First Birthdays



I had a whole fashion post ready for today. A fun, Spring look as temperatures creep into the balmy 40s around here. However today is the actual the birthday of my daughter, Reese and I decided to take a moment between fashion and beauty to reflect on the past year. For a new reader, you can check out her birth story here, I won't repeat that part so much as to talk about her first year and share my reflections on this major life transition.

Monday Round Up: Friends, Beer + Blogging



Happy Monday! Well, I mean I guess 'hey Monday' is more like it. Does anybody like Mondays? I sure don't, ha! It was a really busy weekend and I am looking at another very busy week. Ooof. Before I get too down about the upcoming week, let's recap what was realistically a fantastic weekend. Living for the weekend, am I right?

Winter Gear + #H54F Link Ups

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Hallelujah, it's Friday, am I right? It has been a crazy busy week. Honestly, I can barely string my thoughts together so I will keep it short and sweet this week. Hope you all had a good week and have some fun plans this weekend. I have a couple fun things going on so be sure to follow along on my instagram @ mymonochromaticlife !



Wednesday Round Up: Chicago + Travel Style

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Hey hey everybody! Sorry the absence but I was off enjoying a long weekend and a much needed break. I hope you all got some time off for President's Day or at least took advantage of some of the sales ;)

For today's post I thought I would share a little of my trip and some of  my new travel essentials. Ready?



A few weeks ago I decided I was long overdue for a trip away without Reese, and one without D too. D gets out of town a few times a year and typically ends up at his cabin. I don't have that option so I don't get to be gone for a weekend unless he and I are going somewhere. My cousin, who is from Chicagoland, was living in New York City for almost 10 years and moved back to Chicago a little over a year ago. With having a newborn last year I got out there once to see her, but she has been here a couple of times. I definitely owed her a visit and this four day weekend was the perfect time.

Bonjour, Valentine's Day!

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Happy Valentine's Day! So welcome to look #2 for Valentine's this week. This is my most 
Valentine-y this week. As I posted on Monday, D and I don't make a big thing about it. Maybe a card, maybe some flowers (I mean, no one hates getting flowers) but we don't do dinner or anything like that. I do still like to dress the part because even as an adult, I like to play dress up. 

Monday Round Up: Friending + Casual Valentine's

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. I had a very busy weekend actually and am looking forward to a short week for me. I will be lying out this Friday so it's a four day week! Holla! Just have to hang on for four days. I can do that, right? 

Before I get into  my weekend too much, I plan to have some fun and unique Valentine's looks on the blog this week.  D and I don't really celebrate Valentine's so I thought it would be nice for those of you who aren't big in celebrating either might have some fun ways to dress the part anyway :)

On to the weekend!

Winter Shift + #H54F Link Ups

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Happy Friday folks! This week has been long and unyielding and I am ready for the break the weekend should bring.I have a few fun plans so follow along on my instastory to see everything!

Back in the saddle for a truer H54F post here goes:


1. SICK BABY
Ok so I feel like I did this one to myself. Reese was in and out of a fever in late Fall and it was super annoying. Everyone kept saying how this would build up her immune system and I was like "yea, yea." Well, come this time of year when everyone is sick with some sort of plague cold and she was doing good. ::insert 'hold my beer meme: Late last week she started getting stuffed up and her eyes got all goopy. It was so frustrating but we thought she was getting over it. Nope! Monday we started to keep her home but she seemed better. Tuesday she had a fever and had to come home and we kept her home on Wednesday due to an ear infection. So she is stuffed up, ear infection and not eating well. You can imagine her mood. Ugh! Any strategies anyone knows to help with this besides the meds the doc prescribed? It's been a rough week.





2. WERK
Another week of total crazy business. I can hardly keep up and it just keeps piling on.  I really need this weekend. I am looking forward to a few vacations coming up both next weekend and the end of March to get me through this.

3. SUPERBOWL
I didn't talk about the Superbowl this weekend, that was here in our fair city of Minneapolis. I think overall they did a really great job with events and the game itself. It was pretty cold here but definitely could have been worse. "Bold North" was what we embraced and I think people got to see the best of what Minnesota had to offer. The halftime show featured a duet with Prince, our hometown boy and featured his symbol in purple outside the stadium. Really cool and gave me chills. Did you watch it? What did you think?


4. HEY LADIES
Imma leave this here.....




5.  WINTER SHIFT
So this dress is an oldie and I was not sure I would ever wear it again. It was a little snug when I bought it a few years ago and after baby I figured it would be a hard no. However, I have been working really hard (although less lately with candy hearts for V-day) and I needed a dress to wear for our annual spaghetti dinner. Truthfully, this look was planned around the boots because obviously. When I found this old dress I crossed my fingers and put it on. It fit! Who knew? Actually not bad either. Shift dresses are typically hard for me. I am bigger in the hips than I am in the bust so it's either too tight around the hips and bunches up or too big in the bust and looks strange. This is the rare dress that does not do that to me. I love the mixed colored and patterns and although I steer clear from too much color, these are more muted tones that I could definitely get on board with. The back of this has a bit of a cutout in the back so I paired it with this new bralette from Free People that I am ob-sessed with! Because the dress is so colorful and the boots are a statement piece I kept the jewelry very simple with just a hint of sparkle. Perfect for any post-holiday or even a Valentine's look if you aren't a fan of the typical color palette.






Dress| H&M (similar / similar)
Boots| Marc Fisher (similar )
Necklaces | Macy's (similar / similar )
Bralette | Free People 


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Sweet Peach Palette Review


Happy Wednesday folks! I know I keep saying how busy the weeks are, but honestly, they feel so busy and time is not slowing down. I really wanted to squeeze this post into so it will be short and sweet. Sweet being the operative word here as I took a recommendation from my cousin. She recommended this palette and was so right. I was honestly afraid of this palette at first because of some of the funkier colors like green. Although I have not used it yet, St. Patrick's Day is coming ;)

Birthday Stitch Fix + #H54F Link Ups


Hallelujah, it's finally Friday! I am definitely ready for a bit more of a chill weekend. Last weekend was fun but it will be nice to have fewer activities planned and get to relax. Also, it's Superbowl weekend and Minneapolis is the host. The city is abuzz with all the activities and I'm debating if we dare check any of them out or steer clear. I am really on the fence about it, but when is it this going to happen again, ya know? Anyway, it's been a boring week here and so I thought it best to share my overdue recent Stitch Fix.