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.

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POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Special Edition Box Review

It’s down to the wire for getting all your Christmas gifts bought and wrapped! I can’t believe Christmas is on this upcoming Sunday! I feel a little bit guilty for opening all my subscription boxes before Christmas while I’m making everyone else in my family wait to unwrap presents…

Up for review today is the POPSUGAR Must Have Neiman Marcus Special Edition Box. It’s a collaboration between POPSUGAR and Neiman Marcus, and has traditionally featured a mix of food, beauty, home, and fashion accessories. This was a one-time purchase for $250, promised to contain a value of over $700! I’ve only purchased one Neiman Marcus box before this, which was the 2013 box, the very first time they did a collaboration. It was one of my favorite boxes ever! And since I had a little extra money to blow this year (yay for holiday bonuses!) I figured I would treat myself.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Such a Neiman Marcus pattern! This box always does feel very luxe when unboxing due to the great box quality and lovely little details. Each item is individually wrapped with tissue paper, so you definitely get the experience of unwrapping several little packages.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Alice + Olivia Stace Face Zip Wallet | $198.00
This was one of the spoilers that POPSUGAR released, and I think it’s funny how polarizing it was. Everyone either seemed to love it or hate it! Oddly enough, I was sort of in between. I don’t love it and certainly wouldn’t have picked it out for myself, but I do think it’s cute and feels very Kate-Spade-ish. I definitely plan to use it, and think it would be a nice statement purse with a little black dress! But it won’t be a staple in my wardrobe and won’t get used as often as some of my more classic pieces. I found it a little strange that this would be a chosen item for the box though, since I think it’s quite taste specific. I would expect a more neutral wallet for Neiman Marcus since I think that holds a wider appeal. It’s also concerning that this wallet can’t be found for sale anywhere–it could possibly be old or an exclusive for the box.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

The interior is standard for a zip wallet of this size: plenty of card holders with a zippered section in the middle. Most of the wallet is leather, and the sunglasses and lips are patent leather. Definitely a well made piece!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Alexis Bittar Gold Crystal Studded Spur Lace Cuff | $195.00
This item was the first spoiled item in the box! Alexis Bittar makes great quality costume jewelry so I knew this would be a worthwhile item to have. The cuff is adjustable so it can work for almost any wrist size, and can be reshaped for a more snug or relaxed fit. I always get nervous with open cuffs like this so I prefer to wear them a little tighter.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

It came in a box ready for gifting, though mine arrived a bit dented. I plan to keep this so it’s not a big deal, but it would be disappointing if I had intended to gift it. Wish they had added extra bubble wrap or something for the more fragile items!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

So beautiful! I think it’s a great piece for me. I love dainty jewelry but also need more statement pieces, and has such lovely dainty elements while still being bold enough to work as a statement piece.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Close up of the stunning detail work! This is such a perfect cuff to wear for holiday parties. It feels so festive and sparkly!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Antica Farmacista Prosecco Scented Candle | $44.00
If you follow my blog you probably know I have a large collection of candles at this point, even though I continue to hoard them and love collecting interesting scents and pretty containers. So surprisingly, I’ve decided to gift this candle! It was so hard giving it up, but it made for a stunning hostess gift for a holiday party! This is the only item from the box that I did not open and thus will not be able to provide a lot of details about the candle itself. What I do know is that Antica Farmacista makes incredibly high quality products and this candle is sure to last a very long time and produce a lovely fragrance.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Le Metier de Beaute Lip Kaleidoscope in Lip L’Amour | $95.00
I remember in the first Neiman Marcus box there was also a Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope! It was a fascinating concept for the eye shadow–the colors are designed to layer on top of one another in the same order that they are stacked. For the lip palette, you sort of lose that cleverness. You obviously would not want to layer all these lip colors on top of each other. As for the colors themselves, they have a good range and the quality is top notch. Very highly pigmented and super smooth application.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

However, I don’t really know how much I like this way of stacked lip palettes since it makes the whole thing a rather bulky thing to carry and I also have to carry an applicator/spatula too. I think the kaleidoscope concept really works best for eye shadow or other powder products. It comes in a little organza bag for gifting.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Nima Oberoi Lunares Wishbone Bookends | $129.00
Really surprised to see a Nima Oberoi product in this box! POPSUGAR has worked with them before but I never realized this was a brand that Neiman Marcus carries as well. I seriously adore these bookends! They are simply stunning and so very beautiful. Pictures honestly don’t do it justice. They remind me of Jonathan Adler’s design aesthetic and I can’t wait to find the perfect place to put these in my home! The minimalistic wishbone design is simple and chic, and just like all Nima Oberoi products the quality is superb.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

It also came in a gift box that is ready for easy wrapping and gifting.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Studmuffin Desserts Bleeker Street Brittle | $30.00
Boo, my brittle came damaged! I was excited to try $30 brittle even though I don’t exactly like peanuts, but since it arrived open and damaged the brittle had become very stale. Luckily I was able to get a replacement sent to me, but it won’t arrive in time for Christmas.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

The side of the can is a very thin plastic, so any pressure can crack it quite easily. Sort of a design flaw, even though the rest of the packaging is so thoughtful. They even include a little washer that you can use to lift the edge of the lid!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Can’t wait to get my replacement so I can taste test this!

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

Neiman Marcus Gift Card | $50.00
Last but certainly not least, a $50 gift card to Neiman Marcus! Literally something that everyone can enjoy. It’s not branded with POPSUGAR on it anywhere, so it looks just like a gift card that you purchased direct from Neiman Marcus. What a wonderful surprise! There’s also plenty of stuff that can be purchased for $50 or less from Neiman, and since it’s a true gift card it can be combined with all sales. I was able to use it recently with a huge sale and got all my items for a total steal. Love the inclusion of a gift card so much! It does feel a little bit lazy on the curator’s part, but I absolutely loved it so I guess I really can’t complain. In a way it brings the cost of the box down to only $200.

POPSUGAR Must Have 2016 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Box Review

The total value comes out to $741.00, which is amazing! Overall verdict on this box is mixed though. I think it was definitely worth the money, but didn’t wow me as much as previous boxes. I really loved the bookends and Alexis Bittar cuff, and I got a great candle to gift, but the lip kaleidoscope and brittle were misses. The $50 gift card really helped even things out since I started to think of my box as only being $200. For $200 it was an amazing deal! Would I buy it again? Absolutely. But some of the choices were questionable to me and I found it strange for the curator to pick some specific items (in particular the very bold wallet and lip kaleidoscope). I guess I was just expecting a different aesthetic than the ones that we received.

Nonetheless, I am very pleased with the contents. It was such a fun treat for myself and I think the variety of items was well balanced. There was 1 beauty item, 2 fashion accessories, 2 home items, 1 food item, and a gift card. If each regular POPSUGAR Must Have box followed this formula it would be an even more wonderful subscription! Hint hint, POPSUGAR editors 😉

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Wow, Thanksgiving is next week! It really snuck up on me this year (but then again, I’m pretty sure I say this every year). I’m actually super excited to host family dinner this year and have been going nuts on Pinterest looking at cute decor ideas and fun recipes. Hope everyone is just as excited as I am, if not more! Today I’ll be reviewing the November POPSUGAR box, which really fit in perfectly with my plans for Thanksgiving.

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 November 2016 Box Review

Stowaway Cosmetics The Dawn to Dusk Palette | $25.00
This was the first spoiler item that POPSUGAR released, and I admit that when I first saw it I wasn’t that excited. I already own the Naked2 Basics palette which is really compact and the colors are gorgeous. It’s my go-to for when I travel and I hadn’t planned to replace it any time soon. So I assumed I would be gifting it.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

But look at these colors! I love that the top row has warm undertones and the bottom row has cool undertones. You can easily get a ton of different looks from these 8 colors. The lighter colors can also work as a highlighter, thus helping to cut down even further if you’re planning to travel.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Seriously, this thing is so slim and compact! It’s about the size of a credit card and very thin. I was planning to gift it, but now that I have it in hand I’m thinking I’ll keep it! I ordered 2 boxes this month so I’ll still be able to gift one, but I wish I had more to use for stocking stuffers. This would really be a great staple item in any girl’s makeup collection!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Pehr Chambray Table Runner in Wine | $44.00
Oh my gosh, love this so much! The Pehr brand has been featured in a previous POPSUGAR box and I loved the quality, so I know this will be held to the same standard. It definitely feels very well made. The colors are just perfect for the holidays! Wine and cream are such a timeless and classic combination, I think it would work for anyone! The size of this table runner is also very versatile: at 90″ x  14″ it would be great for a lot of different table shapes and lengths. It’s actually because of this table runner that I ordered a second box!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Meri Meri Star Party Picks | $8.00
How adorable are these? And so incredibly festive without being too holiday specific. It can work for a variety of holidays, events, and parties. The box comes with 2 different sized stars in 2 different colors. I think they would be perfect for hors d’oeuvres or cupcake toppers! I really can’t wait to use these for my Thanksgiving family dinner that I am hosting! The timing was truly perfect. If I like how they turn out, I’ll definitely be ordering more. Meri Meri also sells fruit shaped party picks and they are so cute!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Kendra Scott Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl | $50.00
Who doesn’t love Kendra Scott jewelry? They’re good quality (especially for its price point!), classic, and super trendy right now. I love the rose gold! The white and rose gold combination is so beautiful. The white pearl stone will work with any outfit!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Simple and dainty, which is exactly my style. I love how it looks and I’ve already gotten compliments on it! So excited to gift my extra bracelet to my best friend.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

The adjustable sliding closure is my favorite. You can easily put it on with one hand and the little charms at the ends are cute! The dangling ends are a decent weight and not too long, so it’s not in the way at all.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

I almost forgot to take a picture of this last detail: the back of the stone! How beautiful and intricate, right? I almost like it more than the front of the stone itself!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

Oogie’s Toffee Butter Popcorn | $3.00
Yum! You really can’t go wrong with toffee butter popcorn. My only complaint is that the bag is small and not the full sized version. I would have loved a huge bag of this. But my waistline thanks POPSUGAR for the little bag, especially with all the decadent holiday food I’m going to be eating soon!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

AJ Goods Charcoal Nest Wire Bowl | $35.00
When I first pulled this out of the box I wasn’t sure what to think. I was excited about the idea of a decorative basket but was on the fence about the wire aesthetic. I was worried that it would be too industrial looking for my home.

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

And then I just grabbed some citrus I had and threw it in…and I totally love it. It looks so chic yet casual, right? Like sort of effortlessly nice? I’m so glad I’ll have 2 of these since I got 2 boxes! They will be perfect for scented pinecones come Christmas time, and fruit for the rest of the year!

POPSUGAR Must Have November 2016 Box Review

What an amazing box! I was seriously blown away. I ordered a second box immediately and am so glad that I did. The value is $165.00, and I think all the items were very appropriate for November. This is hands down my favorite box of the year from POPSUGAR! The curation is so on point and the quality of each item is wonderful. I’m hoping this is a streak that they stay on for December as well! Can’t wait to see what’s in my box next month!

FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box Spoiler and $10 Off Coupon!

I can’t believe how quickly the FabFitFun Fall box sold out! I regret not purchasing more of them, since they would have made amazing gifts and stocking stuffers for the holidays. Luckily we now have a spoiler for their Winter box, and you bet I’m going to stock up!

FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box Spoiler and $10 Off Coupon!

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FabFitFun Winter 2016 Box Spoiler and $10 Off Coupon!

Each box includes a D.L. & Co Candle in Bergamot Woods or Blackberry Nectar ($45 Value). If you want to be able to choose which fragrance you receive, upgrade to an annual subscription! What do you think? I’m super excited, since I love candles and the container looks absolutely gorgeous! It looks perfect for the holidays and I can’t wait to get my box.

The FabFitFun box is usually $49.99 a box, but you can get $10 off(bringing the price down to only $39.99) by using this link. For $39.99, that’s a total steal! That makes it the same price as POPSUGAR Must Have, except the value here is somehow almost double your average POPSUGAR box!

 

Modcloth Annual Friends & Family Sale! Free Shipping and 25% Off Coupon!

Yay, it’s Modcloth’s Annual Friends and Family Sale again! I haven’t posted about a sale in such a long time, but in light of the recent FabFitFun box I thought this would be appropriate. Those Modcloth scarves from that box were amazing! And since the Fall box sold out already (boo, I wanted to get a 2nd one!), Modcloth is going to be your best bet to snag one of those oh-so-comfy scarves.

Modcloth Annual Friends & Family Sale Free Shipping and 25% Off Coupon Willamette for the Weekend Scarf

This Willamette for the Weekend Scarf is very similar to the one from the FabFitFun box, and I’ve already purchased several for Christmas presents! I actually like this color better than the one I got in my box, so it’s really a win/win.

This week only, you and your crew can snag a sweet sitewide deal on unique dresses, decor, and much more. Use code F13m64G for FREE domestic shipping, plus 25% off all orders of $100+. Shop now — this event won’t last long!