Category Archives: Monograms

Stationery, With An “E”


Paper refuses to surrender. Sure, we can text, tweet, post, email, and distribute words in all sorts of esoteric ways. But it seems we still like paper. And we like it to be pretty, and to say something about us to boot. A reader asked, for your first monogrammed stationery, should you choose a fold-over [...]

The Best House Guest Present Ever


Hand towels. Is there anything more perfect than an embellished hand towel? That’s a rhetorical question, hyberbolic, even. And yet. The season for house guest presents, often called “hostess gifts,” is upon us. A house guest present means you are spending the night at someone’s house. A house guest present calls for something that will [...]

Monograms, Even When You’re Not Sure What They Mean. And Unexpected Presents.


My mother gave my daughter the necklace above. Not for Christmas, mind you. Here’s Christmas. Theory “Sasha” Cupid Tribal Black Dress. Who thinks up these names? (I’m telling you. Wear this stuff when you are young and pay no mind to any flaws you think you’ve got. They are defeated by your sheer youth and, [...]

An Actual Answer To The Julia Child’s Monogrammed Pin Question


It’s my birthday today. (I know, that’s not the answer to the question about Julia Child’s pin, but I’m getting there.) Kindnesses are happening today, phone calls from friends and family, none the less appreciated for their familiarity. It is clear to me that 53 is a most uneventful of birthdays. The real significance is [...]

Madeleine Albright Says, "Read My Pins".


We are not alone, pin-wearers. Jill, at Stella’s Roar, brought this to my attention. Ms. Albright, our former Secretary of State (and a Wellesley graduate), takes the identity-though-lapel-jewelry process one step further. In 1997, Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history [...]

Monograms and Doc Martens


Writing about monograms (and continuing to find beautiful pictures) I have found myself thinking about identity. One might with good reason tell me I have too much time on my hands. That I need to get a job. Yes. I know. However. Monograms have an immediate implication for identity. Monograms mean something before you even [...]

Julia Child’s Monogram Pin And Other Works Of Artists


The little journey down the monogrammed path has left some pretty pictures in my files. Why keep them to myself? PrincessFreckles and Plus Size Bride commented on the pin Meryl Streep wears in Julie and Julia. Apparently the production company did not understand that this item would create a groundswell of trend-setters lusting and searching [...]

Bags Without Logos, The Budget Version


So let’s say you want a bag without a manufacturer’s monogram. Otherwise known as a logo. Logos and other branding tchotchkes (Yiddish word of the day) are ubiquitous these days. Hard to avoid. When I bought my new purse, it was displayed with charms attached to the handles. I refrained.But I digress. Let’s assume you [...]

Monograms In The Year 2009


I’m game for a little good-natured deconstruction of monograms in this day and age if you are. Symbols are symbols, after all, and I am particularly fond of the cultural sort. Let’s guess that monograms are a way to say who we are. We might think that the wearing of any monogram at all indicates [...]

The History And Meaning Of Monograms


TP asked me last week what my thinking was on monograms and where one ought to find them. In truth, my thinking on monograms has been pretty much limited to my family experience. In which, as TP said, towels yes, sheets yes, jewelry yes, personal items like mirrors and brushes, yes, silver yes, needlepoint yes, [...]