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Chambray Shirt dress + White Skinnies + Saltwater Sandals (Twinning!)

 I’m all about chambray right now.

It’s soooo comfy for the warmer temps! Technically, I think this is a dress, but…yeah that’s not happening 🙂 LOVE!! Maya was adamant about Star Lily being in our pics…

Honestly, whatever makes her happy and willing, I’m IN at this point! We got her for Maya a few years ago for Christmas.  Costco had them (for $50!), and I KNEW the minute I saw it, that Maya would love her!

I was right 🙂
Twinning is always winning! 🙂 AND….haha.

These were taken over TWO months ago, when I could still pick Ruby up!

She’s now 5 months old and weighs 65 lbs!!

SO…no more picking her up 🙂 Such a little nugget!!

On me…

Top- Rails (eBay, similar here and loving this long sleeve one!)
Sandals- Saltwater Sandals
On Maya…
Top- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Dress- Gap Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Sandals- Salt Water Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Pretty typical face from Maya…
And yes…for those following along for a while, STILL licking. Before she heard the shutter clicking.  It seemed to mesmerize her, which was great!
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Comfy Jumpsuit + Destroyed Denim Jacket (AND…Maya’s 1st day of Pre-K!!)

 Yes, for those of you in the know…Maya’s 1st day of school was 2 weeks ago.  Yes, I am just now getting around to blogging the pictures we took…

Truth be told.  I actually forgot that I hadn’t blogged them yet-whoops!  I posted a sneak peek on Instagram on her first day, and then…well, life’s been a whirlwind.

So…I decided to basically wear pajamas on her first day haha.

Seriously, this jumpsuit is SO comfy!!blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-1 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-2 It’s hilarious.  Now when I’m trying to get pictures of just me, she wants to jump in them!

NOT COMPLAINING!

And, yes, she has a cracker in her hand 🙂blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-3 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-4 The days of doing this are numbered.  I know I keep saying that…blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-5 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-6 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-7 blog-three-dots-romper-3x1-denim-jacket-saltwater-sandals-8

I thought I’d finally jump on the bandwagon and do the yearly questions to see how Maya’s answers change.

(All answers straight from her.)

What’s your favorite color?
🌈Red, orange, blue, gray, purple, and silver and gold.

What’s your favorite thing you did this summer?
🏈 Flag football.

What’s your favorite food?
🍝Spaghetti and meatballs, 🍟french fries, 🌯sandwiches, and 🍎apples but only if they’re really dark red. 😂

What do you want to be when you grow up?
🎤 A ROCKSTAR!

What’s your favorite thing to do?
I just like to eat food…😏

Then Maya got to pick a question and she chose….
What’s your favorite flower?
🌸A cherry blossom, because they smell soooo good!

God, I love this kid! Couldn’t be more proud of the sweet, funny little girl you are becoming!blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-1 If you look closely, you can see a chestnut that Maya was tossing in the air.  She collected a bunch for some squirrels (video at the end!!).blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-2 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-3 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-4 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-5 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-6 blog-gapkids-jean-jacket-tea-collection-dress-salt-water-sandals-7

On me…

Jumpsuit- Three Dots “Boat Neck Jumpsuit” (eBay sold out)
Jean Jacket- 3×1 thrifted for $10!!! (similar here retails for $300!!)
On Maya…
Jacket- GapKids (thrifted)
Dress- Tea Collection (thrifted)
Leggings- Tea Collection (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
If you want a laugh…CLICK HERE “When Squirrels Attack!!” haha.  I can’t stop laughing!
She was jumping up and down and waving her stick in front of the camera 🙂  Funny thing is that it just mad the picture a little fuzzier and darker.  LOVE playing with images, and she totally inspired me to try the trick on a shoot I had later that week!
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(all pictures taken with a self timer/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

Thrifted Crop Flare Overalls (!!!) + Twirl Dresses Forever {and another Low Tide Adventure}

 I will always love overalls!  I think I actually owned this pair in a couple of colors back in the 90’s!  I just recently thrifted them for $6, so I have no idea from what era they originate.  I love that they are a little cropped (not sure if they are supposed to be??), and they are beyond comfy!Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-1 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-2 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-3 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-4 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-5 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-6 Blog Gap Crop Flare Overalls Gold Salt Water Sandals-7I’m not 100% sure how I found Crew & Lu, but I’ve been following her on Instagram for a while now.  Uyen is freaking hysterical, and she makes the most adorable clothing!!  A few weeks ago, she had 60% off almost her entire inventory, and I jumped at the chance to get a few things for Maya.

When we opened the box, Maya “Ooooohed and aaaaaaahed!”  She kept saying “Oh, THANK YOU MOMMY!  These are amazing!”  I may have gotten a couple of dresses… 🙂Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -1 LOVE the back on this dress!!Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -2And the twirl factor is off the charts.  A total win in Maya’s book 😉 Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -3 Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -4 Blog Crew and Lu Cloud Grey Everyday Dress Salt Water Sandals -5

On me…

Overalls- Gap (thrifted, similar here and here)

Sandals- Salt Water Sandals

On Maya…
Dress- Crew & Lu (sold out, but so many other cute dresses)
Keeping it Real…
Normally when we go to the beach, she just runs, plays, FALLS, and splashes around.  She was so nervous about getting her dress dirty though that she kept holding it up.
Thankfully, she had her swim suit on underneath 😉Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

The Dress You’ll Want to Wear Every Day…and Salt Water Sandals!

 One of my favorite things about Instagram (besides meeting super cool people!), if finding random little shops that I never would have known about otherwise!

A few weeks ago, I saw someone wearing this amazing dress on Instagram, and I had to see where it was from!  In my mind, I was sure it was going to be 100’s of dollars.  NO!!!  Less than $45!!!  Sadly, it was sold out, but I scored the short sleeve version I’m wearing, an amazing tunic (that I’ll be blogging soon-taking it from day to night), and a cardigan for $8 (that I might try and turn into a wrap dress :))!!!  Almost all their clothing is less than $50 and it’s all ridiculously comfortable and well made too! I swear this isn’t an ad or a collaboration.  They have no idea I’m writing this.  The store is that cool!! 🙂

 The other super cool thing about this dress, is that when I wore it to preschool pick up I had both a grandmother and a 20 something mom ask me where I got it!Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-1I took these the day before I left on my girls weekend over a week ago…

I couldn’t stop smooching on Maya before I left!Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-2 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-3Blog GapKids Denim Jacket Purple Mexican Dress Gold Sun San Salt Water Sandals-4Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-5For a sizing reference.  I’m 5′ 8″, and I got a small.  It’s actually almost too long!  Nothing a little knot doesn’t fix!

And, I cannot believe it’s taken me this long to buy Salt Water Sandals for myself!!!  They were also on sale, so I scooped up a pair to see if I’d like them.  I’ve worn them SO MUCH!!!Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-6Because…twinning is winning! haha. Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-7 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-8 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-9Maya wanted to “Make me look beautiful” by putting weeds in my hair 😉 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-10You can’t really see them, but…so sweet! Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-13Blog GapKids Denim Jacket Purple Mexican Dress Gold Sun San Salt Water Sandals-11 Blog GapKids Denim Jacket Purple Mexican Dress Gold Sun San Salt Water Sandals-12 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-14 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-15 I can’t even handle her sweet smile!!!  LOVE HER!1 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-16 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-17 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-18 Blog Roulee Pocket Maxi Dress Gold Salt Water Sandals-19The low tide was SO cool, but it was SO slippery out there on the rocks.  We ventured out a little bit, and then came back.Blog GapKids Denim Jacket Purple Mexican Dress Gold Sun San Salt Water Sandals-20I thought about messing with this image in Photoshop to enhance the beauty, but decided to leave it exactly the way I took it in my camera… Blog GapKids Denim Jacket Purple Mexican Dress Gold Sun San Salt Water Sandals-21Same with this one.  I’m not much of a landscape photographer, but I couldn’t help but take a picture on this day. Blog West Seattle Beach-22

On me…

Dress- Coal Black Maxi Dress (definitely more of an olive green color)
On Maya…
Jacket- (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- thrifted
Keeping it Real…
I had put my camera on burst mode when Maya was jumping off the ledge, but forgot to turn it off… Nothing like capturing about 50+ shots when you intended to take one haha.  AND…nothing like getting my entire laugh caught in succession.  I ommited the REALLY ugly laughs.  Like, I look like I’m going to kill someone in some of these.  SO sorry for those of you that have to see that all the time ha! 😉Blog Outtake-1And, I’ve always wanted to capture Maya mid jump.  Oddly…when I finally did, I realize it wasn’t exaaaaaactly how I pictured it in my mind 🙂 Blog Outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Extreme Low Tide in Seattle…

 Whenever we get low tides, it’s SO fun to go out on the beaches and play.  We can’t always catch it (with Maya’s school schedule), but this last weekend, it was REALLY low tide!  So. of course we had to go check it out!!

There’s a specific spot that I love to go to that really only locals know about (I think!).  It’s usually only a TINY beach when the tide isn’t low, so not many people would ever think to go there.  I mean, it must be the case, because there’s never anyone there when we go, compared to the main Alki Beach which is PACKED on nice weekends!

The best part is that you can see the mountains….and the city (coming next!)Blog Free People D-ID Boyfriend Shorts Salt Water Sandals Low Tide West Seattle-12It’s hard to get Maya to come anywhere near me, because she just wants to run and play in the sand.Blog Free People D-ID Boyfriend Shorts Salt Water Sandals Low Tide West Seattle-2 Blog Toddler Levi Cut Offs Salt Water Sandals Low Tide Seattle-3Yup…this view is only a few yards away from the above shots!  Honestly, not even that!  I could have pivoted from the above shot to get this!! Blog Toddler Levi Cut Offs Salt Water Sandals Low Tide Seattle-5 Blog Toddler Levi Cut Offs Salt Water Sandals Low Tide Seattle-6 She honestly face planted in the first 5 minutes!! 🙂  I’m SO glad I thrift all her clothes!!

I actually suggested a different outfit before we left, and she was like

“No, that’s too special…”

HAHAHA.  She NEVER used to say that, so it’s so funny that she would think that way.  AND…SO glad that she did!!  Even if I only spend a few dollars on things for her, it makes me sad when they get ruined.  BUT, because I only spend a few dollars on things, I don’t care when this is what she wants to do 🙂Blog Toddler Levi Cut Offs Salt Water Sandals Low Tide Seattle-7EXCEPT for the fact that once she’s down there…she doesn’t want to get up ;{Blog Free People D-ID Boyfriend Shorts Salt Water Sandals Low Tide West Seattle-8 Blog Free People D-ID Boyfriend Shorts Salt Water Sandals Low Tide West Seattle-9So, I have to offer to play with her (which is really all I want in the first place!) 🙂 Blog Free People D-ID Boyfriend Shorts Salt Water Sandals Low Tide West Seattle-10 Blog Free People D-ID Boyfriend Shorts Salt Water Sandals Low Tide West Seattle-11 Blog Free People D-ID Boyfriend Shorts Salt Water Sandals Low Tide West Seattle-13 Blog Free People D-ID Boyfriend Shorts Salt Water Sandals Low Tide West Seattle-14And….back to playing in the sand.Blog Toddler Levi Cut Offs Salt Water Sandals Low Tide Seattle-14Until I gave her permission to just jump and play! Blog Toddler Levi Cut Offs Salt Water Sandals Low Tide Seattle-151 Blog GapKids Levis Salt Water Sandals Seattle Low Tide-

On me…

Top- Free People “Lace Trim Dobby Dot Cami” (Nordstrom Rack-sold out, similar here)
Jean Shorts- D-ID (eBay, sold out, similar here)
Sandals- Salt Water (scored when Rolee had a sale!!)
On Maya…
Top- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Jean Shorts- DIY Levi’s Cutoff  (thrifted, but similar here)
Sandals- Saltwater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Gah.  Not having the remote trigger is totally annoying me.  I didn’t realize I hit the button until….
*Click*
So, this is me walking the focus stand over.  Yes, I was the big nerd in the middle of low tide taking pictures with a tripod!!
Hi!! 😉
And, why yes.  That’s my child just laying in a puddle of sand mud haha 🙂Blog Outtake-1
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Party in the back…

Our weather has been ALL OVER THE BOARD lately, but the past few days have been in the 80’s-WHAT?!!  Makes me a little scared for this summer… BUT, it’s been fun getting to wear light flowey tops (with barely there backs!!)

 I feel like I might be sounding like a broken record about my LOVE of an interesting back.

AND, the front of this top is gorgeous all on it’s own!Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-1 But….Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-2 Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-3 So, I ordered another shutter release, but it’s on back order.  SO…the last few shoots have been all with the self timer.  I CANNOT WAIT for the new shutter release to get here!!

Imagine me hitting the shutter, and then RUNNING to the spot (which is farther away than normal, because I was using a zoom lens)  She kept thinking we were running together, and then I’d stop at the focus point.  I LOVE this next image.  Her face is like “Um….why are you stopping??!” haha.

Don’t mind me.  Just trying to show the amazing back of this top!! 😉Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-4And…her chasing me to the spot 🙂  I love this little pocket of sunshine and all the shade around it…Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-5Wanting up…

UGH, what am I going to do when she stops wanting to be picked up for a hug??!!

(insert major TEARS emoji!!)Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-6 Once again, I hadn’t planned on throwing her, but she came running full force at me, and we caught it perfectly.  Well, not perfectly because I chopped off half of her body.  Love that I still got her face…in the shadow and all.Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-7 Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-8 Blog Free People Fly Away Top Hudson Collin Skinny Gray Mystique Tie Sandals-9Bubble gun that we got from the dollar store.  So cool, because it doesn’t require batteries.  NOT so cool, because  you have to push the trigger a kazillion times to get a lot of bubbles.  That’s hard for her, so she usually gets one big bubble… Blog HM Red Striped Dress Naartjie Leggings Red Saltwater Sandals-1 Blog HM Red Striped Dress Naartjie Leggings Red Saltwater Sandals-2This next shot is totally blurry, and I don’t care!!  I tried “gunning” some bubbles for her, and then attempted to run back to catch her chasing them.  Well, the wind was too strong, and… Blog HM Red Striped Dress Naartjie Leggings Red Saltwater Sandals-3You can’t tell, but it was 75 degrees.  We were both HOT!  And I was totally sweaty from running back and forth between the camera, and then chasing her.  SO…we made the executive decision to leave and go play at the indoor gymnastic free play.  Always sad to leave… Blog HM Red Striped Dress Naartjie Leggings Red Saltwater Sandals-4On me…

Top- Free People (eBay, LOVE these here and here)
Bralette- Spree
Jeans- Hudson “Collin Skinny” (thrifted for $8!!)
Sandals- Mystique (old, loving these here)
On Maya…
Dress- H&M (thrifted)
Leggings- Naartjie SO sad they are no longer in business ;( (thrifted)
Sandals-  Saltwater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
UGH.  The main thing I do NOT miss about the 10 second self timer.  RUNNING to the spot, and then hearing the click of the shutter when I’m in no way ready haha.
Blog Outtake-1
One more time that she came running towards me, and I wasn’t prepared.  TOTALLY wish I’d had this set up to capture HER!!!!  GAH!!!  I put a new battery in the receiver as soon as I got home!!!
Ps. don’t mind me and my really tight jeans…yikes.Blog Outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren