Rockettes Fancy Box – November 2014

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Just wanted to share some photos and thoughts about the Rockettes Fancy Box – November 2014. I received my September 2014 box for free and blogged about my thoughts awhile back. I liked it so much, I decided to sign up for a monthly subscription, which I’m paying for myself now.

Rockettes Fancy Box - November 2014

Here are the goods from the November 2014 Rockettes Fancy Box. I was generally less excited about this box than my first, and I’ll explain why…

Rockettes Fancy Box November 2014 Breakdown

Rockettes Master Class Tote: It appears this item isn’t available for purchase anywhere online. It looks like maybe they’d been printed for a Rockettes event, and they had some leftover. I don’t really mind because I think it’s cool to have something a little exclusive. I think items like this would be good to keep including in the Fancy Box for Rockettes fans. What better reason to sign up for a subscription than to get something no one else has access to? The bag itself is pretty lightweight. It kind of reminds me of one of those promotion bags that companies put their logos on and give out to customers, etc. I have a pretty good amount of totes of various sizes, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to keep this at first. But, since the bag is so lightweight, it folds very flat. I realized that this is the perfect kind of tote to bring with you on trips where you plan to bring an extra bag of things home. Examples: a trip where you’re planning to do shopping or maybe a conference where you intend to bring swag home. Can’t say I’d mind toting one of these bags around the airport. Promotion companies have similar bags for about $7-15, so double that for retail, and it’s about $14-30. Let’s be conservative (and reference this Rockettes tote for $19.95) and estimate the retail value around $20.

Rockettes Fancy Box - November 2014

I Drew This For You Cards and Silver Case: The case stuck for me a bit when I first tried to open it and it easily collected fingerprints. So, I didn’t love this one from the start. I thought the cards were pretty fun, but I couldn’t really see myself using the case, so I decided to return this item, even though you only get one return. The cards and case were packaged together, so I think they count as one item. *fingers crossed* The full price for the cards is $10 on Fancy, but it’s on sale for only $3, though it’s sold out. I’m estimating the silver case at $10.

evo Beauty Is Skin Deep (Women’s Essentials Kit – Calm): As I mentioned on my previous blog post about the Rockettes Fancy Box, I’m not big on beauty samples. However, I remembered seeing this brand before and being curious about it. According to the box, this kit was made without sulphate, paraben, dea, tea, and propylene glycol. It’s also not tested on animals. For me, the kit will make a nice back-up at my parents house for when I visit so I have less product to pack. I’m looking forward to checking it out over the holidays. This kit includes 5 50-ml containers of the therapist calming shampoo, the therapist calming conditioner, the great hydrator moisture mask, soap dodger body wash, and self indulgence body crème. Retails for $30 on the evo site but is on sale for only $9 at Fancy.

Rockettes Fancy Box - November 2014

Coco “Channel” Tray: The Coco “Channel” tray was my biggest disappointment. At first, I was thrilled. I love Coco Chanel, I love this quote, and I love the light turquoise color of this tray. However, when I noticed the typo (it should be “Chanel” with one “n”), it was a big let down. My friend also got this month’s Fancy Box, and her plate was spelled correctly. I’m not sure what happened to this item. I guess a batch went out with the wrong spelling? Now, for the worst part. I emailed Fancy’s customer service to ask about returning both the cards (above) and this tray, and they said I could still only return one item. I understand the one item limitation. But in my opinion, I should be able to return both or at least return the card set and get a tray with the correct spelling. Now, for the upside. I contacted the company listed on the back of this plate, Blue and Cream. They said they weren’t actually involved with the trays in the Fancy boxes directly but that they’d be happy to send me a new tray. They didn’t have the same tray, but they offered anther Coco Chanel plate. Thank you, Blue and Cream! The tray retails for $45 on the Blue and Cream site and was on sale for $13.50 on Fancy. The Coco Chanel option is sold out, though.

Rockettes Fancy Box - November 2014

Dance Inspire Dream Rockettes Mug: This was my favorite item from the November 2014 Rockettes Fancy Box. I don’t think I could have too many mugs. My husband may disagree. But, I kind of love collecting them. I like the size of this mug, and of course I love the inspirational words on the front. This mug has already gotten lots of good use. This retails for $14.95 on the Rockettes site. And it appears the online shop is somehow connected to Amazon, because this mug is showing as free with Prime shipping!

Estimated Total Value

Items: Tote + Cards + Case + evo Hair Kit + Tray + Mug

If you add up the lower prices: $20 + $3 + $10 + $9 + $13.50 + $14.95 = $70.45

If you add up the upper prices: $20 + $10 + $10 + $30 + $45 + $14.95 = $129.95

The box cost me $46.95 ($39 monthly fee + $7.95 shipping) – minus a couple referral credits (thank you!).

Summary

This wasn’t my favorite box overall, though there were some good items included. I went ahead and sent back both the cards/case and the tray because I didn’t want either of them. I guess we’ll see which item Fancy credits me for. I wish they’d credit me for the cards/case and just sent me a new tray because I did love it. I just don’t want a misspelled tray.

One other small change this month that made me a little sad was the lack of explanation card. They had one in the September box. On the card, the Rockettes explained why they selected the items they did. I also asked Fancy’s customer service about this. They said, “as part of Fancy’s initiative to be more green and adapt more eco-conscious practices, we have stopped including inserts in all of our Fancy Boxes.” I’m all about being green, but they did still send me a business card and two stickers. I’d rather have the explanation card. As an alternative in the future, I’d love to see Fancy maybe offer an emailed explanation “card” or another online, eco-friendly option. I really liked hearing about why the Rockettes selected the items they did.

This may not have been the best box, but I wasn’t ready to call it quits yet. And now that I have the December box in my possession, I’m so glad I kept it. Can’t wait to show you photos from the December box!

Link Info

You can check out my first blog post on the Rockettes Fancy Box for more details about the box overall. If you’re interested in signing up, I’d love for you to use my referral link, which is: http://fancy.to/7pfya3. Fancy has a referral program, which they offer to everyone (not just bloggers). If you use my referral link, I’ll receive a small credit. You can read more about the Fancy referral program on their FAQ page.

Thanks for reading!

Rockettes Fancy Box

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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!

Own Your Strength Shirt and Apparel Discount

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In case you missed it, the Own Your Strength Shirt design is now available in The Chic Life Spreadshirt shop (click to view t-shirt and tank top options).

Own Your Strength Shirt

One of the other Own Your Strength shirt design options had a ton of votes, too, and also has a different feel, so I’m hoping to add that to the shop later. Plus, I had a couple other ideas for fun shirts I’m hoping to roll out in the next couple days (or maybe tonight?!), including one fun one that I think will be fun to wear at Zumba Convention.

I’ve talked before about why I like the Own Your Strength line, but I really do feel like it’s an empowering message that you can take with you from everyday life to the gym. Many people look for strength without realizing how strong they already are. Own Your Strength!

*APPAREL DISCOUNT*

From now till August 12th, save 20% on orders over $30 with discount code SUMMER14. Happy shopping! :)

Live Chic Tanks and Tees and FitBloggin Prep

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It’s been a busy last few weeks, but here are some things going on.

Live Chic Tank Top

I’ve been dreaming about designing some inspirational tank tops and t-shirts to wear from studio-to-street for awhile now. I looked into getting some shirts printed from a local printer, but I don’t think that will work for me…for now. If I only had one or two main designs, I think the local printer would have been a good route to take. But, I have so many ideas for designs in my head and not enough money to print them all.

I decided to open a Spreadshirt shop to test the waters so I can upload as many designs as I want. I only have one design up right now, but I have another designed (we have two options – I’ll do a vote soon to see which one you guys like more) and more in my head!

Click here to check out The Chic Life Spreadshirt Shop!

T-Shirt Delivery of Live Chic Tanks

I decided to do a small order of tank tops and t-shirts to see how they look in person. My delivery came just in time for me to take them to Fitbloggin later this week!

Live Chic Tank Top

Here’s the first design – “Live Chic”. It’s a reminder to live the chic life every day!

Live Chic Tank Top

I got a couple extra tanks and tees in black, gray, and pink to giveaway at FitBloggin.

My FitBloggin HTML CSS Presentation

Speaking of FitBloggin, I’m presenting at this year’s conference! I’m covering Intro to HTML and CSS for Bloggers. Click here to read a description of my presentation. Here’s a sneak peek. I’m putting the final touches on my presentation, but I’m super excited…and nervous! Cross your fingers that the presentation goes okay!

Does anyone have any HTML and CSS questions? Let me know in a comment or tweet me @thechiclife.

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I leave for FitBloggin later today. Savannah, here I come! Can’t wait to meet everyone at the conference!

Thanks for stopping by!

3 Rules for Closet Purging – Closet Spring Clean

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It’s time for a spring clean of my wardrobe! What about you? I haven’t posted recently about working towards my Parisian Wardrobe, but it’s still very much a goal for me. I’ve been letting everyday business get in the way of spending some QT looking through my clothes and accessories, but there’s nothing like a Green Jeans Consignment Sale to kick your rear into gear.

As I looked through my closets, I followed 3 rules for closet purging. I’ll share those below.

Green Jeans Consignment Sale

{My goods for the Green Jeans Sale – I have 114 items in the spring Southpark sale}

Each time I participate in a Green Jeans sale, it gets a little easier to let things go. It also helps to look at something and say, I didn’t sell this in the last 5 sales because I said I’d wear it. Here we are, and I still haven’t worn it. Maybe it’s time to let it go. There are some other items, like a couple Coach purses, that I’ve been holding onto for sentimental reasons. But, I finally added them this time around. One of my main motivations is knowing I can turn those clothes (and accessories) I don’t wear into cash.

Green Jeans Consignment Sale

{A couple J. Crew cardigans that are super soft and pretty with cute little buttons that unfortunately shrunk}

3 Rules for Closet Purging (Parisian Wardrobe Style)

I’ve been doing a lot of analysis on my current wardrobe, and asking myself some good questions. What do I really-really wear? What are my favorite things to wear? What are the things I gravitate towards. What do I have in my closet that I like but look at and say, I don’t want to wear that today because   (insert reason)   ?

Rule #1: If there are things you consistently pass over, they need to go…even if you like them or think they’re cute. If you’re not wearing them, they’re taking up precious real estate in your closet that they shouldn’t. Make room for something you love.

You may pass over something because of the next rule, or because the item in question is too big, too small, too uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, unless you can fix it (get it tailored?), it may be time to move on.

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I’ve also tried to be realistic with myself about my style. My current style. I used to wear a lot more preppy pieces of clothing and accessories. I’ve grown away from that in both my work and casual wear. I try to remind myself – there’s a reason you stopped wearing some of things you did.

Rule #2: Ask yourself as you evaluate something if it fits with your current style. Style can easily change over time, and your wardrobe should change with you. I used to hold onto things “in case I need them one day”, but unless you have a huge basement or attic (and even if you do) to store these types of clothes, this may not be the best strategy. Remember the goal is to have items you truly love and love to wear in your closet.

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Rule #3: Quality over quantity. It’s better to replace ten things you don’t wear any more or don’t really like to wear with one item you love and that makes you feel confident and happy.

This last rule is really a theme of the Parisian Wardrobe, but I try to remind myself of this as I’m pulling items from my closet. I used to dream of having a closet like Cher’s in Clueless. You know, the one with the rotating hanger rack. But, I’ve come to a place where I believe you really can have too much clothes.

I pulled six pairs of shoes that fell under Rule #1 above and replaced them with one new pair I recently purchased. I moved the six pairs into another room where I was gathering items for Green Jeans a few weeks ago and forgot about them! Guess I didn’t need to hold onto those after all if I can’t even remember I have them. If I was actually wearing them (and needed them), I would have looked for them. I didn’t, so they’re getting prepped for sale at Green Jeans right now!

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Even though this process of closet purging is getting easier, it’s not easy. I probably shouldn’t be so attached to my clothes and accessories, but for whatever reason, I often am. I’ll remember a special event where I wore something or if I bought something because of a special event (a raise at work or for another celebration). I try to remember that I have the memories and the experience and that’s more important than the physical item. You’re not defined by the things you own. You are just you, and you are fabulous with or without those strappy shoes you haven’t worn in two years. Got it? Good!

Anyone else doing a spring clean of their closet?

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If you’re in the Charlotte area, check out the Green Jeans Consignment Sale. It’s happening this weekend and Sunday, most of the items go to 50% off! If you’re thinking about consigning, I recommend stopping by, even if you’re not planning to shop to get an idea of how the event runs and check out pricing to give you guidelines for when you consign with Green Jeans.

Thanks for reading!

Work Outfit: Red Pants

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I found these red dress pants on sale at J. Crew awhile back. To wear them to the office, I tone them down with neutrals, like this black and white patterned top and black blazer. I actually am not a fan of blazers, but they’re just so darn professional. I like to wear them especially on days when I have important meetings. Nothing says “I’m gonna kick some corporate America a$$ today” more than the blazer. Seriously though, it’s an easy no-brainer for a great work-chic look. Plus, a blazer serves as a nice layer during transition times in the weather like now when that heavy pea coat would look ridiculous, no matter how cold the weather starts in the morning.

Work Outfit: Red Pants

Pants: J. Crew (scored on sale!) | Top: Banana Republic | Blazer: Brooks Brothers | Heels: Banana Republic | Purse: Tory Burch Amanda Classic Handle Hobo (scored on sale at their last friends & family sale and used Green Jeans $ to purchase!)

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