Category Archives: Day to Night

Happy Mother’s Day to me! | 2018

 I don’t really want a big fanfare for my birthday or Mother’s Day.   Really, I want a hall pass on some of the day to day duties (namely DINNER!) and I want pictures-duh.

It’s what my mom and I ask for every year, and I’m SO glad I have them to look back on!!

If you want, you can look back on 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 part one and two (lucky year!), and 2017.

And…I’ll admit.  This next shot wasn’t just of me haha.

The remote was going crazy and firing off never ending shots until we turned the camera off!  Needless to say, there are a LOT of outtakes.  And…some of Maya and the Huz next to me with questionable looks on their face :).  But, since I didn’t get a chance to take a pic of just my outfit…this will have to suffice 😉 What to say about this sweet nugget…

While she challenges my patience, she also brings me so much joy, love, and pride every single day!

I am one lucky mama.
And…twinning is always winning! Love these next few!!!

BUT…just wait for the outtakes at the end…
My new favorite of the three of us!! And…to my amazing mom and friend…

Maya and I are both SO lucky to have you in our lives!  Even luckier that it’s in our daily lives!! I can’t even… Again….NEW FAVORITE!
Funny story.  I cropped myself out of this shot because I was frantically running towards the camera on the tripod that was going CRAZY taking pics!  Maya’s face though….WORTH IT! All the heart eyes… Pretty much the best reality of our group shot attempts… But then we got this!! And this, so…I’ll take it all! And then…letting her do what she loves to do.

Which, is what I love to capture, so…win WIN!

On me…

Dress- Corey Lynn Calter (eBay for $14!!, LOVING this midi version!)
Clogs- Sven “Ankle Wrap Strap”C/O
On Maya…
Dress- (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I thought of doing an entire post of our outtakes, but…let’s be honest.  I don’t even have time
to blog REAL posts, so…here are some of the best ones.  There are more!
SO…just know…as my mom and I walked away, we thought…
“I’m sure we got one or two…”
And of COURSE we did.  BUT…, it wasn’t all super smiley perfectness…
AND, I really could have posted twice as many outtakes, BUT, I also could have posted twice as
many shots that I love too!  I guess it’s all about balance…and…reality. 🙂
This first one.  Maya probably telling my parents she doesn’t want to take pictures.  And one of the many shots with the shutter firing when it wasn’t supposed to!
Hahaha.  Yes, by butt as a try to stop the shutter AGAIN, and Maya picking her nose…as she does ALL THE TIME. Licking me….as she does ALL THE TIME 😉
Me trying to wrestle her to NOT lick me… Maya giving herself a hickey that you can STILL see 3 days later…I love that I caught the remote being thrown in mid air.  I’d had it with it’s craziness!
Maya probably explaining to me how I can fix it 🙂
AND….any guesses what I’m about to say here?? 🙂
Even with all these, I’m so grateful for ALL these images, and feel totally thankful for my role as
a mama to Maya and daughter to my amazing mom!
Most pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod.  Or taken by me, my mom, and my dad!

dit-elle-Lauren

Faux Leather Biker Jacket + Stripes + High Waisted Crops + Booties

 I can’t stop buying high waisted crop jeans.  Granted…on my monster torso, they don’t look so “high waisted”.

I think they can be harder to style in the colder temps, but they work great if you can find the right height of bootie to wear with them!

It was SUPER windy on this evening.  Maya was actually waiting in the car by the side of the road.

She could still see me btw… Then, she came out, but insisted I hold her the whole time because she was too cold… LOVE this next one!!!! Ok, I love ALL these!!! I could lie and say this next one was a super sweet shot of her holding my face, but…

She thought it was hilarious to put her cold hands on my face. 🙂 Another favorite!!  The symmetrical nerd in me loves how my leg mimics the curve of the grass!

Complete happy accident haha.I convinced her to get down on her own for a few saying she could dance to keep warm… DYING!!  She clearly gets into it when she dances 🙂

On me…

Jacket- Zara (thrifted, similar here and here)
Top- J Crew (thrifted, similar here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- J Crew “Vintage Cropped” (thrifted for $6! similar here)
On Maya…
Sweater- Pumpkin Patch (thrifted)
Top- H&M (thrifted, but similar here)
Overalls- Crewcuts (thrifted for $7!)
Shoes- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Yeah…it was really windy!!
haha.
One minute…super sweet looking shot (above), then….reality. And….then she decides to look down my shirt??? She REEEEEAALLY gets into her dancing haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vintage Levi’s Jacket + Leather Crop Flares + Stripes

Back in mid December, I posted these super fun leather crop flares in a holiday look.

I SCORED these on NWT (!!) eBay for $104, but leather pants are still an investment piece no matter how much you pay for them!  I am always trying to find ways to dress them down for everyday wear to get more use out of them.

