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Ten for the Weekend: Sales and Deals Ripe for the Picking

All right, it’s Friday afternoon! Time for a little maxin’, relaxin’ and weekend shoppin’! This week, I’ve got a huge bridesmaid dress sale, sequin dresses, yoga gear and more! Happy shopping, darlings!

Ten for the Weekend: Sales and Deals Ripe for the Picking

1. Snuggle in for the cooler months. Sleepyheads Mall is knocking 30% off all fleece robes with code ROBE30 until 9/28.

2. If you’re a big plan-ahead type of person, then go ahead and stock up on cards, calendars and photo books from MixBook at up to 40% off when you use code FALL14.

3. Hey yogis! Save 20% off all prAna clothing during’s clearance sale when you use code PRANA20 at checkout. 

4. Get your personalized wedding party gifts from Zazzle and knock 10% off your order with YOURFALLDEAL.

5. Whether you’re in need of bridesmaid dresses or rockin’ party frocks, get thee to Dessy where you can get 15% off and FREE shipping on entire site until 10/1 with code DG915.

6. Winter brides and grooms! Head on over to Wedding Paper Divas and save 30% on your Save the Date order with code WPD30DATESEP.

7. We could all use more sequins in our lives, amirite? Head on over to and take $5 OFF $50 on sequin party dress orders with code LITBBling.

8. Fall always puts me in nesting mode, with a constant yearn for new furniture an decor. Design Within Reach is having a once-a-year Knoll sale of 15% off + FREE shipping until 9/30.

9. Want to get those Instagram snaps of your delish lunch just right? Take a food photography class … or any of a wide range of other course during Craftsy’s fall sale, where you can get the how-to for up to 50% off through 9/22.

10. American Eagle and Aerie are having their big Friends & Family sales this weekend. Get 25% off at Aerie using code 69E798N1 and 25% off at American Eagle using code 69E798N1.



Five for Friday: ThirdLove has Hot Underthings For Your Wedding Night and Beyond

There’s a new bra game in town, you guys, and I’m pretty in love with them. I own one of the 24/7 T-shirt bras by ThirdLove, and it’s easily become my favorite bra. The company focuses entirely on fit and comfort, and gooood lawwwwd do they nail it. My 36C ladies definitely have the double-bubble issue, and by the end of the day, I’m usually pretty freaking exhausted of having the girls caged and restricted. I’ve worked for lingerie shops in the past, and am incredibly picky when it comes to my boulder holders. And I believe a good bra is totally worth investing in (ThirdLove’s bras top out at $64), because you’re going to be sporting the thing All. Damn. Day. They have a huge range of sizes — including half-cup sizes. And pretty colors! So, for this week’s Five for Friday, here are five gorgeous pieces from ThirdLove that are perfect to fan the flame on your wedding night … and many nights beyond!

Ivory Lace Balconet Bra from ThirdLove Ivory Lace Balconet, $64

ThirdLove lace thong


Lace Thong, $21 $14 Black Mesh Demi Bra by ThirdLove
Black Mesh Demi, $59

Lace Boyshort by ThirdLove

Lace Boyshort, $21

ThirdLove Deep Pink Mesh Plunge Bra

Deep Pink Mesh Plunge, $49

Which of ThirdLove’s pieces is your favorite?


Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Jenny Packham’s “Strelitzia” Inspired Dress For Under $1,500

Hey BABs! As promised, I am doing Part Deux of a fabulous Jenny Packham request. Last week we were helping someone get over “Tease” and this week it’s “Strelitzia.” This dress is also from Jenny’s 2013 Fall Bridal Collection. If you view the entire collection, you’ll see it is very much influenced by the 1930′s but with a subtle, modern twist. It’s just so glamorous! In case you missed last weeks request, here’s what one of our readers had to say:

“Could you help me get over these two Jenny Packham dresses? Budget 2000 or less, but prefer to be 1500 or less. They are both unique and I haven’t seen anything else like them. Your help would be amazing!”

I definitely tried to keep it on the cheap this time around. None of these dresses are over $600! *Pats self on back*  I’mma keep this short and sweet so … scroll down for sparkles. Enjoy!


Can't Afford It

Original Jenny Packham’s “Strelitzia” $$$$

Get Over It

6PM164 Adrianna Papell Vines Beading On Blouse Gown (Style: 8356738) $164 at

Dillards238 Betsy & Adam Beaded Lace Gown (Style: 04325147) $238 at Dillards

Isabella274 Adrianna Papell Beaded Backless Mesh Gown (Style: 091881180) On Sale For $274 at Lord & Taylor

EDressMe330 Chevron Blouson Evening Dress by JS Collections (Style: 864421) $330 at

Bloomingdales370 Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Beaded Blouson Gown (Style: 1121437) $370 at Bloomingdales

Nordstrom396 Adrianna Papell Cap Sleeve Beaded Gown With Open Back Beaded Godet (Style: 1103403) $396 at Bloomingdales

Nordstrom420 Aidan Mattox Illusion Yoke Sequin Mesh Gown (Style: 596739) $420 at Nordstrom

SaksFifthAvenue450 Aidan Mattox Sequin Tulle Sleeveless Gown (Style: 0437012811049) $450 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Coast500 Ophelia Maxi Dress With Sheer Overlay (Style: 1327341) $550 at Coast

I wanted to give you as many options as I could. There are a lot of other amazing dresses from the websites I used so check ‘em out! I hope I was able to help you get over those beautiful gowns. Please let the babes here at BAB know if we can help you out in any other way. We have plenty of gurus here to cover almost every aspect of your big day! 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 Tiffany: When to BUY, not DIY

Thanks to the wonders of Pinterest, I often convince myself that I can create ANYTHING. Even though my brain and my severe lack of patience tell me otherwise. Even so, my wedding crafting to-do list reached about 10 items too many. To resolve this problem, I turned to my best Internet friend, Etsy.

BABs, if you are unfamiliar with Etsy, get outta town! But keep reading first. Etsy is like that one friend that can do anything and everything and oh, how you envy her skills. And every now and then you find such a well-priced handmade item on Etsy that you just simply can’t turn it down. Because the cost of supplies and patience to create it yourself are outweighed by the joy in making that little click to buy a homemade, handmade item from a small business. Here are some of the items I purchased for our wedding:


1. flower girl bracelet from Stargazing Lily | 2. cake topper from The Path Less Traveled | 3. clipart from Shh Maker Design | 4. garland from Funky Frills UK

Etsy browsing has become one of my many online hobbies, and I’ve purchased from quite a few different sellers. These ones in particular (with the exception of the clipart because you get to download it immediately and there is no interaction) feature great customer service and fast shipping. And trust me, I’ve had my bad Etsy experiences. We’ll talk flower girl dresses at a later date, maybe. But you guys already know my … ahem … skills as far as DIY is concerned, so for me it sometimes just made sense to throw money at it rather than try for the potential headache.

So BABs, my advice to you would be to take the time to browse a variety of Etsy sellers {Eds note: Aftcra is also a fabulous resource, and its wedding section is schamazing} before making a decision. Create lists of your favorites shops and items (within Etsy, not like actually on real paper). Check shipping costs and speeds. And if that cost is low enough, why not spend a little dough to check one of those many DIY projects off your list? Just click “buy” and let the Etsy pros do it for ya!

Ten for the Weekend: Chucks, Rad Grilling Tools and a Sale You’ll Want to See!

Ahhh, Friday afternoons. I’ve looked forward to seeing what’s on sale at the end of the week, a) so I can share ‘em with you and b) so I can drop some major hints for my upcoming birthday. And guys, this weekend? It’s some srsly great shit. From shoes to stationery to awesome grilling tools to one of our absolute faves, this Ten for the Weekend pretty much has it all. Get to it!

Ten for the Weekend

1. There are few things I love more than retiring a pair of beat-up Chucks only to replace ‘em with a shiny new pair that’re ripe for the scuffing. is kicking up to 60% off Converse until 9/14.

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I think this pair would be adorbz with that elephant dress I got.

2. The cooler weather has arrived (at least momentarily … ) and that’s prime soup and stew season! Right in the nick of time, Sur la Table is having a sale on its 7 qt. red round oven — $64.96 (normally $115) until 9/15. Get yo cook on!

3. PaperSource, the definitive, well … source of pretty paper is knocking 20% off personalized stationery. Take 20% Off Personalized Stationary For a Limited Time at!

4. If you’re in the market for anything customized / personalized and just straight you, then you should probz head over to Zazzle where you’ll get 15% off all orders when you use code BOUNDLESSFUN.

5. It’s football season, which is pretty much synonymous with burgers and steaks and wings. And there’s a tool for that! Quirky is knocking 25% off its Tailgating collection through 9/16.

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I love multitools, and this one’s for grilling. It’s like, all of the winning!


6. Yo, braves ones! Thinking of doing your own wedding cake? Craftsy can help, and the icing on the cake (haaaaa!) is the 50% off sale on Food and Decorating classes they’re having until 9/14.

7. The change in seasons can wreak havoc on your skin. Do damage control and go ahead and knock 15% off plus score free shipping on orders of $50 or more at until 10/7.

8. Need some new wardrobe essentials? Head over to boohoo where you can get 20% off with code GET20 until 9/14.

9. Lucky you, fall brides! Those last-minute wedding goods — think clutches, flip-flops, even a couple ties! — are on sale over at Dessy where they’re having a killer blowout sale with stuff as low as $5.

10. And finally, the piece de resistance: Kate Spade 20 % off fall styles with code FALLWD14.

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This bag needs to be in my life like, yesterday.

Happy shopping, darlings!

Five for Friday: Fun Extras for Your Bridal Brunch

One of my favorite parts of the morning of the wedding is having a great get-together over food, bubbles and beauty with friends. When my girl T got married, I jumped at the chance to stick my grubby little paws in the details of the morning-of bridal brunch. Of course, not all brides are into this event, but if you want a good way to ensure you have fun prior to having more fun, get to spend some time with your gals (and/or guys), get some food in you (VERY IMPORTANT) and start the celebratory feel a little early, then I highly recommend scheduling it in before you get ready for the main event. Here are five fun extras to kick off the festive vibe:

Gilt Gold Paper Straws – 25 Pack – $3.95

Guys, drinking out of straws is just fun, mmay? Voga Italia mini sparkling wines

I’m totally in love with the sleek packaging on these bottles. They’d be great to use for guest bathroom toiletries … you know, after all the bubbly is gone!

32665903_030_a Vined Advice Coasters – set of 20 for $12

 Have your crew write their advice on these coasters, then take some time to yourself before getting ready to read through them. The endearing sentiments will make their presence by your side that much more meaningful.

Pop! Photo Props – $14.95

Because, selfies. #duh

Confetti Fountain – set of 3, $41.85

I know I don’t need to tell you that confetti makes everything better. Brunch is no exception.

Are you planning anything fun and special for your crew on the morning of your wedding? Tell us in the comments below!

Ask Heather: Where Can I Find Bridesmaid Dresses?

Ask Heather: Where Can I Find Bridesmaid Dresses?

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Dear Heather,

I have no idea where to start for my bridesmaids’ dress shopping. Help!


Dear Apanda,

I have a confession to make: I hate shopping for clothing. Therefore, I am probably not the best person to be answering this. Hopefully, though, some of our readers will chime in and leave some comments!

I’m not sure if you’re struggling with something like choosing a color or style, or where to actually purchase a dress. If you’re having trouble with the former issues, I’d suggest starting with your bridesmaids’ skin tones and figuring out what will or will not be flattering. For instance, in general, it takes a special someone to pull off yellow. So, if your wedding colors are yellow and grey, I’d go for grey for the dresses. If you’re deliberating over what style, check out some actual weddings and see if you are drawn to any looks. For more casual affairs, I’d avoid full-length gowns. And if any of your bridesmaids have concerns about certain styles (some folks really don’t like strapless dresses), take that into consideration.

When it comes to shopping for dresses, there are several options. The first option, and the one I chose, is to simply say something to the effect of, “Buy a [color] dress that’s [this material] and [this length].” You can even leave out some of those descriptors. If you’re a bit more particular, feel free to send fabric swatches, or ask that your bridesmaids send you a picture of them in the dress before purchasing it (or make sure the return policy is reasonable). To see what this could potentially end up looking like, just check out the picture at the top of the post. Those are my bridesmaids (and bridesman, who was told “Get a grey suit. We’ll provide your tie.”) The only instructions they received were to purchase a knee-length cool-toned (blue rather than red undertones) purple dress. Bam.

The second option is to simply choose a store and go for it! This can be a David’s Bridal, Alfred Angelo, Macy’s, Ann Taylor, Gap, Old Navy, or anywhere you shop on a regular basis. If you already shop there, odds are you like what they offer. There’s no reason why a bridesmaid dress has to be purchased at an official bridesmaid dress retailer (whatever that means). If not all of your bridesmaids are local to you, obviously make sure there’s a store available near them, or that the store you choose has an online presence and a good return policy.

Which leads me into my last option – online. There are some retailers who offer bridesmaid dresses online but not in stores. Target is one such store. J. Crew is another. I’m positive there are more out there, but those are the ones that spring immediately to mind. If you have a favorite store, it’s probably worth looking into whether they fit this bill. I’m also a fan of Dessy and ModCloth for dress needs. You could also simply search for “[color] [length] bridesmaid dress” and see what pops up. (Also, check out BAB’s Resources page and look through the banners on our sidebar for more places to find great bridesmaids dresses. – Eds.)

Readers, how about you? What did your bridesmaid selection process look like? Where did you end up getting your dresses? Let us know in the comments below!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Jenny Packham’s “Tease” Inspired Gown For Under $2000

Hey BABs! This week we’re helping a lovely lady get over “Tease” by Jenny Packham. She is one of my absolute FAVORITE designers. Not only does she make some of the most stunning wedding gowns you’ll ever see, she also designs amazing ready-to-wear clothing. You’ll see all of Hollywood royalty from Angelina Jolie to Kate Winslet wearing her gowns and even Princess Kate who is, ya know, ACTUAL royalty. Jenny Packham is British herself and has been making these stunning creations since 1988. I become more and more obsessed with all things British each day so it’s no surprise I adore her. So, the gal we’re helping has her eye on two Jenny gowns but I’m going to save the other one for next week so you’ll have to wait … but I promise it’ll be worth it! Here is what she had to say:

“Could you help me get over these two Jenny Packham dresses? Budget 2000 or less, but prefer to be 1500 or less. They are both unique and I haven’t seen anything else like them. Your help would be amazing!”

Well, lady, there is a reason you haven’t seen anything else quite like them … because WOW. The neckline makes it truly unique. I am in love with all the vintage flair it has. Probably why Dita Von Teese (fashion ICON) herself rocked this gown

Can't Afford It

Original Jenny Packham’s “Tease” $6,400

Get Over It

SimplyBridal2 A-Line Chiffon Gown With Beaded Bateau Neckline (Style: 80356) $306 at Simply Bridal

BestBridalPrices2 Chiffon Gown With Sparkling Crystal Beading (Style: 6773) $650 at

BestBridalPrices Dress With Swarovski Crystal Beading Draped Neckline (Style: 4MS840) $1189 at

BestBridalPrices4 Romantic Sheath Dress With Swarovski Crystals (Style: 4SW044) $1,198 at

BestBridalPrices3 Dress With Beaded, Embroidered, Sheer Neckline (Style: 11219) $1,348 at

BestBridalPrices5 Satin Wedding Gown With Beading At Illusion Neckline (Style: 10182) $1,490 at

BHLDN Silk Gown From Ranna Gill (Style: 33060351) $1,800 at BHLDN

The back of this gown is insanely gorgeous and this dress, also by Ranna Gill, is very similar and on sale!

I hope I was able to give you some ideas. I will help you get over Jenny Packham dress #2 next week so STAY TUNED. Until then, 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.

Winning Wednesday: Get Your Big Day Set with Elegant Wedding Invites

We know that invitations are one of the first elements of your wedding that convey the look and feel guests can expect on the big day. We also know that wedding invitations can be super pricey. And holy bananas, are there options! Foil, letterpress, embossed, pocket, flat, square, shapes, laser cut … where do you even begin to begin?

Winning Wednesday Get Your Big Day Set with Elegant Wedding Invites


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Well, you can start with Elegant Wedding Invites, which strives to provide both classic and contemporary designs at totally BAB-friendly prices, and throws in things like RSVP cards, envelopes, free shipping over $40 and easy customization. Borne from the concept of injecting humor into wedding stationery, Elegant Wedding Invites has grown to recognize the need for classic style at affordable prices.

But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t get the gorgeous details that are filling up your Pinterest — Elegant Wedding Invites has stationery featuring lace, burlap, chevron … and yes, ones with a confetti-like motif. So, you know, they covered the bases. And it doesn’t stop with stationery — Elegant Wedding Invites also has favors and toppers to make sure you’re fully good to go on your wedding day.

And of course, since it’s Winning Wednesday, they’re going to shower you with some extra love: One lucky BAB will score $200 in credit to spend at Elegant Wedding Invites on anything from your full invitation suite to those little wedding extras.

As usual, each task earns you an entry. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you get, the better your chances of winning. Ya dig?

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