Rachel Zoe Box of Style: Fall 2015

It’s time to review my absolute favorite Subscription box: the Rachel Zoe Box of Style! It launched this Spring and so far has had wonderful products and a tight curation. Fall is all about fashion so I’m  super psyched to see what’s in this box. Use code SUBTHERAPYSP10 to save $10 off!
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The packaging on this sub makes it feel high end. You get a lovely reusable box, cute details (like that Fall  sticker) and everything is individually wrapped. There is also a fabulous booklet with info on the products, styling ideas and special coupon codes for subscribers.

Okay, too much talk, not enough paper ripping.

HERO ITEM:
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Cluse La Bohéme Rose Gold Watch with dual straps:
(Estimated Retail: $132.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Like I always say, go big or go home, which is why I think every girl needs a statement watch. I love the oversized face and rose-gold finish on this one.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “this menswear-inspired timepiece comes with two leather-strap options: black and grey. To change the strap, slide the silver tab on the underside of the watchband. The grey band is the perfect complement to a light, monochromatic ensemble that you can wear even when fall comes to an end. The black band is a great work-appropriate option that pairs best with earth tones and darker colors.”
Verdict: Hit!
Rachel has a big ticket, “hero item” in every box and reveals it in a spoiler. The rose gold finish on this really classic piece gives it just a hint of something unexpected. You could wear this with a suit for work or paired with jeans on the weekend. It’s sophisticated but not pretentious. It comes with a lovely leather case and two different straps. Also included was a 15% off code for use on the Cluse site. I would have gladly used the code for another strap color, but sadly most of them are out of stock. Hopefully they’ll restock soon.

Lotion
One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum:
(Estimated Retail: $39.00)
Rachel’s Description: “I love fall but it can translate to dry skin This serum gives you a healthy glow, going deep below the surface of skin to hydrate it. I also love that it’s organic, I assure you this will become one of your go-tos.”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “This organic, gardenia-scented serum can be used on the body to prevent and cure weather-chapped skin. Mix it with your daily moisturizer or sunscreen. Use on clean damp skin for the best results.”
Verdict: Like!
I’ve actually received this item in April Popsugar box, but I used that one as a gift, so now I’ll  hoard this one for myself. I like the idea of mixing it into sunscreen or other moisturizers and will definitely give that a shot.

Earrings
Shashi Noa Rose Gold Ear Climber:
(Estimated Retail: $55.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Ear climbers bring a new kind of drama to the way we wear earrings. Think of these as an easy way to add a little edge to any look.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Swap out your dainty earrings for these rose-gold ear climbers, a great alternative to classic studs. Even if you own mostly silver and gold jewelry, think of rose gold as a neutral—we’re all about mixing metals. Show them off with a sleek, pulled back bun or messy-braid hairstyle.”
Verdict: Love!
I love that we’re getting more rose gold in this box since it’s something most people don’t have a ton of in their jewelry collection. This ear climber is a great way to try off the trend without doing something too heavy or over the top. You can wear these to work or out to dinner on a weekend and not look like you’re trying too hard. A great pick by Rachel.

Hat
Topshop Classic Fedora
(Retail: $48.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Rall is the ideal season to wear hats. I always think it amps up your look a notch, giving you an air of effortless cool.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “The neutral, olive hue of this hat pairs best with black, gray, chocolate brown and denim. For daytime, style it with an oversized sweater, skinny jeans and riding boots. For evening, wear it with a black long-sleeved maxi, tailored vest and ankle booties”
Verdict:
She went there!
Did you expect another scarf? Not from Rachel! I’m sure that some folks will not be thrilled at this choice, with I’m in love with it. It’s perfect for the season, practical, and not something every other subscription is tossing into their Fall boxes. The olive color choice is inspired and will complement lots of hair colors and skin tones.

Notebooks
Sloane Stationery Custom Notebook Set
(Estimated Retail: $40.00)
Rachel’s Description: “We may live in a digital world, but I still love to write everything down. Whether you’re jumping into an important meeting or simply jotting down your thoughts, a chic note book is an essential.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Use “It’s Everything” to write down inspiring quotes and good ideas, while using “Shut It Down” to keep track of your to-dos. When balancing a hectic schedule of social and professional engagements, it’s smart to keep a notebook in your purse to jot things down while on the go. Place these on your entry table and ask guests to leave a personal note..”
Verdict:
Hit!
As a writer, blank notebooks are among the many things I hoard and these are lovely quality. I like that these are customized for the box and the sayings are cute. Maybe it makes me old fashioned but I really prefer hand-writing my To-Do lists and notes to myself. Entering them into my phone just doesn’t quite work the same way. I will definitely be using these.

Fabric Spray
The Laundress Fabric Fresh Classic
(Estimated Retail: $8.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Whether you’re jet-setting the globe or just venturing from your desk to dinner the Laundress’ Fabric Fresh is a lifesaver. It smells incredible and instantly freshens up anything – your clothes, handbag, even your car.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Skip a pricey trip to the dry cleaners by spraying this nontoxic, allergen-free psray on your coats, jackets and denim. Carry it in your handbag to freshen up your clothe son the fly. Spray it on your home linens and upholstered furniture. ”
Verdict:
A Practical hit!
The Laundress is a great brand for fabric care and this will be a perfect addition to my travel bag for an upcoming conference I’m attending in San Diego. Those of us in seasonal climates will be unpacking our bulky sweaters and winter coats from storage and this spray will be an easy way to freshen them up.

OVERALL:
Rachel Zoe Fall 2015 Box of Style
Verdict:
Hit!
Another great box from Rachel Zoe! As usual, we received high quality items with a seasonally appropriate curation.  Rachel’s picks all felt versatile and fashion forward. The most remarkable thing I find about this sub is that Rachel Zoe’s choices work for a broad age range of women. A 23 year old and a 53 year old could wear and use all the items in this box and both would look chic. That’s an impressive styling ability and my hat’s off (pun intended) to Rachel.   I paid $100 for this box and received an estimated retail value of $322. Everything included is lovely and I’ll use all the items.  I’m already antsy to see what’s in the Winter box. What do you think Rachel Zoe might include?

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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: Summer 2015

I get a lot of Subscription boxes, but the Rachel Zoe Box of Style is the one I stalk UPS for. Boxes ship quarterly and her Spring box already topped my favorites of 2015.  To save $10 on your own subscription, use code SUBTHERAPYSP10!  I was anxious to see how she would follow up the gorgeous Minsai bracelet and TOMS sunglasses. So many new subs start out great, and then falter which subsequent boxes. I was praying Rachel wouldn’t let me down, like so many others had before, (cough…Nina Garcia…cough).
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Rachel includes a fabulous brochure with lots of info on the products along with styling ideas. Each item also has a special coupon code that subscribers can use on the product websites for extra discounts.
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The box is packed beautifully with great details and it truly feels special to unwrap.
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Okay, enough talk. It’s time to rip stuff open.

HERO ITEM:
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The Cambridge Satchel Company White Leather Pushlock Handbag:
(Estimated Retail: $150.00)
Rachel’s Description: “This white leather cross-body is everything. With its English heritage this bag is totally timeless and impossibly chic—perfect for work and play! Welcome to your new favorite summer purse.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “This bag is so versatile you’ll literally carry it everywhere –from the beach to the office. For daytime, pair it with a T-shirt denim shorts and gladiator sandals. For evening, remove the cross-body strap to use it as a clutch. Dress it up with a printed skirt and high heels.”
Verdict: Oh Rachel, you’ve won already
Rachel has a big ticket, “hero item” in every box and reveals it in a spoiler. It’s a fabulous way for subscribers to know if the box will be a good value for them. I’ve lusted after bags from the Cambridge Satchel Company for a long time so I was thrilled to see this included. It’s an incredibly versatile bag that can be casual chic or workplace appropriate. The white makes it fresh for summer and a classic piece to put in your wardrobe and the not too large, not too small size makes it quite practical. A fabulous choice that already more than covers the cost of the entire box. I couldn’t find white available on the Cambridge site for this particular style, but they do offer it in a variety of other shades.

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Too Faced Bronzer in Sunberry:
(Estimated Retail: $30.00)
Rachel’s Description: “I always use a bronzer from summer and beyond. IT’s the perfect way to enhance your summer glow. And the thing and pretty packaging fits perfectly into a clutch so you can have it hand for day or night activities.”
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Too Faced Lip Créme in Spice Spice Baby: (Estimated Retail: $22.00)
Rachel’s Description: “I always use a bronzer from summer and beyond. It’s the perfect way to enhance your summer glow. And the thing and pretty packaging fits perfectly into a clutch so you can have it hand for day or night activities.”

Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “For the perfect pout and extra staying power, apply a lip primer before putting on the crème. Create an effortless, sun-kissed beauty look by wearing both the lip and bronzer. Top it off with minimal mascara. For a natural glow, use a makeup brush to dust the bronzer from the top of the forehead to the cheekbones, across the jawline and down to the chin.”
Verdict: Hit!
Bronzer and a neutral hydrating lip stick are perfect makeup choices for summer. I have a Too-faced eyeshadow palette that I really love and I find their cosmetics to be excellent quality. The packaging on the bronzer is adorable so it gets bonus points. I didn’t swatch these since I currently have an overload of product, but I’ll be pulling these out in August for some pretty summer looks.

Sarong
Mara Hoffman Sarong:
(Estimated Retail: $98.00)
Made exclusively for Box of Style
Rachel’s Description: “Summer is all about print and color! Even if you’re not on an island or jet-setting this season, wear the sarong as a scarf, shawl turban—you can even use it as a beach blanket!”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Wrap it around your body then tie behind your neck to create an impromptu halter dress. Come fall, wear it as a scarf with a maxi dress and ankle booties. It makes a great head scarf when you need to hide a bad hair day..”
Verdict: Hit!
A wrap/sarong is a perfect item for summer and this one was made exclusively for this box, so subscribers are the only ones who will have it. I normally gravitate to prints that are vintage style, but this one is cheerful and fun and I like that it makes me step outside my comfort zone.   It’s a substantial size and you can use it in a variety of ways. I think it would even make a nice throw for a couch or chair.

Mineral Peel
O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Face Peel
(Retail: $44.00)
Rachel’s Description: “It’s so important to exfoliate regularly during summer and all year-round. Achieving that fresh-face, dewy glow starts with the prep. This peel exfoliates and smooths skin, making the the perfett foundation for self-tanners, moisturizer and makeup. I’m obsessed!”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “Use this peel before self-tanning to deepen an existing tan. Exfoliating regularly keeps your skin looking smooth and youthful. Complete your at-home facial by following the peel with your favorite face mask and hydrating eye gels.”
Verdict:
Hit!
I have a lot of skincare products thanks to all my sub boxes, but I haven’t tried many peels and I’m looking forward to using this on a full home spa day with face masks, eye gels, pedicures and whatever other beauty products I’ve been hoarding.

Nipple Cover
Bristols 6 Nippies
(Estimated Retail: $26.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Summer is the season for sheer, gauzy and lightweight fabrics. Nippies are the perfect styling accessory when a bra would be distracting. They mold to your body, work with your natural curves and go unnoticed in the best possible way.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Avoid exposed bra straps by wearing with off the shoulder racer-back or sleeveless separates. They’re reusable and easy to clean, so you can get plenty of use out of them. You can even place them in shoes as heel pads or insoles.”
Verdict:
Oh Rachel, I wish I had the life you think I did
I promise Rachel, it will always be more distracting for me to not wear a bra.  It doesn’t matter what I’m wearing. Trust me. My bras resemble the harness you use when you jump out of a plane so no way are these girls going out with just some little rubber pads for coverage. I do understand that there are women out there who are able to see their toes, and that they would like to have the option to go braless, especially in the summer. This is a great addition for them. It claims they have other uses so we’ll see if I can get creative with the “Nippies”. (And there is a sentence I never thought I’d type).

OVERALL:
Rachel Zoe Summer 2015 Box

Verdict: Like a Boss

And Rachel Zoe keeps up her impressive streak this year with thoughtfully curated boxes that are seasonally appropriate, arrive on time, and are beautifully packed with a value that high exceeds the cost. This is everything that a women’s lifestyle box should be. I said it before, but this sub has definitely raised the bar. This box cost me $100 and I received $370 worth of lovely, fashion forward finds. I’m already itching to see what’s in the Fall Box. And that being said, I do have a spoiler!

SPOILER FOR THE FALL BOX
Spoiler

Cluse Gold Watch with Dual Straps

What do you think of the Fall Box of Style spoiler? Does it make you want to subscribe?

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)

 

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