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Review: Alibugbowtique Bows

I searched high and low on the internet and at consignment shops and at retail and discount stores. Sure, they had bows. But they were either too big, or too ugly, or not the color I was looking for, or too expensive, or had some funky clip that required large amounts of hair to stay in. Actually, that was the main problem: bows/clips that would stay in her hair.

And then I found AliBugBowtique on Esty. I’m not gonna lie, some of the items I saw on there made me want to run for cover, but that’s just because those netted elastic head band wraps with fake flowers on them scare me no matter what. What I did love about Ali’s work was that she was open to doing a custom order and talking through it with me through Etsy convos to make sure I got exactly what I was looking for.

I placed Harper’s first order when she was around five months old. Because she had very little hair (and I mean very), I had to be sure whatever clips we chose would stay on her head. I ordered 8 “itty bitty clippies” (1” long no-slip fully-lined alligator clip) and 4 custom “itty bitty hairbows” (1 ¾” bow, tip-to-tip, on 1” non-slip fully-lined alligator clip). The lining that Ali puts on the clips is the difference maker for keeping bows in an infants hair, Harper pulling them out notwithstanding.

The second order was placed in September 2009, when we felt pretty certain she would have hair after all. This custom order consisted of 14 basic bows (deep purple, gold, white, cream, lavender, pink, cranberry, red, light navy blue, blue, emerald, orange, brown, black ) with partially lined (perfect for toddler hair) alligator clips, 7/8” ribbon, measuring a little more than 2 ½” long from tip-to-tip.

I highly recommend Alibugbowtique bows for the little girl in your life. In fact, I’ve written about her before and if you click here you’ll see the alligator clips up close and there’s also a couple pictures of the smaller (first order) bows. Not only are ALL the bows still in great shape structurally, Ali is ON IT in terms of customer service and color selection. Depending on size of bow or clippies, prices range from $1.50 to $4.00 each, though she does give discount for volume purchases. Ali's Etsy shop is Alibugbowtique , and at the date of this publication (02/22/2010), her Clearance section has items up to 50% off and she's got a sale of 20% off everything else.

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(As with all my reviews, I do not receive compensation or goods in any form for reviewing a product).



Reader Comments (3)

I'm kind of jealous here. I just won two bows through a friend's site, but don't know how much use they'll get. My older daughter-almost 6- is just now keeping headbands in her hair. Any other barrettes, bows, hair ties are promptly removed. My younger daughter- 2- just cut her hair for the THIRD time with safety scissors. Poor supervision, I know. I don't think at this rate she's going to have enough hair left to put in a bow. Sigh.

02.22.2010 | Unregistered CommenterGettysburg Mom

I should really place an order from her. I have resorted to putting my own foam on any bows I buy for Lily. It would be so much easier to just buy the bows that already have it.

02.22.2010 | Unregistered CommenterStaci

I can't get the link to the close up of the clips to work. Hrmph. How on earth did you get Harper to leave the bows alone, much less Mateo? As soon as I can get Sarah or Jessica to forget about a barette the other one grabs for it.

02.22.2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

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