Author: purplelv93

Subscription Box Therapy: My Aunt’s Stitch Fix #2

My aunt’s second Stitch Fix arrived. I was hopeful, she was apprehensive. This time around, her Stylist did appear to have read some of her previous feedback. Some. There were no sleeveless tops in this Fix. The colors were better. The cuts and sizing were not. 

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First out of the box was the navy blue embroidered knit top. In her last box, my aunt received a top that would have been great for nursing mothers. This top would have been good as a maternity top – for someone pregnant with twins. The sleeves were a hot mess, they were too long, but had elastic so they didn’t cover her hands – but, when she pushed them up to her elbows for about 10 minutes the elastic left a lovely red ring around her arm. She was just swimming in this top. It was not cute. Sorry Auntie, but it wasn’t. 

 

Then she tried on the pink textured blouse. It was a nice color and it had sleeves…. but, the sleeves were too long to be 3/4 lengths, but not quite long enough to reach her wrists. They had annoying ties at the ends that did nothing to tighten the sleeves, so she couldn’t even push them up. Plus it was a thick material with a liner. Nope. Too hot. 

 

Then there were the girlfriend jeans. They sent her a smaller size than she normally wears, but  they were still too big. The woman just bought a couple of pairs of jeans in her proper size that fit beautifully. Sigh. These just looked silly on her, like she was ready to make an appearance in a hip hop video with her baggy jeans. 

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Destiny Girlfriend Jeans by Liberation by People’s Liberation

Next up was the soft orange cardigan. This was a great color for her, it was nice and light, perfect for spring. Except the sleeves were freakishly long. I began to wonder if her arms were just freakishly short so I tried it on. Nope the sleeves really were freakishly long and don’t have any elastic around the wrists so they hung down past her hands. My cardigans from Stitch Fix are the same size and they all fit both of us nicely. Weird.

 

And finally, there was a grey v-neck top. This actually fit her, and the v-neck was not too plunging. However, it is too close to the color of her hair and it just washed her out. Plus it is a little too high maintenance for her. You have to line dry it. 

Once again Stitch Fix failed her. She sent everything back. She is not enjoying “window shopping” as she calls it with these boxes. They have waived her styling fee once again and she has another box arriving in a few weeks. Once again, we have requested that my Stylist curate her Fix. The clothes in my boxes fit her better than the ones she is sent which is one of the reasons she wants my Stylist. 

We both really hope Stitch Fix will work out for her. She loves the idea of not having to shop and the items I’ve received have been wonderful. She would really like to have a similar experience. Maybe third time will be the charm! 

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix risk free – as in no styling fee for your first box: You can use my link here and your first $20 styling fee will be waived. Full disclosure: I will receive a $25 credit if you sign up using my link. Once you sign up and order a box from Stitch Fix you will receive a referral link of your very own!

Subscription Box Therapy: Stitch Fix #4

Since I was only able to keep two items from my last Stitch Fix, I ordered another box straight away. Note: I did receive the red top from Fix #2 in a size that fits me on the third try. Yay! 

I opened the box and the first thing I spotted was the shoe bag. Yay shoes! I then peeked at my fashion burrito and spied some fun spring colors. Hooray! Spring has arrived… well, to my closet at least. Here in Colorado it can’t really decide – we had snow again this past week. Snow! But over the weekend it supposed to be in the 70s. Insert dramatic sigh. Colorado. Shake head. 

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Moving on. I opened my shoe bag first, because shoes. I found these red sandals that I had pinned on Pinterest and they fit perfectly. I only wish they were a little less orange-red and little more red-red. But they will go nicely with what I have in my closet – and hopefully what is yet to be added to my wardrobe. 

 

The next item was the grey knit top. There is nothing special about this top, it is nice neutral basic, the only downside is that it is a bit itchy. I hope that once it is washed, some fabric softener will release this shirt’s inner softness goddess.  

