Category Archives: Mom Style

White Off the Shoulder Top + High Waisted Raw hem Skinnies + Ankle Wrap Clogs

We just got home from Maya’s school “Spring Fling”.  Bouncy houses, games, tattoos, book fair galore.

But…I had a much needed Mama’s night out a few weeks ago! 🙌🏻

At our school auction they do a “Mama Dance Party”. A local coffee shop opens up for us and we drink, dance, and let loose…it’s AMAZING! I signed up last year, and of course had to sign up again this year! 💃

Took these really quick before we all walked to all our neighborhood restaurants. At which point I said ✌🏻 to the Huz and kids as I entered one restaurant and they went to another 😂🙈😬😜🍷 Love the back hem of these!
Maya and I had been to a “Tea Party” with her Girl Scout troop earlier in the day so she was a little dressed up for that.  She would happily wear a party dress every day of the week though haha.

On me…

Top- Sincerely Jules “Everly Top” (Nordstrom Rack  only $29!)
On Maya…
Dress- Poco &  Picotine (thrifted)
Sandals- Saltwater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I wasn’t sure if it would look better tucked in….and of course hadn’t quite finished tucking when the timer went off 😉 .
Mid pick up…haha.
I’m clearly having more fun than she is at this point!!
In my defense…some of our friends had just walked by, but you know…time was a ticking and I wanted to still get some shots before we headed out for dinner, so…don’t mind us!  They actually jumped in with us for a few right after! 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Denim Jacket + White Sundress + Peep Toe Clogs + Vintage Wicker Bag (Memorial Day Outfit Inspo)

 I can’t believe it’s already Memorial Day weekend!

Although, we took these pictures a few weeks ago, I thought it would be the perfect Memorial Day outfit inspiration for those headed to BBQ’s and parties.  A white dress might be asking for trouble (hello spills!), but…that’s what stain remover is for, no??! 😉
I am SO obsessed with this vintage bag I scored while I was on a girls trip in Idaho!!  It’s in perfect condition and the bakelite handles and trim are SO amazing!!
I loooooove the color of these clogs!  At first I thought they were pink, but they are the prettiest blush nude that will go with EVERYTHING this summer!
I can’t handle these next ones…LOVE HER!!  AND…The rainbow sunflare I got in these next ones makes me so happy!
She kept tickling me with this, and then…I realized she was really trying to get yellow dust all over my face.  See outtakes 🙂

The gap toothed smile is my all time favorite! I was SO sad that her front two teeth grew in SO FAST!

Thankfully, these side ones have taken their time growing in…

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Hudson Kids (ebay, but similar here)
Dress- Les Petites Choses (thrifted, but similar print here)
Jeans- Gap Kids (thrifted, but love this light wash here)
Keeping it Real…
Yup, another “1st shutter click shot”
nailed it! haha.
Is this thing working??
This is where I realized she was trying to dust me with yellow powder…
And yes…bikers and walkers were going past us constantly.  No shame at this point!
Ha!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Tie Front Button Down + High Waisted Flares + Clogs ( + Cherry Blossoms!)

 Truth be told…I kinda forgot we took these!

I had all these ideas for taking pics amongst all the BEAUTIFUL cherry blossoms all around Seattle, but alas…time or lack thereof….

Finally, I decided to stop a along this street a few blocks away on my way to go pick Maya up from school.

It actually got really sunny later, but it was still overcast and chilly earlier as it seems to be lately.  SO, it’s all about layering!
I’m all about tying tops with high waisted jeans vs tucking in.  Who wants the added bulk??

NOT ME!
On the way home, we just stopped back off at the same place.
Dying over Maya’s little shirt dress!!  Scored it off eBay from one of my fav sellers in a lot of 4-5 pieces.  She only took pictures of everything folded, so I thought it was a denim shirt.  SO excited when I pulled it out!  Basically it ended up being $3 or $4!!
I wanted to try and get some pics like we did a two years ago.  Not sure I’ll be able to pick her up next year…

On me…

Sweater- 360 Cashmere (eBay)
Jeans- MIH “Caron” in Redo (eBay, sold out similar here)
On Maya…
Leggings- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Dr. Martens “Delaney”  (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
The first shot when the shutter goes off is often me adjusting things haha.  And clearly my RBF…
haha.
She kept pinching my cheeks!
And… Not wanting me to kiss her.  HA!  That’s not happening!
I do believe the days for piggy back rides are limited.  She keeps flinging herself back and with
how much she weighs that just isn’t good!!
My face though ha!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Dresses + Hunter Rain boots on the beach!

