Monogram 101: Etiquette Breakdown

Monograms are one of the preppy staples of a prepster’s being. You can monogram anything and everything, and why wouldn’t you? In keeping with Wednesday’s theme, I am going to give you the lowdown on etiquette of monogramming. Wait, what? What etiquette? The initial/monogram etiquette. There is a certain ordering of initials that one should follow when monogramming anything. Traditionally, the initials should be placed in this order: first initial, last initial, middle initial. So, Anna Beth Collins would be monogrammed as: monogram_example

This is the most common form of monogramming, but what about those who have four initials? Well, there aren’t any rules for four initial monograms (at least, none that I have heard of). The way I like to do it is place my two initials in the center, making them bigger than the two initials on the end. So, in my case, it would be: first initial, middle initial, second middle initial, last initial. Therefore, it would look like this:

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I am on the hunt for monogram retailers who monogram clothing with four initials. Marley Lilly does offer this service, but shipping to Canada is significantly pricier than if you were to order within the U.S. What I have gotten into the habit of doing recently, is making monogram stickers with my own personal monogram. I haven’t tried making them yet, but I will certainly post a tutorial once I do (hopefully it works!!). I want to try and monogram as much as I can (just to show off this cute little accessory).

It’s a trend that I have definitely started to follow and I am all in! Let me know in the comments below if and what you have monogrammed so far! Happy Friday!

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#WishlistWednesday: Monogram Everything!

Monograms are pretty much the key to all preppy looks. I love them because it is personal and a way to express your personality. My monogram wishlist is so long, but I am going to choose my top three monogram wishlist items to profile this week. At this point, I really should have a closet full of monogrammed items…but unfortunately, it is pretty hard to get things monogrammed with my correct initials! I have four initials due to the fact that I have two middle names. Now, most people would just use the first middle initial and let the other one fall by the wayside…but I don’t think that’s right. Especially in my case because each middle name is representative of one side of my family (my Mom’s and my Dad’s).

The first monogram item that I got was my monogram necklace. I found an Esty provider that made a sterling silver necklace with four initials! After trying three different Etsy providers, fourth time was a charm and I was wearing the pretty little thing on my neck in no time!!

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Monogrammed Crew Neck Sweatshirt {Various retailers}

There are many retailers and Etsy providers that sell monogrammed items, but Marley Lilly is probably one of the most popular online retailers that I have heard about. Their stuff is pretty great, but I don’t order too often, because their shipping isn’t too “Canada-friendly” (pretty pricey!!). What I love about this crew neck sweatshirt is how the monogram takes up the entire face of the sweatshirt! It is so big and “in your face”, and I can’t deny my love for this piece of clothing! (The colour is pretty uh-mazing too!)

Monogrammed Charm Watch {BeauTresors on Etsy}

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How adorable is this watch? How could I not own one of these? There would be nothing better than to see my initials on this piece of jewelry…every time I need to check the time! Another thing to note: four initials are possible with this provider on Etsy. If you haven’t explored the pages of Etsy, than you are missing out!! There are even more prints available as backgrounds, too – definitely on my wishlist!

Monogrammed Boat and Tote Bag {L.L. Bean

I found out about these bags on Pinterest. They are really simple, and very useful! They come in a variety of colours and don’t automatically come monogrammed. You can have them monogrammed, if you like (why wouldn’t you?). I love this monogrammed tote,  because it is the perfect preppy touch to a summer look. It is reasonably priced as well, which is not a bad thing! Whatever your preference – a single letter, three initials or your name spelled out – they do it all!!

What is the etiquette for monogramming? – check out Friday’s post to find out more about the rules of the monogram.

There are so many things you can monogram. Bags, coats, jackets, vests, rain boots – and I am onside with all of it!!

What is your favourite monogrammed item? Share yours with me in the comments below! (Notice the #WishlistWednesday graphics? They are pin-able, so if you like, pin the graphic!)

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Planning for a Nautical Summer

Get NauticalWho doesn’t love the ocean, the sea and a good anchor print? Well, if you identify with your preppy side, like I do, then you are going crazy over all the latest pieces being sold right now! I love prints – florals, stripes, gingham, etc. Nautical themed clothing is amazing, and I am falling deeper and deeper in love with it! You can’t always find these prints everywhere. Sure, lots of online shops sell them, but with something so specific, it doesn’t hurt to go in-store to check it out for yourself. I also like to use apps like Polyvore or Shopstyle because they will help you target exactly what you are looking for, and show you where it is selling! These apps not only keep you informed, but they allow you plan ahead! If you are looking for any nautical themed clothing, there are a few places that you need to check out:

Nautica – let’s start with this obviously nautical themed retailer. I was introduced to this store when I went to an outlet mall in Pennsylvania with my family once. We were staying at a hotel that had a pool…and silly me forgot a bathing suit. Being seventeen, not being able to fathom staying in a hotel and not swimming in the pool, I rushed around with my Dad trying to find something I could swim in. Enter Nautica, my life saver! If you like anchors, knots, buckles, stripes, etc. then this is your store!

Tommy Hilfiger – this is pretty much the preppiest clothing that you can find on the market (up there with J Crew). Pastels, sweater vests, khaki pants – the whole shebang. But also, nautical summer items. One of the worst cases of shopping regret I ever had was when I saw these cute navy blue shorts with white, knit anchors all over them. They were on sale, and I figured they would have them the next weekend I went shopping. Nope. I have never seen them since (even online!)…lesson learned.

J Crew – saving the best for last, this retailer isn’t just for nautical clothing. However, they do from time to time sell some great summer gear that happens to be very nautical! The stripes, the cute motifs, the prints – it is all so cute and chic for summer wear. I can just picture it being worn, walking on a beach or sailing on a boat (did that make sense?). Anyway, I don’t have any real examples, but I wanted to throw J Crew on here because I shamelessly adore the clothing line and basically want to own my own store just so I can turn it into my closet…

I can’t wait to dive into summer with nautical things from all of my favourite preppy retailers! I have to say, this summer is going to be good, and I cannot wait to show you what I have in store (so stay tuned!). I leave you with my favourite nautical (ish) looks I have worn so far:

05/03/15 | Shirt, Express | Pants, Dalia | Flats, mark. by Avon | Purse, Aldo | Necklace, Target | OutfitoftheDay_461/26/15 | Anchor shirt, Express | Sweater, JCrew | Necklace, Express | Bracelets, Icing | Watch, mark. by Avon | Jeans, Kenneth Cole Reaction | Shoes, Sperry's |

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My Coral Picks!

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Coral is one of my favourite colours. I love how it can be more orangey, but still have that pink undertone. This season, a lot more coral is popping up in people’s wardrobes. My favourite stores are producing great coral items that I truly love. Although it isn’t #WishlistWednesday, I am still rhyming off some of my favourite coral pieces that are being sold this season! From J Crew Factory to H&M … there are really some great pieces out there (that I want in my closet!)

What I love about what I’ve chosen for this post, is that most of it can work for dressy or casual occasions. For example, the romper shown on the very right looks very casual – and it is. However, if you wanted to dress this up with a blazer, a statement necklace (possibly the matching one shown in above) and some neutral heels, that would transform the look from casual to chic in seconds! I’ve shown what it might look like below:

Another obsession I have, is pairing coral with other colours – but not just any colours. Colours that you may not expect to be paired with the colour coral. It kind of goes with the same niche of pattern mixing. I love pairing wild and wacky colours together, because you never know what you’re going to get! Besides, if you love it, who cares about who doesn’t?? This is probably the look I am obsessed with right now. I want to replicate it (and will) and I love the two colours shown together: 

Another favourite item of mine on this list is the J Crew Factory coral jacket, shown on the very left. I actually just came across this piece this week. I can see myself wearing it, it is super casual and could be a very useful summer coat! I see this being paired with white converse, ripped jeans and a ribbed tank top. Of course, some jewelry could top it right off and make the look, but because of the statement colour of the jacket, you may not even need the bling!

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The last thing I want to highlight in this post, is this mark. by Avon clutch. It fades from white to coral, and really tops off any outfit. I have this on order, and can’t wait for it to arrive! This look really works with many different colours – blues, greens, black, etc. Additionally, because this clutch is not a solid colour, it isn’t so harsh and doesn’t take focus away from your overall ensemble! 

There are, in total, eight items in this collage I have put together tonight. I only showcased a few of them, but trust me when I say that all of the items I picked…are amazing!! The crop tops, the shorts, the statement necklace – all of it, I selected based on my taste (and I’m guessing if you made it this far in the post, you may have the same taste that I do!) So that’s that! Tell me what your favourite colour is and where you love to shop – I am always looking for new brands to try!

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Pinspiration: Stripes and Chambray

What comes with my love for fashion, is my obsession with fashion platforms. Instagram, fashion blogs, tumblr – they all are perfect outlets to find those fashion friendly looks. There is one platform, however, that I love beyond all of them, and that is Pinterest. If you are a social media lover, like me, you probably know about it, or have one yourself. The best part about Pinterest, is how many different categories are featured. I love to sift through fashion boards, clothing boards, accessory boards – you name it, I love it.

When I find a cute look on Pinterest, I try to replicate it as best as I can, by myself. I use my own clothing, or I go out and get something similar. What I have actually started to do, is if I am contemplating buying a new piece of clothing, I search it on Pinterest first, so I can see what I could wear it with. That way, I know if I will actually wear it…because I will have motivation to recreate an outfit. So that’s what I’m going to highlight today – one of the looks, that I have recreated (not exact) using an inspiration from Pinterest. A “Pinspiration”, you may say…

This is the first shot I saw of this look, and the photo that inspired the recreation. I love how simply put together it is. My favourite part is the pop of colour that the pink shoes give. They really tie the whole look together and keep it looking fresh!

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I put a little bit of a different spin on my recreation of this look. The skirt is the same, purchased from Modcloth. The chambray, I picked up from Target (always a great place for staple items). I think the stripes and chambray compliment each other overall, very well. I decided against pairing this look with a statement necklace. Instead, I chose a thick, gold costume chain from Icing. I think it’s subtle enough, but still gives the sparkle that the look needed. Although I loved the pop of colour in the heels, I thought that the look I put together worked better with neutral flats in black. These flats are from mark. by Avon and they are truly amazing – pretty much my go-to black flats. Great for work, social outings, or a casual day.

It’s always good to have inspiration when putting looks together. Sometimes, I get stumped on what I should wear (especially when you have so many options). When in doubt, go online – there is a never ending supply of looks to replicate and make your own! I will never get tired of the many fashion boards, blogs and website that are dedicated to style.

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As long as you look and feel good, why not shake things up and put things together as you please? Nothing wrong with experimenting!

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