Golden Tote – December 2014
I’m excited to share a look at my Golden Tote – December 2014 with you! If you’re not familiar, the is a company that puts out a special “tote” full of clothing on the 1st Monday of each month!
It isn’t really a subscription as there is nothing automated and you need to manually go in at NOON EST on the 1st Monday of the month to order your tote! Then stylists personally curate a collection of clothing to suite your style and body type!
If you love getting surprises and wearing the latest in fashion then this tote is for you!
Please check out Golden Tote by clicking here – https://www.goldentote.com/points/invitation/new/from/NDg5MTk,/
HOW IT WORKS – here is a graphic from their website that explains how it works, but I will give you some tips on ordering below this section!
Style Profiles – the first thing you want to do BEFORE the Monday tote launches is set up an account and fill out your style profile! During the questionnaire it will ask you which of the following style seems most like you.
Style #1 – This is the style I chose!!
Sizing Tips – Their sizing goes from XS – L. XS is a size 0 – 2 and Large is a size 12 – 14. Of course sizes from every clothing manufacturer run differently so if you fit in the Large category not all of their larges will fit you. Once you join make sure to join their Facebook trading group to get advice on sizing from different manufacturers.
Pants + Skirts – If you are overweight like I am, I would advise you NOT to order any bottoms from GT. The maximum waist size is 31. So when you are purchasing a tote I write in the notes: NO Pants, NO Skirts, NO Dresses.
They currently DO NOT ask your weight, height, or any body measurements. This makes it harder to receive items that will fit you correctly. I really hope in the future they change this because it is one thing if you receive an item that isn’t your style but if it doesn’t fit you can’t even try to wear it.
In the notes section when you check out make sure to tell the stylist about your body type and problem areas.
Comment Box Tips – When putting comments in the box at check out be brief, specific and clear. In the Facebook trading group they will post some of the possible surprises a few days before tote Monday and you can request them in your notes (not that you are guaranteed to get them). Don’t use any special characters or bullets.
SURPRISES – Would love the Grey Jeweled Sweater
SURPRISES – Would love the Fantastic Fawn Sweater
NO Aztec /Geometric Prints
NO Super Short/Boxy Tops
NO Long Tunics – Hip length max
LOVE Le Lis
LOVE Skies Are Blue
LOVE Chris & Carol
LOVE Potter’s Pot
LOVE Miss Love
SiZING – More of an XL / Size 14
SIZING – Need things that stretch a bit if they run smaller.
SIZING – Bra – 38D
SIZING – I carry my weight in my stomach + upper arms
This would be like the MAX amount of notes I would put in! If you put too much it gets confusing for them.
The Day of Tote Launch – it will be a FRIENZY!
- Prior to Tote Day join the Facebook GT Trading group to see a Sneak Peek of “Chosen” items
- Decide prior to tote day which chosen items you are going to go after (1 for small tote, 2 for large tote)
- Sign in like a half hour before launch (NOON EST)
- Have your Credit Card out and ready!
- Make sure you have enough credit available on your credit card, lol!
- Have your style profile completed
- Add any additional “boutique” items to your cart ahead of time
- Type up your notes to the stylist ahead of time in a separate Word document so you can quickly copy and paste into the comments area when checking out
- At exactly NOON EST click on the “Shop Golden Tote” link. Keep clicking on it until the two tote choices appear.
- Pick your tote and choose your one or two items QUICKLY!!!
- Rush to check out
- Copy and paste your “Notes” from your Word document into the notes section
- Check out. If it gives you an error, just keep hitting the submit/check out button repeatedly
- Next wait for the fashion shows and trades to begin on the FB group as members receive their totes!
- Totes are an all or nothing deal. If you want to return it you have to return the whole tote.
- If you want to keep one or both of your “chosen” items you have to purchase them at the full “boutique” price
- TIP – You can order 2 totes and then return1 tote, but mix and match the “surprise” items from each tote. So say you bought TWO of the large totes and received say 4 “surprises” in each. If you like 2 surprises from each tote but still want to return one full tote, as long as you return the same number of “surprises” you are fine. So in this example you return 4 surprises with ONE tote and those 4 surprises you return can be from either tote and you can keep the 4 you like best. NOTE – totes must be returned within 14 days of when you receive them.
Now for my REVEAL!!! Check out what was in my tote this month!!
✻ Purchased Item – Emerald Statement Necklace – $20 – LOVE! This is really cute and looks great with the emerald ANA shirt I purchased recently at JC Penny!
✻ Chosen Item – Shabby Sheep Coat – (would be $56 Boutique Price) – LOVE! Both of my “chosen” items were keepers. This coat is so soft and pretty…I am like a little princess in it, ha ha!! It is meant to be a lightweight coat or you could wear it indoors as well as a jacket. The upper arms were a little small on me so I can only wear short sleeves shirts with it.
✻ Chosen Item – Abstract Striped Shearling Jacket – (would be $58 Boutique Price) – LOVE! Looks GREAT and I love that I can wear it with jeans and look stylish but warm and comfortable at the same time. There is no shearling in the sleeves which is good because the upper arms in this one were even SMALLER than in the Shabby Sheep Coat so again, I can only wear short sleeve shirts under it. I would have preferred bigger arms on it, but like I said in my video I am working on losing weight starting January 1st so it will be fine!
✻Surprise – Collective Concepts Flutter Sleeve Shirt in Black – LOVE but it doesn’t fit! I love this blouse but it is WAY too tight across the chest for me. This is why they really need to ask for specific measurements! This was the ONE surprise item I really felt went with my chosen Style profile #1. I ended up selling it to someone in the trading group for $30.
✻ Surprise – Chris & Carrol Stripped Tunic – HATE! I said in my notes in the checkout that stripes were OK, but I just don’t like these stripes. But, more than that, I look like I am pregnant in it…it is too tight!! It seemed to run small but if it had been bigger I might have given it a try. This looks like it is from Style #3. It is up for sale/trade in the group for $30.
✻ Surprise – Potter’s Pot Grey Shirt w/Black Sleeves & Zipper Detail – LOVE! This shirt is SO soft and I love grey so was a win for me!! It is one of those shirts you will either look pregnant in or great in and I think I look great – ha ha! This is TOTALLY something I would purchase for myself and it is exactly my style for casual wear. Yea!
✻ Surprise –Catwalk Studio Tunic in Navy – LIKE – but not for me! I love navy but I don’t really wear LONG tunics. I tend to look like a big fat rectangle in them. To my surprise this actually looked great on me while standing and didn’t cling to my stomach at all. The only issue is that when sitting down I looked pregnant in it and also a tunic in navy will just not work with my white Siberian Husky…I would be rolling it off constantly. It is up for sale/trade in the group for $30.
✻ Surprise –Catwalk Studio Shrug Sweater in Black w/Silver Sparkles – LOVE! I love this shrug!! When I first looked at it I thought it may be a little boxy, but once on it looked great! I think I could pull it off because I am tall (5’ 8” tall). I also love the material because it is very soft. The pockets are basically unusable though because anything you put in there would fall out. I loved this shrug so much I am looking for the same shrug in the other color it comes in – ivory with gold/pink threads. A win!!
I love this company and concept of getting stylish clothes each month at a good price!!
But, out of the 5 surprises only 2 worked for me. Of the other 3, two didn’t work because of the size being too small and one didn’t work because it wasn’t my style. I think this will improve as I learn which brands they carry will look best on me, as they improve their style profile quiz to better understand our body types and as I put better notes with my preferences in the notes at check out.
It is a learning process for sure and I learned a lot this month. I would say next month should be much better now that I know the “system”. LOL
Now regarding the VALUE of the tote…do I think these 7 items are “worth up to $600” – NO! But do I think these 7 items I got were worth say $250 – YES!! So, I think the tote’s value was well worth the price of $150. However, they need to change what they say the value is of the tote as it is grossly inflated!!!
And, they need to improve their style profiles so that we receive MORE items we like and LESS we have to trade/sell. I think it is acceptable to receive ONE item per month that you don’t care for in a LARGE tote, but I don’t think it is acceptable to receive ANY items that don’t fit you! GT is promoting….a tote of clothes CHOSEN for you by a STYLIST to suit your style and body type, so that should be the result.
So, YES, I am hooked now!! I WILL be purchasing a January tote and will have my style notes, credit card, etc…ready to roll! I think it is a good company and has a brilliant idea that just needs a few tweaks to be EXCELLENT! The FB trading group is excellent and I have already made some great trades/purchases there (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Goldentotetrades/ )!
FUN FUN FUN!
Check out my coordinating video for closeups of each product and to see my reactions as I open my Golden Tote! Be sure to listen for “Tami’s Secret” which will give you EXTRA entries into the giveaway!
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I am so excited to wear all my clothes in my Golden Tote this month!! Stay tuned for my next Golden Tote reveal!
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Shirt – Potter’s Pot Snowflake Sweater (from Golden Tote)
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