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Golden Tote February 2014

Sunday, March 9, 2014

I'm not sure how many of you have heard of Golden Tote so I will explain. It's a monthly subscription service that lets you pick out 1-2 articles of clothing that have been curated by the great designers behind Puella, a great line that is shown at Anthropologie. Then, they mail you your selected items plus a few surprise items that have been hand picked by a member of their styling team! They choose your surprise items based on a style profile you fill out when signing up for Golden Tote. I went on a major subscription splurge a couple of weeks ago and added Golden Tote, Stitchfix, Graze box and Hammock Pack to the list of subscriptions I needed to try! The first one to arrive was Golden Tote. 
Golden Tote presents two options when choosing your tote. One option is the $49 tote where you pick one selection out of their choices and they mail you that piece along with 1-2 surprise items. The other option is the $149 tote where you choose two selections out of their choices and they mail you your pieces plus 3-5 surprise items! I opted for the $49 tote as I wasn't sure how I would feel about my first tote purchase and wanted to try it before I committed. I do love that every time you order a Golden Tote, it comes in an adorable reusable Golden Tote tote bag! This was the first thing I saw as I popped open the box on a particularly dreary Wednesday morning! 
The pieces came folded and in wrapped plastic bags. It was fun pulling out each individual piece and trying to guess what I had gotten as my surprise items! I was so excited to add some new garments to my wardrobe, which has become slightly dull as I have NO time for proper shopping. I received three items in my first Golden Tote; A retro chic jersey tunic in navy blue/white (my choice), a light pink floral printed scarf (surprise item) and a Under Skies embroidered black top (surprise item). 
The floral scarf was very cute and I could see myself wearing it with a pair of jeans and a white top. It is not a circle scarf, which I was mildly sad about as I do not have any of those! It's a very sheer scarf with big flowers patterns all over it. I'm excited to test it out and see how well I can rock it!
I was not excited about the Under Skies embroidered top. The stitching felt very bohemian and very not me and there is nothing more uncomfortable than wearing something that makes you feel unlike yourself. I tried it out for a day at the office and, thankfully, it wasn't as uncomfortable as I first imagined. The sleeves are very flowy and the shirt is made of a very soft material that was really comfortable, but I still couldn't completely get over the stitching. It may have just been a one time miss for Golden Tote in regards to listening to the style profile. It would be awesome if they could allow users to give a bit more information about themselves and their style preferences so that every girl gets pieces that she loves! Maybe this will be something they can expand on in the future, but for now this piece was a major miss. 
Finally, onto the piece that I chose and do LOVE; The Retro Chic Jersey Tunic Dress! It's a tunic dress so it fits loosely on the body, but it is ridiculously comfortable and the pattern is beyond cute. It was unlike any piece I had in my wardrobe and I felt such giddiness being able to wake up on Friday morning knowing exactly what I was going to wear! It was raining outside so I paired the dress with black Burberry rain boots and my Forever 21 teal toggle coat. I was a very happy camper as you can see. 

Overall, I enjoyed my experience with Golden Tote! The piece I picked was definitely something I wouldn't have picked out in stores and I love having more unique outfits in my wardrobe. My only misgiving about continuing is whether or not they really look at your style preferences before sending out your surprise items. It's hard to get to know you off a few questions so maybe expanding that style profile would give them the ability to tailor more pieces to the individual!

If you have tried Golden Tote, totes let me know how it went for you! 


  1. That is the cutest dress, and you look great in it!

    Also, I can't reply to your comment because of your settings--eek! Email me ( and I'll help you out. :)

    xoxo Chloe | Wanderlust in the Midwest


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