The Perfect Tote Bag: Cuddly Monkey Chica Bag Review

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In case you haven’t noticed, I spend a lot of time on the go; whether it be to a pool party with my friends, jumping in the car for a road trip down to Key West, or flying off to meet my husband in the Caribbean, I am always on the go. And I always have an over sized bag on my shoulder, because really, what better way to take your stuff with you than a tote bag?

Sometimes it’s just easier to grab a bag than to pack a suitcase and lug it all over town with you. Before I started planning my trip to Pensacola Beach on the Gulf Coast for my #Brandcation blogging conference, I spoke with someone at Cuddly Monkey about reviewing one of their bags. They looked perfect for what I needed: big enough to hold everything I wanted to take with me on the flight, nice enough to use as a carry on bag, and sturdy enough to survive the beach, the river, and being toted all over the Gulf Coast!

I received the Chica Bag in black, and I fell in love as soon as I took it out of the box! The Cuddly Monkey tote bag is perfect for every lifestyle and they are the definition of functional fun! The durable 100% cotton canvas outside makes the bag sturdy and useful for any outing, whether it’s going to the beach or for use as an overnight bag or carry on while flying. Then there is the vividly designed cotton lining, which shakes things up a bit and gives the bag some extra personality!

Practical and rugged, yet stylish and streamlined, The Chica is a modern twist on the classic beach tote. A “secret” zippered compartment provides convenient access to your keys or sunglasses, while the “x-ray” lining acts as a visual checklist for your beach day necessities. I used the secret pocket to hold my keys, my cash and my cigarettes – three things I don’t want to lose!

The Cuddly Monkey Chica bag measures 22″W x 16″H x 6″D so it can really fit a lot!

I know the photo is not so great, but we were inside the car at the time! Regardless, you can really see how much I was able to pack into this Cuddly Monkey Chica bag! I still had plenty of room for more things if I had wanted to pack them. I can already tell that I am going to be using this Chica bag all summer!!

The Cuddly Monkey Chica bag is also available in red, and retails for $70.00 on the Cuddly Monkey website. It’s totally worth it!

Unlike those tote bags you buy for $10 in the mall, this bag is made really well – it’s not going to fall apart after it gets wet (mine got wet twice, so I can tell you this from experience), and the canvas is really great for sandy areas, as the sand just brushes right off instead of getting stuck in the fibers, which happens to me when I use those free Victoria’s Secret totes that come with purchases!

Cuddly Monkey also has other great tote bags, so you’re sure to find one that will match your personal style!


July 3rd, 2012 – I wanted to update this review because I’ve taken my Cuddly Monkey bag on quite a few trips at this point; to Pensacola, Colorado, North Carolina and Orlando. It’s been in the mountains, on the beach, at the lake, at the park and in a river…and I’ve washed it twice in the washer on the regular cycle!

It is still perfect!

I received a media sample to facilitate this review, but all opinions are my own. I love this bag!

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  1. Brittany says

    I would use the tote for shopping to bring all my stuff: coupon binder, sales ads, grocery lists, and wallet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. says

    I would use it to tote around all of my kids’ stuff (they have a lot of stuff!)Maybe I could even fit some of my stuff. LOL

  3. Brittany B says

    I could really use this to carry all of my and my sons things. It would help.

  4. erin elder says

    I would use this when we travel! which seems like alot these days, it would hold everything i need. I also followed on twitter to qualify(:

  5. Marysa says

    I would use this in place of a diaper bag! My daughter has a peanut allergy, so along with all the other stuff I lug around, I always have to have a kit with an epi pen, benadryl, etc.
    Marysa {at} marysa {dot} com

  6. Kristie Betts says

    I would use the tote for so many things

    *When we go fishing (we like to bring snacks)
    *When go to friends (kids always needs a pair of clothes)
    *Grocery Shopping (For my coupon Binder)
    *Out on the Boat (Towels, sunscreen, etc)

    Thanks for the chance to win

  7. Jennifer Metz says

    I have 5 kids so I would use my Cuddly Monkey for organizing all their stuff we cart around! LOL

  8. Kristie D. says

    Like Cuddly Monkey on Facebook. Kristie Morrison Donelson. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  9. Kristie D. says

    Like Rebel Chick on Facebook. Kristie Morrison Donelson. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.


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