Lauren and Maya@dit_elle

Indulging my love of fashion, photography, & preserving memories with Maya! ❤️

Thrifter

40+

Self taken 📷 tripod + remote

Seattle
@lkahan

https://dit-elle.org/

How many over 40 mama's have "rules" for what they should or shouldn't wear?
🙋🏼‍♀️🙈
I bought this skirt off eBay and did NOT think it was going to be this short! I hemmed (ha-literally!🤣) and hawed on whether I should wear it. Was it appropriate for a 44 year old mom to wear a skirt this short? 😬

Then I put it on last weekend for dinner at home. The Huz was all... 😍🤗
Granted, that miiiiiiight have been my signal to ONLY wear it at home! 😂

BUT...I don't know. I'm getting tired of the backlash not only for women of a certain age, but size too! I see women ALL the time that are of a "bigger than sample size" that are ROCKING current fashions, and I'm LOVING IT! And it's encouraged me to step outside of my "is that ok for me to wear" zone.

What are your thoughts? NOT just my skirt, but...I'm totally ok either way! 😂😬🙈

AND...just an fyi, I wore boy shorts under this! #BetterSafeThanSorry 😜


(📷 Self Portrait @lkahan )


More pics coming soon to the blog.




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Today marks the end of an amazing time for us...

Ok, that's a bit dramatic 😂, but...I'm shooting a wedding tomorrow and then every weekend following that will be filled work wise until...the end of the year, most likely. 😕 Barring rain.

I've been working this entire summer yet making time for US in ways that I haven't shown here. And it hasn’t been pretty at times! Summer is such a blessing and a curse for the working parents, is it not?? I'll blog about it at some point, or maybe I won't... It might be that I finally have time next January, and then it will be odd to post summer pics! Such is life... 😂

All that to say. Maya seems to go through 3.5 year "emotional growth(read WTF😳😫🤯) spurts" and 6.5 was no joke... BUT, these past few weeks have been like they've always been. Which means I’ve been in heaven!!! Not to say that they've been without arguments or breakdowns (maybe for both of us 😏), but that's normal! But what's also our normal, and I'm SO THANKFUL, is that we have fun. We truly enjoy being with each other, and honestly, I'd choose her over most people on any given day. •
Except the Huz. 😂 She always asks me. "BUT...do you love me more than DAD??" Or "Am I your favorite over DAD?!" "C'mon...you can tell me! I won't tell him!" 😂🙈 I always tell her "It's different..." ❤️

(📷 Self Portrait @lkahan )




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I lugged all my camera gear, my tripod, and my laptop (zoom in and you can see it-charged, yet untouched! 😂) on our trip and didn’t pick up any of it the whole time. Kinda makes me sad, but also...a sign of a true anniversary weekend getaway! 💃🏼🕺🏼🍷🥃

One of the only pics of us as we headed out for dinner 😂

And...I love it! ❤️

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"Unique Updos"

Yes, we killed 3 birds (or photo challenges!) with one stone (or shoot), and this is the last one! •
Kind of sad this photo challenge is done, but maybe we'll commit to another together soon! And at some point I’ll blog all these pictures!

Thankfully I took a picture of the BACK of Maya's head before we left, because in the chaos of everything, I forgot to get a good pic of it! She's been begging me to do this elaborate braided bun hair do, and I honestly never had the patience to figure out what she meant. UNTIL THIS CHALLENGE! So, again...so thankful that this made me and us take the time to do things that we've been meaning to do for a looooong time, yet always had excuses that we were too busy (ok, I was too busy) to do them. •
Oddly enough, this was during a week where Maya didn't have any camps, and I had two back to back newborn sessions. AKA...NO time and so much work to do. But, I'm so thankful that we took the time. And I know Maya is too. ❤️


#RTDisneyFancyNancy


(📷 Self Portrait @lkahan )








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"Fancy Fingernails"


One of the milestones I've been most looking forward to is Maya learning to read. She fought it for a while, mostly because she wasn't that confident. This summer she's really taken off and it makes me SO happy! It literally brings tears to my eyes to hear her reading! ❤️

AND....the Huz and I are going away for our 9 year anniversary this weekend, 💃🏼🕺🏼and I wanted to get my nails done. I usually go with just my mom, but I asked Maya if she wanted to come with us this time since she wasn't in camp and she was super excited. It was SO cute watching her be all serious and still when they were painting her nails! And of course, when the asked her what color she wanted...she chose FOUR! And had specific instructions on how she wanted them done. 😂 Yup. That's Maya. •

She got her "Fancy Fingernails"! 💅🏻

Day 4 of the @redtricycle @disneyjunior #FancyNancy Photo Challenge! And I have to say...having pictures of us reading together (even if our nails were the intended focus) is SO special to me! Once again, I'm so thankful we both decided to do this photo challenge together. I'll be a little sad when this challenge is over! Maya even said... "Well, if we don't win, maybe there's a part two of the challenge?!" ❤️


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(📷 Self Portrait @lkahan )




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A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
—Mignon McLaughlin
❤️❤️❤️
He rarely makes an appearance here, but I had to...
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Finally blogged a super fun day hike you can take with your kids if you’re in the Seattle area!

Anyone else have hiking suggestions to take with the whole family?





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"Elegant Ensemble"

Ok, this will not come as a shock, but this was the challenge we were both excited about from the @redtricycle @disneyjunior #FancyNancy Photo Challenge! 🤗

Maya would wear a party dress every day if I let her! I even conceded and let her wear them a few times to school last year, because...NOT.WORTH.THE.BATTLE! And...since I thrift all of her dresses anyways, it's really not that big of a deal if she ruins them by playing. 🤷🏼‍♀️

I'm including two shots we took last night plus two outtakes, because...NO, it's not always how it seems. Which is precisely why I always include outtakes at the bottom of each blog post! And they always crack me up! ☺️ #LKKeepingItReal

More videos from the evening in our stories.


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(📷 Self Portrait @lkahan )



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"Delectable Desserts"

I'll admit. I almost cheated and used some pictures I've already taken this summer of desserts we've made for various special occasions yet haven't blogged yet... 😬🙈
BUT...to me, part of a "photo challenge" is taking the pics FOR the challenge! So, here’s our Day 2 entry for the @redtricycle amd @disneyjunior #FancyNancy Photo Challlenge

I was really excited to either recreate or make a new dessert, but we were basically gone from the house from 8-5 yesterday, so...that didn't leave much time. What dessert doesn't take much time? MUG CAKE! 🤗

Have you ever made a mug cake? You can cook them in 2 minutes in your microwave with only a few simple ingredients! And...you can make them in any little container. Doesn't have to be a "mug" •
I haven't tried to make one since getting all of Maya's allergy restrictions, but we really only had to sub out the eggs for #VeganEggs. It made the consistency and color a little different, but during the entire process, Maya kept saying "These look SOOOO DELECTABLE!!" 😂 And...it's #GlutenFree #NutFree #DairyFree
So, mission accomplished! Which was one of the main reasons I wanted to do this challenge with her in the first place.

You can search "Mug Cakes" on the blog for a similar recipe! •

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(📷 Self Portrait @lkahan )




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I swear I wear something chambray at least once or twice a week! So easy, versatile, and comfy!



More of these pics currently on the blog, as well as some pics of our sweet puppy Ruby from when I was still able to pick her up!! ❤️🐶


(📷 Self Portrait @lkahan )


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"Brilliant Breakfasts"

How many of your girls read #FancyNancy? Maya is a big fan, so when I saw @redtricycle was doing a @disneyjunior Photo Challenge, I thought it would be the perfect thing for Maya and I to do together! ❤️

No, this isn't an ad. Yes, it was somewhat staged. But also yes, we had fun! AND...ate some yummy chia pudding. 😋

That's where the "brilliant" comes in! #ChiaSeeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium.


Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke. Now that I’m in my “mid 40’s” 😫 I think about that more... •

This recipe was only chia seeds, unsweetened almond milk, vanilla, and a tiny bit of raw honey. Topped with blueberries, raspberries, almonds, and another drizzle of honey-YUM!!! Skip raw honey for #whole30breakfast #whole30
Exact recipe coming later to the blog.


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(📷 Self Portrait @lkahan )




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