Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Popbasic Lost Review

Popbasic is a company I've been- no other word for it- fangirling lately. I've reviewed their products before, but in case you have never heard of this company here's what they are all about: delivering basic and trend (or "pop") items to women's closet by selling monthly "micro collections." A micro collection includes three women's fashion items; each will include at least one women's clothing item (occasionally it has been two), as well as women's accessories (such as jewelry or bags). There is also a "surprise" item that usually is a beauty product sample of some sort. Micro collections come out once a month, and are generally priced between $50 and $100 dollars.  It is not a subscription in the traditional sense because you must sign up each month. Also, you will always know ahead of time what is in each micro collection, but you must buy all three items together; they do not currently sell them separately. Got it? Good; then let's dive right into things!



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September's Micro Collection was entitled Lost, and I'd been eyeing it several months, ever since promo pictures for it were first introduced on the company's social media sites. It included their Sofia Boyfriend Shirt, their Dreamer Amethyst Necklace and their Pink Silk Cord Bracelet. The box was priced at $85, but the items in the box had a combined retail price of $132. Granted, Popbasic makes these items exclusively for their micro collections and you cannot get them anywhere else, so I'm not sure where these items' retail price is coming from. But let me just say, where quality is concerned, you are getting your money's worth!

The Sofia Boyfriend Shirt is a "trapeze cut," meaning the waist will be bigger than the chest area, giving it a very relaxed, almost tomboyish fit. (See how I wore it here and here). The stripes are a soft grey, though they look almost blue from further away and is a pattern likely to go with anything- a basic closet staple if ever their was one! It is one of the best-made items in my closet for sure, with thick, sturdy material and well made button holes (button holes are truly a sign of whether an item has been well-made or not in my opinion.)

The Dreamer Amethyst Necklace was the item I was most excited about, and it did not disappoint! It is stunning and what I love about it is- it is not something you see everyday, either in color of style of necklace- yet it is the type of jewelry that works on women in their twenties and women in their forties and fifties equally well. The gold-colored metal only rings the chunk of semi-precious stone; there is not metal back to the necklace. This surprised me. Instead, the back of the stone is coated in a clear, strong substance. After wearing it however, I can see why this might have been done; even if the necklace gets turned around (as happens from time to time with a pendant on a long chain) you can still see the gorgeous colors of the stone.


Lost from Popbasic on Vimeo.

The last item in the micro collection was the Pink Silk Cord Bracelet. Honestly, this was the piece I was the least excited about, but might be the one I ended up liking the most. Now, I don't normally wear bracelets since they alway seem to hit things when I type of the computer or am working. This one though, doesn't bother me a bit on! It has a small extender chain, so you can adjust how tightly it is on, even if you have a smaller or larger wrist, keeping it out of your way. The color is also beautiful. It is subtle, yet feminine. Now I just wish I'd gotten the August box where they had similar bracelets too! Ah well! I shall just continue to love my own. Interestingly, this is not the first time a Popbasic item I didn't initially think I'd like has ended up a staple in my looks; both the necklaces in my last Popbasic order (the first Popbasic Micro Collection, actually) are also like this.

I'd also like to take a moment to add two other things I noticed while getting this box. First, when ordering, I had a question about sizing and sent a message via twitter. The reply was quick, and friendly. Later, when a friend decided to purchase one and had a question, a twitter conversation cleared things up and was again quick, and friendly! This is a company that knows the power of social media! Popbasic genuinely seems interested in developing relationships with their customers, and gaining input from them on future items as well. Each micro collection, they also invite customers to show how they would style the items, allowing different styling and remixing ideas to flow. You can see mine below here, but it is also featured on the site! 
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This particular box was a (much loved!) birthday present, as it happens, but I'm keeping an eye on Popbasic; they will be getting more of my custom in the future too. Would you try a Popbasic Micro Collection? What would be in your ideal micro collection of three trend and basic items?

EDIT: I just wanted to add that this shirt shrunk ( I suspect it ended up in the Dryer when it shouldn't have). But that Popbasic replaced it. They did not need to. I'd had it months and several wears after all. But they are clearly a company that cares about its customers. One more reason to love'em.

11 comments:

  1. so happy you're enjoying it <3 <3 <3

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  2. This is a pretty cool concept. I actually think the cord bracelet is my favorite! :)

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    1. I love bracelet. It is a fun concept and company.

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  3. I like that you don't have to subscribe for a whole period in t once and that you know what's going to be inside in advance too! Sounds like the perfect subscription box ^^ I like the DReam necklace, because I've been looking for a necklace of that kind for a while. Like you said, they're not that common and therefor pretty hard to find :) xo

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    1. Plus, Nikki- international shipping is free :)

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  4. Really loving the androgynous styles like with the satchel, blouse, and oxfords!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  5. I like the menswear inspired looks like the trench coat and messenger bag.

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  6. This sounds like a great service, and I really like the shirt!

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    1. They have been my favorite clothing based subscription so far, for sure.

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