So I’ve gone through some trials and tribulations with the Luxe Box over the past few months. November was a disappointment, December it was back on form, but January brings changes in Luxe Box, and I made a decision.
First off, the designers that participate in Luxe Box are all high quality, and nothing included in the subscription is ‘junk’. It’s just not for me. I want to make sure I make that part clear; Empire, Lamb, Moon, Ison, Foxes – all of them are quality and if their wares are your style, they’re very, very solid choices.
Luxe Box is making two big changes. Instead of the usual 12 items in each box, there will be 8 every month, and instead of the monthly rate of 1,500L to subscribe, it will set you back 1,000L to join the Luxe Box group. From a straight mathematical standpoint, that seems pretty fair, right? Lower the amount of items in the box by a third, lower the price by a third – all’s well. The thing is, fewer items means, say, two items that aren’t for me being the box being 25% “bad”. I’d rather pay the extra 500L and have a better chance of really enjoying my box rather than feeling disappointed at a quarter of my purchases.
So I made a decision. I made a small list of designers that have been in Luxe Box in the past. I’m going to check at the Luxe Box Boutique every month and if any of those designers are listed as participating, I’ll subscribe. If not, I’ll pass. I figure even one fat pack from Blueberry or Vinyl or any of the other designers on my list is worth 1,000L, and the rest is gravy, right?
What I’m Wearing:
Top: Royal Cardigan by ISON (Luxe Box, January 2018)
Skirt: Vandi by Decoy (Luxe Box, January 2018)
Shoes: Pointsettia (sic) by EMPIRE (Luxe Box, January 2018)
Hair: Yunkyung by Monso
A month ago I raved about how I’ve never been disappointed by my monthly Luxe Box. I got up on my soap box and preached that it was always awesome, and always money well spent. I unboxed mine last night and…things changed.
Fair play, this is my personal opinion, and a lot of this might change if you live a different SL than I do. I imagine quite a few of us thought November’s box was the bee’s knees, and I’m really happy for you all! It just didn’t do it for me.
I want to start with the high notes though because there were a few bright spots.
My top and earrings are from Pretty Mess – while it’s a bit simple, I think the texturing is really lovely and it has a unique and alluring slit up either side. The earrings are very different and creative. I definitely will be wearing them. My hair is by Lamb, and I really love ponytails. The accompanying style HUD on the Lamb hair provides for a ponytail that hangs to either side or down the back at either shoulder length or down to mid-back. My only quibble is the hair makes my forehead look kind of gigantic, but adding these bangs from Truth addressed that fairly well. I could see this becoming a semi-regular hair for me.
And that’s it. I don’t want to point fingers or name names or get into details – if you want to chat that out with me in world, drop me an IM. Still, whether it was a lack of features, imagination, or just plain not being my style/fitting my needs, this Luxe Box didn’t deliver the way nearly every other Luxe Box has.
Will this drive me away from my monthly Luxe Box? Of course not! I’ll be right there on December 1 rejoining the group. No one succeeds 100% of the time, and I don’t mind riding along through a rough patch. I’d be willing to be December’s Luxe Box will be a real gem and this unfortunate misstep will be all but forgotten.
What I’m Wearing:
Top: Lily Split Tube by Pretty Mess (Luxe Box)
Jeans: DWL by Blueberry
Shoes: Kerria by #EMPIRE (Luxe Box)
Earrings: All-Seeing Earring by Pretty Mess (LuxeBox)
Where I’m Sitting:
Bench: Luxe Bench by Fancy Decor (LuxeBox)
I spend a lot of my Monday mornings just like this. My fingers poised above and hammering away at a keyboard, bottom lip wrenched to one side and bit down upon while noodling away at a thought or a problem, wishing I was dressed much like I am here, in something fun and comfy as opposed to…office-y.
On a more cheerful note, my Luxe Box arrived Sunday! If you’re not familiar with Luxe Box, think of it as a subscription Christmas (or the surprise gift holiday of your choice). One subscribes every month for 1500L, and, on the 15th, is delivered 10-12 items of clothing, footwear, hair, furniture, and fun knick-knacks. I’m never disappointed in this – the top I’m wearing is a fatpack that likely would have sold for about 800-1000L at a shopping event – I got it along with 11 other items for the bargain price of 1500L.
I know some folks don’t like the unknown element to the Luxe Box…what if you don’t get something you want? I suppose that’s a possibility, but I’ve been getting my monthly Luxe Box for 18 months now and it’s never let me down.
Today’s post features four of my favorite items from this month.
The top is a cute little sweater from Paper Arrow, which had me squee’ing gleefully the second I put it on. I love the style, I love the texture (I can practically FEEL the warm fabric against me), and the little heart cut-out is just playfully flirty in a way that makes me happy.
The socks are from NX-Nardcotix, and come in ten textures for either high or flat feet. I actually wear really similar socks for knocking around the house, so these popping up in my LB made me grin.
This hair is from Moon. If I’m honest, Moon hair isn’t always my favorite – it’s always incredible quality and includes a myriad of colors and ombres, but it’s just not quite ‘my style’…until today. This one is JUST RIGHT for me – I put it on Sunday morning around 1:00 AM SLT and haven’t taken it off since. The darker roots of the ombre with the really lovely blond just hit all the right notes for me, and it’s made me reconsider all of the Moon hairs in my inventory – maybe there’s one that really deserves a second look!
While one can’t really get a good look at it in this picture, I’m reclining on a wagon by Tarte (from the October Luxe Box, natch) that looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s got an amazing weathered wood texture that I can just feel as I imagine running my fingertips over it, the rough grain of the wood against my skin, the cool heads of the nails, darkened and maybe even slightly rusted with time. The lights strung around it are charming and very romantic, making it a perfect setting for the couple animations (both PG and not-so-PG rated) included. I’m sure I’ll use it for photos again soon.
Oh now come on, self, this little trademark is getting out of hand! (Although, let’s be fair, these little shorts are sexycute AF, right?)
What I’m Wearing:
Top: Heart.Sweater by Paper Arrow Co (October 2017 Luxe Box)
Shorts: Sporty Pants by #EMPIRE
Hair: Babeh by Moon Hair (October 2017 Luxe Box)
Socks: Annie by NX-Nardcotix (October 2017 Luxe Box)
Earrings: Le Kitty Earrings by Noodles
Bracelets: Friendship Bracelet (Gacha) by *BOOM*
(Those friendship bracelets from BOOM are ADORABLE with a capital A, and are one of my favorite little gifts to give.)