the cover ups!  Also…at 42 my skin does not need any more damage.  I swear, every day I find a new sun spot, and I hate them!!  Much better than finding more skin cancer though…

All that to say…I’m a total fan of cute cover ups that have SPF built in, and SwimZip has SO many great options!

About a month and a half ago, they posted on their Instagram page that they were looking for bloggers to partner with.  I jumped at the chance, and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them and shoot this adorable dress! I looooove the cinch tie side!!  You can adjust it to the length you want, and the draping effect is super flattering!  I got a medium.  For reference, I’m 5′ 8″, but have a super long torso and no…well, no boobs to be blunt.  I had considered getting a small, but was worried I would be too self-conscious about it being too tight.   I’m so glad I got the size that I did!  It may have looked baggy on me except for the cinching!  All that to say, there’s some wiggle room.

And the thumb holes on the sleeves-love!! These are SO cute that I wanted to show how you could wear them day to night!  You know when you are on vacation and you go straight from the pool to dinner?   Ok, I don’t, because I want to go shower and change, BUT…you totally could with these if you didn’t have time!

What HAS happened to me?  I am super careful during the day about sun protection.  I lather up in sunscreen/and or wear cover ups, but then at night?  I throw on a summer dress and that’s it.  And then because the sun is still out, I get sun damage-GRRR!

Well, now I have another option!  🙂 Ps- I showed these to the Huz, because I was a liiiiiiittle nervous about this post showing too much skin and wanted a second opinion (so weird because I’ve done posts in cut offs and tanks, but…).

When he saw this next one he said “Woah…I want a copy of that one!”

So…as self conscious as I felt…he liked it, and on some level…I guess that’s all that matters 🙂

On me…

Hat- Thrifted, similar here.
Bag- Gift
Sandals-Salt Water Sandals and Ugg (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
My excitement over this swim cover up aside…I hadn’t quite realized just how nervous I would be to take these images!!  I think every woman is self-conscious about her body, and I’m certainly no different!  I kept vowing to not have any wine the week before, and try not to snack so much, but…yeah, that never happened.
Then there’s the fact that I take all our images with a self timer and tripod… I felt like the biggest nerd on the beach by myself, but I honestly had so much fun taking these shots!!
You can watch a behind the scenes video of me taking the close up shots.
THEN there’s the fact that we are still having total winter weather!!  It literally snowed the weekend before, and had been raining non stop.  We had a break in the rain, so I decided to just go for it…in 50 degree weather-I wore a down parka and my Hunter boots down to the beach hahaha..  I had dreams of taking these images with amazing sun flare, but… At least I had the beach to myself!  Not sure I could have done this in front of a bunch of people!  Although, there is a walking path right above where I was, so I’m sure a few people wondered…
Oh, and of course the owner of the “closed” restaurant lives across the street and came out to ask if he could help me-AWKWARD!
While I was given this amazing cover up, all thoughts and opinions are my own!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

White Button Down + High Rise Crop Flares (Classics for the WIN!)

 We actually got a break in the monsoon season weather we’ve been having!!  Seriously…our basement flooded, but besides that and in addition to that I’m SO OVER IT!!

It was SO nice to have a sunny day.  As nice “looking” as it was, it was still super windy and cold.

We only had 10 minutes before we had to go get ready for Maya’s T-Ball practice, so we made this a quick little shoot 🙂

I took these pair of high rise flares (that I thrifted for super cheap!) and chopped them off at the bottom.  Crop flares are currently my favorite style, so I may or may not have chopped off a number of my flare and boot leg jeans recently! 😉  Better than buying a bunch of new current crop flares for a kazillion dollars, I say!

Paired with a white button down?  Really…you can’t go wrong pairing a white button down with ANY pair of jeans!  Total classic…

Hahaha.  This next one cracks me up!For those wondering.  The reason the first image and the image below look “lighter and hazier”, it’s because I had my tripod in the sun to get the shot.  The darker and crisper close up shots, were with the camera in the shade with us.
This next four shots literally happened in less than a minute.  Taking images with a tripod isn’t always the easiest, but the remote trigger taking a shot every second for 10 seconds sure is! I flipped our position and then got these! I managed to convince Maya to do ONE twirl picture by herself…

On me…

Top- AG Jeans (eBay, similar here)
Jeans- J Brand (thrifted and DIY raw hem, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Lili Gaufrette (thrifted, but current styles here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted, but 2 pack similar here)
Keeping it Real…
What happens when people drive by and you are the nerd by yourself taking pictures….
Her face!!!  hahaha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

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 🙂
blog-outtake-1 Um…blog-outtake-2 blog-outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vintage Hats + Silk Tops + Destroyed Boyfriend Jeans + Ballet Flats (Conflicted Mom’s Uniform!)

 If there is one thing I’ve always loved in fashion, it’s the dichotomy of dressy vs uber casual.  In my college days, I loved thrifting vintage fur jackets and beaded cardigans and pairing them with beat up old jeans or army pants (yes, I’ve been thrifting for 20+ years!!).  And, let’s be honest.  A lot of us work from home or stay at home mom’s have leftover NICE clothing from our days before we were moms!  It’s just sad to see them sitting there in the closet!  So, mix them in to the daily wardrobe!  This also goes to all those working moms.  I know on the weekends you don’t even want to LOOK at your work clothes, but…look at them in a new way.  Your clothes can do double duty for you!

And now…20 years later, I’m still loving it.  There’s a part of me that never wants to go back to the corporate life that I lived, but…a part of me that misses dressing up every day.  SO…why as moms (or NOT!) can’t we mix our lives of dressing up, yet not???  Especially when you spend so much money on said clothing.

Mix and match!!!  Or more importantly, bring back a little bit of the life you had before with the one you have now. 🙂Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-1And a little snazzy belt never hurts! 🙂 Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-2Maya was seriously in rare form off to the side 🙂 Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-3So, clearly, it was time to bring her in! Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-4 Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-5 There are no words for how glad I am that I have these images…Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-6Who remembers doing this as a kid??!! Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-7 Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-8 Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-9 Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-10 I almost considered this a blooper, but her face….LOVE!!!Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-11Oh, and matching!! 🙂 Blog Vintage Felt Hat Chelsea Flower Silk Top 7FAM Destroyed Jeans Pink Nene Emma Flats-12She literally picked a bouquet of dandelions and threw them up in the air.  I felt like I needed to apologize to my neighbors!!  Whoops.Blog Pink GapKids Tee 7FAM Toddler Standard Nene Shoes Pink Emma-1- Ummmm, some dandelion seeds fell on my shoulder….?!  😉 Blog Pink GapKids Tee 7FAM Toddler Standard Nene Shoes Pink Emma-2 Blog Pink GapKids Tee 7FAM Toddler Standard Nene Shoes Pink Emma-3On me…

Hat- Vintage (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- 7FAM (similar here)
Ballet Flats- Nene “Emma” in Pink C/O
On Maya…
Top- GapKids (thrifted)
Jeans- 7FAM  (thrifted, similar here)
Ballet Flats- Nene “Emma” In Pink C/O
Keeping it Real…
Ummm, she clearly wasn’t feeling it here 😉
Blog Outtake-1And, sometimes, we spin out of control haha 🙂 Blog Outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren