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Travel Tips for the Going Places in Style

Traveling somewhere this season? Sometimes being on the go can seem quite daunting, so we have compiled some of our favorite tips for traveling in preppy style.

Carry a Large Tote Bag

So we all know the rule about one carry on a tote bag and one personal item, which for the preppy girl usually is a monogrammed purse or handbag. If you choose a large enough tote, it will allow you to carry all your onboard essentials for making the trip from one city to the next while looking your best. Make sure to include a hairbrush, sunglasses, mirror and your makeup bag or toiletry case. It is always a good idea to keep these items with you on the plane in the event that your luggage doesn't make to the airport with you.

Luggage For The Preppy Girl

Now that you have your carry on bag took care of, the next important step to cover is the luggage you will use to sport your clothing from one airport to the other. A duffle bag is always a light way to go, or a weekender canvas bag can come in handy for those shorter visits. For longer vacations that will last more than just a few days, a full-on suitcase is the best option. Rolling bags are all the rage for air travel these days and we tend to agree that this was an excellent invention. When traveling with lots of clothes that will need to be washed, make sure to include a lightweight personalized laundry bag to keep all your soiled linen altogether. Another great piece to include in your luggage ensemble is a monogrammed garment bag. Make sure that yours is personalized so that you will have no trouble locating your bag as opposed to ending up with someone else's.

Tag Your Bag

Make sure your bag stands out in the crowd by tying a brightly colored ribbon or scarf to your suitcase. A custom monogrammed luggage tag is a great way to quickly identify your bag as it comes off the baggage claim turnstile. Made of hard melamine plastic that is both durable and cute at the same time. These tags can be custom designed in any two colors that can match décor, luggage colors or simply show off your school spirit with team colors. Whatever your choice, these luggage tags are a great gift for any new graduate or even for someone who recently moved to a new home because you don't think about needing a new luggage tag after a move until likely the night before you leave.

Bring a Jacket

It is commonly known that airplanes tend to be 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the outside temps so make sure to bring along a jacket to keep you warm. A light raincoat can do double duty with warmth as well as rain gear during your trip. Wearing a jacket or puffy vest will make more room in your suitcase as well for another cute outfit.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

 You never know when you are going to have to hoof it to get to a connecting gate in time for takeoff, so it is best to leave the spiked heels at home (or at least in the suitcase). A ballet flat or loafer is a much better option for getting around on travel days. If your travels take place in the winter our monogrammed clogs or loafers are some of the most comfortable shoes you will put on your feet. They are perfectly stylish in any color scheme you choose but are simply fabulous for keeping your feet in check when you are on the go.

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Ideas and Uses for a Monogrammed Tote Bag

The Monogrammed Tote Bag in History 

The word tote in the dictionary means ‘to carry’ and a tote bag refers to a large carrying bag with handles. Tote bags have simply hundreds of uses and are available in various shapes, sizes, materials, and construction. They have long since evolved from the basic canvas bag to elegant and sophisticated high-end handbags. The timeless monogrammed boat tote with canvas handles is always sure to be a welcome gift. With dynamic classic design long associated with the preppy lifestyle, it has never gone out of style

Uses for a Great Handbag

Depending on the shape and size, a tote bag can have an abundance of functions while simultaneously acting as a fashion accessory. A great example is a pool or beach bag large enough to carry all the essentials for a day in the sun, yet cute and stylish enough to compliment that fun personalized swim cover-up and sun hat. Add a cooler bag in a fun and colorful print to keep your drinks cold for days in the sand or at that tailgate event. Convenient and affordable duffle bags with spacious pockets and compartments are one of the top selling gifts for high school and college graduates today.

Diaper Bags for New Moms

If there is a baby in your near future or if you are attending a baby shower sometime soon, a monogrammed diaper bag is always a welcome baby gift. Choose from tote style or a messenger bag as both are equipped with compartments for baby bottles, diapers, wipes burp cloths, baby blankets, and toys for days on the go with a newborn.

Personalized Equestrian Barn Bags

One of our very favorites is from our personalized equestrian gift line featuring rich brown canvas, round handles and an embroidered snaffle bit and name. Perfect for gift giving to your horse lover friends with the name of a beloved horse, family name or farm name. The possibilities are endless. Toss in your ball cap, barn towels and riding boots for a chic way to sport your classic equestrian style.

The Style of a Monogrammed Purse

Women love to sport their personality and a handbag is an ultimate way to accent her outfit and show a little flair. When personalized with her initials, it becomes a much more elegant purse and is easily identified as to whom the bag belongs. The best selling option for the modern chic and sophisticated fashion lover is a monogrammed envelope clutch purse. Adorned with a gold chain strap and a simply gorgeous gold clasp closure and available in an array of colors, these fabulous handbags are a great option for bridesmaids, friends or simply for yourself. The ability to embroider them with any font and thread color to create a color scheme to match school colors of a great outfit, coupled with an amazingly affordable price make them a perfect choice for a fashion accessory or gift.

Another great option is a wristlet wallet for your smartphone. Available with slots for credit cards, money and most importantly a phone (don't forget a fabulous monogrammed phone case to match) as well as a wrist strap. The best feature of these wristlets is that it comes with an opening on the side for the charger to fit right through the wallet, you don't even have to remove your phone to charge it. How is that for innovative? Available in navy blue, mint green, yellow, orange, Kelly green, turquoise, hot pink, light pink and caramel. Pair any of those colors with a great thread choice and you have the perfect personalized wallet for all those days on the go.

The hobo bag is an excellent choice for today's chic and bohemian style. Embellished with letters or initials makes for the ultimate in grand style. A throwback style that has re-entered our culture today is the wooden handled Bermuda bag. Available with a large selection of button on covers in colorful fabrics, these classic purses make for a wonderful nostalgia to a time gone by. Woven basket bags are a truly wonderful preppy option. Adorned with grosgrain ribbon and a monogram for that classic Palm Beach style.

The Pink Giraffe is proud to offer a large selection of practical yet stylish tote bags in numerous designs and colors. Each bag is as unique as the person carrying it around. Constructed of high-quality fabric, canvas or duck embroidered with a name or initials for that perfectly preppy gift.
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Monogram Fashion Tips for Preppy Girls

The Ultimate Preppy Girl

Want to present a classic, polished and preppy look for your style? All you have to do is pull together a simple look with just a few personalized accessories to bring your perfect wardrobe together. However there is more to being preppy than just wearing a pastel polo and loafers.  It is more about showing off the demeanor of the privileged lifestyle that created the look to begin with. Presenting yourself in the right way is the trick to appearing as preppy as you choose.

Keep Your Look Simple.

Preppy style is the representation of luxurious textiles, fitted and modest cuts as well as color schemes that reflect nautical scenes and pleasing bright colors. If an article of clothing looks particularly flashy or revealing, it isn't preppy. Long associated with style and grace and adorned on the likes of Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly, it exudes a lifestyle of beauty and class. Tailored apparel such as fitted sweaters and gingham button downs are the basis of the preppy girl's closet.

Build a classic wardrobe.

When you're adding pieces to your closet, focus on choosing items that are well-made, will last for ages and are timeless pieces. A true preppy girl can keep pieces in her closet for 10 and 15 years because they don't go out of style. Figure out what colors look best on you. Every piece of clothing you own should compliment your skin tone. A deciding factor is to establish whether pure white or more ivory tones looks better against your skin. If pure white is clearly your best option, choose colors in "cool" shades.  If off-white is your look, go for "warm" shades. A true preppy girl will have a closet overflowing with navy and pinks but will likely include colors such as such as yellow, lime green and turquoise. Patterns such as plaid, nautical stripes, gingham, argyle, lively florals (such as Lily Pulitzer) and tartan are classic staples in any preppy wardrobe

Preppy Girls Wear Monogrammed Shoes

The most common way to spice up a preppy outfit is to make it personal. Add a pair of monogrammed shoes to any outfit and you have an instant classic. There are many options when selecting personalized footwear such as custom clogs which are so much fun to design in your own colors and font style. Monogrammed clogs are the ultimate choice for those cooler days of fall when sporting jeans and corduroys. Wear them everywhere from the ball field to the backyard, they are high in comfort and durability.

Needlepoint Shoes

Custom needlepoint shoes are another ultra preppy option. Design your pair of mules, loafers or even sandals in your choice of leather color and yarn color and accent with your monogram for a fabulous personal touch. Nothing says classic preppy quite as much as needlepoint.

Embroidered Driving Moccasins

Leather moccasins with monogrammed ribbons are great for finishing any fun outfit. Initials are embroidered onto grosgrain ribbons that adorn the front of the shoe. Available in pink, black, navy or brown and ribbon colors that represent every color of the rainbow, any modern preppy girl is sure to find a welcome home in her closet for these great personalized shoes.

Custom Leather Flip Flops

Custom leather sandals with a whipstitch edge and monogrammed leather center are simply yummy. Fully customizable in any two colors which makes them the perfect option for those outfits that can't seem to find a footwear match. Look no further! Available in flat and high heels and are the personalized flip flop choice of preppy girls everywhere. The best part is that these great shoes are shipped for free to your door and in just 2 weeks for plenty of summer wear.

Monogrammed Rain Boots

Rainy days will have preppy girls jumping for joy when you get to sport these incredible personalized rain boots. If you're heading out to the grocery store, the barn or a play date you can walk in style with our classic boots for women. Custom monogrammed rain boots bring in an old school equestrian style. In addition to keeping your feet warm and dry and of course keeping you looking stylish so that you can design a look that's uniquely yours. Classic boots were designed just for preppy girls and children with a modern twist.

Don't Forget the Jewelry

A quick and fun way to add a personal touch and to truly show your preppy side is to add some fun monogrammed jewelry to your outfit.  Choose from numerous materials such as acrylic, gold, sterling silver, pewter, wood, nickel and more. The great part about sporting personalized jewelry is that it can be done on a budget with affordable options which also makes for great gifting. Choose a pair of cut out filigree initial earrings in gold or silver for a great accent with denim or chambray. An engraved silver necklace is always in style. Pair your bangle bracelets with a floating monogram in acrylic or beautifully crafted out of sterling silver for a wonderful keepsake that is sure to be a conversation piece. A monogrammed silver ring can be the perfect compliment to any getup.

A new trend and quickly becoming an instant classic are monogrammed watches in gold, stainless silver, and plastic. Sporting initials on a timepiece is the ultimate preppy display! Pair our chunky gold watch with a charm bracelet and epoxy enamel bangles for a fun an chic look all your own.

Whatever your version of prep, always remember to make it your own so that your look is as unique as you are!



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The History of Monogrammed Silver Gifts

The Beauty of Sterling Silver

Monogrammed sterling silver jewelry and gifts are some of the most desirable and unique gifts available on the market. Engraved with initials onto a necklace, bracelet or ring has been a tradition for centuries. The lightest color of all of the precious metals, sterling silver has been known for centuries for its gorgeous appearance and functional use.

 Even thought it is harder than gold, sterling silver is still considered one of the softer metals. The versatility of sterling makes silver easy to hammer and shape into various forms and molds. Silver melts at a slightly lower temperature than gold with makes it delicate nature even more pristine. Dating back to the time of earliest man, silver has been known as a great and precious metal. The name "sterling" came into existence in the 12th-century. As payment for English cattle, an association of Germans compensated the British with silver coins called "Easterlings." It quickly came into being that Easterling was widely accepted as a standard of currency. The name was ultimately abbreviated to "Sterling," which is in modern day used to refer to the highest grade of silver metal. The official hallmark of sterling to a piece of plated silver indicates that it contains at least 92.5% of pure silver. The remaining 7.5% can be made up of any other metal alloy, most commonly copper.

It is common belief that a 100% silver content would be preferable, however that is not the case. Metal alloys with a silver content of more than 92.5% are too soft to be used without becoming severely. The secondary alloy is needed to make sure that the metal's stability is in place.

Silver in Other Forms

In addition to sterling silver there are many other affordable varieties and grades of silver available for more widespread use:

Fine Silver

Fine silver has a silver content of 99.9% or higher. Fine silver is much too soft to be used for everyday gifts such as jewelry and picture frames, jewelry boxes or tableware. This highest form of silver is used to make bullion bars for worldwide currency.

German Silver

German silver is basically consists of 80% silver and is commonly used for silverware, silver gifts and jewelry, and engraved jewelry boxes and trays. There is also a higher silver content that is 900 standard and is another high grade version of German silver, and has a 90% silver content. The best thing about German silver is that it is very affordable and can be used in various forms for inexpensive silver jewelry that will not tarnish or turn. When engraved with a monogram or name it is perfect for gift giving even to a collector of silver.

Silver Plate

Silver plate is the process of bonding a thin layer of silver to a base metal that is most commonly copper, brass, or nickel. Silverplate is much more affordable than sterling for this reason making it a great option for engraved silver picture frames and inexpensive silver gifts. Silverplated mint julep cups and jewelry boxes are both very common and affordable.

History of Sterling Silver as Tableware

Hosting a dinner party is just not quite the same without the appointments of sterling at the table. With its polished patina luster and timeless elegance the addition of silver has the power to turn any ordinary meal into an elaborate event. Although, due to the rise in cost of sterling it is not as commonplace as it once was a key accessory in setting a proper table. The use of sterling silver in fine dining was most common between 1840 the mid 1900's. Between 1870 and 1920 the production and sales of silver ramped up quite a bit to accommodate the growing demand.

At some point during the Victorian period in history it was considered vulgar to handle food without the use of a utensil. The status symbol for the elite when dining was sterling silver flatware. Silver flatware patterns were vast and often included upwards of 100 pieces. Formal dinners in the late 1800s and early 1900s were extravagant events often consisting of up to 10 courses. For each course a different set of silver utensils was necessary.

The obsession with silver did not stop in centuries past. The love of sterling silver is every bit as alive today in our culture among finer homes. Monogrammed silver gifts and decorative silver accents include sterling silver baby pacifier clips, and engraved silver picture frames. Monogrammed silver mint julep cups are a classic favorite for groomsmen gifts and make a great keepsake for years to come. For bridesmaids, the gift of monogrammed silver jewelry is a must have. Engraved with a woman's initials makes for a wonderfully thoughtful and unique present. Luxuriously personalized wedding gifts in silver or for a special housewarming gift is a classic that will never go out of style.

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Etiquette for Hosting a Wedding Shower

Planning a wedding shower for a special bride this year? Want to be the hostess with the most fabulous turnout? Looking for the best in bridal shower gift ideas? Then look no further than these guidelines for turning your event into a great success:

Thank Your Hostess

It is a long standing tradition for the maid of honor or the bridesmaids to host the wedding shower, but in modern times showers can be hosted by co-workers or friends of the bride's mother. Make sure to thank the hostess in style with a gesture of thanks and nothing says thank you quite like a monogrammed hostess gift. An old school option and easy go-to gift are linen hand towels or a serving tray featuring the family name or initials.

Multiple Showers

It is often common for a bride to have more than one shower.  If this is the case, the two shower hosts should consult one another about whom to invite to each to avoid anyone receiving a duplicate invitation and feeling obligated to purchase more than one shower gift. Bridal showers are generally held from a couple of months to a couple of weeks before the wedding. Regardless of who hosts the shower, the hostess should be on hand along with the bride , to meet guests as they enter the party.


Size of the Gathering

Whether your get together is  small gathering or a large party for upwards of 50 guests, the invitations should be mailed four to six weeks in advance. As for who to include, since showers are intended for the bride's nearest and dearest friends and relatives, it is imperative that every shower guest must already be on the wedding guest list.

Shower Invitations

Wedding shower invitations and stationery trends run the gamut from sweet and simple to super sophisticated. The options are truly limitless from chic and simple to extravagant and high end.  Whatever your style, there is a choice to suit all budgets. While there are no necessary confines when it comes to selecting the stationery, a preppy bride will most often opt for a monogram. The mailing part is imperative - snail mail only.  In this digital age it can be tempting to select an electronic invitation method for events, but this should be strictly avoided when planning an elegant wedding shower.

Wedding Shower Traditions

A new tradition has become very popular for the groom to show up with flowers just before his fiancee opens the gifts. Guests who haven't met the groom before often look forward to this part of the shower so they feel nicely included in the couples union on the big wedding day. Rituals that have been passed down from older generations are quite popular including making a bouquet out of the shower gifts' ribbons and using it as a bouquet for the wedding rehearsal. Other fashioned traditions, such as having something old, something new,  something borrowed, and definitely something blue, are still popular with brides today. Creating new wedding shower traditions can add a bit of beauty and sentiment. Sharing photos from the shower of the mother-of-the bride, or taking a picture of the new and old female members of the bride's family is a classic tradition that can be shared for years to come.


Unique Bridal Shower Gifts


Because it is tradition that guests should bring a present to a shower, it is not appropriate to invite people who will not be included in the wedding guest list. One exception to this rule is an office shower so that co-workers can celebrate the bride. While it is not usually possible to invite all fellow office friends to the wedding,  they may want to help you celebrate the bride regardless. By the time the shower invitations are mailed out,  the bride should have already registered for gifts. It is perfectly acceptable for hosts to include registry information in with the shower invites.


The Pink Giraffe offers an excellent selection of monogrammed bridal shower gifts and registry. Brides can register with us and let their guests know they can buy with confidence for a fantastic personalized wedding gift that is sure to be a hit.

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Personalized Decor for the Upscale Home

THE PERSONALIZED HOME 

 Looking for a truly fabulous way to take your home decor over the top? All well appointed homes sport some type of initial accessories around the custom designed rooms. Our luxurious line of monogrammed gifts and accessories for the home are a great way to add that special touch that brings added charisma to a space. Accent a couch with a set of monogrammed pillows for a truly unique look. Embroidered linens in the living room are an old school custom that can be found in most all well appointed Southern homes. The ability to choose your thread color to match the paint or wallpaper color of the room is key. Royalty in ages past have decorated with the likes of family initials. It is an age old tradition that has become quite popular in finer houses. 

 THE MONOGRAMMED BEDROOM 

 Personalizing the bedroom is the ultimate in luxury. Matouk is a company that is well known for classic, high quality sheets, duvet covers, bedspreads, pillow shams and coverlets. The ability to add embroidered initials in unique and wonderful fonts offer limitless elegance and a truly personal touch to your bedroom. Wrap yourself in high thread counts and Egyptian cotton and sateens in opulent colors with unrivaled old world charm. The Nocturne collection sheets and duvet collection are unparalleled quality.

Beautifully elegant diamond patterned pique made from easy to care for fabric comes in an array of beautiful colors and finished with a delicately embroidered white scalloped trim. Made to last and to launder well, these wonderful coverlets can be added to the washing machine over and over and will not shrink or pucker. Diamond Pique is an excellent choice for children's rooms or makes for a gorgeous twin bed guestroom with traditionally embroidered or appliqued monograms. 

Lanai is a traditional option in bird's eye pique finished with custom tape colors with a feminine scalloped edge.  Thus, making Lanai an excellent choice for applique taped monogram coverlets and duvets. With such a vast selection of tape colors, virtually any decor can be matched in luxurious style. Add a matching bedskirt and sheet set for a finished look that will welcome your guests and make them feel at home.
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How to Host a great Baby Shower

Hosting a baby shower can be such a fun way to participate in the upcoming arrival of a new bundle of joy. New moms love to be pampered and showered with gifts for their new baby. To make sure that a great time is had by all in attendance we have put together some guidelines to follow for a fabulous party.

Baby Showers

The modern day baby shower began in the 1940's and 50's during the baby boom era. So many new babies were being welcomed into the world after the war that it became customary to "shower" the new mom with gifts and goodies to make sure she had all she needed to take care of her new child. Since then, they have evolved to become quite a special occasion. 

The Hostess

Tradition dictates that a close friend, or group of friends should be host the gathering. It is not appropriate for a mother or sister to throw a shower for the mom -to-be. A distant relative is acceptable to host, such as an aunt or a cousin. This rule came into play to keep it from appearing that the shower for the new mother was simply a way to collect baby gifts. 
It is important to remember the hostess or hostesses and thank them appropriately with a token of gratitude. A personalized hostess gift is a a thoughtful way to say thank you. A monogrammed necklace, earrings or bracelet is a classic personalized option that will be cherished for years to come.

The Guest List

Close friends and family are generally the majority of the guest list. Sometimes co-workers will be included as well. It is important to consult the guest of honor to ensure that all invitees are included appropriately. It should be taken into consideration as to whether or not it would be appropriate to ask that person to purchase a shower gift since this is the expectation at a baby shower. 

It has become more and more popular to include men on the guest list, however this does change the dynamic of the party. It needs to be decided whether you want the traditional all woman party with talk of classic baby clothing and talk of newborn tales, or whether a couples party experience is more to the vibe of the group. Also, consider the personality of the dad-to-be, some may love sharing in every aspect of spotlight, while others may be uncomfortable with the idea of being a guest of honor at a baby shower. The mom-to-be should be the one to make this call. 

Unique Baby Shower Gift Ideas

It is expected that gifts will be opened at the shower and guests like to see the mom-to-be open their special gift with others present. Some great shower gift ideas range from burp cloths, layette sets, newborn gowns and caps, custom baby blankets, crib bedding and baby clothing. Add a monogram or embroidered name if the baby's gender is known and your gift is sure to be a big hit. Every new mom loves something personalized for her new little one. Engraved silver gifts and monogrammed baby books are a classic favorite for any shower gift. Both are a long standing tradition and will become keepsakes for years to come. 
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