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Maya’s officially a Kindergartener…

Maya officially started Kindergarten this past Monday, and if I’m honest…it’s been a bit of an adjustment…for both of us.  We’ve both been used to spending A LOT of time together these past (well, almost 6 years!)

Her school starts at 7:45, so gone are our mornings of leisurely cuddling on the couch for 30 minutes as we wake up.  Ok, I wake up.  She wakes up bright eyed and bushy tailed from the start!

She’s always been the kid to just jump right into any new situation with a smile on her face and an energetic “Bye mom!!”

Even on her first day of preschool at under 3…much to my teary eyed surprise!

She’s always been so concerned about the kids who cry, and always used to go up and ask if they were ok.

Her first day started off great!  She was excited yet a little nervous.  When we got to the playground, it was a crazy zoo!  She walked right up to two girls she didn’t know and asked what their names were.  She asked if they were going into Kindergarten, and when they said they were she goes… “Oh!  It’s like we’re twins!!  We’re ALL going into KINDERGARTEN!!” haha.  So sweet… When it was time to go in, they let us walk them to their rooms.  We found her cubby, found her name on a table, and she plopped right down and started coloring in her name balloon.  When it was time to go- “Bye mom!”

Tuesday was a little sketchier.  On the way to school, she said.  “I don’t really want to go back.  I don’t get to do anything I want, and I really just want to hang out with you!”

Well…this past Wednesday was rough.  It was the 1st day they wanted us to NOT walk them in.  We were supposed to say our good byes at the line up on the playground.  She started bawling when it was her classes turn to go in.  She wouldn’t let go of me and said that she didn’t want me to leave.  That she just wanted to hang out with me all day.   I ended up walking her to her door, where to teacher literally had to pull her off of me.  Ugh, I’m tearing up again as I type this!!   I think it’s hard no matter what if your child is crying, but it was also such a shock and such a departure from her usual demeanor… Truth be told, I was a hot mess all day until pick up.  THANKFULLY every Wednesday is early release, so I didn’t have to wait as long!

That afternoon, we went to our neighborhood drugstore and got her a little beanie boo key chain to put on her back pack.  I told her that if she ever got sad, that she new her little dragon was there with her.  I also made sure that we made time for at least 15 minutes of cuddling on the couch on Thursday,

Thursday morning, I made sure that we made time for at least 15 minutes of cuddling on the couch, and at drop off, she grabbed another little girls hand that was looking sad, and together they both walked in waving as they went!

For me, it’s hard because I actually have LESS time to work than I did when she was in half day pre-school.  That is, if I still want to go to the gym, which I mentally NEED.  So…I’m frantically trying to get as much work done as I can, and then work more at night.  All that to say.  Not much time for this blog, which bums me out…

ANYWHO…I’m sure we will get our groove back, and we will find ways to spend quality time together, even if it’s not as much as we used to…sniff sniff.

Here she is the morning of Kindergarten.  The light sure is pretty at 7:25am!!

And she sure is freaking cute!!!

I started this questionnaire last year, so I had to do it again!

Again, all answers are straight from her as she said them.

What’s your favorite color?
💜purple

What’s the favorite thing you did this summer? 
Watching everything I want, eating, and playing with Findley and Miles (our neighbors/future in laws 😂).

What’s your favorite food? 🌯Burritos, 🍝pasta, and 🥑guacamole with cottage cheese.

What do you want to be when you grow up? 
👸🏼 A Princess! That has a lot of pets!

What’s your favorite thing to do? 
📱Watch everything I want and play with my toys. (I swear I didn’t just let her sit around all day with the iPad all summer!!)

What’s your favorite sport?
🏈Flag football and 🤽🏻‍♀️dodgeball.

Then Maya got to pick a question and she chose….

What’s your favorite fruit?
🍌Banana, mango, and papaya.

Later that night, we went outside to get a few shots of us together…

She kills me! Creative crop, or I laughed my way out of the frame…hmmm, you decide!
SO excited to wear booties and a jacket again!!!  It’s been chilly in the mornings and evenings, but still 70ish in the afternoon. I’ve worn this jacket a lot, but I’ve never done a close up of all the cool distressing.

One of my BEST Goodwill scores ever!  And…I’m wearing it Maya’s 1st day of Pre-K pics too haha.

On me…

Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
Boots- El Naturalista Duna N528 (thrifted for $7!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted)
Hoodie- Juicy Couture (thrifted)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
These always crack me up… I had originally wanted to get the sun behind us, but it set too quickly.  Her facet tho!!
(all pictures taken with a self timer, because I lost my remote-wah wah!!, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

White Tee + Ripped Skinnies + Birkenstocks

 Happy Labor Day!!

Honestly, we took these images almost two months ago, haha.  BUT…I’m just now getting around to blogging them.  Such is life these days.

If ever there was a summer uniform, this was mine… I’m a total sucker for an interesting twist on a plain t, and this asymmetrical hem totally hooked me! I’ve REALLY been wanting to do more golden hour shoots with Maya, but she’s not feeling it.  SO…the best I can manage is to take her out in front of our house and play with the sun flare there.

Got to get creative, and that’s ok.  Probably good for me.

Loooooove these next images!!

On me…

Top- Feel the Piece (eBay, similar here)
Jeans- AG the Legging Ankle (thrifted for $4.20!!, similar here and here
Boots- Birkenstock (thrifted, but these are fun!)
On Maya…
Dress- Ella Moss (thrifted, but this is so cute)
Shoes- Crocs “Isabella” (thrifted,)
Keeping it Real…
Haha.  Maya always wants to dance and play around my focusing stand…
My face haha.
(all pictures taken with a self timer/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

Family Pics | Los Cabos, Mexico

I just realized that I never blogged the family pics I took when we vacationed in Los Cabos…back in APRIL!!!!  Hahaha.  I had posted some other after dinner pics in this same location from another night, but kind of forgot to post these!

