Tag Archives: All Black

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

All Black + Statement Clog! (Bodysuit + High Waisted Crop Pants + Strappy Clogs)

I recently posted about Maya turning SIX!  But…I felt like the post should be mostly about HER-duh!!  But…as she was off petting random dogs that came by, I had to opportunity to take pics of just me-ha!

As per usual, I wasn’t really prepared to take pics on this day.  This was on her actual birthday, and she had school.  I swear it’s one thing after another (such is life!!).  But after getting some work done while she was in school, my main thought was getting her last minute gifts/balloons!

Soooo, I put on the outfit that was sitting on my dresser from a wedding I’d recently shot-I’d washed the bodysuit, I promise!!.  BUT…it was in a mound of clean laundry on my dresser too.

  Please tell me I’m not the only one that has a STACK of clothing on their dresser.  Clothes recently worn, but not really dirty.  Clothes out of the dryer that you don’t have time to fold and put away…for like 3 weeks straight.  Ok, 4.

This was SO comfy (as I need to be when shooting a wedding), but I feel like all black can crossover to just about any situation.  It can be casual, it can be dressy, it is always flattering.  AKA…it’s always a WIN!

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve worn these clogs!  I’m so sad to be saying good bye to them until next summer! And…had to get shots of both of our shoes, because our shoe shots are some of my favs! Seriously…dying.

On me…

Bodysuit- H&M (similar here)
Pants- Club Monaco (really old, similar here and less expensive here)
Clogs- Sven “Ankle Wrap Strap”C/O
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- GapKids (thrifted)
Belt- Old
Leggings- GapKids (thrifted)
Clogs- Sven  Sling Strap Children’s Clog C/O
Keeping it Real…
I had given Maya the remote to take my picture, and she took like 35 in a row and wouldn’t stop haha.  This would be me running to stop her.
And…then I gave her the remote to take pics of us together.  I feel like she has way more fun when she has control of things at times.  But again…a kazillion shoe shots later… 🙂
(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

All Black…is always a win ( Fringe Vest + Cropped Flares + Booties)

I’m on the hunt for crop flares.

 I’ll be honest.  I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect pair ever since I saw Carolyn Bessette in hers in the early 90’s.  For me, she was everything perfection when it came to fashion.  Such a tragedy in so many ways…

Alas… In my mind, crop flares = super long legs that can’t be bothered with our normal hems, so really…it’s my short legged dream haha.  Thankfully, the style is now totally becoming mainstream and you can find them everywhere!  Alas…when you thrift all your jeans, it’s a little harder, but…I WILL FIND THEM!  Or…I will rip them! 😉

I absolutely loooove this pair, but they are just a little too big on me.  I mean, they USED to be too big one me (whah whah!!)  I remember buying these at a major score, LOVING them, and then realizing they were too big and putting them in the “bin”.

Oh…but then enter a few weeks (ok, if I’m honest, months!) of stress eating and drinking…and I went digging to find them in my “to sell” pile haha.  Every once in a while I feel foolish for all the stock piling of denim in various sizes, but then…. I LOVE MYSELF!!  Ok, I totally rationalize every thrift purchase to the fullest (and 80% of the time my rationalizations come to fruition!)

All that to say.  In the weight I am now, even if it isn’t my norm…I’m SO glad these fit, because I LOVE THEM!!  And they are sooooo comfy!  Blog StyleMint Fringe Vest Mother Denim Rascal Crop 67 Booties-1 Blog StyleMint Fringe Vest Mother Denim Rascal Crop 67 Booties-2 Blog StyleMint Fringe Vest Mother Denim Rascal Crop 67 Booties-3 On me…

Sweater- StyleMint (old)
Top- Zara (old)
Jeans- Mother Denim “Rascal Crop” (thrifted, similar here)
Boots- SixtySeven “Blake” Bootie (Nordstom Rack, sold out, loving these)

Keeping it Real…

I would love to say that my hair is just full of thick curls, but…that is so not the case.  The reality is that is was SO WINDY!!!  And, you know…I’ll take it!   But in this case, not so prepared 😉  But, my 30 second Sally Hansen Nails look pretty good, huh?? 🙂

Ps-look behind me.  See those people walking their dog?  Yes, there is a reason there are only 3 images in this post 🙂  I saw this amazing wall near me, and got out while Maya was in school.  Oh, and then realized…everyone and their dog knew about it too!! 😉Blog Outtake(all pictures taken with a self timer/shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

All Black… Holiday Party Outfit option #2

 I flew down to Austin yesterday to meet up with my husband, who works there for half the week.  His company holiday party is tonight, and this is one of the options I brought with me. The romper I thought about wearing ended up getting nixed because while it’s been warm here during the day, it’s been dipping down into the 30’s and 40’s at night-BRRRR!!!!

So….option 2.  You can never go wrong with all black!Blog Doma Leather MK2K DL1961 River Pedro Garcia Booties-1 Blog Doma Leather MK2K DL1961 River Pedro Garcia Booties-2Envision dozens of cars driving past me right now…AWKWARD 😉 Blog Doma Leather MK2K DL1961 River Pedro Garcia Booties-3 Blog Doma Leather MK2K DL1961 River Pedro Garcia Booties-4 Blog Doma Leather MK2K DL1961 River Pedro Garcia Booties-5 On me…

Jacket- Doma” (old similar here)
Top- MK2K (eBay, similar here)
Jeans- DL1961 River in Atlanta (ebay similar here)
Boots- Paul & Joe (Old, similar here )
Keeping it Real…
I took these on a pretty busy street a few blocks away from my house while Maya was in school.  I gave myself 10 minutes, because I had to get back to pick her up.  In those 10 minutes in addition to the dozens of cars driving by were people walking their dogs.  NO…I didn’t feel like a big nerd at ALL!!!! 😉
Oh, and truth be told.  I brought even ANOTHER option, because I’m wondering if this is going to be too dressy…sigh.Blog outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod)

dit-elle-Lauren

All Black + Leather Pants and a Pop of Red…

 Funny thing is…we weren’t going to have a fun outing this day.  It was raining, Maya was sick, I hadn’t taken a shower.  Then…the rain parted, Maya was on her lunch “high”, and I thought…well, why not?!  What else are we going to do?  The best part?  This entire shoot lasted 10 minutes…and it’s one of my favs.  We were going to keep running and playing, but Maya decided to run into the muddy stream and fell.  She was still game to play, but I figured a wet muddy sick toddler needed to go home.

This is such an amazing little hidden park.  You can pull up (I’m sure illegally) and park at the entrance.  Maya can see me from her car seat.  I can take pics.  Then I grab her.  Take a few with her, and then let her run wild.  She loves it.  I love it.  It’s a WIN for us both!  Oh, and it’s about 3 minutes from our house!

Before all the mud, while she was in the car finishing her snack…I took these really quick 😉Blog HM Black Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater Genetic Denim Shya Leather Pants Studded Superga-1Yes, I managed to wait a few weeks before photographing these leather pants again.

LOVE THEM!!!

And yes, I wiped some mud off at the end of all this, and they are good as new-WIN!!Blog HM Black Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater Genetic Denim Shya Leather Pants Studded Superga-2 Blog HM Black Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater Genetic Denim Shya Leather Pants Studded Superga-3 Blog HM Black Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater Genetic Denim Shya Leather Pants Studded Superga-4 Blog HM Black Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater Genetic Denim Shya Leather Pants Studded Superga-5 Blog HM Black Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater Genetic Denim Shya Leather Pants Studded Superga-6 Blog HM Black Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater Genetic Denim Shya Leather Pants Studded Superga-7 Blog HM Black Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater Genetic Denim Shya Leather Pants Studded Superga-8Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-1And…she’s OFF and RUNNING down the path! Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-2Which she thinks is just about the funniest thing ever! Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-3 Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-4 Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-5 Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-6 Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-7 Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-8And then…she went exploring in the mud and slipped.  It’s the number one reason I like to thrift most of her clothes.  I might have had a heart attack had I paid retail for any of this, but I didn’t.  And…it all washed out anyways…

Bottom line, can you deny that joyous face??!! Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-9 Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-10I’ll answer that with this one…NO!!! 😉 Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-11 Blog Amy Coe Faux Leather Jacket Old Navy Cardigan GapKids Dress Levis Jeggings Xhiliration Moto Boots-12On me…

Sweater- H&M (last year, similar here)
Leather Pants- Genetic Denim (eBay sold out, similar here and here)
Shoes- Superga (ebay, sold out, but similar here)
On Maya…
Hat- H&M (old size 8-10 :), similar here)
Jacket- Amy Coe (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- Old Navy (thrifted, but similar here)
Dress- GapKids (thrifted, but similar here)
Jeggings-Levi’s (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Xhiliration (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
This is right after she fell in the mud.  She wasn’t so sure what to do haha.Blog Outtake
(all pictures taken with a self timer and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren