I don't shop online very often. Firstly, I don't like to pay for shipping... ever. LOL Secondly, I just don't like the risk. What if the item isn't what I hope it to be? What if it doesn't fit? What if the color is different in person than what was on the website? What if the fabric isn't nice? What if, what if, what if.
Enter MARLEY LILLY. I first became aware of Marley Lilly when it appeared on Instagram feeds of friends of friends of friends, etc. I admit it, I could not resist the adorable pictures of pretty items in bright colors monogrammed in even brighter colors. So I clicked! I followed! In reality, I was well aware that I didn't have $50 to spend on a whale koozie with my initials on it. But as I perused their site, so many of their items were lovely and dare I say it, sort of, kind of, almost reasonable! And the selection from clothing to jewelry to footwear to housewares was impressive!
AMUSING DISCLAIMER: I am not under the age of 22 and I am not in a sorority! I am not a Southern belle, and I don't have monogrammed car mats. (YET) I live in Chicago and have always been a lover of all things preppy! In fact, I was the first LILLY LOVER crowned by the Lilly Pulitzer clothing line back in 2006! I won a trip to the company headquarters in Pennsylvania and received a one of a kind couture dress designed and made just for me! I KNOW, right? Alas, that is a story for another day! Back to Marley Lilly...
So in August, I saw an instagram post that Marley Lilly puffy vests were on sale for only $29.99! WHAT? I always wanted a monogrammed vest - you know to wear over fair isle sweaters and Bean boots to wear apple picking, to the pumpkin patch or just holiday shopping. So I picked out a color, a font and thread color and put it in my cart. And it just sat there. A few days went by and as much as I wanted to actually order it, I didn't.
I mean I am not 22. I am a little bit, well a LOTTA bit older. Haha! I hate to admit but I am quite picky and have high expectations on most things. Then I was thinking that I needed something for my niece for Christmas! If I ordered TWO, shipping would be free AND I would get a free pair of earrings! LOL - now it sounds way too good to be true. But something came over me and I threw caution to the wind and actually placed the order! I got to the LAST step in the ordering process I and guess what? I clicked SEND! I did it!
Now it just became a waiting game. I had a bit of regret the next day - buyers remorse - cognitive dissonance. We have all been there - The questions entered into my head... What if it is an ugly blue? What if I don't like the font? What if the embroidery isn't the nice heavy stuff that I am imagining it to be? What if this? What if that? I'm on a pretty strict budget so I was really worried that I wasted the better part of $60.
So as I opened the bag and removed the vest, the moment of truth had arrived! All I can say was WOW! I mean WOW! I opened mine first, the navy with the pink! It was PERFECT! I loved the quality of the vest! It is a very nice and it fit perfectly! And the monogram - a big cup of GORGEOUSNESS! It was so pretty and the stitching was heavy and the color quite wonderful.
I ordered the vest in a medium and it fit perfectly. I am a pretty standard medium, size 8-10, and this fit pretty true to size. It also has enough give for a heavy sweater underneath.
I was equally thrilled with the brown vest ordered with a slightly different font! I can't wait for Christmas morning, my niece is going to love it just as much as I do. And since I indicated it was a Christmas gift, they included a Marley Lilly Christmas card free of charge. How great is that?
Oh and because I had signed up for a free bonus with my order, I received these awesome tortoise shell pineapple earrings and they are adorable! They were packed in bubble wrap and on a Marley Lilly card. They are about the size of a dime and I really like them.
If you have ever considered ordering from Marley Lilly or are looking for unique items for gifts or for yourself, do not hesitate ordering from this company. Obviously, I only have this one experience, but it came off without a hitch and I would not think twice about ordering again.
So why did I write this review? Why did I feel the need to post this? Well, since so many things go awry in everyday situations, it always amazes me when things turn out well. Like really fantabulously well. So I simply wanted to put it out there. To shout it from the rooftops that there is a company that does it right and does it well! I am NOT sponsored by Marley Lilly. Seriously, they don't even know I exist or that I even wrote this! Its just when I get THAT excited about something, I feel the need to tell as many people as I can. Thank you Marley Lilly for being a company that delivers on quality and reliability! I cannot wait to order from you again! And I absolutely cannot wait to wear my vest. Even though I'm old and from the Midwest! ;-) Happy Autumn!