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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

Believe….I Can Do That.

This has been ingrained in me ever since I was little.  It has helped me accomplish a lot of things in life, simply because…I believed I could do that.  Some of that was because I couldn’t afford to pay someone else to do what I wanted, but once you have that mindset, I truly believe anything is possible… It’s so important to me, that I actually have it tattooed on the inside of my arm.  What better message could I have Maya see on the daily?

I’ve been debating how personal I wanted to make this post.  I try and keep things pretty light and fun, mainly because I want Maya to look back on this, and have a reminder of how much fun we had.  Well…the last 6 months or so have not been light and fun.  It’s been one major thing after another stresswise.  I remember one night, my husband and I were sitting on the couch having a glass of wine and we started laughing at the absurdity of it all.  Like….is THIS it??!!  Have we turned the corner YET??  Well, on a few things, yes.  On some others, not quite yet.

ALL THAT TO SAY…I have not been as healthy as I normally like to be.  Some people don’t eat in times of stress, but that is NOT me!!  I still have been working out 4-5 days a week (hello, stress reliever!!), but if I wasn’t…I’d for sure be 15-20 lbs heavier vs only 5.  I’ve been eating a lot more junk, snacking way more than normal, and drinking more than I should…

Well, I’ve had it.  It’s not the weight so much, because really…I go up and down 5 lbs even when I’m not stressed 🙂  I’m so tired of being exhausted all the time, my stomach not feeling so great, and waking up puffy and bloated… I started thinking about doing a juice cleanse.  I’m not even sure I’d have the willpower to do a full cleanse, but I thought maybe I’d sub in some healthy juice for all the crappy snacking I was doing!  I looked into a few different companies, but started getting overwhelmed with options.

I kid you not.  A few weeks later I was contacted by Suja Juice!  They asked if I’d be interested in trying some of their juices!!  Um, hello universe!!  You sure do work in mysterious ways.  I couldn’t believe the timing!  They were ridiculously generous, and sent me a lot of YUMMY juices to try.  Previously, I’ve always been against drinking juice, because it seemed like empty calories.  I’d rather just eat the fruit!!  BUT…there are so many delicious fruits, vegetables, and nutrients packed into these, that I didn’t feel guilty at all.

SO…I’m determined.  I am going to get my diet and health back on track.  And I don’t mean I’m going on a diet.  I just want to feel good again!  I want to have energy!  I can totally do that!! 🙂

This one, Uber Greens has Uber Greens– cucumber, celery, grapefruit, green chard, green leaf lettuce, lemon, kale, spinach, parsley, peppermint tea & spearmint tea!!  And…it’s only 50 calories!  It was totally refreshing, and I felt great after drinking it. Blog Suja Juice Dit-Elle-1 This one was one of my favorites!!  Twilight Protein.  It’s more like yummy smoothie!!  The added protein is great if you work out, or even if you don’t! 😉Blog Suja Juice Dit-Elle-2I’m not going to list them all…  Truth be told, there was one “Greens” drink that I had to make myself choke down.  Hey…all in the name of honesty, right??  BUT…this Berry Goodness, was just that.  YUM! Blog Suja Juice Dit-Elle-3SO…. I thought I might hold myself more accountable if I put this out there.  I’m determined to get back on track, and I can’t thank Suja Juice enough for giving me some tools to make that happen!!  They didn’t ask me to write this post, and if all the juices had been horrible or gave me a stomach ache, I absolutely wouldn’t be singing their praise!!

I’m still totally new to working juices into my diet, so I’d love to hear from anyone who has done it successfully!!

(all pictures taken with a tripod and remote shutter release by me :))dit-elle-Lauren

Hanna Andersson…it’s a play dress, it’s a day dress!

 For those of you with kids, I’m sure you’ve heard of Hanna Andersson.  I first got hooked on their pajamas.  I mean…the organic cotton and the prints are SO GOOD!  Super soft, and you can wash them a kazillion times, and they still look new!  Maya doesn’t know about brand names, but now that she dresses herself, she goes for what she loves.  And honestly…if I didn’t intervene with the occasional “Don’t you want to wear SOMETHING ELSE?!!“, she’d wear her same favorite Hanna Andersson dresses over, and over, and over.  Not that it’s a bad thing, but…I may have bought other items that just sit hanging… 😉

SO…imagine how thrilled I was when I was contacted by them and asked if I would want to test out their spring “It’s a playdress, it’s a daydress” (This was last fall!  Just want to make sure you know that I’m not torturing her now in the cold temps!!).

