Friday Favorites: Summer for a Steal {All Under $20}

Sooooo…summer is upon us!

In 53 days to be exact! How do I know that? {aside from looking at my calendar} Well, it’s when my Tone It Up challenge ends – on the first day of summer! Ha! It’s right around the corner, but then seems far away when you look at it officially!

Whether summer seems close or far, it’s feeling like summer here in Philly today and this weekend. Temps in the 80’s have me really excited for my summer wardrobe – and giving it a refresh!

I love shopping for fun, fresh looks when a new season is coming up – but I don’t want to break the bank switching up my wardrobe. Today I wanted to round up some of my favorite picks for summer – all under $20! Crazy right?!

I picked out a few gorgeous tops and one amazing maxi dress, that’s only  $14 – I love the prints! I even found some amazing swimsuits, all under $18 – and that’s not per piece, that’s for the ENTIRE LOOK – top AND bottom! I’m so excited about sharing this with you all and I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight

not pictured, I have the designer version of this exact swimsuit {check out my version of the suit in this post} and I totally wish I only spent $12 on it, WHAT?!

also not pictured – Shark Bait Oh HaHa – LOVE IT!

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one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight

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Check out all the gorgeous round beach blankets {so cute!} each of them ONLY $14! WHAT?! That’s crazy right! I love them all and I think they are so great for the beach, especially when you have a few kiddos! I can’t pick a favorite, I want them all! I also wanted to mention the adorable beach cover-ups I found. So many cute ones, but this one is my favorite! So cute as a cover-up and I would totally wear it with skinny jeans and a white tank top!

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What’s you favorite online store to shop for a great deal?!

I’d love to hear it! 

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Spring Trunk Club Reveal

So it’s been a loooong time since I received a Trunk Club, I figured with the change of seasons, it was time to remedy that!

If you want to get caught up, check out my previous Trunk Club posts:

my first Trunk  / Second Trunk Club  / Third Trunk {before our trip to Mexico!} / Fourth Trunk Part 1 + Part 2 / Fifth Trunk {for the Holidays!}

Taj Clutch / Amala Earrings / Pari Necklace  

/ Chambray Dress /  Heels {similar}

For this Trunk, I requested some fun pieces for the spring into summer season. I don’t really neeeeed anything, but it’s always fun to get a few new pieces when the seasons change, amiright? 

Side Note to Myself – I need to do a major closet clean out! But that’s another problem for a different day! 

Today is all about the TRUNK!

Let’s get to it ->

//  Off the Shoulder Top

And if you are interested in signing up for  Trunk Club yourself – please use my referral link and let me know what you think! Trunk Club is a part of Nordstrom, so you get amazing customer service and great quality brands you know and love. It’s $25 to get a trunk full of goodies and you can use that $25 towards anything you want to keep – so it’s pretty much free in my eyes! When you sign up for a trunk you get a stylist and you tell her what you are looking for – you are then sent a preview of what is going to be sent your way, which you can accept, remove things from and/or comment on what you like and don’t like so your trunk gets personalized towards you, before being sent your way! I love the little sneak peek, but seriously, who doesn’t love a giant box of clothing arriving at your front door?!

I was sent 10 beautiful pieces of clothing to try on for this month – I had a hard time sending this box back, I sort of loved it all! Here’s what I got – check it out and let me know what you think!

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Morning Suede Moto Jacket

This jacket comes in 7 other colors and while it is really pretty and beautifully made, it’s definitely not something I need going into the spring/summer months! I have something similar in leather that I love, but it’s more of a Fall jacket, which is what I  see this as! If you need something like this in your wardrobe, it’s really well done, just not something I need at the moment! 

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Off the Shoulder Peasant Top

This is a seriously beautiful top, which comes in black too. I love the off the shoulders with the pop of lace at the elbow and the billowy sleeve. It has lovely detail and is a great fit too. 

This peasant top is light, airy, perfect to accessorize with fun necklaces or earrings! What do you think about it?

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Cold Shoulder Ruffle Sleeve Top

This top is a beauty and it comes in 5 other colors, but I LOVE the blush pink! I’m also a fan of the cold shoulder + ruffle combination, it’s really pretty. I paired this top with a few other pieces from this trunk, so I think it’s a pretty versatile piece, the only thing I was on the fence about it would be lots of wrinkling with the fabric and the color, and maybe even seeing sweat marks in the heat! Might be crazy, but it’s something I think about!

 / heels  {come in 3 other colors, LOVE !}

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Newark Lace Skirt

This was a really interesting piece that when I saw it was shipping to me, I was excited to try it out! Online it shows the skirt with a matching white off the shoulder top, which I wasn’t sent in this trunk, so I had to get creative.

It’s a fun skirt and I love the midi length with the excess lace showing – I think it’s support pretty. I just don’t have a real reason to wear it! What do you think about the skirt? How would you wear it?

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Off the Shoulder Top

Next up, another cold shoulder top, which comes in two other lightly striped colors too. I enjoy the stripes over white a LOT. I think this top could be amazing over white skinny jeans or white shorts.

But then I remember that I’m a mom of two little boys and the reality of me wearing white pants anytime soon is slim. Still it’s a cute top, but I’m on the fence about it because of the price. 

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Fray Hem Chambray Shirtdress

This dress. AH! I was so excited when it arrived in my trunk and even more excited when I put it on and it fit because I had been on the hunt for a good chambray dress for a while. I actually picked this denim dress at Target, which is really cute and comes with a belt {and $20} BUT on me it was always coming up a little short and the buttons at the bottom I felt were exposing me a bit {even though I always wear shorts under dresses #boymom}

I was also looking at this similar dress at J.Crew {which is on sale now} but I’m really happy with the extra detail on this Chambray Shirtdress that Spoiler Alert: I kept! The fit is nice and casual + comfortable. I dressed it up with heels for a night out {see the first picture in this post up top!} and I think it will be cute running around after the boys with sneakers. I also can’t wait to pair it with boots!

Are you a chambray dress fan? Let me know what you think!

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Katri Woven Bootie

Next up are these adorable booties that come in black as well. You may know this, but Vince Camuto is my shoe spirit animal. The brand fit my feel so well, they look great and even with the heels, I can still walk around in them all day, no problem. I don’t have a problem spending a little more on something that is quality made and lasts.

While I do enjoy these shoes a TON – I have similar ones in almost the same color, so I can’t justify keeping them. Maybe if they go on sale, maybe in another color!

What do you think? Have you ever tried Vince Camuto shoes?

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Smocked Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress

Ah! This dress! It comes in a ivory floral as well, but I really love the black! I enjoy the off the shoulder, the fun slit up the side and it’s a really great price point too! The material and the fit definitely seems with it for the money, in my opinion!

As you can see from the photos, I had a fun time trying this one on! It’s a really pretty dress that I think would look amazing on anyone – I wish I took a close up photo of the floral because it’s really lovely.

Trying my hardest to think of a event or a reason to keep this beauty because I really do love it. Going back and forth – what do you think about it?

Keep or Pass?

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Treseaure & Bond Mini Skirt

I’ve been on the hunt for a new denim skirt, so I was excited when this one appeared in my Trunk. It fits nice, I’m just not a fan of the back {click the product link to see the pocket on the bum} Can’t get past it and I know I could find something similar that I love the front and the back of! This just isn’t my style!

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Jasmine Print Roll Sleeve Top

Yikes, another flop. This top might look halfway decent in the photo, but in real life it’s a definite NO for me. Not a fan of the orange, not a fan of the Hawaiian print and I don’t need another delicate button down. This is a definate pass!

But it doesn’t look that bad in the photo.

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What do you think of my latest Trunk ? 

What’s your favorite piece? What do you think I should keep? Please share!

And don’t forget, if you want to try out Trunk Club for yourself, be sure to use my referral link!

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If you want to get caught up, check out my previous Trunk Club posts:

my first Trunk  / Second Trunk Club  / Third Trunk {before our trip to Mexico!} / Fourth Trunk Part 1 + Part 2 / Fifth Trunk {for the Holidays!}

Our Zoo Trips Over the Years, World Penguin Day + a Philadelphia Zoo Family 4-Pack Giveaway

Living in the city of Philadelphia is such an amazing place to be with little kids. We have memberships all over the place and are always out and about exploring the city, but one of our favorite spots in the city is always the Zo0.

In fact, it’s our new little spot to hit up after Brooks is done with preschool during the week, just the two of us. Since he no longer naps, {insert sad face here} but Graham does, it’s the perfect place to hit up after a school day for a nice walk around the zoo.

Today Brooks + I braved the rain for a little fun.

A little rain doesn’t stop us from having fun at the zoo
Brooks and I were excited to visit the Penguins at the zoo today as it is World Penguin Day!

Fun Fact: April 25th is approximately when the penguins migrate north. 

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you might know that I have had a long-running partnership with Stonyfield Organic. As I’ve been working with them for a while, I’ve come to learn so much about what Stonyfield Organic stands for – they are not just the country’s leading yogurt maker, but they also have a real focus on conservation and sustainability. Which brings us to World Penguin Day! Stonyfield YoKids is sponsoring the AZA {Association of Zoos and Aquariums} SAFE {Saving Animals from Extinction}program to help save endangered species. As part of a year-long effort, Stonyfield will not only be contributing funds to field work but aiming to drive kids and their animals to see animals and conservation projects first hand at zoos, aquariums, and on the ground where the research is happening.This sponsorship will support conservation efforts for 10 endangered species, including the African Penguin. And because World Penguin Day is April 25th, to commemorate it, Stonyfield and the AZA are hosting a Facebook Live for kids and their parents from the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, CT – so they can get a firsthand look at these majestic seabirds, as well as the conservation work being done to save them. Tune in to the Facebook Live broadcast at the Stonyfield Facebook page!

In the mean time, check out the Stonyfield website, where they’ve posted some cute activities for kids for World Penguin Day – check out these funny videos of kids answering the question, “Can a cow save a penguin?” –  Stonyfield is also offering free kids’ tickets to AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, so be sure to check that out too!

Since writing this post I was reminiscing about all out trips to the Philadelphia Zoo over the past 3+ years with Brooks and Graham. We’ve had so much fun and have got to see so many amazing things. Thanks to Google Photos I was able to easily see all our zoo pictures lined up and I just had to share them with you today! Some pictures even I have a hard time telling who is Brooks and who is Graham – ha!

Check them out and let me know what you think!

Early this spring we got to see a chicken hatch and on the same day we also got to see a mama gorilla nursing her new baby! Really cool!

8 months pregnant with Graham at the zoo

Brooks, rocking out to a concert on the zoo lawn.

And here’s me nursing baby Graham on the go while Brooks enjoyed a zoo day!

Such amazing memories at the zoo, I love being able to look back at these fun, special times with the littles!

So many amazing memories – I can’t wait to make more this season!

Oh – and before I forget. We brought one of our favorite snacks with us to the zoo today. Brooks and Graham are BIG FANS of the new YoKids yogurt squeezers. Its the perfect little on the go snack for the littles!

For all my Philly Friends –  Now is the fun part! Want to win a 4-PACK of tickets to the Philadelphia Zoo?!**

All you have to do is like And Her Little Dog Too on Facebook AND Instagramand ALSO tag a friend in my latest post who might want to win tickets too! Maybe you and your friend + your two littles could all go together!

Leave a comment below letting me know who you want to bring with you to the zoo + your favorite animal to see there!

Giveaway ends Sunday, April 30th / Winner will be notified via email

This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield Organic.
As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

** This giveaway is NOT in conjunction with Stonyfield Organic

On Starting the Tone It Up Bikini Series 2017 – Day 1

So I know I’ve been posting about it a TON on Instagram lately, so I figured it was worth filling you in on the blog as well!

I’ve decided to do the Tone It Up Bikini Series 2017!

What is that? Well, it’s a workout routine, nutrition plan, lifestyle jumpstart that I have been needing and craving for a while. My friend {Hi Kelly!} who talked me into doing my latest 3 day juice cleanse this past February is doing it and I figured – why not give it a try?

