Fresh Faced for the New Year

So I have been seeing a lot of posts lately about New Years Eve dresses, party ideas, resolutions, etc. I think my fellow bloggers have done a fabulous job covering the gamut  in this arena. I try to use this blog to not only add to the fabulous fashion already out there, but to try to fill in the gaps. I promise there will be plenty of NYE pictures after the new year. My outfit is pretty awesome too, I'm super psyched about it (shout out to my friend Jackie and cousin Gina who encouraged me when I was too nervous to buy it.) My friends Steve and Jackie (of The Revolving Table) are throwing a casino themed party and it's going to be great.  Those two know how to throw a party. So a full detail of the evening will be on the blog later this week.

I got to thinking about how I will style my outfit tomorrow night, how will I do my make up, my hair? You want to know what conclusion I came to? I have no freakin' clue what to do. Ugh. Indecisiveness is my least favorite quality. So I decided to go to the next best thing, skincare. New Year makes me think of my birthday, which is next week hey-o! However it also reminds me that I am getting older and taking care of my skin is more and more important each year. I once heard it is never too early to start preparing for wrinkles and in the last couple of years I have taken that to heart. I do not think I am at the age where I need to invest in fancy potions or expensive creams. So, for now all these products I buy at my friendly, neighborhood Target. Here is a picture of all my lovely products.


Back in middle school and high school I was lucky enough to not struggle with acne as much as some of my peers. However, when I was an undergrad sharing a two bed/one bath apartment with 5 girls all that changed. I am sure it was stress induced and lack of appropriate self-care. Since then I have used the same facial soap and acne cream religiously twice a day and have seen a real difference. They are as follows:

1) Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, $6.79


I read about this cleanser in an Instyle Magazine years ago. They highly recommended it due to the active ingredient of Salicylic Acid. When I started using this in combination with my acne cream I noticed basically an overnight change. It cleans my face without drying my skin out.

2) Up & Up Maximum Strength Acne Medication, $3.74

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Up & Up is Target's brand of beauty and household supplies. The majority of the time their products are just as good as the brand name for significantly less cost. Clean and Clear makes the original version of this, however after trying both this works just as good for less cost. Benzoyl peroxide is the active ingredient here and it is the ingredient you want to look for in any good acne cream. I typically spread this all over my face after each wash and it just helps keep most acne at bay or prevents it all together.

3) Clean and Clear Acne Spot Treatment, $6.29

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This is an example of the time when you want to use the brand name product. I tried using the Up & Up brand but frankly it was not as effective. This product has a higher Salicylic Acid  than the face wash which is what makes it work so well. The trick here is not to spread it all over your face like when the acne cream. This is a more targeted product to use when experiencing an extraordinary blemish :)

4) I cannot stress enough how important moisturizing is, especially during the winter months. It not only helps keep dead skin from going into your pores and creating acne but many moisturizing creams help fill in fine lines as well. It is hard to know what will work until you try it but here is what I use and I think it works pretty well so far:

Up and Up Radiant Skin Moisturizer, $10.59


This is Target's version of the Aveeno moisturizer. It works just as well as the Aveeno lotion. In the summer it works better, in the winter time I find myself slathering it on my face to stay moisturized. At some point I will invest in a stronger moisturizer.

L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Antiwrinkle and Firming, $13.99


This is my most recent addition. I noticed about two years ago some fine lines around my eyes and forehead, and even more recently around my neck ack! Like I said before it's not as if I have deep set wrinkles right now but I wanted to take a proactive approach. So far so good I think. I use it around my eyes and forehead. It is also incredibly moisturizing so I sometimes use it all over my face in the winter when I am really dry.

That's pretty much it. I am sure at some point I will have a whole cabinet full of ointments, moisturizers and creams. I am a bit of a beauty product hoarder that way. I would love some feedback about what you use that works or if you have tried any similar products! Leave me a comment to tell me about it.

If I don't talk to you before have a very happy and safe New Year! Wishing everyone a fab-u-lous 2015!

Holiday Red

The after Christmas lull has set in. I had a pretty relaxed weekend and got a lot of sleep, yet somehow still feel tired. On Friday night I relaxed with Derek and watched a movie, which was awesome. Saturday I visited my new niece and invited friends over for dinner. We are pretty old now and festivities ended before midnight. Sunday was our last Christmas stop of the weekend. On my mom's side we have been doing our Christmas celebration the weekend after the holiday. My mom is one of nine kids so we are a pretty big family and this is the best way to get us all in one room. The upside is that I pretty much get to see all my aunts, uncles and cousins. The downside is that it can get pretty warm in there. I try my best to dress accordingly because too much food + high temperature=nap. I went over to H&M yesterday with two objectives: 1) Find a sequined romper for New Year's  or 2) Find a fringe/kimono cardigan to put over the romper I already have. I found neither, but what I did find was perfect for our Christmas celebration. To start with it is the perfect Christmas red.I don't own a lot of red, I worked for Target all through high school, so I am slowly working my way back in to it. Second, it is lightweight so I will not over heat. Third, it's forgiving so I can eat all I want :) I paired it with  my new gigi leather panel leggings from J. Crew, ankle boots and this great spiked necklace I  have had for a few years.  Overall, I really love this shirt. Sometimes H &M hits it out of the park for me and this was one of those times. Plus, it's only $19.99 so you can't beat that! Oh also it is a hi-lo cut which is great for leggings so my bottom is covered,which is a must.



1) Sweater, H&M (could not find the exact one online but it is similar to this one but more hi-lo)

2) Gigi Factory Leggings, J. Crew Factory

3) Ankle Boots, Sam & Libby for Target

4) Necklace, Old from Charming Charlie's, (Similar, Similar)

What do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know!

I'll Be Home for Christmas

I am sure like most of you Christmas is part fun and part exhaustion. My Christmas was no different. Don't get me wrong I really love Christmas and I love spending time with my family, but it's a pretty busy holiday. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day we spend the day time with Derek's family and the evenings with my family. There are a lot of kids running around now too so it gets busier each year. Thankfully this year we had our new camera so it was easier to capture all the fun moments. But first things first, my Christmas outfit ;) In my previous blog I mentioned that I am typically more casual on Christmas day. I like to wait to pick my outfit until after I open some gifts because I am kind of like a kid. I want to wear my new items right away. I did get a pair of pants off of my wishlist so I will taking that off there soon, but no worries it will be replaced with something else soon :) If you follow my instagram you would have seen my pictures as I was deciding how to appropriately accessorize. I eventually settled on the earrings. This outfit was super comfortable all day. The pants are stretchy but I LOVE the leather detail. I really love leather as an accent piece on clothes. The top I bought recently at Parc Boutique and thought this helped make the outfit feel more casual to balance out the leather. I love both these pieces and was already imagining the different ways I could wear it with other items in my closet. I am sure it will show up on an OOTD on instagram soon.

I was trying to decide the necklace or the earrings. Really I could have gone either way

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Shirt-Lumiere, Parc Boutique, $32 (not available online)

Earrings: Primp Boutique, they were a gift so I am not sure the price.

Now a few cute pictures of the kiddos. I took way more than this but I promise this won't turn into a baby blog. I just so happen to have some of the cutest nieces and nephews on the planet. Sorry everyone ;) Christmas Eve I got to see my new niece Arianna and she was adorable of course. I snuggled her as much as I could because I was probably not going to see her on Christmas Day.

How cute is that dress? 
How cute is that dress?

I also got my niece to fall asleep on me. She is incredibly snuggly and basically the chillest baby ever, making her perfect for me to hold because I am generally bad at taking care of children.


Here is an obligatory picture of the my nieces and nephews on my husband's side with his parents. It is really hard to get a good shot of all the kids but we managed it.

Moss kids

Pretty cute huh? Overall, we had a really great Christmas. We saw all our family, ate some amazing food and watched our nieces and nephews light up when opening gifts. I hope your Christmas was as good as ours.

Oh and what would the holidays be without finishing it off with  my dad's Irish coffee. Everything great ends in coffee.


How was your holiday? Leave a me a comment to tell me about it or how adorable my nieces and nephews are ;) Also, in the next week my blog  might be on a bit of a break. With the holiday it may get too difficult
to write when I typically do. But stay with me I will update you on all the fashion details when I return.

Merry Christmas Eve!

Hello! Finally Christmas has arrived. I have been thinking ahead about what to wear for this day. Typically on Christmas Eve I dress up a bit more and Christmas Day is more casual. I think I do this because when I was a kid we used to do our family's famous Christmas spaghetti dinner, we would go to church, then get back together to open presents. We would dress up for church and for me the tradition has stuck. I bought this sweater this year from Target. I love the pattern and it's Christmas red for sure!! The stitching from a distance looks like it is black but it is actually navy, which made me think of my high waist navy skirt from J. Crew Factory.  Lastly I paired it with my brown boots and boot socks for a little warmer feel. Hope you like it! What are you wearing for the holidays? What are you Christmas traditions? Leave a comment below and tell me, I would love to hear from you.

Sweater: Fair Isle Crewneck pullover, Target

Skirt: Flared skirt, J. Crew

Boots: as featured on Thanksgiving post

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!IMG_1036-0.JPG


Holiday Present

I had an eventful weekend. Friday was a nice relaxing evening, but Saturday was pretty busy. We scheduled our friend Christmas party and we were in our 3rd year. I really enjoy our Christmas party because we get dressed up, eat dinner and exchange fun gifts. We typically do a white elephant gift so it is always fun to see what people come up with. This year we talked about not dressing up and doing an ugly Christmas sweater party but fancy attire won out, which made me happy. I decided to wear a dress I bought for my anniversary this year. It is really comfortable and the cut is flattering. I spent a long time looking for a red dress that I liked. I like the idea of a red dress, however you have to be really careful of the color and the cut. This dress is a little more revealing than I typically wear but with the darker red and long sleeves it balances out.

IMG_1001bDress: Altazurra for Target (old) Similar, Similar

Black Ring: Primp Boutique

Chevron Midi Ring, Charming Charlie's

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[caption id="attachment_219" align="aligncenter" width="451"]Friend's opening a funny gift Friends opening a funny gift[/caption]

So I have to confess something.  My outfit pictures I took the day after because we were rushing out of the house and I did not have time to take  photo. Here is the reason we were rushing out of the house.


My older sister had her baby on Saturday!! I have been on the edge of my seat for a little over a week waiting for the message my new niece was coming and I finally got my wish yesterday morning. I woke up to a text stating they were on their way to the hospital. She arrived via an emergency c-section and in a few hours baby Arianna had arrived! My family and I are so excited for her :) Both mom and baby are healthy and we cannot wait to spoil her. I got in a quick visit yesterday before our party and it was so great. She is really tiny and sweet. I am so proud of my sister and am grateful for another healthy niece!

[caption id="attachment_218" align="aligncenter" width="350"]Another picture for good measure. Another picture for good measure.[/caption]

How was your weekend? Leave a comment below and tell me about it!

Minneapolis l<3ve

Well, it's cold again here in Minnesnowta. I guess we are back to normal. So I figure if you can't beat 'em join 'em. Well except that I am wearing a t-shirt, I guess that's the oppositional side of me. Today I am rocking'my Minneapolis top from Parc Boutique. I don't remember how I discovered this boutique but it is located in northeast Minneapolis and it is so chic. Sometimes I don't feel like I belong in there, but I want to! If you are not familiar with this boutique definitely get familiar! It is everything I love: a monochromatic color pallette, clean lines and forgiving tops ;) Minnesota based items are really big lately so this is pretty on trend. I paired it with basic blue jeans and these Cliffs by White Mountain boots I got on major deal from Macy's on Cyber Monday. (I got a buy one get one free, it was amaze). I added my Minnesota necklace from Primp that I wore on Saturday. You can see a close up picture of this on my blog from Monday "I AM...." What do you think? Are you feeling the Minnesota trend? Do you know any great places for Minnesota pride attire? I would love to know, post a comment below!

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MPLS T-shirt, Parc Boutique $26 (also comes in light gray)

Skinny Jean, Banana Republic, $89.50

Sweater, old from Victoria's Secret (featured in this post Thanksgiving)

Cliffs by White Mountain, Macy's, $54.99

Minnesota Necklace, Primp, $16

First Hair Tutorial!

