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Rocksbox Review

If you’re super into fancy baubles like me, you might like Rocksbox! If you’re not familiar, Rocksbox is a jewelry subscription service that loans 3 pieces of jewelry by designers such as Kendra Scott, Loren Hope, Wanderlust + Co, etc. It’s kind of like Netflix, but for jewelry! Everything comes in a fancy little box, and they conveniently include a return label for when you’re all done to ship it back. If you happen to fall in love with any of the pieces they send you, you can buy it for a discounted price too. And BTW, each box contains at least $200 worth of bling!

You might be asking, “But, Nina. How do they determine what kind of jewelry you get? Do they just send random pieces, have a set design to send with every box, or whuuut?” So lemme tell you! When you sign up for Rocksbox and become a “Shine Insider,” you take a survey so they can figure what you’re into style-wise and then you get to create a wish list. Once your wish list is created, a Rocksbox stylist will curate a box for you based on the pieces you chose and voila! 3 out of however many pieces you chose will magically appear at your doorstep! Or mailbox…. or, y’know, wherever you happen to pick up your mail.

And you’re not limited to just one box a month! Once you send back the first box you get, they’ll put together another one for you once they receive it.

In case you’re wondering, Rocksbox is $19 a month. But lucky for you, I have a special coupon code so you can get your first month for free!! Just use code CHEZFANCYPANTSXOXO when you sign up. ☺

For my first Rocksbox, I received a gunmetal bib necklace by Wanderlust + Co, a bracelet by Loren Hope, and rose quartz earrings by Kendra Scott. I thought all the jewelry was super fab, particularly the bib, and I had a lot of fun finding outfits to wear with them. As for purchasing any of them? I wasn’t totally 100% in love with any of the items and even with the discount that Shine Insider’s get, it’s still kinda expensive. The Loren Hope bracelet retails for $78, but the discount only saves you $8.

I think that the quality of the jewelry is top notch compared to some of the stuff I have from Claire’s and whatnot, so if you’re into investing in pieces this might be the perfect subscription box service for you. It’s perfect even if you just want to try things on for the fun of it! I’m trying Rocksbox out for the latter, because who doesn’t to love to play dress-up?

(check out the blog again tomorrow for more of this outfit I’m wearing!)

Don’t forget, using the code CHEZFANCYPANTSXOXO will get you a whole month of Rocksbox for free!


FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as Rocksbox has gifted me with a 3 month subscription in exchange for spreading the word about their company. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

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Frugal Chic: A SammyDress Review

My best friend Shanice pointed out how people who have money tend to spend it less freely and people who don’t have money spend it like they have it. Unfortunately, I’m of the latter (but I’ve actually been pretty good about not buying super frivolous things this year… so far anyway). If you happen to be like me, and strive to find your fashion on the frugal side, you might enjoy SammyDress. They’re an online wholesale clothing and accessory store based in Asia. Not too long ago I was approached by them to review a couple of their products on my blog, and since their site was full of super cute accessories, I delightfully obliged! I picked the horse tote pictured above and a pink dress that looks more like a blouse on me.

SammyDress’ photo of the horse tote.

The site’s photo of the bag looks more like an apricot color, but in person it’s actually beige, and the cross body strap it comes with isn’t dark brown like the trim, but the same beige as the body of the bag. I’m slightly bummed about that since I think it looks much more aesthetically pleasing with the darker strap. I still think it’s super adorable though and I love the design of the horse with the tasseled tail and harlequin print. I think the quality of the bag is Forever 21-ish, which is decent considering that it retails for $13.70 (what a steal, right?!). Oh, and it’s extremely sturdy — I was able to fit all my usual necessities inside of it, including my clunky camera (always a plus). There’s also a couple of slots on the inside and a zipper closure. I got quite a few compliments when I went out with it too! 🙂

I got the dress/blouse in the shade of pink on the left.

Since the store is based in Asia, be mindful of the sizes since they run small. It’s a safe bet to order one size up. The blouse/dress I got, which is pictured on the left,  is a 2xl and I figured it might be okay since I can fit into an XL most of the time (curse these big boobs of mine). It really depends on the brand (again, curse these big boobs of mine). It fit me quite snuggly, and I would’ve taken a picture of myself in it to show how it looks, but I really don’t feel comfortable doing so since I didn’t find it to be flattering on me at all. The sides are sheer which I couldn’t tell from the site’s pictures, so you’d need to wear a camisole underneath it and the front and back aren’t completely attached to the garment in the middle. Perhaps it’s one of those pieces that looks nicer on petite ladies. SammyDress does offer a few garments in larger sizes from xl-4x, and I tried to request some of those items, but they weren’t available to review (not sure why).

Overall, I’m quite happy with the tote and I think SammyDress is an ideal place to look for fun accessories on the fly for yourself or as gifts for friends. As for clothes, I’d just be extra careful about the size. Some pieces have reviews so you can get a better idea of it, but others don’t, so it’s a bit of a gamble if you’re game.


purse: c/o SammyDress (buy here) // dress + belt: BCX Dress // cardigan: H&M // glasses: Brooks Brothers (buy here) // shoes: Juicy Couture (Crossroads Clothing Co. find) // magnifying glass necklace: American Rag // Sherlock necklace: Le Fancy Geek Boutique (available soon)

This is a sponsored post courtesy of They sent me a couple of products to review as compensation. All opinions expressed are my own.