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April Golden Tote Review

My Golden Tote for April arrived on May 1st.  (They keep slipping dates with the launches which is starting to put them into the next month.)  This month I was extremely excited for the black spring chic maxi dress but when I tried to get a tote on the launch day, the site (as usual) had tons of problems and kept timing out and leaving things out of the cart and several hours later when I was finally able to get it working they had sold out of all sizes of the black maxi.  They restocked a week later but they only had small left by the time I got to the site so I decided I’d try to make it work.

What I ordered clearly stated on my receipt:

  • Spring Chic Maxi Dress
  • Bring on Spring Sweatshirt in white with pineapple and palm tree print

What I got:

  • Spring Chic maxi dress
  • Bring on Spring Sweatshirt in BLUE with anchors and boats

I was not very happy that they sent me the wrong item, but when I went to the site they were all sold out of the white one in my size.

The Tote

Golden Tote April 2015

 

Spring Chic Maxi Dress – size small

Golden Tote April 2015

Golden Tote April 2015

Because I ended up ordering the small, the gathered elastic waist was a bit tight and uncomfortable.  I have since made a few alterations on the dress and let out the elastic at the front sides so it’s much more comfortable now.  After I put this dress on I feel like it makes me look like I have man arms so I’m not as happy with it as I expected.

Bring on Spring Sweatshirt – Blue NOT white as ordered

Golden Tote April 2015

Golden Tote April 2015

I have to say, this is the softest thing I’ve ever worn.  I immediately wore it the day I tried it on and am wearing it this morning as I type up my review.  SO soft and cozy.  I wish it was the white color, but I’m happy nevertheless.  I ended up ordering this in a small since on the larger model it looked really over-sized in a medium and I the small definitely works.

Oat & Fawn Animal Print Blouse – Pugs

Golden Tote April 2015

Golden Tote April 2015

 

It’s a little bizarre to have a pug print on the blouse since I don’t have a dog, but its cute nevertheless.  I like the print from a distance and the fit is okay.  It’s a little loose and large but I think a smaller size would have been tight across the shoulders.

Renee C Blouse with Chevron Print Sleeves and Back

Golden Tote April 2015

Golden Tote April 2015

 

The front fabric on this is a little scratchy but the back and sleeves are soft.  I like the print and the shape, I’ll probably wear it to work this week.

Ellison Candy Print Button Down

Golden Tote April 2015

Golden Tote April 2015

While I don’t love the tunic length on this, the color and print and super cute.  The fabric is also nice and soft.  I’ll just have to wear a wide belt with it to give me some shape and definition.  Maybe with white jeans?

Jella C Lace Flared Midi Skirt

Golden Tote April 2015

Golden Tote April 2015

Love the fabric and the fit, just not sure what to wear with this?  I was thinking maybe a muted pink tee and an army jacket?  Not sure what to pair this one with.  Also it’s a bit see through…

Overall Impressions

Overall, I think this was a decent tote.  I LOVE the blue sweatshirt and the black dress will be good now that I’ve done alterations.  The pug blouse and white chevron print blouse will be good for work and the green blouse maybe for weekends.  I am looking forward to the May Golden Tote which launches on May 11th, but I’ve only seen a few previews so far.

 

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Golden Tote May Review

The May Golden Tote has arrived!!

Golden Tote May

Golden Tote MayFor those of you unfamiliar with Golden Tote, it is a subscription clothing service where you can opt in each month by picking either one item for $49 or two items for $149.  If you pick the $49 tote, they will send you an additional 1-2 surprise items, and if you pick the $149 tote you will get an additional 3-5 surprise items.  Unlike Stitch Fix you don’t get to pick and choose what you keep, with Golden Tote it is an all or nothing deal, but it is usually worth the price even if you don’t like all of the items.  The items are very similar to what you would find at Anthropologie.

Here’s what I picked for the May Tote:

Golden Tote May

Golden Tote May
Floral blouse

Golden Tote May

I really love this first pick.  The colors on the blouse are beautiful and the fabric is so soft and comfortable.  Great first pick!

My second pick was the off white kimono:

Golden Tote May

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I love the embroidered design on the back and it has a nice fit where it is longer in back.  Very different piece from what I would normally pick, but I like it.

Here were the four surprise items:

Golden Tote May
Priddy dress
Golden Tote May
Naked Zebra Dress
Golden Tote May
Renee C Chevron Dolman Top
Golden Tote May
Under Skies Halter Tank

 

Of the four surprise items, I liked two of them pretty well.

Golden Tote May(Sorry for the horribly blurry picture), this dress was a surprise to me.  At first I thought I could never pull it off because it’s quite short and thin, but when I added leggings, short black booties and a long necklace, I ended up really liking it.  This is a great find for me.

Golden Tote MayI also liked this dolman top.  The fabric is super soft and it drapes nicely.  I just wasn’t sure how far to pull the band down at the bottom because it’s fitted and long.  This length seemed to work okay.

And finally for the two items I didn’t care for.

Golden Tote May

I don’t really ever wear tops that show my arms so you’d never even see that this was a halter tank.  Also it’s see through so you need to wear something underneath and a tank with straps would always show through.  Just not my style.

The other thing that didn’t work was the Priddy dress.  I don’t even have a picture of me wearing it because it was that bad on me.  It was super short and did nothing for my figure.  (I’ve already been feeling somewhat bad about my body lately so I wasn’t going to create photographic evidence for what I’ve been thinking.)

Giveaway is now over

Congratulations to Jenn B. for the Speckled Tank, and Debbie P. for the Priddy Dress.  I’ll be putting those in the mail sometime this week.  Watch your mailboxes!

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Overall Impressions

Overall, I think this month’s Golden Tote was worthwhile and fun.  I love seeing what the surprise items are and the two I picked worked out well for me.  If they have cute items again next month I’ll definitely consider Golden Tote again.  If you decide to check it out, please use my referral link.  Thanks!