With Tone it Up I’m going to be doing their nutrition plan for the next 8 weeks!  Ah! Two months! It’s the longest time I’ve done any sort of ‘plan’ but I’m excited for the guidance and to check out all sorts of new recipes. I need a little inspiration in food making – and it may sound crazy, but I’m excited to not have to think about what I want to eat and what I want to make and just follow along with the meal plan. Sometimes not having to think about it at all and having it all planned out for you makes everything way easier, at least for me.

Some more of the Bikini Series guidelines include:

  • NO fried food
  • NO refined bread, pasta or rice
  • NO added sugar
  • NO candy
  • Limit starches after lunch
  • Aim to get at least 7.5 hours of sleep each night
  • Drink half your body weight in ounces each day

Nothing too crazy. I think its a good challenge for me personally and a great excuse to change things up! And while the guidelines are pretty much set, the Tone it Up plan gives you great options to make it work for your lifestyle – such as Wine Not Wednesday!

They give you the option to choose 3 nights or less each week to have 2 or fewer drinks! I love this option because 1) I love my wine and 2) It’s a fun social thing I enjoy with my friends – giving you the option to #treatyoself a few times a week is a nice way to work towards those splurges when you want. And I have a few trips, events and vacations happening over the next 2 months that I definitely want to enjoy! Cheers to that!

Aside from changing it up in the eating department I’m also going to be working out DAILY. Sometimes even twice!

WHAT?! Twice a day?!

I know! I didn’t think I would or even could be game for that myself, with staying home all day with the boys. But I took my new routine for a little test run last week for 5 days and I’m committing to getting up at 6am – working out and showering before anyone gets up – and the hubs will be my backup should I need any.

The truth is, I’ve loved getting back into running and working out. It feels amazing and I’m sore and it hurts to walk up the stairs, but it’s that great soreness you feel and you know you are getting back into something awesome.

Hurts so good!

And I have been loving getting up with the sun!

So the morning workout is called the “Booty Call” in Tone it Up world because their goal is to get you moving first thing in the morning {which helps kick your metabolism into gear}. The morning workout is aimed to get your heart rate up and stimulate fat burning -> all good things!

The Booty Call is 20 minutes of moving which can be combined with the daily moves – which is posted on the Tone it Up website and changes daily. They range from 20+ minute ab, kettlebell, HIIT workouts and even yoga sessions. It’s a little bit of everything and it changes every day which keeps me interested.

And of course if I do a longer run or take a spin/yoga/whatever class – that would substitute from the daily workout online.

 So I’m officially started on Day 1 today and I’m really excited for this journey! I’m also pumped to share it with you and check in with my progress. And if anyone has done Tone it Up before or is doing it now – I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Monday everyone!

Cross Front Top Style for a Steal

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Don’t forget to check out my First Visit to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center for your chance to win free tickets! 

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been seeing the cross front tops popping up ALL over the fashion world lately. They are literally everywhere and in every store!

They are cute – I’m definitely a fan!

top / sunglasses / jeans / booties 

But when I was searching for one for myself, I was surprised {yet, not surprised at the same time} to find out that these bad boys were ranging from $20-$50, for a fairly simple top. And even in the $20 range, I wasn’t a fan of the material and the fit. You know when you pick up a piece of clothing and you know its only going to last a few washes? Not interested in adding that to my wardrobe! 

So I decided to do a little research, partially for the blog and partially for my closet, and I came up with what I believe to be a pretty big win!

I got this cross front top on Amazon {Yes!} for $12 {YES!} and it’s pretty much the most amazing top ever. I had ordered ones from Nordstrom and Target previously and returned them because I didn’t think they were worth it for the price – they totally weren’t! But this one is super soft and the price is RIGHT!

I loved the wine red so much that I had to get another color, because the top is just that awesome – and if you know me, grey is my favorite color of all time forever, so I defiantly needed a grey option in my wardrobe.

And as a little BONUS – it’s totally just as cute forwards as worn backwards!

