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Hey broke-asses! Happy Friday! This week, I put out the call on Facebook to see what kinds of wedding-y things y’all were having a hard time finding. Randi put out the plea for yellow statement necklaces that won’t murder her wallet and also fell in the more pastel-y, muted range of yellows. After looking high and low across the Interwebz, I think I found some pretty sweet baubles to help a sista out.
Randi, did I find anything that fits your needs?
How about the rest of Team Broke-Ass? Is there anything in particular you’d like to see me find? Tell us in the comments!
Man, you guys, my email inbox just EXPLODED with these killer deals that are waaayyyy too good to pass up.
Tiny Prints is having a gargantuan 40% off sale on thank-you cards today only (sale ends at 8 a.m. tomorrow). There’s a bajillion cute styles, but this dotted “Streaming Shapes” style caught my eye hard.
And over at Ann’s Bridal Bargains, they’re Semi-Annual Sale means you get to knock a sizable 20% off your order. So, if you’re looking for invitations to send out to 100 households at $1 each, you’re looking at pretty much getting 20 invites fo FREE-99! Just use code VOWWOW at checkout (This deal slips into never-never land on 3/11).
Minted is having a 15% off sale on everything baby + kids related. Use code BKSPRING15 at check out (ends 3/17).
WeddingPaperie.com is shaving 20% off your order with the use of checkout code WPMAR20 (good through 4/6).
So get on over and take advantage of these great deals!
*This post is brought to you by our friends at Madison Reed*
You guys, I have a confession: I’m a bottle girl.
No no, not that kind (I hate waitressing as is. Add a nightclub to it and yeah … NOPE).
I’m talking the kind that you use when you color your hair. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a natural blonde, but here’s the thing: I want to be blonder. I want ALL THE BLONDE. But I’m frugal (duh), and it’s like pulling teeth for me to spend money on a trim (which happens like once a year). So, I want salon-quality, super easy and uber affordable. And I don’t want to have to mess with it too much. Easy request, right?
Actually: Yes, yes it is. Because: Madison Reed. This online subscription-delivery company takes alla dem hair-coloring worries (going to the store, trying to find the exact same shade previously purchased, figuring out if the instructions are actually speaking English, etc.) and gives ‘em the big ol’ middle finger.
Sure, Madison Reed‘s website offers pics of their various shades, but even more than that, they have consultants available to help.
But since I knew that I just wanted ALL THE BLONDE, I picked Roma. And then I was off!
The packaging is super pretty and it’s not just “color developer, tube with color, conditioner, gloves and crappy instructions that get ruined if they get wet at all.” Nope. There’s lotsa goodies, including:
- 2 pairs of gloves (one for coloring, one for the rinsing out process)
- a shower cap (so you can actually DO STUFF while the color develops, rather than walk around like a giraffe with a neck brace on)
- wipes to get the goop off your face
- cream to keep the goop from getting on your face
- a really rockin’ set of shampoo and conditioner (I love this stuff)
All this is in addition to the regular color and developer shizz. And the instructions? They’re printed on the packaging, so they’ll hold up even if there’s a color-splosion in the bathroom.
The process is pretty standard: Prep, mix, apply, saturate, wait, rinse, swoon.
Of the many things I really liked about this system was that there was a very obvious lack of strong chemical smell and the color lasts.
Since Madison Reed is a subscription-delivery service, you can set it to arrive at your doorstep however often you choose. And since you’re skipping a trip to the salon, it saves you beaucoup bucks.
If you’re thinking of giving your follicles a little color boost before your big day, try this shizz out. For serious.
Well, hasn’t it been a shiny, sparkly, bling-tastic week here at BAB! I couldn’t very well not join in the ring party, so for this week’s Five for Friday, I rocked (heh, get it?) massive Interwebz search for some unique, bold and badass engagement rings, all under $1,000. Feast your eyes, darlings!
The Embrace Opal Ring at Angara, $469
Geneva Ring from BHLDN, $550
Gemstone & Diamond Sterling Ring at QVC.com, $169.92
Do any of these funky sparklers tickle your fancy? Which is your favorite?
*This post brought to you by our friends at Luna Bazaar*
So now that you’re starting to get into the nitty gritty of the wedding planning, I’m sure you’re starting to think about and look at the details. And OMG. There’s soooo much to do, so much to make, so much to buy! All the deets have to be perfect!
While there are a bajillion and a half amazeballz pics of wedding details strewn across the internetz (yes, even I have a Pinterest board dedicated to the little thangs), they don’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, there are a lot of little things you can do to ensure you aren’t wasting your dollaz on a one-time-only, use-it-or-lose-it kind of décor purchase:
1. Inject a good amount of YOU into your purchases.
You know how all of Weddingland says that your wedding should still represent you, just a shinier/more colorful/more expensive/more dressy/etc., version of you? Well, kinda. Definitely keep you, your partner and your life in mind when deciding on your wedding theme. And if you’re looking to stretch your budget, keep in mind the kind of décor you like to look at, over and over again. I mean, if you’re uber into color and disco balls (ahem, moi), then find colorful, sparkly objects to surround yourself with.
2. Go timeless, but in a way that excites you.
Now, I’m not saying stick to all white or don’t pick something new and funky-fresh, just make sure it’s something that makes you happy. Chinese lanterns are a pretty go-to pick for wedding decor. They add a little oomph and are oh, soooo cheap to pick up by the many. Obviously all white is classic and elegant, but you’d be surprised what a mix of colors can do. Whether you go monochromatic or have a colorsplosion, Luna Bazaar offers a RIDICULOUS range of sizes and shapes, to mix up the fun. And when the party’s over, hang them from your ceiling for a little extra decor oomph. Since they assemble and disassemble super easily, they’re a no-brainer when you have to move or redecorate.
3. Go for functionality.
You know what the best kind of decoration purchase is? The one that can be used for a holy buttload of things. Candle holders can go from sweet centerpiece accents to the source of seductive lowlight around your living room. Baskets can hold programs or favors and later, your stack of Real Simple magazines. And vases of all sizes and shapes are useful for pretty much anything, from change jars to pasta containers to a pretty way to stash cotton balls.
This Turquoise Blue Frosted Glass Vase decorates my kitchen table, often with a single daisy in it.
And this Vintage Green Glass Vase operates as my office supply wrangler. So much better than one of those weird office store caddies.
So, really, what it comes down to is cost per use. And since we here at The Broke-Ass Bride are all about making the most out of every dolla dolla bill, we want to make sure our skrilla is spent wisely. That means finding multifunctional items that can easily translate from the fantastic fête that is your wedding over to your cozy abode. It also means shopping at places, like Luna Bazaar, that won’t rob you blind and offers a whole helluva lot of choices. And when all is said and done, and you spy those fun disco ball lights out of the corner of your eye, you’ll remember dancing the night away with your love and all your posse around you. Who wouldn’t want to remember that?
Do you have any burning decor questions? Need help on how to stretch those dollars and find multiple uses for one item? Let us know in the comments!
Y’all, I love me some ModCloth. Like, it’s a little ridic. And when I found out they were rolling out vintage-inspired wedding styles, I straight swooned. While there are some short dresses, some long dresses and some dresses that aren’t white at all, there are also glorious accessories and enough glittery, sparkly goodness to last me a lifetime … or at least this wedding season. Here are my five favorites:
The last one MURDERS me. It’s the cutest ever. EVER. Which item from ModCloth’s vintage-inspired wedding styles is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!
Brought to you by our friends at Simple Registry.
I dunno about y’all, but I like to make sure that if people are going to give me something, it’s something I want and will really, truly use. Because: Guilt. I have this amazing problem of feeling guilty for not necessarily loving a gift, but hanging on to it nonetheless, which just results in clutter and hoarding and anxiety and … damnit, where’s my whiskey?
All this and the pressure of wedding planning? OOF. Nope. I’d like to have fun, please.
So make things easier on yourself and on your guests and set up a registry that allows you to steer your loved ones toward items or experiences that you’d really like and therefore use. “But Christen,” you say, “Wherever shall I find such a glorious unicorn of registries?”
YOU GUYS. I got this! SimpleRegistry.
Not only is SimpleRegistry super easy to use (I signed up myself. So, for realz.), but you can add pretty much anything: Need a toaster, like classic-style? BOOM. How ’bout tickets for the first Red Sox-Yankees face-off of the season? NAILED IT. Feeling more philanthropic and want to donate your dollaz to the ASPCA (one of the BAB’s charities of choice)? YEAH, THAT TOO.
And you know how that girlfriend of yours is always suggesting different activities or restaurants, just insisting that you’ll loooovvveee it? Well, she can take those ideas and add them as ideas on your SimpleRegistry list and your whole damn bridal party — you know, the ones who have the most fun? — can split that experience to make it one for the ages. Yup, birds, stones, etc. Doesn’t matter. You get to go biking through a vineyard!
Go get your fun on and set up your SimpleRegistry!
Happy Friday, BABs! And happy Valentine’s Day! While you’re probz being schmoopy with your love, I’m on the road moving from Texas to Florida and looking forward to beach life. But that’s my version of romance: Me, my man (and our cat) and the wide open road. So, in between stuffing boxes and bidding adieu, I scoured the Interwebz for five gorgeous and timeless bridesmaids dresses for you to ogle. Bonus: They’re all $150 or less! Enjoy!
“Elizabeth,” by Weddington Way.
D574 by Alfred Sung.
D518 by Alfred Sung.
D516 by Alfred Sung.
“Audrey,” by Weddington Way.
Which is your favorite? What feel are you going with for your ladies? Tell us in the comments!
I get Valentine’s Day. I do, I get it. I get where people come from when they say it’s a holiday manufactured by a paper goods company. I get it when my married, soon-to-be-married or pre-engaged friends get giddy over the prospect of an otherwise overly romantic event. Hell, even I, the hater of roses, detester of adoration-professing stuffed animals, mistress of … well, wait, I love chocolate. I can’t go that far. But damnit, I’ll sip my cheap sparkling wine out of a pint glass and continue …
What I get annoyed with about Valentine’s Day is that there seems to be a formula for the “romance.” Flowers, fancy dinner, googly eyes over candlelit souffle. It all seems so standard!
So, in lieu of roses and schmoop, let’s talk Valentine’s options we’d really love:
Two-piece lingerie set, Hourglass Angel, $14.99
Red Damn Sexy Oversized Tee, HipsandCurves.com, $29.95
Something to sip on:
Wine of the Month subscription, The California Wine Club, prices vary.
A new challenge for the two of you to face head-on:
Online Cooking Course, ChefSteps, prices vary.
A place to get your snuggle on:
Loveseat, West Elm, $636.00
A little something fun to pass the time:
Poker for Lovers, Adam and Eve Toys, $19.95
One big, not-so-public display of affection:
Custom Collage, Magic Murals, prices vary.
What are you doing for Valentine’s? Any of these ideas strike your fancy?