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Acelyn V-Neck Linen Blend Knit Top by Market & Spruce

The next item was the navy blue and white stripped top. The cuffs are bright, neon orange. I love the pop of color and this shirt is so super soft. My Stylist saw that I had pinned some stripped tops on Pinterest and decided to send me this one. I love it. 

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Lucas Cuff Sleeve Knit Top by Papermoon

The next thing I pulled out was the orchid cardigan. Yes, it is a beautiful shade of orchid, like a dusty orchid the photo does not do it justice. The invoice calls the color light purple, but it really isn’t – my aunt and I pulled out my crayon box and, according to Crayola, it is orchid. The fit and cut are perfect. Unfortunately, I just discovered it needs to be dry cleaned. Boo! 

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Claudine Cardigan by Pink Clover

The last item was the pair of white jeans. This is an item I had requested from my Stylist. She couldn’t find anything in my size for my last Fix, but this time around she managed to snag this pair for me. My heart sank when I saw that they were skinny jeans. Ahhhh, scary! I’ve seen many people try on white skinny jeans on their Stitch Fix unboxing videos and most are in agreement that white skinny jeans are pretty unforgiving – as in they show everything, every bump and imperfection. As well as about half of them seem to be more than a tad see through. But again, being the good little Stitch Fixer that I am I needed to try them on. I needed to get a workout in anyway, why not burn some calories trying to pull on some skinny jeans right? Once again, Stitch Fix proves they are the masters of finding the perfect fitting jeans. My stylist sent a larger size than I needed, so they are not skin tight, nor are they too baggy. They do not fit me like skinny jeans = yay! They are also not see through = yay! They are the right length for my short little legs = yay! They are mine = yay! I cannot believe I own and am happy to wear white skinny jeans.  

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Kay Skinny Jean by Liverpool

I kept every single item in this box and therefore I received the 25% discount. I wasn’t all that keen on the grey top, but it was cheaper for me to keep all 5 items with the discount rather than paying for just the other 4 at full price. 

Once again, Stitch Fix has saved me the time, energy, and frustration of having to go out shopping for clothes. In the world of Pompe Disease, energy saving items and services are gold. 

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix risk free – as in no styling fee for your first box: You can use my link here and your first $20 styling fee will be waived. Full disclosure: I will receive a $25 credit if you sign up using my link. Once you sign up and order a box from Stitch Fix you will receive a referral link of your very own!

Subscription Box Therapy: My Aunt’s Stitch Fix #1

Based on the success of my Stitch Fix experience, my aunt decided to give the service a try. She also hates to shop and has a difficult time finding items that fit properly. We are similar in size, so if they can fit me, they should be able to fit her as well. 

She filled out her Style Profile and, like me was very specific about her likes and dislikes as well as her sizes and price range. Her box arrived and we were all excited to see what was inside. My cousin and her husband even came over for the fashion show. 

She opened her box and pulled out her fashion burrito. I was tad envious that she received what looked like brighter spring colors than I had in my last Fix

 

My envy was short lived. Two of the items she pulled out were tank tops. She specifically said she didn’t want tank tops, she wanted her arms and shoulders covered. So right out the box we knew those two items were going back. But just like me, she knew she needed to try everything on in order to give accurate feedback. 

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First up was the grey lace up sleeve knit top. She really liked the lace up detail on the sleeves. However, we are going into spring (or at least trying to) and this is a sweater. She doesn’t really wear pull over sweaters either. The sleeves were way too long, and the v-neck was way too low. Plus the color washed her out a bit.

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Next was the printed navy blue straight leg pant. And I use the word pant lightly. These “pants” suffer from some sort of identity crisis. They can’t decide if they want to be leggings or pants. They are thick, way too thick for spring and summer – yet her stylist suggested they would be perfect for a warm evening out. They had this zig zag design in the fabric they made them feel almost quilted. She tried them on, and they technically almost fit her. The material was very odd, and not practical at all. She sat down, then stood up, and the legs of the “pants” were bunched up around her thighs and knees. Not attractive, not practical.  

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Next up was the burgundy knit pullover. Another pull over sweater that she won’t wear. She did like the color of this, but again – we are heading into spring and summer and she doesn’t need a sweater. This was ginormous on her. It went down to her knees and the sleeves fell about 4 inches below her hands. She looked like a little girl wearing daddy’s sweater. 

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And now we get to the tank top portion of our review and first up was the white crochet detailed top. This was also super huge on her. She put in her correct sizes and these were labeled correctly (we assume), but nothing was fitting right. This tank came with camisole since it was so see through, but the cami was super tight fitting and didn’t breathe. It was like the two pieces that were supposed to go together we two entirely different sizes. 

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And finally, I have left the best (or worst) piece for last. The green keyhole blouse. Unless my aunt is leading a double life as a nursing mother who goes out clubbing, I don’t know why she was sent this item. She did like the color. The end. But seriously, it is a tank top and it was also too big, but not as big as some of the other items she received. There hem hung funny on the front. And the pièce de résistance…. the entire front section is an overlap with nothing holding it together in the middle! She could flash everyone without even trying. 

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My aunt’s first Stitch Fix experience was pretty much the opposite of mine. Plus, she was charged the $20 styling fee which was supposed to be waived because she used my link. Customer Service took care of that and waived her next two styling fees for the inconvenience. 

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix risk free – as in no styling fee for your first box: You can use my link here and your first $20 styling fee will be waived. Full disclosure: I will receive a $25 credit if you sign up using my link. Once you sign up and order a box from Stitch Fix you will receive a referral link of your very own!

Subscription Box Therapy: Stitch Fix #3

My third Stitch Fix arrived and once again I was on the hunt for spring colors. When I saw the bright colors folded up in my fashion burrito I was super excited. Sadly, not all of the items fit and they didn’t have smaller sizes available for me to exchange all of them. I was able to keep two of the items and I am working with Customer Service to get one of the items in a size that fits. Since I had to send items back (for the first time) I forgot to take photos. So you’ll have to settle for the images from my style card. 

The first item I pulled out was the white and raspberry striped cardigan. I loved it! It was soft and I loved the colors. Unfortunately this was one of the items that did not fit me. It was just way too big and looked rather silly on me. 

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The next item I pulled out was the floral print blouse. I just about gagged. I do not care for floral prints. However, as I’ve learned from past boxes and viewing several try on videos I tried on the hideous floral print blouse so I could give proper feedback on why I hated it. Guess what? I loved it on! I loved the cut and the color – the background is a beautiful mint green. And that dreaded floral pattern? Well, it is more of a friendly daisy print. And it fit. Keeper! This is why you really must try everything on. Something you hate (as I did) out of the box you may love once you put it on. This one of the reasons I like using Stitch Fix, someone else is picking things out for me. Things I would never have looked twice at in the store or online. I wore this blouse out a few days later to a family dinner. 

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The next thing I pulled out was the red cold shoulder top. Red is supposed to be one of the hot spring colors this season, and it is a color I can wear. I had pinned a couple of red tops on Pinterest and my Stylist sent me this one. It is much cuter than the ones I had pinned. Unfortunately, it was also too big. This was the item I worked with Customer Service on. They sent me a smaller size, but that one was still too big. So back it went and a smaller size was sent to me. Third time’s the charm for for a proper fit. I just love the cute neckline detail of this top. 

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The next item I pulled out was the grey and white stripped tank top. I am not all that fond of tank tops and had asked my Stylist to hold off on sending them. I just don’t like having to make sure I have a cardigan or wrap with me whenever I wear something like this. However, this was a more casual tank top made from a nice soft stretch material. The stripes have a neat, but subtle zig zag design to them where the colors meet. And there is a cute little keyhole detail with silver button on the back. This again, was way too big for me and they didn’t have available in a smaller size. 

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The last item I pulled out was the girlfriend jeans. I had asked my stylists for another pair of jeans and she picked these. They are so comfortable, more comfortable than the jean from my 1st Fix – and those were (and still are) very comfortable. I like that these are a more casual style of jeans. And once again, they fit perfectly. 

