I’ve been seeing bloggers across the web talking about Rocksbox. I can’t wear more than stud earrings to work, so it’s difficult to justify spending a whole lot of money on jewelry at the moment. But with a free month trial, I figured I would give Rocksbox a shot, especially once I saw the items all lined up in my new wishlist and really wanted to wear them.
For those that aren’t familiar with Rocksbox yet, it is a monthly subscription service where you rent 3 pieces of jewelry at a time. There is no limit to how many pieces you can receive in a month, you just have to wait for the there and back shipping times in between. While you get to set up a wishlist, the items sent are selected by a stylist and sent out without you knowing exactly what you will receive.
I signed up and was told I got put on the waiting list, and that my trial month would begin when my first box shipped. It took a couple weeks for the first box to get sent out. Since I don’t live too far from where the orders ship, the package arrived in just a couple days. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the office of my apartment fast enough the day it arrived (a Friday!), and so I had to wait until Monday to actually get it in my hands. The wait sucked, since I really wanted to see what I got.
The little envelope, which is used for the return shipping as well, was nothing special to look at, but the box inside was simple, cute, and really sturdy. It was completely unexpected to untie the bow and open the lid to find a personalized greeting waiting for me. It made the experience really feel like it was made just for me. The card included a little message from the stylist who put the order together along with details about each of the pieces sent out and their prices.
When I opened the rest of the packaging, I saw each of the pieces in their own drawstring pouch. I was excited to try them all on because the preview on the card showed three great selections. I received two necklaces and a pair of stud earrings this round.
I tried the necklaces out first. The spiked statement necklace was on my wishlist, and the note from the stylist said the other two pieces were picked based on my pick of this one. The necklace is definitely rockin’ and while it makes a statement, it also isn’t overwhelmingly large (though it is rather heavy). I would have loved to pair this with a collared shirt, to add a bit of edge. The length of the chain was just a bit too short to make this work for me, though.
The second necklace was so simple but so pretty. I loved it the most of the three pieces at first glance. A simple silver bar on a fine chain. I thought it would be the keeper of the bunch, but again it was a bit too short for me, and the chain spread apart too much at the bar to achieve the look I was expecting. Had this one been a little longer it would have been mine, even with not being able to wear it most of the week.
The winner for me was the pair of Kendra Scott Druzy Studs. At first I thought they looked way to big to work, but once I tried them on, they seemed just right. They seem to make a statement while staying small, and they just feel really classy. I think they’d look great dressed up or more casual.
As part of the monthly subscription, you receive $10 worth of Shine Spend. Its a credit you can put towards your purchase of any of the items you receive or any of the items on the site that you order separately, and it expires each month. On top of that, Rocksbox discounts the items from retail price for it’s members. With these two discounts, the $60 earrings cost me $38 to keep. This is more than I would usually pay for earrings, but the quality of them just beats the costume jewelry I usually buy, and I feel I’m going to get great use out of them.
If you happen to be interested in trying the service out for yourself, you can use the code cindybff135 to get a month free. Signing up with my code also earns me a $25 credit to spend towards a future box. I’ve tried out several subscriptions before that I really didn’t enjoy after the first shipment, and quickly cancelled, but this one I going to use for the month and decide after a couple more boxes on. The items I got were totally my style, and while they didn’t all work out perfectly, I still found something to keep in my first one.
Have you tried out Rocksbox or a similar subscription service? What has your experience been with subscriptions like this in general?
If you have done a similar post, please feel free to link it in the comments, I’d love to read about your experience as well!