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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.

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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.


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.


Shop The Broke-Ass Bride’s Favorites at Unique Vintage!

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Hey BABs! You know we’re always trying to find the coolest, sweetest partners to work with to bring you rockin’ frocks at a price that won’t kill your budget. And with our ever-lovin’ love for cool, retro styling, Unique Vintage is one of those partners that holds a special spot in our hearts.

And now, you can shop our very favorite looks from Unique Vintage‘s site, because they apparently love us as much as we love them. We went through and picked pieces that truly made us swoon, with price tags that didn’t knock us unconscious. With a range of items from shoes to cardigans to wedding gowns, we tried our best to find something for everyone. Head on over and check it out!

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Which of these BAB faves do you love?

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

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



Ten for the Weekend: California Wine Club, Wedding Paper Divas, Poppin and more!

Hey-yo! Welcome to the first edition of Ten for the Weekend! I don’t know about you all, but after a long week of working, I often have a strong urge to shop when Saturday and Sunday roll around. But, being a broke-ass, I tend to wince at busting out my debit card on full-price items. So, Ten for the Weekend aims to find 10 rockin’ deals for you, on anything from wedding-related items to office supplies to kitchen goods to cute new dresses. Here we go!

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1. Poppin, one of my favorite sources for bright, fun office supplies, is offering 20-60% off select products at *Valid 4/01 – 4/30. No code necessary.

2. For all you lovers of the grape, The California Wine Club has a Buy 3 Months, Get 1 Free deal (a savings of about $53) going on for April only. Get your sip on!

3. Putting off getting your wedding underthings? Hourglass Angel is gonna help you out with that: During April, take 15%-25% off  special occasion shapewear until the end of the month!

Felina Essentials Seamless Bustier Bra 7643-Black-34C

4. Drooling over some invites on Wedding Paper Divas that you just can’t live without? Good news! Score 25% off those beauties through April 8th using code WEDAPR25.

5. For the dudes in your life, whether it be your pops, bro or husbo-to-be, a good tie wardrobe is essential. Knock 12% off any size order at Use SPRING12 at checkout. Expires 4/30/2014.

6. Minted is celebrating six years of providing the world with beautiful stationery, and wants you to join in! Get 15% off anything and everything through Monday using code 6YEARS.

Delicate Dots Foil-Pressed Wedding Invitations

7. Score some sweet style from Ann Taylor. Their bridal line is to die for! Use code SPRINGUP at checkout to get 40% off your entire order.

8. If you’re itching to add some new life to your abode, C. Wonder has got your back. Take an additional 50% off items for your home!

9. Get cute, retro styling without hurting your wallet. Enjoy 10% Off Spring Favorites at Unique Vintage using code SPRING10. Ends 4/19/14. Shop now!

10. Obv. saving the best for last: Kate Spade’s Friends and Family deal is still going on! Score any designer duds (and way cute bridal gear) for 25% off through Sunday with S14FFUS.

Get your broke butts in gear and start some savvy shopping!!!

14 Sweet Options for Your Valentine’s Day Outfit

Valentine’s Day, that holiday of chocolate, wine and roses, is right around the corner. And what better excuse to get yourself an adorbz new outfit for that romantical date you and your honey are going on (even if it’s staying in and catching up on “Scandal” while eating takeout Chinese)? I rounded up 14 sweet duds, most of which are under $50.

Sweet Outfit Options for Valentine's Day


1. “Seams like Love” tights from ModCloth, $15.99
2. “Champagne Brunch” dress from ModCloth, $49.99
3. “Best Heart About It” Cardigan from ModCloth, $34.99
4. Mossimo Women’s Short Sleeve Ponte with Faux Leather Dress from Target, $14.98
5. “To Her, With Love” necklace from ModCloth, $36.99
6. Lace Against Time Wine Red Lace Dress from Lulu’s, $41
7. “Inch by Cinch” belt from ModCloth, $9.99
8. “Myrtle” from Julep, $14
9. “Lovable at First Sight” top from ModCloth, $44.99
10. “Market Meandering” flats from ModCloth, $34.99
11. Roll Along Peach clutch from Lulu’s, $29
12. “Essence of an Era” heel from ModCloth, $36.99
13. Scalloped Boudoir Lace Dress from Kiyonna, $158 ***
14. “Right On Cupid” earrings from ModCloth, $9.99
***Get 20% off orders of $150 or more at Kiyonna when you use code STYLE2014
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Tell us in the comments!

