Be different.

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I have not always been one to conform. I do not like to buy something just because it is “in style”. Now if it is on sale and super cheap, I will probably buy it just because I can not pass up a sale. I have always been the girl that looks through the men’s section to see what I can make work for me. This dress may be the best purchase I have ever made in the men’s section. I am so obsessed with this dress, that is really a men’s tank. Ah, I know I know, it’s amazing and on sale! I made my husband buy himself a tank too, but really I just wanted a second dress and to not feel guilty for him not getting something lol.

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I am all about comfort and just wearing whatever suits my mood that day lately. We spend so much time outside in the summer, dresses are my go to. I was not made for 100+ degree weather. Minnesota was snow 90% of the year and I was okay with that. You think after 7 years, I would be adjusted. I even went as far as thinking about cutting my hair. I had a moment of weakness. Fall!! Hurry up and get here (:

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Tank Dress // H&M

Necklace and Bracelet Stack // Alex and Ani

Bag // Fawn Design

Clutch // Olivia and Joy

Shoes // Similar

Hat // Similar

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Alex and Ani

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This is a brand I absolutely love and adore with every being in my body. They evoke such positivity and good vibes that it is hard not to love them. Infused with positive energy, they are sure to make any being feel at peace with themselves and an overall sense of happiness. Each piece is amazingly crafted and many have such positive words of wisdom on them. It is easy to create a set that is personal to your energy and personality.

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Each piece is designed and crafted right here in America of sustainable material. All the materials are eco-conciously manufactured and every collection is artisan crafted with so much meaning and love. They are a company that not only cares about their world around them, but every aspect of their pieces, offices, stores, and every piece and thing in-between that goes into offering pieces of amazing quality.

Not only are the environmentally friendly, they have great Charity by Design pieces that support many amazing non-profit organizations. They work to empower these organizations by not only working closely with them and influencing every aspect with the passion to grow, but also to strengthen their organizations. Each bangle purchased from the Charity by Design collection will have a portion of the purchase price that goes directly towards the charity it is representing.

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I love pairing my bangles with everything that I own. I literally wear them like every day whether I am dressed down or dressed up. I can thank my husband for getting me hooked on them. I received my first bangle as a gift from him and when I went into the Salt Lake location I fell in love with everything in the store. I can not wait to grow my collections and work along with this amazing company.

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Bangles & Necklace // Alex and Ani

Top // Pacsun – Similar

Jeans // Urban Outfitters

Rachel Lauket Photography

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I absolutely loved working with Rachel. It was one of the most fun shoots I have ever had. It was very laid back and we vibed very well together. Rachel is an amazing photographer. She caught all the really fun moments and has an amazing eye. I can not wait to shoot with her again.

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For this shoot I wanted to take one shirt and style it two different ways. The shirt is a crop from Pacsun and one of the softest, most comfortable shirts I own. The first look is a more girly feel. I paired it with a maxi skirt that I made and a jean jacket. It is the perfect outfit for any girls day out or date night.

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Long sleeve Crop // Pacsun – Similar

Skirt // Handmade

Jean Jacket // H&M

Bag // Fawn Design

Sunglasses // Rue 21 – Similar

Necklace // The Chic Orchid

Watch // Wet Seal – Similar

Bracelets // Alex and Ani & Pura Vida

Mug // Starbucks

 

I love taking very versatile pieces and making them work for many different outfits. It give you more options and allows you to save by just having staple pieces in your wardrobe. I hope you love it and stay tuned for the second outfit with Rachel Lauket Photography!

❤ Elexis XO

Ija Designs

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I fell in LOVE with Ija Designs the moment I clicked into their site. Can I be totally lame and say that everything in their site just speaks to me?! Because it totally does. My husband always jokes with me and says that I was born in the wrong time. If I could walk around with no shoes and big oversized dresses and flower crowns with lots of fringe all the time, I would. I love everything that speaks to my soul and gives off an energy like no other. That is exactly what Ija Designs does for me. It is jewelry that is beautiful but compliments your inner beauty.

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Ija Designs was founded in 2007 by Erin, a trained metalsmith and the most gorgeous woman! She is not only an amazing designer, but a breast cancer survivor. She finds her inspiration from everything around her including family and the textures of the land. It is no question that her work is stunning and of the highest quality. They have made it a passion to run their company completely green. Their studio is run on 100% renewable energy. Every piece of scrap metal is recycled and every item is made from recycled metal.

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I am so honored to be able to share Ija Designs with you all. It is truly a brand that I love with my whole heart and soul. I gush about them every chance that I get and always get so many compliments on the items when I wear them. For all my amazing followers, use code “BAHLBABIES15” to receive 15% off your purchase on www.ijadesigns.com (: I know you will all love them as much as I do. Make sure to show them some love on Instagram as well! Share with you mom, sister, aunts, and heck hello husband I want everything on their site! All items are link to the item for purchase on their site, just click on the name! (: ENJOY!

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Xo -E

 

 

 

Creole Art Photography – Mommy and Me

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Since I can remember the only thing I have ever wanted to be when I grew up was a Model. My mother will tell me stories of these big dreams I had and that she never knew where this idea came from, but my answer was always the same. I was going to move to NY and be a big time model for big time companies and that was it. While the dream may have changed a little, modeling is still something I love to do and will continue to do until I just do not enjoy it. I do not care how many people tell me I am too short and not fit enough or just not cut out for it, I will do it.

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It is even better when I get to do a shoot with my sweet boys. I have worked with Sandrine from Creole Art Photography on a few projects before and I have fallen absolutely in love with her work. She is so amazing at what she does and I know she will go far.

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Creole Art Photography is based in Layton, UT. She has this amazing all white studio that you can’t help but fall deeply in love with. I am crazy and if I could live in an all white everything house, I would be in absolute heaven. She has an amazing eye and captured so many amazing photos of the boys and I that I will cherish forever. She is so kind and sweet that it was easy for them to be comfortable, which allowed them to fully be themselves and play around.

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I highly recommend if you are in the Weber County/Layton area to get in touch and use Creole Art Photography for any photoshoot you have coming up! Mommy and Me sessions are perfect for gifts for Father’s Day, birthdays, any gift you need, or just a fun way to remember the connection you share with your children while they are young forever. Make sure to check out her page and facebook for details soon on Mommy and Me sessions! Don’t forget to show her some love on her newly started Instagram as well!

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I can not thank you enough Sandrine for these amazing photos of the boys and I! ❤

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xo -E

Runaway.

A month. That is how long it has been since I have even looked at the blog. So much happened in that month. Christmas. New years. Modeling gigs. Hurt foot. Family issues. The list goes on and on. SOOO, why did I just up and abandon it? Because it got to the point where it was expected of me to post. Yes I know, the point of a blog is for me to post, but when people are saying to me “you need to post more of the boys outfits” or post this or post that, that’s not me. It wasn’t for me anymore it was for everyone else. I don’t do commitment well. Before y’all chime in that I do commitment everyday of my life being married and being a mom… yes I am fully committed with all my heart. I am in a loving marriage and a stay at home mom to two amazing boys, yes it scares the shit out of me all the time. I do not know what the future will bring us and yes that is scary. Besides my brother and sister, surprise yes I have half siblings, there really has not been any stable committed relationships in my life. I panic everyday thinking that I could potentially fail my family, because that is all I knew growing up, but I know that it is all worth it. So, when the blog became something I had to do I ran. No thank you, I am out, see ya! Basically run the other way as fast as I can and not look back. But, I miss it. I won’t lie. Not necessarily the outfits and all that good stuff, but being able to share the real me with y’all. For you to see that there is more than just these cute little kids in cute little outfits running around. A real mom living a real life everyday. The ups, the downs, the good , the bad, and the ugly.

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I am not going to say I am back 110%. I am not going to give you this huge long “I am going to post everyday and give you guys everything” rant. Cause that for sure is not me. It just take the little things in life to realize that sometimes you need an outlet. This is my outlet. If you love it, I love you, if you don’t that’s okay too. Some people are going to come here for the clothes, some people just for the real-ness, and some people just cause I bribed them to come and read my dumb posts haha. But I will share with you everything I love when I feel like it is something you will care about.

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Where in the heck did all this come from you ask? No, probably not, but I am going to tell you anyways haha. Lately my very loving sons and brothers have not been so loving. They have their moments of pure just… I don’t even know, rage maybe, sometimes I honestly think they just hate each other. Nothing like I have ever seen before where Hurleigh will just go to town on Bentleigh, because Bentleigh is the sneaky one and does things to make him mad, but in a very quiet way. I know that they do not hate each other, far from it, they have a love I could have never imagined for them. So as I was putting them to bed in their beds tonight, that of course have to be touching Bentleigh said, and Hurleigh does end up half in Bentleigh’s bed so fine, I had this moment of fear. Fear that my commitment to them is failing, that some place I have gone wrong and something I am doing is not right. BUT I know siblings fight and I know people who are together 24/7, 365 days a year are not going to see eye to eye every second of everyday and that applies to them as well. So here we are. Basically venting on my blog and if you are still reading high-five. And thank you (:

 

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Christmas Crafts.

I love doing crafts with my boys. Normally during the winter that is all we do since we are stuck in the house because of the snow, dreading it even more this year with Hurleigh absolutely hating the snow, but we have ZERO snow! So, we have been playing outside as much as possible, enjoying this exceptionally nice weather. I totally makes me want to move to a place where it doesn’t snow. Did I just say that lol. I do love snow, I mean I’m from Minnesota where it would snow 3 feet and you had to shovel your car out and get to school asap. I am just enjoying this winter so much.

We decided today to break out the art supplies and make some snowflakes for their play area. I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it would be so fun to do with both of them. Hurleigh has other ideas. As you can tell, he did not want to partake in the painting whatsoever. So, it became a Bentleigh and Mommy craft. All you need are popsicle sticks, paint, and a hot glue gun. You can make any pattern your heart desires. I glued them all together and let Bentleigh get started on his master piece. I love the way they turned out. Each unique and a one of a kind snowflake just for our family.

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I had to cut him off from the black paint after a while. He did tell me black was his favorite color, even though I know it is not and he just said it because I told him it was mine, still melted my heart lol. He would have painted the whole thing black if I let him. Hurleigh just did his own thing, knocking down the teepee in the background at one point. I guess I can add painting to the list of things this child does not like. Overall, a successful and easy craft for everyone to enjoy.