Original Fancy Box: May 2014

So I know this Fancy review is overdue, but it got delayed because I was waiting on a resolution to my many issues with my April Original Fancy box. As you remember I received a repeat item, an item in a category I did not have checked and none of the items seemed to fit the theme they mentioned. Well, apparently dry shampoo, a USB drive, a magazine, chalk board decals and lightning bolt stud earrings are actually “one of a kind” with an “outdoorsy” and “rustic” feel. Who knew? Anyhow, I went back and forth with their customer service for weeks. At first I was told you can only return one item, then I was told you can return any repeat items. After much angst, I was able to return the USB drive (the repeat item) and get $20 credit which I am putting toward a different Fancy box.

Now enough about the last box, let’s dive in to this one.
Fancy Box Open Box Open Box 2

So once again it seems that Fancy has gone with a theme for the box and this one is “going away for the weekend”. I think that’s a fabulous theme and I’ve got my fingers crossed that the items actually fit in this category.
Card

Splitter
Y-Split Headphone Splitter by TYLT (Fancy Retail: $15.00)
Verdict: Miss
While I understand the idea of “sharing” music or sound with these, are they really that useful? I mean, wouldn’t a Bluetooth speaker be better? Most folks either want to listen on their headphones or share with a crowd. I guess if you really want to share music with someone sitting next to you on a plane, this would be useful, but beyond that I’m not quite seeing it.

Travel Set
Beauty is Skin Deep Travel Kit by evo (Fancy Retail: $30.00)
Verdict: Hit!
This travel beauty kit certainly hits the theme and it has adorable packaging. I used this on a recent work trip to Baltimore and I found the products to have a lovely light citrus scent, but the shape of the bottles made it a little difficult to get out some of the products with a thicker consistency. Still, I really liked this and found it to be very useful.

Glasses
AJ Morgan Sunglasses (Fancy Retail: $25.00)
Verdict: Miss
So you may be getting that sense of déjà vu. Don’t worry you’re not having a stroke, you have seen this before. Since they sent the same brand in the March Jennifer Love Hewitt box. The only difference was they were a different color. Let’s not forget we also got sunglasses in the May Jennifer Love Hewitt, in fact, I’d argue that I’ve gotten sunglasses in more Fancy boxes than I haven’t. On the positive side these are a nice classic pair. But Fancy really really really really needs to stop sending out sunglasses. Really.

Wraps
What Filter Should I Use? Nail Wraps by NCLA
(Fancy Retail:$16.00)
Verdict: Like
Along with polish, I am now accumulating lots of nail wraps thanks to my subscription box addiction. I think these are fun and go right along with the travel theme. The pattern makes them more suited for accent nails. My one beef is that for the same month the Jennifer Love Hewitt box also had nail wraps. If Fancy really wants customers to subscribe to more than one box at a time, they need to put more effort into not having overlapping products in the same month. I can see a few months down the line, but you shouldn’t be getting stacks of the same item each month.

Tshirt
Weekend Warrior T-Shirt (Fancy Retail:$28.00)
Verdict: Sigh
I’m going to be frank with you guys. I have big boobs and have since like 6th grade. This means that if I want a tshirt with a logo or a picture to not be oddly stretched, I need something roomy. So I set my WOMEN’S size for extra large. Yet Fancy likes to send out unisex or as I call them “men’s sizes” instead. This means that this tshirt is super damn gigantic. As in my over 6 foot tall, broad shouldered boyfriend can wear it with room to spare. For the love of all that is holy, STOP WITH THE UNISEX TSHIRTS!!! Or if you must send them, make two areas on our profiles to list our tshirt sizes. One for your men or women’s size and another for the unisex size. I actually liked the design on this one, but I passed it along to my boyfriend since there’s only so many shirts I need for sleeping in.

Cards
Overall
Verdict:
Mostly a Miss
Full Box

So let’s start with the positive. Fancy actually chose a good theme and picked products that mostly fit with it. So that’s a definite improvement. I also like the idea of a having a unified box each month. Unfortunately, they still keep recycling items or making them overlap with boxes in the same month. I’m like one box away from setting up a sunglass hut in my living room. I paid $45.95 (with my $1.00 discount) and received $114.00 worth of items. Unfortunately the only one that was a real hit was the travel kit.

So I finally opted to cancel my original Fancy box. I know, I know, but it was time. I still however, have my Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box and am definitely eyeing their new offerings. As soon as that Isaac Mizrahi box is available, I’m on it. (But god help him if he sends me sunglasses).

Do you subscribe to any Fancy boxes? If so, do you see a lot of overlap or repeated products?


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 (unless otherwise noted) plus shipping (an additional $7.95).

#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice.
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media. It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.

#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.

#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 

COUPON CODE: FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: May 2014

My latest box is always the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box which pretty much shows up on the last day of the month, so I’m always a little slow with this review, (although I did give you a sneak peek at one of the items in my June Blog Hop post.)

Since I’ve made you wait so long, let’s not waste any more time and just dive in.

Our usual square box…

Box Open Box

And our new and improved item brochure (in lieu of our usual cards).
Brochure

Clutch
Mesh-Bottom Clutch (Fancy Retail: $30.00)
Verdict: Love!/Gift
Description: “Shake clutch is designed to keep your items in and the sand far away. The bags feature a reversible flap pinned to either side, allowing you to reveal or conceal the netting at will. When sand begins to intrude, just flip the flap and shake, shake, shake.”
You know I loved this since I already featured it in a previous post. I think it’s a cute idea and a fun design. I may end up gifting this just because I don’t tend to visit sandy beaches that much (I’m more of a rocky coast sort of girl), but it’s so fun I may just hoard it.

Journal 1 Journal #2
I Need to Unplug Journal ($16.00)
Description: “Take a break from the beeps, whirrs, and whizzes of your digital life—unwind with this technology-free Inner-Truth Journal. Filled with playful prompts and candid quotations to help loosen the virtual leashes of modern life, I Need to Unplug is the writing journal version of a mountain retreat without electricity.”
Verdict: Miss
Maybe I’m a little slow here, but isn’t *every* hard copy journal a way to “unplug”? If anything this thing reminds you constantly (in bold graphic print) that YOU NEED TO UNPLUG, Do you HEAR me? Yes, YOU THERE WITH YOUR IPHONE! I want a 3 page essay on the evils of technology in cursive. NOW.” I’m a writer and I love blank books, but this one just made me angry. It acts like I owe something to it. Who is this damn book to tell me I need to unplug. Maybe it needs to be kindling? Clearly, I am not the target audience for this book. I like the idea of a journal with quotes to meditate on, but something less intrusive and  a little more aesthetically pleasing would have been appreciated.

Nail Wraps
Pink Flamingo Nail Wraps by NCLA (Fancy Retail: $16.00)
Verdict: Like
Description: “This quirky and colorful flamingo print is a little taste of a tropical, 100 degree weather getaway.”
Because of my many subscriptions, I am slowly accumulating a vast pile of NCLA nail wraps. I think they work best for accent nails. I like the colors in this print and the flamingos make me think of Alice in Wonderland. I’m making a promise to finally try out some nail wraps this summer and work on depleting my growing stash.

glasses
Quay Sunglasses(Fancy Retail: $40.00)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: “The Quay Kitti Pink Sunglasses add flair and glam to a casual look.”
Sunglasses. Again. Quay Sunglasses. Again. I really need Fancy to stop sending me sunglasses. I’ve actually lost count of how many pairs I’ve received from them.  I know there are at least four pairs of Quay alone.  And this particular subscription just sent me a pair of Quay glasses in the April 2014 JLH Fancy Box. So putting aside that this is my eleventybillionth pair of sunglasses from Fancy, this pair is a little intense. My whimsical heart loves the bright pink and the cat shape, but my practical side says that wearing these will make me look like a jackass who’s trying too hard.   I’ll have to wait and see which side wins out. It may all depend on how much tequila I’ve had.


Full Box
OVERALL
Okay

I paid full price for this box at $46.95 and the estimated Fancy value was $102.00. The only item I was super enthusiastic about was the clutch, but I thought the selections felt summery and they did fit in with the Jennifer Love Hewitt aesthetic, even if they weren’t my personal favorites. The really disappointing part was the inclusion of sunglasses so soon after we received a pair.  Maybe a sunhat or one of those on trend turbans would have been a better summer accessory.  Maybe I’m just weird because I don’t use tons of different pairs of glasses?

How many pairs of sunglasses do you own and do you use them all?

FANCY NEWS!
Looks like there are a few new celebrity boxes! There’s one in particular I’ve got my eye on…

Snoop Doggy Dog Fancy Box
Description:
Get a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by Snoop Dogg every month.

T-Pain Fancy Box
Description:
Get a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by T-Pain every month. Since T-Pain is obsessed with everything from cool gadgets, clothing and outrageous gifts, expect a box with creative and imaginative items in every box. Don’t be surprised to also receive special items that only T-Pain has access to!

Nicky Hilton Fancy Box
Description:
Get a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by Nicky Hilton every month.

COMING SOON:
Isaac Mizrahi Fancy Box
Description:
Get A Collection Of The Coolest Products Hand-Picked ByIsaac Mizrahi Every Month.

 

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 (unless otherwise noted) plus shipping (an additional $7.95).

#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice.
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media. It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.

#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.

#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
Each box includes $80.00+ of products. Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 COUPON CODE: FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%

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