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Golden Tote May 2016

I decided to go for it and get a Golden Tote this month, mostly because they had a few really adorable dresses I wanted.  Here’s what I got.

Golden Tote May 2016

Two Items I picked:

Green Maxi Dress

green dress

Golden Tote May 2016

I really like this on.  It’s flattering and soft and I can see myself wearing it a lot this summer.

Red Boho-Style Dress

red dress

Golden Tote May 2016

This is shorter than I’d like, but I can get away with it on the weekends.  Love the color and will pair it with lace up sandals.

Surprise Items:

Blue Tank Top

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Golden Tote May 2016

Not really flattering and a style that I dislike, but I might wear it once just to give it a chance.  It’s very on trend right now.  Just not good for my body type.

Cropped Top

Golden Tote May 2016

Golden Tote May 2016

Super not flattering.

Green patterned dress

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Golden Tote May 2016

I do like this dress, but it’s one of those things I feel like I’ll be fussing a lot with.  Because of the elastic waist and gathering I had to keep pulling it down when I moved otherwise it gathered very unflatteringly at the top.

Overall

Overall, would I do it again soon?  Probably not, but I did get a few dresses that I like.  Unfortunately the two tops were awful and unflattering, and had this been stitch fix everything but the green maxi dress would have gone back.

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Stitch Fix April – It all went back

I decided to give Stitch Fix another try since I had some credit and unfortunately I had the same experience I’ve been having with the last two fixes.

Here was my note this time:

April note to stylist

And here’s what I got.

Stitch Fix April 2016

Collective Concepts – Kaira Split Neck Blouse $68

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Too short in the front and too boxy of a fit, definitely not good for my shape.

Maggy London – Ema Crepe V-neck Dress $118

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Okay print, horrible fabric (thick polyester) and HORRIBLE fit for a pear shape.  I never wear short sheath dresses like this.  I always go with fit and flare which is much better for my shape and what I have always requested.  The fit was even worse in the back with  bunching up and too tight some places too loose in others.

Kut From the Kloth – Gracelyn Pencil Skirt $58

Stitch Fix April 2016

This was an absolute miss.  Again, I have a pear shape.  Pencil skirts never work.  It was about 8 inches too big in the waist and way too tight in the thighs.  My husband saw me and commented, “how can that be too big and too small at the same time??”  Because it was never meant for my body.  (The next pic shows it on.)

Pixley – Tamarindo Blazer $68

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The shape was okay and the pattern was cute, but it was a thick polyester un-breathable fabric and I couldn’t bend my arms comfortably because there was no stretch.  For someone who is on a keyboard all day at work this was a no go.

41Hawthorn – Thompsen Striped Zipper-Back Pullover Sweater $64

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So all of it is going back.  They sent me an email the next day asking if I’d be willing to try again if they waive the styling fee.  I honestly can’t decide if I should bother.  Unless they do an amazing job and find 5 pieces I really like, the prices are too high without the discount and I have little faith they’ll find 5 things that fit well and are my style.

The last of Summer Dresses and Skirts

I forgot to post this back in early September but here it is now.

Old Navy Knit Dress

Old Navy Knit Dress

I wish I had bought this in more colors/patterns when it was available.  The shoes are from Lands End.

Desert Star Maxi – Anthropologie

Anthropologie Maxi Dress

I love this Desert Start Maxi from Anthro, I paired it with some long gold neckaces from Charming Charlie.

Anthropologie Outfit

Anthropologie Shorts and Top

I love these shorts/skirt from Anthro and this top.  I wore a jacket over it for work which helped balance the proportions, but it was 90 degrees outside so no jacket outside.

Golden Tote Maxi Dress

Golden Tote Maxi

I got this maxi in a Golden Tote last summer and love the coral color.

Loft Midi Dress

Loft Midi Dress

I got this midi dress from Loft and love the way the flowy fabric moved when I walked.

Loft Painterly Floral Dress

Loft Painterly Dress

Love this dress from Loft for work.

Boden Felicity Dress

Boden Felicity Dress

I love this Boden dress, the color is nice and the length.  The fabric is super soft too.

Stitch Fix September 2015

My September stitch fix arrived yesterday, and once again I’m disappointed.  Here was the note to my stylist.

Stitch Fix September 2015

Annnnd here’s what I got:

Stitch Fix September 2015

I see some color, but mostly dull grey and drab olive.  And what is that thing on the bottom, a blanket??

RD Style – lana Twisted Seam Sweater $68

 

Stitch Fix September 2015

Stitch Fix September 2015

Dull, boxy fit and just sort of sticks out at my mid-section.

Return.

41Hawthorn – Lisbon Stud Detail Blouse $58

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Yes it’s an olive color, but the fabric feels itchy and artificial and I didn’t really ask for a blouse.  I don’t see myself wearing this because of the itchy fabric.

Returned

Market and Spruce – Alexi Dress $74

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The color and fabric are nice, and that’s all it has going for it.  The waist was loose and big and the arm holes were uneven and way too big.  My bra was completely showing on one side.

Returned.

Kut From the Kloth – Michael Faux Leather Jacket $78

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The color is nice, but I already have a ton of faux leather jackets in a bunch of colors.  Also the arms are really loose and long on this one and my husband said it looked to big on me.  I’m undecided only because this is the ONLY item I’d even consider keeping and if I don’t keep anything I’m out $20 just for the privilege of trying on a bunch of stuff that doesn’t work for me.

Undecided.

RD Style – Laverne Poncho Cardigan $68

Stitch Fix September 2015
Are you kidding me?
Stitch Fix September 2015
Seriously?????

I don’t recall asking for a blanket, nor does this look like anything on my pinterest page.  I posted a bunch of cute fitted fall outfits and she sends me a blanket with arm holes??  The fabric is scratchy and I look like I am a giant old lady.  This would never in a million years work with my shape.  Honestly, the worst thing they’ve ever sent me.

RETURNED.

Overall Impressions

Overall I think this was a bad fix.  I didn’t get the skinny jeans I requested, there was only one dress, no skirts, and a serious lack of color aside from the wearable blanket.  I think Lindsay did a pretty good job as my stylist, but I kept requesting her later and they kept telling me she was on vacation and this stylist definitely does not get me.  I guess I’m done with Stitch Fix again.

 

Golden Tote July 2015 Review

My July 2015 Golden Tote arrived this weekend and there were some good surprises and some just “enh”.

Golden Tote July 2015

Here are the boutique items I got this time.

All Tied Up Printed Sandals – $20

Golden Tote July 2015

Golden Tote July 2015

They recommended going up a half size so I went with 8.5 and they seem to fit well.  I wore them this weekend with black shorts and a red top.

Mardi Gras Bracelet Set – $14

Golden Tote July 2015

Haven’t worn these yet, but they are cute in person.

Silver Metal Layered Necklace – $15

Golden Tote July 2015

 

And here are the tote items.

Chosen Item 1 – Embellished Eyelet Tank

Golden Tote July 2015

Golden Tote July 2015

I normally don’t wear racerback tops like this but with the heat I decided to give it a try.  It’s a nice soft fabric and I can’t wait to wear it with shorts (the proportions don’t suit me with capris).

Chosen Item 2 – Draped Crossover Blouse

Golden Tote July 2015

Golden Tote July 2015

Surprise Item – Bo Bel Pocket Tee with Crochet Trim (Green)

Golden Tote July 2015

Golden Tote July 2015

I wore this to work paired with white jeans and a blazer from an older Golden Tote.

Surprise Item – Skies are Blue Floral Lace Detail Kimono

Golden Tote July 2015

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Not thrilled with another kimono but it’s a nice color.

Surprise Item – Le Lis Side Bow Dress

Golden Tote July 2015

Surprise Item – Miss Love Black Tank with Sheer Panel at Hem

Golden Tote July 2015

Golden Tote July 2015

Very basic piece but rather boring.

Overall Impressions

The July Golden Tote came with some pretty dark and boring surprise items, especially since I had seen a spoiler email with some of the cute patterned tops they were giving away.  I had hoped to see the polka dot top or the ikat print tee but only got dark boring stuff.  Maybe next month will be better.

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.