Peaches and Petals May 2017 Review

Like I’ve mentioned in my previous Peaches and Petals reviews, it seems that this subscription has been sending out their boxes at the tail end of the month. I actually thought this was June’s box when I received it, since they don’t put information cards in the boxes anymore. I’m glad I have this blog to help me keep track!

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 May is “Vacation, All I Ever Wanted”.

Peaches and Petals May 2017 Review

World’s Best Spungee Neck Support Travel Pillow | $11.45
I appreciate getting a travel pillow in a box, since I have never received one from a subscription box before. But on the other hand, this is a pretty bad travel pillow. This seems to be an old model since it does not come with any way to keep the pillow together at the front. It’s almost impossible to keep it on your shoulders as you sleep, since the pillow has no way of keeping the U structure. If you’re a seasoned traveler, you know that having a snap or toggle at the front is essential!

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Gud by Burt’s Bees Cleaning Wipes | $4.99
These are discontinued products and the pear one (the green packaging on the right in the picture) definitely shows it. The entire package is leaking a light brown liquid that is sticky. The red one is pretty dry for a cleansing wipe, and I don’t know if it’s because it’s been sitting on a shelf for a long time or if these wipes are just designed like that. I don’t know how old these are but I won’t I’ll be using them. I’m disappointed because cleansing wipes are so cheap already. I buy them for 50 cents from Target when I’m going on a trip! Peaches and Petals could have easily bought current wipes to send that aren’t leaking or dried out!

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Soapbox Hope-To-Go Travel Kit | $7.99
I’m pleased to see a very useful kit that also supports a great cause! This travel kit contains TSA approved containers of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion. For each kit sold, a month of clean water will be given to a person in need through an organization called Splash.

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The products themselves are all quite nice as well. I especially like that these containers are easy to clean and refill, and the bag it all comes in meets TSA requirements too!

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Sara Beth Candle in Seaside | $12.00 (?)
This appears to be a brand that is often used for fundraising. I remember back in middle school we had these sorts of fundraisers every year! It seems kind of odd that it’s now included in a subscription box. And does anyone else think candles are a poor choice for these sorts of fundraising events? I remember we had to hand deliver the products to each person who purchased–candles would have been so heavy!

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Anyways, enough about my speculation about the fundraising. This candle has a really refreshing crisp scent and I love the wooden wick! Wooden wicks are always so much fun to burn and I rarely purchase them for myself, so I’m very happy to see this in my box! The candle came in giftable packaging as well, which I appreciate.

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Umbra Magnetic Board | $8.00 (?)
Last but not least, this super cute magnetic board! This is hands down my favorite item from the box! I love the Umbra brand, and I hope we see more of their products in future Peaches and Petals boxes. They make such stylish but affordable home goods!

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The board comes with 6 magnets and is approximately 15.5″ x 15″ in size. It’s very light and easy to hang on a wall. I love the simple design and empowering phrase!

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It was sort of mixed bag (or should I say a mixed box?) for me, but overall I would consider it a box that I liked. The Umbra board is so cute and I love it a lot, and the candle and travel kit are both useful and fun. The cleaning wipes were a total dud, but since they take up the least amount of value I’m not too upset. The travel pillow had potential to be amazing as well but the design was just awful. But I do think this is a huge step up from the past few boxes! I really hope this is an upward trend that will continue. I’m actually very excited to see what next month will bring!

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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!

Emma & Chloe Easter Promo: First Box for $1 + April 2017 Spoilers!

Favorite box discovery of the year so far is Emma & Chloe for me, and I’m happy to share that they’re having a great sale for Easter! For a limited time, use code EASTERBOX to get your first Emma & Chloe box for $1 when you sign up for minimum 3-month subscription. 

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. 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.

— Spoilers Below! —

Emma & Chloe Easter Promo: First Box for $1 + April 2017 Spoilers!

The featured designer for April is Coralie de Seynes. Subscribers will be receiving a twisted bracelet, valued at $63.00. What do you think?

A little extra information about the designer: After graduating from ESMOD Paris, Coralie spent three years at Hermes with Jean-Paul Gaultier and decided in January 2009 to create her own brand. Since its creation, “Coralie de Seynes Paris” has found its place in prestigious department and concept stores including Franck & Fils and Merci. She’s worked with Bonpoint and won the Jewelry Style Competition in 2011, and today she sells her products in several outlets around the world. Coralie’s work is characterized by bohemian, urban and chic designs using brass chains, leather, and enamel. All her jewelry is made in France and in 2013, the brand expanded to launch its first line of designer bags!

I love what I see and I can’t wait to receive my bracelet!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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About 15 minutes later…yay!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!