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Faux Fur + Stripes + DIY Released Hem Skinnies + RED Clogs | Valentine’s Day 2018

 Never one to be on time…

We took these on Valentine’s Day…but a pop of red is always a good idea in my opinion! I’ll be doing a blog post on just how easy it is to do your own released hem that’s all the rage right now.

I did these while I was watching Maya’s gymnastics class! LOVE! Funny story.  Maya had this idea in her head of what she wanted us to do.  I could NOT figure out what she meant!

But…I think this was it haha.
This was NOT it.  Her face…haha. Singing her little heart out! Gah….I will be so sad when her teeth come in!!

That gap tooth SMILE-LOOOOOOVE!!

On me…

Jeans- Paige “Roxi Capri” with DIY released hem (thrifted, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Faux Leather Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Denim Jacket- CrewCuts (thrifted)
Dress- Isobella & Chloe (eBay)
Leggings- (Zulily)
Boots- Timberland “Maple Candy” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Just so  you know…the images of me by myself?  They usually start with me trying to lure Maya
in, and then when she doesn’t want to….I improvise.
Yeah…she was NOT feeling it at first. And then…WHY DO I KEEP THINKING BALLOONS ARE A GOOD IDEA!??!!
They are NOT!!!  Like…EVER!
Ok, maybe 2% of the time…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Faux Leather Biker Jacket + Stripes + High Waisted Crops + Booties

 I can’t stop buying high waisted crop jeans.  Granted…on my monster torso, they don’t look so “high waisted”.

I think they can be harder to style in the colder temps, but they work great if you can find the right height of bootie to wear with them!

It was SUPER windy on this evening.  Maya was actually waiting in the car by the side of the road.

She could still see me btw… Then, she came out, but insisted I hold her the whole time because she was too cold… LOVE this next one!!!! Ok, I love ALL these!!! I could lie and say this next one was a super sweet shot of her holding my face, but…

She thought it was hilarious to put her cold hands on my face. 🙂 Another favorite!!  The symmetrical nerd in me loves how my leg mimics the curve of the grass!

Complete happy accident haha.I convinced her to get down on her own for a few saying she could dance to keep warm… DYING!!  She clearly gets into it when she dances 🙂

On me…

Jacket- Zara (thrifted, similar here and here)
Top- J Crew (thrifted, similar here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- J Crew “Vintage Cropped” (thrifted for $6! similar here)
On Maya…
Sweater- Pumpkin Patch (thrifted)
Top- H&M (thrifted, but similar here)
Overalls- Crewcuts (thrifted for $7!)
Shoes- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Yeah…it was really windy!!
haha.
One minute…super sweet looking shot (above), then….reality. And….then she decides to look down my shirt??? She REEEEEAALLY gets into her dancing haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Playing on the windy beach in Hunter boots

 To be honest, the overcast somewhat nasty days are usually my favorite days to go outside and play! No need to fight any crowds, so you have the beach all to yourself! I’m sure most people wouldn’t think of playing on the beach in the waves when it’s 44 degrees  and super windy outside, but we had so much fun!

I took a video of how I set up the camera and the shutter release I use which can be viewed here. Of course she thought it was hilarious trying to get ME into the water! I looooove that this almost looks like she’s playing in the snow in these next ones! Her face!!  LOVE!

On me…

Sweater- Elizabeth and James (eBay, similar here and less expensive here.)
Top- Banana Republic (thrifted, but super fun sleeve option here)
Jeans- DL1961 Toni “midrise” (eBay, similar here)
Boots- Hunter (thrifted, but similar here and here)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweatshirt- Crewcuts (thrifted, )
Jeans- DL1961 “Chloe” (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Hunter Original Kids (eBay)
Keeping it Real…
I messed up locking in the focus on a whole series of shots! UGH.  SO frustrating, but thankfully I moved the camera and got the focus right.
Not really an outtake, but her pose!!  KILLS ME!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Off the Shoulder Cashmere Sweater + Skinny Boyfriend Jeans + Booties

 I love the idea that any wide neck sweater can easily turn into an off the shoulder one!

And…if you are unsure of the off the shoulder trend or don’t want to wear a strapless bra…layer a fun bralette or tank underneath! Looking back on these pictures, I needed to roll the cuff once more or a little bigger…I don’t really like where they hit me at the ankle.

One of the many benefits of taking pics! GAH!!  Her smile and laugh are just about my favorite thing to see!! This smile now is very GAP TOOTHED!!  I have a loooooot of posts I need to do with her old teeth still in.  I cannot WAIT to start posting her new smile!!

On me…

Sweater- Feel the Piece SO obsessed with this brand! (eBay)
Top- H by Bourdeax
Booties- Sam Edelman “Posey Chain Trim Bootie” (eBay, fun ones here & here)
On Maya…
Sweater- Naartjie (thrifted)
Top- (thrifted)
Jeans- True Religion “Skinny” (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Children’s Place “Sequin Popstar Hi-Top Sneaker (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Most times, I just let Maya jump and dance around, and it ends up being so her and so cute.
And then there are the in between moments….haha.
Her classic face… 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Fancy Dresses on a windy beach…

 One thing we’ve had LOTS of lately, is windy days!!

I’ve been wanting to get dressed up and play with the wind, and we finally did it the other day.  Maya LOVES to dress up, so that was an easy sell.  It was pretty cold though, so layers were key.

I totally underestimate the wind and which direction we should be facing.  I thought it would be better to have the wind at our fronts, but that just pushed my dress in all kinds of unflattering areas!

This one totally cracks me up though, and thankfully she’s hiding me-haha!I took a little video of Maya running around too… (click to view) Loooooove this next one! I messed up the focus on this next one.  It’s harder to lock in the focus on my tiny little focus stand when the camera is farther away from the tripod…

Soooooo, I just did a creative blur, and called it an “artisic shot” haha.

I actually really like it!

On me…

Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)
Belt- Linea Pelle (Old, similar here)
Boots- Circa Joan & David (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- CrewCuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Unlisted “Totally Mine” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I tried to get an image of my super fun HANDMADE earrings/necklace, but the wind was obviously not cooperating!
So…I came back and took a pic in front of my house.  Of COURSE my neighbor came by when I was taking them-as they always do!
Today she’s doing a buy 2 get 1 free sale!  Now that’s fate!  SO….check out her amazing designs!
I aaaaaaalmost posted an image that showed just how badly the wind was blowing my dress onto me, but just couldn’t.
You’re welcome!
Because….it wasn’t pretty-haha.
Her face in this next one… 🙂
And another video we took “I just want to go in the car now mom!” haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Stripes + Boots in the golden hour…

 It’s been sooo cold, windy, rainy, and miserable, but….a few days we’ve had sun!

And when that happens, we all run out and enjoy it!

Ps…Maya was hitting the shutter on this one…over and over and over haha. LOVING this next one in black and white!!! Ok….I might start posting more black and whites!  In my home, that’s mostly what I print, but for some reason I rarely post them here.

LOVE! Yes, we clash stubborn whits at times, but…gah.  I feel SO lucky that she’s my daughter!

I’m sure every mother thinks that, but I really would rather hang out with her than most other people… She cracks me up all the time, and is so kind, caring, and loving.

I mean…her joy!!!  It’s so infectious!

Another shot by Maya pushing the shutter… Those missing teeth!!!

The top two are about to go too.  I will not be able to handle the gap toothed smile!!!

It will be FULLY DOCUMENTED-be forewarned! 🙂

On me…

Sweater- Vince (Nordstrom Rack, sold out similar here)
On Maya…
Top- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Mini Boden (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Timberland “Earthkeepers” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I couldn’t decide if this was an image I loved or an outtake haha.  Once again, I danced my way right out of the frame.  BUT….it could be an artistic crop!
  Her face! Noooo idea what was going on here, but I want to squeeze Maya’s belly!!  Actually, I think it was a piggy back dismount that didn’t go smoothly and wasn’t meant to be captured 😉 . I can’t hear the shutter when we are that far away though, so I honestly can’t tell when it’s going off or stopping haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vintage Levi’s Jacket + Leather Crop Flares + Stripes

Back in mid December, I posted these super fun leather crop flares in a holiday look.

I SCORED these on NWT (!!) eBay for $104, but leather pants are still an investment piece no matter how much you pay for them!  I am always trying to find ways to dress them down for everyday wear to get more use out of them.

I’ve done a bunch of posts about my love of leather pants!  Looking back, some of these are my favorite posts, and can be seen Here (leather leggings day to night), here (with a plaid blanket scarf), here (Playing on the beach), here (All black…always a good combo), here (dressed down in a boho look), and here (with an oversized Cardigan.

On me…

Jacket- Levi’s (thrifted, similar here)
Top- Stylemint (Old, similar here)
Jeans- Frame “Flounce Pull On” Leather Pants (SCORED NEW on eBay for $104!, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- CrewCuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Blueberri Boulevard (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Naturino (thrifted, but similar here in pink)
Keeping it Real…
Well, I only took 3 pictures in this dressed down look (I stashed a change of clothes in the car, and YES, changed on the side of a very busy street-whoops)  before having to run after Maya who went down to the beach without me!
So, I should probably include one of those too… Because twirling on the beach in a party dress is so freaking cute! And this is the ONE shot I got of us together in this look.  WAY after the sun had set, and only lit by the street lamp!
My shutter release was still broken at this point, so….😭
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren