Original Fancy Box: February 2014

So last month’s original Fancy box was so awesome that it made up for all the screw-ups and let downs I had with Fancy last year.  I crossed my fingers that Fancy had turned a corner and now their boxes would be more better and more consistent. 

This month we got a new sized Fancy box.  Instead of our usual square, this mysterious rectangle appeared.
Closed Box
Open Box

Something to keep in mind is that the original Fancy let’s you choose the categories you  want to receive items from.  I have “Women’s”, “Gadgets”, and “Home” selected with “Men”  and “Media” unselected.

Book
Style Book II – Pattern & Print
(Amazon Retail: $20.91)
Verdict:  Miss
So this is one of coffee table books that focuses on Fashion and in particular patterns and prints.  To be honest, I don’t own many coffee table books because I have a small apartment and I prefer to fill up the space with things that are more useful.  I love fashion but I utilize Pinterest to keep photos of my favorite looks.  I also purposely have the “media” category unchecked and since their fashion magazines fall under that category, I believe this item would as well. 

Tie Bands
Twistband Hair Tie Sets
(Fancy Retail: $7.00)
Verdict:
  Like
Every subscription box that is remotely related to women will at some point send you twistbands.  I have a few and I like them so I have no problem picking up a few more colors.  Not exciting, but at least useful. 


Tights
Gipsy Contrast Heart Tights
(Fancy Retail: $16.00)
Verdict: On the Fence
And these tights contained the biggest lie ever perpetrated in fashion: “one size fits all”.  The design is cute, but I am *extremely* skeptical that these will fit me right or anyone else for that matter.   I could see this item in one of the celebrity curated boxes, but I just don’t quite feel it for the original Fancy subscription. 

Iron
EVA NYC Galaxy Ceramic Styling Iron
(Fancy Retail:$80.00; Amazon Retail: $55.00 )
Verdict: Miss
So is there a woman out there that can afford a $46+ subscription box, wants a styling iron and doesn’t already have one?  Anyone?  As far as I can tell this iron isn’t some special brand and the only unique thing about it is the fun galaxy design.  If this iron had some type of super cool feature that would make it an upgrade from a run of the mill version I would have been excited, but it doesn’t.  You can pick up styling irons like this one at TJ Maxx and Marshalls for a steal and I can’t see anyone buying it on Fancy for $80.  Maybe this brand is more special than my google-fu shows?  I’m just not feeling it.  This will most likely be gifted, sold or swapped.

 

Full Box
Overall:
Super Disappointed

Oh Fancy, how you like to break my heart so much.

First of all, this box was clearly a women’s box and I would have been much more understanding if this was the Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cocha Rocha or Kelly Rowland boxes, but it’s not.  I expect items from the various categories and I don’t think an overpriced, mediocre styling iron counts as a “gadget” or a picture book of fashion photos counts as “home”.
Cards 

With the lower Amazon price of the iron, the estimated retail “value” of this box was $98.91.  Somehow I ended up paying nothing for it. I know some of it came from referral credits (thanks folks!) but I had a Fancy gift card and refunds so I’m really not sure of the breakdown because Fancy’s credit and billing system is as confusing as John Travolta’s introductions.  I guess I lucked out with this free box since the only item I liked was the twistbands.

So do you guys like the styling iron?  Are you familiar with this brand and is it really worth $80?

Do you subscribe to the original Fancy?  If so what categories did you choose and what items did you get?

THE BACKSTORY

Fancy Box is a monthly subscription service that curates items that are popular on the Fancy website.  There are a few different subscription options.  They all cost $39 plus shipping (an additional $7.95).

#1 –Fancy box (Original)
This box features a collection of some of the most fancy’d items, curated by the fancy community. Each box includes $80.00+ of products in the categories of your choice. 
The categories you can choose from include: Men’s, Women’s, Kid’s, Home, Gadgets & Media.  It also lets you customize your Tshirt size and your cell phone type.

#2 Fancy Food Box
Each Fancy Food Box includes five or more food products – anything from cookies and chocolates to teas and sauces – along with a selection of tasty recipes and pairing suggestions.

#3 Celebrity Curated Fancy Box
There are seven celebrity curated boxes to choose from.  Each box includes $80.00+ of products.  Most boxes are geared toward men or women though they do include unisex items.

They include:

 

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