Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: March 2014

So once again it’s time for my most unpredictable box: the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box. I never have a clue what might show up and that certainly keeps things exciting.
Once again that familiar Fancy square.

 Box

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Pallete
Color Eye Palette by Cargo Cosmetics (Fancy Retail: $30.00)
Verdict: Hit!
I am always looking for eye shadows that will work with my complexion and this palette has some nice neutral shades. I’ve never tried this brand before so it will be fun to experiment with them. My one issue with it was that the packaging was super dingy. The outside plastic cover was really dirty and the inside palette looked like it’d been in the bottom of a messy makeup drawer for a while. The palette is unused but I wouldn’t feel comfortable giving it as a gift or trading it, but since I’m using it I’ll just give it a wipe down before I add it to my beauty case.

SunglassesTitanic Sunglasses by AJ Morgan (Fancy Retail: $25.00)
Verdict: Love!
Fancy has sent me a lot of sunglasses, but these are my favorite so far. I love the shape and the color is whimsical. I’ll definitely be using these this season.

Bracelet
Heart On My Sleeve Bracelet (Fancy Retail: $29.00)
Verdict: Like!
This bracelet is 14K gold fill and delicate. It’s not something I would have chosen for myself because it reads a little ordinary for my taste, but it is a great layering piece for  the bracelets I’ve been receiving in all my boxes so I’m sure I’ll get a lot of use out of it.  According to the Fancy site it’s engraveable so if you order this you can fancy it up with the initial of your choice.

Bag
Waldo Pancake Washbag (Fancy Retail: $18.00)
Verdict: Hit!
Ah, I only wish my bathroom was big enough to dance in. Along with tote bags I tend to hoard makeup bags and I love this one. It’s just a great size and shape for fitting all kinds of odds and ends. Right now it’s become a fashionable little file folder for all the cards and info that come with these products I review. Next week maybe it will hold some hair products from my VIB Sephora haul.

CardsFull BoxOverall
Hit!

I paid full price for this box ($46.95 with shipping) and the estimated retail value is $102.00. I really liked all the times and I know I will use them.
A lot of the Jennifer Love Hewitt bags have felt like they didn’t suit her style, but this one totally feels like items that JLove would wear or use herself. I’m very happy with this box and I hope the next one is just as great.

What did you think of this box? Did it feel like Jennifer Love Hewitt’s style to you?

THE BACKSTORY
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 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
There are five celebrity curated boxes to choose from. Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

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March 2014: Fancy Mystery Box

Fancy Box

Remember those Fancy mystery boxes I mentioned??  Well I finally got mine.  Now let’ see what type of random shows up in my box.
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ID Holder
LAEX Fancy ID Holder
(Fancy Retail: $30.00)
Verdict:  Miss/Repeat
I received this ID holder in a previous box and wasn’t too psyched about it then either.  I still have the old one just waiting to be gifted, so I’ll probably just keep this one for my special occasion purses that are too small for a wallet.  I don’t’ know where Fancy comes up with the value for some things, but there is no place that has ever existed where this is worth $30. It’s just a plastic ID holder with the words “Foolish” on it.  I guess the foolish part is for anyone stupid enough to pay $30.00 for it.

Polish
China Glaze Polish in Platinum Silver (Fancy Retail: $8.00)
Verdict:  Miss/Gift
I’ve never tried China Glaze and if the color had been a little more interesting I would have been excited for this.  With spring finally arriving and all the cool new colors, this silver isn’t compelling.  I have too many similar shades so I’ll gift or trade this one.

 Decal
Work Hard, Stay Humble Wall Sticker (Fancy Retail: $20.00)
Verdict: Miss
So I don’t like the font, I don’t like the saying and there’s no way this is worth $20.00.  If you did any searching for spoilers on this box, you will see that many, many people got this decal and many, many people hate it.  I guess the good thing I can say about it is that  it’s something I haven’t received in a previous Fancy box.  That’s pretty much it.

Notebooks
Fancy Notebooks
(Fancy Retail:$12)
Verdict: Miss/Repeat
I’ve gotten these before.  I love blank notebooks and I’m sure I’ll use these or pass them along, but they’re  just not that interesting and I certainly wouldn’t pay $6 a piece for them.  Still, I like them the most out of everything in this box.

Full Box
Overall
Miss

So basically it looks like Fancy is sending out the crap leftover after they finished putting together their 2013 boxes.  Now I’ve googled other Fancy mystery boxes and this one seems to pop up quite a lot, but there are others and they are much cooler (although that’s not saying much).  The cost of this box was only $10, but the shipping was $7.95.  According to Fancy, the items valued $70, but according to real people this crap wouldn’t be over $20. I had some Fancy credits so I only ended up paying only $1.95.  I’m still annoyed though because half the stuff in this box I got in my regularly priced boxes so I’ve paid twice now for the same level of suckage.

