POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Spring is definitely in the air here in Houston! We have notoriously hot and humid summers so when the weather is nice we definitely take full advantage of it. I’ve been trying to pack all my outdoor activities into these next few weeks before it gets super hot again! Lucky for me the March POPSUGAR Must Have box seems to be perfect for outdoor activities and I have already used everything from the box at least twice!

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.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Sunny Life Eco Lunch Box in Watermelon | $18.00
First up, this super adorable watermelon lunch box! I have been trying to find more excuses to use it because I love it so much. It’s perfect for bringing snacks and sandwiches to work. I have also brought it to a few outdoor picnics with friends and everyone comments on how cute it is. It’s dishwasher safe (always a must for me!) but unfortunately not microwave safe.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Look at how pretty the colors are! If there’s one thing I would change about this lunch box it’s making it completely leak proof. Due to the way the lid closes, it would definitely leak if you were putting any liquid in the box and had it on its side. For a watermelon patterned box it would have been nice to be able to put watermelon inside!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Kate Spade New York Photo Album | $20.00
Wow, a Kate Spade item! I so rarely see Kate Spade stuff in boxes, and I love that POPSUGAR was able to include one. I am such a big fan of Kate Spade everything, so this is a slam dunk for me. I know some people think photo albums are outdated, but I still love them! There’s something really nice about being able to hold a tangible album, manually flip through the photos, and feel the paper between your fingers. I used to love going through old family photos with my parents. It’s actually still one of our Christmas traditions! We pull out all our old albums and laugh at all the silly baby pictures, bad haircuts, and questionable fashion choices.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

The inside pages are your standard 4″ x 6″ photo sleeves.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

The linen wrap on the cover is beautiful! The polka dot print is classic Kate Spade and the cream/black color combination is sure to work with almost any interior decor. I can’t wait to fill this album with pictures from our vacations! The album holds 80 4″ x 6″ pictures.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Stephanie Johnson Camera Crossbody Bag | $45.00
This was sort of a “hate it or love it” item in the box. I saw lots of negative reviews, but I actually think it’s pretty useful. I’ll admit that it’s not fashion forward or anything, but it’s a great waterproof bag that I can bring to the beach, to an amusement park, or to a sporting event. Lots of the stadiums around here ask that you bring see-through purses to sporting events for security reasons, and this fits the bill perfectly. And for a plastic bag, it’s well made!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

It fits a ton of stuff (shown with photo album and highlighter inside) and has pockets for additional items. Here in Houston we love our water parks, and I will definitely bring this purse next time! I think this is super useful for someone looking for a cheap waterproof bag that you don’t need to worry about. I won’t bat an eye if I get this scuffed up, dirty, or wet. I can’t say the same for all my other purses (case in point: that time I cried at a Six Flags because a little kid sprayed sunscreen all over my new Kate Spade crossbody)!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Thrive Cosmetics Brilliant Eye Brightener in Stella | $24.00
Okay, I was seriously just looking at an ad for this highlighter on Facebook! They seem to do a lot of sponsored posts and one of my friends had shared it. She swears by this stuff so I was really happy to get one in my POPSUGAR box to try for myself. So far I have only tried this twice and it goes on super smooth and is easy to blend. The champagne color is subtle and natural. Only time will tell if this is a holy grail item for me, but I have to say so far it’s looking really promising! Really happy with this discovery!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Smashmallows in Cinnamon Churro | $4.00
Marshmallows!!! Best snack we’ve gotten from POPSUGAR in a while! This brand has the cutest packaging ever, don’t you think? I love the illustration style. They also have a ton of different flavors that sound absolutely delicious: strawberries and cream, mint chocolate chip, lemon chia, and lots more! The box included a promo code MUSTHAVE for 20% off your order. I took advantage of that coupon and got one bag of each flavor. Can’t wait to receive them!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

These are so amazing! I’m sad to say I polished off half the bag in one sitting. The marshmallows are soft and pillowy and dusted with plenty of cinnamon sugar. It tastes just like a churro! If the other flavors taste as good as this, I am going to be one happy camper!

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

Velvet Eyewear $25 Card
The last item is a “gift card” to Velvet Eyewear. I personally don’t count this as a gift card because you can’t stack it with another code and there’s nothing on the website for less than $45. To me this is just a coupon.

