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.
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..”
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.
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.”
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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