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Button Back Boho Top + High Waisted Crop Jeans + Birkenstock (twins!) | Happy Birthday To ME! 45

 I actually got an extended birthday this year, because my actual birthday landed on a Thursday!

I got even MORE pictures over the weekend-yay me!!  Those will be coming…

I had all these plans of taking Maya down to the beach for pics, but then lost my oomph mid evening.  SO…out in front of our house it was!

And, while they weren’t what I had envisioned creatively… They are US.  I absolutely love them!!
I love these jeans!  I recently scored them off eBay for $7.50!!!  And this cute vintage bag is another recent Goodwill score for $6.50!
Maya when I came out wearing this…

“Um, mom…I think your shirt is on backwards…”

I do love tops with surprise backs!
I had been using this scarf tied around our focusing stand, but then had the brilliant idea of tying it to my bag-LOVE IT!!
Maya wanted to wear her hair down, and she looks SO grown up to me!
Looooooove all these next ones!!
Me…constantly smothering her.  Her….kiiiiiinda putting up with it 🙂
Maya said I should wear these “Birthday Babe” sunglasses that she found at a thriftstore.  The only problem is that I forgot that the camera is looking at you backwards from what you are doing.  We were attempting to show that I turned 45 but it came out 54?!?
Maya “Well, at least people will say ‘WOW! You look REALLY GOOD!’” 🤣🤣

I flipped the image to correct it, but now the “birthday babe” is backwards…
I can resist matching shoes!!
Maya saw her picture on the back of the camera, and said “From far away, I look like you!”
Nailed that pose!

On me…

Top- The Great (eBay, sold out, but obsessed with this top!)
Purse- Vintage (thrifted)
Scarf- Vintage (thrifted)
Jeans- La Vie Rebecca Taylor “Anais” (eBay for $7.50!)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Gizeh” (thrifted, like new for $25!!)
On Maya…
Sweater- Zef (eBay)
Top- Chach Collection (eBay)
Shoes- Birkenstock “Gizeh” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Here’s the 54 🙂
And….my scarf tied as the focusing point.
Good grief.  I don’t even remember what I was laughing about!
And, what the HECK??!!!
It’s like I’m doing the Elaine dance or something!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Tie Front Button Down + High Waisted Flares + Clogs ( + Cherry Blossoms!)

 Truth be told…I kinda forgot we took these!

I had all these ideas for taking pics amongst all the BEAUTIFUL cherry blossoms all around Seattle, but alas…time or lack thereof….

Finally, I decided to stop a along this street a few blocks away on my way to go pick Maya up from school.

It actually got really sunny later, but it was still overcast and chilly earlier as it seems to be lately.  SO, it’s all about layering!
I’m all about tying tops with high waisted jeans vs tucking in.  Who wants the added bulk??

On the way home, we just stopped back off at the same place.
Dying over Maya’s little shirt dress!!  Scored it off eBay from one of my fav sellers in a lot of 4-5 pieces.  She only took pictures of everything folded, so I thought it was a denim shirt.  SO excited when I pulled it out!  Basically it ended up being $3 or $4!!
I wanted to try and get some pics like we did a two years ago.  Not sure I’ll be able to pick her up next year…

On me…

Sweater- 360 Cashmere (eBay)
Jeans- MIH “Caron” in Redo (eBay, sold out similar here)
On Maya…
Leggings- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Dr. Martens “Delaney”  (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
The first shot when the shutter goes off is often me adjusting things haha.  And clearly my RBF…
She kept pinching my cheeks!
And… Not wanting me to kiss her.  HA!  That’s not happening!
I do believe the days for piggy back rides are limited.  She keeps flinging herself back and with
how much she weighs that just isn’t good!!
My face though ha!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Knotted Peasant Top + High Waisted Crop Flares + Birkenstock Gizehs

I had all these great intentions of blogging on our Mexico pics while we were on Christmas Break, but then reality and a never ending cold (I was seriously sick for the entire 2 1/2 weeks!!) kicked my ass, and…well.

I blogged nothing.

So, I’m catching up now, and hope to eventually also catch up on the pics I took from our LAST vacation to Los Cabos back during Spring Break 2018.  Maybe for this next Spring Break??  Haha.

All in all, I’d love to do a write up of both places we stayed and what we did…eventually.

Until then.

A fairly simple comfy outfit.  High wasited crops are my go to right now.  So easy and comfy.  These had a built in hem that was too short for my legs, so I let it out, and I LOVE THEM!  Funny enough, the brand has an almost identical pair to these with the hems let out.  Great minds and all…

And, while I like to tuck things into high waisted pants, it’s so much easier and more flattering to tie tops right at the waist!