POPSUGAR Must Have March 2017 Box Review

I thought this was a great box! I know lots of people hated it, but I really enjoyed all the items (sans gift card). They were practical and useful to me! The value comes out to $111.00, which is standard for POPSUGAR. I would definitely love to see more practical items in future boxes as well! Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and fashion as much as the next girl, but home items and kitchen goods are always my favorites in subscription boxes. Can’t wait to see what April brings! I’m anticipating using all my goodies from this box in the warm weather!

Advertisements

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box March 2017 Review plus $15 Off Coupon!

I absolutely love my Emma & Chloe ring from last month, so I was beyond excited when they offered to send me another box to review. I have gotten so many compliments on the ring and wear it all the time! The quality is truly excellent–I’ve washed my hands while wearing the ring and bumped it against things by accident and the finish hasn’t rubbed off or shown any scratches at all.

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.

And for today only, Emma & Chloe is offering a $15 off promo code! Use code THANKYOU2 to get $15 off your first month. If you do the month to month option, that’s only $20 for a gorgeous piece of high quality jewelry!

IMG_0695

This box ships inside of a padded envelope so the black box is perfect upon arrival. That’s a great little detail that I really appreciate. I love keeping and reusing sturdy boxes like this! They’re perfect for gifting or storing little knick knacks. The packaging of Emma and Chloe’s jewelry is beautiful–I adore the little illustrations inside the box!

IMG_0696

Each month comes with a little mini magazine that gives more information about the featured designer and other articles about France. The magazine is thoughtfully written and contains entertaining articles, including a fun quiz at the end! I love it when subscription boxes put extra effort into their informational inserts. It really makes the box feel so much more special and well curated!

IMG_0697

I love that they feature so much information about Paris! In my previous shipment the magazine had a list of the best coffee shops in the city. Reading these lists gives me some serious wanderlust!

IMG_0699

Each month comes with a postcard that features a picture of the jewelry. Last time the picture felt really promotional so I didn’t feel comfortable sending it to a friend. It just felt like too much of an advertisement. But this time I actually think the picture is pretty and wouldn’t mind sending it! I guess the difference is that this time the picture seems to have more of a narrative. I appreciate the time that Emma & Chloe takes to style their jewelry for these photos, and think this is a great picture that evokes the sense of spring.

IMG_0700 (1)

Tassia Canellis Necklace from the Twenties Collection | $59.00
Unfortunately, my necklace arrived like this! I could tell that it was a really delicate necklace so I really took my time to untangle it without damaging anything. Emma & Chloe always sends a certificate of authenticity with each piece of jewelry, which also includes care information and more details about the materials. I love that this month features freshwater cultured pearls! I love pearl jewelry!

IMG_0702

About 15 minutes later…yay!

IMG_0703

Look how pretty! I love delicate gold jewelry so this is perfect for me! It is approximately 21.5 inches long. The pearls are so dainty and add a whimsical touch to the piece. I can picture wearing this with almost every outfit! It’s a great everyday piece but also sophisticated enough to dress up for a night out or special occasion.

IMG_0704

Even the tag at the back of the necklace is cute! The lobster clasp is strong and well made, and the jump ring is large enough to easily clip on yourself. I know this probably sounds pathetic, but I think I have really bad coordination. I always struggle so much with putting necklaces on myself when the jump ring is too small! Please tell me I’m not the only one.

IMG_0705

Anyways, I’m totally obsessed with this dainty little necklace. I think it would look amazing layered and also simple and chic on its own. As the weather gets steadily warmer here, I definitely have spring on my mind. The pearl and gold combination feels so seasonally appropriate! It looks and feels breezy and soft. Perfect with a sundress!

IMG_0706

The only thing I would do differently is the packaging of the necklace. It’s so delicate that it tangles easily and the way it was put in the pouch for shipping really didn’t make it feel very special. When I took mine off, I wrapped it around the certificate to prevent tangles in the future, and think this would have been an easy way for Emma & Chloe to mail them out! In the future, I hope all the necklaces are packed in a way that takes tangles into consideration. I was so nervous that I might damage the necklace when I was working out the knots! And you really should not have to spend 15 minutes untangling a necklace after you purchase it.

IMG_0707

Okay, I really love this subscription! I think it’s a great “quality over quantity” sort of subscription. You get one well made authentic French piece of jewelry every month instead of several cheap costume pieces, which is amazing for building a high quality collection. If the ring I got last month was any indication, these pieces will look stunning even when you wash them by accident.

