It’s time for another Golden Tote review. This month I splurged for the big tote, and how could I not? That elephant dress had me at hello when GT first published a spoiler on their Facebook page; then the white eyelet dress made a debut and there was no looking back for me! 🙂 This has been a very smart decision actually; as you will yourself see soon what great six pieces I have received. The day of the Golden Tote package arrival is a day of celebration at my house. My kids, especially my two girls, wait as impatiently as I while I open up the box; speculating on what’s inside. They were totally gaga over the elephant dress as expected; my four year old even suggested I wear it to the zoo to visit, well, the elephants. I didn’t really have a clever comeback for that!
If you are new to theboxqueen Golden Tote party, you may want to start by reading my previous reviews; February tote, and January tote. Here is also a quick recap on what the company is all about.
Two friends, and the creators of wildly successful brand Puella sold at Antropologie, Sarah Becker and Sarah Sweeney offered limited time grab bags years ago to clear out their inventory. These packages filled mostly with their Puella items sold out immediately and they decided to create Golden Tote. It’s a monthly grab bag filled with boutique quality brands and surprise items, chosen by the two ladies who have seriously impeccable taste. I have been a Golden Tote fanatic from the very beginning and I can assure these ladies find the most stylish, eclectic, on trend pieces that are most importantly also some of the most versatile pieces I own. One very important detail about the whole Golden Tote experience in my opinion is how attentive, warm, and communicative the owners are! They try their best to customize the totes for everyone and go above and beyond to help out with any requests or concerns. Even the people aspect of the tote would be enough for me to be a customer forever; luckily the totes are just as wonderful!
One thing to note about Golden Tote sales is that your favorite items usually fly of the shelves in mere minutes. They have a newsletter they send with styling suggestions, and all sales information that is super useful. It’s free to sign up and vital to be aware of their new offerings. Most of us fans have even been known to arrange our days around the monthly GT sales. In my house the start of the sale days ( unless there is an urgent family matter) I am in front of the computer at 9:00 sharp- no kidding too! I know some friends who arrange their work to have a few minutes to spare to purchase the totes at their offices. It’s that serious. 🙂
You are getting anxious to see the pretties right?; so am I to show you! Here we begin. For my choice items I will include Golden Tote styling cards followed by theboxqueen styling.
Golden Tote includes styling cards with your choice items. These card show possible outfit ideas, complete with shoe, accessory, handbag options. GT styled one of my choice items, the eyelet dress, with a trench coat. Honestly I did not think of styling mine this way; however I have a trench coat that I love, and I thought why not give this a try!
Instead of the black trench coat Golden Tote suggested, I opted for a classic beige/brown one. I think accessorized with nude shoes and a neutral leopard clutch, this trench coat and the dress became very spring appropriate.
I loved how the dress by Beautifully has adjustable straps on both sides which is like a built-in belt.
Style tip: With sheath type of dresses, I almost always recommend some kind of belting, or like in this case cinch at the waist. Some sheath dresses are close cut to the body and may not require an extra waist definition; but I think in general, for most of us girls, boxier cut sheath dresses look miles better with a thin belt.
I also belted my trench coat listening to my own advice and defined the waist of the dress even more!
White bracelet with chain and keys detail added some luxury to the look supported by the glam leopard clutch.
I will be wearing my eyelet dress to lunches, dinners, and events styled like this and during the day it will get a lot of use matched with flat sandals, a floppy straw hat, and an oversized bag.
Priddy by Puella Dress – Surprise Item
My first surprise item out of the tote was this super pretty, and soft Priddy by Puella dress- Puella’s sister brand. I have seen this dress in spoilers posted through the Golden Tote Trade Group. ( You have to join if you haven’t already, nicest ladies EVER! ) I squeaked with joy when I saw that I got the grey version. There is also a stunning black/white version of the same dress but I already got a Golden Tote slim fit dress in those colors last year. The shape of this dress is oh so darling and the back of it holds an adorable surprise!
For me there is something super special in a pink and grey combination. When I saw this beautiful necklace at Forever 21 it took me less than a minute to put it in my cart. How lovely is the two colors together, and notice the silver sparkles in the middle of the flowers; aren’t they really complimentary to the grey in the dress?
These are earrings from the same shopping day. ( mine is sold-out here is a as cute style on sale) The necklace and these earrings were not a matching set, and I don’t really have a matchy matchy style but who can resist pink flowers on their ears? Not me for sure!
