Monday, April 25, 2016

Golden Tote Review

I was gifted a tote from Golden Tote for review, but as usual, all opinions are all mine.

Have you guys heard of Golden Tote before? I had heard of them, mainly because of a few reviews I'd seen from other bloggers, but I didn't really understand it. When they contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in receiving a tote, I had to ask for them to explain it in detail.


Basically, Golden Tote is a subscription type service with a twist - you actually choose an item (or two!). They surprise you with the rest! For anyone who has ever wanted something specific from another service and not received it no matter how much they begged.. this is amazing to me.

The other big difference is that you pay for the tote and its items up front. Which can be a bit of a sticker shock.


Basically, on the first Monday of the month, the 'sale' opens for the month. The more popular items disappear pretty quickly. You choose one or two items you love and they surprise you with the rest, after you've filled out your style profile. You can also add on extra items if you just happen to not be able to live without something. I understand, I've been there. Also, you can buy things on their own, it's just better value to do the tote.

If you see something that says final sale, that means you can't return it (which I'm sure you gathered, but wanted to share because that dress is $15!).

Um, is it too early to be thinking about Christmas sweaters? It's only $20 and so cute!


Sorry, got distracted...

What I love about Golden Tote as opposed to other services is that I know how much I have to pay up front. There is no surprise $150 dress that I might fall in love with and sob when I send it back because I can't afford it. Hmm, one $150 dress vs one $149 tote with 6 items... I'm not the best at math but that definitely seems like a no brainer.

So what happens if you receive your tote and you don't absolutely love everything? Don't worry, you can return the items, thank goodness. I love to shop, but I don't ever like to feel like I'm being duped or wasting my money, so a return policy is one of the first things I check out when shopping online (along with shipping, which by the by is free for orders over $149). Previously, Golden Tote was all or nothing - meaning if you wanted a refund, you had to return your entire tote. Which kinda sucks if you loved one item but not the rest. There is a facebook trading group though, which is awesome.

This is the card I received with my tote:

For customers of the May sale, single returns will be available. This is super appealing to me because it's like an album - look, I love Taylor Swift and Adele as much as the next girl but there is always at least one song that's just not your jam, right?

Anyway. So returns, shipping, cost, we've covered it all. Shall we get to the fun part?

Here are the two items I chose:
Esley Lovely Lace Dress / Peppermint In Full Bloom Shift Dress (I think I snagged the last one).

After you've picked the item/s, you fill out a style profile - things like height, weight, body type, bra size, how you like things to fit, etc etc. You can include parts of your body that you don't want to show off, or styles you don't want to receive.

After filling out your style profile and completing the checkout process, all you have to do is wait until the pretty tote ends up on your doorstep! Speaking of the actual tote, the design changes monthly and I've been using it as a gym bag for the past week because my last one was falling apart, and I've already had a few compliments, and no-one said anything about my previous bag (gone with the wind from barnes & noble, come on!). I love tote bags but I love them more when they are actually useful and good quality, which this one absolutely is.


So, enough chatter - shall I show you what I received?

Gilli navy & multicolour striped dress
When I pulled this out of the tote, my first thoughts were 'well this will be too short'. I was so pleasantly surprised when I tried it on, I think it is super adorable and so summery, not to mention the perfect length. I know I will wear this a ton. It's perfect to just grab and throw on to run errands vs sweats and ugg boots (I know, I know, the horror!).


Gilli black & white striped dress
When I first pulled this dress out of the tote, I was so excited. I know midi lengths aren't everyones jam, but when you're somewhat tall, you don't actually get to enjoy midi that much (unless you buy any average length maxi dress... sigh). I also loved that it looked super casual but still cute. When I put it on and did my first impressions on snapchat, I wasn't sure about the stripes so obviously not matching up - however, after wearing it all day last Saturday, I've changed my mind. It really is super cute and comfy, and this is another dress that I can just grab, throw on and look put together.


Naked Zebra mint tee
I love the crossover detail thing at the top of this tee, and I love how soft it is, I love the colour.. but it is too short for me to feel comfortable wearing it without a long cami underneath, and it would be visible, which I don't like. Long torso problems. I got the bright idea to try it with a skirt for work, and I really dig it.


She & Sky green tank
I love the colour, the print, the detail... I just don't love the style. I am not a fan of big blowsy tops like this. This is definitely a problem with subscription box type things, because I actually said I like flowy tops, which I do.. Just not this flowy. Ha. I'm so hard to please. I walked out in this and KC said 'that's my favourite outfit yet' which might have made me like it a bit more. I can actually see myself throwing this on with a pair of shorts, and it would be great for the cruise. As long as the wind stays away. I just wish it were a wee bit longer!


Now for my two favourite items, coincidentally the items I 'chose'...

Peppermint In Full Bloom Shift Dress
When I first started looking at Golden Tote's items, this wasn't there. When I went to place my order, it was there and kicked the other item I was considering to the curb. Sometimes you just know when you're gonna love something. I am normally a medium, they only had a large, but because it was a shift, I figured it would work. I think a medium would have been too short.


Not gonna lie you guys, that shift makes me feel like Kate Middleton.

Esley Lace Dress
Hello my pretty. As soon as I saw this online I was like yup, mine. My pretty. I had planned to wear another dress to Oaks (the day before Derby) but then I got this and it was love at first lace. What do you think? I have strict no heels rules at Oaks/Derby, but I don't think this dress would look as cute with flats...



The one thing I want to know when I see other people post about things they received is this: would you buy it yourself, would you spend your hard earned money on it - because if you wouldn't, I just don't believe you.. you know? So the answer for me with Golden Tote is absolutely. $149 is a lot of money, but 6 items, that is about $25 per item. If you have seen any of my shopping posts, you can probably gather I spend more than that, I just spread it around. The only way I could do the $149 tote is if I spread it out and was very well behaved in other shopping areas. However, I would totally do the $49 tote, and I'll be hopping online the first Monday of May to see if there is anything I simply must have, so stay tuned!

Thank you to Golden Tote for sponsoring this post! All opinions are mine. 

So what do you think of the items I received?

58 comments:

  1. This is such a good review- I always thought it was the same as other clothing boxes, where you pay an initial fee and then send back what you don't want. It would definitely make me nervous having to keep everything if I liked one or two things-- because getting six things and having them fit is pretty impressive! I love all of the dresses- the two you picked out and the two they added! Everything looks so good on you! I love the cross strap tee with the shorts, but it looks just as cute with the skirt & such a fun color!

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  2. I truly adore the blue top/stripe bottom dress.

    I think you got great pieces.

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  3. love golden tote!! you look adorable in all of them, but esp the shift dress!!!

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  4. oh my goodness what a cute service! i love pretty much everything on you! that shift dress - so cute. and that lace dress is PERFECT for oaks! yeah a big no to heels for derby/oaks - except one time i totally wore flats until i got to my suite and then threw heels on bc i was feeling fancy haha. i think that was back when you could bring a tote in. ANYWAY great review girly!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  5. I absolutely love the two dresses you chose! SO pretty! And that flowy top is cute but I see what you mean about it being a bit too flowy! Such a great subscription! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  6. This is a great review. I vaguely looked into Golden Tote because they do ship to the UK, but shipping is really expensive (and I don't think includes customs or something which makes it even worse). But their stuff looks gorgeous! You got a really good selection of things, and it's always such a win to get something for a special event. But is it just me or does the returns process sound overly complicated?!

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  7. I love all the dresses! Esp the lace & the first bright striped one! I saw you post it on Insta & was wondering where it was from!

    The flower pattern on the shift dress is so fresh & spring like. I really wish I could wear a shift dress, but it pretty much just serves to make me look like a blob since my hips are wide, my waist is skinny & shift dresses just hide all of that, unless I walk around in a continuous skinny arm pose.

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  8. Such a great and thorough review!! I love the dresses that you ended up keeping - especially the dress that you're going to wear to the pre-derby party!! Super pretty on you! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  9. I really like all of your items, especially the last two dresses! I like this in theory but I would already worry about sizing - I mean you are not a large in anything so if a large anything fits you, then I worry for me! The price is good, though, all things considered, but the return policy makes my head spin a little. It's a cool idea!

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  10. Great review! That shift dress is by far my favorite! So many cute things, though!

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  11. so that's where the pretty lace dress came from :)


    Sarah
    The Midwest Darling

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  12. Great detailed review! I don't think I have heard of this before. I love all of the dresses you got- great for summer!

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  13. Great review. You look GORG in the pictures! And I love love love the floral shift dress! How great that you can reuse the tote they send?! Fabulous idea and I'm sure mother earth is happy about it! Make today work, Rachel -CubicleCouture

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  14. I LOVE that shift dress!!! I actually love all the things you got- which is rare! I really like that you can pick stuff! I don't use any of the monthly subscriptions boxes for clothing but this one has such cute choices! I'll have to look into it!

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  15. UM! THIS IS AMAZING... I WANT ONE...! Seriously, all these dresses look fab on you. The white with stripes.. like, yeah, I totally get what you were saying. I think its super cute though! I LOVE the two you picked. Like a lot, and you do definitely look like you are channeling Kate! I'm such a sucker for pom poms on anything... so I love the tank. But I get what you are saying. That shape of top doesn't work on me AT ALL. I look like a box. :P Ok, Golden Tote... ask me next! :P XO - Alexandra


    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  16. Everything is SOOOOO cute! You really got a lot of cute looks.
    That dress will be perfectly fine with flats. It'll be perfect for Derby. What color hat are you going to wear with it?!?!?!
    I so love that first one with the blue top & stripe skirt... perfect for warm weather.
    Yep - I thought it WAS Kate Middleton at first ;)

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  17. As usual, I'm living under a rock and I never heard of this! Another genius subscription thing! Even though I personally can't bring myself to spend money on something monthly like this lol. I absolutely love the items you received! Those dresses are just stunning! All of them! You look gorgeous!

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  18. The Gilli navy & multicolour striped dress is my faaaaave on you -- very bright and fun! I really like the ones you picked out yourself, too.

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  19. Everything looks great on you, especially the two that you chose but even the ones that you didn't! I saw this on Karly's blog last week too I think and was super impressed!

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  20. This post is amazing - you did such a great explaining everything (now I wish I would've done a better job on my own post, lol). I love everything you got and how you styled it - I agree that the dresses all are my favorite pieces. That black and white striped one is perfect for summer! And, the floral shift is so Kate Middleton.

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  21. I love everything! The lace dress is gorgeous. I love the flowy top too. It looks comfy, casual with your shorts. But I hear you on wishing it was a touch longer. I like flowy shirts too, but sometimes they "flow" too much and exposes parts you'd really prefer they didn't! LOL! Honestly, I thought $149 seemed high but when you break it down, you actually get quite a bit.

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  22. The dresses and shift are all so cute!! I had never heard of this company before I saw you snapping about it, but sounds like a cool premise - I like the paying upfront option too, only because, like you said, it would suck to receive something you love, only to have it be way too much money. BUT I WOULDNT ACTUALLY KNOW BECAUSE CANADA. ;) Actually...we finally got our own version (Frock Box), but I haven't tried it yet...I'm so picky...I'm totally that person that would say yes, I love flowy tops, but this one is too flowy ;).

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    1. girl, I feel you on that -- why does everyone hate canada? i see something i like, then shipping + customs = extortion. rude.

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  23. i LOVE the first dress and the last one!!!

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  24. Great choices! I'm the opposite on the midi-dress conundrum. At about 5 ft tall, midi dresses are maxis on me, capris for 'normal' people are full-length work slacks for me ... sucks being short.

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  25. I'm an inverted triangle! It's like you're the ying to my yang... Or something. I've not heard of this before but it seems like it could be a really fun idea! And I LOVE that peacock dress! $15 for real?

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  26. These are all SO cute! I haven't heard of Golden Tote yet, but you best believe I'm going to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Wow, you were spot on when you picked that last dress. It's great! I would be worried about the color, but it looks fantastic in person/pics. I have wanted to try Stitch Fix, but I actually like these items a lot more than I usually like what is received in Stitch Fix boxes.

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  28. Now that they've added returning to their policy, Golden Tote seems like such a good deal, plus I love that they send you a bag too! All of the dresses that you got are so cute, and would be perfect for your cruise too!

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  29. How cute, I've never heard of this, but will definitely check it out. Love that it gives you the price upfront. How pretty is that dusty pink lace dress?!?!

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  30. Such a fun concept, I've never heard of Golden Tote before! All of the pieces you've received are gorgeous! Especially loving the dresses on you <3
    Green Fashionista

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  31. I really love all the dresses on you! That shift dress is amazing, and the navy one with colorful stripes is so fun! I might try Golden Tote now that you can return things!

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  32. What a fun thing to get to review!!! Everything you got looks so cute on your. I absolutely love love love that first dress with the blue and colored stripes! It looks so cute on you. And that pink lace dress is just gorgeous!!! There is no way I could ever get a bag with 6 items and everything fit like it did for you. I would be lucky if one thing fit lol.

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  33. I adore the two dresses you chose! The first one with the colorful stripes also loves amazing on you!

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  34. I was disappointed with StitchFix and stopped receiving boxes and definitely need to check this one out! I think that last dress is PERFECT for Oaks, especially since it's pink! It looks great on you - as does everything else! Jealous you're going to Oaks this year... we haven't been in a few years, and have never been to Derby!

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  35. This is such a fun concept - love that lace dress!

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  36. That last dress…SWOON! I don't think I could swallow the price tag, simply because I'm a super crazy bargain hunter since becoming a mama, but dang, lady - they all look great on you!

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  37. Love the dresses you got! I've only tried the $49 tote, but I got one of my favorite plaid shirts, and I wear it all the time :)

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  38. Everything looks great on you! I especially love that first dress and the tank! I might have to give Golden Tote another try, it's been a while!

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  39. That's actually a pretty awesome service there. If I had the money, or they had the clothes in my size, I'd be all over it! The last dress is a stunner and is gorgeous on you but I especially love that first dress on you!

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  40. Wow! I am actually impressed with this..! I really loved everything you got!! Even the super flowy shirt you weren't so fond of..!

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  41. I love everything you got. I could see how it would be a great deal. I feel like they should offer a money-back guarantee for your first tote. I'd be much more likely to try it that way.

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  42. Seriously, that is the cutest stuff! I tried Stitch Fix, but everything I feel in love with was so expensive!!

    Ashley
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  43. I've never heard of this subscription before but looks like they have some awesome stuff to choose from. The shift dress looks fabulous on you, that's an awesome pick :)

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  44. This sounds like the coolest service! And I love how affordable all of the pieces are. And you look adorable in every single one of them!

    Amanda Kids and Cabernet

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  45. That dress is so so gorgeous on you!!! I'm intrigued by Golden Tote and totally checking it out!

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  46. I love all of these but especially the last two - you look great!!! This is a cool concept which I doubt is available to Canadians but I am still really intrigued! haha

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  47. Girrrrl, you are too cute! Does anything look bad on you?!?! :P

    I love this kind of idea but I feel like I would receive a bag full of things I loved the look of - only to find out they all looked awful on me :P

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  48. GIRL. You got the best tote!! Every single piece looks wonderful on you.

    Of course that isn't surprising when you are a tall, slender, beautiful woman!

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  49. I didn't get a chance to go through this earlier this week so I'm back! Glad your tote was such a hit! I think my favorite is that black and white striped dress so I'm glad it worked out for you! As for your pink lace dress - I think it could work with those Valentino-inspired studded nude flat sandals. If you don't know what I'm talking about I'll send you a (non-affiliate, LOL) link. Or if you're just choosing a different dress for Oaks I'll save us the trouble!

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  50. You look KILLER in all of these items. I think my favorite is that first dress and the Kate Middleton dress. ;)

    I haven't tried Golden Tote, but now I'm wondering if I should... :D

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  51. I'd never heard of Golden Tote before this post, and I may consider doing this at some point. I've been on the fence about Stitch Fix for what feels like forever, but this seems better because, like you said, it's never going to be like, "Here's this amazing dress that looks perfect on me, but it's way more than I'd like to spend." You know the cost up front.

    My only other issue is that sometimes things don't fit the way I want them to, but the trading group thing might work (though I rarely use Facebook anymore, so who knows haha).

    The stuff you got is really cute, though, so it makes me want to try this! We'll see if I actually go through with it! Haha.

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  52. This is such a great review! I really love all of the items that you ended up with. Everything looks great, but I think the first dress is my favorite!

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  53. I super love the shift dress!!! It's nice this one allows you to choose some items.

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  54. Your whole box was awesome! I love the multicolored striped dress. And I'm glad you kept that flowy blouse top because it's super cute too.

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  55. I seem to like this box way more than the idea of Stitch Fix. It seems like it's much more in my price range. I am interested in the quality of the clothes and how they hold up compared to Stitch Fix, though. All great choices!

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