Wonder Girl Box: March
When Wonder Girl Box first came on the bookstagram scene a few months ago I was both charmed and impressed by what these two enterprising girls were creating. Karlynn and Alley are university students, who in addition to their studies, wanted to create a business for themselves. That business ticks off some major boxes:
Book related √
Gives back to girls √
Includes content that empowers special entrepreneurs √
Helps iniate new conversations around feminism √
Some of this they've laid out explicitly on their website and in their social media, and some of it is apparent in the kind of content they put in their boxes.
This is my first Wonder Girl Box, thanks to winning a giveaway that the girls were hosting. I was blown away first and foremost by how much stuff was packed into this box, and then I was wowed by the quality of the content. And I'll admit, I fangirled over all the pink.
After opening the box it was time for me to do to a little internet sleuthing and learn more about the companies behind the products inside.
Zandra- Lemon Tea Tree Big Balm
I love the scent of this lip balm, it reminds me of a lemongrass scented spa I went to in Yountville, CA, conjuring a sense of calm and happiness.
As for Zandra herself? This epically awesome lady is close to home! Hailing from Buffalo, NY she’s about 2.5 hours away from I live, and even closer to where I went to college in Niagara Falls, NY. Her story is inspiring as hell, I recommend checking both her and her products out.
Included with the lip balm was also a note of encouragement from Zandra, a personal touch that spoke volumes about both her and the ladies behind the box.
Tony’s Chocolonely Chocolate Bar
There are few things that bring me the kind of immediate joy that chocolate does, so opening a box to discover a bar of milk-chocolate-caramel-sea-salt goodness waiting for me is like double Christmas.
And it really is a bar of goodness, made by a company that is getting their cocoa from 100% slave free work in Africa.
Update 3/30: This is one of THE most delicious chocolate bars I've ever eaten. I tried to dole it out slowly, but it was so hard! The milk chocolate is rich and there is a perfectly balanced amount of sea salt and caramel bits. I'm one of those lunatics who has thrown handfuls of money at Teuscher, Jacques Torres, and every chocolatier I come across in my travels, but now I'm adding Chocolonely as my new favorite.
(And a pin from that will help me show off my Wonder Girl pride!)
Paperly & Co
Hold. The. Phone. Two of my absolute favorite bookish girls in the form of magnetic bookmarks?! Belle and Hermione, both played by real life heroine Emma Watson in the movies, are the perfect addition to my library and life.
Looking over Jess's shop it's apparent she has a wide-range of talents as in addition to her magnetic book marks she has traditional bookmarks, jewelry, and candles available. #girlboss
Book Lovers Coffee from Lexington Coffee Co.
I've been so jealous of all the pics I've seen lately of what feels like all my bookstagram friends getting both their caffeine and bookishness fix from Book Lovers Coffee. But as my wallet has been begging me to at least buy less bookish merch seeing as how I can't seem to stop buy less books, I've been doing without this fun treat. But no longer! Thanks to the box, now I get to try their deliciousness myself, not to mention the awesome coffee smell that wafts from the package.
A bookmark from the company was included as well, a special little touch I love.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
I love the pink hair cover of the book and am interested to read this new YA book that promises diversity both in the cast of characters and the range of ideas/issues it addresses.
When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.
Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Also included in the box was a card with a great, framable graphic design, including details on the back about what cause the box was helping to support this month. This month the box helps support Girl Up: "Thanks to passionate advocates, Girl Up supports UN programs promoting the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries."
There was more awesome artwork in the form of the card teasing next month's theme: "Girls Are Magic"- a sentiment I agree with, and a theme that hints at one of my favorite genres.
Overall this box really hit it out of the park for me. It's visually fun and the contents are well curated.
To learn more about Wonder Girl Box and to sign up for your own box, visit their website.