Wantable Accessories: Reveal and review – August 2016

After a month’s break from Wantable (simply because we were in the UK), I was happy to see this box of goodies arrive on my doorstep. And it seems the stylist notes are back. It’s very confusing that the last one had nothing and now I have an incredibly personalized one. While the notes may be inconsistent, the pieces they keep sending are consistently wonderful! In the note, this month’s stylist Kiley, referred to my request for pale pink jewelry and a nude clutch I made a few months back, and she delivered spectacularly!

Here’s what turned up…

Rae Necklace Silver – Retail price: $17.00 Wantable price: $6.51

LOVE! My favorite item this month by far! This is just the cutest statement necklace I now own. And for a ridiculously cheap $6.51. I honestly have no idea how they get prices this cheap for such good pieces. I love this necklace. It’s so girly and the color is perfect – champagne is the description they give it. Sublime!

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Status: Kept

 

 Janice Earrings Silver – Retail price: $17.00 Wantable price: $6.51 (Top row in the picture)

Another beautiful pair of studs. These earrings feature a rhinestone border with an opaque white stone. A really versatile pair.

 Raee Earrings Silver – Retail price: $14.00 Wantable price: $5.36 (Bottom row in the picture)

Now these are clearly the matching set of earrings for the necklace, so I will overlook what must be a typo in the name. Needless to say they are super cute. The pricing is again confusing – how these are only $1 less than the necklace bamboozles me (but I’m not complaining here!).

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Status: Both kept

 

 

Naomi Bracelet Silver – Retail price: $19.00 Wantable price: $7.28

This is a cute cuff bracelet. I’m amazed it’s more expensive than some of the other items as I think it’s the worst quality. The cuff is adjustable which means people with skinny wrists like myself can actually wear it. However, the adjustable nature of it means I don’t think it’s going to last long as it will easily become misshapen. It’s not worth returning really so I am keeping it.

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Status: Kept

 

Brooklyn Wallet Tan – Retail price: $27.00 Wantable price: $10.34

My bonus 5th item! I love this little wallet which could easily double up as a clutch. If I was being picky, I’d love it to have a wrist strap just so it could transition to evening more easily. However, it’s a neutral color and I can see it getting a lot of use.

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Status: Kept

 

Overall impressions:

Another great box from Wantable worth a whopping $94! I’m impressed that they went back to a request I made a few months back. Everything I have been receiving has fitted my style perfectly. I think I am going to have to skip next month simply because I’m getting a bit swamped in accessories as I keep everything!

Until next time…

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Wantable Accessories: Reveal and Review – June 2016

So it seems Wantable style notes are a thing of the past! That being said, this month brought some cute items and versatile pieces that I can see myself wearing regularly.

Here’s what turned up…

Lorna Sunglasses – Retail (who knows – this has disappeared too!) Wantable price: $9.45

I think I’ve got enough sunglasses having received three pairs now! However, these are another great pair with a simple tortoise frame. I like the 50s style shape – it’s a bit different but also very classy.

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Status: Kept

 Bailey Watch Mint – Wantable price: $10.55

I LOVE this watch. The color is gorgeous and very ‘in’ right now. The actual dials and shape of the face is very stylish. The glass part by the digits is transparent which is a cool feature and gives it quite a modern feel. The only bad thing about this watch is, at present, it doesn’t work. I’m pretty sure that’s just a case of getting a battery put into it and I just haven’t got round to doing that. It’s worth the gamble as it’s so pretty.

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Status: Kept

 Nicky Necklace Silver – Wantable price: $9.82

Another fabulous statement necklace from Wantable. This is great, as being predominantly silver in color, it is more versatile than some of the other statement pieces I’ve received. The necklace features clear stones and metal tassels. It’s a keeper!

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Jan Necklace Silver – Wantable price: $6.18

This is the only ‘meh’ piece in my opinion in the box. I’m not overly blown away by it on first impressions but the simple style of the necklace, and the fact that I could really do with a new pendant style necklace after my three year old just snapped my favorite one, means I’m keeping it.

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Status: Kept

Overall impressions:

Another great box from Wantable. The only criticism I really have is that the service seems to be getting increasingly less personal. For example, in this box, there is no copy of the style note I made, nothing at all from the stylist, and now bizarrely, they have removed the retail prices too. I don’t really understand the latter especially as it actually says the total value is $99. It makes me think it’s a mistake. However, even that shouldn’t happen. It makes me a little nervous about how personalized these boxes are, but while they’re still sending stuff I love, I’m happy to keep it up for another month. Watch this space!

 

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Wantable Accessories: Reveal and review – May 2016

This month brought another fabulous Wantable accessories collection. I requested fun spring jewelry in my favorite colors: yellow, pink or turquoise and another pair of sunglasses. This collection came without a personal note from my stylist (I have no idea why) but the items did not disappoint…

Here’s what turned up…

Bryn Sunglasses – Retail: $17  Wantable price: $6.80

Another great pair of glasses (and an absolute bargain price!). These are a little oversized for my liking but seem like good quality for $6 and the reality of the situation is I lose or break sunglasses on a pretty regular basis. A pair of back-ups couldn’t go amiss!

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Status: Kept

 Corinne Bracelet – Retail: $26  Wantable price: $10.40

Gorgeous!!! This bracelet is beautiful and a pretty close match to the necklace and earrings I received in my March accessories collection (read all about it here). The fact that the bracelet is stretchy is great as it actually fits my skinny little wrists. A keeper.

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Status: Kept

 Terressa Earrings– Retail: $11  Wantable price: $4.40

I love these studs! So much more interesting than your average pair of stud earrings and a beautiful bold yellow stone. Plus they are a perfect match for the…

Blair Necklace – Retail: $46  Wantable price: $18.40

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE this necklace! It’s very similar to the turquoise necklace I liked in my March collection, but seeing as I wear that one all the time and absolutely love it, there was no way this was being returned. In fact, the colors are a little more versatile as while the predominant color is yellow, there are also nude/blush pink and white. I actually wore this necklace today! It’s also one of the more expensive items I’ve received ($46 retail) and one that warrants the price tag.

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Status: Both kept!

Overall impressions:

This collection reinforced my already firm belief that Wantable accessories are well worth the $36/$40 a month price and seem to have really nailed the accessories subscription box idea. I am loving all the collections and pieces I’ve received. I can’t wait for June’s!

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Wantable Accessories: Reveal and review – April 2016

I absolutely LOVED my very first Wantable accessories collection (you can read the review here) so was eagerly awaiting my second. I requested chunky jewelry in spring colors, ideally pale pink, bracelets, and a pair of glamorous sunglasses…

Here’s what turned up…

Maureen Sunglasses in Grey Leopard – Retail: $17  Wantable price: $9.71

These are funky glasses. At first, I automatically assumed they were ‘too cool’ for me and feared I wouldn’t be able to ‘carry them off’. Well, to be honest, I still think they are ‘too cool’ and I don’t know if I ‘carry them off’ but I wear them anyway! I love them! Plus for just under $10, what’s to lose?!

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Status: Kept

 Elyse Bracelet – Retail: $17  Wantable price: $9.71

A really delicate and pretty bracelet. I just can’t wear these as they just fall off my weird, skinny wrists.

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Status: Returned

 Nala Bracelet – Retail: $18  Wantable price: $10.29

This definitely fits my request – chunky jewelry and bracelets – seeing as it’s both! However, like the Elyse bracelet, it’s just too big for my wrists. However, I love the design and think it would be a really versatile piece to have in my jewelry collection.

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Status: Returned

 Lizzie Necklace – Retail: $18  Wantable price: $10.29

This was a necklace that I ummed and ahhed over for ages. I love the color and design. In the end, I decided to return it as I couldn’t quite handle the fact one dangly bit was longer than the others. Kinda crazy of me but I know I’d be annoyed with it!

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Status: Returned

 

Overall impressions:

Another great collection. While I only kept the funky sunglasses (which I’ve been wearing constantly!), I consider this box a success as it was just my style. A few sizing issues and some fussiness from myself was all that prevented it from being a 4/4. I can’t wait for next month!

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Wantable Accessories Collection: Reveal and review – March 2016

So those of you who have followed the blog for a while may remember that I have had two unsuccessful wantable style edits and one wantable fitness edit (slightly more successful). I’ve since cancelled those subscriptions – the style edits were nowhere near as good as Stitch Fix and I just don’t work out enough for a monthly fitness fix! However, I have always liked the company so this month I thought I would trial the accessories collection. BEST. DECISION. EVER.

So the accessories collection, like the style and fitness edits, works on a monthly subscription basis. Each month you pay $40 (or $36 if you kept everything the previous month) and receive 4-5 stylist accessories straight to your door. Just like the style and fitness edits, you complete an online profile first which allows you to specify what you love, like and dislike (you’ll only ever receive items you like or love) along with colors, styles, and sizes (e.g. necklace length). You also have the chance to leave a note for your stylist what what you would like this month (or an ongoing general note).

For my first ever collection, I requested jewellery in spring colors – coral, pale pink/rose gold, mint/turquoise, or yellow. I said I would prefer necklaces and bracelets and would love some glamorous sunglasses.

Here’s what turned up this weekend…

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Nancy Necklace – Retail: $36  Wantable price: $14.26

OMG – I love this necklace SO much! It literally could not be more perfect! The colors are stunning and EXACTLY what I was looking for. Perfectly perfect!!!

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Status: Kept

Emily Earrings (studs) – Retail: $26  Wantable price: $10.30

At first I thought these studs were a bit dull, until I realized the halo around them was interchangeable. Super cool! Classic style with a bit of added glamour with the halo. Love!

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Status: Kept

 Lori Drop Earrings – Retail: $22  Wantable price: $8.71

A stunning set of earrings which coincidentally is a perfect color and style match for the Nancy necklace. Loved them the minute I opened the box!

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Status: Kept

 Jenny Necklace Long Silver – Retail: $17  Wantable price: $6.73

A delicate necklace featuring a hammered metal vertical bar design. Simple but stylish. I can see me wearing this a lot to add a pretty detail to plain tops and sweaters.

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Status: Kept

Overall impressions:

I LOVE Wantable accessories! They make the Stitch Fix jewellery look seriously overpriced in comparison (I’ll be removing that from my style profile ASAP). The quality of each item was superb and amazing for the price. I love every item and will definitely be keeping this subscription going. I can’t wait to see what April brings.

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Wantable Style Edit: Reveal and Review – December 2015

Wantable style edit: December 2015

Those of you who are regular readers of my blog may remember my first experience of Wantable (you can read that review here). I loved the actual box and that was about it! So I cancelled my subscription straight after returning my items. However, as the New Year came along, Wantable sent me an email saying they would waive my styling fee (normally $20) if I wanted to receive the December Style Edit. I had nothing to lose – a free try on of five items at no cost to me unless I decided to keep one. While these items were a much better fit than the first box, and my stylist note was ‘slightly’ more personal, the quality still does not compare to Stitch Fix. I don’t think I’m sold quite yet (and I’m not sure any more free boxes will change my mind!).

On to the items…

French Connection Classic Polly Plains Sleeveless Top – $48

Now this top I was excited to receive as French Connection is a brand I’m familiar with and one I’ve bought from in the past. It’s a gorgeous cobalt blue and the material is superb. I was really tempted to keep this but just didn’t think, what is effectively a plain tank, was worth the price tag. $10 less and I would have bought it!

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Outfit details:

Jeans (Just Black Connelly Jeans from Stitch Fix)

Status: Returned        

 

JOA V Neck Contrast Sweater – $59

I really dislike this sweater. Not only am I not a fan of V neck sweaters generally (reminds me too much of school) but the material was just nasty! It felt cheap and I think would lose the little shape it has the minute you washed it! Meh.

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Outfit details:

Jeans (Just Black Adorra Jeans from Stitch Fix)

Status: Returned

 

Olive & Oak Mixed Media Open Cardigan – $72

This is a really nice cardigan. A very flattering cut and the two different materials make it a bit more interesting than your average gray cardigan. Very versatile and easy to add to any wardrobe. The only reason I’m not keeping this is I felt it was a little too old for me. Just a personal style issue rather than the poor quality or high price tag like the other items!! Here it is paired with the French Connection tank and my favorite Stitch Fix jeans.

