Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Marley Lilly Must Haves!

1. Monogrammed Luxe Cross Body Clutch: This is my all time favorite, everyday, go to accessory! It's timelessly classy and goes with just about anything and everything! It's small enough to carry as a clutch, but roomy enough to carry my wallet, keys, and phone. You can mix and match as you choose from a variety of clutch and thread colors. I absolutely love this clutch, and that's why it's #1 on my Marley Lilly must have list! Be sure to take a look at the Monogrammed Scalloped Luxe Cross Body Clutch too! It's absolutely adorable!

Here I'm wearing my J.Crew bling sweatshirt and herringbone vest, a pair of wine colored
 skinny jeans from American Eagle, and my cowboy boots. This clutch adds a perfectly preppy touch!


2. The Monogrammed Fleece Jacket: Coming in at number two on my list is this cute and comfy monogrammed fleece jacket. This cozy jacket is sure to keep you warm on a chilly day! It makes the perfect Christmas gift for monogram lovers of all ages. Just like the clutch you'll have a blast mixing and matching as you choose from a variety of color combinations! I chose a classic combo of navy with white thread.

3. The Monogrammed Fleece Vest: Layering is one of my most favorite things about colder weather. I seriously have to stop myself from wearing a vest every single day. Vests are the best! And what better to layer with than an adorable monogrammed vest? This black fleece vest is one of my most versatile pieces of the season! I can wear it with just about anything and everything. I loved this vest so much that I just had to go back online and order two more. I am also the proud owner of this vest in pink with white thread and white with gold thread! Follow me on Instagram @qtpiekelso to see even more outfit ideas with these must have vests!

4. Monogrammed Jewelry: Monogrammed jewelry is a wardrobe essential for any season! My favorite Marley Lilly pieces are the Monogrammed Taylor Bracelet and Ring! These two are both practical and affordable for everyday wear! They're undeniably classy and preppy which makes them a definite must have jewelry piece. I'm also a fan of the new Monogrammed Teardrop Stone Bracelet. This bracelet looks adorable standing alone or as a fun addition to your arm party! I have the gold bracelet with a pink stone, and there are several other stone options to choose from. I'm currently wishing for a Monogrammed Leather Cuff Bracelet. Hopefully Santa sees my {Wish List} board on Pinterest, and I'll find one in my stocking Christmas morning!

5. Monogrammed Riding Boots: Coming in at number five on my list of must haves this season are these cute and comfy monogrammed boots! Yes, you read that correctly, monogrammed boots! It's a monogram lover's dream come true! Marley Lilly has a huge selection of monogrammed footwear. If you like this pair I snagged during a Flash Sale last year you'll absolutely love their irresistible selection this year! You'll find everything from flats to cowboy boots. And yes, the monogram is included in the price!


6. Monogrammed Scarves: Marley Lilly has an amazing selection of monogrammed scarves! They're all so adorable, you just can't go wrong! You can never have too many monograms, and you can never have too many scarves! It's truly a match made in Heaven! Whether you choose a neutral, a preppy print, or your team's game day colors you'll be sure to want another! The coolest thing about shopping with Marley Lilly is that you get your own personal preview of the item customized with your monogram and thread selection. You'll have a blast playing around with all of the color and font choices, and you'll be sure to find the perfect match for you!

7. The Full Monogrammed Crewneck Sweatshirt: This cozy, comfy crewneck comes in at number seven on my must haves list! It may be last but it is certainly not least! Out of all my monogrammed items this sweatshirt right here always gets me the most compliments. It makes the perfect Monogram Monday outfit! I layer mine with a gingham or plaid button down for a polished, preppy look! Be sure to play around with all of the different color choices to find the perfect color combo for you!

Happy Shopping,


Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Blanket Scarf

Images of this gorgeous, over sized tartan blanket scarf have flooded my Pinterest feed over the past couple of months. I pinned (and drooled) every single time it came across my screen! I checked both local and online boutiques in the hopes of getting my hands on one, but of course this ever so popular item was always sold out or out of stock! Thanks to Marley Lilly you can get yours for FREE! Starting Wednesday, November 26th, you'll get one of these gorgeous scarves with any $100 purchase! Monograms AND a FREE blanket scarf?! It doesn't get much better than this ladies!

Happy Shopping,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

DIY Monogrammed Wreath

Hey ya'll! You may remember this monogrammed grapevine wreath from my Instagram post last Spring. Since then I've been asked several times to do a tutorial on how it was made. Well, I just finished getting it ready for Fall, and I was able to snap a few pictures in the process so thought now would be the perfect time to explain how I made this timeless and personalized wreath!

I ordered the 10 inch Wooden Monogram from League of Letters on Etsy. It arrives as a plain, unfinished wood piece so you have the option to paint it or stain it any color you'd like. I chose white because I knew it would be versatile and stand out against our black front door. I chose to use both my initial and my husband's initial for the monogram. According to proper monogram etiquette- the wife's initial comes first in the monogram, followed by the couple's last initial, and then the husband's initial. The grapevine wreath can be found at just about any craft store. I know that Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores all carry them year round.


The time and money saving secret to using the same wreath for every season is... to use TWIST TIES! I used to go hot glue crazy on everything when I first started making wreaths, and I didn't like that fact that I couldn't change anything on it once it was made. So I got creative and realized that twist ties were the answer! Both the burlap bow and the monogram are twist tied to the wreath. The floral accents, which can also be found at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores year round, don't require twist ties to stay on the wreath. I just weave the floral pieces through the vines, and I haven't had a problem with them falling off so far. Of course the twist ties could be used to fasten these on as well if you'd like! I bought a roll of burlap and tied the bow myself, but most craft stores sell ready made burlap bows so that's always an option too!

Happy crafting,