dressing on a budget

how to do prom on a budget

Because not everyone can afford to spend a ridiculous amount of money on one high school dance, but that absolutely does not mean that you can’t enjoy your evening to the fullest. 

  • Your prom dress definitely does not have to cost several hundred dollars. Amazon.com has some really nice formal dresses, and most of them are in the $50-100 range! (I know there are other websites specifically for discount prom dresses, but in my experience Amazon has better quality and lower prices. Plus prime shipping can be a lifesaver if you’re in a rush.)
  • And if fifty bucks is still out of your price range (and I know that it is for a lot of people), check your local thrift stores. Second-hand prom dresses sell for a fraction of their original price, and they’ve usually only been worn once or twice. Seriously, I got my first prom dress at a thrift store; it was a very pretty, very well-made dress, and I payed $15 for it. Check. Thrift. Stores. 
  • Or, if you just don’t like second-hand clothes or if you couldn’t find anything good in the thrift stores, check Ross or a similar store. (Ross is just what we have in my hometown.) They usually stock some formal dresses around prom season, and they’re almost all in the $20-30 range. I’ve gone to formal events in dresses from Ross before, and they hold up really well and look great in pictures.
  • All of the stores I just mentioned are also really good places to get shoes, jewelry, ect. to go with your dress. Even stores like Walmart and Target might be good places to look for shoes, bags, and other accessories. And definitely check your own wardrobe – you might already own stuff that will look good with your dress. (I’ve worn the same pair of heels to, like, three different proms at this point tbh.) 
  • Get a dress that fits you well without alterations. Seriously, tailors are so pricey – you’ll probably end up paying several times more for alterations than you did for the dress itself. You’ll save yourself a lot of money if you just buy a dress that already fits and looks good. 
  • Do your own hair and makeup. There are approximately two billion “prom hair and makeup” tutorials on YouTube – find one that you like and practice it a couple of times before the big night. 
  • And if you aren’t confident enough to do it yourself, call in a friend for help. I’m totally useless when it comes to hair, but my best friend is a hair genius. We would always get ready for dances together, and we’d do a trade-off; she’d do my hair for me, and I’d help her with her makeup, and then we’d both go to the dance looking amazing. It’s a good system, and makes getting ready a lot more fun.
  • Or, if you don’t want to do your own makeup and don’t have a friend you can ask, a lot of department stores that have makeup counters (Macy’s, Belk, ect.) will do free makeovers, even if you don’t buy any of the products! I had a friend in high school who always got her makeup done at Belk for school dances. I don’t like trusting a stranger to do my makeup, but it is an option if you want to get it done professionally without spending a lot of money. (MAC and Sephora both do “free” makeovers, but only if you make a $50 purchase first, so probably not the best option if you’re trying to save money. Always make sure that the makeover service really is free before you sit down in the makeup chair.)
  • Also, you absolutely do not have to wear dramatic makeup or complicated hairstyles to prom if you don’t want to. If bold makeup isn’t your thing, you can just do mascara and a little bit of lip gloss. If you don’t want to spend two hours on your hair, just wear it down, or pin it up in a really simple bun, or whatever works for you. You don’t even have to wear a dress if you don’t want to – if renting a tux is more your speed, then rent a tux. Feeling comfortable and confident in how you look is more important than following trends. 
Look SugarBaby Chic without Breaking Your Bank Account

So I’ve come across a lot of questions in the past on how to look good without compromising your bank balance. Sugaring is competitive, and as much as we love our sugar sisters… We’re all in the same bowl. There’s sugar babies who are stunting in red bottoms flaunting Rolex arm candy, and there’s sugar babies running around in denim and tops. (Totally not looking down on either.) We often forget that men are visual creatures, and most of them are attracted to a woman that knows how to dress well. If you want to be a rich man’s choicest arm candy, then you best start dressing the part. You can’t expect to have the Ritz Carlton experience with a Holiday Inn & Suites package. Money attracts money. Starting out not many of us have designer this and designer that. I certainly didn’t own anything designer starting out. Other than a few presents from family & vanilla men. So here’s how I started out… Firstly I got myself a vanilla job. Retail is great for this, plus one for those employee perks! I worked a few months to save some money for a decent wardrobe. I shopped at places like: Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshals, Nordstrom Rack, Plato’s Closet, Amiclubwear, HotMiamiStyles & Tradesy. This allowed me to purchase new, previously loved, and discounted clothing at a fraction of the MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price). I purchased dresses, ankle pants, chiffon tops, blazers, accessories, & lingerie (new of course). The key is to avoid anything flashy for instance a black top with Boss B#%* or something like that written on it. The key is to dress professional, chic, & keep versatility in mind. When I say versatile, I mean a blazer that can be professional with a collared shirt but still look chill with a pink chiffon top when you roll up the sleeves. As a sugar baby you’ll be exposed to things women your age aren’t. Things like flying private or taking weekend/ day trips with your SD for pleasure or work. Each and every occasion needs to have an appropriate outfit. Think of all the scenarios you could possibly be in and purchase outfits accordingly. A sugar baby can never be over dressed. These men are willing to pay top dollar for women out there. Your first few sugar daddies are like your foundation pillars. Make sure you sift the salt daddies away! The first few ones need to be taking you shopping for items you cannot buy without breaking your bank account. For example, it’s Cocoa Cathy’s 22nd birthday, and her daddy asks her what she wants. Cocoa Cathy should be saying, “Well Daddy, for my birthday I’d like my allowance as usual, but I would absolutely love it if you’d be able to get me a handbag I’ve been eyeing for quite a while!” If Daddy is pure sugar he will say, “I’d be more than happy to buy you that handbag! Look it up & I’ll forward you my card details.” This is sugar! Cocoa Cathy knows that this daddy just went through a brutal divorce so she knows not to ask for a Celine. She instead opts for two handbags from the $800-1K range. She lets Daddy pick which one would look better, and of course daddy goes for the expensive one. This shows how much Daddy enjoys Cocoa Cathy’s company, and he knows that Cocoa Cathy has sophisticated taste. (just an example) You should utilize your allowance to purchase staple sugar clothing items like palazzo pants or cardigans. There’s no need for a sugar baby to be a brand ambassador wearing 20 different designer labels. Often, this gives your sugar daddy the vibe that you already have it all. Be smart when purchasing your initial sugar wardrobe. You don’t have to break your bank account doing so. We all know we’re sugaring to one day run into a Whale Daddy, but until then those 2-3K/ month daddies aren’t bad! Also make sure you still have personality! Your wardrobe can only sell you so much! Your personality really signs seals and delivers your arrangement. For my new babies, please do not wear your heart on your wrist. These men are brutal and will try to talk down to you. They will try to make you feel like you’re not worth that 2-3K allowance. That’s a huge red flag for you to move on! Never compromise your allowance range.

Originally posted by evagutowskipoland

Once more, with feeling. A first pass at how I imagine my MC from @thearcanagame looks like.

I figure he came from a wealthier family before he ran off to do magic [and they lost much of their wealth for ~reasons~] which is why he still tries to dress so fancy [a bit difficult on a budget, so he forced himself to become proficient with a needle and a thread].

Systems Of Touch

Author: @eradikeats-writes as part of Bangtan University - a series of ongoing oneshots with @kpopfanfictrash

Creative Content Contributors: @daegusoftboys (with beautiful, beautiful moodboards for the series)

Pairing: Hoseok x Reader (oc; female)

Rating: NC-17

Warnings: explicit sex; explicit language

Word Count: 9,746


The conference was mandatory, a thing required for your degree and begrudgingly attended by all of your classmates. But you, however, found it to be a welcome reprieve from studying, exams, and your standard reclusive Friday night routine. You were awkward in your black cocktail dress, standing off to the side and nursing your champagne with slow, careful sips you hoped emulated elegance. People of importance moved around the room, intellectual conversations filtering through the air as you glanced from person to person; prayed that, as their wandering eyes found your lonely frame, even if for the briefest of moments, that they did not see you as an imposter.

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PS I did the dumb dress thing and everyone will probably laugh me off the stage at graduation for looking like I accidentally misread ‘graduation’ as ‘princess ball’, but you know what?? I did good on my Master’s and this gives me the goddamn RIGHT to dress like a chandelier if I so choose. (Replace ‘chandelier’ with 'child’s dress-up set’ / 'disco ball with a very niche hue’ / 'budget Belle cosplay’ at your leisure)

Reticent - Ch.4

Do Kyungsoo/Reader
Word Count: 2,109

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After your emergency movie night you seemed to keep finding yourself in more and more comfortable situations with your flatmate.

You would lean into his warmth when watching TV, or he would pull you into his side while you were having regular movie night. Sometimes he would lie down on the couch and rest his head on your lap as he held your hand and played with your fingers - those were the times when you really felt the need to clutch your heart to make sure the little organ doesn’t jump out of your chest. Other times you would fall asleep with your head on his lap, after he made you admit that he’s better than the pillows you had there, and that’s when you’d wake up an hour later with a blanket on you and his fingers in your hair.

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Dance With Me || Peter Parker x Reader [[request]]

[[request prompt: Could you please do an imagine where the reader and Peter are at a school dance and someone starts attacking the school and Peter ditches the reader but saves her and they are on top of a building or something and he tries to kiss her because he forgets she doesn’t know and reveals he’s Spider-Man by accident or something.]]

this is a reupload because I’m hoping this story will finally show up in the tags.

there’s also a few minor edits that will make the story flow a little bit better along with some added details!!


**don’t repost/plagiarize this story**


You stand in front of your full-length mirror, making sure that your makeup was on point as you admired your dress. Wanting to look simple, yet elegant, you searched for the perfect dress and became immensely happy when you had found the perfect one of your dreams.

Most girls who gushed about what they were going to wear to the dance always wanted the most extravagant dress that they could find. Budgeting didn’t seem to be an issue for any one of them, but you were mindful with how much your parents were willing to spend and was happy that your dress was set at a reasonable price.

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Check out @forever-wedd for wedding inspiration 

anonymous asked:

What gift do the ChoiMatos want the most and how would they hint that they want them? And to top it off, what gifts would the others give them and how would they react to them? Idk if this counts as a choimato birthday bash since it includes the rfa too but I think it'd be cute!

Countdown to the Cake: 3

What RFA gets for the twins:


  • I see him as the type of person who gives what he would like to have
  • Since he likes his bike as much as Saeyoung likes his cars, probably something related to that (don’t ask me what, I know shit about cars and bikes, let alone cool gifts related to that)
  • For Saeran, a very cool jacket with the finest leather and maybe some spikes. (hey, just because he’s a changed man, doesn’t mean he has to dress like a square)


  • He has a very limited budget, so it’s nothing too over the top, but it’s from the bottom of this heart, he makes sure to point that out in a very sweet card along with the gift
  • I said in that fic for Saeyoung because I truly believe he would get him some comics, maybe some shojo mangas to educate Saeyoung a little
  • He’s so scared of asking Saeran what he wants, so he goes for something related to electronics, maybe a vintage game? (lowkey he wants a partner to game with, take the hint Saeran)


  • The most thoughtful gifts you can think of, even for someone she’s not that close like the twins
  • For Saeyoung, a basket of muffins and cupcakes, some of them are light (boy needs to eat something besides HBC at least this day of the year)
  • And for Saeran, headphones. She knows how he really needs a break from everything sometimes and some music maybe will help. She even has suggestions of nice songs, if he wants. (Spoiler: they are all from Zen’s musicals)


  • You may think he asked Jaehee to choose something and he would just pay, but he actually picked the gifts himself
  • For Saeyoung, the first exemplary of the upcoming collection of Elizabeth the 3rd dolls
  • For Saeran… honestly, it doesn’t matter, what really moved Saeran was the note aside the gift. “The past is in the past, now. Welcome to the family.”

What the twins want and how do they ask for it:


  • He doesn’t know how to be subtle.
  • Lemme just drop some hints I want a new cool stereo for my baby.
  • “Guys, don’t you think we should go on a road trip? It would be nice driving long hours non stop with some good music on. Oh yeah, we can’t because my favorite baby doesn’t have a cool stereo, it would be nice to have a cool stereo. By the way, do you know my birthday is coming?”
  • As for MC, he would say “ahh you don’t have to, come on… What did you get me?”
  • He would enjoy literally anything you’d give him.
  • But if it’s a cat, he would explode with happiness.


  • He doesn’t bother dropping hints.
  • If you really wanna know what he wants, just ask him.
  • “I want at least one day of peace and silence in this house.” “Okay, can I get you new boots too?” “Please.”
  • From MC, he’s too embarrassed to actually say what he wants, so he just asks a little quality time to get some ice cream in the park.
  • And when they’re alone and he’s feeling more relaxed, he’ll ask for his gift.
  • “I want a picture of you. Or maybe of us.”

You can see the other days here!

buggkidd  asked:

any cheap formal dresswear sites? I need a dress for a gala


What’s your budget and style? It really helps if you’re as specific as possible so I can help you out! Until you get back to me, I’ll list a few stores & dresses that have varying prices and styles. 

ModCloth - Vintage inspired clothing & accessories (it can be pricey) 

A good tip when looking for formal clothing is to find something that you’ll probably wear again, even if it costs a few extra dollars. This way you’ll probably feel a lot more comfortable wearing it, too.

I’d even say your dress doesn’t even have to be too ‘extra’, dress it up with accessories, a dope hair style and a purse and your outfit will look way more formal than just a stand alone dress. (Unless you want the dress to be the centerpiece, then I totally understand there are some beauties out there) But people often forget that you can dress up a ‘simple’ piece quite easily. Look at models and what their outfit has been paired with if you’re not too great at accessorizing yourself.

ASOS - (a non indie creator, but a reliable clothing realtor) Varying styles. 

ASOS also have a marketplace where users can buy & sell handmade, vintage and pre-owned items and clothing. 

But be sure the seller will ship to your area!

Etsy - Handmade & vintage. 

While I am a HUGE fan of Etsy, I’ve never really found too many formal/gala type dresses on there that aren’t super expensive or simply just bland. Etsy sellers do favor weddings and wedding dresses, so you will find a huge range of beautiful handcrafted dresses, but they are often into the hundreds. 

I hope this somewhat helps for now, please let me know any more details of what you’re looking for in a dress!

every episode of say yes to the dress
  • Voiceover: Bohemian bride Ashlie is looking for the perfect dress for her beachfront wedding in the Caribbean, while trying to stay within her $10 million budget.
  • Bride: I LOVE this dress. I feel like it could be the one!
  • Her mom: This dress is no good.
  • Consultant: Can you tell us what you don't like about it?
  • Mom: No.
  • Best friend: Ashlie literally looks like she's wearing cat vomit in this dress. She's never looked uglier.
  • Dad: No Daughter of Mine Can Reveal to the World That She Has Breasts. I'm paying for this dress and she's gonna wear a bag!
  • Randy, grinning: Sometimes a bride's gotta put her foot down before her wedDING becomes a wed-DON'T.
  • Voiceover: Meanwhile, in alterations, Allie fears she won't be able to fit into her custom Pnina Tornai because she's lost one pound since she ordered it!

pegasis1  asked:

First off you are amazingly gorgeous, and second do you have any advice for a newish baby bat?? and do you wanna be friends?

Thank you!

There’s a lot to take in when you first enter the subculture and it can be really overwhelming at first. Everyone has their own journey and so there’s no right or wrong way of being a babybat. I have created a full page of recommendations for those who are interested in getting to know gothy things like music, films, and literature. So if you want a starting point, you can find lists and playlists of gothy classics and essentials here:


This is a post I wrote on my blog last summer, I hope it helps!

7 things I wish someone had told me when I was a babybat

1. It’s okay to not dress goth 24/7 365 days a year.
Fashion is often the biggest sign we look for when we want find other goths. Why? Because it’s an easy way to identify someone like us. But it’s not always the truth because not all goths dress the part. Some might not be able to because it would be dangerous for them. Some might not be able because it’s inconvenient or forbidden to do so at schools or at work. Some might not be able because their families won’t understand. Some are still building their wardrobe and finding their style, which both take time. Some just don’t have the time, money, energy, or even the desire. Some days you might want to go all out but the next a shirt and jeans are all you want.

This is all okay. The goth subculture is extremely diverse and fashion is only one of the things that connect us. You are not any less of a goth just because your look is not spooky 24/7, trust me.

2. It’s okay to not look and act like the stereotype.
On top of not having to wear goth fashion every day, you are not obligated to look like the pale, red-lipped, raven-haired stereotype. Do not be pressured into feeling like looking like that is the only way you will be accepted.
There are goths that are not pale. There are goths that have pink hair, no hair or their natural hair. There are goths who wear hijabs. There are goths who never wear black. Be yourself. Experiment with your make-up, with your hair, with your clothes until you find what works for you. Don’t let the expectations restrict you. Your comfort is the priority because you are doing this for yourself and no one else.
Same goes for hobbies. We don’t all need to be musicians, authors, and painters. Do sports, bake, grow vegetables or collect stamps all you want.

3. It’s also perfectly fine to look and act like the stereotype.
If the stereotype is your ideal look, rock it! The main thing is that you do not force yourself into being anything you’re not. So if you enjoy writing poetry in the moonlight while drinking red wine and listening to Bauhaus with a black cat purring by your winklepickers, don’t be ashamed. Embrace your clichés, it’s more fun that way.
There is also no shame in being a goth with a mental illness! I have heard so many people say they feel like they need to hide their illnesses because they do not want to contribute negatively to the stereotype of a depressed, mopey goth. But it’s a part of you, it’s real, and it’s okay. Mental illnesses can affect anyone and you will not give goth a bad name by having one.

