Friday, July 29, 2016

I Got the Golden Ticket! ( and a vlog)


For the past several summers I have been in need of some new summer clothes. Of course I keep putting it off because I feel like if I'm not going to work, then why do I need "good" summer clothes. I usually just hang out in running clothes anyway.  Anyone else feel like that?   Oh, and another big obstacle is that I hate to shop for clothes.  Yes, I am a Fashion Columnist that hates shopping for clothes, go figure. ( I love to online shop but physically going to a store stresses me out)

Well I've decided that little by little I need to put myself together. As luck would have it, this is where Golden Tote enters. Have they been following me? Do they too think I need to get myself together?   Well in any case, they contacted me about reviewing their Totes and since I was currently wracking my brain about what to write about for my next column, I said "Sure"! 

So let me explain, Golden Tote is a subscription clothing service sort of like Stitch Fix (but with more options).  Their founders are Clothing Designers from LA.

First you will log on to the GoldenTote site and create a profile for yourself including your measurements and your likes and dislikes.

Then you pick the size Tote you want. Mini Tote (2 clothing items, $59), Surprise Tote ( 3 clothing items, $89), or Golden Tote (5 clothing items, $149). If you choose the Mini Tote or the Golden Tote, not everything in your tote will be a surprise. In the Mini Tote you will chose one item from the website that you want for sure and the stylist will choose a "secret" item for you based on the profile you filled out.   If you choose the Golden Tote, you will pick out 2 items for yourself and the stylist will surprise you with three additional items that she has chosen for you.  New items are available on the site the first Monday of every month. So I guess it pays to log on early so you have more choices because stuff does sell out. 

The tote I received was the Golden Tote  with 5 items.  You can see my "reveal" and my honest to goodness first reactions to these items in this video below.

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Watch the vlog here.
If you watched the video, you can tell that I learned a few things since my horrible vlog about Stitch Fix. O my how I wish I could change that one. I should have never stood in front of an open window and that bedspread (which came from Disney's Grand Floridia by the way) was just WAY too loud. What was I thinking?????

As I mentioned in the video, I was really leery about the sizing. I even took my own measurements and still wasn't sure.  One thing that helped was that each item that was shown on the Golden Tote site included the measurements of that item and even included the measurements of the model who was wearing it.  Seeing a model who is 5, 10" and wearing everything in an X-small doesn't really put things in perspective though.  I did a lot of Google searching for other Golden Tote reviews from bloggers who were more my size.

Now that you saw my reaction to the clothing. Here is what the 5 items look like on.  Items are in the order that I opened them up in the box. I am including sizes as well for anyone who maybe doing a search like I did.  You may notice that some of my thoughts after trying the items on may have changed since seeing it right out of the box.  I love that all of these items (except for the shorts) I can wear to work.


Les Amis Floral Top with Chiffon Back- Small.  Love it and fits perfectly. (shorts from Banana Republic)

I spy a wet lab.  Miss Baylee was just getting out of the pool as this picture was being taken.  I hadn't even known she snuck in for a quick swim.

Potters Pot Mini Skirt with Neon Detail - Small. I probably would have never picked this but I am so glad the stylist picked it for me. It is SO comfy and could be dressed up or down.  I have it paired with a black top from Banana Republic.


Skies Are Blue Dress with Embroidered Neckline- Small.   I love this dress! They first sent it to me in a smaller size but we easily made an exchange! It is light weight but completely lined.


Puella Splice Swing Dress- X-Small.  This is the first item that I chose from the website so this was no surprise. Like I mentioned in the video, the dress did look more teal online and this dress is clearly green. I am not one bit upset though because I love it anyway. I don't have anything green and now I do!  Now, normally I would not have ordered a dress in X-Small but I went over the measurements of this dress with a fine tooth comb with width and length and realized that it being a swing dress that it would be more flowy and therefore an X-Small would work.   This one that can be dressed up or down. I am pleased. (White flower belt from New York and Company)


Cuffed Denim Shorts - Small.  This was the item that I had my doubts about. Turns out, they fit just fine. And I don't think they are way too short, do you? They are also available in a blue denim too, which I think I would like a lot!

  Technically, each item comes to about $29.80 each which really isn't a bad deal. But like any subscription service (whether it be food or clothing), it is often a gamble as you don't know what all you are going to get for your money. Just know that you need to be open for surprises. -M

Click HERE for more info and to sign up for the Golden Tote Newsletter!

*Golden Tote recently updated their return policy which allows you to keep the individual items you want and return the ones you don't.




                                    We will be linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.



    

39 comments:

  1. How fun to have new clothes delivered to your door! I really don't enjoy shopping that much since it can be so frustrating. This sounds like a great option.

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    1. Yes it can be. I like that you get to pick some and then other pieces are a surprise!

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  2. I'm always so tempted with these clothing subscription services! It's fun getting packages...

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  3. This was so fun to watch! Love the video and getting to "see" you. Do more!

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  4. You received some great pieces. I especially like the floral top.

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  5. How much fun! Those dresses look great! I think the shorts look really nice too-- and it's hard to find shorts that fit. I like the concept of this!
    Today is the Best of the Blogs linkup day. I hope you'll stop by and linkup your favorite post of the month.

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    1. I was very pleased with the shorts. You are right, it's hard to find ones that fit just right!

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  6. I've never tried one of those services but I love all your outfits!

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  7. These look great! I especially like that white skirt. I'd never heard of golden tote before.

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    1. That white skirt was such a great surprise. I really like it too!

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  8. Who doesn't love new clothes delivered?! I like the shorts and the dresses are cute on you

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    1. Thank you! The best part was I didn't have to go shopping for them!

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  9. I have never been tempted with doing a subscription clothing service until now - everything you got looks so cute, and you look great - I love how you added your own touch to the styling! Fun video, too...what a great post!

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    1. Thank you shelley! I really couldn't be more pleased with what the stylist picked out. She did an awesome job!

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  10. I've never heard of the Golden Tote. I've only done Stitch Fix, and I really like that. You got some super cute things. I love the shorts. And the green dress was very cute.

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    1. I have to say that these clothes worked out SO much better than my Stitch Fix did!

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  11. Oh God, I live to shop. I love to shop. Both! I seriously do love the hunt, and even if I end up empty handed, I'm ok with that. Plus online shopping is the devil.

    I've heard of Stitchfix but not Golden Tote (and since I actually do like to shop -- just don't have the time -- I haven't felt the need to try Stitchfix. But anyone that would like to send me a trial to review on the blog, I'd be more than happy to do that. :)

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    1. I need to take some tips from you Judy! When I come home empty handed I view it as a waste of trip/time. I know I need to have a better outlook..lol

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  12. This was pretty cool! It was nice to see a video of you!

    The shorts are my favorite piece ! they look well made and comfy! And everything looks great on you!

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    1. Thanks Ana. I will say that everything was very well made!

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  13. I love love love that skirt! And no, the shorts are not too short. I really wanted to see Miss Baylee wander into the room while you were videoing. Would have loved to see her. :)

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    1. She actually did wander in the room but it was before I opened the box so I had a chance to re-do it!

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  14. Wow! That's a great deal on clothing. And I love love love that skirt!!

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    1. Yea, Golden Tote really hooked me up with some great stuff!

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  15. I never heard of Golden Tote..you got some really cute stuff that looks great on you! I definitely don't think the shorts are too short - they look great! I think I signed up I'd try one of the lower tier options.

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  16. I loved watching this and then seeing pics of you trying everything on! I am glad you liked everything. I especially like you in the top and the shorts. They are not too short at all.

    Part of me wants to try a service like this because surprises are fun but I am sooooooooo picky. Like, I am the girl that will go into NY and Co and try on 8 items and not buy a single one because there is something wrong with each and every thing!

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  17. Oooh!! Sounds like an interesting service!!!! :)

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  18. You look great in everything you got.

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  19. I love the mini skirt! I must admit, pretty much all my clothes are workout clothes, as that is what I spent most of my time in haha.

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  20. Very cool service! Looks like you got a nice variety of pieces. It's always fun to see what other people might pick for you - and then have it turn out to be something that you really love even if it's not an item you might have selected yourself.

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  21. I think those shorts are super cute, and the perfect length! I love the green swing dress too. For loving the color green, I don't own a whole lot of it, and it's such a cute fit with the belt, it's like a totally different dress. The pricing of Golden Tote seems a little more reasonable than Stitch Fix, which has been my main hesitation. Because I too hate going clothes shopping.

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  22. First of you - love seeing you in a vlog :) #Adorable
    Second - I love all the goods you got. They are all SO PRETTY - & look great on you. I cant even pick a favorite!!!
    I think those shorts are great - totally not too short.
    You did good this round.
    I love the bag it all came in too :)

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  23. Oh you know I am a junkie! I have to take a look at this! Wish me luck!

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