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What I’m Wearing This Week: Rocksbox

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyNov 19, 2021 | 8 comments

Rocksbox
3.5 overall rating
42 Ratings | 22 Reviews

Rudiment Dolores Ring

Hey, y’all! Yee-haw, I’m in Nashville at the Yee-Haw Brewing Co. learning how to country line dance, sing like Taylor Swift, and maybe run into that hottie known as Luke Bryan.  If you haven’t already noticed, I’m switching it up a little bit and adding Rocksbox to the mix. Now, I know I’m not the first (or last) person at MSA to review Rocksbox, so I won’t bore you with all the mundane details, but unlike RTR and Armoire, I’ve already purchased an item I rented. Score!

Stay tuned because I wore the jewelry to the wedding so there are pictures and stories to follow, but first a word from our sponsors.

WHAT I’M WEARING THIS WEEK: Rocksbox

Welcome to What I’m Wearing This Week: Rocksbox. For the newbies, every Friday on WIWTW I’ll recap the jewelry rentals I wore for the week. I’ll take you on a trip through my life (recovered from COVID in March, now fully vaccinated), where I’m going (90% of the places are outside, and I wear a mask), what’s missing in my jewelry box, my current obsessions, what I’m excited to try, and maybe even buy. And each week I’ll fill you in on why I chose each item, the total value of the rental compared to the retail price…and where I wore it. 

Rocksbox is a jewelry styling and rental service. Members pay a flat rate every month to get unlimited access to the Rocksbox collection and the option to buy whatever they love at a discounted price. Members can keep and wear the three pieces they receive for as long as they want, or they can switch out sets whenever they’d like. Rocksbox also offers a monthly credit so you can buy the pieces for less.

This is a review of the monthly plan for $21, which includes shipping to the US only. 

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSAGIVING21 to get your first month free + $15 credit toward your first purchase!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

WHAT I RECEIVED 

 

Just like other subscription boxes, when I signed up for Rocksbox I had to set up a style profile that asked me questions like my metal preference, and which necklace, earring, bracelet, and ring styles I liked the most. Since I identify as good as gold (Ok Britney—I’m not that innocent), I chose three gold-tone items that were a little more classic than trendy. Let’s dive in!

THE GOODS 

Perry Street Sophia Hoops, Retail Value $60

 

The backstory: Ready for the wedding weekend craziness? We arrived at Boar’s Head (side note: the lodging is quite overrated and not worth the hefty price) around 2pm and fully intended to get ready in our room before we headed out to Mount Ida Farm for the 4:45pm ceremony, but the resort had other plans. Room’s not ready! Duh.

We had to drag our suitcases back out to the car, unpack a little, grab our essentials, and use the lobby restroom to get ready. I STILL hadn’t decided on my dress so I brought three of them with me, put on a mini fashion show for two ladies in there, and I let them pick the dress for me! The winner was the Self-Portrait Geometric Lace Pleated Maxi Dress which I’m wearing in the photos above, and I also included the mink and Mr. HGL.

We got ready and I asked the woman at the desk if the room was ready and she said no. Then, I asked what time the shuttle would take us to the ceremony and she said 3:45pm. Then, I asked if there was a bar in the building. No (wtf?). So, a guy in a golf cart picked us up and dropped us off at the golf club grill in our tux and gown.

Got back to the lobby around 3:15pm (room still not ready) and basically ran after our 3:45pm shuttle because I couldn’t walk in my heels. We got on the bus and started looking around for people we knew, but everyone was quite a bit older and unfamiliar. Then, my boyfriend asked me if her last name was Leech or Lynch because we were on the Leech bus and he thought we were supposed to be on the Lynch bus. Well, as we’re pulling onto the main road, we made the bus driver pull over because we were going to the wrong ceremony. Dun, dun, dun, dun.

I had to hobble back to the lodge with bloody feet so we could grab the car and he could drive us. I left my flats in the suitcase at the hotel’s front desk and was stuck with a pair of torture chambers. We sped through the hills of Charlottesville and pulled up to the farm as the bride was walking towards her husband. We were at the bottom of the hill and they were at the top. MY POOR FEET.

How I styled it: Sadly, I didn’t take many pictures at the reception and definitely didn’t get any pics of my dress, so you’ll have to deal with my re-enactment. I wore the Perry Street Sophia Hoops with my vintage (almost dry rot) mink jacket, the Self-Portrait dress, Chanel Gripoix Bracelet, fishnet stockings, and those freaking YSL Platform Pumps.

