About Monica


I’m Monica, a fashion, wellness and lifestyle blogger and influencer who is passionate about sharing style tips on a budget, DIY projects, home decor and wellness information.

I have a B.S. in Biology, a MBA and a PhD in Biological Science. During the day, I am a science teacher and biology professor. Despite my career in science, I have always loved fashion, DIYs, traveling and home décor. 

I began The YvetteMichelle blog as an outlet to share my passions and discoveries with others. I hope to show through my blog and social media content that women are multi-dimensional and can achieve in various aspects of their lives.


I started my first blog – PrettyPolkadots in 2006 while in graduate school pursuing my PhD. A major part of obtaining a PhD in Biological Sciences is laboratory research. This meant, closed-toe shoes, hair pulled back into a ponytail, long pants, no jewelry and pretty much just looking frumpy. I constantly stayed in trouble with our lab manager because I would show up in heels, shorts, open-toed shoes, statement jewelry– just pretty much the opposite of a scientist.

I realized that I was completely unhappy with the career choice I made. My biggest, and only, regret in life is choosing a major based on the ability to land a job as opposed to something I’m passionate about. I knew quickly that I did not want to pursue a career related to my degree so I simultaneously got my MBA so that I wouldn’t be pigeon holed into a career as a scientist. The people I met while moonlighting as a MBA student changed my life! I met someone who introduced me to the creator and director of the fashion week in the city I lived in. The director was starting the inaguaral fashion week. Needing to balance my unhappiness in school with something I truly enjoyed, I joined the crew as an intern and was introduced to the behind-the-scenes and business operations of fashion. I felt that I had found my “people”. I’ve always loved fashion but this brief internship allowed me to recognize that fashion is not just a love, it is how I express myself.

Realizing a creative outlet was what I needed, I started blogging. I created my first blog – PrettyPolkadots which was initially dedicated solely to my love of fashion. However, the workload of pursuing two graduate degrees coupled with the death of my father resulted in my blog taking second place to other commitments. After a while I became discouraged and stopped blogging.

A few years ago, my passion for fashion became reignited as when I became a sales representative at Ann Taylor. It was as a sales rep that I learned an eye for detail. I currently contribute to the fashion world as owner of MonicaMichelle Boutique.


Fourteen years and two kids later, I’m here – still loving fashion but with more life experience to share. I don’t believe in mistakes. I believe now is the time that I was appointed to share not only my fashion journey but my life experience with you! It is my hope that you get a glimpse into my real life.

My ultimate goal is to inspire and encourage women to pursue their passions, love themselves, look great and save money doing it! Every now and then, you may get a glimpse into my coffee, tea and cute socks obsessions 🙂

I hope you enjoy my thoughts and learn a little along the way.