*This post contains affiliate links. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.Golden-Tote-Sarahs-Bag-Sept-2015Golden Tote is a monthly fashion “grab bag” where you choose 1-2 clothing items from a list of options and then get 1-4 surprise items (from a different “secret” list), personally chosen for you by a stylist. New totes (meaning a new list of both optional and surprise items) are released on the first Monday of each month flash sale style: limited quantities, first come first serve (there are limited restocks). Some styles carry over if they don’t sell out in their initial launch month, but for the most part everything is new every month.

Golden-Tote-September-2015-plasticTotes come in three sizes: Small for $49 (2-3 items total, choose 1), Large for $149 (5-6 items total, choose 2), and Surprise for $99 (4 items total, choose none). Shipping is $9.95 per tote, free for orders over $149.

You can see all my Golden Tote reviews here.

Magic-Maxi-Navy-GTMagic-maxi-sept-2015Chosens #1 and #2: Puella La Boheme Maxi Dress in Blue Multi (aka “Magic Maxi”) I got this in two sizes, as both of my chosen items, because there was a different colorway sold last year and everyone just loved it. It’s been nicknamed the “Magic Maxi” because it fits and feels so great. Also for the first time since I’ve been with GT they offered an XL, so I thought for once it would be nice to try on two sizes (I’m usually a L). I knew as popular as it was I would be able to sell whichever one didn’t work.

Turns out the dress is really wonderful — the fabric is thick and soft and stretchy, clingy and drapey in mostly all the right places (not so awesome for my stubborn remnant of a mom-belly), and the waist band can be adjusted up or down to flatter best and adjust the length. Also, the one that didn’t fit was the XL — it was too big (yay!).

Lime-Chili-Cardigan-Golden-ToteSurprise 1: Lime & Chili Cardigan with Contrast Print I asked for cardigans and the fabric and cut of this are great — it’s lightweight and well made, and flattering. Not a print or color combination I would have chosen for myself (not a fan of coral) but on the whole I like it.

Golden-tote-Feather-Top-SeptFeather-Top-Golden-ToteSurprise 2: Le Lis Feather Print Swing Top I almost love this — it fits great, is incredibly flattering on, and the feather print is so pretty! Only issue is that the bland oatmeal color really washes me out. Will play around with it and see about layering it to tone down the oatmeal a bit.

Ellison-Colorful-Tunic-DressEllison-Colorful-Tunic-Dress-Detail-GTSurprise 3: Ellison Colorful Tunic-Dress This is lovely heavy-weight tunic that is actually long enough to be a dress! (That’s rare for me at almost 5’11”). And it has pockets, which is awesome. This style of short sleeves isn’t the most flattering on me, but overall I still like it.

Potters-Pot-Mixed-MediaPotters-Pot-Mixed-Media-BackSurprise 4: Potter’s Pot Mixed Media Top Love this! It’s just my thing — the drapey boho fit I love so much, 3/4 sleeves, and casual stripes in the front/lacy feminine party in the back. One of my all time favorites from not only this tote but from Golden Tote as a whole so far.

Summary: Overall a good tote! Lots of pieces I can work with and one absolute love. And the really important part is that they did great job following my profile — no misses this month in terms of what I specifically said I didn’t want, and I keep tweaking it so things are getting better and better.

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