I really enjoy the criss cross design at the front of the top, and it goes along with a v-neck cut out at the bottom. Which you can easily reverse. It gives the top a little bit of extra interest and fun – I enjoyed wearing it with jeans for a more casual look and even pairing the top with some printed tapered pants – why not?

sunglassestop / jean jacket / pants {similar} / booties

I’m glad I took a chance on this top because I’m really happy with it and I’m excited that I was able to share such an awesome deal with you on the blog. You just never know what you are going to find with Amazon – I’m going to have to do more clothes shopping there to see what I find!


It’s always a good idea to do a little comparison shopping for a good deal!

What’s the best deal you’ve ever found on Amazon? I’d love to hear it! 

Our First Visit to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting, PA + a Family 4-Pack Ticket Giveaway

If you are in the Philadelphia area and have a small child, I’m sure you are aware that LEGOLAND® Discovery Center opened in Plymouth Meeting last week!

My boys and I got some special VIP treatment and we were able to attend a Media-Only early access day! {read: less people, no lines, all sorts of awesome}

Needless to say, when Brooks found out we were going to LEGOLAND®, he was pretty pumped!

LEGOLAND® features Include an interactive LEGO® themed ride, LEGO® 4D Cinema, and 10 LEGO® themed play areas!

I was so excited when I found out this was coming to the Plymouth Meeting area – which is about 20 minute drive outside of Philadelphia. And I was even more anxious to see how they turned what I thought to be a small piece of the mall area, in to a LEGOLAND® Discovery Center!

When we first arrived, the first thing we had to do was check out the ride – yes, RIDE! My mom and I were just as excited to go on the Imagination Express as the boys were! To parents of small littles – the kids have to sit on their own seat during the ride! You can’t hold them in your lap or wear them – just a heads up!

So the ride is sort of like the Toy Story ride at Disney, which is also a game! You are given a wand, go into various rooms and have tasks with your wand to get points! Most points at the end wins for your car. 

I dominated, obviously 🙂

But the ride was a lot of fun, the boys were mesmerized – and at the end, you get dropped off in LEGOLAND®!

There are 10 different themed areas inside LEGOLAND® but I think the coolest {to me} was MINILAND ® , which is built from over 1.5 MILLION LEGO® Bricks – and is a full model of the city of Philadelphia. How cool is that?!

A full replica of the city of Philadelphia made entirely of LEGOs® – it was really the coolest part {to me} of the entire place. And in each different part of the city, there were buttons to hit and the LEGOs® would move, make noise, the city would come to life. It was impressive.

Even the Subway and buses would go by!

My favorite part was the Art Museum and little mini Rocky going up and down the steps.

Can’t forget about Pat’s & Geno’s! #cheesesteak

And they had all the stadiums too.

Like I said, really impressive.

After checking out the cityscape, it was time for Brooks and I to do a little LEGO® Ninja Training Camp in the Laser Maze – that was a lot of fun.

Then we made our way over to the LEGO® 4-D Cinema.


We got to see LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™: The Book of Creativity – and got to be a part of the show as special water, wind and fog effects burst off the big screen.

It was really fun. 

Everyone sat and really enjoyed the 25 minute show – it was cute and I hear they will be bringing some other show options in the coming months!

I think Brooks’ favorite part of the whole day was Pirate Island Adventure – a soft play area aboard a LEGO-themed pirate ship. He stayed in there FOREVER running around like a mad man.

I really liked this area because it was a one way in and one way out scenario, where they had someone working letting kids in and out. So I knew he couldn’t go out the wrong way by accident. It’s the little things people – I only had one door to watch!

Check out Brooks in the crows nest:

A few more things about this area –

  • Suitable for children between 36″ and 60″ of height
  • All children must wear socks – don’t forget to bring yours with you

I always pack extra socks, because you never know! And the height reqiurement was interesting because I wasn’t able to go in with Brooks, he had to go it alone, which was cool with me!

Again, he LOVED it!

Since Graham was too small to go into the play area, he enjoyed some of the fun pirate themed LEGO® spots just outside, which was awesome for both of them to be entertained separately and I was able to keep an eye on both of them having a blast at the same time.

Some other fun areas include the workshop, which is hosted by a Master Model builder throughout the day and offers special tips and tricks for LEGO® lovers.

Another favorite spot for Brooks was the LEGO® Racers: Build + Test area. It had a really cute car theme throughout and the kids are encouraged to build their own LEGO® race cars and then put them down the track, which they can slide down alongside their car – pretty cool, right?

This life-size {for the littles} race car, built entirely out of – you guessed it – LEGO®s! got a lot of action too! Pretty cool if you ask me!

Another little awesome part of the whole LEGOLAND® experience – check out the bathrooms! Why can’t ALL restrooms have little sinks for kids?! Would make my life so much easier and I thought it was a nice little touch! Brooks was so happy he could do it himself too!

Phew – that was a long post, but there was so much to see, do and the boys had an absolute blast! I think they would have stayed all day if I would have let them!

Thanks so much to the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center team for inviting us and including us in the grand opening of the new facitily – it’s gorgeous and SO.MUCH.FUN!

We can’t wait to come back!

And fun fact: when we came home, the boys both did a double dual nap {something that NEVER happens anymore these days} so I pretty much might have to come back weekly for this to happen again!

Good times were sure had by all! These two played their little hearts out!

Now is the fun part! Want to win a 4-PACK of tickets to the brand spankin’ new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center?!

All you have to do is like And Her Little Dog Too on Facebook AND Instagram and ALSO tag a friend in my latest post who might want to win tickets too! Maybe you and your friend + your two littles could all go together!

Leave a comment below letting me know who you want to bring with you to the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center!

Giveaway ends Sunday, April 30th / Winner will be notified via email

A Day Date to Date Night Look

You know the feeling {not to mention the possibilities} when you find a piece of clothing that can take you from spring to summer {and even fall}?

 photo creditAshley Ringelberg Photography

One dress that can take you from day to date night?

I love a dress with possibilities. ESPECIALLY one that can transfer through the seasons.

Outfit Details:

Shift Dress {c/o – ONLY $20!} / OTK Boots {via original post} / Leather Jacket {similar} / Delilah Pendant / Wrap Bracelets / Roseberry LipSense / Navy Block Heels {on sale!} / Covet Sloane Bag 

 photo credit: Ashley Ringelberg Photography

And did I mention pockets?!

Because, pockets.

I love that you can’t even see these pockets on the dress unless you are using them – which is pretty cool for a color block shift dress.

I enjoyed pairing this dress with my over the knee block heel boots for a more dressed down look. Especially if you are in between winter/spring or summer/fall and there is a little chill in the air or you don’t want to bust out a full cream + chartreuse dress just yet – it’s the perfect in between dress moment.

Especially if you don’t have a tan yet! Ha!

And can we talk about the BACK of this shift dress for a moment? I LOVE the open back – it’s such an unexpected touch and gives the dress a beautiful and romantic feel.

Would be so cute with your hair up in a low bun! Going to have to try  that next time!

I also thought it would be fun to change up the look of this dress with a classic leather jacket and cut-out heels.

A little pop of blue never hurt anyone. These are my favorites and they are on SALE! So comfortable and perfect for spring/summer!

And a great leather  jacket is something everyone needs in their closet – it easily transforms any look. I think its a great piece to dress up or down any outfit. It definitely puts a different spin on this color block shift dress!

This dress is a lot of fun to style for so many reasons. I love the pop of color – the cream + chartreuse is different, yet muted. The neckline is incredible for pretty     much any necklace or earring style, which I love as a stylist. The unexpected open  back is a treat. An you can really put any style of shoe with this look to make it more casual or dressy – I want to try it with sandals and even cute sneakers!


And did I mention this dress is only $20? What?! But, incase you are wondering, it doesn’t feel like $20 – and for me, that makes spending a little more on great shoes and accessories a little easier to do!

It’s pretty much the perfect Easter, baby shower, wedding, date night, day date or anytime dress. I’m going to have fun wearing this spring, summer, Fall {would be so cute with a jean jacket!} and even winter with a cozy sweater and maybe some fun tights!

What would be your favorite way to style this look?! I’d love to hear it!

 photo creditAshley Ringelberg Photography

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