Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Golden Tote June 2014 Surprise Tote

Rating: Not For Me!
Cost: $99/tote

Golden Tote announced a Surprise Tote on June 20th. It would contain 4-5 surprise items for $99, and you could select to receive all new surprise items or past surprises. Of course, I jumped at the chance and ordered a surprise tote immediately. I chose to receive new surprise items, since I order quite often. I was excited and nervous to see what they would select for me! From the spoilers I had seen the totes were very hit or miss, and I knew I'd be very happy if a few of the pieces showed up in my tote. Of course I don't have the best luck in these types of things, so I was betting I'd get the worst items. Their was a pair of wide leg yoga pants that I was hoping I wouldn't get. And also a lot of skin colored/beige items I knew wouldn't work for me.

When my tote arrived yesterday, I was busy at work and couldn't wait to get a break to rip open the box. So, now on to what I got. If you're on the Facebook Golden Tote Trading Group, you may notice a few familiar pieces in this picture.

I've been modeling my clothes lately, but I couldn't for this tote, because I was so disappointed in most of the items. Not that the clothes aren't great, but I am very very very pale and can't wear the beige colors. I seriously contemplated returning this tote, which I probably should have, but I'm also addicted to trading, so I tried my luck at that. Not having much luck :(

I'll start with my favorite piece I received. It was this Fantastic Fawn Striped Dress. I had requested Fantastic Fawn dresses, since everyone received such cute ones in their June totes. This was perfect! Totally adorable and fit great, but I had seen a maxi dress I fell in love with and had to get my hands on in the trading group. So, I sadly traded this dress for it, but I'm hoping I love the new maxi even more! Maybe I'll add some pictures of me wearing it, if I love it!!!

I also received a Miss Love Crochet Detail Top. I loved the detail on this top and it fit loose and would have been great for summer, but this color was awful on me. Like this would never ever leave my closet if I kept it. You know when you have a shirt on that's too close to your skin tone and makes you look like you're not wearing anything. This was it! (Sorry for the wrinkles and bad pictures. These were used for trading purposes and they're all I have. But luckily this is already off to a new home!!!)

The next item I received was Jolie Black Linen Drawstring Shorts. These are very short (2 1/4 inch inseam) and not flattering on my very small, very pale frame. And these seem so boring for a Golden Tote piece. I keep buying totes to get different items I don't see everywhere. And these are definitely not that! So, they're up for trade, if anyone is interested!

The final item I received was a Collective Concepts Ruffle Dot Detail Top. This would be cute if it was a different color. I just can't pull off this beige with my skin tone. The ruffle goes all the way around to the back too. It fits well and has adjustable straps, and if it was any other color I would love it. So, this is also up for trade, if anyone is interested!

My Golden Tote Surprise Tote was unfortunately a big dud. And the one item I liked, I ended up trading, go figure. I really don't have luck at totally surprise type grab bag things, where some people get great things and some don't. And trading is great, but do you know how difficult it is to trade the duds. Let's just say, I won't be ordering a surprise tote anytime in the future.

If you have better luck than me, and want to order a Golden Tote Surprise Tote they are still available in the boutique.

UPDATE: I ended up keeping the above Collective Concepts tank and thanks to the styling tips from the wonderful girls on the Facebook Golden Tote Trading Group, this is how I'm wearing it!

And now for the trades. I received this Under Skies Floral Tank. I wasn't sure how this would fit or if I would like it in person, but I love it!!! It's very versatile and can be worn to work or casually. ( I really have to work on my facial expressions. Can you tell I hate getting my picture taken?!?)

This Miss Love Blue Maxi Dress is the reason I traded the only item in my surprise tote I liked. When I first saw this dress I knew I had to have it! I love the color and style of it. It has a slip underneath the skirt to about my knees and then the bottom part of the dress is sheer. It has a pretty detail around the armholes. I am completely in love with this dress and extremely happy it fit me! I styled it with a belt, but it also looks great without a belt, because it has a cinched waist. This dress makes me so happy!!!

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  1. Looks like you turned this into a success with trades! I haven't ordered a surprise tote, but I must say that I'm very worried about what I will receive in my July tote. The pics I've seen on the trading group have been completely hit or miss for me. I really hope I don't get any shorts or pants.

    1. I feel the same way about the July tote. I know I won't like the linen pants I've been seeing and I think I may like the bright colored shorts a few people got, but I'd need to see them in person to know for sure.

      What were your picks for July? I chose the navy hourglass lily maxi dress and the boheme open back lace top.

  2. I ordered a surprise tote as well and was so excited, but it's already on it's way back. Out of 5 items, 3 of them were cropped top dolmon's in the same color but with different stripes. They were almost identical and all equally as hideous. Plus the same shorts you got, and one nice lacey top that I would have loved to keep.

    Yet I still wanna try my luck and order again… it has it's allure.

    1. I agree with you, I hated what I originally received (trading seemed to work out in my favor, though). But I've seen so many people get great surprise items, that it makes me want to try again! Not sure I'll have the courage for a few months though.