Y'all, in the south, monograms are everything. It was a consideration (a minor one, but still) when choosing a husband - his last name must be compatible with my monogram. I am a master circle monogram gal (just Google Image it), and my mother did a hell of a job naming me, at least from a monogramming standpoint. I couldn't ruin her good work by adding a ridiculous last name.
Being a Stevenson? Why, it works very, very nicely with an E on the left and a P on the right. So now that I have this beyond-perfect monogram, I want it on everything. My cousin-in-law knows this. And she somehow found out about this monogram box subscription from I Love Jewelry.
It's the timing that got me. She happened to text this to me while B and I were in Sonoma Valley at the Russian River Brewing Company splitting a 20-beer sampler (seriously). Of course I subscribed. It was the only logical thing to do under the circumstances.
How it works is this: you sign up. You'll be charged for your first box immediately, but you won't receive it until the first of the following month. I signed up mid-April and was charged then, but my first box wasn't delivered until early May. I wasn't charged anything in May. In June, if I decide to continue it, I will both be charged and receive my box around the first of the month. It's $21 plus $4 shipping, for a total of $25.
It was packed in a small box that fits easily into a mailbox, which is nice since USPS delivers it.
When you sign up you'll provide your monogram and your clothing size, and each month you'll receive three items, at least one of which is monogrammed. It can be clothing, jewelry, accessories, household stuff, etc.
In my first box, I was pleasantly surprised. I got a gorgeous lightweight monogrammed summer scarf, a cute tumbler, and a silver necklace with an "E" engraved on it.
The scarf appears to be of a great quality - it's remarkably similar to a couple I already own. It's an adorable coral-red and and white starfish print, which is excellent for summer and goes well with my multitude of navy clothing.
I also like the cup. This is my favorite kind of cup, with the lid that screws on. I have a similar (monogrammed) one at my office, so this one will be great to keep at home.
The silver necklace is simple and elegant, which is a fairly accurate summation of my style. It's great on its own, or for layering with other, longer necklaces.
I was pleasantly surprised with what I received - everything is cute, useful, and dead-on my style. Everything also seems to be of a very high quality, which is sometimes questionable when you order this kind of stuff. If you like subscription boxes and/or monogrammed things, this is a definite must-try. You just have to be at least a little comfortable with not knowing what you're getting (which, let's admit it, is half the fun here).
The verdict: I was planning to cancel after one month, but...I, ahem, might let my subscription run into June. Then I'll stop. Really, I will. I can quit anytime. I can quit you, monograms. I can. Thanks, Taylor! :)
Disclaimer: I am not receiving any compensation or free products to blog about this. I'm just letting you know so all my fellow monogram-fanatics can jump on board. :)