7/30

Upcycling and being a Broke-Ass go hand-in-hand. Add some hot color, fun designs, eco-friendliness and an Etsy seller? Looks like we’ve got a BAB match made in heaven with Topaz and Opal.

Kim, the mastermind behind Topaz and Opal, has a history of teaching, but a passion for making these super fun, bright baubles. Her decoupage skillz give bright new life to regular items (check out the jewelry trays) and add a fun pop to your bauble routine. Of her shop, Kim says this:

If Topaz and Opal is anything it’s a lesson [many lessons] in how to use, reuse, re-imagine, and create new things using old or new, but not so spectacular things, and turning them into jewelry, art, and accessories.

Doesn’t that sound like a page right out of the BAB Manual? I thought so, too. And those bangles would be a super fun, bright gift for your amazing bridesmaids, no? I’m glad we’re on the same page.

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And because it’s Wednesday, lucky you! Kim is doling out one $150 gift certificate (including the price of shipping + handling) to Topaz and Opal.

As per usual, each option below is one entry method. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you get.

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  • 7/30

    Here’s the thing with a lot of wedding dresses: They have labels and big ol’ salons touting sweet ‘n’ simple dresses as wedding specific dresses … and that doesn’t have to be the way. A wedding dress is any dress / pant suit / short & cardigan set / whatever you want it to be, as long as you’re happy, comfortable and feel amazing in it. Because you do want to feel amazing — it’s the day you marry the person you love and throw down some mad skrilla to have your friends and family there to witness. Damn right you’re going to look and feel amazing! So when I was browsing through BAB partner Lulu’s site and saw some rockin’ dresses, most of which are under $100, and two barely breaching that, you best believe I’mma share it with y’all.

    Stay Golden Strapless Light Beige Sequin Maxi Dress - $90.00

    Stay Golden Strapless Light Beige Sequin Maxi Dress – $90.00

    No Less Than Flawless Strapless Cream Lace Maxi Dress - $43.00 No Less Than Flawless Strapless Cream Lace Maxi Dress – $43.00

    A Moment Like Bliss White Lace Dress- $75.00

    A Moment Like Bliss White Lace Dress- $75.00

    Whole Wide Whirl Beige Sequin Dress

    Whole Wide Whirl Beige Sequin Dress – $87.00

    Lulus Exclusive Dreamed to Life Dress

    LULUS Exclusive Dreamed to Life Cream Maxi Dress – $81.00

    Make My Daydream Cream Lace Maxi Dress – $105.00

    Dreamboat Come True Ivory and Navy Blue Striped Maxi Dress – $54.00

    If someone gets married in this, please share it. Because: OMG.

    Snowy Meadow Crocheted Ivory Maxi Dress – $107.00 Snowy Meadow Crocheted Ivory Maxi Dress – $107.00

    Which one of these gorgeous numbers would you wear on your wedding day?

     

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  • 7/29

    On Marriage: Our Love Affair with Predicting Divorce

    As an often-times (admittedly) snarky person, I’m not immune to flippantly “predicting” the outcome of others’ affairs. I know it’s not a good thing and it can breed negativity, but I also mind the company I keep when doing so, and I know with all certainty I’m not alone in

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    7/29

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    Hey, BABs! It’s been a minute since we’ve had a good dose of inspiration around here. And these summer nights sitting under twinkly lights at the local watering hole, kicking back with my favorite people and basking in the love and friendship around me had me …

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    7/28

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    I wrote this little ditty two years ago, but it’s just as valid now as it was then (though my life has changed considerably). Weddings are expensive for everyone involved, and I feel like I’ve been hearing some extra griping across the Internetz about the inconvenience from a guest POV.

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  • 7/28

    Zen Bride, Broke-Ass Bride, Real Bride Peach, Bride on a Budget,

    In speaking with a fellow bride this week (on Twitter message at close to midnight, natch), she stated, “I know you’re like Zen Master Bride, but if you need someone to hear you say unproportionally angry things, I’m here.”

    Wait, what? Me? Zen Master Bride?

    BWHAHAHA.

    How sweet of her! But …

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    7/25

    Ann Taylor Faux Leather Trim Colorblock Dress

    Happy Friday! There are some great deals all over the Internetz for you this weekend, but I found 10 awesome deals for this Ten for the Weekend. Check it!

    1. I’m starting to think Ann Taylor has a thing for broke-asses, because their sales are the best. Until 7/27, get

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    7/25

    Y’all, I love helping people out. That’s part of the reason why I love working at BAB. So when my girl Becca sent out a Facebook plea for help in finding shoes to go with this dress in Ocean Blue that she’s wearing as a bridesmaid for a wedding, I was all over

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  • 7/25

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    Flutes from Beau-Coup, Made with PicMonkey

    Dear Heather,

    The next thing on my list of things to do for the big day is make a list of people giving toasts. But it feels awkward to ask people to toast to you, right? I’m uncomfortable asking. But then again —

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