Broke-Ass Tag: Christen


Share Your Love Story with LovebookI’m a total sucker for those “just because” gestures — and not just being on the receiving end of them. My husband is the very most fun person to surprise with little whimsies, whether it’s a photo book of our elopement or commissioning awesome family artwork. So when I found out about Lovebook and got the chance to create one just for him, I dove in head first. Because nothing makes happier than seeing my husband get misty over a gift I give him.

And guys, he was stupid excited about it.

The small hardcover book featured a little story of our stick figure alter egos that detailed many (but far from all) of the reasons why I love him … and was aptly titled “Everything’s Better With You.” Though I found the customization options a tad limited, I was able to create our likenesses enough that they bore enough of a resemblance to us — down to his side-part hair. Luckily, with stick figures, there isn’t much you can do in the way of effing up someone’s features, so you def. can’t offend them with your rendition of them. (My super non-artsy self sees this as a maj. bonus.)

Lovebook reasons whyIf you’re lacking in overall creative juices, as I’ve been (apparently sleeplessness and infants go hand-in-hand), Lovebook has a huge variety of templates to choose from, which allows you to craft a cute story without having to wring your creativity dry. You can edit text and add images as you see fit or you can build the whole damn thing from scratch. I opted to add likenesses of our cats into a couple of the scenes, but otherwise went with prefabbed pages. Of course I toiled over what order to put them in, whether it was sweet enough or too cheesy, etc. I finally — realizing I’d have to just DO IT at some point — decided it was done and sent it off for printing. After a relatively quick turnaround — like a couple weeks, max! — it was in my mailbox and ready for my husband.

Lovebook cuddling with kittiesHe loved it, and I love that he did.

We tend not to do things like celebrate Valentine’s Day or get overly standardly romantical, instead opting for fun and meaningful gifts at unexpected times, and my Lovebook creation was perfect for exactly this.

Lovebook end pageAt around $40 for a 5.5″x8.5″ glossy hardcover, it’s a lasting gift that won’t break the bank and can be revisited often. I love this idea as a gift for your partner on your wedding day, for your anniversary or just because. I also think it would make for a fun present for a ring bearer or flower girl, and be something of a keepsake for those littlest wedding crew members.

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  • 12/15

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewHey BABs! This week, we have a request from reader Katelynn who commented on this post saying:

    Nice Work! I love BAB!! I’ve got my own CAI/GOI conundrum: I’ve fallen in love with the Ashley bridal gown by Nicole Miller (… but it’s more than I wanted to spend at $1800. Ideally, I’d love a dress between $500-$800. I love the lace, low back, and halter neckline (which was a surprise). I also love sweetheart neckline and sheath/mermaid shape, but not an extreme trumpet bottom. I definitely want lace and one of the things I loved about this dress is that I feel mature and sexy in it, not just the typical beautiful bride. I’m looking for a white/ivory lace dress for my outdoor barn wedding in the mountains of western Montan a. Thanks so much! 🙂

    All right, Katelynn. I hunted down some halter gowns, some with lace and some without and all within your price range. There are a couple options from BHLDN that I think come SUPER close, but it’s all up to you!

    Can't Afford ItNicole Miller Ashley Gown

    Ashley Gown, $1800 from Nicole MillerGet Over ItLulu's Live Forever Ivory Lace Dress

    Live Forever Dress, $127 from Lulu’s

    Modcloth Magnificent Mrs. Maxi Dress

    Magnificent Mrs. Dress, $275 from Modcloth
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    Julianne Gown, $600 from BHLDNScreen Shot 2016-12-14 at 6.44.20 PM

    Jessalyn Dress, $200 from BHLDNScreen Shot 2016-12-14 at 6.39.33 PM

    Twobirds Lace Ballgown, $440 from Shopbop

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    Alana Dress, $100 from BHLDNScreen Shot 2016-12-14 at 6.44.54 PM

    Meghan Dress, $400 from BHLDNScreen Shot 2016-12-14 at 6.45.13 PM

    Montana Gown, $300 from BHLDNLulus Everlasting Enchantment Ivory Maxi Dress

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    Noelle Dress, $160 from BHLDNScreen Shot 2016-12-14 at 6.45.44 PM

    Chandler Dress, $80 from BHLDN
    Lulu's Piece of Heaven Ivory Lace Dress

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    Gwyneth Gown, $550 from BHLDNScreen Shot 2016-12-14 at 6.46.34 PM

    Devin Gown, $700 from BHLDN

    etsy mimetik lace wedding dress

    Lace Wedding Halter Dress, $349 from Etsy seller mimetik

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    Ashlyn Top, $280 from BHLDN

    What do you think, Katelynn? Any of these strike your fancy? I think that Devin gown from BHLDN would be just perf for your Montana wedding!

    Any of you BABs out there think you can do better? We’re looking for a couple of frugal fashionistas to take on the task of helping our readers #GetOverIt! If you’re interested, send an email to with subject #CAIGOI and a link to a Pinterest board of a designer dress and your broke-ass worthy alternative finds!

    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. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

    *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.
  • 12/1

    Whew, you guys. These posts are super tough for me. Y'all have some exquisite taste! This week, we're tackling reader Maria's request on this post: We are looking for a gown "inspired" by the designer Matthew Christopher. The exact gown is called "Tiger Lily". We perused all the websites in your great article - do you have any other websites or resources for this $5,000…

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    Beach weddings call for gorgeous, relaxed dresses that harken to the feeling of digging your toes into the sand. Reader Marisa emailed us looking for a scalloped lace dress for her sandy nuptials. I recently fell in love with this dress by anna Campbell "coco". I love the scalloped lace look - I'm having a beach wedding so it seems fitting! I love the sleeves…

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    Ok, guys, I'm giving this column a go until I get one of you worthy darlings to step in for me (plz, do that. Email with #CAIGOI as the subject to apply. Details can be found here)! Until then, I'm scooting into the fashionista seat to see how I fare at finding you baller-ass Get Over It gowns. First up: Reader Sarah commented on this post asking:…

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    As if it even needs mentioning, we're suckers for some yummy food and delish beverages. I mean, #duh, right? Natch, we like to spread the wealth and share our fave goodies with our friends, family and even wedding guests (we've been known to espouse the concept that favors should be skipped unless they can be eaten or drank). So, for this Five for Friday, we're…

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    After the Champagne has been drunk, the dress preserved and the top tier of the cake has been stored for later eating (or not, because: cake) and you and your partner transition from Broke-Ass nearlyweds to Broke-Ass newlyweds, logistical life stuff takes front and center. You might be starting to shop for a home, changing your name or combining your accounts and looking at ways to…

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    Clutches are one of my very favorite wedding day accessories for a few reasons -- I think they're super cute, they're totally versatile (like, use it for all the pre-wedding parties and events well after the day) and look amazingly chic with your wedding day ensemble. Not to mention they carry the shit you'll find yourself wanting -- lipstick, tissues, vows, bobby pins, mints ...…

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