Welcome to my first hair tutorial! I have to be honest, I was super nervous to do this. I feel pretty confident in doing my own hair but was not sure how to guide others. I thought I would start by introducing this new technique I have been trying to make my hair wavy, but not big. Being that this was my first tutorial I did not realize how often I say 'um', which I said about 47,000 times in this video. So please excuse my speech faux pas, but I would love your feedback. Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Wavy Hair Tutorial (on Youtube)



I AM....

I am not going to lie this weekend was pretty fun. I had a pretty long week at work and was ready for some fun and relaxation on Friday. A couple of weeks ago my friend Jackie (who has her own awesome food blog The Revolving Table) texted me about an article she read in the Star Tribune's style section. They did a Q& A with Sara Edwards about this event called I AM Minneapolis. I AM Minneapolis is a fashion focused show that includes music, comedy, art and food. As I read on I learned this was its fifth year doing I AM Minneapolis and they were expanding to do an I AM St. Paul show as well. Jackie thought it sounded fun and we should go and I could not have agreed more, she had me at "fashion show." We decided to go to the St. Paul version because it was featuring one our favorite boutiques Primp. Also I enjoyed the idea of going to St. Paul because that is where I am from and have a soft place in my heart for. We don't get there much because it is relatively far from our home, but it really is a great city! The next step was to get a great outfit of course. The article said people dress in a variety of attire but we decided to dress up, because we love to! I found this amazing romper at Primp and paired it with a black blazer and ankle booties. The booties and blazer I already had and they went perfectly with the romper. IMG_0197b IMG_0200b IMG_0202b IMG_0203b IMG_0204Romper, necklaces( I am DYING for this Minnesota necklace): Primp Boutique Blazer: Top Shop (old, similar, similar) Shoes: Material Girl for Macy's, old (similar, similar)  It was being hosted at The Amsterdam Bar, which is on my list of places I have wanted to see. The bar itself is pretty cool. It is a moderate sized beer hall and the majority was standing room only. There were some long tables in the back by the bar and some tables set up close to the stage. There were also tables higher up against the wall. It was VIP only at the tables by the stage and along the wall so we had to stand. This was fine because it was what I suspected. The show started and kicked off with an all female (well almost all female there was one dude) named Courtney McLean and the Dirty Curls. The lead singer was dressed a bit like a country version of Katy Perry, if I am being honest I was not a fan. There was no percussion and in attempts to be clever and edgy it came off as trying too hard. I give them serious kudos for trying and being different, maybe I am the only one who though that. To each their own.

[caption id="attachment_169" align="aligncenter" width="350"]IMG_0160 Courtney McLean and the Dirty Curls[/caption]

IMG_0159 Then they had a drum line named Mu Dalko. It was awesome! They did amazingly choreographed moves while playing large drums. I love drums! Drum lines are always the most fun part of a band for me. They playing and movement was so creative and fun. After a few songs they added some choreographed dancing from One Dance, Co. They were ok but I still loved the drums the best.

IMG_0161 IMG_0167 Then it was time for the fashion show. They featured several boutiques including: Primp, Karma and Heimie's Haberdashery. I tried taking pictures during this but the lighting was difficult. The fun part was all the "models" were local people from all over St. Paul. They ranged from a worker at the Mississippi Market to an architect to brewers. This was my favorite part of the evening. Everyone got formally introduced and walked from the stage down through the crowd to strut their stuff. It felt fun, collaborative and seemed like a real community which is what I love so much about St. Paul.

[caption id="attachment_173" align="alignleft" width="300"]IMG_0172 Michael Bjornberg. Architect specializing in historic preservation.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_174" align="alignright" width="300"]IMG_0178 Hans Lofgren: Beer Guru[/caption]

During the fashion show we attempted to get a second drink but did not want to move because we would lose our space. We attempted to ask a waitress but she said she was only serving the tables. About 10 minutes later, Sara Edwards, the founder of I AM Minneapolis and I AM St. Paul approached us, introduced herself and said she had bough us chardonnay because she overheard we wanted a drink but could not get one. She said she really appreciated that we came out and supported the show and wanted us to have a good time. We thanked her and she excused herself. A few minutes later two glasses of chardonnay showed up. It was pretty cool. Not only did we get wine for free, hey-o, it was from the founder of the event! I thought that was incredibly kind and generous. That was outside her expectations that evening and it was not as if the waitress was even rude to us. I wanted to make a special note of that because I was really impressed by her classy behavior.  Overall, we had a really fun time. It was a unique experience and we talked about going again next year. Maybe we would spring for the VIP seats to get a table and the cool gift bag!

The rest of the weekend was pretty relaxed. My husband and I did some Christmas shopping and went to a holiday party. Oh! at the party we ate Turducken! It was legit. I highly recommend it.

What did you do this weekend? Leave a comment and let me know what you did or what you thought of my weekend!

Holiday Necklaces

The holidays are upon! Whether we are ready or not Christmas is 14 days away. Let me repeat: 14 DAYS! How did this happen? As we inch closer and closer, friends and companies are hosting their holiday parties. These events create a new dilemma about what to wear and my favorite problem: accessories! (See my About me to see how I feel about accessories). I love a good necklace. I would go as far as to say I may have a problem:

[caption id="attachment_157" align="alignnone" width="656"]IMG_0785b My necklace and bracelet collection. This was after a clearing out I performed a few months back.[/caption]

Hello, my name is Meg and I am addicted to buying necklaces. So I decided to pick out some of my favorite statement and delicate necklaces to wear to your holiday extravaganzas. Typically I buy the majority of my statement necklaces from Primp or Target. They do a fantastic job of picking unique pieces for low cost. Most of them are between $16-$25 which ain't too shabby! The price is not only nice for your wallet but does not make me feel guilty buying an uber trendy piece and wanting to get rid of it in six months.  Overall, I prefer to buy from small boutiques. I like the idea of having something distinctive, which is easier to access when buying from some of the Twin Cities more fashionable small businesses.

Here are a few of my favorite statement pieces:

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1) Braided rope necklace, J. Crew, $88 (30% off until December 15th with the code GIVETHIS)

2) Garden Glitz Necklace, Charming Charlie $18

3) Fashion Bib Necklace, Target $19.99

4) Statement Necklace with Stones, Target $19.99

5) Skye Necklace, Anthropologie, $98

Here are a few of my favorite delicate necklaces: 

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1) White Moonstone Slice Gem, Wrenn Jewelry, $42

2) Halfmoon layer necklace, Madewell $46.50

3) Cute Couple Gold Necklace, Lulu's $11.00

4) Mixed Metal Black and Gold, Lulu's $14.00

5) Twisted Bar Necklace, The Limited, $24.00

What do you think of my choices? Would you buy any of these? Where are your favorite places for accessories? Leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts! Also don't forget to follow me on instagram @mymonochromaticlife as I post often about my fashion choices!

Fancy Wednesday

Today's outfit is brought to you by: My Need to be Fancy. It is not typical for me to dress up at work. Kids are typically more conducive to getting spit on. However, some days I throw caution to the wind, grab my Shout stick and off I go. I love an outfit that makes me feel like I am in a different place. This look reminds me of someone working in the fashion district of New York at Elle Magazine or Diane VonFurstenberg.  When I wear this outfit I walk with a little more confidence, mostly because the high waist skirt highlights the narrowest part of my torso. It's also tight enough to be flattering but not so tight it creates an unsightly silhouette. I also love the classic cut of this bow top from Target. It has the chiffon, flowy quality without the sheerness. Lastly, I have been wearing these boots this Fall and Winter like they are going out of style! They are incredibly comfortable and secure to walk around in all day. They add just enough edge to an otherwise preppy look.



MB LS Bow Tie Shirt, Target $16.09 (on sale from $22.99)

Factory Flared Skirt, J. Crew Factory $44.50

Women's Susan Heeled Bootie, Target $26.59

What do you think? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think of the look!

Link up!

Just a quick post for today. Since I am new to the blogosphere I have been reading a lot about link parties. I have been searching for some great ones lately and stumbled on The Lavish Lemon Link UP made up of three bloggers Glamista Home, Lets Dazzle Darlings and Bailey and James. I joined them in their link party yesterday and you should too! Check them out!BlogHopLogo-300x225



Concerts, Football and Christmas

What a whirlwind weekend! I don't know about you but I was busy every minute this week with some really awesome events. To start with I went to The New Standards Holiday Show with my dad. I went out to Primp Boutique at the last-minute to pick up this amazing sweater dress. I am so in love with it and it was super comfortable all night. I also used a new lipstick color I bought called Refined Ruby from L'oreal. I really liked that it was red but not a candy apple red. It was a bit darker for a bit more sophistication and less va-va-va-voom. dress 2face

The New Standards is a local jazz trio made up of Chan Poling, John Munson and Steve Roehm.  All three are from local bands from the 80s and 90s. John Munson was part of Semisonic (remember Closing Time? yea that  was them). I have seen them several times in smaller venues and they were so talented and entertaining. They make jazz funky and interesting. Their holiday show at the State Theater is their big, pulling out all the stops show. They bring in local acts and people from out-of-town to perform both Christmas and non-holiday music. I listened to an interview on MPR's The Daily Circuit where John Munson reported the songs they pick that aren't holiday explore the idea of love. He stated they keep it this way because he believes the Christmas story is all about love. Who can argue with that huh? Anyway the show was chock full of goodies including performances by Jeremy Messersmith, Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), and Dessa. One of their background singers Aby Wolf performed one of the most beautiful and unique versions of Silent Night I have ever heard. A few other fun surprises were show girls dancing during The Suburbs "Love is the Law" (Chan Poling's band), dancers dressed up as Christmas trees and some small pyrotechnics. Overall it was a great mix of Christmas classics, love songs and the punk rock personalities that make The New Standards so fun to watch.

[caption id="attachment_115" align="aligncenter" width="656"]IMG_0712 Aby Wolf rocking out with the Christmas Tree dancers to a disco tune[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_117" align="alignnone" width="656"]IMG_0709 The New Standards singing my favorite "Snow Day"[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_118" align="aligncenter" width="656"]IMG_0703 Singing The Suburbs "Love is the Law" with show girls and drummers[/caption]

On Sunday we went to the Vikings football game. I went with my husband and a few of our friends. The downside was we were not all together but the upside was ....we WON! SKOL VIKES! I have to say that in bold letters because it rarely happens these days. It was pretty cold but not as bad as it could have been. We got all bundled up and with the help of a few adult beverages we had a pretty great time. We made friends with a few people around us and celebrated loudly when Jarius Wright ran 87 yards to score a touchdown and win the game. Oh and Bud Grant was there today following the dedication of a street in his namesake, no big deal ;)

[caption id="attachment_110" align="aligncenter" width="500"]IMG_0732 TCF Bank Stadium[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_121" align="aligncenter" width="500"]friends Our friends staying positive for a Vikings win[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_112" align="aligncenter" width="300"]IMG_0725 My husband and I[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_111" align="aligncenter" width="400"]IMG_0726 Bud freakin' Grant[/caption]

After the game we decided to check out The Holiday Market. This is a new thing this year to replace the beloved Holidazzle parade. Let me be clear, I loved the Holidazzle parade. When they announced they were no longer doing this and replacing it with this type of market I was upset. However I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt before I made a judgement call. It cost $6 to get in, which I was a bit upset about but the benefit is it is essentially a season pass. Upon entering it is clear it is a German market with food, drink and goods. We had just eaten and had been indulging in beverages most of the afternoon so none of us wanted to try any of the food. The rest was small shops with Christmas and winter items to browse.  There was also a small carousel for children and a stage for a band. Overall, the market was beautiful but there was not a great appeal to it. There was also a tent and I saw pictures of reindeer so there is a possibility during a different time there is more to see and do. Meanwhile, I will have twinkly dreams of the people sprinting down Nicollet in holiday lit suits.

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That's all for my weekend. Did any of you see The New Standards show, watch the game or visit the new market? What did you think? Leave a comment below and tell me about your weekend!