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Casual Family Anniversary Dinner on a Thursday

 The best part of a celebratory day like an anniversary or birthday falling on a Thursday?  You get to extend the celebration!!

This happened on my birthday this year too, so I totally scored this year!

And…let’s just pretend that I’m TOTALLY on the ball and this happened yesterday, ok?!

So…it’s probably obvious that I didn’t have time to do my hair.  Nor my make up.

Sorry, I’ll go OUT for my anniversary on a Thursday, but…
I’ll at least attempt to be put together…
As per usual, I’m more about the back being fun!
Maya had an art direction of how she wanted us to pose.
It took me a few times to figure it out 🙂
When all else fails…
Then… the couple of the hour!  I mean, day.
10 Years married, and I’m SO happy I still look at him this way.
My remote wasn’t working, so we had Maya stand behind the tripod and snap away.

Nailed it!

🙂
LOVE! These two…
I brought this “jacket” that I recently thrifted and cut.  I’ve been wanting a cropped army jacket for a while.  I saw this one thrifting a few weeks ago during a 50% off sale, and decided to buy it and chop it!

I LOVE IT!!!

But, I never would have had the nerve to chop it off, had I not thrifted it.

Yet again one of my many plugs to THRIFT!!!
It normally would have come down past the pockets of my jeans.

NOT a good look with crop flares, which is what I wear most lately!
LOVE HER!!
We walked to Mio Posto, one of our local family restaurants for dinner, because I love anything that’s within walking distance!  It’s one of the many reasons we love our neighborhood!  There are a few restaurants that cater to Maya’s gluten, dairy, egg free diet!  And we love it too!

Oh, and they give kids pizza dough to play with while you wait-TOTAL WIN!!

I literally dream of their Prosciutto E Arugula pizza…

Mio

On me…

Jacket- (DIY Chopped and thrifted)
Top- Zara (old)
Jeans- DL1961 “Hepburn” (eBay, similar here)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Gizeh” (thrifted, like new for $25!!)
On Maya…
Dress- Twirls & Twigs (thrifted)
Shoes- Bonpoint (part of an eBay lot making them less than $4!)
Keeping it Real…
When Maya has control of the shutter, she doesn’t like to stop… 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Low Back Apron Dress with Vintage Accessories for date night!

It was actually Charlie’s birthday  1️⃣9️⃣😳😭, and Maya wanted to get all dressed up (as per usual).
🥰
C clearly didn’t want pics. 😂

I didn’t wear this to our neighborhood restaurant, but changed when we got home, because…why not? 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️

it came with a belt of the same fabric, but I added my own vintage one for some added fun.
🤗😍❤️

 So, admittedly, I hadn’t tried this dress on when I bought it.  I got it when we were in Chicago a few weeks ago, and was in a hurry.

Honestly, I thought it would be super sweet in the front, and low in the back.  The ruffles meaning I wouldn’t need to wear a bra-WIN!

OBSESSED with the back of the dress!!
What I wasn’t expecting….how revealing it would be on the side-WHOOPS!!
THANK GOD there were to wardrobe malfunctions!!
LOVE! Her Fingerling that she recently thrifted for $2, that she couldn’t NOT have with her… Remember when these were ALL THE RAGE and you couldn’t buy one for Christmas except on ebay for $100?!!  Yeah, she didn’t get one that year, and has wanted one ever since…

On me…

Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Bag- Vintage (thrifted)
Sandals- Koolaburra “Alexa” (eBay)
On Maya…
Dress- Milly Mini (eBay $5!!!, and she’s obsessed! similar here)
Shoes- Tom’s “Correa” Sandal (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Had to get a pic with the Fingerling!
Funny thing…My remote broke again, so we did these all with a 10 second timer.  SO…not as
many outtakes (oddly), but…
Yup, almost a wardrobe malfunction, and we weren’t even doing anything!!
If there is a cat or dog near…Maya will not pay any attention to me.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

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 :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vintage Chemise + High Wasited Crop Flares + FLORAL CROWNS!!

Ugh….these were taken SO long ago (almost TWO months!)

It was such a magical day!

Maya and I went to an event hosted by Kirsty of  The Kirsty Files , Jenn of What Jenn Wore  at Pacific Place.  

I’ve seen some of the events both Kirsty and Jenn have put on, and they look SO fun and always have a creative aspect to them.  When I saw that this event would include the making of a floral crown, I knew I had to ask if kids could come!  Kirsty said yes, so I was all in!

What do you wear to a fashion event…that’s always the question.  I see people dressed to the nines, but that’s not me. Especially if I’m bringing Maya with me.

SO…vintage top, my fav high waisted crop flares, and some comfy sandals-DONE!
I can only hope that she will come to more events with me, because we had the best time!  And…it carried through the entire day!
Here are the floral crowns we made,  And by we….I mean, I made them, while Maya walked around and schmoozed with the guests.  But….let’s be honest.  That was fine by me.  We were both in our happy place!
I borrowed this image from Jenn’s Instagram.

And this next one from Kirsty’s blog post,

Both images taken by Saskia Potter.

We all seriously had SO much fun making these crowns!  Everyone’s was different, and ALL of them were beautiful!  All the flowers were graciously provided by the talented Holly Yee

On me…

Top- Vintage
Belt- Vintage
Sandals- Ugg (thrifted, similar here and love these here)
On Maya…
Romper- Ella Moss (thrifted, but similar here)
Sandals- Stuart Weitzman “Camia Ava” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Here’s a little behind the scenes video we took while taking these shots.
Maya’s commentary and her savvy use of the video camera kill me!!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

White Tank + Button Front High Waist Jeans + Platform Sandals (classics with a twist!)

While it’s not anything fancy…if you asked me to pick ONE outfit to wear (ok, let’s just say one combo, because…omg!!🤣🙈) I’d easily say…

White top + Jeans + Comfy shoe.

DONE.

Easy. Classic. SO many takes on it!

I swear I can’t find time to take pics during the day anymore! It’s a blur with Maya’s activities, then home to make dinner.

So, after dinner/post bath pics it is. I’m wearing a bun at least 50% of them time.  I wish I had time to do my hair, but honestly, most days…I don’t.  SO….I’m trying to find fun ways to accessorize the bun-haha!  I’ve tried the head scarf, but can’t quite get it to look good, so…scarf around the bun it is!Lately…when I have time to run out and take pics, it’s almost Maya’s bedtime, so…

She’s in her jammies.  But, I still want her IN the pics if I can coerce her!  If it means staying up a little later, she’s always in 🙂

On me…

Scarf- Vintage (thrifted)
Top- Petit Bateau (thrifted size 16 years haha)
On Maya…
Nightgown- (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Maya loves to jump down our rocky yard, and it always scares me…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Fringe Leather Jacket + Distressed Skinnies + Clogs (date night | Mama’s Night Out)

 So….these images are old …

Like….SEVEN MONTHS OLD!

I used to be so good about blogging, and now, I find that I’m just doing what NEEDS TO BE DONE!!

But I’m attempting to catch up and blog a bunch of photos that we’ve taken, because I can’t let them go undocumented!

These looked current, for what the weather is doing now, but I looked back and they were taken back in NOVEMBER!  hahaha.  Oh, well.

BUT….I love them, and have no idea what was really going on at this point in time, so… sadly I have no documentation other than what I see now.
Gotta love my neighbors walking by…
Yeah, and usually one comes up behind me walking their dog! This fringe and stud detailing…LOVE!!!

I still can’t believe I scored it for !! Always obsessed with our matching clogs from Sven!!
Her face!! Then 5 minutes later the sun was gone and it started to rain…

Oddly enough it rained tonight too!  SO…let’s just pretend we took these in July 2019, ok?

LOVE these next two though!!!

On me…

Jacket- Doma (ebay)
Top- Nation LTD (ebay)
Jeans- RtA “Sonia” (eBay)
Clogs- Sven “Ankle Wrap Strap”C/O
On Maya…
Jacket- Hudson Kids (ebay, but similar here)
Dress- Vintage Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Well, it’s inevitable at this point.  Everyone is walking their dogs or their kids if it’s not raining
so….HI!  Don’t mind us!
And, without fail…my cheap timer goes off when I don’t want it to.  BUT…it’s cheap, and…it’s
from Amazon, so… 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

DIY cropped Vintage Overalls + Classic Dr. Scholls Clogs (hello 90’s!!)

 I’ve been coveting these Free People baggy boyfriend overalls for a while now, but I just can’t pull the trigger on anything full priced!!  So…I do what I often do.  After scouring eBay first of course.  I looked in my own closet to see what I could make out of what I already had!

Funny story about these overalls is that I had this exact pair in the 90’s!!  SO bummed I gave them away at some point, but found them again a few years ago thrifting!  They’ve always been a weird length on me though.  Not long, but not cropped enough.  I’ve thought about chopping them SO many times, but could never pull the trigger.  Until…the Free People overalls.  Then….Snip snip!  And I LOVE THEM!!

I’m washing them as I type, and I can’t wait for them to get more frayed at the bottom!

And..another flashback to the 90’s and honestly 70’s (!!), these Dr. Scholls sandals!  I may have them in white and black too… 🙂
Sometimes (ok, everyday) I just want to eat her UP!!!

One of my favorite things about working on these posts when she’s at school.  I get to stare at her cuteness and miss her!
Maya got this frisbee at the YMCA “Healthy Kids Day”, and we finally went out and practiced.

Two posts I did in them before chopping here and  here.  GAH!  Little Maya in these!!!

On me…

Overalls- Gap (thrifted, but similar in white here and LOVE these here)
Tank top- James Perse (eBay)
On Maya…
Dress- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Leggings- Gap (thrifted)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Taormina” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I didn’t realize we were going to throw the frisbee until she came out and threw it haha.  Right as I was taking a pic…
There were a LOT of trips into the street 😉
Her face tho!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren