Wedding Dresses Under $300

Okay, let me just be super real and honest for a second. WEDDINGS ARE EXPENSIVE! Like really really expensive. The food, the venue, the dress, the flowers, it all adds up to a BIG number. No one seems to mention it much as we pin to our “Dream Wedding” boards but I think we should.

Lately, I’ve been browsing dresses and I realized that some of them cost more than our expected catering fee. Heck, the designer ones cost more than what we expect to pay for our entire wedding! It’s kind of funny, and sad, and confusing. If I were a millionaire, I’d probably pick out one of the wedding dresses from my pinterest boards and have it customized, add some diamonds, unicorn hair, whatever I felt it needed. But this is REAL life and like most of you, I’m on a REAL budget.

So for every bride-to-be out there who has decided to spend less on her dress and splurge on dessert, or who can simply not afford to buy an expensive dress, I’ve complied a list of lovely options. All of them are under $300 dollars.

Anabelle Dress from BHLDN (Anthropologie) $260

Anabelle BHLDN Wedding

Sweet Organza Gown from David’s Bridal $199

Davids bridal wedding dress

Champagne Dress from Lace Bridal $230

Lace Bridal Etsy

Sleeveless V-Back Dress from ELDesignStudio $299

v back lace etsy vback etsy

Lux Bridal Anabella from Sears $198

Anabella Sears Wedding Dress

 

 

 

Fall Lookbook 2014

So far so good with my weekly video goal! I incorrectly labeled my title card (things like this happen late at night) but instead of waiting to post I decided to tell my inner perfectionist to keep quiet and let me live my life! Lol.

Happy Friday!

 

Niki Gets Eyelash Extensions!

I’m so happy to be getting back to making videos! Today I’m sharing a quick look at my trip to Platinum Lashes in Glendora, CA. Let me know if you have any additional questions about eyelash extensions after watching!

A Rainstorm for Butterflies

Butterfly Kisses A butterfly cannot fly in rain. Not only would the heavy drops knock the beautiful winged insect from the sky, the butterfly itself needs the warm rays of the sun to heat it’s flight muscles. But today is different. My sparkly butterflies are completely at ease amidst my water droplet nails.

I was inspired by the name of my new nail polish, Rainstorm by Sinful Colors. I’m loving the fantasy element of this post and hope you are too! More creative and whimsical posts to come!

Sinful Colors Rainstorm

Megan Fox Smokey Eyes & Pale Pink Lips

Megan Fox Makeup Megan Fox inspired makeupGood morning fellow beauty bandits! I’m sure you’ve noticed the latest blog changes. We’ll be focusing on recreating the looks we love! Under the style thief tab you’ll find inspired outfit/style recreations and under the beauty bandit tab you’ll find posts like these that focus on recreating makeup, hair, or anything beauty related.

Today I’m sharing a beauty look inspired by Megan Fox! I went in to the eye doctor for my yearly eye exam and decided to try out some fun colored contacts. I also remembered that Megan Fox’s new movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, just came out so it seemed only natural to let myself be inspired by her this week.

My biggest tip for channeling your inner Fox, is to focus on the eyes. If you don’t have colored contacts, I suggest using eyeshadow colors that make your eyes pop! At the bottom of this post you’ll find a list of everything I used to recreate her look. Let me know if you have any questions!

Blue contacts rev

LIPS:

MAC Cremesheen Modesty

NYX Glam Lip Gloss Aqua Luxe in Paint the Town

EYES:

Naked Palette: Sin (inner corners of eyes), Creep (outer edges)

Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner in Blackest Black

FACE:

Dermablend Quick-Fix Concealer

Dermablend Intense Powder Camo

 

Demi Lovato Inspired Look with Rimmel London

demi lovato snapback lakers girl rimmel london diva redToday we are channeling an entirely different style vibe! Say hello to our style inspiration, Demi Lovato! Her look is sexy and casual. I thought it’d be perfect for a sporting event.

It can be tough to create a sexy & cute look without looking overdone for something like a basketball game. My advice is to bring the drama to your lips with a bold color and keep everything else simple. I used Rimmel London’s Moisture Renew in Diva Red.

Adding only subtle makeup to my eyes and leaving my hair straight, helped my final look to remain casual. I also had on a basic black knit dress and sneakers. I wish I could climb stadium stairs in heels but I can barely keep my balance when I walk down my slanted driveway! Haha.

I hope this post was helpful! In the comments let me know what you do to elevate a your look for a casual outing.

And also… I sort of felt like I was channeling the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. See below! Lol

straight hair with hat

fresh prince of bel air hat

 

*Rimmel London provided me with products to review but my thoughts & opinions are and will always be honest & genuine!

Strapless White Dress

Long hair curled strapless white dress Strappy heels and white dress Clock towerHappy Monday! And hello to all my new bloglovin subscribers!

Friday I was featured on Lauren Conrad’s website and I’ve been smiling all weekend because of it. I’m excited to meet and chat with all the new visitors that stumbled onto my little blog. Please feel free to leave me your blog link in the comment section so I can stop by!

Today’s outfit, believe it or not, is another clearance find! Express has definitely impressed me with the cute pieces they have on sale. Next season I plan to hit the clearance sale early. I missed out on quite a bit because I went into the store towards the end of it.

I think this outfit is perfect for almost any warm weather special occasion. I’ve included a few links below if you’d like to try this look out yourself.

Enjoy!

$36 from Lulu’s

$26.99 from Charlotte Russe

$37.47 from New York & Company

 

 

 

Lavender Swing Top

Lavender swing top Lavender top winery

I recently tried an a new blouse style, the halter swing top! It kept me cool but also looked dressier than a basic tank top. And guess what, it only cost $10 thanks to the clearance sale Express was having.

Unfortunately, Express is all sold out of these tops but I found a few similar items you can try if you’re interested in experimenting with this look.

$24 Meg Woven Halterneck from boohoo.com

$26.98 Minoko Chain Halter from MISSGUIDED.com

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