I have always been a fan of shopping at boutique stores, there's just something about finding the perfect gift or unique item for yourself that isn't going to look like shelf after shelf at big box stores.
However, I'm definitely not a fan of boutique price tags. Why is it that if I walk in and see an adorable embroidered onesie or a colorful piggy bank or monogrammed bag that it seems to cost three times as much as normal? Just because "boutique" is in the name of the store that means that my baby shower/birthday/bridal shower gift needs to cost an arm and a leg? No, thanks.
Instead, I turn my business to the sites that are able to consistently provide stellar service, high quality, affordable prices, and the same stylish products that are in boutiques. And one that we have known and loved for just that for quite some time now is the one and only Chic Monkey Boutique.
Started after the owner and her daughter searched for months for fun, bright, funky baby items and realized that they either didn't exist or were just too expensive, Chic Monkey Boutique has it all. Continually meeting the goal of being a "one stop shop to find affordable baby products and not feel guilty about high priced purchases," this is one boutique that not only offers fashionable items for babies, but for the whole family.
From the cutest baby gifts to gorgeous tutus to handbags and purses, there's just something for everyone. We have been fortunate to work with Chic Monkey in the past and time and again I have been highly impressed with everything about their stellar service, fast shipping and just how incredible the products were when they arrived.
And those products truly do look just as great years later! One of Chic Monkey Boutique's most known-for products are their handmade Signature Minky Blankets, which were the subject of a review that Little Sister B was happy to participate in back in February of 2010.
Available in a multitude of color and pattern options, these 36x30" blankets feature any combination that you would like of silky satins and soft, luxurious minky fabrics. Choose neutrals for parents-to-be that don't know their baby's gender, pastel pinks or blues to match a newborn's nursery or select a bright animal print for extra flair. Both the front and the back fabrics are up to you, so you know that each Minky Blanket is one-of-a-kind and made personally for your order.
In the 16 months since we received Little Sister B's Signature Minky Blanket, it has quickly moved into the status of her must-have possessions. She cuddles and sleeps with it every night and it still looks and feels just as soft and wonderful as it did back then. We couldn't be happier with this amazing blanket!
After the level of adoration that Little Sister B has for her blanket, I wasn't sure if even Chic Monkey could top themselves with an item that would get her as excited... but then a pair of Girls' Tickled Toe Shoes arrived and her interest level was yet again sky-high.
Hand painted with non-toxic acrylic paints, Tickled Toe shoes are made of quality canvas and will make any toddler smile with delight. Available in designs for boys as well, it's the details that go into making these shoes that results in them being so darn adorable and eye-catching.
Even though Little Sister B had been a part of picking out the Dalmatian style, when she caught sight of the "Dog shoes! Dog shoes!" it was all that she could do to try them out immediately.
Another win for Chic Monkey! Little Sister B couldn't get enough of her dog shoes and has been raving about them ever since. As I ordered them just a tiny bit too big for her (to ensure that she would be able to wear them in the fall as well), she has just enough room to be completely comfortable while still having space to grow.
The combination of the cushioned sole and great fit give me peace of mind that Little Sister B's feet will be well-protected while, for her, all that matters is that she can show off just how cute these shoes truly are.
One mom's vision of an online boutique where fashionable items for the whole family can be found at affordable prices (these hand painted Tickled Toe Shoes retail for $36) has resulted in a great shopping experience. At Chic Monkey Boutique, you're not just a nameless order number, they care about personalized service and you know that your complete satisfaction and happiness is their top priority.
With unique and adorable items that are perfect for babies, kids and adults, you can't go wrong! Heck, they like their customers so much that they even give the products away - head over to the Chic Monkey blog right now to enter to win an awesome Monogrammed Laptop Bag!
And, thanks to their never-ending generosity, one person will be able to select their favorite fashionable product this summer as well, because...
One lucky person will win a $25 gift certificate to
Chic Monkey Boutique!
Chic Monkey Boutique!
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A big thank you to Chic Monkey Boutique for providing a pair of Tickled Toe shoes for me to review as well as a $25 gift certificate for one lucky giveaway winner. The opinions shared are my own and honest and if you really need to see more, click here to see how I roll.