I will absolutely admit, I do not always have the BEST self-control when it comes to shopping (and some may argue I am putting that lightly), but I recently realized that I am yet to subscribe to a single subscription box! As you may be aware, there are now subscription boxes catered to virtually every interest or hobby out there, from makeup to fitness, clothing, pets, sports and many more. Well, recently, perhaps in a moment of weakness, I gave into temptation and officially entered the world of subscription boxes with the Box of Style by Rachel Zoe. And…I am completely in love with my first box!
The Box of Style is described as “an expertly curated selection of fashion and beauty items by Rachel Zoe and The Zoe Report editors delivering a season of chic at your door.” Members receive four boxes throughout the year – Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer – and each box guarantees over “$400 of style obsessions”. While the subscription is not the least expensive out there, Annual Subscriptions are $349.99, the retail value of the items certainly exceeds the cost per box. (Single box purchases are also available.) I just received the Fall 2017 Box, and as you can see from my reviews below, I just might be completely hooked! (Full disclaimer, I am a huge fan of Rachel Zoe…I love her effortlessly chic style and have been a fan of her, and her clothing line, for years.)
First, the packaging of the box is gorgeous! And, each box includes a small magazine describing the items, ideas and photos on how to wear/accessorize the item, a bit of information about the designer or brand, and a note from Ms. Zoe describing her inspiration behind the box. I have included a bit of detail and photos of items in the Fall 2017 box below…I hope you love them as much as I do!
The theme of the Fall 2017 box was a box for the busy woman looking for practical yet stylish pieces for every day, helping us to “stay chic from desk to dinner and everywhere in between”. Given that this is the time of year where children are back at school and all of their various activities, preparations for the upcoming holiday season begin, and event season here in Sarasota heats up, it seems like a pretty perfectly timed theme. The first item, named “The Multi Tasker” by the Zoe Team, is the Rachel Convertible Clutch by Gigi New York. The handbag is a beautiful navy with gold hardware, and features a convertible strap that allows for styling as both a cross-body or a clutch. I personally will get ton of use out of the bag as I am constantly trying to train myself to carry smaller bags during the day (I am the queen of large handbags!), and I also see myself carrying it in the evening as a clutch. Also, it is designed to fit most 13-inch laptops! Certainly more chic than my usual laptop bag!
The next item, which I am completely jazzed about, is the Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream by ORIBE. I have used ORIBE products in the past and they are so luxurious! The cream is used to both maintain your blowout, as well as an alternative to leave-in conditioner. I used the cream upon returning from a color / cut / style, and my initial review is five-star, and it left my hair super soft, without adding any weight…not to mention it smells fabulous!
The next item is from a jewelry designer I was not previously familiar with – Two Diamond Rings by LA SOULA. While they are super delicate, they are absolutely gorgeous, and can be worn in multiple ways, both as a classic fit or as a middy. The rings are based on a size 6, but completely adjustable. The small diamond embedded in the ring provides just the right amount of sparkle, and therefore can easily be styled up or down, depending on the occasion. I looked at the LA SOULA website, and her delicate designs are quite gorgeous. While it does not appear that any Sarasota-based retailers currently carry the line, you can purchase direct from the website, and both Anthropologie and Calypso St. Barth stock it as well (…dangerous!)
Next, I was delighted to open the Gold Catchall Tray by ODEME. I am completely, unequivocally obsessed with catch-all trays, and use them in several places around the house – desk, dresser, nightstand, bathroom and anywhere else I find I have small, random items that need to be contained. I use them for jewelry, go-to makeup items, keys, virtually everything! I have found super glamorous trays locally at Z Gallerie, HomeGoods, and some of our fabulous local boutiques, and will welcome the ODEME tray into my collection. The ODEME tray, while modern and chic in the gold hue, is also timeless, so will work well in most décor styles.
Moving on, the next goody, deemed “The One-Two Punch” by the Zoe team, is the Pulse Gel Color Lip & Cheek Balm by NUDESTIX. Admittedly, I have heard of NUDESTIX but have never tried their products. First impressions, the packaging is awesome, as it comes in a small tin case with a built-in mirror and sharpener. The color is, seriously, a perfect nude shade! I used it on my lips, both as the liner and color, and found it moisturizing and not the least bit sticky (a pet peeve of mine with lip colors and glosses). It provides that nude, hint of color, which is so chic for fall…I love the effortless look of that perfect nude lip. I have not yet tried it as a cheek stain, but there are raving reviews about the NUDESTIX Gel Color on the Sephora website, so I am confident it just might be a fabulous cheek stain, as well.
The final item is another beauty item, the 3-Step Brightening + Charcoal Mask by SKINESQUE. SKINESQUE is a Korean-inspired skincare line, and are made cruelty-free using all-natural ingredients. The 3-Step Mask is a complete facial treatment comprised of a facial cleanser, hydrating essence and brightening face mask. While I have not used the treatment yet, I am particularly excited for Step 2, the Hydra + Essence, as it is designed to retain moisture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote collagen formulation. I will have to update my review, as I plan to use the treatment during upcoming travels…I tend to always feel a bit haggard after traveling and know my skin is always in need of a bit of pampering!
So, as I am sure it is obvious, I am already anxiously awaiting the arrival of my Winter 2017 box! I recognize this review is long, so I appreciate that you are still with me, but I think the Box of Style is a PERFECT gift for both yourself and for that dear relative or girlfriend you find difficulty finding fabulous things for! The Winter 2017 boxes begin shipping in December…so either a single box or annual subscription just might be an ideal gift idea for the upcoming holidays…just an idea! Thank you for being here!