As you all know from my previous post, I’m absolutely in love with the innovative retail things Moxie.Style is exploring in their Facebook group: a scavenger hunt, group-only sales, the occasional and spontaneous philanthropic effort, home parties… Need I go on?
Well, even if you think I shouldn’t, I’m gonna. Because they’re ‘beta testing” a seasonal style box and I got the first box!
What the heck is beta testing? When you’re developing a product, you first build a beta, then test and, if it works, release it to the general public. As a member of the Facebook Trading Group, I jumped at the chance to participate in the beta box experiment. And then I had to fill out a nine-page style profile.
UPDATE JANUARY 2016: The Moxie Style box is now available for everyone. Go order one today! And yes, it’s still a nine-page profile.
Yes, I did just say a NINE PAGE profile. How many other subscription boxes ask you that many questions? There were typical measurements, then minimum inseam, thigh circumference, describing your dream outfit, other physical attributes (flat butt? small hips? big thighs?,) color preferences, pattern preferences, flowy tops or fitted. There was an area to add a photo of yourself, an area to give detail on what you’re looking for, typical budget, and more. I linked out to my Moxie Pinterest Board to give them an idea of my style, too.
Receiving the very first Moxie Beta Box is an honor. Not only do I get to be the first to post a reveal in the group (yep, it does happen, and it’s fun!,) but also I’m the first to go through the whole process. AND I GET CUTE CLOTHES THAT NO ONE ELSE IN TOWN HAS: that’s super-important in my small town fashion life!
First, the box was 12″ square and packed as tight as can be with 11 tops and jackets. Each item was individually wrapped in tissue paper. One thing I can say about Moxie.Style – they love a good bargain as much as you, and are happy to pass on savings. So while other companies spend money for custom-printed boxes, embossed cards, stickers and such, Moxie keeps it simple – and inexpensive for everyone.
They also included a price sheet, but I didn’t get a good picture of that. Don’t be sad; I’ll tell you the prices.
First, the rejects – the things that just didn’t work for me. The ombre button down from Entro was $21.00; similar shirts retail at $30+. It looks cute with the vest, fit fine, but ultimately, there’s just too much going on – and not enough that would make me it a keeper.
Another collection of things rejected – from left to right.
The Ombre Sweater was $34 and fuzzy wuzzy. It was too tight, and hugged my middle-age tummy in the wrong way. I want to be able to add layers under sweaters and about the only thing I could safely layer under this was my bra; not enough room for a cami and long-sleeve shirt.
The plaid in the middle is a scarf. At $13 it is perfectly priced, but the colors don’t work for me. In real life it was more of a light blue. I don’t do that. Nope, not me.
The red shirt is by Daniel Rainn; typically, these are $30-70. Moxie was offering it at $22.50. Yes, I love red and the lace-like cutouts near the shoulders. But I couldn’t stand the teeny tiny buttons on the sleeves; I’d never get ’em done up and would cuss getting them undone, too. So nope, this is not for me.
On the other hand, this black and white print blouse from Daniel Rainn is staying with me. The fabric feels higher quality than the red, I love the print, and adore the small gold buttons on the sleeves. It will work with many things in my wardrobe.
A surprise keeper is the navy blue blazer from Kenzie at $22.50. I see similar styles for up to $89, so I know this is a great deal. I liked the color and style out of the box, but was a little hesitant because it’s also a wee bit tight on the shoulders and 3/4 sleeved. Neverthless, it won the “which one should I keep” elimination round when up against the Entro Plaid Button down – by a mile. And isn’t that polka dot lining cute?
(Can’t say the same about my dusty mirror, but what can you do once the pictures are already taken? Nuttin’ honey.) 😉
Now, on to the three things I love the most. First, a cardigan from Stacatto and an infinity scarf. They will never be worn together, but to spare you from never-ending bad fashion selfies, I collaged these together. I’m sure “collaged” is a verb.
(Ranty aside for editors, writers, bloggers, English majors, and such. I changed the second sentence to say “they will never be worn together.” At first it said they would never be “styled” together, and I’ve come to hate that term so oft used inappropriately by fashion bloggers and others. You and I don’t “style” our clothes. We put an outfit together and go. Throwing a t-shirt and jeans on is not styling; pairing a tunic and leggings with ankle booties and a scarf is not styling; it’s putting an outfit together – getting dressed. Styling is something a stylist does; it’s a profession, a job, that involves styling clothing for photo shoots or advertisements or whatever. There are food stylists, too; and you’d be amazed at what they do to make food photos make you drool. No matter how awesome your style sense, you are not a stylist; therefore, you cannot style clothing. You wear clothing. End of the rant. Let’s get back to cute clothes.)
The cardigan is heavy and longer. I will be able to wear this all winter long with several layers underneath – at least a cami and turtleneck, possibly an additional sweater on a -10 day. It might work as a light coat for spring and autumn, too. I’m not always a fan of prints – small or large – but this seems to work. And I think it looks darned good belted, something I don’t often say. The cardigan is by Staccato and is $34.
Now, the scarf in the center First, I don’t buy infinity scarves; I think they’re annoying and just not flexible enough. And then this arrived…for $13, it’s staying. It’s not too bulky… some infinity scarves look like they’re devouring the person wearing them. This, fortunately, does not do that.
Remarkably, I loved another blazer as soon as I put it on my beloved body. This Tart Collection blazer is soft, like wearing a sweatshirt. And at $22.50, I couldn’t say no; it will go with a number of things in my closet and looks sharp with this red t-shirt, too. It if came in other colors, I’d be ordering in a heartbeat. Bonus: it can be worn year-round.
Finally, the most unique and awesome piece in the box: a Tov military inspired jacket. I’ve adored Tov clothing, but scurried away from prices that are usually above $100; clearly at $54, this is a steal. It came with sparkly baubles that I immediately removed; no cheap military-esque metals here, thank you. What’s left is a cotton-poplin 3/4-length jacket with detail and interest, baby.
The Beta Seasonal Style Box from Moxie.Style also came with a pair of black fur-lined leggings, which I sent back; I already have a plethora of fleece-lined black leggings.
As this was the very first Seasonal Style box that Moxie sent from the warehouse, I was a little confused on how the whole process worked. I was definitely not sure how to “check out.” A quick message to Moxie, and I all I had to do was put the things I didn’t want back in the box, slap on the return label, and send it back. Easy-peasy.
There is a 10% discount for keeping 4 or more things, and I definitely made that happen.
Overall, I’m delighted with the Moxie Beta Box. I love the value and the number of pieces. I have to give total kudos to whoever pulled the things from the warehouse for me; they really paid attention to my style profile and Pinterest page. It’s obvious that someone listened; and that’s rare with boxes. The other folks listen, I think, but not with as much attention to detail. That, combined with the great value will keep me a Moxie.Style client for a long time.
If you’re interested, here’s a link to my other Moxie.Style post.
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