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Outfit details:

Jeans (Just Black Adorra Jeans from Stitch Fix)

Status: Returned

 

Jack Shire Tank – $45

I had an issue with Jack clothes last time as I felt they were overpriced and poor quality. This top is similar. The lace detailing is delicate (making me feel like it won’t hold up!) but cute. Red is a color that really suits me but I just couldn’t shake the thought that this was a bit too sexy (by sexy I mean slutty) for me to want to be seen out in public in. Red and black lace just makes me think underwear! Sorry!

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Outfit details:

Jeans (Just Black Adorra Jeans from Stitch Fix)

Status: Returned

 

Envi T Back Maxi Dress – $119

OK…wait for it…Firstly, why are they sending me a maxi dress in December?! Secondly, I would never in a million years wear this pattern. Thirdly, it’s incredibly shapeless and makes me look like a ruler (which granted is pretty much what I do look like but that doesn’t mean I want to accentuate my lack of curves by wearing something that’s too big for me!). And finally, it’s $119! I don’t think you need to be a rocket scientist to know this is going back!

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Status: Returned        

Overall impressions:

So I lost nothing by returning everything from this Wantable style edit and I had some fun trying everything on. It really just confirmed to me that I don’t want to try a Wantable style edit again. However, since returning this box (and making sure my subscription was cancelled!), I’ve since received an email saying I can try a fitness edit for free. I will give that a try and hope for more luck!

What are your thoughts on this style edit? Have I been too harsh?  Let me know in the comments below.

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The Battle of the Boxes

Confused about which styling service you should try? Here’s a simple table to help make the decision easier…the opinions are mine and based on my experience and my personal likes/dislikes only.

Stitch Fix Trendsend Wantable Style Edit
Is there a styling fee? $20 – non-refundable but applied to anything you purchase $0 $20 – non-refundable but applied to anything you purchase
How many items do you receive? 5 It varies. You receive 2-3 complete outfits. 5
Are accessories included? Yes Yes No – Wantable have a separate accessories subscription service
Can you exchange for a different size? Yes – if it’s available Yes No
Can you exchange for a different color? No Yes No
How many days do you get to try on the items before you need to ‘check out’? 3 5 5
Do you receive a discount if you keep your entire box? Yes – 25% keep all discount No 20% keep all discount
What brands are featured? Examples:

Kut from the cloth

Kensie

Daniel Rainn

Plus Stitch Fix in-house labels such as Pixley and 41 Hawthorn

Examples:

Kut from the cloth

Lush

Allison Joy

Billabong

BB Dakota

Click here for a full list

 

Examples:

French Connection

7 For All Mankind

BB Dakota

Kensie

Wooden Ships Hudson

Waverly Grey

How regularly can you receive boxes? Every 2-3 weeks

Every month

Every other month

Every three months

Every month OR whenever you request one Every month (you can skip a month if you wish)
What are the unique features of this box? Style cards show you two different ways to style the outfit Linked to an actual store meaning size exchanges and color swaps are easy. You can also buy anything you don’t receive in your box. Hmmm…
What is customer service like? Excellent Excellent Wouldn’t do a size exchange so not as accommodating as Trendsend or Stitch Fix.
Pros Excellent customer service

Style cards

Highly personal notes from stylists with the opportunity to keep your stylist from month to month

25% keep all discount

Very flexible subscription options

Offers items on sale

Linked to store for easy exchanges

Complete outfits sent

Can request a one-off box without committing to a subscription

 

20% keep all discount

The box it comes in is fabulous!

Cons Even if you request an item, you can’t be sure you will receive it.

I had fit issues with the first few boxes and some really ‘off’ stuff sent. You have to persevere as it definitely gets better with time!

 

Expensive. If you were to keep your entire box, it would easily be $500-$1000!

As you can see all the items on the Evereve website, it’s less exciting than Stitch Fix where you have no idea what you could receive!

I personally thought the quality of the clothing was very poor

Impersonal

Overall impressions The original and my personal favorite! I love the element of surprise, the personal notes from your stylist, how closely they look at your Pinterest board and the style of the clothes. I love the fact you get entire outfits and sale items. However, it’s a bit too expensive for me and not really my style. Definitely more ‘boho chic’ and ‘edgy’ than Stitch Fix. Not a fan. I thought it was poor quality clothing and impersonal (both the stylist’s note, styling advice and customer service).

 

Rating (out of 10) 9…it’d be 10 if it was a little cheaper! 7…mainly due to style 3…not impressed!
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