Recessionista Fashionista
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 9:32PM
Louise in Budget, Featured Blogger, Inspiration Boards

In these crappy economic times, a girl's gotta get creative with her fashion, right? I mean, we can't go balls out and blow our wad on whatever we want anymore, right? Say sayonara to those days, sister.

So of course I'm cruising around the blog-o-sphere and find the cutest idea ever. I don't know if anyone has done it before, but I've never seen it, so I'd like to share it with you. You know how SMP is all about those damn Inspiration Boards all the damn time and all the damn fancy-fancy that is the damn SMP inspiration board? Well, the lovely Red White Bride came up with her own uber-cool version of those damn inspiration boards.  She calls it her <$500 Ensemble. I call it brilliant. 

I snagged these bad boys right off her blog.Yes, yes, she knows I'm snaking her idea and sharing it with others.

< $500 Ensemble #1

Labeled by The Thirty-Something Bride as "So chic, it hurts."

"For a sweet, sassy black & white themed evening wedding, followed by a cocktail reception at a lounge."

Dress: BCBG Maxazria $288
Shoes: ZiGi NY Bloom Pumps $99.95
Headband: NORA Black & Ivory Headband $39
Rhinestone Cuff: 2007 Musara $24.99

Grand Total?



< $500 Ensemble #2

Labeled by The Thirty-Something Bride as "Holy crap! Get you're wedding on CHEAP!"

Gown: Amazing White Taffeta Dress from Unique Vintage  $160
Shoes: RSVP Lily in Champagne Satin from Zappos  $70.65
Feather Fascinator: Zara Feather Fascinator from BDiDesign on Etsy $75
Necklace: Jackie Necklace from Denise Jewelry Designs on Etsy $39
Clutch: Ivory Jacquard with Pearl Crystal Pin Clutch from ocstylescreations on Etsy $25.99

Grand Total?


<$500 Ensemble #3 

Labeled by The Thirty-Something Bride as "candy-like."

Our Red White Bride describes it better:

"Creating this ensemble was so much fun! Incorporating my fave color, fuchsia, for a stylish, chic and fun wedding."

Dress:  JS Boutique Lace Dress from Nordstrom  $138

Veil: Daffodil Veil from Simple Beauty Veils on Etsy  $36

Shoes: Paris Hilton Senorita  from Heels  $94.99

Earrings:Funky Fuchsia from Iris Accents on Etsy  $18

Clutch: Passion  from Angeew on Etsy  $50

Grand Total?



I was so loving this  idea that I asked Red White Bride if she'd be so kind as to do some special <$500 ensembles, just for me! She did! How cool is that? Here are her fabulous Thirty-Something Bride creations!


Dress:Deco Paisley Dress from Marc by Marc Jacobs via The Outnet  $147.20
Veil: Short Blusher Birdcage Veil from brendasbridalveils on Etsy  $19.99
Shoes: Luichiny Kam Me Pump  from Amazon  $68.95
Earrings: Vivianne Jewel Earrings from Forever21  $5.80
Bracelet: Jewel Encrusted Bracelet from Forever21 $12.80
Clutch: Passion Red and White Clutch with Feathery Brooch from angeew on Etsy  $50

Grand Total?



 The Thirty-Something Bride's Fave...

Dress: Aidan Mattox Niteline Strapless Gown from Nordstrom  $348
Veil: Short Blusher Birdcage Veil from brendasbridalveils on Etsy  $19.99
Shoes: Unlisted Act One Sandals from Heels  $46.99
Earrings: Chandelier Earrings from G by Guess  $14.50
Bracelet: Bangle Bracelet Set from G by Guess  $18.50
Clutch: Silver Sequin Clutch from Windsor  $22.90

Grand Total? 


I'm telling you, this is why I love the internet and blogging, because there are so many people out there with such great ideas! Especially now, when so many people are strapped for cash and frustrated about planning their weddings (A Los Angeles Love, hang in there!) it's great to see that a gal can get her gorgeous on for a whole lessa (versus whole lotta) cash. Just for fun, I think I might challenge myself to see what I can come up with for less than $300. Anyone else game? Where are you going to save your cash? Will it be fashion related? Good luck!

Oh and yeah! Don't forget to enter the contest to win $50 towards some pretty pictures! Enter HERE!

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