Category Archives: Girl’s Night Out

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

Faux Leather/Fur Vest + Striped Top + Ripped Skinnies + Booties

 I took these a while ago, back when we still had sunny evenings…but honestly, we’ve been super lucky and have had a lot of sunny (albeit COLD!!) days lately!

For those in between weather days, vests (especially faux fur cozy ones!) are a great layering piece! These are hands down some of my new favorite pics of us!!

Mostly, Maya, because this is just so HER!! LOOOOOVE!

On me…

Vest- Velvet (eBay, similar here in black)
Top- We the Free (Free People) Peplum Tee (Nordstrom Rack)
Jeans- DL1961 “Amanda” DIY raw hem (ebay)
On Maya…
Dress- Indigo Collection (thrifted)
Leggings- Hanna Andersson (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
As always….most of the parks we go to have a LOT of dogs.  Which means….Maya is lost to me.
Yup, that’s a DIFFERENT dog… 😉 hahahaha.  ME..attempting to enthusiastically call her back to ME…the dog won. I messed up an entire series of shots because I wasn’t in the right spot, so they are all blurry… still love this one though!  Oh, and yes,  That sign was in ALL of our shots… 😦
(all pictures taken with a shutter release 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 | 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

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

Happy Anniversary to us! || “8” in Whistler

 The Huz and I celebrated our 8th anniversary on 8/8.  I’m a bit of a numbers nerd, so I was kind of excited about this one!

We were super lucky that my parents were able to watch Maya (and they took her to SO many amazing places!!), so we could escape town and have some one on one time.  It was SO needed and so amazing!

We went up to Whistler, and I only took my camera out once.  For like 5 minutes!  Actually exactly 5 minutes!  I just looked at the time stamp on the images haha.  The Huz isn’t a huge fan of pictures, and honestly it was REALLY smokey due to the all wildfires that are going on.

SO…this was it.  We had gone to an earlier dinner and I convinced the Huz to take a few pics outside our hotel.  This was a pretty busy walking path, and a group of 30 somethings walked by and asked if we were taking pictures for Tinder!

UM….WTF?

No…
Nope, not awkward.  OMG, and I just now noticed my remote on the top of the fence post!  Oh well.  Too lazy to remove that now! He’s a good sport 🙂 LOOOOOVE these next two of us!! We took a walk one day to Lost Lake, and it was SO pretty.  But kind of eery with all the smoke!  AND…after being outside for a few hours, we were both feeling the effects of the smoke.  Kind of sad, but also nice to lay in our hotel room reading-aka HEAVEN!

Here’s a few iPhone pics from that walk.  And…NO FILTER!  So odd looking back on these, and seeing just how smokey it was… Nope, no filter!!From our first night out… (iPhone)

We went to the same restaurant both nights!

We thought about going to another restaurant the second night, but we had so much fun sitting at the bar at Bar Oso, that we went there again the second night!

I highly recommend going early and sitting at the bar!  The first night we sat at the bartender’s end and watched him make all these AMAZING cocktails!  Some serious love went into them, and the Huz benefited from a few 😉  I stuck with boring wine…

The second night we sat at the food end.  They plate all the food right in front of you!!  And the attention to detail is AMAZING to watch and…eat!!

And, of course I had to take pictures of our food!!  Sadly, I only took them with my phone, but…still

On me…

Dress- Fraiche by J (Nordstrom Rack)
Belt- Old
Clogs- Miz Mooz (old, similar here )
On The Huz…
Shirt- Toscano (Nordstrom Rack)
Jeans- Joe’s Jeans (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I make the weirdest faces….fact.
Haha.
The Huz is like….Um….
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren