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Golden Tote Review – September 2014 (Part 2)

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Golden Tote Review - September 2012 (Part 2) Tote

This is my second $149 Golden Tote for the month of September. (Hopefully next month I can cut back to just one tote!) You can also read my review of the first September tote in case you missed it. (The great/dangerous thing about Golden Tote is that you can order multiple totes and they will make sure you get no duplicate surprise items).

If you aren’t familiar with Golden Tote, here’s a really quick intro: Every month you get to pick out 1-2 pieces, and they surprise you with the rest. 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.

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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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Golden Tote Review - September 2012 (Part 2) Plaid Shirt

Skies are Blue Plaid Button Down Shirt – Value $42

This top is the first of my two selections for the tote. It’s a high quality fabric (100% cotton) and I love the V-neckline. I’m so glad I picked this top!

And my second pick:

Golden Tote Review - September 2012 (Part 2) Maxi

Puella La Boheme Maxi Dress – Value $88

I can’t resist a Puella maxi – even though I don’t really wear maxis in the fall/winter. The neckline dips down slightly lower than pictured on the mannequin, and it has a drop waist. (I almost always avoid drop waists on dresses, but this one work for me). The fabric is very light weight so this dress will work for summer too.

Time for my 4 surprise items:

Golden Tote Review - September 2012 (Part 2) Maxi Skirt

Promesa Maxi Skirt – Value $45?

This skirt is made with the softest fabric ever. And while I typically don’t wear maxis in the fall/winter, but I’m going to figure out a way to make this work. (If you have any tips on how to wear tights/leggings with maxis and no fabric clinging let me know!)

Golden Tote Review - September 2012 (Part 2) Sweatshirt

Le Lis Top – Value $40?

This is the biggest oversize top ever. I love the oatmeal color, but I’m hoping I can shrink it a lot in the laundry.

Golden Tote Review - September 2012 (Part 2) Detail

It’s also an interesting mix of fabrics – sweatshirt material, and mermaid costume material? (Not sure what the actual fabric term is for the iridescent fabric!)

Golden Tote Review - September 2012 (Part 2) Striped Shirt

Jolie Striped Sweater – Value $45?

This is a super comfortable fabric, and I like that the top gets narrower at the waist. It’s a loose-knit, so I’ll have to layer it.

Golden Tote Review - September 2012 (Part 2) Top

Skies are Blue Blouse – Value $55?

I like the Skies are Blue line a lot, and this is another really well-made blouse.

Verdict: With the exception of my oversized mermaid sweatshirt, I am loving my second tote! (And I’m guessing after I hopefully shrink the sweatshirt I’ll end up wearing it all the time).

What do you think of the second round of surprise items from 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. The shiny mermaid-like fabric is likely Lurex.

  2. this is driving me crazzzzy. i didnt really love anything in the line this month, but i have loved all your surprise items from both totes. cant decide if i should suck it up and just get one and hope for the best?

  3. Liz,

    How does the maxi fit you? I feel like we are similar sizes and I sized down my tote to a medium this month and an nervous!

    • The large Puella maxi fits me well. It’s a little loose in the top half, but I think it’s supposed to be. I hope the medium works for you though!

  4. I think the mermaid sweater is super cute! My only drawback from doing GT is *what if it doesn’t fit*?!

    However, with the reviews here + the available items on SWAP, I think I have been convinced to save up some dollars, and splurge next month for a tote myself! 🙂

  5. Your Mermaid top gives me a Flashdance vibe, in a way that I truly want to hate but can’t.

  6. The mermaid top is my fave it’s so unique….I haven’t got my tote yet but I really hope I get one. This is my 1st tote so I don’t know if I can even gauge what I’m getting by yours but it seems well worth the 149.

    • You know what’s funny, I complain about the mermaid top, and yet I’m wearing it as I type this comment right now. (I was cold and it turns out it is super comfortable!)

  7. I’ve never worn tights under a maxi, no matter what the weather. Unless it’s sheer chiffon, there just isn’t a good enough reason for me to do it. Slips add bulk unless you’re wearing shapewear, and most don’t think “spanx” when they think maxi skirt/dress. Just pair with some knee boots and you’re good to go. If I survived in interior Alaska without them, you should be ok in PA lol

  8. If you pin a safety pin to the inside of the skirt it also eliminates cling… you may have to do two since its such a long skirt!

    • Thanks for the tip! I am going to try that! It gets a bit colder in Central New York than it does just a few hours south, so I will try that for fall and spring maxis!

  9. OK, I can’t resist, September 2012?? 🙂

    • Wow – I am a little out of it today! 🙂

      • lol, Liz! I wrote 2012 on a check a few months ago. Maybe because I rarely write checks…but still! 🙂

  10. What does drop waist mean? I can’t really tell by the picture.

    • I drop waist is a lot like it sounds, the waist drops below the natural waist line, usually around the hips, but sometimes lower. This style was very popular in the 20’s, and it has made a comeback over the last couple of years. Drop waist dresses are not flattering on me because I am short, and have a pear shaped body (bigger on the bottom). A person like me does better with an empire waist (above the natural waist line, right under the bust).

  11. @liz the only way to keep your tights from clinging to your skirt is to wear a slip! I’ve tried everything. A slip is where it’s at. I think you could get away with one that goes to your knees.

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