Stripes + Boots in the golden hour…

 It’s been sooo cold, windy, rainy, and miserable, but….a few days we’ve had sun!

And when that happens, we all run out and enjoy it!

Ps…Maya was hitting the shutter on this one…over and over and over haha. LOVING this next one in black and white!!! Ok….I might start posting more black and whites!  In my home, that’s mostly what I print, but for some reason I rarely post them here.

LOVE! Yes, we clash stubborn whits at times, but…gah.  I feel SO lucky that she’s my daughter!

I’m sure every mother thinks that, but I really would rather hang out with her than most other people… She cracks me up all the time, and is so kind, caring, and loving.

I mean…her joy!!!  It’s so infectious!

Another shot by Maya pushing the shutter… Those missing teeth!!!

The top two are about to go too.  I will not be able to handle the gap toothed smile!!!

It will be FULLY DOCUMENTED-be forewarned! 🙂

On me…

Sweater- Vince (Nordstrom Rack, sold out similar here)
On Maya…
Top- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Mini Boden (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Timberland “Earthkeepers” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I couldn’t decide if this was an image I loved or an outtake haha.  Once again, I danced my way right out of the frame.  BUT….it could be an artistic crop!
  Her face! Noooo idea what was going on here, but I want to squeeze Maya’s belly!!  Actually, I think it was a piggy back dismount that didn’t go smoothly and wasn’t meant to be captured 😉 . I can’t hear the shutter when we are that far away though, so I honestly can’t tell when it’s going off or stopping haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vintage Levi’s Jacket + Leather Crop Flares + Stripes

Back in mid December, I posted these super fun leather crop flares in a holiday look.

I SCORED these on NWT (!!) eBay for $104, but leather pants are still an investment piece no matter how much you pay for them!  I am always trying to find ways to dress them down for everyday wear to get more use out of them.

I’ve done a bunch of posts about my love of leather pants!  Looking back, some of these are my favorite posts, and can be seen Here (leather leggings day to night), here (with a plaid blanket scarf), here (Playing on the beach), here (All black…always a good combo), here (dressed down in a boho look), and here (with an oversized Cardigan.

On me…

Jacket- Levi’s (thrifted, similar here)
Top- Stylemint (Old, similar here)
Jeans- Frame “Flounce Pull On” Leather Pants (SCORED NEW on eBay for $104!, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- CrewCuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Blueberri Boulevard (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Naturino (thrifted, but similar here in pink)
Keeping it Real…
Well, I only took 3 pictures in this dressed down look (I stashed a change of clothes in the car, and YES, changed on the side of a very busy street-whoops)  before having to run after Maya who went down to the beach without me!
So, I should probably include one of those too… Because twirling on the beach in a party dress is so freaking cute! And this is the ONE shot I got of us together in this look.  WAY after the sun had set, and only lit by the street lamp!
My shutter release was still broken at this point, so….😭
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Bone Broth Rotisserie Chicken Soup (Crockpot )

By now, I’m sure you all have heard about all the amazing health benefits of bone broth.  If by chance you haven’t, you can read about some of the benefits here.

Often, I’ll make a soup from the turkey carcass after Thanksgiving, by boiling it on the stovetop but other than that…I’ve been totally lazy thinking it was too much of a process to do regularly.

Until recently, when a friend told me she does it in her crockpot over night-DUH!!

Every week we have a rotisserie chicken for dinner.  For whatever reason, the chicken gets dried out and nobody eats it after a day.  So, every week I end up throwing away the leftovers after a few days and get SO frustrated over the wasting off all that chicken!  NO MORE!

This last week, I took off all the extra chicken we didn’t eat that same night and put the carcass in our slow cooker.  The next day, I added back in the chicken

Ingredients (feeds 4 with leftovers)

  • One Rotisserie Chicken (Mine was half eaten from the night before-haha!)
  • 4 Medium sized carrots(I used organic Rainbow Carrots, because… FUN COLORS! :))
  • 6-8 Cups of Water
  • 2 Can Chicken Broth (check labels if you are on Whole30)
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 Medium to Large Onion Diced
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 a bag of noodles.  (You could use gluten free OR 2 cups zoodles or sweet potato noodles etc if you are Whole30!)

