Fair Ivy: July 2015

Every month Fair Ivy sends a handmade find with a guarantee of jewelry every other month.  July is a jewelry month.

I got my package which was only slightly worse for the wear.
Final
Inside we have a cute little box with an unfortunately dead bit of evergreen, but still I appreciate the effort that went into the wrapping.
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Silver & Gold Bar Necklace from Grey Goose Gifts
(Retail: $???)
Verdict: Gift
Grey Goose Gifts has been featured in previous Fair Ivy boxes and I do love their designs. I think this is  pretty and classic, very much in line with the Fair Ivy aesthetic, but maybe it’s a bit *too* much in line. It’s way too similar to the pieces we already received. I feel like most Fair Ivy necklaces I get resemble each other so closely that I don’t really need multiples. It’s also extra disappointing because Grey Goose Gifts has some interesting designs that include crescent moons, druzy stones and anchors – all things subscribers haven’t gotten before, and would still work within the aesthetic.

I’m going to set this aside as a Christmas gift, (but there’s always the chance I’ll decide I want it after all and then treat myself.) I paid $36.95 (including shipping) and I can’t find the cost of this necklace on the site so I’m guessing it was custom made for subscribers. The pricing seems in line with what many of the other pieces cost and it does seem worth the price. Unfortunately, I am feeling like it’s probably time for me to cancel this subscription. I love the designs and buying from indie makers but I’m getting too much jewelry that all looks the same.

What does your jewelry collection look like? Do you have eclectic tastes or do you stick to one aesthetic?


THE BACKSTORY

 Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, vegan friendly handmade items made by individual artisans from the US.

Subscriptions currently cost $30/month + Shipping.

Fair Ivy: June 2015

Every month Fair Ivy sends a handmade find with a guarantee of jewelry every other month. June is a non-jewelry month and when I opened my package I got this adorable bag.
Package
Shell
Can you see that tiny seashell? It’s already going into my craft hoard and will be turned into some type of jewelry concoction soon.

Inside we reveal a lovely scarf from Ting Lisa, with a coupon!
Use the code “FAIR15OFF” to save 15% (valid through August 31, 2015).
Fair Ivy 6.2015

 Scarf
Day at the Beach Scarf from Ting Lisa
(Retail: $30.00)
Descripton: “Day at the Beach polka dot scarf. It is super sheer and soft, and instantly creates the beach vacation feeling when you wear it.”
Verdict: Gift
This scarf is classic, lovely and well made so it pains me to say that I’m disappointed with it. My last picture on this product is a bit off, as it reads a dark navy in real life rather than a bright blue. Sadly, I don’t get a beach vibe from it at all.  To me, it’s more autumnal. In 2014, Fair Ivy sent another scarf from Ting Lisa that I absolutely adored and is in regular rotation in my wardrobe. It had a gorgeous vintage floral print and this one in comparison feels (gasp) generic. Again, the fabric is lovely, the craftsmanship is great, but I just feel like it’s a bit too pedestrian and isn’t the best fit for the season. The Ting Lisa Etsy shop has some other shades and I think perhaps the bright red variation would have been a little bit more apropos for summer.

I paid $36.95 (including shipping) and the cost of the scarf is $30.  As usual, the Fair Ivy value is pretty much equal to what I paid.  Unfortunately, I’m not feeling this piece but it’s quite nice and I know a few folks on my gift giving list that will love it. July promises a jewelry item, and I’m hoping for some colorful earrings.

What do you think of this scarf? What season do you think you’d wear it?

THE BACKSTORY
Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, vegan friendly handmade items made by individual artisans from the US.

Subscriptions currently cost $30/month + Shipping.

Fair Ivy Mystery Box: June 2014

So I’ve been procrastinating on this review because I am in denial that my Fair Ivy subscription is coming to end. This is the last box for Fair Ivy while they go on hiatus until next year when they’ll be back with awesome new artists and finds. In the meantime, I’ll have to comfort myself with trying new boxes and with this last, very special surprise.

Box

I think this is one of my favorite wrapping jobs I’ve received. TingLisa really did a wonderful job of packaging this so it feels like a special gift just for me. Now what’s inside the lovely bag?
Open

A gorgeous printed scarf!
Scarf 1
Perfect spring/summer floral print scarf
(Retail: $20.00)
Verdict: Love!

Cards
The little card inside describes the item in a completely cheerful, (if not always grammatically correct) way…
This month I am very excited to present my newest product —the Cutest Floral Print Scarf. This light weight scarf is super soft! It hugs your neck with the gentlest touch and incredible amount of happiness. I chose this floral print because it is perfect for warmer sunny days, and I designed the scarf wide enough to be wore as a shawl and long enough to tie around your neck twice as an infinity scarf, to create that versatility look.”

Scarf #2
I would have said that labeling something “the Cutest” with a capital C would be a gamble, but TingLisa is not lying. And who doesn’t want something to hug your neck with an “incredible amount of happiness”. This scarf is adorable and super soft. The size makes it very versatile and it’s perfect for traveling when you might get stuck in a crazy cold plane or bus. This is becoming a staple in my work bag as my go to item for the parts of my commute that have really chilly air conditioning. I also adore the print TingLisa chose as it has a vintage fabric vibe.

Replacing my Fair Ivy box in my line up (but not my heart) starting August, will be The Homegrown Collective. This sub describes itself as “Receive seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.”

So I may be getting myself a bit too far into hipster territory with all this DIY and sustainability, but it will be fun to step a little outside  my comfort zone . Plus, if it’s weird enough, there’s hilarity in it  for you. It’s a win-win, really.


THE BACKSTORY

 

Fair Ivy is a subscription box of beautifully wrapped, handmade items made by individual artisans.

There are now three exciting subscription options:

A jewelry only subscription at $25.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 jewelry item per month. (This option will ship in the US & Canada).
Or

The Mystery at $20.00 a month (plus shipping) for 1 handmade mystery gift every month

Or

The Duet subscription at $35.00 a month (plus shipping) of 2 handmade items (1 item will be jewelry). (This option only ships in the US).

Because the items ship directly from the artisans, if you choose a duet subscription you will receive the packages individually throughout the month.