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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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?? 😉

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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?


Professional model: Stitch Fix - Remi Distressed Skinny Jean

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My Latest Stitch Fix Styles (+Tips for Getting a Good Fix)

stitch-fix-outfits-styled-2I got another A+ fix this month from Stitch Fix (kept everything!) so decided it was time for more fake modeling. If you’re new to the blog and Stitch Fix, you can read more about it in my first post here. Otherwise, let’s get to the clothing! :)

Street Level Benian Easy Tote with Chain Detail = KEEPER

I made a note to my stylist that I’d like a handbag in this fix and loved her pick! I need more large totes for traveling and weekend trips so this was perfect.stitch-fix-outfits-styled-4

41Hawthorn Presley Colorblock Button-Back Sweater = KEEPER

This is one of those pieces that prove having a stylist can be helpful—I never would have picked it out myself, but love it!stitch-fix-outfits-styled-11 stitch-fix-outfits-styled-10 stitch-fix-outfits-styled-12

Tart Aldo Faux Suede Detail Sweatshirt = KEEPER

This hoodie is so me. Basically if something is black and there’s faux leather involved, I want it in my closet no questions asked.stitch-fix-outfits-styled-14 stitch-fix-outfits-styled-17 stitch-fix-outfits-styled-15

Skies are Blue Emira Faux Fur Collar Knit Vest = KEEPER

It’s (faux) fur season! I know I’ll wear this vest a ton, and love that it can be dressed up or down easily.stitch-fix-outfits-styled-7 stitch-fix-outfits-styled-8

Mavi Gold Nigel Tall Length Skinny Jean = KEEPER

These fit like a dream and are a perfect color for the holiday season.stitch-fix-outfits-styled-1 Stitch Fix outfit

How to Get a Good Fix

In addition to the “OMG I love Stitch Fix, too!” comments I get on these posts, I also hear the occasional complaint of a fix that was a total bust. Of course there’s a bit of luck that goes into these things as style and taste are more of an art than science, but I do think there are a few things you can do to greatly improve your chances of getting a fix you love.

1. Create a style board on Pinterest and link it to your Stitch Fix account. When you set up your Stitch Fix profile, there’s space to link to a Pinterest board. Do it! And if you don’t already have a fashion/style board, make one. It’s a great way for your SF stylist to get an idea of what clothing appeals to you. My stylist frequently refers to pins she sees on my Fashion board in the notes she includes in my fixes; I recently pinned a picture of a girl wearing burgundy pants and guess what I just got…stitch-fix-outfits-styled-3

2. Leave detailed feedback. When you check out online after receiving your fix, there’s space to leave feedback about each item you’re keeping or returning. Hated that shirt? Tell them why. Loved the scarf? Also tell them why. Your fixes will be more accurate as your stylist gets to know you better. Last time I told my stylist I was sending back a pencil skirt because I wouldn’t get much use out of it as I don’t work an office job and tend to wear casual clothing. Based on this fix, she totally listened! stitch-fix-outfits-styled-13

3. Request items you like. Whether it’s an item your friend got in a fix, a piece from a blog post like this, or something you spot on Stitch Fix’s Instagram, don’t be afraid to request specific items. There’s not a guarantee you’ll get them because of availability, but at the very least, it will give your stylist an idea of what kinds of pieces you’d like to see in a fix. You can request an item by leaving a note to your stylist in your SF account, or you can pin items to your Pinterest board. All the pics in this post are pinnable for that very reason!stitch-fix-outfits-styled-16 stitch-fix-outfits-styled-9 stitch-fix-outfits-styled-6

 Which item is your favorite from my fix? Would you have kept any of them yourself? Current Stitch Fix users–any tips to add for getting a great fix?