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Golden Tote $49 Tote Review – May 2015

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Golden Tote $49 Tote Review – May 2015 Bag

Golden Tote is one of my favorite monthly packages – and I think a good deal of my wardrobe is now from Golden Tote 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. (The surprise items are completely different from the pieces you pick from).

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. For returns it’s an all-or-nothing deal. You can return the entire tote for a refund, but you can’t return individual pieces.

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Golden Tote $49 Tote Review – May 2015 Items

The Box: Golden Tote

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

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

Delivered via: UPS

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

Golden Tote $49 Tote Review – May 2015 Jewelry

This month Golden Tote had some website issues, and as a way of apologizing, the first 3000 orders this month received a Jules Smith jewelry item. I received the rose gold (or maybe copper) version of this bracelet (which retails for $59) so I’m pretty pleased with the value of this bonus item!

Golden Tote $49 Tote Review – May 2015 Top

Colorful Buttondown Shirt – Value $35

(100% Rayon, Wash separately, tumble dry low)

This shirt is my pick for the $49 tote. I like that it is a fun twist on a basic, and the fit of the shirt is great too. As with almost any white shirt, it is a little sheer, so I’ll have to layer it over a cami.

Golden Tote $49 Tote Review – May 2015 Maxi

Tea n Rose Maxi Dress – Value $45?

(95% Rayon, 5% Spandex, Hand wash cold, hang or line dry).

In my style profile, I added a line in the notes letting them know that I love maxi dresses – and so far that’s been working!

Golden Tote $49 Tote Review – May 2015 Maxi Front

I love the neckline of this dress – it’s really interesting and I can still wear a regular bra with it!

Here is a look at the back:

Golden Tote $49 Tote Review – May 2015 Maxi Back

Verdict: I think $49 totes are always a little riskier than the $149 tote because you’re only getting one other item, so if you don’t love it, that’s a big miss. Fortunately for me, I love my surprise item this month. (And I bought this tote with a $149 tote, so I didn’t have to pay for shipping).

I’ve had a frustrating experience ordering from Golden Tote’s site the past few months (everything sold out, website timing out, etc). But when they relaunched the May tote this month – it went smoothly, and everything was in stock! I’m happy with the value of this tote $25 per item is definitely worth it to me.

(I also ordered a $149 tote – review coming soon!) What do you think of the May 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!

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. LOVE that maxi dress! I’m really hoping that I get one too!!

  2. I was going to get this one as my very first tote because I loved the button down But they sold out of size large and I was afraid a medium would be too small. Maybe someone will put it up for swap and I loved the maxi and the bracelet!!

  3. This is my first month doing golden tote. Should I get a shipment notification when it ships? I ordered the first day the website was live within 30 minutes of them launching. I haven’t gotten any info on shipping yet though.

  4. I believe they said every tote this month will receive the bonus jewelry item not just the 1st 3000…as far as $49 tote goes, I think it’s almost less of a risk as if you were to buy in the boutique as I often do, you pay 35 (or 40 this month for the puella) so it’s kind of a $14 dollar risk vs the $149 which is a $79 dollar risk – hope that makes sense! I ended up getting $49 tote this month and added the 3 dresses I really wanted so I pretty much paid for a $149 tote w/free ship knowing that the 4 items items I chose were what I wanted for sure with one surprise! It’s a bummer they won’t let you combine shipping anymore as often I would pick up some more items before my tote shipped! I wanted to buy some scarves for teacher gifts but that Jen girl said she could not be sure mine would arrive by June 3rd so I didn’t bother with that either as school ends in less that 2 weeks! love your tote, you are always very lucky with your surprise items! I was sent dupe items in same order in 2 different totes once and it was painful to get sorted with Jen who kept telling me to just send to a friend or trade it, I didn’t have time for that! Once Rosemary was involved it was fixed in a snap!! I’m sure you picked puella for $149, can’t wait to see what else! xx

  5. The shipping rates have changed as of this month, so might need to update that at the start of these reviews now 😉

  6. Love the maxi dress! Great box, can’t wait for your review of the bigger tote! <3

  7. Love that maxi and your surprise jewelry! I can’t wait to get my tote!

  8. REALLY CUTE…love both the surprise and chosen! I caved after a couple months of a GT hiatus {frustrations due to the same issues plus my last tote didn’t do much for me} and ordered the $149 tote {should be here Tuesday}. I went back a couple days later and ordered a $49 tote because I couldn’t stop thinking about the fringe festival top!! Please keep your fingers crossed for me…

  9. I saw that maxi dress on sale at zulily yesterday. I just checked, and the dress appears to be gone, but the tea n rose brand is still there if anyone is interested.

  10. Love that maxi dress! Cute bracelet too!

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