Five for Friday: Glittery and Gilded Save the Dates

Happy Friday, BABs! In the premiere edition of our new Five for Friday series, I searched the Internetz for my five favorite shiny, glitterized and golden Save the Dates! These pretties are often the first taste of your … well, taste … that your guests will receive in anticipation of your wedding day. While they are by no means necessary, they do serve as a useful (and beautiful!) reminder of when the big day is. AND! Your Save the Dates can be wildly different than whatever you have in mind for your invitations, so don’t be afraid to reach for the (gilded) stars!

“Classic Quill,”, starting at $174 for 100.

“Gold Crest,” Invitations by Dawn, starting at $94.09 for 108.

“Golden Afterglow,” Wedding Paper Divas, starting at $114 for 100.

“Gilded Grace,” Wedding Paper Divas, starting at $139 for 100.

“Glamorous,” Invitations by Dawn, starting at $94.09 for 108.

Any of these glimmering lovelies strike your fancy? What type of Save the Date style would you like to see? Tell us in the comments!

The Best, BAB-Approved Cyber Monday Deals For Brides!

CONGRATS! You survived Thanksgiving Day sales and Black Friday sales (or maybe you opted out of them entirely!), but now it’s CYBER MONDAY. Time to totally pretend you’re working while secretly buying shizz online! We’ve rounded up a few of the BEST CM deals for brides from our friends, partners, and affiliates in the wedding biz.

ModCloth is of course killin’ it with Cyber Monday – 20% off @ Modcloth on EVERYTHING you could ever possibly want. (Which, let’s admit, is quite a lot.) Stock up on bridesmaid dresses, bridal accessories, bridal pumps, whatever your broke-ass heart desires!

Layla Grace, purveyor of fab gifts for the home and for the hostess, is offering FREE SHIPPING on every order with the coupon code SHIP4FREE. They’re also surprising 10 lucky Cyber Monday shoppers by throwing a $100 gift card in their outgoing orders! They have a lot of gorgeous pieces to round out your wedding tables, so be sure to take a gander!

Plus size BABs: is offering 30% off on orders of $150 or more. If you’re looking for a high quality, curve-flattering dress for your engagement party, shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or even the wedding itself – we highly recommend Kiyonna.

Looking for totally chic bridal party ensembles? Weddington Way is having a fab Cyber Monday Sale. Get 15% Off all bridesmaid dresses and accessories through December 3rd with coupon code GIVETHANKS15.

The babes at are offering 20% off and FREE SHIPPING on all their darling hair accessories and shoe clips! is offering up to 95% off site-wide on special occasion, bridesmaid, and wedding dresses, plus get an extra 10% off when you purchase two items or more! (Our math skills are sketchy, but…that means their stuff is almost free, right?!)

If you’re planning on having a candy bar/buffet at your wedding, OR handing out candy favors, Candy Galaxy is offering $25 off your order through December 3rd with coupon code: BIGWIN25.

If you’re on the hunt for personalized wedding favors, our friends at Beaucoup are offering 20% off site-wide with coupon code CYBER20, with no minimum purchase required!

Shopping for wedding stationery? MagnetStreet is offering 25% off all stationery orders with the coupon code WE28TK through December 3rd!

Wedding Paper Divas is also offering 25% off site-wide, PLUS get FREE SHIPPING with coupon code “FS13″.

We’re running our own little sale in the BAB advertising department! If you’re a wedding vendor or biz, you can enjoy 15% off any ad purchase over $125, today only! Just email our high advertising priestess Christen ( for deets!

Speaking of our wedding vendor readership, if you have a special CM deal to pimp, or if you know of a killer deal for BABs elsewhere on the web, post it in the comments, sil vous plais!

{Partner Love} Bedeck Your Budget-Minded B-Maids with UltimateOutlet

For the budget-minded b-maid…

Finding sweet yet simple bridesmaid dresses that aren’t total budget-killers is hard, y’all. As a bonafide member of Team Broke-Ass, you want to make sure your girls aren’t getting stuck with those high price tags that are often found at traditional bridal shops and salons.

Have no fear, UltimateOutlet is here. Their uber on-trend dresses can be snagged for as much as 70% percent off and are guaranteed to not cramp your style.

With gorgeous dresses and price points that will leave you singing rather than sighing, UltimateOutlet is a great resource to beautify your bridesmaids. Your sistas will be stoked to save some skrilla and still get something they’d be more than happy to rock over and over again.

Your lovely ladies can also snag some shapewear and lovely underthings to top (or bottom?) off their outfits. Shoes and purses? Yeah, UltimateOutlet has those too. Not to mention sizing that will cover anyone ranging from petite to tall to curvaceous. What else could you need?

Budget Wedding Web-Shopping Brilliance!

Come on now, let’s all save some money! No, not the deprived, wish-I-could-but-I-can’t, poor little poor girl type of saving…. that’s no fun for anyone! Why should we have to sacrifice taste or style in the name of savings? Eff that noise! A budget wedding don’t have to look like no cheap wedding! There’s far too many ways to have your taste and keep it too, and I’m bouts to lay down my secret shopping savings weapons, so you can get your splurge on… without the guilt.

First up…. Group Buying Power!

Sites like SocialBuy, Groupon, Living Social and more are cropping up faster than starbucks joints, and many of the deals they proffer work just as well for weddings as they do for weekends. From manicures and massages to cheap date night dinners and fun summer playtime outings, you can keep these deals to yourself, or give them as gifts to friends, family and bridal party members. They work by maximizing the power of the masses, so sharing these deals with your friends is to your advantage. Most deals score you discounts of 50-70% off. Those numbers make my fingers itch to hit BUY!

Which tees it up for….. Members Only Sales!

On a similar but different note, members-only sites like Gilt Groupe, Rue La La and more sell high-end designer duds, accessories, gifts and more at deep-ass discounts (up to 70%) in limited quantities and for limited runs. This is major jackpot for those have-to-have-’em heels or a rehearsal dress (or suit for the dude) to knock their socks off.   You need an invite to join, and the link above is mine to you. (You’re welcome!) But they sell out fast, so check early and often if they’re featuring a designer you adore. Swirl (Daily Candy’s new sample sale site), is now in Beta testing, but looks just as bad-ass as any of ‘em. And now, with the birth of travel-specific sites with the same savings bent like Bonvoyou, (or Gilt’s jetsetter department) you can plan your honeymoon or get your wedding night digs for a deep discount as well.

Next up…. Promo Code Mayhem!

Listen closely. Before you hit “buy” on ANY online purchase, you best make sure you’ve checked out Retail Me Not which aggregates the best codes for savings like percentages off and free shipping. Just type in the name of the site you’re buying on, and pull up the most recent promo and coupon codes available. Then just plug into your purchase page, and reap the rewards. They even made a special wedding coupon book, to help brides find more ways to save! This one is a no-brainer. If you don’t do this religiously, I can’t help you.

While we’re online…. SEARCH for SAVINGS!

Search & Win

How cool is this? is a search engine that rewards you for roaming the web! Every time you search, you earn yourself “swag bucks”, redeemable for gift certificates and all kinds of stuff. If you shop through their shop-and-earn site, you can rack up even more swagbucks. Trade in your cell phone or fill out surveys if you just can’t get enough. Rewards for websurfing? A brides dream! Broke-Ass Bonus: Sign up with the code ‘SwagBride’ to get 20 bonus swagbucks, which you can add to the 30 free bucks you get for joining. That’s 50 free swagbones to play with, just for getting started. Awwww yeah, you’re welcome.

So, saving some green while shopping online is pretty sweet. I think we can all agree on that, yes? But check this out: Most of these sites have bomb-ass referral programs so by spreading the savings to your peeps, you earn more for yourself. Its a win-win, you share the love, you get the love. And you’ll want to share the love. Heck, I’m doing it right now :)

Happy shopping, and happier saving! Got a secret weapon for savings? Share the love in the comments!