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File Mar 04, 9 18 35 PMRocksbox is basically a monthly service that sends you three pieces of handpicked jewelry for you to wear on loan for as long as you like. They approached me to review their service, and I find it very convenient and customizable. I’m always wary of anything that chooses items/products for you (it’s for this reason that I don’t sign up for Birchbox and why I didn’t like StitchFix), but Rocksbox is awesome so far, and it’s because you can choose individual items you’d prefer to have included in the box for you. It’s also jewelry, so it’s much less fussy; for example, StitchFix was terrible with my size, and sample products always run the risk of being incompatible with skin type or allergies, etc., but with Rocksbox, all those variables just don’t apply! I actually love it, and I think you will, too.

Here’s my first box:

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Before ordering the box, I went on the site and browsed their current collections. You have the option of adding certain items to your “wish list” and so your stylist uses those items, plus information taken from a style quiz, to pick which items of jewelry they’ll include. I’m into very dainty gold pieces, especially with some architectural flair, and the pieces I received were ones I would have picked out myself. That says a lot. Here they are from the website:

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I also love that there’s no time limit to when you have to return your jewelry. You also get $10 of “Shine Spend” each month to put toward your purchase if you decide you simply can’t part with the jewelry you’ve received! It does expire, but I think this service is worth the monthly $19 price. Especially since the average combined worth of each box is $200. Two hundred dollars. And you can wear them as much as you want for only $19.

Jewelry style is something that changes constantly for me. The earrings/necklaces I bought a year ago may either be overworn or incompatible with my current style, and selling old jewelry is arduous and often fruitless. Rocksbox is therefore both a luxury and a solution. When I get tired of the jewelry, I can return it, and for the time being, I can have elegant, on-trend, high quality jewelry I can wear as often as I want. I’m truly a big fan of this service.

SO. For my readers, use the code lisaloparoxoxo (that’s me!) to get a free month of Rocksbox! Try out this service for yourself and see if you like it as much as I do. 🙂

Jewelry by Mondaynoon

Recently I got the opportunity to sample some jewelry from a company called Mondaynoon. I chose some blue pieces for review, with a leaf detail and glittering sky blue stones. Here’s what I picked:

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I think these pieces of jewelry are of such good quality, especially the Swarovski Elements crystals. I love the design and the boldness, especially of the necklace. While I don’t wear jewelry like this every day (I’m more a fan of costume jewelry) I think I’ll wear these pieces for special occasions, especially since it’s Christmas and there are a lot of events to go to now. I’ll also probably wear the earrings every day, since they’re just big enough to catch your eye but not so big that they’re uncomfortable. I’m not a huge jewelry lover, but I’m in love with this jewelry.

What do you guys think?

jewelry c/o Mondaynoon

My Christmas Lit & Fashion Haul

As you can probably expect, I got plenty of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and books for Christmas. Not too shabby:

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I love the print on this skater skirt, and the slight steampunk vibe of the statement necklace.

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Gilmore Girls on DVD, and some great books I’ve been salivating for: The Lowland, The Valkyries, The Alchemist, Neverwhere, Bellman & Black, and The Moonstone. January will be a month filled with great reads, so stay tuned!

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shoes from ModCloth and Jeffrey Campbell! Evangelina mesh booties, Flair-y Tale Boots, and Haute on Your Heels Booties

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And the coat from Modcloth I was waxing poetic about just a few short weeks ago…

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Haul ^ I’m ready for a long, cold winter filled with reading by the fire, plenty of scarves and boots, and some great hot chocolate!