Sarasota Vacation Update, My New Favorite Skirt + Avocado Chickpea Sandwich

I’m currently on vacation with the family in sunny Sarasota Florida! It’s our first time here and we are spending a week with our neighbors + kids. It’s pretty fun to sneak away for a little fun in the sun before summer really gets rolling!

sandals / skirt / tank /  sunglasses

Aside from the instant sunshine, gorgeous palm trees and morning in the pool, I love myself a little change of scenery every once in a while. Who doesn’t love that?

As challenging as it can be traveling with the littles, its been amazing to take a break from our normal routine, and the unseasonably cold weather in Philly and enjoy some new experiences in the Florida sun.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m currently doing my best to be a part of the Tone it Up plan for the summer – so I’ve been working out, eating right and generally feeling good. It’s a nice head space to be in going into Summer – and this gorgeous weather has me outside exercising every day!

And a little salty air never hurt anyone, either!

sandals / skirt / tank /

 sunglasses / reversible beach tote

As you know, I’m a fan of dressing myself in something each day that makes me happy. I have been putting a little extra thought into my outfits and that 5 minutes of ‘me time’ in the morning makes all the difference to help me feel fabulous and put together all day {even when I don’t have anything together and haven’t showered in 3 days! Ha!}

But there’s a dry shampoo for that!

So I’m here to give a little love to the PrAna Lizbeth Skirt – which is pretty much the skirt I’ve been searching for. I have it in coal {comes in 2 other colors} – it’s made of soft hemp + recycled poly. This skirt has a little stretch to it, is quick drying and has odor reducing properties – I also love the two piece waistband and pleats!

Oh, and did I mention pockets – because pockets!

I paired this skirt with some fun summer sandals + a casual mint tank that I knotted on the side for a little extra somethin’ somethin’.

It’s really is a fabulous skirt for all summer long – I love the length and it has a cute little dip on the side hem too.

As part of the PrAna – The Whole You campaign, aside from falling in love with my new favorite skirt, I was excited to continue my ongoing partnership with Stonyfield and come up with a perfect healthy, summer snack {or lunch!}

I’ve been totally bored with salads for lunch lately, so I thought this was a fun way to change things up while still getting in some good nutrients and protein!

I’m not much of a measurer but I combined about 1/2 cup of Stonyfield Organic yogurt, 1/2 cup baked chickpeas {I love the extra crunch!}, a few slices of celery {more crunch}, a few grape tomatoes {for a little color} and some avocado slices for a little extra creaminess.

Mix it all together, add it to some Ezekiel bread, toast or crackers and you are in for a light + refreshing {not to mention filling!} summer meal!

Do you have a favorite lunch you love to make in the summer when it’s hot? I’d love to head about it!

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This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield and PrAna to celebrate #TheWholeYou—a moment to enjoy the ease of embracing your authentic self and the freedom from worry about what’s in your snack OR your outfit. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Spring + Summer Stitch Fix

Another season, another Fix.

Stitch Fix that is!

It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to get my hands on a Fix to spruce up my wardrobe for the spring and soon to be summer season, so I thought it would be fun to schedule one before an upcoming trip!

We are headed to Florida for a week of fun in the sun and obviously you know I needed a new thing or two to bring along with me.

I mean, that’s just common sense!

For this Fix I told my stylist that I would be headed out for a family vacation and that I love floral. Here’s what she sent me, check it out and let me know what you think!

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Market & Spruce Kesey Knit Romper $64

This is sort of amazing. It’s super soft, comfortable and POCKETS. It’s that amazing sort of material that you could roll up into a ball to throw into a suitcase and when you go to pull it out – no wrinkles.

That sort of material I love and need all day, everyday.

So yes, I am a fan of it all.

So much of a fan in fact that I have a  in almost the exact same colors and print from last season – just not as awesome of a material, which is a bummer. BUT it does go to show you that my Stitch Fix stylist gets me, since I own almost this exact same thing already! Ha!

{the one I own: #7 from this post}

But seriously, if you have a fix coming your way – totally request this because it is an awesome piece for summer!

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Kaileigh Monique Floral Back Knit Top $44

This. Top.

Pretty much everything I love in a tee rolled up into one perfect little top. Grey {my favorite color} on the front + a gorgeous vintage floral {in a beautiful blue} on the back. Ah!

The colors don’t do this thing justice in these photos – it’s soooooo pretty. I love how it looks like a plain grey top from the front and then

BAM!

Floral in your FACE!

This is cute you guys, I’m a fan. What do you think?

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Market & Spruce Callahan Henley Top $44

This top is one of those pieces that you see when you sneak a peek of your Fix when you see it’s on the way and aren’t really impressed, but then it shows up at your door and you realize it’s totally your style in real life.

I love it when that happens.

It’s why I Stitch Fix!

So yes, another floral win in my book. Just not sure it’s something I need at the moment, but that has never stopped me before!

