Iceland Date Night

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Annnnnd it's Monday! I am trying to get back on a somewhat regular posting scheduling so this is the start of that. I have grand intentions of getting an Iceland itinerary post up and our recommendations. It will happen but first, fashion. Of the three-night looks this is one of my favorites. I bought this look at a local place for our nicer dinner to celebrate our anniversary.

Stitch Fix: Winter

Happy Friday! Woof, I am ready for this weekend. Winter really showed up at our doorstep this week. We got a little snow and temperatures dropped. Looks like the forecast is warming up a bit so hopefully we won't be in the deep freeze just yet. 

So I actually got this Fix a few weeks ago right before my Iceland trip. I brought some of these pieces with me in anticipation of my vacation. I got some really great pieces so let's do this!

Steal vs Splurge: Boots Edition

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Happy Monday! Whew! It was a busy weekend. I was a hunting widow (weekend 1 of 2) so I had my hands full. Needless to say, photos didn't happen. I was, however, at Target no fewer than two times in three days. That's a lot even for me. I saw these boots there that reminded me of the Marc Fisher ones that are going around. It had me thinking I haven't done a steal vs splurge post in a while so voila! Here we are :)

Home Tour: Master Bedroom

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Happy hump day! Hope this week has been treating you well. I thought it would be a good time to show you the last piece on my house tour. My favorite part, if I must admit, our bedroom. Our last home had the smallest bedroom ever. We had a king bed, which was probably a mistake as it was too big for the space. We bought furniture that didn't fit and eventually took out part of a bedroom for our closet. I was so excited to get a bigger space and some new pieces.

Iceland Jumpsuit

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Happy Monday! I am not ready for this daylight savings Monday, are you? I still feel like I am recovering. I thought I would cushion this Monday by showing one of my favorite looks from my Iceland trip. I still want to put together a trip itinerary post so I'll keep that part brief today, but this jumpsuit though...

Rocksbox October Style

Happy Monday! What's a better way to have a Monday than with some new jewelry? Or at least numb the idea of a Monday ;) I am comin' at ya with my newest set and it's pretty good. This time around I had my Iceland trip on the brain. I wanted a few fun pieces to wear when we went out to dinner. I had some outfits already picked out so I swapped a couple of pieces to match.

Roaming in Reykjavik

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I'm back! We spent several days in Iceland for a whirlwind anniversary trip and it was beautiful and wonderful. One of the best places I have ever been. If you haven't already gone, plan a trip. If you have already gone, go again. I have plans to do a full itinerary post and recommendations, but that is going to take a while to put together. In the meantime I wanted to start to show you some of my looks I planned. Truthfully I spent most of the time in leggings and sweatshirts but I did get dressed up for night. I'll be showing all of it to you all so sit tight as I start with this one.

Home Tour: Kitchen

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Welcome to my home! I've already shown you my cozy living room  space that we put together. Today I wanted to show you probably the most popular room in any house: the kitchen. No matter where the party is supposed to be you always end up in the kitchen, so it had to be good.

Stitch Fix Fall: Iceland Prep

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Happy Fix Day! I love getting Stitch Fix. I started getting one a month because I no longer pay a monthly fee per box. I don't always buy a bunch of the pieces but I always find something I love. For this Fix I told my stylist that I was going to Iceland this month (T minus 8 days!)  so she sent a bunch of great options!

Home Tour: Living Room

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Photo Cred: Katzie and Ben

Welcome to my home! Back at the end of June we said goodbye to our first home and hello to our forever home. Our first home was good to us, but it was time for one that fit our new life better. We looked for a long time until settling on this one. So many factors to consider this time around that we didn't have to last time. This time we built, which was both fun and also stressful. On the positive side it turned out great and we are so happy.

Rock n' Roll Tee

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So is anyone sick of a band tee yet? Cause I'm not. I am glad to say the graphic band tee trend is here to stay! There are so many options now it's so hard to choose. There are a million ways to style it so I wanted to show something a little different.

Rocksbox for Thunderstorms

It's always a good day for a Rocksbox! I really can't rave enough about this box. I love that I get new pieces to freshen up the collection each month and I can try out a few things to decide if I need them (spoiler alert: I usually do) This time around I was feeling an edgier vibe. I exercised my option to trade out a few pieces for some funkier ones.

Loft Flash Sale

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Who doesn't love a good sale to start off your week. I was perusing my favorite places last night and came across a Loft flash sale. Bless them, I needed a good sale to cope with knowing Monday was around the corner. The sale is only good until 11:59 AM today so shop it quick! 50% off on sale items and fall favorites. I picked through some of my favorites.

Stitch Fix September

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Whoo hoo it's Friday! I am ready for the weekend. The weather has been pretty gloomy lately and made for one long week. Unfortunately, the weekend doesn't look much better, but maybe it calls for some cozy movie nights. 

I also thought it might be time for another ol' reliable Stitch Fix post. I got this a few weeks ago thinking ahead to fall and got some great pieces! Let's dive in.

A denim jacket is a closet staple. Everyone needs one hands down. My favorite one I got in a Fix years ago. This one was definitely comfortable and soft. Think cardigan but denim. A really great option if you are looking for one. Unfortunately I am still on the hunt for a good boyfriend fit jacket so this one went back. I debated ordering a bigger size but it's more fitted for a woman's figure, which just isn't what I need.

I must admit this one I was on the fence about. My stylist knows me well and told me to give it a chance. The positive is it fit really great. For me the downside is it just isn't my style. I don't love a hi-lo cut and the pattern is little more boho than my personal style. That said, if boho is your thing this would be great for you!

This I loved the instant I saw it. Blue is  my favorite color, has been forever. Oddly enough though, I don't have any blue like this in my closet. It's always nice to add something different. French Connection is such a great brand. I love their classic vibe with an edge and this is no different. This textured material is like a thicker waffle knit. It's a little cropped too so great for a high waisted jean. It's not meant to be off the shoulder but it wants to sit like that for some reason. A big win!

(same / same)

This one I relly debated on for a bit. I wasn't initially sure I would like it. I tried it on and kind of liked it. I debated for a while before inevtiabley deciding it wasn't for me. The pattern isn't 100% my style, although I didn't mind the silhouette. I linked up a few similar options I did like.

This was the other win piece for me. I loved this the second I saw it. It has everything I love, grey? Stripes? Yes, please. I love the balloon sleeve too, but a more fitted silhouette. I have a couple of balloon sleeve tops but they were loose. I like the contrast of the dramatic sleeve on this one. A keeper

Which is your favorite?

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Casual in my Converse

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Hey all! So guess who finally jumped on the Converse train? This girl! I know, I know not exactly ground breaking stuff but I had to share it. I have wanted a pair for a while and honestly wasn't sure if I could pull it off. There is a casual-coolness about them that I wasn't sure I possessed. I didn't want to look like a poser. I realized though that I like to play around a lot with fashion and try on many looks, so who cares? Here I am!

Wedding Style Jumpsuit

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Happy September! It's been a crazy busy weekend. My aunt got married this weekend, we had family come in from out of town and some stayed with us. It's always good to be with family and we got to do a lot with them. Introduced them to the Minnesota State Fair , showed them our new house and bonded over Parks and Rec. A good way to spend the last weekend of summer.

We have been waiting for this wedding to come for a long time. So I have had a lot of time to think about what I wanted to wear. I was looking everywhere and I came across this jumpsuit. First, I thought I was being pretty original wearing a jumpsuit. Turns out both my sisters and a cousin wore one too so there goes that, ;) Second, this just felt like an homage to what she wore at my wedding. She wore a red dress with a rosette, gorgeous dress. This tangerine with a ruffle reminded me of her dress immediately. I knew I had to have it. Plus a jumpsuit at a summer wedding felt a lot more comfortable than a restricting dress.  Good for dancing too, albeit I am not a the greatest dancer I have a good time. Plus,my daughter was a flower girl so I knew I would be chasing her around. It was a good idea as she didn't do one thing I said all day, le sigh. I am not someone who typically wears such a bright color, so when I do I try to keep it fairly neutral elsewhere. My jewelry was all Rocksbox. I picked a few items I knew would be perfect for this. I opted for all rose gold, because obviously. I decided on an earring versus a necklace because of the neckline and put my hair up. I kept the shoe neutral because the jumpsuit is the star. I linked up the exact jumpsuit and some similar options for shoes.

Jumpsuit| Selfie Leslie
Heels| Chinese Laundry (similar / similar)
Earrings + Necklace| Rocksbox (use code mymonochromaticlifexoxo for first month free)
Lip| Sephora
Eyes| Too faced 

Rainbow Bright

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It's that time of year, earlier than I thought. The time where you need a sweater in the morning but by the afternoon it's too hot. This usually happens in early fall and late spring. Layers are a necessity or lightweight long sleeves. It's hard t find something that is both warm enough for this time of year but isn't super dark and fall-like. 

Enter this sweatshirt. On one of my many many weekly Target trips, this caught my eye. I mean, it is quite colorful. More so than I typically go for, but the washed our rainbow had a very 70s vibe that I am very into right now. Then I saw this little felt heart detail and thought it was too cute. I was hesitant at first to buy another sweatshirt, but it's super lightweight. Like one of those sweatshirts, you would find in a beach town. I wore it this Sunday when it was chilly and it was perfect. Warm enough for a windy day, but not too thick for when the sun comes out. I will also say I sized up to a medium because it's junior sizing.  I do like a rainbow vibe for summertime. I could also see this with some cutoffs and a ball cap for a boat day too. For running errands, I paired it with some high waisted jeans and kept the summer vibe going with these sandals. I picked the rose gold to be as colorful as the sweatshirt. Kept minimal accessories as well for a casual feel. 

What do you think?

Top| Target
Jeans| Nordstrom (similar / similar)
Shoes| Macys (similar / similar)
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Fall Shoes with Target

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Happy Monday! I know it's been quiet around here, but it's only because my life has been crazy busy.  Lots going on this week that has been taking up my time. I am going to try and get back into it, starting with this post. As much as I hate to say it,  I am excited for Fall. I don't want to wish away summertime but I do love Fall. Let's not talk about what happens after Fall, just enjoy the moment shall we? Fall is all in the stores at this point. On my multiple weekly visits at Target I have noticed that their shoe game is strong this season. One of my friends got some cute mule slides and I thought I would do a little round up!

Mondays Work Wear

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Happy Monday! Back to the grind today as one of the last Mondays of the summer :( I can't believe it's almost over. It's been a really busy summer around here and such a different summer from the last one. New house and a new job have kept me pretty busy. I've been on the go a lot more so I need my work clothes to match. I've been piecing together some items and these are some of my favorites.

In my job and I am driving about half the time and in buildings half the time. Some buildings are cold, some are warm and sticky and I got to be prepared for both. The same principle I apply to Fall dressing in layers. These pants from Express I have had forever. It's my favorite work pant cut, super flattering and works with all kinds of shoes and tops. I really should buy these in other colors because it's just the most flattering pant for work. Fitted, but not uncomfortably fitted for meetings. I like to pair it with this sweater tank I bought from Loft early in the summer (several sizes on sale 40% off through tomorrow).  You'd think it'd be too hot in this sweater material but it breaths really well and tucks in easily. These DSW slides have been my go-to all summer as well. Black and white is kind of my forte so these essentially go with everything in my closet. Casual enough for summer, but dressed up enough for work. For layering, this denim jacket has served me well. Summer is a bit more casual around here so a classic cut fits the bill. I can wear it if I am cold, or sometimes I just drape it over my shoulders if it's not that bad but I don't want to expose my shoulders. You can definitely trade out this sweater for another tank, or slide sandals, but this look can be recreated multiple times for these last precious summer weeks.

Top| Loft (similar / similar)
Pants| Express
Shoes| DSW
Jacket| Just USA (similar / similar)
Necklace| Tess + Tricia 

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Rocksbox Wedding Style

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One of my favorite things about Rocksbox is when I have an event coming up, I can bundle and get some great new pieces. Sometimes the items I get from them aren't always what I need so I typically exercise the swap option. It's probably my favorite thing about Rocksbox so you can ensure you get exactly what you want. This month I am attending a wedding and I wanted a little refresh for it. I think I got some really great pieces.

Lace + Tortoise

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Hey all! I am back. Just needed a little break to get a few things in order. I am ready to share a few fun things I have gotten recently. I previewed this on Friday during a little haul but I put a full look together to meet some friends for dinner. 

I have to admit, a social media ad got me on this one. I saw this come up on my feed a couple of times and I clicked on it. Historically Shein has been hit or miss for me but this is a serious hit. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality for the price. I think the black color hides it well, but also the lace is really beautiful. I had a similar top but I could never quite make it work. Lace can be a little rigid but this lays very delicately and pretty. The scalloped neckline is also a nice detail I think. Adds a little something extra around your collar line. For sizing purposes I did size up. I am typically a small but got a medium, in my experience Shein has more of a junior sizing. I might have been able to get away with a small here in the length, but the shoulders might have been snug. In all, I am glad I went with the medium. It's actually fairly long too so you could leave it out over some faux leather or moto leggings or even front knot it. 

I paired this with some BP jeans I got from Nordstrom about a year ago (linked up some similar ones under $100). I pulled out these old mules as well. I am starting to get a little antsy for Fall, am I the only one? This Tess + Tricia necklace I got from Rocksbox (code mymonochromaticlifexoxo for 1st month free!). But I want to highlight these earrings I got from Target. I saw them and feel in love. I really am a huge fan of a tortoise pattern so that was the first thing, but then mixed with the gold was so different. I liked that it's a bit of a statement earring but it's not so big that I can't wear it to work. It complimented the elegance of the shirt so well I had to wear them. Plus who doesn't love an affordable earring?

Pants| Nordstrom (similar / similar)
Shoes| Nordstrom (similar / similar)
Necklace| Tess + Tricia
Earrings| Target

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