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!

St Patrick's Day

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Today I am jumping out of my skin with excitement! This weekend is St. Patrick's Day! Here we are celebrating on Saturday, typically we celebrate on an actual day but not when it falls on a Sunday. So we get two Saturday celebrations in a row, which is fine by me! It's a big day for us we go with a big group to have breakfast, march in the parade and drink all day (we cab it so don't worry). My dad has been marching in the parade since I can remember and as soon as I was 21 we started going to.

Spring Break Swimsuit Round Up

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Happy Spring Break! Or if it's not this week for you I hope it's soon. We are already half way through March, can you believe it? This month is flying by. Last year this time I was preparing for my Mexico trip with friends. This year, unfortunately, I am stuck at home. Le sigh. However, I am still deep in checking out swimsuit shopping mode. So many cute options. High waisted options and one piece options have moved out of the realm of matronly and into the future.

Old Navy Try On

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! Around here we ended up with more snow. This is probably the snowiest winter I can remember and I am so ready for it to be over. But, I won't let it keep me down. Thankfully the roads were decent so I could get out on Sunday and film a try on for you all at Old Navy. The full video is saved in a highlight and also on my stories on instagram.   I have to be honest, I don't typically shop there, but I have seen several other people find some awesome pieces so wanted to see what the fuss was about. I was really feeling Spring vibes there so all the pieces are ready for the warmer weather. It was so hard not to buy all of these pieces!

Target Loungewear Round Up

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So I was at Target the other day, like the third time that week, to pick up a few odds and ends. I always leave Target having forgetting something so I have gotten in the habit of taking a spin around the store first. This time I noticed that they have added to their sleep/loungewear collections. They have added three new sleep and loungewear lines that are so gorgeous! I was super impressed by them so I wanted to share some of  my favorites


I focused more on the Colsie and Stars Above, because the Auden is more bras/underwear.  I love a few of these pajama sets. The floral pant and matching top give me an Anthropologie vibe and they are what first caught my eye. These also come in a cropped pant and short sleeve option. I like the longer pants especially because of the striped detail. I like when patterns mix. I also bought the bralette with the stripe. It's more athleisure wear style and it's a super comfy cotton. It's the best weekend bra ever, not a ton of support so more for like us smaller ladies ;) The other piece I really loved this nightshirt that says "C'est tou bon!" I love a little french detail. And how cute are these little slippers?  So adorable, I need to grab a pair.
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T3 Micro Curling Wand Review



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This post has been a long time in the making. I have been wanting this for a long time and finally, for my birthday my man bought these for me! I was so surprised he got these. To be fair I had it on my wishlist, but still I never thought he'd buy it. I also wanted to be sure I had enough time to use it before I gave an accurate review. This has been a big one in the blogosphere so I had to try it out for myself.

Casual Cropped

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Happy Monday friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I will try to resist the urge to complain about the snow here. We are still digging ourselves out here in Minnesota in March. This is atypical, even for Minnesota. We are trying to keep warm by thinking ahead to, hopefully, warmer temperatures in our future. You'll notice I took these photos a couple of weeks ago because there is hardly any snow on the ground. Here's hoping it looks like this again soon!

I have to admit I have had a thing with big buttons lately. I love this trend so much. I think it makes a pretty basic top just so much more interesting looking Most tops that have used this button style are tried and true basic henleys and cardigans. I also just think it's fun so I am down for it at any opportunity. I also have been really loving Abercrombie + Fitch lately, I don't know what's happening. I haven't shopped there since high school but in the last couple of months, their casual style has been killin' it. I still feel too old to shop in store, but I can definitely shop online. I saw this top a while ago and resisted for a bit, but eventually, it went on a sale around MLK day and I snagged it. It's so cute and super comfy. The softness of a great henley but extra chic because of the cut. At this point, I am a high waisted or bust kind of denim wearer. I really have no interest in a mid-rise jean. This opens my wardrobe to many more crop tops that I can appropriately wear because they stop just where a high waist jean starts.  I never thought I'd be able to wear to so many crop tops but I have  a few now I love, including this one. This exact top is sold out but I linked two very similar ones. Super cozy and easy to dress down or add a few cute pieces of jewelry to dress it up a bit.

I decided to pair this top and denim with these shoes from Target. Looking ahead to warmer weather you can start to think about exposing more of your foot/ankle. I got these shoes last year and they were a fan favorite, but they are back in stock! Hallelujah. Just in time for Spring, they go with so many looks. I like them best with a skinny jean and more casual top. I feel a little hipster-like in this look and I don't hate it ;) 










Shirt| Abercrombie + Fitch (similar / similar)
Jeans| Madewell (similar / similar)
Shoes| Target



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Two Years In: 5 Lessons I've Learned



Yesterday marked my daughter's 2nd birthday. I know it's cliche to say, but time truly has flown by. The first few months were rough, as you would expect. I honestly have never been great with kids. I barely babysat, I had no interest in children. D and I were married 7 years before I even got pregnant. He was a lot like me, not all that into kids (outside of our nieces and nephews) so we were woefully ill-prepared. That said, we're both competent adults so I figured we would figure it out. For the most part, that has been true so far.

Get Off My Back

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I am not typically one to buy clothes with a lot of graphic or text on it. I am generally more private with my thoughts and like to have control over who I do and do not share with. However, every once in a while a shirt comes along that is too perfect to not pass up. Usually, if something can legitimately make me laugh out loud or if it taps into my inner sass it's going to be mine. 

Loft Jacquard Pants 3 ways

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a fun weekend. I definitely had an eventful one if you were following along. Every Monday is a good reminder that we're back to the grind of the week and I have to put my professional hat back on. A couple of months ago I saw these pants at Loft and knew I needed them. I wasn't exactly sure how I would put them together but just knew I needed them. Since then I have worn these pants on several occasions including a concert, Christmas Eve and to work.  These are definitely an interesting pattern of pants and I wanted to show you all the ways they can work for you.

Stitch Fix February

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Another month another Stitch Fix. It's seriously one of my favorite things. I  am never 100% sure what I am going to get so it's always a fun surprise. I don't do too many subscription boxes anymore, but this is the one I am still loyal to because who doesn't love fun clothes? Not to mention some special items you can't get anywhere else. Let's jump in!


Rocksbox: Think Spring

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Who's ready for a jewelry refresh? I know it doesn't always seem like it but Spring is on the horizon! The sun actually feels warm (if you stand real still and pay attention) and birds are chirping. Chirping people! This is not a drill. Spring will come and that's always a good time for an old fashion refresh. A closet clean out is the natural first step but let's talk accessories. I have been partnering with Rocksbox and it is my new favorite way to do this. It's the perfect way to test out new pieces before buying them or renting some items for special occasions and returning them. Win-win!

Happy Galentine's Day!

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Happy Galentine's Day! Inspired by the all-powerful Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation Galentine's Day is a day you celebrate your lady friends. Or as Leslie would put it "It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” I could never say it better than her. For this Galentine's Day I partnered with several of my favorite blogger babes for an epic bash!

Valentine's Gift Guide for Him

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Ok folks, it's finally here! Valentine's week! I have a few fun posts for you this week including something amazing I did over the weekend that I simply cannot wait to show you all! 

My last few posts have been more outfit related but let's give this one up for the fellas.  If you are gift buying type I wanted to do a quick round up for gifts for any last minute shoppers. As you can see from my picture above, we're a couple of weirdos. But my man has a variety of interests so I picked his brain a little for this post.

Edgy Valentine

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Ready for another Valentine's post coming at ya! We're getting closer to the big day and plans are solidifying. Next weekend D and I are going out of town with another couple friend of ours. It's kind of Valentine's thing but also just an excuse to get out of town. I am outfit planning and thinking about how casual vs dressy I want to be on this trip. Wednesdays' look is probably too dressy for where we are staying I needed another look. 

Glam Valentine's Day

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On Monday I showed a really casual look for those of you keepin' it chill this Valentine's Day. My holiday is always pretty relaxed as D and I rarely do anything special. So let's think of Monday's post as the reality and today's post is a little fantasy. For some of you, maybe it's your reality so take this blog as you like it. :)

Casual Valentine's

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Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend, it finally warmed up around here. Given how cold it was last week this weekend basically felt like Spring. You could tell how couped up everyone felt because everyone was out and about this weekend the roads were packed! I am ready for a semi-normal week ahead and some fun V-day related blog posts!

Styling Bold Prints

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 I am not one for bold prints. I prefer neutral tones, and I am ok with some patterns but I don't prefer a loud pattern. I really admire those that do it well and look amazing, it just doesn't typically fit my personal style. Every once in a while something will catch my eye and I think I can make it work even though it's a little outside my comfort zone.

January Rocksbox

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So today is literally one of the coldest days of my life. You'd think I could stay home all day, but I have some work appointments this afternoon so I plan to bundle up like the kid in A Christmas Story and just see what happens. On a day like today I am so thankful for subscription boxes like Rocksbox that come straight to my door! Psst. you can use my code mymonochromaticlifexoxo for your first month free!

Express Try-On

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Happy Monday all! These last few days has been what a real Minnesota winter feels like. We have been fairly couped up all weekend. On Friday I had a blog event and thank the Lord there was covered parking. Like some kind of crazy person, I decided not to wear tights. Saturday we celebrated my birthday with my family but we bundled up a lot as the weather was starting to turn. With the weather being so cold (looking ahead to maybe a -20 degree day) I decided to keep the outside pictures to a minimum. I decided to do my first try on and most of y'all wanted to see what Express had to offer and I found some really great pieces from Valentine's Day to work and weekend wear.

Drug Store Favorites

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When I was in Chicago last weekend and I started to unpack I realized I forgot several makeup items. So unbelievably frustrating! Tell me I am not alone here. Then you are in a bind whee I need some items, but I don't want to buy my expensive stuff because I have it at home, so you are stuck buying something from the drugstore. I couldn't get anyone to go to Target, apparently, it was way out of the way, so I went to CVS to find some items.

The Perfect Dress

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I know it's cold outside right now and I love a good sweater, but I won't let this weather get me down. Last time I wore this person said I was daring because it's so cold, but honestly, these boots are so high it's hardly any exposed leg at all. Am I alone here? 

Topshop Sweater

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Happy Friday all!  Today I am off on my way to Chicago with  my family to see Hamilton and I am beyond excited. We wanted to see this forever and getting tickets when they were here in Minneapolis but it was ridiculous. The extra win here is we have family in Chicagoland so we get to see them too!  But before I take off I wanted to share with you this amazing sweater that I got for Christmas, just in time for the chilly weekend ahead.

Mom #OOTD

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Almost every time I do a poll asking what  y'all want to see from me, the answer is pretty consistent. Mommin' on a budget. Now, there are tons of great gals out there doing the mommy + me thing amazingly such as @msmeghanlee and @jessicasross so check them out.Today is more about you, that mom or just a busy girl trying to stay chic on a budget. 

Batman + Chill

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And just like that, it's Monday again. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I actually had a fairly relaxed weekend, which was awesome. I did do a couple of things but the rest was super chill so it was a nice balance. I am never quite ready for a Monday to start, always wishing for one more day This week I am only working four days because I am headed to Chicago on Friday to see Hamilton! I am so excited. 

Stitch Fix: Birthday Edition

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Happy Friday! We made it to the weekend you guys, a first full week after the holidays. I survived, barely, and I hope you did too. 

Just before my birthday, I scheduled a recent Fix for a few new pieces. I did an instastory and y'all said you wanted more details. Remember you can always pin these items to your Pinterest for your stylist, it makes it way easier for them to see the piece you are talking about. Let's go!

Not your mother's pearls

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I have had a funny relationship with pearls. As a child of the 80s I have really dated connotations of traditional, old pearl necklaces. I have a tendency to make associations and it takes me a minute to get over them. So when the pearl sweater trend kicked in I was slow to catch on. 

Birthday Jumpsuit + Wishlist

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Happy Birthday to me! Today is my actual birthday even though I celebrated with friends over the weekend. I am probably well past the age of dragging my friends out specifically to celebrate with me, but thankfully I have tolerant friends. 

Winter Box of Style

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Happy first Friday of 2019! We made it to the weekend y'all. I know lots of people took the last week and a half off of work so going back full time this week. I am still in a bit of a holiday hangover mode and hoping this next weekend will get me back on my feet. 

One more thing that got put on the back burner is the Winter Box of Style from Rachel Zoe. If you aren't familiar with this box, on a seasonal basis Rachel Zoe curates a box of fashion and beauty pieces for the season. It's Rachel Zoe so it's always amazing and what I need at the moment. The box costs $100 but it's typically at least a $300 value. More recently a lot of the pieces are exclusive to the box so you can't get them anywhere else. I linked a few similar pieces in these cases but if you want the real thing get the box! It's worth it! Let's dive in!

Most Liked Outfit of 2018

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and, I imagine, are back at work today. I did have to work some over the holiday so it's not too bad to be at work today but these next three days there will be a lot to accomplish so I kind of have to hit the ground running. So I wanted to take one more opportunity to share this look that was one of my most popular looks from 2018.