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Golden Tote $149 Bag Review – October 2013

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Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

My October Golden Tote has finally arrived! (I’ve decided that selecting the clothes you want on the first of the month and then having to wait weeks to see your surprise items is torture!)

If you are new to Golden Tote, it’s not a traditional subscription. Instead, on the first of every month Golden Tote releases the totes, and if you select the $49 option you pick out 1 item from their selection, and they surprise you with 1-2 more items based on your size and style preferences. If you go with the $149 option, you get to pick out two clothing pieces and Golden Tote surprises you with 4-5 more pieces (up to a $600 value total).

I’ve found these boxes to be a great value, especially because Golden Tote is founded by the two designers of the Puella clothing line (which is carried in Anthropologie), so basically you’re getting Anthropolgie quality products without the Anthopologie price-tag!

For reference, I selected size large for this Golden Tote, and I’m also a size large at Forever 21 and ModCloth if that helps you gauge sizing.

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

The Box: Golden Tote

The Cost: $49 or $149 (This review is of the $149 box)

The Products: Clothing items you pick plus surprises from Golden Tote!

Ships to: Everywhere! Shipping to the continental US $7.95. AK HI $15 and international is $25

Check out all of my Golden Tote reviews and the Women’s Clothing Subscription Box Directory!

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

(A first look at what was in my tote!)

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

The first item I picked out was this sweater. (Photo from Golden Tote)

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

Tile Wrap Sweater – Value $72

It’s super soft, drapes beautifully, and I love the colors. This sweater was everything I hoped it would be!

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

With some of the items, Golden Tote also includes a card with styling suggestions.

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

The other item I picked was this striped sweater dress.

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

Kerisma Shadow Stripe Sweater Dress – Value $75

I love the fit of this dress. One thing I wasn’t sure of from the original Golden Tote picture was if the stripes are see-through. Turns out they are – this dress will need a layer beneath it. But I always wear a ton of layers in the winter, so that’s fine with me!

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

Now on to the items that were my surprises!

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

Puella Jersey Dress – Value $88 (estimated based on current Anthropologie options)

I love the swing skirt on this dress! The waist fits perfect, but the top is a little big. I think it’s designed to not be a fitted top, but I’m going to throw it in the laundry and see if I can shrink it a little!

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

I was excited to see more than one Puella surprise item:

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

Puella Striped Top – Value $68 (estimated based on current Anthropologie options)

This top is SO soft. It’s surprisingly flattering too, considering it’s horizontal stripes! I never would have picked this out myself, but I’m glad they sent it!

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

Sweet Claire Top – Value $50 estimate

The shoulder detail on this top at first didn’t seem like me, but I put it on and I think I like it! It’s a super cozy top that will be great for layering.

Golden Tote $149 Bag Review - October 2013

OVI Blouse – Value $46

Another top I thought I wouldn’t like until I put it on! The pattern of this blouse is a great fall-colored print, and the cut is interesting too!

Verdict: I think this is my favorite Golden Tote yet! I’m a little obsessed now and can’t wait for the November options. I paid $149 plus $7.95 shipping for this box and received about $400 worth of great clothing items, plus a cute tote! I LOVE the value of Golden Tote!

Did you get a Golden Tote for October? What did you think of your items? (Good news – if you haven’t signed up yet, the October Golden Tote is still available!)

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Did the large wrap fit good? I am afraid it will be too big because sometimes I am a medium!

  2. I love the Tile wrap sweater

  3. It seems that if you want a size large in anything you need to order immediately after the subscription month opens up. I was looking and all the pieces I like seem to be out of larges. Am I accurate or do they usually not carry large?

    • I ordered size large, so I think you’re right about larges selling out.

  4. They don’t carry my size, but I LOVE the tote! I wish I could order just the bag!

  5. I love Golden Tote! I think this is my 4th or 5th $149 tote……… my credit card (and interest fees!!) is crying, but I love it! We received an email this month asking if there was anything from the boutique that we would like them to include (no promises, but very nice idea!!). I sent a list including some size Medium sweatshirts (I am usually a size Small or XS). Sadly, the sweatshirt they sent me in a Medium is so huge, I won’t be able to wear it (I am 5 feet tall!). So I would really suggest sticking to your size when ordering! But other than that, I love it, as usual! I got the same black dress and sweater as you, Liz! The black dress is SO flattering!!

    • I did not realize those boutique items were offered as our extras from them! I assumed they were offering as add-ons. I’m so glad I read this comment for next time, since I didn’t mark a single one!

      Can’t wait for my first tote this month! 🙂

  6. Great value for such cute items and I didn’t realize it comes from Anthro designers, my favorite store I can’t afford to shop at, LOL. I also love all the style cards, what a great idea!


  7. i am so in love with that tote bag!!!

  8. Thank you so much for your posts Liz as i learned of golden tote through your site and now I’m addicted! I just received my first $149 tote and the value is great! I love the pieces you received too! My fav item is the puella jersey dress and it was a surprise item! I am pleased with fitting into the large as I am a 14 in the hips—for those of you who may wonder about sizing (I did!).

  9. Wow! Love it all Liz!!! I was debating getting this tote and when I finally went to order, my sizes were sold out 🙁

    • Oh no! At least there will be a new November Tote soon!

  10. love the 2 striped surprise pieces. haven’t had a chance to take a crack at golden tote yet, perhaps soon! so many to try!

  11. Wow! I love everything they picked for you (and what you picked for yourself!). Definitely going to have to add them to my sub wishlist 🙂

    hello, rigby!

  12. Wow!!!!! I love everything that you received!!


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