Subscription Box Insanity: Little Lace Box (Dec. ’14)

Little Lace Box

Little Lace Box

I’m very excited about a new(ish) subscription called Little Lace Box. Their motto is a box that is “for women who know they’re worth it”. A very tall order!

I missed out on LLB’s September box, which included some beautiful home items that I totally lusted after. I couldn’t purchase the box after the fact but was able to sign up for October’s box which promised to get a girl party ready, and November’s box, which was based on the holiday poem, “The Night Before Christmas”  (actual title “A Visit from St. Nicholas“). The latter, I particularly loved and felt like the LLB ladies had really outdone themselves.

So when I received notice that December’s box would have the theme “A Fresh New Start”, I thought how great it would be to send this  December box to my mom as a bit of a pick-me-up.

Recently, mom’s been going through a bit of a tough time. She has worked really hard all her life. I mean REALLY hard…she picked cotton in the fields at the age of two. Fresh out of high school, she joined the Marine Corps and served her country. She worked in factories after she got out and eventually earned her electrician’s certification. I would love to say that after all that, she is now getting to relax as a retiree as she deserves…but life happens sometimes. So it’s a tough time for her right now and I knew when I saw this box that it would be just the thing to raise her spirits.

However, LLB boxes are so popular that when I went to order, they were all sold out! Having experienced LLB’s wonderful customer service in the past, I wrote them a heartfelt email asking (begging) if there was any possible way I could get this box for my mom, or alternatively, have my own shipped to her instead. They wrote back almost within the day and expressed how sorry they were to hear that mom was experiencing some hardships. They also promised to make a special order happen so that I could get her a box too! 

I’m getting a little teary-eyed because when my mom and I spoke after she had received it, she was so excited and pleased by the box! She gushed at how it was such a neat idea and how she loved everything she received. She said that everything was so unique and well put together that she just felt really special and thought of. -smile-

Look people…there are businesses and their bottom line is their bottom line. And then their are companies that truly value the work that they do, and their customers…that, even more profoundly, value people and relationships. Thank you Little Lace Box for being the latter!

THE DETAILS: The Little Lace Box promises to deliver “hand-curated, nearly impossible-to-find designer products directly to your doorstep every month”. In fact, according to their site, it will be “brimming with high-end, brand name beauty, lifestyle, and home product samples to treat yourself to and dazzle your friends during your next night out”. It just sounds better and better. They do not currently deliver internationally, only to the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The cost of a box is $39.99 which includes shipping. I had a coupon and was able to get my first box for $29.99. This box is non-refundable. LLB also has a loyalty program so you earn points for purchasing and reviewing products on their site. (I actually used almost $60 worth to get a year of LLB’s for my mom for an even deeper discount!)

LLB Note & Next Month Theme Reveal

LLB Note & Next Month Theme Reveal

Each of the LLB’s come with a great note from the founders about the theme, as well as a hint at what the next month’s theme will be. On the back is a description/price list for the items in the box, with further notes on each item. So excited…next month will be influenced by Downton Abbey! I love this series, which is shown on Public Broadcast and even made a yearly donation so that I can get Season 5’s dvd set before it premieres! Like Christmas all over again!

First Look

First Look

Here’s the first look and already I see some great things! This isn’t a ginormous box, like November’s, but I’ve come to trust that LLB always delivers great finds so I’m not too worried.

Stia Couture: Fresh Water Pearl Bracelet

Stia Couture: Fresh Water Pearl Bracelet

The first item I pull out is this delicate gold and pearl bracelet by Stia Couture (a small business on Etsy!). I am usually a little bummed by bracelets because I have such small wrists that they fall off or bang in/dig in to me at every turn. But this one seems to be tailor-made…big enough to slip over my wrist but not so big it falls off or bothers me! Retail value is $35.

Three Sisters Apothecary Bar Soap: Gravenstein Apple Clove

Three Sisters Apothecary Bar Soap: Gravenstein Apple Clove

I kept smelling a heavenly, intoxicating scent wafting from the box and I found out what it was when I pulled this out. Made by another small business (perhaps three sisters like the three who started LLB?), this is Three Sisters Apothecary’s Gravenstein Apple Clove and it smells way too delicious! I love all things bath-related and have an affinity for fall-like scents like this one, being a fall baby of course! I say again, LLB it’s like you KNOW me! This size retails for $3.25.

Susan Meier Jewelry: LLB Fresh Water Pearl Necklace

Susan Meier Jewelry: LLB Fresh Water Pearl Necklace

This is an LLB exclusive design; the sisters teamed up with sister-duo of Susan Meier jewelry to pull together necklace made of seed pearls and gold. I love its simplicity and the choice in materials but am a little nervous about the delicate chain. Still, it’s beautiful and the stamped bag is a wonderful touch. And of course it matches the bracelet! LLB lists the retail of this as $48.99 and given that it is a gold-filled chain with actual pearls that seems right. (Maybe even low!)

Whitney English Mini Day Designer

Whitney English Mini Day Designer

The last item gave me Type A chills…I squealed on the inside! It’s a Whitney English Mini Day Designer which, I now know, is all the rage these days. (Sold out currently on her website but sales re-open on her new Etsy page January 6!). I had a day planner back in my salad days (high school); yes, I know I’m a nerd…so? With the advent of the smartphone, I reluctantly moved on to technology but this one includes some very cool sections like “what you are grateful for” and is supposed to be the height of planning psychology so I have decided I will re-adopt old habits. Retail value of this is $49.

I find myself once again delighted by this box! This one in particular is entirely filled with female, small business-owner products which in and of itself rocks! The total retail value for these items is $136.24. That’s more than 3 times the normal monthly price of $39.99! And of course, I loved my goodies and so did my momma…priceless!

Stay tuned for January’s box which has the theme of “The Dining Car”! (I’ll try not to give any spoilers away after what will surely be a marathon Downton Abbey-watching session!)

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