No lumps!  No fussing with retucking when you go potty-haha, yes, I went there!


Top- Current Elliott (eBay)
Jeans- McGuire “Bessette Culottes” Mine came with a shorter hem, but I let them. (eBay)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Gizeh” (thrifted, like new for $25!!)
Keeping it Real…
I know I post these a lot, but I was a little cranky that I lost this amazing sun flare by the time I
actually got into the frame… 😦 . Imagine me IN with all this light goodness, ok?
See that woman in the distance?  Yep, of course she came RIGHT up the walkway…again…don’t
mind me!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)


Off the Shoulder Top + High Waisted Raw Hem Crop Flare + Birkenstocks

 This is one of my favorite shoots we’d done in a while.  It was totally impromptu outside of our house, which is usually when Maya gets into it the most.

Oddly enough…favorite shoot or no, we took them FIVE months ago….whoops.

So, let’s pretend those are yellow and orange leaves behind us!

We actually had a nice sunny day today, so the outfits could have happened! These were one of the first flares that I chopped.  They are my FAV!!  And…the ones that started the chopping addiction ha! Baby Birks!!  DYING! These next images are some of my absolute favs of us! And….Maya totally schooling me on the art of posing!

On me…

Top- Free People (eBay)
Jeans- AG DIY Cut hem (eBay, similar here).
Shoes- Birkenstock “Grenada” (hand me down from my mom!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Brand Unknown(thrifted, but similar here)
Top- (thrifted)
Jeans- Gap Kids (thrifted)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Taormina” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I swear my fav blog posts also have the most outtakes…
Always a neighbor or FIVE that walks by…and usually when I’m taking pics ALONE!
Oh, well…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Boho Top + High Waisted Crop Flares + Gold Sandals

 Yup…trying to cram in the summer posts!

My favorite thing as of late is a high tie waisted crop flare!

Funny thing.  When I wore these….3 months ago… I wasn’t as busy!

I thought…”I’ll post these someday soon…”

Yet, now, I’m trying to cram in all the summer things before they look ridiculous. And I CAN’T let these images of US go by…. And…ARE YOU KIDDING ME?


I thrifted this jumpsuit for $1.50, and it didn’t have a brand in it.

I want it in my size though!

On me…

Top- Joie (thrifted)
Jeans- J Crew ( thrifted, similar here )
Sandals- Kaanas “Gold Granada Wrap” (eBay)
On Maya…
Romper- (thrifted)
Shoes- Umi “Alvina” (Nordstrom Rack)
Keeping it Real…
Again… the lifts are never pretty in the beginning!
Especially when you take them with a remote shutter ha!
And, no, I didn’t remove the lens cover on the ground that I forgot yet…
removed on ALL THE OTHER SHOTS!!
And the actual lifts themselves…. 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Destroyed Denim Jackets + High Waisted Crop Flares + Clogs | Twinning is Winning!

  I never know when I’m going to get a bunch of images I love…

I swear the more time and thought I put into a shoot, the less chance it has of turning out haha.

This one, however…I could split into two posts, because I got SO many that I love!

Yup, another pair of cut off pants.  Not going to stop, #sorrynotsorry 😉

I looooooove the detailing on the front pockets of these! Not quite sure how to put my hands in them though haha. This location is perfect for us, which is why we come here a LOT!  There are ALWAYS dogs walking by or playing in the field next to us, so Maya is in heaven!  It is sometimes hard to get her BACK into the shots with me, but usually I can grab her for a few here and there. LOOOOOOOVE this next one!

And…I was looking up this top from past blog posts, and saw THIS POST!

OH MY GOSH!  Chunky little Maya!  DYING!

AND!!!  There’s almost an identical image like the one below!

I HAD to put this other one in!!And then….these! LOOOOOOVE! I can’t believe it was warm enough for me to take my jacket off, but it was! DYING over these next ones!!  I’ll be so sad when her gap toothed smile grows back in!!
On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
Jeans- Grey Ant “High Braid Jeans” DIY cut (ebay sold out similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Hudson Kids (ebay, but similar here)
Dress- Mini Boden (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeggings- Crewcuts “Jodhpur Jeggings” (thrifted)
Socks- Target 
Clogs- Sven  Sling Strap Children’s Clog C/O
Keeping it Real…
The downside of the remote trigger, and a noisy park.  Can’t hear when it goes off ha! Trying for a jumping shot!
OMG, this look is SO her… And…for those keeping track.  The licking hasn’t stopped.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Vintage Camel Hair Coat + Tie Front Striped Button Down + DIY High Waisted Crop Flare + Clogs

 if you follow us at all, you know I’m totally obsessed with cutting my jeans.  It’s one of the many perks of thrifting!  I’m much more adventurous on my “alterations” when I’ve spent less than $20 on a pair of jeans.  Usually less than $15!  I went through a distressing my own jeans phase.

