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Golden Tote Review – February 2014

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Golden Tote Review - February 2014 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), and that style is reflected in the surprise items!

FYI – This is not a typical subscription, each month they release a new collection and you can decide whether or not you want to buy it.

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 Review - February 2014 Sweater Top

Simple Chic Knit Top 

This is one of the 2 items I picked. (It was available in grey or white).  This top was everything I hoped it would be – it drapes beautifully and is form fitting without being too tight. It will be perfect layered over a tank top and leggings!

Golden Tote Review - February 2014 Striped Sweater

Striped Sweater Top 

This was my second pick for the tote. It’s a little looser in fit than I expected, but I still really like it. I think I’m going to wash it and hope it shrinks!

Now on to my surprise items!

Golden Tote Review - February 2014 Mint Cardigan

Renee C Mint Open Cardigan 

This is a a super light-weight slouchy open cardigan – it’s perfect for Spring! I can’t wait to wear it!

Golden Tote Review - February 2014 Puella Swing Dress


Priddy by Puella Swing Dress 

I love every Puella item I own (thanks to Golden Tote), but this one is pretty much a tent on me. It’s still super soft, but I’ll have to belt it to wear it:

Golden Tote Review - February 2014 Belted Dress


Much better!

Golden Tote Review - February 2014 Black Top


Under Skies Top 

This is probably one of those items I wouldn’t pick out for myself, but I really like it on. Another win!

Golden Tote Review - February 2014 Leggings


Puella Leggings 

I’ve never received pants/leggings in a Golden Tote before, so these were a nice surprise! They are thick enough to wear alone (which I imagine is the intention since the waist band has the fold over detail).

Verdict: This was a great Golden Tote for me! I think I’ll wear all of my surprise items – so I lucked out on value this month. Did you get your February Golden Tote yet? Anything you plan on swapping?

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. I got my first Golden Tote and although this was a bit expensive for me, I love the quality – I got the $49 tote – my choice the Retro Chic Jersey in Coral XS and it fits perfect – love the fabric – my two surprises 1. a long t-shirt grey in the front and a floral silky back – very cute, again the fabric is so soft (ok I have only been shopping at Target for a very long time so this is all a huge treat) 2. a beautiful lacey bralette which is way small for me – I chose xs as my size and the dress and shirt fit but I am a full C cup so this does not fit – I feel funny gifting an intimate item, but think my daughter in law may fit in this. I don’t know how to tell them not to send bra or cami’s in xs as I would be a small in those? Also if you return do you have to pay for the return. I love the idea of this and am wanting to up my wardrobe but don’t know if I will do every month.

  2. I love your reviews, in fact, reading your reviews got me to finally order from Golden Tote. However, I just received my tote ($149), and I have to say, I’m disappointed. I had seen on another site that the $149 totes would get a Priddy by Pruella dress, but I did not get one. Plus, except for the 2 items I chose, nothing else was my style. I got items no one else seemed to have received. So sad. I’m actually considering returning mine.

  3. I finally got my totes yesterday and I’m very happy. I got both because, well I’m a cloths whore I guess. I loved it all except for the one item I really wanted which was the black and white knit check sweater/jacket. It was a one size fits all and you could put three of me in there so I id like to swap it if I can.
    Can someone please direct me to the swap board?

  4. I love Golden Tote and have gotten around 5 in the past, but this has been my least favorite tote. I noted in my profile that I don’t like maxi’s since I’m short and got a maxi skirt as a surprise item. I’m not a fan of the big tent dress (I got the same from the post). Again me being short, I just swim in it. I’m a bit disappointed overall. The tops I got are okay. All of the material for the items is a bit clingy and since I don’t have a perfect body, it’s not the most flattering type of material.

  5. I loved everything I got on my 140$ Tote (it was my first time). However I got a long black skirt that I am not sure how to style. I was kind of hoping they would send styling cards for all the items and not only the boutique items. Do they usually publish pictures of the mystery items styled after totes have been received?

  6. I got the $49 tote with the mint jersey tunic, which is definitely dress length on me (I’m only 5’2) which was nice! It definitely feels retro to me (thus the name, haha) but I’m not sure how I feel about it. I kind of wish I had gone for navy/white instead – mint might have been too bold for me! But I might feel differently once the spring comes and I can wear it sans tights. 🙂

    I also got a long-sleeve striped Puella swing shirt. I had requested a long-sleeve Puella top in my notes so I was so happy to see them accommodate my request! It is pretty delicate, though – I wore it for the first time today, and it has several loose threads already. I’m fine with it for the price that I paid (I’ll just try to weave them back through) but if I had paid Anthropologie prices for this top, I’d be annoyed!

    The scarf was pastel with light maroon and light green butterflies – cute, not quite my style, but I was really only expecting two items after ordering so I considered it a fun bonus!

    I’m still happy with Golden Tote, especially compared to the prices of Stitch Fix. Shipping may be steep for the small tote, but $57 is still less than most Stitch Fix items, and I’m getting at least two pieces of clothing!

  7. I ordered the $149 tote on the first day, and I haven’t received anything. I emailed them yesterday because it shows as “Processing”, but haven’t gotten an answer. Crappy first experience, since their FAQ says it should have shipped by 2/14.

    • I ordered mine on the 5th and still haven’t received anything either. But I think I will be getting mine today. Very long processing time…

  8. I got a $149 and a $49 tote this month. Happy with everything (especially the mint green wrap sweater and the two jersey dresses) though the floral top is a little too dressy for me so it’s up for swap or sale. Here’s an album with pics!

    • Great pics! Thanks for sharing, although I am really regretting not picking the jersey dress now. It looks so adorable with a belt and boots like in your last pic!

  9. Do you have to pay more to keep the items [like stitch fix] or is the $49/$149 a set price?

    • Hi Cammie – it’s a set price! Pretty good deal.

  10. Great review and goodies!
    I love the knit top – it was sold out already by the time I ordered, but yours looks awesome.
    I received the mint open cardigan also and a pretty printed scarf. How do you suggest to style the cardigan?
    Live Golden Tote and will order again!

  11. This was my first tote and I have an issue if anyone can help! I did the $49 tote and chose the Retro Jersey Tunic. I got a Puella shirt and a scarf and my style card for the tunic was in my bag but not the actual item itself. Has anyone had this issue before? I’m kinda scared customer service won’t believe me!

    • Email [email protected] and they’ll help you out! I saw someone else on their FB page had that same issue.

  12. Do you know if they sell the Renee C cardigan anywhere on their website? And also the leggings? I always assumed that the mystery items would be one of the items they sell their boutique so I didn’t buy one this month but your bag looks so amazing so I’m defintely regretting my decision.

    • If you don’t yet have access to the my subscription addiction website you should check the Golden Tote Swap Group on Facebook. I know there are several pairs of the leggings up there already that people are looking to trade or sell.

    • I have the leggings in a Medium and would be happy to sell or trade!

      • Just traded mine for the skirt, but keep an eye out on the FB trade site!

  13. This was my first tote so I got my feet wet with the $49 tote. I got the striped dress with leather pockets. I LOVE it. I was a bit concerned based on how it looked on the model that it wouldn’t be dressy enough for work (its so loose on her it looks like a beach coverup), but was pleasantly surprised it is fitted in all the right places when I put it on. My surprise items were the same green shrug you got and a really soft white scarf with baby blue and tan accent designs. I knew going in that the $49 tote only has 1-2 surprise items, and based on previous reviews ive seen there is usually only one surprise item, so I was thrilled about getting the scarf as well. All in all, very happy and looking forward to my next tote.

  14. My boyfriend got me the $49 tote for Valentine’s Day and it finally came in! I got the striped dress with leather pockets, a Renee C open cardigan in grey, and a super cute mint blue scarf with maroonish bicycles on it. I am very impressed with all of the items. Luckily, I read lots of reviews where Goldentote gives accessory items (which I was anticipating) so I wasn’t disappointed when I found a scarf in my tote. I’m not much of a colorful scarf person but with spring rolling in, I might just have to step out of my comfort zone and try something new. (:

  15. I picked the cream knit top and I love it! I also got the scarf and am sending it to my mom. I live in Phoenix and it’s already in the 80’s so it’s just too hot here for scarves. I lastly got the mint sweater and I can’t decide if I like it. I think it’s too big and I don’t think I’ll wear it. I might try again next month and see if I like GT enough

  16. I was going to list my tote on the swap site, but everytime I go to log in it says my email address is not registered. I went back to my original swap email confirming I was off the swap list. What do I do?

    • Can you email me the link to your subscription box directory profile? (That’s the one your swap account has to be associated with). Here’s mine for reference:

      My email – liz @

  17. I got the $49 tot and I got the cute dress with the pattern…I cannot remember the name of it now but I love it! I chose medium and the fabric is so nice! I also received a light weight off weight pullover type sweater with a cross over type neck by ReneeC in the same fabric as Luz’s mint sweater but it is in a large? But I am really disappointed in the fact I also got a scarf. I was expecting another piece of clothing. It is soft and striped but it’s a scarf?? Bummed. I’m emailing.

    • The $49 tote says that you get 2-3 pieces, and it is almost always two clothing pieces and MAYBE an accessory/camisole/something else small. I’m excited we’re getting a third piece at all this month 🙂

    • I have to agree that I’m excited we got a 3rd item. Normally when I order the $49 tote I only get one bonus item. So the scarf to me, is like a fun extra!

    • I have to agree with the other two ladies, the scarf was a bonus so I personally wouldn’t complain.

  18. I’m really kind of confused to whether this is a win or not. I also got the fun and flirty top and it seems like the seam is pulled across the chest. My surprise is a pearl gray crossover light weight sweater, which I love. Then I received what I find is a very, very cheap light blue scarf. I thought that we didn’t get accessories so was very dismayed to find a cheap bland scarf. I know I bought the $49 bag, but I seriously was expecting to get 3 clothing items. Have you received scarves before or is this new? I truly feel mislead, but it may be my mistake to not have noticed accessories. BLAH…

    • Ok, the seam, my husband agrees is mis-sewn and actually opened up the scarf and found that it’s not as bland as I originally thought. It appeared only to be a light blue, but it’s grey, stripped with white, and pretty decent when on. I guess I was just surprised to get a scarf when others were getting Puella delights. I have emailed GT to see if they can replace the shirt. Fingers crossed!!!

      • My top is also not sewn very well. I wonder whether, in their attempt to make more totes available, they asked more of the manufacturer than they could produce with quality. I think I will e-mail golden tote as well. I like the top. The fabric is adorable, but the sewing on the collar and front are definitely sub-par.

  19. I picked the dress with the leather pockets and I LOVE it. Actually it arrived today and I wore it tonight. Already received multiple compliments.

  20. I also got the chevron top, pregnancy dress, leggings and under skies shirt. I’m sad the dress fits like a tent because I love the elbow patches and fabric. Maybe I’ll save it for when I’m actually pregnant someday. I also got the Fun & Flirty Top which I LOVE and another blousy top which I don’t LOVE but it will be a good shirt to wear for work tucked into a skirt.

    • I received the “pregnancy” dress also but I think I’m going to have it altered since I already have 3 kids. Lol! It is really cute but looks so bad on me, even with a belt. I thought I could use it as a nightgown or a lounge around the house dress but decided to bring it to a seamstress instead. It seems like an easy alteration so I guess we’ll see.

  21. I got a “9 months pregnant” Puella dress with my mystery tote. I was kind of disappointed with the fit, but hopefully if I add a belt like yours, it will look as cute! Great idea 🙂 My tote should be here tomorrow – can’t wait!!!

  22. I got my first tote and loved it! I also received the Mint cardigan plus a crossover top, the dress which makes me look 9 months pregnant, the chevron top, the flirty cardigan, a cream blouse and a split neck top. Loved everything and already wearing the chevron top today under my suit

  23. This was my first month. I got the $49 tote and picked the Fun & Flirty V neck top. The neck is a little weird at first (feels like a collar tucked under) and the fabric thin enough I have to wear a tank underneath, but I still like it (wearing it now actually). I got the same mint cardigan you got and also got a beautiful white shawl/scarf with tiny sequins stitched across it.

    Overall, I’m pleased. I’m just happy they didn’t send me any dresses or bottoms, because I’m still an XL down below. The L tops fit great though (and maybe by next month’s tote I can start squeezing into L bottoms :P) I was worried about sizes, but based on this tote they seem to be in line with my other clothes for the most part.

    • Oooh … I got the fun and flirty top as well in the $49 tote. Your tote sounds great. I hope I get the same one.

    • I got the V-neck top as well, and I have the same problem as you about bottoms – on top of being short, I’d wear an XL or an XXL. And, it turns out, I will have to return the tote because the two tops I got are size L but I need an XL in those styles, which Golden Tote doesn’t carry. They are too tight in the shoulders and arms.

      I haven’t given up on Golden Tote though – if they offer something I like that is looser in the sleeves, or is sleeveless, I may order another tote.

      I’m also 5’2″ so bottoms wouldn’t really work for me, plus being a plus size on the bottom half. I could probably work a shorter dress, though.

  24. I love everything you got! My boxes come on Thursday and I can’t wait! I picked the wrap cardigan in the dark blue/brown and the jersey dress in mint and coral – couldn’t resist getting a $149 and a $49 tote this time.

    • Did you get any duplicate pieces? I wanted to do both as well but was worried about that happening

      • Amy, they mentioned on their website that if you order both totes at the same time you will not get duplicates. However, if you order them at separate times you will get duplicates (unless you specify what you have already ordered). I hope that clears up any questions you have.

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