Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription Review + $5 Coupon

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Blue Bottle Coffee subscription – get 12 oz of beans every other week for $17 (prices vary slightly based on selections) or double your bag for an extra $11! They also offer half bag and triple bag subscriptions.  My coffee subscription reviews are typically on my wife’s blog, but since I drink the coffee we thought we’d post one here. You can see our list of coffee subscription boxes here.

IMG_6651My first bout with Blue Bottle (formerly Tonx) my wife ordered me an espresso version and then switched it to a blend. This one is Bella Donovan. The card that came with the package actually doesn’t match the website at all, which makes sense because this blend rotates seasonally. I thought it was very nice – a blend of my two favorite regions, but less bold than expected given the origins.

As we’re back from vacation, my wife restarted my subscription with the Blue Bottle Origins subscription (the previous box I reviewed was one of my favorite coffees). If you’re interested in checking them out, using my link will automatically gift you a $5 credit.

 

November 2014 Bombfell Review

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Bombfell is a men’s clothing and personal styling subscription service. For November I got a replacement for the too-small pants from last month, plus 3 additional items. With Bombfell, you get sent the clothing, can try it on at home, and then figure out what you love and want to purchase. It’s an excellent service for a busy guy.

The SubscriptionBombfell
The Description: Bombfell is a monthly clothing subscription designed entirely for men. Get clothes picked just for you by a stylist, so you can spend your time doing awesome guy stuff.
The Price: Depending on your budget, spend $69-199 per month.
The Coupon: Save $10 on your first order, just by using my link to sign up.

November 2014 Bombfell

How Bombfell Works: When you sign up for Bombfell you fill out a style profile including all your measurements. You can also select the frequency (sometimes I set my Bombfell to come bi-monthly) and what you’d like to receive. You can pick out what you want clothes for (office, dates, weekend, basics, etc.) as well as the precise type of item you want (e.g., sport coat, jeans, t-shirt), as well as your budget. You can also select to be surprised.

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The clothes arrived tagged, and in plastic. IMG_6654

Two different pairs of Penguin Chinos – both 36×32, one was slim fit and one was straight fit. The Slim was far too slim with me, and I returned it. I love these pants and kept the regular fit ($98). As my wife would gladly tell you, I would never have selected these on my own.IMG_6655

 

PX Clothing Olive Shirt ($49) and PX Clothing Heather Henley ($25).

This was a new to me brand, here’s the information:

PX clothing is a unique line based in Los Angeles, California. Influenced by the trends and lifestyle of southern California, PX has carved out its own niche in the fashion industry with garments that have both great style and incredible comfort. Known for its high-quality fabrics, innovative fashion details, and unique art and graphics, PX currently retails in major department stores and boutiques throughout the U.S., Japan, Canada, and Central America.

I kept the henley and returned the shirt because it was a bit snug. I skipped my most recent shipment because we were a bit busy, but my next shipment is scheduled for January 23. I opted for 4 surprise items “For the Weekend.”

Visit Bombfell to find out more or to set up your first order.  You can save $10 on your first order, just by using my link to sign up. You can also check out all the Bombfell Reviews.


November 2014 Gentleman’s Box Review #besavvy

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Gentleman’s Box is a new subscription box for men – including the required essentials for the savvy man. The theme for November was the “Secret Agent Box” – featuring appropriate items for any man wanting to emulate a little Bond style.

The Subscription: Gentleman’s Box
The Description: Gentleman’s Box is a subscription box for men providing the essential elements suited for today’s gentlemen.Items from grooming supplies to wardrobe accessories – each selected to complement your lifestyle and align with a monthly theme. Four to five hand-selected products for men, accompanied by the latest issue of GQ Magazine, are delivered right to your doorstep – with the content’s value always exceeding your monthly cost.
The Price: $25 per month.

Gentleman’s Box November 2014:

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The box includes two compartments – one for the magazine and one for the items. I noted the information card deftly and smartly side-stepped any actual mention of Bond.IMG_6659 IMG_6658
The information card came with the the items and the retail values of each. This box costs $25 per month.IMG_6660
The November 2014 issue of GQ – it’s held together with a Gentlemans Box band.IMG_6661Unsimply Stitched Socks ($12) Nice Argyle – colorful without being over the top.
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Secret Agent USB Cufflinks ($25)

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Billy Jealousy White Knight Facial Cleanser ($5) I love this brand and this is a great cleanser. Every agent should have a clean face.

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Skinny Tie Madness Plaid Tie ($29) I first thought this tie was a bit more suited to Easter, but then realized it was a playful twist on traditional Christmas shades.

This was a well-curated box with excellent value (I calculated $77 instead of the stated $78, but that’s minor). While I didn’t receive it, I saw a photo of the December box, which was equally as nice. Looking forward to seeing more installments over the next few months.

Visit Gentleman’s Box to subscribe or find out more. Don’t forget to take a look at other Men’s Lifestyle Subscription Boxes and get more information about Gentleman’s Box.

October 2014 Bombfell Review

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Bombfell is a men’s clothing and personal styling subscription service. This month I elected to be sent 4 surprise items. You get sent the clothing, can try it on at home, and then figure out what you love and want to purchase. It’s an excellent service for a busy guy.

The SubscriptionBombfell
The Description: Bombfell is a monthly clothing subscription designed entirely for men. Get clothes picked just for you by a stylist, so you can spend your time doing awesome guy stuff.
The Price: Depending on your budget, spend $69-199 per month.
The Coupon: Save $10 on your first order, just by using my link to sign up.

October 2014 Bombfell

How Bombfell Works: When you sign up for Bombfell you fill out a style profile including all your measurements. You can also select the frequency (my Bombfell comes bi-monthly) and what you’d like to receive. You can pick out what you want clothes for (office, dates, weekend, basics, etc.) as well as the precise type of item you want (e.g., sport coat, jeans, t-shirt), as well as your budget. You can also select to be surprised.

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All the items come wrapped up in plastic. I got a little Family Guy toy/desk accessory with my order.IMG_7218

 

Maker & Company The Morish Slim Wallet ($44) This is a great wallet, but much brighter than in the photo. The little card case slides out in addition to the regular wallet features. I liked that a lot, but I didn’t care for the color (Note from wife – I would have kept it because Tom is always misplacing his wallet somewhere in the house).IMG_7219

Cutter & Buck Epic Easy Care Mini Herringbone Long Sleeve Shirt ($59) Wife didn’t like the pattern. Returned.IMG_7220

Clique by Cutter & Buck Performance Tee ($19) This shirt didn’t do anything for me. I didn’t dig the Cutter & Buck items so they got sent back. IMG_7222

 

Original Penguin Perfect Flannel Chinos ($98) I absolutely loved everything about these except the 34″ waist. I returned to try on a larger size. We just checked my account and for some reason my measurements were missing from the account. Hopefully the addition of them will help select clothes that fit the first time. These were classy wool flannel chinos and I would buy them as long as I could wear them.

Although I loved the pants I didn’t feel that this stylist was sending me great clothes overall. We looked up Cutter & Buck and it looked like a golf brand. Since I don’t live the golf/country club lifestyle, I requested a new stylist from my account.  I printed out the return label and marked what I was returning and handed off the box to USPS the next time they visited.

Visit Bombfell to find out more or to set up your first order.  You can save $10 on your first order, just by using my link to sign up. You can also check out all the Bombfell Reviews.


SprezzaBox Review – Men’s Accessories Subscription Box #getdapper

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SprezzaBox is a Men’s Accessories subscription. Every month you’ll receive several high quality accessories and a grooming item, all for $28 per month.  Items are chosen on the basis of the season and current trends – it’s a curated mix of accessories that ensure you will always look dapper. SprezzaBox kindly sent me this box for review.

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Salt + Dapper Nato Strap Watch Band ($15) Perfect for updating your timepiece for the season.IMG_7129

das boom everywhere lotion samples – This is one of my favorite grooming brands. I love the smell of them and the lotion feels great.IMG_7134

JUST A MEN Shoe Bag ($15) I’m not sure of the name of this brand but I sure like this shoe bag. The inside is somewhat fleecy and I know my shoes will be protected when they are packed. They have really awesome looking shoes though. IMG_7131

Bull + Moose Necktie ($39) This is an awesome necktie. I love the color and the texture. Bull + Moose is a veteran owned startup focused on creating quality (not cheap) neckwear at non-inflated prices. Every man can get behind that mission.IMG_7135

SprezzaBox is a well curated and welcome addition to men’s monthly subscription boxes. For $28 the November box included $70 of expertly curated products from new to me brands and one current favorite. I was impressed and think that in addition to clothes, an affordable but high quality monthly accessories subscription is an excellent idea.

Visit SprezzaBox to subscribe or to find out more about this monthly men’s accessories subscription.

Bespoke Post Highlands Box Review & Coupon #BoxOfAwesome

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The Bespoke Post Highlands box featured a 100% Mongolian Wool Scarf by the Gilded Age with two cold weather extras. When I saw that this box included the scarf I knew I was picking it. Bespoke Post is a little different than other subscriptions. On the first of the month you get an email with your box selection. You can let it ride, skip it, or pick another box. Use coupon code RESCUE to save 30% on your first box if you want to try it out.
The SubscriptionBespoke Post
The Description: Bespoke Post delivers fresh and interesting lifestyle brands and products to men. Each month, you’ll get to choose from one of the limited-edition boxes filled with an array of products built around a central, unique theme.
The Price: $45 per month.

Bespoke Post Review: Highlands Box

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There were three color selections for the scarf and I chose the lighter gray with the dark gray stripes.IMG_7058

This is an 80″ long scarf and 15″ wide. Gilded Age sells this scarf for $125 so it’s pretty amazing to pick it up for $45. It’s very sharp looking.IMG_7059 IMG_7066

Paine Products’ Balsam Fir Incense – This smells great but all incense smells like incense when you burn it, so we’ll be passing ours along to an incense-loving hippie.IMG_7067

 

Port Products Grooming Trio – This is a great little set of detoxifying cleanser, shave cream, and daily moisturizer. The little pack is perfect for travel so I’m saving it for that.

This was an amazing box and it’s actually still available, so if you want to pick it up, use the code and get your scarf.  You can check out the new Bespoke Post boxes available for November here.

Get Bespoke Post or visit to find out more about the subscription. You can also check out all my Bespoke Post Reviews. Don’t forget to use coupon code RESCUE  to save 30% on your first box. 

November Five Four Club Review & Coupon

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Five Four Club is a men’s clothing subscription club – sign up, pick a style profile and your sizes, and get clothes every month. I updated my style profile for this month to a “mix.” I loved the November shipment and so did my wife. I got a pair of awesome color block “Watson” socks ($12).

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Hayter Scarf ($25) The color in the first photo is more accurate. This scarf is perfect for the season. It’s a lightweight dressy scarf and the pattern is great.IMG_6772

I was frankly surprised to see another jacket – 2 months in a row – but I switched my profile this month so that probably explains it.IMG_6774

Croft Charcoal Jacket ($88) It’s made of a knit fabric and has an inside breast pocket.IMG_6775

I received $125 of clothing without doing anything, and that was awesome.  I’m hoping for a sweater next month – the one from a year ago is one of my most used clothing items.

Currently save $15 off your first month with code AFMOMMY15.  You can see all my Five Four Club Reviews here or sign up for Five Four Club. Also, new – see my guide to Five Four Club Jeans and Pants Sizing.

FiveFour Clothing

The SubscriptionFive Four Club
The Description: Five Four Club provides a subscription box for men with stylish, on-trend clothes. Upgrade and progress your wardrobe. Create a style profile in about 60 seconds and get monthly packages of clothing and accessories up to 75% off retail. Boxes are allotted by a points system. Each monthly membership fee gets you 10 points.
The Price: $60 per month.
The Deal: Get $15 off your first box. Use Five Four coupon code AFMOMMY15


November 2014 Birchbox Man Review – The Beard Box

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For November Birchbox Man offered the option of selecting one of your samples or choosing the Beard Box. The Beard Box offered several full size items so I selected the box.

The Subscription: Birchbox Man
The Description: Birchbox Man is designed to introduce you to the best lifestyle and grooming products. Get monthly boxes of deluxe and travel-size samples of grooming products and lifestyle accessories. Grooming products include shaving, skincare, hair, and sweat control. Lifestyle accessories range from grill aprons, dress socks, and cufflinks, to folding sunglasses and bottle openers.
The Price: $20 per month.

