I just turned 29. So, I did a little shopping to celebrate the first anniversary of this monumental year (because I decided I will not be getting any older from this point forward). : )
My first stop was to Monkee’s of Madeira, a local boutique that’s quickly becoming my favorite. They’re located in the heart of.. yup, you guessed it… Madeira, right on Miami Ave. And they have what’s arguably the best selection of anything you might need from a boutique. With a little bit of everything – jewelry, belts, shoes (which is rare for a boutique), dressy, and some casual – it’s the perfect place to pop in if you need something special.
Liz, the owner, is usually there in-store. She’s super sweet and helpful. I just told her what I wanted: a sexy little dress to wear on a date with my hubby later that night. She steered me in the right direction to find a few options, helped me find a pair of shoes to match the LBD I picked out, and I was literally out the door in 20 minutes! I was shocked! Oh, and by the way, the shoes I got there are ah-maz-ing. I embedded a pic – they’re gold and gorgeous and I wish I could sleep in them I love them so much!
So, I just thought I should tell you about how great this boutique is, and encourage you to check it out! We also have a Facebook campaign going on right now on our Cincy Chic fanpage. “Like” Monkee’s of Madeira on Facebook and then post “Cincy Chic” on their wall. One lucky participant will be selected to win a $100 Monkee’s gift certificate!
To all you ladies out there who are craving a girls’ night out, then clear your calendars for tomorrow, April 20. Join Monkee’s of Madeira (we just featured them in this week’s feature story for our “Shoe” issue on Cincy Chic!) in supporting a great cause while enjoying drink specials and quizzing your elementary school level facts and trivia.
This is a perfect opportunity for you and your girlfriends to get out on the town and have some fun. So enjoy some liquid courage to test out your memory from the stuff you learned way back when. Even if you don’t win the game, you’ll at least win on having a fun night full of laughs. The tickets are $12 at the door, which is a small cost to pay knowing its helping out such a great cause. You can register by clicking here! I hope you all can try and make it out. Don’t forget to bring your “A” game!
Thanks to BreeAnna Smith, my intern, for helping put this blog post together.
Monkee’s of Madeira has a unique sale planned for Nov. 26 & 27. I love the concept. Basically, you get 5% off an item for each canned good you bring in, up to 40% off! That’s a really good deal!
I’m thinking I should go get those gold peep toes I’ve been eyeing since July. When I wrote that blog, they were $149. So, if I bring in eight canned goods (will probably cost me about $10), I’ll get those shoes for $89! So, at the end of the day, I’d be saving $50 and helping a good cause. That, my friends, is what we call a “win win.”
We’re less than one week away from the Nov. 6 Seasonably Chic Showcase! The anxiety is killing me, so I’ve been doing a little pre-shopping and I found a few more things I want to share!
Tulips on Erie
Located in the Hyde Park Square shopping district, this boutique can supply all your holiday hostess needs while offering a wide array of gifts for all your girlfriends (oh, and of course yourself, too!). Everything from dishes, to bath and body products, purses, jewelry, stationery and tableware. Tulips on Erie gives an artistic twist to our classic “girly” favorites. Especially for the artisian in your life, Tulips on Erie is a must-have shopping stop on your list this year. Bangle bracelets are a classic favorite, and I found a wide selection distinct to their style. These vintage lace Batiks offer hand painted gold red ribbon, lace bangles, and solids. They come in two sizes for smaller or larger wrists, in many shapes and colors. My favorite was a vintage gold lace bangle (pictured here, and note that I did not want to take it off!), it would be perfect for the most fabulous addition to that holiday cocktail attire.
The Sassy Mama Boutique
With the Posh Mom Seal of Approval, The Sassy Mama Boutique has the latest trends for the mothers in our lives, or our favorite “posh peanuts.” They offer a fun, upscale environment to help you buy for all the phases of your life. Shop here to find all you need to feel like a full-fledged Sassy Mama, even if you don’t ever stay out past curfew : ). I have already purchased things from this online boutique before and I loved the products and experience – click here to read the story about it. On their website you can find home decor, necessities for you child’s birthday, along with any and all accessories you need to feel like the chic-est girl in the room. It seems that many women feel they must sacrifice their cute handbags to carry diaper bags when those little ones come along. But, make no more sacrifices ladies! Sassy Mama offers diaper clutches as a chic solution that include changing pads and will house diapers, wipes, and even a few toys. Any mother and fashionista has to have one of these, as they are compatible with any designer purse!
Monkee’s of Madeira
This boutique is bringing the fashion week favorites right to the ladies of the Greater Cincinnati area. Monkee’s of Madeira offers the best of boutique shopping experiences, with a fun and personal experience. As well as today’s hottest high fashion designers such as Cole Haan, Kate Spade, and Shoshanna just to name a few. They carry a variety of shoes, accessories, and clothing. As a frequent celebrator of Fabushoe Friday, my intuitions lead me straight to the shoe selection at Monkee’s (as they have before – click here to see a Fabushoe Friday pair I picked out at Monkee’s a couple months ago). This pair of Abbie Kate Spade flats is definitely a girly-girl’s dream. I mean, a woman can never have too many shoes—and she definitely can’t have too many pearls! Pearls and black patent flats just scream class (you know, if class could/would scream) and remind me of something Audrey Hepburn would wear.
Junior League of Cincinnati
With the holidays right around the corner, giving back to the community is a thought in the forefront of everyone’s minds. The Junior League of Cincinnati develops the potential of women and improves communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The local chapter recently developed a cookbook with beautiful photos of tablescapes pictured at locations around the Tri-State. It’s really a beautiful book, and it goes to a great cause so make sure you stop by their booth and pick one (or five) up!
The Seasonably Chic Showcase will be on November 6th at The Pheonix downtown from 10 am to 3 pm. This event brings 40 of the Tri-State’s best boutiques and vendors–for women, men, children, and pets–all under one roof for one day of spectacular shopping! The best thing about it? It’s free to get in! Just bring a canned good for the Freestore food bank! Click Here to RSVP!
I drove through Madeira yesterday afternoon to stop in Monkee’s of Madeira, a store I wrote about months ago but just got around to visiting.
Quiet little Madeira was hustling and bustling with life! Balloons out front of every store and lots of shoppers out and about. Not the norm for a random Thursday afternoon.
So, I go into Monkee’s and start chatting with Liz the owner. She said it’s Madeira’s Summer Sidewalk Sale this weekend. Now through Sunday, the sidewalks of Maderia will host this annual sale.
Wow. Talk about a great weekend for a sidewalk sale, seriously! So, get out and enjoy the sunshine with your family or girlfriends. From the looks of it, sales were ranging around 50-70%. So the discounts are not too shabby – will definitely make it worth your while!
Here are the dates and times: Friday 10:00am – 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am- 5:00pm
For more information, visit the Madeira Chamber (www.madeirachamber.com).
And just backtracking a little here… I absolutely ADORED Monkee’s of Madeira. I didn’t realize this, but apparently Monkee’s is a chain. But sort of the best kind of chain, where they are still rare enough (and Liz says her corporate is relaxed enough) to be considered pseudo-independent, but they’re big enough to get purchasing power for big name brands.
I kind of fell in love with some gold peep toes, a belt and an asymmetrical gemstone necklace (pics below), but due to a variety of reasons (namely me dropping my Macbook last week and having to buy an entirely new computer… but I don’t want to talk about that right now because I might cry) I didn’t buy anything.
I will be back though. Mark my Monkee-marveling words. Even if I have to bubble wrap all my expensive electronics for the rest of my life. I will be back. And I will buy things. Lots and lots of pretty things.
But until then… watch and weep as I post the items I am absolutely lusting after.
Peep toes were $149 on sale (they’re my Fabushoe Friday for today BTW!), I didn’t check to see how much the belt was (I was too enamored with the wooden clasp… but she did say she can’t keep them on the shelves they sell so fast), and the necklace is by a local designer!
Just got an email yesterday from my friend Cindy… subject line: Monkee’s of Madeira.
First thought: she misspelled spelled monkeys.
Second thought: why the heck are there monkeys in Madeira?
Opened up the email to find neither were true. Apparently this “Monkee’s of Madeira” is the name of Cincinnati’s newest clothing boutique! It’s located at 6928 Miami Ave. in Maderia next to Coffee Please. Near The Wardrobe.
Here’s what Cindy’s email said:
My good friend’s, daughter, Liz Hilberg, is opening a new womens clothing and accessory store in Maderia. You are going to LOVE this store! She is having a private friends and family party tonight, and I think the grand opening is Friday.
I’m out of town right now, but I’m looking forward to checking it out when I get back! You should too!