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.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: August 2014

So it’s that time again for one of my most unpredictable boxes: Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box.
I honestly never have any idea what might be inside, it ranges from the totally practically to the completely ridiculous. But that’s sort of par for the course with Fancy boxes in general.

So enough talk, let’s get to the box.

Box

Open Box 1 Open Box 2

Card
A quick glance at the nice little brochure inside tells me that I have all my items, so we are already doing better than last month.

Wipes
La Fresh Face Wipes (Fancy Retail: $8.00)
Verdict: Hit!
J. Love’s Description: “Nothing feels better than a fresh clean face after a workout. Wipe away make-up, sweat and your day with these Cleanser Wipes from La Fresh.”
Sure these aren’t the most exciting items we’ve seen, but they are practical and I most certainly will use them. I always keep a package of face wipes in my bathroom for nights when I’m super tired and can’t do a full cleanser routine. I’ve never tried this brand before so I’m happy to try them out.

Laces
White Galaxy Glow Laces (Fancy Retail: $12)
J Love’s Description: “I love going for runs in the evening and these glow laces are the perfect accessory. Great for kicking up your sneaker style.”
Verdict: Like
Would I have picked up glow in the dark laces on my own? Hell to the no. Do I think they are fun? Sure. And they absolutely would be a great addition to your sneakers if you like to go running at night.

Cup
Fresh Smoothie Mug: (Fancy Retail: $13.00)
Verdict: Hit!
J. Love’s Description: “I have no time in my day, so this smoothie mug is a life saver for my home-made juices and smoothies to-go.”
I take my breakfasts and lunches to work with me and had been searching for a great to-go smoothie cup for a long time. This is perfect.

Tiffin
Onyx Food Container (Fancy Retail: $28.00)
Verdict: Love!
J Love’s Description: “Pack your lunch to go to save some dollars and calories. This eco-friendly Tiffin set from Onyx helps reduce waste from all those fast-food lunches.”
I have always wanted a Tiffin set, but never splurged on one. They are pretty much the Indian style of bento boxes and contain two stackable metal containers. Not only can I use this for my daily work lunches, but it’s great for picnics or pot lucks. I also think the cute stackable design is a creative storage solution for smaller items, so this might be co-opted into some crafting or office storage. It’s really nice stainless steel and excellent quality.

Headbands
Passion Fruit Headbands (Fancy Retail: $14.00)
Verdict: Hit!
J. Love’s Description: “Keep those fly-aways in line with this bright passionfruit inspired set of headbands from Kitsch.”
I’ve been growing my hair out this year so some soft stretchy headbands are perfect when I’m trying to be active and don’t want to fuss with my hair. Although I probably wouldn’t pay $14 for this set, the colors are cheerful and I know I’ll get some use out of them.

Hair Ties
Passion Fruit Hair Ties (Fancy Retail: $9.00)
Verdict: Hit!
J Love’s Description: “These hair ties look great in your hair and on your arm. Pair with the Passionfruit headbands to have the complete look while working out!”
Hair Ties are a staple of sub boxes. If you get a women’s sub, sooner or later they are going to throw in some hair ties. But personally, I can never have enough since I seem to misplace half of mine. Again these are cheerful fun colors and it’s nice to have the complete set with headbands.

OVERALL
Full Box
Love!

Was this the most surprising and ground breaking box ever? Nope. But it was full of practical items and I will use every single one. This box had a workout/get fit and healthy theme that came together beautifully. I think this sub really shines when it’s boxes have a coordinating theme. I paid $46.95 for this box (full price + shipping) and received $84.00 worth of items. Except for the laces, I would have easily grabbed up all these items if I saw them in a store.

I can’t wait to see what’s ahead for next month’s box. I’m hoping for a nice Fall theme.

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

FANCY NEWS!

It seems that joining Fancy’s lineup is another new (and fairly random) offering: The Rockettes Fancy Box. I’m not sure when the Rockettes became relevant again, but hey it certainly is an unexpected option. It’s the usual $39 pricetag and the description states: “Every month, we will send you a Fancy Rockettes® box full of their favorite items, from dance to beauty, fashion to fitness.” So maybe we’ll see an emphasis on dance and fitness with a bit of beauty and fashion thrown in. But that’s just a guess. Fancy and I often disagree about what words mean. J

 

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%