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Faux leather leggings? I’m not sure I’m sold…

Do you ever have a trend/article of clothing that you really want to work, but for some reason you can’t make it?  Well, that’s how I feel about my faux leather leggings.  I feel weird even typing that out.  Am I too old for faux leather leggings?  Say no!!! 😦  Alas…I might be.

I didn’t even blog the first attempt, it was so bad, albeit COMFORTABLE.  At first I blamed it on the sweater.  I keep trying THAT too, and don’t like the deep V!  Grrr, two wrongs obviously don’t make a right!  Anywho, I realized I shouldn’t hide my “misses”.  So, here it is-first attempt. BlogFauxLeatherLeggingsSweater-5Did I mention how comfortable they are?  So…I tried them again.  This time I chose a different sweater…. Not 100% sold on this outfit either, but I do like it better than the first try.Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-1Seriously, it’s comedic how much Maya loves the self timer sometimes. Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-2 Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-3 Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-4Love this tunic from the Gap (old :() Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-5 Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-6 Blog Black HM Sweater Faux Leather Leggings-7So, what are your thoughts on faux leather leggings?  Should I try them again??

On me-Strike one…

Sweater- Joie (sold out, but similar here)
Leggings- Forever 21 (similar here)

Shoes- Converse (similar)

On Maya…

Jeans- Levi’s Skinny Cords (thrifted, but similar here)
Tank- Gap
Chambray Shirt- Thrifted, but similar here and here.

Shoes- Pink Glitter Converse (sold out :( ) plain ones here.

On me-Strike two…
Sweater- H&M

Leggings- Forever 21 (similar here)
Shoes- Sam Edelman (thrifted, but similar here)
On Maya…
Jeggings- 77 kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Gap (ThredUp but love this!)
Boots- SmartFit (old, but similar here and love these here)
Super Mom Tip-
Don’t be afraid to try new trends or step out of your comfort zone, but don’t spend a lot of $$ unless you try the less expensive version out.  I buy a majority of my “tries” on eBay, but I also love H&M if you like to try things on.  I actually found these Forever 21 leggings at Value Village (new with the tag!) for $2.50.  Can’t beat that for a test drive.  Even if I did crash and burn…twice.
If you find that you love it, then go for a more quality piece that will last/fit better.
dit-elle-Lauren

Yes, we’re totally matching…but it’s Halloween!! :)

 Double post day, but these outfits would be totally silly on any other day, so….Blog Halloween StyleMint Cashmere Hudson-1I’m so in love with these cashmere sweaters from Stylemint!!  I bought this one after getting the mustard colored one.  Sadly, they are sold out now, but go keep checking back or really…check out their other awesome stuff.  Great basics at a reasonable price (and they post sales often too :))! Blog Halloween StyleMint Cashmere Hudson-2 Blog Halloween StyleMint Cashmere Hudson-3And no…I wouldn’t normally wear this sweater with black, nor would I try and match Maya this much.  🙂 Blog Halloween StyleMint Cashmere Hudson-4 Blog Halloween StyleMint Cashmere Hudson-5She kept wanting me to blow bubbles with my gum haha. Blog Halloween StyleMint Cashmere Hudson-6 Blog Halloween StyleMint Cashmere Hudson-7 Blog Halloween StyleMint Cashmere Hudson-8My little assistant 🙂 Blog Halloween StyleMint Cashmere Hudson-9

On me…

Sweater- StyleMint (sold out, but similar here and similar color here)
Scarf- Banana Republic (old, but similar here)
Jeans- Hudson
Shoes- Sam Edelman (thrifted, but similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Gap (via ThredUp, but love this one!)
Tights- Carter’s, but love these “non Halloween” tights.
Boots- Faded Glory (thrifted, but these are adorable)

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I love an interesting back…

I don’t know why, but I’ve always been drawn to clothes that look fairly simple from the front, but then have interesting features on the back.  Mullet clothing if you will 🙂  Low back dresses get me every time.  Cut outs, embellishments, and little surprise when you turn around.  Love it!

