Monday, August 25, 2014

Golden Tote August 2014

Rating: Love It!!!!
Cost: $49 or $149/tote (I'm reviewing the $49 tote)

I received my Golden Tote last week. I bought a $49 tote this month, in an effort to save money this month, because I am starting graduate classes to get my MBA. But...there were some cute surprise items and I ended up buying more from the Golden Tote Trading Group Facebook site. I will review my tote and the items I purchased.

For August Golden Tote collaborated with Merrick from Merrick's Art, so the tote bag design changed. I love this one and am so happy they are changing the design so frequently!

And here is a picture of what was inside my $49 tote. Generally the $49 tote has your chosen item and one surprise item. 

My chosen item this month was designed by Merrick, the paisley swing dress. I love this dress belted and without a belt. I actually wore it to work today with a cardigan, because my office is always freezing. It fits great and is so comfortable, plus I love the longer sleeve and length! This will get a lot of wear through the fall. You may remember me saying last month that I wasn't a fan of paisley, but for some reason I fell in love with this dress. And I did not want to take it off at the end of the day!

The item I received as a surprise in my tote was a Fantastic Fawn dolman long sleeved top in navy with crochet detail down the back. I did not like this shirt on me because I am not crazy about dolman sleeves, so I ended up putting this up for sale or trade on the Golden Tote Trading Group. So, this shirt has already moved on to a better home. It was really soft and comfortable, just totally not my style and I knew I wouldn't wear it.

Those were the 2 items I received in the $49 tote and the following items are pieces I purchased from the Golden Tote Trading Group.

Ok, now for the items I couldn't resist this month, that were surprises in others' totes. The first was this Potter's Pot striped sweatshirt blazer in blue. When I saw this I knew I had to have it! It's so comfortable, but looks pulled together, so I'll be wearing this to work. It's open in front, but I decided to pin it, so it would stay closed and look even more like a blazer. I'll probably wear it pinned and open for more casual looks! I love this and wish it came in solid colors too.

Another surprise item was this Priddy by Puella striped dress. I bought the grey/white stripe, but this dress came in various colors, including solids. This dress ran a little large, but I bought my normal size anyways (I have a habit of shrinking things) and it is a little big on me. I wasn't crazy about it on myself, because the slouchy pockets in the front made my hips look large. I'm already small on top, so the large hips did not look right. I decided to style it with a cardigan and belt and I like this look better. It will be perfect for work, but I'm still not completely sold on this dress for me. It looked great on everyone, so I wanted it, but just not sure on me. I'm still thinking this one over and may have to re-trade or sell it if I don't wear it within the month.

This is what the dress looks like without the cardigan and belt. Cute, but not on my body.

The final item I had to have this month, was this Cut + Sew Paisley Dress. I love the high low hem and this is so light and breezy. It fits perfectly, but is quite sheer, so I'm wearing a black slip dress underneath (the one I received from Golden Tote with my Woo Kaftan dress, a few months back). I know what you're thinking, I did say I didn't like paisley, but this dress was just perfect! I really do love this print. It's like an abstract paisley in the brightest, happiest colors! This looks summery, but I will be making this work for fall with boots and sweaters, because I love this dress. This was my favorite item from the purchases I made of the surprises in August!

I went a bit overboard this month buying items from the trading group, so I'm really going to try to cut back for September. We'll see how it goes. What was your favorite piece from the August Golden Tote?!?

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