Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box: May 2014

My latest box is always the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy Box which pretty much shows up on the last day of the month, so I’m always a little slow with this review, (although I did give you a sneak peek at one of the items in my June Blog Hop post.)

Since I’ve made you wait so long, let’s not waste any more time and just dive in.

Our usual square box…

Box Open Box

And our new and improved item brochure (in lieu of our usual cards).
Brochure

Clutch
Mesh-Bottom Clutch (Fancy Retail: $30.00)
Verdict: Love!/Gift
Description: “Shake clutch is designed to keep your items in and the sand far away. The bags feature a reversible flap pinned to either side, allowing you to reveal or conceal the netting at will. When sand begins to intrude, just flip the flap and shake, shake, shake.”
You know I loved this since I already featured it in a previous post. I think it’s a cute idea and a fun design. I may end up gifting this just because I don’t tend to visit sandy beaches that much (I’m more of a rocky coast sort of girl), but it’s so fun I may just hoard it.

Journal 1 Journal #2
I Need to Unplug Journal ($16.00)
Description: “Take a break from the beeps, whirrs, and whizzes of your digital life—unwind with this technology-free Inner-Truth Journal. Filled with playful prompts and candid quotations to help loosen the virtual leashes of modern life, I Need to Unplug is the writing journal version of a mountain retreat without electricity.”
Verdict: Miss
Maybe I’m a little slow here, but isn’t *every* hard copy journal a way to “unplug”? If anything this thing reminds you constantly (in bold graphic print) that YOU NEED TO UNPLUG, Do you HEAR me? Yes, YOU THERE WITH YOUR IPHONE! I want a 3 page essay on the evils of technology in cursive. NOW.” I’m a writer and I love blank books, but this one just made me angry. It acts like I owe something to it. Who is this damn book to tell me I need to unplug. Maybe it needs to be kindling? Clearly, I am not the target audience for this book. I like the idea of a journal with quotes to meditate on, but something less intrusive and  a little more aesthetically pleasing would have been appreciated.

Nail Wraps
Pink Flamingo Nail Wraps by NCLA (Fancy Retail: $16.00)
Verdict: Like
Description: “This quirky and colorful flamingo print is a little taste of a tropical, 100 degree weather getaway.”
Because of my many subscriptions, I am slowly accumulating a vast pile of NCLA nail wraps. I think they work best for accent nails. I like the colors in this print and the flamingos make me think of Alice in Wonderland. I’m making a promise to finally try out some nail wraps this summer and work on depleting my growing stash.

glasses
Quay Sunglasses(Fancy Retail: $40.00)
Verdict: On the Fence
Description: “The Quay Kitti Pink Sunglasses add flair and glam to a casual look.”
Sunglasses. Again. Quay Sunglasses. Again. I really need Fancy to stop sending me sunglasses. I’ve actually lost count of how many pairs I’ve received from them.  I know there are at least four pairs of Quay alone.  And this particular subscription just sent me a pair of Quay glasses in the April 2014 JLH Fancy Box. So putting aside that this is my eleventybillionth pair of sunglasses from Fancy, this pair is a little intense. My whimsical heart loves the bright pink and the cat shape, but my practical side says that wearing these will make me look like a jackass who’s trying too hard.   I’ll have to wait and see which side wins out. It may all depend on how much tequila I’ve had.


Full Box
OVERALL
Okay

I paid full price for this box at $46.95 and the estimated Fancy value was $102.00. The only item I was super enthusiastic about was the clutch, but I thought the selections felt summery and they did fit in with the Jennifer Love Hewitt aesthetic, even if they weren’t my personal favorites. The really disappointing part was the inclusion of sunglasses so soon after we received a pair.  Maybe a sunhat or one of those on trend turbans would have been a better summer accessory.  Maybe I’m just weird because I don’t use tons of different pairs of glasses?

How many pairs of sunglasses do you own and do you use them all?

FANCY NEWS!
Looks like there are a few new celebrity boxes! There’s one in particular I’ve got my eye on…

Snoop Doggy Dog Fancy Box
Description:
Get a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by Snoop Dogg every month.

T-Pain Fancy Box
Description:
Get a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by T-Pain every month. Since T-Pain is obsessed with everything from cool gadgets, clothing and outrageous gifts, expect a box with creative and imaginative items in every box. Don’t be surprised to also receive special items that only T-Pain has access to!

Nicky Hilton Fancy Box
Description:
Get a collection of the coolest products hand-picked by Nicky Hilton every month.

COMING SOON:
Isaac Mizrahi Fancy Box
Description:
Get A Collection Of The Coolest Products Hand-Picked ByIsaac Mizrahi Every Month.

 

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:

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Original Fancy Box: December 2013

At some point Fancy decided they want to really make me work for this blogging gig.  If you’re a regular reader I’m sure you’ve been following my odd saga with the Jennifer Love Hewitt Fancy box.  I thought that maybe, the regular Fancy subscription would be exempt from all these screw-ups.  I was wrong.  I have cards without items, items without cards and much confusion.  Harnessing the power of my frustration and best google-fu we’re going to get into the December 2013 box.

Box

We’re going to do this in a slightly different way. 

Open

We’ll start with the cards I got in the box (You will note there are more items than cards).

 Cards

Sunglasses
Quay Sunglasses
(Fancy Retail: $60.00; Amazon Retail: Average: $39.95)
Verdict:  Miss/On the Fence
So if you subscribe to any Fancy box for more than a couple months you are pretty much guaranteed to get sunglasses and headphones.  I like the shape on these, but the design just seems like too much for me.  I’m not sure if I’ll use them or gift them, but the box they came in is certainly nice.   As is fairly typical for Fancy, the cost on these seems pretty inflated.  I did a search for “Quay Sunglasses” on Amazon and it seems most retail for $39.95.  They do have some other really nice styles that I wish I’d received instead of this one.

Card
Holiday Card by Smock Paper
(Fancy Retail: $5.00)
Verdict:  Gift/Hit if it came earlier
So this item was one of those without a card so I did a bit of searching.  I really love the style of it (although I’d never pay $5.00 for one Christmas card).  I only wish this had come in an earlier box so I could have given it out as a gift.  Perhaps the idea was that Fancy was sending us a Christmas card?  Although it’s blank inside so that really doesn’t make sense.  It’s nice and I’ll put it aside for next Christmas.

 

Candle
Archipelago Holiday Travel Tin
  (Fancy Retail: $15.00; Amazon Retail: $13.00)
Verdict: Gift/Miss
Another item that frequents gift boxes: candles.  I generally love candles and I should love this one according to the description “the rich fragrances of cinnamon clove, mulberry cider and other holiday scents”, but I think those “other holiday scents” are what bug me.  I didn’t care for the scent so I’m adding it to the gift pile.

 

Lip Balm
Bib + Tuck Lip Balm??
(Fancy Retail:???)
Verdict: Miss
One of the items with no card is yet another frequent addition to subscription boxes: lip balm.  The logo is hard to read but it seems to say “Bib + Tuck”.  There’s no scent or flavor indicated but it does say its SPF 15.  I tried to search for this on Fancy and there are a billion lip balms and I couldn’t seem to narrow it down so I’m assuming I misread the font.  I love lip balms and typically can’t get enough of them, but the hard to read packaging and no indication of what kind of balm this is leave me flat. 

 

Eyelash Curler
Japonesque Precision Eye Curler
(Fancy Retail: $14.00; Amazon Retail: $10.00)
Verdict:  Miss
So this is where I got a card but no actual item.  Just judging by the photo it seems like a pretty standard eyelash curler.  I’m sure it does its job quite well, but I’m not feeling what’s so special about this that it should be included in a Fancy box.  If this was a makeup or beauty subscription I would be more forgiving, but a Fancy box should have things that are unique or interesting.   This is way too pedestrian.

 

Earbuds
Pipe Earphone w/mic by AIAIAI:
(Fancy Retail: $40.00)
Verdict:  Hit
Rounding out “the usual crap you get in subscription boxes” theme of this month are the ubiquitous headphones.  As a commuter, I destroy earbuds on a regular basis so having an extra pair is quite useful, but there is nothing special or interesting about these.  They didn’t even come in a fun color (and like most of my box they are also missing a card).  According to their Fancy page, they are “ergonomic” but I don’t really see much difference between their design and my $20 Sonys.  Again, nothing special to see here.

Full Box
Overall

So I contacted Fancy about my problems with the box, including my missing item.  They apologized and said they’d send out the eyelash curler right away and asked if there was anything else they could do.  I mentioned that I was a blogger and would appreciate if they could send me the links to the Fancy items that didn’t come with cards (particularly the mysterious lip balm).  This was on December 22nd.  As of yet, I have not received the eyelash curler or a response regarding those questions.

Now I can’t even begin to tell you what I paid for this box since I had leftovers of a gift card, a couple of referral dollars (as always, thank you!) and the gift card money Fancy has been giving me for various screw-ups.  The Fancy retail is $134.00 and the regular retail is $107.95 (not including the lip balm).

If the missing eyelash curler had been a bar of soap, this would have filled the BINGO board for subscription boxes.  Sunglasses, earbuds/earphones, candles, and lip balms are a constant in boxes.   What makes the difference is if they are interesting or compelling in some way.  None of these were and they all came in the same box.

I thought the idea behind Fancy was that it was supposed to send you cool, fun stuff that you didn’t expect or wouldn’t find anywhere else.   An eyelash curler you can get at a drugstore and black earbuds are not exactly “cutting edge”.

I’m also extremely disappointed in their customer service.  I expect that if I pay for a product, I receive it and if I don’t that it is *immediately* rectified.  It’s been over two weeks and I haven’t received my missing product and my questions remain unanswered. 

Fancy, you need to try harder.  Much harder.

 

What do you guys think?  Do I need to give up on Fancy or give them a break?

 

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%