Category Archives: Girl’s Night Out

Vintage Silk Kimono + Light Destroyed Skinnies + Peep Toe Booties | Date Night or Mama’s Night Out!

 The kimono craze! Are you on board or think….yeah, no… I’ll save it for after bath/before bed?

I was on the “Eh…how can I make it work??” team a few years back, but now I’m in love! Yes, that happens to me a lot.

This kimono is actually my great grandmother’s cousin (is that my great great cousin?? 🤔) who I’m actually named after! No…her name wasn’t Lauren. It was Vernona Spicer. 😬 Thankfully, my middle name is Spicer (another fun fact! I always won for interesting middle name in grade school ) . Not that Vernona isn’t a great name.  I’m thinking in the age of overused “original” names….it needs to make a come back!

BUT…this kimono!  I’ve kept it safe in my closet thinking I’d make a belt for it, and then it hit me… It may have never had a belt?  OR…it doesn’t need one!
All the colors in it are my favs!!

Later this week, I’ll show how a simple shoe swap makes this easy to wear to school pick up or park and then…out for this look!

I’m all about easy changing!!

On me…

Kimono- Vintage
Keeping it Real…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod :))

dit-elle-Lauren

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

Leather Jacket + Romper + Tights + Booties

 How many of you are SICK of sweaters and bundling up when you go out?

I’m itching to wear some of my warmer weather clothes, but since it JUST SNOWED this week, that’s not happening.  BUT…if you layer some opaque tights under a dress or a romper, it really does add some warmth without adding bulk!

and…all black is ALWAYS a good idea 🙂

On me…

Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)
Romper- Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent (eBay, sold out, similar here and here )
Tights- Purchased from my local drugstore haha.
Boots- Circa Joan & David (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I don’t really have any outtake pictures, because I shot these in….
ONE MINUTE 30 SECONDS!  Bahaha.
I had 30 minutes before I had to pick Maya up, and had taken pictures of another outfit, but brought this just in case, because….I HAD DONE MY HAIR!!
My timer went off telling me I had 10 minutes before I had to pick up Maya, and I thought….Hmmmm, I bet I could change really fast.  So, I literally changed in my car (good thing nobody drove by during THAT!), ran back outside to the camera and tripod that was set up for the previous shot, and did TWO shutter burst of 10 shots.
DONE.
HA!  Seriously, I really need to give myself more time!!  Alas…I never do.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Fancy Dresses on a windy beach…

 One thing we’ve had LOTS of lately, is windy days!!

I’ve been wanting to get dressed up and play with the wind, and we finally did it the other day.  Maya LOVES to dress up, so that was an easy sell.  It was pretty cold though, so layers were key.

I totally underestimate the wind and which direction we should be facing.  I thought it would be better to have the wind at our fronts, but that just pushed my dress in all kinds of unflattering areas!

This one totally cracks me up though, and thankfully she’s hiding me-haha!I took a little video of Maya running around too… (click to view) Loooooove this next one! I messed up the focus on this next one.  It’s harder to lock in the focus on my tiny little focus stand when the camera is farther away from the tripod…

Soooooo, I just did a creative blur, and called it an “artisic shot” haha.

I actually really like it!

On me…

Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)
Belt- Linea Pelle (Old, similar here)
Boots- Circa Joan & David (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- CrewCuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Unlisted “Totally Mine” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I tried to get an image of my super fun HANDMADE earrings/necklace, but the wind was obviously not cooperating!
So…I came back and took a pic in front of my house.  Of COURSE my neighbor came by when I was taking them-as they always do!
Today she’s doing a buy 2 get 1 free sale!  Now that’s fate!  SO….check out her amazing designs!
I aaaaaaalmost posted an image that showed just how badly the wind was blowing my dress onto me, but just couldn’t.
You’re welcome!
Because….it wasn’t pretty-haha.
Her face in this next one… 🙂
And another video we took “I just want to go in the car now mom!” 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

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