4. It’s okay not to know.
There is a huge pressure in the subculture to know its history, and the prevalent opinion seems to be that no matter what substyle of goth you belong to you need to be educated on the subculture’s origins. Without taking a further stand on whether I agree with that or not, I want to point out that no one can learn forty years of culture history overnight. It takes time no matter the subject, and goth being such a widely spread and branched out subculture it is a lot to take in. Luckily it’s quite easy to find information nowadays (it wasn’t back in my babybat days) but it is still a task and it is fine if it takes you time to figure it all out. You are a babybat: you are growing and learning as you go. I still am and I have been in the subculture for over a decade! So don’t sweat it, no one is expecting you to be an expert right off the bat (he-he, pun intended).

5. It’s okay to listen to music other than what is considered goth.
Listen to anything you like. Yes, really, anything. A few jam sessions of cheesy pop or smooth jazz is not going to change the fact that you love The Cure, so just listen to whatever makes you happy in the moment.

6. It’s okay to not like the classic goth bands.
To be honest, I did not start getting into the old goth rock until my 20s. I preferred Cradle of Filth’s version of No Time to Cry to the original and I preferred The 69 Eyes to Bauhaus. I knew about the classic bands and I visited them every now and then to see whether I could get into them, and one by one I eventually did. But that doesn’t happen to everyone and it’s not really something you can force to happen either. As mentioned in topic number 4, a lot of people will expect you to at least know the bands even if you don’t like them so be prepared for that. Music is undeniably a very big part of the subculture, but there is no reason you should spend your life listening to music you don’t enjoy.

7. It’s okay to not wear expensive brand clothing.
I’m happy to say that this doesn’t seem to be as big of an issue as it used to be, but I still see the topic come up every now and then. Sure Hellbunny and Lip Service clothes are beautiful as are Demonia and New Rock shoes. But they cost a lot. There is no shame in wearing outfits created from mainstream store or second-hand items. (In fact, I whole-heartedly support reusing old clothes in new creative ways. You can do magic with some do-it-yourself skills and cheap clothes from a second-hand shop.)

As mentioned in point 7, I strongly support DIY culture and creating gothy outfits from basic clothing items. I wrote a post about dressing goth on a budget last summer too, that can be found here: http://spooky-loop.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/goth-on-budget.html (:

Happy learning and welcome to the subculture, we’re all friends here! (:

Monsta X Wedding Dresses

(These pictures have been taken from google and are not mine. As always, these are just my ideas and haven’t been claimed to be true by any of the members, thank you.) 

SHOWNU:  Shownu wants his bride to be the typical innocent, blushing bride and imagines you walking down the aisle in something princess like, reserved but sexy because of the veil and the lace on the dress. He’d like to stick to typical white or ivory, not caring if it’s technically traditional because you make it so unique. 

WONHO: Wonho would like something modest at the front but revealing at the back so he could put his arm around you and feel your soft skin. He’d also like a hint of sparkle from the dress to the jewellery as he likes it when you look expensive, after all, there’s no budget on the dress as he wants you to get whatever you feel beautiful in. 

MINHYUK: Minhyuk loves colour so I think he’d be really in to a non-conventional colour dress like pink, powder blue or even a minty green. As for the style of the dress, I think he’d be in to something fun and poofy, something he can fiddle with as you talk with friends. He knows that whatever you choose, it’ll represent the two of you together: fun and romantic. 

KIHYUN: Kihyun is also after something fun and sweet but also a little sexy. He likes the idea of sheer lace on the sleeves or even sheer parts of the skirt on the dress. He would love to see your legs or something that hugs your curves all the way down. He just adores your body so much and the way he’d stare at you would make you a blushing bride for sure. 

HYUNGWON: Now it’s hard to know what this man would like because he always notices you and never really notices what you wear (Unless it’s underwear). Though, I have a feeling he might like something periodic, influenced by decades like the 50′s and 60′s etc. He’ll definitely be in to some nice sheer or silk gloves and some shoes that make your body look killer.

JOOHEON: Jooheon would love something bold and breath taking. He see’s you in a ruby red dress that makes everyone’s jaw drop. He’d think the dress was timeless and a statement that you can be whatever bride you want to be. As for styles, he imagines a ball gown style but knows you’ll choose something flattering for your figure. You’ll command attention from everyone on your big day.

I.M: I.M will like something that oozes femininity with a hint of sex appeal. He imagines a long train or a majestic looking veil that makes you look like royalty as you’re his queen. He won’t be too fussy about the colour as long as it’s not something too harsh on the eye because he wants to stare at you all night long.