A few weeks ago, Maya and I went to play on the beach and took some pictures. In my mind, I had ONE shot I wanted to take. Anything past that would be great.  We ended up playing for TWO HOURS, and I kept taking shots here and there, which means…a LOT of pictures!
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The main catalyst was @TheMomEditdoing a brand new #TMEStyleChallenge You KNOW I LOVE THOSE! 🤗

This was a WHILE ago, and…I didn’t post them here in real time-aka NO TIME!

But…For week 1 “Show us your best rainy day outfit” . DONE AND DONE!
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I’ve been sporadic in my blog posts lately… I kept looking for a reason to come back. A reason to post. The main reason I started this blog was to document US playing. As Maya’s gotten older, that’s gotten harder. She has LOTS of other extracurricular activities that I am involved in, and those have taken a precedence.
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BUT…when we do outings just with us? Admittedly, I have to talk her into them at first, but once we are out…2 hours flies by and we are both laughing and having fun! I’m left totally happy and filled to the brim with joy-both creatively (to be honest) and with the fact that I just spent two hours playing with HER. NOT with her other friends on a park play date, not at a sporting event, not sitting on her bed reading (which I DO LOVE!). ❤️
But…OUTSIDE, PLAYING, LAUGHING…THAT makes us both happy! ❤️❤️❤️
I think we’ve both missed it.
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I have no idea how often this will happen. It used to be almost every day, but…I will cherish every time it does happen and post the shit out of it! haha

SO…here’s a really long blog post!
🤣 Of course this stuffy is in most of our shots, and you know what?  Don’t care!

You know I love a good shoe shot!

But LOVE these even more!!
CRAB!

My attempt at an “artistic shot” 😂
So, I had this idea in my head for a shot, but…it ended up being harder than I thought to capture haha.
Here’s me attempting to show Maya what I wanted her to do…
In the end…here’s a composite shot of three different shots.  The best part about this, was the fact that Maya totally got into it.  She even told me exactly where she wanted everything to be in this final edited shot 🙂 .
Loooooove all these next ones!!!!
Me telling her to NOT get any closer.  Of course she wanted to go pet it!

On me…

Dress- Free People (thrifted, similar here)
Belt-  (thrifted, similar here)
Boots- Hunter “Graphite Gloss”  (thrifted for $40!)
On Maya…
Jacket- BLBY ? (thrifted, but similar here and…clearly a knock of of HERE!)
Dress- Lili Gaufrette (thrifted, but current styles here)
Leggings- Naartjie (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Ha!  Falling and of course water soaked after being there maybe 10 minutes… 🙂
Love HER!!!  She’s so goofy and funny, and I love it!
Nope….not QUITE what I was envisioning haha.
Nailed it!! ha 🙂
I promise she wasn’t hurt!!!
Pretty much what half of them ended up looking like 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Wearing a slip dress…in the snow!

 WHOOPS! 

I’ve taken a break from blogging, for a lot of reasons.  Maybe I’ll do a post about it at some point, BUT…I just realized that I should probably hit enter on this post, because…no more snow for a while-I HOPE!

And I LOVE these images, so…hitting publish now.

It was 5 of @TheMomEdit#TMEStyleChallenge “Wear A Dress Two Days in a Row….But Make it Look Completely Different”
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SO…truth be told, I didn’t wearing any dresses during Seattle’s Snowmageddon, but I was determined to finish out this challenge!!  So Maya and I played dress up this morning.

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I may have had to bribe her to come outside haha…just keeping it real! But…her outfit??!!  Kinda liking it more than mine! I’ve been meaning to style a slip dress from day to night, so this was the perfect opportunity!

Stay tuned to see the day look. Went back to my college 90’s days with the tight white tee under the slip dress! Obviously with a chunky knit over it!

On me…

Leather Jacket- Remake Remodel (eBay for $16!! similar here and cute faux option here)
Dress- Cynthia Vincent (old, similar here)
Boots- Frye “Fiona 3 strap” (old, similar here)
 
 
On Maya…
 
Jacket- Marks and Spencer (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Crew & Lu Top- (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Zulily (Pretty sure they are 2T haha.  I just keep putting her in them!)
Boots- Naturino (thrifted)
 
 
Keeping it Real…
A true keeping it real would be the fact that Maya didn’t want to hold my hand going down our stairs and she slipped and fell… A sign that we shouldn’t have been out taking pictures or….a sign that she should have listened to me. 
 
Both…
She quickly recovers and finishes strong though!  I however, step outside of the frame…
Ha!
 
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

#TMEStyleChallenge Week 4 “Make Wide Legged Crop Pants Work in Winter”

 We’ve had SNOWPALOOZA the last few days.

(inserted to add that we took these pictures during Snowpalooza 1!  It came back with a vengeance!!  Those pics coming soon)

 And by that, I mean we had maybe 4-5 inches of snow 😂, but Seattle basically shut down. All my relatives that live in the midwest were laughing at me, BUT…it got down to 7 degrees 😳 and everything was a sheet of ice!
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Sooo much fun was had yesterday if you follow our stories. We went from sunrise to sunset. My body hurts! 🤣😩

Today, while we waited for the YMCA to open I decided to do another spin on @TheMomEdit #TMEStyleChallenge which was “Make Wide Legged Crop Pants Work in Winter”.

Since Maya was home from school again, she did it too!  I wore these jeans in Mexico, and it’s so funny how they look like completely different jeans styled for the winter! When you see me looking at the camera, you know I had a remote malfunction, and Maya is standing by the tripod just snapping away! I love layering long sleeve tees under loose knit sweaters in the winter!  Even better if they are striped tees!  BUT…I thought that might be a bit too much for this outfit.
I can’t even with how cute she is. I mean… You know I love a shoe shot… Maya had literally been in a snowsuit for days, and…honestly days AFTER this, so to put her in normal clothes seemed weird, BUT…I layered to the nth degree haha. GAH!!!  And this morning light?!!!  I was in HEAVEN! Blowing “smoke”….

On me…

Coat- Vintage (thrifted)
Sweater- Inhabit (old, similar here )
Jeans- McGuire “Bessette Culottes” Mine came with a shorter hem, but I let them. (eBay)
On Maya…
Hat- H&M (old, but similar here)
Jacket- BLBY ? (thrifted, but similar here and…clearly a knock of of HERE!)
Sweater- (thrifted)
Jeans- Gap Kids (thrifted)
Shoes- Stevies (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
My remote isn’t expensive, so it stops working on occasion…
If Maya is with me, I just ask her to punch the shutter a few times after I’ve set it up.
AND THEN….50 shots later… Yup, this is pretty much ALWAYS the first shot we take.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Oversized Paper Bag Jeans + Fitted Striped Sweater + Clogs

One of the many reasons I love to do “Style Challenges” is that it makes me pull out items I own, yet have never felt comfortable wearing. I know I should Marie Kondo that shit, but you know what….having fun stuff to wear “just in case” brings me JOY!!
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Soooo…as soon as I saw the weekly theme of “Oversized Chic” for The Mom Edit’s latest Style Challenge. I knew I wanted to try and style these jeans that I’ve had for SO long, but couldn’t muster up the courage to wear them. They are so FUN!!  Yet, so overly….oversized fun?🤷🏼‍♀️

I don’t know. I think I may have “grown into them” in the last few years, because I swear they were way too big on me when I first bought them…😬I guess that’s one good thing about overindulging?
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In any case. With Jeans this high waisted and oversized, I needed a pretty basic top. THANKFULLY it’s been sunny and actually getting to 50 degrees!! So, no jacket needed (sorry to all of those of you that are still living in bundled up-land)

AND…I cannot believe it, but I found my favorite brand of @svenclogs recently for….$4!!! 😱 I did a double and triple take and snatched them up so fast! 🤗 Oh, and these amazing jeans? They retail for $390…. 😬 and…I got them on eBay for less than $20. I thought they were vintage! 🤷🏼‍♀️🤗

I cannot WAIT for consistent warm weather to wear both of these ALL THE TIME!! Funny thing is that I’ve had these for probably…2 years!  I was convinced I’d just resell them, but hadn’t gotten around to it yet.  I’m SO glad I didn’t!

Marie Kondo….They now bring me JOY! 😉

On me…

Sweater- Enza Costa (eBay, similar here )
Bag- American Eagle (hand me down from my mom!)
Boots- Sven “Plain 3″ Clogs” thrifted for $4!
Keeping it Real…
The whole purse swing is hard to get with a tripod…oh, and when you spot your neighbor?  EVEN HARDER!! 😂
Oh….and another neighbor?  Don’t mind me…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren