PupBox Subscription Box Review: 4 Month Puppy

Today I’ll be reviewing a new subscription box that is geared towards new puppy parents! And no, I’m sad to announce that I do not have a new puppy. Maddie will be helping me review this box and she’s a puppy at heart so that counts, right? Since I don’t have an actual puppy, PupBox offered to send me a box for a 4 month old puppy to review so I can showcase what a typical box looks like.

PupBox is a subscription box designed for the lucky new parents of a puppy! Each box is custom tailored to your puppy (age, size, breed) so you’ll receive relevant information, training tips, treats, toys, and accessories as your puppy grows. Each box will contain 1 bag of training treats and 4-6 additional products.  The box will also come with training and development information approved by celebrity trainer Andrea Arden. If you subscribe month to month, the cost is $39.00 per month. But if you pre-pay for longer subscriptions it’s a better value – $34/month for 3 months, $32/month for 6 months, and $29/month for 12 months. 

PupBox Subscription Box Review: 4 Month Puppy

The packaging is well thought out and I think this subscription would be a really cute gift for a new dog parent. I wish I had this subscription back when I first got Maddie. She’s my first dog and I was so unprepared. Something like this would have been extremely helpful!

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All the treats and toys! My box contained 6 full sized items, and the curation is well balanced. I received 1 bag of training treats, 1 interactive plush toy, 1 freezable toy, 1 ball, and 2 chew products.

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Each month comes with a list of all the items chosen for your dog. I love how customized this page is! All the products come with product codes so you can easily repurchase your favorites from the PupShop.

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Since this is summer, I thought it was really smart for the curators to include a water safety pamphlet. It has good tips on how to introduce your dog to water and how to encourage them to swim. Maddie already loves to swim but the pamphlet also has tips for getting an expert swimmer to dock dive, which she has been working on this summer! Hopefully she’ll get comfortable with it before the summer ends!

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I love this training and development guide! The paper is thicker and feels closer to cardstock so I can see this being kept on the fridge and used as a reference throughout the month. It’s a standard 8.5″ x 11″ sheet and printed on both sides. The front side is all about development and the back is about training. Lots of great information and all organized in a simple to understand layout.

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When I first got Maddie I was only meant to be fostering her for a few weeks. I had no preparations for getting a dog (though I always knew I wanted one, but I had wanted to wait until we had a house!) and didn’t know the first thing about training so I spent a lot of time frantically watching Cesar Milan videos and reading random articles. I so wish I had this handy guide! It covers the basics at this 4 month mark (sit, stand, lie down) and I assume will get increasingly more difficult as your puppy grows.

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N-Bone Puppy Teething Rings 3-Pack | $5.69
At 4 months your puppy will be teething and have sore gums and a strong urge to chew, so these teething rings are perfect! It’s formulated with DHA and calcium for strong teeth and bones and healthy brain development. It’s also wheat free, corn free, and soy free if your puppy has any allergies or a sensitive stomach. And most importantly, it’s made in the USA.

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Maddie is not a puppy anymore but she loves to chew! Pumpkin is one of her favorite flavors so I’m not surprised she was crazy for these teething rings.

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Natural Dog Company 12″ Steer Stick | $6.00
And speaking of Maddie’s love for chews, this is her favorite item in the box! It’s the first item she went for when I opened the box. This is a 12 inch beef pizzle chew that is very sturdy and long lasting without being too hard for her teeth. I imagine it would be another must have for a teething puppy! Natural Dog Company sources all their products from the USA.

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Multipet Chilly Bone Chew Toy | $4.99
Perfect for hot summer days! This freezable chew toy comes with a resealable plastic bag. You wet the toy with water, place it into the bag, seal the bag, and place the whole thing into your freezer for an hour. It’s supposed to be vanilla flavored to encourage healthy chewing, though Maddie didn’t seem to pick up on that.

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She licked it a couple times to investigate, but ultimately seemed rather confused by this toy. I was surprised because I’ve never seen her turn down a chew toy before!

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She’s totally giving me her best “Mom, what am I supposed to do with this?” look here. Since she had no interest, I was going to give it to one of my neighbor’s dogs. But after I left the toy on a tea towel to dry, I noticed that the green dye runs! It stained my towel permanently so I ended up throwing the toy away. I’m so glad I didn’t keep it on my carpet overnight!

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Zippy Paws Shark N’ Ship Burrow | $9.99
What an adorable interactive plush toy! I think this is a perfect toy for bonding with your puppy, since you need to first teach your puppy how to burrow and retrieve the sharks and then continue putting the sharks back inside. Afterwards you can even play hide and seek around the house (Maddie’s favorite game!) with the plush sharks.

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Adorable! Unfortunately for Maddie this is a toy meant for a smaller and gentler dog so I’ll be saving this to gift to a new puppy parent. If I gave it to Maddie it would probably last 3 minutes tops.

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Gnawsome Squeak Small Ball | $7.62
Any ball that squeaks is something that Maddie loves, so this was a home run for her. She loves to play fetch and since this ball flashes light when it bounces, it’s our new go-to for playing fetch at night. Houston summers are brutal so we’ve been taking her to play at around dusk when it’s cooler. She sometimes has trouble spotting the balls if we throw them too far but this one is obviously a lot more eye catching with all the lights inside! For a teething puppy it’s another great toy because the bumps will relieve the sore gums and also clean their teeth!

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Cloud Star Dynamo Dog Functional Treats | $9.58
Shoutout to PupBox for being so kind to send Maddie a bag of training treats for active adult dogs in this box! These are perfect for her because she’s always so energetic and can run for hours. She’ll eat anything peanut butter flavored and so naturally she seems to really love these. The formula is grain free, corn free, soy free, and is made in the US.

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The total value of the treats and toys comes to $43.87, but I think the value is definitely higher than that because of all the information that you receive. Overall I’m very impressed with this subscription! I think it’s a wonderful concept and would be a genuinely helpful aid in raising a puppy. Again, I really wish I had this subscription when I first had Maddie! It would have made things a lot easier.

In the future I would love to see a “new adult dog” subscription as part of this company too. Most of my friends are choosing to adopt older dogs from shelters and I think they would all find it helpful to have a “first time dog owner” sort of box that is geared towards adult dogs/adopted dogs (training tips, dealing with separation anxiety, helping your dog feel more secure and settled, etc.). Heck, I think even Maddie could benefit from a box like that! We’re still dealing with some anxiety issues here and there.

But anyways, I loved this PupBox and I think they have a wonderful subscription service and a smart concept. The idea of a box that changes every month to accommodate your growing pet is so fun and fills a niche in the market that I had not even considered before. The only downside of this box is that it makes me really want to go and get a new puppy! Maybe I could convince my husband that it’ll be super easy to raise a puppy with the help of a subscription box like this?

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box July 2017 Review

Another Emma & Chloe review today! I’m still slowly catching up on everything since my trip, but I’m happy to say that at least this review is going up in the correct month. Granted it’s the last day of the month but hey, I’ll take it. Oh and just wanted to say thanks so much for your patience, my amazing readers! I appreciate each and every one of you.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box is a monthly jewelry club that represents independent, up-and-coming French jewelry designers. In addition to their monthly shipments, you can also purchase jewelry from their online boutique.

Every month they feature a designer and send a surprise piece of jewelry, though you can choose if you prefer gold or silver and whether or not you have pierced ears. If you do the month to month plan, it’s $35/month. If you prepay, the price goes down to $33/month for a 3 month subscription, $31/month for a 6 month subscription, and $29/month for a 12 month subscription. The unique piece of jewelry is always valued between $50 and $200, so you’re getting a significant discount no matter what option you choose.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box July 2017 Review

As always, I have to comment on how much I love the packaging! The black box ships inside a padded envelope so it arrives in pristine condition. The boxes are very sturdy and I always reuse them for gifting and storing jewelry.

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Each month comes with a little magazine that includes an interview with the featured designer, styled pictures of the jewelry, fun articles about France, and some styling/fashion tips. The magazine is thoughtfully curated, beautifully designed, and always something that I read cover to cover.

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I love the articles about France! Every month it makes me want to book a vacation right away. I think the inclusion of such a lovely little magazine definitely adds value to the subscription. It makes the entire subscription feel very luxe and I honestly do look forward to reading the articles inside. I’m obsessed with all things French!

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Nilai Summer Bangle Cauri | $55.00
I’m happy to see another bracelet! This piece is made of brass and gilded with 18k gold. It’s also available in silver, if you had silver for your jewelry preference in your profile.

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This month the bangle is super summer-y and feels like a piece that you would wear for a beach destination. The ends are little cowrie shell shapes! The open bangle style makes it easy to adjust and the ends are rounded so it’s pretty comfortable to wear.

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Each month comes with a certificate of authenticity! On the back it includes instructions for how to take care of your jewelry and how to clean it.

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While this piece isn’t my favorite, I’ll definitely still wear it. I like how it looks on my wrist but it’s a little too style-specific for me. It feels like something that can only be worn during summer because the cowrie shells are very prominent. As a result, I think it’s less versatile than your average Emma and Chloe jewelry.

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I think this would look really pretty if it were layered with some other bangles and bracelets! I can picture myself pairing it with some pretty beaded bracelets while vacationing at a beach resort. A girl can dream, right?

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One thing I want to point out is the casting detail on the cowrie shell! It’s very well made (typical for Emma and Chloe!) and is a high quality piece. It definitely looks expensive. In fact, I can totally picture it being sold at Anthropologie!

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While this isn’t my favorite piece, it’s still something that I will wear during the summer. And you can’t deny the quality is excellent. I know this bangle will hold up better than a lot of my other costume jewelry pieces.

One thing I love about the Emma and Chloe subscription model is that they rotate what they send every month. For example, if you sign up for a 4 month subscription you’ll never end up with 4 necklaces, or 4 pairs of earrings. It’s more likely that you will receive 1 necklace, 1 bracelet, 1 pair of earrings, and 1 ring. I love that you’re able to really build a nice collection of jewelry over the course of your subscription!

Anyways, my verdict is unchanged: Emma and Chloe is a great subscription for those who are looking to build a collection. You’ll receive high quality pieces that are classic and timeless. You will also discover amazing French designers! I love that I have so much unique jewelry that isn’t easy to find in the US. If you love French design, French culture, and jewelry, I think you’ll really enjoy Emma and Chloe!

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2017 Box Review

Happy to be reviewing another POPSUGAR box today! I skipped reviewing last month’s box because I was out of the country, but it just feels right to be back on track. I’ve been subscribed to POPSUGAR for over 3 years now and at this point it’s part of my routine!

POPSUGAR Must Have is a subscription service that sends a variety of items for women that are curated by the POPSUGAR editors. Items typically include food, beauty, home, among other miscellaneous things. Each month is $39.99/month, but you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first month.

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Ocean Tribe Kilim Towel by Turkish-T | $49.00
This is possibly my favorite item from POPSUGAR this year! I love the Turkish-T brand a lot and I’m always excited to see it included in a box. Their towels are absorbent but dry very quickly and get softer and softer the more you use them. They’re my absolute favorite towels to bring to the pool or beach since they’re so compact and dry much faster than regular towels.

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The pattern is so cute! The texture of this towel is thicker and softer than previous towels that I have received from Turkish-T in the past, but it’s still significantly thinner than your standard beach towel. I think this could double as a throw in the winter months! I love the quality and design of this towel so much that I already bought a second one to have a matching set. Just this towel alone covers the cost of the box for me!

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Supergoop! Super Power Sunscreen Mousse SPF 50 | $19.00
I feel like every summer box sends out sunscreen, but I use so much of it year round that it’s a great time for me to stock up. This one by Supergoop is really unique because it’s a mousse! This was my first time trying a mousse sunscreen and I’m officially a fan. It’s ultra light, covers well and evenly, and doesn’t leave behind a greasy feeling. The size of the bottle is quite compact as well, making it perfect for throwing into your bag for on-the-go application. Since it’s water resistant for 80 minutes and has a high SPF, it’s perfect for pool days! I’ll definitely repurchase from Sephora when I run out!

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Ban.do Sip Sip Tumbler | $14.00
When I first opened my box, I figured this would be my least favorite item. I usually use water bottles instead of tumblers and I already have so many water bottles! I also really dislike the design and color. But you know what’s weird? I tried it once just to test it out and now I actually use it every day.

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I find myself drinking more water with a tumbler! Since there’s no cap to unscrew, I drink more water absentmindedly throughout the day. I also love that it makes drinking water while driving so easy. Since I live in Houston, I do quite a bit of driving and the straw is very convenient. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about this before! I still think the bright red design is rather ugly but it’s totally functional and I only use it in my car and at the office. I love that POPSUGAR consistently introduces me to products that I never would have bought for myself, but once I have it I discover that I really like it!

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Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara | $23.00
The regular version of this mascara is one of my favorites, so I was thrilled to see this waterproof one in my box! In Houston’s humid summers it’s best to wear waterproof mascara if you want it to last all day. I like to wear a waterproof top layer of mascara (Anastasia makes an amazing one!) over my regular mascara during the summer. Oddly I’m not a huge fan of this Tarte waterproof formula. It doesn’t seem to add as much volume as the regular version and clumps much more. I’ll still end up using all of it, but will not be purchasing more.

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Sisters of Los Angeles California Fireplace Matches | $10.00
Whoa, these matches are huge! If you’re someone who constantly misplaces matches like me, this solves the problem. Like 100% solves that problem.

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These fireplace matches are about 10 inches long (pictures in my hand for scale) which is perfect for lighting bonfires, fireplaces (duh), deep pillar candles, BBQ pits, etc. I love having fancy matches in the house so I’m very happy to receive them. It’s definitely not something I would have purchased for myself!

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Snyder’s of Hanover Wholey Cheese! Smoked Gouda | $3.69
I wasn’t a fan of the smoked gouda flavor, but my husband thought they were delicious! If the smoke flavor wasn’t so intense, I would have enjoyed them as well. The texture of the crackers is really light and crisp, and the cheese flavor is really strong. I’m glad he got to enjoy something from this box! He always looks forward to the snack that comes every month in POPSUGAR!

POPSUGAR Must Have July 2017 Box Review

I loved this month! Every single item is useful and I completely adore the towel and sunscreen! The tumbler is helping me drink more water, which my husband thinks is the best part of this box. Followed closely by the cheese crackers that he finished in one sitting.  The total value comes out to $118.69, pretty standard for POPSUGAR. I really can’t think of any other subscription box that even comes close to providing the level of curation, value, and consistency that POPSUGAR does! Even though they obviously have their fair share of flaws (mostly slow shipping in my experience), I doubt I will ever unsubscribe. It always brings me happiness to see it on my doorstep every month!

DripJoy K-cup Coffee Subscription Review

Happy Monday! I figured Monday morning would be a great time to post my review for a new coffee subscription. I definitely drink the most coffee on Monday mornings! DripJoy reached out to me 2 weeks ago to see if I would be interested in reviewing some of their K-cup coffee, and that was a no-brainer question for me. I adore my Keurig! My husband and I both love/need our coffee fix in the morning and we go through K-cups really quickly.

DripJoy is a new coffee subscription company that aims to bring high quality K-cup coffee straight to your door at a reasonable price. Initially I thought they were just a K-cup subscription, but it turns out that they actually designed their own brewer and offer a really interesting subscription service. It’s called Genius Delivery and it uses an algorithm to figure out how much coffee you’ll receive, how often you’ll get a delivery, and you can opt to includes their brewer at a discount (for smaller subscriptions) or for free (for larger subscriptions)! It’s a great idea for a small business!

This review is just for the K-cup part of their subscription services. I’m reviewing the $24.98/month plan, which is a subscription of 48 cups that ships every other month. I chose two flavors of coffee: Morning Joy and Colombian Cheer. The subscription also came with a little sampler of all their flavors (with the exception of the Hazelnut and Vanilla, which was backordered at the time).

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First of all, I want to comment on the packaging. You know how I am with pretty packaging. I really like the simple and clean design of the boxes. My husband chose to tear off the top section completely, even though I think it’s meant to be more of a flap design (which I think looks prettier, but my husband insists flap-less is easier *eye roll*).

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It’s always a plus when the packaging is pretty enough to keep on the counter, since I hate seeing ugly boxes in my kitchen. In the past we’ve actually kept some K-cups in a separate wooden tray because I hate the packaging they come in!

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I also think the little faces on each cup are super cute! Each flavor has it’s own color and face so you can tell them apart really easily. Such an adorable identifying system!

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So I’ve had several cups of both flavors now, and I really like the two that I chose for myself. My favorite is Morning Joy, a medium blend “with lemon and smoke cedar”. It’s a great pick-me-up in the morning and tastes excellent as an iced coffee too. Hey, when you live in Houston it’s pretty much only iced coffee for 6 months out of the year! I usually drink my coffee black and Morning Joy is rich and smooth with a mild flavor. I think it would be a great “go-to” crowd pleasing coffee–I can’t imagine anyone disliking it.

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Colombian Cheer is a medium blend that is “semi-sweet and fruity”, but to me wasn’t as universally appealing as the Morning Joy. It’s just a little bit more intense. Not to say I didn’t like it! My husband prefers Colombian Cheer because he thinks it has more flavor.

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Sidenote: can we take a moment to appreciate how cute it is that the hole becomes the nose of the face? It’s the little design details that I love!

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I was pleasantly surprised to see a little sampler pack of all the flavors with the first subscription shipment. Unfortunately the Hazelnut and Vanilla flavors were not available, but I did get to try the other three flavors in addition to the two I already got. The other flavors are French Elation, Dark Bean Daydream, and Delightful Decaf.

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The Dark Bean Daydream was so delicious! It has prominent notes of chocolate which is always a win. It’s almost a perfect dark roast! If you like dark roasts, I would highly recommend it. French Elation wasn’t my favorite, probably because compared to the Dark Bean Daydream I felt it was rather lackluster. But surprisingly the Delightful Decaf is really good too! I’m not a decaf drinker so I don’t have much to compare it to, but if I were to start drinking decaf this would be it.

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I’m very impressed with the quality of coffee that I received. Not only is coffee delicious, but it’s sustainably harvested and sourced responsibly. Their processing mills don’t mix bean quality, so you are getting truly high grade coffee in every cup. You can really taste the difference if you taste-test with your typical Dunkin’ Donuts or other generic coffee.

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Overall, I think this is a great subscription that can save you money and time with higher quality coffee. The subscription that I received is $24.98 which works out to about $0.52 per cup. You get the K-cups delivered straight to your door so you never need to worry about running out. DripJoy offers a guarantee for all their flavors, so if you don’t like a particular roast they’ll replace it with a different one for free. That kind of commitment to customer service is wonderful and it makes trying their subscription a totally risk-free one. I would recommend any coffee lover to try it at least once!

What I would love to see in the future from DripJoy: more variety in flavors and drink options! My husband immediately went to check their website to see if they made hot chocolate and was disappointed to learn they did not. He loved the coffee so much that he’s convinced this company would make an amazing hot chocolate too!

