Category Archives: Mom Style

White Button Down + High Waisted Crops + Horseshoe Loafers

Is there anything more classic that a white button down with jeans?

NO!

I’ve posted a few variations here on the blog already…  Honestly, I had no idea how many times until I entered it into the search bar haha.

With boyfriend jeans and tenniesWith darker crop flares and black slip ons…a short sleeve summer rendtion…Another summer rendition with denim shorts!  Dressing it up with a leather jacket and flared denim.  With Levi’s and loafers.  With Fun clogs… with a cardigan layered over a tied button up and high wasited skinnies.

All that to say…it’s a combo that is hard to go wrong!

I had on this outfit for the “Layer a Cami over something Warmer” challenge for The Mom Edit’s latest Style Challenge.

All I did was take the cami off and swap out my belt and shoes.  And, voila!  A completely different outfit!

On me…

Top- Theory (old, similar here, and less expensive here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Leather Jacket- Remake Remodel (eBay for $16!! similar here and cute faux option here)
Heels- Brand Unknown via eBay, similar here, but original Gucci design here.
Keeping it Real…
I actually shot 3 different looks, with 3 different tripod set ups in the span of 25 minutes.  I can only guess what the construction guys down the street thought…I honestly couldn’t care less 😉
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

Chunky Hand Knit Cardigans with Thrifted Frye Boots on the Beach…

Is there anything better than an oversized chunky knit cardigan in the winter? 🤗
Well, yes, when it’s handknit by your dad!  He actually made this sweater for himself, and when he didn’t want it anymore, I stole it out of his donation pile haha.   Yet another reason I love having my parents living only a few blocks away!
❤️❤️❤️

It’s week 3 for @theMomEdit  style challenge., and the theme is “Oversized Chic”

This outfit errs more on the side of comfy…but I’ll try and work on another post that’s a little more “chic”.
🤷🏼‍♀️💃
Until then…some of my new favorite pics of us playing on the beach!
I recently scored these Frye Boots for $14 at a thrift store.  I could NOT believe my luck!!!  I had scored Maya’s a few years ago for $20, and anxiously awaited for them to fit!

Proooooobably wasn’t the best shoe choice for playing on the beach at sunset last week, but…that’s one of my favorite things about thrifting.
Wear it, ENJOY it, play in it, have no guilt over it.

Thankfully, a wet wipe to both as soon as we got back in the car and they were all good. ☺️
GAH!!!  That sunset!!! Maya found a few crabs, but they had burrowed deep by the time I got over there. One of my favorite things to capture with my clients is silhouettes at sunset.  I love trying to make the image “them” even though you can’t see their faces.

Sadly, as it got darker I couldn’t find my remote on the rocks!  SO…I had Maya push the shutter for me as I jumped and I pushed the shutter for her, and then I merged them together in Photoshop.

These totally crack me up!!
I LOVE these, but sooooo wish I’d been able to capture some of us just dancing.  When I couldn’t find the remote, I just set up my phone to take this video and I LOVE IT!!!  I guess I’ll just have to try again 😉

If you are following along on the weekly @theMomEdit  style challenge. you can see

Week 1 “Layer A Cami Over Something Warmer”

Week 2 “All Black with a Pop of Color”  (I did a day to night) day here and night here.

The next week challenge goes from 1/30-2/6 and it is…

“Make Wide Leg Crop Pants Work in Winter” .

THIS IS SO WHAT I’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO!!!  So excited!

On me…

Sweater- Hand Knit by my dad.
Top- J Crew (thrifted, similar here)
Boots- Frye “Veronica Short” (thirfted for $14!)
On Maya…
Sweater- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted)
Top- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted)
Jeans- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Frye “Veronica Slouch” (thrifted, sold out, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I was having some remote technical issues.  Maya’s face though.  Worried, yet, um…
The set up for us dancing… The set up for our jumping shot 🙂
Maya didn’t quite understand when to push the shutter.  She’d hit the shutter after I jumped,
and then she kept laughing uncontrollably, so I
literally had to jump like 10 times!  My 44 year old legs cannot do that anymore haha.  I really
thought I might pull a muscle, but…thankfully I didn’t. Ok, I had a few fails too 🙂
But laughs were had by all!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

All Black with a Pop of Color | Night

It’s week 2 for @theMomEdit style challenge.

This week (1/16-1/23) is style “All Black with a Pop of Color”

Yesterday, I posted a “day” version of this outfit.

One of my favorite things to style here is looks going from day to night!
🙋🏼‍♀️💃
I’m sure I’m not the only mom that feels the CRUNCH when it’s time to go out! I usually have about 30 minutes to an hour (if I’m LUCKY!) to get ready to go out. A life saver is finding ways to take an outfit that you can wear all day, swap out a shoe and a coat, add an accessory or two, and you are good to go!

An all black outfit is a total easy option for this! Add an accessory that matches, and you’re done! I think it’s easy to think that the distressed hem can’t go to “night”, but I think it can! And

On me…

Leather Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)
Sweater- Banana Republic (old, similar here)
Jeans- Current Elliott “Girl Crush” (DIY distressed hem) thrifted, similar here.
Shoes- Charlotte Ronson (old, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I don’t have any new info, but…in case you missed it from the last post.
This amazing walkway is RIGHT next to a super busy street in our neighborhood.  The good news is-it’s beautiful and 5 minutes from our house and Maya’s school.  The bad news….872 cars drove by during our whopping 15 minutes here haha.
And, part of the videio includes the “day” version, which included Maya and me 🙂
Oh, and…the set up of my focus stand…it’s the same as the day, because I literally gave myself 15 minutes to shoot both of these before I picked Maya up from school!

She never has her hair all down, but the clip she’d worn to school was half out.  I took it out and was going to put it back in, but then…didn’t want to mess with it without a brush.  But, during all her dancing she kept getting hairs in her mouth 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

All Black with a Pop of Color | Day

 It’s week 2 for @theMomEdit style challenge.

This week (1/16-1/23) is style “All Black with a Pop of Color”

Basically this is a no brainer for me!  I LOOOOOVE all black, but do like to break it up with a pop of color.  Or…just break it up by the texture and variance of black.

All blacks are different, so I feel like if you purposely wear ones that are off, it works better. And…a silver platform sneaker…both comfy yet adds some fun!

I DIY cut the hem on these jeans, and they are one of my favs! I actually took the above pictures right before picking Maya up from school.  I actually shot this look and then swapped out my shoes and jacket for a “day to night” look (coming soon).  I did all that in a whopping 15 minutes haha.

Then….after letting Maya play after school for an hour, I convinced her to come back to the same spot for a few shots.  Ok, ipad time may have been promised… 🙂

And, yes, she rocks the “all black with a pop of color” better than me! I can’t even…. SO her!

On me…

Sweater- Banana Republic (old, similar here)
Jeans- Current Elliott “Girl Crush” (DIY distressed hem) thrifted, similar here.
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeans- GapKids (thrifted)
Shoes- Dr. Martens (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
This amazing walkway is RIGHT next to a super busy street in our neighborhood.  The good news is-it’s beautiful and 5 minutes from our house and Maya’s school.  The bad news….872 cars drove by during our whopping 15 minutes here haha.
Maya kept wanting me to shout “doody” haha.
Set up of my focus stand…
Not even sure what’s going on here haha. She never has her hair all down, but the clip she’d worn to school was half out.  I took it out and was going to put it back in, but then…didn’t want to mess with it without a brush.  But, during all her dancing she kept getting hairs in her mouth 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

“Layer a Cami Over Something Warmer” The Mom Edit Style Challenge Week 1

Sometimes fashion is just about experimenting and having FUN!

Which means… @TheMomEdit is having another style challenge! 🤗

I loooove a good style challenge, but rarely have time to participate anymore. This challenge is a weekly challenge though, so I’m determined to try and come up with one original interpretation each week. 🤞🏻

Week 1: Layer A Cami Over Something Warmer.  This one went from Wednesday 1/9-1/16.

I thought about just laying a cami over a long sleeve tee, but wanted to try and get a little more creative. I miss having the time to be creative with my outfits. I would normally never wear a button down under a cami, but it was fun! Oh, and these jeans??  They are hands down my new FAVORITES!!  The perfect amount of stretch, and the wash is vintage perfection!  They came 2 inches longer, but since it was already a raw hem, I just chopped them to my desired length.  They will just get better with washing! I added a vintage belt for a little fun.

Who wants to join me on the challenge?! There are a total of 5 weeks, and you can join in whenever you have time! C’mon!!! 🎉

Week 2: Wear A Pop Of Color With All Black (I can’t wait to do this one, and I think Maya’s going to do it with me!) . Goes from 1/16-1/23.

I took off the cami, swapped out the belt, and put different shoes on for a completely different yet more traditional look coming soon!

On me…

Cami- Foley (old, similar here and less expensive here)
Top- Theory (old, similar here, and less expensive here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted)
Bag- Rafe New York (eBay)
Leather Jacket- Remake Remodel (eBay for $16!! similar here and cute faux option here)
Keeping it Real…
I’ve talked about my process a few times, but…here’s the test shot I always take of my focus
stand.   Once I lock in the focus, I just jump into this spot and snap away!
I showed a video of how I set up these shots  here, and also showed that…yes, of course it was garbage and yard waste day!   So…not just one, but TWO trucks stopped by a few yards away from me as I was taking these.  This next shot was taken after one of them waved at me! 😂🙈
Don’t mind me! 🤷🏼‍♀️💃
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

White Tied Button Down + High Waisted Dark Denim Shorts + Gold Wrap Sandals

The last fashion post from our recent trip to Los Cabos…

I’m still hoping to do a recap of both places we stayed, the things we did, and recommendations from BOTH our trips from last year, but…that might be a while 🙂

For now, quick and easy fashion thoughts!

A white button down is a staple packing piece for me.  It’s so versatile!

Dress it up, dress it down. Wear tied as a knot, tucked or untucked. It could even be worn as a cover up!
And these high waisted dark denim shorts were super versatile too!  They can be somewhat dressed up, or totally casual with tank and flip flops! I honestly don’t know who I had more fun packing for though…me or Maya. I’d totally wear her outfit too! 💜 Pose…art directed by Maya 🙂 Loooooove this next one!!
On me…

Top- Calypso St Barth (thrifted, similar here)
Jean Shorts- Frame Denim
Sandals- Kaanas “Gold Granada Wrap” (eBay)
On Maya…
Top- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted)
Shorts- Crewcuts by J Crew (thrifted)
Keeping it Real…
A lot of times, I’ll tell Maya she can choose how we pose.
A lot of the times, I don’t quite know what she wants me to do haha.
She was very specific with heart shot! 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Knotted Peasant Top + High Waisted Crop Flares + Birkenstock Gizehs

I had all these great intentions of blogging on our Mexico pics while we were on Christmas Break, but then reality and a never ending cold (I was seriously sick for the entire 2 1/2 weeks!!) kicked my ass, and…well.

I blogged nothing.

So, I’m catching up now, and hope to eventually also catch up on the pics I took from our LAST vacation to Los Cabos back during Spring Break 2018.  Maybe for this next Spring Break??  Haha.

All in all, I’d love to do a write up of both places we stayed and what we did…eventually.

Until then.

A fairly simple comfy outfit.  High wasited crops are my go to right now.  So easy and comfy.  These had a built in hem that was too short for my legs, so I let it out, and I LOVE THEM!  Funny enough, the brand has an almost identical pair to these with the hems let out.  Great minds and all…

And, while I like to tuck things into high waisted pants, it’s so much easier and more flattering to tie tops right at the waist!

No lumps!  No fussing with retucking when you go potty-haha, yes, I went there!

Yay!

Top- Current Elliott (eBay)
Jeans- McGuire “Bessette Culottes” Mine came with a shorter hem, but I let them. (eBay)
Sandals- Birkenstock “Gizeh” (thrifted, like new for $25!!)
Keeping it Real…
I know I post these a lot, but I was a little cranky that I lost this amazing sun flare by the time I
actually got into the frame… 😦 . Imagine me IN with all this light goodness, ok?
See that woman in the distance?  Yep, of course she came RIGHT up the walkway…again…don’t
mind me!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren