Broke-Ass Category: Christen

7/29

Affiliate Disclaimer NewAs if it even needs mentioning, we’re suckers for some yummy food and delish beverages. I mean, #duh, right? Natch, we like to spread the wealth and share our fave goodies with our friends, family and even wedding guests (we’ve been known to espouse the concept that favors should be skipped unless they can be eaten or drank). So, for this Five for Friday, we’re sharing five of our fave food and drink related gift ideas — perfect for your wedding brigade, your spouse-to-be, parents in-law or even as favors for your guests!

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Sauce from Matthews 1812 House

Dark Chocolate Bourbon Sauce, $14.50 for 9 oz. jar from Matthews 1812 House

Guys, can we just agree to frost every cake for the rest of forever with this stuff? Chocolate + bourbon + sauce = forever love, amirite? Oh, chocolate not your jam? How about caramel bourbon sauce? Yeah, I didn’t think you’d be offended. Give this to your bourbon-loving best lady or your dad with the sweet tooth and revel in the thank-yous for the rest of forever.

 Snake River Farms American Wagyu Steak Flight

American Wagyu Steak Flight, $169 from Snake River Farms

I’m a huge fan of good steak, and growing up in the northwest has given me a solid taste for high quality USDA prime cut beef product. Snake River Farms ranks way high with me (go ahead, drool over my Instagrams). This steak flight consisting of two of each American Wagyu Filet Mignon, American Wagyu Sirloin Filet and American Waygu Ribeye Filet plus Espresso Brava Salt, a Snake River Farms hat and a cooking guide all come in a neatly packaged gift box. Perfect for any ardent meat lovers — whether that’s dad, future hubs or the culinary queen in your crew.

Mouth Rose Colored Glasses Taster

Rosè-Colored Glasses Taster, $86 from Mouth

For the rosè lover in your crew (there’s always one), this taster gift set is the perfect way to pop the cork and celebrate your friendship! With a bottle each of Matthiasson Rosé from Napa, Billsboro Rosé of Pinot Noir made in the Finger Lakes of New York and Pom Pomme sparkling cider by Descendant Cider Company in Queens and four stemless wine glasses, there’s no excuse not to be party-ready. Everything’s coming up rosè!

Dylan's Candy Bar Belgain Chocolage Covered Indulgence

Belgian Chocolate Covered Indulgence, $80 from Dylan’s Candy Bar

Whether it’s a late-night indulgence for your crew after partying hard with you or a little somethin’-somethin’ for your sweet-tooth-totin’ mother-in-law, it’s hard to go wrong with chocolate. The Belgian Chocolate Covered Indulgence gift set comes packed with eight gourmet Oreos dipped in chocolate and candies, four chocolate dipped gourmet brownies, four chocolate dipped pretzel sticks and six gourmet chocolate dipped graham crackers. Go on, give a little.

Carry On Cocktail Kit in Old Fashioned from Amazon

Carry On Cocktail Kit in Old Fashioned, $15.99 from Amazon

Traveling these days can be a little hectic and far from luxurious, and if your crew is coming from afar for your nuptials, you might want to treat them with this kit for the journey back (or pre-stock them for the trip to you). The Carry On Cocktail Kit comes with all the makings necessary to whip up two stellar Old Fashioneds, while still leaving your seatbelt buckled (though the tray table may not be in the upright position). Make your homies’ flights a little more enjoyable, and they’ll remember your wedding as the best ever.

What kind of food or drink related items would you love to get as a gift? Holler in the comments!

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  • 7/15

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewIt’s been a hot second since we’ve done a good Five for Friday around here, and I’m switching it up a little this week. Mixbook recently gave me the opportunity to put together my own hardcover photo book (because I got married, y’all) and I thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you my top five reasons why I’m super stoked I went this route to show off my wedding photos. We did a simple courthouse elopement on May 4 (whaddup, Star Wars Day!) and Shannon (yes, of Real Bride fame) helped me out bigtime by doing my hair, making a gorgeous peony bouquet and tagging along to act as witness and snap some pics. Because gone are the days of having printouts of all your wedding snaps and here are the days of uploading all that shizz to social media for friends and family far and wide to ogle, I wanted to do something a little different and a little special. My husband is a huge fan of sentiment and really appreciates thoughtfully put together gifts — for instance, for our second Christmas together, I had an illustration of the two of us and our first cat commissioned, based on our favorite photo together that year — and because he enjoys these kinds of gifts so much, I try to pull one out of my hat as often as possible. I saw this opportunity with Mixbook to do just that. Guys, he freaking loved this. He teared up a little, and even took it to work the following day to show it off to his coworkers (god, I love him). So, aside from making my grown-ass husband weepy, here are five of my top reasons to get wedding photos made into a photo book:

    Mixbook Photo Book Cover

    They look damn good.

    The hardcover is glossy and high-quality and the pages are durable and thick. I opted for a 1010 Deluxe Square Hardcover (which costs about $50-ish). I played around with a few different pre-selected designs before I kind of just decided to go with my own. The colors reproduced really well, which pleases me.

    Mixbook Page Detail with Bouquet

    You can tell your own story.

    Mixbook has preset options where you can fill in the blanks with your information or you can do as I did and scrap the whole shebang and make it entirely yours. I wanted to highlight these details about our wedding day, but I also wanted to include little quips and snippets from our relationship throughout, and I was able to do just that.

    Mixbook overlay and page layout detail

    The layout is only limited by your imagination.

    Did I mention it took me nearly a month to put this together? No joke. I kept switching things around, trying new layouts and options and switching this and that until I was finally satisfied. I get really picky about things like this — you should see how long it takes me to set up a website or arrange furniture — because I want to be sure it’s the most aesthetically pleasing as possible. I love that I was able to add a fun overlay, like on the right, while including all of our photos in various order and being able to cohesively weave our story through the pages.

    Mixbook Page Detail with Text

    Fun extras add a little sumthin’-sumthin’.

    Once I found the stickers, and especially this script sticker with a gold background, I was lost down a rabbit hole for at least an hour. For the pages where you just need that little something extra, but aren’t sure what, these are perfect. Mixbook also provides a number of background textures and graphics so you’re not stuck with white pages throughout.

    Mixbook Lay-Flat detail

    The lay-flat design provides seamlessness.

    If you opt for a hardcover lay-flat book, you don’t have to worry about the pages getting all wonky and losing part of the image in the seam. My book only has 21 pages, and none of the images cross the center threshold, but I love this feature nonetheless.

    My Mixbook is a durable heirloom that I can’t wait to show off to our family when they come to visit, and we can show to our son when he gets older. While we do plan on having one or two of the images from our little wedding day framed, this photo book is perfect for telling our story and preserving our love.

    And right now, enjoy up to 50% off (30% off orders under $50, 40% off orders $50+ and 50% off orders $100+) when you use code SUMMER at checkout until 7/18!

    christen
  • 6/24

    Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first three here, here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years —…

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    6/20

    Catering Your Own Wedding Do It on the Cheap with Sam's Club

    Original photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography So you've decided to tackle the wedding food on your own (or a very gracious friend with mad skillz has stepped up to the plate). Go you! It's a great way to save some money and add a very personalized touch ... but it can be a helluva task. Timing, preparation, serving and not to mention cost ... the biggest cost,…

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    6/17

    Melissa Sweet Illusion Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress at Davids Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts (catch the first two here and here), featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years…

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  • 6/13

    Personalized Snapchat Filters by XO Bespoke

    We're huge fans of social media here (#duh) and have totes been guilty of Instagramming erry-little-thing, tweeting out cool stuff and (over?)sharing on Facebook. Why would our weddings be any different? That's why we're totally loving the customized, affordable Snapchat GeoFilters created by our homies at XO Bspoke. The stationery company, which should be high on any broke-ass's radar because of its DIY-friendliness, knows that…

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    6/10

    Oleg Cassini Organza Veiled Lace Wedding Dress from David's Bridal

    As a special treat this month, we’re partnering with David’s Bridal to bring you four special edition Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! posts, featuring their very own gorgeous styles. David’s Bridal, a name synonymous with affordable wedding gowns in a huge variety of styles, has been dressing women for all types of special occasions for over 60 years — in fact, 1 in 3 brides…

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    6/7

    DIY Wedding Flowers from Sam's Club

    DIY wedding flowers can be a tough project to take on -- especially when it comes to figuring out where the hell to order your blooms from. Putting your trust in a wholesaler you're not entirely familiar with could potentially result in flowers that are a bit off-color (uh, peach and hot pink aren't the same, y'all) and it can be tough to find bulk…

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  • 6/6

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    After the Champagne has been drunk, the dress preserved and the top tier of the cake has been stored for later eating (or not, because: cake) and you and your partner transition from Broke-Ass nearlyweds to Broke-Ass newlyweds, logistical life stuff takes front and center. You might be starting to shop for a home, changing your name or combining your accounts and looking at ways to…

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