Category Archives: Favorite

Adding Edge to a Preppy Look…

My mood totally changes with how I want to dress…boho, edgy, rock, grunge…

The one look I’m not that comfortable in is preppy. I feel totally out of place. 🙈 BUT…add a studded belt, and some funky cut out platforms, and I feel ok. 🤣

This might also be in the running for Thanksgiving! And…both of our entire outfits are thrifted or from Ebay 🙌🏻🤑

Also, to keep this post extra disjointed and random 😂 I’m super thankful for a week off with this sweet nugget. ❤️❤️❤️ I may be having to squeeze work in here and there, but getting to hang with her all day is pretty awesome.

Some pics we took from the other day’s AMAZING golden hour ✨💫 (at 3:30 😂)  Mom…spread your arms out wide like you’re flying… I KNEW what she meant, but…I mean.  I had to.Me once again not realizing where I need to be and dancing out of the frame…

OR…creative crop?!This face…

BUT…that light!!!
As the sun went down, I switched angles…

That golden light!!!

And…Maya off playing with my phone that she found in my bag ;} Maya is actually wearing boys jeans.  I am not afraid to buy from the boys section when thrifting!  Roll them up, and they are super cute and comfy boyfriend jeans! LOOOOOVE this next one! A glimpse into the future tween and teen years… BUT THEN… My same goofy girl that just wants to run in for a hug! and I want to eat her up.So….I took a picture of Maya and then my camera went wonky.  It would take a picture, but wouldn’t show me what it took.

Now…I have a very nice camera (not bragging, it’s my job, and it was a gift from my parents), so when it goes wonky and won’t take pics, I freak out!

But…in my test shots, it took this.  I didn’t have it on manual, so…weird.

YET…I LOVE IT!

And, love it even more, because my camera is back to normal!!  NO idea if I inadvertently hit a button but…PHEW!

On me…

Sweater- 7 FAM (eBay, similar here)
Top- Calypso St Barths (eBay, similar here)
Shoes- Summit by White Mountain “Brody” (thrifted for $3.75!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Bernardo (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweatshirt- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Hudson Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Trying soooooo hard to keep a straight face 🙂
And failing 🙂 She loooooves to play with my phone. It’s actually fun for me to go back and look at all the pictures and videos she’s taken on my phone!  I complain about it and tell her NOT to…but…I secretly like it later.
🙂
The trigger on the top of my camera fell off, so she was like “Uh oh…no more pictures!”
😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Maya is 7!

 We took these pictures the day before Maya’s birthday (which was October 4th…) . I kept meaning to do a post that honored her, and well…October FLEW BY!

Well, things haven’t really slowed down, but I wanted to make sure I posted these before too much time had passed…

I just went back and reread last year’s birthday post, and so much of it is still spot on.   Which proves that you will always be unapologetically YOU!  At least I hope you will…

You are both equal parts incredibly sweet and cuddly yet fiery with a “HISS” and claws ready to pounce!  Which…anyone who knows you, knows exactly what this last part looks like! 😉

You still love to sing, and have started making up your own songs.  They are AMAZING!!  Usually you don’t like me recording them, but I’ve managed to get a few!  One of which you taped yourself in one of the last posts!  Never mind me yelling at you in the beginning haha.  I had no idea what you were doing…

You’ve also started making up your own jokes and riddles.  I keep asking at the end…”Did you make that up??!!”  Yup!

You still don’t like organized sports and prefer to just have FUN!  I keep signing you up though, much to your frustration…When you try, you’re very good!

You do love to swim though, and really turned a corner over the summer!

You are still hands down one of my favorite people to be around!  Our morning snuggles are the best part of my day, as are our bed time cuddles/reading.  We’ve plowed through a number of series.  Some of your favs are the “My Happy Life” series and Ivy and Bean.  You read the first page and I finish the chapter.  Then if you want another chapter we alternate pages.  It’s been what’s made the biggest difference in your reading.  Anything to stay up later!  Kind of patting myself on the back for figuring that out 😉

We end every night blowing kisses to each other…you in bed, me at your door.   Then, we fight over who loves each other more.

Ps- I do!

It was SO windy when we got to the beach, and I was worried we wouldn’t be able to get any shots!  I actually LOVE how the wind made our hair crazy!  Definitely good for a laugh! I jumped in for a few 🙂

This is my fall uniform.  Cozy knit, skinnies, and booties. Looooove. One of my favs!

On me…

Sweater- Joie “Fringe Cardigan” (eBay $20)
Top- The Great (eBay $3!!! short sleeve here and less expensive here)
Jeans- Frame (eBay $18)
Boots- Frye Billy Short (thrifted NWT for $50!!)
On Maya…
Dress- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Boots- Frye “Veronica Slouch” (thrifted for $15!)
Keeping it Real…
I honestly could have done an entire post of bloopers!  The wind really was impressive!! Almost blew her over! Because it was so windy, I couldn’t hear when the shutter would go off.  SO…there’s a lot of me checking the remote.
And…Maya kissing where I was!!  HAHAHA 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Ruffle Tees + Released Hem denim Culottes + Platform Tennis Shoes | Basics with a twist!

