Category Archives: Mom Style

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

Vintage Tweed Jacket + High Waisted Crop Raw Hem Flares + Sheepskin Lined Clogs

 Well, we are officially in the cold weather, and I’m thinking about Thanksgiving outfits.

We have a pretty laid back casual Thanksgiving. We usually host, and I’m usually still cooking/cleaning/prepping until people start showing up. 😏

SO…I have to be comfy. This honestly might be what I end up wearing.

Sweater (I gotta try, right? 😜) + High Waisted Jeans (to hold in my overstuffed tummy 🙈🐷) + Warm sheepskin lined clogs (comfort, cozy, and cute-the 3 c’s! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻)

I’m determined to shoot a few more options up until then, so I’m not frantically deciding the afternoon of… I’ve realized that I’ve photographed these jeans repeatedly (ok, not sure I’ve posted them repeatedly yet, but they are coming!!)

…but they are SO comfy and so flattering, SO… 🙂

On me…

Jacket- Vintage (similar here and less expensive here)
Sweater- Acrobat
Jeans- 3×1 (ebay)
Clogs- Ugg “Kalie” clog (ebay, sold out)
Keeping it Real…
When it’s just me, I don’t have as many outtakes.  And that’s only because I literally took 5 minutes from the first to the last shot.
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

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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

Vintage Camel Hair Coat + Chunky Knit + Levis Destroyed Mini + Frye Campus Boots (70’s inspired Fall Layering)

 The Mom Edit had a month long style challenge during October.

Each week there was a theme.

I looooove style challenges!  Sadly, I don’t have time to partake usually.

One of these days, I’m going to make up my own!  When I have time…

In any case.  The Mom Edit’s style challenge for this particular week was “70’s Vibe”.  Just went to link their post, and realized I got featured-yay!  Not this outfit, but 2 other ones 🙂

As someone who was born in the 70’s, I thought…I GOT THIS!  I had SO many thoughts of outfits I wanted to put together!

And then…work.  Maya’s stuff.  RAIN.  WORK….

Anyways.  This is about it.

Vintage coat.  Possibly from the 70’s, but so timeless that it works in about EVERY era!

Cut off Levi’s Denim skirt!  Because.  CUT OFFS.  LEVI’S!  Denim Skirt…70’s!

Chunky cream knits.  Yes.

Vintage Frye Knee High Boots.  Quite possibly from the 70’s too! And no shame in my game.  People were walking by left and right this foggy morning… But in between….don’t mind me!

On me…

Coat- Vintage (thrifted, similar here and less expensive here)
Sweater- 360 Sweater (ebay, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Yes, that’s a mailman behind me.  No, I’m not stopping if I hear the shutter click haha.
I’ll just photoshop him out! 😉
But…my neighbors that walk by all the time…yeah, that’s still awkward.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod :))

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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

Levi’s Denim Shirt + Band Tee + DIY High Waisted Crop Flares + Slip ons

 This is a monster post, and honestly, it could have been even longer!

The funny thing is…we just pulled over to the side of the road for 15 minutes, proving once again…the less I plan out our shoots the better haha. I want to eat her up!! One of my favs of us!! The raw hem…done two different ways.  Hers came that way, I DIY’d mine!

On me…

Jean Shirt- Levi’s Western Shirt (thrifted)
Top- Chaser (eBay, similar here)
Jeans- Current Elliott “DIY distressed hem” thrifted, similar here.
On Maya…
Jacket- Hudson Kids (ebay, but similar here)
Top- Peek (thrifted)
Jeans- Hudson Kids (thrifted)
Shoes- Report (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
When you laugh so hard that you fall down… 🙂
Her faces…hahaha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

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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