Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: January 2014

For info on Fancy subscriptions and a coupon code, check out the Backstory below.  Now let’s get to you regularly scheduled program.
Fancy

So I know a lot of you have been following my neverending saga with Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box  The last two boxes I received were not the regular ones, but some amalgamation of previous boxes filled with repeat items.  So this month, JLove really needed to make up some ground.  I really really *want* to love this subscription and they keep making it oh so hard.  On January 23rd I received a mysterious email from “the fancy team” “confirming my tshirt” size and claiming they were “hard at work designing my tshirt”.  Well, I’m no Sherlock, but I think this means we’ll be getting a tshirt in this box.  Let’s jump in and find out.
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Now, I’m excited because for the first time in a long time I have cards for every item!  And they actually have comments from Jennifer Love Hewitt!  Hot Damn!  Maybe Fancy finally got the message that we actually want some celebrity in our celebrity curated boxes.
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Candle
Cake Candelabra
 (Fancy Retail: $8.00; Amazon Retail: $7.49)
Verdict:  Hit!
I opened this and for a moment I was confused and just couldn’t quite get the Jennifer Love Hewitt connection to this fancy pants cake topper.   Cue my seeking out the fancy reference card….and this note from JLove, “I love baking and I can’t wait to top my next cake with this masterpiece!  Sometimes candles just don’t cut it.”  I also love baking so whoever’s next in line for one of my birthday cakes is will get a candelabra instead of the regular grocery store candle.

USB
Message in a Bottle 4G USB Drive(Fancy Retail: $28.00; Amazon Retail: $14.95)
Verdict:  Love!
I can always use another thumb drive and the poet in me loves the idea of modern technology meeting the old fashioned romance of a message in a bottle.  This would be great to use if you want to surprise your significant other with some type of digital gift.   You can even tie a cute little ribbon around the neck.

earrings
Black Acrylic Diamond Earrings
 (Fancy Retail:20.00;)
Verdict:  Hit!
I probably wouldn’t pick these up for myself but they are different and I can certainly wear them with a wide variety of outfits.  They also seem like an item Jennifer Love Hewitt might actually enjoy herself, which is the whole point of this box.

Tee
Very Fancy Tee  
(Fancy Retail: $28.00)
Verdict:  Complete Utter & Total Miss

Jennifer Love Hewitt asks on the card “Who doesn’t love being Fancy?”
My answer: “This girl right here.”

So this the tshirt Fancy designed after oh so carefully emailing me to confirm my size. I chose an XL because I have big boobs and prefer not to have logos and pictures stretched weirdly across my chest.  Had I known what I would be getting I would have sized way way down, but let’s start with the design itself.  This looks like something you picked up at the boardwalk of Seaside Heights in 1985. It’s so frick’n ugly.  Really, what, why, I just can’t….  There is a giant world of awesome tshirts out there, covered in things like the Tardis, and cool quotations from the Princess Bride and even the Thundercats and this is what they pick?  This?  An 80sish version of their stupid Fancy logo?  People, I can’t anymore, I just can’t.

And getting back to the subject of the size… this is #%$#%#@%#@ MEN’S XL!  This thing fits like a damn dress on me and I am not a little person.  And don’t give me that unisex bullshit – there is no unisex.  There is just women’s shirts and men’s shirts.   When manufacturers are too lazy to make women’s tees that account for our many curves, they just take a man’s tshirt and stick a unisex label on it.  Last I checked Jennifer Love Hewitt’s subscription was a WOMAN’S subscription.  Why would you send a men’s tshirt?  WHY?????   This is far too big an XL to be considered even unisex.  This is a men’s tshirt, full stop.

Full Box
Overall

I paid full price for this box so including shipping I paid $46.95.  The Fancy retail of this box was $84.00 but I find that highly inflated.  No way was that tee worth $28 and that thumb drive was over $10.00 less on Amazon.

So we were doing fairly well with the items until we got to the horrid tshirt.  I could actually see the Jennifer Love Hewitt vibe in the choices and if the tee had come in a women’s size (or cut) I would have put aside my personal distaste for the logo design and called the box a win.  But sending a giant men’s tshirt in a woman’s subscription box is just ridiculous.  I’m sure when Jennifer Love Hewitt (or her “people”) chose this they assumed it would be an actual woman’s shirt.  In any case I’m calling this box a draw.  Two steps forward, two steps back and we’re doing the same damn cha cha.

So ladies, what do you think of unisex tshirts?
And what do you think of the Fancy logo on this months’ shirt?  Hideous or cute 80s retro?

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: