Posts in the 'etsy' Category

Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations

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For you brides that got engaged over the holidays and are looking at a wedding this summer, you’ve very likely starting to put your feelers out for invitation styles that you enjoy. As I’ve sat browsing through some of the new styles this season, I keep finding myself drooling over bright, bold and beautiful designs. Eye-catching jewel tones and simple but striking patterns make a statement without being overly dizzying. Here are my five favorites for this week’s Five for Friday:

Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations

 

In Bloom Wedding Invitation, 50 for $140 at Love vs. Design
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Minimal Mod Wedding Invitations, $2.34 each at Minted
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Circular Geometric Wedding Invitation, $4.50 each or for digital file for at-home printing by RubyMayDesigns at Etsy
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Deep Romance Wedding Invitations, $144.50 for 50 at Wedding Paper Divas
Five for Friday: Bold and Beautiful Wedding Invitations
Floral Watercolor Invitation, $1.50 each at MagnetStreet

Do you like these bold designs, BABs? Which is your fave?

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

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You guys are ready for spring, aren’t you? I know I am, and I live somewhere that saw 70-degree-plus weather last week. So while we wait for the blooms to rise from the frozen ground, how about we just pretend that patio-drinking weather is right around the corner? These gorgeous frocks, all under $60, evoke a considerably brighter, cheerier season ahead.

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

You Spring Me Joy Dress, $54.99 at ModCloth 

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Talk of the Terrace dress, $43 at LuLu’s

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Vintage Floral Dress, $54 at AmericanArchive on Etsy

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

1960s Style Floral Pleated Short Sleeve Flare Dress, $50 $37 at Unique Vintage

Five for Friday: Floral Frocks that Scream Spring

Ethereal Bouquet Floral Dress, $44.99 at Ruche

Which one of these pretty floral frocks do you like, BABs?

Real Bride Jubilance: When DIY turns into BUY

I’m going to let you in on a secret about the wedding industry – it’s deceptive. And tricky. Wedding magazines and blogs show you amazing photos of the cutest weddings, and the whole thing was done on $3 and full of amazing DIY projects. You get sucked in, you find some how-to’s, you pin some things on Pinterest, and you think “I can do this! No problem!”

Yeah … that shit does NOT always work out like you think it will. I thought I could do these “simple’ projects:

  1. Paper flowers
  2. Chalkboard signs
  3. Table numbers
  4. Escort cards
  5. Our broom for the Jumping The Broom ceremony

I may have gone a little nuts in Michael’s buying stuff for these projects.

So what happened when I tried these projects? Let me tell ya …

My first DIY trial was this relatively simple tutorial for tissue paper flowers. I figured they would be cute in the centerpieces and our high-tops at the cocktail hour. Starting out, they were pretty easy, until I discovered that  unfolding layers of tissue paper without it ripping is hard, like calculus hard. I ended up spending up a couple hours making only a few flowers *sigh*.

Real Bride Jubilance: When DIY turns into BUY

The fruits of my paper flower labor. Could this pass for a real flower for you?

After the paper flower drama I was a little scared to try something else, but I bit the bullet and took advantage of a 40% off everything coupon at Michael’s to get supplies to put together our wedding broom.

Short history – “Jumping the Broom” is African American wedding tradition that began in slavery. Slaves could not legally wed, so they used jumping the broom as their way of signifying marriage, as the new couple “jumps” into their new life together. Today many African Americans jump the broom as a way to recognize their heritage and ancestors. This is a tradition my fiancé and I are both excited to carry on and I was excited to put together our broom.

At Michael’s I got some pretty ribbon, some purple and green flowers … and then I couldn’t find a broom anywhere in the store. Turns out, they don’t carry them anymore except during Halloween. Bummer. And whack. Think about all the money they are missing out on! Anyway, I decided to improvise with some grass looking material that I figured I could secure into a broom shape. It seemed like a good plan … until I tried to actually secure the grass. Turns out, this stuff sheds like CRAZY and it looked really bootleg.

In the words of Sweet Brown: “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

And that’s when I decided to support some small business owners on Etsy. I found a lovely shop who sold some beautiful wedding brooms, Romancing Juliet. I placed an order, and in only a week my broom showed up at my door. Color me surprised, I was expecting it to take much longer!

Real Bride Jubilance: When DIY turns into BUY

Our wedding day broom in our wedding colors of mint, lavender & gold

Etsy has completely saved my entire life. I don’t have to worry about getting things done, cause I can PAY people to do them  instead. Who knew? My broom is now taken care of, along with our table numbers and escort cards.

I did finish one DIY projec: the chalkboard signs. That was super easy and actually pretty fun to do. I painted two coats of chalkboard paint onto wooden pieces and then wrote my messages using a chalk pen. I may redo the Escort Cards sign – all I need to do is paint over it!

Real Bride Jubilance: When DIY turns into BUY

Chalkboard signs! Easy to make … or remake if needed

In the end, I ended up trying my hand at a few things, but I also learned that my best skill is finding great vendors who can bring my ideas to life.

Have you had any DIY projects that turned into duds? What about any ideas that were just easier to pay for than attempt to tackle on your own? Tell us in the comments below!

Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don’t Have to DIY

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Not everyone loves flowers. Some people love the look, but hate the smell. Some people just don’t want to pony up the dough. Some people don’t want to kill a plant. Whatever the reason, flowers certainly aren’t the only route to bouquet bliss. Sure, you can carry lanterns or a clutch or nothing at all! But if you’re still after the classic look of a bouquet, but aren’t wild about wildflowers, there are some pretty great (and inexpensive!) alternatives out there for your wedding day. Personally, I carried a brooch bouquet that was assembled by my then-mother-in-law using brooches and other bits ‘n’ bobs from my late mother and many other amazing women in my life. The marriage didn’t last, but I will always have the bouquet — it reminds me of my mother, and is a beautiful memento from an important time in my life. And while brooch bouquets are gorgeous, given the materials used, they’re also super spendy — the only really thrifty way to pull those off is if you DIY them. For those of you who are looking for a good under-$100 floral bouquet alternative, I rustled up these five picks.

Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIY

Burlap and Tulle Wedding Bouquet, $55 by Bouquets and Keepsakes via Etsy
Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIY
Paper Flower Bouquet, $45 by Lille Syster via Scoutmob
Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIY
Silk, ribbon and lace bouquet, $72 by GreenGreenCloud via Etsy
Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIY
Artificial flower and feather bouquet, $89 by MyDayBouquet via Etsy
Five for Friday: Bouquet Alternatives You Don't Have to DIYWool craspedia felt flower bouquet, $30 by Mellsva via Etsy 

Are you carrying flowers or going the alternate route? What kind of non-floral alternative have you chosen? Tell us in the comments!

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki’s “Zara” For Under $1,000

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Hey der, BABs! I’m super excited to help Clare get over this retro, tea length gown. I think tea length gowns are MY favorite, too. I think it’s so feminine and vintage annnnd your shoes are probably fabulous on your wedding day so everyone needs to see them. Also, it’s easier to get around without a long train. Hello, dance floor! Not that trains aren’t lovely but to each their own. As Clare mentions, I have done another CAI/GOI featuring a House Of Mooshki gown. Olivia Wright is their head designer and no two dresses are ever the same. However, each dress is insanely detailed and beautiful and I want them all … NBD. So, I’m ready to help you get over it, girl! Clare wrote in:

“Love your CAI/GOI posts, they’re my favourites! I think you did a great job on this one.

Could you help me out? I love ‘Zara’ by House of Mooshki but really only wanted to spend under $1000 (its over $2k here in Australia). I know you’ve done one of their dresses before but I like different specific things about this particular gown; the higher tea length and the open yet sweetheart neckline (wanna show a little bit of cleavage ;) ). I do like the long sleeves and the limited lace (many tea length gowns seem to be all lace…) but they are secondary considerations. Your help would be much appreciated :)”

Well, aren’t you the SWEETEST! Thank you so much. I really love helping you ladies out with such an important purchase.

Can't Afford It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000House Of Mooshki’s “Zara”, $2777

Get Over It

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000V-Neck Tea Length Tulle Gown (Style: 002014379) $165 at JJsHouse.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Tea Length Tulle Gown With 3/4 Sleeves $270 at 50Timeless on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Tea Length Wedding Gown With Lace Sleeves (Style: H7001 Marina) $380 at ieie on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Tea Length Gown With Lace Sleeves (Style: Jocelyn N13004) $380 at ieie on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Lace Tea Length Wedding Dress  (Style: Divan LG140303) $390 at ieie on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Full Length Tea Gown With Rho Lace & Netting (Style: Rho6741E) $670 at BestBridalPrices.com

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Taffeta Dress With 3/4 Sleeves & Gathered Detail (Style: Janie Jones) $850 at ThePeppermintPretty on Etsy

Can't Afford It? Get Over It! House Of Mooshki's "Zara" For Under $1,000Silk Tulle Skirt With Tailored Bodice & Delicate Lace (Style: 32196206) $850 at BHLDN

What do you think, Clare? I talk a lot about bridal toppers like this one. I noticed there were a lot more options for tea length dresses that didn’t have sleeves so a topper could end up giving you more dresses to choose from.  Sometimes I’ll add more dress options in the comments if I come across something good after I’ve posted it, so be sure to check back. Good luck in your search and let us know if we can help you in any other way! With Valentine’s Day coming up, I expect even more dress requests! <3 Until next week, BABs … xo.

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.

Five for Friday: Drink to the Two of You with Couples Cups

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As a big and known fan of awesome glassware, I always have my eye out for a new, great vessel to add to my already ridiculously large collection (truthfully, we don’t even entertain that much. It’s just a thing, ok?). And during my many browsing adventures, I’ve chanced upon some drinking apparati perfect for newly engaged or newly married couples. So toast to the two of you, morning noon and night with these great couples cups:

Five for Friday: Drink to the Two of You with Couples Cups

Custom Year Scotch Glasses (2), $36 by Crystal Imagery

Get these pretties engraved with the year of your wedding and enjoy a trip down memory lane every time your pour your whiskey on the rocks.

Five for Friday Drink to the Two of You with Couples Cups

Vintage Couple Bar Glasses, $14 from SincerelyNotYours

I could see Rob and Laura Petrie from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” drinking out of these. And let’s face it, that was one classy couple, ya heard? (OK, maaayyyybeee I watched too much TVLand as a kid.)

Five for Friday Drink to the Two of You with Couples Cups To Infinity and Beyond WIne Glasses

To Infinity and Beyond Wine Glasses, $24 by PersonalizedByDawn

Let’s face it, an ode to Buzz LightYear makes all the wine drankin’ all that much better. Because your partner really is the Woody to your Buzz, after all.

Five for Friday: Drink to the Two of You with Couples Cups

Custom Wedding Painted Coffee Mugs Gift Set, $26 by Avenue Blue

Start your day right with a nice cuppa from a mug painted just for the two of you.

Five for Friday Drink to the Two of You with Couples Cups Stainless Steel Drinkware Set

Stainless Steel Stemless Drinkware Set, $35 by TreasuredEdition

I love the sleek design of these, though I wish they were customizable/interchangeable for hers + hers / his + his options.

What do you think, BABs? Any of these fancy couples cups strike your fancy?

Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine

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If there’s a Scrooge equivalent to Valentine’s Day, it’s probably me. Admittedly, I get super eye-roll-y when it comes to the schmoopiness of the day. Neither my fella nor myself care to mark the occasion — other than maybe going to drink a couple of whiskeys with friends. However, I’m not completely averse to a funny and sweet card that perfectly sums up our relationship, or the relationship I share with one of my homegirls or pals. Browsing through Etsy, I stumbled across a number of cards I’d happily bust out for my Valentine, Galentine or Palentine because they’re sassy, goofy or downright creepy-ish. Here are some of my favorites:

Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine

SweetPerversion
Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine
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Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine
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Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine
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Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine
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Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine

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Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine
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Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine
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Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine
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Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine
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Creepy, Irreverent and Silly Cards for Your Valentine, Galentine or Palentine
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Which one of these irreverent Valentines cards would you give your honey?

Five for Friday: Slip into Something Sexy

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Let it be known: Team Broke-Ass fully believes in the power of lingerie. Like any solid foundation, good lingerie has the power to transform the way an outfit looks on you and how you carry yourself. And it feels damn sexy, to boot. You’ve likely thought about what you might wear on your wedding night or on your honeymoon, but what about all the sexy times during the engagement? Man, if there ever was a great way to blow off some steam, getting frisky with your partner is definitely one of them. Here are five gorgeous underthings to ramp up your sexy swagger.

Five for Friday: Slip into Something Sexy -- True & Co. Macaroon Set

Macaroon Set with plunging longline bra and cheeky hipster, $50 from True & Co.

Five for Friday: Slip into Something Sexy -- Helen Kukovski on Etsy

Black lace triangle bra and string bikini set, $55 from HelenKukovski

Hips and Curves

Red and black cheeky lace panty, $9.95, and soft lace bra, $26.95 from Hips and Curves

Five for Friday: Slip into Something Sexy -- Turquoise Bra and Panties from Etsy Seller LoveLeviLa

Black and turquoise lace bra, $45, and panties, $21, from LoveLeviLa

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A La Rose mesh and satin set, $50 from True & Co.

Which one of these is your favorite sexy set, BABs?

Real Bride Tiffany: When Flower Girl Dress Shopping Goes Wrong

So, you might be wondering about that flower girl dress story … Without being specific, naturally, as to not shame the maker who (wondrously) has amazing Etsy reviews.

Real Bride Tiffany When Flower Girl Dress Shopping Goes Wrong

You may have gathered regarding my pregnant sister’s overseas bridesmaids dress she ordered without telling me, that I prefer things to be from the states so they can be returned easily without having to possibly pay $90 for shipping, restocking fees, aggravation tax … what have you.. During my flower girl dress search, it seemed that nearly everything led back to a store outside of the US. You can usually tell these sites from others and proceed with the proper amount of shade because the children are overly made-up and there is typically “princess” somewhere in the shop name. But I digress

So I turned to my faithful friend, Etsy. Where the options range from simple tutus to $500 massive mountains of tulle that would put even Honey Boo-Boo to shame. And I just couldn’t do that to my precious little angels (<– also, coincidentally, the name of one of those flower girl dress shops). I browsed online at every department store I could think of. Peeked at Target every now and then (which, funny enough, they NOW have ivory lace dresses . Because, of course.). And then after weeks of hemming and hawing over tulle versus lace versus vintage or rustic, I found the perfect dress for my girls. A simple jersey halter dress with a light layered tulle bottom. Not too fluffy. Affordable. And not too rustic (humans please stop putting burlap on children). And so they were ordered.

And then they arrived. About 3 shades darker than your typical ivory. Yes still somehow see-through. And about 3 sizes too big. And cut so low that my little darlings are nearly indecent. They were just not as pictured and simply not well made.

But trying to make most of the situation, I figured we could make do. Besides the fact that my littles are so perfect who even cares about the dress! But I mean it at least has to fit properly and NOT be see-through. So we thought if we took in the elastic in it would be fine. And buy a slip. But really, the entire dress needed to visit a seamstress. And so it did (along with that sister of mine who is growing a child inside of her and also needed alterations). Luckily, they found a local seamstress that would do the alterations for less than $20. Which makes the amazing $30 etsy find a total of $50.

The moral of the story? You get what you pay for and there are NO guarantees with Etsy.  But darn it if those girls aren’t going to look like perfect dolls (<– also probably a flower girl dress shop name). Always do your research, but be prepared that anything can — and likely will! — happen.