The back is what makes this dress for me. ( amongst many other qualities such as a super soft fabric and a great fit) I love how the top part make a V scoop and the peak-a -boo section near the waist makes the dress look like a two piece from the back. Love these kind of details!
Jealous Tomato Ikat Back Open Cardigan – Surprise Item
How does Golden Tote know I love open knit cardigans ; and more importantly Ikat prints! In this cardigan both of these elements live happily together and the knit immediately became a casual day style saver for me. Whenever I have to run out in a hurry; I put this over my outfits and instantly become more casually put together. In the above picture, I wore the Jealous Tomato cardigan to a Sunday outing with my family.
Style Tip: I think with casual outfits accessories make all the difference. You can make jeans. a tee, and a cardigan stand out by a good shoe, a cute bag, or some unique jewelry. Here I attempted to do just that with these gray suede ankle strap shoes, a mini shoulder strap bag, a two finger arrow shaped ring, and a snake shaped ring. Have some eye-catching accessories ready on a tray on your dresser so even when you are in a rush you can quickly grab them and accessorize!
The back of the cardigan. I have an asymmetrical top under so the cardigan actually ends a couple inches below my waist.
My second pick was the famous Porridge elephant print dress. Golden Tote styled this dress with beautiful black heels, and a black jacket. I had something similar in mind even before I saw the style cards so I went with that minus the jacket.
The dress styled by big strapped high heels.
Isn’t the yellow sash, and tiered strapless bodice in a unique sweetheart shape, out of this world adorable?
As this dress reminded me of the 1950’s with it’s unique shape and bow sash; I used a ring and bracelets with a vintage feel to emphasize the styling of that era.
Style Tip: When accessorizing you can get your hint from the style of the individual main piece. A lot of times I use accessories to make contrast and add style layers ( for instance ladylike look with edgy pieces) ; however If there is a strong connection to a certain era like this dress, you may not want to compete with that. Instead it may be a better idea to add to that feel with your accessories.
Ellison Lace Knit – Surprise Item
Ok now I know for sure Golden Tote knows me well! After the Ikat print, they gave me a lace back, lace trim thin knit sweater! My first instinct was to pair this with leggings or my skinny jeans. I am sure I’ll wear it exactly like that many times in the coming days. I also thought this top would go great with a short, slim fit skirt. I love using white and navy together so I went for that color combo.
For accessories a purple/navy handbag, gray suede boots, and lilac long necklace along with a chunky ring pulled the outfit together. This outfit is sophisticated enough for work, or a girl’s day out but casual enough to wear during time out with family.
Style Tip: You can try boots with thick high heels for a more day appropriate look. The look with the boots can easily be worn for a night out too but you always have the option to swap the boots with pumps or heeled sandals for an evening out if you want to go more glam!
Porridge Tee with Printed Back – Surprise Item
Golden Tote also sneak peaked this Porridge Tee with a duck print on the back and mentioned it comes in various other prints. They said they would include it with the first 1000 totes as a surprise item. After seeing a lot of the print options I was hoping for either the duck print or the poppies and I got the beautiful red flowers.
Style Tip: I wanted to take the road less traveled with the styling, and decided to come up with a sophisticated, and ladylike look. Tucking the tee in a full eyelet skirt, and adding a statement necklace, a classic patent black belt, and black pumps transformed the tee into a fancier piece. Try wearing your casual graphic tee’s or V-necks tucked in a full skirt. This lets you multitask ( my pre-requisite for any piece that will have it’s place in my closet- if you haven’t checked out my triple threat series here they are! ) your casual pieces.
I untucked the shirt to show you the back of the tee! Love the vibrant red poppies.
Have you bought the March tote? Which items did you get? What are your favorites from my tote? Would love to hear all your Golden Tote experiences!!!
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I am overwhelmed with joy that more and more Golden Tote fans reached out to me this month, especially via theboxqueen Instagram or Facebook. I had the pleasure to chat with a lot amazing women. I think Golden Tote community is the best and I am totally delighted to meet you gals. For me the most fun part of all this is connecting with wonderful women with similar interests. If you haven’t already found me make sure to come by and say hi!
Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week! I can’t wait to hear all about your GT totes so please drop me a note! XOXO,
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