A Very Merry Monogrammed Christmas

Santa sure knows the way to my heart…through those three little letters that I call my own! From necklaces and earrings to sweatshirts, I found several monogrammed items under the tree. More importantly, I found a monogramming machine! Words cannot begin to describe how surprised I was to find such a fabulous gift.

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

I first learned to sew from my mother, and I’ve loved it ever since. For as long as I can remember all my Halloween costumes and sisters’ matching Easter dresses have been handmaid by my mother on our 30 year old sewing machine. Therefore, she decided it was time to upgrade our machine…and why not chose one with a monogramming capability?!

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

The Brother SE400 is the perfect fit for those who want a great bang for their buck. This budget-friendly sewing and embroidery machine cannot do everything, but that’s totally fine with my mother and I. Whether it’s hemming a pair of my father’s pants or adding a simple monogram to a handtowel, the Brother SE400 is perfect for us!

©  Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

© Mary Kate Donahue, 2014

As the fashionista and monogram-queen of my household, I have already taken over the machine and used to to personalize anything and everything in sight. Unfortunately, the Brother SE400 did not come with any monogram fonts included, so I decided to purchase my favorites online (http://www.8clawsandapaw.com). Since then, I’ve spent all waking hours in the basement spicing up headbands, pillowcases, undies, and beyond! Keep your eye our for some DIY projects from the fashionista and may your 2015 be filled with happiness, peace, and monograms!

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Monogram Alert: My Bedding

For my 15th birthday, my mother and I decided that it was time for me to ditch my Lilly Pulitzer bedding, bunk beds and lime green walls. In order to make my room more sophisticated, it entailed a complete re-do! After much consideration and decision-making, we settled on the ever-so refined combination of black and white. Because I’m still adore color, I knew that a simply black and white design would not cut it!

Being the prep that I naturally am, the only solution to adding color into my lifeless room was through monograms and a lot of pink! It’s simply amazing what an accent color can do to a room.

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© Mary Kate Donahue, 2012

As you can see, I have added several splashes of pink and a monogram on my bedding as well as my pillows!

Monograms on Monograms!

If you knew me in person, one thing that would always signify “Mary Kate” is her monogram. I have my monogram everywhere- from my bedding to my bathing suits and beyond!

The beautiful and poised Reese Witherspoon once said, “My rule is, if it’s not moving- monogram it!” These words are my absolute favorite and I live by them each and every day. It’s a rarity for me to leave the house wearing or carrying an item without a monogram.

Some ask me why I love monograms so much. They say, “Why are you so obsessed with your initials?” or “Do you forget your name or something?” To answer their questions is hard. I don’t quite have a concrete answer to why I adore monograms other than the fact that I think they are adorable. Monograms add flare to a dull baseball hat or backpack.

From script to block and the wide assortment of thread choices, monograms can make decision making seem like an impossible feat. I, myself, am a TERRIBLE decision maker (I can barely decide on what I want to eat for breakfast most mornings). Choosing “the perfect monogram” for any given items is sometimes the hardest decision of my day.

As you can see from my rambling about a mere three letter insignia, I find joy in something as small as seeing MY initials on my iPhone case. Those three letters are MINE. And I love that!! Monograms are so unique and personal (which also means your sister can’t steal all your clothing)!

From now on, don’t be surprised if you see a ridiculous amount of posts dedicated to monograms! Trust me, I will NEVER run out of monogram items to feature on Confessions of a Preppy Fashionista. So get ready, because you’ll be seeing a lot of this…

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