Broke-Ass Category: Christen


Affiliate Disclaimer NewIt’s that time of year again! Gift guides are back! From now until the holidays, we’ll be rounding up some of our favorite gift ideas, mostly in broke-ass budget range (but with one or two splurges thrown in). Whether you’re shopping for your best gal, your favorite dude, your family or yourself, you’re going to find some stellar ideas for everyone on your shopping list.

To kick it off, we’re getting cozy with some super soft, snuggly ideas. I don’t know about y’all, but cooler months make me a hardcore homebody. All I want to do is curl up with a super soft blanket, drink something warm and delicious and chill with my husband, baby and kitties. So in the spirit of the coldness to come (or that’s already arrived, for some of you!), here are some gift ideas we found on Etsy to make this winter extra snuggly.

The Broke-Ass Bride's 2016 Gift Guide: A Snuggly Winter

Top row, left to right:

Curl up under a massively chunky and soft merino wool blanket.
Customizable Chunky Knit Blanket, $232+ from LaurenAstonDesigns

Gone are the days when socks are boring stocking stuffers, especially if you’re gifting these beauties.
Cable Knit Over The Knee Socks, $22 from RubyandGemma

Your super chic friend will love this gorgeous candle holder.
Glass Geometric Tea Light Holder, $55 from Waen

Second row:

She’s a little classy and a lot sassy.
Soyphisticated Bitch Candle, $21 from BadAssCandles

There’s no need to sacrifice fashion for function.
Handmade Faux Fur PomPom Beenie, $38 from CapsbyColoween

Third row:

We all have that friend who really is a magical unicorn.
Unicorn Mug, $19.95 from FourLetterWordCards

Give your blogger friend the gift of warm fingers, and she’ll love you forever.
Fingerless Gloves, $22 from RememberStella

Cold nights by the fireplace (or space heater) can conjure up some creativity.
The Creative Ramblings of a Restless Mind Journal, $12.95 from franticmeerkat

Bottom row:

A cute throw pillow says what we’re all thinking, amirite?
The Snuggle Is Real Throw Pillow, $20 from PCBHome

What’s a cozy evening without a mug of delicious hot chocolate?
Classic Hot Chocolate Mix, $15 from WhimsyandSpice

Happy shopping, Broke-Asses!

  • 12/1

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewWhew, you guys. These posts are super tough for me. Y’all have some exquisite taste! This week, we’re tackling reader Maria’s request on this post:

    We are looking for a gown “inspired” by the designer Matthew Christopher. The exact gown is called “Tiger Lily”. We perused all the websites in your great article – do you have any other websites or resources for this $5,000 gown? Thank you!

    All right, girl. I had my eyes open for an asymmetrical trumpet gown with some sort of drapey-diagonal detail on the bottom and a ruffled-curved skirt all for under $2000. Let’s see what I came up with!

    Can't Afford It

    Matthew Christopher Tiger Lily

    Tiger Lily by Matthew Christopher, $5000

    Get Over It

    etsy alenafede trumpet wedding gown

    Taffeta Trumpet Wedding Gown, $980 from Etsy seller AlenaFede

    etsy idocouture chiffon trumpet gown

    Pleated Chiffon Trumpet Gown, $1550 from Etsy seller IdoCoutureetsy isellebridalstudio taffeta turmpet gown

    Sample Sale Taffeta Trumpet Gown, $288 from Etsy seller IselleBridalStudio

    ti adora strapless mermaid gown

    Strapless Mermaid Gown, $875 from Shoptiques

    etsy lobeihandmade nicole gown

    Nicole Gown, $599.90 from Etsy seller lobeihandmade

    etsy maudecouture trumpet gown

    Organic Hemp Silk Bridal Gown, $1500 from Etsy seller MaudeCouture

    Truly Zac Posen Geometric Corded Wedding Dress

    Truly Zac Posen Geometric Corded Wedding Gown, $1358+ at David’s Bridal

    etsy weddingdressfantasy organza wedding dress with straps

    Organza Pleated Wedding Dress, $999 from Etsy seller WeddingDressFantasy

    pronovias feather bodice gown

    Feather Bodice Gown, $1260 from Shoptiques

    zac posen satin corseted wedding dress

    Truly Zac Posen Satin Corseted Wedding Dress, $758 from David’s Bridal

    ti adora layered trumpet gown

    Layered Trumpet Gown, $945 from Shoptiques

    Finally, this one is just a bit over budget — but just by a bit!

    etsy desireespice trumpet wedding gown

    Tulle Wedding Gown, $2080 by Etsy seller DesireeSpice

    What do you think, Maria? Did I come close?

    Any of you BABs out there think you can do better? We’re looking for a couple of frugal fashionistas to take on the task of helping our readers #GetOverIt! If you’re interested, send an email to with subject #CAIGOI and a link to a Pinterest board of a designer dress and your broke-ass worthy alternative finds!

    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. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

    *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.

  • 11/28

    Cyber Monday Deals for Your Wedding

    Happy Monday, darlings! I hope you all had a great, restful Turkey weekend. As per usual, the holiday shopping has been kicked into high gear, and since finding a killer bargain is essential to any Broke-Ass wedding, I'd be remiss if I neglected to share these awesome Cyber Monday deals with you. Since Black Friday was a mashup of all the things, Cyber Monday's deals are concentrated…

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    BAB approved black friday sales and deals

    Just as we do every year, because we know and appreciate the importance of a good sale but also recognize the very real need to not want to leave your house and deal with crowds, we've put together an exhaustive list of Black Friday deals from our partners. There are huge discounts on wedding-y things and just regular old everyday stuff, too. Stay tuned for…

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    Beach weddings call for gorgeous, relaxed dresses that harken to the feeling of digging your toes into the sand. Reader Marisa emailed us looking for a scalloped lace dress for her sandy nuptials. I recently fell in love with this dress by anna Campbell "coco". I love the scalloped lace look - I'm having a beach wedding so it seems fitting! I love the sleeves…

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  • 10/26


    Hiiiii! I know, I know ... it's been a while! That whole wedding and honeymoon thing really keeps a girl busy. Last time I checked in, I was a week or two out from my wedding and was finally having my meltdown moment. I was having the hardest time ever finding the right undergarment for my dress, and while I never found one that was…

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    Berta 16-03

    Ok, guys, I'm giving this column a go until I get one of you worthy darlings to step in for me (plz, do that. Email with #CAIGOI as the subject to apply. Details can be found here)! Until then, I'm scooting into the fashionista seat to see how I fare at finding you baller-ass Get Over It gowns. First up: Reader Sarah commented on this post asking:…

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    DIY or DIE arbor decoration

    We love a good paper project, especially when that project can easily, beautifully and affordably replace a more expensive floral decoration. We're huge fans of paper flowers as a broke-ass decor option, but that's far from the only paper decoration option. For this project, made with the Cricut Explore Air machine for Cricut’s Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” I found a beautiful lacy doily design…

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