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Leather Jacket + Cashmere Button Back Sweater | Night out

As we head into the holiday season, it’s time to think about more outfits that can take you from day to night.

There are always a bunch of semi casual events over the holidays.  Whether it’s drinks with friends, or a holiday party at someone’s home.  It’s hard to know just how dressed up you should get!  My go to is a cashmere sweater, black pants, and booties.  Cashmere can be dressed up or down, and is soooooo comfy.  If someone was wearing a dress, I’d totally feel fine being in this.  Conversely, if some guests were just in plain jeans and a top, I wouldn’t feel too dressed up.  It’s the perfect middle of the road outfit, in my opinion.

On Monday I posted a “day version” of this outfit that simply swapped out the heeled booties for lower heel combat boots.

I also love the wide scoop neck that can be worn off the shoulder if you want!

or…pulled up for a more conservative look!
Love the back, of course 😉 I actually took the above shots AND the casual ones of just me in from Monday’s post in SIX MINUTES before I had to race to pick Maya up from school.  haha!

I came back to this spot with her right after school so I could get some of us together.  I actually forgot to post those with Monday’s post!  SO glad I did a follow up post, because I LOVE these shots!!! And, yes, I danced right out of the frame again… 🙂 On me…

Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)
Sweater- Feel the Piece  (eBay)
Jeans- DL1961 “Emma” in Riker (thrifted)
Boots- El Naturalista Duna N528 (thrifted for $7!!)
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…
This path is on a VERY busy street near where I live.  A woman had walked by when I was setting up and we chatted.  Then….she drove by and waved.  Nope, didn’t feel like a nerd at ALL!!
haha. 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

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

Gingham + Distressed High Waist Crops + Chucks

 How many have you have looked in your closet full of clothes and couldn’t find a single thing to wear?!!

I’m thinking ALL OF US!

It’s easy to just be overwhelmed, or sick of what you have, and just go shopping.  BUT…what’s even more fun is finding new ways to wear old things!

The top I’m wearing is actually a long tunic.  It normally hits me mid thigh, but I thought it would look good tied with these jeans.

The jeans?  They are supposed to be a baggie boyfriend jean, but the seller on eBay listed them the wrong size.  BUT…in fact, they were 3 sizes smaller!!  I only spent $7.50 on them though, and I kind of like them as a tighter high waisted crop! This was seriously the coolest sky!  It was super stormy and cold, and then the sun came out!

and, Maya LOVED this teeter toter!Little surfer in the making! Me living out my “Dirty Dancing” dancing on a log fantasies, because this is as close as I’m going to get haha. Reviewing her rock treasures…

We actually came to this beach for Easter one year to collect “Easter Rocks”.  Wow, THAT was a trip down memory lane!!  Gah, I love that I’ve kept these records!!! Inevitabley, wherever we go, there are dogs.  Maya LOVES DOGS.  SO…anything I want to do is cut short and then focused around the dogs.  Honestly, as long as she has fun, that’s all that matters! She threw the ball for this dog until it started pouring on us! I mean… Of course, he would come back and shake all over her!  Which…she loved 🙂

On the way back to our house, I saw the skyline, and the moody sky, and had to pull over!  SHOCKINGLY, Maya agreed to get out too! On me…

Top- J Crew (Old, LOVE this here)
Jeans- Current Elliott “Boyfriend Jeans” (3 sizes smaller than intended 🙂 (eBay)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Converse (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
I always get a little nervous with her balancing on everything haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

White Boho Top + High Waisted Crop Flares + Leopard Booties

 If there is one thing I’m pretty consistent about style wise, it’s that I love basics….with a twist or edge.

Really, this is a white top + jeans + booties + a crossbody purse…
And it IS!  But, I love the pirate style lace up to the top.  The destroyed raw hem crop flare… The LEOPARD PRINT booties….DYING when I found these! And a cross body purse is SOOOO refreshing after the ginormous “diaper-carry-every-snack-entertainment-toy-crayons-coloring book” purse you have to carry as a mom of a toddler.  You can easily throw it over your shoulder and carry the bare minimums-LOVE! I can’t even with these next two….

LOVE HER!!  And, I’m sure it doesn’t need to be noted, but yes, that is ALL HER! Up on our neighbors porch, and I’m like “GET DOWN!!”

Yet, it looks so graceful and posed…

Of course I took a pic!

haha. 🙂 “Who me?!” So, this was one of those warmer fall evenings, and ALL the neighborhood kids were out.  It is a miracle I got any shots of just us, because they all just wanted to play.

