My First Golden Tote (Review)

Golden Tote ReviewOh man do I love these faux fashion blogger posts. I was recently given the chance to try out Golden Tote, and jumped at the opportunity. I loved all the clothing I received so it’s time for a picture overload!

Golden Tote is one part personal styling, one part online shopping. They offer two different sized totes: a large tote for $149 that includes 5-6 items and a small tote for $49 that includes 2-3 items. A new tote is offered once each month, and the sale lasts the duration of the month.

For the large tote, which is what I received, you start by picking out two items from their boutique. You fill out a style profile, and based on your preferences, a stylist will surprise you with 3-4 additional items. You can also add on to your purchase by buying any of the other items in their online boutique.

My two picks were the Barcelona Pant and the Pop Print Tee Dress, and I’m obsessed with both. How fun are these prints?! The dress had “me” written all over it—bright colors and bold patterns paired with a casual, sporty design. And the pants are so on-trend right now, I couldn’t pass them up. Plus, they’re like one small step up from pajamas so … hello, lover (Carrie Bradshaw voice).Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review

OUTFIT DETAILS | dress Golden Tote / shoes Jeffrey Campbell (similar here) / bag H&M (similar here) / sunglasses Buffalo Exchange (similar here)

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OUTFIT DETAILS | pants Golden Tote / top Brandy Melville (similar here) / shoes ASOS (similar here) / bralet Urban Outfitters (similar here)

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In addition to the two pieces I picked, I received three tops—all of which I love—and a dress that I’m not crazy about, but is still really cute. That’s the one downside of Golden Tote: returns are all or nothing. Although you can’t return just one or a few items, there is a Facebook group for trading pieces. I’ll hang on to the dress and see if I end up wearing it, and if it doesn’t get any use, will probably just give it to a friend. It’s cute, just not really my style. Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review

OUTFIT DETAILS | dress Golden Tote / sneakers c/o Reebok (similar here) / sunglasses Ray-Ban

The three tops are all awesome additions to my closet. The following two will be perfect for summer weekends on the Vineyard and Nantucket. Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review

OUTFIT DETAILS | top Golden Tote / shorts Urban Outfitters (similar here) / shoes MIAGolden Tote Review Golden Tote Review

OUTFIT DETAILS | top Golden Tote / pants Hudson (similar here) / shoes Sperry (similar here)

The last shirt is totally my style. Sporty neckline with animal print, and I loved the mixing of delicate materials with casual cotton.

Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review Golden Tote Review OUTFIT DETAILS | top Golden Tote /shorts Urban Outfitters (similar here) / shoes Simply Vera by Vera Wang (similar here) / bag H&M (similar here) / sunglasses Buffalo Exchange (similar here)

As an added bonus, the striped neckline matches my favorite mug perfectly (I got it in a Yankee Swap a couple years ago—cute, right??). Ever since that nasty stomach flu I had a few weeks ago, I haven’t been able to handle how acidic coffee is, so I’ve switched to tea. Lately I’m loving the organic Tiny Tea from Your Tea.

Golden Tote ReviewFinal verdict? I would 100% get another tote. This one was complimentary (thank you, Golden Tote!), but considering I now have six new items in my wardrobe that I love, I think the $149 price tag would be well worth it.

Have you tried Golden Tote? Which is your favorite of the pieces I received?

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Stylin’ My Stitch Fix (Review of Fix #9)

Market & Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top from Stitch FixOops–totally forgot I had this post in my drafts! I’ve actually already gotten another fix since these pictures, but the batch of new clothes in last month’s Stitch Fix rocked. Let’s play catch-up!

If you’re new to these posts, check out the review of my first fix—it has all the details on Stitch Fix, the online styling service I’ve been using for almost a year now.

Market & Spruce Corinna Striped Dolman Top $48 = KEEPER

Is it bad that a major requirement for me to buy a shirt these days is that it’s long enough to be worn with leggings? Have I let myself go? Oh well. :) This shirt is so soft, and I love that it’s long enough to wear with a pair of black leggings. For all of you who wear real pants, it could easily be dressed up as well.

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Jeans are from my last fix! (similar here & here)
Booties are from Zara (old but similar here & here)

Gorjana Corinna Delicate Bar Necklace $60 = KEEPER

Keeping a pricier piece of jewelry is very uncharacteristic of me. Maybe I’m just getting old, but I’m sick of buying cheap $5 necklaces and having them break a month later. Why not invest a little extra in this classic, delicate gold necklace that I’ll get a ton of use from and is actually of quality, right? Gorjana Corinna Delicate Bar Necklace from Stitch Fix

Mavi Freida Tall Skinny Jean $98 = KEEPER

Gahhh I’m powerless when Stitch Fix sends me a pair of pants. How do they all fit so well??! Had to keep these gray skinnies.

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Shoes are Mia Limited Edition (sold out but similar here)
Blouse is H&M (similar here & here)
Cropped sweater is Brandy Melville (old but similar here & here)
Bracelet is a thrift store find

Mystree Gerrie Open Stitch Sweater $68 = KEEPER

I have some similar sweaters, but what made me keep this one are the brown hues in it. I’m a black, black, gray, and more black girl when it comes to clothes, and as a result never have anything to wear with my brown and tan shoes.

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Jeans are from my last fix!
Booties are Qupid (old but similar here & here)

Laila Jayde Jaspers Split Neck Knit Shirt $68 = NO GO

This shirt was the only item I sent back. It fit well and I liked the button details on the sleeve, but it just wasn’t quite “me”. The flair sleeves and split neck gave it a little too much of a hippie vibe. Laila Jayde Jaspers Split Neck Knit Shirt from Stitch Fix

*Prices listed in this post are the price before the 25% discount you’d get for keeping all five items in your fix.

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Styling My Latest Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix - Remi Distressed Skinny JeanI had a couple “meh” fixes where I only kept one or two items, and then BOOM. Came back from Australia to this glorious box of Stitch Fix goodies waiting at my doorstep. This ended up being a pricier fix (prices listed are before the 25% discount you get for keeping all five items), but I had some Stitch Fix referral credit to cover the cost, so I decided to YOLO it. That’s what two weeks of vacation will do: turn “YOLO” into a verb.

If you want to request any of the items for your next fix, I have the product names listed. You can also pin any image to the Pinterest style board you have linked to your Stitch Fix account and the item name should automatically populate in the pin. The non-Stitch Fix clothing details are listed below the pictures.

Peyton Woven Vest by Monoreno $64

I think this will be a great piece for spring! Once the weather is warmer, I think it’d be cute to pair with a white crop top and high-waisted shorts. The zipper detailing adds a little edge, and there are top and bottom drawstrings so that you can really play around with ways to wear it.

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Also wearing Aldo wedges (mine are old–I found similar but ridiculously expensive ones here) & Icebreaker longsleeve

Remi Distressed Skinny Jean by Level 99 $98

Meet my new favorite jeans. For this fix, I had requested some ripped skinny jeans, and it’s like my stylist read my mind—literally exactly what I was picturing. Do I need yet another pair of black skinny jeans? I guess not. Yes. Yes I do. These are different from the others, guy. I swear. Stitch Fix - Remi Distressed Skinny Jean Stitch Fix - Remi Distressed Skinny Jean Stitch Fix - Remi Distressed Skinny Jean

Also wearing Jeffrey Campbell booties (similar here), Brandy Melville t-shirt (similar here), Faux leather jacket from LIT Boutique (similar here), Quay sunglasses (similar here) & Icebreaker hat

Ridge Zipper Detail Cowl Neck Sweater by RD Style $64

I love that this sweater is tunic-length. It’s perfect to pair with leggings for a cozy day working at a coffee shop or running errands. The zipper sleeves and uneven hemming add a little edge to it. Stitch Fix - Ridge Zipper Detail Cowl Neck Sweater Stitch Fix - Ridge Zipper Detail Cowl Neck Sweater Stitch Fix - Ridge Zipper Detail Cowl Neck Sweater

Also wearing Nasty Gal faux leather leggings (similar here), Icebreaker hat & Necessary Clothing combat boot

Glenda Distressed Straight Leg Jean by Level 99 $128

Had I not been in YOLO mode, I probably would have sent these back simply because I already have some similar jeans. But the fit. It’s like they were made for me, and I love the way they make my butt look. At the end of the day, isn’t that what really matters?? 😉

Stitch Fix - Glenda Distressed Straight Leg Jean and Peyton Woven Vest

Messi Lattice Neckline Knit Top by Pixley $68

I forgot to style this one (oops!), but I love how soft and flowy the top is. Strappy details are “in” right now. Even with its strong points, I’d say this tank was a strategic keep—if there wasn’t that 25% discount for buying all five items I probably would have returned it. I find that tops with a seam across the top of the chest make my boobs look weird.

Stitch Fix - Messi Lattice Neckline Knit TopIf you’re a new reader and are unsure of what Stitch Fix is, you can check out my first post about the styling service.

What do you think of this fix? Which would you have kept?

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Professional model: Stitch Fix - Remi Distressed Skinny Jean

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