Original Fancy Box: November 2013

Box Open
For more on Fancy subscriptions and a coupon code, jump down below.  Now let’s move right on to the main event:  the November Original Fancy Box review:

Cuff
Goddess Gold Cuff (Fancy Retail: $???)
Verdict:  Hit!
So when I first looked at this bracelet, my first instinct was that there was no way I was going to wear it, but once I put it on the shape was surprisingly flattering.  Because it’s spring based (and not a bangle) it actually fit nice and snug to my freakishly small wrist.  Its Wonder Woman appeal won me over and now it’s a fun addition to my jewelry collection.

Magazine
Suitcase Magazine: Issue 4 (Fancy Retail: $15.00)
Verdict:  Complete Miss
Okay I guess I’m a glutton for punishment because I stupidly added Media back into my box selections after seeing so many cool books popping up on Fancy.  And yet again, another  %!&*@!@&, stupid overpriced magazine.  I will admit that this one is an improvement over the last mag which had nothing but pictures of people whose wardrobe resembled the Muppets, but without the whimsy or  fun.  I’ve deselected “Media” and this time it’s staying deselected.

Coasters
Slate Coaster Set  (Fancy Retail:$15.00; Amazon Retail: $10.69)
Verdict:  Gift!
I like these and if I didn’t have a bunch of coasters I’d keep them for myself.  The cool thing about slate is you can use chalk to write notes on it, so that’s another fun bonus.  These will make a great gift paired with a bottle of nice booze or some other booze related paraphernalia.

Cards
I Drew This For You Business Cards(Fancy Retail:$???)
Verdict:  Miss
Okay, I know it you’re thinking that I have no sense of whimsy, but I swear to you I absolutely do.  I just cannot think of a scenario where I need a bunch of blank business cards to write on.  Maybe if I was big on the singles scene and wanted to write my number instead of just calling someone’s cell?  Or maybe so you can be non-confrontation and write “not in your lifetime pal” on a card and discreetly slip it to the poor guy instead of shooting him down in front of all his friends?  No idea.  I can use the business card holder, so I guess that’s a plus.

Speaker
Monocle Speaker by Native Union  (Fancy Retail: $60.00)
Verdict:  Hit!/Gift
Someone, somewhere is campaigning really hard for this little guy.  He seems to be uber popular with the subscription boxes and it seems that he’s popped up in multiple subscriptions across different services.  It’s a speaker that can play music, answer calls and be “daisy chained” to other monocles to form an “impromptu surround sound”.  Now I really want to find an occasion for impromptu surround sound, like going into my office bathroom and scaring the crap out of people (pun intended) with daisy chained monocles suddenly blaring out Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball when they flushI don’t have a gadget like this, so I could probably use it myself, but I know someone who’s been looking for a little speaker so I’m going to wrap this up and give it to him for Christmas.

Fancy Cards

Overall
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Because my friends love me (and my blog) so much, as a Birthday present I got a gift card to Fancy which I put toward subscriptions.  With a coupon code I was charged $43.05 and that was taken off my gift card.  Fancy didn’t have a price listed for the bracelet or the business cards, but even without those items and counting the cheaper Amazon pricing on the coasters, the value was still over $85.00.

I’m satisfied with this box since the big ticket item is a great gift and I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I like the bracelet.   The coasters will make be another nice present and I’m sure I can find something to do with the silly business cards.   On principle I will read the magazine, but I’m pretty certain it’s not going to give me $15 worth of entertainment.

So are fancy pants, expensive European magazines interesting to you or are you fine with the $4.00 Glamour or Lucky mags?

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:

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: November 2013

For more on Fancy  subscription boxes and a coupon code, jump down below, but now let’s get right to the main event the November Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.

Box

Cookbook Cookie!

One Sweet Cookie by Tracy Zabar (Fancy Retail: $30.00; Amazon Retail: $20.79)
Verdict:  Hit!
When it comes to cookbooks, I’m as easy as an easy bake oven.  I love to collect them and typically can find at least one useful recipe in most of the volumes that end up on my shelves.  This book is for fancy pants cookies – the kind you see at tea parties or bridal showers.  I love baking, but I favor cakes and pies, since my oven doesn’t understand that pesky concept of temperature.  It’s so old the numbers on the dial have rubbed off, so there’s only a deep scratch where 350 degrees *should* be.  If you want any other temps, you’ll just have to guess.  It also won’t stay on any one temperature for too long (it, like me, is a fickle bitch). But I digress.  Anyway, these are super fancy cookies so they’d be nice for Christmas gift boxes or to serve at parties.  I think I’ll start with something less temperature sensitive, like a bar recipe and hope for the best.

Trinket BoxTrinket
French Macaron Trinket Box: (Fancy Retail: $14.00)
Verdict:  Gift
When I first saw the card for this little trinket box I thought it was glass, but it’s actually made of some type of resin.  It’s cute, although the color is slightly disappointing.  (I was hoping for a cheerful pastel in lieu of poop brown).  Once I realized this item wasn’t breakable, I thought it’d be something cute to tuck into my niece’s Christmas gift.  She loves baked goods and little things and hiding little things in other little things so this should be perfect.

Creme
Archipelago Botanicals Soy Milk Cream (Fancy Retail:$18.00; Amazon Retail: $14.28)
Verdict:  Hit!
Surprisingly I don’t actually have much in the way of body lotion  and I don’t have any soy milk based body products so this will be fun to try out. This is another great giftable since it seems like a subtle scent that would appeal to a lot of folks.

Spatula
Pop Chomp Spatula:
(Fancy Retail: $12.00; Amazon Retail:$8.94)
Verdict:  Hit!/Gift
Okay, okay it’s a spatula.  But it’s a *cute* spatula and pretty darn sturdy to boot.  I own quite a few spatulas so I’m not sure if I’ll be adding this to my collection or including it as part of a Christmas gift.  Pair it with an upscale baking mix for an adorable hostess gift.

Tea Rest
Steep Up to the Plate Teabag Rest:(
Fancy Retail:$10.00)
Verdict:  Gift!
So for years I have tried to convince myself that I could be a tea drinker.  Whether loose tea leaves or bags, green or oolong, I just can’t drink more than a few sips.  Oddly, I’m also not much of a coffee drinker either.  Truthfully, I’m just a heathen who drinks diet soda in the morning.  (Listen, I won’t comment on your caffeine fix, if you don’t comment on mine).  This little tray is whimsical and charming and paired with some fancy teas it’s a perfect gift for someone who actually drinks (or likes) tea.

Open Box
Overall

With shipping, and minus a few referral dollars (thanks again!) I paid $44.95 for this box.  The total retail value on Fancy came out to $84.00. If you factor in the cheaper prices I found on Amazon for a couple items, the cost would be $68.01.

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I’m satisfied with this box as a great way to pick up some holiday gifts, although there wasn’t a single item I absolutely loved.  I was also slightly disappointed that the cards didn’t really link back to JLove (although the psuedo cookies and milk theme was appealing.)

I really want to see more of a link between the celebrity and their box items since the big draw of the curated subscriptions are the celebrities involved.  I thought last month did a great job of giving us info about Jennifer Love Hewitt (her favorite cocktail) while providing a fun cohesive box.

So what do you think?  Do you want more celebrity in your celebrity themed boxes, or is it enough to pick up some cool swag?

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%

Original Fancy Box: October 2013

For more on Fancy  subscription boxes and a coupon code, jump down below, but let’s get to the review of the October original Fancy Box.

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Inside the box…

Open Box

Purse
Midnight Clutch by Emilie M.  (Retail: $50.00)
Verdict:  Hit!

This vegan leather bag is described as “a day-to night staple that fits all of the essentials.” Despite my deep adoration for handbags, I actually don’t own an envelope style so this is a great addition.  The quilting adds an edgy vibe without making the bag too complicated.  It’s simple enough to go with just about everything and I plan on using it asap for a birthday outing with friends.  This bag also came with a 20% off coupon code for Emilie M’s website.  I’m not sure if I’ll use it, but it was a nice bonus.

Baster
Prepara Chef’s Basting Set
(Fancy Retail: $20.00/Amazon Retail: $14.01)
Verdict:  Hit!

This little doohickey promises to let me “baste like a chef!   (It included that exclamation point, so I know they really mean it).  Now when I tell you I have a lot of kitchen gadgets, I have a LOT of kitchen gadgets.  Every spare inch of my 1960s kitchen is chock full of them, so finding one I don’t own always impresses me.  I don’t have one of these and I think it’s a great idea since you can microwave it and put it in the dishwasher (which would matter more if I had a dishwasher).  I can’t wait to try it out with my fabulous root beer ham recipe.

People
Miniature People: (Retail $15.00)
Verdict:  Miss
Okay, okay I love whimsy as much as the next person and I cannot express how much I adore miniature things and I fully admit these mini people are a fabulous photo opportunity, but (you knew there was a but coming) I don’t like that they were included as one of the four items in our box.  Fancy is currently running a contest where you post fun photos of these guys on instagram in the hopes of winning a $250 giftcard.  Unfortunately their adorably small size makes them easy to lose unless you keep them in their clutteriffic little case.  I think it would have been a lot better if they’d been sent in a tiny bag as an addition to our four items and our chance to enter the contest.  I imagine that the $15.00 price tag is more for the wood box than the teeny tiny people.

USB Strip
Contort Flexible USB Hub (Fancy Retail: $25.00/Amazon Retail: $7.39)
Verdict:  Love!
“Contort is a four-port USB hub and cord manager, with a flexible neck to protect all your USB devices from accidental damage.”  Fancy always seems to do well by me when it comes to the gadgets.  There are so many of these little devices I need and never bother picking up.  To write this lovely blog I was constantly swapping my thumb drive and my camera in and out of the same USB port.  No more!  Fancy has now given me three more USB ports.  It’s made this so much easier and I am ever grateful.

Items
Overall

With shipping, and minus a few referral dollars (thanks!) I paid $40.95 for this box.  The total retail value on Fancy came out to $110.00.  If you factor in the cheaper prices I found on Amazon for a couple items, the cost would be $86.40.

CardsOverall, I’m pretty satisfied with this box because aside from the mini people I will get a lot of use out of the remaining items and even with removing the cost of the aforementioned people and adjusting for the Amazon discounts, I still came out way ahead.

So what do you think?  Are the mini people fun and whimsical enough to be worth $15, or are they just another item for your dog or toddler to swallow?

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 – October 2013

For more on Fancy  subscription boxes and a coupon code, jump down below, but let’s get to the review of my October Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.  This is one of the five celebrity curated boxes that Fancy offers.

Open Box

Somehow Jennifer Love Hewitt must have known that October is my birthday month because she sent me a party in a box.  I was a bit disappointed with her last month, but she’s more than made up for it with a booze themed box centering around her favorite drink, the Cosmopolitan.

ShakerFinal Touch Glass Cocktail Shaker (Retail $25:00 on Fancy; $21.99 on Amazon)
Verdict:
Hit!
This is a really sturdy and practical cocktail shaker.  It’s got seven different drink recipes written on the glass along with measurements in both ounce and milliliter.  I have a metal cocktail shaker, but I’ve been wanting an additional glass one so we can make more than one cocktail at a time.

Cutting BoardCore Bamboo Mixology Bar Board: (Retail: $15.00 on Fancy & Amazon)
Verdict:
  Hit!
This little bar board has a recipe for a cosmopolitan cut right in.  It’s a great size and it has a hole cut in the corner so you can hang it up.  I actually don’t own a cutting board in this size nor do I have one just for my bar.  This is a welcome addition.

ChitchatsChitChats Drink Markers: (Retail: $10.00 on Fancy; $9.02 on Amazon )
Verdict:
  Hit!
These are reusable drink markers that let you write fun messages.  While I’d probably never pick these up on my own because I don’t tend to have large parties, they’re fun and I’m sure I’ll pull a few out for my birthday.

Molecular

Molecule-R Cosmpolitan: (Retail: $29.00, this size kit not available on Amazon)
Verdict:
Love!
This kit includes 3 recipes for molecular mixology at home.  You get encapsulated cosmopolitan, cranberry foam and citrus caviar.  I have been dying to try one of these kits, but they were always way more than I wanted to spend.  I was so excited to see this and I can’t wait to try it out with some friends.

CardsSo overall, I was thrilled with this box.  I will use every single item.  This is my first Fancy box that really had a solid theme and I hope they do this more in the future.  I also liked that it had a real connection to Jennifer Love Hewitt by featuring her favorite drink.  Now if you’re not a drinker, you could be disappointed by this box.  However, each of these items can be coupled with a corresponding bottle of booze to make a great gift.  It’s particularly suited for hostess gifts.  As long as you know some people who like to booze it up from time to time, you can still get a lot of use out of this box.

Full BoxEven using the cheaper amazon price on the shaker, this box retailed for $75.99.  Normally it would cost me $46.95 (including shipping),  but Fancy gave me a $15 gift card for a previous error with a box and you lovely readers gave me some referral credits, so this month I only ended up spending $22.95.   I would have been thrilled with this box at the higher price, so I’m super excited to have gotten it for such a low cost.  (And a big thank you to those of you who gave me referral credits!  It is much appreciated!)

What did you guys think?  Would you have loved the booze filled box or been bored with the theme?

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%

Original Fancy Box – September 2013

Open Box
For more on Fancy  subscription boxes and a coupon code, jump down below, but let’s get to the review of the September original Fancy Box.

Now to the review…

Last month I was a bit disappointed in some of my fancy boxes and since my original subscription included a really awful overpriced magazine I decided to drop “media” from my subscription categories and just stick with: Womens, Home & Gadgets.  I also received the wrong Tshirt size.  Fancy is still working on getting me the correct size.  They did send me a $15 gift code as well, but that didn’t hit in time to apply to this box.

Herb KeeperHerb Savor Mini Pod  Retail$13.00
Verdict:  Miss/Gift

“Prepara herb-savor pod will prolong the life of your fresh herbs for up to 3 weeks.” I generally love kitchen gadgets, but I already have an herb keeper that I rarely use.  I don’t buy fresh herbs that much and when I do I typically use them immediately.  It’s not a bad idea, just not right for me.   It’s going in the Christmas gift pile.


Nail PolishCorrupted Neon Nail Polish by Ciaté
 Retail $25.00
Verdict:  Miss/Gift
This polish set features matte neon polish, a glitter pot and glows in the dark.   I also received the caviar Ciaté polish in my most recent Jennifer Love Hewitt Celebrity Fancy box and didn’t care for that one either.   I think this is the kind of thing that would appeal to a teenager or a college kid moreso than an adult woman.  I could see this item fitting in with the Pink subscription box, but here I feel like the products need to be more universally appealing.  That being said, I have someone in mind that I think will enjoy this so it’s not a total waste.

ChargerFancy Power Grid by Tego: Retail $60.00
Verdict:  Win!
This charge allows you to charge two items at once and utilizes a USB connection.  Not only is this practical and useful, my boyfriend has been nagging me to get something just like it.  As soon as I’d finished taking photos of it for you lovely folks I passed it on to him.

Notebook2Fancy 2 Notebook Set Retail $???(Couldn’t find a price on this one so let’s estimate it at $8.00)
Verdict:  Hit

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I hoard blank notebooks.  I’m not sure if it’s a writer thing, but I have a ton of them in all kinds of styles.  These are very basic, with cute sayings on the front and are a nice medium size.  I probably wouldn’t have purchased them myself because I tend to go for more unusual styles, but I’m sure I’ll get use out of them.

Full Box
Overall

With shipping, I paid $46.95 for this box.  The total retail value of came out to: $106.00.

Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with this box but that’s mostly because the charger was great and had a high value and I can gift the other items I’m not going to use.  Keep your fingers crossed that next month Fancy will run out of complicated nail polish sets to mail out, so I can blog about something new instead.

What did you think of this set?  Would you use any of it?

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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).

Fancy

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 – September 2013

Inside

For more on Fancy  subscription boxes and a coupon code, jump down below, but let’s get to the review of the September Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.  This is one of the five celebrity curated boxes that Fancy offers.

Polish

Limited Edition Ciate Nail Polish Caviar Manicure in Tutti Fruitti: (Retail $25:00)
Verdict: Miss

As you probably know if you read the blog, I have a Julep subscription so in theory this should work since I love nail stuff.  The thing is this looks like something it takes at least a little skill to apply and I am still working on not getting nail polish all over my fingers, hands and table.  There is no way I would be able to pull this off and not have those little beads everywhere.  I also don’t think it’s the best look for work.  In terms of mass appeal, every time I look at the pictures I envision those beads scattering all over the floor and women frantically running to keep their toddlers and dogs from eating them.  It’s an interesting item, but I think impractical for most folks.  Another one for my gift stash.

Shower Gel

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil: (Retail: $8.50)
Verdict:
  Product = Hit; Size = Miss

Now according to the Fancy site this product is $10, but the L’Occitane site lists it at $8.50.  As you can tell from the picture, this product is very small basically a deluxe sample size.  In a box this expensive where even shipping is extra, I expect better sizes.  And if you are going to go the sample route, then either do a couple items as a “travel set” or pick some things that work great in someone’s every day bag, like hand cream, lip balm, antibacterial, etc.  L’Occitane does make wonderful items, so the product itself is welcome.

Bandaids

Mustache Bandages:  (Retail: $6.00)
Verdict:
  Hit!

While I’d never pay $6.00 for these, they are fun and practical, plus the tin is extra cute.  I’m not sure if you can tell in the picture, but the tin came slightly dented.  It included a “free prize inside.”  Mine was a temporary tattoo of a zombie so that’s a double win right there.

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Sophie Sparrow Shark Tooth Necklace:  (Retail: $40.00)
Verdict:
Miss

This is a brass necklace with a long chain.  For me personally it doesn’t read as a shark tooth.  My first impression was more toward a variation on a Native American arrowhead.  Honestly, it’s not my aesthetic and my brass chain actually came with a tiny bit that was already tarnished.  I think the necklace was aiming for edgy and instead languishes at mediocre and uncompelling.  The retail on Fancy is $40, but a  quick google search found tons on ebay and craiglist in the $20/$25 range.  So if you happen to love this, I’d suggest picking it up on one of those sites for a lot less.

Book

One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book (Retail $12.66)
Verdict:
Gift

This is a journal with an interesting variation.  It’s a 5 year journal that is set up for you to write just one line a day.  It’s well made and a cool concept, but sadlyI have enough daily writing projects.  I do think however it will make a great gift.  I’m thinking it’s perfect for an expectant parent, and once the kid is born they can jot down a line every day about how trying or wonderful parenting can be.  Now again, this is overpriced on Fancy.  According to Fancy, the price is $25, but you can pick it up on Amazon for $12.66.

CardsSo overall, I was kind of disappointed with this box.  There wasn’t much for me to use personally and it didn’t feel particularly Jennifer Love Hewitt-esque.  The cards that come with the box give a little info on the products, but also state why the celebrity chose them.  This time, only three items had info on why JLove chose them (the necklace, the bandaids and the journal).  The nail polish set and the shower oil only contained generic messages.

Full
This box cost me $46.95, according to the retail values (using the cheapest prices I found) it’s worth $92.16.  The problem is I probably wouldn’t have selected a lot of these—even as gifts.  I’m hoping next month is improved otherwise as much as it breaks my heart, I may need to say goodbye to the Jennifer Love Hewitt Box.

What did you guys think of the items?  Am I being too hard on Fancy?  Did you love anything?

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%

Original Fancy Box – August 2013

Fancy BoxFor those of you not familiar with the site, Fancy is pretty much what would happen if Pinterest started selling stuff.  Users upload, post and “fancy” the coolest items throughout the internets.   While you browse the site, you have the option to buy the items through Fancy.

In addition to the posting and fancying and buying they also offer a monthly subscription box.

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 suggestion.


#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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Now to the review…


Last month I fell in love with the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box I received, so despite the overpriced shipping I decided to try out the original Fancy Box that would let me select which categories I wanted to receive.  I selected: Womens, Home, Gadgets & Media.  I listed my Tshirt size as XL and my cell phone as an Iphone 5.

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Here’s what I received for my first original Fancy Box.

Tshirt
Young and Wild Tshirt
:
  Retail ??? (Couldn’t find the price of this one online, so we’ll estimate $20.00)
Verdict:  Miss

The first problem with this shirt is that it’s a Large, not the Extra Large I indicated on my profile (I prefer my looser tees).  I had this same problem last month with my celebrity box.  That time I got a medium.  Since I could gift that shirt and everything else in the box was great, I didn’t bother complaining.  In this case I don’t really know anyone who wears a size large and would want a see through white tee that has “young and wild” written across the chest.  It’s also more of a fitted tee shirt, so that makes the sizing more important.

I contacted the Fancy customer service and they apologized and said I could mail it back with the pre-paid label and they would send me the correct size along with a $15 gift card for the hassle.

Even in the right size I’m not thrilled with the shirt.  I don’t really think I’m that young (33) and I don’t think I’m particularly wild either (unless you call weekends replaying Dragon Age and perfecting baked mac and cheese recipes “wild”), so it’d be like false advertising.  Also, I really hate white tshirts you can see through.  I don’t want to have to wear a damn Tshirt underneath my Tshirt.  I’ll probably relegate this shirt to my workout gear/pajama drawer unless someone I know loves it and wants to claim it as their own.

Magazine
“In Snap” Magazine, Edition #9:
 Retail $20.00
Verdict:  Total Miss

So this addition made me rethink my selection of “Media”.  I thought I might get some cool books or stationary, but instead I got some weird magazine I’ve never heard of.   It’s basically picture after picture of people wearing “quirky” street clothes.  In this case quirky = patterns that don’t match, shapes that don’t flatter and lots of shit with fur resembling skinned muppets.  I would have been unimpressed if this thing cost $5.00, but it’s ridiculous for $20.00.  For that price you can get a year’s subscription to a far more interesting publication.

IceMolds
Tevolo Sphere Ice Molds: Retail $10.00
Verdict:  Win!

Who can say no to giant ice balls?  Not this girl.  I was so psyched to see these.  In general I don’t have many ice cube trays and no super fancy ones.  These will come in so handy when I forget to put the wine in the fridge (and I really don’t care if that’s not the uber classy way to drink wine.  I like mine really cold and if that makes me a heathen, well then so be it).  I also think these would make a great gift.  If you plan to give someone a bottle of scotch or bourbon for Christmas, just throw in a box of these to go along with it.

LAEX
LAEX Card Holder:
 Retail $27.00
Verdict:  Gift Pile

A nice detail on it are the words “be foolish” written in the plastic.  While I don’t really have a use for an ID holder like this, it seems like a fun and practical gift.  It’d pair nicely with a cute little bag.

Jelly Fish
Jelly Fish Set:  Tripod for Smartphones & Sun Shield: Retail: $10.95 & $3.97; Total = $14.92
Verdict:  Love!

After Verizon’s constant bribery to get me to upgrade from my ancient phone, I finally joined this century and got an Iphone 5 just two weeks ago.  I love love love the little tripod.  It makes it so easy to record videos and it’ll be great when I want to watch some Netflix while I chop vegetables.  The sun shield is not quite so useful since summer is mostly over and I don’t see myself heading to a beach anytime soon.  This probably would have been perfect for a box that came earlier in the season.  I’m sure I’ll use it eventually though so it’s still a win.

Items

For the retail values, I googled and used the cheapest prices I could find online since I find that Fancy inflates the prices of some items. The total retail value of this box came out to: $91.92.  With a coupon code applied, and the shipping costs accounted for I paid $43.05.  While the retail price certainly exceeds the value of what I paid, there’s no way I would ever spend so much on some of these items.  A $20 magazine and a $27 card holder just don’t quite make the grade for me.

I’m not sure if I will continue this box.  My hope in getting it was to find a few cool things for me and some great gifts but with the high cost of the box and shipping, the items just aren’t quite doing it for me.  I wish they’d implement a system where we could rate the items we get and then they’d curate our boxes based on those ratings, but since they can’t even match up the Tshirt sizes I’m fairly certain that’s a pipe dream.

I think I will give this box one more month to impress me but only because I really really love giant iceballs and mini tripods.

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