Rocksbox review (and a free month of jewelry)

I’ve seen a lot of people rave about Rocksbox in the last couple years, but never tried it for myself until recently. If you’re not familiar with Rocksbox, they’re a subscription service for jewelry. For $19 a month, you can request as many boxes as you’d like a month in exchange for returning your current box. This pretty much makes it an unlimited resource for fresh jewelry!

Although I’ve only had my Rocksbox subscription for the last month, I wanted to share my experiences with the services and the pieces so far. To preface this review, I received a complimentary 3 month subscription of the service to try out, but all of the experiences you’re about to read are my honest, personal opinion.

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For context: I started my subscription towards the end of March. My goal was to figure out how many boxes I would logistically be able to receive if I only kept each box for a day (or two, tops!) to maximize my subscription. To even further maximize the satisfaction rate of each box, I made sure to “star” at least 10 pieces in my wish list to reduce the amount of guessing that a Rocksbox stylist would have to do to discern my jewelry tastes.

My first box showed up a week and a half after signing up for an account and is pictured above. The level of personalization and care that goes into each box is really impressive, considering they have to scale this personalization for every subscription holder! Every box comes with 3 pieces: earrings, necklace, and ring or bracelet. I received a ring and necklace, both from my wish list, and the earrings pictured above. Of all of the pieces, the earrings were my favourite. The pieces ranged from $30-$50, which was a bit pricier than I wanted to go for the minimalist style and quality of the jewelry, so I sent my box back within the week.

I sent the box back using the prepaid shipping label and reusing the envelope that the box was originally shipped in (genius concept, btw). The turnaround time between dropping my first box off and receiving the second box was 5 business days. Really impressive, given the amount of personalization that goes into the selection of the pieces in each box and the shipping time.

Here’s what I received in my second box (minus the sunglasses and the jacket, and a bangle that’s not pictured):

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The Perry Street statement necklace was on my wish list, paired with highly sought after Kendra Scott earrings, and a brass bangle that I really did not care for. Each of the “rocks” in my second box were retailing for at least $50 a piece, which is a bit more than I would personally pay for a single piece of costume jewelry. Thankfully, at the $19/m, I could give off the illusion of owning a lavish jewelry collection without breaking the bank.

The turnaround time between dropping off my second box and receiving the third box was 7 days. A couple days difference between the previous swap, but again, quite fast.

Because I personally don’t wear much jewelry on a daily basis anymore, I don’t think I would continue a regular Rocksbox subscription on my own for the full duration of the remainder of the year. However, seeing as how this Summer and Fall are filled with weddings to go to, I can definitely see myself picking back up the service for the couple months of overlap between all the weddings so that I have fresh bling to dress up the wedding attire.

Next week will mark my first full month since receiving my first Rocksbox. In that month, I will have received 3 boxes, totaling 9 pieces of jewelry, with a total MSRP of about $450 to wear and style within my personal wardrobe. Although 50% of the pieces I received were not ones I would have picked for myself, it was fun to see the explanations behind the selections made by my Rocksbox stylists.

If you’re still on the fence about committing to a subscription, here’s a Rocksbox coupon to try your first box free! Simply enter the code “kaatriiinaxoxo” at checkout for 1 month of free jewelry from Rocksbox.

Disclaimer: Huge thank you to Rocksbox for partnering on this post by providing a 3 month subscription for me to try. I wasn’t asked to make this review post, but I wanted to share my honest opinions about the service while also sharing my findings for figuring out the maximum number of boxes that could be received in a single month.

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Rogue T&K: What’s this all about?

Ok, so I’m trying out this jewelry thing and am really excited about it! I’ve been making jewelry for almost 10 years at this point and my style has grown and shifted so many times to the point that I finally think it’s matured and ready.

Rogue T&K is the label that I’m currently designing under along with a couple of friends. Aside from styling and shooting the pieces, I’m so stoked to break out the jewelry pliers again and making things! I also get the fun job of sorting out branding and packaging, which makes me so excited because packaging and presentation is almost as important as the product itself (imho).

A few friends have also already asked “What’s up with the name?” Technically, none of us in this group are trained to do the things we’re doing on this team (we are just passionate about the areas we’ve each undertaken in our roles), so we’ve all essentially gone rogue. No new words, crazy inside jokes, or elaborate background stories behind this label name– sorry!

Even thought this is a super new venture, one thing that we’re stoked about is taking big leaps and diving right in asap! Mark your calendars, friends!! I’ll be manning our table at this year’s RAW artists: Holiday RAWk 2015 event on December 3 from 7-11pm! This is the first ever in-person event for us and I’m really excited to meet other creatives in the community.

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Tickets for the event are already on sale for $15 and we’ll be offering a sweet discount on pieces on the night of the event.

If you’re free, I’d love to see you!! Otherwise, you’ll know where to stalk our jewelry. ;)

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Holiday Shopping Guide: handmade & sharable

Today’s holiday guide comes a couple days before Christmas, but who says that gift giving needs to stop on a particular day? I’ve rounded up some of my favourite handmade items from Etsy that can be enjoyed year-round and shared with loved ones!

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1 // Black Hearts Bakery: 1 dozen mini donuts ($10)
I got a batch of a dozen Christmas-themed vanilla mini-donuts earlier last month from Black Hearts Bakery. This photo is of the donuts that I received at my doorstep, which came within a couple days! I brought them into the office and everyone loved them! They’re so cute and perfect in their bite-sized form. Super yummy and a treat that would be a sin if it wasn’t shared!

2 // LovelyBody: Hibiscus citrus bath melt ($5.50)
Somehow managed to discover the amazing thing known as a bath in 2013. Yes, it took that long. Bath melts have been on my shopping list on the regular as of late and LovelyBody offers some great natural, organic options. Nothing is better than unwinding after a long day with a warm soak, good book, and a bit of bubbly, don’t you agree?

3 // Sketch Inc: Bear brooch ($21)
Ok, so you don’t have the option to buy these pins in bulk, but brooches are one of the easiest accessories to share with friends!

4 // Pottery Lodge: Set of 3 heart lace ceramic dish ring holders ($45)
This set of ring dishes is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t know about you, but I personally wouldn’t be able to fill all 3 myself. Being a fan of matching accessories with friends, this would be perfect to split with your two bffs!

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It was all a blur: stuck in traffic

Hrm, so I love this outfit a ton, but I just couldn’t get my act together with my camera on this particular day. It was extra gloomy (still haven’t managed to figure out my photo-taking schedule with daylight savings time making sunlight difficult with my work schedule) and my lens seemed to be much more interested in everything in the surrounding area except for me. This problem could’ve been fixed pretty easily, I know, but some days the mistakes and blurs are 100% reflective of how the day actually unfolded, so I didn’t bother to reshoot this outfit.

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outfit details:
blouse & purse: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target
jeans: AG jeans (similar pairs)
combat boots: Madden Girl (exact, and on sale!)
Stuck in Traffic watch: c/o RAKANI (exact)

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Speaking of things being a blur, can we talk about this watch for a bit? I can’t even begin to tell you how much of a watch fanatic I’ve become over the last year. Ever since my bff Ines, aka “Tiny Tourist”, convinced me to buy the Vince Camuto boyfriend watch that I sport from time to time in these outfits, I’ve been looking for new interesting wrist pieces. I fell in love with the Fashionably Late collection by RAKANI, which translates universal time-related concepts into clever designs of face plates and movements. There were a lot of favourites in this collection – Running Behind featuring a counter-clockwise movement to go along with the mirrored face is absolutely genius – but I ultimately went with the Stuck in Traffic as this one really sums up the bane of my weekday commutes. The Swarovski crystals in this piece represent the piled-up cars waiting in evening rush hour traffic between the hours of 4-8. Too cute to pass up, that’s for sure!

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There are a few other things that I really liked about this watch in particular. I picked the larger-sized face (40mm) for the favoured “boyfriend” style. With other watches, picking a bigger face usually means that the strap is too long for my 6.5″ wrists, but I was pleasantly surprised when this watch fit perfectly! My wrist fits exactly in the size of the last hole on the strap, which is great because I didn’t have to use a shady method of poking an extra hole with a safety pin. haha! (Please tell me I’m not the only one guilty of DIY-ing extra strap holes?)

I actually got a chance to chat with the designer of the line, Chirayu, who really made it clear how much of a labour of love this line turned out to be. After telling him my qualms about other leather strapped watches, it was refreshing to hear that the extra holes in the straps were a design consideration that was made early on in the design process. Through our chat, I also learned that the straps are double-layered, which really explains the cushioning of the piece against the wrist. These subtle things go a long way when it comes to a piece I wear day-long on my wrist.

After understanding the inspiration behind this line and the classic, creative style that Chirayu is building behind the RAKANI brand, I can’t wait to see what the next collection looks like. The effortless styles and translation of concepts to designs are really setting apart this brand from the rest of the watch industry!

Disclosure: Thank you again to Chirayu for the opportunity to learn about this up and coming brand, RAKANI, and for providing this watch for review. The opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

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UncommonGoods x The Demure Muse (Part 2)

I can’t tell you how fun putting together the second outfit of the lookbook for UncommonGoods was! Every year, a bunch of friends and I like to pick an evening (before it gets too chilly out) to head up to the rooftop and watch the sun set. Fall sunsets are absolutely gorgeous because the clouds turn cotton candy pink and the skyline glows! It’s really surreal having never seen anything like this before back on the east coast! Can’t think of anything more gorgeous than that, to be honest!

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outfit details:
dress & belt: Forever 21
sweater: H&M (men’s section, current season!)
houndstooth tights: Gap
platform pumps: Steve Madden
earrings, rings, and necklace: c/o UncommonGoods
boyfriend watch: Vince Camuto

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This is, hands down, the one thing I look forward to every year. Who can say no to a night of getting fancied up to hang out with your fav group of people? Not to mention the potluck-styled dessert session! (Of course, my contribution was a bottle of wine and chocolate… hehe)

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I really love how easy it was to transition the pieces of jewelry from the casual daytime look to this more formal nighttime outfit. Not to pick favourites – but I guess that’s what I’m totally just about to do – the stacking rings were my favourite pieces to style! I love the mixture of metals, which makes wearing the rings so fun. In my first look, I wore all the rings stacked on a single finger. In this look, I switched it up and wore both the sterling silver rings on one hand and the rose gold-filled one on the other. So many possibilities for how to wear this set!

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I hope you guys enjoyed the lookbook as much as I enjoyed shooting photos for it! I can’t thank UncommonGoods enough for the invitation to collaborate on such a fun project.
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