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Alexa Penavega Quarterly Subscription Box Review #AVQ01

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Alexa Penavega Quarterly Subscription Box Review

Alexa Penavega is one of Quarterly’s latest celebrity curators. Quarterly has been making some changes lately and focusing more on their most popular boxes, so I’m not sure if there will be a second box from Alexa, but I still wanted to review the first one.

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Alexa Penavega Quarterly Subscription Box Review  Items

The Subscription Box: Alexa Penavega for Quarterly

The Cost: $50 a box

The Products: Items selected by Alexa Penavega.

Ships to: US and Worldwide.

Alexa Penavega Quarterly Subscription Box Review Letter

Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator detailing the items included and why they selected them. For her first mailing Alexa wanted to include “some fun and sweet ways to cherish all your own memories.”

Alexa Penavega Quarterly Subscription Box Review Frame

Fotobit Frames (3 pack) – Value $45

This Fotobit framing system is new to me, but after looking at examples of how it works, I can’t wait to try it. (It’s a modular interlocking system so you can create different kinds of wall art with your Instagram photos).

Alexa Penavega Quarterly Subscription Box Review Photo

Alexa also included a signed photo.

Alexa Penavega Quarterly Subscription Box Review Prints

Prinstagram 24 Free Prints – Value $12

To go with the frames, Alexa also included a code for 24 free prints from Printstagram.

Alexa Penavega Quarterly Subscription Box Review Skittles

Skittles – Value $4

These seemed a little random to me, but Alexa included them because they are her favorite.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $60. I’m not super impressed with the value considering this box cost $50. On the other hand, I’ll definitely use the Printstagram prints and the frames, so I did get my money’s worth. I think this subscription is probably best for Alexa super fans, since it seems like a box of her favorite things. (And I didn’t put a value on the signed picture, but I’m sure some would!)

What do you think of #AVQ02?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. So glad I cancelled the last minute as this box is LAME. Seems like no thought was put into this box. Glad Quarterly is making changes and discontinuing unpopular boxes which puts pressure on curators to include much desired items. Can’t wait for your box Liz as well as Eva Schrivo’s.

  2. I can buy unique picture frames, prints, and candy at Walgreens for around $25.

  3. The Fotobit frames are a very clever idea but agreed that otherwise everything seems most suitable for a fan. It reminds me a little of the Coco Quarterly Box and the “kiss print”.

  4. If this box is targeted to her fan base (teens and twenty-somethings), then $50 is a LOTof money, and frankly a few frames and prints/candy that you can get cheaply at your local drugstore make this box a serious dud.

    • Yes, to be honest I have no idea who this person is and who her fan base might be. I wish Quarterly brought back more of the $25 boxes. I think the only one that remains in that price range is the Stanford School of Design? For these celebrity curators that would be perfect.

  5. My 15 1/2 year old son wanted me to subscribe to this box because he loved her in Spy Kids and thinks she is hot. Quarterly did release 2 spoilers – the autographed picture and the Skittles. I can see him using the picture certificate and frames for himself or as a gift, eating the Skittles (his favorite), and hanging up her picture. I think it was smart that Quarterly released the 2 spoilers that might generate the most complaints. It’s nice that she included a frame for her autographed picture and a certificate for 12 pictures to be developed which is more than enough for the frames. Instagram is popular. I do think there is a possibility that Quarterly may be dropping her box because it is still marked sold out which seems to be what they do before choosing to keeping a new box.

    This box has no appeal to me as a mom in her 40s which is fine because I doubt I am the demographic for this box. I can see it being a hit with her fan base and it appeals to my teenage son. However, he is not the one buying sub boxes.

    • You raise a good point with your last paragraph. They’d have to rely on a lot of parents to pay for these boxes if her fan base is teenagers. (I did have some subscriptions and mail order stuff when I was that age. What I had to do was give my mom cash, e.g. saved up allowance or birthday money, and she would write a check. I don’t think that would work now!)

    • Make sure you tell your son he Owe you big time! LOL cause I would be so upset if I had brought this box for a teenage and the value and products was very low.

      • Oops. Sorry. I did not subscribe to the box because he did not want to pay me $50.00 to order it. I didn’t know Quarterly used to carry $25.00 boxes. I might had order it for him at that price. Still I am sure this box would had been a hit for him.

        • Oh sorry that I read your first comment wrong. Yea I’am sure he would had like it since he is a fan of hers, I’am 24 years old so I grew up watching Spy Kids as well.

          • No need to apologize. I was unclear and when I reread it, it does sound like I bought the box. I do hope her box makes it.

  6. Not for me. I never post anything to Instagram, I only follow people to enter contests. (I don’t even have a smart phone and had to use an Android emulator just to be able to sign up for the account.) It is nice that she included the free prints, though. Not really excited about candy I can buy at Target or the dollar store.

    I think I am just really out of touch with which celebrities are popular these days and why they’re popular. I don’t follow entertainment news, don’t watch much TV, and rarely go to the movies. So I am probably not the target audience for this type of box, anyway. Ah, well. Of the Quarterly boxes I’ve seen unboxed as of yet, Bianca Jade’s is probably the most in tune with my interests.

    • “I don’t even have a smart phone and had to use an Android emulator just to be able to sign up for the account.” Too funny!

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