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Winning Wednesday: Get Frisky in the Kitchen with Flirty Aprons!

We’re big into food here at The Broke-Ass Bride. If you follow Dana’s other blog, LaRueBlog, then you’ve seen the slew of Korean food she’s been cooking up. And myself? Well, I cook every night — but some nights that “cooking” is just mac & cheese. Most nights, however, I try to get a little creative and a lot delicious. And that usually involves a mess. Because, let’s be real.

And there are few things that inspire Hulk-like rage in this girl than grease stains on a favorite T-shirt or spaghetti splatter on … well … anything. While I’ve totally mastered the art of getting such stains out of clothes, it’s so much easier for me to not have to deal with it in the first place. Which is why I’m stoked to have a mini-arsenal of aprons.

Winning Wednesday Get Frisky in the Kitchen with an Apron from Flirty Aprons

Plus, they’re cute as hell. I have the aqua damask style and the yellow chevron style from Flirty Aprons, and they’re actually the cutest. I get a funny little boost every time I slip one on for some heavy-duty grub-makin‘, and I know that handsome guy I love thinks they’re pretty adorbz. And there’s definitely something a little alluring about channeling June Cleaver for a day.

But you should probz just see for yourself, and enter to win your Flirty Apron of choice! From polka dots to chevron to cupcakes to country floral, there are a huge range of styles and patterns to choose from. All the aprons have long ties to form into a fancy bow if you so desire, and the oh-so-necessary pockets to hold your phone/recipe card/whatever.

As per usual, each task in the widget below equals one entry. The more tasks completed = more entries earned = better chances of winning. And don’t forget to tell us which style you like best in the comments! Good luck, darlings!
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Oh, and darlings, don’t fret if you don’t win … or better yet, go ahead an get one for your girls! Use BAB50 to score 50% off at checkout! Good until 9/3.

Winning Wednesday: Hang It Up, Don’t Hide It! Get Your Wedding Art on the Walls with PosterBlitz

While it’s the raddest to now have the capabilities to “thumb” through hundreds of photos with a click of a button, rather than with your actual thumb which could wind up calloused and sore after such a thing, an unfortunate byproduct is that said photos — once shared on ALL the social media — then languish on your hard drive for the rest of time. Insert sad trombone here.

Here’s the thing: You (presumably) plunked down a fair chunk of change for your wedding photographer, and you got your hair and makeup did, and wore your pretty ensemble that made you look and feel like a million bucks, and your partner looked their absolute spiffiest … and you’re going to just let those gorgeous shots from your amazing wedding day just hang out in the darkness of computerland. Yeah … nope. Not on my watch, anyway.

Winning Wednesday Hang It Up, Don't Hide It! Get Your Wedding Art on the Walls with PosterBlitz

PosterBlitz offers über high-quality paper as a canvas for your baller wedding shots. And since they use a Lambda Printer, which is like the awesomest of the awesome in photo printing world, the end result turns out super sharp. So we’re definitely not talking posters like the kind adorned with JTT and ripped out of Tiger Beat that adorned your adolescent walls (c’mon, admit it. You totes know what I’m talking about). Plus, with a wide range of sizes and editing capabilities (check out the vid) We’re talking about the good stuff, man. The stuff you’d be proud to hang on your walls and show off to the world.

But you know we wouldn’t leave you hanging like that, BABs! PosterBlitz wants to give 2 of you darlings a free poster (up to size 24×36) of your own photo! So that unbelievably hawt smooch you and your love shared with the sun dipping down behind you? Get it up on your walls, girl!

As per usual, each task below is an entry. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you receive, the better your chances of winning.

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Happily Invites You to Its Crazy Cat Party + Mega Giveaway!

Guys, I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled Five for Friday because our friends over at Happily are stirring up some major awesomeness re: wedding planning. And they’ve been doing some pretty baller giveaways, but today’s is by far the mostest bestest. I’mma let them explain, but first, there’s this:

You good? Good. OK, now we’re going to let them tell you allllllll about the fluffy goodness that’s in store!

Happily’s in the midst of developing a top secret wedding planning app — and one that’s being powered by the largest collective of top wedding planner professionals. Ever. (As far as we know.) So instead of getting a pretty-but-not-quite-pragmatic app designed by an established wedding empire looking to expand into tech, it’s being designed by wedding planners for anyone is in need of planning his or her wedding.

The result: a powerful app that’s pragmatic, super easy to use and even a little on the addictive side. And guess what? They’ve just hit a major milestone and are celebrating with a crazy cat party, giving out a slew of glamorous and cute objects featured in their recently released Ultimate Cat Wedding Video. {You watched it above. Because I would never make you wait for that.}

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But they’ve saved the best for last.

Today, Friday, they are are offering a $3,000 wedding planner package for brides and grooms alike.

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What it includes:

• 12 monthly planner meetings with an experienced, top Happily wedding planner

• 12-Hour Day of Coordination Team on your wedding day

• Customized Wedding Planning Templates

• Rehearsal Coordination (one of the few things brides think they don’t need until it ACTUALLY HAPPENS)

• Vendor Concierge

• Venue Concierge

• Personal Assistant (4 hours/month)

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Give them some love! Socially. No, really, freak them out. Every like, regram + @happilywedding tag, follow, re-pin, #HappilyFreakOut comment and subscribe counts as an entry into the contest. Contest runs until midnight 8/15/14.

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Twitter: follows and comments #HappilyFreakOut EACH count as an entry into the contest

Instagram: follows, regrams + tag @happilywedding and comments #HappilyFreakOut EACH count as separate entries for the contest

Pinterest: follows, re-pins and comments with #HappilyFreakOut

YouTube: subscribe and comments with #HappilyFreakOut

Facebook:  likes and comments with #HappilyFreakOut — each count as an entry!

Want to sign up to become an alpha tester for their new app? Go HERE.

Go forth, ye Broke-Asses, and comment/follow/like/pin/repin until your heart’s content!

Winning Wednesday: Glam Up Your Wedding withThe Rustic Wedding Handbook

Rustic weddings are gorgeous. Duh. There’s a pretty whimsical feel to them that helps make your wedding day a little extra special and romantical. And they tend to be pretty DIY-heavy, which adds a great personalized touch.

Maggie Lord, the schamazing mastermind behind Rustic Wedding Chic is kinda sorta the guru of rustic weddings. Remember when she did this rockin’ tutorial for us? Welp, that’s just one of many many beautiful how-tos. In her book, “The Rustic Wedding Handbook,” she shares even more how-to goodness, plus she gives some great tips and ideas on how to style your own rustic wedding.

Winning Wednesday Glam Up Your Wedding with The Rustic Wedding Handbook

And, of course, she wants to share with you, BABs! Get yourself in on the game by completing each task below to earn entries to win “The Rustic Wedding Handbook!”

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Winning Wednesday: Shape Up with Support from Hourglass Angel

Remember the Hourglass Angel giveaway we did in June? Welp, you must because you guys made it so popular the lovely folks over there wanted to do a redux. That’s love, y’all.

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As we discussed last time, good support on your wedding day is pretty necessary — strapless bras are all well and good, but they won’t necessarily hold you in when you’re getting down to a rousing rendition of “Shout!” during your reception (let’s be real, we know how easy it is for a standard strapless to give in to gravity while your ladies are taking off like a skyrocket in flight). And, lucky you, Hourglass Angel has all sorts of corsets, cinchers, shapewear, boulder holders, etc., to make sure you’re boobs are secure while you flail about the dance floor.

Luckily, Hourglass Angel has all those goodies and more, and they’re dishing out $75 to one lucky Broke-Ass Bride to get her shizz in shape for her wedding day!

As per usual, each task below is one entry method. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you receive, the better your chance of winning. Open to US residents only.

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Winning Wednesday: Rock Upcycled, Eco Bling from Topaz and Opal

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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Winning Wednesday: Strut Your Stuff with a Tote from Digital Printsess

One of the things I notice about wedding planning is the amazing accrual of stuff – from planners to printouts to swatches, you have stuff that you’re toting around to various meetings, fittings and brunch with the ladies. It would certainly be nice to have a place designated just for wedding stuff, because everything should have a place, right?

Etsy seller Digital Printsess makes sturdy, tough (go on, put it in the wash) and super cute tote bags that can get the job done. And she designed one for a little show you might have heard of … “The Bachelorette.” Digital Printsess‘ bags appeared in Ashley Herbert and JP Rosenbaum’s wedding special.

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What-what!

Aside from making these super awesome and customizable totes — I can totally see carrying this one while honeymooning on the beach — Digital Printsess also creates beautiful save the dates and invitations. Oh, and she’s totally Broke-Ass friendly: the totes start at $20 (bridesmaid gift, anyone?) and her save the dates and invites start at $15 for the digital file.

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And now to the good stuff: You can score a Digital Printsess tote of your own which can be customized with your own info!