If you’re a regular Fancy subscriber don’t bother picking this up.  You’ll most likely get repeats.  If you’ve been wanting to try Fancy, I’d say take the gamble.  Fancy is really a hit or miss box, and the mystery boxes seem to follow the pattern of their regular subscription, but just at a much lower price. If you happen to love decals, go for it.  The odds are ever in your favor.

Did you pick up a Fancy mystery box?  If so, what did your mystery reveal?

THE BACKSTORY

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 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
There are five celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

Verbal Fancy Box  (This box is more geared towards Men)

Cocha Rocha Fancy Box (This box is more geared towards Women)

Tyler Florence Box  (This box focuses on home, kitchen & cooking items)

Jennifer Love Hewitt Box: (This box is more geared towards Women)

Kelly Rowland Fancy Box:  Brand New! (This box is more geared towards Women)


#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).

COUPON CODE:  FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

Original Fancy Box: March 2014

So last month I was  disappointed in my original Fancy box because all the items seemed to fall under the category of “women.” I had my fingers crossed that this month would prove to have a more eclectic mix of surprises. Let’s dive into the March box and see what’s what…

Box

So despite last month’s mysterious rectangle box, Fancy has returned once again to their big square boxes to house just a couple of small items.

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Book
Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails (Fancy Retail: $25.00)
Verdict: Hit!
I have a million cookbooks and not a single one devoted to cocktails, so I was psyched to see this. It’s got beautiful pictures on every page and the first section gives you guidance on how to stock a bar. The recipes are broken up seasonally and the emphasis is on including fresh ingredients. As a warning this is a hipster cocktail book so most of the recipes have some unusual ingredients, or liquors that you might not necessarily have lying around your house. This is a great find for folks that want to try something different with their cocktails and love utilizing seasonal ingredients. I’m excited to try out some of these drinks the next time I have friends over.

Mason
Mason Shaker (Fancy Retail: $28.00)
Verdict: Hit!
Fancy is really working hard to turn me into an alcoholic. This shaker is roomy enough to make a few cocktails at once and I adore the rustic design. It was the perfect partner for cocktail book and I know I’ll get plenty of use out of it. Now I just need to get myself a bar so I can put all the cocktail paraphernalia Fancy sends me away.

 Light
Bottle Light LED Cork (Fancy Retail: $15.00)
Verdict: Love!
Continuing on the boozy theme we have this little bottle light. I know it’s a little cheesy but I love this thing. I have some really pretty cobalt blue bottles I’ve saved and I think this light will look amazing inside. It’ll be perfect to put on the picnic table for summer barbeques.

 Notes
SMS Sticky Notes (Fancy Retail:$7.00)
Verdict: Hit!
So while I wouldn’t shell out $7.00 for these cute post-it notes, I really like them. They’ll be perfect for marking up my favorite cookbooks, catalogs and magazines with notes.

Tray
Change Trays by Blue & Cream (Fancy Retail:$45.00)
Verdict: Hit!
I love quotes and Oscar Wilde (and Oscar Wilde quotes, of course) so I loved this little tray. It can sit on your desk for paper clips, on a bathroom sink for guest soaps, in your living room for candy or on your dresser for jewelry. It’s a really versatile piece and I’m happy I got this particular one. I don’t think it’s worth anything close to $45.00 since it feels a bit on the flimsy side, but it’s a wonderful addition to this box.

Overall
Cards

Full Box
Love!
Fancy has really improved since last month and I really love this box. Including shipping, I paid $46.95 for this box. The items I received had an estimated retail of $120.00 and I will use all of them.

I think this was a great box for Fancy and the perfect fit for the brand. It features fun quirky items that would appeal to a lot of people and aren’t just things you can order on Amazon. I do think Fancy inflates the retail prices a bit, but for what I paid I think the items were fabulous.

Now onto some breaking FANCY NEWS!
Fancy has started offering Mystery Boxes! They are only $10 (plus $7.95 in shipping). The two options are Men’s and Women’s.

You know I can’t resist a Mystery so I snagged one for myself and will have that review up soon so if you want to see which Fancy mystery shows up at my doorstep, be sure to come back.

THE BACKSTORY
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 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
There are five celebrity curated boxes to choose from. Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

COUPON CODE: FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: February 2014

So if you’re a regular reader, you know that the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box  is my most unpredictable box.  You might get a great themed box, you might get leftovers from five months ago (twice in a row) or you might get a totally odd assortment of random stuff.  I never know what to expect, but I guess that’s half the excitement.
Box

So let’s get to it.  Now this box arrived in the usual Fancy square (unlike the original box that came in a new rectangle) and this one weighed a metric ton.  I was almost afraid to find out what could possibly be in there that was so damn heavy.   With this box, it really could be anything.
Open

And we have another win for this month since not only do I have cards for everything but they all have comments from Jennifer.
Open II

BookOpen Book
Movie Icons: 365 Day-By-Day Book
(Fancy Retail: $30.00; Amazon Retail: $25.76)
Verdict:  Miss
So this book was the reason the box was so heavy.  According to the card, JLove included this because she’s a “total movie buff’.  Sorta makes sense since she’s an actress and all.  Now this book has a different movie for each day of the year with pics with the occasional quote.  As I mentioned in my last Fancy post, I’m not a big fan of coffee table books.  I just don’t have the space.  I’d rather keep my favorite fiction, cookbooks and crafting books.  I think this book would have more interest if it had movie trivia about each entry, but it doesn’t.  I do get a lot of writing inspiration from random quotes so I think I’ll put this aside and drag it out for writing prompts.