What do you think about this one?

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Renee C Tif Criss Cross Back Top $44

This one is a little out of my style range. I enjoy the red and the pattern, but not sure if its something I love. Could be cute for a Memorial Day, Labor Day or 4th of July BBQ though!

And I do enjoy the cross back detail – its a nice little surprise in the back, just not sure it’s as much of a favorite for me as the other pieces.

Thoughts?

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Just USA Gracelyn Distressed Denim Short $44

These shorts are pretty cute.

BUT these shorts are pretty short.

I enjoy the fun multiple button detail and the distressed detailing at the hem. They even have a cute little rip up the side of the shorts – but lets be real. I’m a 30 something mom of two little boys. I have no business in these shorts – Ha.

They are cute and they look alright, but for me, I need a liiiiiitle more coverage. K, thanks – bye.

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Now it’s the hard part!

I need your opinions to help me decide {if anything!} -> What to Keep! I’m on the fece about the two floral tops and I would love to know your thoughts. What are YOUR favorite pieces from what I received in this Fix?! Please tell me what you think!

What Should I Keep?

 
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Little Red Dress – Casual to Chic

I’ve decided that everyone needs a little red dress in their life. A cute, affordable, versatile, even off the shoulder shift dress. With a sweet little tie detail on the sleeves.

And guess what – I found the perfect one!

Outfit Details:

Shift Dress {c/o – ONLY $28!} / Block Heels  {similar}/ Moto Ripped Ankle Skinny Jeans {similar} / Ezra Statement Necklace / Wrap Bracelets / Roseberry LipSense /  Covet Waverly Clutch

 photo creditAshley Ringelberg Photography

I thought this dress was a winner when I first got my hands on her. I love the fun red – it’s a great shade – not too bright, and it would be great for any season to wear it in:

  • Fall – with boots and a leather jacket
  • Winter – with leggings and a cozy sweater – Hello Holidays
  • This is also a perfect red dress for Valentines Day Date
  • Spring – so cute with a jean jacket and flats
  • Summer – any sort of dressy heels and a tan!

Did I mention this dress is under $30 and comes in black too!

Love.

I also enjoyed pairing it with a pair of Ripped Ankle Skinny Jeans {similar} for a more casual look. Because of the off the shoulder style of this dress, you can adjust it a bit to make it more of a tunic if you like, which I thought was fun!

But even with the super affordable price tag, this piece looks very dressy and chic all on it’s own, which I really like too!

And its fun to spruce up the shift dress with some fun accessories – because even with the bold red color and the off the shoulder style, it is a plain dress that you can accessorize to make it your own.

I enjoyed dressing it up with my leather Waverly clutch + the versatile Ezra statement necklace. I thought the peach + grey tones in the necklace gave the dress a little extra pop.

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And a scrappy Block Heels  {similar}is fun to dress up or down. Next time I want to tone this dress down even more with some cute converse or sandals – would be fun to give it a totally different look.

This was a really fun piece to style and share with you. I can’t wait to see what other ways I can wear it as the weather changes here in Philly. And don’t you worry, I’ll be sure to share the style with you too!

Do you have a favorite piece of clothing that you love to transform from a more casual look to a date night piece? I’d love to hear about it if you do!

photo credit: Ashley Ringelberg Photography

One Week with the Tone It Up Bikini Series 2017

So I’ve been following along with the Tone It Up Bikini Series program for the past week and a half {almost two!} and I figured it was worth putting together a little blog post to check in with how I’m feeling + how it’s going!

First things first – How do I feel?

Thanks for asking – I feel GREAT!

Working out, eating right – it’s got perks.. and the perks are feeling AMAZING! Seriously! Getting back into the swing of things, getting my workouts back in check, eating right – it feels FABULOUS.

I have been working out daily for the past 2 weeks, today is going to be my first real rest day because I’m traveling, so I decided not to make myself crazy and take a day off.

My body deserves it.

 I’ve been having a blast getting up and running in the morning – I’ve even taken a spin, kickboxing and yoga class to change things up. I love giving myself the option to go on a run or to try something new and challenge my muscles a little differently – I can definitely feel the change!

I’ve always had a love for running and while I want to continue that, I’m finding that my body responds better to other forms of sweat – I need the resistance in a spin class, the weights in a HIIT class and the upper body focus in a kickboxing class.

I’m learning that I need to change it up to keep my body guessing to get the best results for me – and I’m up for the challenge! It keeps me motivated too and it keeps things interesting.

In terms of nutrition, I’m doing something I’ve never done before – I’m really sticking to the plan and not cheating. I’ve gone almost 2 weeks without carbs, dairy {which means mainly no cheese for me}, no refined sugar – which includes no chocolate! Ah! I haven’t snacked on anything that isn’t ‘Lean, Clean + Green’ and honestly I haven’t wanted to!

I’ve been loving my morning smoothies, afternoon juices and ending the night with a vegetable tray and kombucha.

