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:

 

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