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Today I came home to discover a surprise Birchbox!

!!!

My subscription ran out in March, so this was an extra surprise. I had received an email from Birchbox apologizing for not delivering the March box and sending a consolation, and assumed it was a wrongly addressed email.

Nope!

goodies

Thank you Birchbox for the slew of goodies: amika Obliphica Hair Treatment, Isaac Mizrahi FABULOUS, COOLA Cucumber Moisturizer, and Cargo Lip Gloss.

My favorite is the extra find, a Pilot Acrobal pen.

pen

It wrote in super smooth pink ink!
I love it!

It made me miss Lost Crates. I hope they come back.

Thank you Birchbox for this box of cheer!

Lost Crates is definitely an adventure! Tossed about the seas of designery goodness, Lost Crates deliver a small box of curated goods to your doorsteps.
Lost Crates
The crates come in many different flavors, one of which is stationery.

I love stationery! I love mail, and I certainly love surprises.
Why didn’t I jump on this in the first place? Oh right, the price.

Shelling out $38 every month for stationery is a bit much.
Fortunately, last week, they announced their Petite Stationery box for half the price!

I seized the opportunity. I’m not a pen-and-paper writer, so I signed up for the quarterly subscription. I’ll surely forget about it months from now, and doubly surprise myself.

Today, my first Lost Crate came in the mail.

Initially, I was a bit disappointed. From the reviews I’ve seen, the goods came in a
box, which played into the mystique of the Lost Crates. Sadly, my Petite Stationery came in a far less charming padded envelope.
envelope
Tearing into the envelope revealed April’s offerings: a seven-year pen, a small notebook, and a packet of wine-themed letterpress tags. I must confess, I spoiled my surprise by peaking inside the crate on the website. However, what I received is very different from what I imagined.

I got the following:

French Shirt Notebook by Pocket Dept.
It’s featured a sturdy cover and unlined pages. It was surprising tiny, yet surprisingly useful. I don’t fancy unlined pages, but having something small and portable to jot notes in is very pleasant. I’ve come to like this pocket pal.
Dept De Poche
Seven Year Pen – Ciao by Seltzer Goods
I like my pens rollerball tipped with nice grippy sides. This pen was definitely not my usual.
Ciao had a novel twist mechanism, and wrote pretty smoothly.
Unfortunately, it was a little too thick for my tiny hands to grip comfortably.
Though, I did love the concept of reducing the number of discarded pens.
Very eco-friendly!
Ciao
Wine Tags by OrangeBeautiful
When I saw this online, I thought to myself, “What am I going to do with wine tags?”
I didn’t have a collection of Merlot aging on some shelf.
However, when my crate arrived, these tags became my favorite of this bunch!
They were tiny, greeting cards, exquisitely pressed on beautiful paper.
I liked them a lot!
Wine Tags
Surprise would be a good one-word summary to my first Lost Crate experience. Even though I’m not head-over-heels with the products (except the wine tags), I’m glad I discovered unbeknown brands. I’m looking forward to my next Lost Crate, and no peaking this time.