WHICH IS GREAT!!!

Except…ugh.  Can I just have 5 minutes??  And of course, they were all asking what I was doing with the tripod and camera…  Don’t mind ME!

haha.

Sooooo in between them all running around the block (genius parenting move!!) I got shots of myself! 🙂And then, Maya played Star Wars with ANOTHER set of neighbor kids that came out after the other ones went in for dinner! Don’t mess with her!!!  She’s got older brothers…

HA!!

On me…

Purse- Diane Von Furstenberg (eBay, similar here)
Top- See by Chloe (eBay, similar here)
Boots- Kimchi Blue (Thrifted for $7!!! sold out, similar here)
On Maya…
Romper- Art Room (thrifted, but similar here)
Clogs- Sven  Sling Strap Children’s Clog C/O
Keeping it Real…
I need to start a hashtag….. #TheTimesiCutOffMayasHead 😦 . The problem with shooting with a tripod…
And…OMG, DYING!
(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

Oversized Open Back Sweater + Ripped Skinnies + Leather Slip On Tennis Shoes

I often get questions about staying fashionable while being a mom.  The truth is…there is a level of comfort that is needed when you are chasing your child around, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fashionable.  It doesn’t mean you have to say good bye to your former pre-kid style…

For me, I still wear a lot of the same things…with a few tweaks.

Here’s one of my go to looks.

Chunky knit + Ripped super stretchy (A MUST!!!) skinny jeans + Comfy Cool Tennis Shoe.
My favorite part of this sweater is the back!!  I’ve talked A LOT about my love of an interesting back.  You can look nice and conservative from the front, but give a hint of attitude when you turn around!

Later this week, I’ll show how I took this outfit from day to night.

Hint-I lost the tank top 🙂 Thank goodness for a zoom lens!  I kid you not.  She ran REALLY far from me!  How many moms can relate?  Oh…all of you?? 🙂 Clearly she thought it was hilarious…LOVE!!
LOVE all these next ones.  I honestly could have posted at least 5 more, but had to reign myself in at some point!
I’ll be SO sad when I can’t pick her up anymore!!!  The laughs right in my face…the tight cuddles…and even her licks (kisses).  😉  On me…

Sweater- One Teaspoon (eBay $5!, similar here and here)
Bra- H&M (old, similar here)
Top- Bordeaux (old, similar here)
On Maya…
Top- Kate Quinn Organic (thrifted, but cute print here)
Keeping it Real…
Hahaha.  I swear the time she is most in the mood to “pose” is when I’m trying to set up the tripod and the focusing stand.  I don’t want her in the shot, which of course means she WANTS to be in it 😉
Oh, and it should be noted that this is a very popular biking path.  SO…we were constantly jumping out of the way!
These leaves though!!!!  SO worth it!
Every once in a while she makes a very agressive dive/fall.  At almost 50lbs, that isn’t insignificant!!  My face here…hahaha. And….Maya got control of the remote again ha! What a lot of our shots look like…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Military Utility Jackets + Stripes + Birkenstocks || Sunset on the beach…

Here’s another shoot from over THREE months ago.  We had happened to have a cooler evening in the beginning of July, and the Huz had to go out of town.

I decided to let Maya stay up a little past her bedtime, and we went to play on a beach and catch the gorgeous sunset.

SO glad I did!  We had the best time, and the sunset was amazing!!

We are supposed to have evenings in the mid 60’s this weekend, but I’ll be shooting other families at sunset time…

She almost gave me a heart attack running around and jumping from log to log! That sky though… Looooooooove this next one!! On me…

Jacket- Gap (thrifted for $7.50, similar here)
Top- Olivia Sky (Nordstrom Rack)
Jeans- Hudson “Collin Skinny Jeans” (thrifted for $6!)
Shoes- Birkenstock “Granada” (hand me down from my mom!)
On Maya…
Sweatshirt- Petit Bateau (thrifted, but similar here)
Top- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- Hudson (Nordstrom Rack, similar here )
Shoes- Saltwater Sandals (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
So….we didn’t exactly mean to catch the sunset.  We went down earlier at first, but as soon as we parked I realized I hadn’t put a card in my camera!!  I normally keep two cards in in my camera (after having one corrupt a while back!), but long story…took them both out-UGH!  I let Maya run around for a little bit, but then we ran back home (about 10 minutes away)  It was one of those days…
BUT…it all worked out for the best in the end, because it was a GORGEOUS night!
Maya’s face pretty much summed up my thoughts earlier though…haha.
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren