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Golden Tote Review – December 2013

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golden tote bag

Golden Tote has become one of my monthly obsessions – every month you get to pick out 1-2 pieces, and they surprise you with the rest. And they are the two designers behind the brand Puella (carried in Anthropologie), so they know how to pick out good items!

Golden Tote December 2013 card

This bag came with a note from Sarah & Sarah, and the bonus Cyber Monday accessory.

Golden Tote December bracelet

I’m not too crazy for this bracelet, but I do like that it’s adjustable, so I’ll probably wear it – I may like it more when I do!

Golden tote items

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

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white loose knit sweater

Ultra Soft Cable Knit Sweater – Value $48

This was the first item I picked for my tote, and I absolutely love it. I was worried it would fit a little boxy since the knit is so large, but it’s actually fitted and very flattering. And it’s super cozy too!

Golden Tote Sweater Close Up

It’s a loose knit, so it definitely needs a layer underneath.

Silver & Gold dress

Hollywood Glam Dress – Value $68

This was my second pick. I was worried the fit would be too tight, but it ended up being too loose! I love the cut and the color though, so I may try to get it taken in.

(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.)

dress zipper close up - Golden Tote

It has a great exposed zipper in the back too.

Now on to the surprises!

Golden Tote Wrap Dress

Hour Glass Lilly Wrap Dress – Value $50

I was thrilled to see a wrap dress in my tote! It’s such a flattering cut, and I love this print too. (FYI – The size on the bag this dress came in was Medium/Large).

Golden Tote dress print

The fabric is somewhat thin, (and the cut is LOW) so I’ll need an camisole underneath.

Blue and Grey blouse

Cefian Blue Top – Value $30?

This value is an estimate based on other tops from Cefian – I couldn’t find this exact top online. I like the color combo – this top is another win for me!

Golden Tote Blouse

Collective Concepts Blouse – Value $43

I have a few Collective Concepts pieces in my closet already – I like a lot of their prints, but unfortunately the cut of this top isn’t for me. (Basically anything with a fitted waistband and loose fit everywhere else is a no-go for my body type).

I’ve never added notes to my style profile on Golden Tote, but I think I’ll let them know that I prefer no fitted waistband tops – it’s worth a shot!

Golden Tote Top close up

The print is fun though!

golden tote sweater cardigan

Mak B Cardigan – Value $37?

(Again, I couldn’t find this exact item online, but I found some comparable sweaters from Mak B, so that’s how I’m estimating value). This sweater cardigan/vest is super cozy, and I’m wearing it right now!

grey cardigan - back view

I love the big wooden buttons on the back of this cardigan! (Confession I had to look at Golden Tote’s instagram account to figure out how to wear the cardigan – it just looks like a giant knit tube out of the bag!)

Verdict: The December Golden Tote is one of my favorites ever! I love 5 out of the 6 items, so for $149 I think it’s a great deal (even with the cost of getting the brocade dress taken in).

What do you think of the December Golden Tote?

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!

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  1. Please, show me how is made this Mak B cardigan. I need to knit a vest like that right now!!! What are the dimensions? Where are the buttons? Please tell me!!!!!! :-))))))

  2. Does that mean you get to keep all 6 items for $149?

  3. Didn’t like the items in my first tote (December), I will be returning the whole tote. The gold dress was pretty but poor fit, they somehow went out of stock on the tweed blouse so I chose the flannel shirt as a replacement but that was a poor fit as well. I got a loose shirt with wide black and white horizontal stripes, a similar concepts shirt but in different colors, the strange grey sweater vest, and a plain black wrap dress- which I love wrap dresses but I already own a plain black one. Disappointing tote in terms of style and fit, I’ll give January a try.

  4. I got the wrap dress too, just in another pattern. The bag said large/medium, but the dress tag says medium, which makes me feel like they’re not really paying attention. I’m super bummed, because I love the style, but it’s skin-tight. If it had been an actual large, or even a medium/large I would wear it comfortable.

  5. I just received my tote today. I love the owl sweater, not itchy at all. I also received the wrap dres and was surprised to see how low it was. The cut ends about halfway from my chest to the umbilicus. Still cute though. Also, I didn’t receive my cyber Monday gift. Anyone else have this problem?

    • I thought mine was missing the extra item but it wasn’t in the tote, it was in the box and had slipped under the cardbox flap so I didn’t see it until my cat started playing in the box.

  6. Could you compare the sizing to other brands? I don’t have a clue how those two fit!!

    • If this helps, I get a size large at Golden Tote, and I’m a size large at Forever 21, ModCloth, Free People, and Ellie Fit Fashionista. Hope that helps! (If you have another brand in mind, let me know!)

    • I don’t know if this helps but I’m a size 12, and the larges are hit or miss for me. If Golden Tote is listening, please add XL to the list! I fit in their sizing chart measurements for size large, however, many of the brands definitely don’t fit the sizing chart and run small (i.e. F21/Modcloth where I definitely need an XL and to go up a size).

      I’ve only received one tote so far and I had two items that didn’t fit out of the six in my 149 tote. I had a top that would not even go over my chest and a dress that was just uncomfortably tight on so I ended up returning the entire thing, although I wish I had thought about trading for pieces that fit better.

      I decided to take a gamble and order a December tote just a week ago and it’s on the way to me now. I did put in notes not to send me anything form fitting in the bust since that’s seems to be a problem for me with GT items.

  7. I love what you got and have loved the totes I’ve gotten. However, it’s appalling to see your price break down vs their claim of $500-600 val per $149 tote.

  8. I am disappointed I didn’t get a Golden Tote this month! I got the November tote (and was very let down by it) so I had to say no to a Dec we one :-/ I love what you got though, and a huge sucker for a cozy sweater 🙂

  9. Looks great! I am glad I didn’t settle for Nicember and held out for December instead. I can’t wait to get mine (rats to international shipping delays)…hope the cyber Monday free accessory won’t be as disappointing though.

    • *November

  10. I can’t wait for this months tote to arrive! I chose the tweed striped blazer and owl sweater. I love the sweater you selected, and I may have to order that next month if they have it. I will not buy any more dresses though. None of them ever seem to fit right. I really like the wrap dress, cardigan, and top. That blouse kinda hurts my eyes. 😉 Last month I got the multi-colored cardigan because you gave it such good reviews and I love it. I have received alot of compliments too. Sadly, the jacquard print dress hugged all the wrong places and I’m trying to find a home for it. As my extras I received the color block sweater you thought was boxy (it was also pretty see through), a blue “umbro” sweater (very nice), a really loud blouse (though not as bad as yours), and the blue lace dress. The lace dress looks like I’m wearing a tent and even with a belt is not so flattering for me. By the way, I love your blog and check the site more than I check my email!

    • Thanks so much for reading my blog 🙂 And I’m so glad to hear you love the multi-colored cardigan as much as I do! Let me know what you get in your December Tote – I hope it’s a good one!

  11. I chose the $49 tote and picked the Mother’s Pearls lace top and the owl sweater in cream for an extra $30. I LOVE the owl sweater. The top is very beautiful. It has a lot of detailed work. For the surprise item I got the lace dress that I had gotten in the November $149 tote. This time they sent me the black one instead of the navy one I received in the earlier shipment. I’m really happy with what I got.

  12. I’m pregnant, and they included a Puella baby onesie in my $49 bag, along with my chosen sweater and the wrap dress. THAT is awesome personalization! Super impressed.

    • Wow! I had no idea they personalized the totes that much – amazing!

  13. I got the $49 tote and got that same cardigan. I’m so glad you posted a picture because I was not sure how to wear it lol. Looks great though!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who found the cardigan to be confusing at first! 🙂

  14. Very nice items! 😉

  15. Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been waiting all day for someone to post their tote, and yours is the first one I’ve seen! Love the surprise items, except for the Collective Concepts blouse. Everything else looks amazing though. I can’t wait to get mine on Tuesday!

  16. I picked the exact same items you did (chose the owl sweater for my $49 tote)! I can only hope to get that wrap dress and cardigan too. I also saw that sweater on their IG, it is adorable! Can’t wait to get my box!!! <3

    • I bet you will get the wrap dress and cardigan. I ordered my mom a $149 tote for her Christmas gift and of course I had to sneak a peek and see what she got. Her tote also had the wrap dress (in blue and black), and the cardigan (in cream).

      I’m guessing those items will be in all the $149 totes!

      • Definitely got both the sweater & the wrap dress I was hoping for, but wow is that sweater hard to wear?! I also received the oversized chic white blazer, instead of the cable knit sweater I chose. Hoping they will do a sitcharoo, because there is no way I can pull off a “one size fits all” sweater!

        My other surprise items were the blouse you didn’t like, which somehow fit nice on me (unsure of that wild print though). And a cute navy polka dot blazer by the same brand as that Hollywood Glam dress. Semi satisfied with this month’s tote. Guess I’ll find out how their customer support is! 🙂

        Completely agree with an above comment that their “value” is incredibly misleading. With 5 items in my $149 tote, it’s far from being worth $500!! The $49 tote may be a little closer.

        • Did you hear back from customer service? I just emailed them because I ordered the Hollywood glam dress and they sent the metallic shift dress instead. I really had my heart set on the glam dress 🙁

          • Not yet- but I’ll update as soon as I do!

          • I heard back immediately on Instagram (first comment and like on my pic of everything after tagging them in it, including the complaint of the wrong item). And heard back via email within a few hours. They just updated that the package was delayed because they needed to restock product, but sent the tracking number for the replacement item. Really great CS experience for me with GT so far. 🙂


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