I personally feel like the value is great as well. It’s not easy getting products from some of these smaller French designers because of shipping costs, customs, and overall availability. For example, I was not able to find this particular necklace online. I did find this designer on a couple sites, but there was a very limited selection of her items. This necklace is more unique compared to a lot of my other necklaces (Dogeared, J. Crew, etc.) because it’s not something that is available at a big chain store or anything.

If you’re looking for a great subscription to gift, this one would be a wonderful candidate! The packaging is so beautiful, the magazines are interesting to read, and the entire presentation feels thoughtful.

Don’t forget: Emma & Chloe is offering a $15 off promo code! Use code THANKYOU2 to get $15 off your first month. If you do the month to month option, that’s only $20 for a gorgeous piece of high quality jewelry! This offer ends tonight, so grab it now!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

It’s time for another Box of Style! I skipped the last two shipments but decided to resubscribe this year and I think it was a great decision. This is definitely my favorite box of the year thus far! I actually like it so much that I’ve immediately bought a second one after I opened the box.

The Rachel Zoe Box of Style is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a box filled with fashion, beauty, and lifestyle items curated by Rachel Zoe! It’s a quarterly subscription, so it ships in March (Spring), July (Summer), September (Fall), and December (Winter). Every box promises $300+ value for only $100, or you can sign up for a whole year for $350. One thing I really like about this subscription is that it contains a “hero item” for each box that you know about beforehand. It’s the highest value item in the box and it’s generally announced well in advance, giving you plenty of time to decide if you want to purchase the box or not. I think it’s a smart way to ensure your customers are satisfied, because the hero item is always worth more than the cost of the box itself. It’s much easier to justify spending $100 when you know you’ll be getting at least one high value item that you actually want.

And one last thing before I actually get to the review: I wanted to pass along some sale information: you can get this box for only $64.99 right now! Seriously. The Rachel Zoe Box of Style is currently available on Gilt City for $89.99, and if you use coupon code TAKE30 you can take an additional $25.00 off. It’s a crazy good deal! And since the voucher doesn’t expire until May 10th, you can even buy extra vouchers to use for the Summer box!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

This month the box was really full! The sides were bulging and it was a pretty heavy box, which is always a good sign in my opinion.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

All the items are individually wrapped in tissue paper. It’s a small thing but I really appreciate that attention to detail. It’s so much fun to unwrap everything! Feels like Christmas morning.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Their little booklet is always full of great styling tips and interesting tidbits about the products. For this box, they featured all women-founded brands! I absolutely love that!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Tribe Alive Custom Carryall | $238.00
This was the “hero” item for this box. I knew I had to have it as soon as I saw the spoiler pictures! It’s such a perfect bag for warm weather. This bag is not for sale through the official website because it’s an exclusive for Rachel Zoe, but it looks just like a mini version of their Maya bag.  I’ve been seeing a lot of the Tribe Alive brand recently, and so far I love their products. It feels very high quality and the fabric material is so beautiful. The brand also stands for a great cause: they provide jobs to women artisans at fair-trade wages in a safe environment.

 

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

The bag comes with a long shoulder/crossbody strap made of genuine leather. All the hardware is sturdy and will definitely hold up over time. The leather feels very stiff right now, but I’m sure it will soften over time as I use it.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

The fabric is hand woven and custom for Tribe Alive in small batches. I love that this bag is not only fashionable and well crafted, but also helps sustain tradespeople and their families in other countries.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

The interior of the bag has a zippered pocket on one side and two open pockets on the other side.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Seriously, how cute is this bag?! I’m obsessed. And I’ve already gotten compliments on it! One of my coworkers bought the box just for this bag because she loved it so much!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Adornmonde Ivo Earrings | $62.00
Rachel Zoe let subscribers choose between gold and silver for these earrings, which I thought was really great. I’m loving the trend of semi-customized boxes! While I usually stick with gold jewelry, I ended up choosing silver because I thought these looked so pretty in silver. And I have no regrets–very simple yet striking.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