As per usual, completing each task below earns you one entry — you must click on the green box saying “I completed.” Open to US residents only (sorry darling!) Good luck!

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DIY or DIE: Tissue Paper Tassel Garland

I’m a big lover of garlands and bunting for weddings, as they add a festive vibe without crashing your cash stash. And this year, especially, I’ve seen tassel garlands take over — a couple years ago it was polka dot and/or striped bunting, and then there was burlap and flowers. But this year is all about the tassel. And lucky us! In advance of our giveaway of Maggie Lord’s “The Rustic Wedding Handbook,” (stay tuned, loves!) we partnered with the lady herself to snag this super easy and cheap DIY from her website, Rustic Wedding Chic. These garlands can be fully customizable — from the length to the tassel color to the paint color … hell, you could even use colorful string! Customize and prettify until your heart’s content!

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What You’ll Need :  Gold Spray Paint  /  Scissors / White Artist Tape  /  String  /  Tissue Paper

DIY or DIE: Tissue Paper Tassel Garland by Rustic Wedding Chic on The Broke-Ass Bride

 

1. Unfold the sections of tissue paper. Leaving the stack intact, cut down the middle. (You’ll want about 10 sheets per stack!)

2. Fold up one of your cut segments along the original creases and carefully cut straight strips, leaving about one inch of paper uncut on one end. 

3. Unfold the cut stack of tissue.  It is OK if the strips aren’t perfectly even.

4. Starting at one end, roll the stack at the top. You make want to use a pencil or pen to roll the tissue around to give it a proper round shape.

5. Once you have your stack rolled, use a small piece of white art tape to hold the tissue in place. Keep in mind the tape will be visible so try to make it all of the way around in a nice-looking straight band.

6. Once you have all of your tassels made, use the string or ribbon to tie them together. You will want to knot the string on the same side of each tassel so that they will hang correctly. Tie just beneath the tape for a secure hold.

7. Next, using extra tissue, lightly wrap the tassels and tape the tissue closed, leaving the string and the end of the tassel exposed.

8. Spraying lightly with the spray paint, dust the string and the tops of the tassels with paint to give it a sheen. Once the paint has dried, flip the garland over and dust the other side.

9. Once the garland is dry, remove the tissue sleeves from the tassels and hang them!

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This is also a DIY that could translate easily into home decor … so you’re doubling down on the awesome AND saving money. BOOM.

Stay tuned in August for a giveaway of “The Rustic Wedding Handbook,” by Maggie Lord, which is a gorgeous book full of amazingly beautiful DIYs like this!

Winning Wednesday: Design Your Own Kicks with Project Shoe

When I was planning my first wedding, I had a very specific idea in mind for my shoes: I desperately wanted peep-toe, kitten-heel slingback pumps in turquoise and white polka dot. I’ll go ahead and let you Google that to see what you come up with …

A whole lot of nothing, right? Yeah, that’s what I got too, and not much has changed in the four years since my original search. And you know what? That sucked. Now, of course, my polka dot love has become a love for glitter, which is ubiquitous, so life is a little easier for this girl.

But if that hadn’t been the case, at least now I could turn to Project Shoe, a new company that allows for custom shoes from the bottom up. No, seriously, you can design damn close to whatever you want — loafers, slingbacks, high-heeled oxfords — let your shoe-lovin’ mind run wild.

I got to try my hand at it, and I was hoping to have my shoes well before this post, but since I’m extremely Libra (read: indecisive), I didn’t actually make up my mind until about a week ago. And since the shoes are custom, it takes a hot minute for them to be made and delivered (OMGGGG … I want them now). But, let’s chat about the awesomeness of this, shall we?

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This is where you start. Are you starting to see my dilemma?

From there, it just gets … more. You can choose various toe shapes — pointed, round, cap, loafer, peep-toe, etc. — and heel shapes/heights. Then you start in with the fabric and color. And they’re all glorious.

There’s a whole heap of leather, textile, woven, silk, pony hair and — yep — glitter (11, to be precise) options. Depending on the design of your shoe, you can have as few as two different spots to choose the material or as many as five. Based on the swatches Project Shoe sent me, the materials are all solid, high-quality materials that won’t auto-destruct as soon as you wear them out a few times.

Project Shoe wants you to try it out for yourself: One lucky Broke-Ass will win the chance to design her own shoes!

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Each of the options in the box below is one entry method. The more you enter, the better your chance of winning! Share your shoe design on Twitter or Instagram, making sure to tag both @brokeassbride and @projectshoe, and leave the link URL in the comment section below! Open to US residents only (sorry, love!).

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