Category Archives: Date Night

Party Dresses on the Beach at Sunset…

 A little over a month ago, Maya and I participated in a photo challenge put on by Red Tricycle and Disney Junior.  I posted one of our entries along with a quick chia pudding recipe here.

We didn’t win, but we sure did have fun!  We ended up knocking out 3 days worth of challenges in this one shoot, because…as fun as it was.  It took time!  And time is a hot commodity these days.  The best part was that we were doing it together though!  And Maya was excited about it-YES!

We were both excited about the “Elegant Ensemble” challenge.

Party dress?  Count us IN!

Looooove this next one! Another day was “Fancy Fingernails”

This was super fun!  Normally I go get manicures with just my mom, but I asked Maya if she wanted to come with us, and she did!  She was so serious when they were doing her nails.  And of course…she picked FOUR colors haha.

Blue and white on one hand…silver and gold on the other.  🙂

Maya on a rock…is her comfort zone…OMG.  This is hands down my new favorite picture of Maya!

SO HER!! And yet…this is also so her.

“I hate pictures!  Oh, but how about I nail this pose….”

😉

I swear these were ALL HER.

All I said was, “Can I get a picture of you standing on that rock?” Then…we got some together again as the sun was fully down.

These were to showcase our “Unique Updos”

I didn’t get a good picture of Maya’s (shown later in a phone pic in the “keeping it real” section!), but her’s was braided all along the back and then a braid bun.  She had been asking me to do her hair that way for a WHILE, so I finally tackled it.  She was VERY specific!

On me…

Belt- Vintage
On Maya…
Dress- Fleurisse “Samantha” (eBay for$3.50-retail $245!!!)
Shoes- Seychelles (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I was a liiiiiittle nervous that I was putting too much time/thought into this shoot.  I kid you not, the more time and thought I put into shoots, the more likely it is to go to shit!
So…I made sure to leave with PLENTY of time to catch the sunset.  I picked a spot that usually isn’t very popular, but 10 min after we got there a family of SIX comes down.  Not only would they be in our shots I had set up, but of course Maya wanted to play with them!
We flipped it around and shot the other way… But, it’s a lot harder to focus when things are heavily backlit…
I messed up the focus on the first round of shots!
I DID NOT GIVE UP THOUGH!  hahaha.
And finally the family left after the sun had gone down.  And…we got the amazing shots on this rock!  But not before…
And…here’s the picture I actually took with my phone as I finished Maya’s hair.
SO glad I did!
And I’m only a little bummed I didn’t get a picture of it on the beach, but…whatever!  I got WAY
more than I expected to get!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Belted Silk Maxi + Birkenstocks For a Night Out…

About two months ago (yes, I’m frantically trying to squeeze in all the summer pictures before they look ridiculous!), the Huz and I went to a friends house for an amazing dinner that we won at Maya’s school auction!

I’d been wanting to wear this maxi dress, but was worried I’d look too dressed up.  Am I the only one that worrieSO..I put a vintage braided belt on and some Birkenstocks, and dressed it down a little! My parents were watching Maya, so we took these when I went to drop her off.  YES, I brought my camera and tripod haha.  And when we showed up, my mom was unintentionally totally matching us!

I’d call that FATE!! I mean… 🙂Love this sequence of Maya.  It’s SO HER!!

Totally sweet and innocent… Then strutting her stuff! And….doing a booty dance haha. The dinner we went to was at a friends house that lives a few blocks from us, but they went totally all out because it was an auction fundraiser.

My mouth is watering looking at all these images again! Their backyard is AMAZING! And one of the dads that helped put the dinner together did this amazing seafood broil! Are you kidding me??!!
And, yup!  I logged my tripod with me here too haha.  Again…it’s only a few blocks away 😉 As the sun went down and the drinks set in… 🙂

On me…

Dress- 7 For All Mankind (eBay)
Belt- Vintage
Shoes- Birkenstock “Grenada” (hand me down from my mom!)
On Maya…
Dress- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Leggings- Tea Collection (thrifted)
Shoes- Umi “Alvina” (Nordstrom Rack)
Keeping it Real…
The shutter always catches us while we are looking where to stand!
AND…I had to use a lens that made us look SO distorted because it was a really tight space!  I look like I’m super short with a ginormous head and feet!!  Don’t get me started on my arms!  All that to say…the lens you shoot with ABSOLUTELY changes how you look!  When they say the “camera adds 10lbs”.  It’s RIGHT!  I take phone images and I’m like…wow!  I look good!
Sadly, I don’t post phone images here haha.
Seriously…I can’t even with her dance moves!
I LOVE THEM!!!
The stage Maya was (ok, IS) in right now…
NOT loving pictures.
Thankfully, I get a few in here and there.
My motto…. “I only need ONE!!” haha
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Leather Jacket + Tied silk top + White Joggers + Ankle Wrap Sandals | Date Night

 I recently wore this outfit when the Huz and I went out to dinner in Victoria BC for our anniversary.  I brought my camera and tripod, but it sat in the corner the entire trip!

I got a lot of compliments though, SO…I decided to put it all back on when we got home and take some pics really quick! haha.

I’ve been knotting so many shirts lately.   My torso is so long that my shirts never stay tucked in, and I like the drape and look of the knot.  Even on a silk top-who knew!?

On me…

Leather Jacket- Remake Remodel (eBay for $16!! similar here and cute faux option here)
Top- Geren Ford.  (old)
Cross Body Bag- DVF (eBay, similar here and less expensive here)
Sandals- Koolaburra “Alexa” (eBay)
Keeping it Real…
I ran outside and took these in 10 minutes, so no outtakes.  Just got er done!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod-except iphone selfies :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Happy Birthday to me! | 44

 Ok, so my birthday was back on the 18th, but there were a few delays celebrating, and then more delays on me working on the pics.

I just realized I haven’t posted for almost 2 months!  There was a time when I posted every single day.  What the what??  Then it went to 3 times a week… Then a few times a week.

And now…

Well…

Here’s some pics from my birthday celebration. I’m obsessed with anything cowl neck!!  If it has it in the back, I’m always in! That grin though… Slightly out of focus, but whatever…. Getting the Huz in front of the camera requires a special occasion, and I WILL pull the bday card!!  🙂 Loooooove this next one! Maya fake laughing…um…? One of the reasons we didn’t celebrate a little sooner was that Maya fell off a bench at Girl Scout camp and cut her head open.  This kid can handle pain like a CHAMP, but…trips to the Dr and treatment…not so much.  Trips to two different Urgent Cares later…she was totally fine, but our dinner reservation was not.  BIG thanks to my parents who had dinner waiting for us when we finally came home.

A few days later we celebrated for real, and…you’d never know she had 5 stitches in her head 🙂 Maya’s in a “I’m going to make any kind of face but a real smile for pictures” phase…it’s neat. But she sure does love her Meme and BOPO.

At some point I’m hoping to get back to blogging here regularly.  I miss it.  I miss taking pics with Maya.  I miss the documentation of what’s going on in our lives, because honestly…  In the blur of our chaotic life, I forget… I forget the little moments, and to be honest, I have to stop and really think to remember the big moments.  This blog was my reminder.

Truth be told, it was also my highlight reel.  And while that’s not a true depiction of our day to day life, I need that to look back on sometimes.

SO…hopefully we will get back to this more regularly, but maybe we won’t and that’s ok too.

On me…

Top- Boulee (eBay)
Jeans- 3×1 (ebay)
Sandals- Ugg (thrifted, love these on sale here)
On Maya…
Dress- Crew & Lu (Old, but love this updated one!)
Leggings- Gap Kids (thrifted)
Shoes- Naturino (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
When you aren’t sure if the timer is working….but it is haha 🙂
Maya aka Zoolander…. Um…is this thing on?
Yup. And where are we supposed to stand??
🙂 Pretty typical Maya shot as of late… AND…I messed up where we were supposed to stand!!!  SO BUMMED, but…still love this in all
it’s blurry goodness 🙂
(Most pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya and my Parents and a few of me and Maya-thanks mom!  :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Leather Bomber + Silk Tank Dress + Wrap Sandals | All Black for Date Night!

 The Huz and I were long overdue for a date night!  We had gotten a gift certificate from his boss for….CHRISTMAS, but just hadn’t gotten the chance to use it until now!

Ok….these were taken about 3 weeks ago now…as per usual!

BUT…

We went to the Pink Door downtown, and I decided to sass it up a little bit more than my usual around the neighborhood date night.  This dress is SO comfy, and I love that it can be dressed up or down.  I’m all about small cross body bags when I go out.  Easy to wear and not at all cumbersome! AND…I even managed to coerce the Huz out for a few!! Maya was not as happy about it.  She was a little bummed that we were leaving her behind… I knew it would get chilly in the evening, so I brought along this leather bomber.I think it’s such a fun alternative to the classic biker leather jacket! And these sandals are SO comfy!  I accidentally wrapped them oppositely, but I kind of like it!Dying over this vintage Hanna Andersson dress!!

SO CUTE!!  Even if she’s giving total attitude…

On me…

Leather Jacket- Remake Remodel (eBay for $16!! similar here and cute faux option here)
Dress- Feel the Piece “Ray Tank Dress” (ebay $14- retail $290! similar here less expensive here)
Cross Body Bag- DVF (eBay, similar here and less expensive here)
Sandals- Koolaburra “Alexa” (eBay)
On Maya…
Dress- Vintage Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Leggings- Tea (thrifted)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Her face in these…
Kind of classic these days.  I’ll TAKE pictures, but I’m going to be a grumpy face about it….
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Cold Shoulder Blouse + Released Hem Skinnies + Booties + Leather Jacket

 To be honest…these were taken almost two months ago from Easter!

Gah!  One of these days I’ll get my act together and blog more consistently, but that day is not now…

BUT, I figured I need to blog some of our warmer clothing looks soon or I’ll have to just wait til next fall haha.  And you can just wonder why Maya looks so young 🙂

I’m ALL about loose tops for the holidays, so I can hide my food baby haha.  We had a pretty casual Easter meal, so I decided to pair this silk top with some released hem jeans.

I undid the hem myself with seam ripper!  Anyone interested in a tutorial?  It’s super easy!  I showed how in my Instagram stories under DIY Denim, but could make a blog post at some point!
I love that this jacket looks like a “denim jacket” yet, it’s the most AMAZING leather!!

Thank you eBay!
I asked if everyone wanted to come out for a family pic, and got a resounding universal “NOOOO!”

Thankfully, I can still bribe Maya to come out quickly for a few! The sun kept coming out, and then hiding…such a nightmare for taking pictures, but whatever… Oh, and Maya’s leggings are actually work out pants that she wore on our morning walk that she didn’t want to take off.  It wasn’t a battle I was going to fight…

Again…bitter about the sun blowing out so much of these shots, but…I’ll get over it. This next one is SO HER!!!! hahaha.

Sorry, no time to search for similar items right now!

On me…

Leather Jacket- Vera Wang
Jeans- J Brand
On Maya…
Faux Leather Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Anavini (thrifted)
Shoes- Dr Martens “Delaney” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Other than the HORRIBLE light??
Yeah, Maya loooooves to grab the focu stand and move it.
I laugh sometimes…other times, I do not 🙂
Her face…YET AMAZING lighting as the sun went behind the clouds….GRRRRRR. I love this SO MUCH!!!  SOOOO her!  And yet…keeping it real 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vintage Silk Kimono + Light Destroyed Skinnies + Peep Toe Booties | Date Night or Mama’s Night Out!

 The kimono craze! Are you on board or think….yeah, no… I’ll save it for after bath/before bed?

I was on the “Eh…how can I make it work??” team a few years back, but now I’m in love! Yes, that happens to me a lot.

This kimono is actually my great grandmother’s cousin (is that my great great cousin?? 🤔) who I’m actually named after! No…her name wasn’t Lauren. It was Vernona Spicer. 😬 Thankfully, my middle name is Spicer (another fun fact! I always won for interesting middle name in grade school ) . Not that Vernona isn’t a great name.  I’m thinking in the age of overused “original” names….it needs to make a come back!

BUT…this kimono!  I’ve kept it safe in my closet thinking I’d make a belt for it, and then it hit me… It may have never had a belt?  OR…it doesn’t need one!
All the colors in it are my favs!!

Later this week, I’ll show how a simple shoe swap makes this easy to wear to school pick up or park and then…out for this look!

I’m all about easy changing!!

On me…

Kimono- Vintage
Keeping it Real…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod :))

dit-elle-Lauren