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*This post is brought to you by our friends at Madison Reed*
You guys, I have a confession: I’m a bottle girl.
No no, not that kind (I hate waitressing as is. Add a nightclub to it and yeah … NOPE).
I’m talking the kind that you use when you color your hair. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a natural blonde, but here’s the thing: I want to be blonder. I want ALL THE BLONDE. But I’m frugal (duh), and it’s like pulling teeth for me to spend money on a trim (which happens like once a year). So, I want salon-quality, super easy and uber affordable. And I don’t want to have to mess with it too much. Easy request, right?
Actually: Yes, yes it is. Because: Madison Reed. This online subscription-delivery company takes alla dem hair-coloring worries (going to the store, trying to find the exact same shade previously purchased, figuring out if the instructions are actually speaking English, etc.) and gives ‘em the big ol’ middle finger.
Sure, Madison Reed‘s website offers pics of their various shades, but even more than that, they have consultants available to help.
But since I knew that I just wanted ALL THE BLONDE, I picked Roma. And then I was off!
The packaging is super pretty and it’s not just “color developer, tube with color, conditioner, gloves and crappy instructions that get ruined if they get wet at all.” Nope. There’s lotsa goodies, including:
- 2 pairs of gloves (one for coloring, one for the rinsing out process)
- a shower cap (so you can actually DO STUFF while the color develops, rather than walk around like a giraffe with a neck brace on)
- wipes to get the goop off your face
- cream to keep the goop from getting on your face
- a really rockin’ set of shampoo and conditioner (I love this stuff)
All this is in addition to the regular color and developer shizz. And the instructions? They’re printed on the packaging, so they’ll hold up even if there’s a color-splosion in the bathroom.
The process is pretty standard: Prep, mix, apply, saturate, wait, rinse, swoon.
Of the many things I really liked about this system was that there was a very obvious lack of strong chemical smell and the color lasts.
Since Madison Reed is a subscription-delivery service, you can set it to arrive at your doorstep however often you choose. And since you’re skipping a trip to the salon, it saves you beaucoup bucks.
If you’re thinking of giving your follicles a little color boost before your big day, try this shizz out. For serious.
Y’all, I love me some ModCloth. Like, it’s a little ridic. And when I found out they were rolling out vintage-inspired wedding styles, I straight swooned. While there are some short dresses, some long dresses and some dresses that aren’t white at all, there are also glorious accessories and enough glittery, sparkly goodness to last me a lifetime … or at least this wedding season. Here are my five favorites:
The last one MURDERS me. It’s the cutest ever. EVER. Which item from ModCloth’s vintage-inspired wedding styles is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!
Brought to you by our friends at Simple Registry.
I dunno about y’all, but I like to make sure that if people are going to give me something, it’s something I want and will really, truly use. Because: Guilt. I have this amazing problem of feeling guilty for not necessarily loving a gift, but hanging on to it nonetheless, which just results in clutter and hoarding and anxiety and … damnit, where’s my whiskey?
All this and the pressure of wedding planning? OOF. Nope. I’d like to have fun, please.
So make things easier on yourself and on your guests and set up a registry that allows you to steer your loved ones toward items or experiences that you’d really like and therefore use. “But Christen,” you say, “Wherever shall I find such a glorious unicorn of registries?”
YOU GUYS. I got this! SimpleRegistry.
Not only is SimpleRegistry super easy to use (I signed up myself. So, for realz.), but you can add pretty much anything: Need a toaster, like classic-style? BOOM. How ’bout tickets for the first Red Sox-Yankees face-off of the season? NAILED IT. Feeling more philanthropic and want to donate your dollaz to the ASPCA (one of the BAB’s charities of choice)? YEAH, THAT TOO.
And you know how that girlfriend of yours is always suggesting different activities or restaurants, just insisting that you’ll loooovvveee it? Well, she can take those ideas and add them as ideas on your SimpleRegistry list and your whole damn bridal party — you know, the ones who have the most fun? — can split that experience to make it one for the ages. Yup, birds, stones, etc. Doesn’t matter. You get to go biking through a vineyard!
Go get your fun on and set up your SimpleRegistry!
Happy Friday, BABs! And happy Valentine’s Day! While you’re probz being schmoopy with your love, I’m on the road moving from Texas to Florida and looking forward to beach life. But that’s my version of romance: Me, my man (and our cat) and the wide open road. So, in between stuffing boxes and bidding adieu, I scoured the Interwebz for five gorgeous and timeless bridesmaids dresses for you to ogle. Bonus: They’re all $150 or less! Enjoy!
“Elizabeth,” by Weddington Way.
D574 by Alfred Sung.
D518 by Alfred Sung.
D516 by Alfred Sung.
“Audrey,” by Weddington Way.
Which is your favorite? What feel are you going with for your ladies? Tell us in the comments!
Looking for a gift for your maids to thank them for their love, support, and maybe even holding back your hair at your infamous bachelorette party? Showing your thanks no longer has to break the bank, thanks to Initial Outfitters. Initial Outfitters has tons of stuff that make perfect gifts, from monogrammed totebags to pashminas to on-trend jewelry and more! Initial Outfitters doesn’t only have things that would be excellent for your maids. They’ve also got excellent groomsmen gifts: monogrammed pocket knives, money clips, tie tacks, and the ultimate dude-to-dude gift, beer koozies. Because when someone is your bro, you want his beer to stay cold, and that’s a fact. Initial Outfitters should be your first stop when looking for a tasteful personalized gift to thank anyone in your life!
This week, one lucky BAB will win a monogrammed cake topper from Initial Outfitters! Want it bad? Get an easy free entry by subscribing to our newsletter. It’s packed with contests, deals, and we’ll never spam ya!
I get Valentine’s Day. I do, I get it. I get where people come from when they say it’s a holiday manufactured by a paper goods company. I get it when my married, soon-to-be-married or pre-engaged friends get giddy over the prospect of an otherwise overly romantic event. Hell, even I, the hater of roses, detester of adoration-professing stuffed animals, mistress of … well, wait, I love chocolate. I can’t go that far. But damnit, I’ll sip my cheap sparkling wine out of a pint glass and continue …
What I get annoyed with about Valentine’s Day is that there seems to be a formula for the “romance.” Flowers, fancy dinner, googly eyes over candlelit souffle. It all seems so standard!
So, in lieu of roses and schmoop, let’s talk Valentine’s options we’d really love:
Two-piece lingerie set, Hourglass Angel, $14.99
Red Damn Sexy Oversized Tee, HipsandCurves.com, $29.95
Something to sip on:
Wine of the Month subscription, The California Wine Club, prices vary.
A new challenge for the two of you to face head-on:
Online Cooking Course, ChefSteps, prices vary.
A place to get your snuggle on:
Loveseat, West Elm, $636.00
A little something fun to pass the time:
Poker for Lovers, Adam and Eve Toys, $19.95
One big, not-so-public display of affection:
Custom Collage, Magic Murals, prices vary.
What are you doing for Valentine’s? Any of these ideas strike your fancy?
Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! I love this time of year, when all the new wedding-y stuff starts making the Interwebz rounds, because it increases my ogling time significantly … and lucky me! A good portion of my job is to find and ogle pretty things! This week, in honor of amazeballz wedding dress designer Claire Pettibone’s new invitation line with Wedding Paper Divas, I hand-picked my 5 favorite designs to share with you!
Earthly Paradise, starting at $184 for 100.
Fairytale Romance, starting at $239 for 100.
Fluttering Forever, starting at $239 for 100.
Rustic Vineyard, starting at $194 for 100.
Soaring Love, starting at $174 for 100.
Aren’t these gorgeous? Head on over to Wedding Paper Divas to check out the full collection and tell us which is your favorite!
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.
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!
Truth: It’s no secret that I love BHLDN. I’ve always had a little crush on Anthro, but when BHLDN was introduced a few years ago, I died. There have been days where I’ve lost hours ogling sweet styles and dreaming up different weddings based on their lines. And while the prices can be a little high, the quality is soooo wildly worth it.
So when I got an email yesterday introducing the new Annabelle gown, designed by Jenny Yoo, there was no way I could keep it to myself. YOU GUYS. This fantastic frock can be styled in 15 different ways. While it is touted as a bridesmaid dress on the website, I can’t help but think how gorgeous it would be as a beach wedding dress or gown for an easygoing restaurant reception. Also, it’s available in white, soo … you know, that makes it easy. At $260, it’s also a steal for a wedding dress! And you can change up the look between your ceremony and reception. So much bang for your buck!
Would you be open to wearing a “bridesmaid” dress as your wedding gown? Which style of the Annabelle dress is your favorite?