I would also like to see more information about recycling included in the shipment. K-cups are a huge environmental problem because many people don’t recycle the little cups. The cups contain aluminum, plastic, coffee grounds, and paper and these four components cannot be recycled as is. You have to separate them and sort them for recycling. The good news is that every subscriber receives a voucher for a free “Recycle A Cup”, a little gadget that separates the pieces, from DripJoy (just pay $2.60 shipping and handling)! But I didn’t know anything about this because there was no mention of it in my actual shipment. Just a little reminder in each shipment or maybe printed on the box would be a really helpful to encourage more people to utilize the recycling program!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box June 2017 Review

I’m back, everyone! So sorry for the unexplained disappearance for a whole month. I had a family emergency come up and had to fly out of the country last minute. I’m still slowly getting over jet lag and catching up on work, so please bear with me! I’ll be skipping reviews for some of my June boxes since I’m just way too tired to do all of them, but I did want to take a moment and review Emma and Chloe for you today because it’s my favorite piece I’ve gotten from them so far. Such prettiness deserves a review even when I’m exhausted, right?

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box is a monthly jewelry club that represents independent, up-and-coming French jewelry designers. In addition to their monthly shipments, you can also purchase jewelry from their online boutique.

Every month they feature a designer and send a surprise piece of jewelry, though you can choose if you prefer gold or silver and whether or not you have pierced ears. If you do the month to month plan, it’s $35/month. If you prepay, the price goes down to $33/month for a 3 month subscription, $31/month for a 6 month subscription, and $29/month for a 12 month subscription. The unique piece of jewelry is always valued between $50 and $200, so you’re getting a significant discount no matter what option you choose.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box June 2017 Review

Every month I marvel at the gorgeous packaging. The black box comes in a bubble mailer so the box itself remains pristine. I use the black boxes for storing jewelry and for gifting items. It’s very sturdy and super cute.

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Every month also comes with a mini magazine. I noticed that the design for this month’s magazine is different. It feels more modern and youthful now.

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The interior page layouts seem to have changed as well, and I love the new look! It almost has an Anthropologie sort of feel. And since Anthropologie is my favorite store in the whole wide world, I’m excited for this change. I really enjoy reading the magazines each month and think it adds value to the subscription. It’s filled with beautiful photos, an interview with the featured designer, interesting articles about fashion/styling, and travel tidbits about France!

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I thoroughly enjoyed this article about 10 indoor plants that are perfect for apartments! I live in an apartment right now and desperately need to add some low maintenance plants to brighten up the place. This was a useful and interesting article for me.

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Each month Emma and Chloe sends a certificate of authenticity with the jewelry. I love the new look of the certificate! It’s printed on textured paper and feels very substantial. It makes the entire subscription feel so luxurious and posh!

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The back includes detailed instructions on how to properly care for your jewelry.

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Vadine Sister Sunhorn Necklace | $86.00
And without further ado: the necklace! It’s so beautiful and well crafted. The simple design works well for summer and the neutral white color goes with everything! The necklace is made of brass and gilded with gold. I think this is yet another piece from Emma and Chloe that could easily be dressed up for a date night but also look effortlessly chic for every day.

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Even the clasp is well designed and elegant. I seriously love the way the ends are decorative and add to the overall look of the necklace. The chain is delicately thin but sturdy and feels more “structured” than your typical necklace chain.

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Gorgeous, right? White and gold is such a perfect combination. I’m totally obsessed with this necklace. It’s my favorite piece that I have received so far, and I already know that I will get tons of wear out of it. The designer said that she designed this piece to reflect her travels. She envisions it paired with little sundresses and sandals, which is exactly how I want to style it as well!

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I love that my Emma and Chloe subscription just gets better and better over time. I feel like I always get a great value and the pieces that I receive are always wearable and well made. I am building a beautiful collection of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings! Since each piece is simple, dainty, and classic, it all goes together pretty well. I’ve had excellent results from mixing Emma and Chloe jewelry together to create a cohesive outfit.

If you love French culture, dainty jewelry, and classic looks, this might be the perfect subscription for you! You get access to good quality jewelry from French designers that are difficult to find in the United States for a fraction of the retail price. It’s so much fun to watch your collection grow as the months go by! I can’t wait to see what is coming for July (probably within the next week!). Stay tuned, y’all!