Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: October 2014

So once again it’s time for my Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.
I typically get this box in the last couple days of a month, which means this is probably everyone else’s November box, but since they screwed up this sub for me so many times, this is my October. I know it’s confusing, Welcome to Fancy.

Box

Notably missing from my box is the pamphlet that explains what’s inside and why our celeb curator included it. I emailed Fancy to ask about it and was told the following:
“In regards to the ‘brochure’, as part of Fancy’s initiative to be more green and adapt more eco-conscious practices, we have stopped including inserts in all of Fancy Boxes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause..”
Open Box

Open Box 2
Look at the box we receive..every month…when you could usually fit the contents of the box into one a third of the size. Also, the gigantic point of having a celeb curated box is to know why they chose these items, otherwise it’s a clusterfuck of randomness. In this case “eco-friendly” is being used to replace lazy and it makes me angry. There is no reason they can’t do a digital brochure.

So since I have no idea why J Love will have included the following items, I decided to include my own random guesses for the reasoning. Please feel free to add your own guesses in the comments. It can be like our own Jennifer Love Hewitt guessing game.

Coloring Book
The Color Me Good Kate Coloring Book
(Fancy Retail: $12 Current Sale Price: $9)
Verdict: Um..well maybe you could..uh….I got nothing
Lisa’s Guess at J. Love’s Reasoning: “Kate Moss once called me fat and now I enjoy drawing on her face.”
Maybe it’s cause I’m old that I don’t understand all this hipster stuff. Why do I want to color (colour) Kate Moss? Anyone? I’m guessing this is British since they use “colour” so maybe it is a random British thing to have celebrity coloring books for former super models? Is it just some kind of 90s nostalgia? It’s like a inside joke that doesn’t include me. Maybe if this was a bigger celebrity it might be slightly more interesting?

Cards
You’re Beautiful Cards
(Fancy Retail: $10 Current Sale Price: $5)
Verdict: I bet Bill Cosby carries these around
Lisa’s Guess at J. Love’s Reasoning: “People are so afraid to approach me and tell me of my endless beauty so these cards are a perfect way for them to tell me without actually having to talk. It’s a win win for everyone.”
I swear I am not a cold-hearted bitch (at least not most of the time) and I think it’s a lovely idea to tell people they are beautiful – especially if you mean for who they are inside, but who the hell on earth is actually going to use these?  The only way I could think of this in a non-creeptastic way is to just leave the cards for people anonymously–like a nice little random-act-of-kindness. But the Fancy description totally negates that idea: “Play your cards right and you could land the woman of your dreams. (There’s also plenty of room on the back for a phone number…)”. So using my uber powerful Sherlockian deductive skills it appears the sole purpose of these cards is picking up those pretty ladies. . So are you dying to date that random weirdo Prince Charming who is both too shy to speak to you and too boring to think of anything personal or creative to say? They  also can’t write this on a regular card or piece of paper because they must keep a stack in their pocket, like business cards, so they can pass them out to any lady that passes the appropriate beauty standard. It’s just a recipe for true love.

 

Cup
Sweater Cup and Saucer
(Fancy Retail: $14 Current Sale Price: $7)
Verdict: Gift
Lisa’s Guess at J. Love’s Reasoning: “I drink tea, so tea cups are cool and this one has a sweater print which works for Fall. Plus Fancy had some extra of these.”
Hey at least this one isn’t weird or offensive. It’s just a bit dull. It is a nice gift if you know someone who likes to use different cups or silverware (sort of that shabby chic vibe). I have a set of cup and saucers that I already love and use, so I’ll be adding this to a tea gift.


legwear
Playful Polka Dot Sheer Tights
(Fancy Retail: $12 Current Sale Price: $11.40)
Verdict: What about the girls who are all about that base?
Lisa’s Guess at J. Love’s Reasoning: “Everyone wears tights and no one is over a size 12, right?”
I hate “one size fits most” bullshit. Tiny people have too much space, large people can’t breathe and the 5 people who are mediums have too many of these to wear since all the tiny and large people gave them their tights. Instead of tights what about some thigh highs? The odds of fitting are so much better and they are a bit more unique. I’m not entirely sure I’ve linked to the right item because I have no info card to tell me the brand or the exact link, so this is my best guess.

