Friday, August 28, 2015

Wantable Accessories August 2015 Review and Unboxing

My August Wantable Accessories box arrived the other day and other than PopSugar, it's probably my most anticipated box. There are months where I don't get anything I like and I send it back, and there are other months that are absolute perfection. As I always say, you can't go wrong either way- you can return anything you don't like and get a fast and easy refund. There is nothing I love more than a subscription box that doesn't force me to keep anything I don't like! There are months that I order 2 Accessories boxes, and that is something I did this month. I am only featuring one box in my review today because I already shipped back my first box with 2 items that I returned. I flubbed and forgot to take pictures of it. The one I'm unboxing today was the second one I received, and I was able to actually remember to take photos! I'm going back to work soon so my brain has been all over the place trying to get everything at home done before I lose all my free time!
The Details
(feel free to skip this section if you're already familiar with Wantable!)
Wantable offers a variety of different subscriptions, each one of them costing $40 per month. There is a way to make the price lower, which I will explain later.
The boxes that Wantable currently offers are Accessories, Makeup, Intimates and Fitness. You are able to subscribe to one or all the boxes on one account if you so choose!
Wantable is much different from other subscriptions in that it's completely customizable and risk-free. You take a profile quiz to tell the stylists exactly what you want or don't want based on a "Love, Like, Don't Want" scale. They will never send you something you have marked as "don't want." If you hate necklaces, you'll never get them. If you are tired of getting red lipsticks in subscription boxes, you can simply tell wantable you never want them. Problem solved! You can take the profile quiz as many times as you want- so if one month you want to get socks and bras, but don't want any the following month, simply change your preferences! It really is that simple!

Here's what makes this a really interesting experience: You can return your entire box if you're not happy with it. Even better? You can return or keep as many or as few items as you want! Not only do you get to tell them exactly what you like and don't like, but you can return anything you're not really into- or even return the whole box for a full refund!
  You can start the return process on their website and be done in just minutes. You're able to see how much credit you will receive for the item you're returning, and then you can print out a return label free of charge. Then simply stick the item(s) in the box everything came in, tape the label to the box and leave it outside for the mailman!

$4 Credit for Keeping Everything
If you decide to keep everything in your box, Wantable will reward you with a $4 credit, which you can put toward your next box, making it only $36. This way, you're rewarded for keeping your products, however you also get credits or a refund for anything you return. You really can't go wrong!

There is nothing I hate more than a subscription box that doesn't have a way to cancel easily and quickly! As if Wantable couldn't get any better...they allow you to cancel your subscription with one click on their website. If you don't want to cancel, but would rather skip a month or two, they also have a "skip" button available. Awesome!
Here's a peek at how I rated things on their survey. As I mentioned, Wantable will never send you anything you've listed under "dislike" and they will try to send you more things from your Love category if they possibly can.
As you can see from my preferences above, I almost exclusively wear "bohemian" style pieces and I prefer gold tones. So while you may not love everything I receive, the great thing is you will get accessories more closely catered to you!

I did switch my preferences around after receiving this box- I'm really hoping for some nice sunglasses and fall scarves next month!
First up, we have the Aubrey Earrings. These feature a mandala-style pendant with neutral-colored tassels. I of course never mean to offend anyone that may like the things I dislike, but I really did not like these. I do like bohemian-style jewelry, but I tend to lean toward more simple pieces and these are anything but. The tassels were just way too much for me. They looked cheap and a little tacky on me when I held them up to my ear. I used to prefer necklaces, although I've been looking for more unique earrings lately- it's too bad these didn't work for me!
A second pair of earrings! These are the Harlow Earrings, and they feature gold hammered circle medallions and turquoise teardrop-shaped beads. I'm having a hard time explaining how I feel about these earrings. They're not ugly by any means- I just don't think they fit my aesthetic? They kind of remind me of something you'd see at Kohls on sale. I can't explain it...they just don't seem very unique in my opinion. I subscribe to Wantable so that I can received unique pieces that not everyone has, and I don't think these have that factor.
Next up we have the Lila Necklace in a vintage gold metal. It features a circular semi-precious stone and a hammered triangle drop. This is SO huge. I wish I had taken a photo next to my hand so you could see how large this piece is, but it's just way too in-your-face for my taste. I like some parts of this necklace- the stone is pretty and the hammered triangle is neat, but all the elements together just seem a little too busy for me. I actually would have LOVED this if it was just a chain with the gold circle. Another thing that made this necklace a pass for me was the face that it's super long and hung in a very weird spot on my chest. 
The last item in my box this month was the Leona Necklace in gold. It features natural crystal stones with gold bar accents. This is also a very long necklace and sits just below my bust line, which I thought looked a little awkward. I think that if the gold bars were a bit shorter and the necklace itself sat higher on my chest it would have worked much better style-wise. I just wasn't too into the randomly placed gold bars between the crystals- plus they were actually stabbing me in the tummy when I sat down. This is another necklace I would have loved if those gold bars were simply removed. I'm sure I could have grabbed some wire cutters and did it myself, but I wasn't in love with it enough to mess around with it.
Overall Thoughts
Wantable costs $40 per month, and my collection had a projected value of $79. I do think their prices are pretty inflated, but I usually base my decision on whether or not to keep a piece that I like on whether or not I would pay $10 for it in the store. As I mentioned above, none of these pieces were my style, and even at a discount I most likely wouldn't purchase them separately at a store. 
Wantable also used to package the jewelry in their own individual pouches, and it seems they've switched to a single box that displays all your pieces at once. I'm sure this saves them money on pouches, but it kind of takes away from the surprise factor of the box for me, which I don't like. I much preferred taking one piece out at a time and prolonging the excitement. with this box, the surprise is over as soon as you flip open the top. 
While none of these pieces worked for me, I had no issues returning them, as usual. It takes about 2 minutes on their website to print out a return label and slap it on the box that everything came in. Then I simply leave it outside for my mailman to pick up. It couldn't be easier! This is why I'm never upset when I don't get anything I like! Although it's been a couple of months now since I got a really great piece of jewelry. In the box I got earlier this month there were 2 pairs of earrings I ended up keeping that I quite liked, but I'm still hoping to get some sunnies or a nice scarf next month! Fingers crossed!

If you'd like to learn more about Wantable or sign up for one of their boxes, you can do so HERE.
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