Mongrams with Marleylilly

Thank you to Marelylilly for sponsoring this post.

When I was in middle school I identified that a monogrammed backpack was the epitome of a status symbol. I wanted one so badly, and when a new school year came around and I'd managed to wear down my mother enough to order one for me, I naturally made the most impractical color choice there was, purple tie dye. Nevertheless, I carried that bag with pride far longer than I should have, while my peers moved on to carrying their logo emblemized designer bags and carrying their books in their arms, I had my monogrammed backpack.

Even though the backpack has (thankfully) been retired for many years now, there is something about a monogrammed bag that still elicits those feelings of status and clout in me, so I was delighted when Marleylilly wanted to collaborate with me. The online store has a truly expansive product offering of pieces that can be monogrammed or personalized with a name. While I was drawn to this gorgeous leather bucket bag, options run the gamut from monogrammed dishtowels to duck boots.

As for the bag, I love that the leather is soft, but also structured, the drop handles are long enough to be worn over the shoulder, but also short enough that the bag wont touch the ground if I carry it in my hand - occasionally and issue when you are as short as I am! And of course, the gold foil monogram stands out beautifully. It's a classic piece I know I will carry for years.

I will always believe that a monogrammed item makes for an especially thoughtful gift, and even though we've but the holidays behind us, there is always a birthday, a baby, or a wedding around the corner - not to mention simply shopping for yourself!

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The Rundown
White Sweater Loft similar
Jeans Banana Republic
Grey Peacoat J.Crew Factory similar
Red Bow Shoes Ferragamo via eBay
Monogrammed Bucket Bag c/o Marleylilly
White Beret Amazon
Plaid Scarf c/o Front Row Shop similar
Pearl Anchor Bracelet Made by Me similar
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Ellyn Blue Jewelry

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  1. What a cute bag! It was fun to read how you felt about monograms in middle school. I am also loving your outfit. I was just shopping for a similar scarf last night - love those colors!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  2. I didn't come to my love of monogramming until long after my school days were over. My most treasured backpack was from Lisa Frank - I wore it to death, quite literally, in fourth grade. Since that time, however, I've acquired all kinds of monogrammed items - a tote bag, wallet, and two cosmetic cases among them. There is something so special about having a piece that is truly personalized. I am so much more hesitant to part with anything monogrammed because it really feels like it belongs to me, rather than being just another piece passing through my closet. I love this bag and I love how you styled it even more. Everything about this look is so perfectly classic. And while I never wear red myself, I always love when you bring out your perfect red Ferragamo flats. They couldn't be lovelier.

  3. Sooooo pretty! I do love a nice monogrammed piece! Haven't owned anything in years though

  4. Such a cute look! Love that bag and the beret!


  5. I LOVE your entire outfit here! So pretty and that monogram bag is the perfect accessory!

  6. What a beautiful bag! I love the monogram and pretty colors!


  7. That bag is so cute! I love how the monogram is gold - so beautiful.

  8. I love a good monogram! It fits perfectly with this chic look.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  9. That a stunning piece - I love the classic look of it. And I'm also a huge monogram fan (it's weird, considering that, how few monogrammed pieces I have...).

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  10. The bag is super cute! I'm dying over those bow shoes though! Such a great, classic outfit!

    Virginia | More to Mrs. E

  11. Omg I am OBSESSED with your monogrammed bucket bag! So cute!

  12. I love anything monogrammed! Your bag is gorgeous! You are so cute in your beret!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  13. That is such a lovely bucket bag and it's great that it's personalised and monogrammed! :) I like that little extra touch on pieces, makes them more special. Loving your layering here too with the beanie and scarf! :)

    Hope that you've had a wonderful start to 2019 so far! :) I've just started a new linkup on my blog for the new year, I'd love for you to check it out.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  14. I mean how gorgeous is that bag!! Love this whole look!

    xo, Hillary |

  15. Wow, I love this post and I really love your look! :))
    You look really beautiful!

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  16. That bag is so cute! Love it :)

    X Merel

  17. I always loved monogrammed everything. And I haven't thought about it for ages!! How fabulous to get into that again!!

  18. I love Marley Lilly! That bucket bag is so cute :)

    -xo, Azanique |

  19. That bag is so beautiful! It was a great choice and a classic piece that will never go out of style (unlike a purple tie dye backpack)!

  20. That bag is just stunning Lyddie! I love the monogram and your whole outfit!

  21. Fabulous look Lyddie, I especially love your scarf. Happy New Year lovely xx Maria

  22. Such a beautiful look! I love the rich colors of your scarf, and your monogrammed bag is gorgeous!!

    xx, Elise

  23. Wow, such a chic look!

  24. LOVE that bag so much! You look amazing!!

  25. Ooh what a gorgeous, classic bag. I love the addition of a monogram too. The bag I carry now is monogrammed, although I really need to replace it--I've about worn the thing out. I'll have to look into Marleylilly!

  26. Monogram bags were always my favorite in school too - even though I never actually had one! They are so chic, and especially this one. The color of the leather is so supple and rich. Perfect choice!


  27. I love monogrammed pieces. This bag is so stunning, I love the color!

  28. Loving your monogrammed bucket bag!! Such a beautiful piece.

    xo, Laura

  29. This is such a cute outfit!

  30. This is definitely one of the cutest layers I've seen today dear. Love the plaid over the grey coat. Also, that's a pretty pop of red from the shoes!

    Jessica |

  31. I am a fan of monogram so I absolutely love the bag !
    I have monogram necklaces but the monogram bag is quite a luxe treat.