So, a few months ago, I started hearing about a new service that had popped up. Little Black Bag is a monthly subscription service. Much like Birchbox, it promises a box of items delivered to your house each month. However, instead of just beauty products, Little Black Bag carries such items as handbags, accessories, makeup, jewelry, and even some home decor.
At first, I balked at the price...LBB costs $55 a month (including shipping), and for that you get 2-4 items worth at least $100. After I started seeing the kinds of hauls people were getting, I decided to take the plunge and try it out, and I'm so glad I did. I am officially addicted!
You get to choose one item that you want, and 1-3 more items are selected for you and added to your bag. I had a really hard time choosing my main item because there were so many things I loved!
The brands offered by Little Black Bag are awesome - you can find Betsey Johnson, Steve Madden, CARGO, Disney Couture, and countless others. The inventory is updated constantly, and there are always new things to try out. There are small handbags, large hobos and satchels, clutches, wallets, watches, sunglasses, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, makeup, wall decals, even barware.
Now, the best part: THE TRADING. If you are happy with your initial bag, you can click the ship button, and your bag will be on your way to you. However, if you aren't happy with what you have, or you are just curious what else is out there, you are able to trade items with other members for up to 7 days until you're happy with your bag!
The process is really simple - once you open your bag, your items are added to the trade gallery. To offer a trade, you just choose the item you're interested in, and then choose which item or items of yours you are willing to trade. Everyone who has the item you're interested in will get the trade offer, and simply chooses to accept it or not. You can even offer multiple items for one, which is a great option when it comes to getting the higher valued items. The trading is super addicting!
I received my first bag today! I ended up with four items with a value of $146. I have seen girls end up with much higher values, but I am happy with this because I saved almost $100, and I love and will use everything in my bag!
Here's what I got for May. (By the way, you can always open extra bags once you ship your monthly one...I did just that. Twice. LOL.)
Their shipping box is super cute. It arrived a little beat up (as is common with my local post office...) but everything inside was well packed, and nothing was damaged.
Everything came wrapped up in black tissue paper and sealed with this little sticker. Inside, the smaller items were bubble wrapped. I appreciate things like this after getting plenty of damaged packages from other companies.
These octopus earrings by 'ZAD are the only item I started with and kept until the end! I don't wear a lot of earrings, but I think these are adorable. They are a nice weight and are of good quality. I have really small ears and nearly no earlobes, and I appreciate that these weren't so big as to look stupid.
Love them! I can't wait to wear them. These have a retail value of $12.
Also by 'ZAD, this is the tusk pendant. It's a large piece, for sure. I like it, it is a nice weight and will be a great pop for the right outfit. I posted a picture of the length below, but it falls to chest level. This has a retail value of $24.
This is the Cargo eyeshadow quad in Barcelona! I traded hard for this one, as I love Cargo and these colors are just my style. It's a very good sized palette and will last forever! The packaging is pretty and sturdy.
The shadows themselves are gorgeous. They're nice and pigmented, and soft. They aren't at all chalky. The mirror is nice, as well. I am going to wear these today! This palette retails for $30.
And finally, this is the Nila Anthony buckle satchel in black. I had started with a different bag, but I fell in love with this one when it popped up and I had to have it! I love that it came with a dust bag, perfect for storage.
The bag is a great size - not as big and bulky as my messenger bags, but large enough to hold everything I need. It has an adjustable cross body strap, as well. The faux leather is a good quality, and is very soft. I love the little details, like the little scalloped edging on the flap and the buckles. Inside, there are several pockets, including one that zips. There is also a zip pocket on the back of the bag.
The lining is a cute green paisley. Adorable. This bag retails for $80.
I am really happy with this haul, I love everything I got.
Here's a terrible picture (excuse the morning hair and pajamas) to show the length of the necklace, for reference.
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