Golden Tote #3 – February 2015
I’m excited to share a look at my Golden Tote #3 – February 2015 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
This review is a 3-part series…Monday was February Tote #1, Tuesday was February Tote #2, and today is the February Tote #3, so check in each day to see what I got!!
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 return 1 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 February Tote #3 – a $149 tote!!
✻ Chosen Item – Puella Pocket Dress in Black – LIKE! I liked this dress but not enough to keep it. It was too short (I am 5′ 8″) and on the model on their web site was wearing a Small and is taller than me so I thought getting a Large would work. It is actually shorter than it looks on me in the photo and from the back way too short. Also, I wasn’t super pleased with the quality of this dress. It is a very thin and somewhat see through material and I did not think that it would hold up to washing very well either. Shipped back!
✻ Chosen Item – Lovemarks Chic Varsity Sweater – DISLIKE! This sweater is simply not good quality. The one on the website gives you the impression that it is a medium weight, solid sweater. It isn’t! It is VERY thin material and sheer to the point that you need to wear a tank under it. There is no way this will wash well and it will be snagging on everything. Shipped back!
✻ Add-On Item – TMHL Embroidered Trim Top in Black – DISLIKE! I couldn’t even get it on! Golden Tote REALLY needs to put measurements of ALL of their items in ALL sizes on their website so that we don’t have to constantly gamble and “hope” that it will fit with absolutely no knowledge as to how an item fits. Shipped back!
Note: My stylist KB did a GREAT JOB on picking surprises for THIS tote! She seemed to follow my style profile which is great….so not sure what happened on the last tote, as they all were pulled and shipped together by her?!
✻ Surprise Item – Grifflin Paris Striped Shirt – DISLIKE! While I feel this did go pretty well with my chosen style it just didn’t look good. It was too small (obliviously, lol!) and I didn’t care for the material it was made out of…very scratchy and not soft/comfortable at all. Shipped back!
✻ Surprise Item – Peach Love Lace Front top in Blue – LOVE LOVE! This TOTALLY matches my style profile and comments I left for GT in my notes. I love the lace detail and the tassels too! The bummer is that it simply won’t fit over my chest. However, I am gladly keeping it since I am working on losing weight and I know it will fit eventually. Thanks KB….I LOVE it!!
✻ Surprise Item – Le Sample Cap Sleeve Shirt in Black – LIKE! Another shirt that I feel goes well with my chosen style profile! It is soft, comfortable and NOT sheer. I noticed in reveals that the white version seemed sheer. I have been feeling tired of all of the sheer shirts out there and it is nice to have this simple basic shirt in my wardrobe. It will go great for work, under a suit or simply for casual wear!
✻ Surprise Item – Skies Are Blue Light Blue Shirt – LOVE! When I first saw this I thought it might not fit but once I tried it on it was perfect! It is somewhat sheer but not enough that you need to wear a tank under it. This also goes well with the cardigan I got in my tote in my review yesterday (pic below). It would have been nice to get this Surprise in THAT TOTE since it went well with that cardigan – THAT IS STYLING, lol! Luckily you can mix and match the surprises out of multiple totes as long as you return the correct number of surprises, which is what I did.
I love this company and concept of getting stylish clothes each month at a good price!!
While I LOVED my SURPRISE items in this tote (thank you KB), NONE of the CHOSEN items I received worked for me… disappointing! But, luckily I was able to ship back the surprises I didn’t want with the chosen items from this tote that I didn’t want and get a refund (to clarify – I am waiting on the refund).
It did cost me $15.80 to ship back 1 tote, 1 add-on item, 1 boutique item and the wrong clutch they sent me, but they DO refund you your original shipping cost, so it works out ok.
And, I DO have a couple of complaints about this month:
1. Most of the items were very wrinkled…I wasn’t really happy about having to iron every item!
2. It was as if they gave EVERYONE the same “set” of items. I saw reveal after reveal with people getting the same “set” of items I did in certain totes….no “curating” to your personal style at all!
3. The Chosen items in this tote were a disappointment – GT please put in measurement of all clothes for all sizes on your website and it would be also great to mention if an item is sheer.
Now regarding the VALUE of the tote…do I think these 6 items are “worth up to $600” – NO! But do I think these 6 items I got were worth say $250 – YES!! So, I think the tote’s value was well worth the price of $149. 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, even though I have had some duds this month, I still have high hopes that GT is going to GROW and IMPROVE!! I will be purchasing a tote (or three) every month!
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!
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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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