4/20

Hey, BABs! Spring has sprung and it’s time for another batch of FREE (!!!) printables from our homies over at Hoopla House. These gorgeous pieces perfectly complement Hoopla House Creative’s Rustic Revival invitation, which are totally perf for a backyard wedding, garden soiree or farm fete. All you need is these PDFs, a printer and your desired card stock and BOOM! Gorgeous little extras that won’t break the bank.

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Click here to download the Rustic Revival Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs
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Click here to download Rustic Revival Bridal Shower Bingo

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Click here to download Rustic Revival Bridesmaid Card

Click here to download Rustic Revival Maid of Honor Card
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Click here to download Rustic Revival banner

(customizable with Thank You or your names!)

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Rustic Revival Invitation and Save the Date, available on Hoopla House Creative‘s Website and customizable with colors and card stock. Starts at around $1.30 per invitation.

Rustic Revival not your style? Check out our other free printables from Hoopla House Creative!

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  • 4/20

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    I’ve told you all about the trials and tribulations of hunting for – and then deciding to have someone create – my dream wedding dress.

    But now, with just one more fitting left before we go from muslin mock-up to actual dress, it’s time to talk about what goes underneath the dress.

    I’m not particularly blessed in the boob department, so the top half was easy. My lovely seamstress agreed to make me a bustier, because I am a hard-to-fit bra size and with a fitted sweetheart bodice, the wrong strapless would be a disaster. Who hasn’t spent a day yanking up an ill-fitting bra? #buzzkill

    With that problem neatly solved, I turned to the bottom half.

    My journey with self-love and body positivity has been long, frustrating, and full of ups and downs. But at this point in my life, I’m in a really good place of love and acceptance, and I do a lot of talking about body positivity.

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    Consequently, I wasn’t super into the idea of shapewear. It can feel really uncomfortable, and it made me feel weird to try to force my body into a shape that it isn’t. Besides, I don’t know about you, but Spanx aren’t exactly my idea of sexy underwear!

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    After much soul searching, I decided that I was okay with the idea of wearing some simple shapewear to create the look that I want for my wedding day. I ended up feeling much the same as I do about makeup: I’m adamant about the idea that my face should be acceptable in the world in its natural state, and that I shouldn’t feel like I need to wear makeup to leave the house, and I don’t, about 85% of the time. But I also shouldn’t feel bad about the times I want to express myself and ornament myself through the use of makeup. Makeup and clothing and hair color and all those kinds of things should, in my opinion, be about self-expression, art and comfort, not making yourself acceptable to others. Having made my peace with the idea of wearing shapewear, I set off on an Internet journey to find the right ones.

    My goals were to find something that:

    1) Would prevent the dreaded chub rub;

    2) Would create a smooth line from the bustier down to where my dress flares out to create a trumpet silhouette;

    3) Wouldn’t flatten my butt (because when you’re blessed/cursed with a big booty, you either resign to hating it, or you learn to see it as an asset) and;

    4) Would perhaps look just a little less like granny panties than what Bridget Jones has going on above.

    Three and 4 on that list knocked out just about every shorts or tights type item, and so I decided to divide and conquer.

    To smooth my lower stomach without flattening my butt took me on a really bizarre trip around the Internet, as I Googled all kinds of keywords until I realized that “butt lifter” was the magic phrase.

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    I chose a simple option from Love My Bubbles that wasn’t too ugly and promises to smooth my front without flattening the back. Here’s hoping it works!  derriere-lift-hiphugger-nude-main To solve the chub rub option, I came across a product called Bandelettes. They were kind enough to offer me free samples of their products in return for an honest review. Bandelettes are elastic lace bands that go around your thighs to prevent chafing. They’re basically the tops of thigh highs if you cut the stockings off, though in my opinion, the fabric is much softer and more comfortable.

    I wore my Bandelettes for about 15 hours straight, which is probably longer than I’ll need to wear them on the wedding day.

    When I first put them on, I felt like I had a bit of a left shark situation, because one leg was perfect and the other just kept rolling up.

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    It turns out that they just need to be put on carefully. After I went to the restroom and adjusted them, smoothing the lace over the silicone strips, they didn’t move again. Fifteen hours with no chafing or rubbing at all. I was in heaven!

    I really enjoyed wearing Bandelettes. They solve the chub rub problem without the heat that comes from tights or leggings, which is going to come in really handy in the coming months. I’m keeping my white ones in the package for the wedding day, but I’m excited to rock the black ones under my maxi dresses all summer. And the bonus is that they’re really pretty cute!

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    At $15, you really can’t get any more broke ass than that!

    How are you tackling your smoothing, shaping and chafing dilemmas, if at all? Are you concerned about chub rub?

     

  • 4/17

    WonderfullyHooked2U Mr & Mrs Hangers




    1. Love yoga but hate going to classes? Yoga Download is offering their Yearly Elite membership for $60 (normally $90) with code EARTH15YE until 4/23.

    2. Etsy seller WonderfullyHooked2U is hooking BABs up with 20% off at her shop when you use Coupon20 at checkout. Oh, and score free shipping …

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    4/17

    Etsy Drop Top Guest Book




    Happy Friday, darlings! Since you’re in the midst of wedding planning, I’m sure you know Etsy is a dearth of amazing handmade goodness, often for fairly broke-ass friendly prices. From a fun guest book to a gorgeous gown to a wine-lover’s way to commemorate marriage milestones, this week’s Five for …

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    4/17

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    Photo: Chasing Glimpses Photography

    We got an email from a bride who has been invited to two other weddings this year, on the same day, on the other side of the country. Two. Yes, it’s definitely that time of year, not to mention that time of your life. Your wedding is not …

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  • 4/16

    Monique Lhuillier Sienna Chantilly Lace Gown




    Before we get down to the business of Gown Hunting, let’s take a moment to welcome our new BAB team member, Caitlyn, who did a bang-up job on her post last week! Kudos, Caitlyn!

    And now back to the fashion frenzy, reader fanfanstella had the most eloquent way of …

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    4/16

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    “It’ll be better before you get married.”

    This is something I’ve heard my whole life about all manners of injuries, from skinned knees to feeling heartbroken. I’m fairly certain it’s an Irish saying my grandmother brought over with her when she landed in Boston  Now I’m starting to wonder if that’ll …

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    4/15

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    We asked our darling, wonderful and #rad friend Cris at Kiss My Tulle to pop by with a quick guest post on her top 5 places to shop for your elopement dress. KMT focuses on super budget, mostly rural weddings and is so freaking full of killer information for those

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  • 4/15

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    As you may recall, I interviewed a few of my favorite former brides just a few weeks ago, one of them being a bridesmaid of mine. She said something that I’ve been thinking about ever since.

    “Personalization, ‘made to order,’ catered to you = big bucks. There are ways

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