Category Archives: Girl’s Night Out

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

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

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

Happy Birthday to me! {42}

I don’t know about other Mom’s, but usually on the rare occasion that I go out at night- I’m still sitting in my sweats, hair a frizzy mess, no make up on, and NO idea what I’m wearing…about 20 minutes before we are due to head out the door.
So, of course, there are rarely pictures of me all done up in my “going out” clothes here.

#momlife

This past Friday, we went out early on a double date with my parents, and we actually got home before 9!  It was the first time we left Maya with her youngest (oldest brother 15) as her babysitter!!

Honestly, it was perfect!  We had an amazing time, ate a LOT of delicious food, drank some amazing wine, and rode the bus home (um, so fun and way cheaper!!)

AND…another total upside?  I could run outside and take a few pictures while it was still light!

blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-1 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-2 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-3And then, Maya all ready in her jammies, came out for a few!

I swear it’s a toss up between what’s better…

Going out and having your kid put to bed when you get home…

AND…

Having them still up when you get home, so you can hug and kiss them before they go to bed.

BOTH = HEAVEN.

I happened to capture the latter, and I’m so glad that I did!blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-4 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-5 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-6 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-7 blog Ella Moss Geometric Silk Dress Ugg Espadrilles-8Oh, and her nightgown is a 9-10 hahaha.  I knew she’d love it, so I thrifted it for $3!!!

I kid you not, she’s picked it out of a stack of (I’m too embarrassed to say) 75% of the time since… So, clearly.  Nightgowns for the win as far as Maya is concerned!Blog Mini Boden Night gown-1I can’t even…Blog Mini Boden Night gown-2 Blog Mini Boden Night gown-3

On me…

Dress- Ella Moss (thrifted)
Sandals- Ugg (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Nightgown- Mini Boden (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Of course the minute I go out to take pictures, my neighbor walks by with is dog…
AWKWARD!!
 Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren