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Golden Tote $149 Tote Review – August 2015

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Golden Tote $49 Tote Review – August 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.

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

(FYI – I also paid for expedited 2-day shipping).


The Box: Golden Tote

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

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

Ships to: Everywhere! Flat rate ground shipping within the US is $9.95. International is $30. Free shipping on US orders of $149 or more and International orders of $149 or more are charged $25.

Delivered via: UPS

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Golden Tote also includes some styling suggestion cards for the items you pick.


Island Getaway Maxi Dress – Value $52

(Fabric content: 94% rayon, 6% spandex; Care instructions: Hand wash with cold water, do not bleach, hang or line dry)

This maxi dress is one of my two item picks for the tote. (I can’t not pick a maxi dress some months!) I love everything about this dress: the colors, the print and the fit!


It also seems like the perfect dress to wear on the 4th of July next year!


Quilted Vest – Value $35

(60% Cotton, 35% Polyester, 5% Spandex; Filler 100% Polyester)

I wasn’t sure what to get as my other $149 tote item, and then I started scrolling the options and noticed they had items from past months available as well. I got this vest in blue in February, and it’s probably one of the most worn items in my closet.

(I sized down to a medium to make sure this vest had a more fitted look).


I really like the rose gold detail on the zipper hardware too. I love it in white too – and the good news is I already know it holds up well through many laundry cycles!

Now on to my surprise items:


Collective Concepts Blouse – Value $40?

(100% Polyester, Dry Clean)

I like the pattern of this blouse a lot – the cut looks a little boxy on me though. I’m on the fence with this top.


Le Lis Dress – Value $45?

(100% Polyester, hand wash cold, line dry)

I’m loving the fall colors of this dress! (I still can’t believe September is almost here). I don’t always like the elastic waist style of these dresses (the top part can get too billowy), but this one seems to work for me.

I like the open stitching detail too:



Naked Zebra Blouse – Value $35?

(100% Polyester, hand wash cold, line dry)

A top with a built in gold necklace? Yes, please! I like the olive fabric and gold detail color combo too!




Hourglass Lilly Skater Dress – Value $35?

This is the shortest dress I have ever tried on! Fortunately, fall/winter means I can wear leggings and dress length doesn’t matter nearly as much – so I may be able to pull this off. (More likely, though: I will be giving this one to my cousin!)

Verdict: I love both of my item picks this month, and for my surprise items, I’d say they are about 50% successes. The black and white top and the blue dress aren’t misses – they just aren’t perfect for me.

What do you think of the August 2015 Golden Tote? Did you pick a $149 or $49 tote this month?

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. I finally took the plunge and got the August tote as my first ever – and I’m floored by how great it is. I picked the Frequent Flier Dress in Coral and the Puella Destination Dress in black. I was slightly surprised by how form fitting the Puella dress is, but I still love it. The 3 other items they sent me are somehow perfect and exactly my style. In one of your GT posts, Liz, you recommend filling out a detailed profile and requesting items similar to your style in the stylist note. I took your advice and it seems to have worked perfectly. Thank you!

    • Yay – I’m so glad to hear it!!! 🙂

  2. What are your style profile picks? Classic, edgy, etc? I love that tote and it’s totally my style!!

    • I believe my style profile is more edgy. Hope that helps!

  3. I love your items Liz! I think that was a great tote. I thought they did a great job on mine also but I received that Hourglass Lily skater dress and I thought I was just prudish but boy is that dress short! I saw that a lot of their designs they were making a bit shorter for summer like their famous Puella dress but this shortness is out of my league. I tried with leggings but I felt like a child. I gave that one to my daughter who’s 12, I think it was a lot more appropriate for her than myself. Btw, I love when you do Golden Tote reviews I just wish you would try the clothes on so we can see how great everything looks.

  4. This looks amazing! I need to subscribe! 🙂

  5. I love the brick background! I think you said this is outside your house so it might not work it winter but it is such a great background for clothes!

    • Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s the photography, but their items always seem so cheaply made to me. And what’s with all the rayon?

  7. Love the Le Lis dress! That’s slowly becoming my favorite brand for sure.

  8. I love that skater dress and gold necklace top! I wish Golden Tote would start carrying xxs. Everything is way too big for me.

  9. I love LOVE that maxi dress! Probably my favorite Golden Tote item to date. 🙂

  10. That island getaway maxi dress is gorgeous! Also love the skater dress.

  11. I love that maxi, which size did you order Liz?trying to sort out what size I need! I didn’t get August b/c of warehouse sale but now that you approve the maxi, I would love to get it too! thank you!

    • I went with the large. I’m 5’7″ and it’s a good long length for me too – I can wear heels with it. Hope that helps! 🙂

      • perfect! thank you!!

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