Who am I ? Seriously.

I have indulged in a glass or two of champagne – because we were celebrating this week! And that’s what I love about this plan. I can enjoy life and not feel bad about a little “Wine Not Wednesday” action, which is approved on the plan, thankyouverymuch – and even after some bubbly, I still didn’t cheat or reach for a handful of chocolate, something I DEFINITELY would have done in the past – especially with the buckets of easter candy in my freezer {which happen to be my favorite}

Kicking the sugar and the bad snacking habit can be a real struggle, but it’s been really easy for me with this plan. I haven’t been hungry once, I eat the 3 meals {most of the time, lunch is hard for me} and the two snacks each day – usually juices! And I feel full and satisfied.

I think the secret to all that is just timing – being in the right mindset to make some changes to see results. I was ready for it.

The numbers on the scale are moving too, and while the numbers aren’t the most important thing to me, I know people will ask. My pants feel so much better, everything is starting to fit right and the belly that I had prior to starting this plan is vanishing before my eyes.

I feel strong and I feel more toned each morning I wake up.

Did I mention it feels great? Because it does!

This weekend I have a blogger weekend away somewhere fun, I can’t wait to share it with you, but I’m sure it’s going to be difficult to stick 100% to the plan, but that’s ok. I’m prepared for it, but I’m also prepared to enjoy myself!

As long as I keep moving and keep getting my workouts in I will feel good about my effort and know that progress will continue!

A little over 6 weeks to go with the Tone It Up Bikini Series – it sounds like such a long time, the longest program I’ve ever been a part of, but I’m excited about it and can’t wait to challenge myself!

I’d love to hear about a fitness or nutrition plan that you’ve been a part of and enjoyed! Please share!

Winner.

So I found out last night….

THIS!

Philly Happening List 2017 Best Blogger!

!!!!!!!!!

I’m so excited, honored, surprised, thrilled, blessed and thankful! This means the world to me and I am grateful for everyone who has followed along, read my posts, liked, commented, said a kind word – I’m beyond EVERYTHING.

Just beyond.

Floral Wrap Dress /  Amala earrings /  Dark Pink LipSense

So a huge thank you to you, my fabulous readers, for joining me on this journey – over the past 10 years – WHAT?!

Crazy how my life over the past decade is on the internet. 

I kind of love it.

It’s lovely to be able to look back at our fun exploring Philadelphiamy first {and second and third} marathon, our engagement, our wedding {and all the fun leading up to it} tons of vacations, lots of travel, my two pregnancies { including birth stories #1 and #2}, life as a new mom – and my little dog too!

I love being able to have all of those memories at my finger tips – and I’ve loved sharing each moment with you!

4,040 Posts on And Her Little Dog Too is a LOT of sharing!

Crazy thinking that’s how many blogs I’ve published!

So a HUGE Thank You for following along over the years – I can’t wait to see what he future has in store for us and I can’t wait to share it with you!

This or That? Jeffrey Campbell vs. Target Mossimo Laser Cut Booties

This or That?

Splurge or Steal?

I see designer styles + knock-offs all over the place – so much mores now than ever before! I remember being a kid and taking a class trip to NYC – I would hit up Canal Street for a knock of Kate Spade bag and think it was the best thing ever.

Now, I see designer styles EVERYWHERE.

Literally, everywhere.

They are all over the place online, in my favorite stores and I think its cool because it gives people access to designer looks, without the hefty price tag – and one of my favorite places to check out the designer vibes, without the extra cost is most recently {and very frequently} – Target.

top / jeans / booties

See these adorable laser cut split booties.

They look exactly and I mean EXACTLY like the {almost $200} Jeffrey Campbell taupe version, amiright?

Don’t answer that because I know I’m right!

Pictured above is the Jeffrey Campbell Taggart Ankle Bootie.

I find that name hilarious, because you can find the exact same pair at Target for $37 {or less – I got mine on sale!}

The color in this photo is a little off because it’s edited to lighten the picture up, but they are the same taupe and basically stitch for stitch the same bootie. Seriously, they look the same – its crazy!

Now – the important question! How does it feel?

{because we know they look cute!}

So here’s the deal. I admit, I’m a bit of a shoe snob. I’d rather pay good money for a quality shoe that will last, will look cute and will feel good on my feet. I live in the city with two boys and we do A LOT of walking.

A good, cute, solid shoe is worth it to me.

But guess what – the $30 Target booties fit LIKE A DREAM!

top / jeans / booties

I thought I would put them on, walk for a bit and have blisters galore, but no such even occurred! It was pretty amazing.

So if you are in the market for a cute spring, summer, fall bootie {seriously, who isn’t?} you need to add these to your Target shopping list, because they are all sorts of amazing.

And if you are like me, you will be there at least once {maybe twice} this week!

Let me know what you think of my Target booties! Can’t wait to hear if you think they look the same!

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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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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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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