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.

Cards
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%

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