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Bodysuits + High Waisted Chambray Pants + Leather Jacket + Booties

I posted a look last week that was beyond comfy, yet still for the warmer temps.

Seattle has since gotten a lot colder, but it’s hopefully going to be back in the 60’s this next week a few times!

The easiest way I know to transition your summer favs into fall is by adding a fun jacket (my favs are denim and leathe!) and booties!

So…I did just that! And meanwhile…there’s Maya art directing haha. 😉

On me…

Leather Jacket- Plein Sud (eBay, similar here), faux leather option here)
Bodysuit- Velvet Torch
Booties- Sam Edelman “Posey Chain Trim Bootie” (eBay, fun ones here & here)
On Maya…
Dress- Hanna Andersson (love this for fall)
Leggings-Hanna Andersson (thrifted, similar here)
Clogs- Hanna Andersson ( similar here)
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Bodysuits + High Waisted Chambray Pants + Clogs = Jammies in public!

 I’m all about outfits that make you feel like you’re in your jammies, yet totally fake people out that you have your sh*t together! 🤣

This is one of those outfits! 💃🏼🙌🏻🤗

On me…

Bodysuit- Velvet Torch
Clogs- Swedish Hasbeens “Fideli” (eBay, sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Hanna Andersson (love this for fall)
Leggings-Hanna Andersson (thrifted, similar here)
Clogs- Hanna Andersson ( similar here)
Keeping it Real…
A lot of the times, I tell Maya she can pick what we do.
Usually, she wants me to copy her.
Usually, we do something weird haha. 😉
I just wanted to post this, because it looks like I actually have boobies here!
I don’t… 🙂
Must remember what bra I was wearing haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Enjoying those last summer nights…

 To be honest, I took these images 3 weeks ago when it was still nice and sunny here in Seattle!

I’ve been super busy with work, and with Maya’s extracurricular activities.  Plus, my Instagram account has been somewhat blocked since the beginning of September, so I just decided F*ck it, and took a little break.

I have no idea if or when my IG account will go back to normal, but I’ll keep plugging along.  If you aren’t already, feel free to follow us there too.  Right now only active followers see my posts, and none of my hashtags work, which is kind of a bummer.

BUT….c’est la vie!  There are way more important things.  It’s actually been a nice taking a break from Instagram.  I didn’t realize how much time I spent on there, and now that I don’t have any time to spare…it’s eye opening how alluring it is.

There’s so much research going around about the adverse effects that social media has on kids these days, but let’s be honest.  It’s us adults too!

Anywho….here are some shots we too, that are actually some of my favorites.  We took them around our “nightly walk” route, so it’s kind of special to us, and I’m so sad to see these summer nights going away… And…see that remote in Maya’s hand?  Yup, I gave it to her and SHE took these pics! 🙂 And then we switched back to the remote timer… LOVE these next two!! I think she was trying to catch a bug haha. Striking a pose…as per usual. She seriously KILLS ME!! Aren’t these the COOLEST FLOWERS?!!  I found out that they are called the Passion Flower.  I sooooo want to grow some, but I’d most likely kill them. 😦 The woman who owns the house happened to come by, and she said Maya could have one! I can’t even…

On me…

Top/Dress/Swimsuit Cover Up haha- Mademoiselle Hortense Saint Barts (thrifted)
Leggings- Forever 21
On Maya…
Dress- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted)
Leggings Tucker and Tate- (thrifted,)
Sandals- Saltwater “Sun San” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
 The remote has been spotty lately, so I had to manually hit it a few times.  Ironically, I left it at a park a week later, so…
I’m getting a different one!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Tassle Tops + DIY Raw Hem Crop Flares + Clogs

If you’re like me, you’ve been coveting all the raw hem crop flared denim that’s out there right now!

AND THEN IT HIT ME! 😱✂️🤗🤗

I have a ton of flared denim that I think I’ll wear for date night with heels, yet neeeeever do 🙄, SO…✂️✂️✂️😂

Yup, I chopped 3 pairs this week, and I’m LOVING THEM! This pair has only gone through the wash once, but they are just going to get better!! 🤗 The Huz and Maya had been walking Max, but came home just then… Ok, this looks totally magical, but in reality, it’s BUGS!!  And me not remembering where the focus stand was, so I kept moving around in hopes of getting it right.  We are totally blurry here, but I love it! And then I wanted to play around with the sun flare.  It can be tricky, but love this one!Can’t decide if I like it better converted to B&W or not…LOVE this next one! Taken minutes apart, but the camera wasn’t in the sun for this next one….I never have her hair all down.  Wow, she has a lot. And that laugh?  I DIE! THIS would be why I don’t let her wear her hair all down haha.On me…

Top- Ooberswank (Nordstrom Rack, sold out, similar here)
Jeans- 7FAM (thrifted, and DIY raw hem.  SO many fun ones here)
Clogs- Sven “Two Strap” C/O
On Maya…
Top- GapKids (thrifted)
Jeans- Next (thrifted)
Shoes- Naturino (eBay)
Keeping it Real…
Her face hahaha.
Yup….this is so Maya.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Dr Martens with Dresses | Golden Hour at the Beach

I went to college in the early 90’s.  When grunge was at it’s peak.  Wearing Dr. Martens with dresses was what we wore on the daily.  Except back then, it was vintage dresses, and we wore them with socks!

As with most style trends, things always come back around…

I know I’m not the only one who’s coveted the Balenciaga Ceinture Cutout Boots!  What I thought was funny when I clicked on them (occasionally, I like to dream…), was that they are inspired by Dr. Martens!

I thrifted these fun cut out Dr. Martens a few years ago, and they’ve been a fun budget friendly option with a similar look.

And this dress?  I bought it off eBay without a slip for $12, but just wore a black tank dress underneath!  Never be afraid to buy an amazing see through dress on the cheap!  You can always find a slip!  My guess is that one of the dresses you already own has one you can use!

Two of my new FAVORITE images of us next… I loooooooove getting golden hour shots!!  Maya’s bedtime is around 9:00, so it’s kind of a stretch to get her out at this time.  BUT…the Huz was out of town, so I made an exception, and let her stay up a liiiiittle later 🙂 Dying over Maya’s pink ones too! Forever striking up a conversation with anyone who walks by.  Or in this case…paddled by in their kyaks.

“Hi!  What are you guys doing?!” her face… 😉 I LOVE that I got the details of her dress sleeve in this next one!

On me…

Dress- Ella Moss (eBay, similar here and here,)
Shoes- Dr. Martens (thrifted, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Dress- Vintage (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Kayakers…. “What are YOU doing?!”
Don’t mind me…
And this is why we were laughing.  She came LAUNCHING into my arms!
haha. Can I lie and say this was Maya?  or…me?!!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Crop Flared Overalls + Chasing the Golden Hour

 This park we go to while the Huz is out of town is perfect right now after dinner.  We caught the last few rays of sun before it set behind the trees, and there’s a big field where Maya can practice soccer.  I’m hoping to go back a few more times before Fall really sets in!

Oh, and I did a post about these ridiculously comfy overalls before.  Oddly, as I looked back on these images, I wonder how really flattering they are.  I mainly LOVE how comfy they are, but…whatever.blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-1 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-2 One of my favorite images I got from this night!  Although, with this light..there were a few!blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-3 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-4 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-6 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-7 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-8 That light?!  That laughter?  Love…blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-9 blog-gap-crop-overalls-black-converse-10 It’s so funny.  I kept asking her if she wanted to blow the dandelions.  Again…it’s not our yard or our neighbor’s yard, so go at it, no?! 😉

But…she wants to just tear all the “fluff” off and then throw it!  I guess that works too 🙂blog-gapkids-chambray-dress-gray-checkered-vans-1 blog-gapkids-chambray-dress-gray-checkered-vans-2 blog-gapkids-chambray-dress-gray-checkered-vans-3 blog-gapkids-chambray-dress-gray-checkered-vans-4

On me…

Top- Patterson Kincaid (eBay)
Overalls-Gap (thrifted, similar here and here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
On Maya…
Dress- GapKids (thrifted,similar here)
Leggings- GapKids (thrifted, similar here)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Sometimes we laugh ourselves right out of the frame 🙂
blog-outtake-1 The downside to this park, is that a lot of people bring their dogs here to run off leash in the attached baseball field.  Maya cannot resist a dog, and always wants to run off and play with them.  Takes a little while to get her back… So, there are about a kazillion self timed shots of me caller her back haha.blog-outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Classic…White Top + Denim (And…chasing the golden hour)

 We escaped to Whistler BC over the weekend to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary (which is TODAY!!), and it was AMAZING!!  The trip started off rocky… We had originally planned to leave first thing Friday morning.  The night before, as I was packing, I got out my passport.  EXPIRED!!  UM…. Long story short.  Lots of frustrated tears on my part.  I felt so stupid for letting it expire, and not checking sooner.  I was SO bummed that we wouldn’t be able to get away, because a) Anniversary b) the Huz has been working 70+ hour work weeks, and I’ve been working a lot too. c) Maya was so excited to go back up!  Through all my crying and being upset, Maya was a total positive rock!

“Mommy, come here and give me a hug.  I will make you happy again!!”

Not once did she get upset that the trip was cancelled (or so we thought).  I ended up calling the 24 hour passport hotline, and got myself an apt at the Seattle Passport Agency the next morning.  I drove to our local drugstore and got my new passport photo taken at 9:30 at night (all red puffy eyes and all-sweet….).  I drove down a few hours early of my apt and got there right when they opened.  They took me early, and I was in and out in 30 minutes.  I was told to come back at 2pm and pick up my new passport!  Well…I ended up having to wait an hour and a half, BUT…a new passport in 7 hours??!!!  I was BEYOND THANKFUL!  We ended up getting into Whistler around 9, but had the best day and a half after that!!  Maya didn’t want to leave 🙂

ALL THAT ASIDE…here are some pictures I took the week before we left…

If there is one combo that stands the test of time, it’s a white top with denim.

You can dress it up, you can dress it down, it looked good in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s (ok, you get my drift)  It still looks good now, and it’s a constant fall back for me when I don’t want to think about what I’m wearing.Blog Marc Jacobs Top Current Elliott String Bean Salt Water Sandals-1 Blog Marc Jacobs Top Current Elliott String Bean Salt Water Sandals-2 Blog Marc Jacobs Top Current Elliott String Bean Salt Water Sandals-3My creative energy was renewed after our last outing during the golden hour a few days earlier.

I’d been so busy with work, camps, lessons, and life that we hadn’t done many outings, and I was shocked at how much my mood improved just by getting out with Maya and taking personal pics again.

Blog Marc Jacobs Top Current Elliott String Bean Salt Water Sandals-4 Blog Marc Jacobs Top Current Elliott String Bean Salt Water Sandals-5 Blog Marc Jacobs Top Current Elliott String Bean Salt Water Sandals-6Needless to say, I was in a great mood after this night too!! Blog Marc Jacobs Top Current Elliott String Bean Salt Water Sandals-7And it just makes me SO happy to see her playing and running around having fun!!!Blog Hanna Andersson Gauzy Cover Up Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-1Ok, a little photography talk here.  I absolutely love that you can manipulate an image just by where you stand in relation to the sun.

In the above image, I was in the sun and Maya was in the shade.  Hence the hazy sun flare.

The below image, Maya is just over a few feet, but I stepped into the shade too.Blog Hanna Andersson Gauzy Cover Up Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-2 Blog Hanna Andersson Gauzy Cover Up Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-3 Blog Hanna Andersson Gauzy Cover Up Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-4 Blog Hanna Andersson Gauzy Cover Up Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-5 Blog Hanna Andersson Gauzy Cover Up Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-6 Blog Hanna Andersson Gauzy Cover Up Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-7 Blog Hanna Andersson Gauzy Cover Up Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-8On me…

Top- Marc Jacobs (eBay, similar here)
Jeans- Current Elliott “The String Bean” (thrifted-sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Keeping it Real…
I gave the remote to Maya in the beginning, so she’s to thank for the first shot.  AND….about 45 shots in the minute after that haha.
Blog Outtake-1And…tossed her right out of the frame-dang it! Blog Outtake-2Her growling face, which is her new thing… Blog Outtake-3
(all pictures taken with ashutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren