FabFitFun Style Box Review

Okay guys, you know how I used to LOVE getting clothing subscription boxes? I tried Stitch Fix (you can read all the reviews here), as well as a bunch of other companies. Once I started with Trunk Club (you can read all the reviews here), I kind of let everyone else go because they were so awesome. BUT. Then I heard that FabFitFun was doing a slow launch of their FabFitFun Style box.

I absolutely love my regular quarterly FabFitFun box (here’s my last post with Winter spoilers) and they are usually amazing for any accessories that they include in those boxes. So, I put myself on the waiting list to try out their Style box. I figured, worst case scenario, I hate everything and still have something to blog about.

{By the way, they didn’t know I was a blogger. So it’s not like I got some special box or pushed through the waiting list faster.}

As for the nitty-gritty, its super similar to how Stitch Fix and Trunk Club start their stylist profiles. You fill out a survey with all your sizes and preferences, then you pay $20 for the box (which then can go towards your purchases) and they send you a number of items for you to try on in the comfort of your home. For FabFitFun Style, I got a follow up email asking if I’d like to send them photos of my favorite outfits so I sent them this and this and this. Once your box arrives, you get 3 days to try everything on and make your decisions. Unlike Trunk Club, there is no preview process… so you have to be patient and wait until your surprise box is delivered.

And OHMYGOSH did I have to be patient. I received an email that the box was shipped out on October 27 and would be delivered on November 5. Then, the tracking changed to have it being delivered on Monday, November 6. On Monday, it switched to say that it would be delivered to the post office – not me – on Monday. Sigh. It FINALLY arrived on Tuesday, November 7. I also received their ‘check out’ email on November 2, but no other communication.

I REALLY thought I’d love this box… but, well. It’s pretty obvious that they are in their initial phases of a roll-out. When I opened the box, everything was nicely wrapped in tissue paper with cute FabFitFun stickers. However, there was no note from the stylist or instructions on how to send back your returns. For the item breakdown, it was printed out on a piece of cardstock with barely any information:

It didn’t exactly give me any warm-and-fuzzies, if you know what I mean.

But what is MOST important is the clothes! Did they live up to the extremely high standard set by the FabFitFun quarterly boxes?

Uh… no.

Let’s check them out:

Item #1: Genetic Los Angeles Shya Mid Rise Super Skinny Jeans, size 32, $98

The first item in the box was a pair of blue skinny jeans from a brand called Genetic. You may notice I am not wearing the jeans… that is because they absolutely STUNK. The jeans gave off a super strong chemical smell and I couldn’t even stand to be around them, much less put them on my body. I did a quick google search and apparently this Amazon reviewer said the same thing about her pair. I’m kind of over skinny jeans (and already have a couple pairs I like), but if I had liked these I would have been annoyed that they are charging $98 when I did a super quick search and found them for $31.48 – $74.97 at other stores. Maybe they charge extra for the stomach-churning smell?

Item #2: Skies are Blue Tribal Knit Back Utility Jacket, 1X, $59

When I filled out all my sizes I let them know that I typically wear a large in tops, so I’m not sure why they sent me a 1X jacket. This jacket does have interesting details, but I was totally swimming in it. Also, I wore it for only a split second because it had absorbed the jean’s stink.

Item #3: Assorted Jewelry, $29

One of the things I was most excited about was to check out any jewelry or accessories included in the box. Like I said, FabFitFun does an amazing job on their selections in their main box. In fact, over the past couple years they have provided some of my most worn scarves and jewelry!

I had high hopes when I opened this jewelry box and was disappointed to see these two items that look like they were purchased at Claire’s. What’s extra weird is that the price is just $29 for “assorted jewelry” so what if I liked one item, but not the other? How would they charge me for it? I was considering keeping the necklace just so I didn’t waste my stylist fee, but after looking at it closer it literally looks like it would fall apart if I took it off the backing card. Such a disappointment!

Item #4: Skies are Blue Printed Chiffon Blouson Dress, Large, $64

It took me a while to try to think up something positive to say about this dress and all I came up with is, I typically like patterns. Not this one though. This dress is a total wreck. It is the kind of polyester that causes static the moment you touch it, and it has a scratchy off-the-shoulder neckline and it fits like a sack. I’m going to give this one a HARD pass.

Item #5: Cable & Gauge Keyhole Lycra Top, XL, $39

Once again, we are all over the place with sizing… this one is an XL. This top is okay. I mean, it’s basically the only thing in the box that I could see myself wearing. It was too big though, through both the sleeves and the body…since they sent the wrong size. I’m also not a fan of the random keyhole. It also smelled really bad from hanging out with those poisonous jeans. I was *almost* considering buying this so that I wouldn’t be throwing my $20 stylist fee away, but I refuse to buy something just because it’s “okay”.

Now, to talk about returning the box. It was kind of a pain the butt. There was no information in the box about the length of time to keep the clothes or how to return them; however, there was a FedEx envelope. On an email they sent over, they instructed me to “keep what you love and use the enclosed prepaid envelope to return. Drop off at either a FedEx or USPS!” The problem is that the post office doesn’t take FedEx envelopes, so I had to hunt down a FedEx box. There are literally none by my home, but luckily I was working in Rockville this week and found one by my work. It would have been SO MUCH easier if they had just used a USPS prepaid envelope (like Stitch Fix) or a UPS box that could be picked up from my house for free (like Trunk Club).

Final Thoughts:
I was so excited to check out this new box, based on how happy I am with FabFitFun’s other products. However, it was a total bomb. I understand that stylists need time to get to know you, so I could have let the ugly dress and ho-hum shirt slide. The fact that someone packaged this up knowing full well that the jeans smelled like chemical death is ridiculous. Also, the jewelry was nowhere near the quality that they offer in the FabFitFun boxes. With everything being a different size, it really felt like they just grabbed whether was close and stuck it in a box for me.

Tips for the FabFitFun Style Team:
I get it, launching a new brand extension is difficult. Luckily you haven’t done a full launch with advertising yet. Here are some tips on how to improve:

  • Make sure your clothes don’t stink when you pack them up. This is a HUGE deal-breaker.
  • Include a personalized note from the stylist. Maybe put in some information about WHY they chose a particular item for me, so that I feel like you actually reviewed my file. Did you even look at the photos I sent over?
  • Invest in a better printer and if there is an ‘image not available’ take a photo of the item.
  • If you are including jewelry, give prices for each piece. It shouldn’t be an ‘all or nothing’ purchase.
  • Include instructions on how to return the items. Sure, there was a return bag (with half the return address rubbed off… get a better printer), but there was no information saying how long I have to review the items. Also, it really sucked to have to go and hunt down a FedEx box to get the return out within 3 days.
  • It’s okay if you are trying to make a business model like Stitch Fix, but keep in mind what makes your fans love your brand. If FabFitFun is known for awesome jewelry and accessories, STEP UP YOUR GAME and include some awesome jewelry and accessories in the box!

Okay, that’s all the free marketing advice I’m giving out for the day. I have a bunch of other suggestions, but momma doesn’t give it all away for free (*cough* consulting fee *cough*). I knew it was a gamble going into it and this gamble lost me $20. I think I’ll stick with my Trunk Club stylist. SHE really gets me. And the clothes never stink…

What do you all think… would you have been as upset about the stinky jeans as I was? I can still kind of taste the smell when I think about it… BLEGH! If you’ve also tried the FabFitFun Style Box, I’d love to know your thoughts… maybe mine was just a fluke?

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FabFitFun Winter 2017 Box Spoilers

I’ve you’ve been reading Pocketful of Joules for a while, you know that I LOVE the FabFitFun subscription boxes. Each box is filled to the brim with fun beauty stuff to try and typically I find at least one or two items that become favorites on heavy repeat. I started getting this box in Summer 2015 and haven’t missed a box yet. Which really does say A LOT because I’ve basically gotten rid of all my other subscription boxes!

You can see my previous FabFitFun box reveals here:
Fall 2017 Reveal
Summer 2017 Reveal
Spring 2017 Reveal
Fall 2016 Reveal
Summer 2016 Reveal
Spring 2016 Reveal
Fall 2015 Reveal
Summer 2015 Reveal

Before each box launches, they usually share a couple sneak peeks of one or two of the items that will come in the upcoming box. I just saw the sneak peaks for the winter box, so I wanted to share them to give you time to order one if you’d like!

Spoiler #1: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($75 value)

Source: FabFitFun Community page


Here’s what they say about it: This award-winning product uses both chemical and physical exfoliation to improve skin texture, clear pores, brighten complexion, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles (sums up why it’s Kate Somerville’s best-selling product!). I always love trying new exfoliators, so I can’t wait to try out this product!

Spoiler #2: BB Dakota Poncho in Black, Charcoal, or Mulberry ($70 value)

Source: FabFitFun Community page


Here’s what they say about it: This ultra-cozy knit accessory is ideal for layering over your favorite warm-weather pieces. Plus, it’s reversible so you’re getting two pieces in one! The poncho is available in three colors (black with gray stripes, maroon with black and gray blocks, and dark grey with light grey stripes). Annual subscribers will be able to choose their color. My initial thought was that I’d pick the black and gray version, but the more I look at it I’m thinking I might go for the maroon colorway!

