Saturday, December 11, 2021

Ekster Parliament Smart Wallet Review

If you're still looking for holiday gifts, Ekster has innovative wallets that are perfect for anyone on your list! They have a Christmas sale going on right now, too (more on that further down in the post).

*Disclaimer: This product was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

Ekster sells wallets, bags, cases, and tech accessories with the aim of making your daily life easier. They reimagined the traditional wallet, making it easier to use and harder to lose. They were able to bring their products into fruition due to crowdfunding and are now able to deliver high quality products made from sustainable, durable materials.

The most innovative part of the Ekster wallet is the smart tracking device. The card is branded with the Ekster logo and is made by the Chipolo company and run through their app. The credit-card sized tracker fits perfectly inside of the Ekster wallets, or any other item you wish to keep track of. It works via Bluetooth and the app on your phone will either set the device ringing, or you can also use the tracker card to locate your phone if you misplace it (the phone app will make a sound even if you have your phone on silent). The tracking card is sold separately from the wallets.

I received the Parliament Wallet to review and it is beautiful. It's made from environmentally-certified premium leather with slim storage and quick card access. It also has RFID blocking technology to protect your cards. I don't like a bulky wallet and this one is perfect for my needs and style preferences.

The wallet is a bifold design with a pocket for one card or cash, and a pop-up card holder that fits five cards. I absolutely love this slim, efficient design.

As you can see, with a push of the black button the bottom interior of the wallet, the five cards will pop up out of their compartment for easy access. Now, I do have more than five cards between debit, credit, and other necessary ID, so I had to prioritize which I used the most. But overall I found this wallet has everything I need.

If you're someone who regularly carries cash and coins, this design probably wouldn't fit your needs as well, but Ekster has other designs available. There is a more traditional Modular Bifold and cardholders that are slimmer and carry up to 10 cards.

  • Visit Ekster to browse their full line of products 
    • Shop the Christmas sale for 25% off all orders and 35% off orders of $200+ with free shipping and free returns and guaranteed Christmas deliver7 (no coupon needed)

Bottom Line: I love the Ekster Parliament wallet. The design is great and the materials high quality, but you really can't beat the smart tracking device. I also appreciate that the tracker can be used both ways, since I tend to misplace my phone more often than my wallet.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Bespoke Post Black Box 2021 Review and $20 off Coupon

Every year, Bespoke Post releases a limited edition "Black Box" on Black Friday. I've never gotten one in the past but decided to grab one this year.

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased by See, Shop, Love! Post contains referral links.

The Black Box is no longer available. It is released on Black Friday and is free with a $45+ Bespoke Post shop purchase. You'll be upgraded to the Premium Box with a $90+ purchase.

I skipped my November box shipment because I knew I wanted to buy something and that the Black Friday sale would be later in the month. I got the "Destination" box and picked up the non-premium Black Box as well.

To be completely honest, I hadn't been impressed with the Black Box shipments in the past, but I figured since I already knew I wanted a Bespoke Post box this month, an extra box of things couldn't be bad, even if I ended up not liking what was inside.

I ended up being pretty pleased with the selection, though I wouldn't have paid for this box on its own. Here's what was inside:

  • KIND Bar: These two KIND Bars were bonus items. I've had them before and they're pretty good granola bars.
  • Leather & Brass Key Fob by Ezra Arthur: This is a genuine leather key chain in dark brown. I like the simple design and sturdy leather.
  • Oakmoss & Amber Room Spray by Bradley Mountain: This smells great, with essential oils of oakmoss, amber, and oud. I love Earthy scents and this one is perfect.
  • Electrolyte Vitamin Sample Pouch by Brode: These vitamins fight dehydration (and hangovers) with electrolytes.
  • Crew Socks by Unsimply Stitched: I think boxes like these always have a pair of socks, since they're an easy item to send. These are exclusive to Bespoke Post and are a comfy cotton blend.
  • Grooming Starter Kit by Tiege Hanley: This is probably the best value item in my opinion (not based on price, but usage). Even though it's branded as "uncomplicated skincare for men," I'll take any kind of skincare. This kit has a Wash, AM Moisturizer, and Hand Cream
  • $10 Off Coupon: There was also a small card with a unique coupon code for $100 of a future purchase of $75+.

Bottom Line: If you're already planning on buying individual gifts from the Bespoke Post shop and/or a club box around November, I think it's worth it to wait until the Black Friday Black Box sale. That being said, I wouldn't go out of my way to try to get this box if there isn't something you already really want from the Bespoke Post shop.

Although the Black Box is no longer available, you can still subscribe to Bespoke Post or shop one-time purchases from their shop. 

  • Use this link to get $20 off your first box (only $25)!