7/31

Hey there, BABs! This week we’re helping Cassie get over a very pretty, very romantic gown inspired by the style of Audrey Hepburn. The designer is Naomi Neoh from London. She debuted she first bridal collection in 2008 and has been wowing us ever since.  She likes to use only the very best fabrics available. “Fleur” is actually one of the most popular designs from her collection, with its pale blush corset and removable French lace long sleeved jacket. Both jacket and sash can be removed to switch up the look. Here is what Cassie had to say:

“Hello,

I’m trying to find a look alike dress for the Naomi Neoh “Fleur” style. My budget is around 1500, and I’m IN LOVE with this dress, but they won’t ship to the U.S. :(. Do you have any suggestions?

Thanks so much,

Cassie”

 

I got this, Cassie!

Can't Afford It

Original Naomi Neoh’s “Fleur” from her 2014 Secret Garden Collection. Her gowns range from $3,382 – $5,073.

Get Over It

SimplyBridal Ball Gown With Scalloped Illusion Neckline & Lace Sleeves (Style: 80723) at $306 at Simply Bridal.

JJsHouse Organza Ball Gown With Long Lace Sleeves (Style: 002015462) $317 at JJsHouse.com

Etsy4 Illusion Back Lace Wedding Dress (Style: W40403) $400 at Etsy (Flower belt not included)

Etsy2 A-Line Lace Wedding Gown With Removable Beading Sash $438 at Etsy

BestBridalPrices Illusion Beaded Bodice With Lace Appliques & 3/4 Illusion Sleeves (Style: AT4576) $586 at BestBridalPrices.com

(This dress comes with free shoes & a free veil!)

Etsy Fitted Lace Gown With Lace Sleeves $727 at Etsy

Etsy6 Lace & Silk Chiffon Wedding Gown $1,305 at Etsy

Etsy3 Ivory & Cream Silk Gown With See-Through Back $1,055 at Etsy

You’ll have to let me know what you think, Cassie. If you can’t find the right dress for you there are also cover ups like this one at BHLDN. It actually resembles Fleur very closely. There area also a TON of flower sash/belts available, too, in whatever color & style you could ever want. Check out Etsy for literally thousands of options. I hope this helps. It really is a VERY beautiful gown. Let us know if we can help with anything else! Until next week, BABs …

Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you.

*As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
Elaine Michalek
  • 7/31

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    Music has been a mainstay in our relationship. Our first hangout was to see Justin’s friend’s band, and our first real date a local radio station’s Christmas Festival (and featured Florence and the Machines and my life has never been the same). And on those nights when we weren’t supposed to be seeing each other but we couldn’t resist, we would sit around listening to music as I endlessly shamed him for his collection of late ’90s hits (#soundgardenforlife).

    Needless to say, the first thing I did when we became “official” was hop on Spotify and make him a playlist to change his life. And bring him up-to-date by about 20 years. Now that he enjoys music from this century, we enjoy a lot of it together. And I will be the first to admit that I am a total music snob. Not hipster, per say. Maybe a little. But DEFINITELY a snob. Let’s just say I occasionally peruse Pitchfork for new music selections and I also believe that Ariana Grande was put on this planet to harm our ears. But I am also known to get down with some 2 Chainz. So there you have it.

    When it came to our wedding music, I insisted on creating a playlist for pre-ceremony and cocktail/dinner time. I am certain that I will not hear it and will not be paying attention, but it was vital that I controlled those song choices. Because I am a grown-up and rational adult woman. I also publicly shamed my sister on Instagram because of her poor and awfully dated suggestions for the bridal party entrance song.

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    “That song” referenced with my father happens to be by John Tesh …

    We met our DJ earlier this week (he came with the venue) and he was an absolute delight. We bonded over two of my favorite things: Bar Rescue and The Wobble. He was completely accepting of my controlling playlists and did not even flinch at my “NO SONGS BY THIS ARTIST AT ALL EVER” that was listed by several artists including but not limited to Colbie Calliat and Taylor Swift. He gets me. I approve. We have all of our song selections down except for a cake-cutting song, which what the heck. I don’t think that Rihanna’s “Cake” will work here, but I’m still throwing it in the pot of suggestions.

    A few months ago I clicked on one of those clicky-bait “Top 10 wedding songs of 2014″ and our first dance choice was on there, I mourned. I actually mourned the loss of the uniqueness of that song for a good 32 minutes. We have since chosen another song that I refuse to mention because god forbid someone else steal it and then I will have to choose another one. THE STRUGGLE, YOU GUYS. I am sure it will be used in many a wedding this year and in the years to come and that is fine as long as I don’t have to hear about it.

    In honor of our secret first dance selection, I bring to you our first dance rejects. I realize how that sounds, but really these are some truly lovely songs. They just weren’t “our” songs.

    Tiffany
  • 7/30

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    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 …

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    7/30

    Stay Golden Strapless Light Beige Sequin Maxi Dress - $90.00

    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 …

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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

    BAB Throwback How to Make the Most of Being a Broke-Ass Wedding Guest.jpg

    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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