Category Archives: Date Night

Tunic + Distressed Skinnies + Ankle Tie Wrap Sandals…date night!

 I love our neighborhood!  We can easily walk to a number of really good restaurants, and last weekend, we did just that!

And…Since it’s staying lighter later, Maya and I came out to play and took a few pictures after dinner! I came out wearing just the top and asked the Huz if he thought it was ok to wear to our neighborhood restaurant. He paused and said. “Yeah…I think so. I mean…it’s a liiiiiittle short!” 😳 He thought I was ONLY going to wear the top! 😂 😂

Honestly, it was sold as a dress, but not for my monster torso. 😏
Maya being a dragon, as per usual… This…

On me…

Top- Project Social T (eBay)
Jeans- AG the Legging Ankle (thrifted for $4.20!!, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Dress- Yo Baby (Zulily-old, but love this one!)
Leggings- Children’s Place (thrifted)
Sandals- Saltwater “Sun San” (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
Our faces in all these…hahaha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Little White Dress…Day to night (Night)

I showed this dress on Monday as an every day wear, but honestly…it begs to be worn out!!

All the little details…kill me!  Oddly, when I got home, I swear the attached slip shrank like 4 inches!!!  I don’t remember it being so short in the store, so I added another slip underneath for coverage!

If I were to go out for New Years, this would absolutely be an option!blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-1 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-2 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-3 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-4 I told Maya we could do whatever she wanted for these next shots.  I’ll reveal what she really had us doing in the “keeping it real”… :}

All in all, I just want her to have fun, so whatever she suggests, I’m game for 🙂  AND, I got some great shots of us laughing, so I’m beyond happy too!blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-5 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-6 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-7 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-8 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-9 blog-doma-leather-joie-oshea-dress-nine-west-10

On me…

Leather Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)
Booties- Nine West (I think 20+ years old! Love these!)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- See Kai Run(hand me down)
Keeping it Real…
And for those following along, yes…she’s still in the licking phase ;{
blog-outtake-1In her words when I asked what we should do…
“Make funny faces, and pee in our pants!”
“WHAT?!?!”
“Just preteeeeeending!!!”
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Behind the scenes video here!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Little White Dress (Day)

 I recently found this dress while thrifting.  It’s by one of my favorite designers.  It retailed for $368, and I found it for $32 (with a coupon!).  Honestly…that’s still more than I’d normally spend, so I hemmed and I hawed with it in my cart around the store…

Rarely do I try things on when thrifting.  Mainly because I don’t have the time, but I decided to try this dress on, and I sent a pic to a friend of mine.  Her words- “It’s so you!!!”

And so…it became mine.

BUT…If I spend money on dresses that only get worn once, that’s ridiculous, right??!  Most dressy dresses can be dressed down, and honestly…I think I like it dressed down better!  Oh, and in warmer weather, I’m so wearing this with a jean jacket and sandals!!

Later in the week, I’ll show how I dressed it up!

blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-1 I wish I could say that I planned this hair flip!  But…nope.  Total accidental catch, but I love it.blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-2I always ask Maya what she wants us to do in shots.

“Let’s pretend to be statues!!”
blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-3 blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-4 blog-organic-leather-jacket-joie-oshea-dress-frye-harness-boots-5blog-zara-faux-fur-vest-hanna-andersson-twirl-dress-see-kai-run-boots-1 The girl’s got hops!!blog-zara-faux-fur-vest-hanna-andersson-twirl-dress-see-kai-run-boots-2 blog-zara-faux-fur-vest-hanna-andersson-twirl-dress-see-kai-run-boots-3On me…

Leather Jacket- Organic by John Patrick (ebay)
Boots- Frye 12″ Harness boots (thrifted for $10!! They were in the men’s section!!)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- See Kai Run(hand me down)
Keeping it Real…
Um…I’m back here!!!
blog-day-outtake-1 hahahaha.  She wanted to get all up in the camera…blog-day-outtake-2 And…licking me yet again… 😦blog-day-outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Dressing for a party in pajamas! (I mean cashmere and silk joggers…)

 So, we took these images right before Thanksgiving.  Yes, that was a little bit ago, but still…

Tis the season!

And who says you can’t be comfortable when you go to a party or host one??  I literally felt like I was in my jammies, and I was in heaven!blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-1 I can’t even handle her…blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-2 She’s a one woman show, I tell ya!blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-3 I’m her one woman audience… 🙂blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-4 blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-5 blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-6 blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-7 blog-joie-sweater-trina-turk-silk-joggers-tracy-reese-gina-booties-8I couldn’t decide on which image to post of these next three (there were actually 5!), so…I’m posting all three.

Because, are you kidding me?!!blog-faux-fur-jacet-crewcuts-silk-tutu-old-navy-riding-boots-1 blog-faux-fur-jacet-crewcuts-silk-tutu-old-navy-riding-boots-2 blog-faux-fur-jacet-crewcuts-silk-tutu-old-navy-riding-boots-3 Coming in for a punch to the gut.  It’s her new thing, and she thinks it’s hilarious… :{blog-faux-fur-jacet-crewcuts-silk-tutu-old-navy-riding-boots-4

On me…

Sweater- Sweater- Joie “Tambrel” (eBay, here with a super fun back!!)
Pants- Trina Turk (eBay, similar here in black)
Booties- Tracy Reese “Gina” (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- (thrifted, similar here)
Skirt- Crewcuts (thrifted)
Leggings- Tucker + Tate  (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I’m in trouble…blog-outtake-1 Didn’t know we were going to do this, or I’d aimed the camera a little higher-grrrr.blog-outtake-2I don’t even remember what she was about to do here, but obviously, it wasn’t good haha 😉
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(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vintage Coats to a Holiday Party

The Huz and I went to one of our good friend’s house on Saturday for an amazing holiday party.  I always have a hard time deciding what to wear to a holiday party in someone’s home.  You don’t want to get too dressed up, but…it’s a holiday party, so it’s fun to dress up a little!

