Emma & Chloe Jewelry Box May 2017 Review

Wow, this review is late–even by my procrastinating standards! I genuinely thought this box was the June shipment (since I received it earlier this month) so I was holding off on posting this review until mid-month. But imagine my horror when I saw a shipping notice in my email that said my June box was on the way! I went to look at my last review and lo and behold, it was for April. So….yeah. Sorry about that everyone!

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 May 2017 Review

I always mention this in every review for Emma & Chloe: the packaging is lovely! This black box comes in a padded bubble mailer, so the box is always in pristine condition. And the box is really sturdy and super cute! The interior pattern is adorable and I love to reuse these boxes for storage or for wrapping gifts.

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Each month comes with a little mini magazine and also a postcard. I love the beautifully shot photos and thoughtful content. There’s always an interview with the featured designer plus lots of other little articles that are fun to read.

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If you’re a lover of France (and seriously, who isn’t?) you will really enjoy the articles! There’s always at least one article that makes me ready to jet off to Paris. Luckily this month it’s all about Parisian picnics and how you can create your own without having to fly across the pond. I love all the suggestions! This magazine is packed with styling tips, new trends, and even has a fun quiz at the end every month.

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4 Crosses Elsa Earrings | $69.00
The featured piece this month is a beautiful dainty set of earrings from 4 Crosses. Since my preference is gold, I received these in gold but it also came in silver. I love that Emma and Chloe was able to accommodate those who do not have pierced ears! Subscribers who do not have pierced ears were able to get this exact pair as clip ons! I love that, since most subscription companies will just send out an alternative piece like a necklace or bracelet.

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Every month comes with a certificate of authenticity and simple care instructions.

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A close up of the earrings! I am a big fan of dainty jewelry in general, and long earrings are my jam! They make my neck look really long and they’re statement pieces without being too heavy or large. The warm coral color of the bead is also perfect for my skin tone–coral is my favorite shade for lips and cheeks!

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Okay, now here’s the cool part: you can transform these earrings by folding the earring in half so the bead is at the bottom. The post goes through one of the gold links in the chain and suddenly you have earrings that are half the length and more full. I love it! So much fun and versatile.

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These earrings look so beautiful when they move! The little gold leaf shapes reflect light and create a lovely draped effect. I always get compliments on my Emma and Chloe pieces, and this was no exception. I wore it to a fancy dinner last week and several people commented on how delicate and pretty my earrings were!

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I’m very happy with the jewelry from this month! Although I haven’t had a month that I dislike yet. For the record, this is my 4th month. I think if you’re someone like me who adores dainty jewelry and loves all things French, this is perfect for you. The value is great, the quality of the pieces is awesome, the packaging is beautiful, and you get to discover new designers!

I look at my jewelry collection now and think the curation from Emma and Chloe is so on point. The pieces all look cohesive together and they send you a little of everything. So far I’ve received a ring, a necklace, a bracelet, and now earrings. It’s really smart that they alternate so much! I can’t wait to see what next month will bring, and hopefully I will be better at keeping track of what boxes are meant for which month in the future!

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Vermont Snacks October 2013 Review

I got my second Vermont Snacks box yesterday, and I’m sad to say that I am incredibly disappointed. While the concept of this box is great, it just didn’t really deliver enough product for me. Vermont Snacks ships you 4-6 local, artisan snacks for $19/month. And for every box they ship, they donate a meal to the Vermont Food Bank! It’s great that subscribing to this box supports locally-owned small businesses plus you get to feel good about helping a great cause. 

I was pretty nervous when I got the box, because it’s half the size of the box from last month. But I figured it was probably just because the snacks this month are smaller sized. I was picturing maple candies for Halloween or something similar.

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Vermont Snacks October BoxYOLO! Snacks Maple Popcorn 0.74 oz | $0.48

These are really tasty, and I remember a lot of stores in Vermont carry this awesome popcorn. I just wish they had sent out a bigger pack, I finished these off way too quickly!

Vermont Snacks October Box Maple Popcorn Yolo SnacksVermont Village Applesauce– Organic Unsweetened | $1.61
Vermont Village Applesauce– Organic Strawberry Banana | $1.61
I get the unsweetened kind at our local organic grocery store because so much applesauce out there contains extra sugar and I like mine more tart. I also love that all their products are made with apples that have never been treated with synthetic pesticides.

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Vermont Smoke and Cure Real Sticks Beef Stick with BBQ Seasoning | $1.25
I’m not a big fan of these beef stick sort of products, but we have a “snack bin” at work that we all contribute to, so I’m sure someone will get to enjoy this. Our web developer loves beef jerky so I’m sure he’ll snatch it up in an instant!

Vermont Snacks October Box Real Sticks Beef JerkyVermont Nut Free Tanabar Granola Bar Triple Berry | $2.25
This was really good, and I like that the company was founded by a mother who wanted to create nut-free snacks for her son due to his allergies. Cute story, and a great product!

Vermont Snacks October Box TanabarAlthough I enjoyed most of the items in the box, the value is only $7.20 for a box that costs $19.00. That’s probably the worst value I’ve ever seen in a subscription box. Granted, this did include shipping and they will be donating a meal to the food bank, but that’s still an incredible low value box. I wouldn’t have minded if it was a couple dollars short of what I paid, but it’s less than half the price! Although I love the idea of this box, I think I’ll be canceling my account. I might give them one more month to see if the value goes back up, but that’s as far as I’ll go. There are just too many amazing subscription services out there for me to be spending $19 on one that delivers less than half of what I pay! Did anyone else order the October box?

As always, all views in this review are the opinion of the author. Nothing was received in exchange for a review, and I am not affiliated with Vermont Snacks.