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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

Levi’s Cut Offs + Birkenstocks that I’ve had for 20 years…

I’d like to think that means I had the foresight to know that they’d come back in fashion, but in reality…I’m a bit of a clothes hoarder. haha  In any case.  I lived in these in college, and I’m living in them again.  Yay me!

Oh, and here’s another “haven’t washed my hair in a while, so I’m milking the straightening that I did”  Just add tiny braids! 🙂Blog Free People Princess Gwendolyn Boho Top Vintage Levis Cutoffs Birkenstocks- Blog Free People Princess Gwendolyn Boho Top Vintage Levis Cutoffs Birkenstocks-2 Blog Free People Princess Gwendolyn Boho Top Vintage Levis Cutoffs Birkenstocks-3 Blog Free People Princess Gwendolyn Boho Top Vintage Levis Cutoffs Birkenstocks-4Going in for a lick…as per usual 🙂 Blog Free People Princess Gwendolyn Boho Top Vintage Levis Cutoffs Birkenstocks-5 Blog Free People Princess Gwendolyn Boho Top Vintage Levis Cutoffs Birkenstocks-6 Blog Free People Princess Gwendolyn Boho Top Vintage Levis Cutoffs Birkenstocks-7 Blog Free People Princess Gwendolyn Boho Top Vintage Levis Cutoffs Birkenstocks-8Looooove this next one! Blog Free People Princess Gwendolyn Boho Top Vintage Levis Cutoffs Birkenstocks-9I’m DYING!!! She loooooves wearing sunglasses, and it just kills me how cute she looks in them!  I load up whenever we are at Value Village and I see a cute pair for $1, because they don’t last long 😉 Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Twirl Dress GapKids Purple Striped Leggings Purple Converse-1 I think we are both missing Maui… 🙂Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Twirl Dress GapKids Purple Striped Leggings Purple Converse-2 Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Twirl Dress GapKids Purple Striped Leggings Purple Converse-3 Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Twirl Dress GapKids Purple Striped Leggings Purple Converse-4 Blog Hanna Andersson Purple Twirl Dress GapKids Purple Striped Leggings Purple Converse-5 Blog West Seattle Sunset Constellation Park-1 Blog West Seattle Sunset Constellation Park-2 Blog West Seattle Sunset Constellation Park-3On me…

Top- Free People “Princess Gwendolyn” (from Nordstrom Rack-sold out, love this here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Jean Shorts- Levi’s (Can buy similar here)
Shoes- Birkenstocks (20+ years old, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Leggings- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
OMG, I debated on posting this, because look at my face!!  hahaha.  But…then again, here’s keeping it real!  We saw a baby sea lion out swimming, and then I remembered I had pushed the timer ha!  Oh well.  The sea lion was cute! 😉Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren