Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Summer 2016 & $10 Off

It’s that time again folks – my most favorite box to review: Rachel Zoe Box of Style. This quarterly sub is a bit of a splurge at $100, but it’s chock full of high end, quality items so it’s always a treat to review (If you want to sign up ,use code SUBTHERAPYSP10 to save $10 off!)

Now let’s see what Rachel Zoe has picked out for our Summer of 2016.
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HERO ITEM:
LUV AJ
Necklace Ring
Luv AJ Pavé Tusk Laria & Open Crescent Ring Exclusive Set:
(Estimated Retail: $190.00)
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “The dainty necklace and matching ring exude professional polish or the office when worn with a white button-down shirt and tailored pencil skirt.  Layer your favorite pendants and chokers with the lariat for a bohemian fair.  Pair the ring and sleep lariat with a plunging neckline and high waisted trousers for date night..”
Verdict: Hit!
I probably wouldn’t have chose this set for myself, but once I had at home, it I loved it.  The set is somehow both edgy and dainty – a little bit femme fatale, a touch bohemian, and a lot kickass.  The ring is adjustable so it will accommodate a lot of subscribers and it’s exclusive to the box which makes it even more unique.  As usual, another great pick by Rachel.

Sunglasses
YHF Los Angeles Cashton Brown Sunglasses:
 (Estimated Retail: $45.00)
Rachel’s Styling Ideas:  “Play up the gold trim on these polished shades by wearing them with a ladylike dress and sandals for a daytime wedding.  Swap out your go-to black sunnies, for these and pair with a summer wardrobe made up of white and neutral fabrics.  Who says you can’t accessorize on the beach?  Pair these stylish shades with dainty jewelry and an embellished beach bag.”
Verdict: Love!
These shades have a subtle cat eye type shape and the tortoiseshell and gold combination is lovely.  The coloring on this looks great with my red hair and I adore the sophisticated bohemian vibe it has.  Another winner!

Wave Spray
OUAI Wave Spray:
(Estimated Retail: $12.00)
Rachel’s Beauty Tips:  “Spray from roots to ends and evenly distribute using a scrunching motion to give hair effortless waves without a trip to the beach.  To wake up with perfect beach waves, spray on damp hair and secure into multiple buns before bed.  In the morning, let them down and shake out your hair.”
Verdict: Love!
I love summer hair products!  I very rarely blowdry my hair, so summer is the time when we see the wave sprays and air drying products pop up. OUAI is a great brand and my hair is really long and wavy, so this is exactly the right product for me.  What’s nice is that if you didn’t have a hair type that you thought would work with this spray, it’s such a small part of the box that it wouldn’t impact the overall value much.

Turban
DreamDry The Dream Turban
(Retail: $30.00)
Rachel’s Haircare Tips:  “On days when you need your hair to dry quickly but refuse to stand under a hot blow-dryer, this super-absorbent turban soaks up excess moisture without leaving hair frizzy.  Substitute the Dream Turban for your post-shower towel to simplify your beauty routine.  Tote it to the beach or pool parties and use it to squeeze water out of soaking wet hair.”
Verdict:
How did I ever live without this?
So this is totally making it to my favorites of 2016 list.  I know you’re saying’, “it’s just a towel, what’s so special?” but it is so so soft, like wrapping your hair in a teddy bear. It also it dries my super long hair quickly without frizzing it out.  I swear I’m tempted to get a second one, so I can be sure to have an extra when this version is sitting in the laundry hamper.  If you want to splurge on a beauty treat for yourself, I can’t recommend this enough.

Rachel Zoe Summer 2016
Michael Stars Pastel Gardens Coverup
(Estimated Retail: $58.00)
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Layer over a sleek one-piece swimsuit for a beachside lunch.  The diaphanous coverup can easily be dressed up for dinner by wearing it over a slipdress, cinching with a belt and adding earrings.  Team with oversize sunglasses, a wide-brim hat and red nail polish for a glamourous poolside look.”
Verdict:
This may have singlehandedly improved my outlook on the whole fashion industry
I’m going to be honest here.  When I saw a spoiler for a “one size” caftan/coverup, I was concerned.  I’m a size 16 and there’s a bit of extra sand in my hourglass, so I was fairly convinced that this was going to be like all “one size” items and not fit me at all.  The print was lovely and I prepared myself for what I believed to be inevitable disappointment and then….  THE DAMN THING FIT!  Rachel Zoe has some kind of fashion voodoo, because this fit without being too clingy and I even tried it over my flare jeans.  For myself, I’d probably style this with a simple black or white tank and my favorite boho style jeans. (Although if I can find a slip dress to layer it over, I’d go with that.) The Zoe Report did a post on different ways to style it.  This item might not fit all subscribers, but I do think it will fit a majority of them and since it’s not the big ticket item in the box, I think it was still an appropriate choice to include.   For some reason, I can’t find the picture I took of this, so I used the one from the spoiler. It’s rare to get fashion items in boxes and I think this was a great choice in that category.

Juice
Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF 15 Brightening Moisturizer
(Estimated Retail: $38.00)
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “A daily moisturizer with SPF 15 keeps your skin hydrated and protected from the sun at all times, which prevents premature aging, sunspots and other damage.  ON hot summer days, store your moisturizer in the fridge before applying to give your skin a refreshing pick-me-up.”
Verdict:
Not for me
Juice Beauty is a great organic brand and I’ve enjoyed a lot of their other products.  I love the idea of an SPF moisturizer, but 15 is just too low for me personally—particularly during the summer.  I may end up just saving this to use as moisturizer in the winter when I’m not outside quite so much.

OVERALL:
Rachel Zoe Box of Style Summer 2016
Verdict:
Love!
Whenever I get disillusioned with subscription boxes, Rachel Zoe manages to get me excited again.  This box screamed out Summer and I thought it had a nice balance of things you expect (sunglasses and SPF products) with things you don’t (like the caftan and turban).  The retail value on this box came out to $373 – the AJ LUV set alone was worth more than our $100 admission price, which is why it didn’t even matter that the moisturizer wasn’t quite for me.  I feel like Rachel’s choices take me a touch out of my comfort zone and get me to try new things I might not have otherwise selected.  I ended up loving the necklace set and the caftan, but probably would have passed them by in the store The turban is something I never knew I needed in my life, but now I use it nearly every day.  If you can splurge on yourself, I highly recommend trying out this sub.  You won’t be disappointed.

What did you think of Rachel’s Summer box?
Would you be disappointed in receiving a caftan or excited for a fashion item?

THE BACKSTORY
Rachel Zoe

Box of Style
has Fashion, beauty and lifestyle items you’ll be obsessed with!   Over $300 worth of product in every box.

   Box of Style ships 4 times per year—March, July, September & December

   Membership renews each quarter

COSTS:
DISCOUNT!:  Use code SUBTHERAPYSP10 to save $10 off!
Seasonal Membership:
$100.00 / 4x year
Annual Membership: $350.00 / year
Free shipping!

Seasonal membership:  Cancel any time (after the shipment of your first purchased Box of Style)
Annual Membership: Renews each year (membership is not cancellable during the year)

Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Spring 2016 & $10 Off

The only thing better than the start of Spring is getting my Rachel Zoe Box of Style! It’s my absolute favorite sub (which is saying a lot). (If you want to sign up, use code SUBTHERAPYSP10 to save $10 off!)

Now let’s get to the goods.
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BONUS ITEM:
La Mer

Deluxe Sample of La Mer The Concentrate
Verdict: Love!
This is an extra item in addition to all our regular box items. The price for an ounce of this is $340. The full size at 1.7 oz is $440. Let that sink in. La Mer is known as the ultimate in skincare and completely unattainable for most of the population (including yours truly). I’m so psyched to try this out and hopefully I won’t fall too much in love because I could probably afford unicorn tears easier than this stuff.

Now to the actual Box items:

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HERO ITEM:
Shaffer LA Leather Bucket Bag:
(Estimated Retail: $150.00)
Rachel’s Description: “This bag comes in a gorgeous custom caramel leather, which will pop with any outfit without overpowering it. Plus, there is no hardware so it’s super lightweight while holding all your essentials.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Wear it with tailored trousers and a crisp button-up oxford for a polished office ensemble. Throw it over a floaty bohemian top and cutoffs for the upcoming festival season. Treat the versatile shade of tan as a neutral and pair it with everything from high-contrast whites to vibrant separates.”
Verdict: Love!
I’m a sucker for leather bohemian-esque bags so this was right up my alley. It’s definitely high quality and it’s perfect for weekends when I just need to run out for the grocery story or to meet friends for lunch. This bag was custom for the Rachel Zoe box, but it looks like there is a similar one available in a variety of hues in case you want to grab one for yourself.

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Jouer Créme Eyeshadow Crayon:
(Estimated Retail: $24.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Why not add a little shimmer to your beauty routine. Use this crayon to create either a fine line or a smoky look without the makeup bag clutter.”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “Whether you’re running late or stuck in the back of a cab, toting an eyeshadow stick is the perfect makeup staple to get your look under control, stat. No need to carry around an arsenal of brushes—just apply to your lid and smudge with your finger. For a sultry smoky eye, apply on the entire lid. For a daytime look, apply only in the crease. And for an edgy evening look, apply along the upper and lower lash lines and smudge.”
Verdict: Love!
We could receive 1 of 8 different shades and I adore the one I received. It’s a bronzey color that is perfect for me (Sorry I forgot to check the name on the product.) I actually tried twice to order Jouer cream eyeshadows (the type in pots) from Birchbox and both arrived dried out so I gave up on them. This applied easily and should not have the same problem with drying out. Shadow sticks are a really great shortcut when you don’t want to fuss too much with your eye makeup.

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Jules Smith Pavé Bar and Stone Cuff:
(Estimated Retail: $45)
Rachel’s Description: “This cuff is a great, Delicate Piece that is chic enough to stand on it’s own or layer with your go-to jewelry”.
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “For date night, mix this delicate cuff with an armful of bedazzled bracelets, your favorite LBD and sky-high heels. Layer the bracelet on the same wrist as your watch for added sparkle at the office. Pair with other turquoise jewels, a gauzy T-shirt and vintage jeans shorts for a winning festival-ready ensemble.”
Verdict: Like
I love the turquoise on this and I feel like it’s a great choice for Spring. I do wish that maybe we’d received a different type of bracelet, since sub boxes tend to send out a lot of cuff styles. These were also available in silver and gold, and since I have a ton of gold cuff bracelets I really wish I’d gotten the silver instead. Still, it’s very pretty and is the style is suitable for a woman of any age.

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LSTN Sound Co. Wembley Earbuds
(Retail: $99.00)
Rachel’s Description: “I can’t think of a single stylish woman who doesn’t crave an equally chic pair of headphones. These earbuds offer great sound and are an elevated option for every day. For your commute, pair with a complementary phone case to show off your stylish sensibility. No need to conceal these when running errands—pair with oversize sunnies for glamourous on the go style. Proceeds from each pair sold help provide hearing aids to help someone hear for the first time through Starkey Hearing Foundation.”
Verdict:
Love!
Do we get a lot of earbuds/headphones in sub boxes? Yes, we do. Do I still love these? Yes, yes I do. I go through earbuds at an alarmingly high rate because of my hardcore commute and I just broke another pair so the arrival of these are perfectly timed. I love the mix of wood and gold detail – it’s that luxe bohemian vibe that is everywhere this season. I also really appreciate that this company donates proceeds from each pair to provide hearing aids for people who need them.

Klorane

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (Estimated Retail: $20.00)
Rachel’s Description: “If you haven’t used a dry shampoo, this is the one to try. I first discovered this product in Paris during fashion week—it’s a great hair refresh when you’re on the go, and the scent is perfect..”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “Tired of limp strands and greasy roots? This dry shampoo freshens day-old hair when you don’t have time to wash. Bonus: It’s hypoallergenic and free of parabens, sodium chloride, colorants and sulfates. Give clean hair incredible texture and a no-slip grip for ponytails, braids or updos. To apply, shake first and spray roots from 10 inches away. Let sit for two minutes. To revive a salon blowout, massage into your scalp and then blast with your hair dryer.”
Verdict:
Like
Klorane Dry Shampoo is an old friend of mine and if you remember I got a small version in a recent Birchbox. This is one of my favorite dry shampoos, so I’m always happen to get another bottle.

Blotting Tissues

Hollywood Fashion Secrets Oil Blotting Tissues (Estimated Retail: $7.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Whether you spent the night out dancing or your skin is overly moisturized, blotting papers are a mattifying must for the pho-read look.”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “It happens to the best of us: That midday shine up and down our T-zone. Thaks to these Oil Blotting Tissues, your 3 Pm glow just got a lot more manageable. They’re slim ienough to keep in your clutch or your back pocket. Gently blot rather than swipe, and these sheets will eliminate shine without removing your makeup.”
Verdict:
Like
I have combination skin so I’m sure this will come in handy as we move toward the warmer months.

OVERALL:
Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2016
Verdict:
Hit!
As usual, Rachel Zoe delivers high class items that are sophisticated enough for older women, trendy enough for the younger ladies and fashionable enough that we all want them. This wasn’t Rachel’s most exciting box but it had a lot of useful products for the upcoming warmer weather. Excluding the stratospherically expensive La Mer sample, this box value came out to $345. For the $100 I paid, that’s amazing. This box always feels like a present, which is exactly what a subscription is supposed to be. If you have the budget for this box I can’t recommend it enough.

What did you think of Rachel’s Spring box? Would you use most of the items?
And have you tried the infamous La Mer Concentrate?  Is it as magical as we are led to believe?

THE BACKSTORY
Box of Style has Fashion, beauty and lifestyle items you’ll be obsessed with!   Over $300 worth of product in every box.

   Box of Style ships 4 times per year—March, July, September & December

   Membership renews each quarter

COSTS:
DISCOUNT!:  Use code SUBTHERAPYSP10 to save $10 off!
Seasonal Membership:
$100.00 / 4x year
Annual Membership: $350.00 / year
Free shipping!

Seasonal membership:  Cancel any time (after the shipment of your first purchased Box of Style)
Annual Membership: Renews each year (membership is not cancellable during the year)

 

Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Winter 2015 & $10 Off

It’s my happy time again where I get to review my fave subscription, the Rachel Zoe Box of Style! It launched this Spring and so far every box has been well worth the $100 price tag. Let’s see what Rachel chose to finish out 2015.  If you want a subscription of your own (and who wouldn’t) use code SUBTHERAPYSP10 to save $10!

I opened the cardboard package and discovered an extra surprise beautifully wrapped sitting on top of my regular Rachel Zoe box. What could it be?
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EXTRA FREEBIE:
Makeup Case Note

“Get Gorgeous” Makeup Bag
Have I mentioned before how much I love this subscription? Rachel Zoe gave out an extra gift for “inaugural members”. Take note, Popsugar *this* is how you treat longtime customers, you know the people who throw money at you all year long (instead of constantly offering great discounts and offers only available to new members, but I digress). Rachel Zoe is a class act and this is an adorable little bag. I’d love to keep it for myself but I think it will be better served as part of someone’s Christmas gift. The note is so nice and Rachel looks forward to making 2016 my “most glamourous year yet.”  Bring it on, baby.