Ps-can we all just imagine that I didn’t mess up the focus with the self timer on the full length shots?  Ok, thanks 🙂Blog Rachel Pally Cashmere Cape AG the Tights Vintage Frye Boots-1I have had these vintage Frye boots for a long time (don’t even remember how long!)  They are a little banged up, but I like the dichotomy of the cashmere sweater, gold jewelry and then worn in boots 🙂 Blog Rachel Pally Cashmere Cape AG the Tights Vintage Frye Boots-2I already wore this lariat I scored from Gorjana-Griffin last week, and I think it’s safe to say that you will be seeing it a lot more.  Love it! Blog Rachel Pally Cashmere Cape AG the Tights Vintage Frye Boots-3 Blog Rachel Pally Cashmere Cape AG the Tights Vintage Frye Boots-4The only bad thing about low backs or cut out backs.  What to wear under it?  I’ve dared to wear this with nothing and just a bra, but most times I put a cami or a long sleeve t-shirt under it. Blog Rachel Pally Cashmere Cape AG the Tights Vintage Frye Boots-5 Completely unrelated, but I tried ALL summer to get Maya to wear this hat-no go!  Suddenly in the last month, she’s become obsessed with it…  OK! Blog Rachel Pally Cashmere Cape AG the Tights Vintage Frye Boots-7 Blog Rachel Pally Cashmere Cape AG the Tights Vintage Frye Boots-8Blog Rachel Pally Cashmere Cape AG the Tights Vintage Frye Boots-6And then….I remembered that the last time I wore this EXACT OUTFIT, I was a little more than 8 months pregnant!  I mentioned before how comfortable these jeans are.  SO wish they still made them!!  I wore them throughout my entire pregnancy and still wear them now-obviously 🙂

So…here’s a little flashback for you.  I promise, I’m wearing the boots too 🙂Blog Rachel Pally Cashmere Cape AG the Tights Vintage Frye Boots-9On me… (both now and when I was pregnant :))

Sweater- Rachel Pally Cashmere (old, but love this herehere, less expensive option here, and similar color/fabric here)
Jeans- AG by Adriano Goldschmied “The Tights”  Sold out, but similar here.
Boots- Vintage Frye (similar here, less expensive here)
On Maya…
Jeans- Gap (similar here)
Sweater- DKNY (thrifted, but similar here)
Jacket- Gap (similar here)
Boots- Zulily
Hat- Target (from this summer.  Similar here)

dit-elle-Lauren

Fun with the fog…or really, just having fun :)

I have been LOVING all the fog we’ve been having here in Seattle.  It’s SO much fun to photograph!  Clients always get excited by sun (so limiting for pictures!), but fog…love it!  Some like sun flare…I like fog flare 😉

You’d think I’d want to wear vibrant colors in the haze, but no….black and gray.  My usual.Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-1 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-2 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-3Love that the picture on the left shows the fog rolling in, and the one on the right…it’s passed.  In a matter of minutes! Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-4Someone found her love of the self timer again.  I let her push the button and she thought it was hilarious.  Everyone (even strangers!) always says how much Maya looks like my husband, but for anyone that knows me…that is SO MY LAUGH!  Love that I captured it.  With a self timer no less 😉 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-5 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-6 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-7 Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-8Um, see what I mean about the fog??! Blog Doma DL1961 JCrew Converse-9On me…

Leather Jacket- Doma (similar here and less expensive faux leather here)
Top- Addison (50% off at Shopbop!)
Jeans-DL 1961 (these are the Emma Leggings)
Shoes- Converse (similar)
On Maya…
Jeans- Gap (similar)
Top- Gap (similar)
Jacket- Circo (thrifted, but this one is so cute)

Having fun with plaid…

Or…just having fun 🙂

Plaid is everywhere now.  It reminds me of the early 90’s when I was slightly obsessed with Eddie Vedder 🙂  Well, instead of just pulling out my old flannel shirts (I know I stored them away somewhere!), I thought I’d try and different twist on the trend…Blog Plaid Patterson Kincaid Joes Jeggings-1 Blog Plaid Patterson Kincaid Joes Jeggings-2 Blog Plaid Patterson Kincaid Joes Jeggings-3Maya wasn’t feeling the “self timer game” so much this day… 🙂 Blog Plaid Patterson Kincaid Joes Jeggings-4 Blog Plaid Patterson Kincaid Joes Jeggings-5 Blog Plaid Patterson Kincaid Joes Jeggings-6

On me…

Long Sleeve Shirt- Target Tissue Tee
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (sold out)  Similar and less expensive here)
Boots- Report (sold out).  Similar here.
On Maya…
Top- C&C California (thrifted)
Sweater- Gap (thrifted)
Shoes- Zulily

dit-elle-Lauren

Fringe sweater + Cowboy boots

Yup, sweater, jeans, and boots again.  Sorry, you will be seeing a lot of this combo over the winter months!  I wore this on a photo shoot, so forgive the totally scuffed boots.  I never know when I’m going to be traipsing through fields, and these are one of my favorite pairs (I bought them at a vintage store about 20 years ago!) Blog Jamison Fringe Sweater J Brand Skinny Cowboy Boots-1LOVING this top I got from H&M!!  It works for all body types, and would be the perfect top to hide a not yet disclosed baby bump (NO, I don’t have one!!), or even those months right after you had a baby!  Ok, or NOW! 🙂 Blog Jamison Fringe Sweater J Brand Skinny Cowboy Boots-2 Blog Jamison Fringe Sweater J Brand Skinny Cowboy Boots-3 Blog Jamison Fringe Sweater J Brand Skinny Cowboy Boots-4This isn’t fringe or boots, but omg, I love this picture from this summer…. Blog Jamison Fringe Sweater J Brand Skinny Cowboy Boots-6

On me…

Jeans- J Brand
Top- H&M
Sweater- Jamison (sold out, but similar here)

Boots- Tony Lama (old, but similar here and less expensive here)

On Maya…
Jeans-Gap. (old, but similar on sale here ).
Top- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Shoes- Zulily (search for Mariposa)
dit-elle-Lauren

Mixing masculine with feminine…

Today was a bit of a rough day.  I had to take Maya to yet another urologist, and she’s gotten to the point now where the minute they call her name to go back she starts crying hysterically.  Not without good reason considering they had to do another catheter-ugh.  Needless to say, we were both in tears by the end of the visit…

Am I the only one that dresses in bright colors on crappy days, in the effort to cheer up? Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-1 Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-2 Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-3It got pretty sunny again yesterday…love it! Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-4 Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-5 Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-6 Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-7 Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-8Love this kid so much.  You’d never even know she was sick or had a crummy start to her day. Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-9 Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-10 Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-11Spinning! Blog StyleMint Top Boyfriend Jeans Miss Sixty Oxfords-12

On me…

Top- StylMint (on sale!)
Jeans- Rich & Skinny (old, but similar here and less expensive here)
Shoes- Miss Sixty “Marlene” oxford (sold out, but you can still find them on eBay!)  Similar here.
Leather Jacket- Vintage purchased from Funky Janes (similar here and less expensive faux leather here)

On Maya…

Dress- Gap (Old, but this is cute, and if $ were no option HAHAHA here)
Jeggings- Jeggings- 77 kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Converse
Super Mom Tip:
  I posted one of the pics of Maya and me on my facebook page and a friend commented on my hair.  I laughed, because it was my “I didn’t take a shower and was sick of my usual messy bun” look.  Pretty easy to do.  Just start twisting one side (fix with bobby pin).  Twist other side, then gather both into a ponytail.  Then wrap into a bun.  Turns curly out of control bedhead into something a little put together 🙂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.
and
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.

dit-elle-Lauren

This weather feeds my outfit indecision…

I’m not saying I’m complaining about the weather lately.  That would be stupid.  It’s not raining!!  However, the freezing cold mornings, followed by total sunshine, then rapidly dropping temps again makes it hard to dress accordingly.  So…sometimes there’s a midday outfit change!

Started off wearing this…

(Don’t mind the silly grin.  This was another self timer day, and Maya was singing to a frog sculpture haha.)Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-1Then of course she wanted to get in a few 🙂 Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-2These shoes are beyond comfortable!  I have a black pair that I wear when I’m on my feet 8+ hours shooting a wedding.  Ok, I have two black pairs 🙂 Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-3 Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-4It hit me that I don’t do any close ups of Maya’s clothes.  These boots are one of my favorites!  Hers too!  I love that they can be worn up or down… Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-5 Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-6THEN…I had a shoot later in the day.  I knew I would be too hot in that sweater, so I changed. Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-7 Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-8 Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-9 Blog Black Orchid Tie Dye Doma Leather Jacket J Crew Sweater-10On me…

Look 1…

Jeans- Black Orchid  (similar less expensive on sale here)
Sweater- J Crew (Old, but similar here and less expensive here)

Shoes- Soho Lab (Sold out (boo!!).  Similar here and if $ were no object *sigh* here.)

Leather Jacket- Doma (similar here and less expensive faux leather here)
Jeans- Black Orchid  (similar less expensive on sale here)
T shirt- Free Press (bought at Nordstrom Rack.  Similar here)
Shoes- Converse
On Maya…
Jeans- Gap (eBay, but similar here)
Top- Gap
Vest- Janie and Jack (thrifted, but similar here)
dit-elle-Lauren

Comfy cozy sweater + Boots = My winter uniform

During the fall and winter, my uniform changes from jeans, t-shirt, and flip flops to jeans, boots, and sweaters.  I’m pretty simple like that 🙂 blog Brown Chunky Theory Sweater Community Denim Frye-1 blog Brown Chunky Theory Sweater Community Denim Frye-2 blog Brown Chunky Theory Sweater Community Denim Frye-3Maya likes cozy sweaters and boots too!1MayaEliseSept2013-2c

On me…

Jeans- Community Denim (Old, but similar here, and less expensive here.)
Tank Top- Fresh Laundry (similar here, less expensive here.)
Sweater- Theory (Old)

Boots- Frye (ebay!) old, but similar here.

On Maya…
Jeans- Gap.
Top- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Sweater- vintage
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