Popcorn
CC Made Classic Caramel Corn (3 oz)
(Retail: $4.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
So CC Made Popcorn is JLove’s “favorite movie night snack”.  They also seem to be quite popular with subscription boxes since we’ve gotten this brand before in a Popsugar box.  I’ve tried this popcorn before and it’s delicious.  My one beef is that the bag is pretty small.  It would have been nice if they’d sprung for the 8 oz size.

Pitcher
Mixing Pitcher with Hawthorne Strainer
(Amazon Retail:$42.95;)
Verdict:  Love!
Between this item and her Cosmopolitan themed box, JLove is single handedly putting together a great bar for my house.  This is an adorable mixing pitcher that according to Jennifer is “just the right size to mix two cocktails at once so it’s perfect for date night.”  This pitcher is high quality and you could use it in a lot of ways beyond just mixing cocktails.  It’s also a great way to personalize a hostess gift, by adding this little  guy to a nice bottle of booze.

Socks
Drifter Socks by Richer Poorer
(Fancy Retail: $12.00)
Verdict:  Love!
Surprising as it is, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten socks from one of my subscription boxes.  Tights, yes, but no socks and I’m quite happy to see them.  JLove includes these because “there’s nothing like cozying up on the couch to watch your favorite movie or TV show.”  I am constantly going through socks so I can always use another pair.  The print and color on these is adorable and they seem like good quality.  Useful and cute.
Cards


Full Box
Overall
Hit!

I paid just under full price for this box at $45.90 ( somehow had a fancy rebate for $1.05).  Even factoring in the amazon prices, the estimated retail on this box was $84.71.  Now I didn’t care for the book, but it’s not a bad item, just not suited for me.  But the pitcher was the highest valued piece and I really loved it.  The socks will be worn and the caramel corn will be eaten so those items worked out fine.

This box had a movie night at home theme and I’m so happy to see the Jennifer Love Hewitt boxes returning to a unifying theme.  I have my fingers crossed that they will keep it up.

What did you think of the box?  Do you like coffee table books?

THE BACKSTORY

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 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
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

Original Fancy Box: February 2014

So last month’s original Fancy box was so awesome that it made up for all the screw-ups and let downs I had with Fancy last year.  I crossed my fingers that Fancy had turned a corner and now their boxes would be more better and more consistent. 

This month we got a new sized Fancy box.  Instead of our usual square, this mysterious rectangle appeared.
Closed Box
Open Box

Something to keep in mind is that the original Fancy let’s you choose the categories you  want to receive items from.  I have “Women’s”, “Gadgets”, and “Home” selected with “Men”  and “Media” unselected.

Book
Style Book II – Pattern & Print
(Amazon Retail: $20.91)
Verdict:  Miss
So this is one of coffee table books that focuses on Fashion and in particular patterns and prints.  To be honest, I don’t own many coffee table books because I have a small apartment and I prefer to fill up the space with things that are more useful.  I love fashion but I utilize Pinterest to keep photos of my favorite looks.  I also purposely have the “media” category unchecked and since their fashion magazines fall under that category, I believe this item would as well. 

Tie Bands
Twistband Hair Tie Sets
(Fancy Retail: $7.00)
Verdict:
  Like
Every subscription box that is remotely related to women will at some point send you twistbands.  I have a few and I like them so I have no problem picking up a few more colors.  Not exciting, but at least useful. 


Tights
Gipsy Contrast Heart Tights
(Fancy Retail: $16.00)
Verdict: On the Fence
And these tights contained the biggest lie ever perpetrated in fashion: “one size fits all”.  The design is cute, but I am *extremely* skeptical that these will fit me right or anyone else for that matter.   I could see this item in one of the celebrity curated boxes, but I just don’t quite feel it for the original Fancy subscription. 

Iron
EVA NYC Galaxy Ceramic Styling Iron
(Fancy Retail:$80.00; Amazon Retail: $55.00 )
Verdict: Miss
So is there a woman out there that can afford a $46+ subscription box, wants a styling iron and doesn’t already have one?  Anyone?  As far as I can tell this iron isn’t some special brand and the only unique thing about it is the fun galaxy design.  If this iron had some type of super cool feature that would make it an upgrade from a run of the mill version I would have been excited, but it doesn’t.  You can pick up styling irons like this one at TJ Maxx and Marshalls for a steal and I can’t see anyone buying it on Fancy for $80.  Maybe this brand is more special than my google-fu shows?  I’m just not feeling it.  This will most likely be gifted, sold or swapped.

 

Full Box
Overall:
Super Disappointed

Oh Fancy, how you like to break my heart so much.

First of all, this box was clearly a women’s box and I would have been much more understanding if this was the Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cocha Rocha or Kelly Rowland boxes, but it’s not.  I expect items from the various categories and I don’t think an overpriced, mediocre styling iron counts as a “gadget” or a picture book of fashion photos counts as “home”.
Cards 

With the lower Amazon price of the iron, the estimated retail “value” of this box was $98.91.  Somehow I ended up paying nothing for it. I know some of it came from referral credits (thanks folks!) but I had a Fancy gift card and refunds so I’m really not sure of the breakdown because Fancy’s credit and billing system is as confusing as John Travolta’s introductions.  I guess I lucked out with this free box since the only item I liked was the twistbands.

So do you guys like the styling iron?  Are you familiar with this brand and is it really worth $80?

Do you subscribe to the original Fancy?  If so what categories did you choose and what items did you get?

THE BACKSTORY

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 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
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 

COUPON CODE:  FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: January 2014

For info on Fancy subscriptions and a coupon code, check out the Backstory below.  Now let’s get to you regularly scheduled program.
Fancy

So I know a lot of you have been following my neverending saga with Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box  The last two boxes I received were not the regular ones, but some amalgamation of previous boxes filled with repeat items.  So this month, JLove really needed to make up some ground.  I really really *want* to love this subscription and they keep making it oh so hard.  On January 23rd I received a mysterious email from “the fancy team” “confirming my tshirt” size and claiming they were “hard at work designing my tshirt”.  Well, I’m no Sherlock, but I think this means we’ll be getting a tshirt in this box.  Let’s jump in and find out.
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Now, I’m excited because for the first time in a long time I have cards for every item!  And they actually have comments from Jennifer Love Hewitt!  Hot Damn!  Maybe Fancy finally got the message that we actually want some celebrity in our celebrity curated boxes.
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Candle
Cake Candelabra
 (Fancy Retail: $8.00; Amazon Retail: $7.49)
Verdict:  Hit!
I opened this and for a moment I was confused and just couldn’t quite get the Jennifer Love Hewitt connection to this fancy pants cake topper.   Cue my seeking out the fancy reference card….and this note from JLove, “I love baking and I can’t wait to top my next cake with this masterpiece!  Sometimes candles just don’t cut it.”  I also love baking so whoever’s next in line for one of my birthday cakes is will get a candelabra instead of the regular grocery store candle.

USB
Message in a Bottle 4G USB Drive(Fancy Retail: $28.00; Amazon Retail: $14.95)
Verdict:  Love!
I can always use another thumb drive and the poet in me loves the idea of modern technology meeting the old fashioned romance of a message in a bottle.  This would be great to use if you want to surprise your significant other with some type of digital gift.   You can even tie a cute little ribbon around the neck.

earrings
Black Acrylic Diamond Earrings
 (Fancy Retail:20.00;)
Verdict:  Hit!
I probably wouldn’t pick these up for myself but they are different and I can certainly wear them with a wide variety of outfits.  They also seem like an item Jennifer Love Hewitt might actually enjoy herself, which is the whole point of this box.

Tee
Very Fancy Tee  
(Fancy Retail: $28.00)
Verdict:  Complete Utter & Total Miss

Jennifer Love Hewitt asks on the card “Who doesn’t love being Fancy?”
My answer: “This girl right here.”

So this the tshirt Fancy designed after oh so carefully emailing me to confirm my size. I chose an XL because I have big boobs and prefer not to have logos and pictures stretched weirdly across my chest.  Had I known what I would be getting I would have sized way way down, but let’s start with the design itself.  This looks like something you picked up at the boardwalk of Seaside Heights in 1985. It’s so frick’n ugly.  Really, what, why, I just can’t….  There is a giant world of awesome tshirts out there, covered in things like the Tardis, and cool quotations from the Princess Bride and even the Thundercats and this is what they pick?  This?  An 80sish version of their stupid Fancy logo?  People, I can’t anymore, I just can’t.

And getting back to the subject of the size… this is #%$#%#@%#@ MEN’S XL!  This thing fits like a damn dress on me and I am not a little person.  And don’t give me that unisex bullshit – there is no unisex.  There is just women’s shirts and men’s shirts.   When manufacturers are too lazy to make women’s tees that account for our many curves, they just take a man’s tshirt and stick a unisex label on it.  Last I checked Jennifer Love Hewitt’s subscription was a WOMAN’S subscription.  Why would you send a men’s tshirt?  WHY?????   This is far too big an XL to be considered even unisex.  This is a men’s tshirt, full stop.

Full Box
Overall

I paid full price for this box so including shipping I paid $46.95.  The Fancy retail of this box was $84.00 but I find that highly inflated.  No way was that tee worth $28 and that thumb drive was over $10.00 less on Amazon.