Dry Shampoo
Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder
(Fancy Retail: $21 Current Sale Price: $10.50)
Verdict: Ooops, I did it again..
Lisa’s Guess at J. Love’s Reasoning: “I know I sent you a travel size dry shampoo before, but I have really oily hair and maybe you do too, so here’s a big size.  Have fun.”
I’ve already received this exact item in a regular Fancy box and J Love has included dry shampoo (in a different brand and size) in a previous box as well. Putting aside the fact that this is a dupe, I associate dry shampoo more with warmer weather and I’d have rather seen a moisturizer or lip balm. I contacted Fancy about the dupe and they gave me $10 of Fancy credit.

 

VaseChatham Globe Vase by Two’s Company (Fancy Retail: $15 Current Sale Price: $7.50)
Verdict: Hit!
Lisa’s Guess at J. Love’s Reasoning: “I love flowers! Here’s a vase.”
I actually love this cute little globe vase because it’s versatile. You can use it as a candy dish or to store paperclips or other office supplies. I love multi-purpose pieces and I’m sure I can do something cute with this for Christmas.

OVERALL
Full Box
Verdict:
Oh Fancy…There are so many things wrong with this that a $15 vase can’t fix.

 There is no theme or logic I can see in this box beyond, “This is the crap Fancy had in overstock and needed to get rid of”. I chose the Jennifer Love Hewitt box because I wanted to see *her* choices, but without the brochure  it just looks like a bunch of random junk.  I would like to think that with an insert, these choices would make more sense, but they are pretty terrible so perhaps not.

This month was a pretty epic fail on Fancy’s part.  I don’t understand the beautiful cards at all—they are borderline offensive and a completely inappropriate choice for a *woman’s* subscription box. The Kate Moss book is stupid, unless for some reason you love (or hate) Kate Moss. The cup and dry shampoo are boring and the tights are not practical.  The only saving grace was an inexpensive vase that is not enough to carry this box.

Luckily I had a credit on my account so I only spent $30.95 to get a bunch of junk and a cool little vase. According to my math skills, Fancy tallies this box up at a retail value of $84, but right now all these items are on sale so you could purchase this oh, so wonderful box at $50.40.

Because I have that $10 Fancy credit I am going to stick around for one more box, but it is looking like the next one will be my last (for at least awhile). Fancy has always had a poor track record when it comes to consistency, but I’m most annoyed by the brochure issue. I want to know about these products and I don’t want to have to do a ton of work for it.  I ordered a celebrity box and I want to hear from the celebrity about the stuff inside. While Quarterly’s boxes are not always up to par, their notes inside their curated boxes are wonderful and Fancy could learn something from them.

So what did you think of this box?
Do you see a theme here beyond “random crap”? Any guesses as to why J Love wants us to draw on Kate Moss’ face?

 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:

#5 Culinary Fancy Box!
Get a collection of the best home goods hand-picked by our Fancy curators each month. Each box includes $80.00+ of products.

 

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: September 2014

I know it’s been a little quiet here at Subscription Therapy but I’ve been away for a Birthday trip and am catching up on boxes and writing. So now that I’m back and older than ever (wait, I mean better than ever) I’m ready for the reviews.

So it’s time for that fun crapshoot that is my Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.
Sometimes it’s awesome, sometimes it makes no sense, but it’s always a surprise.

The usual unmistakably Fancy box.
Box
Open Box 1 Open Box 2

My brochure is a little worse for wear but still useful.
Card

Shot Glasses
Mason Jar Shot Glasses
(Amazon Retail: $12.86)
Verdict: Gift
J. Love’s Description: “These little guys always put a smaller on my face. Add a touch of rustic to your shot glasses with this Mason Jar Shot Set.”
I prefer my shots in a nice big glass immersed in something fruity with an umbrella on top. I think these would be a nice gift for folks that entertain a lot. You can pair it with a liquor for a hostess gift. The only downside is it seems a bit on the cheap side, but that might be more the packaging than the actual glasses.

Vegan
Chickpea Magazine
(Fancy Retail: $20.00)
J Love’s Description: “I love trying new recipes and what better time to do so than Fall. Chickpea’s quarterly has the best vegan tips and tricks for autumn.”
Verdict: Hit!
I too love trying out new recipes and Fall is an awesome time of year to apple and pumpkin all the things. I had actually been wanting to try more vegetarian dishes so this magazine was perfectly timed. It’s vegan but from a quick peruse it doesn’t look too complicated or require too many unusual ingredients.

Straws
Vintage Paper Straws:
(Fancy Retail: $8; Amazon Retail: $5.53)
Verdict: Like
J. Love’s Description: “Add these paper straws for a splash of color to your next gathering. I adore using chevron print whenever I can.”
Maybe it’s just my imagination, but I feel like I’m always getting fancy pants paper straws in sub boxes. I actually like them since they are cute and useful for parties and something I wouldn’t buy myself. I really like the blue chevron print. I’m going to save these for my next get together. You’ll notice these are missing from the final box photo. Funny story. I went through the whole box taking pictures and couldn’t find the straws. Sent an email to Fancy about it. I discover later that the straws were tucked inside the weird tubey packing things Fancy uses to fill in the empty space in the boxes. Fancy had already issued a giftcard to me, so I emailed them to let them know they could take it back and that I found the missing straws. They were super nice and said I could keep it for being a good customer. It was really nice customer service for my own silly mistake, so kudos to Fancy.

Mystery BoxPot
Stoneware Mini Baker
(Fancy Retail: $35.00;Amazon Retail for a set of 4: $)
Verdict: Love.
J Love’s Description: “Bake up brie for your guests easily in this mini baker. Not only with the food taste great, the presentation will be great too.”
Do I need another mini stoneware baker? No, probably not. Do I still love it? Yes. I actually have two of these from the Le Creuset brand. I use them as salt and pepper cellars. (Ocean color for salt, Cherry for Black Pepper). I think this white stoneware version will be perfect for dips, or as the description says for baked brie. It’s a great addition for the holidays and I know I’ll have fun with it. I do think the price is a bit inflated since you can get a set of 4 bakers on Amazon for

Shakers
Egg Salt and Pepper
(Fancy Retail: $12.00; Amazon Retail: $10.43)
Verdict: Miss/Gift
J. Love’s Description: “Add a little bit of country to your table top with this Egg shaped salt and pepper set. Your friends will be sure to ask where you got them.”
I understand wanting fun salt and pepper shakers (I have two sets in addition to my practical ones) but eggs just don’t seem that fun to me. Like if I’m going to forgo practical shakers for kitschy ones, I want to go *all* in. Like this Dr. Who set. It’s like go big or go home and eggs just don’t fit the bill for me. They are cute enough so maybe I will add this to a kitchen themed Christmas gift.

OVERALL
Full Box

Verdict: Like!

I really appreciated that this box had a unifying theme and feel. I really liked the magazine and mini baker, although as usual the Fancy prices are inflated. The Fancy value came out to $87.86, but you can get a few of the items cheaper on Amazon. I paid $45.95 (I had a $1.00 credit) and the box was worth that amount.

I’m interested to see if the next boxes keep up with the cohesive theme or if they become a bit more random.

Do you subscribe to any Fancy boxes? If so please dish on which ones and what you think of them!


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:

#5 Culinary Fancy Box!
Get a collection of the best home goods hand-picked by our Fancy curators each month. Each box includes $80.00+ of products.

COUPON CODE: FOLLOWUP10 to Save 10%