I’ve been DYING to share these images, and I’m so excited that I finally can!  Fair warning…this is a long post, but really…it could have been 3 times as long!  Put her in one of these dresses + a pair of their leggings on the beach, and she’s in heaven!  Sadly, the leggings got soaked about 5 minutes (typical…), and I took them off 😉Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-1 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-2 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-4 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-5I love this next one.  It totally looks beautifully posed.  Clearly…it wasn’t 😉 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-6Of course, she had requested temporary tattoos on her a few days before.  I tried wiping them off, but is there anything more authentic on a 4 year old??! Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-7 So her…jumping of anything and everything! Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-8I seriously love Seattle on days like this… Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-9 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-10Oddly, this next one is one of my favorites…Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-11And that smile-DYING!! Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-12 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-13 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-14 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-15 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-16 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-17Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-18And then…whatever, I’ll just embrace the water. Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-19And…I knew this would happen eventually!  I’m just glad it didn’t happen in the first 5 minutes, like it usually does ;} Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-20 Blog Hanna Andersson Forever Play Dress Navy Floral-21If you don’t already get it, go get the Hanna Andersson Catalog!  So much goodness!!

And…you can get 20% off your first purchase by clicking here!Blog Maya Hanna Andersson Catalog

Ps- They make women’s clothes and bedding too!!!

On Maya…

Keeping it Real…
Probably not exactly the image they had in mind haha. 🙂
Blog Outtake-1 Um….or this 😉Blog Outtake-2 Although…I do love this.  Even if she’s rolling in a pile of weeds!  We’ll just call them wildflowers 😉  Seriously, I’m pretty sure Seattle is the only beach that has patches of “wildflowers” here and there-love it!Blog Outtake-3I asked my mom if she wanted to come with us.  A lot of times the minute Maya’s feet hit the sand, she’s OFF!!  And…into the water.  I wanted to try and get a few pictures before all that happened, so I brought my secret weapon-Meme!!  She never runs away from Meme 🙂Blog Outtake-4
(all pictures taken by me :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Playing in the snow! Kind of… ;) + Tutorial of how we take our own pictures.

 I’ve been so jealous of everyone’s snow pictures!  We could easily drive about 45 minutes and see LOTS of it, but I’ve still been working Saturday and Sunday this whole month, so finding the time hasn’t happened yet.  Imagine how excited we got when we looked outside on Sunday and saw SNOW FALLING!!!  Sadly, it didn’t stick and you can barely see the flakes, but it was still pretty exciting 🙂

Fair warning…this blog post is a liiiiiittle bit longer than usual.  The Huz bought me a wireless shutter release for Christmas last year.  I’ll admit, I thought it was too big, and never took it out of the box/took the time to learn how to use it.  Well, I finally took it out to take our most recent family pictures a few weeks ago, and I LOVE IT!!!  I only wish I’d figured it out sooner.  More behind the scenes and links for tutorials in the “keeping it real” at the end of the post!

To keep Maya interested, I gave it to her and had her take my pictures.  She took 33 pictures in 22 seconds hahaha.  She thought she was being sly by running down the sidewalk and turning her back to me  😉Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-1 Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-2 Just imagine hearing, click, click, click, click, click haha.Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-3I grabbed it from her and got these.  Just know that of all these I’m posting, there are about 4 times as many more that I wanted to post! Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-4 Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-5Went back to the self timer to catch this one, because she asked to be thrown. Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-6 But, she took these next 5 🙂Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-7 Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-8 Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-9 Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-10 Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-11 Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-12 Blog HM Hat Vintage Fishermans Sweater DL1961 Emma Bloom Sorel Tofino Boots-13These are from when we first came outside.  Pretzel bribe in hand.  You’d think SNOW would have been reason enough to go outside, but sadly no… 😉Blog Faux Fur Jacket DL1961 Harper Chaco Beylin-1 Blog Faux Fur Jacket DL1961 Harper Chaco Beylin-2 Blog Faux Fur Jacket DL1961 Harper Chaco Beylin-3 Trying to catch some snow in her mouth, but getting drops on her forehead instead!Blog Faux Fur Jacket DL1961 Harper Chaco Beylin-4 You can barely see the snowflakes, but I promise they looked bigger and more exciting in person 😉Blog Faux Fur Jacket DL1961 Harper Chaco Beylin-5On me…

Hat- H&M (Old, similar here)
Sweater- Vintage (thrifted)
Boots- Sorel “Tofino” (old, similar color here)
On Maya…
Jacket- (thrifted, but this is super fun!)
Dress- Tea Collection (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 “Harper” (C/O)
Boots- Chaco “Belyn” (thrifted, but darker brown here)
Keeping it Real…
Here’s what the set up looks like, with my focusing stand, and enthusiastic assistant 😉  I’ve talked about the process in other posts.  A detailed video at the end of this post, a video of Maya doing it all by herself 🙂), another video here, and written out in more detail here.Blog Outtake-1Figuring out what it does… 🙂  Oh, and btw…I had done a shoot in the morning and hadn’t taken a shower yet.  Disregard the no make up and frizzy unwashed hair.  Thank you hat!! 🙂 Blog Outtake-2And, after 22 seconds, I realized she needed to be cut off ha! Blog Outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren