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Papergang March Unboxing

I appreciate the April box is looming, but I thought I would quickly share my first experience of Papergang by showing what arrived last month (and hey, at least there’s no spoilers).

The Papergang box is a monthly stationery subscription box full of goodies by Ohh Deer.  As a bit of a stationery addict, it really appealed to me, but also it is U.K. based, which means I don’t have to pay £5000 for delivery.  The cost of the box is £9.95, plus £1.95 for delivery.

I was really excited when the box arrived – top marks for creative packaging!  The items were wrapped up in an abundance of blue tissue paper (which I’ll certainly be reusing for gift wrap) and everything had seemingly survived the journey unscathed.

The box contained half a dozen items, including a pencil, a card, calendar postcards for May and April (see photo below) and three notebooks.  Three.  They’re three very lovely notebooks, but I do think it would have made more sense to swap out one for a different kind of item, like stickers (everybody loves stickers).

So, despite the pretty colour scheme and packaging, I was a little underwhelmed by my first Papergang experience.  When you compare it to previous boxes, like January’s box, I feel the items on offer were quite weak, but they do go nicely together as a collection, and I’ve found a purpose for everything that I received.

January’s Papergang Box – arguably much, much better! (Photo Source: https://papergang.ohhdeer.com/)

Annoyingly, I got caught out again by the auto-renewal system (will I never learn?!) but actually I’m quite happy to have another box on the way.  I can’t say I’d want a delivery every month, as I physically don’t have room for any more notebooks, but I think I will treat myself to one every now and again.

Emma

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April 20, 2017
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Fairy Loot ‘Classic Twist’ June Unboxing

Fairy LootThis post contains spoilers about June’s Fairy Loot box.

The bookish community has been buzzing with talk about Fairy Loot, and I’ve read more unboxing blog posts than I can count.  Living in the UK, I was finding it a struggle to find a box that didn’t cost more than the actual subscription to post, and thought I would give Fairy Loot a try.  I bought a one-off box for £26, and shipping was £4.30.  As I bought the box back in May, it felt like such a long time before it arrived, but it was definitely worth it!

The theme of June’s box was ‘Classic Twist’.  Here’s what was inside:

Fairy Loot ArtThe first thing I pulled out the box were these pieces of watercolour art.  The picture on the left had information about the contents of the box on the other side, while the other was just a really nice Pride and Prejudice poster.

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously.  A person may be proud without being vain.  Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves.  Vanity to what we would have others think of us.

Fairy Loot FunkoThe next thing out of the box was a Funko Pop Vinyl figure.  It is Mr. Darcy (if you can’t tell) – from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – hence, the ‘Classic Twist’ theme.  I’m a bit addicted to these things at the moment, so I’m thrilled to have another figure for my collection!

Fairy Loot Candle

I was so happy to receive a William & Joseph candle, as I had been gifted a Mr. Darcy candle from their range for my birthday and thought they were good.  It was exciting to see it was made exclusively for Fairy Loot, and the smell is really nice and floral (reminiscent of English country gardens, apparently – I can agree with that!).

Fairy Loot BookmarkNext up: these three literary bookmarks from Fable and Black.  They’re good quality and just so photogenic, I love them!  I think they are possibly my favourite item from the box.

Fairy Loot EarringsI also received these cute swallow earrings from House of Wonderland (shame my ears aren’t pierced anymore!).  They’re nice enough to gift to someone else though!

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The extra item in the box was this Chapter 5 ‘Proud to be bookish’ bracelet.  I don’t wear bracelets but I might actually wear this one!

Ivory & Bone

Lastly, this month’s book was Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh.  I have to admit I haven’t heard anything about this book previously, so I was a bit skeptical of it.  I’m also not overly convinced it fits all that well into the ‘Classic Twist’ (it is meant to have similarities to Pride and Prejudice, maybe I’ll have to read it to see them), but I read the first page and the blurb, and it sounds good regardless.

Here’s the blurb (from Goodreads):

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

The box also includes a signed letter from the author talking about the book, and a few Ivory & Bone themed goodies.

Fairy Loot June

Overall, I was really impressed by Fairy Loot, and will definitely be signing up for the next available box!  After my disappointing experience with My Geek Box, Fairy Loot has far exceeded my expectations!  Check out Fairy Loot’s website here – July’s boxes are already sold out, but you can view past boxes, all of which look equally as awesome.

Box Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Emma

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June 21, 2016
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My Geek Box Subscription: May Review

I’ve been into the idea of subscription boxes for a while, and so when I saw that My Geek Box did a first box discount, I jumped at the chance to join the trend.  My previous experiences of subscription boxes are limited to the Loot Crate (and actually I wasn’t subscribed to them myself, but I still got to be a part of the unboxing – bonus!), which always offered a mix of interesting items, as well as a booklet in each box which explained how all the items fitted into the theme.

May My Geek Box Unopened

So, here we have it: May’s My Geek Box.  I’m really getting into those Pop Vinyl Figures, and had my fingers crossed that I would get a new character to add to my collection.  With the discount, this first box was just £10, plus postage on top of that.

May My Geek Box 1

There were five items in the box in total and there didn’t seem to be any obvious theme (further research has found that they stopped doing themes a few months ago, and the boxes are now just general goodies).

May My Geek Box

Overall, I felt really underwhelmed by the contents.  What particularly let the box down was the DC figurine of Doomsday, which is awfully painted and barely recognisable if not for Superman’s torn cape in his hand.  I’ll be giving away everything to my friends but the T-shirt, which was the one item that I actually really liked.

My Geek Box Spongebob

The only other item in the box that I might keep – it was fun to put together.

I would be inclined to advise against the My Geek Box based on this experience, but past boxes do look better.  Nonetheless, I’ve contacted their customer service team to unsubscribe to the recurring monthly subscription I don’t recall ever agreeing to.  I think a theme is a much, much better way of arranging this kind of box, and returning to that system may redeem it – until then, I’ll be sticking to Loot Crate.

Would you have been pleased with the contents of May’s box?  Do you know of any other UK subscription boxes worth buying?

Emma

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June 2, 2016
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