PSA: Pop some popcorn, make yourself a beverage, and keep your pitchfork at the ready.
Subscription Box: NStyle
December’s box is scheduled to be shipped December 7th!
$35.00 on auto-renew bi-monthly and ships anywhere (plus a shipping fee unless you were grandfathered in). Shipping would have costed me $5 (I read it costs others $10) but I was grandfathered in for free shipping when I signed up initially for the second box.
If a box does not sell out, you can purchase it for $45 (not including shipping cost). June is sold out but August is still available (you can see my review for August here).
What You’re Getting:
Items that may be in NStyle range from “home décor must-haves, DIY projects, cooking necessities, home organization inspiration, and lifestyle picks.”
NStyle was created by YouTuber “At Home With Nikki”. If you happen to stalk me to the best of your ability you would see in my Subscriptionista profile that I love to watch YouTube organizational videos. It so happens that “At Home With Nikki” was one of them and I was beyond excited to see that she now curates her own box!
Now I am underwhelmed.
Kick Back and Get Comfortable:
Like the debacle of the Glossy(box) that did not come ribboned one month, the return address of this box has changed!
It’s not sexy, but its better than a “Returns” address!
Note: This box is scented.
This box shipped late. Nikki stated in her video that she wanted us to tell her what we thought the scent that the box was sprayed with likely because she did not know it either. It smells like PineSol. Does scenting tissue paper cost extra because I rather not have that experience. Plus most of us subscription folk have sensitive, picky, and selective noses so best not to wrinkle noses via scented tissue paper.
How about a candle or something actually substantial that is scented in the box!?! Win-Win 😉
Post Worthy Stuff Inside The Envelope
Nikki likes this because it keeps the fillers organized but I don’t like it because its an extra cost to the box that I rather have in an item(s).
Pnut keeping it real. Its not like we can miss on those heavy pieces of paper in our boxes anyway.
Ink Head 12 Ounce Cup with Spoon ($2.97 with a an order of 1008)
I would have loved a nom or hot chocolate packet or a sample of that awesome coffee Nikki lauded in her unboxing video (and in her holiday/entertainment videos too she puts yummy noms in her cups for guests) to compliment this lovely wholesale item. That would have made me overlook the wholesale part of this item. Ohhhhhh something nommy….
I need some beverage in my cup to go along with my popcorn.
This is really nice dish towel and maybe if I get on the dish towel kick (i.e., this washes well and is durable) I will snap a set of these up.
My discounted cup with spoon filled with my own beverage is too hot I need this economical single dish towel to hold it.
Design District Pumpkin Pillow Cover ($9.99)
This is a quality, substantial high quality pillow cover. If you love linen you should check out Design District’s Etsy store!
If you are going to gift this, I recommend stuffing it the day before and letting the linen wrinkles un-wrinkle. Add a pumpkin pie for validity.
I am going to bring this huge pillow (currently in hiding) with a $5 huge Costco Pumpkin Pie when we go to our cousins for Thanksgiving.
I said I’d “bring” a pumpkin pie, not bake one 😉
This Etsy seller sells most of her awesome pillow covers for $19.99. Nikki should have noted that this pillow cover is made of linen but she was trying to convince the viewers that she felt that the pillow cover should coordinate with the barely $1.50 dish towel. Nikki, c’mon, you have an excellent item in this box and you wanted to showcase it as coordinating with a dish towel!?!
I am distressed now and need to lay down with my pillow with my coordinating dish towel which holds my cup with spoon whilst eating my popcorn.
The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar ($6)
A legit luxe subscription item makes the box. I heart anything Laundress!
I just spilled my stuff on my dish towel laying down on a pumpkin pillow cover and will use this to spot treat.
Cloth & Paper Number Folders Set ($18.90)
This is fancy brand but it is not that useful and perhaps an overstock item unloaded into a subscription box. Nikki is lucky I have four kids I can Tim Gunn “Make It Work” each one from the order of birth will get assigned a folder in which I will figure out stuff to fill it with. Even if you have a planner of this size you still need a hole puncher. Nikki makes this work by using it as an agenda for her employees and has plans to use it to hold menus and possibly create quips from the peanut gallery on “why did I receive #2, #3, #4, #5!?!”
I did not major in marketing but maybe use this if you have more than 1 and less than 5 kids, or as a countdown of sorts, or as a prize in a party (“What’s behind folder number #5”), or maybe like a weekly folder (i.e., use 4 in a 4 week month and use all five in a 5 week month).
This is a total “Make It Work” set.
When I saw Nikki’s YouTube unboxing, I hoped that this better be a set of four as seen on her video when she featured it during her unboxing. But I was wrong. She had FOUR she used for a work brunch she tactfully decidedly to add after the unboxing. To add insult to injury, she gave her workers a basket with a THROW and what appeared to be other nice stuff than what was in the NStyle Box. Forget about the nice treats that she had on the table and other accessories that would be perfect in an NStyle box.
Ummmm… how about when you piggyback a work brunch to your unboxing video, you gift your BOX rather than a nicer gift basket to your employees. Sure your employees do deserve it but what does that say to your subscribers? That we are not good enough? Next time save the non-box gifts for another YouTube video.
Anyone that knows my reviews knows that I really dislike to “dump” on my reviews but this one just released diarrhea of the mouth.
My pet peeve saying is real. I.am.so.dissapointed.
What really ticked me off was that I watched Nikki’s unboxing video that turned into a small work brunch-like event complete with quality and quantity of affordable accessories and gift items. And I don’t want to hear the word Pottery Barn after seeing that unboxing and brunch video.
Can you see how verklempt I am over this!?!
I am torn. The future of this box will depend on how strong Nikki’s YouTube community has for her subscription box. Based on comments, I believe the subscription box community is losing interest as we are more into “value” than for “curation”. Especially for new subscribers that pay for shipping I have read of commentators paying $10 for shipping. No way would I stay with this box if I had to pay shipping it is not worth it.
I love Nikki and her holiday YouTube Channels. I still have hope and would LOVE to give an awesome review for December.
I think I am going to still take one for the team (because I saved $5 being grandfathered in free shipping and I easily get suckered into savings/codes) and stay on for December’s box that ships out December 7th because she has great holiday videos. I can hope for an improved and awesome box.
I also have subscription home box withdrawals. RIP Burke Box *sniff*
I got a email notice that my credit card will be charged soon so its now or never. Or maybe Nikki will pull a “triple L” and cancel my subscription for my “Pnut keeps it real” review. If December is decent I might stay for February since there has to be a decent chocolate nom.
I am all for noms in subscription boxes.
But unless there are improvements in box value in December and February, I stop my subscription after February if I even stay that long.
But for now, Nikki will get another $35 clams from me and I hope I do not get coal in my subscription box.
Should I stay subscribed to NStyle or jump ship like Sephora Play!?
Please share your thoughts or any other random commentary below!
Disclaimer: I bought this box with my own clams. There are affiliate links to this post.