Golden Tote #4 of 4 – March 2015
I’m excited to share a look at my Golden Tote #4 of 4 – March 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 – http://www.goldentote.com/index.php?route=common/referral&referral=f557cfbefa739f1c
This review is a 4-part series…Tuesday was March Tote #1, Wednesday was March Tote #2, Thursday was March Tote #3 and TODAY is March Tote #4, so check each blog post to see what I got!!
HOW IT WORKS
1. CHOOSE YOUR TOTE
New totes go on sale the first Monday of every month at 9AM PST. The $49 Tote is a small tote filled with 2-3 pieces of clothing. The $149 Tote is a large tote filled with 5-6 pieces of clothing.
2. PICK YOUR FAVORITES
Pick one or two items you love, and we’ll surprise you with adorable, stylish clothing, at insider pricing, ensuring you get them for an absolute steal. We’re talking more than 50% off retail prices – that works out to around $26 per item. But shhh, nobody else has to know.
3. SELECT YOUR ADD-ONS
Is there something you just can’t live without?
Add items to your order during checkout for a reduced price.
4. CREATE YOUR STYLE PROFILE
Style your profile and tell us what you like to wear – or what you don’t. Every tote is hand-packed based on your profile. The more we know about your shape, size and style, the better we can personalize your picks for a perfect tote.
5. YOU’RE GOLDEN
That’s it, you’re done! Wait for your shipping confirmation and delivery.
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.
The EXCITING thing is that there are now SIX styles to choose from!! They also added areas to choose type of items you DON’T want to receive from colors, to patterns, etc…which is great!!
Feminine + Boho – These are the two styles I chose!!
Edgy + Classic – I might add these two next time
Casual + Trendy – Like but don’t love these styles
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, you may NOT want to order any bottoms from GT. The maximum waist size is 31. So when you are purchasing a tote you can say in your style profile that you don’t want bottoms. However, In my last tote run I said I WOULD accept Above the Knee Dresses, High-Low Skirts, and High-Low Dresses (In the comments I added “as long as they stretched or ran big”).
They FINALLY are asking now in the style profile about your personal size. They ask height, weight, chest size, etc… They also ask body type (apple, pear, straight, etc…) and torso type. This should make it much easier to receive items that will fit you correctly. This is great 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.
There is a small comment box in the style profile where you can tell the stylist about any problem areas not covered in the style profile.
Comment Box Tips – Ok so they changed the comment box to be VERY SMALL, but the good thing is that most of the issues people were writing about in the comment box are now covered in the new and improved Style Profiles!
You will want to note anything to them that wasn’t covered in the style profile, clues to your style, or special requests (an item or a stylist), etc…
Here were my comments:
“Stylist: KB please! No sheer shirts. Prefer Feminine/Lace/Sparkle/Bling/French. Only dresses/skirts if they run BIG or STRETCH. No crotch-high dresses. Love Pink. Prefer short-sleeve tops over tanks.”
I am going to take out the thing about Tanks next time. I do like tanks I just didn’t want a bunch of them.
I think they did a great job improving the Style Profiles and I am sure people will be much happier with the Surprises they receive because of it!!
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
- 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
- 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 – CHANGE – YOU CAN NO LONGER MIX & MATCH SURPRISES OR CHOSENS WHEN YOU RETURN A TOTE!! Previously if you ordered 2 totes and then return 1 tote, you could 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. So just this month they are no longer allowing this which is disappointing. Sometimes you get a Surprise or a Chosen that doesn’t fit or isn’t your style and now there is no way to return it unless you return the whole tote. I think this will end up INCREASING tote returns to them. We shall see.
- NOTE – totes must be returned within 14 days of when you receive them.
Now for my REVEAL!!! Check out what was in my March Tote #4 – a $49 tote!!
✻ Chosen Item – Chevron Print Dress/Tunic – LOVE! I love this but guess what? It DOESN’T fit!! The chest area fit great but then the hip area was SO tight it wouldn’t fit. This is the exact reason measurements are needed on the GT site for ALL sizes and not just Length of items!! So sad because I really loved this! I would have just returned the whole tote but I really liked the Surprise item. So, unfortunately I ended up having to sell it to a member of the GT Trading group for $35.
Note: My stylist KB did a GREAT JOB on picking surprises for my totes! She seemed to follow my style profile which is great!
✻ Surprise Item – Hem & Thread Chevron Shirt – LOVE! This is the PERFECT Boho for me!! Not too crazy but a little Boho. I love how this shirt fits. It hugs the girls then softly flows away from the stomach area…very flattering! A keeper for sure!!
I love this company and concept of getting stylish clothes each month at a good price!!
This tote had a great Surprise but again the Chosen item didn’t fit correctly!! This is the THIRD Chosen item in all of my totes this month that didn’t fit. THEY NEED TO PUT SIZING INFO ON THE WEB SITE FOR ALL THE CHOSEN ITEMS IN ALL THE SIZES…and ALL measurements, not just Length!!!!!!!!!!!!! They said last month they were going to start doing that but didn’t. If I had measurements on the Chosen items I would have known ahead of time that they wouldn’t fit and could have avoided ordering them. Instead I now need to either sell those items or return the totes…UGH!
So as of today, I sold ONE Chosen item so I could keep the Surprise, I have TWO other Chosen items I am trying to sell that didn’t fit and I am trying to sell ONE Surprise I didn’t care for and was too snug. If I can’t sell the one Chosen item by Monday I will be forced to return the Small Tote it came in (along with the Surprise I loved) since they will no longer allow us to mix / match items when returning a tote. So then I will be stuck with the OTHER Surprise that doesn’t fit me. UGH!
But, over all this month was WAY better than previous months in regards to fit and style of SURPRISES. I can only attribute it to their new and improved Style Profiles…way to go Golden Tote!!
But, I DO have a ONE complaint about this month:
Would love to still be able to mix and match Surprises and Chosens when returning totes. After taping all my totes there was one surprise and one chosen I would like to return in a small tote but can’t now.
Now regarding the VALUE of the tote…I am SO happy they finally took off their new web site that the Small Totes were “worth up to $200” and the Large totes were “worth up to $600” as that was just crazy! Now they are saying that their totes are a steal “We’re talking more than 50% off retail prices – that works out to around $26 per item.” which is much more accurate!! So, YES, I think the tote’s value was well worth the price of $49.
And, YES, even though I have had a few items that didn’t fit this month, I LOVE Golden Tote and I will be purchasing a tote (or three) every month!
I think it is a great company and has a brilliant idea!
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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