Golden Tote #1 of 2 – May 2015
I’m excited to share a look at my Golden Tote #1 of 2 – May 2015 with you! If you’re not familiar, Golden Tote 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!
JUNE TOTE DAY IS Monday June 8th at Noon EST – get ready!!
Please check out Golden Tote by clicking here – http://www.goldentote.com/index.php?route=common/referral&referral=f557cfbefa739f1c
On tote day make sure you click on this link AGAIN to go to their site as we don’t get the $10 referral credit unless you purchase from this link – thanks! XOXO
This review is a 2-part series…today is May Tote #1 and tomorrow I will reveal May Tote #2, so check back to see what else I got tomorrow!!
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 for MAY:
“Stylist: KB please! No sheer shirts. Love GLAM/Feminine/Lace/Sparkle/Bling/French. Love Pink. Dresses/skirts need to run BIG or STRETCH. Prefer SHIFT or SUN dresses. Prefer tops with some stretch.”
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 starting in March 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 and DECREASING purchases. 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 May Tote #1 – a $149 tote!!
✻ Chosen Item – Effortlessly Cool Dress in Grey – SOLD! I really LOVED this dress but unfortunately the chest on the size Large was too small for me. The rest of the dress fit perfectly! GOLDEN TOTE – Please start putting measurements on your web site for “Chosen” items!! I should have know I guess after seeing it on the model that had a smaller size chest. Very sad as this is the MAIN item I wanted for May.
✻ Chosen Item – All Occasions Dress– SOLD! I thought this dress would be a hit but it is WAY too short on me. The dress is designed to come up in the middle at the bottom of the skirt and go down on the sides. You can’t tell in this pic but the middle of the dress is seriously 3 inches below my crotch. I had no choice but to sell it.
Note: My stylist KB did a nice job on picking surprises for my totes this month in regards to style!
✻ Surprise Item – Style Loft Tee in Coral – LOVE! This was the only item I kept out of this tote. It fit great and I loved the color. It was also very soft! I had seen this in the green color in some other reveals so I traded a different item I had for their green top like this – I am so excited that I will have TWO of these now!!
✻ Surprise Item – Le Lis Tank with Lace in Floral – SOLD! While I loved the style of this tank, it simply smashed my “girls” too much to be able to wear. I said in my profile that I prefer tops that stretch and this tank has no stretch to it unfortunately. Very sad because I loved it!
✻ Surprise Item – Chris & Carol Lace Sleeve Raglan Top in White – SOLD! While you gals know I love LACE, this shirt just kind of hung on me in a funny way and wasn’t doing me any favors. It had to go.
✻ Surprise Item – Kika Dress in Blue – SOLD! This dress “would” look good on me I think when I lose a bunch of weight and I will wear form-fitting dresses when I am skinny but it isn’t a good option for me right now. I said in my profile I prefer shift or sun dresses – those would have been better choices.
✻ Boutique Purchase – Chain Bib Necklace – $22 – RETURN! It looked cuter on the website than in person so I sent it back.
✻ Boutique Purchase – Layered Pyramid Necklace – $12 – LOVE – This necklace is really cute and it is fun for when you need something geometric!
✻ Boutique Purchase – Rhinestone Medallion Necklace- $12 – RETURN! I loved this necklace but noticed just when trying it on the chain kept getting kinked up so I decided to return it.
✻ Boutique Purchase – Rhinestone Statement Necklace – $20 – RETURN! This necklace was ok but didn’t really sparkle (like the medallion necklace above did) and it just looked extra cheap so I returned it.
Don’t get me wrong – obviously all of the jewelry is cheap so you are getting what you pay for, but if you get something you wouldn’t really wear there is no point in keeping it.
I love this company and concept of getting stylish clothes each month at a good price!!
Ok, the Chosens were a BOMB this month! And it is mainly because they don’t put measurements of the chosen items on their web site. If I knew the chest area was SO small on the Grey dress I would have never ordered it. And it isn’t just me – I saw a number of others say the chest was small on those dresses too.
Overall this month was WAY better than previous months in regards to style of the Surprises. I can only attribute it to their new and improved Style Profiles…way to go Golden Tote!! However, I am hoping things improve in regards to fit on some of the Surprises!
More Regarding CHOSENS – Since GT is STILL not including complete measurements in their listings I am refusing to order anything that “may” not fit. Therefore, this month I ordered less totes. I don’t want the hassle of trying to sell or trade things that don’t fit, nor do I want to get chosens that don’t fit but like the surprises and not be able to send the tote back. Well exactly what I didn’t want to happen happened and I ended up having to sell many of the items to keep a few of the Surprises I liked between the two totes.
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 $149.
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!
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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