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The Halston & River Story: If You Have The Passion, Do It!

If you said to me 12 months ago that Halston and River would have a little over 50 amazing subscription box businesses as part of our family I would have said “Oh to dream!”. But as I sit here today, that is exactly what we have. I can’t believe how much this business has grown in the last 12 months. A growth which has extended to me in so many ways.

The learning curve that a new business puts you on is steep, emotional and a lot of hard work. But in the same breath, it is utterly rewarding and fulfilling.

I started Halston & River to feel challenged and inspired. To have something just for me. Something to make me feel alive again! Since becoming a Mum, I felt like I was becoming just that… a Mum. I love being a Mum to my twins more than anything, but I felt `I still need an outlet. A place or purpose that keeps the fire and drive alive.

For me, I wanted an outlet that meant I could still be there for my twins. As a high flying (literally!) international flight attendant I was used to being busy and on the go. It was a great lifestyle, but certainly not one I would recommend with a young family. My change in direction to business owner means I am there for my kids whilst still having something for me. My life on my terms.

The journey so far has had its ups and downs and international moves hasn’t helped. Who knew moving an online business overseas would have so many hurdles. But alas, my persistence (or stubbornness as some may call it!) has paid off.

The community support you can find online in places like Facebook groups is amazing. For anyone starting their online journey, I highly recommend becoming active in these groups. I have found new friends and built an amazing support network of like-minded women. This is the support you don’t get from family and friends. Whilst they are truly supportive of my journey, it takes a like minded business woman to pull you through the tough days. Someone who is on the same path as you.

The hardest thing I have found since opening Halston & River is the balance between work and kids. One plus side that a 9-5 job has for it, you have a start and end time. Working an online business from home, the boundaries are somewhat blurred. I’ve lost count the number of late nights I have had working on my business. Burning the midnight oil posting, scheduling, networking and some days just staring at my Facebook wondering what to do next.

Would I change it? Absolutely not. I have found a passion for providing a service to the subscription box world. Subscription boxes make the best gifts or just a practical way to keep on top of your nice to haves. Have you seen the chocolate subscription box? Who wouldn’t want a box of chocolate delivered each month! Or a good book to keep the library stack fresh? How about keeping your tea supplies fresh and flavoursome with a new blend each month? I never knew I could do this and help so many people like I have. But it’s the business itself that has helped me the most. I feel alive again and a new found focus that enables me to keep my passion alive. I have found I am a better Mum because of it too.

So why Halston & River? Well, it’s all because of my gorgeous twins. They are my reason for starting this journey and I wanted to reflect them in the business so they are always with me, driving me to succeed.

The Mother’s Day Gifts That Keep on Giving

halston and river mother's day gift ideas that keep on giving

Mother’s Day is just around the corner (like literally!) and if you’re anything like me, you’re scrambling around looking for the best Mother’s Day gift that can be delivered within days! Now, I’m not just any gift giver and a bunch of flowers isn’t going to quite cut it. I’m the one who has to outdo last year and of course outdo the sisters!

In order to do that, we need to think outside the box. So, follow me for a wave on inspiration that is guaranteed to be the gift that keeps on giving this Mother’s Day.

 

The Pamper Club

Does your Mum love to be pampered? There is nothing better than relaxing with a hot cup of tea, a good chick flick and a rejuvenating face mask. Now, let me tell you though, these aren’t just any face masks. They’re so impressive you could wear them to a masquerade ball. Don’t believe me? We’ll wait here while you check them out!

 

Bookabuy

If your Mum loves to read, then you can’t go past the Bookabuy subscription box. A new book arrives once a month tailored to your Mum interests. Beautifully gift wrapped with a card, it will be Mother’s Day every month of the year. And the best part about this one, you get to read the book afterwards, so it really is the gift that keeps on giving and giving…

 

Bring Joy to Mum

“Joyou” means to bring joy to you and this one will do just that. Each month your Mum will receive a special gift created by a local artisan delivered straight to her mailbox. Not only is this gift supporting local Australian artisans, is it supporting ethically made and sourced products. Your Mum could be surprised with body scrubs, jewellery, candles or even handmade ceramics. We know, how tempting is this to order two!

 

Head Down Gin Lane

Oh this one is definitely a contender. Who doesn’t need a Gin or 3 at the end of a busy week. If your Mum is a Gin lover then this one will hit the spot and have her in that oh so happy Gin place. Your Mum will be an expert in no time with a new monthly Gin to sink her taste buds into. So take a walk down gin lane, this one is sure to please him, her and them!

 

Tea Garden

For the Mums who aren’t into the alcoholic drinks, we’ve got one for the tea lovers amongst us. There is nothing worse than that box of 200 of the same old Lipton’s tea bags every day. Indulge the taste buds and tick the healthy box with an array of new tastes and textures delivered to her door each month. With flavours including Peachy Cream, It Takes Tea To Mango and even one called Candy Cane, what is not to love! I’ll bring the scones!

 

Seriously, we could go all day with subscription ideas for Mum and these are just a taste of what you can surprise Mum with this Mother’s Day. To get some more unique ideas, head over to our website where we have a directory full of Aussie and international subscription businesses.

So, if you’re Mum loves surprises (every single month!) then one of these awesome subscription boxes is going to get you in the best Daughter or Son books for a very long time to come. And who doesn’t need some good credits in the bank every now and then.

 

Japanese products you need in your life

This is one of the most exciting boxes Ive received!

The Kawaii Box is filled with 8-10 kawaii products from Japan and Korea. Life without kawaii is too sad….read on to get the chance to win a Kawaii box aswell 😉

Ive lived a life of LOTS of travel and one of my favorite places in the world and somewhere I even considered to be a permanent home is Japan. There is something about the fact its so unique that gets you every time.

One of my favourite things to do was to visit the 100 Yen shops and walk the isles discovering all the crazy, odd,  useful and bang on genius products they would have.

The smells and tastes and unique quality are something I always miss.

So to get this delightful package was brilliant for me!

The package is in a beautifully bright box, covered in hearts! it was really hard to reclaim it back from my 5 year old daughter!

Inside I was delighted to read a quote Im often heard saying myself “Cuteness overload” my thoughts exactly.

Wrapped in a beautiful Pink, white and love heart tissue paper were 10 products!!

 

 

A soft and warm pair of low rise socks with the cutest happy face over your toes.

A stamp set that comes in a box with over 10 different stamps inside.This would be so cute to use for marking Homework! or even for the letters we right.

A sheet of puffy stickers all about Dolphins.

The cutest soft stuffed penguin key chain. He’s juts adorable and we would love to hang from out bag.

I LOVE the little pink and gold key chain with a burger and french fries! this one I’m defiantly keeping for myself!!

A adorable pen with a doughnut hanging form the top.

A cupcake coin purse with a key chain on it this would make finding  my coins a breeze.

A packet with a milk and strawberry eraser. These two are so cute.

Gudetama key chain which are the most adorable Japanese products meaning lazy eggs.

And also I know Kawaii always like to throw in a little snack and this time it is box of strawberry pocky which are chocolate coated biscuit sticks.

For $18.90 a box for a 6 month subscription its a whole lot of value and there is something for everyone.

We rate the kawaii box 5/5

 CLICK HERE TO WIN!!!!!  Halston and River Kawaii Box Giveaway

For the modern Dog lover with Purplebone

The modern dog lover wants a quality subscription service. What British brand (ships internationally), Purplebone does is add a lifestyle element recognizing there is a human at the end of the lead who might like a little treat as well. If you are looking for a gift as a non-dog owner, this one is a solid choice.

Each month the box contains two of Purplebones’ high quality treats, two toys, the lifestyle element surprise and 60 poop bags. Anything with poop bags is immediately a win, and even better, these bags are mint scented, stylish white bags with purplebone details to make all your dog accessories as fabulous outside, as as they are inside the home.

What I like about this is adding a fresh element of surprise for your dog and the treats are always devoured by my French Bulldog. The treats include pork jerky and a tripe bone twin pack. The treats are all-natural and Gluten Free- just like humans, you rest at ease that your canine kid is getting a high quality treat here, not watered down with chicken fat.

Each box has a theme. The box I received was nautical, perfect time both for summer and Shark Week, my personal favorite week of science documentaries (*yes, I know they have mixed in a lot of fictional tales as well.) The toys are bright, durable and can withstand tug-of-war. Boxes can be ordered according to your dog’s weight in small, medium and large. You can purchase a box you might like from their archive. That flexiblity is great since we are all drawn to different themes in our decor.

The lifestyle suprise was the debut issue of DOG magazine, an absolutely beautiful magazine of high fashion editorial mixed with dog roles in the world. A mix of essays and interviews, with the most stunning visuals, this magazine serves as inspiration for anyone who loves their dog. Well-priced at £24, the contents inside would cost close to double if purchased separately

If you are in London, you will be able to spot Purplebone dog grooming parlours and shops in Chelsea and Notting Hill. Owner, Jacob van Nieuwkoop’s well curated shops are a favorite among British celebs including The Beckhams, Lily Allen and Holly Valance to name a few.

Australian Subscription Boxes – Best Value For Money

Subscription boxes are not only a fantastic monthly surprise but they can also save you money. We’ve put together a list of our best value for money Australian Subscription Boxes.

Chilli & Vanilla

This one is for all the foodies out there. It is said that the best option to really get to know a culture is through its food, and it could not get more exciting than doing it with carefully curated gourmet goods.

With the Chilli & Vanilla box, you can travel around Australia from the comfort of your home and discover the nation’s hidden gourmet gems. Each box contains a selection of 6 to 8 savoury artisanal products from different regions. The products range from ready-to-eat goods to mouthwatering products that will step up your game in the kitchen.

Chilli & Vanilla offer different subscription packages ranging from a monthly one ($65); a 3 month prepay package (with a price of $61.75 per box), and a 6 month prepay package (paying as little as $60.78 per box).

So, are you ready to experience Australia from your dining table?

Bellabox

Are you a beautyholic? If so, today is your lucky day. Full of surprises, Bellabox offers its subscribers an amazing experience discovering the new beauty trends from the comfort of their home saving them time and money.

When you subscribe to Bellabox, you will receive monthly boxes with 5+ beauty products so you can try new cosmetics each month without the hassle of going shopping. Each sample comes in a generous size so you can really experience the product.

Their boxes contain beauty treats from around the world that range from skincare and makeup to body and hair products. Everything you need to pamper yourself and release your inner goddess. The best part is that if you fall in love with the tailored samples inside your beauty box, you can buy the full-size products directly from their e-commerce boutique.

Bellabox has a subscription box available for everyone. The generic Bellabox comes with a monthly subscription plan of $17.95. The Bellobox (a subscription box specialised in male grooming products) comes with a quarterly subscription plan of $30, and the Bellababy for the little ones comes with a monthly subscription plan of $24.95 and an annually subscription plan of $19.92. A recent study published in Beautyheaven showed that women spend around $3,600 per year on beauty and grooming, so imagine all the savings you can have by subscribing to Bellabox!

Honey and Co Club

This subscription box offers monthly kits with interesting activities that do not require technology, helping your kids to expand their horizons past the xbox.

Joining the Honey Club is really easy as you can choose from a single box ($39) or a monthly subscription box ($34). When subscribing to Honey and Co Club your kids will also receive a special surprise on their birthday.

The boxes will be addressed to your kids so the excitement of receiving a personal package is even bigger. They are specially tailored for different age groups so you will have to choose your kids’ age group when you subscribe to Honey and Co Club, ensuring your children will get a truly unique experience.

Each box contains a different colourful custom design canvas bag where they can keep all their treasures, an age appropriate toy or two, as well as a Honey the friendly Labrador postcard story. Depending on the age group, the items can slightly vary from outdoor and craft activities to books and fun items.

Honey and Co Club also gives you the opportunity to purchase past best sellers boxes! So you never miss out.

Bookabuy

This is a must for all the book lovers. Bookabuy will deliver a different hand-picked gift-wrapped book along with a personalised message to your door each month.

When you subscribe to Bookabuy, you will have to give them some information about your reading taste so they can send you a tailored book matching your interests. Depending on the book category you choose, subscription prices range from $23 to $39. You also have the option to accompany your book with tea ($42); candles ($55), and socks ($53). Most Australians spend $432 per year in books, so subscribing to Bookabuy can translate into fantastic savings!

This subscription box was launched by two book lovers wanting to share the love for books while also promote a reading culture by donating $1 for every subscription sold to Books in Homes Australia, an organisation that encourages children to read.

Calling all Mums, Dads & Kids this is a Club you need to Join!

Box Basics

The Curly Clues Box is aimed at helping kids ages 3-8 connect with their parents, and helping them “spark creativity, connect socially, and grow emotionally”. I personally don’t have kids this age, but I can definitely see how this would be perfect for young kids. As soon as I opened the box, there were lots of bright colors and things to look through. It was one of those times when I was impressed as soon as I very excitedly tore the tape off of the box. This box’s theme was “Sibling Conflict” and that was clear as soon as I got to the first welcome letter.

