LaOfficeBox Subscription Review + Coupon – July 2017
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The Subscription Box: LaOfficeBox
The Cost: $39.00 per month, or save with a longer commitment.
COUPON: Use code 1STBOX to get a free gift in your first box!
The Products: 4-7 finds to help the professional woman feel fabulous, confident, and inspired.
Ships to: U.S. for $5.00 and Canada for $14.00
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This little card is the only information card in the box. It’s not as detailed as information cards in other boxes, which explain each item and why it’s been included and give an idea of value.
Stella Pearl Face Mask – Value $3.00
I found a lot of different prices for this mask online (between about $1.00 to about $5.00), so I gave the value my best guesstimate. I feel like that’s what I’d typically expect to pay for a sheet mask. This pearl mask didn’t dramatically change my skin—it did leave it feeling temporarily more moisturized and soft, but that didn’t last too long. It’s a pretty standard sheet mask. It’s not life-changing, but it’s a nice excuse to take some time out of my day for some pampering.
Rose + Vanilla Moisturizing Lip Balm, 0.5 oz – Value $8.76
This lip balm tin is so cute. It’s way less clunky to shove in the pocket of a pair of shorts or a skirt than a little jar of balm. I like that this balm is made with essential oils, shea butter, and almond oil, among other natural ingredients. The scent is nice, too. It’s legitimately pretty—a little floral, a little sweet, and not too overwhelming. It works about as well as any other natural balm I’ve tried, and it isn’t sticky or anything, which I really like.
Seven Sisters Tea White Honey Fig, 50g – Value $2.50
I’ve been trying more and more loose-leaf teas and really enjoying them. This tea has a sweet, yet earthy flavor, though it took a little while for it to really bloom in the hot water. In other words, let it steep for a bit! I guess that could be me, too—I tend to like really robust, very flavorful teas.
Two “Merci” Thank You Cards by Carolyn Parra Designs – Value $3.20?
I based this value on similar cards on the Carolyn Parra shop. I always like having spare thank you cards around to use in a pinch, so I’m happy to see these included in the box. And I love all things metallic! I feel like these are still relatively crisp and professional, but they have a pop of personality that seems a bit more authentic to the kind of card I would probably send to someone.
Order from Chaos by Liz Davenport – Value on Amazon $10.99 (Retail price $13.00)
I just recently read the Marie Kondo book on organizing, and it’s put my mind in a very tidy mood. I’ve gotten my home to a good place, but my office? Uh, that’s another story. I definitely need tips on how to keep the mountains of stuff that piles up on my desk in check!
Book Summary on Amazon:
The Six Steps to Organizational Freedom
*Miss important deadlines at work?
*Forget to return urgent phone calls?
*Lose papers that were “just here a minute ago”?
*Have multiple layers of sticky notes on your computer?
*Leave projects unfinished for days, weeks, or even months at a time?
If any of these sound familiar, then you are among the ranks of the disorganized—whether mildly or completely—and Liz Davenport has written this book just for you. Order from Chaos is the organizing book for disorganized people. In six easy steps she offers a system that will help you clean up your act. She demonstrates how to clear your desk by teaching you what’s trash and why, reveals what a calendar is really meant to be, and provides a no-fail system for prioritization. At the end of the day, your desk will be clear and your mind will be free to relax.
Rather than offering overcomplicated instructions for filing systems and time management plans, Order from Chaos focuses on ease of use. There is not one person—from office assistant to CEO—who will not benefit from this straightforward, easy-to-maintain plan.
More than anything, I like that this little book is easy to toss in a bag and read over a lunch hour!
Route 3 Lace-Front Top – Value $15.00?
I couldn’t find this top anywhere online, and the brand seems to mostly appear on wholesale websites. I just guessed at how much I’d expect to pay for it above. It’s made from polyester material that feels (I know this sounds weird, but…) a stretchy paper towel, in terms of texture. The cut is relatively cute, and not too low. The pattern feels a little too traditional for my tastes, but it is nice and summery. I have a very laid-back office dress code, but what about you? Would the lace-up design be okay where you work?
It was more fitted than I expected, but it’s pretty comfortable overall.
The Verdict: I think that LaOfficeBox is a cute idea—I like that they cover such a wide variety of “professional” interests and needs, including clothing, stationery, and even professional wisdom. Based on my estimations, I got about $43.00 worth of products for $44.00 (the price of the box plus U.S. shipping). I would call that pretty fair, except some of the quality was a bit so-so (the top, for instance, feels like something that’ll start getting misshapen or frayed after a few washes, and the mask was kind of “meh”). I loved the book and would’ve really liked to get more of those pretty notecards. I could see this box being a fun gift for a recent grad starting their first “real” job!
What do you think of LaOfficeBox?