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.