Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fall Fashion at its Finest (and Most Convenient!) with Golden Tote #Review

MBP's Fall Fashion Feature

If you've been following along the past few days, you may have seen my Fall Fashion Trends 2013 post. I try to stay caught up when it comes to fashion, and I won't lie- I love to shop. I often find myself stuck, though. I like shopping, but agree when my husband says that he doesn't want our family time to be spent hitting the stores. I love fashion (high end fashion, to tell you the truth), but I am on a super tight budget. I also have a three-year-old and my days are spent working from home, teaching my son, and then volunteering my time at my church. Lets just say, I don't get out much. Plus, I just turned thirty, and at this age, it's easy to find yourself not knowing how to dress for your age. I feel like I have a huge list of demands when it comes to what I need, in order to find a style that works for me...

I need help with styling an outfit.
I need the biggest bang for my buck.
I need my staples to be affordable.
My style should reflect the current and classic fashion trends, and be a bit modest.
My clothing needs to be age appropriate.
I need to be able to pull together quick, smart outfits.
My clothing needs to be comfortable and durable.
Shopping experience needs to be fast and convenient for me/my schedule.

Golden Tote

Do I sound like the biggest diva in the world? Good thing that Golden Tote is around! I came across Golden Tote a few weeks ago, when I was looking for fashion subscription services. I thought surely, there had to be a sort of monthly fashion club women could subscribe to that offers affordable, fashionable wardrobe staples that didn't have to be rented and returned, and that could be selected based on personal preferences, right from the comfort of someone's home.

Sarah Becker and Sarah Sweeny, Creators
The Golden Tote Girls

Golden Tote was born from an idea that Co-Founders Sarah B. and Sarah S. had several years ago. They had already launched a successful fashion line- Puella, and were 'living the dream' when they started seeing their clothing on celebrities like Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner and Olivia Wilde, to name a few. These gals put together a few Puella grab bags, offering fans around 10 items at 80% off the retail price! Not only were the fans loving the incredible deals they were receiving, they loved the surprise items the were receiving. The Sarah's decided to build on this idea, and thus, Golden Tote was born. These two ladies know fashion, they love shopping, and they know that smart, busy women like the convenience of being able to shop online. 

Choose your tote

Golden Tote offers the best from designers, plus exclusive Golden Tote items at amazing prices, all packaged in a curated tote and sent right to your door!

When I connected with the gals behind the scenes at Golden Tote a few weeks ago, I was beyond thrilled to have been given the opportunity to learn more about how Golden Tote worked, and why it would be a great option for me, and other women.

I was issued a shopping code so I could order a $149.00 Golden Tote for September. Golden Tote provided two different tote options- a $49.00 option and a $149.00 option- a fair price to fit every budget. The $49.00 tote gives you 2-3 items and is valued up to $200.00! The $149.00 tote gives you 6-7 items and is valued at up to $600.00!

How it Works

 I set up profile with Golden Tote, and then selected which tote I wanted to receive. I clicked on the $149.00 tote option, and was taken to a screen which prompted me to select two items that I wanted to receive. There were seventeen different articles of clothing to choose from- from skirts to dresses, jackets, sweaters and more! I had a hard time deciding which pieces I wanted most (because I loved everything I saw), but ultimately wound up selecting these two items...

French Terry Moto Jacket
French Terry Moto Jacket (Originally Retailed for $78.00)

Boho Luxe Dress (Originally Retailed for $88.00)

I truly appreciated being able to read more information about the individual articles of clothing, as well as wash/care instructions. Plus, Golden Tote lets you know which size the model is wearing, and there are model stats available, as well, giving you the model's height, measurements and sizing. This was particularly helpful to me, because size charts can often be confusing. I thought, okay, if the model is wearing a size Small, that should work for me, too, according to my measurements weighed next to hers.

I answered a series of questions, prompted by the Golden Tote website, which asked me about style and color preferences, etc. After that, I added my shipping information, put my shopping code in, and placed my order. I waited patiently, knowing that a special tote was being put together, just for me!

When my Golden Tote arrived about a week later, I felt just like I did when I was a little girl, and my dad would take me shopping for a new Christmas Eve dress! 

My Golden Tote has arrived!

My Golden Tote was wrapped in gold tissue paper, and sealed with a Golden Tote sticker.

On top of my actual tote, was a special note from Sarah and Sarah, Golden Toe Co-Founders, which contained a whole lot of love and some special fashion tips!

