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!

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!

President's Day Sales

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Happy Sale Day! I hope some of you have the day off of work today and if you don't I hope it's a quick day for you! I am working but at least I get to do that from home today, so that's not so bad. 

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!