Golden Tote #2 – December 2014
I’m excited to share a look at my Golden Tote #2 – 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,/
Mentioned my Jewelry from: Wantable! – https://www.wantable.com/invites/Z_c4o8GOv2g
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!!
Style #2 (I like this style too!! But we could only chose one)
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
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 – Silver Festive Leather Clutch – $27 – LOVE! This is really nice quality clutch and includes a long chain so that it can be worn crossbody! It also came in Gold (WANT!!) and I think dark pink.
✻ Chosen Item – Quilted Moto Vest in Black – (would be $72 Boutique Price) – LOVE! Both of my “chosen” items were keepers. This vest is AWESOME! Very nice quality and workmanship and the style just ROCKS! This is a size Large and it looked best on me only zipped half way up.
✻ Chosen Item – Luxe Sparkle Sweater – (would be $42 Boutique Price) – LOVE! The sweater material was much heavier and nicer than I expected. The shape seemed a bit unusual with the center of it curved upward but it works. It has a black tank attached under it that I am going to remove. The tank didn’t have much stretch to it at all and tended to flatten my chest out because it was a little tight. I will wear my own black tank under it. Also, it looks much better in person.
✻Surprise – Le Lis Beaded Tank – LOVE! I am loving their Le Lis brand!! Le Lis seems to match my style perfectly. This tank is gorgeous! It has grey beads along the neckline of varying sizes. It is perfect to wear under a business jacket for work. It is a little too tight on me right now but I am determined to get back to my normal weight and then it will look great.
✻ Surprise – Promesa Striped Sleeve Shirt – LOVE! I bought the lighter colored version of this shirt from someone in the Golden Tote Facebook group and so I am already familiar with how fabulous it is! It is SUPER soft and so comfortable. You won’t want to take it off!
✻ Surprise – Le Lis Lattice Top – LOVE LOVE LOVE! OMG…I couldn’t believe it when I saw this in my tote!!! I had asked for it after seeing a few other people get it and like I said Le Lis is MY brand! Well, once your order is ready to ship they add the “codes” of your Surprise items in your account online. If you want to cheat you can compare the codes to the list on the Golden Tote Facebook Group spoiler list and see what you are getting. I did that this time JUST so I could see if I got this shirt and the code for it WASN’T listed.
The Veruca in me posted an ISO of listing on the group for this shirt, messaged people who got this shirt to see if they wanted to sell it, and searched the internet to buy it elsewhere. NO LUCK!! I felt I had been defeated and would never have my “Golden Egg”! LOL
To make matters worse there was a code listed of a shirt I had already bought from another GT FB member…oh NO, a duplicate! Things were going down hill. SO, I wisely thought hey I will call them since they had just posted the codes and tell them I already have that one shirt and could they switch it out. Well, no one answered and I went straight to voice mail. I left a message and hoped for the best. I didn’t expect much after that since the codes were never updated.
So then, I emailed their special SECRET “Wish List” email and pleaded for them to find me the Le Lis Lattice shirt to buy. The response – sorry we aren’t doing “wish list” requests right now as we are too busy with the upcoming Mystery Totes. Defeated again!
Well those sneaky little beeotches did me a solid and surprised me with the BEST surprise of all – MY Le Lis Lattice shirt!!!! I am FOREVER grateful to my stylist “KB” for this fabulous tote and my Le Lis Lattice shirt…I LOVE you girl!!! XOXOXOXOXOO
Note: I have a black tank on under it as it is see through. Also, I think it will look better on me once I lose weight.
I love this company and concept of getting stylish clothes each month at a good price!!
All 3 of the surprises worked for me this time! I think telling them in the notes during check out which brands I tended to like helped.
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 5 items are “worth up to $600” – NO! But do I think these 5 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 “some” Mystery Totes and will have my style notes, credit card, etc…ready to roll! I think it is a great 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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- Black “Little Black Dress” Hanging Jewelry Organizer
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- GlobeIn – Mouse Pad
- GlobeIn – Passport Holder
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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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WHAT I’M WEARING:
Shirt – Potter’s Pot Sweatshirt (from Golden Tote)
Jewelry – Wantable
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