So we were doing fairly well with the items until we got to the horrid tshirt.  I could actually see the Jennifer Love Hewitt vibe in the choices and if the tee had come in a women’s size (or cut) I would have put aside my personal distaste for the logo design and called the box a win.  But sending a giant men’s tshirt in a woman’s subscription box is just ridiculous.  I’m sure when Jennifer Love Hewitt (or her “people”) chose this they assumed it would be an actual woman’s shirt.  In any case I’m calling this box a draw.  Two steps forward, two steps back and we’re doing the same damn cha cha.

So ladies, what do you think of unisex tshirts?
And what do you think of the Fancy logo on this months’ shirt?  Hideous or cute 80s retro?

THE BACKSTORY

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 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
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

Original Fancy Box – January 2014

So as you know lately I haven’t been fancying Fancy all that much.  There have been a lot of mix-ups and lackluster boxes and just general lack of thought and oversight.  So this is a redemption box.  Fancy needs to impress me if they want to keep me subscribing to two of their boxes.  So let’s dive in and see if they managed to pull it off.
BoxPacked Open

Tshirt
Just Do You Tee(Fancy Retail: $28.00)
Verdict:  Hit
So I looked at this shirt and the “Just do me” emblazoned on the chest and my mind wandered to really inappropriate things. Thankfully, this one had a card with the following description, “New Year’s resolutions never seem to last the entire year, but this tee shirt sets a simple and yet awesome goal –Just Do You and everything will work out for the better.”  Okay, well that makes more sense, but I’m still not gonna be walking around the street with a shirt that says “Just Do Me.”  Now, the positives:  for the first time ever Fancy actually managed to include a Tshirt in the correct size I listed on my profile.  That’s one point on the redemption checklist.  The color is nice, the fabric isn’t too sheer and the neckline is on the higher side.  I can use this for working out and lounging around the house writing these blog posts, so I’m going to chalk this one up as a hit.

Rings Rings 2
Wrap Arrow Ring
& Athena Wrap Around Ring by Katie Dean Jewelry (Fancy Retail: $45.00 & $55.00)
Verdict:  Love!
You remember that cheap skull bracelet that Fancy kept sending me over and over again in the Jennifer Love Hewitt boxes?  Well believe it or not this is the same designer, but I would never have guessed it.  These two rings are gold plate over sterling silver and I adore them.  They are completely adjustable so you can work that knuckle ring trend when you want and then just turn them into regular rings when you’re not feeling it.  They’re adorable paired together, on their own, or mixed with other rings.  They’re a little bit dainty and a little bit edgy and a whole lot of fun.  This one adds at least 4 points to Fancy’s redemption score.

Book
Mini People Book(Fancy Retail: $15.00)
Verdict: Miss
You remember that itty bitty crate of even more itty bitty people that Fancy sent out a few months back?  It was part of contest where people could take photos, post them on Instagram and the best photo would win a gift card. Fancy made a little book out the winning photos.  I don’t mind the book, but it should not have a value and instead be a freebie bonus item. This thing is flimsier than the instruction booklet that comes with your blender.  If you’re willing to pay $15 for this thing, I have some property to sell you in Florida.  Minus one on the road to Fancy’s redemption.

Mug
Don’t F’king Procrastinate Mug
(Fancy Retail:$16.00)
Verdict: Miss
So this month, this is the item missing a description card.  But it’s really just a mug with some cursing on the front.  I like swearing, believe you me, but I’m just not quite feeling this mug.  I think the people that can use it are somewhat limited since you can’t take it to most jobs and people with kids probably don’t want them to see the kitchenware cursing at people.  Not sure this is the best thing to include in the regular Fancy subscription.  Another point taken away.

Cable
Crosslink Cable (
Fancy Retail: $18.00)
Verdict: LOVE!

So this is where we throw the redemption checklist out the window.  I LOVE this thing.  Every weekday (on a good day) it takes me 1 hour and ten minutes to go the whole 8 miles to work.  (You don’t want to know how long it takes on a bad day.)  Because of this, I carry around a bunch of gadgets – an iphone 5, an ipod touch and an old keyboard style kindle.  They each have their own charging cable.  So if I don’t want to run out of juice at the office I need to carry around 3 different cables.  This bad boy just replaced all of those.  Now I have one cable I can keep in my bag and use at work to charge all the gadgets that distract me from the epic quest that is my journey to and from work.  I showed this to my coworkers and they all plan to buy one.  This box could have been filled with just ten of those mini people books and this one cable and I would have still loved the box.

Full Box
Overall

So Fancy did replace the missing item from my last box (eyelash curler) so we are already square on that front.  According to Fancy, the value on this box is $177, removing the book that really should have no value, brings us to $162.  I had some credit from Fancy’s customer service which came to $34.95 being charged against the Fancy gift card I already had. This box was more than worth that to me.  I consider the mini book a bonus item and the mug will be given to my boyfriend who can use it around the house.  I’ll get use out of the t-shirt and I adore the rings.  And there just aren’t words for how much I am in love with that little cable.

Honestly, I was expecting this box to be pretty awful.  Between the past screw-ups and the lack of interesting items I just wasn’t feeling like Fancy was putting much effort into their boxes.  But this box actually, impossibly managed to redeem them.  So hat’s off to you Fancy.  Now let’s see how you do with the Jennifer Love Hewitt box.

Did you think this box redeemed Fancy or would you need more?

THE BACKSTORY

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 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
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 

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Original Fancy Box: December 2013

At some point Fancy decided they want to really make me work for this blogging gig.  If you’re a regular reader I’m sure you’ve been following my odd saga with the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box.  I thought that maybe, the regular Fancy subscription would be exempt from all these screw-ups.  I was wrong.  I have cards without items, items without cards and much confusion.  Harnessing the power of my frustration and best google-fu we’re going to get into the December 2013 box.

Box

We’re going to do this in a slightly different way. 

Open

We’ll start with the cards I got in the box (You will note there are more items than cards).

 Cards

Sunglasses
Quay Sunglasses
(Fancy Retail: $60.00; Amazon Retail: Average: $39.95)
Verdict:  Miss/On the Fence
So if you subscribe to any Fancy box for more than a couple months you are pretty much guaranteed to get sunglasses and headphones.  I like the shape on these, but the design just seems like too much for me.  I’m not sure if I’ll use them or gift them, but the box they came in is certainly nice.   As is fairly typical for Fancy, the cost on these seems pretty inflated.  I did a search for “Quay Sunglasses” on Amazon and it seems most retail for $39.95.  They do have some other really nice styles that I wish I’d received instead of this one.

Card
Holiday Card by Smock Paper
(Fancy Retail: $5.00)
Verdict:  Gift/Hit if it came earlier
So this item was one of those without a card so I did a bit of searching.  I really love the style of it (although I’d never pay $5.00 for one Christmas card).  I only wish this had come in an earlier box so I could have given it out as a gift.  Perhaps the idea was that Fancy was sending us a Christmas card?  Although it’s blank inside so that really doesn’t make sense.  It’s nice and I’ll put it aside for next Christmas.

 

Candle
Archipelago Holiday Travel Tin
  (Fancy Retail: $15.00; Amazon Retail: $13.00)
Verdict: Gift/Miss
Another item that frequents gift boxes: candles.  I generally love candles and I should love this one according to the description “the rich fragrances of cinnamon clove, mulberry cider and other holiday scents”, but I think those “other holiday scents” are what bug me.  I didn’t care for the scent so I’m adding it to the gift pile.

 

Lip Balm
Bib + Tuck Lip Balm??
(Fancy Retail:???)
Verdict: Miss
One of the items with no card is yet another frequent addition to subscription boxes: lip balm.  The logo is hard to read but it seems to say “Bib + Tuck”.  There’s no scent or flavor indicated but it does say its SPF 15.  I tried to search for this on Fancy and there are a billion lip balms and I couldn’t seem to narrow it down so I’m assuming I misread the font.  I love lip balms and typically can’t get enough of them, but the hard to read packaging and no indication of what kind of balm this is leave me flat. 

 

Eyelash Curler
Japonesque Precision Eye Curler
(Fancy Retail: $14.00; Amazon Retail: $10.00)
Verdict:  Miss
So this is where I got a card but no actual item.  Just judging by the photo it seems like a pretty standard eyelash curler.  I’m sure it does its job quite well, but I’m not feeling what’s so special about this that it should be included in a Fancy box.  If this was a makeup or beauty subscription I would be more forgiving, but a Fancy box should have things that are unique or interesting.   This is way too pedestrian.

 

Earbuds
Pipe Earphone w/mic by AIAIAI:
(Fancy Retail: $40.00)
Verdict:  Hit
Rounding out “the usual crap you get in subscription boxes” theme of this month are the ubiquitous headphones.  As a commuter, I destroy earbuds on a regular basis so having an extra pair is quite useful, but there is nothing special or interesting about these.  They didn’t even come in a fun color (and like most of my box they are also missing a card).  According to their Fancy page, they are “ergonomic” but I don’t really see much difference between their design and my $20 Sonys.  Again, nothing special to see here.

Full Box
Overall

So I contacted Fancy about my problems with the box, including my missing item.  They apologized and said they’d send out the eyelash curler right away and asked if there was anything else they could do.  I mentioned that I was a blogger and would appreciate if they could send me the links to the Fancy items that didn’t come with cards (particularly the mysterious lip balm).  This was on December 22nd.  As of yet, I have not received the eyelash curler or a response regarding those questions.

Now I can’t even begin to tell you what I paid for this box since I had leftovers of a gift card, a couple of referral dollars (as always, thank you!) and the gift card money Fancy has been giving me for various screw-ups.  The Fancy retail is $134.00 and the regular retail is $107.95 (not including the lip balm).

If the missing eyelash curler had been a bar of soap, this would have filled the BINGO board for subscription boxes.  Sunglasses, earbuds/earphones, candles, and lip balms are a constant in boxes.   What makes the difference is if they are interesting or compelling in some way.  None of these were and they all came in the same box.

I thought the idea behind Fancy was that it was supposed to send you cool, fun stuff that you didn’t expect or wouldn’t find anywhere else.   An eyelash curler you can get at a drugstore and black earbuds are not exactly “cutting edge”.

I’m also extremely disappointed in their customer service.  I expect that if I pay for a product, I receive it and if I don’t that it is *immediately* rectified.  It’s been over two weeks and I haven’t received my missing product and my questions remain unanswered. 

Fancy, you need to try harder.  Much harder.

 

What do you guys think?  Do I need to give up on Fancy or give them a break?

 

THE BACKSTORY

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 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
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 

COUPON CODE:  FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box – December 2013 Box – The legend continues

Box
No, you are not having déjà vu.  I already reviewed a December 2013 Jennifer Love Hewitt box.  Another one magically appeared at my doorstep yesterday.  I was quite surprised, but I figured since the last one was the “Welcome Box” not the real December travel themed box other folks received, I was probably just getting back on schedule.  Cue my surprise when I opened the box to find yet another version.  I’m going to just jump into the items and then we can discuss my odd saga with the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.

Opening


Bracelet
Katie Dean Bad to the Bone Bracelet(Fancy Retail: $18.00)
Verdict:  Epic Miss
You might find that déjà vu feeling getting stronger.  It’s probably because this same cheap bracelet was sent in the last box.  I hated it then and I hate it even more now.

Rest
Steep Up to the Plate Teabag Rest:((Fancy Retail:$10.00)
Verdict:  Total Miss
Still feeling like you’ve seen and done this all before?  You have.  This teabag rest was in the November box.  I had it in my “gift” pile since I’m not a tea drinker and I still haven’t found anyone to give it to yet.  Now I have a matching set.  Joy.

Mug
Camera Lens Mug:
(Fancy Retail: $15.00;Amazon Retail: $10.69)
Verdict:
  Gift
This is an insulated mug that looks like a camera lens.  I think this item has a very specific audience and I’m not sure I see a “Jennifer Love Hewitt” connection.  Thankfully, there is a person on my Christmas list who would enjoy and use this.

Jewelry RollOpen Roll
Ted Baker Jewelry Roll
(Fancy Retail:$40.00)
Verdict:  Hit!
I saved the best for last, since this is the one item that made this box at least a little worthwhile for me.  It’s a floral print jewelry roll that you can use for travel.  It’s compact, well made and useful for any woman you know who wears jewelry and likes to travel.  It’s also an item I can actually see fitting in with the Jennifer Love Hewitt aesthetic that this box is supposed to have.  I wouldn’t have paid $40 for it, but it’s a nice piece to have.

Cards
Overall
Full Box

Before we even get to the dollars and cents we have a lot to discuss.  For those who aren’t regular readers, you can read about the start of this fiasco in my last Jennifer Love Hewitt box review.  So after I received the “Welcome box” instead of the regular December box, I contacted Fancy Customer service.  My big concern was for my next box, since I wanted to be assured I would receive the current box and not repeats.  I was assured that after the Welcome box I would be receiving the regular up to date subscription boxes.  Instead, this is what showed up at my door.

I’ve already sent Fancy customer service another email, and am awaiting a response.  Beyond that I have no idea what’s going on.  This isn’t the Welcome box, the regular December box and if it’s the January box then there are going to be a lot of angry subscribers because half this box is stuff they’ve most likely received.

Now, I had some money left on a Fancy gift card and with the coupon code I was charged $25.30 against my balance.  According to my calculations this box has a Fancy retail of $83.00  and (with the lower Amazon price on the mug) a regular retail of $78.69.   The only worthwhile item in here for me is the jewelry roll but I probably wouldn’t have purchased it at this time since I currently don’t have travel plans and I already have a jewelry travel case.

 I would say though that if you are considering the Jennifer Love Hewitt subscription, you hold off until they fix some of these issues.  If you want to try Fancy I’d recommend trying out the Cocha Rocha instead as that appears to be a similar aesthetic and seems far more consistent based on the reviews I’ve seen.  From what I can tell these issues with the Jennifer Love Hewitt box seem to be for recent newer subscribers or re-subscribers. If you’ve been subscribed for awhile with no interruption, you probably won’t be getting all these weird boxes.

If you get the Jennifer Love Hewitt box I’d love to hear your experience and thoughts.  If you receive any other celebrity curated Fancy boxes I’d love to know if you had any similar issues.

THE BACKSTORY

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 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
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: December 2013 “Welcome Box”

For info on Fancy subscriptions and a coupon code, jump down below.

If you’re still with me, let’s move on to the review of the December 2013 Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.
Box

It seems this is the month that Fancy decided to test my blogging abilities.  First, there are no little cards to tell me about the products, but perhaps that’s not necessary since this box looks surprisingly familiar.  Why is it familiar?  Because it’s nearly identical to the very first Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box that was sent out in May.   Let’s discuss.
Open

Beanie
Cake Unisex Beanie in Black (Fancy Retail: $40.00)
Verdict:  Miss
A fluorescent orange beanie went out in the JLH May box, so technically this black one is a huge improvement.  While I like knit hats, I don’t really do logos and this is pretty boring as far as hats go.  (I like a little flair with my headgear).  Fancy is supposed to be about the fun cool stuff you might not think to buy.  I can get these hats at any street corner in NYC for about $5.  To its credit, the beanie is well made and seems durable.  It would probably be a pretty nice gift for a guy who doesn’t mind wearing logos.

Bracelet
Katie Dean Bad to the Bone Bracelet (Fancy Retail: $18.00)
Verdict:  Complete Miss
This exact bracelet was included in the May box.  From a fashion standpoint, I like the idea of mixing whimsical little skulls with a metallic bead.  From an execution standpoint this item fails.  If you’re going to string one strand of beads on an elastic cord, those beads need to be fabulous in order for your jewelry not to look cheap.  These beads are not fabulous, heck the gold ones are basically just pony beads.  It’s an incredibly cheap looking bracelet and looks more suited to middle-schoolers than a grown woman.  This would cost you at most $3.00 to make yourself (and I’m being generous).  I find this item to be the biggest disappointment in the whole box.

Headphones
Urban Beats Headphones in Pink (Fancy Retail:$40.00; Amazon Retail: $32.50)
Verdict:  Hit!
These headphones were included in the May box but in mint instead of pink.  I would have loved the mint as that shade is more my speed, but I’ve been looking for this style of headphone to use on cold days (I figure they can double as earmuffs).  The pink is fun even if it’s not what I would have chosen.

Wayfarer
The Fancy Wayfarer
(Fancy Retail:$30.00)
Verdict:  Like

The May box included the basic black wayfarers (shown in the link) while this one had a patterned pair.  I could always use an extra pair of sunglasses and I like the print and shape of these, however it seems an odd addition for this time of year.  They seem way better suited for that earlier box.  I do prefer this print to the solid black they sent out before.

Full Box
Overall

With a Fancy discount coupon and a couple of referral dollars I was charged $25.30 which I used my gift card to cover.  The Fancy retail of this box was $128.00 and the retail with the lower Amazon price was $120.50.    Unfortunately I think both the beanie and the bracelet are far over-valued for what they are.

 Thankfully, the headphones coupled with my discount made this box worthwhile, because at full price I would have been hugely disappointed.  Even putting aside the fact that this box is pretty much a duplicate of a previous one and didn’t include any cards, it still doesn’t measure up. The bracelet is cheap, the beanie is boring and they could have done so much more interesting stuff for the holiday season.

I wasn’t subscribed at the time of the May box, so thankfully this box isn’t a duplicate for me.  I’m interested to see what happens for currently subscribed folks that received that May box already.   Will they be getting something different or a redux of that same box?

I have to say that if there is a totally different December Jennifer Love Hewitt box that other subscribers receive, I will be uber disappointed and probably put in a complaint to Fancy.  While the original subscription is different per customer, the celebrity ones are supposed to be the same for all the subscribers and I feel like I’ve gotten the leftovers instead of a brand, spanking new celebrity box.

So the question for you dear readers is: even if you hadn’t received the box before, would you be upset to receive a duplicate of an older celebrity box instead of the current one?

UPDATE!!!
I contacted Fancy about recieving an older box instead of the current one and got a very quick response. It is as follows: “Whenever a Fancy Box subscription is cancelled, and re-subscribed, the latest one is always treated as a new subscription. It just so happens the Jennifer Love Hewitt Subscription has a welcome box of her favorite items; when a new subscription comes in, that would be the box sent…This is only exclusive to that specific subscription.”

I had canceled and resubscribed in order to use a coupon code so that it what caused me to receive the “Welcome box” from May.  Fancy was gracious in their response and also gave me a $15 giftcard.  If you had a smiliar situation to mine, I’d suggest dropping them a line.  I’m not sure which other subscriptions are affected by this type of problem, but I was told the original Fancy box is not.

This “welcome box” issue is going to be extremely problematic for people that like to experiment by trying out different Fancy boxes thus canceling and resubscribing frequently.  So currently, if you are interested in the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box and decide to subscribe today you will recieve this “Welcome Box” and not whatever the current box is.  After your welcome box, your subscription should just pick up with whatever is current. 

I strongly hope that Fancy rethinks how they’ve set up this subscription because if someone hates this box, they will still need to purchase it in order to get access to a Jennifer Love Hewitt subscription.  They are going to run into a lot of people just opting for a different subscription at Fancy or going to one of its competitors.  There will also be quite a few confused and angry subscribers who will read blogs like mine and wonder why they are getting a different box than everyone else.   Please fix this Fancy before the small problem becomes a big one.

 

THE BACKSTORY
Now is a fabulous time to try out Fancy.  For the Holidays they have 20% off everything on their site:  Just use the code HOLIDAY at Checkout!

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 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
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 

COUPON CODE:  FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

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