So I’ve still got just a couple boxes left from late July that need a review and among them is Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.
According to our little brochure, I am missing one item. I contacted Fancy after opening and they shipped it out very quickly. In this case their customer service worked well, but I do wish they would have offered a coupon code or discount shipping for the inconvenience. Missing an item and having to contact customer service just takes away from the indulgent fun that subscription boxes are supposed to be.
Clueless Pencil Set (Fancy Retail: $8.00)
Description: “These fun pencils add a great look to your desk space-fill a pencil holder with these funny quotes.”
I actually like the bright pop of color more than the Clueless quotes on the pencils. I’ve been giving my office space (otherwise known as the desk shoved in the corner next to my couch) a bit of a facelift so the cheerful pink pencils will look great in my new pencil holder.
Tattoo Colouring Book by Megamunden (Fancy Retail: $18.00; Amazon Price: $10.35)
Description: “Not ready to commit to a tattoo for life? Sketch some temporary designs in this book first.”
Verdict: What you talking about Willis?
So I don’t get this. Doesn’t the tattoo artist make the sketch? Don’t you go in to a tattoo place and tell them “I want a dragon holding a skull with the Chinese character for peace etched into the forehead” and then the dude makes a sketch and you decide if you like it? Isn’t this how it works? To be honest most of the designs are sort of ugly to me, but I think I might be able to do some art/crafty projects with it. If not, my 7 year old niece will get a really weird coloring book full of skulls and dudes boxing.
Beautiful Card by the Rifle Paper Co: (Fancy Retail: $5.00; Rifle Retail: $4.50)
Description: “Let your special someone know how they change the world around you with this card from Rifle Paper Co.”.
The Rifle Paper Co. is the stationary du jour of sub boxes. I’ve gotten a few of their items before and they are beautiful. I wish that in lieu of the silly tattoo book we’d gotten a set of cards or journal from the Rifle Co folks instead. I loved this design so much I added the card to the top of my polish storage box (It perfectly covers up the “Neiman Marcus for Popsugar Logo”). It makes my upcycled polish storage look so much nicer and I smile every time I see it.
Get the Hint Sticky Notes (Fancy Retail: $10.00; Amazon Retail: $5.99)
Description: “Notate your pages with these fun and straightforward post-its.”
I’m really not a fan of cursing on my desk items or stationary. It seems immature and obvious. If it was a clever joke or pun or something, I could see it, but this is just boring and silly. It’s also something I can’t really see Jennifer Love Hewitt using. She’s a new mom and I just can’t imagine her wanting post-its of curse words all over everything.
Tell Tale Push Pins (Fancy Retail: $9.00)
Description: “These pins will help to organize your real-life pin board of drawings notes and pictures.”
Unfortunately I think the design of these makes them impractical and awkward. You are pushing items in, but the words stick out so far out that they can easily get in the way. My only pinboard is in an area you walk through and I imagine a lot of folks keep bulletin boards near entrances or high traffic areas of their home. You’re just going to end up knocking the pins over. Some pushpins with really cute designs would have been a better option.
Arrowhead Studs by Amano Studios (Fancy Retail: $32.00)
Description: “Need an accent on your outfit? Add on these studs to hit the mark for your next rustic occasion.”
I love these earrings and they are by far my favorite item in the box. I love the raw, worn down appeal of them and I think they’ll look amazing with all kinds of outifts. Amano Studios is a frequent addition to the Fancy boxes and I think these earrings are my favorite of all their jewelry pieces I’ve received. The earrings are sterling silver plate with surgical steel posts and feel quite well made.
This box left me quite confused. I feel like they started with the idea of an home office/stationary theme and then sort of just threw that out the window. As much as I love the earrings and card, I still feel like this is a lackluster box. A few items feel like JLove (the card, earrings and pencils) and the others just feel like filler.
I paid $45.95 for this including shipping (I had a $1.00 discount). According to Fancy retail, I received $77.00 worth items and according to real retail prices, I received about $65.34. Fancy guarantees $80 worth of items, so this is low even for the inflated Fancy prices.
I would have loved a home office/stationary theme that felt more age appropriate and authentic to Jennifer Love Hewitt. This box wasn’t a total loss, but I’m hoping we see something more cohesive for August.
What did you think of this box? Did you find the sticky notes a bit immature or just all in good fun?
Fancy is not the best at communicating when some of their box subs are discontinued. I usually only find out when I go to the link and realize that the subs are no longer available. It appears the Tyler Florence Fancy box is sadly no more. Filling that void is a new sub: Culinary Fancy Box!
Also new to the Fancy boxes is the Summer Mystery Box. “It contains all of the essential beach/ pool side items that you’ve always wanted but never went out and purchased. “ Fancy has some real bravado there with that *all* statement. I’d be super impressed if I just got one box where I could use everything in it, nevermind fulfilling all my beach and pool needs.
Fancy Box is a monthly subscription service that curates items that are popular on the Fancy website. There are a few different subscription options. They all cost $39 (unless otherwise noted) plus shipping (an additional $7.95).
#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice.
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media. It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.
#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.
#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.
- Verbal Fancy Box
- Cocha Rocha Fancy Box
- Jennifer Love Hewitt Box
- Kelly Rowland Box
- Snoop Doggy Dog Box (This box is is $42 before shipping)
- T-Pain Box
- Nicky Hilton Box
- Isaac Mizrahi Box #4 New Mystery Boxes!
You’ll receive $30+ retail value worth of goods. Just pick an option, Men’s or Women’s, and they’ll pick out some items that tickle your Fancy. Cost is $10 plus shipping (estimated 7.95).
#5 Culinary Fancy Box!
Get a collection of the best home goods hand-picked by our Fancy curators each month. Each box includes $80.00+ of products.
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