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DIY or DIE: Easy, Rustic Thank You Cards

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Thank you cards are an essential part of the wedding process — people give you stuff, you say thanks. But man, it’s a daunting process, too. This DIY or DIE tackles the thank-yous in a whole new way — make ‘em yourself! We love this idea for a MOH or bridal party who want to give their to-be-wed friend a gift that truly means something. Assemble these beauties ahead of the bridal shower and have the guests each write their addresses on the envelopes, then gift the stack of cards to your nearlywed friend. You’ve just decreased her stress and leveled up your awesomeness.

Shopping list:

the tools

Kraft paper cards and envelopes

Ink Pad in your color choice — remember the darker, the better so the stamp shows up

Rubber Thank You stamp

Hole Punch

Ribbon — I used a variety pack for this including twine, ric rac and braided yarn, but any thin ribbon will do.

Step 1:

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Cut Card in Half

Lay out your cards and envelopes. If  you want to get more bang for your buck, cut the cards in two — keep in mind, you’ll need more envelopes if you go this route.

Step 2:

Stamp in Ink Ink up your stamp. It’s a good idea to practice on scrap paper a couple of times before diving into your thank you cards — this will give you a better idea of how much ink and pressure you’ll need for the desired effect.

Placement of Stamp I chose the far right bottom corner as placement for my stamp.  Of course this is your design, so you have free range.

View of Stamp Slightly faded look, which gives it a more rustic feel

Step 3:

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After the stamp dries (it takes like a second or two, nothing crazy long), get out the hole punch. I punched two holes on the side and just chose the middle area of the card. No specific measurements, just wing it.

After Hole punch

 

Step 4: 6 inch ribbon measurement Measure your ribbon. No more than 6 inches is needed per card. Pro tip: Choose ribbon that matches the color scheme of your wedding — twine and ric rac are great for a rustic wedding while satin and grosgrain might be more suitable for a fancier bash.

Step 5:

ribbon through hole Place all 3 ribbons through the first hole on the front of the card, then thread the ribbon through the second hole so the excess ribbon is poking through the back of the card.

Even Ribbon Ensure the excess is even in the back, then criss-cross the ribbon and thread it through the opposite hole to the front of the card.

Cross Cross Ribbon

Ribbon In Hole

Backside View Thnk U When complete, the back of your card will look like this.
Front View Pre Cut Ribbon Thnk U The front of the card will look like this and yes, your ribbon will look frayed.

Step 6:

Cut Frays Scissors out– time to cut the frays away! We made the ribbon long enough to cut the ribbon back to make it no longer than the card itself. Frayed ribbon is OK — but if you’re hating on it, then dab some clear polish on the ends to keep it from unravelling.

And … Voila! You have a cute, budget friendly, rustic thank you card that most people will remember!  This is not your regular, store-bought thank you card — you actually put some time and energy into this bad boy.

Completed Thank you

Envelope and Card

I played around with a few different ribbons so you can get a good feel for how different types will look.

Katie's Thank you Cards

Change Ribbon Placement

I hope you have fun designing your own thank you cards. This was a very simple craft and you can make many cards in a very short amount of time. Pro tip: Set up an assembly line — cut all 3 ribbons in advance for the number of cards you will be making and stamp all cards first to make assembly a breeze.

“Limit your wallet, but never you space”

 

 

 

Ten for the Weekend: Dresses, Bling, Sports Gear and More

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1. Head over to BCBG to get 25% off all regular-priced items until 3/29 with code BECHIC25OFF.

2. Hey sports fans! Fanatics.com is having a spring sale, offering 15% to 50% off hundreds of items until 3/31.

3. Hunting for your wedding jewelry? Get 25% off at Helzberg Outlet with code OUTLET25.

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This pretty lady is under $100. 

4. First time customers can save $25 off orders of $75 from Rent the Runway until 4/24 with code 25OFFNEW.

5. Wedding Paper Divas is taking 40% off save the dates, 30% off premium save the date products and magnets and 40% off cards, postcards and coasters until 3/30 with code 0327DEAL.

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Well, these coasters are pretty much the cutest.

6. Hey big eyes! Julep is taking 50% off their knockout Lashes for Days mascara duo until 5/1 with code BIGEYES.

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7. Wearing shapewear under your gown? Hourglass Angel is taking $10 off lowback shapers with code LOW10 through 4/1.

8. Get a great deal on your beauty needs at Beauty Store Depot with 25% off orders $49+ until 3/30 with code BUZZ.

9. Head to Target for an extra 10% off home deals with code MADNESS until 3/28.

10. True & Co. is faced with the slightly enviable problem of having too much of a good thing: They’re overstocked with their pretty lingerie, so they’re knocking 40% off when you use code TOOMUCH40.

 

Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

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The weather in North Texas this week has been absolutely gorgeous, which is awesome because I feel like it’s making up for my less-than-awesome last couple of days in Mexico last week (more on that Monday). It’s been patio-drinking weather, even running on the side of hot more than once this week. I’m starting to see the telltale sundresses of summer emerge, and one color that keeps catching my eye right now is yellow, which doesn’t look all that great on me but is fun and bright regardless. Here are my five favorite yellow dresses right now: Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

That’s a Wrap Dress, $49 at Lulu’s

I love me a good wrap dress, and I’ve sort of been obsessing over them lately. I love the super bright color of this one — classic shape, unexpected color. That’s a great match.

Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

Jessica Howard Floral Belted Dress, $99 at Macy’s

Put your bridesmaids in this dress, plz. Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

ML Monique Lhuillier Ever After Dress, $35-$55 to rent at Rent the Runway

Or, better yet, rather than making them buy a dress, put them in a scmancy designer dress that they can just rent for the occasion. So much winning. Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

Ain’t It Sunny? Dress, $49.99 at ModCloth

Y’all know how I feel about polka dots. This dress is so cute for summer and spring, and there’s a really adorbz keyhole detail on the back. Five for Friday: Sunny Yellow Dresses

Petite Strappy Midi Dress in Crepe, $27 at Asos

For all you little ladies out there (woot!) this dress is sooo pretty. Throw ‘er on with some sandals and sick shades and you just sashay yourself all over town, mmkay?

What’s your favorite spring shade, BABs? Do you love any of these dresses? Tell me in the comments below!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Pretty, Comfortable Tiffany Blue Shoes for Under $200

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Hey BABs! We’re gonna be checkin’ out some OMG SHOES again. It’s been a while since we’ve done shoes so I’m excited. We’re helping reader Brigid get over gorgeous Tiffany blue shoes that at $340 are well over the $200 she’s comfortable spending.

Here’s what Brigid has to say:

The At Tiffany’s in robin’s egg are the loveliest wedding shoes imaginable, and I love that they’re designed to be comfy.
I love these shoes. The color, the vintage feel, the touch of quirkiness. I need options under $200, though. Help a bride out?

I love this color! So great for spring and what’s cuter than a brightly colored shoe with your wedding dress? Comfort is so important when picking out wedding shoes because, y’all, you’ll be in those puppies all damn day. You’ll also notice not all Tiffany blues are created equally. I threw a couple in there that might not be the exact Tiffany blue you’re looking for, but at least you have a few more options.

Can't Afford It Shop Hey Lady Tiffany Blue Shoes At Tiffany’s shoe, $340 from Hey Lady 

Get Over It

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Trotters “Prima” Pump, $108.95 at Nordstrom

ModCloth64 Vegan Sky-Blue & Blush Kitten Heel Shoes $65 at ModCloth

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Rebecca Minkoff Brie Pump, $150.75 at Nordstrom

ModCloth65 Turquoise Wedges With Glossy Petal Accents $65 at ModCloth

UniqueVintage78 Low Slingback Heels With Bow (Style: P15478) $78 at Unique Vintage


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Nordstrom89 Crystal Embellished Satin Pump (Style: 97498) $88 at Nordstrom

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Say it With Sophistication Heel, $69.99 at ModCloth


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Etsy114 Wedding Ballet Flats With Removable Ribbons $114 by BeccaandLouise on Etsy

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Ione T-strap Wingtip Spectator Pump, $66 at Unique Vintage

Etsy144 1″ Heels With Dyeable Satin & White Bow $144 by Parisxox at Etsy

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Elegance in its Prim Heel, $79.99 at ModCloth

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Open Toed Scalloped Barbie Heel in Mint, $96 at Unique Vintage

Zappos195 Satin Pump With Floral Chiffon Accent By Badgley Mischka (Style: 8303860) $195 at Zappos

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Nicola D’Orsay Pump, $64 at Unique Vintage

Voila! Shoes. I do have quite a few others that are that distinct, pretty, Tiffany blue. I didn’t post because they’re like, mega heels but let me know if you want to see them and I can send them to you no probs. Your best bet is to have something custom dyed if you can’t find something you love. So many places offer that option.  Hope I was able to help you at! Please let us know if you have any other questions. Until we meet again, 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 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.

“But How Will It Look on Me?” A Wedding Gown Test Drive

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For all the talk we have on BAB about trying on wedding gowns, we rarely discuss our level of expectation when it comes to a gorgeous gown we’ve been ogling online vs. the reality once it hits our likely not-model bodies. With this in mind, I put my head together with the amazing team at BHLDN who came down to Dallas for a trunk show and managed to finagle an appointment for me to actually try on their gowns live and in person. I recruited the help of my girls at The Purple Pebble (the amazing photographers behind the brides in glasses shoot) and brought Real Bride Shannon with me for hair, makeup and emotional support.

The last time I put on a real wedding gown was during the aforementioned shoot with The Purple Pebble — which was also about 17 pounds ago. On my 5’2″ frame, 17 pounds is a pretty good chunk to add — especially given I already have a fairly large bust (36C) and a curvy frame. So, you could definitely say I’m not an exemplification of the girls you see modeling the BHLDN gowns on the regs. And that’s exactly why I wanted to do this shoot: You guys are just as real as I am — we come in all shapes and sizes. And because we feature BHLDN gowns so often, I felt it necessary to be able to have my own experience with the dresses. I made sure to try on a few favorites — Persiphone with her gorgeous tulle, Wisteria in all her shimmering goodness, Elsa with her removable skirt and Cascada who was just the softest and flowiest.

On the model:

Persiphone

Persiphone Gown, $1350

On the BAB staffer:

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How It Felt:

Oh, Persiphone. I love you. This Watters gown is so pretty. The beading at the top is heavier than I anticipated, but not overbearing. The dress overall is gorgeous, but since I was in a sample size and I probably should have sized up one or two, the sheath skirt underneath was a little tight and bunchy, but had it been my size it would have likely been perfect. For ladies looking for a little bosom bump without being too risque, the V-neck is showing but in a modest kinda way. The stylist added the Pearl Petal Halo, which is not necessarily how I, personally, would wear a headpiece, but I thought it complemented the look in a really fun, whimsical way.

On the model:

Wisteria

Wisteria Gown, $2,100

On the BAB staffer:

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How it felt:

When this BHLDN line first hit the Internetz, contributor Elaine emailed me IMMEDIATELY with this dress saying she thought it was just so me. And she was totes right. This gown has nearly everything I like — shimmer, twirliness, a surprising color and straps. I kept getting nervous with the detail, though, because I’m totally one of those people whose jewelry will get caught on everything and I was so scared to rip one of those gorgeous metallic lace pieces. Wisteria has a little bit of an edgy punk-rock kind of feel to her, which I’m totally drawn to. And she’s light as hell — seriously. I put her on and, with the exception of the million extra feet of material since I’m obviously closely related to a hobbit, it was so easy to move in.

On the model:

Elsa Skirt

Elsa Elsa Gown, $1494 and Elsa Tulle Skirt, $595

On the BAB staffer:

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How it felt:

With all her intricate beading, Elsa is kinda heavy, but she slinks over your body in such a way that it feels really good and she makes a great sound when you walk. The removable tulle skirt is super fun, but I kind of wish that rather than having to step out of it or slip it over my head, there was a button so you can just undo it and let ‘er drop, a la snap pants style. Its hook-and-eye closure does streamline the removal process, though. This look was styled with the Floret Tulle Sash as a headpiece, which again, isn’t really my style, but it did make me realize that this dress is incredibly versatile — you can totally do anything with it. I was very surprised by how I felt in Elsa, because she’s certainly the slinkiest of the bunch which made me a little trepidatious at first, but she made my curves stand out in such a way that I felt sexy and gorgeous and confident, which is exactly how I want to feel in a wedding gown. Her beading is so, SO gorgeous in person. I truly thought that one of the gowns that would show off my upper half while camouflaging my lower half and highlighting my waist would be my preference, but Elsa did a significantly better job of making me feel wonderful than some of the others.

On the model:

Cascada Cascada Gown, $1600

On the BAB staffer:

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How it felt:

If ever there is a reason to venture outside your preconceived notions with your wedding vision, Cascada is it. With her little strips of fabric and uber boho look, she is so not what I would gravitate toward, but I fell in love with her the second I put her on. She’s light, she’s soft and she totally brought out a sassy side in me. Cascada is comfortable to walk around and sit down in, and she flows like you wouldn’t believe. Getting married in the woods, in a back yard or on the beach? This could be your homegirl. Cascada was styled with the Honeysuckle Halo, which I also really liked, but would be more apt to wear traditional headband style. I’m just not a halo person, I guess.

Overall, I was just as thrilled with the BHDLN gowns as I hoped I would be, which is awesome — because how much does it suck to love something until you personally experience it? There were definitely a few surprises: Never in a million years would I think that a slinky sheath would make me feel more confident than a ballgown or fit and flare, which — adversely — made me feel a little more self-conscious about my height. But it’s a good reminder that as my body changes, it’s important to explore outside my standard comfort zone to figure out what makes me feel the best — because when you feel good, it shows.

A good tailor is always key when it comes to wedding gowns, too, because they’ll make the fit right for you and your body type. I, personally, recommend using an independent seamstress who is knowledgeable about wedding gowns and their structures, because those things can be complicated. A seamstress like this may often be cheaper than your average bridal salon, and s/he could have a faster turnaround.

A special thanks goes out to Ally and Megan at The Purple Pebble, Jessica and team at BHLDN, the crew at Anthropologie in Southlake, TX and Real Bride Shannon.

 

 

Five for Friday: Extras to Pack for Your Beach Honeymoon

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a social media rock — which, amen, sister! — you might have picked up that I’m in Puerto Vallarta checking out some of the amazing places to stay and things to do if you come here for your honeymoon or destination wedding. And y’all, stay tuned because I’ve got so much fun stuffs for you! But, first, I thought I’d share some of the little extras that have made my trip here a little more seamless just because I remembered to throw these bad boys in my bag.

Swim Spray

Swim Spray, $11.95

This stuff is like the miracle cure for pool and ocean junkies like myself. Especially blond pool and ocean junkies like myself. It helps repair and protect your precious tresses against the caca in chlorine and the sea.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser

Downy Wrinkle Releaser (travel size) $1.40

Those purdy dresses will look way less awesome if they’re full of wrinkles. This shit will help without having to bust out the cumbersome iron sitch in your hotel room.

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Never Hungover, $17.94 for 6

You know what sucks? Feeling like shit any morning of your honeymoon. But when you’re on your honeymoon, there’s no reason for you to not throw back a few or indulge in some serious tequila tasting. Never Hungover helps ease that pain by making a pre-emptive strike.

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ID-ON Stor, $18

Stash your room key and a credit card in your phone case and leave the rest of your stuff in the safe. You’re going to want to bust your phone to take pics, but you don’t need everything else all of the time.
Hollywood Deodorant Wipes Hollywood Deodorant Wipes, $7.20 for 5

I don’t know about y’all but this bitch is sweaty. And I get SUPER self-concious about it, so I always try to be sure to have some deodorant thing around. These are especially fab if you’re going from swimming to sight-seeing and dinner without much time in between.

What are your go-to items for your vacations? Tell me in the comments below!

 

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Watters’ Nyra Inspired Gown for Under $1500

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I don’t know about you BABs, but I am all about the big thaw just around the corner! The bunnies are out, the birds have returned, and the daffodils (and wait, weeds?!) are already beginning to pop up! We’ve survived Friday the 13th, the Ides of March and the green beer, so now it’s time for another edition of Can’t Afford It? / Get Over It!

Reader Chelsea just might be the best MOH a girl could ask for. She wrote to us for help finding her bride bestie’s dream gown: a Watters Nyra-inspired dress for under $1,500. The Nyra has a flattering sweetheart neckline and A-line silhouette, with a dose of baroque-style feminine embroidery — a modern take on a classic look. The gown comes in ivory/ivory, or two-tone combinations with an Ivory overlay and lining colors including almond, blush, champagne, and rose gold to highlight the ornate embroidery. Never fear, Chelsea, the #GownHunter is here! Can't Afford It Watters Nyra

Watters Nyra Zoom

Watters Nyra Back

Watters Nyra, Style 7085B, retails at about $3,300

Get Over It

BHLDN Gigi

 Gigi Gown by Wtoo, $1300 at BHLDN

Wtoo is a division of Watters Bridal, so this gown is made by the same company as the inspiration gown!

MS Britannia

Maggie Sottero Britannia 4MC844, $1,498 at BestBridalPrices.com

This gown comes in ivory, ivory over light gold, and an ivory/light gold ombre over light gold (shown).

BLHDN Elsa

 Elsa Gown by Theia, $1,495 at BHLDN

Christen here: Guys, I recently got the chance to try this gown on (stay tuned!) and it’s AMAZING. I felt so wonderful in it that it was sad to take it off. The beading is RIDIC.

AA 8532

Alfred Angelo Modern Vintage Wedding Dresses, Style 8532, $949 at BestBridalPrices.com

BHLDN Alhambra

Alhambra Gown by Yoana Baraschi, $800 at BHLDN

Venus

Venus Wedding Dresses, Style VE8187, $1,498 at BestBridalPrices.com

MS Arlyn

Maggie Sottero Arlyn, $1,499 at BestBridalPrices.com

Amsale Strapless Lace

Amsale Strapless Ruched-Bodice Lace Gown, $360 at Neiman Marcus

MS Chesney 3

Maggie Sottero Chesney, $850 on Tradesy

Symphony

Symphony Rhapsody, $1,375 at BestBridalPrices.com

SOTTERO and MIDGLEYwww.sotteroandmidgley.com

Maggie Sottero Maeve, $1,265 on Tradesy

MAGGIE SOTTERO DESIGNSwww.maggiesottero.com

Maggie Sottero Tuscany, $1,550 on Tradesy

This last one stretches the bride’s budget by $50, but it was too lovely to pass up!

What do you think, Chelsea? Can the bride Get Over It? I can’t wait to hear what you and the bride think of these alternatives — let me know in the comments below!

Lisa’s Bonus Pro Tip: Just like with Watters & Wtoo, if you find a designer gown you can’t live without, check to see if there’s a sister company with a version that fits *your* budget. 

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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.

Pinch Me! Dreamy Greenspiration for St. Patty’s Day

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If your blood is whisky tinged and you’re swelling with pride today, these gorgeous green details might be perfect for your Irish self. Etsy has a huge dearth of St. Pat’s inspiration (y’all get their newsletter, right? Because the wedding one is RIDICULOUS for inspiration. Be prepared to drool), so after much deliberation, I picked some of my fave pieces that would be rad for your wedding — whether it’s on this v. rad holiday or you just want to show off a little of your heritage.

Art Deco Hair Comb

 

Art Deco Hair Comb, $32.61 at IgnaDesignShop
Green garland
Green Circles Paper Garland, $11 at HoopsyDaisy
Green Invitations
Triangle Mountains Wedding Invitation and RSVP Card, download or print starting at $39 by LucyLovesPaper
Green Tutu
Green Newborn Tutu, $11 by MyTuTuCuteBoutique

I know the BAB debate rages on about kids vs. no kids, but HOW CUTE IS THIS???

LOVE Cookies

Love Shamrock Cookies, $36 for 1 dozen by KatieDuran

LUCK Mason Jars

Set of 4 Handpainted Mason Jars, $34 by curiouscarrie
Lucky in Love Notebook
Lucky in Love Couples Notebook, $8 by MrScribbles

Green Sea Glass Ring

Double Sea Glass Kelly Green Ring, $29 by seaglassin

Sloth Plush

St. Patrick’s Day Sloth Felt Plush, $17 by wishwithme

Guys, I have no idea how you’d use this little dude, but he’s TOO FREAKING CUTE to not include.

I hope you all have a wonderful St. Pat’s! Be careful, and may the road rise up to meet you. Sláinte!

Five for Friday: Green Frocks that May Bring a Little Luck

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Full disclosure: I love me some St. Patrick’s Day. I know it’s like amateur hour with regard to boozing and such, and many a person takes it as an open invitation to act a fool, but with all this Irish blood coursing through my body I can’t help but puff my chest out a little every year on March 17. So in honor of the impending holiday, this Five for Friday features some gorgeous green dresses that may carry a little Luck of the Irish with ‘em!

Five for Friday: Green Frocks that May Bring a Little Luck

Having a Ball Green Sequin Dress, $49 at Lulu’s

Make your St. Pat’s a little extra fancy with #sparklez
Five for Friday: Green Frocks that May Bring a Little Luck

Luck be a Lady Dress, $79.99 at ModCloth

I mean, the name says it all, right? I love this dress.

Five for Friday: Green Frocks that May Bring a Little Luck

Alberto Makali Floral Lace Dress, $69.30 at Neiman Marcus Last Call

Having a wedding with green as one of your colors? I found your bridesmaid dress!

Five for Friday: Green Frocks that May Bring a Little Luck

Premium Satin Cross Front Midi Dress, $78 at Asos

This dress is just so classy.

Five for Friday: Green Frocks that May Bring a Little Luck

Crepe Shift Dress, $88 exclusively at Nordstrom

This dress looks like the absolute comfiest. Toss it on with some cute sandals or edgy ankle boots and hit the town!

Which of these pretty frocks is your favorite?