November 2014 Birchbox Man: Beard Box

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  • Billy Jealousy Beard Wash ($2.50)
  • Zeus Beard Pear Wood Boar Bristle Beard Brush ($20)
  • Tweezerman GEAR Stainless Steel Facial Hair Scissors ($17)
  • Blackbird Beard Oil ($4.75)
  • Alfred Lane Vanguard Solid Cologne ($16)

This was a really awesome collection, just for the value.  I really needed an update on my beard scissors and these are top quality. I’m not sure that I’ll grow my beard out enough to use the brush but I was happy with the box. I like the Billy Jealousy brand and although I’m not sure my beard needs a separate shampoo, I’ll try it out. The Alfred Lane I’ve sampled before through Bespoke Post. It smells like Old Spice.

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Visit Birchbox Man to subscribe or find out more, or check out all my Birchbox Man Reviews. You can also check out the Birchbox Man Beard & Shave store.


Threaded Canvas Review & Coupon – Shirt & Art Subscription Box – August 2014

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Threaded Canvas is a subscription box that sends three artist designed t-shirts, a print, and 3 pieces of art “stuff” every month.  Threaded Canvas sent this box for my review – you can see the previous shirts I received on my wife’s blog. I have found them all very high quality and I have tossed tons of my old shirts in favor of these. It was really about time.

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Wilke HORSE Art Print ($15), “Dive” Postcard ($3), Sarah marie Hawkins Bookmark ($3), Lost Button ($3).  I enjoyed the surreal/post apocalyptic sort of theme for the month.

If you like anything in this reviews, you can also visit Threaded Canvas to pick up a mix-match box where you select the exact shirts – if available – for your box. These shirts are very soft and I love that.  If you want sleeveless or v-neck shirts, you can pay an upgrade fee for those options.IMG_5912

 

Reza aka Rejagulu: Water Colorink Tee ($25) I’m not really sure what this one is.
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Hector Mansilla Gonzales aka Againstbound: Lotus Tee ($25) IMG_5914Florent Bodart aka Speakerine: Burning Circles Tee ($25) My favorite of the bunch, although I liked and have worn all three.

At twenty bucks a month (plus $7 shipping), you’re running ten bucks give or take (depending on your options) for every high-quality unique tee shirt, and that’s a great deal.

Visit Threaded Canvas to sign up or find out more about this subscription. You can also get 10% off your first box with the coupon code from my wife’s blog – mommysplurge10!

 

October 2014 #Mantry Review & $25 Coupon – Men’s Gourmet Subscription Box

IMG_5787 Mantry is a very cool subscription box that features strictly American-made gourmet foods in a monthly theme shipped in a very awesome crate.  It’s like what you would get at the fancy grocery store when your wife is out of town.

The SubscriptionMantry The Description: Mantry is the food of the month club for the modern man. Discover artisinal American food and figure out what to do with it with Mantry. Take the hassle of finding new gourmet tastes. The Price: $75 per month.

October 2014 Mantry: Salty Dog

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The theme this month is “salty dog” and it features the best gourmet products inspired by the sea. IMG_5777
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Butter & Sea Salt Halfpops ($4.29) Al dente comes to popcorn.  The chew on these is addictive but won’t break your teeth.
Liddabit Sweets Sea Salt Caramels ($8) Salted caramel has been trending for a while now, but these show that the trend is far from played out.  Sweet with a salty accent, these caramels are surprisingly tender and delightful.  Worthwhile even if you don’t have a real sweet tooth.
Island Trollers Wild Pacific Jalapeno Albacore Tuna ($6) Nature’s near-perfect protein gets a spicy kick.  This is the Pacific Northwest’s finest, lovingly canned and ready for a post-workout feeding or lazy man’s lunch.
Bar Harbor Foods New England Clam Chowder ($4) For those who never really understood the allure of soup, real chowder is the answer.  Rich, creamy, and packed with clams, this is the perfect cold-weather no-fuss supper.
Coop’s Micro Creamery Hot Fudge ($11) Nothing beats fudge on vanilla ice cream for a classic sundae.  This gourmet version comes complete in its classic and unique packaging.
White Whale Cocktails The Filthy Liar ($11.50)  This classy mixer puts the perpetually underrated rosemary to work.  Clove adds the bitter bite, and lychee adds some refreshing sweetness (kiwi is the closest analog I can think of).  Add gin or vodka (soda optional) and you have a nice twist on a classic highball.

This sea-inspired assortment was delightfully seaweed free.

Visit Mantry to find out more about this monthly gourmet subscription and to save $25 on your first box of manly deliciousness (just use the link for the coupon).