Ellie is a workout wear + gear subscription! Each month you'll receive a complete outfit and some additional workout accessories/tools. They include a gorgeous metallic shipping envelope if there's anything you'd like to return, plus an invoice listing all the goodies you got.
You can now choose between a three-item box or a five-item box. This is a review of the five-item box, which is $49.95 per month.
Sometimes Ellie offers add-ons, too. Here's how add-ons work, according to Ellie:
In addition to our box, we offer styles for 70% of their retail price to supplement your box. You can order them after you receive your box!
If you choose to skip the month, you'll still be given the option to nab certain add-on items. We'll show off those items, too!
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The Subscription Box: Ellie
The Cost: $39.95 a month for 3 items or $49.95 a month for 5 items. Free shipping within the Continental US. $6.99 shipping to Alaska and Hawaii.
The Products: A full fitness outfit, including items like a top, a bra, and a bottom. The 5 item box will also include two fitness accessories.
Good to Know: Ellie offers subscribers the option to nab exclusive "add-on" items after they receive that month's box. Even if you choose to skip a month of the subscription, you'll still have the chance to nab certain add-on items.
Ships to: The US only
Ellie December 2018 Review
Here's the shiny envelope that holds the info cards and invoice for the box.
And here's a shot of the invoice.
I got a few different promo cards for different businesses in this box. The first one is for Nurx, a birth control company.
The next one is an ad for Veestro, which is a healthy frozen meal subscription service.
Bally Swing Singlet, Size Medium
The first item in this box is this white semi-sheer tank, which has a wide open back to keep it breezy. It's made from a super-stretchy polyester spandex blend that's comfy, but just a tiny bit shapeless for my tastes. Still, it'll be handy to have especially towards spring, when I need something to throw on over a sweaty yoga-class bra top before walking down the street for a smoothie.
Marika Brooklyn Legging, Size Large
These leggings have the strangest (coolest?) texture! I can't decide whether or not I like it or not, to be honest. Unfolding them was more like peeling them apart—the glossy finish grips against itself kind of like cling wrap. The polyester-spandex-blend fabric is on the thinner side, with a super close fit that doesn't hide much. The shininess doesn't help with that hiding things problem either! But I appreciate the wide high waist, and it's hard for me to ignore a pair of solid black leggings. They're just so versatile!
The last wearable item I got was this gray cardigan. I love the color, and the polyester-rayon-spandex fabric is comfy and stretchy. It's kind of like what you'd expect from a lightweight hoodie. The cut of the cardigan fits my body well, too. I'm always cold, so cardis and jackets like this are always nice to have around. I feel like I could wear this to work over a nice top if I wanted. It's pretty polished for a workout look.
PS, I was able to find this in black, but not in dove gray, hence the estimated value above.
Zobha Jump Rope
I love the color scheme of this jump rope. It's sort of a coppery color with dove-gray accents. Sometimes I'll take a jump rope along with me on a walk in the nearby park and try to do 20 turns or so every so often, just to up the impact of my walk. I'll have to hang this one up on a door for awhile to let the plastic relax (there are some stubborn bends in it), but then I'll have to add it to my routine!
Zobha Ab Wheel
Ab wheels look so innocent, but for someone without a ton of core strength, wow are they ever tough! The idea is that you get into an adjusted push-up position, where you're essentially in a plank, but with knees down, but hold the handles on the wheel rather than having your hands on the floor beneath your shoulders. The exercise sounds simple—you simply push the wheel out in front of you, holding your core tight, then use your core to pull your body back to the original position. But hoooo baby, does this ever do a number on your body! The narrowness of the wheel also adds a balance challenge to your typical plank. Nice!
BONUS: Tone It Up Plant Based Protein Bar in Blueberry Coconut - Retail Value $7.99
These crunchy bars have a bit of that protein powdery taste, but not anywhere close to the mealy flavor that turns me off of so many protein bars. The blueberry coconut flavor is on the milder side, but that's a symptom of the good fact that these are relatively low in sugar. I used this box of bars as my afternoon work snack resource for a week and enjoyed how they hit the spot without being too overly sweet or salty or too filling.
Verdict: While I'm still determining whether or not I like the finish on those leggings, I do appreciate the quality and convenience of this subscription. The fact that you get a whole outfit rather than just one piece or type of piece. Everything coordinates, too, which means I can wear them together or mix and match the looks with things I already have. The workout accessories are cool, too, especially if you're trying to improve your at-home fitness game.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes!
Value Breakdown: The five-item box costs $56.94 after shipping. That means that the average price paid per item, not including the bonus bars, is $11.39 (or $9.49 counting the bars).
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What do you think of the December Ellie Box?