The Nina Garcia Quarterly subscription box sends out fashion and beauty items about once a quarter. (Quarterly's shipping schedule isn't always every 3 months.)
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
(Everything comes wrapped in Nina’s hashtag paper).
The Subscription Box: Nina Garcia for Quarterly
The Cost: $100 a box plus shipping
The Products: Items hand selected by Nina Garcia!
Ships to: Everywhere (US $8, Canada $30; rest of world +$40)
Each Quarterly box comes with a letter from the curator describing the theme for that quarter, and background on every item they selected.
For this box, Nina focused on some of her favorite brands that make eco-friendly, health-conscious, and sustainable products.
Now, onto the items!
Good Cloth Fiesta Clutch - Value $55
This clutch is absolutely stunning. I'm so impressed with the detail work and craftsmanship with this piece.
More about Frolic:
Made of recycled Huipiles, natural cotton lining, and recycled Corte Liso, this clutch is made with people and the environment in mind. The artisans, all women, are part of a small weaving fair trade cooperative and paid fair wages. The cooperative offers training and educational programs, including those on nutrition since malnourishment is a significant issue faced by the Mayan community. The artisans take any leftover Huipil material (nothing is thrown away) and turn it into accessories, which they sell at weekly local markets. All dyes are non-toxic.
Frolic's objective is to work with cooperative groups, small family businesses and local artisans, providing fair wages and ethical manufacturing and thus improving the economic well-being of the women and their families.
Nina included this to add some color to what often is a muted palette for fall wardrobes. Here it is in hand to give you a better sense of scale:
This is definitely one of my new favorite pieces!
Johnny Fly Sunglasses - Value $75
Always good when sunglasses come with a great case!
Both the frames and the case are made from sustainable wood, too!
These are a classic shape, and I think the mix of tortoise pattern and the bamboo sides is a fun mix of materials.
Synergy Organic Clothing Tissue Infinity Scarf - Retail Value $24 (On Sale for $14.40)
This scarf is definitely as thin as the "Tissue" name implies! It is made from 100% organic cotton and colored with low impact dyes.
The color isn't a shade I normally would pick out, but I'm trying to put together ways to style it. Here it is on with the sunglasses:
Since it is so thin, you can put it under and jacket for a pop of color without adding any bulk!
Key Necklace by Ariana Ost - Value $80
(I can't find this exact necklace online, but I'm using the value of a similar key necklace.)
Nina refers to this pendant as a classic, signature piece, and suggests wearing it on its own, or pairing it with shorter, more delicate pieces.
(All of Ariana's jewelry is handmade and handcrafted in the US, and this piece uses recycled chains.)
I tried pairing it alone with an open blazer:
Time for the beauty items!
W3ll People Expressionist Mascara - Value $22
I've sampled this mascara before and I think it's a great formula for a natural look. (I've also had success with applying lots of layers for a more dramatic look.)
And of course, I love that W3LL People uses all organic and natural ingredients!
French Girl Organic Sea Spray - Value $12
Sea sprays feel a little more appropriate in a summer than a fall box, but this one smells so good, I can let that go! This spray added texture and a lovely jasmine scent to my hair - I'm a fan. (And it's made with organic and vegan ingredients!)
Maya Water Facial Mist - Value $29
This mist is made with Norwegian thermal spa water and Organic White Tea.
My favorite part about this facial mist is how fine the spray is - it gives you hydration and refreshes while keeping it light!
Verdict: This box has a value of about $287. I think that's great for a $100 box, and I love the ingredient and production conscious theme of this box. It's one of my favorite Nina Garcia boxes yet! I'm also happy with the mix of fashion and beauty items - it's a good balance.
What do you think of #NGQ08? What is your favorite item in the box?