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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.

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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…

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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 :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Little White Dress (Day)

 I recently found this dress while thrifting.  It’s by one of my favorite designers.  It retailed for $368, and I found it for $32 (with a coupon!).  Honestly…that’s still more than I’d normally spend, so I hemmed and I hawed with it in my cart around the store…

Rarely do I try things on when thrifting.  Mainly because I don’t have the time, but I decided to try this dress on, and I sent a pic to a friend of mine.  Her words- “It’s so you!!!”

And so…it became mine.

BUT…If I spend money on dresses that only get worn once, that’s ridiculous, right??!  Most dressy dresses can be dressed down, and honestly…I think I like it dressed down better!  Oh, and in warmer weather, I’m so wearing this with a jean jacket and sandals!!

Later in the week, I’ll show how I dressed it up!

blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-1 I wish I could say that I planned this hair flip!  But…nope.  Total accidental catch, but I love it.blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-2I always ask Maya what she wants us to do in shots.

“Let’s pretend to be statues!!”
blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-3 blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-4 blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-5blog-zara-faux-fur-vest-hanna-andersson-twirl-dress-see-kai-run-boots-1 The girl’s got hops!!blog-zara-faux-fur-vest-hanna-andersson-twirl-dress-see-kai-run-boots-2 blog-zara-faux-fur-vest-hanna-andersson-twirl-dress-see-kai-run-boots-3On me…

Leather Jacket- Organic by John Patrick (ebay)
Boots- Frye 12″ Harness boots (thrifted for $10!! They were in the men’s section!!)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- See Kai Run(hand me down)
Keeping it Real…
Um…I’m back here!!!
blog-day-outtake-1 hahahaha.  She wanted to get all up in the camera…blog-day-outtake-2 And…licking me yet again… 😦blog-day-outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a shutter release 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.
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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

Thrift Scores and Pops of Red…

 If you follow us on Instagram or me on Snapchat (lkahan-ditelle), you’ll know that I hit the mother load of jean scores when Value Village had their 50% off last weekend.

One of which was these Paige Denim jeans for $5!!  Oh, and this top?  $7.50 from one of my new favorite eBay sellers!Blog Ella Moss Pleat Back Top Paige Denim Indio Zip Licorice Silver Havaianas-1 and the back of this top??  LOVE!Blog Ella Moss Pleat Back Top Paige Denim Indio Zip Licorice Silver Havaianas-2If there is one thing I consistently love (besides an interesting back on a top haha), it’s a red shoe!  LOVE the pop of color that instantly makes any outfit 10 times cuter!! Blog Ella Moss Pleat Back Top Paige Denim Indio Zip Licorice Silver Havaianas-3I decided to play around with the Lensbaby again.  I think I got it! Blog Ella Moss Pleat Back Top Paige Denim Indio Zip Licorice Silver Havaianas-4 Blog Ella Moss Pleat Back Top Paige Denim Indio Zip Licorice Silver Havaianas-5 Blog Ella Moss Pleat Back Top Paige Denim Indio Zip Licorice Silver Havaianas-6 Blog Ella Moss Pleat Back Top Paige Denim Indio Zip Licorice Silver Havaianas-7Ladybug! Blog Ella Moss Pleat Back Top Paige Denim Indio Zip Licorice Silver Havaianas-8 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-1It’s been a long time since I’ve captured this, but it’s one of my favorite sights!!!  Maya running in for a big bear hug (which usually knocks me over, haha) 🙂 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-2 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-3 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-4 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-5 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-6 I still cannot believe I got so lucky to have such a sweet happy little nugget…Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-7 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-8 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-9 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-10 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-11 Blog Old Navy Top Toddler Levis 505s Red Saltwater Sandals-12 On me…

Top- Ella Moss (eBay $7.50, similar here)
Jeans- Paige “Indio Zip” in Licorice (Thrifted for $5!!-sold out, similar here, less expensive here)
Flip Flops- Havaianas
On Maya…
Top- Old Navy (thrifted, but LOVE this here)
Jeans- Levi’s 505’s (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Salt Water Sandals (thrifted for $3.60!)
Keeping it Real…
THIS is so Maya…with the butt dance… 😉Blog Outtake-1Oh, and note to self.  You have to stay within the sweet spot when shooting with a Lensbaby 😉  What you can’t really see is that Maya is desperately reaching down to tickle me on the way down haha.Blog Outtake-2
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Indian summer days on the beach…

I sooooo needed this day on the beach.  Maya’s school schedule in the afternoon is great, because that means we can go to the gym in the morning.  But…our play time has been significantly been cut, because after going to the gym in the morning and then school in the afternoon.  She’s wiped out.  Sadly, not wiped out enough to still nap 😉

But…on Thursday, she goes in the morning, so we had all afternoon to run errands, and then head down to beach.  We’ve been having amazing weather in the afternoon, so it was perfect!Blog Lily Aldridge for Velvet Striped Tee Current Elliott Cropped Skinny Loved Destroy Black Superga-1 Blog Lily Aldridge for Velvet Striped Tee Current Elliott Cropped Skinny Loved Destroy Black Superga-2 Blog Lily Aldridge for Velvet Striped Tee Current Elliott Cropped Skinny Loved Destroy Black Superga-3 Me- “Maya, do you think I can balance on this log?”

NO!…

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Blog Lily Aldridge for Velvet Striped Tee Current Elliott Cropped Skinny Loved Destroy Black Superga-4 Blog Lily Aldridge for Velvet Striped Tee Current Elliott Cropped Skinny Loved Destroy Black Superga-5A flip gone wrong haha, but still cute 😉 Blog Lily Aldridge for Velvet Striped Tee Current Elliott Cropped Skinny Loved Destroy Black Superga-6 Blog Lily Aldridge for Velvet Striped Tee Current Elliott Cropped Skinny Loved Destroy Black Superga-7Looooove this next one! Blog Lily Aldridge for Velvet Striped Tee Current Elliott Cropped Skinny Loved Destroy Black Superga-8Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-1Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-2Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-3Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-4Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-5Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-6Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-7OMG…LOVE HER!Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-8Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-9Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-10Serious concentration…. and honestly, totally impressed!!  This was in no way a stable log! 🙂Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-11Seriously, DYING!!!  She thought it was so funny to just DIVE off this log.  Most times she did a total belly flop on the sand, yet came up laughing!  And…then did it again 🙂Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-12Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-13Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-14Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-15Blog Hanna Andersson Halter Dress Green Superga-16On me…

Jeans- Current Elliott “The Skinny Crop” (Thrifted, similar here)
Shoes- Superga (thrifted)
On Maya…
Dress- Hanna Andersson  (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Saucony Jazz (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Really…she couldn’t be bothered by me for the most part 😦
Blog OuttakeThis totally cracked me up!  She really was SO good at balancing and jumping, but…there were a few not so graceful falls haha 😉Blog outtake 2(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))dit-elle-Lauren

Black + Denim + Booties…always safe.

 We only had a few minutes before dinner to go run some errands and…play at the neighborhood middle school 🙂

I don’t know why, but lately I’ve been in a clothing funk.  I have more clothes than anyone in their right mind should have, but I still walk into my closet and my brain shuts down.

I think it’s partly do to the changing of the season.  I’m a little tired of all my summer clothes, yet it’s not quite consistently cold enough to wear fall clothing.

It’s also that I’m slammed at work, and my brain is running on empty.  All that to say.  My safe fall back is always black + denim.  Throw in a cute new pair of booties I thrifted for $7 (just found out they retailed for $260!!!), and I had a little pep back in my step! 🙂Blog Free People Crochet Top Citizens of Humanity Carlton Retro High Rise El Naturalista Duna N528-1 Blog Free People Crochet Top Citizens of Humanity Carlton Retro High Rise El Naturalista Duna N528-2 Blog Free People Crochet Top Citizens of Humanity Carlton Retro High Rise El Naturalista Duna N528-3 Blog Free People Crochet Top Citizens of Humanity Carlton Retro High Rise El Naturalista Duna N528-4 Blog Free People Crochet Top Citizens of Humanity Carlton Retro High Rise El Naturalista Duna N528-5 Blog Garnet Hill Striped Dress Hanna Andersson Leggings Saucony Sneakers-1Blog Garnet Hill Striped Dress Hanna Andersson Leggings Saucony Sneakers-2Blog Garnet Hill Striped Dress Hanna Andersson Leggings Saucony Sneakers-3Blog Garnet Hill Striped Dress Hanna Andersson Leggings Saucony Sneakers-4Blog Garnet Hill Striped Dress Hanna Andersson Leggings Saucony Sneakers-5On me…

Top- Free People (sold out, loving this long sleeve one here)
Boots- El Naturalista Duna N528 (thrifted for $7!!)
On Maya…
Dress- Garnet Hill  (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Saucony Jazz (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
The downside to self timer shots….spinning right out of the shot haha-whoops!Blog Outtake.
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

70’s Flared denim…

 I have a stack of flared denim, but I rarely wear them because I have to wear heels… That doesn’t happen very often!  BUT…I scored these super comfy wedge platform sandals the other day for $3, and I knew I was going to put them to good use!

This entire outfit was totally comfortable, and I had no problem running around after Maya.  I will admit that I kicked off the heels as soon as we got home, but it was fun while they lasted 🙂Blog Joie Boho Cami 7FAM the Slim Trouser Sperry Leather Espadrilles-1 Blog Joie Boho Cami 7FAM the Slim Trouser Sperry Leather Espadrilles-2 Blog Joie Boho Cami 7FAM the Slim Trouser Sperry Leather Espadrilles-3How much do I love you?

“THIIIIIIIIS MUCH!”

It’s a game we always play.  I’m just bummed I cut her out ;(  The downside to shooting on a tripod with a toddler who doesn’t take directions 😉Blog Joie Boho Cami 7FAM the Slim Trouser Sperry Leather Espadrilles-4 Blog Joie Boho Cami 7FAM the Slim Trouser Sperry Leather Espadrilles-5 Blog Joie Boho Cami 7FAM the Slim Trouser Sperry Leather Espadrilles-6Yeah, it was all fun and games until I got a mouthful of dandelion seeds! Blog Joie Boho Cami 7FAM the Slim Trouser Sperry Leather Espadrilles-7 Blog Joie Boho Cami 7FAM the Slim Trouser Sperry Leather Espadrilles-8 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-1 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-2 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-3 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-4 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-5 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-6 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-7 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-8 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-9 Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-10“Mom…calm down.  It’s not that high!  I promise I won’t jump!” Blog Red Paisley GapKids Boho Dress Saltwater Sandals-11On me…

Top- Joie (old, love this here)
Belt- Vintage
Jeans-7FAM “The Slim Trouser” (thrifted, similar here)
Shoes- Sperry (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Gapkids (thrifted)
Shoes- Saltwater (thrifted for $1.50!)
Keeping it Real…
“NO PICTURES!!!”
Whoops… 😉Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren