Category Archives: Date Night

Adding Edge to a Preppy Look…

My mood totally changes with how I want to dress…boho, edgy, rock, grunge…

The one look I’m not that comfortable in is preppy. I feel totally out of place. 🙈 BUT…add a studded belt, and some funky cut out platforms, and I feel ok. 🤣

This might also be in the running for Thanksgiving! And…both of our entire outfits are thrifted or from Ebay 🙌🏻🤑

Also, to keep this post extra disjointed and random 😂 I’m super thankful for a week off with this sweet nugget. ❤️❤️❤️ I may be having to squeeze work in here and there, but getting to hang with her all day is pretty awesome.

Some pics we took from the other day’s AMAZING golden hour ✨💫 (at 3:30 😂)  Mom…spread your arms out wide like you’re flying… I KNEW what she meant, but…I mean.  I had to.Me once again not realizing where I need to be and dancing out of the frame…

OR…creative crop?!This face…

BUT…that light!!!
As the sun went down, I switched angles…

That golden light!!!

And…Maya off playing with my phone that she found in my bag ;} Maya is actually wearing boys jeans.  I am not afraid to buy from the boys section when thrifting!  Roll them up, and they are super cute and comfy boyfriend jeans! LOOOOOVE this next one! A glimpse into the future tween and teen years… BUT THEN… My same goofy girl that just wants to run in for a hug! and I want to eat her up.So….I took a picture of Maya and then my camera went wonky.  It would take a picture, but wouldn’t show me what it took.

Now…I have a very nice camera (not bragging, it’s my job, and it was a gift from my parents), so when it goes wonky and won’t take pics, I freak out!

But…in my test shots, it took this.  I didn’t have it on manual, so…weird.

YET…I LOVE IT!

And, love it even more, because my camera is back to normal!!  NO idea if I inadvertently hit a button but…PHEW!

On me…

Sweater- 7 FAM (eBay, similar here)
Top- Calypso St Barths (eBay, similar here)
Shoes- Summit by White Mountain “Brody” (thrifted for $3.75!)
On Maya…
Jacket- Bernardo (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweatshirt- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Hudson Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Trying soooooo hard to keep a straight face 🙂
And failing 🙂 She loooooves to play with my phone. It’s actually fun for me to go back and look at all the pictures and videos she’s taken on my phone!  I complain about it and tell her NOT to…but…I secretly like it later.
🙂
The trigger on the top of my camera fell off, so she was like “Uh oh…no more pictures!”
😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vintage Tweed Jacket + High Waisted Crop Raw Hem Flares + Sheepskin Lined Clogs

 Well, we are officially in the cold weather, and I’m thinking about Thanksgiving outfits.

We have a pretty laid back casual Thanksgiving. We usually host, and I’m usually still cooking/cleaning/prepping until people start showing up. 😏

SO…I have to be comfy. This honestly might be what I end up wearing.

Sweater (I gotta try, right? 😜) + High Waisted Jeans (to hold in my overstuffed tummy 🙈🐷) + Warm sheepskin lined clogs (comfort, cozy, and cute-the 3 c’s! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻)

I’m determined to shoot a few more options up until then, so I’m not frantically deciding the afternoon of… I’ve realized that I’ve photographed these jeans repeatedly (ok, not sure I’ve posted them repeatedly yet, but they are coming!!)

…but they are SO comfy and so flattering, SO… 🙂

On me…

Jacket- Vintage (similar here and less expensive here)
Sweater- Acrobat
Jeans- 3×1 (ebay)
Clogs- Ugg “Kalie” clog (ebay, sold out)
Keeping it Real…
When it’s just me, I don’t have as many outtakes.  And that’s only because I literally took 5 minutes from the first to the last shot.
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

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