Recipe for a Good Fashion Shoot

Today, one of my closest friends, Veronica, is visiting and sharing with us her recipe for a good photo shoot.  She recently launched her own line of clothing, dianoche .  She came over this Fall and we had an amazing time, although the hardest part was trying not to laugh as she directed me into various poses:


{me, trying not to crack up}



{me, totally cracking up}

Here's Veronica's recipe for a good shoot.....
The Recipe calls for:
-very patient family members and friends

-hair curlers and makeup
-an extremely patient and loving husband
- a few cold ciders


- random props


- countless hours of hard work and laughing (a couple spent crying ... most from laughing so hard)
- an amazing friend who you used to daydream with
- and one large pizza



These were the key ingredients that went into creating dnstyle.com and I'm indescribably thrilled that we've launched! For now the site is carrying unique yet classic t-shirts that go perfect with your favorite pair of jeans (to stay home or go out) or a 40s-inspired pencil skirt to wear for work. The fashion industry has changed drastically these past 10 years and it's satisfying to see the client calling the shots for a change. People want easy to wear, care and match clothing while looking effortlessly flawless and diaNoche was up for the challenge. We can't wait to add accessories and home decor to complete the look.
-Veronica El-Showk


Veronica has started the line with a collection of classic versatile t-shirts that can be used both day & night (hence, "dianoche.")  I am SO excited for her and she's offered to do a giveaway for one of our readers.  To enter for a chance to win the giveaway, all you have to do is visit diaNoche to view the available designs and leave a comment in my comments section saying which t-shirt design you want.  (Make sure we have a way to contact you.)   We'll pick a winner by random on Friday!

To view the real images that made the cut onto diaNoche (clearly not the ones of me cracking up ;)  you can click on the "Lookbook" section of diaNoche.

xoxo, Lauren

If you'd like help creating a home you absolutely love, contact me about our design services.

142 comments:

Chelsea said...

Looks like a fun time! The clothing is gorgeous, too - I really love the Medina in Onyx.

Thanks!

~Chelsea

In the Tweeds said...

You look beautiful! Looks like a fun shoot.

I like the Casablanca in lapiz

kayce hughes said...

You seriously could be on the cover of Vogue!

A Perfect Gray said...

you, my dear, rocked that one out. your images in the lookbook are so professional. thanks so much for the chance. I love the cordoba in sable..

Ruthie{Look~Learn~Love} said...

How fun! I will keep these tips in mind next time I'm hosting a photo shoot,hehehe :)

Tasha B. said...

I love the KNIGHTS IN CORDOBA (ONYX)

Natalie Catherine said...

gorgeous!! what a lovely charming post. :) you could totally model though and ps that pizza is making me hungry. haha. looks like you had a great photo shoot!

The Sequined Lobster said...

You look FANTASTIC!!! Sooo jealous! & love the tees on diaNoche! the pencil skirt you are wearing is fabulous and I am really loving the Medina tee in Overcast!
Congrats on the spread! & LOVE your blog!
tarahill8@yahoo.com

Emily said...

i love the Knights in Cordoba in onyx!! I love it paired with that fabulous skirt you are wearing!!

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

Woah there! You are one hot mama!! The photos turned out beautiful!

Mind if I ask - are you wearing fake lashes or are those your real lashes? If the former, what brand? If the latter, I hate you.

: )

Alaina

JODI said...

oohhh...all so beautiful! i would love to have CASABLANCA in lapiz!!
jojoharvey@att.net

Meredith said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway! The photos all turned out lovely -even the ones where you're laughing!

I'd love to win Casablanca in Lapiz. :)
Meredith @ Welcome to Heardmont

Mimi Campaigne said...

Such fun shirts. I Like the casablanca in lapiz

Katie said...

love the casablanc in malbec! katie dot bindrup at gmail dot com

Lee said...

You make a beautiful model!
I really love the Casablanca in the lapiz blue tee...although everything offered on her site is wonderful!
I am crossing my fingers!

willandteresa said...

Love the Casablanca in Malbec!

Courtney at Scattering Lupines said...

Love the Knights in Cordoba (Sable)... and love the NAME!

Judith said...

Nice pics of a beautiful girl... And your blog is great! Greetings from Belgium

Valerie Wills Interiors said...

You look absolutely stunning... great photo shoot Lauren.

Ella said...

Love the clean & easy to navigate site. The concept and apparel is awesome! Can't wait to see what is yet to come. While I found it very hard to pick a single fav... my wardrobe holes dictate that one comes out on top... the Medina in Sage.

Jane @ The Borrowed Abode said...

Wow, Lauren - you look fantastic, totally modelesque!

I love the shirts...think I'd have to choose the Casablanca in Malbec, but not 100% sure. The Medina design also rocks my world.

Allie said...

How stinkin' cute are you!! I love the Casablanca Lapiz.

Tati said...

hello hello!

do you ship to paris??

my best friends are amazing!!

i would like all of them shipped to my home, thank you in advance.

love you girls xoxox

tiki torch

youresomartha said...

You are such a model! Wow you look fantastic. I love the Casablanca Lapiz. Thanks!

Shabby Vintage Threads said...

Your images look great! I really like the Knights in Cordoba shirt in Sable. ~Christie

nameisgrace said...

you are one pretty pretty lady! love the pics. hope you're staying warm in VA! sending some virtual sun your way from cali:) xo grace

Kristen said...

They're all so cute! I love the Knights in Cordoba (Sable). ~Kristen
the dot richardsons at live dot com

suzanne said...

I would love to try the Medina in Onyx.

Red Door Home said...

Looks like so much fun and probably a lot of hard work too. Love the Knights in Cordoba in Sable.

Sami said...

I love the Casablanca in lapiz. You make a great model Lauren Thanks for the opportunity!

LindaSonia said...

How fun to have a friend who has a fashion line - love it!! My fav is the Medina in Onyx... fingers crossed! :)

Rachael said...

LOve them. Casablanca in Lapiz please.

L.Duncan@Home23DuncanBoys said...

oooh girl, you look AMAZING!!! She took some great pictures of you! Thanks for the tips.

Sofia L said...

They look like some amazing photos, she's very talented. My favorite is CASABLANCA (LAPIZ). I'm really into blue right now b/c I'm having a boy.

Natalie said...

i like the medina in sage, i think...they are all so cute :) ps. you look gorg in all those photos! how fun

Rocio Rincon said...

Hi, I just found your blog, and I like it!!! I'm coming back for more. See you!

Living It At Home said...

Lauren, you should professionally model! You look amazing! How fun~

I like the Medina Onyx shirt! Great website and looks!

~jamilyn

Heather said...

You look gorgeous in the shots in the lookbook!
I love the "Casablanca, Lapiz" tee.

libbyshack said...

Awesome pics!!! I love the Medina shirt in onyx.

Dorothy said...

Casablanca in Lapiz. You are beautiful! How wonderful that beauty is out and about in the world! Bah, if that made any sense at all. (sorahatch@gmail.com, if I get insanely lucky.)

pve design said...

Cablanca lapiz - and you amaze me....you are creative, talented, gorgeous, a mom, a wife, a designer, and fun. Good luck to dianoche....
pve

traci zeller designs said...

Ummm ... I think she left out an amazing friend who happens to be drop-dead gorgeous! Girl!!

xoxo!

Heather @ The Black's Best said...

I love the Medina - Overcast. The blue color is a gorgeous smoky tone and would be great for layering a long sleeve tee underneath...something I love to do!

Angela said...

I love the Casablanca in Lapiz. Look forward to seeing her home decor and accessories. Thanks for the giveaway. afabus@hotmail.com

misss_e said...

Aww I love it!

Kare said...

Wow! Gorgeous lookbook...you look fabulous! I'm in love with the Onyx Knights in Cordoba T.

kare.trublue@comcast.net

Tammy@InStitches said...

That last pic is smoking hot ! I'm loving the casablanca in lapiz.

Miss Rubio said...

I love the KNIGHTS IN CORDOBA (SABLE)...Great photo taking tips. XoXo

Dana {Southern Inspired} said...

Great name, great designs! I really love the Casablanca (Lapiz)! I LOVE the long-sleeved version in the Lookbook.

Jen Teusink said...

Super Cute!
Medina - Overcast

Love Where You LIve said...

Ok, Now I'm thinking you could lead another life -- in addition to the ones you have under way now, of course. Fashion model. So pretty!

Layne & Everett said...

Your friend forgot to mention that a very gorgeous blonde doesn't hurt a fashion shoot either! Congrats! Uh-may-zeeng.

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

You look amazing in these pictures. Love the outfits!
New follower!

Cereal In My Stiletto said...

I love the lookbook link so there is an actual visual image of the shirt being worn! I like the casablanca lapiz! :)

karlee said...

Love the Knights in Cordoba in Onyx. Beautiful photos!

Melaine Thompson said...

I love the knights of Cordoba! Thank you Lauren! Melaine

Amy C said...

I love the Casablanca in Malbec!

Jaimie said...

That sounds like a wonderfully fun time! I love the Casablanca in Malbec!

Miss E said...

How fun! I love the Casablanca in Lapiz!

missesmisadventures@gmail.com

nkp said...

Lauren, there is no chance that this whole interior design thing is not going to work out for you, but just in case, you clearly won't be jobless as you are stunning. Holy smokes, you look amazing!

Beth said...

Your photos are gorgeous! I would be happy to look half as good as you in the Casablanca in Malbec. Beautiful!

Stephanie said...
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Stephanie said...

love the knights in cordoba in sable! can't wait to see more from this brand!

stephanie.michele.lim@gmail.com

Sarah said...

I love the Medina in any color. Beautiful pictures!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Lauren, you are so pretty, you could definitely be a model! Love that first pic!

Michael and Kenna said...

The site looks great! I love the cordoba shirt in malbec. Great photos too.

jessica said...

love casablanca in malbec!! gorgeous! xo

www.creativeindexblog.blogspot.com

Caroline said...

Those pictures are awesome! You are so gorgeous :) I would love to have the Casablanca top in Lapiz! It is so cute and could easily be worn with so many things. Thanks so much for sharing!!

Caroline
carolinebramlett@gmail.com

Sarah said...

Thanks Lauren - I particularly love the Casablanca T in Lapiz - :))
monacointeriors.blogspot.com

Acquired Objects said...

Look at fabulous you! How much fun were you having? It looked like a ton and you're sooooo gorgeous! I love all the t-shirts but the medina would probably be my first pick. Looks like a great venture!

paula said...

so fun and you look HOT! way to work it mama.

mo said...

wow, my best friend is one hot mama!

Amy R. said...

Casablanca T is my pick. You looked stunning as usual. Now following you on Twitter too:)

Amy R.

Samantha said...

I want Nights in Cordoba in sable!!! What great shirts! You look fabulous- makes me want to put on some smokey eye shadow!

craftytexasgirls@gmail.com

twarbington said...

I love the Casablanca tees especially the long sleeve one you wore in the photo shoot!
warbingtonfamily@gmail.com

EDYTA and CO. INTERIOR DESIGN said...

You look beautiful!!! the T-shirts are awesome too!. I will take the Knights in cordoba in Onyx :)

Julia R. Dominguez Lawrence said...

Fun tees, love the green table, and you look amazing! Congrats!!
Julia

tric said...

I love the Casablanca in Lapiz-so cute!

3 Peanuts said...

YOU look gorgeous and you are gorgeous in that real, approachable, adorable way too. I like the medina in terra or black:)

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lauren- Those shots are just stunning. And the one where you and Christian are gazing at stars is just precious. Too bad Cookie magazine went under, because that shot could have been on the cover! Totally Glam Mommy.

So hard to choose from Veronica's beautiful designs, but Knights in Cordoba in Onyx edges to the top. Not only is the graphic breath-taking, but I imagine it adds the illustion of curves in all the right places!

Loretta

The Foodsnob said...

The pictures are stunning! I love the Medina in terra.

Maggieskara@hotmail.com

Riviera Wedding Planner said...

Love this post and the third pic most of all - you "totally cracking up". Your blogs is amazing and you are absolutely gorgeous. I'm following you, talk soon
http://wedding-planner-costa-azzurra.blogspot.com/

JennyCB said...

You look phenomenal... I am jealous of shoots that involve pizza, hard cider, and rollers. Mine these days involve Cheerios, sippy cups, and short attention spans. ;o)
I love the Casablanca in Malbec. Your friend is truly talented. Good luck to all!

Deb said...

Loving the Casablanca in Lapis...beautiful!

Vanessa said...

What great pictures and designs! I love the Casablanca in Malbec.

JSYangster said...

Lauren-- you don't look like a mommy! you look great! I am looving the Knights in Cordoba (Sable)

simply seleta said...

You're so gorgeous...better than most models I see. Get an agent!

*jennifer said...

My fave is the Knights In Cordoba (Sable), LOVE! Great shoot, fabulous hair!

*jennifer said...

Knights In Cordoba (Sable)
lollygagg.in@hotmail.com

The O's said...

I love the Medina in Onyx! LOVE all of them! seobstar@yahoo.com

suzannem80 said...

Wow. You look beautiful. I love your hair. The ombre blonde color that you are rocking is gorgeous.

My favorite shirt is the Nights in Cordoba in Sable

suzannem80 said...

Oops, I forgot to leave my email address above! suzannem80@Hotmail.com

diand78 said...

Love, love, lauren in the casablanca in the long sleeve sage.

knights in cordoba (onyx) would be $$$ in the long sleeve as well. but are stunning just as they are!

these graphic designs are exotic and gorgeous! would love to get my little paws on one to sport around ashburn!

sweetdee78@me.com

Amanda said...

I love all of them but I love the Sabre Knights in Cordoba. You make a beautiful model and great pictures

carol said...

It looks like you both had so much fun at the photoshoot! I love the Casablanca in Lapiz. What a great color!

carol said...
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Nicole said...
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carol said...

Sorry for the double post. Tried to delete one but didn't work. Anyway...forgot to leave contact info above...czestes@msn.com

Sarah said...

Fun Blog. Fun shirts. Casablanca in Lapiz is my favorite. snicholls3@yahoo.com

Nicole said...

Lauren, you look amazing! My fave t-shirt is the Casablanca in Lapiz. (also am loving your pencil skirt!) Best of luck to Veronica!

Inspirational Sketchbook said...

Honestly Lauren! You look amazing, AMAZING!! So, since the one I really, really love is Knights in Cordoba in Sable, does that mean when I put it on I will look like you???
Hugs,
Roxanne

Wendy said...

You look beautiful! I love the waves on the hair and how shiny and healthy it looks! really nice. Thanks for the generous giveaway, the shirts are awesome, my favorite is CASABLANCA (LAPIZ)
Wendy-

lise said...

Love these and especially your beautiful hair. Wish mine looked that great after two children. Question, will I look as good as you in those clothes?
I like the Casablanca in lapiz. Stunning.

Danielle said...

It doesn't hurt to have a gorgeous looking woman to photograph like yourself!!! WOW you look amazing Lauren! I think you should drop this whole design thing and be a model, oh but then the design world would miss your talent...do both! xx Danielle

Karen said...

I love the Casablanca lapiz. Beautiful photos! cater3150@gmail.com

Anne said...

So many fun and exciting adventures you have going!
I was so excited to read that you were in Hickory, NC working on production of your new chair design-- I'm a native of Hickory (now living in the Midwest) and another connection-- my daughter and her husband live in the DC area!! :)
I love the MEDINA (ONYX)t-shirt...although, if I won, I would probably let my daughter choose a t-shirt for herself!!! :)

So Haute said...

Lauren, you look beautiful!!

AJ said...

Casablanca in Lapiz is gorgeous!!! And so are you by the way...hard to believe you gave birth to two precious little boys so recently! Congrats on a fun photoshoot!

Julia said...

Wow, you're such a great model, Lauren! I'm loving the CASABLANCA (LAPIZ) shirt.

Neal said...

Great designs and styles! I especially like the CASABLANCA (MALBEC)

ewmackey said...

Beautiful clothing! Especially love the Casablanca (lapiz) shirt!!