Directions

  • Pick off all the chicken from the bone and set aside in an airtight container.
  • Place the carcass in the slowcooker with the carrots, onions, garlic, and ginger.
  • Pour 6-8 cups of water.  I used 6, but then added some chicken stock later.  I wasn’t sure if just one carcass would flavor the broth enough.
  • Cook on low overnight for 12 hours.
  • The next morning, pull on the bones out.  I left the carrots and onions in there.  They were mushy, but I figured the flavor would still be good and it was!
  • Add shredded chicken back in and let sit on warm until dinner!
  • If you aren’t doing Whole30 or you could also add in noodles at this point and they end up cooking on the “warm” cycle til dinner.  Ours were a little soft, but still yummy!
  • For Whole30 add in zoodles or sweet potato noodles!

You can see Esther’s chicken soup post where she started from scratch with a whole chicken.

And, other easy Crockpot Recipes you might enjoy…

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Healthy Chicken and Dumplings

Crockpot Veggie Pasta and Turkey Meat Sauce

Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

Chunky Knits + Overalls + Booties | Fashion at ANY age….

I was listening to a podcast the other day (ok, by this point it was a while ago…delayed posting and all that!), and it was an interview with a popular blogger.  In her interview she made a comment along the lines of “Nobody wants to see a 49 style blogger!” 😳

Not going to lie. It kind of pissed me off. 😠

I was SUPER uncomfortable, self conscious, and felt totally narcissistic posting images of myself when we first started this blog. Ok, I still am, but I’m getting over it.  You know why?  I am SO unbelievably thankful that I have all these images of me with Maya, but also…just the images of just me (😬🙊🙈 ) .

The bottom line is that I love fashion.  I am over apologizing for it.  I’ve loved fashion since I was Maya’s age! AND….I’m guessing I’l love fashion in 6 years when I turn 49!

Her comment actually made me want to do more fashion posts!

Now…I just need more time!! This cozy cardigan?  Handknit by my dad!  He made it from himself, and then it was in one of their “donation bags” that I intercepted haha.  SO GLAD-love it!! Her face!!  DYING! Ok, I’m dying NOW!  At the moment…well… My remote trigger had died, so taking these was with the self timer.  And, I kept running back and forth and looking down…

Seeing this face wasn’t EXACTLY what I wanted to see, but now that…a month and a half (!!) has gone by…I LOVE IT!

It’s SO her.  If it’s in any way posed…she’s NOT having it.  That is why post of our images are fun/action based!  A little harder when it’s a one shot deal with the self timer…I can’t believe I did ALL our images that way in the beginning!! Oh, but then….I wore her down!!!

As I do. And these next few are some of my FAVORITES of us!!

I’ve really been wanting to capture the golden hour more.  I just didn’t have the time to take pics of us in the fall, because I was so busy with client shoots.  The ONE bonus of the sun setting at 4:30, is that I can pictures of us in the golden hour in the afternoon!  haha. LOOOOOVE!! She was trying to capture bugs that were flying in the sunlight! And lastly….singing.  As she does.

On me…

Sweater- Handknit by my dad!
Overalls- Paige “Sierra” Overalls (eBay, similar here)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- J Khaki Kids (thrifted)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Pediped “Flex Issa”  (thrifted for $4.25!!)
Keeping it Real…
 A DOG!!  MUST PET THE DOG!!
Which pretty much happened in between every shot, because we were on a path in a large park…
This is what the majority of our outings look like haha.  I try to squeeze in pics of us here and there in the break of dog walkers…
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod because my shutter release BROKE-WHA WHA!!), except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Happy New Year! | Family Pictures, a little late…

 I honestly wasn’t sure if we were going to be able to take family pictures this year!

Between my work schedule on the weekends, Jackson’s schedule coming home for the weekend, the WEATHER, and…my overall desire to pick up my camera for anything that wasn’t being paid for…well.  That left one weekend in mid December, and all the stars aligned!!

I almost didn’t do a card this year, because we missed all the deadlines for STEEP discounts at most card vendors, and I honestly like to upload my own simple design that focuses on the image with only a few simple graphics.

Low and behold…I randomly tried Costco!  AND…you can upload your own design front and back!  Huge for me, because I can never decide on ONE picture to post!  And, sorry for those of you that do, but I don’t want a bunch of small images.  It’s a GREAT way to share a bunch, but I really like one image of us all looking at the camera smiling, and then a more candid happy shot.

And, no coupon code needed!  It was super affordable!  This is NOT a sponsored post!!!  I wish it was haha.  But, just know, you can absolutely print your professional pictures at Costco, with the CAVEAT of marking the button at the end of your check out “do NOT color correct!”

My parents joined us! Love these shots of them! And Maya could NOT be any luckier in the big brother department!  I kind of feel sorry for any guy that dates her…

Watch out for BIG brothers that LOVE their little sister! That gap tooth smile…LOVE!  And it’s even more gap toothed now!  And will be SO gap toothed in few more months! And…getting this guy in front of the camera is not easy.

I talked a lot about how thankful I was for Maya and my mom in the last post that I did…a few weeks ago-yes, I took a break from blogging for a while. I need to mention that I couldn’t be more thankful for this guy!  The way he looks at me is enough, but what he does on the daily…

Works his ARSE off to provide for us, while working from home and no longer traveling so that he can be HOME.  He made a conscious decision to try something different because he wants to be with us, which speaks volumes to how lucky our family is to have him.

Does he “complete” me?  No, but he compliments me in just about every way.  Literally is not only the yin to my yang, but the yin to my yin, and the yang to my yang!  In ways that I never thought I needed someone to compliment me.  And I don’t mean saying nice things to me, although he does that too.  🙂

He’s always been SO supportive of everything I’ve ever done, and consistently helps with my business in ways that I NEVER could.

At the end of the day…I can’t wait to just hang out with him, and I think that’s the most important thing!
Might be one of my new favs of the three of us!  Thanks Huz! Oh, and had to take an outfit pic!

On me…

Top- Ramy Brook (eBay, similar here or sleeveless here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Gap Kids (thrifted)
Tights- Hanna Andersson (old, but similar here)
Boots- Nine West “Sassy Tran”  (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Ok, Maya was ON FIRE for this family shoot, which is usually not the case!
I know…SO WEIRD if you follow us and see her in every other post, but during family shoots, she has freaked out more often than not.
BUT…this year.  I told her she was free to be her goofy self.  That i WANTED her to be that way.  Well…she took that to heart haha.  BUT, it made everyone else laugh too, so I’ll TAKE IT!!
(All FULL family pictures taken with a self timer shutter release and tripod, but everyone pitched in for the rest!)

dit-elle-Lauren

Thankful for (in reality Thanksgiving) in 2017

 This post is a liiiiiittle late, but…  Better late than never, I say!

This year was ridiculously busy!

I kept holding out the hope all year that when Maya started kindergarten, I’d be getting things done left and right!  I’d be knocking things off my “to do” list every week and then some!

That SO did not happen.  If anything, it was the exact opposite.

I often felt like I was running from one thing to the next and failing at SO many things.  I think when things are like that, it’s super important to stop and not only give myself some slack (very hard to do in reality!!), but remember how many things are amazing in my life.

I have SO many things to be thankful for!

HER!  Above all else.  I’m so thankful for this sweet nugget.  Every single day she says or does something that makes me SO happy and incredibly blessed that she’s in my life.

That laugh?  That joy?  It’s so infectious!  And this is her on the daily.  I am so lucky that I get to bask in it! Oh, and the fact that my parents are only a few blocks away?  Don’t get me started on how thankful I am for that!

Maya is SO lucky to have my parents in her life, and I am too!

So many last minute “Hey…do you want to….” or “Could you help with….” and they are alway up for it!

Weekly Sunday walks, last minute date night baby sitting, taking Maya to every single movie she’s ever been to.

