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Five for Friday: Get Through the Holidays with Serious Sparklez

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Hey BABs! I hope y’all are surviving the holiday crush with your sanity intact and glasses of bubbly to help. While I would say any time is a good time for sparklez, I seem to see more shimmering happiness during this time of year, which drives me wild with the — oh! shiny! So, of course, for this last Five for Friday until the 2015, I found my five favorite ways to pump up your shine factor this holiday season, all for under $100. Get your sparklez on, broke-asses!
Kate Spade Glitter Earrings

Kate Spade Boxed Glitter Stud Earrings, $38
Lulu's Talk of the Town Black Sequin Dress
Lulu’s Talk of the Town Black Sequin Dress, on sale for $29
NastyGal Stars Above Metallic Headband
NastyGal Stars Above Metallic Headband, $35
Badgley Mischka Chrysler at Night Dress
Badgley Mischka Chrysler at Night Dress, $30-$40 rental
ModCloth Play the Party Clutch
ModCloth Play the Party Clutch, $44.99

How do you plan to shine your way through the holidays, BABs?

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Lace Coverlets, Capelets, Jackets, & Shrugs for Under $100

Winter brides still want to look beautiful while staying warm, right? This week we’re focusing on  beautiful lace boleros, shrugs, and capelets for brides who choose to say “I do” in colder temperatures. We’re using the BHLDN first light capelet, which sells for $150, as our “Can’t Afford It” ideal. Our alternatives will cost under $100.


First Light Capelet ($150 at BHLDN)


Ivory Short Sleeve Lace Wedding Bolero Jacket Shrug ($49.99 at Alex Bridal via Etsy)

Bridal White Lace Bolero Jacket ($82 at Angelina Design via Etsy)

Short Sleeve Tulle Jacket with Lace Embroidery ($99 at David’s Bridal)

Short Sleeve Lace Jacket ($79 at David’s Bridal)

Sweeping Waltz Capelet ($48.99 at Ruche)

Mandarin Collar Lace Bolero ($69.99 at Tulip Bridal)

Admittedly, a little lace won’t keep you warm. But it’s pretty… and pretty necessary in the winter. Any BABs out there find a super cute coverlet they’d like to share? (P.S. Send your “CAI/GOI” requests to!)

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} An Early 20th Century-Inspired, Vintage Style Veil For Around $100

Going for a vintage look? It doesn’t have to come with a contemporary price tag.

I love your blog! It’s so helpful to have a more practical guide on getting through this without breaking the bank. I’ve got a possible CAI/GOI issue. My style is early 20th century, and I found the most perfect (and affordable!) dress from Ruche. I’ve now fallen in love with a veil on Etsy, but it costs more than my dress did! I’d love to find something under or around $100 with the same vintage feeling as the one I love.

Thanks for your help!

I couldn’t find the price since this veil was purchased already. Thankfully, the photo is still available. One thing to consider is making your veil. Or, piece together the look by purchasing the bridal cap and decorative combs to keep the tulle in place. You can buy quality tulle at a fabric store after buying the cap or a similar headpiece, that way the color matches. I’ve included both below to give you an idea.


Tulle chapel length veil (SIBO Designs via Etsy)


Idyllic – Tule bridal veil 90″ length ($90 at SIBO Designs via Etsy)


30” Inch Bridal Cap Wedding Veil ($85 at Veiled Beauty via Etsy)

 Rhinestone Crystal Bridal Cap ($89 at Veiled Beauty via Etsy)

white veil cap ‘QUEEN ANNE’ bridal headpiece ($50 at Which Goose via Etsy)

Treasured Traditions Ivory Headwrap ($65.99 at Ruche)

 Mi Amour Hairpiece ($49.99 at Ruche)

Italian Lace Bridal Cap ($70 at deLoop via Etsy)

Finding these options makes me super curious to see which one you choose! Please share what you decide – even if it’s in a totally different direction.

Got a CAI/GOI conundrum? Email Emily at, and she’ll forward it to our crack team of contributors. 

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} $100 Gray Booties For Winter Wedding Bridesmaids

Shoes are one of my greatest loves, but they’re tragically often out of my budget. Sounds like Colleen is in a similar situation.


I’m a fellow blogger and also a bridesmaid for a wedding this December. The bride is thinking of having us wear gray booties. The prettiest pair we’ve found are Vera Wang — which are upwards of $350!! If you’re interested in helping out with a “Can’t Afford It? Get Over It” post, we’d love the help!

Thanks so much!

Shortly after your note was passed along to me, I saw a woman wearing the exact same, $350 pair at a work function! It was difficult in a professional capacity not to ask her where she got them. Actually, as I write this, I’m super sad that I didn’t ask to at least pass along the advice. Regardless, we have some shoes for you to consider.  (And, one pair is $10 over my $100 goal… Sorry.)



Vera Wang Royce Bootie ($350 at Nordstrom)



Journee Collection Peep Toe Platform Heel Bootie ($39.99 at Target)

Steve Madden P-Gerryy ($69.99 at

Seychelles Seven Wonders ($110 at Zappos)

Zigi Skylar Grey Suede ($69.99 at

Fergalicious Errand Bootie ($49.95 at DSW)

Asymmetrical Cuff Booties ($32.80 at Forever 21)


Shannon Suede Peep Toe Bootie ($99.99 at Calvin Klein)

Steve Madden Pammyy ($69.90 at Zappos)

There are a lot of options here – as you can see, not all of them are strictly bootie-licious, but they’d all look extra cute with a nice colorful, lacy, or textured pair of tights. (Tights at weddings are my FAVE.) Be sure to keep your eyes peeled as the weather cools, I bet even more bootie styles will be hitting the stores soon. Happy shoe shopping!

{Can’t Afford It/Get Over It} Gorgeous Vera Wang-Inspired Statement Necklaces For The Bride

Editor’s note: This is the very first post from our brand new contributor Heather! Let’s all give her a big ol’ broke-ass welcome. Happy to have you aboard, Heather! 

Finishing a look requires paying attention to every detail, especially when it comes to jewelry! Recently, I fell in love with this Vera Wang necklace worn by a bride showcased on Style Me Pretty. First problem: I can’t find it! Second, even if I could find it, it’s probably way too expensive since similar necklaces by the amazing Miss Wang cost at least $500 — totally out of my price range. Rather than cry about it, let’s check out some other amazing options.


Vera Wang Statement Necklace, as seen on Style Me Pretty


Multi Flower Statement Necklace ($18.50 at G by Guess)

Medina Bib Necklace ($89 at Stella & Dot)

Field Metal Necklace ($138 at Anthropologie)

Anna & Ava Beaded Statement Necklace ($98 at Dillard’s)

Anna & Ava Charlotte Pearl Statement Necklace ($68 at Dillards)

Jessica Simpson Silver Statement Necklace ($75.99 from

There you go! Six options a broke-ass can afford to consider instead. These necklaces also give me some great DIY ideas. Maybe buying beautiful brooches and putting together my own unique necklace is a better statement to make.What a wonderful way to showcase something old or something borrowed!

Beautiful Bridal Clutches on a Budget

Most brides have a few odds and ends they need to carry on their wedding day: a lipgloss, a phone, some tissues. So here are some gorgeous and budget-friendly clutches that can be carried on the wedding day and beyond!


Shop Now: (clockwise from top left):

Pewter $71 // Purple $98 // Floral $30 // Rosette $55 // Lace $51 // Red $78 // Mauve $60 // Pleated $23

Budget-Friendly Maternity Wedding Dresses

Reader Request:

Love the site and have been checking daily since I got engaged in September. I’ve been planning a ‘broke-ass’ wedding all along but now with news of a baby on the way we have even more incentive to keep costs down. Sadly, finding maternity/pregnancy-centric content online is almost impossible. As such, I’m hoping maybe you guys could do a post on affordable maternity dresses or something. Many thanks!

Here are some fabulous and frugal maternity wedding dresses for you. Best of luck!

ASOS, $90

ASOS, $36

David’s Bridal, $229

David’s Bridal, $150

Trendy Tummy Maternity, $129

Alfred Angelo, $185

Alfred Angelo, $180

A Pea in the Pod, $168

Also, check out the maternity dresses at Aria, which can be made in many colors and lengths. Congrats on your new little fam!


{Can’t Afford It/ Get Over It} Sittin’ Pretty in Pink Part II

Last time on {Can’t Afford It/ Get Over It} Sittin’ Pretty in Pink part I, Nicole wrote in to tell us all about her very own CAI/GOI success!  We reveled in her superb style and slick spending when she told us about her obsession for this Valenciennes Dress at BHLDN $220.00.

But she opted to go an alternate route with the David’s Bridal dress (below) for half the price!

Strapless Tulle dress with Caviar Beading

David’s Bridal $139.99

And we, here at BAB, thought that we could expound on Nicole’s fab find by searching the inter-webs for cost effective alternatives for both gorgeous gowns!  Last time we covered the Valenciennes Dress @ BHLDN.  This week we have we have a multitude of muse worthy shear, gauzy, gam flattering B-Maid’s dresses for you, our Broke-Ass Readers!  So if you Can’t Afford It

Get Over It

Flair-y Godmother Dress

ModCloth $57.99

Title Sequins Dress

ModCloth $89.99

Midnight Blush Dress

ModCloth $84.99

Formal Invitation Dress

ModCloth $54.99

Heiress of Mystery Dress

ModCloth $52.99

Rope You In Dress

ModCloth $49.99

It’s SHEER genius, I tell you!  But if you’re still not convinced about the wondrous world of ModCloth, then I have some other options for ya. Check it out! Victoria’s Secret has a sweet little number that might hit the sweet spot! Kohl’s has a casual B-maids worthy ensemble that’s sure to make your girls squeal with glee! There are a few frock from Forever 21 for your B-maids to beam over!  Oh, don’t forget about!  I thought they were too expensive, but I was mistaken…

Strapless Lace Dress

Victoria’s Secret $89.99

LC Lauren Conrad Surplice Lace Overlay Dress

Kohl’s $50.40

Strapless Lace Sweetheart Dress

Forever 21 $24.80

Strapless Lace Dress

Forever 21 $24.80

Champagne Sateen Lace Overlay Dress

BlueFly $98.99

Strapless Purple Shimmer Dress

Bluefly $98.99

So ladies, if you want your gals to be smashing in their sheer toggery, dance your dainty digits to one of these web addresses and get those gals swathed in lacy loveliness. Happy hunting from your friendly inter-web Broke-Ass Bride honeys!  And don’t forget to tune in next week for more smashing savings! 

Traditional Bridal Shoes on a Budget

I’ve done a handful of posts on funky colored, sparkly, or otherwise non-traditional wedding shoes. See here, here, here and here. But I’ve never done a roundup on traditional white or ivory bridal shoes. So here are some gorgeous, delicate and traditional shoes for under $100.

Clockwise from Top:

Stuart Weitzman $84 //Badgley Mischka $97 // Moda Spana $45 // Caparros $35 //
Martinez Valero $80 // Calvin Klein $94

Do you plan to play it safe with your wedding shoes, or are you doing something a little untraditional? Let me know in the comments below!

Dana F.