(elizabeth.mackey@gmail.com)

Natalie Marie said...

Beautiful photos & apparel!

I would love the knights in cordoba in onyx!

Keeping my fingers crossed!!!

Suzanne said...

Medina in Onyx - Love the designs! Don't forget us "winter" color people

decorater4life said...

You Look Beautiful, and I know you guys had a bLaSt!!!!!!! I HeArT the Medina!!!!!!!!




Michelle Torres
decorater4life@aol.com

Cherie said...

MEDINA (ONYX)for me -- so versatile too. Beautiful shots, esp like the one when you are losing it!

Holly Irwin Fine Art said...

Love, love, love the Medina T in Onyx! If only I could look half as good as you do in it!!!! Love the cut and design!

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I like Medina in Onyx. You are such a great spokesperson. They all look so pretty on you.

jj said...

Lauren, you look absolutely stunning!! How fun! I love the Casablanca in Lapiz...
joyjonas@gmail.com
Enjoy the snow!

Eva said...

Love, love, love the Knights in Cordoba (onyx)

thanks for sharing about dianoche, Im looking forward to following her work.
evamarie2102@msn.com

korimoses said...

Love the Medina in Onyx! Hopefully it will look as good on me!

Wanda said...

I love the site. What awesome T-shirts. I would love the CASABLANCA (MALBEC).

georgetownfresh said...

Beautiful pics! I love the sable cordoba!

georgetownfresh said...

Beautiful pics! I love the sable cordoba!

Sweet Southern Symphony said...

Love them all but decided on KNIGHTS IN CORDOBA (SABLE) after rolling over it and seeing it modeled - what an awesome feature! Everything looks great - you look beautiful - what a great job you both did :) Congrats.
coxkathryn@gmail.com

All That Jazz said...

Oh very fun, you look SO very stylish and hip! What fun! I would love a chance to win. I like the one you were wearing in the second to last photo you were laying down in~ the KNIGHTS IN CORDOBA (ONYX.)
My email address is: allthatjazzvintage@gmail.com
~michelle~

Dixon said...

I love the fashion ideas! I might have to go blond! I love Medina-Onyx for that reason.

--Dixie (dixiewood91@yahoo.com)

Alicia said...

The Medina style in onyx is my favorite.

Jessica Wrasman said...

You look gorgeous! How fun.

greg's wife said...

Wow! She didn't miss a trick! They are all beautiful, but the Casablanca - Lapiz is the first one for me. Just right.

Alicia B. Designs said...

you're so gorgeous!!

I love the Casablanca in Lapiz. Your friend is so talented!!

xoxo
Alicia

Jane said...

Love MEDINA (TERRA)for my daughter-in-law. Actually love them all! jdotfrederick at charterdotnet

Shannon said...

You did a stunning job and look like a model. I found your blog from Better Homes and Garden and had so much fun spending time reading through everything. I love the Casablanca in Lapiz. My email is Sevanish@aol.com Thanks!

Electra said...

I love the Medina in onyx... But I love even more the Al-Andalus inspired names and designs. Beautiful! Electralluna at hotmail.com.

Melissa said...

Hi, Lauren! I've been reading your blog for a while but this is my first time to leave a comment. I found you through Simply Seleta.

I really liked the Medina in onyx. The fit looks great. And I couldn't help but notice 'robodeer' made the photo shoot too! Hahaha!

Lucy said...

so cute! i would love the casablanca in lapiz. you're such an amazing model!

mariareilly said...

Love the Medina in onyx. You look gorgeous in it!

my favorite and my best said...

you are stupid pretty!

Gretchen O. said...

I like the casablanca in lapis....such a pretty blue! I think your modeling shoot was VERY professional looking. You never know what is going on just outside the view of the lens...thanks for the outtakes!

Wandering No More said...

You look great!!!
Nights in Cordoba in Sable, please! D

ramntm2005@gmail(dot)com

red said...

I love the last picture, sexy!! your friend is good :) Thanks for sharing!

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red ticking said...

gorgeous girl... xoxo

Julia said...

Love the medina in onyx. You are amazingly beautiful! you must've had so much fun!!