Category Archives: What to Wear

Happy Mother’s Day to me (take 2!)

 Lucky me got to celebrate Mother’s Day twice!  Once with my parents the weekend before, before they left on a trip, and then again on the actual day!

It’s the one day I can talk the Huz into pictures, and I’m not ashamed to say I take advantage of it every year!

So…this year was totally low key.  My parents were out of the country.  The boys were with their mom, I didn’t schedule any shoots, so…the day was…OPEN.  In other words.  HEAVEN!

The Huz secretly washed my car inside and out in the morning while me and Maya took a long walk along the beach.

Midday, I still wasn’t sure if pictures were going to happen.  I’d like to say, I prepared the Huz, but…I didn’t.  SO…last minute.  The weather cooperated, and I casually suggested it.  Before I’d even taken a shower.  He said “Of course” as if he’d expected it.  Because… 🙂

Blog Gap Jean Jacket Cynthia Vincent Silk Dress Aquatalia Boots-1Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-2Seriously, the best way to get Maya into pictures, is for us to say we want pictures by ourselves.  I’m not going to complain, because…I mean… Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-3 Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-4 Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-5She LOOOOOVES her daddy.  And, I love that, too. Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-6 Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-7 One of my favorites!Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-8 Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-9 Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-10Blog GapKids Peek Tribal Dress Old Navy Boots-11The Huz caught this one 🙂 Blog GapKids Peek Tribal Dress Old Navy Boots-12 Blog GapKids Peek Tribal Dress Old Navy Boots-13 I can’t even handle how cute she is, especially when she’s looking at the Huz!!!Blog GapKids Peek Tribal Dress Old Navy Boots-14 Blog GapKids Peek Tribal Dress Old Navy Boots-15 Blog GapKids Peek Tribal Dress Old Navy Boots-16 Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-17 Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-18 Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-19All the who wears what aside. What I really wanted was this.  I always want to capture “US!”

It’s what I always want to capture, and on Mother’s Day, I can do that.  I’m not the best with words, but I am damn good at capturing US.

LOVE YOU BOTH MORE THAN WORDS!!!Blog West Seattle Family Photographer Mothers Day-20

On me…

Jacket- Gap (thrifted, similar here)
Dress- Cynthia Vincent (ebay)
Boots- Aquatalia (eBay for $50! similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Peek Kids  (thrifted)
Boots- Old Navy  (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…

So, I asked Maya what she wanted to wear.  She picked a dress, and I planned accordingly.  It was a dress I’d been dying for her to wear!  I got a little excited, and planned our outfits to match.


Then… the dress she  picked was “TOO ITCHY!!!!”  Literally, I was dressed, because I wait until the last minute to get dressed.

“WAIT!  I’ll cut the tag!”


“How about if we put a slip under the dress!”  (because randomly, I have a toddler slip!!?)

We put the slip on.

“Ok, I want to wear THIS!”

“MAYA!  It’s a slip.  A, you will be TOO cold!  B, you have to wear something over it.  Maybe a sweater?  A jacket?”

“NO!  THIS DRESS!  I mean, slip!”


“Pick something else.  ANYTHING ELSE!” (ok, any of the 3 other dresses that somewhat go with what I chose to wear to go with the FIRST dress you chose! ;))

But…I’m still wearing this.  Which perfectly went with the dress she picked at first, and thankfully went with the 4th pick that I showed her.

It was SUPER windy when I was trying to take pics of myself, so…that’s why I only posted one!
I mean….woah!Blog Outtake-1 And….she’s done 😉

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Honestly, she didn’t want to leave, but we had to get home so the Huz could make some dinner, which…was AMAZING!!!  Ahi Tuna (MY FAVORITE!!)  + a beautiful salad that he put edible flowers into (what the!!)
(Iphone snap below…)Blog Mothers Day Dinner
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya 🙂 and the one of me and Maya by the Huz)


Fall gray and black palate with day to night shoe options

Those days when you look at your wardrobe and don’t feel inspired? That’s when I reach for my black skinny jeans, a soft gray sweater, and boots, flats or kitten heel wedges. I’ll usually add some jewelry to complement the shoes – most often, I’ll do something with silver tones and subtle sparkle, but this is a great neutral palate to add some crazy colorful or fun jewelry to. Not shown here, a sparkling red ruby necklace, bright pink crystals or other gems that pop work great.

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This is the day Lauren and I did our super fast whirlwind photoshoot in the park between rain showers and wind storms.. I was calling to my kids to “stay where you can see me and I can see you”..!

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On me..

  • J.Crew Toothpick Jean here
  • Boden Relaxed Merino Silk Sweater here


  • Banana Republic slip-on sneaker like this one
  • Timberland Savin Hill Tall Boot, found on Amazon
  • Rockport Alika pump on Zappos
  • Shoes- Nene “Emma Flats” with Pink and Taupe here


A Pop of Fuchsia for Gray Fall Days

Inspired by the bright pink flowers on Camelia trees, and especially in winter or days when all you want to wear is black, gray, blues.. a fabric flower clip adds such a nice pop of color to the palette! Flower clips are easy to find online or in stores or make one with a flower from a craft store and clip. I’ll add that to my DIY & kid fun project and publish whenever we get there! 🙂

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Lauren’s daughter Maya was entertaining us by digging in the dirt and having a lot of fun! 🙂

Jeans: Silver Jeans Co. On sale now. 🙂


Who What Wear’s 30-Day Wardrobe Challenge // All 30 days in summary :)

I did it!  I didn’t necessarily do them on the assigned days, and a few times I just played catch up/dress up, but still…pretty fun and…challenging!  The whole point was to get you to step outside your comfort zone, and it did!  So funny how we all have a comfort zone, and I’m guessing no two people’s are the same.  Anywho…here it is 🙂  Some of these I already blogged, but some I did on the side…

Day 1: Wear a bright color combo.

This was actually really hard for me.  I am SO not a bright color person, and then to mix TWO??  Oddly, I really like it, and this dress/tunic has been hanging in my closet unworn for who knows how long (years!!!)

Blog WWW Challenge Bright Color Combo-1Day 2: Mix at least two textures into your look.

Coated denim (love!!) and fuzzy open knit.  I cannot WAIT for spring and summer.  We had a sneak peek the other day with sun and 60 degree weather, and it was SO nice…

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Day 3: Go big or go home with an oversized coat, baggy t-shirt, and loose trousers.

This was another tough one.  As a rule, I wear baggy on the bottom/tight on the top or tight on the top/baggy on the bottom.  BIG everywhere without looking like a slob/behemoth?  That was tough… Wearing heels was a must with all this bigness 🙂blog WWW Challenge Go Big or go home-2

Day 4: Try a boyish look.

This isn’t really a challenge for me, since I tend to lean towards boyish looks.  I decided to pick my favorite look from the past few months.  These are actual men’s jeans, and they are SO comfy!!Blog 7FAM Boyfriend Zara Striped Tee Timberland Loafers-3

Day 5: Change out your handbag.

Sun=lighter colored bag, yay!!Blog Winter Kate Kimono HM Tank Genetic Denim ShoeMint Eila Sandal-4

Day 6: Wear the item you’ve been ‘’saving’’ for a special occasion.

Ok, both of these I save.  WHY??  The J Brand coated jeans are something I’ve been coveting FOREVER, yet, when I finally scored them on eBay I still forget I got them!  I even still watch them!! WTF??  So…busting them out for this, and another post too 🙂  This top?  LOVE it.  It’s a total mullet top, which I LOVE.  Simple in the front, party in the back!  But, it’s kind of long, so it either requires a tuck (which I don’t really do-hence the saving) or wear it as a long tunic.  Love it though, so if I ever really do got out, it’s ON! haha.Blog WWW Challenge Wear an item youve been saving

Day 7: Focus on your jewelry.

Basically, I was wearing a tank, jeans, and cardigan, but the layered jewelry just made the outfit….Blog Nordstrom Sweater StyleMint tank J Brand Coated Skinny -5

Day 8: Break out an item you haven’t worn in at least six months.

We got some sun, so I got to bust out this fun yellow kimono 🙂Blog Winter Kate Kimono HM Tank Genetic Denim ShoeMint Eila Sandal-1

Day 9: Actually wear the hat you claim ‘’you can’t pull off.’’

I LOVE the looks of hats.  I just always feel like I’m trying too hard when I actually put them on…  Which is comical, because that is the point of hats, no?  To be able to easily just throw it on and go?  Anyway, this has never seen the light of day :{  One day I’ll do it.  On one of those many days I don’t take a shower, or wait too long between colorings (which is all.the.time)blog WWW Challenge Wear a hat you cant pull off

Day 10: Mix an expensive item from your closet with something under $100.

Well, this I do all the time.  Except most times the expensive item, I got on sale/thrifted/or on ebay for 90% off and it’s usually under $100 too.  Actually, usually under $20 🙂  This jacket I got when I worked for a boutique one summer about 12 years ago (as a 2nd job to when I worked at a bank).  I used my employee 40% off discount, and it was still pretty spendy.  Basically, I just spent my paycheck there… Still looks amazing though, so buying quality pays off!Blog Doma Leather Jacket Zara Joes Jeans Zipper Pura Lopez Oxfords-3Day 11: Wear a bold print.

Love the print in this top.  I scored it on eBay.  It’s about 4 sizes too big, but I still love it 😉Blog Vince Sweater CoreyLynnCalter Top Goldsign Jeans Converse-1

Day 12: Swap heels for sneakers.

Not exactly a challenge, since this applies to pretty much every day 🙂Blog Maya Self timer-3

Day 13: Make a neutral outfit interesting by layering and adding a pair of statement shoes.

I was planning on wearing something completely different, but then it went and got sunny on me!  NOT complaining 🙂  I’m actually a big fan of little bits of color peeking out here and there, and I LOVE fun shoes.  Just goes to show, you can have  completely simple outfit and make it pop pretty easily.Blog HM Sweater Mother Rascal Cuff Jeans Converse-3

Day 14: Mix two or more prints into your outfit.

This gave me complete anxiety at first.  I rarely wear prints, and the thought of wearing two…together??  So, I fell back on my favorite neutral print-leopard 🙂Blog Gap Shirt Black Orchid Ikat Jeans Leopard Flats-1

Day 15: Create a look with three levels of layering.

The tank I’m wearing is actually a black and white stripe tank.  You really only see it from behind (the black top is sheer in the back) or when I move/pick up Maya.  I like the simplicity of that…Blog Juicy Jacket HM Top Joes Jeans Born Booties-1

Day 16: Go monochrome in a bright color.

I don’t know if oxblood counts as “bright”, but it’s what I went with 🙂Blog Vintage Leather Jacket Lanston Tee True Religion Suede Skinny Frye Booties-1

Day 17: Winterize your favorite summer skirt (does a dress count??).

I already said in the post that I’m not much of a skirt wearer, so winterizing a dress was about as close as I got.  Totally nailed it with Maya though, so check hers out 🙂Blog Twenty8Twelve Dress Joie Boots-1

Day 18: Test out a new tuck.

Not really anything “new” about this tuck, but I’ve never tucked anything into these boyfriend jeans, so…new tuck?  YES! Day 18: Test out a new tuck.Blog HM Top J Brand Aiden Jeans Linea Pelle Belt Superga-1

Day 19: Pair your favorite denim pieces together for a denim-on-denim look.

Yes, I totally cheated and used a look that I just did.  But…I just did it (a few weeks ago), so…not a challenge right?? 🙂Blog Denim on Denim StyleMint Goldsign Dietrich Wide Leg-3

Day 20: Dress down your favorite LBD

This was one of the most unexpected fun challenges.  I rarely wear dresses, but this added a little kick to my step.  Felt a little flirty, yet totally comfortable and “me”.Blog StyleMint Jacket Twenty8Twelve Dress Frye Harness Boots-1

Day 21: Belt your outerwear.

I kind of liked this one too, and I never would have done it without the challenge…WWW Belt Outerwear

Day 22: Keep it simple with skinnies and a sweater.

(or top, since it was warm :))blog ZaraTop DL1961 Emma Cole Haan-1

Day 23: Wear a color you have not worn in awhile.

Decided to kind of cheat and use a scarf as my color 🙂Blog Zara Sweater Vince Destroyed Skinnies Lace Up Boots-1

Day 24: Layer in an unexpected way.

Vintage dress/slip/nightgown with a tunic sweater + Jeggings + Converse = total comfy outfit!Blog Vintage Dress Design History Sweater Converse-3

Day 25: Dress up a pair of distressed jeans.

Cheating again with this one to save myself.  Wore this for Valentine’s Day.  Ok, I wore it for my Valentine’s Day Post haha.  I love dressing up distressed jeans, though, so this one wasn’t a big challenge.Blog Doma Leather Bomber Jacket BCBG Silk Tunic Current Elliott Destroyed Skinny Frye Booties-7

Day 26: Wear a bold coat with simple essentials.

LOVE this faux fur coat that I SCORED at a thrift store for $10, and then found out was sold at Nordstrom for $300ish!!Blog WWWStyleChallenge Bold Coat

Day 27: Try a sleek and slouchy look

I wasn’t really sure what this meant, but I usually try and pair something sleek when I wear slouchy, so…?  I’m using one of my favorites on this too.Blog Zara Sweater Mens 7FAM-5

Day 28: Give a feminine dress some edge with a moto jacket.

Once again, I surprised myself and LOVED this look!Blog Doma Leather Alice Olivia Dress Joan David Booties-Day 29: Incorporate an office-appropriate blouse into your weekend look.Day

This was something I do often, since it’s the perfect mix between casual and dressed up for when I got on shoots.Blog Joie Top 7FAM Jeans Airwalk Slipons-1

30: Leave the details to your shoes.

Without these shoes, this would look like a plain T with skinnies.  Nothing fancy.  With the heels, it’s totally a going out outfit!  Love that!  And I also love that heels take about 5 lbs off you instantly.  For sure miss THAT!Blog Make it about Shoes

PHEW!!!  That was really fun, challenging, and somewhat stressful.  BUT…at the end of it all, SO FUN!

I encourage you to step outside your style comfort zone every once in a while.  Scary, but so worth it! 🙂

Any favorites??dit-elle-Lauren

What to wear for family pictures?

This is family picture season.  I’m in the thick of it at work, and families always ask…

“What should we wear??”

My answer is always, first and foremost, wear what you feel good in!  It doesn’t matter if you are wearing the latest trend, all look good together, etc… If you don’t feel good-you won’t like the pictures!  Now, that aside, here are some tips-

*Wear complimentary colors, but try not to be too matchy matchy.  I love when a kid/children wear a print and then older siblings and parents pick up a solid color in that print.  Or, you can have everyone wear neutral colors (creams, browns, grays) and then have a pop of color here and there (scarf, shoes, hair accessories, ties, belts) that match.

*Try to stay away from large logo’s or pictures on clothing.  It tends to draw the focus away from the most important thing….you and your family!

*Don’t wear all black.  Yes, we all feel good in black.  However, when you are all cuddling together (those are my favorite pics!), you will look like a big blog of black with floating heads.

*When in doubt, do a dress rehearsal really quick one night and snap a pic with your phone.  You will see if it all meshes well or clashes 🙂

Here’s what we wore last Mother’s Day.  Every year, that’s what I ask for as a present.  My parents take the pictures 🙂  We don’t have the boys for Mother’s Day (obviously), so this just gives you an idea for a smaller family…

I started off with Maya’s print top…Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-1Then I picked up a color in her top with my solid top. Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-2 Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-3Same with my husband. Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-4I made sure his shirt picked up another color and also went well with my top.  That’s usually not a problem if you chose different colors in your child’s top. The colors usually are meant to go together 🙂 Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-5Then for Father’s Day, I did a little shoot with all the kids and made a book with the images. Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-6Blog What to Wear for Family Pictures-7 On me…

Jeans- Genentic Denim (on sale here! )
Top- Sanctuary (Sold out, but similar color here)

Shoes- (thrifted) but similar here and cheaper here.

On Maya…
Jeans- Gap.
Top- Gap (thrifted, loving this long sleeve one here)
Boots- Children’s Place (Thrifted, but similar here.
Jeans- Old Navy (from ThredUp, but same on sale here)
Top- Gap (from ThredUp, but similar here)

Shoes- Zulily

Super Mom Tip-

You do NOT have to break the bank and go crazy buying clothes for pictures.  Having a color scheme in mind is the best time to hit the thrift stores!  Both boys are wearing thrifted Ralph Lauren Polo shirts- $5 each 😉  You can pick up a fun colored scarf for $1.50 or a pair of fun shoes for $10 that will MAKE your outfit!  Also, check out Pinterest!  There’s a TON of ideas on there.  Here’s a board I started with a few more ideas.


What to wear to a video shoot

What to wear to a video shoot? I’m still learning, but here are some tips I’ve gathered on the way.

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  • Do wear solid colors
  • Bright colors are good – they often seem brighter in person than on screen
  • Neutral and muted colors and pastels work very well too
  • Do wear make-up
  • Do wear fun shoes!


  • Don’t wear patterns or stripes, it confuses the camera
  • Don’t wear pure black or white as the camera will boost the contrast and white can seem very bright and black can look very dark
  • Don’t wear jewelry that jingles or makes noise when you move as the mic tends to be super sensitive
  • Don’t wear glasses if possible because they can pick up glare from the lights and be distracting on camera. Tthis is a classic “Don’t do as I do, just do as I say!” since I wore glasses during my video shoot below – but I was reading a teleprompter and felt more comfortable in glasses. Bottom line – do what’s best for you!

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Most importantly – wear something you FEEL good in! This will boost your confidence and if you are comfortable or uncomfortable – it will show up in your body language and face.

When in doubt, bring multiple outfits and have the camera operator do a quick on-camera check. Ahem.. there might be a reason my daughter has three outfit changes before leaving the house in the morning..! 😛blog Gap Sweater Gap Skinny On Air-6On me…

  • Jeans- these are my basic skinny jeans from GAP
  • Top – GAP and sorry I can’t find anything quite like it! It’s a light sweater with sequin embellishments at the front. Something like a simple button down would work, see this one from A.Byer on Amazon or something simple like a crew neck from Boden
  • Shoes- Bandolino strappy wedges, similar at