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What I’m Wearing This Week: Rocksbox

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyDec 10, 2021 | 10 comments

Rocksbox
3.5 overall rating
44 Ratings | 24 Reviews

Hello, and happy Friday! Welcome back to WIWTW: Rocksbox. Before we begin, I'm going to tell you about my days as intern at Cosmopolitan Magazine and why I was essentially forced out of that internship for being a party girl. I previously mentioned my dream job was to work at Cosmopolitan Magazine and this was the reason I moved to NYC. Well, less then two weeks after I settled into an apartment behind The Dakota (total fluke, shared a BED with a girl I met at a waitressing job and we found the apartment in the back of the Village Voice), 9/11 occurred and my roommates (who were in the Towers, but survived) understandably fled NYC, and I had to move to Times Square to share a one-bedroom with a girl I met at another waitressing job.

A few months later, I landed a cocktail waitressing job at the brand-new W Hotel in Times Square at Blue Fin. Since it was the newest hotspot for a hot minute, they hosted all the New York Fashion Week parties. I waited on a table that included Vera Wang, and Calvin Klein, and since this Baltimore girl didn't know anything about sushi, lobster or sashimi, I completely f$$ked up their table's very expensive order. Vera (who's not the nicest person) flipped out and got me demoted to working the breakfast shift at the hotel, but since I also waited on a table full of Cosmo girls, I pitched myself to them for an unpaid internship and they brought me in as an accessories intern in the fashion department.

Cosmo was not like The Devil Wears Prada...everyone was really nice, but I was more focused on catching Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton falling off the bar at Lotus or Bungalow 8 than learning how to do my job properly. My main roles included safely transporting lots of expensive items to and from fashion PR firms and fashion houses, untangling necklaces (which is helpful with this week's Rocksbox review), and keeping track of handbags, scarves, shoes, and jewelry that were sent for photoshoots. I didn't pay much attention to where I was sending (or walking) bags and boxes of items by Hermes, Coach, and Lulu Guinness, and since I was more focused on being a party girl than a Cosmo Girl, I lost many expensive pieces (like a box of Hermes scarves, and David Yurman bracelets) and was essentially forced out after six months.

Two girls at a bar

Party Mary on the prowl instead of taking work seriously!

You ever look back on some of the stupid things you did in life and want to punch your younger self in the face? Yeah, me too. Oddly enough, my real Devil Wears Prada experience was at a PR firm a few years later who happened to rep David Yurman, Calvin Klein, and Vera Wang. YIKES.

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. 

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 

Rocksbox sent me items by Aster, Ava Rose, and SLATE.

THE GOODS 

SLATE Wilder Hoops, Retail Value $50

 

The backstory: Since I no longer live in DC, but still watch the local news, I decided to find a new hair stylist closer to me because it's safer this way. When a friend suggested The Bloom Salon in Tyson's Corner, I was all about it. I can get my hair done AND go shopping afterward? Sign me up! There's really no backstory at all, but I wore these earrings to get my hair done.

How I styled it: Super versatile! I wore them with a very festive dress by a Ukrainian designer called Andreeva (I'm half Ukrainian). I bought this dress before the pandemic shut down the world and I got laid off. As if I belong in software...

Size and fit: The gold-tone hexagonal Wilder hoops are 1.25" long and they're pretty lightweight so they won't weigh you down.

Condition: Like new

Honest review: Not exactly my style so I returned them. FYI Rocksbox will automatically send items from your heart list if you don't confirm your set by a certain date. I wasn't aware of this and when I received an email telling me that my Rocksbox order had shipped, I was very confused. Anyway, I didn't get my first, second, or third choice. Sigh. 

Aster Sage Layered Necklace, Retail Value $60

 

The backstory: Ok, there's no backstory here because I didn't end up wearing the necklace.

How I styled it: A necklace like this requires either a V-neck or scoop-neck top or dress due to the dangly, multi-layered design. I tried it on with a few looks, but in the end, I didn't end up wearing it.

Size and fit: Despite the fact that this high-polish, gold-tone necklace with faux pearls features a 3" extender that lengthens it from 15" to 18", it still wasn't working for me. Plus, it kept twisting and even though I became an expert at untangling necklaces at Cosmo, it's not my favorite past time. 

Condition: Great

Honest review: Just like the last Rocksbox review, this necklace just felt cheap. You get what you pay for, so I won't be buying it. 

Ava Rose Memphis Ring, Retail Value $50

 

The backstory: Wore this ring many times, like to dinner with my bf at Tiki Thai where I ordered ginger chicken and a cute little reindeer cocktail. I didn't end up wearing it with this dress, instead I paired it with a Rent the Runway rental! You'll see that dress next time we do RTR.

How I styled it: Clearly, it'll go with everything because it's a ring and the filigree cutout design dresses it up quite a bit.

Size and fit: This brass, 14 k gold-plated ring arrived in a size 6 which was a little too big for my ring finger and too small for my middle finger. Therefore, I gave it the middle finger...

Condition: Great condition. 

Honest review: Well, you now know I'm a klutz, so of course I cut my forehead while wearing this ring. The jagged edges can double as a non-deadly weapon. Seriously though, you run the risk of injuring yourself or tearing something with this ring...I sent it back. 

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? TBH, none of them and it's my fault because I didn't know about the time crunch, I would face once I returned the box. Next time I'll do a much better job!
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? They met expectations. Just remember to pick your items before you run out of time!
  • What’s the return process like? Place the items in the bag, seal it up and that's it!

FINAL THOUGHTS

I'm going to dive deeper into the site to heart items I'd looooove to wear, just in case I lose my mind and miss the deadline again. Despite being offered a $21 discount; I didn't end up buying any items this time because they weren't my top choices.

Bunny rabbit

Get off the phone, it's time for my haircut! I can't see sh!t.

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

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?

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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 designer goods, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of city slicking in NYC and DC, I now have a car 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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10 comments

Caligirl

I just love your reviews! I did the party girl thing too but in Cali!

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Mary Zubritsky

You only live once (I think?), and we should all have a little fun! 😉

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Lauren

I really liked the earrings on you! The necklace was my least favorite just because it was so dainty. I had a Rocksbox subscription a few years ago but then I became a SAHM and my need for so many accessories was cut wayyyy back lol. I enjoy reading your columns about all the things you’ve done/are doing. Your photos are great and you look amazing.

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Mary Zubritsky

I liked the earrings too, but since I just bought a similar pair, I decided against it. I’m pretty much a minimalist when it comes to jewelry, so I have a harder time finding items for myself on the site.

But thank you, I’m surprised I still have a functioning liver after being such a mess in my 20s. ;-P

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Jody E

Glad you could pull out a review even though the pieces were wrong for you. I would have to pass on a ring that could cut you.Ouch.

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Mary Zubritsky

Yeah, you live and learn. This time I beat them to it, but they still don’t make it easy to add your top items. Maybe I’m missing something.

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Laura

I love your columns. So entertaining! And, as a D.C. native (moved away 15 years ago), love seeing references to places I used to know!

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Mary Zubritsky

DC has changed soooo much! When I was at UMD back in 1997-2001, we used to duck while we drove down Rhode Island to avoid people shooting each other across the street. Sadly, it’s going back to those times again so I’m avoiding it more and more. I grew up in Baltimore…I don’t need to gentrify!

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Donna

My God, I’d never come to this website ever again if it weren’t for your columns. You are extremely entertaining! And your bunny belongs on the cover of Rabbit Vogue or something.

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Mary Zubritsky

I’ve had a crazy life with lots of ridiculous experiences. It didn’t end up the way I ever imagined (a bunny as a child?), so now I’ve just got to look back and laugh! #thankscarriebradshaw

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