Day to Date Night (Mom-friendly!) Looks

Day to Date Night (Mom-friendly!) Looks

Day to Date Night Mom-friendly Looks

I’ve seen magazines and blogs do day to date night looks if you work in an office, but what if you work from home or you’re a stay at home mama?

In this month’s Live & Prosper Magazine, I put together a couple outfit formulas for a quick day to date night switcheroo.

Click here and flip to page 46 to see how to transform a tee and jeans from around the house to a night out with the girls, or your favorite summer dress from casual to date night chic.

Today’s look is a bonus idea. I would totally wear this during the day and then for a casual date night. I did, actually, to the cutest little pizza place downtown McKinney the other weekend.

Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies

Greater Than Rubies

We love to check out local restaurants, but sometimes a night in makes for the perfect date. One of our favorite DIY date meals is pizza. Here’s our favorite recipe to pair with your new date night look!

Totally Serious Warning: you may never order takeout pizza again when you see how easy and delicious this recipe is. If you’re ok with that, read on, brave soul.

Better Than Restaurant Pizza

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Bake time: 17-20 minutes
Total time: 32-40 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 package dry mix pizza dough
  • 1/2 cup water (this may be slightly different based on your dough’s instructions)
  • olive oil
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce
  • toppings of your choice (we love pepperoni, mushrooms, red peppers, and red onions)
  • mozzarella (if you’re feeling fancy, you can use the fresh mozzarella ball and cut it into slices or a package of shredded mozzarella works just as well)
  • cracked red pepper

Instructions

  • Set the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Follow the pizza dough instructions to make the dough, drizzle with olive oil, let sit.
  • Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. (For easy clean up, wrap the sheet with aluminum foil and spray the foil.)
  • Cut up and then saute the vegetables (sautéing is optional) in a little bit of olive oil until soft. I use 3-4 mushrooms, half of a red pepper, and about 1/4 of a large red onion.
  • Spread the dough on the cookie sheet.
  • Layer sauce, toppings, and cheese.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cracked red pepper.
  • Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until cheese is slightly browned.

This is a great dinner party recipe, too, and can be modified for people to create their own pizza. Just cut up a few extra toppings like sausage, tomatoes, fresh basil, etc. divide the dough into personal pizzas, and bake a tad longer to make sure the dough is fully cooked.

For a quick a side, we cut up a head of lettuce and use this lemon caesar dressing from Real Simple.* It.is.SO.good!

Lemon Caesar Dressing

Total time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp mayo
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce

Instructions

  • Cut up the lettuce and place in a serving bowl.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients.
  • Drizzle over the lettuce immediately before serving.

*I couldn’t find the recipe on their site anymore. If you are able to, please let me know so I can properly credit it.

Happy date nighting, friends!

PS If you don’t want to scroll back up for the link to the article, here it is again. Let us know in the comments below- are you a fan of transitioning a look from day to night? If yes, what’s your go to look, and if not, what’s holding you back?

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15 Comments

  • sarah tucker May 14, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    This outfit is totally ME! I love it! And look at you with all these downtown pics :) Can’t wait to see you Saturday!

    • Caitlin Author May 16, 2014 at 7:54 AM

      Yay! I can’t wait either :)

  • Julie May 14, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Love your outfit! Do you know who makes the shirt and skirt you are wearing?

    • Caitlin Author May 16, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      Thanks, Julie! Yes, the shirt is J. Crew Factory. They were on sale for $12 just a couple of weeks ago and were a great replacement for my worn out tees- SO comfy! My mom actually made the skirt for me, because it’s so hard for me to find a maxi that’s long enough. I saw a few that were a similar style at Ross the other week, though. I hope that’s helpful!

      • Julie May 17, 2014 at 12:06 AM

        Thanks! I’ll have to stop by the Factory store near me soon. WTG your Mom! :)

        • Caitlin Author May 19, 2014 at 4:33 PM

          You’re so welcome! I also was really impressed with their online measurement guides. That’s how I bought mine and they fit perfectly.

  • Amy G May 17, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Nice article! And I like this maxi skirt look. I keep hearing about how comfortable and awesome they are, but I rarely see them styled in a way that I truly think I could pull off. This feels very classy, though, and I think I could actually do this!

    • Caitlin Author May 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Your comment on Pinterest literally made me laugh out loud. You totally could pull it off! I like the high waisted look because it makes you look long and lean. A lot of maxi skirt looks hit right at the hip and make you appear wider than you are. As always, you’ve got to try it on to see if it works for you, but I’ve found this to work on several different body types. So the question is, will you buy or make your own? :)

  • Iris May 17, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Oh Caitlin, you know I am a fan of day to night looks! And I will always share my “transformations” with you! LOL! Thanks for doing this!

    It’s amazing how some jewelry, make-up and shoes can do to change a day appropriate outfit to a night appropriate outfit. The real challenge though, is finding one that can take you from day to night without any changes. I’d like to see a formula for that. I love formulas.

    • Caitlin Author May 19, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      I love that you share your transformations with me, Iris!

      You’re so right. They can make a huge difference. I’ll start thinking about a formula for that…thanks for the suggestion!

  • Carly May 17, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Fabulous look here! Would love to know what kind of fabric your mom used to make the skirt. Apparel fabric is so hard for me to figure out. The skirt is lovely.

    • Caitlin Author May 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Carly, I think it’s a jersey knit, but I’ve asked her and when I hear back, I’ll let you know!

      • Caitlin Author May 20, 2014 at 7:52 AM

        Carly, it is a jersey knit. Let me know if you have more questions and I’ll do my best to answer them! :)

        • Carly May 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

          Great, thanks! It has a really lovely drape. :) I find that I really need to feel apparel fabrics before I can purchase them. I think a solid maxi skirt needs to be on my “to-make” list.

          • Caitlin Author May 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM

            You’re so welcome! Yes, I think that’s important, and I’d agree. Keep me updated- I’d love to see it if you make one! Have a great weekend, Carly!

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