Now, I’m all about chopping off the bottom of all my jeans.  You see the raw hem trend EVERYWHERE, which is TOTALLY helpful when you have a short inseam! And also….striped button down tops!  I had to have an extension to my striped tee obsession haha.But back to the cutting of the jeans…

It’s to the point that it’s getting a little out of control-ha!  Yet…not?

It’s like I’m giving new life to jeans I was NEVER wearing!  AND…now I LOVE them.

So, is that wrong?  I think not.

I had to admit to myself.  Long jeans with heels are not happening anymore.  SO, all my beloved “date night” long jeans….chop chop!

And I’m now I want to wear them all the time!

And they will just get better with every wash… And I’m late in posting this.  Like…really late.

BUT, I’ve said it before.  One of my favorite things to thrift is vintage wool coats.  You can find AMAZING coats with details you can’t even imagine for less than $30!  This one was $16, and I have to be honest…I was cranky about that hahaha.

YET…if you were to buy a true camel hair coat of this quality in the stores, you’d be paying $200 minimum, and upwards of $500!) . SO, again, go thrifting!  Even if you are in a small town!  Go to vintage/antique stores or malls!  I’ve found some GEMS visiting random little towns.

On me…

100% Camel Hair Coat- Vintage (thrifted for $16! similar here )
Top- J Crew (eBay, Similar here)
Jeans- AG DIY Cut hem (eBay, similar here).
Keeping it Real…
Sooo…it was REALLY windy, as you can tell from my hair, but this is also on a pretty high traffic street.  Totally got busted by someone driving reeeeeeaaaaally slow by me wondering what the heck I was doing.  I’m actually totally over it, but still feel like a total nerd in the moment haha.
Whatever.  The look on my face though….
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod by me)


White Button Down + High Rise Crop Flares (Classics for the WIN!)

 We actually got a break in the monsoon season weather we’ve been having!!  Seriously…our basement flooded, but besides that and in addition to that I’m SO OVER IT!!

It was SO nice to have a sunny day.  As nice “looking” as it was, it was still super windy and cold.

We only had 10 minutes before we had to go get ready for Maya’s T-Ball practice, so we made this a quick little shoot 🙂

I took these pair of high rise flares (that I thrifted for super cheap!) and chopped them off at the bottom.  Crop flares are currently my favorite style, so I may or may not have chopped off a number of my flare and boot leg jeans recently! 😉  Better than buying a bunch of new current crop flares for a kazillion dollars, I say!

Paired with a white button down?  Really…you can’t go wrong pairing a white button down with ANY pair of jeans!  Total classic…

Hahaha.  This next one cracks me up!For those wondering.  The reason the first image and the image below look “lighter and hazier”, it’s because I had my tripod in the sun to get the shot.  The darker and crisper close up shots, were with the camera in the shade with us.
This next four shots literally happened in less than a minute.  Taking images with a tripod isn’t always the easiest, but the remote trigger taking a shot every second for 10 seconds sure is! I flipped our position and then got these! I managed to convince Maya to do ONE twirl picture by herself…

On me…

Top- AG Jeans (eBay, similar here)
Jeans- J Brand (thrifted and DIY raw hem, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Lili Gaufrette (thrifted, but current styles here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted, but 2 pack similar here)
Keeping it Real…
What happens when people drive by and you are the nerd by yourself taking pictures….
Her face!!!  hahaha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


Chunky Knits + High Waisted Flares + Clogs

 Life’s been a little crazy lately…. Ok, I feel like it has been for the last few years, but lately…more so!  All that to say.  I don’t have time to think about what I want to wear.  I think about it during the day, and have all these ideas, but in the morning?  I throw on skinny jeans, a striped top, and a leather jacket or sweater.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  Honestly, most days, I’m just happy for my 10 minute shower at the gym!!

But.  I like clothes.  Probably not a shock.  I love how changing what you wear can change your mood.  I love that you can get creative with what you wear, and it can say something about your personality that people may not have expected.  I think people underestimate clothing and how it relates to how it makes you feel.  But maybe that’s just me.

However, if you’ve ever watched a makeover show, you’ll know that it’s not!  But the truth of the matter is.  People lack the time, the money, and the energy or knowledge about what would make them look better and feel better.

Again, one of the many reasons I love thrifting.  You can cheaply buy/try something new, and totally change your mood for the day!  And if you say you don’t have any good thrift stores near  you, then you can easily go online!  Admittedly, you need to try things on at stores to find what styles/brands fit you best, but you can absolutely leave without buying and find things cheaper on eBay, Poshmark, thredUp, or Tradesy.

My entire outfit (as MOST of my outfits) were bought at a discount.

blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-1 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-2 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-3 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-4 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-5 blog-free-people-brick-sweater-hudson-high-rise-flare-korks-portia-clogs-6GAH!!!  I’m soooooo bummed.  I took a bunch of images, but my CF card got corrupted.

I put my card in, and it only loaded half the pics I took. I tried a few times, and it kept giving me an error. THEN…it wouldn’t even recognize the card! I was SO bummed, because I got some super cute images of Maya with her newly lost two bottom teeth.  WAH WAH!! 😦

 BUT…SO glad it didn’t happen to a client’s images!  So, all in all, it was probably a blessing in disguise, because I now always put two cards in my camera (which I should have been doing all along…

So, honestly…I have been waiting to blog these.  I kept thinking I’d find a way to recover the lost images, but I’m finally letting that go.  For anyone that knows me (which honestly, is two-hi mom and dad!), it was REALLY hard for me to let this go.  But I finally did, so I’m blogging this lone image of Maya.  And also saying good bye to an recipe that I captured on that same card that has been long forgotten (because I rarely write things down and use images to help me remember).  I’m sure it was AMAZING!! 😉

Alas…I leave you with Maya not so happy with a sidways smile…


On me…

Sweater- Free People “Ryanne” (eBay, sold out, )
Top- Old, similar here.
Jeans- Hudson (thrifted, similar here)
Clogs- Kork Ease “Portia” (eBay sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Forever21 (thrifted, but loving this one here)
Top- Crewcuts (thrifted, similar here )
Jeans- Hudson (Nordstrom Rack, but similar here)
Shoes- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Could there be more than my corrupted CF card?  Why yes…
Because, at first, she’s ambivilant about pictures.  Or, really…she thinks its funny to make grimacing faces at first.  I’ll admit.  It’s a process with the self timer.  Most times, she doesn’t even realize that I’ve set it up, but sometimes she does, and…pictures.  NO PICTURES!  Hence, the lack of frequency in our images together.  Usually, once I get her playing, she forgets about the camera, but it’s a little harder when it’s on the side walk in front of our house.  As easy as it may be…
blog-outtake-1 Yet, she always goes for my focusing stand!!blog-outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))


High Waisted Denim + Crop Tops + Clogs | 70’s Influence

 It seems like people are always saying “The 70’s influence is coming back!”  Honestly, I don’t think it’s every left.  There are always 70’s influences that are in style.  It was a great decade for inspiration.  All the bohemian flowing looks…the wide leg denim…the amazing hats!!  I could go on and on.  Although, maybe it’s because I was born in the 70’s?  I don’t think so 🙂

I stumbled upon these jeans at the thrift store over the weekend.  They were in the girls section, but looked like they might fit, so for $5 I grabbed them.  I LOVE THEM!!!!  They are high waisted, and because they are meant for a 12 year old, the length is perfect!! haha.  Only slightly embarrased that these are meant for a middle schooler, but whatever!  Once again, my lesson in looking outside the box while thrifting was a big success!Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-1 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-2 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-3 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-4 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-5 Maya found a humongous ant!  She named him Dan, and carried him around on our walk for about 20 minutes 🙂Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-1Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-6 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-7 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-8 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-9 Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-10 I attempted to have her set him free for a few minutes, but that didn’t last.Blog Zara Tiered Crop Top Vintage Belt 7FAM Girls Slimmy Vintage Clogs-11Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-2Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-3I was actually a little sad for Dan that we relocated him so far away.  Hopefully he’ll find his way back to his family if he had one…Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-4Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-5Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-6Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-7Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-8Rolling down the hill towards my Christmas tree shadow 🙂Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-9Blog Tea Collection Wrap Neck Mini Dress Navy Saltwater Sun San Sandals-10On me…

Top- Zara (last year, loving this here and here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Jeans- 7FAM Girls “Slimmy” (thrifted, similar here)
Clogs- Vintage Holje (Funky Jane’s Consignment, find some similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Tea Collection (thrifted, but similar on sale here and here)
Shoes- Saltwater “Surfer” Sandal  (thrifted for $1.50!!)
Keeping it Real…
Someone was NOT happy about setting Dan free to give me hugs 😉Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))