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Real Bride Shannon: The Shoes were Spendy #SorryNotSorry

Ok, BABs. I did a very not-Broke-Ass thing. Confession is good for the soul and all that, plus, what I did was soooo pretty.

I blew a lot of money on a pair of shoes for our wedding. At first I was kinda wringing my hands wondering how I was going to justify this expenditure to a bunch of badass, budget-savvy wedding wizards, but then I realized, there’s nothing wrong with spending some extra cash when you can. In fact, the purchase came after a long conversation with my husband-to-be about how we each deserve a splurge — a silly, just-for-us splurge.

Let’s face it: Staying strictly in budget can be really disappointing. You’re compromising; you’re settling; sometimes you’re completely doing without. It’s totally cathartic to set a little extra aside and just BLOW the money to have that one thing that is absolutely perfect, price be damned!

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Seriously, do it.

Shoes were a really obvious splurge for me. About five years ago, I had an accident that resulted in my left heel and ankle shattering. Like, the specialist told me, “Your right heel is fractured; your left heel doesn’t exist anymore.” It took a massive surgery, 10 pins and a custom-made metal plate  to get the thing back together. I was told I’d be relegated to orthopedic shoes for the rest of my life, but out of sheer stubbornness, I was back in (sort of) high heels after about two years. Long story short, cheap shoes and I don’t get along. I have to have cushion and support and that usually means money.

I started hitting up the usual suspects when looking for luxe for less: Neiman Marcus Last Call, Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off 5th, but I was coming up short. Actually, I was coming up tall, as in, way too tall a heel for my now struggling feet and ankles. I’ve always had a “thing” for particularly fabulous footwear, but I was getting sad and claiming, “Fabulous doesn’t come in three inches.”

One evening I was browsing my normal discount sites online and came across a new (to me) one: The Outnet. They deal in some seriously high-end clothing, shoes, and accessories, but at deeply discounted prices. As I scrolled the mid-heel formal shoes, I found it: Fabulous at Three Inches.Screenshot 2015-03-03 16.26.16

Five. Hundred. Dollars. I mean, I was under budget on my dress, venue, flowers and food, but that’s, like, a car payment.

But they were EVERYTHING I was looking for! Pearls and sparklies, ankle straps to keep them on, a heel right at three inches, and I searched online reviews and they all said Rene Caovilla makes extraordinarily comfortable shoes. Oh, bother.

Out of respect for my fiance, I had promised that I would run big purchases by him and this qualified as big. Expecting him to rein me in and encourage me to find something more affordable, I shot him a message. He didn’t balk. He didn’t cringe. He told me if I was sure, get them.

I placed the order and after a UPS delivery debacle that rivaled the saga of the engagement ring (delayed delivery, wrong address), I finally had them!

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They fit perfectly and lived up to the promise of comfort. Once I got them on my feet, I didn’t care that I spent a lot. They really were everything I was looking for, and they made me feel FABULOUS!

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They even have glitter soles! Silver. Glitter. Soles! I’m in heaven.

So I could have settled for something a 10th of the price. I could have used that money to buy slightly more expensive wine or a couple extra kinds of cheese, but as much as I love both of those things, eh, they’re not going to make me squee the way these shoes did. It might be a wasteful expense to some, but I really, really, really love shoes, specifically these shoes. And I’ll wear them again. I’ll wear them on the honeymoon; I’ll wear them for anniversary outing. Let’s be honest, I’ll wear them in the bedroom!

The point is, you’re going to be making a lot of “us” decisions and a lot decisions to cater to your family. I think it’s healthy to do something just for you — just remember your partner deserves the same privilege. If someone criticizes you, who cares?! You march down that aisle in your gorgeous shoes or your new diamond earrings or cheers your family with pricey champagne or kick off your Chucks before you attack a bounce house in your wedding wear! It’s your wedding, so treat yo’ self!

 

 

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. Boohoo.com 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!

Ten for the Weekend: Stationery Scores, Shoe Sales and Deals for Days

Whew! Another week done and dusted. Did you all get shit done this week? I know I sure as hell did, and I can’t wait to kick back and do a whole helluva lot of nothing. Well, and do a little retail therapy, of course. So, in that vein, here you go with this week’s killer deals, discounts and sales to get your guilt-free shopping on!

1. You know what would save you a buttload of time on those return envelopes? Custom stamps. And Paper Source is knocking 25% off all custom stamps until 9/29! 

Paper Source Custom Stamp

I mean, polka dots, y’all.

2. Ain’t no sale like an Anthro sale! Head on over to the fashion powerhouse and take an extra 25% off sale styles using SALEONSALE.

3. Time for a new pair of kicks? 6pm.com has Keds, U.S. Polo Assn., XOXO and more for up to 65% off until 9/27.

4. TODAY only, head over to Cents of Style where all things jewelry are $5.95 + free shipping when you use code SEPTEMBER.

5. Speaking of getting busy in the kitchen, head on over to SurLaTable.com and save 20% on KitchenAid bakeware until 9/30. 

6. Guys, let’s talk a pet peeve of mine real fast: Rugs. They’re expensive as hell, and get trampled all over. Which is why when a deal like this makes me super giddy: Get up to 60% off clearance area rugs at Home Depot.

7. Oh look! More shoes for sale! Head over to Nine West and get up to 30% off sale items!

Nine West Zeau laceup Oxfords

I would like these, plz. Because: Oxfords. #duh

8. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready for a vacation. Expedia can help save you up to 55% in Los Cabos plus a 20% spa discount at select resorts until 10/31.

9. SheInside is getting spooky with a huge BOGO + up to 30% off with their Annual Shopping Carnival when you enter code PREH30 through 11/2.

10. If you have any stationery needs WHATSOEVER, get your booty over to Shutterfly and save 40% off … well … anything with code GOOD4U until 9/28.

Ten for the Weekend: Hair Removal, #CraftOptions and Shoe Deals for Days!

It’s like the shoe gods are daring us not to shop this weekend, you guys. Seriously. There are so many sweet deals for killer kicks in this edition of Ten for the Weekend that you’ll be well-heeled and rarin’ to go without so much as a dent to your bank account. Also: Beach essentials to help you bid adieu to summer, #CraftOptions because … well … we won’t get into it and hair removal (have you tried lasering? It’s pricey, but WORTH IT.) deals to get through these dog days!

1. Shoe Deal # 1: Take 20% Off Your Next Order with code LEO through 8/31 at Heels.com!

2. Craftsy’s 50% off sale is still rockin’ and rollin’!  If you’re aching to learn a new skill, now’s the time to get in on it!

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I’d be super into checking out this class. I always feel like my travel pics fall a bit flat, ya know?

3. Shoe Deal #2: Bluefly is having a 2 day womens shoe sale, where you can save up to an extra 50% off.

4. Winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean you cant really get into the swing of the dog days of summer! Zappos is here to help with a sale on beach essentials!

5. Summer fun leaving you a little fuzzy? Groupon has a bevy of hair removal deals so you can spend less time primping and more time partying.

6. Shoe Deal #3: Save up to 70% off at Nine West. 

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I would very much like these beauties on my feet right now plz.

7. If you’re too impatient to see if you’ve won this week’s giveaway, then I’ve got your back. Hourglass Angel is offering 10% off orders of $65 or more throughout the whole site with code 10Angel. Ends 8/13.

8. More #CraftOptions: Michael’s is getting on the 10% off train. Use code Storage101 at checkout!

9. Friends and family sales are awesome, and Ann Taylor knows this. Knock 40% off your order until 8/13 with code FRIENDS40.

10. ShopBop and East Dane are throwing out a sale and it’s a good one: Get 70% off at ShopBop (for her) or East Dane  (for him) and breathe a little life into your wardrobe(s).

Five for Friday: Black Open-Toe Shoes for Under $40

Y’all, I love helping people out. That’s part of the reason why I love working at BAB. So when my girl Becca sent out a Facebook plea for help in finding shoes to go with this dress in Ocean Blue that she’s wearing as a bridesmaid for a wedding, I was all over it. Because: Duh. I could help her and I had a great mission for my Five for Friday! The Rules: Must be able to walk on both grass and pavement (though if needed, Solemates are the perfect accompaniment for heels in grass), under $40, open-toed and low-heeled. Challenge: Accepted!


Memoir Readings Flat – $29.99
 from ModCloth

City Classified Ashley Black Strappy Peep Toe Wedge Sandals – $26.00
 from Lulus.com

New Look Quota Black Mid-Heeled Sandals by Asos

 

New Look Quota Black Mid-Heeled Sandals – $38.09 from Asos

Anywhere You Rome Sandal in Black – $14.99
 from ModCloth
Screen Shot 2014-07-24 at 8.18.23 PMFrench Connection “Neola” Pump, On sale – $42.97 (original price: $109.95) at Nordstrom

Now these are veeery slightly out of budget, but considering the non-sale price, a great get. A classic shape and style, but with a slight twist and one that translates well for most outfits/occasions, so the ROI is awesome.

BONUS:

I just love these, and I can’t keep it to myself:

A Day in Your Shoes Flat in Noir – $34.99 from ModCloth

Girl, I hope I helped. Regardless I wanna know what you picked, mmmkay?

Which would you choose, BABs?

Can’t Afford It? Get Over It! Jimmy Choo Inspired Flats For Under $100

Hello, BABs! This week we’re going to be looking at SHOESIES again, and of course, Jimmy Choos because … duh. Liz wrote to us about these Jimmy Choo flats that are so fabulous you could wear them with some skinny jeans OR on your wedding day and they would just WORK. Liz is my kind of gal. I have never really been a heel wearing girl and I definitely can’t imagine trying to run around on one of the most important days of my life with sore feet just for the sake of fashion. No way Jose!! I love these flats because the slight heel adds a bit of sophistication so it’s not just your typical flat. So let’s help Liz out!

 

 

Can't Afford It

OriginalChooJimmy Choo Finlay Square-Toe Flat In Silver (Style: #86966077) $236 at Nieman Marcus

Get Over It

6pm2Blue Bridal Collection By Betsey Johnson (Style: #8347807) $24 at 6pm.com

6pmMan-Made Reptile-Embossed Flats (Style: 8330462) $27.99 at 6pm.com

ModclothDessert Dash Flat In Silver $30 at ModCloth

TBDress2Silver Fish Print Point Toe Flats (Style: 10970842) $44 at TBDress.com

UniqueVintageSilver Glitter Mila Flats (Style: P1411) $52 at Unique Vintage

BestBridalPricesTouch Up Shoes (Style: Tamara 415/416) $54 at BestBridalPrices.com

There come in gold, too!

TBDressSexy Ballet Dance Flats (Style: 10543365) $61 at TBDress.com

Bluefly

 Silver Leather Metallic Finish Ballet Flats (Style: 323134402) $75 at BlueFly

So, whaddya think, Liz? I hope this helps you out. I know the right shoes can pull an entire look together. Let us know if you need help getting over any other awesome accessories for your special 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 Jess: Building My Bridal Look

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When you find your dress, it’s bliss. You’re all, “This is it! I’m ready to walk down the aisle!”

False.

There’s your hair, your makeup, your veil, not to mention shoes or jewelry. In my everyday life I’m very minimal when it comes to hair, makeup, and jewelry so I knew I was going to need professional help for my bridal look.

Lucky for me, I have a good friend who has been doing my hair for years and was more than willing to do my wedding hair. She also works with a girl who does makeup that she referred me to — so that was a win-win.

So I was talking to my mom and I said, “The makeup girl wants to charge me like $40 extra for a test run so I think I’ll just trust her on the day.” and my mom goes, “No! I will pay for it, but you have to do a test run of your makeup and hair — you want to make sure you look like yourself.” It’s great advice. I’m sad that it was not immediately apparent to me because it’s so obvious. This is your biggest day, and if you usually look very natural, you don’t want to look like a bridal Barbie.

I did my hair trial a couple of weeks ago and it was so fun! We just sat there for a couple of hours (read: I sat there for a couple hours while she worked), talked about what I wanted and how we were going to achieve the same “feeling” since I do not have super long/super thick hair. I also made sure to bring my veil with me so we could make sure that my hair would work with it since it’s kind of a flower crown feeling and sits on top of my hair.

The shoes were a beast all their own. I wanted something cute (obviously) but was not willing to spend hundreds of dollars on something you basically weren’t going to see. I would have been fine with flats, but when my dress came in it was about four inches too long and I would rather wear 4” heels than get the lace hemmed. So I went on Zappos.com, since they have free shipping and free returns, and bought a pair. Worst case scenario: I hate them, wear them for the fitting, and send them back. Best case scenario: I love them and my wedding shoes cost under $100.

As far as accessories go I really have no idea. Since the dress has cap sleeves and is lace I don’t think I need a necklace, I think I’m going to do some pearl drop earrings and a bracelet of some sort.

All these little things turn into big thing really fast as the time to your big day ticks down. How do my fellow BABs keep it straight? What do your bridal details look like?

There’s No Sinking Feeling with Solemates

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You guys, I’m admittedly the worst high-heel wearer on the planet. I live for my flip-flops (no, seriously. If there isn’t snow in my direct walking path, flip-flops are on my feet. And I’m from Wyoming, so that ‘s some serious dedication). I’m 5’2″, so you’d think the opportunity to be just a little bit taller every once in a while would get me going, but really, the only time I’m faced with the prospect of rockin’ a killer pair of stilettos is for a wedding or some other schmancy event. And those are usually in the spring or summer and outside. Since I’m laughingly far from a dainty ballerina who can flit about on her toes, heels + grass = inevitable sinking, which takes me back to my starting height, but adds a splash of comedic relief as I try to unstuck myself.

There's No Sinking Feeling with Solemates

For years, I’d been seeing the Solemates High Heeler around the Internets — but I think my initial introduction was in a wedding magazine, when I was planning my first wedding. And my curiosity has been piqued ever since. Last November, in Florida for my fella’s cousin’s wedding, I was finally in a situation where I could try them out for myself … and nudge right into the good graces of his family by getting a pair for the bride’s mother — who was wearing a pair of killer heels that would have javelined themselves right into the soggy lawn. That’s what I like to call a double-win, if I do say so myself.

I got them, immediately put the Solemates on my go-to black strappy heels and dashed — er, rather, hobbled like a baby giraffe learning to walk, because I’m that graceful — outside to see if they really, truly, actually worked. And they did. Duh.

This is me. For realz. Can’t you tell by the unicorn outfit?

So, what are they and what do they do? Solemates High Heelers are little plastic things that stand about an inch tall, slip onto the bottom of your heel and expand the base size of your heel, keeping you from sinking like a stone or falling through the cracks in the boardwalk. They come in clear, black, silver or gold, and since grass is typically taller than an inch, you can’t see them in your wedding photos. Not that people are closely examining what’s going on with your stiletto anyway, though I guarantee that there will be chicks who note that you and your needle-thin spikes seem to be floating above the grass and will ask you what your secret is. They come in different sizes — narrow, classic and wide — to accommodate different heel fatnesses (making up terminology here, folks) and you can pop them on and off different heels to reuse for each wedding and each different pair of shoes. Bonus for you city slickers: Wear them with your heels on cobblestone to protect your precious kicks and save yourself some skrilla by making your trips to the shoe doctor less frequent.

There's No Sinking Feeling with Solemates

If you’re planning on wearing your fanciest shoes for your wedding, or as a bridesmaid, you should probz get some of these. And if you’re the bride, go ahead and get the Wedding Rescue Kit, one for yourself and one for each of your girls. Trust me, you’ll thank me in the long run. With a huge swath of goodies inside (earplugs, tampons and antacid, just to name a few) any wedding disaster can quickly be averted and the partying can continue.

 

Five for Friday: Fun, Flirty Pops of Floral

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Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! From what the ubiquitous Facebook has been telling me, spring has definitely sprung, and with that comes the beginning of beautiful blooms. Now, I’m not a huge flower person, but I can certainly appreciate a nice little dose of floral from time to time. So in the vein of minimalism and the spirit of the season, here are my five favorite floral items, all under $60 for this week’s Five for Friday:

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Reese Green Floral Print Pointed Pump, $43Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 3.38.49 PMHappy Hour Ditsy Hip Flask, $22

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Padraic bow tie, $45

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Miss Daisy Studs, $26

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 3.49.13 PMParis Pencil Skirt, $60

Are you feeling poppy (heh, get it?) enough to don some daisies? How do you like to wear your floral?