 I’m all about classics with some “quirkiness” to them… 🤪😍

One of my newfound favs in that regard is @nationltd This isn’t a sponsored post, because all my amazing finds of theirs have been via @ebay ❤️ I get compliments every time I wear one of their tops. These little ruffle sleeves? LOVE! 🤗😍

And platform sneakers are my new go to as well! Comfort, yet added height! @ash has some amazing options and again…all mine are via @ebayfashion, so this is my true opinion!
Looooove!

And…here’s a video of what was really going on when I took this next shot.  You’d never think I got anything…I wasn’t sure either haha!
And…I took another video of this set up! and then….so subdued… But that LIGHT!??? I can’t even… 

On me…

Top- Nation LTD (ebay for $3 Similar here and here)
Jeans- NSF “Culotte” in Jopelin (eBay for $14)
Shoes- Ash “Cult Platform Sneakers” (eBay for $13)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara Kids (thrifted)
Dress- Hanna Andersson “Twirl Dress” (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
When you use a remote timer, but you’re so far away from the camera that you can’t tell if it’s
taking a shot… AND…when you wear culottes…they aren’t always flattering-whoops.  But so
darn cute!
Yeah, this is what I envisioned most of the images looking like haha. Can you see what I wanted to do here?
Nope.  Didin’t get what I wanted…oh, well.
Here’s a few more videos that Maya took that I clearly didn’t know she was taking-ha!
Me- “Maya, are you taking a video?”
Her- “Yeah”
I’m clearly trying to get her in my shot, yet…not happening haha.
Happy Friday!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Off the Shoulder Top + High Waisted Raw Hem Crop Flare + Birkenstocks

 This is one of my favorite shoots we’d done in a while.  It was totally impromptu outside of our house, which is usually when Maya gets into it the most.

Oddly enough…favorite shoot or no, we took them FIVE months ago….whoops.

So, let’s pretend those are yellow and orange leaves behind us!

We actually had a nice sunny day today, so the outfits could have happened! These were one of the first flares that I chopped.  They are my FAV!!  And…the ones that started the chopping addiction ha! Baby Birks!!  DYING! These next images are some of my absolute favs of us! And….Maya totally schooling me on the art of posing!

On me…

Top- Free People (eBay)
Jeans- AG DIY Cut hem (eBay, similar here).
Shoes- Birkenstock “Grenada” (hand me down from my mom!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Brand Unknown(thrifted, but similar here)
Top- (thrifted)
Jeans- Gap Kids (thrifted)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Taormina” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I swear my fav blog posts also have the most outtakes…
hmmm….
Always a neighbor or FIVE that walks by…and usually when I’m taking pics ALONE!
Oh, well…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Party Dresses on the Beach at Sunset…

 A little over a month ago, Maya and I participated in a photo challenge put on by Red Tricycle and Disney Junior.  I posted one of our entries along with a quick chia pudding recipe here.

We didn’t win, but we sure did have fun!  We ended up knocking out 3 days worth of challenges in this one shoot, because…as fun as it was.  It took time!  And time is a hot commodity these days.  The best part was that we were doing it together though!  And Maya was excited about it-YES!

We were both excited about the “Elegant Ensemble” challenge.

Party dress?  Count us IN!

Looooove this next one! Another day was “Fancy Fingernails”

This was super fun!  Normally I go get manicures with just my mom, but I asked Maya if she wanted to come with us, and she did!  She was so serious when they were doing her nails.  And of course…she picked FOUR colors haha.

Blue and white on one hand…silver and gold on the other.  🙂

Maya on a rock…is her comfort zone…OMG.  This is hands down my new favorite picture of Maya!

SO HER!! And yet…this is also so her.

“I hate pictures!  Oh, but how about I nail this pose….”

😉

I swear these were ALL HER.

All I said was, “Can I get a picture of you standing on that rock?” Then…we got some together again as the sun was fully down.

These were to showcase our “Unique Updos”

I didn’t get a good picture of Maya’s (shown later in a phone pic in the “keeping it real” section!), but her’s was braided all along the back and then a braid bun.  She had been asking me to do her hair that way for a WHILE, so I finally tackled it.  She was VERY specific!

On me…

Belt- Vintage
On Maya…
Dress- Fleurisse “Samantha” (eBay for$3.50-retail $245!!!)
Shoes- Seychelles (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I was a liiiiiittle nervous that I was putting too much time/thought into this shoot.  I kid you not, the more time and thought I put into shoots, the more likely it is to go to shit!
So…I made sure to leave with PLENTY of time to catch the sunset.  I picked a spot that usually isn’t very popular, but 10 min after we got there a family of SIX comes down.  Not only would they be in our shots I had set up, but of course Maya wanted to play with them!
We flipped it around and shot the other way… But, it’s a lot harder to focus when things are heavily backlit…
I messed up the focus on the first round of shots!
I DID NOT GIVE UP THOUGH!  hahaha.
And finally the family left after the sun had gone down.  And…we got the amazing shots on this rock!  But not before…
And…here’s the picture I actually took with my phone as I finished Maya’s hair.
SO glad I did!
And I’m only a little bummed I didn’t get a picture of it on the beach, but…whatever!  I got WAY
more than I expected to get!
(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

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