I mentioned last week that, although I had canceled the Taste Trunk subscription, I had already found another box to fill the void. Like all the other boxes I receive, this one is purely selfish. No one else in the house can enjoy it but me. Yipee!
I heard about RocksBox on my trip to San Francisco in February. At a lunch meeting with one of my mentors, I made a comment about the cool bangles she was wearing, and she began evangelizing about this new startup. The very next day I read in TechCrunch that RocksBox had received a seed round of funding, including investors from the angel fund with which my mentor is involved. This seemed like a sign I should give it a shot, so I registered and put my name on the waiting list. About six weeks later, I got a notification that my first box was going to ship.
RocksBox is a bit like Stitchfix for jewelry, with one exciting twist: the company encourages you to wear all the pieces they send you for as long as you want. There are no deadlines for sending things back. Once you decide which pieces you love, you buy them online and ship the rest of them back. Once your return is received, they send out another box. Presumably you could keep and wear pieces for months before returning them, which allows fashion-friendly folks to keep their looks fresh all the time.
Upon sign-up you fill out a survey to help RocksBox pick pieces to send you. In this way, it works just like Stitchfix. Some stranger looks at your preferences, looks at what’s in stock, and sends you pieces they think you will like.
Filling out the survey was extremely hard for me because I don’t wear that much jewelry. With that said, Rocksbox seems like a weird choice for me, right? I signed up in part because of the one-degree-of-separation thing, in part because I like to support female tech founders, and in part because while I don’t wear a lot of jewelry NOW, I have always envied women who pull their looks together with accessories. Because I don’t really know what I like, I’m almost certain I did not give good direction. My style selections were all over the place: bold! romantic! modern! vintage! chunky! delicate! I pity the stylist who pulls items for me.
The first package arrived and I was delighted. It comes in a cute white box with an attached red ribbon, and each piece is individually placed in a chiffon-like drawstring bag. I totally forgot to photograph, but I have another box on the way and will get it next time! The first box contained a pair of earrings, a ring and a necklace.
The one piece I kept was a pair of Gamine Lisa earrings. (I’m assuming that’s the right link – can’t find these exact earrings on the site, but seems like the right style for the designer.) I’ve already worn them half a dozen times, and they are perfect. They go with both my modern and vintage wardrobe, which is a real challenge, and are not TOO gold. You know what I mean. The gold is just right.
At first I worried that this Margaret Elizabeth emerald-cut ring looked too plasticy, cheap even. Then I realized that, in fact, it is quite fabulous. The problem is that it only fits on the finger where my engagement ring goes, which incidentally is the only finger I know my ring size for since I had to have it sized properly for Joel to size my engagement ring. Since it’s unlikely that I’ll wear another ring on that finger anytime soon, I sadly had to send this back. To avoid future snafus, though, I made sure to change my profile to a larger size.
According to RocksBox stylist Kathy, I selected this Gorjana necklace while completing my style survey. For that matter alone I wanted to love it, simply to validate that I wasn’t totally on crack while I was filling out the thing. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work. I put it on with four different outfits four days in a row, and it wasn’t right with any of them. I think it doesn’t help that it’s so delicate that it practically blends right into my skin, but it’s also not the right length, despite my being able to adjust it. I can imagine all sorts of instances where something like this would come in handy, but none of them involve me.
As I mentioned, my second RocksBox is already on the way! I just got a Stitchfix, a Birchbox and a BarkBox, and I just might be the most excited for my next RocksBox. It’s addictive!