Size and fit: These gold-tone hoop earrings are 1″ in diameter, so they’re the perfect size for a wedding and everyday wear too. I love that they match my vintage gold swirl diamond ring so I just had to buy them. Plus, they’re really well made, designed in an artful zigzag pattern, the crystals almost look like diamonds, and they’re lightweight too!

Condition: Just lovely!

Honest review: I bought them for $30 with a special discount. Need I say more? I’m wearing them right now in Nashville. 

Rudiment Dolores Ring, Retail Value $70

 

The backstory: This dress is the one I was planning on wearing to the wedding, but changed my mind at the last second thanks to the ladies in the Boar’s Head restroom. I also wore this ring to the wedding.

Okurrrr, as you can imagine, we weren’t feeling so hot the next morning, but we had a full day of wineries and breweries just waiting to attack our liver and kidneys! After finding some coffee, a bite to eat, and filling my tires with air (I didn’t know how to do that), we arrived at the King Family Vineyards. It ended up being another very long day, but we met a lot of awesome people and I even had a mini photoshoot with another chick at the wedding who lives for fashion and jewelry rentals.

After the vineyards, we followed the crowd to the Pro Re Nata Brewery where I had too many Pavlov’s Bell-gian Blonde Ales (luckily no one was ringing a bell at me or else I would’ve dumped my beer on their head) and we danced to the local band. It was a great day that ended with me ordering a ton of Thai food to the resort, having my boyfriend play Thai food fetch (sorry babe), and then spilling it all over the bed. I’m sure the maids loved me.

How I styled it: I wore the Dolores Ring with the Sophia Hoops, and the SLATE Colt Chain Necklace (which I’ll review next). I also paired it with my Hermes Clic-Clac H Bracelet, a 60s-inspired mock neck shift dress by Ganni, thigh-high leather boots, and I switched between the Gucci Studded Leather Jacket and my vintage mink because it was windy, then sunny and warmer, and then freezing again!

Size and fit: I have thin fingers and the size 6 was the smallest option at the time. The Dolores ring is a high-shine, 14k gold-plated, wrap design ring with sparkling pave crystals. 

Condition: Perfect.

Honest review: It’s a pretty ring, but the pave and twist gap ended up getting caught in my hair and tore my tights. Since I’m a klutz, I need something a little less rigid. I didn’t end up buying it. 

SLATE Colt Necklace, Retail Value $60

 

The backstory: Well, we survived the wedding weekend. It was a blast, but Boar’s Head annoyed me since I couldn’t check in until after we got back from the reception. I feel like I should’ve gotten a discount. In other news, I did briefly misplace this necklace and ended up frantically crawling around the floor of the resort to locate it, only to find out it was still around my neck. BRILLIANT.

Size and fit: It’s a 16″ twisted curb chain with a 3″ extender and I struggled to find my ideal length.

Condition: Great condition. 

Honest review: I was really hoping for something chunkier and heavier, kind of like the chain on my Chanel 19. Needless to say, I didn’t end up buying it. 

DID THEY DELIVER? 

  • What items were most helpful and versatile to own this week to ensure I got the most out of my rental and completed the look I craved? Obviously, the Perry Street Sophia Hoops were my absolute favorite. I’m wearing them right now in Nashville!
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? Jewelry rentals are way easier than clothing since you don’t have to worry about sizing or damage. My first experience with Rocksbox was great. I’m just worried I might end up buying the entire site since their discount is pretty great. 
  • What’s the return process like? Place the items in the bag, seal it up and that’s it!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Bunny rabbit and laptop

Mr. HGL is watching me type up this review and also contemplating peeing on my bed.

First of all, jewelry rentals are EASY. You don’t need to worry about sizing, damaged items, weird smells, or wanting to keep something super expensive. Plus, they’re a little easier to reviewuntil I end up throwing in my own personal wardrobe and then I’m back to square one. Now, I’m not a jewelry person I’m all about designer bags, shoes, and clothing. I’ve heard lots about Kendra Scott (I practically live across the street from one of her shops and have never, ever gone inside) and other designers, but Rocksbox gives me the opportunity to try before I buy which makes it cool and I love exploring items I wouldn’t have otherwise considered.

NEXT TOPIC…

Are you familiar with peer-to-peer rentals? Well, it’s a big deal right now, and I’ve been closely following the launch of a peer-to-peer company based in the UK called By Rotation. The business model is pretty cool – you’re letting your “friends” shop and borrow from your closet at a cost, and you can borrow from theirs too.

I looked into it a little more closely because I’ve had the same business idea myself (who hasn’t, really?) and discovered a company in the US called Tulerie that does it too. It made me wonder if I should join in on the fun too? After all, I’ve got all these great dresses and handbags that my friends borrow anyway, so why not ship them around the country and get paid for it?

I’m not so sure how I feel about renting from other people’s closets unless they’ve been vetted, authenticated, and cleaned, but I’ve often wondered how much money I could make renting out my designer handbags, sunglasses, shoes, and accessories. It could be super lucrative, or I could end up totally crushed when my beloved bags return completely damaged…or don’t return at all.

What do you think about peer-to-peer rentals? Should I join or does it seem too risky?

CAN YOU STILL GET THIS BOX IF YOU SIGN UP TODAY? Yes, all these items are still available to rent. 

COUPON: Limited Time Only! Use code MSAGIVING21 to get your first month free + $15 credit toward your first purchase!

VALUE BREAKDOWN: The monthly membership costs $21/month and so far I’ve received styles with a retail value of $190!

What are your thoughts on Rocksbox? Does it make more sense to rent jewelry? Or would you rather discuss how it’s beyond impossible to walk out of Target without spending at least $40 each time?

Rocksbox is a jewelry rental membership that makes it easy to discover new looks. For $21/month, you'll receive three pieces of designer and exclusive jewelry to wear, rent or purchase. If you fall in love with a piece from your set, buy it with your monthly credit! When you're ready for new jewelry... read more.
Mary Zubritsky
Mary Zubritsky
If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. And while my bank account often feels the crunch, I just can’t stop buying secondhand clothing and accessories, under-the-radar beauty products, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of public transportation, I now drive and love to tour the Virginia countryside looking for vintage shops, undiscovered wineries and breweries, historic sites, and Thai restaurants—I’m addicted to Thai food. I never leave home without a spare phone charger because I love horror movies and therefore have an irrational fear of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.

Mary Zubritsky
Mary Zubritsky
If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. And while my bank account often feels the crunch, I just can’t stop buying secondhand clothing and accessories, under-the-radar beauty products, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of public transportation, I now drive and love to tour the Virginia countryside looking for vintage shops, undiscovered wineries and breweries, historic sites, and Thai restaurants—I’m addicted to Thai food. I never leave home without a spare phone charger because I love horror movies and therefore have an irrational fear of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.
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8 comments

mandi

Love those earrings and ring! I would be way too scared to rent my things out-I know accidents happen and some people aren’t careful with their things, if anyone ruins my stuff it’s gonna be me lol. I would love to see you review some of the Neiman Marcus luxury boxes coming out if msa can get their hands on them.

Mary Zubritsky

Ohhhh! Do not know about them and would love it…I’ll look into it. 🙂

Caligirl

Mary just love your reviews and style as always.

Mary Zubritsky

Thank you! 🙂

Lisa B

Mlle Mary I wait all week for Friday and your reviews. I was excited to see the dress you chose for the wedding so THANK YOU! You looked beautiful, just as expected and seriously, who hasn’t been touched by the torture of stillies? I must say though, the shift dress from Gianni was the best look. I wish you had shown it with the boots!
I agree with your assessment of the necklace, I would have wanted something more substantial.
Peer rentals have peaked my interest! I have a ridiculous amount of designer bags that I could ($h!t maybe) offer but I would totally need you to vet that out for me! Who would be getting my beauties and would they take care of them???
Overall, I am thrilled with your review, and more seriously, a view into Mr HGL’s life. ❤

Mary Z

Thank you. I’m signing up because I’m so curious. I can help you with your bags and whatever you need!

I have other pics of the boots, and have worn them in other photos. They’re gorgeous but the leather is too thin and stretchy so I’ve gone to drastic measures to keep them up (there’s a reason they were on serious discount)and ruined them in the process. I just bought cowboy boots in Nashville and they’re perfect!

Kate K.

Definitely curious about peer-to-peer rentals! Never heard of that before with jewelry/accessories/clothes!

Mary Zubritsky

I’m going to sign up and check it out

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