I was already highly impressed with Golden Tote, and hadn't even actually seen the tote (or what was in it) yet! My Golden Tote was stuffed full, and I couldn't wait to get in there and see what had been sent to me!

Don't you love this? My actual Golden Tote, filled to the brim with new clothing/accessories!

The contents of my Golden Tote- six nicely wrapped pieces!

I couldn't wait to see what was what, so I carefully opened each package and began laying everything out on my dining room table. I couldn't believe my eyes as I looked at everything that laid before me... I had an entirely new fall wardrobe in my dining room, just from one tote!

Look at all of these gorgeous key staples for fall, courtesy of Golden Tote!

I know you're ready to see what was in my tote, and how I decided to wear these pieces...

Here's my Moto French Terry Jacket...

 ...and here's how I wore it!

Stylin'! I love this jacket- paired with skinny jeans, a long white tank and my favorite flats.

Here's a surprise, soft scarf...

...and here's how I wore it!

Here's the Lux Boho Dress I chose...

...and here's how I wore it!

Here's a cute and cozy sweater (that my friends are jealous of- everyone loves this piece!)...

 ...and here's how I wore it!

Here's a perfectly comfy and pretty black sweater...

 ...and here's how I wore it!

Here's a gorgeous and soft, lightweight 3/4 sleeve Puella dress...

...and here's how I wore it!

Love these looks? I do, too! I am still in the process of pulling out some of my fall wardrobe pieces from last season, and I'm sure that I may add a few more pieces, but I am off to a fantastic start for the fall and winter with these amazing pieces from Golden Tote. I still can't believe how smooth the entire process was for me, from the ordering to the receiving and wearing. I have been getting a lot of compliments on my Golden Tote pieces, and have been getting asked where certain pieces came from. I have been just giddy to tell everyone I know about Golden Tote! It's such an affordable, convenient way to shop for unique, fashionable wardrobe staples

Whether you shop with Golden Tote once a season, or once a month, you'll be getting an incredible value, which you will absolutely love! Want to shop piece by piece? You can shop the Golden Tote Boutique, and pick and choose the items you want (at the regular price), and just pay for those, instead of purchasing a tote. There are some great accessories in the boutique, as well as the items featured in the monthly tote.

Gift a Golden Tote?

Personally, I would be beyond thrilled to receive Golden Tote as a gift! I would have given anything to have had something like this after I had my son and lost my baby weight! Golden Tote would make a fabulous birthday gift, anniversary gift, congratulatory gift on a new job, and this would make such an awesome 'care package' to young women who are away at college. Why not? My parents used to send me care packages, and this would have been awesome!

Want It? Buy It!

If you can't tell, I am head over heels in love with Golden Tote, and have been posting and sharing on social media like a madwoman (can't help it- I've been so excited!). Golden Tote connects women with high quality designer apparel and accessories for an outrageously awesome price (remember- choose from a $49.00 or $149.00 monthly tote), and don't forget- Puella designs, too- Golden Tote exclusives!

Head on over to Golden Tote to shop the September sale or the boutique. At the very least, go and take a look- trust me, you'll be glad you did! Golden Tote is social and would love to connect with you via social media through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest!

Special thanks to the gals at Golden Tote, for allowing me to experience the fun and convenience of the Golden Tote experience! I love the clothes, love the way I look, and love that I now have pieces that I won't see on anyone else in my town! I can't wait to see what Golden Tote has in store for October, and hope to be able to share that with you all!

What do you think of Golden Tote? 
Share your comments! We can't wait to hear from you!

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  1. I never heard of this company before, I really love the concept of this. The outfits you received are really nice. Great Review.

  2. How cool! Getting new things is so fun! :)

  3. That is a really cool concept! I have never heard of anything like this for adults. Too cool!

    1. Isn't it, Laura? Makes 'shopping' so easy!

  4. How fun and it's hard to even pick a favorite, but I did love the sweater you said your friends liked! Very nice.

    1. That sweater is so soft and comfortable! I can't wait for the temps to cool off for good, so I can wear it all day! :)

  5. I loved the dress you wore last, sooo cute! Thanks for sharing. I never heard of this company before!

    1. Thank you! It's really cute, and versatile- I can't wait to wear it with leggings and flats, too!

  6. Love the Lux BoHo dress and the sweater below it! They seem to have beautiful clothing--will go and check out their site.

  7. OMG would die to have that grey moto jacket! great pics! Gets me excited to do some shopping for fall!

  8. The Boho dress looks gorgeous! You're rockin' it! :)


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