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I have already received and tried on my 4th Stitch Fix and will be posting about that as soon as I can. My aunt also received her 1st and 2nd Fixes and has granted me permission to write about her experience. 

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix risk free – as in no styling free for your first box: You can use my link here and your first $20 styling fee will be waived. Full disclosure, I will receive a $25 credit if you sign up using my link. Once you sign up and order a box from Stitch Fix you will receive a referral link of your very own! 

Subscription Box Therapy: The Wallflower Box #2

My second Wallflower Box was as delightful as my first. You can read my previous review here

Once again the box started with an “Introvert Insights” card written by Professional Counselor and The Wallflower Box Co-Founder Chelsey Brooke. Although they don’t really theme their boxes from month to month, most of the items tend to complement each other. Other items are just lovely additions intended to make your alone time more pleasant. Several of the items in this month’s box seemed to be aimed at boosting your self-confidence.

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*Spoilers*

Three beauty items were included in this month’s box. Vegan Face & Body Mud Masque by Dia Naturals. You mix this with with either water or milk depending on your skin type. Vegan Cafe Creme Eye Shadow by The Great Mother’s. A nice neutral color that should look nice on anyone.  Orglamix Natural Coconut Melt. This smells so yummy, and is excellent for hydration. My dry Coloradan skin loves to drink this stuff up. 

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Rose Flower Ankle Socks, these are not really my style (floral prints are not really my friend), but they are a nice quality pair of socks. Chocolate Covered Pretzels. You had me at chocolate – ok, well it’s only milk chocolate. If you want to really win me over, then dark chocolate is the way to my introverted heart. 

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Black Lantern and Tea Candles. I love this! I absolutely love this! I like to place it on my window sill in my book nook while I’m reading. Speaking of reading… this month’s book was The Irresistible Introvert by Michaela Chung.

For me, The Wallflower Box is a perfect fit. I have enjoyed almost all of the items and especially appreciate the books. However, if books about being an introvert aren’t your thing, The Wallflower Box now offers two types of boxes, one with a book or journal and one without. 

You can sign up for The Wallflower Box over at Cratejoy.

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Subscription Box Therapy: Stitch Fix #2

I was thrilled with my first Stitch Fix and immediately scheduled another Fix. I eagerly awaited my delivery and couldn’t wait to unbox all the beautiful spring colors I had requested. 

Here is what my burrito bundle looked like:

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Those are some pretty awesome spring colors and patterns peeking out right? Sigh. Is black the new spring color and I just didn’t get the memo? 

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Three black items, one grey, and one blue. 

Other than the color palette, my stylist did read my comments and sent me items that fit well and addressed some of my concerns from the last Fix. For example the last sleeveless top she sent me was made from a material that did not stretch, making it a little bit of a challenge to remove with my Pompe arms. So, the tank she sent me in this Fix was made from a material that had much more stretch and was so much easier to work with. However it is black, with some sparkly stuff around the neck. As soon as I pulled it out, I knew I wouldn’t like it. I was wrong. 

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Reeny Embellished Split Neck Knit Top by 41 Hawthorn

I don’t absolutely love it, but paired with the cardigan it makes for a very nice look. Not the bright spring look I was hoping for, but this will look nice for an evening out. 

You really have to try everything on. Items you may not like out of the box or in a photo, you may end up loving when you try them on. On the flip side, you may adore an item, but then when you put it on you’re not so thrilled with it. 

I did ask for another cardigan, but I was hoping for a more spring like color. However, I do love this cardigan and it is a different style than the one from my last Fix. This one has pockets!

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Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan by Mix by 41 Hawthorn

I also asked for a pair of grey or tan trousers and my stylist sent a very nice pair that are comfortable and that I can use year round. 

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Garth Straight Leg Trouser Pant by Liverpool

This top is the only semi-spring item that was included – and I do love it. It is so soft and the buttons down the back are a nice touch. 

And the final piece was a bit odd. It is a black hooded top. Again, hello spring?? It is super lightweight and you do have to wear something under it, otherwise it is fairly transparent. It reminds me of the hoodies my friends and I would take to the beach in California. You’d throw one of these on once the sun went down and you were sitting around a bonfire. I wish it had been almost any color other than black. It also has to be dry cleaned. That is my fault, I should have put a note in my style profile about not wanting anything that needed to be dry cleaned. 

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Raza Hooded Knit Top by Honey Punch

While I did, for the most part, like everything in this Fix – it was not as good as my first one. There is nothing I really hated and I will use everything in it and often – but can a girl get some pinks, greens, red, blues, white, tans – anything but more black? Ok – yes, it did snow here a few days ago because – Colorado. But it is April, I am told they get sun and their version of “warmth” here. I’d like some fun spring colors to wear under my parka please. 

I’ve ordered my next Fix and asked once again for some spring colored items. I will let you know how that one goes. 

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix, there is more information on how it works on my previous post . 

Also, if you’re ready to take the leap and would like to try Stitch Fix without the styling fee, you can use my link here. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscription Box Therapy: Scribbler

The Scribbler subscription box was created for writers, by writers – specifically two published novelists. Scribbler is new to the subscription box scene and they made a grand entrance with their Emotional Touchpoints themed box. 

From their website: “Scribbler is committed to helping writers improve their craft and reach their publishing goals, month after month.” 

Think of this subscription box as a tool box for writers, it is filled with helpful tips, in-depth guidance, and encouragement. And oh yes, one of my favorite things to find in a subscription box – a book!

Their spoiler card only lists 4 of the items included in the box, but there is so much more. Their website states that each box will contain: A monthly writing theme, a new release fiction novel, a collectible ‘writing passport’ from the featured author, curated writerly gifts, and in invitation to communicate with a publishing professional. 

I just love this box! I usually attend a couple of ComicCons a year, but this past year has been anything but normal so I haven’t been to a Con in over a year. Whenever I attend, I try to attend all the writing and publishing panels to learn as much as I can about the industry. Well, this box delivers a lot of the same wisdom – right to my door! 

Let’s get into the good stuff, as in what was included in their debut box…..

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A note from curators Victoria Scott and Lindsey Cummings.

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Highlighters. I adore these cute little highlighters, and for every purchase an item will be donated to a classroom in need. I just love that. 

Typewriter Stickers. These are a great motivational tool to set and reach your word count goals with.

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Writer Decal. What a fun decal. Will it end up on my computer, notebook, or my scooter battery? Clearly I need more of these. 

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Motivational Print. Can you read this without singing?

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Writing Passport: Emotional Touchpoints. This little booklet is jam packed with advice and lessons from author Brigid Kemmerer.

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Invitation to Chat with a Literary Agent. They call this Writer Gold for a reason! As part of your subscription you will gain access to a publishing professional. This month’s guest is a Literary Agent who will be chatting with us via a private Skype session. What an amazing opportunity! 

A Pencil Case. Complete with a quote from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Mass. 

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A Hardback Copy of More Than We Can Tell  by Brigid Kemmerer.

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Plus – a signed book plate and bookmark from Brigid Kemmerer as well as a More Than We Can Tell temporary tattoo. So many bookish goodies from Brigid Kemmerer! 

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This book sounds most intriguing. It is going to the very top of my to be read pile. 

Here is the synopsis from the inside cover:

Rev has managed to keep the demons of his past at bay… until he gets a letter from the abusive father he hasn’t seen in years, and the trauma of his childhood comes hurtling back.

Emma has only one escape from her parents’ fighting: the computer game she built from scratch… until an online troll’s harassment causes her to fear for her safety.

When Rev and Emma cross paths one night, they’re both longing to confide in someone – to share the weight of their worries. They connect instantly and deeply, vowing to help each other no matter what. But soon Rev’s and Emma’s secrets threaten to crush them, and they’ll need more than a promise to find their way out. 

Visit Cratejoy to sign up for Scribbler. April’s theme will be POV. 

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Subscription Box Therapy: J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World

J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World from Loot Crate is delivered every other month. This month’s theme was Enchanting Essentials.

This box arrived packed with six magical items and 5 of them were exclusive. For a moment I thought the box was really Hermione’s beaded bag complete with an undetectable extension charm.

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Hogwarts Crest T-Shirt. This shirt is 60% cotton and 40% polyester. It is not all that soft, but perhaps after it has been washed it will soften up. I really like the subtle colors of this shirt because I have a number of Harry Potter shirts that are pretty colorful. 

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New Scamander Scrapbook. This is an amazing book and it really is a scrapbook! Newt Scamander, a Movie Scrapbook was written by Rick Barba. It is filled with photos from the film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as well as replica paper props. It is presented in a fun and interactive way. This is not something I would purchase for myself, but I am sure glad it was included in my subscription box. 

4-Pack of Wizarding Journals. These are the perfect sized notebooks to take with you anywhere – even if you don’t have Hermione’s bag. They are all lined and contain 50 pages each. 

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Double-Sided Wizardy Sign. This might be my favorite item in the box, or quite possibly my favorite item I’ve ever received from Loot Crate. 

Hogwarts House Magnet. Each person receives the crest that corresponds to their house. As always, I am a Slytherin. 

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Patronus Lapel Pin. This month they’ve taken a break from the Horcrux pins and included this doe Patronus pin, the same Patronus as Lily Potter and Severus Snape  – and yours truly! Yes, according to Pottermore my Patronus is also a doe. 

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May’s theme will be Hogwarts House Pride 2018. Head over to Loot Crate’s site to check it out and sign up.

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Subscription Box Therapy: Game of Thrones from CultureFly

The theme of this box was The Noble Houses of Westeros. As it turns out, this was the winter 2017 box – that yes, arrived in March 2018. I did receive 50% off the box, but I didn’t realize I was ordering the older box. I had already watched a few unboxing videos of this box and CultureFly has photos of all the items on their website – so there was no surprise element to this for me when I opened it. This is a quarterly subscription box.

According to CultureFly’s website The Game of Thrones Box contains over $100 worth of officially licensed and exclusive items. Officially licensed I can get behind, but over $100 worth? I am skeptical seeing as everything was made in China. I used to work in China, I know just how little these things cost to make. 

Here is what was in the box:

 

Allover Printed House Sigils T-Shirt. This shirt is incredibly soft, it is 60% cotton and 40% polyester. I really like it. I used it for the backdrop in most of the photos. 

Sigil Stamp Set with Inkpad. This product is of pretty decent quality. I might be one of the few people who get some use out of this since I do use stamps and wax seals on occasion. 

 

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House Stark: Jon Snow’s Direwolf Ghost Vinyl Figure and The North Remembers Notepad. The Ghost figure is nicely done and is pretty good likeness, I think I will keep it in the box because without the box he is pretty bland. The notepad is fairly low quality. It looks nice, but the pieces of paper are super thin so when you try to tear off the top sheet it basically rips that one and the one beneath it. It may be trying to be a sticky pad, but it doesn’t stick too well. 

House Targaryen: Reusable Dragon Sigil Hand Warmer. This is reusable, but high maintenance. You have to place it in boiling water to dissolve the crystals each time you want to reuse it. 

House Baratheon: Drinking Horn with Stag Sigil Stand. This might be ok for cosplay, or even on display. It is almost entirely made of plastic except for the rim and the hooks used to attach the clips. 

House Lannister: Jaime’s Golden Hand Silicone Glove. This is very detailed and seems pretty sturdy, although it is most certainly yellow and not gold. It is right handed (as it should be), and I am left handed so I won’t really get much use out of it. Maybe my right handed GOTs loving cousin will adopt it. House Greyjoy: Oversized Enamel Pin. Yes, this is most definitely an oversized pin. There are actually three pins on the back of it. For its size it is surprisingly not too heavy. The box says it is a subscriber exclusive, 1 of 4. 

House Tyrell: Ceramic Planter. This can obviously be used for more than a planter, holding pens and pencils for example. If my plant from my Wallflower Box survives and thrives I may transfer it to this. 

All in all, I wasn’t thrilled with my Game of Thrones box and am very happy I didn’t pay full price for it.  I believe this was their first box, so I can allow a little forgiveness for the learning curve. It was a nice attempt, everything in the box looked nice, but the quality of some of the items should have been better. 

CultureFly offers several different fandom boxes. In addition to Game of Thrones they offer Supernatural, World’s Finest Collection (DC Comics), Jay and Silent Bob, The Nick Box (Nickelodeon), Pusheen Box, Animal Jam, Shopkins Direct, and Despicable Box.

Subscription Box Therapy: The Bookish Box

The Bookish Box is a monthly subscription box aimed at bookworms, ahem I mean stylish bookworms according to their website. They have several subscription plans to choose from, and some of them even include books! Who would have thought? 

Each month you’ll receive a box filled with delightfully creative bookish items centered around that month’s theme. March’s theme was Cover Lust. The items in the box were very artsy and beautiful. 

My shirt was missing from my box. I contacted folks at The Bookish Box and they apologized and said they would be shipping my shirt shortly. I will post an update when it arrives. There was also an error on their “spoiler” card, it stated that some Harry Potter Friendship Art Prints were to be included. However, those items were in the previous month’s box. 

 

Now, on to the goodies that were actually in my box. 

 

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Pride & Prejudice Inspired Lotion. I love the idea of this lotion and it is made from quality ingredients. It has one fragrance when you smell the container and a completely different fragrance when you put it on. The scent suited my aunt more than me so she kindly and quickly adopted it. 

 

Grisha Tea. Loose leaf tea from Riddle’s Tea Shop. Oh my goodness! This tea smells and tastes so good. It is a bit on the sweet side, which is a nice change. For me, this is a once in a while tea since I am basically an English Breakfast Tea with milk (of course) or a Green Tea kinda girl. 

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Fangirl Wall Decor. I love this and it will be a wonderful edition to my book nook! It was made by the Hello World Paper Co and they included a $5 discount for their online shop. 

 

Shatter Me Inspired Coaster Art. How is it possible for something to be so beautiful, yet so creepy? This is your standard cardboard coaster, the kind you find in pubs, so it probably won’t last too long if you use it for its intended purpose. Although, if you really love it and have other book inspired coasters you can do what I did with some UK inspired coasters and frame them.

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Infernal Devices Art Print. A lovely print on semi-glossy paper. For Infernal Devices fans this will look amazing in a frame. 

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Monthly Doodle. With this being my first box, I can only surmise from the name that they include a doodle each month. This month’s creation is from Doodles by Christina. Grab your colored pencils and relax with this darling doodle. 

 

And finally, the star of any book subscription box… the book! This month’s adult book is The Beau & The Belle by R.S. Grey. They also included a signed book plate by the author. So… the first thing that caught my eye was the “a romantic comedy” across the top of the cover. Hmmm. One of my least favorite genres, but that is sometimes the chance you take with book subscriptions. What does intrigue me is that the story is set in one of my favorite cities – New Orleans. So, I may give it more than just a passing glance. Besides, it is good to read out of your comfort zone, or so I’m told. If I end up not liking it, my aunt has expressed an interest in reading it. Last year I was able to take her with me on a speaking engagement to New Orleans, so this might end up being a perfect fit for her. This book will get read in this house – I am just not sure by how many people. 

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I did not renew my subscription with this company because I am waiting to see how (and if) they will resolve the missing shirt problem. I just don’t’ feel comfortable shelling out more money when I am still waiting on an item from this box. Also, I may switch my book choice from adult to YA and see if that book is more to my liking. Even with the missing shirt and a book that I am not over the moon about, I think this subscription box is still a winner. 

If you are interested in giving The Bookish Box a try, head on over to Cratejoy and sign up.