I’ve done a bunch of posts about my love of leather pants!  Looking back, some of these are my favorite posts, and can be seen Here (leather leggings day to night), here (with a plaid blanket scarf), here (Playing on the beach), here (All black…always a good combo), here (dressed down in a boho look), and here (with an oversized Cardigan.

On me…

Jacket- Levi’s (thrifted, similar here)
Top- Stylemint (Old, similar here)
Jeans- Frame “Flounce Pull On” Leather Pants (SCORED NEW on eBay for $104!, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- CrewCuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Blueberri Boulevard (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Naturino (thrifted, but similar here in pink)
Keeping it Real…
Well, I only took 3 pictures in this dressed down look (I stashed a change of clothes in the car, and YES, changed on the side of a very busy street-whoops)  before having to run after Maya who went down to the beach without me!
So, I should probably include one of those too… Because twirling on the beach in a party dress is so freaking cute! And this is the ONE shot I got of us together in this look.  WAY after the sun had set, and only lit by the street lamp!
My shutter release was still broken at this point, so….😭
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Holiday Look! { Leather Crop Flares + Party Dresses at Sunset… }

 I honestly wanted to take a pic outside of our house in the gorgeous light as just a close up of Maya and I to document the week we’d had…her sick off and on all week. The Huz gone all week… I’m thinking this at around 3:00 after we get home from school.

I asked her what she wanted, and she said she wanted to wear a fancy dress. As, she does lately! Ok… 😳🤔

SO…do I wear my hair in an unwashed bun while she’s in party dress? 😂😳 So I scramble to think of a “party” outfit. 😬Cropped fun leather pants? SURE! Why not? 🤷🏼‍♀️ Because…at this point, when will I ever where them? 😂 🤗

Oh…and try and do my hair really fast. Oh, and wait…the sun is setting!! 😩

It’s too dark at our house, because the sun has set, so we head down to the beach. We get there, and there are about a KAZILLION dogs. 🙄 Maya cannot be bothered with pictures if there are dogs around. 😑

So….here’s me.   And Maya pouting in the background, because I wouldn’t let her follow a dog down the street…

But seriously…how FUN are these leather pants?!!
Do.Not.Smile.

😉 And…off to pet the next dog!

Such a pretty night! Looooove these next ones! The Huz was out of town, but Facetimed us while were were out.  This is her talking to him. SO SWEET! Then, we decided to go by one of the houses in our neighborhood that goes CRAZY with lights!

We drive by it every year, but this was the first year we got out and walked around. Maya was so impressed!

And…a little girl came up to her and asked if she was a princess!  haha.

NIGHT MADE!

On me…

Top- Ramy Brook (eBay, similar here, here, and less expensive here)
Jeans- Frame “Flounce Pull On” Leather Pants (SCORED NEW on eBay for $104!, similar here)
Shoes- Franco Sarto (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- CrewCuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- Blueberri Boulevard (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Naturino (thrifted, but similar here in pink)
Keeping it Real…
An iPhone image that I shot, that was LITERALLY right before all of our shots.  I kid you not.  Every 2 minutes people came by walking their dogs!  I’m like….
“Don’t mind me!”
Meanwhile, Maya is like “Can I pet your dog!!??”
This sweet old man literally stood right next to us for like 5 minutes, until his wife, was like…
“Honey….come over here.” 🙂
I literally couldn’t have cared less.  The sun was setting.  I had my fancy pants on and my hair done.  I’m taking pics at that point, no matter who’s watching-HA!
This also shows the difference between iPhone vs DSLR…
NOT happy that I wouldn’t let her go play with all the dogs…
Taken minutes after the iPhone shot above.
And yes, I let her go play with them!  I’m not that mean! 🙂
Oh, but then we stayed until the sun went DOWN-PARTAY!!
Ok, it was like 4:45 hahaha 🙂
My shutter release is still broken, so….😭
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Happy Birthday to my MOM!!

Ok…this is a month and a half late, but…better late than never, right?!!

Happy Birthday Mom!!

I asked my mom if she wanted to to get manicures, or have some pictures with me and Maya…

She picked pictures-birds of a feather and all that haha 🙂

Looooooove this next one!! I mean….SO CUTE, right?!But this next one!!!!

Loooooove!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!

We are sooooooo lucky to have you in our lives, and I am so thankful for the relationship that Maya has with both you and dad.

We love you!!

*******

No links on this post, sorry!  No time, and I really just wanted to post it!  If you have any questions, just let me know!

Keeping it real…

I actually looked back (thank you text messages!!), and the afternoon went like this…

I worked while Maya was at school.

I literally texted my mom at 2:00 to ask if she wanted to take a few quick pics for her bday.  The only thing was that we needed to leave by 3:00 to get to Maya’s gymnastics class.

All that said.   In it’s entirety, this shoot was 10 minutes.  And, to be real…Maya wasn’t really into it at first-such is life…

I’m sooooo thankful to have captured these images of us!!!  To be honest….we left-rushed and wondering…

“Did we get ANYTHING?!!”  haha.

(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

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