You can’t go wrong with a blouse and jeans.  Add a fun little bootie, and you’re good to go!blog-vintage-gray-coat-chelsea-flower-dl1961-lola-kiem-booties-1 blog-vintage-gray-coat-chelsea-flower-dl1961-lola-kiem-booties-2 blog-vintage-gray-coat-chelsea-flower-dl1961-lola-kiem-booties-2

One of my many favorite things to thrift is vintage coats.  The quality is usually amazing, and you just cannot find jackets with the amazing details they did back in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s!!  Or…if you can, they cost upwards of $500!  This coat?  $10!!!!

I’ve had this one sitting in my closet for over a year, and I have NO idea why I haven’t worn it!blog-vintage-gray-coat-chelsea-flower-dl1961-lola-kiem-booties-3 blog-vintage-gray-coat-chelsea-flower-dl1961-lola-kiem-booties-4 DYING over the details on the back and sleeves!!blog-vintage-gray-coat-chelsea-flower-dl1961-lola-kiem-booties-5

On me…

Coat- Vintage
Top- Chelsea Flower (eBay)
Jeans- DL1961 Emma in “Cellar” (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Lola Keim (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
It was a liiiiiiiittle windy when I was taking pictures haha.blog-outtake-1
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Batwing Sweaters + Crop Flares + Booties (in the last of the golden hour)

I’m just going to say this is a holiday outfit inspiration post!  In reality, we took these images over a month ago!  I just haven’t had the time lately, and it totally bums me out…

BUT… Long loose cashmere top, with stretchy crop flares?  YES!  I just might wear this again for a holiday party this year!blog-rachel-pally-sweater-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-67-booties-1 Oh, and if you’ve followed along…I’m a total sucker for an open back top!  This bralette is the best for coverage, and on Amazon for CHEAP!  Although, it’s really only good for those of us that don’t have “support issues”. 😉blog-rachel-pally-sweater-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-67-booties-2 Oh, and…yes, we are totally matching, and I LOVE IT!blog-rachel-pally-sweater-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-67-booties-6blog-rachel-pally-sweater-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-67-booties-3 blog-rachel-pally-sweater-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-67-booties-4 blog-rachel-pally-sweater-j-brand-gigi-crop-flare-67-booties-6blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-crew-and-lu-josmo-boots-1 blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-crew-and-lu-josmo-boots-2 blog-zara-faux-leather-jacket-crew-and-lu-josmo-boots-3

On me…

Sweater- Rachel Pally (old, similar color here.)
Bralette- Here
Jeans- J Brand “Gigi” (thrifted for $6!!  Similar here)
Boots- SixtySeven “Blake” Bootie (Nordstom Rack, sold out, loving these)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Crew and Lu (sold out)
Jeggings- Gap Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
The downside to shooting with a tripod.  Spinning right out of the frame 🙂
blog-outtake-2 What I use to set my focus on, because she never stands still like this!!blog-outtake
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Hat + Dress + Coated Jeggings + Booties (All Black for the WIN!)

 We’ve been having really hot days here (ok, for Seattle getting into the upper 80’s and breaking 90’s is HOT!), but…randomly we’ve been having a few super cool foggy mornings!  Of course Maya had soccer camp all this week, that we needed to leave at 8:30am for, so no location shoots were possible.  BUT…one morning, I decided to run outside and try and get a few shots in the fog.  Of course it took us 30+ minutes for me to convince (bribe) Maya to go outside, to throw something on really quick, and gather all the gear and go.  By that time, most of the fog had dissipated, but…we got a few shots with it!Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-1And, when you are just running out the door without a shower, hats are an easy fix! Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-2I love wearing jeggings under short dresses!  Dresses them down a little bit, and it’s a lot easier to run around and not worry about your dress flying up and….! Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-3 Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-4 Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-6 Blog HM Hat 28Twelve Black Dress Helmut Lang 67 Booties-8Throwing her stuffy…Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-1 Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-2 Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-3 Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-4 Omg, that face!!Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-5 Blog Crewcuts Dress Naturino Boots-6

On me… (sorry, no time for links)

Hat- H&M
Top- Twenty8Twelve (old)
Jeans- Helmut Lang (eBay)
Boots- SixtySeven “Blake” Bootie (Nordstom Rack, sold out, loving these)
On Maya…

Dress- Tea Collection (thrifted)

Boots- Naturino (thrifted)

Keeping it Real…
For reference.  I took the first shot at 8:02am, and the last shot at 8:14am, then we quickly ran inside, to change for soccer that we had to leave for by 8:40 haha.
But first…let me take a selfie!  Ha!  Just kidding.  A SnapChat…
Blog Outtake-1 Oh, and…TicTac bribes for the win 🙂  Puffy early morning no make up eyes, NOT for the win… BUT, that’s why I wore a hat 😉Blog Outtake-2I have NO idea where she gets half her bruises, but she’s COVERED in them!!
Blog Outtake-3I LOVE this shot of her, but I didn’t have time to remove my tripod, so… Blog Outtake-4
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren