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.
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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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