POPSUGAR Must Have August 2017 Box Review

The August box from POPSUGAR is always a highly anticipated one because it’s their anniversary box. This year is their 5th year anniversary so I knew they would be curating a very special box. I was totally checking the tracking compulsively like a crazy person. And I’m happy to say that I was not disappointed. It’s a great box!

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. It’s consistently one of my favorite subscriptions ever! I have been subscribed for over 3 years now!

POPSUGAR Must Have August 2017 Box Review

First Aid Beauty 5 in 1 Bouncy Mask | $38.00
If you haven’t used this brand before, I highly recommend trying their products! It’s especially great for those with sensitive skin, since a lot of their products are fragrance free. In the winter I swear by their Ultra Repair Cream. This “bouncy” mask is a new product and it’s really mild and hydrating. It only takes 10 minutes but adds a lot of moisture to your skin. My face felt super soft after I was done and I didn’t have any irritation or discomfort. It was very soothing when it was on (definitely doesn’t feel like the mud type of mask) and has a cooling effect. It’s so refreshing in the summer heat!

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The container is smaller than I expected but a little goes a long way. The first time I used a thick layer, and the second time I did a very thin layer and the results were the same. It has a very light fragrance that I barely noticed when the mask was on, so if you’re sensitive to perfumed masks this could be a good one to try.

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Meri Meri Gold Glitter Candles | $7.50
These are cute and practical–my favorite combination. They’re longer than your typical birthday candles (about 6 inches long) and look very elegant. I love that it comes with little candle holders to stick into the cake! My coworkers and I always buy a cake for my boss for her birthday at the end of August so I’ll have a chance to use these pretty candles! I would love to see more Meri Meri products from POPSUGAR!

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Dogeared Friendship Bracelet | $34.00
Yay, more Dogeared jewelry! I am such a huge fan of Dogeared and their minimalistic dainty jewelry, so it’s always a good box when they feature the brand. While I love the bracelet, I think it would be an awesome stocking stuffer gift for my cousin-in-law when Christmas rolls around! (Don’t judge me y’all, planning early is how I sane when the holidays hit!) I know she will enjoy this bracelet and the message is perfect.

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Goodie Girl Cookies in Chocolate Chunk | $2.95
I’ll never complain about getting chocolate chip cookies in a subscription box! These are gluten free and peanut free, and taste totally amazing. My only complaint is that the package is very small. I could have eaten a huge bag of these! Though it’s probably for the better that POPSUGAR sent a portion controlled size…

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Cheers Lacquered Tray by Fringe Studio | $28.00
I love this tray so much! It’s so cute and festive and I adore the touch of gold. It’s approximately 12″ x 8.5″ and the sides go up 1.5″. It’s made of wood but the finish is waterproof. I really like how versatile a tray like this is. I’m currently using it to organize all my random clutter on my desk, but I think once it cools down around here I’ll use it as a cute tray to serve drinks. It would also be so pretty on our coffee table to store the ridiculous number of remotes we have and drink coasters.

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I can’t get over how much I love this tray! Imagine how pretty it would be to serve champagne on this tray for a New Year’s Eve party!

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Fringe Studio Free Spirit Journal | $16.00
This is a sponsored item from Jeep, but the journal itself doesn’t have any Jeep or POPSUGAR branding on it.

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The journal cover is a metallic rose gold and the “free spirit” text is embossed in white. Attached to the spine of the journal is a ribbon that functions as a bookmark. The quality of the journal feels very good, I’m trying to decide what to use it for. Maybe a travel journal?

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The interior is lined and has “Follow Your True North” on the bottom of each page.

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Shoptiques.com $25 Gift Card | $25.00
And last but certainly not least, a gift card! It’s considered an extra but since it functions as an actual gift card (not a coupon, where you have to spend more money to get something) I’m counting it as the full $25 value. It’s so generous for them to include a $25 gift card in a box that only costs $40.

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The box that the gift card comes in is so well designed that I’m torn about what to do with it. On one hand, I love Shoptiques and the brands they carry. On the other hand, since the box is so cute I think it would be an amazing gift!

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Overall I thought this was an amazing box! I love the curation so much, and each item is a hit. I’m blown away that they were able to deliver a $151.45 value box that includes an actual $25 gift card! I wish I had purchased several of these August boxes. All the items would make wonderful gifts, if only I didn’t want to keep everything for myself! I am so excited to see what fall will bring for POPSUGAR, since fall is my favorite season and usually comes with my favorite box curations as well.

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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!

Peaches and Petals April 2017 Review

Still catching up on April, but this is the last over-due review! It seems that Peaches and Petals has been shipping their boxes on a new later schedule now, so it’s something to keep in mind. My February and March boxes were both quite 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 April is “Fun in the Sun”.

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I wish they would go back to their old cards, which listed all the items in the box. The boxes have also been packed more haphazardly in the past few months, with just a tiny handful of crinkle paper and nothing else. It feels like they’re trying to cut corners everywhere. If you’re someone who doesn’t place much emphasis on packaging this could be a good thing–the company can place more value into the items themselves! But I personally think that packaging is a big part of a subscription box, so for me this is a disappointing change.

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Rug | $10.00 (?)
This is one of the reasons why I would have loved a card listing all the contents. I don’t really know what this is. I’m guessing it’s a rug or bathmat, but it doesn’t have any sort of grip on the back side. It could also work as a small picnic blanket.

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I’ll probably keep it in my car as a small picnic blanket. On one hand I was frustrated when I first opened the box and didn’t know what this was, but on the other hand it doesn’t even really matter. It’s clearly versatile enough to function as whatever you want it to function as! I even considered using this as a heavy duty tablecloth for park picnic benches.

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Close up of the fabric. It’s pretty heavy and sturdy. The pattern is pretty and the material feels substantial enough to hold up to a lot of use.

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Violife 3 Piece Travel Bags | $22.95
Whoa, this is some seriously inflated value. I can’t imagine paying this price tag for 3 little travel bags! Sephora sells great quality ones for between $3 and $5, and Target has adorable prints on their travel bags, which start from just $1. I have no idea what makes these so special, since they look like any other basic travel pouch to me. But I can never have enough travel bags so I’m happy to have a set of three. These bags are so useful for organizing knick knacks and make your suitcase (or tote or whatever) much more neat.

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Alterna Bamboo Anti-Humidity Hair Spray | $3.60
As soon as I saw the anti-humidity part I was all in. Houston gets so crazy humid once summer rolls around (well, it’s already starting) and everyone here is always looking for the next amazing anti-humidity hair product. Alterna is a great brand that I love, so I know this will be a reliable product!

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Occasionally Made Booty Buddy Pool Mat plus Coozie | $22.90
This is another crazy overpriced item. I have no idea who would actually pay $22.90 for this set! The quality is comparable to the stuff I see at Target’s dollar bin at the front of the store. Even the pattern feels like a similar aesthetic to what I have seen at Target!

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I’ll totally admit to not knowing that the “booty buddy” thing was for when I first opened the box. I assumed it was an insulated placemat. It’s actually supposed to be a cushion that you can sit on when you’re around the pool. I feel like if it’s really meant to be a cushion it needs to be more substantial. I would never bother bringing such a bulky item just to have a layer of neoprene to sit on. A towel would do the exact same thing and also have a lot of other uses as well.

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I find the value for this box to be really hard to judge, since some of the items are so overinflated and the rug is unbranded.

This was a disappointing box for me. While I enjoyed the rug/blanket thing and the hairspray, the pouches and pad/drink holder set were very overinflated in value. The pool buddy pad and drink holder are also both items I would never use. Usually when I receive items that aren’t for me, I’m happy to pass them along to a friend. I don’t know anyone who would use the pad or the drink holder, and I wouldn’t gift them to a stranger because it looks like a dollar store find.

I wish Peaches and Petals would go back to the way they were last year! I feel like they sent out more unique items that were curated around the specific theme. Lately the boxes feel very lackluster. I hope to see them turn it around soon.

Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box April 2017 Review

Just got back from a 2 week long trip, so now I’m trying to catch up on all the April stuff I missed! That’s another great part about subscription boxes: I always come home to a neat little pile of goodies! It’s like having several welcome home presents to myself. Anyways, the first box I went for when I got back was my Emma and Chloe box! I already knew what I would be receiving since they sent out spoilers, but I just had to try on my bracelet right away.

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.

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One thing I really appreciate about this box of their great packaging! I think it really adds value to a subscription. The black box ships in a bubble mailer so it’s pristine upon arrival. The box is sturdy and pretty enough to use for storing your jewelry if you don’t use a jewelry box. I like to reuse my boxes for gifting.

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Another part of what makes this subscription special is the thoughtful zine that comes every month. There’s plenty of information about the featured designer but also fun articles about French culture, styling tips, and a little quiz at the end. I’m impressed that they’re able to put out one of these every month!

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For me, the little magazine adds value to the subscription since it’s something I look forward to and the content is meaningful. Every month I read it cover to cover!

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Coralie De Seynes Bronze Torsade Bracelet | $63.00
As soon as I saw the spoilers, I knew this was going to be perfect for me! Even though I tend to prefer dainty jewelry, the sleek and simple design of this bracelet is a great “statement” piece for me. It’s classic and elegant but still modern and on trend. Can you tell I really love it? Definitely my favorite piece from Emma and Chloe so far!

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Pictures don’t do this bracelet any justice. It’s truly stunning and even my husband (who certainly doesn’t have an eye for detail) noticed I was wearing a new bracelet and commented on how unique it is! I have gold listed as my preferred finish but this is one of those months that I wish I could have both versions. The silver one is beautiful too!

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The bracelet is a little over 7 inches long and with the chain it can be an additional 2 inches. It closes with a sturdy lobster clasp. Due to the way the bracelet is braided, it wears like a cross between a bangle and a soft bracelet. The chain provides a lot of structure so it holds its own shape very well. But it’s obviously more malleable than an actual bangle too. I hope that made sense!

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Here’s a little bit of a better shot of the details. See how pretty it is? I love the texture! This is an item that can be easily dressed up for a special occasion but also works as an everyday piece. Emma and Chloe seems to be especially good at finding versatile jewelry like that, which I’m very happy about.

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Every month comes with a postcard that features a picture of the jewelry. I rarely have a use for them, but this month subscribers received a piece of dark chocolate as well! What a lovely little extra! I’ll never say no to chocolate.

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Another month, another beautiful piece of jewelry! I love that I’m slowly filling up my jewelry box with lots of fun and classic pieces. The quality is also good for costume jewelry and I know they will last me if I take proper care of them.

I only have one small complaint about this month, which is that the stated retail value is inconsistent. In the spoiler, they said the value of the bracelet is $63. In the magazine, it’s listed as $76. If you go to the designer’s website and convert from euros to dollars, it’s about $67. I personally chose to go with the lowest of the numbers just to err on the side of caution, which is $63. It’s still great for the cost of the subscription, but inconsistent values are one of my pet peeves.

Anyways, my verdict for this box is always the same. I love it! It’s a great subscription if you’re someone who values quality over quantity and enjoy French design. There are other jewelry subscription boxes out there that send more items each month, but the quality is significantly lower. If you like to discover new brands, like to support small designers, and love jewelry, you’ll probably enjoy this subscription just as much as I do!

Harrison Blake Apparel Subscription April 2017 Box Review plus Promo Code!

I was thrilled to see that Harrison Blake sent me the April box to review! My husband always gets so excited when he gets a box all to himself, and it’s really endearing to see him excited about subscription boxes too.

The Harrison Blake Monthly Subscription is a $25.00 per month subscription (shipping included) that focuses on men’s fashion accessories. Each box is curated around a particular look and color scheme, and includes 1 necktie and 4 additional accessories. Since all the items are meant coordinate together for a cohesive outfit, it’s an easy cheat for the guy who wants to be stylish without having to think too hard about his outfit. All the items are exclusive, so if you like a particular item you would have to subscribe to receive it.

