Tunic + Distressed Skinnies + Ankle Tie Wrap Sandals…date night!

 I love our neighborhood!  We can easily walk to a number of really good restaurants, and last weekend, we did just that!

And…Since it’s staying lighter later, Maya and I came out to play and took a few pictures after dinner! I came out wearing just the top and asked the Huz if he thought it was ok to wear to our neighborhood restaurant. He paused and said. “Yeah…I think so. I mean…it’s a liiiiiittle short!” 😳 He thought I was ONLY going to wear the top! 😂 😂

Honestly, it was sold as a dress, but not for my monster torso. 😏
Maya being a dragon, as per usual… This…

On me…

Top- Project Social T (eBay)
Jeans- AG the Legging Ankle (thrifted for $4.20!!, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Dress- Yo Baby (Zulily-old, but love this one!)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Sandals- Saltwater “Sun San” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Our faces in all these…hahaha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

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Cut off Levi’s 501’s for the Beach…

 We had some record low tides over Memorial Day weekend!  I really have no interest in going to the beach over the weekend, because it gets CRAZY busy, but Maya doesn’t have school on Friday’s, so we headed down to enjoy a crowd-free beach!

I’ve had these cut offs since college!  I originally thrifted them as jeans and cut them back in 1993…yikes.

I still love them! Big shocker…she went into the water and got soaking wet!Trying to spin dry her off haha 🙂

On me…

Hat- thrifted, similar here.
Top- Clu (eBay, similar here)
Jean Shorts- Vintage Levi’s (Similar here)
On Maya…
Hat- (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Jean Shorts- thrifted and DIY cut off, but similar here)
Shoes- Saltwater (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Right after she fell in… 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

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Dresses as tops + Destroyed Skinnies + Statement Clogs

 I am SO excited for warmer nights where it stays light until after 9:00!!  One of my favorite things to do is take a walk around our neighborhood after dinner.  SOOOOO much better than being stuck inside, like we have been for the last 6 months! I didn’t realize this was supposed to be a dress until I tried to look it up online.

The downside to having a super long torso…

BUT, I also realized after this that it has POCKETS!! DYING over these clogs!!  How fun is the ankle strap on mine??

AND…so comfy too!
Yes, her clogs went flying after this last spin haha.LOVE her!!
So Maya 🙂 The Huz came outside to take out the recycling, and I managed to pull him into a few pics 🙂

On me…

Top- One Teaspoon “Dinky Tiered Tank Dress” (ebay, but here in black)
Clogs- Sven C/O
On Maya…
Dress- Jelly the Pug (thrifted)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Clogs- Sven C/O
Keeping it Real…
I was trying to take a shoe shot, but…we stood in the wrong place, and Maya clearly wasn’t feeling it haha. Liiiiiiiittle more swing that I anticipated! How most of the shots of me look before I crop her out 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

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Matching Swim Cover Ups for the win! + another Giveaway!!

 I’ve talked a few times about my love of Swimzip.

Most recently with my thoughts on “Day to Night” wearing here.

But, my love first started with the kids wear, to be honest.

And you know, I’m sure I’ll talk about them a few more times, because I LOVE the fact that there are cute alternatives to protecting our skin!  As we all should!

I was super excited that we finally got a nice day with temps in the 60’s and an amazing low tide!  So, we threw on our matching Swimzip suits and headed out to play.  Warning…I took A LOT of pics!

And…guess what?!  I’m doing another giveaway over on Instagram and today’s the last day to enter, so GO tag your friends for a chance to win a $35 credit!

The ruffles on Maya’s suit?  DYING!! I can’t even handle this next one… THAT BUTT!!

On me…

On Maya…
Shoes- SaltWater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Taking pics with a shutter release and tripod in water was not the easiest.  I usually set something down where I’m going to stand, so that the focus is on us.  Not so easy to do in the water.  Oh, and at first the shutter release wasn’t working.  Here I am manually pushing it, AND standing where I originally meant to stand (getting my full reflection).  Thankfully I figured out what was wrong with the shutter release.
Here’s a behind the scenes video of the set up and a runaway Maya 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

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Mother’s Day 2017

 Just a warning…this is a long post!!

But, it could have been twice as long!!

AND!!  Oddly enough, it was a total last minute, run outside in front of our house after dinner shoot.  I swear those are the best for our family… 😉 Little windy haha. OMG!  Maya in this next one!! She loves her Meme!! I had to get a few of my parents! BUT…of course, Maya wouldn’t let them have pictures of just them…And some of the three of us!
LOVE!!! I can’t even handle these next two… Maya being Maya haha. And then…I want to EAT HER UP! Seriously…DYING!!!!

On me…

Tunic- Karen Zambos (eBay)
Jeans- DL1961 Amanda in Mania  (DIY raw hem, similar here)
Clogs- Korks by Kork Ease “Marcia Clog” (eBay sold out, here in black, similar here in brown)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 “Chloe” in Whiteley (C/O) OMG, look back on these…
Clogs- Hanna Andersson (old, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
And of COURSE, you know there were lots of “fun” shots too!
This is Maya’s classic face…
Oh, and when I tried to get shots of just me?  Literally…attached to my ankle… 😉 So….I tried to make the best of it! HAHAHAHA!
Her face!!!!
(all pictures taken as a combo between me, my mom, and my dad :))

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Dressing up super cute SPF50 Cardigans + Giveaway!

I posted this outfit with a different top and shoes on Monday to show a more casual look, but I love that it can easily be dressed up too!

These fun booties I scored for $14 will be seen A LOT more on the blog.  LOVE THEM! And the detailing on the back of this cardigan?  So fun and so flattering! Maya had the remote for these close ups of me 🙂And she was dancing around in front of me for this next one 🙂

I love the way it drapes when you button and snap it up!

Pretty much, she just runs around and plays while I take pics of myself.
And then she comes in for a few.
Especially if I let her dance 🙂 Loooooooove these next three!

Don’t forget that you can still win a $35 credit towards a purchase of either my cardigan, Maya’s cardigan, or so many other cute SPF50 tops!  If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow us at @dit_elle and @shedolane

Giveaway ends Friday at 9PM PST

On me…

Top- Velvet (old, similar here)
Shoes-Sam Edelman “Posey Chain” (thrfited, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Raquel & Chloe Kids (thrifted)
Leggings- Tea Collection
Shoes- Saltwater (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
 I set up where I was going to be and then gave Maya the remote for most of the close up shots of me.  She always has fun, and I just laugh hysterically win win! Her tongue here! and…both her face and ALL the people.  Yes, I got rid of them in most of the shots, but just know…yes, there were people walking by as we were taking these.  I’ve given up caring haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

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Super cute SPF50 Cardigans + Giveaway!

 I recently got this cardigan, and it’s instantly been one of those pieces of clothing that I reach for and wear all the time!  You know that top that you can throw over anything in the in between seasons?  This is it!  I’m just bummed I didn’t get it in time for our recent Mexico trip because it would absolutely make the cut in the packing wardrobe!

Swimsuit cover up?  SPF50, so YES!

Throw it on over a tank and shorts?  YES!

At night when the temps drop?  YES!

Wear to the park with your kid over the tank and jeans that you thought would be warm enough??  YES!

And…I’ll be styling it (and with Maya too!) with a dressier option coming later this week!

Is now too soon to mention that you could win a $35 credit towards a purchase of either my cardigan, Maya’s cardigan, or so many other cute SPF50 tops?  If you are on Instagram, be sure to follow us at @dit_elle and @shedolane

Sooooo much goodness and more giveaways coming throughout the month of May!

And it has POCKETS!! LOVE the detailing on the back!!

Oh, and btw, the same company sells Girls and Boys clothing too!  Maya’s cardigan has SPF50!

I’m way more diligent on Maya’s coverage, even though I’ve been diagnosed 3 times!  AND…let’s be honest.  I still want her to be cute while being protected!  I’d feel guilty about saying that, but since I found Shedo Lane and SwimZip, I don’t!  You can absolutely still be active and out in the sun and still look cute and protected!

Or…in the shade looking at plants haha.  And while I’m on the PSA.  Our shoes are buy a Mom’s pair and get a kids pair for FREE!!!!

These are UNISEX, and soooo well made!
I’m trying to be better about taking videos as we go, but honestly…most times, just taking pictures with the tripod is about all I can handle!

I did manage to capture a video of us taking these next shots though…

I want to eat her up!! It’s almost as if I asked her to showcase the cardigan!

As if… 😉 I mean…

Totally bumming that I chopped her hand off becaus she danced so close to me, but still…

 DYING!
Funny bts video of right before this next shot here.

She’s so freaking funny, and I’m SO glad I get to capture that!

On me…

Top- Thrifted
On Maya…
Top- CrewCuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 (eBay, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
And this is what it looks like before we take a shot… 🙂  My focusing stand, and Maya wanting to be in the shot.  WHICH, she mostly wants to be in the shot that I’m focusing on.  When it comes to taking a picture, she takes off!  Such is life… 🙂
Ok, I was on the fence about posting that other shot as a real shot or a behind the scenes, but these two…hahaha.  For SURE BTS!!And…for our shoe shots?  Yes, this happens more often than not….but, I can’t decide which I like more, so I don’t really care!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren