Sunday, September 29, 2019

Subscription Box - Box of Style

I've avoided jumping on the subscription box band-wagon over the past few years.  The idea of spending money on something unknown, that will be a "surprise," just never appealed to me, that is until I saw on of my favorite bloggers, Kate McFarlan sporting this beautiful gold necklace.  I had noticed that same necklace in an ad on Instagram, for the Rachel Zoe Box of Style.  What can I say?  I'm a sucker for shiny, beautiful pieces of jewelry, so I found a coupon code and clicked the link to order the box.  The one thing that I liked with this particular box, was that they showed you what all to expect in your Box of Style.  I could see tangible objects that made me feel more at ease about spending the money on this particular box.

The Box of Style is luxury style curated by Rachel Zoe.  Maybe you aren't familiar with Rachel Zoe, but she is a celebrity stylist, fashion icon, designer and she even had her own show about styling the stars in Hollywood.  I've followed her career somewhat for many years.  She started offering these boxes a few years ago, and they release a new box four times per year to coordinate with the changing seasons.

Your first step is to pick your Membership: 

Member (pay as you go) $99.99
paid 4 times per year
The do offer extra "add on" products that you can add to the cost of your box.

VIP Member (prepay for 1 year) $349.99
This saves you $50 per year

I went with the Member membership, as I was unsure if I would want to continue receiving the subscription after my first box, plus I had a coupon code FALL25 for 25% off the first box.

Step 2 is to fill out their questionnaire, to let them know your style preferences.

Step 3 is when your box arrives.

The review below is my honest take of this box.  I purchased it with my own money.  This is in no way an ad for this box, or Rachel Zoe.  I just wanted to share my experience with you.
When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was the saying on the lid, that says, "Hello Gorgeous."  What a way to make a gal feel special.  Who wouldn't love a compliment like that? 
The box has a luxury look to it and can be repurposed to keep any number of items tucked away in a closet or on a shelf.  I do like getting items that can be repurposed, instead of just being recycled or thrown into the trash bin.  I have to admit, the anticipation while opening the tissue paper was quite exciting.  There was a booklet that described each item, which is a nice touch.

Of course the first item, I looked for was the beautiful gold necklace, by Dannijo Elisa.  It came in a velvet drawstring pouch, which will be great for packing this necklace when I travel.  At first glance, I was a little disappointed, as I thought it looked very light-weight.  I mean, I didn't expect to be something so heavy that Mr. T would be jealous with envy, but with the retail price of the necklace being $245, I was expecting something substantial.  This was before I put it around my neck.  Once on, I could tell that it hung a bit heavier than I expected at first glance.  It's the perfect length and the gold color is beautiful.  It has a small chain to adjust the length depending on your blouse.  I wore it on a date night with my husband that night and even got a few compliments on it.  I can see myself wearing it with a turtleneck sweater in the fall and winter.  I wouldn't have paid $245 for the piece, but I am over the moon happy that I have it and will get a lot of use out of it in the future.

The next item that I pulled out is the JJ Winters Ivy Leather Crossbody purse.  It is a beautiful color of caramel, as Rachel Zoe described in her video about the Fall 2019 Box of Style.  This bag is on the small size and I wish the strap have been a bit longer.  I don't care for crossbody bags that hit too high on my hip/waist area.  This bag has a retail price of $148.  I am not familiar with this brand, but I will use it for date nights throughout the fall and winter.
The Rachel Miriam Leather Card Case is a gorgeous burgundy color and it looks and feels like a luxe item.  It will only hold a few cards, but it's the perfect size for a small bag, like the JJ Winters bag.  I will definitely use this item for years to come.  The retail price on this is $50.
The next item I pulled out of the box, is the Shani Darden Texture Reform Gentle Resurfacing Serum.  I look forward to giving this a try.  Perhaps I will do a blog post about the results after using it for awhile.  It has a nice fragrance and I did apply it to the back of my hand.  It has a luxurious feel to it.  The retail cost on this item is listed as $95. I'm not sure that I would repurchase this item, as I try to stay away from fragrances on my face.
The last item in my Box of Style was the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Gloss Lip Lacquer.   It has a retail price of $28, which is right at the same price point you would see at a department store like Nordstrom, Dillards or even Sephora.  It is a pretty pink shade called Sugar High, shade #382.  I am familiar with the Marc Jacobs line of lip products, and I even have a couple of their lipsticks, which I love.  Fortunately for me, pink is a good color for me, but for someone that doesn't wear pink lip products, I can see where this might be a bit of a disappointment.  It would be nice if the Rachel Zoe team gave your choice for lip products, because unlike a necklace or purse, it's not really something that everyone will like.
Over all, I'm happy that I finally splurged on a subscription box, but I doubt that I will keep going with this particular subscription.  It's just not my thing, but I am glad that I tried it.  I do like the option to add things onto your box, which is a nice touch. Have your jumped onto the subscription box bandwagon?  What are your favorites?



2 comments:

  1. I tried a clothing box a couple of years ago and was very disappointed. Sent all items back except crossbody purse. I do love the crossbody purses, especially since I sometimes use a cane.

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  2. Blog is well written. I encourage you to continue 💯😘

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