No, I’ve NEVER taken Maya to a movie…EVER.  I’m SO thankful that my parents have taken her to ALL of them!!!

Oh, and watching her when we go out of town for a weekend getaway, coming over for pretty much every holiday dinner (that is always planned late minute-sorry!).

And my mom being up for last minute pictures?  LOVE THAT!  Pretty sure I told her I planned to run outside for a few pictures before our Thanksgiving dinner about an hour ahead of time.  Oh, and it was RIDICULOUSLY windy!!  DUH.  And we thought at the time that we got no good pictures, but…
I will treasure these images forever. LOVE THEM!!! And then my sister in law came over unexpectedly and Maya suddenly turned on the charm.

As she does… And I couldn’t be more thankful!!

Because this is SO HER!!!

Next week I’ll post our family pics we FINALLY took!  That in itself is something to be thankful for, but will be talking about even more things I’m thankful for in that post.

On me…

Sweater- Vince (Nordstrom Rack)
Boots- Frye (Old, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Hudson Kids (eBay, but similar here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted, but similar here)
Cowboy Boots- Nordstrom “Cassidy”  (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
 Yes, most of Maya’s pictures are with her sticking her tongue out… 🙂
Did I mention it was WINDY?? I often have to wrangle a runaway Maya
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Holiday Look! { Leather Crop Flares + Party Dresses at Sunset… }

 I honestly wanted to take a pic outside of our house in the gorgeous light as just a close up of Maya and I to document the week we’d had…her sick off and on all week. The Huz gone all week… I’m thinking this at around 3:00 after we get home from school.

I asked her what she wanted, and she said she wanted to wear a fancy dress. As, she does lately! Ok… 😳🤔

SO…do I wear my hair in an unwashed bun while she’s in party dress? 😂😳 So I scramble to think of a “party” outfit. 😬Cropped fun leather pants? SURE! Why not? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Because…at this point, when will I ever where them? 😂 🤗

Oh…and try and do my hair really fast. Oh, and wait…the sun is setting!! 😩

It’s too dark at our house, because the sun has set, so we head down to the beach. We get there, and there are about a KAZILLION dogs. 🙄 Maya cannot be bothered with pictures if there are dogs around. 😑

So….here’s me.   And Maya pouting in the background, because I wouldn’t let her follow a dog down the street…

But seriously…how FUN are these leather pants?!!
Do.Not.Smile.

😉 And…off to pet the next dog!

Such a pretty night! Looooove these next ones! The Huz was out of town, but Facetimed us while were were out.  This is her talking to him. SO SWEET! Then, we decided to go by one of the houses in our neighborhood that goes CRAZY with lights!

We drive by it every year, but this was the first year we got out and walked around. Maya was so impressed!

And…a little girl came up to her and asked if she was a princess!  haha.

NIGHT MADE!

On me…

Top- Ramy Brook (eBay, similar here, here, and less expensive here)
Jeans- Frame “Flounce Pull On” Leather Pants (SCORED NEW on eBay for $104!, similar here)
Shoes- Franco Sarto (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- CrewCuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Blueberri Boulevard (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Naturino (thrifted, but similar here in pink)
Keeping it Real…
An iPhone image that I shot, that was LITERALLY right before all of our shots.  I kid you not.  Every 2 minutes people came by walking their dogs!  I’m like….
“Don’t mind me!”
Meanwhile, Maya is like “Can I pet your dog!!??”
This sweet old man literally stood right next to us for like 5 minutes, until his wife, was like…
“Honey….come over here.” 🙂
I literally couldn’t have cared less.  The sun was setting.  I had my fancy pants on and my hair done.  I’m taking pics at that point, no matter who’s watching-HA!
This also shows the difference between iPhone vs DSLR…
NOT happy that I wouldn’t let her go play with all the dogs…
Taken minutes after the iPhone shot above.
And yes, I let her go play with them!  I’m not that mean! 🙂
Oh, but then we stayed until the sun went DOWN-PARTAY!!
Ok, it was like 4:45 hahaha 🙂
My shutter release is still broken, so….😭
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren