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

It’s time for my favorite sub box: the 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!)  This box also lists coupon codes for the included brands so I’m adding to my review so you can pick up the stuff you love at a discount.
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Fall is a great time of year for fashion so let’s see what Rachel Zoe has picked  out for us.
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HERO ITEM:
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The Colorblock: Donni Charm Wonder Cape
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(Estimated Retail: $197.00)
Description: “There is nothing more Classic than black and white.   This versatile Cape transcends seasons and flatters every body type—it’s sizeless, ageless and timeless.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “For day, wear the cape over a cream-colored turtleneck k and a dark wide-leg denim.  Play up the luxe vibe for evening by teaming it with a satin slip dress and leather ankle boots.  Wrap it around your neck to transform it into a cozy scarf.”
Coupon Code: Use RZxDC20 for 20% off site wide (Valid through November 15, 2016).
Verdict: Love!
This item was the spoiler and retails for almost twice the cost of the box.  It is so so soft and such a classic piece. (It even has the cutest charm on the label).  This is a great option for travel since you can wear it a variety of ways plus it can keep you warm on those chilly flights.  I love how classic and high end it looks.  This is the kind of the thing I can totally use in my wardrobe and I’d probably never splurge for on my own.  I also adore that Rachel includes fashion items women of every age and size can pull off.  It’s not an easy thing to do and it makes fashion accessible and fun.  To help see the full piece better I included one of Rachel Zoe’s styling options.

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The Cinch: B-Low the Belt Gatsby Wrap Belt
(Estimated Retail: $105.00)
Description: “This belt is so versatile: Double wrap it to cinch a maxi dress, do a dramatic single wrap around a thicker jacket or pull it through belt loops on trousers.  With tassels, that add a little extra interest, it’s a style star favorite.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Wrap the belt around a cape or tunic to polish a roomy silhouette.  Adapt a dressy frock for daytime by slinging the belt around your hips and wearing with flat shoes.  Add polish too casual t-shirt and jeans by pulling through your belt loops and letting the tassels fall at the fron..”
Coupon Code: Use RZOE20B-LOW for 20% off site wide (Valid through November 15, 2016).
Verdict: Hit!
Good belts that can accommodate larger size ladies are hard to find, so this was a wonderful inclusion.  I don’t own anything like this and it’s definitely taking me a bit out of my comfort zone.  I love that it coordinates with the cape from this box.  I’m going to have fun incorporating it into some looks.

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The Eye-Catcher: Rachel Zoe Tassel Bracelet:
(Estimated Retail: $95.00)
Description: “I am beyond exited to include a piece of jewelry from my own collection in this season’s Box of Style!  Whether styled on its own as an elegant addition to your look, or layered among your stack of usual suspects, this is a great piece of jewelry you’ll wear constantly.”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Wear the bracelet alone with a simple shift dress for the office—the chain and tassel are all the statement you need.  For a double dose of tassel, pair it with the wrap belt to dress up a simple jumpsuit for a night out.  Let your jewelry do all the talking by stacking bracelets and cuffs for a head-turning look.”
Coupon Code: Use RZFall20 for 20% off sitewide (Valid through November 15, 2016).
Verdict: Love!
This bracelet is exclusive to this box, so I linked to a similar one from Rachel’s collection.  I adore box exclusive items and this bracelet is lovely.  One of my very first sub boxes, featured a Rachel Zoe ring that I wear at least once a week.  Her jewelry is high quality and very classic.  The tassel on this is well made and I’ve already worn it a few times.  A 50 year old woman and a 15 year old girl could both wear this and look wonderful.  Another thoughtful choice.

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The Styling Tool: Holly wood Fashion Secrets Lint Removing Sheets
(Retail: $6.00)
Description: “It’s so easy to find yourself covered in lint, especially when you’re wearing sweaters, scarves and fall coats.  These are much more handy and compact than a bulky roll brush, so they’re east to carry with you everywhere.”
Rachel’s Living in Style Tips: “Stow them at your desk to keep you lint-free I the office.  The slender packaging allows you to keep them in your evening clutch to touch-up your LBD during nights out.  If your layering pieces easily shed, make sure to use them immediately after removing once you get indoors.”
Coupon Code: Use Zoe25 for 25% off sitewide (Valid through November 15, 2016).
Verdict:
Like
A practical little item that I will add to the “survival kit” I keep in my commuter bag.
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The Statement-Maker: It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil
(Estimated Retail: $24.00)
Description: “The majority of the women in my life struggle with their brows—everything form shaping them to filling them in to finding the right shade to match.  This pencil works on any brow color and makes filling in so easy.”

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The Perfect Pout: It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush in Hydrating Gloss Stain in Mauve-A-Lous Darling
(Estimated Retail: $24.00)
Description: “A bold lip doesn’t always mean bright and saturated in color.  What I love about the many shades of lip stain is that is’ a great way to boost your natural beauty without completely overtaking your look.”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “For date night, pair your lip stain with a crisp cat-eye and a sleek ponytail for a pulled together, understatedly sexy look. If you’re ever in a pinch, add a swipe of the gloss on your cheeks and blend with your fingers to give your complexion a wash of health-looking color.  For dark eyebrows use pressure to match the shade perfectly.  Use less pressure for light and blonde brows.”
Verdict:
Hit!
It Cosmetics is one of my go to brands, although both of these products were new for me.  As a redhead, it can be problematic to match brow color but this one does blend in perfectly.  It’s not quite as easy to apply as some of the brow gel products, but it still does an excellent job and one tube should last quite some time.  For the lip color, Rachel Zoe offered the opportunity to pick from three shades.  I struggled with the options which included red, berry and pink since my first impulse is to go for the fun red.  Instead, I opted for the more practical mauve.  The color is very pretty and the stain effect actually leaves your lips with a bit of color – not the same as the initial application, but more of a softer flush.  It does feel infinitely better and more hydrating than any other stain I’ve tried.

OVERALL:
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Verdict:
Love!
Rachel Zoe never disappoints.  I always get beautiful things at a great value.  If I had to get rid of all my subs but one, this would be the keeper.  So many boxes try to highlight fashion, but it’s difficult to accommodate different sizes, ages, and skin tones, so it’s quite an accomplishment that Rachel Zoe pulls it off every season.  As for value, this box cost me $100 and came with an estimated retail value of $451.00.  I will use everything in this box plus it included items that broadened my fashion horizons and an exclusive jewelry piece.  We also had the opportunity to customize the box a bit with our lip color choice and I hope Rachel continues to add that feature.  If your budget allows, definitely consider treating yourself to the Rachel Zoe Box of Style.

What did you think of Rachel’s Fall box?
Would you use all these items?

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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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:
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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.

CiateCiate Celestial Swatch
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)

 

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!
Box
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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:
Watch Case Watch
Watch Close
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).
Box
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:
Purse Purse with Strap
Purse Closeup
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.”
Lipstick Lipstick Close
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)

 

Rachel Zoe Box of Style: April 2015

Brand new this year to the sub box game is the oh so chic, stylist Rachel Zoe with her Box of Style. Boxes ship out four times a year and you can opt to pay quarterly for $100 per box, or $350 for an annual sub. The moment I heard about this new seasonal sub, I knew I’d be nabbing a box.   I really love Rachel Zoe’s aesthetic and am always on the lookout for awesome fashion and celebrity curated boxes. To save $10 on your own sub use code use code SUBTHERAPYSP10!

It’s always so exciting to try the very first box of any sub, so let’s stop talking and start ripping open cardboard.
Box Open Box 1

The actual box the items come in is very nice and similar to the kind in the Popsugar Limited Edition boxes. I’ll definitely be reusing mine.
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Inside, everything has been lovingly packed. The attention to detail (with even a cute little sticker) makes this box feel super luxe.
Closeup Wrapping
We get a brochure from Rachel with a description of the products, styling ideas and why the item was included. Each item also has a special coupon code that subscribers can use on the product websites for extra discounts.
Booklet
Rachel writes, ” Every day, my team of editors at The Zoe Report and I set out to discover and share the best new products.  Now, we are making these virtual recommendations a reality with Box of Style: a curated assortment of the best fashion, beauty, and lifestyle items of the moment–and of course one styling tool to make sure you’re looking your most glamorous all year-round.  Brought to you four times a year, our very first box kicks off our spring obsessions…”

HERO ITEM:
Bracelet Bracelet on Wrist
Miansai Modern Screw Cuff:
(Estimated Retail: $200.00)
Rachel’s Description: “There is nothing more chic than simple gold cuff—it’s the perfect addition to your everyday look. You won’t want to take this piece off!”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Stack it with an armful of yellow, white, or rose –god pieces (whatever works best for you), for a “wow” look. For evening, pair it with your favorite cocktail ring or statement earrings and a smoky eye.”
Verdict: Frick’n Love
Rachel calls this the “hero item” and was the big ticket pick of the box. They released this one as a spoiler, which was extra motivation for me to purchase it. I love, love the classic cool of this cuff. It looks fab on it’s own, or mixed with other bracelets. You could wear this with a suit to a job interview or with a tshirt and jeans to a rock concert. It’s beautiful, versatile and chic. And as someone with a smaller wrist I love cuffs that don’t fall off or move around a ton. I also appreciate that Rachel Zoe released this item as a spoiler since it’s the big ticket product and might not fit bigger wrists. Just knowing this was in the box was enough to give consumers a good idea if this purchase would work for them.

Zoya Box Zoya Open Box
Swatches
Zoya Nail Polish in Zoe, Chantal and Haley:
(Estimated Retail: $30.00)
Rachel’s Description: “These polishes are perfect for the season yet transitional and will last the entire year. I worked closely with Zoya to create the perfect custom opal color, Zoe which I used in my Fall 2015 fashion week presentation—hence the name.”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “Layer a coat of Zoe over a coat of Chantal for a chic opalescent-nude color. Create an updated French manicure by using Chantal as a base color and Zoe in a half-moon style on the tips. Use one coat of Zoe for a sheer, two coats for a semi-sheer and three coats for an opaque pearl color.”
Verdict: Love!
You know I love polish and Zoya has one of my favorite formulas. This set is beautifully packaged and offers some classic shades everyone should have in their collection. I collect Opal polishes because it’s my birthstone, so I was extra psyched to see a special Opal polish that is unavailable on the Zoya site. These colors are wonderful for women of all ages and Rachel did a great job with the selection.

Glasses
Traveler by TOMS
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(Estimated Retail: $68.00)
Rachel’s Description: “Every girl needs amazing black sunnies—this pair by TOMS is a brand-new shape that works wonders on virtually every face. Bonus: They come with a crazy-cute bold, floral case. What more could you ask for?”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “Channel a boho-chic vibe by rocking them with a wide-brimmed hat or whatever style works best for you. For added drama, pair them with a red lip.”
Verdict: Hit!
It’s always fun to get new sunglasses and this shape is interesting but not so weird or bold that most women couldn’t pull it off. I also love the colorful case. I’m adding this to the travel kit I’m building up so I can rock these during my next trip.

Mascara
Tarte lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara
(Retail: $21.00)
Rachel’s Description: “I firmly believe that taking an extra few seconds to put on mascara instantly trnasforms your look and literally opens your eyes. It’s hard to overdose on mascara and this formula is one of my all time faves!”
Rachel’s Beauty Tips: “To make your eyes pop, use an eyelash curler before you apply. Once an initial coat has been applied, add more product on the outer corner of the lashes to create the illusion of falsies. We are huge advocates of top and bottom lashes, so don’t be afraid to trip up on coats.”
Verdict:
Like
Mascara in a sub box is not exciting, but Tarte is a great brand. I have pale lashes so mascara is a must for me and I love trying out new formulas.

Style Tape
Bristols 6 Stylin’ Tape
(Estimated Retail: $10.00)
Rachel’s Description: “A styling kit is incomplete without double-sided tape. Always keep in your bag for both day and night—you never know when you’ll have an unexpected wardrobe malfunction!”
Rachel’s Styling Ideas: “If you’re wearing a billowy top or caftan, use small section sof tape to xsecure it to your body—near cleavage, at the shoulder sor anywhere eyou need a bit of extra security. This takpe can be used to keep the straps of a top in place on your shoulder o to adhere bra straps to your shirt so they don’t slip out. Keep a large bangle or ring in place if your jewelry is a little too big.”
Verdict:
Like
I love the idea of using this tape on oversized jewelry. I’m sure this will come in handy for dressier events when I want to keep small straps under control. This was a really thoughtful addition as we head toward warmer weather.

OVERALL:
Full Box
Where have you been all my life?

FINALLY.  A celebrity curated box that is everything it should be. This box was thoughtfully curated, seasonally appropriate and arrived on time. It had a great balance of beauty and style items and would work just as well for a 25 year old woman as a 45 year old. Even the packaging had lovely little details. All the brands are high end and nothing feels out of place or thrown together. This was an amazing box. I paid $100 and received $429.00 of product. The bracelet alone was worth more than the value of this box.

This sub has quickly moved to the top of my favorites list. If you can swing the cost of it, I can’t recommend it enough. I’m already looking forward to what will show up for summer.

Have you ever tried a celebrity curated box? If so which one and how was it?

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)