There was a time when you wouldn’t dare leave the house without a second coat of mascara. These days you consider yourself ready to go if your pants are zipped.
When primping feels like a chore, it’s time to schedule a boudoir photo shoot with Annie McElwain Photography. The saucy shutterbug harnesses light, shadow, and, if you want, a little Photoshop to transform your postbaby self-image into a thing of beauty.
Host a lingerie and photo shoot boudoir party with friends (champagne not included but highly recommended) or choose a solo package (with options like wardrobe styling and hair and makeup). The final product is a set of luscious photographs (digital images, prints, or a sexy little black folio) that captures the body and spirit you didn’t realize you still had.
Not sure? We say suck it in and give it a shot. Think of it this way: You’ll never again look better (or younger) than you do right now.
Annie McElwain Photography (310-295-4900 or amphotography.com). Sessions start at $450.
22nd Annual Fiesta Broadway
What: The nation’s largest Cinco de Mayo event celebrates Hispanic culture with festive food, carnival activities and crafts, and musicians such as Ozomatli and Diana Reyes.
Why: Skip the siesta and join the fiesta.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Broadway, b/t First & Fifth Sts., Downtown (310-914-8308). Admission is free.
Mother’s Day Cocktails and Crayons
What: The legendary supper club opens early, hosting a one-night-only kids’ menu, complete with balloon animals, coloring, and room to scamper about.
Why: A celebration everyone will enjoy.
When: Sun., 4 p.m.
Where: The Tar Pit, 609 N. La Brea Ave., b/t Melrose Ave. & Clinton St. (323-965-1300).
Mother’s Day Portraits Package
What: Capture casual outdoor pics of the whole fam with Play L.A.’s package including a 45-minute photo shoot, 30-60 images, and an eight-by-ten print.
Why: Make memories in a snap.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Will Rogers Memorial Park, 9650 Sunset Blvd., b/t N. Beverly & Benedict Canon Drs. Reservations (required) to 323-988-1189 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost is $95.
Botany Flowers Floral Arranging and Tea
What: Mother-child duos team up to create two stunning bouquets while indulging in cookies, cakes, tea, and lemonade.
Why: Smell the roses with your little bud.
When: Sat., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.
Where: Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., at W. San Vicente Blvd. Registration (required) to 310-394-0358. $50 per pair.
Photo: Annie McElwain