Category Archives: Date Night

Leather Jacket + Boho Top + Moto Skinnies + Booties

 This is my default night out outfit.  The top is nice and flowy.  Not too long, not too short.

These jeans have moto detailing and the seams on the thighs totally suck you in-WIN!!  haha

Bonus points if you read to the end to the “keeping it real”.

DYING.  haha

BUT…the main reason I always buy timeless classic pieces.

On me…

Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)-
Top- Winter Kate “Tiger Lily” top (Nordstrom Rack, similar here and less expensive here)
Jeans- Rag & Bone (thrifted for $6.50!, similar non moto here)
Boots- Paul & Joe (old, but similar here )
Keeping it Real…
One part of the keeping it real is that I took these pictures in April….of 2017!
Whoops…AND…edited that this has been in my drafts FOREVER!  Ok, over two years!  HITTING PUBLISH!
And the downside of running outside to take pictures really quick before going out?  One of my neighbors ALWAYS walks by!!  Ok, I’m actually really lucky if only ONE walks by…
Don’t mind me…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

Leather Jacket + Open Back Blouse + High Waisted Skinnies + Leopard Booties ( Date Night! )

 A few weeks ago, I met the Huz downtown to go out and celebrate his birthday.

(edited to add…the Huz’s birthday was in January….)

I managed to run outside really quick before I left to take some pics, which NEVER happens!!

I loooooove the back of this top!  And it works super well with a high waisted jean! I love it even more that it looks a little prim and proper from the front, and then you turn around… I even managed to lure Maya outside for a few!  Messy after school hair and all 🙂 Gah, love her!

On me…

Jacket- Bod Christenson (eBay, similar here)
Top- Astr (old, similar here)
Boots- Kimchi Blue (Thrifted for $7!!! sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Sweater- Peek (thrifted)
Jeans- DL1961 (eBay)
Shoes- Report (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
So classic.  My remote not working and…my neighbors driving by….
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Leather Jacket + Stripes + High Waisted Raw Hem Flares + Leopard Booties | Date Night!

I took these last November really quickly before we went out on a date night.  I’ll just pretend it’s what I wore last night when we had a quick happy hour dinner while Maya had soccer practice.

We often walk to one of our neighborhood restaurants, so comfy shoes are usually needed.  I feel like leopard adds an instant element of fun though, so…perfect for date night!

I also love mixing stripes and leopard!  They are both such classic prints that go with everything!

On me…

Leather Jacket- Bod & Christensen “Rebecca” (eBay similar here, and faux leather here)
Sweater- Club Monaco  (thrifted)
Belt- Thrifted, similar here.
Jeans- 3×1 (ebay)
Shoes- Vans (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
When I take pics of just me, there are rarely outtakes.  I just get it done in like 5 minutes.
OMG, I just looked back at the time stamp, and it was only 1 minute 40 seconds ha!
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

3 Generations…Girls Night Out! | Aqua by El Gaucho

My dad decided a while back that he wanted to do a boys night out with Houston, the boys, and Houston’s dad.

Great idea!!

Oh, but, WAIT!!

Then, my mom suggested that us girls should go out too!  Sadly, my mother in law couldn’t join us, but my mom, Maya and I went out!

Such a special evening. Of course…we’re girls and we used it as an excuse to get dressed up! As we should.

The food was AMAZING! I cannot believe I’ve never been to AQUA by El Gaucho . The food was delicious, views were gorgeous, service was exceptional, and the company…beyond words.

Thanks Mom! ❤️

A few pics we snapped before we hopped into our Uber!

Uber car selfie for the win!

And, Maya took the image of me with my mom!
I mean…

Coloring!

YUMMY FOOD!!
And bathroom selfies! 🙂
I ran outside before the boys left to see if they’d at least let me take a picture with my phone, but…

This was all I got.

THANKFULLY they had their picture taken at the meal!
On me…

Leather Jacket- Vintage (thrifted)
Dress- L’Agence “Sophie  Print Maxi Dress” (eBay $35, retailed $600!!)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Booties- Paul Green “Kimberlie” (eBay $24!!, retailed for $400+)
On Maya…
Jacket- Xhiliration (thrifted, similar here)
Dress- (thrifted, similar here)
Leggings- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Sandals-
Keeping it Real…
Um…where are we supposed to stand??  AND…Maya’s face!
Again…I just want a hug!! haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Le Diner En Blanc | Seattle 2019

Le Dîner en Blanc was actually on July 25th, 2019, but…(broken record time) . I haven’t had time to blog them until now.

I had 3 shoots get rained out this weekend (ugh!!), but I actually have a little time to spare while I upload a bunch of other client galleries.

I didn’t have time to take pics before the event, and honestly still was undecided on what I was going to wear until about 20 minutes before we left (as per usual!)!

SO…a few mornings later, I put my dress back on, and Maya and I ran outside for a few quick pictures!

Can I tell you how excited I was when I realized this dress had POCKETS?  Honestly, that’s what tipped it into the winner category!
This is the quickest, easiest hair do to do in a pinch.  With the elaborate neckline of this dress, I didn’t really want to wear my hair down.  However, I decided on this dress so last minute that I had to do a quick hair adjustment!  I threw one of the flowers from the bouquet we brought, and called it good!
Seriously, one of my new favorite images I’ve taken of us!!!

That sun flare!!  The joy….LOVE!!!
Dying… I LOVE the way it looks like she’s playing with the light in these next ones!
And then looking up at it???  All coincidence haha, but I love it!
I didn’t bring my real camera with me to the event, so the pics I took aren’t the greatest with my phone.

The official pics can be seen here, as well as information about the event.

The official promo video is super cool though, AND we are in there twice!  At minute 1:23 and then again right after dancing in the GIF photo booth (still pick of that at the end of this post)

I ended up going with my friend, because Houston gave it the big thumbs down after hearing all the details haha.

I will admit, that I am SO GLAD I went with a girlfriend.  There is a LOT of prep and planning that goes into it.  You have to bring your own table, chairs, and decorations.  It ALL has to be white!  We also chose to bring our own food, because the meal options didn’t look as appealing.  Honestly, I’m still undecided if we will go that route next year or not…

After all that though, I can honestly say it was so worth it, and SO much fun!!
Here’s our little table spread and food.  Yes, that’s for two of us hahaha.

We shared. 😉
They had a photo booth that did GIFS!  SO FUN!

On me…

Dress- La Vie Rebecca Taylor “Eyelet Shift Dress” (eBay NWT $17, retailed $295!!!)
Shoes- Nine West (traded with a friend! Similar here)
On Maya…
Dress- Cat & Jack (target old)
Keeping it Real…
Well, the real keeping it real is that the first images are from a few days later right before sunrise.  I just twisted my hair again really quick, and didn’t even bother with make up-ha!
And then…I messed up the focusing on the first batch of pictures!!  I can’t really tell on the back of my camera if I’m not wearing my glasses!  We came inside, and I was like “OH NO!  Maya, we gotta go back outside!!) . Let me tell you…she earned some extra ipad time for that 😉
The upside?  When we came back out the sun had risen a little more, and that’s when we go the amazing sun flare!!  SO…HAPPY ACCIDENT!!
So cute though, right?
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

LBD and Booties for our TEN year anniversary!

Wow…I’m SO behind on blogging, it’s ridiculous.

And…this is my busiest week to date, having photographed 15 families, and two more this weekend, oh…and Maya’s bday tomorrow, but…for F’s sake.  I need to finish this post!!!

Edited to add that, I’m now at 25+ families, and Maya’s birthday was 2 weeks ago, BUT I had a complete rain out this weekend, so, I’m going to be posting ALL THE THINGS!  Ok, I probably won’t, but I’m posting this post that I had 90% done ha!

Our official anniversary was on 8/8 (those pics here), but we went out on the Saturday night after to celebrate.

Good food, amazing wine, and the best company…

Happy Anniversary to us! 

Love is me saying “Can we go take pics??” 5 minutes before he orders the Uber, and he said YES!

Oh, and while I have the tripod set up….can you take a few of me, since the remote still isn’t working?

SNAP, SNAP, SNAP!

Again…my love language haha.
My face is like “You’re ok still snapping, right??”
And big thanks to my parents for taking Maya for the night!

I took this right before they took her out to dinner!

In, or course her favorite outfit that they brought her back from Vietnam!
We started off the night going to the Goldfinch Tavern in the Four Seasons downtown Seattle.

It’s a BEAUTIFUL hotel and bar in downtown Seattle.  Not sponsored in any way, but I’ve been the bar a number of times, yet haven’t stayed in the hotel.  It looks amazing though.

The bar has a great happy hour, at times live music, always a great ambiance, and if you can secure it…a great view of the water!  We got there late for that, but didn’t care 😉

Oh, and the food…

SO GOOD!
Next, we went to the Purple Cafe & Wine Bar

Honestly, we rarely leave our neighborhood, BUT the great thing about Seattle and honestly Costco, is that you can get gift cards for 20% off to a bunch of amazing restaurants!  We’ve been to so many, but one memory that we had of an early date night was going to Purple and having stuffed dates with a red wine flight that blew our minds!

SO, we decided to go back and maximize our money!

I would recommend asking to go upstairs if you go.  It’s a much more intimate experience than down below.   Almost as if you are in a small bistro,

We forgot to do that this time, but…we had better light for iphone photos haha.On me…

Dress- Misa Los Angeles “Zelda” (eBay for $30!!)
Leather Jacket- Vintage (thrifted for $6!!)
Cross Body Bag- DVF (eBay, similar here and less expensive here)
Keeping it Real…
One of my fav pics of the Huz, and so accurate of how he feels about pics, but…he’s a trooper!!
I didn’t want to mess with the focusing stand, so…the Huz was my focusing stand.
So…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Low Back Apron Dress with Vintage Accessories for date night!

It was actually Charlie’s birthday  1️⃣9️⃣😳😭, and Maya wanted to get all dressed up (as per usual).
🥰
C clearly didn’t want pics. 😂

I didn’t wear this to our neighborhood restaurant, but changed when we got home, because…why not? 🤣🤷🏼‍♀️

it came with a belt of the same fabric, but I added my own vintage one for some added fun.
🤗😍❤️

 So, admittedly, I hadn’t tried this dress on when I bought it.  I got it when we were in Chicago a few weeks ago, and was in a hurry.

Honestly, I thought it would be super sweet in the front, and low in the back.  The ruffles meaning I wouldn’t need to wear a bra-WIN!

OBSESSED with the back of the dress!!
What I wasn’t expecting….how revealing it would be on the side-WHOOPS!!
THANK GOD there were to wardrobe malfunctions!!
LOVE! Her Fingerling that she recently thrifted for $2, that she couldn’t NOT have with her… Remember when these were ALL THE RAGE and you couldn’t buy one for Christmas except on ebay for $100?!!  Yeah, she didn’t get one that year, and has wanted one ever since…

On me…

Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Bag- Vintage (thrifted)
Sandals- Koolaburra “Alexa” (eBay)
On Maya…
Dress- Milly Mini (eBay $5!!!, and she’s obsessed! similar here)
Shoes- Tom’s “Correa” Sandal (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Had to get a pic with the Fingerling!
Funny thing…My remote broke again, so we did these all with a 10 second timer.  SO…not as
many outtakes (oddly), but…
Yup, almost a wardrobe malfunction, and we weren’t even doing anything!!
If there is a cat or dog near…Maya will not pay any attention to me.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren