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Ten for the Weekend: Cold-Weather Shopping Deals for Budget Babes

Happy Friday, BABs! I think fall has finally decided to show it’s face — albeit shyly — here in North Texas … just in time, too, since all the cutest stuff seems to be on sale! This Ten for the Weekend has oodles of gorgeous and cozy fashion finds that won’t destroy your budget, but will leave you looking the bestest.

1. A super fancy dress at a quarter of the price? Yep, Rent the Runway does just that. And go ahead and score $20 off orders $75+ until 11/1 when you use code TREAT2014.

Marchesa Notte gown from Rent the Runway

I’d love to see this gorgeous Marchesa Notte dress on a fall bride (Rent for $200, retails at $1395).

2. Speaking of fashion: Ann Taylor (#duh) is offering 50% off your entire purchase with code FASHION50 utnil 10/28.Take 50% off Entire Purchase with code FASHION50. 

3. Not one to be left behind, Lord & Taylor is taking an extra 25% off women’s, men’s and kids with their Friends & Family sale until 10/26 with code FRIENDS. 

4. Stock up on cool, casual essentials with American Eagle’s 25% off new arrivals offer — use code NEWVIBES until 10/27. 

AEO Striped V-Back Sweater Dress

This striped sweater dress (with a V-back!) would be in constant rotation — with my pajamas. Erry day, y’all.

5. Cooler weather calls for sox, but not just any old sox … Save 10% on all orders from the Sox Box using code SAVE10.

6. Flaunt your team spirit at Fanatics with 15% off NCAA sweatshirts and jackets until 10/31.

7. Get a head start on holiday shopping and get home decor, cards, calendars, etc., with Shutterfly and go ahead and save 40% off while you’re at it.

8. YO, DIY BRIDES! If you’re printing your invitations at home, you need this: Comp and Save is offering $5 off your $5 order (+ you get a free wristband) until 11/2 with code 5BC5 at checkout — so stock up on ink and toner!

9. Still in denial that winter is, indeed, coming? Book a vacation with Expedia where you can save up to 55% in Los Cabos, Mexico, plus get a 20% spa discount at select resorts until 10/31.

10. Of course, the best for last:, my own personal favorite place for all things fun, funky and design-y, is knocking 10% off sitewide (you must use this link)! Get on it!

Heart Gloves Grey Cherry by  Yastikizi

Got a cold-weather engagement shoot? These gloves would be perfect!

Happy shopping, BABs!

Five for Friday: Stunning Engagement Rings Under $1K from Mia Donna

One of the things I hear from many future BABs is that they have their hearts set on certain styles of engagement rings, but are often hard-pressed to find their favorite stunners at a price that fits their budget. Y’all, I’m here to tell you that finding your dream ring at your price point is totally doable. Longtime friend and partner of The Broke-Ass Bride, Mia Donna, is a prime example: Mia Donna has a whole gang of gorgeous engagement rings and wedding bands in the $500 to $1,000 range. This Five for Friday highlights my five faves, all under $1,000.

Mia Donna Amore Engagement Ring

Amore Vintage Engagement Ring starting at $980

Amore is definitely a classic design with a vintage feel. It’s the kind of ring that will be timeless, and always a little unique.

Mia Donna Allure Wedding Ring
Allure Wedding Band starting at $569

Not everyone is into the center-stone look, and many who work with their hands or are pretty active, the prong settings can get snagged and you could lose your stone. A pave band is a great way to incorporate the sparklez without putting your precious in peril.

Mia Donna Daci Engagement Ring

Daci Solitaire Engagement Ring starting at $795

I’ve been digging tension settings like this lately — it’s just a clean, different line than what you typically see from solitaire rings.

Mia Donna Peaches Engagement Ring
Peaches Engagement Ring starting at $973

Peaches is just gorgeous, in my opinion. I’m not usually super into the halo look, but I think this ring pulls it off quite successfully.

Mia Donna Poppy Accentend Engagement Ring
Poppy Engagement Ring starting at $894

Aside from the shorter, less protruding prongs, my favorite thing about this simple ring is the teeny bezel-set diamond in the setting base.  Sometimes it’s the little details that make it.

Which is your favorite, darlings? Anything from Mia Donna catch your eye?

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Oscar de la Renta’s “Alicia” Inspired Gown For Under $2,000

Hey BABs. A couple of days ago the fashion world lost one of its greatest treasures, Oscar de da Renta. Without a doubt one of the greatest designers to ever live, some would argue THE greatest. He was born Óscar Arístides Renta in 1932 in Santo Domingo to an affluent family. My fabulous editor gave me the idea to do a post dedicated to him. How do I even begin to commemorate the genius of this man? He dressed four First Ladies. FOUR. Oscar de la Renta had a career that spanned over 60 years, pretty amazing considering he started off by drawing clothes for newspapers when he was just 19.  After the wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain saw some of his sketches, she commissioned him to design a gown for her daughter. Eventually, that dress was on the cover of LIFE magazine. He then went to work under Cristóbal Balenciaga, another name synonymous with fashion. After that he worked for other big fashion houses like Balmain  and Lanvin. I can’t even think of anyone that hasn’t dazzled us in a de la Renta gown (proof). And then there is his bridal wear which is second to none, ever (in my opinion). Just look at his most recent creation, made for Amal Alamuddin when she married George Clooney. It’s one of the most beautiful dresses I’ve EVER SEEN. He truly understood how to make a woman look and feel beautiful and did just that for many, many brides. You will be miss, Mr. de la Renta. Amal Almuddin in Oscar de la Renta.

I chose “Alicia” from his 2014 bridal collection because of its beautiful, lace long sleeves.  It’s fall and long sleeves are definitely in right now in bridal. A certain princess really popularized this style again in 2011 when married Prince William. This dress that I chose is definitely fit for a princess. It’s made from ivory silk faille and also has an ivory Chantilly lace overlay.

“Any girl from any walk of life dreams of that special dress, and I try to make that dream a reality for her.” (On designing Amal Alamuddin’s wedding gown.)

Can't Afford It

Original Oscar de la Renta’s “Alicia” $$$$

Get Over It

RainingBlossoms270 A-Line Wedding Dress With Lace Long Sleeves (Style: #WD-3272) $270 at

SimplyBridal288 A-Line Satin Gown With Lace Overlay (Style: 80235) $288 at

RainingBlossoms340 Mermaid Lace Gown With Sweetheart Neckline & Long Sleeves (Style: WJLM-0058) $340 at Raining Blossoms

BBP1099 Net & Re-Embroidered Lace Gown With Long Sleeves (Style: 2439) $1,099 at

Etsy1100 Vintage A-Line Gown With Floral Lace Overlay $1,100 at EllyaBoutique on Etsy

BBP1309 Long Sleeve Chantilly Lace Gown With Matching Shawl (Style: 77959) $1,309 at

BBP1420 Alencon Lace Gown With Beaded Embroidery (Style: F161069) $1,420 at

BBP1529 Soft Tulle & Corded Chantilly Lace Gown (Style: EK1001) $1,529 at

BBP1575 V-Neck Gown With Beaded Lace Overlay & Beaded Applique (Style: 2079) $1,575 at

I’ve included this a lot, but BHLDN really has some pretty sashes. As well as Etsy which has tons. Send me some requests, ladies! I’m always here to help you get over that pricey gown. 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.


R..I.P. Oscar de la Renta 1932-2014

Oscar de la Renta at his fashion show at Neiman Marcus-  Chevy Chase, MD

Oscar de la Renta quotes:

“The qualities I most admire in women are confidence and kindness.”

“What women have achieved in the last 50 years, I wish men would have achieved in the last 100.”

“I’ve lived every day to the fullest, and I’ve had a marvelous time. I’ve tried to be nice to the people I care about, and ignore the ones I don’t. I enjoy what I’ve done.”

Ten for the Weekend: Stock up on Essentials and Wedding Gown Sale Alert for SoCal Brides

Happy Friday, everyone! I’ll be traveling to Charlotte, N.C., in the morning for a meeting with some of our partners and to see a friend, and Dana and Paul are officially on the second leg of their epic honeymoon tour, chilling in a great hotel in Seoul. But I’d never take off without leaving you with some great deals and discounts to help you kick your weekend off right. From Anthro to Tradesy and a super awesome deal on wedding dresses for those of you in the Southern California area, this Ten for the Weekend has got the goods to make your wallet happy.

Ten for the Weekend: Stock up on Essentials and Wedding Gown Sale Alert for SoCal Brides

1. I know I know, Halloween isn’t even here yet. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stock up on Thanksgiving cookware. Sur la Table is having a sale on various essentials — from roasting pans to immersion blenders to spiral slicers.

2. Man, there are few things better than a good dress sale, but one of those few things is a discount on already well-priced items. is knocking 15% off their dresses until 10/19.

3. You know what costs a lot? Wedding stationery. You know who’s taking $40 off orders of $99+ for new customers? Wedding Paper Divas, that’s who (when you enter WPD40 at checkout until 10/28).

Wedding Paper Divas Enchanting Forever Invitations

I’m loving these “Enchanting Forever” invites.

4. Discounts on discounts are a great thing, y’all. BCBG is taking an extra 30% off final sale items. Now that doesn’t suck.

5. Designer shoes and accessories and getting to feel like one of the cool kids? That’s how Cole Haan rolls with their 30% off Friends and Family deal until 10/21.

6. Need to stock up on basics? Anthropologie is having a 30% sale off select sweaters, tees and pants for a limited time.

7. Guys, have you checked out Dessy’s sale section? They just added three different styles of twist wrap dresses, as well as a whole gang of accessories. Go on, get on it!

8. Call all beer lovers! Craft Beer Club is skimming $10 bucks off when you gift a membership of 3 months or more this holiday season (until 12/31) when you use code iSave5.

9. Do you guys know Tradesy? You should. It’s like, the greatest consignment store / thrift shop, ever. Like, serious designer duds, but previously worn / used (gently), and therefor cheaper than normal. And right now Tradesy is having an accessory sale. So you know, do it.

10. SoCal Brides, this one’s just for you! Unique Vintage’s real, actual brick-and-mortar store in Burbank is having a real life sample sale this Sunday. Check out our Pinterest board for a sampling of the gowns on sale!

Unique Vintage 10/19 Sample Sale in Burbank, CA


Happy shopping, darlings!

Five for Friday: Spooktacular Frocks for Halloween

Are we sick of that play on words? Maybe? I don’t know. Puns. I dig ‘em. Anyway, since we’ve had oodles of convo surrounding Halloween weddings this week (I mean, you saw the HP Lovecraft-inspired shoot, right?), it seemed appropriate to find some great dresses for this haunted holiday, whether you’re hitting the parties or are planning your own eerie I Do’s — and all of them are frightfully budget-friendly at under $100!

Take Me There Black Long Sleeve Lace Dress - Lulu's

Take Me There Black Long Sleeve Lace Dress, $56 at Lulu’s The Body Eclectic Dress - ModCloth
The Body Eclectic Dress, $89.99 at ModCloth
Red & Black Lace Annabella Wiggle Dress - Unique Vintage
Red & Black Lace Annabella Wiggle Dress, $60 at Unique Vintage

Unique Vintage’s site has this styled in Dia de los Muertos style, with fabulous sugar skull makeup. I die.

Black Long Sleeve Bats Print Dress - SheInside
Black Long Sleeve Bats Print Dress, $17.59 at SheInside What a Spangled Web We Weave Dress - ModCloth What a Spangled Web We Weave, $94.99 at ModCloth

(Guys. The sparklez!)

How do you like these boo-tiful (sorry) dresses? How will you be dressing up for Halloween?

Ten for the Weekend: Flower Kits, Gorgeous Lace and Big Sales!

All right! The weekend is finally here! On top of the amazing Unique Vintage sale from this morning, I’ve found ten more awesome sales to make your heart, wallet and weekend a little more happy. From DIY flower kits to home goods and nearly everything in between, there are enough savings in this post to make even the brokest of asses smile.

1. Bloominous, purveyor of amazing DIY flower kits, is knocking 10% off when you use CLUBBLOOM10  at checkout.

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The Party Pop collection has been catching my eye big time lately.

2. Time for a new fall dress? Save 15% off full-price dresses at Anthropologie with code TWOTREATS.

3. Bluefly is having a huge Columbus Day sale, including up to an extra 50% off designer boots including Prada, Gucci, Charles David and Rebecca Minkoff.

4. A little lace never hurt anybody … especially at up to 50% off like it is at!

SheInside White Half Sleeve Lace Belt Mesh Yoke Pleated Dress


I’d love to see someone get married in this. And it’s less than $40. So, you know: #duh.

5. In need of a great roaster for Turkey Day? Head over to Sur la Table and take 20% off one item with COLUMBUS14 until 10/3.

6. C. Wonder has some great stuff on sale, and this weekend you can get an additional 50% off sale styles.

7. Get your home ready for the winter months and add some new touches at 15% off with Design Within Reach‘s semiannual sale.

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Um. This. Please. I love this elephant.

8. Wedding Paper Divas is knocking 25% off Save the Dates until 10/14 with 25SAVEOCT.

9. Grooms deserve accessories, too. Head to to get $5 off your order with CUFF5.

10. Not one to disappoint, Ann Taylor’s sale saves 40% off your entire purchase until 10/14.

Happy shopping, darlings!


Five for Friday: Dazzling Dresses from Unique Vintage + a Birthday Surprise

Happy Friday, darlings! I’m pretty stoked about this week’s Five for Friday, because the lovely, lovely peeps over at Unique Vintage and I schemed up something super special for you. In honor of this girl’s 30th birthday (which, you guys, I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this), Unique Vintage is knocking a cool 30% off select styles this weekend just for you, BABs, which knocks most of these dazzling darlings under $100. Here are my five favorite styles from the selection, and stay tuned for the special discount code at the end!

Unique Vintage High Society Ivory Floral Swing Dress

High Society Ivory Floral Swing Dress, $165 $115.50

Unique Vintage Black and Red Striped Strapless Fit 'n' Flare Dress

Black and Red Striped Fit ‘n’ Flare Dress, $128 $89.60

Unique Vintage Ivory Lace Countess Cocktail Dress


Ivory Lace Countess Cocktail Dress, $134 $93.80

Unique Vintage Black Flirty Cotton Mini Swing Dress

Black Flirty Cotton Mini Swing Dress, $110 $77

Unique Vintage Black and White Blanc Noir Fleur Scoopneck Belted Swing Dress

Black and White Blanc! Noir! Fleur! Scoop Neck Belted Swing Dress, $138 $96.60

I love them so! But the last black and white one is my favorite, easily. How about you, BABs? Get yourself over to Unique Vintage to check out the rest of the styles and use code BAB30 at checkout to get 30% off. Happy my birthday to you, darlings!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! “Mia” & “Ellie” Inspired Gowns By Christos For Under $2,000

Hey BAB’s! This week we have a twofer! Lauren wrote in requesting two, beautiful gowns by Christos Fall 2015 line. Christos Yiannakou is the woman behind the brand. Christos was established in 1984 and after retiring in 2005, Christos asked Amsale (Keep yo eyes peeled for Amsale in the very near future) to take over for her. These dresses are timeless and very beautiful. They’re known for using Alençon lace which is sometimes called the “Queen of Lace.” Also, they create airy silhouettes which can only be described as fairytale-like. Here is Lauren’s request:

“I love these features! You guys always find the best dresses. I’m really in love with two gowns from the new Christos Line (Mia and Ellie). But sigh, they are pricey. Any ideas for options under $2000? :)”

Thank you, Lauren! Absolutely I can find you some options for under $2,000!

Can't Afford It

ChristosOriginal “Mia” by Christos $$$$


ChristosOriginal2 “Ellie” by Christos $$$$

Get Over It

BBP671 Ball Gown With Intricately Beaded Lace Appliques (Style: T657) $671 at

BBP790 A-Line Gown With Lace & Organza (Style: 1477) $791 at

BHLDN970 Flowing A-Line Tulle Skirt With A Floral Covered Bodice (Style: 33158643) $970 at BHLDN

BBP1001 A-Line Gown With Beaded Appliques Over Lace (Style: M1239Z) $1,001 at

BBP1190 Fit-N-Flare Gown With Layers Of Tulle (Style: 2076) $1,190 at

BBP1245 A-Line Gown With Illusion Neckline (Style: Rier) $1,245 at

BBP1375 A-Line Dress With Rich Re-Embroidered Lace & Petite Flowers Of Organza (Style: R7410) $1,375 at

BBP1407 Ball Gown With Draped Bodice & Tonal Colored Swarovski Crystal Embellished Flower (Style: 17732) $1,407 at

BBP1449 Sheath Gown Of Beaded Embroidered Lace On Soft Tulle (Style: 4Sm002) $1,449 at

BBP1641 A-Line Gown With Illusion Sweetheart Neckline (Style: 12608) $1,641 at

Guys: This is Christen’s favorite dress from her brides in glasses shoot!

BHLDN1800-1 A-Line Gown With Layers Of Tulle Over Silk Charmeuse (Style: 27178839) $1,800 at BHLDN

BHLDN1800 Soft, Grey Gown With Corded Lace & Hand-Embroidered Silver Beading (Style: 32031668) $1,800 at BHLDN


I tried to tie in a lot of elements from both dresses so I could combine this post. Let me know if you need help finding anything else or have another gown request. We’re always here to help!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.


Real Bride Meg: How to Fashion Yourself as a Budget-Savvy Guest

I can’t say my parents didn’t warn me. They always said the summer they got married they went to a wedding every single weekend, and that I should expect the same when I hit my mid- to late-20s. Well, they were right … for the most part.

While we don’t have a wedding every weekend leading up to our own, we do have quite a handful during our 18-month engagement. With every wedding comes another shower present, wedding gift and most importantly, wedding attire. I’m here to tell you that it’s much easier to cut corners when you’re a guest at someone else’s wedding. The answer is right in your closet!

Every budget-savvy fashion-loving gal has a few staple dresses in their closet that they can come back to when all else fails. I’ve had this black and white fit-and-flare polka dot dress for a few years now. Just about every year I’ve owned it, I’ve worn it to a different occasion, styling it in totally different ways. Since it is pretty simple, I love giving it different color accents each time.

The first time I wore it was to my fiancé’s formal holiday party two years ago. I decided to go with a classic look by wearing it with a simple black blazer and tights, adding some color with my turquoise suede wedge heels, pairing it with some pearls and pulling my hair in a bun to top it all off. My favorite accessory was my equally festive date, however.

formalparty Meg and Steve before the holiday party. Photo courtesy of Meg

The next time I wore that same dress was about 10 months later to a rehearsal dinner for our best friends’ wedding. I kept the same color scheme but went with a more relaxed look. It was unseasonably warm that weekend, so I left the tights at home but kept the in-season shoes. I left my hair in long loose curls, and added a blingin’ necklace and a colorblock clutch.

rehearsaldinner Steve and Meg at the Park wedding rehearsal dinner. Photo courtesy of Steve’s mom
And since you can’t see the accessories in the above photo, here is the clutch and the necklace. Photo courtesy of Meg

The most recent time I wore my favorite staple dress was this past weekend, exactly a year after the rehearsal dinner. This time, I wore it to a family wedding and decided to have some fun with it. I took inspiration from the last two times I wore the dress, wearing my pearls and my bouncy curls, and added bright pink heals and clutch, both of which I wore to the wedding of the rehearsal dinner the previous year.


Adding a pop of pink to an October wedding. Photo courtesy of Steve’s sister.

Just about every accessory I styled the dress with was something I already had, and bought at either Kohl’s, Forever 21 or Target – aka: cheap, cheaper and super cheap! Since you have your own wedding budget to stick to, I encourage you to take a good look at your own staple pieces and accessories. You’d be surprised at how easily they can translate from event to event — you could even reuse some pieces for your own pre-wedding parties, and make them staples of your own “bride” look.