Now to the actual Box:
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As usual lots of gorgeous wrapping and boxes all of which will be recycled for Christmas gifts.
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HERO ITEM:
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Alexis Bittar Gold Tone Swarovski Crystal Adjustable Ring:
(Estimated Retail: $198.00)
Rachel’s Description: “As a long time friend and fan of Alexis Bittar, I couldn’t be more excited that he created this ring exclusively for us. TI’s timeless & elegant and romantic but not too over-the-top.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “This piece is adjustable which means you have the freedom to wear it on whatever finger you like. Rock it alone or alongside a few of your favorite dainty rings. Tired of wearing your same old statement necklaces all the time? Swap it out for this bold ring that adds a similar dose of sparkle to your look. During the holidays, more is more so bring on this glamour ofr nighttime! Ears this ring with a standout cocktail dress, a fabulous coat thrown over your shoulder sand a bold lip—you’ll be the best dressed guest at every party.”
Verdict: Hit!
I love it when we get exclusive pieces and Alexis Bittar has some amazing jewelry items on his site. This isn’t a style I would normally gravitate toward but it’s super fun to wear and surprisingly comfortable for the size. I do love baguettes and I hope to see them show up in more jewelry pieces. Getting unique items I wouldn’t normally find on my own is the best part of subscription boxes and this item alone is already well over the value of the entire box.

Cards
Our Heiday Notecard Set:
(Estimated Retail: $20.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Follow up a glamorous season of gift giving with an equally glamorous and thoughtful thank you card. I think these are a chic go-to all year round.”
Rachel’s Tips: “Every hostess needs a set of notecards on hand—use these to share your messages in style. Jot your post-holiday thank-you notes on these printed cards. A thoughtful sentiment is always best received on gorgeous stationery. In the spirit of the season, use these to send your loved ones thoughtful notes. A great gift doesn’t have to cost a lot!”
Verdict: Gift
I actually hoard stationery, (particularly thank you notes) but this print doesn’t quite speak to me. It does on the other hand, remind me of a good friend so I’m going to add it to her Christmas gift. I couldn’t find this exact print on the Our Heiday website so I’m guessing it was exclusive for this box.

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Honest Beauty Makeup Remover Wipes:
(Estimated Retail: $10.00)
Honest Beauty Truly Kissable Lip Crayon in Mulberry Kiss (Estimated Retail: $18.00)
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “This crayon is made with ingredients that help nourish and hydrate lips for a gorgeous finish. Apply by first lining the outer edges of the lips, then fill in for beautiful, full-bodied color. Remove a face full of makeup with these soothing wipes, which leave skin feeling clean and soft.”
Verdict: Love!
Typically I use an oil cleanser to remove makeup, but I always like to have wipes on hand in case I’m exhausted and want the path of least resistance.  (They are also great to fix makeup mistakes – aka the winged liner that turns into a giant black eye).  Most wipes are really drying and tough on my skin so I’m excited to try out the Honest brand and see how it stacks up against the others. This lip crayon goes on so smoothly and the color is absolutely beautiful. It’s a gorgeous winter shade, perfect for Holiday parties and I think the burgundy hue will compliment many skin tones. Another great pick from Rachel.

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Lelet NY Swarovski Crystal Hair Pin
(Retail: $98.00)
Rachel’s Description: “I believe in accessorizing everything so why stop with your hair? This pin is simple enough that anybody can wear it and it will never over power the other jewelry you have on.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “This holiday season, you might be dripping in jewels form your ears to your fingers but don’t forget about your hair. Think of this piece as a bobby-pin substitute. For a simple but chic style, fasten into your hair just above one ear to keep locks in place and add a little bling to your do. For evening, take two sections form either side of the head and fasten them in the back with this sparkly accessory.”
Verdict:
Love, Love, Love
Doesn’t this look like something you’d expect Natalie Portman to wear to an awards ceremony? It’s lovely and sweet with just enough sparkle to make it festive, but not so much that it takes away from you or anything else you are wearing. It works for short and long hair, and is perfect for holiday and New Year’s Eve parties. Rachel Zoe even included some great ways to style it on her site. I couldn’t find this exact one on the Lelet website, so like so many things in this box I’m assuming this was another exclusive.  I love how classic this is and how anyone from a child to an elderly woman could wear it gracefully.  It’s my favorite item in the box.

Marula
MarulaOil Rare Oil Intensive Masque & Complementary Rare Oil Treatment
(Estimated Retail: $45.00)
Rachel’s Description: “You have to take care of your hair, especially as it gets colder. A moisturizing masque will help keep your hair shiny and healthy all winter long.”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “Kiss dry, limp locks goodbye—this replenishing hair masque revives winter-weathered hair with a cocktail of moisturizing ingredients. Use this product on your wet hair when it needs some extra love. Comb through tresses then leave on for 3 to 10 minutes depending on your needs. For even deeper conditioning, apply heat with a blow-dryer while the masque is in your hair.”
Verdict:
Hit!
I’ve heard lots of good things about the magic of MarulaOil so I’m excited to try this hair masque. The size is really generous and I’m going to use the bonus oil treatment for an at home spa day.

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Ciaté London Nail Polish
in Celestial
(Estimated Retail: $15.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Nails are just an extension of your mood and one more way to accessorize any ensemble. For this holiday season, start with your nails to add a little spark to your look.”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “A festive holiday ensemble isn’t complete without a gorgeous manicure to match. Use this Ciaté polish as the finishing touch to your party-ready look. Apply one coat for a slightly sheer color; try three coats for a bolder more opaque hue. To add a twist to a basic manicure, use this polish to paint an accent nail on both of your ring fingers. Pay around with color combos that match your cocktail attire. ”
Verdict:
You had me at glitter
Yes, I have a ton of polish, but look at how sparkly it is! So sparkly! I actually don’t own any polish from Ciaté  so it’s nice to have one for my collection. I think this is a perfect shade for the Holidays and a great way to add something fun to a basic outfit. I always say, “when in doubt, add glitter”. I couldn’t find this shade on the Ciate website so I think it may be sold out.

Foot Petals
Foot Petals
Custom Tip Toes
(Estimated Retail: $8.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Whether you’re running from your desk to dinner or out dancing all night long, Foot Petals Tip Toes bring comfort to your high heels.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Perfect for keeping you comfortable on the holiday-party circuit, these foot petals are guaranteed to make your dancing shoes groove a little easier. These petals cushion the balls of your feet and keep toes from sliding forward in shoes. Froe extra comfort, make sure you’ve already broken in the heels you plan to wear, then slip in the Foot Petals for added cushion. ”
Verdict:
Hit!
I’ve actually been using the Foot Petals brand for years and they are wonderful. They have all different kinds of products to help with various shoe fit issues including things like straps that dig in and lack of arch support. Their products are durable and really help make shoes that can be painful a lot easier to wear. It says these are custom which is why I’m guessing their retail value is just a little higher than the regular ones on the Foot Petals site. I do think they are definitely worth $8.

OVERALL:
Box of Style Winter 2015
Verdict:
Let it Zoe, indeed!
I don’t know what to say besides this is exactly what a Style subscription should be. The value on this box came out to $412 (and that’s excluding my free gift). The cost on this box is $100 and I don’t feel like the retail value on any of the items was off the mark. Because I had received several referrals, I actually received this box for free. I would have gladly paid $100 because it’s full of lovely things  that feel special and seasonally appropriate.  I’ll use or gift everything in this box.  It was really right on the mark with a cohesive holiday theme and just enough sparkle to make it fun, but not so much that most of it is useless the rest of the years.  The exclusive items really make this box feel extra special.   I can’t wait to see what Rachel comes up with for 2016.

In January, I’ll be doing my favorite items from all of my 2015 sub boxes which will include a heck of a lot from this amazing Box of Style subscription so be sure to come back and check it out!

THE BACKSTORY
Box of Style has Fashion, beauty and lifestyle items you’ll be obsessed with!   Over $300 worth of product in every box.

   Box of Style ships 4 times per year—March, July, September & December

   Membership renews each quarter

COSTS:
DISCOUNT!:  Use code SUBTHERAPYSP10 to save $10 off!
Seasonal Membership:
$100.00 / 4x year
Annual Membership: $350.00 / year
Free shipping!

Seasonal membership:  Cancel any time (after the shipment of your first purchased Box of Style)
Annual Membership: Renews each year (membership is not cancellable during the year)