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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A little Ruffle and A little Fringe.




Top: ShopMCE
Jeans: Kohls [similar]
Shoes: DSW [old]
Scarf: ShopMCE [black here]

I am SO in love with this top. I've only worn it twice and both times I'm always thinking,
"why on earth don't I wear this more often?!"
It's the perfect mix between casual and cute and it's SUPER comfy.
And this scarf y'all...it's one of my go to scarves when I need to accessorize or add a pop of color.
Unfortunately I'm sold out of red, but the black is equally as cute AND will go with any outfit!!

I'm kind of in shock that it's only Tuesday...yesterday was SUCH a long day for me.
I also can't believe there are only NINE more days until Christmas!!
Sheesh, that came quick! Too bad I still sweat when I go outside :(
Houston, get it together.

Until next time...
[which let's be honest, could be tomorrow, or could be in 3 weeks]

xoxo, Monica
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Catching up...

Sheesh am I behind on my blogging game!
I've been having this weird love/hate relationship with my blog lately.
Deep inside I really want to blog, but I have been SO lazy on getting posts written and up.
But this week I'm going to try and catch myself up a little!

So, over Thanksgiving break after spending time with all of our families a bunch of us got together.
[For those of you that don't know, Kyle has a bunch of cousins that we are REALLY close with, 
we're basically all besties and hang out any chance we get]
Obviously I don't even remember what day we all did this because it seems like a decade ago...
but anyways...

A bunch of us all got together and went to Main Event!
It was honestly one of the best days i've had in a very long time.
First, we all sat around drinking/playing pool until a lane was open for bowling.
Then we all started bowling (& drinking) competitively of course.
[well the boys at least]
After bowling we all enjoyed some arcade games,
I'm kind of shocked that they are still as fun as they were when I was in elementary school!


After bowling a few of the girls left to go get some drinks and order pizza for us
because we were all going to one of their houses afterwards.
While they left we played a quick game of laser tag!
Y'all....I wouldn't mind paying laser tag every day for the rest of my life...
haha! I seriously forgot how much fun it is!

After we finished we all headed back to Andrea's house.
Ate lots and lots of pizza, drank some beer, and played some hilarious games.
Have y'all ever played "heads up" on your iPhone?!
We literally played for hours and I don't think I have EVER laughed that hard in years.
For those of you that don't know, Rachel [the other girl with the top bun] was literally 9 months pregnant!
She has had the perfect pregnancy [thank God] and has been such a trooper hanging out with everyone all the time/going out/staying up late/ etc!

And they finally had their perfect baby boy this past Tuesday!!
His name is Conlan James and he is honestly perfect, Kyle and I are hoping to go visit REAL soon.

I am SO ready for Christmas "break" and just getting to relax and spend time with people we love!

One more week!!!

Have a fabulous Monday everyone!

xoxo, Monica
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Feeling Thankful.

What a perfect weekend this was...





Chambray: JC Penny [similar]
Skirt: Forever21
Belt: Kate Spade [similar]
Tights: Windsor Store
Shoes: Forever21 [similar]

Snapped a pic with my sweet girl before heading over to my parents!

My perfect little family of 3.

This Thanksgiving weekend was seriously THE BEST.
All 4 days were spent with friends and family,
Unfortunately I was having too much fun to take pictures, but those are the best days right?!

On Thursday Kyle and I headed over to my parents to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family.
I made my VERY first pumpkin pie and to my surprise it was actually pretty good!

After stuffing our faces and visiting with family for a few hours,
we all agreed to meet up for a movie later!
So Kyle and I went home, took a nap, and hung out with Charley.
Then we left to go meet my family to see Gone Girl!

Oh my word y'all, SUCH a crazy movie!
Like seriously I don't know how people come up with that stuff!
I would definitely recommend it.

So that ends our Thanksgiving Day.
The rest of the weekend was spent with Kyles family!
I'll share more about that tomorrow!

Happy Tuesday y'all.

xoxo, Monica
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Let's Talk Makeup Reviews.

Y'all....I had a quarter life crisis last week.

So, lately I haven't been feelin' too hot. 
And I mean that literally...
well not like temperature wise but physical appearance wise.

I have been struggling so hard with my face/skin.
I wash my face every morning with Cetaphil, moisturize, then apply makeup.
(the makeup part doesn't exactly happen every day but you get the point)

Every time I put on my makeup my face would get SO oily! Like literally 15 minutes later.
It was not cute, I constantly felt gross and that my skin was dirty.
I would put on my makeup and get in the car and look in the mirror, 
and the girl looking back at me looked SO much older than 25...
I honestly was so confused, I did NOT feel like I looked that old without makeup,
but once I would get all ready I felt like every semi-wrinkle or line was like exaggerated.

It seriously NEVER crossed my mind that it could be the makeup I'm using.
I started using bare minerals a few years ago and I LOVED it at the beginning,
I'm not sure what has changed to make it start looking different but something definitely has.

And I am not so in love with it anymore.

My girlfriend Jenn introduced me to this fabulous website MakeupAlley.com
Millions of girls get on there and review all different kinds of makeup.
So I randomly decided to get on there and search the EXACT bare minerals products I have been using.

holy crap.

There were TONS of girls on there saying how bare minerals is a great make up BUT 
it made their skin super oily and they had to blot regularly.
(Aint nobody got time for that!)
AND...Even more girls were saying how it made them look older!
That the makeup actually brought out their fine lines/wrinkles/flaws.
[btw I've been using the Matte Powder Foundation, & yes I've also tried original]

How did I never think of this before?!
I can't believe my makeup was making me look WORSE.
Y'all I have been freaking out!  
I genuinely thought that I was aging prematurely.

Needless to say I washed my face and stopped using it immediately after reading those reviews.

Please don't think i'm bashing bare minerals, 
they have excellent products but my skin just does NOT like them.
So I'm hoping by sharing this that I'm preventing some of you from a quarter life crisis.

I ended up ordering MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Powder and I'm really excited to use it.
Does anyone use that as their foundation?!
I'm not really a big makeup person and that's what initially drew me toward bare minerals,
the make up was very natural looking and I LOVED that.

I'm just now on a mission to find an excellent powder foundation that has good coverage,
looks natural, and does not make me a grease monkey within 15 minutes.

Have any of you encountered the same problem?!

Wellp, today I'm making my very first pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving tomorrow!
Fingers crossed it's actually edible!

xoxo, Monica
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Friends and Faux Fur







Faux Fur Vest: tobi.com
Jeans: ShopMCE.com
Shoes: DSW
Bag: tobi.com (other color)

On Saturday Kyle and I headed north to hang out with some friends and family!
The weather was pretty nasty but we weren't going to let that stop us from enjoying our weekend
So a bunch of us all headed to Top Golf.
I didnt get many pictures while we were there [what's new right?]
But we had so much fun! 
All of the girls sat around and talked [& laughed our butts off] while the boys were playing golf and making bets.

I drank a little too much beer and ate WAY too much cheese.


but hey, that's nothing out of the ordinary.

I DID manage to get a picture with my sister right before her and Jonathan left!


My friend April had her baby yesterday,
Both mom and baby are perfectly healthy!
My sweet friend Rachel, who was with us Saturday but that I didnt get any pictures with
is due in less than 2 weeks!!
Gosh, there are just so many babies entering the world lately!

Who is as pumped about Thanksgiving as I am?!
I'm just excited to be around family and eat until I drop.

Only 2 more days!

Have a fabulous day ladies.

xoxo, Monica
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Catching Up and Holding Off.



Sweater: ShopMCE.com
Tights: windsorstore.com
Boots: LuLus.com


Last Friday my friends Jenn, Liz and I headed up to the hospital to visit our sweet friend April!
April is pregnant with her first baby and her water broke 5 weeks early,
They managed to hold the baby off for an entire week, unlucky for her she had to 
stay in the hospital the entire time, but we are so thankful her and baby are okay!
She is actually being induced today. 
So if you have time say a little prayer for her and sweet baby Rachel Rose!

All 4 of us went to the same high school and basically grew up together.
It was SO much fun catching up and just talking about how life is now.
We are all SO excited to meed her sweet little girl.

On another note...how cute is my sweater?!
It's the PERFECT sweater for a casual/comfy day.
It's loose fitting and you can basically wear it as a dress with tights (like I did)
If you aren't too tall!

So head on over to my boutique and grab one for yourself!
We have 2 colors available, 
and we also have the SAME top in other colors but it doesn't fit quite as big.
So go now! >>>>  <3

xoxo, Monica
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Friday, November 21, 2014

Fur + Plaid and A Little Help From My Friends.






Plaid Top: LuLus.com (this is an XS, and it's HUGE)
Tights: forever 21
Boots: LuLus.com

 Fur & Plaid are one of my favorite combos,
and this vest from my boutique was TOO cute to not keep one for myself.
It has 3 clasp closures and it is SO soft, I honestly can't believe it is faux fur.

So I know I've been having all kinds of blog problems lately,
and I need some hellllpppppp from y'all.
I just realized that my "followers" section isn't working.
Any ideas on how to fix this?! 
Is there some kind of blogger help center I can contact?

I'm going to start getting MORE serious in this little blog land of mine,
and start posting more regularly AND catch up on all of you lovely ladies blogs...
BUT I need to fix this problem first.
So I'm begging you, please, for the love of God...
Help a girl out.

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