Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

I hosted one of my favorite themed dance fitness classes last night – a Zumba Glow Party!

My team and I arrived a little over an hour before class started to set up our class room with uv-reactive decorations and blacklights! My goal with these parties is to make each party a little better than the previous. The blacklights aren’t cheap, so I’m slowly collecting a new one here or there. Same with the decorations. I’m hoping to accumulate a great stash of Zumba Glow Party goodies over time.

This year, I added:

  • A giant Zumba letter-logo on the wall – I cut the letters out of neon poster board that I purchased at Michaels. I Googled the Zumba logo and tried to draw it out on the poster board and then cut-along the sketch lines.
  • I used the leftover pieces of poster board to make some abstract shapes, which we spread out around the room on the walls.
  • Shapes on the floor – these were made with Gaffer tape, which I purchased from Amazon.com. I got a 4-pack by DirectGlow. The green isn’t very bright, but the yellow, pink, and orange were very nice.
  • New make-up – I purchased some uv-reactive make-up from Amazon.com. It didn’t glow as bright as I’d like from the stage (not sure if class could see it), but I’m still glad I got it. There are a few sets on Amazon, and some are pretty pricey. I went with this one by Diamond FX since it was $18.50 and had free shipping.

Here are some photos from our Zumba Glow Party from October 2014:

Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

Zumba Glow Party {October 2014}

We had so much fun! We’re doing another Zumba Glow Party to celebrate New Years, so we get to enjoy this party again soon. Can’t wait!

Thanks for stopping by!

Rockettes Fancy Box

I received an exciting email several weeks ago asking if I’d like a free Rockettes Fancy Box. Are you kidding me? You’re darn right I’d like one! Woohoo! I guess the Rockettes must have liked my blog post about my experience taking the Rockettes Time-Tested Prevention with Passion session at Zumba Convention because the email came shortly after that blog post went live. They didn’t ask me to review the box, but I wanted to share some photos with you guys since I know there are some dance fans out there who may be interested in seeing them.

The Rockettes are some of the most fabulous dancers around, so I couldn’t wait to see what they’d select for their monthly subscription box.

Rockettes Fancy Box

I know the subscription box thing is all the rage, but I actually haven’t signed up for any. Or at least, I hadn’t till I saw this box.

I used to receive a quasi-subscription beauty box many years ago when I used to write for a popular review site. They’d send me a giant box full of samples and full size beauty products. The box was fun at first, but I found reviewing some of the products difficult. The colors didn’t always work or the product was just something I wouldn’t use. I learned that I’m pretty boring when it comes to beauty products. I find something I like, and I use it over and over and over again. I’m also pretty simple when it comes to beauty products. My inner tomboy is an influence, too. I think make-up is fun and all, but I usually wear it more when I think it’s needed than just for fun.

Nowadays, I love buying things for dance fitness class. I haven’t counted, but it seems like my dance fitness clothes and accessories are slowly starting to outnumber my “real clothes.” Oops.

Rockettes Fancy Box

So, what’s a Rockettes Fancy Box?

The Rockettes Fancy Box is a subscription box where you receive a monthly box of the Rockettes favorite items. According to the site, the items range “from dance to beauty, fashion to fitness.” You’ll receive $80.00+ worth of products for $39* plus shipping and handling (about $7.95 at the time of this post, depending on where you live).

Packaging

I loved the packaging of the Rockettes Fancy Box. Firstly, there’s a giant Rockettes logo on the side that got me excited when I saw the box. Inside, the box is well-packaged with plenty of filler materials that are super-cute. And the goods and packaging are layered nicely, too.

Can I return stuff if I don’t like it*?

According to the Fancy site, you can return one (only one!) item per month within 30 days of delivery, but you have to contact their customer service first. I didn’t see any notes about shipping and since the box doesn’t come with free shipping, I’m guessing you’ll have to pay to get the item back to Fancy. The item must be unused (mais oui!). The site says they’ll either exchange the item for something similar or credit your account. I’m unclear on how this decision is made, but I’m thinking you’ll probably discuss it with customer service when you contact them about your return.

*Be sure to check out the Fancy site for details in case any prices, terms, etc. have changed since this blog post was written.

Rockettes Fancy Box

I received a letter, card, and a couple stickers. And I think some of the Rockettes may have actually signed my letter! I can’t quite tell if this is one of those letters where the signatures are printed on, but I thought I could see real marker marks on it. Wishful thinking?

Rockettes Fancy Box

Here’s a photo of the contents of the September Rockettes Fancy Box. I received:

  • a tote
  • legwarmers
  • headbands/hairbands
  • a portable speaker

And every box comes with a card where the Fancy Box curator (there are other types out there by celebrities, etc.) explains why they selected each item.

Rockettes Fancy Box

American Apparel Leg Warmers: Retail value is $18 according to their site. Since I’m a dance fitness instructor and not a dancer-in-training, I will probably not get great use out of these. I may wear them to one of our toning classes, but it’s more likely I’ll use these for an 80′s party or Halloween costume (Flashdance?). Still, I do love American Apparel. And even though they’re not very practical, I do love leg warmers. You can take a girl out of the 80′s, but you can’t take the 80′s out of the girl. I may try to put an outfit (to wear around town, not just to class) together with these since the weather is getting cool. Or I bet I can wear them around the house, too. The Rockettes said, “Legwarmers are a classic staple for any dancer. And there not just for ballet class – pair them with a cute skirt for a perfect fall look.

Twistband (set of 3): Retail value is $12 according to their site. I usually wear my hair down when I teach class, but now that my hair is shorter, these could really come in handy to keep the flyways back when worn as a headband. I’m not sure if they’ll work as hair ties since I can barely get my hair into a mini-ponytail. I do like how stretchy these are and how they’re thin. I’m looking forward to trying these out. And, I’m glad they picked the colors they did! They’re so vibrant and will be great for Zumba. The Rockettes said, “We would be lost without these headbands during long days of rehearsing at the studio. No dancer should be caught without one!

Rockettes Fancy Box

Veho VSS-007-360BT Bluetooth Speaker, White: Retail value is $34.99 according to Amazon (though it’s currently for sale today on the site for $30.19 with Prime shipping – *not* an affiliate link by the way). You’d be surprised how many times my dance friends and I play songs for practice, etc. using just the speakers on our phones. If I had this little speaker with me, it would be a much better solution. I’m not sure how likely I am to actually tote this thing around, even it’s not all that big or heavy. And since I already have a full-size speaker that I bring with me all around to teach class, I may not need this little guy on class nights. But, one never knows. In the meantime, I’m thinking there’s a good chance I’ll be bringing this little speaker around the house with me so I can play music and listen to audiobooks whilst cooking or cleaning. The Rockettes said, “We’re always listening to music – on the go, at rehearsal, and practicing choreography when we go home at night. This convenient portable speaker will let your music go wherever you go!

If Not Now Then When Tote: Retail value is estimated at $22 printed (I think this is the American Apparel Bull Denim Woven Cotton Tote – retail $15 plain). This was my favorite item in the September Rockettes Fancy Box. I realized the other day that I don’t have a lot of average-sized totes. I was going to the coffee shop and wanted to bring a book and notebook but not my laptop. I normally stick the books in the side pocket of my laptop bag, but I didn’t want to bring my laptop bag with books and no laptop. That seemed odd. So, I think this tote will perfect for my books and non-laptop randomness. I see many trips to the coffee shop and who knows where else with this tote. Not only is the size great and useful, but I love the message, too. I’ve been sitting on some ideas that I need to get started on. Instead of procrastinating, I should remember to take a look at my awesome new tote and think about just starting now. The Rockettes said, “Every woman needs a tote she can carry everywhere, that fits everything. This bag is great for dance class, going to the gym, groceries – you name it. And the power quote is an added bonus!

Rockettes Fancy Box

{Bailey is a fan!}

Conclusion

Total estimated value is $18 + $12 + $34.99 + $22 = $86.99. Not bad!

I actually took the plunge and signed up for my first subscription service thanks to this free sample box. Though the make-up boxes may not be my thing, I’m digging the dance theme of the Rockettes Fancy Box. I’m not sure if subscription boxes are my thing, in general, but I’m going to give this one (and maybe a couple others – I just signed up for a Bark Box, too) a try…at least for a couple months. Though it’s nice how this box comes with full-sized products (I’m not a fan of samples), this one is more on the expensive side. It doesn’t sound that bad at $39 a month, but once you factor in the $7.95* for shipping, you’re looking at almost $50 a month for stuff you may or may not need. I wish the shipping was free or that you could do an every-other-month subscription. But, we’ll see how it goes. I did love my September box, after all. I am looking forward to seeing what’s in my November box!

Link Info

If you’re interested in a Rockettes Fancy Box or Fancy Box in general, I’d love for you to use my referral link, which is http://fancy.to/7pfya3. If you use my link to sign up or purchase anything, I’ll receive a small credit. This isn’t specific to bloggers. Anyone can get a referral link (even you!). *Be sure to check out the info about the Rockettes Fancy Box on their site for full details, pricing, contact info, etc.

Thanks for reading! And thank you to the Rockettes for gifting me the Fancy Box. I loved it!

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