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Reviews of my Golden Tote purchases

Golden Tote December – It’s a Two Tote Month

There were so many items I liked for the December Golden Tote that I decided to go ahead and get two this month.  I’ll be giving four of the items away, so please look closely at the bottom of the post for Giveaway details.

Golden Tote December 2014Here were the items I selected.

Shabby Sheep Coat

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Tres sheep!

I love this furry super soft coat and can’t wait to wear it.  It’s a little bit “out there” but I don’t care. 🙂

Winter Wonderland Top

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Golden Tote Review December 2014

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Sparkles!

This top is so pretty and perfect for the holidays.

Cozy Cable Knit Raglan Sweater

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This is actually a hi-lo sweater and is super cozy and soft.  I think it will look cute paired with my brown skinny jeans or black skinny jeans and boots.

Western Plaid Buttondown

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They didn’t send me a style card with this one.  In the picture online the model was wearing it with a cream colored thermal underneath which is how I plan to wear it.

And here were the surprise items.

Zip Cowl Neck Sweater

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This is a nice heavier weight sweater and I liked the look of it.  The sleeves were a teensy bit short, but I usually push them up anyway.  Definitely a keeper.

Fantastic Fawn Striped Tunic

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I think this has a bit of a clown prisoner look.  I also look slightly pregnant.  (No good.)  I might wear it with a fitted jacket on top which toned down some of the flare but would hide the cute back.  It is really soft and I will see how I can make it work.

Promesa Thermal Top

Golden Tote Review December 2014

Golden Tote Review December 2014

This top is soft and very thin which would require a top layer, but it’s almost too cute to cover up.  It had nice little elbow patches.  This is a keeper.

Miracle Lace Panel Sleeve Sweater

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This one is quite big on me and a size larger than I would normally order.  I’m not sure why they sent this in a Large?  If it was more fitted it would be pretty cute.  The neck is super wide and it’s really long.

Black Sweater with open stitch arms

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This is another nice medium weight sweater, but the holes in the arms will likely make it colder.  I can’t wear anything underneath because it would make it snug and hide the cute detailing.

Black Floral Blouse

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This blouse is a super soft lightweight fabric and I like the pattern.  It’s a keeper!

Overall, I think this Golden Tote was a pretty big success.  I have a bunch of new items I can’t wait to wear!

Giveaway has now ended.




Giveaway Winners:

Potter’s Pot metallic lace sweatshirt – Brooke

Promessa Thermal tee – Tami

Fantastic Fawn Mock turtleneck dress – Susie

Faux Wrap Dress – Angela

 

Potter’s Pot metallic lace sweatshirt – size Medium

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Promesa striped scoop thermal tee – size Large

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Fantastic Fawn Mock Turtleneck Tunic Dress – size Medium

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Catwalk Studio Faux Wrap Sweater Dress – size L/XL (Fits like a medium)

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Golden Tote Oct 2014

My October Golden Tote arrived VERY late this month.  A couple of weeks ago I contacted their customer service because I had gotten an email saying it was shipped, but when I clicked on the tracking number for UPS it only said “label created” for about a week and a half.  At first they told me that UPS must have just not scanned it, but then the following week I got an email with “oops, we found it sitting in our warehouse, we’ll send it now.”  So I didn’t get my October Golden Tote until the very last day of October.  Not impressed.

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They were doing a special partnership with a breast cancer charity so this month’s tote had that design on it, plus a free pair of socks and a bracelet.

Here were the items I picked.

Black and Tan Shift Dress

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Waaaaay too short

I had really been looking forward to this dress, but it is extremely short and I would probably only wear it with black tights and on the weekend for a date night.  Not modest enough for work.  Bummer.

Black Faux Leather Bomber Jacket

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Great details

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I love this jacket.  The faux leather is so soft, and I love all of the buckles and details.  It also has a hood which will come in handy if I’m walking over to lunch in our new cafeteria.  I was happy with this pick.

Grey Swing Dress

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Golden Tote Review October 2014

I ordered the Merrick swing dress in one last color, this charcoal grey.  I think it will look great with black tights, boots, and maybe the bomber jacket on top.

Here were the surprise items.

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strange…

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I do not like this sweater.  I thought the hem was interesting, but on it is super short and you have to wear something underneath that will show.  I just didn’t care for it.

Golden Tote Review October 2014

Golden Tote Review October 2014

I wasn’t sure about this at first, but the fall colors are very nice and my husband complimented me when he saw me trying it on so I guess it’s a keeper.

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It’s hard to tell from the picture, but they are leggings that appear to be made out of the material you’d run or exercise in with the fabric with holes in it?  Then there are zippers at the bottom.  They were rather uncomfortable and if I wore them I’d wear boots that covered the zippers.  These were a no, and I added them to a bag of charity items that were on their way out since I just cleaned my closet.

Overall Impressions

This month’s Golden Tote was not a big hit in my opinion.  I like the bomber jacket and swing dress, but the tan dress was way too short and I didn’t like 2 of the 3 surprise items.  The November sale goes live tomorrow at 9am EST and I’m going to be in the middle of a presentation so I’ll probably miss any of the popular items.  I might skip November for that reason, but they do have some pretty cute options.  I like the Alpine open cardigan and the vest.

A Week of Golden Tote Items

Last week I went through all of my Golden Tote items except the flannel shirt which I plan to wear when my new black flats when they arrive on Tuesday.

Peach Jacket

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I paired the jacket with straight leg jeans, taupe heels, a grey tee, and a statement necklace.  It is a nice soft jacket and gave me extra warmth in the office.

Mixed Media Sweatshirt

Mixed Media Sweatshirt Golden ToteFor the sweatshirt, I copied what I had seen on a blog where someone wore it over a chambray shirt with black jeans and boots.  I pulled out my cute polka dot rain boots from Kate Spade to add a little extra interest.

Embroidered Top

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For work I always need layers, so I added this grey jacket from Loft, and paired it with these cute Keds sneakers from Kate Spade.

Priddy Knit Pants

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Here I was trying to go for the dressy/sporty look they had shown on the blog, but I may have missed the mark.  I look more sloppy than sporty.  These pants are super comfortable though!

 

September Golden Tote Review

My September Golden Tote has arrived, and the packaging was a little different.  This time, none of the items were in bags, but were instead held together with a stretchy headband (similar to what Stitch Fix does)

Golden Tote Review SeptemberThe two items I had picked were on the bottom so I’ll start with those.

Chic Front Pocket Jacket in Peach

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I attempted to style this similar to what they did on the card.  I didn’t have a necklace like on the card but I’m sure I can dig up something similar.  I just got these metallic pink ballet flats from Amazon and thought they worked with the outfit.  The jacket is soft and comfortable so I imagine I’ll be able to wear it a lot.

Plaid Button Down Shirt in Red

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For some reason I was expecting this one to be flannel (didn’t read the description) but it’s actually just a cotton plaid shirt.  I like the roll sleeves and it’s got a nice slim cut to it.  I’ve seen some ideas for how to wear it on pinterest (black jeans, jean jacket) so I’ll be sure to wear it soon.

Then here are my four surprise items.

 Hem & Thread Dolman Top

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This was probably my least favorite surprise item.  The top is pretty short and rides up when you move, but it’s very comfortable and the colors are interesting.  I’ll wear it on a weekend sometime and see how comfortable it is.

 Skies are Blue Lace Top

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This was totally something you’d find at Anthropologie with a big price tag.  I like the lace front and roll sleeves.  Easy piece to layer with.

 Le Lis Mixed Media Sweatshirt

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The front of the sweatshirt is super soft and it’s very cozy.  The only thing I don’t like about it is how wide the neck is.  If I’m wearing something warm like this, I don’t want a wide open neck to make me feel cold.  I saw ideas on the blog to wear this with a chambray shirt underneath, so I may do that to stay warm.

Priddy Knit Pants with Faux Leather Waistband

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Again, these are super cozy and comfortable, but styling them will be a challenge.  The  blog suggested a tank and cardigan or a tank and high heels.  I’m not sure I can make them look dressy, but I’ll see what I can make work because they are sooo comfortable.

Overall Impressions

I was pretty happy with almost every item in this tote.  I got a bunch of great fall pieces and fashionable items that I would not have picked for myself.  I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get the plaid tee that some people were getting as a surprise item, but what I got was pretty good too.  I think Golden Tote is a great value for $149.

 

Second August Golden Tote + Giveaway

Because I loved the swing dress from my first Golden Tote in August so much, I decided to order a second single item tote with the blue dress as my chosen item.

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Blue dress and surprise item

This is the blue dress I chose:

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Blue Swing Dress

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Without a belt

This one I plan to wear without a belt.  Here I’ve paired it with a pair of nude patent leather pumps and a long necklace. I love the color and shape of this dress.  The fabric on the blue one was a bit heavier than the white with black stripes one I got previously, but it will work nicely for the fall.

Here was the surprise item:

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Colorful kimono

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I think it looks nice on (despite needing a good iron) but since I already have the red kimono offered in this tote plus a white one from a previous tote, I don’t think I’ll end up wearing it.  Therefore I’d like to do another giveaway this month.

August Tote Giveaway Winners Picked

Congrats to Kristen and Kathy the winners of the kimono and cardigan.  Once I get their addresses I’ll put the items in the mail this weekend.

Thanks for all of your entries.

The two items I’m giving away are the colorful kimono, and the cocoon sweater from my first August tote:

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Colorful kimono
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Renee C. cocoon cardigan

Golden Tote August Review

My Golden Tote for August arrived last week, but I was busy taking care of my nephew for 5 days and didn’t get a chance to open it until last night.  (It is a nice reward after a week of entertaining a 9 year old boy!) 🙂

Here’s what I got this month:

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I really like the design on the tote this month.  I’m not sure what to do with all of the cute totes I’ve gotten from them.  I wonder if people have creative ideas?

Here are the two items I picked:

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I think they sent me one of the wrong cards.  I did get the striped summer swing dress, but my other item was the red kimono, not the fringed one.  Maybe they just had one card for kimonos?

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Hanging up it’s just a rather shapeless dress, but I had seen it on one of the models with a cute skinny red belt which I didn’t happen to have, but I do have a wide red belt and I think the result is nice.

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You can’t tell from the picture, but it’s actually a little longer in back and it’s SO comfortable.  I love all of the knits I got in this month’s tote.

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Red Kimono

I had been wanting a kimono for some time and the red color on this one really stood out to me.

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I might play around with different ways to wear it because this is just okay.  Maybe with heels?  Black skinny jeans?

Then there were four surprise items.

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Priddy Striped Dress

I think this was my favorite surprise item.  This will be a great dress to wear in the fall with a military style jacket and later with tights and boots.  It’s also cute just by itself for late summer.

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This is my next favorite.

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Fantastic Fawn dolman sleeve shirt

Again, this is super soft and drapey and very comfortable.

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I like the cute back details.

The next item is another tank, but it’s not too loose and the colors are easy to pair with other items.

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Collective Concepts Tank

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I think I saw someone get this in a Stitch Fix.  I know they send out Collective Concepts brand items so it’s possible.

Then the last item is my least favorite.

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Renee C. cocoon cardigan
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Batwings!

I just couldn’t get it to lay very nicely and have no idea how to wear it.  Since it’s one of those items I will never reach for in my already crowded closet I think I’ll do a giveaway with this item.  I’m going on a trip next week and will be out of town so I’ll do the giveaway when I get back.

Overall Impressions

I really liked this Golden Tote and felt that it was very much worth the $149 for the 5 items I really loved.  I was very happy with the surprises this time and all of the cozy soft fabrics.