Broke-Ass Tag: under $100


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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?

  • 1/10

    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!)

  • 9/20

    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…

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

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    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:…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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 //…

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