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Rosie: Top / Jeans / Handkercheif / Boots
Black Cat: Ears / Top / Stoll / Leggings / Boots
Audrey Hepburn: Pearls / Tiara / Dress / Shoes 



Happy Halloween! This is one of my absolute favorite holidays! We have been having parties with friends since my freshmen year of college. They aren't as rowdy as they once were, but we still have a great time. 

Chenille Crop Top

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! We had a fairly busy one prepping and throwing a Halloween party. Sunday was basically a day of clean up and rest. I am pretty tired so I am going to keep this short and sweet today.

I admit it took me a minute to get on the chenille trend. I didn't love it at first, I can't explain it. I thought maybe I just wasn't about the texture. In doing some searching I think it's all about the silhouette of the shirt. I found this black one at a local favorite boutique, Apricot Lane , and it's crop! Love it so much as I am almost exclusively wearing high waisted jeans these days. May they never go out of style. I also think chenille feels like a more winter material. It's very soft, cozy but has a sheen to it that reads more holiday. Less so with this black material but it still does. I dressed it down with these old favorite jeans from Gap. They were the first jeans I thought of when I tried on this top,  I knew it would create a great shape. The top hits at just the right spot I also traded out my block heel sandal for these sock booties. My husband got me these Steven Madden ones for our anniversary and I really love them. A perfect neutral color that will go with everything from jeans to dresses.







Apricot Lane
Jeans| Gap (similar / similar )
Shoes| Steve Madden
Necklace| Rocksbox (use code mymonochromaticlifexoxo for 1 free month!)

What do you think? Are you into the chenille trend?t

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Trend: Camoflauge

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I must admit, it took me a long time to get on the camo train. Growing up I had a real hard time with this trend.  There never seemed any good way to style. It was typically more oversized (hello 90s) and just not done in a chic way. As I got older I started to see some camo pants that I thought I could maybe get on board with, but I never could find just the right pair. The fit was always off or could figure out how to style it. My fashion choices were fairly safe when I was younger.

That has all changed. It initially started with this hat. I found around Mother's Day, the message and the pattern go together perfectly and I broke the fashion seal.



Months later I discovered these pants from Express. Lots of blog gals are wearing them and they are the best I have found. I linked them above in #3. The fit on these is pretty comfortable because they are a mid rise and the zipper ankle and fringe hem are really unique. Guarantee you will love these!



Right now I am on the hunt for a camo tee or sweatshirt. I think I really like this tee from Sanctuary. The weather is getting a lot colder so a short sleeve tee just doesn't seem like what I want to do right now. This looks perfectly comfy and casual. I would pair it with a faux leather legging or skinny jean. You also cannot go wrong with a sweatshirt. Z Supply has some of the softest tees and sweatshirts I have ever tried on. I like that this one is a little lived in and the grey tone is just something a little different. Some great staples are a jacket if you aren't ready to wear the pattern all day. Praise be to Target for this number. I also cannot say enough about Spanx leggings and now they make these with a black camo! So gorgeous and my go-to legging!

What's your favorite way to sport the trend? Leave me a comment below!


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RocksBox Review: Code Inside!

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Can you believe October is already almost over? We are one week away from Halloween and one week and one day away from the full-fledged holiday season. Holidays are full of parties and all kinds of opportunities to sport some new jewelry!

Use Your Power to Empower

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Today's outfit was inspired by some images on a local boutique Style Hunt's instagram story. I couldn't find the photo again for you all but I have not been able to stop thinking about it. The gist of the photo(s) are graphic band tee, patterned blazer, and vintage jeans. I have been thinking about how I want to add my twist on it and finally found a way that is inspirational to me.

Monochrome for Fall

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Fall is my all-time favorite season. Summer is beautiful and everything, but often here it is too humid to be comfortable and you end up spending all day indoors anyway. But Fall, all you need is a sweater, jacket and maybe a big blanket scarf and you are good to go. 

In the past month, I have been lucky enough to get out of the office a few times, a rarity when you have a toddler. A couple of weeks ago I went to Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to see one of my favorite local performers, Dessa,  play with the orchestra. It was an amazing show because she is a stellar talent. If you ever have the chance to see her, take it. 

I think this look is quintessentially Fall. This rust color is my absolute favorite color this season. I could wear it all day. A perfect fall warmth color, but with a hint of red that just feels luxurious to me. Steps up your fall game ;).  Two-thirds of this look is from Loft. I really love their Fall line, they do great sweaters and fun bottoms. I showed this skirt off a couple of weeks ago and told you how much I loved it. This is another great way to wear it. I decided to go for a monochrome look (funny that ;) ] and paired it with this bar back sweater from Loft. I was crushing on this sweater for a long time and finally snagged it on sale. Limited sizes are left so I linked some very similar ones. Typically a monochrome look is black, white or gray so I thought I would add my own twist to it with a different neutral. I topped it off with these OTK boots, another fall favorite, to make it feel more nighttime appropriate versus work wear. I definitely brought a little edge to Orchestra Hall.









Top| Loft (similar / similar)
Skirt| Loft
Boots| Sam Edelman (similar / similar)
Necklace| c/o Team Civion (similar / similar)


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Work Wear: The Best Wrap Top

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Workwear is an ongoing shifting style for me. When I was in college I worked in an office and had to wear business casual. This meant dress pants and only jeans on Fridays. It some ways it was kind of a pain because I essentially needed two closets. In Graduate school and my first job out of graduate school was casual settings. Jeans and tee-shirts were acceptable. Technically, I am still in a casual setting but I am learning some things about how much dressing for work matters to me.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Fall Edition

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Welcome to the weekend! I am so ready for this weekend. The weather around here has been so gloomy that is has become quite wearing. You can feel the energy of people here fading a bit. Every day is more tiring than the last. We need a little sunshine. It even snow flurried yesterday (ah!) Desperately in need of this weekend. I have a couple of fun things planned so I am looking forward to a couple of days off. Do you have any fun plans?

For this Friday, I finally got up my Fall Rachel Zoe Box of Style. Haven't checked it out yet? Spoiler alert: you are going to want this box. It's one of my favorites yet, these keep getting better and better. Click here! Once a season she has a box that is curated for you. Lately, it has included more and more exclusive pieces you cannot find anywhere else. It's only $100 but this box is worth $480. Seriously, it's amazing. Let's get into it.

Lace Tank + Nights Out

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It's pretty chilly here in Minnesota now, and we are deep into fall. Even looking towards, dare I say it, winter. #winteriscoming . I went out the other weekend for some birthdays and have a couple events this week too. I thought I would share with you my go-to look these days.

I can not tell you how much I think a blazer is oh so chic. I just love the structured look and there are so many wears to wear one. I wish I had a job where I could realistically wear one more often. I mean, I can wear one to work but I am the most dressed up person there by a million. When I can find one to wear out at night, it's even better. I got this blazer last year and wore it over a jumpsuit for my birthday. I wanted to incorporate this again a different way. For my birthday I simply draped it over my shoulders so as not to hide the jumpsuit. For this look, I wore it because of the fitted nature of the jeans and top. This draped blazer was the perfect combo. Not to mention it's velvet, so amazing. Underneath I paired this tank that I have been dying to get for a while. This tank has that nighty kind of look with the lacy detail and the silky texture. I really love that detail, it's a bit of a throwback to the early 2000s for me and I am here for it. It's a sultry piece that you can really highlight or make it peak through like I did here. These jeans are my new favorite jeans of all time. Madewell is the queen of jeans. Theirs are my absolute favorite and they fit like a glove. I was in need for some black jeans and these are perfect. The frayed edges and distressing add the perfect edge for this look. Plus, the high waist is my new favorite thing. I may never go back, I love the shape it creates. Helps to show off the hourglass shape even if you don't possess it. Completed it with these boots that I literally spent a week begging you guys to purchase (here, here and here) .  You are going to see more of these boots. I completed it by just layering a few delicate necklaces. I think I am kind of statement necklaces right now. I am all about layering delicate pieces, both necklaces and bracelets. 








Top| Abercrombie + Fitch
Blazer| Honeypunch (similar / similar)
Jeans| Madewell
Boots| DSW
Purse| Kate Spade (similar / similar)

This is going to be my fav look for at least fall. What do you think? What is your go-to look for fall?

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Red Dress

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Another weekend in the books! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I actually had a pretty chill weekend. Friday I did go to a concert with my parents at Orchestra Hall. I am hoping to get that look up on the blog soon. I did post about it on my Instagram over the weekend so check that out. The rest of the weekend I was solo mom as D was out of town. Saturday night I headed over to my parents' house for dinner and to just hang out. I also got to see my niece and the girls got to play together, which is always fun. Sunday I had intentions of taking Reese somewhere to play but I was just exhausted and couldn't decide where to go, so we had a lazy day. Plus side was the Vikings won so #SKOL

Monday Round Up: Leather Skirts + Apple Picking

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. I had a fairly busy weekend actually and Fall was out in full force. I am officially in autumn mode and I am ready for it! I am done with the bright colors and pretending that I can still wear sandals. Bring on boots, earth tones and sweaters!