the lularoe Carly – 14+ ways & a lularoe leggings giveaway

Hello and Happy Monday! Starting to get back in the swing of things after all the Holiday craziness! It feels good to get back to the grind and start up with a routine again!

Today I have an exciting post that I’ve been working on a while. My friend and lularoe consultant Kristie McCrosson saw some of my style posts I have been sharing on Instagram, some that often include lularoe and she offered to send me a piece of LLR to style and share on the blog!

The Carly happens to be my favorite lularoe piece, so this was a no-brainer for me! I liked a few of her patterns in her FB group and it was exciting to see which would actually appear on my doorstep!

I am in LOVE with the gorgeous blue, floral, pops of yellow and bit of black geo print in this Carly. I was so excited to try some different looks with it and I came up with 14 different ways to share with you! I didn’t even try to style different shoes with the dress, the possibilities are already endless. Fortunately, my Hinge Over the Knee Boots {now on sale!} that I had received in a previous Trunk Club order went with every single look.

Side Note: as I look at these pictures all lined up together, its very clear how I like to pose. Haha!

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Ok, first up is the Carly just it’s regular way. I love the sleeves, the neckline {which is perfect for any necklace, you just have to watch with the print here} and the bit of high-low hemline. I am wearing a XXS here in this dress – for the Carly you usually go down 1-2 sizes – BUT since it’s such a versatile piece, I do own them in XS and size S because I loved certain prints so much and the sizing isn’t much different. Just a little longer!

Next up, I did one of my new favorite tricks – I knotted it with a hair tie in the middle of my back inside the dress. This brings in some of the fabric and if you did get a larger size because you loved a print, it helps bring the material in for a more fitted and flattering look. It also takes away the high-low aspect if you want to change it up. It gives it a interesting look all bunched together too – I dig it!

Next up, I tied a knot on the outside of the bottom corner of the dress. This would look extra cute with leggings or distressed skinny jeans to give a little pop of leg, but I thought it was fun with the over the knee boots too, just a extra touch of skin, since the dress is very modest on it’s own. This is a fun look to do with oversized tunics as well.

And now – a belt! Because the Carly is a swing dress it does have extra fabric in the middle area, which you can use to make a cute look – especially if you size up! I feel like this little bit of belting, which I actually covered up made it look like a completely different style dress – I love it! What do you think?

A simple scarf is also a fun way to change up a look and give it a different look. The one I am wearing is similar to the vinyasa scarf and is fun to wear all year long, with any outfit!

I’m sure it’s no surprise that I decided to add my olive green utility vest to my list of looks – of course it looks adorable with the dress. There’s nothing this vest can’t do – paired with the dress again next time, I would probably add some sneakers for a sporty look on a warmer Spring or Fall day!

If its not warm enough for the vest look, I also tried on the Carly with the Fleet Jacket thats very similar to the utility vest, but with sleeves and a little more warmth! I am a HUGE FAN of a neutral olive green – no matter the color, print or outfit, it always seems to work. Makes it more casual in a interesting way, in my opinion – what do you think?

Next up is my magical mustard yellow sweater coat. I got this a few years ago and it always seems to work with so much in my closet. {here’s one thats similar from where I got mine – and on sale}. I love a mustard yellow. I love a sweater coat and I love how it makes the yellow color of the flowers on this Carly pop!

And of course I am always inclined to pair my lularoe Carly with the lularoe Sarah – a duster cardigan that I’m obsessed with. I have two of these and want one in every color – they are the best. This grey one goes with everything.

I also thought would be fun to pair the Carly with a denim/chambray button-down. It’s a nice extra layer if you want to add some warmth and I think the blue looks really cute with the pattern in the Carly – fun to tie at the waist too!  The denim shirt I’m wearing is featured in this previous post! Another great piece to have in your closet!

And I also threw on three of my favorite jackets with the Carly – these will be great for the spring/fall when the weather cools up a little and you just need a light layer. A black leather jacket {similar} my old school jean jacket { I’ve had it since HS!} and the classic Downton Field jacket in blue. All easy ways to change up the Carly look !

And since it’s winter and it’s pretty cold in Philly – I thought it would be fun to layer a grey sweater over the dress and I love how cozy it looks and feels! Such an easy way to change up the look of a dress and give it a little kick!

So now that I’ve shared with you 14 different ways I’ve styled this lularoe Carly – I’d love to hear which is your favorite?!

Leave a comment below letting me know what you think! 


And for a little extra fun – Kristie McCrosson is giving away a pair of lularoe LEGGINGS in the pattern of your choice to one lucky And Her Little Dog Too reader!

To enter the giveaway -> Join her FB Page at

and leave a comment letting her know you are a And Her Little Dog Too reader! We will pick a winner for some free leggings! And if you haven’t tried the buttery soft lularoe leggings yet – you seriously need to get on that!

Thanks for reading!


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Winter Sale Favorites – Booties

If you are like me you will want to start the New Year off on the right foot.

Or better yet – in the cutest bootie!

I initially said I was going to ” shop my closet”  for this first month of the year to see where I was at with what I needed or didn’t need in my wardrobe. And attempt not shopping this month.

THENNNNN all the amazing sales in January happened…sooo….

It doesn’t make sense to abstain. The sales are too good. Shop away my friends!

I get why people would want to start the new year off with a little frugality, BUT I also agree with the fact that you should never by anything full price and you should totally take advantage of great deals when they are available – ESPECIALLY if it’s something you love.

Or something you need.

And let’s be honest – you probably need a new cute pair of booties in your life – maybe even two new pairs – in different colors ?

I know I do !

Here are a few of my favorites on sale at the moment – and booties are amazing for winter, spring, fall – they are so versatile, fun and comfortable ! I love them! Check out my picks and let me know what you think!


one {also comes in camel} / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine

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I have number 3 above and I LOVE THEM. They come in a ton of other colors and I’m tempted to get another pair. I wore them pretty much every day all Fall long and they are the best.

Money well spent ! Get yourself a pair!

Seriously – how cute are they? And so amazing without socks – easy to slip on and go!

I also have number 1 above in camel {shown in black} and it’s the perfect peep toe bootie! So cute with jeans, adorable with dresses, the heel is flattering and chic and they are so comfortable! I love these so much! 

Treat yourself to these beauties – you will wear them all spring and summer long!

My all time favorite shoe from the round-up would have to be the lace up cut-out block heels – number 8 above. I have them in grey and I wore them all.the.time. this summer. They were on repeat and again, so comfortable and cutteeeee! They are on sale in navy AND red AND brown. I sort of want them all because they are that amazing. Not a bootie technically, but these are the BEST!

Seriously, treat yo self!

Do you have a favorite bootie at the moment you are drooling over?

Please share – I LOOOOVE a good deal!

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How To Wear: Cold Shoulder Style Tops

 I have a new top obsession and it’s the cold shoulder style.

Seriously, it’s amazing.

One might think that a sweater with holes on the sleeves in the winter might be a little crazy, but I think it’s genius! Aside from the fact that we are having a mild winter here in Philly, which is lovely by the way. I’m constantly hot chasing after the boys. Up and down the stairs all day, picking up all the toys, holding Graham half the day.

Any other moms out there feel like they are always sweating..or is it just me?


But anyways, back to the cold shoulder top! I love it aside from the fact that it keeps me a little cooler these winter months, but I also enjoy that most of them that I’ve seen have been a little on the flowy side, which is comfortable and flattering – a winning combination. Paired with some skinny jeans, boots {or booties!} and a fun necklace and you are good to go!

Outfit Details: cold shoulder top / ankle jeans / Genevieve 2 in 1 necklace / fringe booties

I’ve also loved pairing some of my favorite cold-shoulder tops with a vest. It’s the cutest way to still highlight the pop of shoulder with the sweater and still add an extra layer for warmth – or in my case, additional pockets to hold things!

My green utility vest is still one of my favorite, most versatile pieces in my closet. If you don’t have one – check out this list and get one!


Are you a fan of the cold shoulder style tops? 

What’s your favorite way to wear one?


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Cheers to 2017

Happy New Year!

It’s a fresh start, new beginnings and a time to set some new goals {and/or resolutions} 2016 was an amazing year for me and my little family. We went on some amazing trips to Mexico, San Francisco, celebrated Graham turning one, Brook’s starting preschool, potty training success {!!} and another year of nursing {and weaning}.

Just a few of my favorite happenings from 2016. I wish I had time to recap everything, but those seem to be some highlights.

Here are my best nine from Instagram.

I don’t really know what to say about 2017.

I usually have goals and resolutions to share but not this year. I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that another year has come and gone. My babies aren’t so much babies anymore and I am working towards finding the calm in the chaos that is #momlife – sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle.

I’ve got personal goals, physical goals, things I want to do with my little blog as well as with my Stella & Dot biz  – sometimes it just seems like there needs to be more hours in the day to get it all done and keep the house clean, organized and keep everyone fed + happy! BUT I will keep keepin’ on, doing the best I can do for myself and my family.

Thanks for following along in 2016 and I hope 2017 is a great year for all of us!

Outfit Details: Cheers tee / Chambray Button Down / Gala Statement Necklace {message me or join my VIP page for a special on this!} / Pink Sneakers / Black Pants 

What are you working on in 2017? Please share!

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