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New CFDA POPSUGAR Must Have Box Available For Pre-Order!

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POPSUGAR is launching their second limited edition box with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

The POPSUGAR and CFDA partnership is based on aligned priorities, namely philanthropy, fashion, and discovery. POPSUGAR supports the CFDA’s global mission “to strengthen the influence and success of American Fashion Designers in the global economy.” Fifty percent of the profits from sales of this Must Have box will be donated to the CFDA Foundation, Inc., which aims to raise funds for fashion-related charity and industry activities.

The Box: POPSUGAR CFDA Limited Edition Box

The Cost: $225

The Products:

For the second year in a row, we’re proud to launch our limited-edition Must Have box with the Council of Fashion Designers of America. This fashion collaboration has little luxuries perfect for a relaxing day by the pool or a weekend filled with sun and music. Fifty percent of POPSUGAR’s profits from each box will be donated to the CFDA, in support of the CFDA mission to strengthen American fashion in the global economy.

Insider sneak peek: every box includes a classic split cover up from lemlem by supermodel Liya Kebede

Read our review of last year’s CFDA POPSUGAR Special Edition Box.

What do you think of the spoilers?

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. I really have to wonder what they are thinking with this one since it sounds pretty resort themed and they already have a resort limited edition. I would think that there’s a decent number of people that are buying both…

    in any case, I’m out. They really broke my trust last year with this one. I bought the resort and CFDA boxes last year and was just meh about the resort and hated the CFDA and sent it back.

    Seriously PS. You will never get my money without full spoilers. On anything. Ever.


  3. I find Popsugar to be so interesting. I find that more people than not are disappointed in their boxes (monthly and LE) than not, yet they continue to put them out and people keep gobbling them up!

    I’ll take my $225 to TJ Maxx and put together an awesome box myself!

    • I think people who are unhappy are more likely to be vocal, so they’re disproportionately represented in the comments. I imagine that lots of people are happily enjoying their boxes away from the computer.

    • I typically love the boxes themselves. I enjoy most of the products, especially new brands and items I never would have thought to buy for myself. But their customer service is horrendous, and I think some of their business practices are super scandalous. For example, I bet anything they pushed the mini box wait list to July in order to take advantage of everyone’s FOMO. So people rush to sign us, afraid they’ll have to wait even longer if they don’t sign up right away. But I’m just waiting for same old “Good News! Best.Day.Ever.” email to come out announcing that “they were able to secure an extra May box” for everyone.
      Although customer service is terribly slow, they have always provided a satisfactory resolution when they’ve really screwed something up for me, i.e. missing/broken items, box lost in the mail, etc. The end result has, so far, been worth the wait.
      This particular box, however, I will not be purchasing, primarily because I can’t imagine it’s actually worth it. If I were a fashion junkie, I would subscribe to one of the high end fashion boxes. But I’m not a fashion junkie. Even if the value of the contents exceeds the purchase price, I don’t see myself ever wearing a $200 shirt or $300 earrings – my ears aren’t even pierced!

  4. I am tempted because of the theme. I spend weekends by the pool but after last year I think I will be able to wait and see full spoilers before buying.

  5. When I saw this in the MSA newsletter, I was like, “Popcorn time!” and rushed to the comment section. Y’all did not disappoint, lol.

    • ya – I was shocked when I saw the email come through from Popsugar – couldn’t believe they were doing it again this year!
      hopefully it will include better items than last year – I did like a few things from last year’s, but not for that price.
      I’m pretty excited to see what this one actually contains – it should make for some good reading πŸ™‚
      (I hope that everyone who does order this box is happy with it, I might be more tempted if it was a different price)

    • YEEESSSSS!!!! I love your post, hilarious!!!

      • Paige!!! I loveeeee you!!!! You are so funny lol. ? I didn’t grab popcorn but I did rush to the Comments!! Girl you made my day!! Funniest Comment Everrrr!! xo ??

        • I meant Randi!! Love you Randi!!!!???

  6. Everyone keeps referencing to last year? What in the world happened last year lol???

    • Scroll down to nana’s comment – she has a link to last year’s…

      From what I remember a lot of people weren’t happy with the contents bc they advertised it as “fashion” but there wasn’t an actual wearable item – except for a pair of earrings that a lot of people couldn’t even use. The “value” of the earrings was quite high and then I think they even went on sale on the designers website at one point, only to be marked up again. I think there was also a Marc Jacobs bangle that was from a previous year or season and was available at TJ Maxx.

      PS ended up taking returns on that box bc of all of the unhappy people. Then later they sent an email out claiming they “secured” additional inventory and had the box up for sale again on their website… and it was for sale for a looonnngg time, like longer than any other LE box before it finally “sold out” (or they just removed it).

  7. Do you have a link to pre-order this box? I am a Popsugar subscriber but can’t seem to find a link on their website and the link to the box in this post just takes me to the main site. Trying to decide if I want to order… thanks.

    • I’ve just updated the links in the post to go directly to the CFDA box.

      • Thanks! Lynn

  8. not after last year’s!

    • No kidding! Last year’s CFDA box was a total letdown. πŸ™

  9. I’m actually worried about the cover up being too big. It looks to be loose-fitting anyway, so the “one size fits most” description in the FAQs concerns me. That being said, I think it’s really cute! Just not sure I want to spend that much if I can’t specify a size. πŸ™

    • Well, I went with my gut and ordered it, hoping it’s a medium. I figured it should be easy enough to alter if it’s too big. The description read “little luxuries perfect for a relaxing day at the pool or a weekend of sun and music”. Hoping for sunglasses, a beach tote, a beach towel, summery jewelry – anything except another pair of ear buds!

    • @Shelley – same here. I am 5’4″, barely a B cup, and their site says the picture is of size small on a 5’10” model. So I am afraid if they send out a generic medium or “one size fits all” it’s gonna be a maxi dress on me! That said, I would so love a nice summer box….I wish more spoilers would come out to convince me one way or another.

  10. I’d rather buy the adorable striped swim coverup by Marimekko at Target that goes on sale this weekend for $26.99!! Much easier on the pocketbook and more versatile in my opinion. Now if I can only figure out how to beat the masses that will want one too:)

  11. I wish I had a life that justified a $100+ beach cover-up.

    It’ll be interesting to see how this sells – PS seems to be pushing the limits of what they can get their customers on-board for. Not posting the retail value covers them for problems like they had last year but it also increases the risk for the purchaser. I would hate to spend that much money and end up with items that I probably could have picked out myself for close to the same price (only with having a choice of sizes and colors).

  12. LOL no. Not again. Really Popsugar? Especially with a spoiler that is a rather unexciting clothing item (which seems only to go to a 12 at best, which sucks since the average woman in the US in a size 14…)

    • ^^^^ Yes! I don’t think this box will sell very well. Remember last year when it sold out in about 10 minutes?

      • yep. And I was one of the people who bought it! Thank god that I was able to return it!

  13. Seriously???!!!! This is the item that they think will make us spend $$$? After last year’s fiasco, they will have to do some serious spoilers that will truly whet the appetite. This looks like it’s from the Gap. No, thank you. I think I will keep my hard earned money, don’t want to be a sucker.

  14. Ha! Oh no. Not again. I second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth what everyone else says here. Not happening, and especially not for no $225! Shoot no.

    • Okay, devils advocate here. It is for charity. Possible saving grace? Tax write off? LOL

      • Popsugar gets the tax write off. ? We don’t. Is CFDA even a charity? Does it have 501(c) status?

          • Did those who purchased last year receive any paperwork for a deduction? My guess is no because we are buying it from PopSugar and they are giving the donation. If we were to buy direct from CFDA then we would…in my opinion and experience. However, tax law changes and the speed of light and it’s been a few years since I’ve dipped my toe into tax codes.

    • ^^^ I totally love your comment!

  15. I just got my PS Mini. …..crickets….. So this is a really bad day for them to come out with this. Not even tempted.

      • A candle and a tin of lip balm. I kid you not.

        • I would love to swap you for the box or even buy it from you. I love the candle mainly. I signed up for the mini box too late. I will get the May box. πŸ™

  16. Nice try, Popsugar.

  17. After last year’s CFDA fiasco (which I’m sure they’ve learned from. . so I would guess this will be a much better box), there’s no way I will get this box. I’ve purchased the last few LE boxes and have been really underwhelmed. I’d rather use the money to buy something I know I will like.

  18. So I guess I am literally the only sucker for this! I just purchased it. I live in Hawaii so I can wear the coverup year round, and I love the lemlem brand. Pleassssseeee Popsugar, make this a good one!!!

    • I purchased it too. I’m hoping this will be a good one. This will be my first time purchasing this special edition. Please Popsugar make it worth it and I’ll continue every year πŸ™‚

      • I think it’ll be good this year; I’m sure they don’t want a ton of people returning boxes again this year, right? Right?! I asked desperately after plunking down $225. I have no self control when it comes to PopSugar. Sigh.

        • I am sure there are more people who ordered this box than will admit it. I ordered one again myself, and so far no buyers remorse! Just go with it and enjoy the goodies inside. The cover up covers the cost of the box and 1/2 is going to charity!

  19. Not even tempted a little…..

  20. Even if that shirt did fit me, it looks like someone cut in half two different tshirts and sewed them together. I’m not familiar with the brand, but it doesn’t scream luxe to me, and I wonder if this will even be available in larger than a size 12 (which a majority of the population is). They’ve majorly missed the mark on so many items, I think they should create a focus group to get the pulse of what their customers want/expect. Their curation leaves a lot to be desired. Until full spoilers are out, I doubt anyone would even consider taking a chance.

  21. I live near a beach and I love a good cover up, but that one is just not my style. I dislike how the stripes don’t match up, although I am sure it is intentional, just not for me. The one on their site says the model is 5’10” and wearing the small. I am 5’4″ and I can’t imagine a garment that fits someone 6 inches taller than me is going to be flattering. Going to pass for now. Maybe if everything else is amazing and it goes on sale…..

  22. Hah! After last year’s I think I can wait for the full review and there will still be boxes available if i want it then.

  23. Part of me thinks it will have to be amazing bc they don’t want to have 100 sent back….
    It ill just wait till is on RueLaLa since no one is ordering.

    • Really, these go on RueLaLa?

    • I bet they won’t take returns this year.

  24. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, well, I’m just an idiot.
    Ahhhhhhhh, no

  25. Seriously?! After last year’s debacle? You’ve got some cahones, PopSugar. I’ll give you that.

  26. Three big things I can’t risk. Great. The price is way too much since last year was so lackluster that makes it even more of a gamble.
    Clothing is hit or miss for me because even though I fit M/L I don’t know the brand well enough to know how the product will look on me.
    Lastly earrings is something that I just can’t even use. I have a nickel allergy and I am not going to risk anything.

  27. Glad to see I am not the only one who is like, NO WAY! PS should stick to the $100 boxes. The resort box was awesome. Saving my pennies for the Summer LE box

  28. Not a chance. Not after last year. I have purchased every PS LE box since January 2015, but I will not buy this.

    • Based on everyone’s comments, I don’t think they realized how mad people still are after last year!

  29. Call me a snob but I don’t see a striped swim coverup as ‘fashion.’
    And nowhere approaching the price tag since they trot out the good stuff – theoretically – for spoilers. I think I’ll be rubbing my hands together like a cartoon villain and laughing like a maniac when the review post comes up for this.

    • You are not a snob.

  30. Not a chance!

    • Me too!! I just got the LE for 100.00 last month but I’m a stickler I would never pay that much not knowing what I’m getting! The Luxor Box is my limit & even that’s to much lol. ?

  31. Y’know, if the spoiler were something I liked, I might actually give them a second chance – despite the massive disappointment of last year.

    But hoo boy is that cover up NOT for me. Furthermore, as a plus-size chick, I have concerns that it wouldn’t fit me.

    Sooooo… No thank you!

    • AMEN!! I’m plus size too & I won’t take a chance on Jewlery or Bracelets or a t-shirt that won’t fit!!

  32. I’m assuming that unless they come out with a killer second spoiler there will be a huge oversupply of this box and we’ll see it marked down this summer. Between last year’s trainwreck and this lackluster spoiler I can’t imagine many people will be lining up for this one.

  33. I have purchased every LD box for the last 6-8 months and came into sub boxes just after the last one. I will not be buying this one. Last years box sucked and so does the spoiler! I don’t swim so that would be a total waste of time and money!!! I hope it doesn’t suck for those of you who’ve purchased it! I’m sure they’ll be some little trinket or product I might want but I’ll check the swap board for that!

  34. I wish they would launch another QVC box instead!! I LOVED my QVC box last year and I really love that there was an option for easy pay!!!

    • I’d also love to see another Target box!

  35. I have to say, I have a lemlem coverup that I love and always get comments on– it’s a nice brand sold in pricey boutiques and I’d be really happy to have another. But, I already have plenty of cover ups, this box is a little pricey to me, and I agree that last year’s debacle (I did get my money back) makes me think I can pass….if it were $150 I might pull the trigger.

    • Thanks, that helped me decide NO WAY! I can’t get over the over inflated cost of plated earrings… Rediculous! And a overinflated price on a bag to carry crap in, lol. I don’t think that was worth the cost and now the cost is higher. I hope it’s going to be great for people who decided to trust in it, but I will def wait to see if it improved.

      • Oh, I hated the box overall but I LOVE that bag….maybe because I have a lot of crap to carry. Makes the regret of buying last year a little easier to swallow.

        • If the bag has held up and your still loving it then yes it was worth it. ?

    • probably because the value will be less than one pay’s as 50% goes to charity!

  36. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. No thanks!

    • Yep! you said it!!

  37. Does anyone know the return policy if I hate it? I don’t know why I want this box, but I do.

    *SIGH* I have the sub addiction…bad.

    My name is Ann, and I’m a sub box addict.

    • usually it’s no returns, but after last year’s fiasco they did allow returns. I sent mine back without even opening it since I was so disappointed after seeing spoilers. I emailed Popsugar first and they sent me a FedEx label…

      • Thank you, Sarah. I’ve decided after reading all the comments that I’m going to pass. I don’t know what got into me. I usually would never consider one like this without more spoilers. I guess I had temporary sub insanity for a minute. Thank goodness so many chimed in and saved me. πŸ™‚

  38. I loved the resort box but this spoiler is sooooo not my style. I’ll pass.

  39. In the FAQ’s there is a question about sizing. It says that if it doesn’t fit, you may be able to get a larger size. I’m 5’2, but if I were taller, I would worry about the “may” in the sentence….

  40. I usually get big time FOMO, but after last year’s fiasco, no thank you! Plus it’s $30 more. Maybe they’ll release a second spoiler – the first one is nothing exciting or special!

  41. I didn’t order last year, but saw what happened, so no thanks. Especially since I wasn’t a fan of their winter for her limited edition box and not feeling that cover-up. For those of you who do order, I hope they bring it for you this year!

  42. Who knows, it might be a great box but I ordered last year so as the person above said, NO WAY!

  43. I’m skipping this one – I just can’t spend $225 on a box. The most I’ve ever done is the $150 Avenue A box and that was because I knew I was getting a $120 pair of shoes.
    But I’m excited to see what’s in the box this year… has to be better than last year

  44. the split cover up are already $115 down from $195 on the site.

    • I can’t find this cover-up on their site. There are a couple that look a bit like it, but aren’t actually the same.

      • It’s def the Zare line. You may find same color, but the bottom color may be different, such as the site has red, or blue. There are several sites that sell them and they do go on sale especially on Lyst. I personally wouldn’t spend that much on a cover up, and was amazed when these kept popping up everywhere with the longer ones running $400 or more (but you can get 1/2 off so many on Lyst) If you can’t find the one in the photo….I can’t imagine everyone getting the same color.

      • look on j crew, this brand is sold there….but, it’s always on sale!! ugh…

  45. Not after last year’s fiasco with the earrings. And the box went up $30. And that spoiler is a let down.

  46. On the plus side they’ve released a spoiler. On the downside, last year’s monstrosity of a box.

    • That was a big ol’ box of disappointment and an expensive one at that! Pass allllll the way!

  47. Oh, after last year? No freaking way! lol

    • Exactly! Lol. I can’t believe they’re even trying to do it again after last year’s total fail!

      • Agreed. I would never sink that much money into such a risk.

    • How do they know your size? Also, what happened last year? I was considering ordering until I read this comment. LOL


      • I was just wondering about the size thing too. I tried to go through ordering (up to the point of entering my CC #) to see what would happen and at no point do they ask you for your size.

      • I would definitely recommend looking at last year’s reviews… it was the only box they’ve ever accepted returns on. I’m frankly surprised they’re selling it again, and at a price increase to boot. You might like the items though.

      • Ann – most coverups in this type of loose-fitting style are one size fits all! I would imagine it fits XS – L though, so doesn’t exactly fit “all” ?

        • I looked up this brand specifically and they are sized S, M, L

          • And (as listed on lemlem website) the size L fits 10 – 12…that’s definitely not something that fits all. The CFDA box seems to be PSMH big chance to piiiss people off each year. But looking forward to seeing what else other people receive. I wonder if it will be as exciting as last years M by MJ past season bangle.

      • there is a section on their FAQ stating they have a limited number of larger sizes, so if you get the box and the cover up doesn’t fit, contact them right away and maybe they’ll have a larger one.

        eh. I’ll pass.

        • And here I thought last Nov to like Feb this year was their chance to piss people off! Hahahaha.

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