Subscription Boxes?

I think the first subscription box I heard of was a makeup thing of some kind. It sounded fun but experience in being a person of color has taught me that makeup chosen for a “wide range” of skin tones usually gives me one usable item for every 7.

There’s so many subscription boxes now that it has me toying with the idea of starting my own subscription service. Whatever interest you have there’s a box for it. I’ve collected a listing here for my own amusement, but thought I’d share it in case any one else was interested.

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Firefly Loot Crate for fans of the cancelled-too-soon-please-bring-it-back space western. Haven’t seen it? Please treat yourself on Netflix!

Ramen Box – Oh ramen, I do love you. You’re the perfect comfort food. Get new flavors and brands delivered to you on a regular basis.

Fanspirations Potterhead Subscription Box – Harry Potter fans will love this subscription service.

Foot Cardigan – socks!! Lots of novelty socks. Great for anyone who loves socks.

Hip Kit Club – scrapbook papers, stickers and exceptional paper goodness.

The Sweet Pea Post – I think this is the one I’ll be going for. The major theme is cute. I’m a complete sucker for cute.

Opulent Box – Just what is sounds like. If you have tens of thousands of dollars to blow monthly, are a distant relation to Thurston and Lovey Howell and like pretty baubles this is the list for you.

Petit Vour – Vegan beauty box. The brands look pretty cool and interesting – not your run of the mill stuff you get from the store. At least not any store I’ve been to.

Fan Mail – geeky fan girls get their own boxes! This is probably my second choice of boxes. And it’s not just Harry Potter/Star Wars/Doctor Who goods. There’s Shaun of the Dead, the Guild, Game of Thrones and tons more.

Olfactif – Niche perfume. If I had a bunch of perfume loving girlfriends I would totally subscribe to this box and use give the bottles away as gifts. Like Petit Vour, these are not run of the mill, shop at Macy’s get a free keychain, type products.

STEM Discovery Boxes – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math monthly subscriptions for 7-12 year olds. If you’ve got a kid who is interested in all thing science, this would be an exciting delivery.

Have you subscribed to a box service? What has been your experience? Is there a service you think I should know about? Let’s discuss!

Styled Magazine

I love online magazines. Not the ones you have to pay for, but the independents. The ones that do what they do just because they love doing it.  I’ve recently come across Styled magazine which grew out of the blog A Subtle Revelry. I like its gentler approach to celebration – not a bunch of hoopla, flash and dash that leaves you too tired to enjoy the party. I don’t have children but whenever I see those children’s theme parties on blogs I always wonder if the mom is drinking in a closet somewhere and she hired someone to take the photos. I mean, sure, it looks great to have the cloned blonde ponies wearing vintage saddles and the children look adorable in their costumes re-created from the opera Pagliacci, and wow! Are those cupcakes topped with gold leaf and bunches of champagne grapes flown in from France?! It’s just too much pressure – I think these moms are working themselves to an early Prozac habit.

Styled celebrates the celebration – you know, the reason for the party. With you, the planner, actually getting to participate. The articles are short and the photos are plentiful. Just the way I like.

The 2.2.12 issue had me thinking about celebration. A theme party is nice and you want your guests to feel special and welcome, but you don’t want your event to turn into a spectacle where it’s all about everything you’ve done instead of bringing together a group of people for a fun time. It can be a fine line, especially if you’re nervous and are the type to worry about having the wrong napkins or burning the dessert.

The last time I had a large group of people at my house it was for a progressive dinner party for Valentine’s Day.  Mine was the starter course.  I forget what I had, but it seemed to go well. I do remember I got to use the big, round bright green pitcher I’ve since sold at a yard sale. I was pleased at that. I had to be creative and figure out how to get 20+ people in my 626 square feet of luxurious living space. The whole event let me know I can host a party in my house, have plenty of seating and I can still have fun and enjoy my guests.

Check out Styled and check out A Subtle Revelry. Both are chock full of ideas and sweet advice for celebrating in a simple, yet extraordinary way.

Polyvore – Paper Dolls for the Interwebs

If you’re on Pinterest, you’ve probably seen the fashion collections that look like pages from style books and magazines. They are done in Polyvore which is a way cool fashion community where you can build your own “sets’ and collections by picking from the scads of cool fashions that are featured. You can also create home decor sets, but sometimes the items are a little more difficult to locate.

There are contests sponsored by various stores and designers. You can follow other Polyvore-ers whose sets you like. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to find your style. You can add backgrounds and pretend you’re a top stylist. I don’t have too many sets yet, but here’s one of my favorites. I wish I had everything in it.

Winter Soiree
When you come across items you like as you’re searching, you can save them to your favorites and they’re there for the next time. Check it out for yourself. It’s like playing paper dolls all over again like when you were seven, only this time you don’t have to cut them out!