Contents

Box Manual: Explained everything in the box with instructions for the crafts, ideas for how to use all of the activities and generally how to make the most out of everything included

Activity: Yoga Cards
Craft: Tissue paper flowers
Game: Small jigsaw puzzle
Pretend Play Craft: Masks, with glitter glue and sequins
Book: “Bug and Boo” by Kyle Carlin

The Cost

Single Box: $34.99 per month plus shipping.
3-6 Month Subscription: $24.99 per month plus shipping

Watch our Unboxing of the Curly Clues Club Here
Conclusion

Personally, I was really happy with how everything was packaged. It included everything needed for all of the crafts, down to scissors to use for the tissue paper flowers craft. The manual included very detailed instructions, and even talking points to bring the book to life. I loved this box and I would 100% recommend it to my friends with young kids! I have already passed it on to a friend with 3 young children (ages 7, 4, and 2) and I got to watch how excited they all were to open it. I hope they love it as much as I did!

Halston & River Rating

5/5

Ladies! Now getting your period just got a whole lot better with this subscription box.

You’re going to have some questions in your mind as to how this subscription box can really help me at that dreaded time of the month, but it didn’t take us long to soon realize its just so nice to feel loved, special, relaxed and even satisfy a craving or two when you have your period.

This beautiful box arrived in no time to our front door and right on “time”

Boxed up in gorgeous tissue paper and a lovely little sticker we were treated to a fabulous apt card saying, “This too shall pass” what a sweet little reminder!

From a woman’s point of view, it has it all! A box of organic tampons a bunch of pads, some tea and a beautiful block of chocolate!

The tampons & pads are from Organiyc. They have created 100% organic certified cotton pads and tampons for women who care about the health of themselves and the environment. All you get is the comfortable, absorbent, hypoallergenic protection of organic cotton.

• No wood pulp.
• No non-biodegradable plastics.
• No chlorine bleaching.
• No nasties.
• Period.

How lush is that?

The Tea is from the English tea shop. We love this tea from London. They are also Organic and Fairtrade farmers, blenders and producers from all over the world to produce their special range of teas.

The Sweet treat is a bar of chocolate from Loving Earth – Healthy, sustainable and fair trade chocolate. We love their philosophy “Loving Earth is based on the philosophy that the earth is a living organism, popularised by James Lovelock’s Gaia theory.

The very same idea is at the heart of many indigenous cultures around the world. This philosophy consists of an immense respect for our environment, recognising our own physical bodies as being an indispensable part of that environment. Accordingly, the three central principles of Loving Earth are Healthy – Sustainable – Fair. These ideals have been extremely important to us since the beginning and are the foundation of everything that we do.”

A stunning collection of products and enough to make you feel a whole lot better. As busy women its always important to take care of yourself, we think this is a perfect idea!

Watch our Unboxing of Uptown Girls Here

The Cost:
$25 AUD

Contents:Essentials Box includes

• Chemical-Free, Organic Cotton Tampons (16)
• Pads (10)
• Organic Cotton Night Pads (5)
• Organic Tea and Treats

Halston & River Rating

5/5

Want Me to Review Your Subscription Box?

Halston and River is a curated directory of subscription box providers which service Australia, Dubai, United Kingdom and United States.   We make it easy to find a subscription box to suit everyone and every interest!
Halston and River is currently accepting subscription boxes to review and advertise from all businesses which ship to these locations.
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  • Reviews are free of charge.
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  • Reviews are conducted by a Halston and River representative (Australia, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA) within a week after they have received your box.
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  • After the review is published, a link to the review will be provided to you.

Our Box Reviews allow our readers to take a closer look at the subscription boxes each month and make an informed decision prior to subscribing.

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April 2017: New Subscription Box Directory Members

At Halston and River we have curated a Directory of Subscription Boxes for Every Interest making it easier for you to find the subscription box that you need (or don’t really need but whatever, you love it!).

For a limited time only, we have a trial listing available where subscription box members can list their business in our directory for a six month period for FREE.  We would like to formally welcome our Trial Members and introduce you to some awesome subscription boxes that you can find through our Directory.Continue Reading →

What Is A Subscription Box?

The doorbell rings.  The moment has finally come after a month of anticipation.  On your doorstep you see a familiar box which you swiftly sweep up and move to the kitchen counter.  You impatiently break the seal to open the box.  The box opens to reveal tissue paper overlapping with a sticker.  You break the sticker to unwrap the paper which now reveals the contents of your subscription box.  The excitement is building.  One by one you remove each product from the box, checking each one out as you place it on the kitchen counter.  You know you will have time to check them out more thoroughly but for now, you just need to satiate the thrill of opening the box and finding out what is inside! Finally, your box has arrived and you can now enjoy your subscription box, satisfied until the waiting for the next box begins…Continue Reading →