*StudioWedBox* review – August 2015

As part of my wedding planning, I have been subscribing to StudioWedBox. I like receiving this box every month as it helps me with wedding ideas and gives me plenty of inspiration.

Here’s what has been in the last few boxes.

May – Studio Wed Box #7

Theme – mailing out the invitations

Items received – cute thank you stamp and gold ink pad from A Sensible Habit, moistener bottle to help stick down all those envelopes, black felt tip pen, envelopes and cards from the Paper Source and a necklace trinket.

I am glad to have discovered the Paper Source – I love these So Happy Together Coasters, table numbers and photo prop kit.

June – StudioWedBox #8

Theme – All about the bridal party!

Items – Pearl stud earrings from Amy O Jewellery, make up pouch from Mainstreet Collection, Jack Black Shaving Kit and Mainstreet Collection bow tie.

July – StudioWedBox #9

Theme – It’s time to celebrate

Items – a dice game (to keep the kids entertained), small picture frame from Kate Aspen (suggested as a way to display your table numbers), confetti push pop from Thimble Press and Toss Me lavender buds from Pressed Cotton.

The suppliers from this box lead me on a little day dream adventure…

Pressed Cotton ship world wide and they have quite a few goodies that I like. I like these tiny clear glass bottles for little flower arrangements as table centrepieces. The Toss Me bag that I got in the box is pretty cute too. I think I could fill them with rose petals. I’d love to do confetti, but my ceremony venue has a no confetti policy, but you can do flower petals or biodegradable things. I’m also hearting this gold paper table runner and placemats.

Thimble Press ship world wide as well, from them I am hearting the balloons and cards.

The picture frame from Kate Aspen came with a 25% off with orders over $50 voucher. This is more for an engagement party, but I love the He asked, she said yes paper coasters. My other faves from this store include the Mr & Mrs straws, love cake topper and the country charm kissing bell.

August – StudioWedBox #10

Theme – Hit the road

Items help I’m tired caffeine alertness aid, Sky Ready travel kit, Keep calm and fly away luggage tag from Flight001 and The Laundress Wash & Stain bar.

I think this is a good little honey moon travel kit. I’m keen to try The Laundress soap, as I have been wanting to try this brand for a while. I like that it brings a bit of luxury to such a boring task.

How much does it cost?

StudioWedBox has a 12 month ($29.99US), six month ($34.99US) and monthly ($39.99US) option for the US and Canada. International shipping of $10US per month is available on the $39.99 option, making it $49.99 a month. The international shipping option takes approximately 15 plus days.

I’m in Australia so I am using the international shipping option. Using today’s US dollar it would cost $68.30 AUD.

Is it worth it?

I have really been enjoying my StudioWedBox journey. It gives me ideas for suppliers to check out and it’s a nice friendly reminder each month in the wedding planning process.

Who should subscribe to this box: brides-to-be! I also think that it would make a nice gift for a friend or family member getting married.

Want more? Read previous StudioWedBox reviews to see if it is the right fit for you.

*Dapper* Box review – August 2015

Dapper Box is a monthly men’s styling box based in the US. They do ship internationally though, so worth a look if you aren’t based in the US.

Each month Dapper Box sends a box of 4 – 5 men’s accessories with the aim of making you or the man in your life look effortlessly good.

The team at Dapper Box kindly sent me their August 2015 box to review.

First look

I was quite surprised how light the box felt, but when I opened it up I wasn’t disappointed. This box doesn’t have an information card, which is probably a good thing for a men’s box as it probably doesn’t get read! I have done my best to find similar products online to compare prices.

The products

Blue spot socks
Guesstimation $12 US

Who doesn’t like bright, vibrant socks to jazz up their outfit? I found that a similar pair of Happy Socks sells for $12 US.

White Pocket Round with Blue Trim
Guesstimation $25 US

A twist on an old classic. I like that this is a variation of the traditional pocket square (handkerchief). I think that it adds to the appeal of the Dapper Box to have items that are fresh and on trend! I had a search for a similar pocket round online and found the Alexander Olch Linen Pocket Round at Nordstrom for $60 US.

Silk blue spot tie
Guesstimation $19 US

This is a stylish work tie; that feels nice to touch. The tag says it is 100% silk. My fiance liked the tie, so it got a tick from him. I’m not an expert in buying ties, but I had a look online for something similar and found a Royal Blue Tie with Spots at The Tie Bar for $19.

Frozen Tundra Aftershave Splash by Stirling Soap
Sample size 5 ml
Sample value $2.50 US

Metal collar stays x 2
Guesstimation 50 cents

The inclusion of these two items rounds out a nice collection of men’s accessories. My fiance is keen to try the Aftershave Splash, although not too sure about the metal collar stays. So we’ll have to look at the shirts he has and see if any of them could use the collar stays.

How much does it cost?

Dapper Box has a few different plans that you can choose from:

  • Monthly subscription $29 US
  • 3 month subscription $81 US (save $6)
  • 6 month subscription $150 US (save $24)
  • 12 month subscription $276 (save $72).

Shipping within the US is free and international shipping costs $8 US per box.

Is it worth it?

If you need to look snazzy for work and would rather have a team of style pros pick a tie and socks combo for you every month, then yes I think this box would be a good fit for you. This would also make a great subscription for your dad, partner or brother if they work in an office. My fiance liked receiving the goodies!

Who should subscribe to this box? Stylish efficient men who like to save time and look trendy.

Wantable Accessories review – June 2015

I was pretty happy with my June Wantable Accessories box. I received four items that will add a bit of pizazz to my wardrobe.

There are a few different options when it comes to Wantable subscriptions. You can subscribe to Accessories, Make-Up, Intimates, Fitness or Style.
Wantable uses a style quiz to determine what items to send you each month. My profile is set to:
Love: scarves, necklaces, glam and classic
Like: hair accessories, bracelets, earrings, multi-tone gold tone, silver tone and mix n match
Dislike: sunglasses, watches, rings, boho and rock n roll
The idea is that you receive more of the items you love and none of the items you dislike.

First look

The products

Lily Scarf Ivory
Wantable values this at $24 US

Wantable says – This scarf is a lace infinity scarf. Style Tip: Wear with a floral top.’

This is a nice light scarf and I plan to use it to dress up jeans or with a pretty dress.

Ashton Earrings

Wantable values this at $16 US

Wantable says -‘ The Ashton earrings are a coral and mint stone stud. Style Tip: These earrings look amazing with a long coral dress.’

Well I don’t have a long coral dress but I do have a coral top. I wore the two together last night and it was a good match.
Abbie Necklace S
Wantable values this at $42 US

Wantable says – ‘This gorgeous necklace features shades of blue and glamorous stones. Style Tip: Pair with simple silver studs.’

Wow. This is a gorgeous statement necklace. I need to book somewhere fancy for dinner, so I can wear this 🙂
Carly Bracelet G
Wantable values this at $16 US

Wantable says -‘This bracelet features an interlinked chain with a toggle closure. Style Tip: Layer with a watch!’

This bracelet is sweet but chunky at the same time. The ends of the toggle have little diamantes on them. Which adds a bit of sparkle. This bracelet is a great size on me and a classic look that will go great with my Basic Little Black Dress from Popbasic’s Serendipity Collection.

How much does it cost?

Wantable costs $40 US for the first box and then each box after that will cost you $36 US. Shipping within the US is free. Shipping to Canada is $6 US, the UK is $7 US and to Australia the shipping costs $10 US.
As I’m based in Australia, I spent $46US which on today’s Aussie Dollar converts to $62.95.

Was it worth it?

I really liked this month’s box. Everything in it was a winner for me and I feel like I got value for money. E.g. If I want to somewhere like Collette, I would have paid about the same. The reason why this subscription works well for me, is that I am terrible at making decisions about accessories and after looking for ages in-store I generally walk away with nothing 🙁 So this takes the pain out of that process for me and makes me look super stylish with minimal effort.
Who should subscribe to this box: Women who want to look stylish and on-trend with minimal effort.
Out-of-My-Comfort-Zone pick: The Lily Scarf is something I wouldn’t have picked on my own, but it is absolutely gorgeous on.