Each FabFitFun box typically contains 7-8 full-sized items, so even with these two spoilers subscribers will still have the surprise of the other 5-6 items. As for value, the box is already up to a $145 value and the cost is $49.99!

Even better, if you decide to sign up to receive the FabFitFun box, I have a special code that will give you $10 off your first box, just use this link!

Which item are you most excited about? For me, I can’t wait for that poncho to arrive on my doorstep!


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. If you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive referral credits on my account and you will receive $10 off your first box.

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Reviewing FabFitFun: The Fall Box Reveal and a $10 Code

I’m so excited to show you all a reveal of my Fall 2017 FabFitFun box! After getting FatFitFun boxes for the past couple years, I finally went ahead and upgraded to a ‘select member’ to give me the ability to choose a couple of my preferred options. Basically, this is an awesome box full of FALL that makes me even more excited for the changing leaves and the cooler air.

Before we get into what was in my fall box, here’s a quick overview of FabFitFun:

Let’s check out the Fall box:

And here’s a little gallery of the items I received:

Mer-Sea Scarf, $98
As a select member,  I was able to choose between three color options for this super soft scarf. I picked the gray option that has the color ranging from a light gray to a darker gray. This scarf is super cozy and can also be used as a bed throw or wrap to keep you snuggled up around the house on a cold day.

Trestique Lip Crayon, $28
This 2-in-1 product has a lightweight lip crayon on one side and a matching lip balm on the other. Select members were able to choose between Florence Fig & Rose Balm or Tuscan Wine & Syrah Balm. For all other members, they are surprised with one of the options. I went for the Fig color and I love it!

Private Party Denim Gym Bag, $59
Once again, select members were able to choose from three different sayings and I picked, “Will Workout for Cupcakes”. Of course! I don’t actually own any other gym bags right now because I don’t go to the gym, but this is a great size for a weekend trip. I actually used it over this past weekend for an overnight bag to take to a B&B.

Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil, $12.50
This cuticle oil is a nourishing blend of vitamins and organic oils (argan oil and bamboo extract) that work to soften and moisturize the cuticle bed of your nails. This will be super handy when the weather starts getting colder and my hands turning corpse hands. This is one of those things that I’d never buy myself, but I will certainly get some use out of.

Whish Renewing Mud Mask, $48
This mask has natural ingredients like bentonite clay, aloe and rosehip oil to reveal smoother, softer skin while slowing down the aging process. You just put a thin layer on for less than a minute and then rub it in a circular motion to do a little exfoliation. I think I’ll keep this in the shower so that I remember to use it a couple times a week.

DP Hue Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse, $35
For our ‘choice boost’ all members were able to pick between a charcoal teeth whitening powder or this apple cider vinegar hair rinse. I went with the hair rinse because it is supposed to gently remove impurities from your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. I haven’t had the opportunity to try it yet, but I’ll keep you posted!

IMM Living Jewelry Holder, $33
This jewelry holder is a mix of rose gold wire and porcelain and gives you a place to display your jewelry. Out of the entire box, this is the only item I’m not excited about and don’t have a use for. However, this would make a great holiday gift or be easy to trade on the FabFitFun facebook trading pages.

B-Low the Belt Mia Belt, $55
The second ‘choice boost’ that members picked between was the Mia belt or a cable knit beanie. I don’t really wear beanies, so I went with the belt and received a black version with a silver buckle. I tried and tried, but I just cannot figure out how to make the belt loop thingie work on me. It just looks kind of silly… So, this one will be definitely be going into the trade pile.

My Tagalongs Hot/Cold Pack, $15
These hot/cold packs are useful and have some super cute sayings. I received a black version that has “you give me fever” printed on one side and “cold hearted snake” on the other. Oce again, I wouldn’t have bought this for myself, but it is handy to have around the house.

This is one of my favorite boxes for a while and I am especially excited about the scarf, gym bag, mud mask, lip crayon and apple cider vinegar hair rinse. The total value of everything in the Fall FabFitFun box is $383.50 and I’m super pleased with everything I received!

Do you want to try out the FabFitFun box? I have a special code that will give you $10 off your first box, just use this link.


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post and FabFitFun did not pay for me to review their products on my blog. If you decide that you would like to sign up for your own subscription and use my link, I will receive referral credits on my account and you will receive $10 off your first box.

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