CURATEUR fall 2020 subscription box // review


trying to decide on whether or not to order the fall curateur box? read this.

i have been a box of style member (recently rebranded as curateur) since fall 2017. the box is curated by the one and only rachel zoe, which is why i was initially drawn to it. i will be writing a separate blog post on my thoughts on the subscription box as a whole, but for the purposes of this post, i will simply say that i completely recommend this box. i feel it is an incredible value, contains amazing products, and will absolutely elevate your style.

this is the first box under the new name of curateur and at first, i wasnt sure what to expect. however, once i got the box i was blown away. the insert, which contains details on each product, is now larger and contains more information on how to use and style each product, which i love. the second major change is that the box itself is no longer a magnetic, chic box which can be repurpose (i keep one on my desk because i love the way it looks). this was a slight let down, but rachel zoe’s team explained it was to cut waste and i totally get that. if it helps the environment, then im onboard with the adjustment.

okay, lets get onto the review of each product:

the take-it-anywhere tote // rachel zoe collection

  • $115 value
  • beautiful bordeaux color
  • vegan leather
  • super roomy // can easily hold a laptop with lots of space left for other items
  • very lightweight
  • contains a removeable zippered pouch
  • gorgeous knot detail on front // reminds me of the celine belt bag

// my thoughts //

// love this bag // very simple design, perfect to use as a work tote, chic diaper bag, or a great bag to bring while traveling. i hate heavy totes that become unbearable to carry once they are filled, but this one is super lightweight and very easy to carry around. the color is so beautiful and perfect for fall and winter. the zipper pouch is just large enough to hold your phone, keys and wallet.

// draw backs // it is not a structured bag so the bottom does not hold a flat shape (this is not an issue for me, but if you love structured bags, you might not love this). i really wish there were feet on the base of the bag. since there are not, i think you have to baby the bag a little more so it stays in pristine condition. lastly, there is no enclosure in the main section. once again, not something i am really concerned about, but if you are planning on using it to travel or in the city, it might be something to consider. my feelings are that these decisions were probably made to keep the bag super lightweight. if these concerns do apply to you, consider getting a tote bag organizer from amazon or etsy, to help hold its shape and to create a layer of security with a zipper.

the complexion corrector // kat burki form control marine collagen gel

  • $160 value
  • clean ingredients
  • unlocks plump, hydrated skin
  • helps fill in fine lines
  • helps even out skin tone

unfortunately, i did not receive this product yet. however, i completely understand that COVID-19 has caused many complications with production and shipping, so i will happily wait a few months for the product and take the $25 reward to use towards another product.

what i will say is, thus far i have been very happy with the skincare products that come in each box. i am sure that will be the case for this product as well.

the glow getter // anastasia beverly hills liquid glow in perla

  • $25 value
  • pigmented highlighter
  • vegan
  • cruelty-free
  • creates a dewy glow

// my thoughts //

// beautiful formula // super lightweight, not sticky, and blends easily. ive used it with my beauty blender above my check bones, on the tip of my nose and above my brow bone.

// drawbacks // honestly, i have nothing bad to say about this product. i do prefer my marc jacobs spotlight glow stick because i feel it creates a more natural glow, but this is a close runner-up.

the sumptuous staple // eddie borgo supra link collar necklace

  • $350 value
  • 18″ length
  • 12k gold vermeil
  • clasp is hidden to create infinite and seamless aesthetic

// my thoughts //

// stunning staple to add to your collection // absolutely love the length and color of the chain. it is simple but still adds some edge to your look. it has weight to it, which makes it feel more expensive. i love the idea of the hidden clasp, so that if your necklace moves throughout the day, the clasp will still stay hidden.

ive been wanting to add a chain link necklace to my wardrobe for some time now. i decided i was going to pull the trigger on one for fall, but then i saw that this item would be included in the fall curateur box and i was so excited! it is the perfect piece to wear with a chunky sweater and a pair of leather trousers or to even throw over an oversized sweatshirt and sweatpants for a slightly more polished look. whatever you decide to pair it with, this will elevate your look.

// drawbacks // like i said the necklace is pretty heavy and after wearing it all day, your necklace will feel it. if you plan on only wearing it for a few hours, dont worry about it, you’ll be fine. the other potential issue i see is that the necklace may easily scratch. luckily, because of its design, i dont feel scratches will be that visible.

the luxe lens // le specs neptune sunglasses (choice item)

  • $89 value
  • gold wire frames
  • lense width: 51mm
  • nose bridge: 19mm
  • temple length: 139mm
  • lightweight and comfortable

// my thoughts //

// perfect everyday sunglasses // absolutely love the styling of these // they are simple and classic. i really like the gold wire detailing of the frames. they are very lightweight and comfortable to wear. the case is super nice. i typically only use hard cases, but this case is made of a thicker material than traditional sunglass pouches for better protection.

// drawbacks // as someone who owns a lot of sunglasses (over twenty pairs to be exact) i am very picky when adding a new pair to my collection. with that being said, i am very happy to add these to my collection. the only drawbacks would be because they are so lightweight, they seem slightly flimsy.

the abstract accent // eddie borgo supra link earrings (choice item)

  • $195 value
  • 2″ drop
  • 12k gold vermeil

i did not choose this item, simply because i have a similar pair and i cant pass up on a great pair of sunglasses.

thanks for reading! let me know in the comments what your favorite item is.

// update your pumpkin patch style //


for the last few years the unspoken uniform of the pumpkin patch has been a flannel, leggings, puffer vest, and riding boots. lets agree its time to update this look, because its 2020 and i know we can do better.

<< the queen of fall >>

i love the idea of putting a feminine twist on the classic fall look. swap out the leggings for a pleated skirt or long dress, add a pair of trendy boots and replace the vest with a stylish jacket. and of course, once the basics are there, its time to add on those accessories. i love statement headbands right now and lele sadoughi and lelet ny are killing it with pieces that are true works of art. if you are not a headband kinda gal, try a structured felt hat instead.

// the base //

i am going to make a bold statement, but i think the rein of leggings has come to an end. i know, i know, but dont worry there are plenty of alternatives that are just as comfy << and even more stylish >>

skinny jeans are being replaced with boot cut, boyfriend, and wide leg jeans. the it girls swapped out their errand-running leggings for oversized sweatpants paired with a cropped top and oversized jacket. and biker shorts have definitely dominated this summer.

so why am i saying this << other than to crush your legging-loving spirit >> my point is that in order to avoid having an outdated look on your adventures this fall, i recommend you try out a comfortable and more romantic option, which is a long, pleated skirt or dress.

however if you are set on wearing pants, definitely go for one of the updated denim styles, biker shorts, or the boot cut leather pant.

if you are on board with the idea of a romantic queen of fall look, make sure to check out some of my favorite pieces at the bottom of the post.

// the right boots //

just like leggings, riding boots have been updated with new styles. over the knee suede boots, chunky rain boots, and combat boots are taking over this fall. and it appears they will have some staying power, so it might be time to invest in a pair of good boots that will last you for years to come.

for over the knee boots, i have a couple of pairs from aldo that i got a few years back, which i love. however, there are plenty of options out there at all price points, so start shopping // one thing to keep in mind, is that a pair that has a tie on the back, might be a better investment // mine have a band at the top, which after a few wears, have stretched out and dont want to stay over my knee, so im often using fashion tape to help hold them in place. i selected a couple of options at the bottom of the post.

the chunky chloe rain boot has been everywhere this season, so if you are looking for a cute pair to invest in, they might be your best bet. they are fashionable enough to wear all season round and with almost every outfit. otherwise, i highly recommend hunter boots. i have three pairs and absolutely love them. if you want more than one color, go for one in the short and one in the tall height, so you have some options. rain boots are a great investment because of their practicality. they are obviously a perfect solution in the rain, but also work so well in the snow and slush.. and of course for the potentially muddy ground at a pumpkin patch.

combat boots are also being seen all over for fall. i love my dr. martens, but for a designer option, chanel, alexander mcqueen, and fendi have some beautiful choices. the great thing about combat boots is they can literally be worn with anything! seriously, im wearing a white pair under my wedding dress in ireland next year. combat boots add a more masculine twist to a classically feminine dress, make a pair of jeans and sweatshirt more edgy, and honestly, just make you look like a total bad ass.

for some of my favorite boots, check out the bottom of this post.

// a piece to wear with everything //

i still love a good vest, but the new vest trend is more sleeker, fitted, or completely oversized. the puffer vest, just isnt as popular this year. the very oversized sweater vests, tighter suede and leather vests, and some faux fur vests are what seems to be trending right now.

but im not sure some of these trends will be lasting for more than a few seasons. so my recommendation is to invest in a great coat which will last you for years. plus, the right coat looks great paired over a dress or pleated skirt and can be dressed up for a night out or styled down for a fun day outside enjoying the fall foliage.

oversized denim jacket, leather or a jacket with fringe are super stylish. i also love a good wool coat. the camel colored wool coats are everywhere this season and are a great investment piece. however, during pumpkin picking season, the weather can still be pretty warm so go for a denim jacket or other light weight option.

for my favorite picks, check out the bottom of the post.

// accessories for the win //

adding the right accessory will make your look appear more intentional. i love a statement headband or hat to dress up an autumn look. a great belt, is also a good option.

headband: lele sadoughi has some beautiful options which are created in a more classic headband shape adorned with pearls, stones, or beautiful patterns. while a little pricey, they offer a comfort which is worth the price point. lelet ny has a more abstract take on what constitutes a headband. lelet ny’s designs are honestly works of art for your head. they are often in more metals and less fabric and can be worn multiple ways. either designer’s options will be amazing addition to your look this fall.

if you havent attempted the hat trend in previous years, now is your chance. the summer’s bucket hat has jumped to fall with more structured styles taking center stage. the fiddler cap << or newsboy hat >> has been trending for fall for years and is an easy style which can be worn with everything. i also love stiff felt hats like the rancher or boater style. gigi pip has some great options on their website. also, check brixton hats, which are carried at nordstrom for some great styles.

okay, now for my picks. check out the items below for how i would style the perfect, updated pumpkin patch look this fall.

// seven versatile pieces you need in your fall wardrobe //

  • oversized flannel
  • faux leather leggings
  • pleated skirt
  • chunky oversized sweater
  • gold link chain necklace
  • camel colored wool coat
  • high neck ribbed shirt

<< oversized flannel >> the 90s grunge look is sticking around for fall and if you haven’t embraced it yet, now is your chance. grab an oversized flannel // i love this new one i picked up at hollister or this one from revolve << pictured below >> throw on a beanie, add a pair of dr. martens and a little black dress and you are all set. << what i love about the oversized flannel for fall is that it can be styled so many ways // i love to button it all the way up, add a statement necklace, throw on a faux fur vest, a black leather skirt, and a pair of loafers and bam! a killer work appropriate look << looking for something more casual? >> how about leaving it open with a black lace cami underneath, add dangling earrings, cute pair of black block heels, and distressed boyfriend jeans and there goes another knock out look. seriously, however you wear it, the flannel screams fall, cozy and stylish

// leather leggings or leather bike shorts // i recently grabbed a pair of the spanx brand from the nordstrom sale << i cant recommend these leggings enough. they are so comfortable and look incredible >> leather leggings are another fall closet staple because they can be dressed up or down so effortlessly // for a super simple look pair them with a chunky sweater, thigh high boots, and some statement earrings // looking for a more casual look? wear an oversized t-shirt, all white sneakers, and a pair of trendy sunglasses and you’re all set for a day of running errands

<< pleated skirt >> if you can only add one item to your wardrobe this fall, make it a pleated skirt // the pleated skirt is a repeat offender of being a fall wardrobe essential for years and i doubt it is going anyway any time soon // the silhouette is perfect to be paired with cable knit sweaters, long wool coats, and boots // and can so simply dress up nearly any item in your closet. i love a pleated skirt paired with an oversized t-shirt, loafers and a padded headband for a classy but comfortable look // or // wear it with a button down shirt, heels, a statement necklace and a faux fur vest or leather jacket for a trendier look for work.

// chunky oversized sweater // sweaters are of course the quintessential fall piece you need in your closet // i recommend grabbing a cream or charcoal colored one, as these colors seem to work with everything // my favorite way to wear an oversized sweatshirt is with a pleated skirt and thigh high boots for a dressier and very comfortable look // another outfit idea << wear a chunky sweater over a long slip dress with a pair of dr. martens for an edgy and cool look

<< gold link chain necklace >> this one is easy, layered gold necklaces are everywhere this season. add it to your daily jewelry rotation and wear it with everything this fall. for a more affordable option check out gold chain necklaces from brands aqua or baublebar, both sold through bloomingdales. for a bit pricer choice, look at this eddie borgo supra link necklace << pictured below >>

// camel colored wool coat // this fall and winter staple is so perfect for dressing up a very casual look. i love seeing this jacket thrown over an oversized black hoodie, joggers, white sneakers and topped off with a trendy pair of black sunglasses // it also looks perfect over crewneck sweatshirts and leggings // and if you’re not all about the casual trend, the camel coat can still update a sweater and trousers or a simple flowy dress // here is some inspiration from the very stylish hailey bieber

<< high neck ribbed shirt >> so, this is the newest addition to my closet. its a look that has been around for a few seasons but i was skeptical to try it out. im not a huge fan of wearing turtlenecks so i though this might not be the right fit for me, but let me tell you, i was so wrong // the ribbed pattern is so flattering and the neckline elongates your torso to give you this tall and elegant appearance // i bought a few from target in their a. new. day collection and am so happy with the quality for the price. i also love the rickie mock neck t-shirt from free people which can be purchased from nordstrom.