Right now they have a promo code for new subscribers. Use code SEASON to get $15 off your first month! That brings the cost down to only $10, which is a really good deal.

Harrison Blake Apparel Subscription April 2017 Box Review plus Promo Code!

All the items are exclusive to the subscription, so I’ll be using the prices that are listed on the information card. However, I do want to say that you should take these values with a grain of salt. Since the company makes their own products, they can put whatever value they want for each item. I’ve always found the prices to be overinflated for the quality. I’m not saying this box is not worth the cost, just that I personally don’t believe this box should be valued at $110 like the information card states.

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Striped Necktie| $30.00
Every month the main item is a tie that the rest of the box revolves around. They tend to keep the ties seasonal, which I appreciate. In the winter boxes we’ve received thicker textures and darker colors. This one feels very summer and coastal to me. I can really picture my husband wearing this to a nice outdoor wedding. He can’t wear colors this bright at work, but I think it will get a good amount of use at all the weddings we have to go to this year!

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The shape of the tie is classic on the slimmer side. Not quite a skinny tie but skinny enough to be trendy. I hate the look of the really wide ties! My husband has a thinner frame so he looks great with slim ties and he likes the style of this one!

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The back always comes with a Harrison Blake tag, but we’ve found them to be very easy to remove if you wish to do so. My husband was getting annoyed that he had to thread the tie through both the loop and the tag so we just removed the tag easily.

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Cotton Pocket Square |$20.00
It seems that each month you’ll also receive a pocket square to go with the tie. We rarely purchase pocket squares so it’s really nice that they send a matching one each month. I wish this one were a bit more neutral so it could work with other ties as well, but I do admit the colors are a perfect match to the tie.

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Doesn’t it feel really nautical?

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Here’s the tie and pocket square together. They go together beautifully! Just looking at this picture has me dreaming of a summer vacation to Nantucket. This combination would look amazing with a navy colored suit.

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Aviator Sunglasses | $30.00
This is one of the items that makes me question the value stated on the card. Fashion sunglasses like this can be found for really cheap, even brand name ones! The quality of the frames, the lenses, and the case for this pair feels closer to $10 or so.

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With that being said, I really like these aviators. They look great on my husband and he likes how light they are. The shape is classic and flattering for all face shapes. The nose pads are comfortable and adjustable. I think adding the sunglasses was a smart choice for this month! Definitely adds to the summer-y feel of the overall box. I know we always keep several cheap pairs around the house and in the car because we’re both prone to losing/breaking sunglasses.

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White Rosette Lapel Pin | $15.00
I wish this had been a different item since my husband never uses lapel pins, but I understand that’s a personal preference and other people may love using them. I like the fact that it’s white, making it easy to use with lots of outfits. But the quality of this is quite low. It’s another item that has me questioning the sticker value. Even in the picture you can see a loose thread.

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Gold Collar Stays | $15.00
Love the felt case that these collar stays came in! I wish they had just sent a bunch of the cases so I could store all the other collar stays we have in them. Collar stays are another item that we seem to lose a lot, so it’s nice to have more. They have a decent weight to them and feel of good quality.

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Air Freshener | ??
As a bonus item, they also sent a car air freshener. I like that it was a practical extra and tastefully done. I used this in my car and enjoyed the scent. It doesn’t last very long, but was quite pleasant for about a week. In the future I would love to see cute little extras like this!

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I think this is my favorite month so far, because the curation felt really on point and my husband will use almost all of the items. If you have summer weddings on your horizon and want to get some accessories for your date, consider picking up one of these boxes! The color combination is really cute. And since it’s red, white, and blue, it’s also perfect for 4th of July!

Overall I think this subscription is great if you enjoy dressing up/wearing suits and want to build your accessories collection. It’s also more ideal for those who are interested in exploring a bit with their fashion choices. My husband doesn’t get to wear anything remotely exciting to work, so most of the items we get from Harrison Blake is for weekends or special events only. However, if you’re someone who loves trying new colors and mixing patterns and textures, I think you would really enjoy this!