Oh well.  No time like the present!

I really didn’t think these were going to happen…

We had just had an amazing dinner, and I asked our server if I could borrow one of the food trays to use as a tripod.

SO…we did and I’m SO GLAD I ASKED!!!

LOVE THESE!!!! And, are you KIDDING ME?!!! DYING!!!! Seriously…take me back!!!

On me…

Dress- Ella Moss (eBay-love this one here)
On Maya…
Dress- GapKids  (thrifted)
On the Huz
Ask 😉
Keeping it Real…
 hahaha.  Ok, I actually LOVE this one, but… 😉 Again, this isn’t an outtake.  I just loved it but it was taken before we went to dinner and is totally out of order.  Those sun glasses tho… 🙂 Again, not so much an outtake, but an image I wanted to post to show what was behind us.  SO pretty!  And of course, Maya just running in circles… AND…another non outtake, but didn’t know where to put it.  The center of our hotel was SO pretty!!  Pretty sure Maya wasn’t supposed to be standing in that fountain though…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Happy Anniversary to us! || “8” in Whistler

 The Huz and I celebrated our 8th anniversary on 8/8.  I’m a bit of a numbers nerd, so I was kind of excited about this one!

We were super lucky that my parents were able to watch Maya (and they took her to SO many amazing places!!), so we could escape town and have some one on one time.  It was SO needed and so amazing!

We went up to Whistler, and I only took my camera out once.  For like 5 minutes!  Actually exactly 5 minutes!  I just looked at the time stamp on the images haha.  The Huz isn’t a huge fan of pictures, and honestly it was REALLY smokey due to the all wildfires that are going on.

SO…this was it.  We had gone to an earlier dinner and I convinced the Huz to take a few pics outside our hotel.  This was a pretty busy walking path, and a group of 30 somethings walked by and asked if we were taking pictures for Tinder!

UM….WTF?

No…
Nope, not awkward.  OMG, and I just now noticed my remote on the top of the fence post!  Oh well.  Too lazy to remove that now! He’s a good sport 🙂 LOOOOOVE these next two of us!! We took a walk one day to Lost Lake, and it was SO pretty.  But kind of eery with all the smoke!  AND…after being outside for a few hours, we were both feeling the effects of the smoke.  Kind of sad, but also nice to lay in our hotel room reading-aka HEAVEN!

Here’s a few iPhone pics from that walk.  And…NO FILTER!  So odd looking back on these, and seeing just how smokey it was… Nope, no filter!!From our first night out… (iPhone)

We went to the same restaurant both nights!

We thought about going to another restaurant the second night, but we had so much fun sitting at the bar at Bar Oso, that we went there again the second night!

I highly recommend going early and sitting at the bar!  The first night we sat at the bartender’s end and watched him make all these AMAZING cocktails!  Some serious love went into them, and the Huz benefited from a few 😉  I stuck with boring wine…

The second night we sat at the food end.  They plate all the food right in front of you!!  And the attention to detail is AMAZING to watch and…eat!!

And, of course I had to take pictures of our food!!  Sadly, I only took them with my phone, but…still

On me…

Dress- Fraiche by J (Nordstrom Rack)
Belt- Old
Clogs- Miz Mooz (old, similar here )
On The Huz…
Shirt- Toscano (Nordstrom Rack)
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I make the weirdest faces….fact.
Haha.
The Huz is like….Um….
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

Gray Split Back Tee + White Raw Hem Skinnies + Ankle Wrap Clogs!

If I sound like a broken record, I’m sorry…

I LOVE classics with a twist!

From the front, this looks like a pretty basic outfit. And then… LOVE this back!!

And But….love her more!
But they came right back on for a dance off! Oh, and the side details of these super comfy clogs?

Yes, I’ve been wearing them a LOT! and then I decided to tie the back of this tee for a more fitted look…

Love Maya’s shoes just flung around haha.
I can’t even!

Maya was like “OH!  We almost made a circle!!” when she saw this. 🙂 Seriously, so cute with the tied back right??!! I can’t even…I LOVE capturing the way we look at each other!! My dad goes for a walk in the evening, and we see him when we are out playing after dinner.

LOVE these next images of them!

On me…

Jeans- Current Elliott “The Cropped Straight Leg” (Bought on eBay like new for $2.26!!!)
Clogs- Sven C/O
On Maya…
Dress- Naartjie Kids (thrifted)
Clogs- Sven C/O
Keeping it Real…
Soooooo….sometimes I tell Maya we can do whatever SHE wants.
Dancing is usually on the list haha.
And sometimes she grabs the remote and starts shooting a kazillion pictures.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Little Red Dress…

 I’ve totally turned into a dress girl!

Honestly, I’m kind of shocked!  But they are just so easy, and I’m all about THAT!

Especially with it being so hot in Seattle lately.  Dresses are just soooo comfy too!

I’ve had this one for a while, and I love that it can easily be dressed up or down.

I was meeting a client to take some head shots, and we took these right before she showed up 🙂 I know, I know…I totally should have tried to do the red dress emoji twirl! That pose!!

On me…

Dress- Cynthia Vincent (Old, similar here and less expensive here)
Hat- Thrifted, similar here.
Sandals- Mystique (old, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Romper- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sandals- Saltwater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Since we didn’t have a lot of time I wasn’t quite paying attention and messed up the focus on a few of them.  GRRRRRR!!!
Her sweet face though!! Aaaaaaand not quite so sweet face haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren