Category Archives: Day to Night

Leather Jacket + Cashmere Button Back Sweater | Day

 I’ve posted a lot of day to night series lately…

Tis the season to meet friends for drinks and go to holiday parties!!

As a busy mom, it’s SO helpful to find an outfit that can easily go from day to night, because I swear sometimes I have about 10 minutes to get ready!!  Am I the only one?  I’m thinking no!

I’ll show in a later post, how I take this look to “night”…

I’m sure you look at it and think?  NO…this is super casual, cozy, and comfy.  And it IS!!

But, it’s super easy to take comfy cozy basics and take them to a party! Cashmere sweaters are a staple for me, because they are SOOOOO comfy!

You feel like you are wearing your most favorite worn in sweatshirt, yet look like you put some effort into things! 😂 Oh, and if you think cashmere is out of your price range, think again! It’s one of my most favorite things to thrift! I scored this GORGEOUS $200+ sweater on eBay for less than $20!

If you know me, you know how much I LOVE the button back!! 😱😍😍
Funny story.  I shot the above shots as well as the “night” version in SIX MINUTES! hahaha.  Night version coming later!

I had to go pick Maya up from school, but wanted to take these pics before getting her.  I really wanted to get more shots, but…six minutes and people walking in the path talking to me…it didn’t happen.

Then…I grabbed Maya from school and we came back to get a few shots together!

Don’t you wish you could bottle up the joy of a child??!!

Wait for it… I can’t even…LOVE HER!!

On me…

Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)
Sweater- Feel the Piece  (eBay)
Jeans- DL1961 “Emma” in Riker (thrifted)
Boots- Fiorentini + Baker 7040 Boot (purchased via an Instagram acct)
On Maya…
Jacket- Jean Bourget (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar striped top here)
Jeans- True Religion “Skinny” (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted, but cute ones here)
Keeping it Real…
I guess no kisses for me… 🙂
She got leaves in her mouth and kept spitting.  This miiiiiiight be what got those amazing smiles and laughs in the main post 😉 Hilarious in all it’s blurriness….
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Leather Jacket + Booties for easy Day to Night

I did a post on Monday about one of my go to “Mom” outfits.

Chunky knit + Ripped super stretchy (A MUST!!!) skinny jeans + Comfy Cool Tennis Shoe.

Again, I don’t think you need to change your style when you become a mom, but for comforts sake, you do need to make a few modifications when you are chasing your toddler around or keeping up with your active 6 year old!

BUT…it’s still fun to get a little more dressed up for a date night or mama’s night out!!  The one downside to being a mom is the lack of time.  Seriously, WHERE DO THE HOURS GO?!!  If I know I’m going out, I usually try and do an outfit that I can take from day to night easily to make getting out the door on time a plausible feat!

The easiest for me is to swap out the tennis shoes for a fun bootie and throw on a leather jacket.  I swear it can take a tee shirt and jeans to another level!  Or in this case…a chunky knit and jeans! True reason for these next two shots in the “Keeping it Real” section 🙂 I think a lot of people get intimidated by open back tops.  But, I looooooove them!!  Layer a tank under for the day, and show off your pretty lace bralette at night!  I honestly could go without a bra, but I love the peek of lace!

 On me…

Leather Jacket- Organic by John Patrick (ebay)
Sweater- One Teaspoon (eBay $5!, similar here and here)
Bra- H&M (old, similar here)
Booties- See by Chloe (eBay, similar here)
On Maya…
Top- Kate Quinn Organic (thrifted, but cute print here)
Keeping it Real…

How many bloggers out there feel like total nerds when people walk by or blatantly just watch what you’re doing with questioning looks as you take pics? 👀🙋🏼😂

Even more awkward because I take all our pics with a tripod! 🙈

There was a parking lot right across the street from this beautiful path and I happened to notice this guy just sitting in his car watching me. I only had 10 minutes before I had to pick Maya up from school, so I was rushing through pics and set ups. I froze when I first saw him, and then waved. He waved back and gave me a big thumbs up! 👍🏻😜👋🏻 Yes, I have a go big or go home ugly laugh…oh well. 🙂

 (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

Little Black Dress… Day to Night (Date Night!)

 Ok, I didn’t wear this to date night, but the Huz commented many times over the course of the day how much he liked the dress, so that counts, right?? 😉Blog Ella Moss Tiered Clara Dress Miz Mooz Clogs-1 Please excuse my blindingly pale legs!!  I keep meaning to use self tanner, and then…Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-2 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-3 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-4 We BOTH were wearing things under our dresses, which was good, because although it was 80 degrees…it was windy!!  I’ve gathered a bunch of diaper covers for Maya to wear under dresses in the summer.   Size 18-24 month and 2T still fit, because she’s not wearing a diaper!  Super cute and a lot cooler than leggings.Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-5 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-6I gave Maya the choice of what we should do.  I said I’d copy whatever she did 🙂 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-7 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-8 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-9 Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-10 Attempted to get a shoe shot…haha.Blog Ella Moss LBD Miz Mooz Clogs-11I can’t even handle her….so freaking cute!!Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-1Ps-she has a mint in her mouth (bribe anyone??!), so that’s why her mouth is all puckered in all these ha! Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-2 Looooove the back of this dress!Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-3 Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-4 Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-5I was a liiiiiiittle nervous about her doing kung fu kicks in these clogs, but…not to worry! Blog Crew and Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress Hanna Andersson Silver Clogs-6

On me…

Dress- Ella Moss “Tiered Clara Dress” (eBay, similar here)
Clogs- Miz Mooz (old, but loving these here)
On Maya…
Dress- Crew & Lu Midnight Garden Tie Back Dress (scored when she had a massive sale!)
Clogs- Hanna Andersson (scored for $10!! Similar here and here)
Keeping it Real…
The remote wasn’t working at first, but I figured out it was because the grass was interfering?  So…I propped it up on my phone 🙂Blog Outtake-1Popcorn and seaweed to keep her in one spot for a shoe shot, but I actually liked the one where she was lying down better!  Oh, and sports came all week equaled more bruises than normal…I edited those out 🙂 Blog Outtake-2The focusing set up haha.  Blog Outtake-3
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

LBD…for any occasion!

I almost didn’t post these pictures, because I totally messed up the focus and stood a crack in the side walk too close, but…whatever.

It was Charlie’s 16th birthday, and we’d had family over for dinnerCharlie got a remote control car from my parents, so we went out to play with it.  I’ll blame the excitement over the car for my standing in the wrong spot, and not the wine I had with dinner haha… 😉Blog Feel the Piece Dress Zara Lace Up Sandals-1 Blog Feel the Piece Dress Zara Lace Up Sandals-2It was hard to distract her from the car, but a good swing usually does it! Blog Feel the Piece Dress Zara Lace Up Sandals-3 Practicing her kung fu moves…Blog Mini Boden Dress-1 Blog Mini Boden Dress-2Super cool that Jackson was able to come over too!  So weird not having him in the house anymore… Maya was in heaven having both brothers back for the evening!Blog Charlies 16th Birthday-1 Blog Charlies 16th Birthday-2SO rare to get all these guys in front of the camera! Blog Charlies 16th Birthday-3

On me…

Sandals- Zara (old, loving these here and  here)
On Maya…
Dress- Tea Collection (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
And… Here’s me running to get the remote control car in the spot where I should have been standing all along…perfectly in focus haha.
Oh well…Blog Outtake-1

Mixing Faux Leather with Real Leather…

 I had my doubts on whether this would work, but I was searching for a “night out” look that was also comfy.  Because…well, COMFY!!

Faux leather with real leather??  Oh, and suede booties!?!  But…whatever!  I think it all works, almost because it’s NOT all the same!

And I literally felt like I was wearing jammies, which is always a win 🙂
Blog Zara Faux Leather Free People Snap Out of it Vince Leather Leggings Lola Kiem Booties-1 Blog Zara Faux Leather Free People Snap Out of it Vince Leather Leggings Lola Kiem Booties-2 Blog Zara Faux Leather Free People Snap Out of it Vince Leather Leggings Lola Kiem Booties-3 Blog Zara Faux Leather Free People Snap Out of it Vince Leather Leggings Lola Kiem Booties-4 Blog Zara Faux Leather Free People Snap Out of it Vince Leather Leggings Lola Kiem Booties-5 Blog Zara Faux Leather Free People Snap Out of it Vince Leather Leggings Lola Kiem Booties-6

On me…

Faux Leather Jacket- Zara (thrifted, similar here)
Boots- Lola Keim (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
One of these days, I’m going to stop attempting to capture a good twirl from myself.  This was not one of these days… 😉
And to TRULY keep it real…this was in the morning.  I hadn’t taken a shower, randomly put some curls in a pony tail (3 minute prep to offset my usual hair in a bun!) and yes…my eyes are all puffy from sleep and ridiculous salt intake from the day before.  BUT…I took these super quick Wednesday before taking Maya to gymnastics, because…it wasn’t raining!!  And, I was trying to think of a girls’ night outfit for the upcoming weekend!  This didn’t make the cut, because simple with a POP won out as seen here.
Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Dressing up a classic button down and flares…

 Can’t get much more classic than a white button down and jeans.  It will NEVER go out of style!!  But, there’s always ways to dress it up or dress it down.  I added a fun vintage scarf and cropped swing leather jacket for a more casual Valentine’s Day dinner idea.Blog Cropped Leather Jacket White Button Down Current Elliott Low Bell Flares Vintage Scarf-1 Blog Cropped Leather Jacket White Button Down Current Elliott Low Bell Flares Vintage Scarf-2 Blog Cropped Leather Jacket White Button Down Current Elliott Low Bell Flares Vintage Scarf-3 Blog Cropped Leather Jacket White Button Down Current Elliott Low Bell Flares Vintage Scarf-4 Blog Cropped Leather Jacket White Button Down Current Elliott Low Bell Flares Vintage Scarf-5 Blog Cropped Leather Jacket White Button Down Current Elliott Low Bell Flares Vintage Scarf-6

On me…

Leather Jacket- Classiques Entier (old)
Top- Club Monaco (thrifted, similar here)
Shoes- a Pair (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
We never go out for Valentine’s Day.  I personally think the holiday is a little too over hyped, but it’s been fun seeing Maya get all excited about it!  The Huz always makes us something super yummy at home, so no crowds-yay!  So…this outfit was purely for fun to dress up in!  Which lasted all of 5 minutes, because I had to go pick Maya up from Preschool haha.  Honestly, I’ve thought about wearing this a few times on various date nights, but then went with something else.  I figured I’d at least wear it once for something!! 🙂  Honestly, I might do that a little more often while Maya is in school.  Wear things that I’ve always wanted to wear, but haven’t had the chance.
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren