Review: Miss A Jewelry

Miss A is an accessory shop, particularly specializing in jewelry, where almost everything is $1. Seriously. From their earrings to their necklaces, bracelets to hair accessories, most of the items sold on Miss A will run you just $1 each. Of course, there are a few things that are slightly more expensive — their charm shop, for example — but I haven’t stumbled across anything on the site that’s more than $5.

I was alerted to Miss A a while back from my friend Lyndsey, but it wasn’t until recently that I took the plunge and made a purchase.

I ended up ordering four necklaces, two pairs of earrings, and two necklace/earring sets.

The good

The price. I decided to use my Miss A purchase as a chance to experiment with some necklaces/looks I might otherwise shun if they were pricier. Nothing felt like a huge commitment of investment, so I didn’t mind buying. I couldn’t get over the fact that I could get any of those items for just $1! Seriously? I felt like I was dreaming.

The shipping was quick, too, going out three days after my initial purchase, arriving on my doorstep just shy of two weeks after I placed my order. Plus, it only cost $3.95 for shipping (their standard, flat fee), which is awesome! And here’s what the packaging looked like (once I took it out of the bag it arrived in):

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Some of the items I got ended up being really cute, too, especially the bow/pearl earrings and the pearl/drop earrings sets in white and red, which were among my favorites. Quality-wise, most of the items seemed to hold up.

The bad

The first negative I encountered with Miss A had to do with the site and its stock: all of the cute items I wanted were sold out! I felt like most of the items I wanted most were sold out in the colors I wanted, so I had to settle for a second favorite color or not get the item at all. It happens, but still!

As for the merchandise itself: some of the items appeared different in real life than how they looked in the photos. I felt that some of the items looked a little cheap, while in the pictures, they didn’t. That’s not a dealbreaker for me, but just something to be mindful of.

Alas, the long necklace with two large pearl accents broke almost immediately, after I put it on. Thankfully, the other items held up better and I haven’t experienced any other snafus (which is pretty good considering the price).

If you’re a fat girl like me, though, you’ll want to be wary of any necklaces that aren’t loose or dangly. The red and white pearl necklace/earring sets were a disappointment in that those necklaces were actually too small for me. What I ended up doing instead was breaking off the clasps and morphing those necklaces into long necklaces, accented with a ribbon.

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I think it worked out well, actually!

Overall rating

3spoons

3 out of 5 spoonfuls of sugar

I kept waffling between rating them a 3 or a 4, so I’d say it probably sits closer to a 3.5. I was pleasantly surprised with how the Miss A items looked and held up. I added a few new items to my jewelry collection for a really minimal price, and I’ve already placed my second order with them! I’d recommend perusing the site for your next jewelry binge.

xo.

Review: Ban.do Mystery Goody Goodie Bag

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It was through Lauren Conrad’s Instagram account that I discovered Ban.do, a hair accessories-turned-stationary/office supply/general cute accessories shop. My first purchase included these super-cute pens and a tumbler.

bandopenstumblerI loved both purchases (although the pens don’t write that well) and have been checking the stock on their site pretty frequently. There are so many things things I want to buy that I haven’t been buying anything for fear that I’ll never stop adding their items to my cart.

But I did indulge in the shop’s mystery gift bag item, AKA the Goody Goodie bag, which was offered for a limited time for $20. The Goody Goodie bag promised lots of fun treats worth at least $50; plus, a select few who ordered the bags would receive deluxe versions, jam-packed with fun Ban.do items.

I was really excited about my purchase. Would I get one of the journals I’d been coveting? A coffee cup? A headband (was secretly hoping for the Future Mrs. version)?

A few days later, the package arrived.

The good

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The packaging! I opened up the box to see some lovely black and white polka dotted tissue paper, covered with colorful confetti. Cute! I can’t remember the last time I’ve got a more fun package.

Even the bag the items came in was great; it was a sleek, white Ban.do shopping bag, with a red heart on the outside.

The bad

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While the confetti in the box was fun, it was also a mess. It got was nearly impossible to get my actual purchase out of the box without spilling the confetti everywhere, and that was a pain to clean up.

Also, as much as I hate to admit it, the items weren’t that great. I wanted to love it, but I just… didn’t.

I got:

  • Floral headband
  • Floral hair accessory
  • Barette
  • iPhone 5 case
  • Assorted candy
  • A happy face balloon
  • Raffle tickets
  • Wristband for #GirlsPopUp, their pop-up store

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The best item was the iPhone 5 case, no contest. Unfortunately, I’d recently purchased an iPhone 6, so it was unusable for me. (I ended up giving it away to a coworker.) The happy face balloon was cute, but the hair accessories seemed cheap, the kind of thing I could get at the dollar store. I mean, the headband arrived broken.

The assorted candy was the kind you can buy in a gigantic package for a buck, and the raffle tickets and wristband served no purpose other than being for “FUN!” (as someone told me when I posted a photo on Instagram asking what they were for).

Overall Rating

2spoons

2 out of 5 spoonfuls of sugar

This package was fun and cute. I actually really loved the photos I took of the items, but after taking the pictures, I was left feeling severely underwhelmed. I didn’t feel like my items were worth $50; I’d guess $30, tops.

The excitement of getting a mystery bag was pretty fantastic, but I think it seemed less like a “goodie goody” bag and more like a “these items are not selling, so we need to get rid of them” bag.

That said, it was only $20, and if I had extra cash and wanted a cute pick-me-up sometime in the future, I would consider buying another. They’re fun bags, if only for the air of mystery!

Have you purchased a Ban.do Goody Goodie bag? 

xo.