My favorite part about these earrings is the versatility. It’s really 2 pairs of earrings in one, since you can remove the hoops and just wear the bar. The quality is also very good for costume jewelry. I’m hoping to get gold in my second box so I’ll have both options!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Symbology Scarf | $50.00
This is an exclusive collaboration for the box. I’ve never known how to wear square silk scarves and make them look good, but thanks to the styling tips in the little booklet I’m going to try tying this to my handbag! Such a great suggestion!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Here’s a closer shot of the pattern. The gold on red is a stunning combination.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

BKR Glass & Silicone Water Bottle | $35.00
Wow, what a pretty water bottle! I love the ballet pink color and the soft silicone sleeve protects the glass bottle very well. The bottle is dishwasher safe (win!), BPA-free, and phthalate-free. While I have plenty of water bottles, this is definitely my favorite one to look at. It’s just so cute and I’m obsessed with the color.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Beautifully simple design! While I know my S’well bottle will keep drinks hot and cold for longer, I think this is a wonderful option to bring to the gym or to my pilates class. The handle at the top of the cap makes it easy to grab on the go (my main complaint with my S’well is the lack of a handle!) and the mouth is the perfect size for putting in ice cubes. So glad I’ll be getting a second box so I can have two of these beauties!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Tatcha Polished Gentle Rice Enzyme Powder | $65.00
When I saw this I literally screamed. Honestly. That’s how excited I was! I was seriously just about to buy 3 of these from Barney’s for full price because they are doing a gift with purchase promotion right now. I use this stuff religiously! And here’s why I am SO excited: this is the Gentle version, which is for dry skin. In the past when subscription services have sent out Tatcha powder it’s always been the Classic. The fact that this box sent the Gentle one that I use is amazing!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

If you’ve never used Tatcha rice powder before I highly recommend it! They sell travel sized ones that you can try if you don’t want to commit to the full sized one. You begin with wet hands and a wet face. Then you pour about half a teaspoon into your hands, add a little bit of water, and rub your hands together to create a creamy foam. Massage it onto your face for 10-20 seconds and then rinse dry. My skin feels amazing after using this, and it’s gentle enough for daily use. I go through it quickly so I’m ecstatic about having this full sized one and a second one on the way!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Butter London Nail Polish in Piece of Cake | $18.00
Gorgeous color! It matches the water bottle pretty well. Many of you know that my favorite nail polish color is soft pink, so this is exactly what I would have picked for myself. It’s the perfect color for spring!

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Stella Artois Chalice | $13.00
This is a sponsored item, meaning it doesn’t actually count towards the retail value of the box. And from what I understand this only went out to subscribers who were 21 years old or older. While initially I was skeptical about why I would want a beer chalice, I definitely see the appeal now. It’s really quite pretty! And the cause is fantastic. Every limited edition chalice helps provide 5 years of clean water for 1 person in the developing world.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

I had no idea that Stella Artois has been releasing these since 2015, but I’m so glad that I know now. This year the featured countries are Brazil, Cambodia, and Uganda. I received the Brazil version. I’ll see what my 2nd box contains (hoping it’s Cambodia or Uganda) and I plan to buy the last one so I can have all 3 versions. I would also love to continue collecting more over the years as well. We’re currently building our bar collection and think a growing set of these chalices would be lovely.

Rachel Zoe Box of Style Spring 2017 Review plus 35% Off Sale!

Overall, it was an amazing box. The total value comes to $468.00, which is incredible. And you know it’s a great box when you can’t even pick out a favorite item. I love the bag, the water bottle, and Tatcha, the earrings, and even the chalice. The nail polish and scarf weren’t super exciting, but I still like them and plan to use them. There’s literally nothing in this box that I did not like! I’m honestly quite surprised they even still have any boxes left, since I can’t be the only one who bought a 2nd one immediately. If you want this box I would order one right away while you still can!

And if you are interested (you definitely should be!): you can get this box for only $64.99 right now! The Rachel Zoe Box of Style is currently available on Gilt City for $89.99, and if you use coupon code TAKE30 you can take an additional $25.00 off. It’s a crazy good deal! And since the voucher doesn’t expire until May 10th, you can even buy extra vouchers to use for the Summer box!

 

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

Last month was light on subscription boxes for me but it looks like I’ll be having an amazing March! The February Little Lace Box got pushed back to March and for some reason I also received my Peaches and Petals box super late.

Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that sends out vintage-modern items and beauty goods. For $19.99 a month (includes shipping), you’ll receive a mix of jewelry, fashion accessories, lifestyle goods, and beauty samples. Usually each month has a theme for the box, and the theme for February is “Made with Love”.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

For a love themed box, it seems rather disappointing to receive it so far after Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure if my box was an outlier or if they all went out later this month, but the timing is unfortunate.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

Pizza Ceramic Coasters | $4.00 (?)
These are a little cheesy (see what I did there?) but also pretty cute. Totally embarrassing nerd confession: my husband and I always do a pizza and pie date night at home on “Pi Day” every March 14th. We usually get our favorite pizza delivered, pick up a pie from this awesome local bakery, crack open a couple beers and binge watch nerdy movies. Totally silly but I look forward to it every year! I think these will be a cute little addition to our tradition. Or just any pizza date night in general.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

The coaster itself is a heavy ceramic and the backing is made of cork. My one minor complaint is that the cork is off center for both coasters, but since I don’t plan to use these for everyday use I don’t really mind.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

Come Hither Bath Bomb |  $3.00 (?)
Guessing on the price for this bath bomb since I wasn’t able to find it anywhere. Bath bombs are always welcome in this household! I love using them but have a hard time getting myself to actually buy them. They always feel like such a “splurge” item to me! Though I will admit to treating myself to Lush bath bombs every now and then after a really rough work week…

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

 

I like that it comes in a box so you can easily gift it. The scent is strong but not cloying and I’m excited to use it! The size of the bath bomb itself is pretty generous–about 4 ounces.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

Look Good, Feel Good: 206 Beauty and Fitness Secrets by Mariah Bear | $25.00
Although I’m glad to see this book isn’t on clearance on Amazon, I don’t think it would actually retail for the full $25 either. It’s an older book from 2013 and I see lots of books just like this for sale at my local Barnes and Nobles for around $5-$8.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

The book itself is fairly interesting. I like that there’s plenty of high quality pictures that illustrate step by step stuff. There’s sections about massages and spa treatments that look fun and easy to DIY.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

There’s also exercises and stretches. I personally prefer videos of workouts, but if you enjoy wellness books this would be a nice one to flip through.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

Sprigs Hot Collars | $18.95
Okay, this item is really confusing to me. It’s a fleece collar scarf thing that keeps your neck warm. But I guess I’m wondering why you wouldn’t just use an actual scarf? I can definitely see my dad buying this and getting really excited about it. Except he’s almost 60, so I doubt he’s the target audience for Peaches and Petals. Just seems like a total miss to me. But on the bright side, this would be a great item to donate. Anything that can provide warmth is very welcome for homeless shelters–socks, fleece anything, blankets, gloves, etc. I’ll add this to my donation pile, I know it will get to someone who actually needs it!

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

Wilton Heart Cookie Pop Pan | $3.00 (?)
And finally, a Valentine’s Day item. I know these normally retail for more than my estimated value, but I literally just saw this on clearance at Michael’s last week. I own a lot of Wilton products and their quality is good, so it’s great that we’re getting a brand name product. And it’s pretty unique. I’ve definitely never received anything like this from any other subscription. It’s a cookie pan designed to make cookie “pops”.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

These are really big cookie molds! (Hand for scale.) I would have been happy to get this if I received it well before Valentine’s Day. It would have motivated me to actually bake some treats for my friends and coworkers. But now it just feels like a clearance item that I would have to store in my kitchen for a whole year.

Peaches and Petals February 2017 Review

Bottom line: pretty disappointing. If the timing had been better, I think I would have enjoyed most of the box. If I had gotten this box a week before Valentine’s Day the cookie pan would have been my favorite item. But now that it’s so far past Valentine’s Day, it feels like really cheap discounted junk.

While I still like the coasters and the bath bomb, it makes up a tiny portion of the overall value. If I had paid $20 for this box I would be so let down. The book feels outdated and the value seems inflated, and the collar thing is just an odd choice. It really doesn’t fit the theme at all and also feels like a clearance aisle product.

I hope in the future the boxes have better curation. This is probably my least favorite month so far, which is really sad because I actually liked January’s and had been hoping for a very good year.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

I feel like February zoomed by without that many boxes, which was kind of a let down. Little Lace Box ended up delaying their box until March, and I didn’t like any of the Bespoke options. But I had the pleasure of discovering a new box thanks to the team at Emma & Chloe! They offered to send me one of their January boxes to review, and I am so excited to have found such a fun jewelry subscription with high quality pieces.

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 January 2017 Review

I received this black box inside a protected bubble envelope, so the box itself was in great condition. This is wonderful if you end up deciding to gift the jewelry. The packaging is so beautiful! I love the sturdy black box filled with French illustrations on the inside. Each shipment comes with a little magazine with more information about the featured designer and also fun little articles about France and fashion.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

I love how much thought and effort goes into their magazine! It feels very substantial at 31 pages, and each article is interesting and the pictures are great for styling inspiration. It’s a magazine that you actually want to read!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

LOVE this list of coffee shops! The magazine really does emphasize France and the lifestyle over there, so if you adore France and French designers (but seriously, who doesn’t?) this is a fabulous subscription for you! The rest of the magazine includes information about the featured designer, an interview, tips for beautiful skin and hair in winter, a cute personality quiz for 2017, and a recipe for making authentic galette des rois (king cake)!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

They also included a bonus postcard with a picture of the ring. I’m thinking it’s supposed to be a way for you to share a picture of your new jewelry with a friend, but I would have preferred an illustration or something that feels less like an ad. Maybe just a cute print of the inside pattern of their box! Or a beautiful picture of a cafe in Paris. I don’t really feel comfortable sending a postcard like this to one of my friends, since it looks way too much like an advertisement.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

Back of the postcard is branded but not obnoxiously so. If the front were a different picture or illustration, I would have been more than happy to use this postcard. I love sending and receiving snail mail!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

More details on the packaging. Can you tell I’m obsessed with pretty packaging and little details? The jewelry comes in a little black bag that is great for traveling with. I always like to keep these little pouches so when I travel I can store my jewelry in their own bags to prevent scratching.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

Another cool thing I really like about Emma & Chloe is that each piece of jewelry comes with a certificate of authenticity. It’s just a nice little touch that makes the piece feel a bit more special. The certificate card also includes a little blurb about how to care for the jewelry, which is helpful.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

L’Atelier Clandestin Labradorite Gold Ring | $60.00 (on sale for $50)
So without further ado, the jewelry piece! It’s a really beautiful ring that is gold plated and set with a labradorite stone. It has a great weight to it and feels incredibly well made. Love the interesting textures stamped onto the band of the ring! The stone itself is lovely as well. The designer talks about the power of stones and choosing specific stones for their meanings, so I looked up labradorite to see what it represents. Turns out it’s strongly associated with balance and protection. While I’m not someone who uses healing crystals or anything like that, I appreciate the thought process of designing a piece of jewelry with specific meaningful stones in mind. It really makes the piece so much more interesting!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

The ring is very easy to adjust and since it’s a thick band it feels sturdy too. I’m always nervous about adjusting really thin rings because they are easy to break and don’t hold the shape as well. The way this ring is designed makes it easy to accommodate a very wide range of sizes. The brand name is stamped on the inside.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

Look how pretty! (Please excuse my very sad nails, they’re recovering from a gel manicure…) Normally I don’t wear chunky rings like this, but since the stone itself is so dainty and the design is quite minimalistic it actually really works with my style! I have several weddings to attend this year and just bought an emerald colored dress that looks amazing with this ring.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

And one last picture of the front of the ring. So pretty and love all the details!

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box January 2017 Review

Overall verdict: love this subscription! It’s a really cool idea and I think it’s particularly great if you’re a quality over quantity kind of person. When it comes to jewelry, I do believe in investing in fewer high quality favorites. I’ve never enjoyed collecting a ton of cheap costume jewelry that falls apart quickly. I think I get too attached to jewelry and prefer having pieces that last for a long time.

The value is also there for those of us who are interested in getting a great bang-for-your-buck subscription. For $35 (or less) you get a unique piece of jewelry that’s a minimum value of $50. And personally I think there’s extra value in the fact that you’re getting authentic French designer products! It’s not something that’s easy to purchase from the designer itself. For instance in this case, L’Atelier Clandestin only has a website in French and it’s quite difficult to navigate. If I ordered direct from the site, I would have to pay a hefty shipping fee and wait for my package to go through customs and it’s a bit of a hassle. Going through a reputable company like Emma and Chloe is a great option. There’s also value in the cute magazine and pretty packaging! If you want to build up a collection of beautifully curated jewelry that is going to last for many years, this is a great subscription to try.