Best Sweater Tank

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Annnnnd it's Monday again. Back to the grind. Who's not ready for a new day? Me either so let's not and say we did. Instead of work outfit, I thought I'd take it back to a fun boat cruise I did a couple of weeks ago and the best sweater tank I have ever worn.

Rocksbox July Edition

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I have been working with Rocksbox for a little while now and I have to say I get excited each time one arrives. My jewelry collection has easily doubled in size and I have been introduced to jewelry brands I would not have normally known about. Take Dusk for example. I have loved so many of their pieces, you start to get a sense of your accessory personality.

Summer Bright Pants

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Is everyone saled out yet? So much going on and as much as I love a good sale, a gal needs a break. Oddly enough basically everything I am wearing today is old, not new at all actually. So a stark contrast to all the things I have been posting this week already. 

Target Deal Days

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Happy Monday and deal days! Lots and lots of sales going on this week. Coverage is pretty heavy on a few so I thought I would take a peak where it really matters to me. The Target Deal Days. If you are like me,  you are at Target several times per week. I went to Target two times in one day just a couple of weeks ago. Target= life. 

Floral Summer Dress

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It has been hot, hot, hot around here lately. Heat and humidity is a real hallmark of a Minnesota summer. So as much as we want to be outside it can be a little uncomfortable. What I try to look for are light and airy outfits. Sometimes even a denim short, as cute as it is, is too heavy to wear. Enter here a great summer dress. Light and breezy and cute to boot!

Flutter Sleeve

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Happy Wednesday party people! So I have to admit I have been sitting on this look for a couple of weeks. I promise it's worth it. A few weeks ago we went out to dinner for my sister's birthday. She picked this cool taco place in St. Paul, Nico's Taco and Tequila Bar . I wasn't sure how fancy it was, but honestly, there are so few opportunities for me to get dressed up so I took it. This boutique recently opened up in a town nearby and I went to check it out.

Favorite Travel Items

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Happy Monday! I am back at work after a little over a week off of work. It's safe to say I don't want to go back ;) In the last 10 days I moved out of my old house into a new one, traveled to Chicago for the Fourth of July and back again. It's been a really busy 10 days and I am glad to be home. In my recent travels, both moving and otherwise, I had to live on limited items. I had a few favorite travel pieces and some new great additions I wanted to share with y'all!


Last Minute 4th of July

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Hey all! Ready for the shortest post ever? ;)

The Fourth of July is a big holiday for us. Our family in Chicago area throw a big backyard party with games, fireworks and adult beverages. It's a really fun day and definitely worth the long drive. We'll be making a short trip of it this year. With all the change around here we have to get back, but plenty of time for a fun, patriotic outfit. 

I typically keep it pretty simple. Very minimal patterns. Sometimes I'll sport a little star or 'USA' but that's about it. I pulled together  a few quick pieces for you to show your 'Merica spirit. All are from brick and mortar stores so if you don't have anything yet you can run out and get it. 






Happy Fourth of July! How are you spending the day?

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Rocksbox: June Edition

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Happy Tuesday! So I have to admit I have been sitting on this post for a while. When my Rocksbox arrives I get excited and always try to show it to you quickly, however, I like to live in the pieces for a little bit before I review them for you all. This time I really wanted to focus on super delicate pieces. I really go low key in the summertime with jewelry.  So everything in this box are super easy pieces that you can wear every day. Let's go!

SOPHIE PARKER PAVE MARQUISE PENDANT
I was really excited about this one I love a little marquise and, hello rose gold! I love a little blingy piece for a necklace that isn't too much that I couldn't wear it to work. This definitely fits that bill. It is a little smaller in person than I realized. It's also a little shorter than I realized too. You can adjust it but it doesn't get that long. I'm not partial to short necklaces, just a personal preference. It would be good for layering, but I do that less in the summer. I would say this lays about at your collar bone. Good for an off the shoulder top or V-neck top.


SOPHIE HARPER TINY ARROW STUDS
These might be my favorite piece. I don't know what it is about arrows but I just love the silhouette. Just so cute and fun. These dainty little studs are perfect for everyday. I have worn these most days since I got them. I love them. Simple and chic and they go with everything, plus a little sparkle!



SOPHIE HARPER PAVE CIRCLE RING
This I love too. I have wanted a circle ring for a while. I am also a big fan of negative space in jewelry so a circle is just perfect for that. This is super lightweight. So much so some times I forget I am wearing it. It's rose gold again because I can't get enough of it. I have worn this one to work a bit, but I think I would prefer to wear it out to dinner or on the weekend. The bling is a little fancy for work. The pave stones are kind of flashy and a bit much. I truly love this one and would be a great addition if you are looking for something similar.



There you have it! Do you have a favorite piece? Which one should I keep?

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Chic Summer Beige

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Annnnd I'm back! So it's been a little while since I got a post up an I apologize for being so quiet, but I got a great look for you today. It's the weekend and I am ready to relax!

A few weeks ago I went to an opening for a new shop nearby and took that as an opportunity to try out this new top I'd be eyeing. I super love this top. First, a peplum is always a flattering shape. Hits just where you would want to create that hourglass silhouette. I'm not quite as tan as I'd like to be, but later into the summer when I am (hopefully) golden tan this will look a lot better. I love the chicness of a beige color against my skin tone. The little black polka dots are just a fun little extra. I matched it with the high waisted white jeans. You need a high waist with this top as it is a little short. I suppose if you are more of a petite you wouldn't need it, but for those of us of average or above average height a high waist is a necessity. These are actually more of a jegging but I really love them. They fit like a jean but are stretchy like a legging. Also for a white jean they are relatively not see through. Sometimes I worry about that. I topped the look off with a simple slide. I wanted to keep the look simple, clean a chic. Maybe my favorite part of this item is this necklace. I admit it's expensive, but I love it so much I don't care. I am loving this coin necklace trend and this layered piece is perfect for summer!








Top| Vestique (similar)
Jeans| Abercrombie (similar / similar)
Shoes| Target (similar / similar)
Necklace| Rocksbox use code my monochromaticlifexoxo for first month's free! (Tess + Tricia)

Little Black Jumpsuit

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Happy Friday! It's been a busy week around here. Last week of school, I am moving out of my office today and we are packing to move out of our house at the end of the month.  Woof, it's busy. I am ready for a chill weekend. 

Made for Madewell

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It's official. I am a walking Madewell billboard. I have been joking with my friend for a while about how much I love them and I just want to live there. You ever have a brand that just 'gets' you? Even when I am shopping online at, say, Nordstrom the majority of the items I find in my cart are Madewell. It just is a brand that feels like everything looks effortless, but chic at the same time. Many of the pieces can transfer from work to weekend and I'm all about that practicality.

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

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Hey all! So I was all prepared for another post and while I was looking I remembered Nordstrom was having their half yearly sale! So many good deals! I love Nordstrom, hands down my favorite department store. They have such a variety of items and prices.I can basically always find what I am looking for. 

June Stitch Fix

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Happy Friday! Hope you are all either off of work already or dashing out early for the long weekend.  This weekend I am headed out of town for my cousin's birthday and I cannot wait for a long weekend and much needed fun time! What are you up to this weekend?

Before I send you off I wanted to share my most recent Stitch Fix. Who else does Stitch Fix? I truly love it. I don't always keep everything, I only keep pieces I cannot live without, but I always get good stuff and it's a fun surprise each month. Ready? Let's go!

Shorts Round Up

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Memorial Day is around the corner and it just feels like summer when that happens. It's not officially summer but it feels like it right?Who else just wants to be on a boat on the water this weekend? I know I do. My plan is actually to head to Chicago for my cousin's 30th birthday so I am trying to pack light and also, hopefully for the warm weather.

Rocksbox is Golden

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I firmly believe a gal can't have too many accessories. New jewelry can always change an outfit. Especially when budgets are tight and a new pair of jeans or top or dress, accessories can often drastically change the look. It has finally started to feel like summer around here so a little refresh is necessary. Summer for me is all about that gold. Reminds me of the sun and my Rocksbox stylist knocked it out of the park!

I'm Not a Regular Mom...

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I'm not a regular mom, I'm a cool mom....er well let's hope anyway. I was searching a couple weeks ago for a fun Mother's Day outfit when I stumbled on this brand, Ford + Wyatt. So many cute tops and so my style. Simple, chic and black and white.

Transition Style

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This has been a weird weather week. It started out with some beautiful days, sunny and warm. Then Wednesday and Thursday came with rain and cold. The rain was aggressive, like slapping you in the face. Basically felt like late October and I was none too pleased. Such is Spring in Minnesota. You just have to be prepared at all times for any type of weather pattern that could exist in the universe.

Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Happy Monday party people! We are T-minus 7 days from Mother's Day! This time  of year is a little busy for me. My dad's birthday is March, my mom's birthday is in April, Mother's Day in May and Father's Day in June. Woof! I start to run out of ideas sometimes, especially when you want to buy something that feels personal. 

Got it from my Mama

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Mother's Day is right around the corner, and I might put a little gift guide together this week. In the meantime, it's time for mamas to show off how awesome they are. There has been a major influx of mama gear in the last couple of years and I am here for it!

Causebox Review

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There are so many subscription boxes out there and I have tried a bunch of them. Some of them are really good and some...well... there are others. I had been doing one subscription box for a while and I had to pause one time around and working with the company put a bad taste in my mouth. Coincidentally, at the same time, my friend introduced me to a new subscription box Causebox. I wasn't really looking for a new one but when she told me about it I knew I needed to try it.


Bonus: Stitch Fix Review

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Happy Wednesday friends! Well, my last Fix there were some things I thought of after I got it that I should have told my stylist before. So I thought I would try again, bonus post! I got a few really great pieces so let's get to it!

Jumping into Spring

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Ok, I think we have finally turned a corner here in Minnesota. Looks like Spring is here for real this time, hallelujah! We were put through the wringer this year and I am ready for it to finally warm up. I actually took these photos a while ago but then it got cold again so it didn't seem to make sense to post it. 

April Rocksbox



By now you should know I love a good piece of jewelry. I have been partnering with Rockbox for a few months now and slowly but surely growing my collection. As we inch closer to summer I am looking for a few more delicate and casual pieces to add. I want things to dress up some cute tees and tanks, just little beautiful touches.

World Record Store Day

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Happy Monday all! Really hoping Spring will show itself this week. As you can see there is still some snow from our most recent storm last week. That's right.  A snowstorm in April. #onlyinMinnesota. But we make the best of a bad situation here, that's just what midwesterners do.

Lancome Beauty Review

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What is it about beauty products that is so irresistible? There is always some new product or formula to try out, or new fad that is best for you skin. It's a little like Pokemon, 'gotta catch 'em all!' Which is why Influenster is such a great program. You get to try all kinds of new products and at times full-size products for free. This last one may have been there best yet. I saw Lancome when it arrived and got super pumped!

Casual Weekending

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Welcome to a true April. This weekend was slightly warmer but rainy and humid. April showers hopefully bring May flowers. Rainy weekends sometimes make it harder to dress. It's a bit humid, but not super warm or cold. We mostly spent the weekend around the house or celebrating my mom's birthday so I kept it pretty casual.

April Stitch Fix

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It's Stitch Fix time! This is my favorite time of the month. I am always curious what might be in here and it's like Christmas. I love how personalized it is and some of my favorite pieces have come from here. Let's dive in shall we?


Mustard Midi

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You know, sometimes an outfit is so nice you got to show it twice! I showed this dress last fall in a more traditional sense. This early spring season is a little like fall weather. It gives me an opportunity to get creative with some old looks and put a spring twist on them!

H&M Try On

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Happy first day of April! Even though it's been Spring officially for about 12 days now, something about April makes it feel like it's really here (cut to the snow we got last night, ugh!) Anyway, I posted the full video on my instagram stories  yesterday but wanted to share all the links and snaps as well for my H&M try on.

Weekend Niche

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Whoo hoo it's Saturday! Time for a little R & R. Well actually this weekend the man and I are doing some serious work around the house, but I hope you all get to do something fun. 

Last weekend I kicked it off by visiting the Grand Opening of a new boutique in St. Paul called Niche. It's a women-owned, ethically made fashion boutique. Also, the price points are amazing! Most ethically made boutiques I have visited are just out of my price range so I was pleasantly surprised when not only was this ethical and chic, but affordable too!

Sale Alert: Abercrombie

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So I am always trying to find good sales for y'all. I was perusing some favorites and Abercrombie has some major sales going on right now. So a good old fashioned round up it is!

Spring Time Stripes

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Hallelujah it's Friday! Who's ready for this weekend?  It's been a rough week just crazy busy, but with the start of Spring I feel a little refreshed. Did anyone bust out shorts or sandals this week? I didn't get that daring yet but I did not wear a coat yesterday. Bring on the sunshine!

Rocking into Spring with Rocksbox

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Happy Monday! We are almost officially at the first day of Spring and the weather might actually match around here. I saw 50s in the forecast this week and I cannot wait. I am ready to pack away my sweaters and bring out the shorts and sandals! Who's with me?

I have also partnered up again with Rocksbox this month to showcase some fun accessories for Spring! Also, still good to use my code mymonochromaticlifexoxo for your first month free!