Mrs. O’s Convention Dress: Custom Made for her, Purchase-Ready for Masses

Michelle Obama DNC 2012 Dress

It’s always a wild guessing game days leading up to a big event. What will Mrs. O don, especially when it’s a political runway up to the podium at the Democratic National Convention? Perhaps an up and coming unknown whose career she’ll most definitely catapult? (Hi Jason Wu!) A budget-friendly brand accessible to everyday Jane’s? […]

Wedding Registries Gone Original: Introducing Etsy’s Registry

Etsy Wedding Registry

Congrats! You’re engaged, and more importantly, you’ve crossed off a slew of Important Wedding To-Do’s (Yes, capitalization-worthy tasks) off your planning list. Wedding dress. Check. Bridesmaids dresses that won’t leave your besties seething behind your back. Check. Dream venue that’s financially doable. Check. And now comes the registry. Ah, the ingenious little invention that gently […]

Golden Eye: Fashion Inspired by Olympic Stars

Style Inspired by Olympic Stars

We’ll recap the last week or so. Watch McKayla Maroney’s crazy perfect vault in slo-mo more times than you watched Tom Cruise’s plain crazy jumpin’ on Oprah’s couch video. Scour the web for photos of Duchess Kate and Will (Okay, less Will, more Kate) cheering on Team Brit. Refresh NBC’s website to check the medal […]

The Fashionista’s Guide to Making More Dough

Guide to Making More Dough

Woman Writing via Shutterstock After years of Carrie Bradshaw-esque analyzing and over-analyzing what went horribly wrong with her perfect-on-paper-terrible-in-reality beau, your bestie Bertha has finally found love again, and she’s getting hitched. And yes, it is Facebook official. Which means, you’ll be maid of honor and you’ll be adding to the expanding collection of petunia-colored […]

Smells Like Teen Spirit: Style Summary from the Teen Choice Awards

Selena Gomez

Ah! The fascinating world of Beliebers, Disney princesses gone pole dancin’ en route to the altar, and cuuuuute Hunger Games/Twilight man boys who are cute until you realize that they’re born in the 90’s. (Eek!) Sure, no one on The Budget Fashionista staff is a day over “23,” but we’re not exactly looking to invent […]

The Costco Wedding Dress: Could You Do It?

The Costco Wedding Dress

Let me preface this by setting the record straight: I love Costco. As a petite frugalista with grandparents who lived through war and poverty and parents who rewash Ziploc bags, Costco was my foray into American consumerism and budget shopping. Much of my childhood was spent meandering through the welcoming aisles of the warehouse, generously […]

The Print Edition

Bouquet Tee

It’s not exactly cutting-edge news when another high-end, Who’s-Who-in-Fashion designer comes out with a more affordable line. (Can we get a “Hey!!” for Versace and Jason Wu?) Yet, Cynthia Rowley was somewhat of a pioneer in this designer-goes-cheap trend. Before internet crazies tried auctioning off Missioni for Target boots for an ungodly-we-don’t-even-want-to-repeat-it amount, Ms. Rowley […]

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of the Perfect Fourth of July Party

Katy Perry Fourth of July Dress

With buttered corn on the cob with an extra side of butter and more Americana than a bad country concert, you know Fourth of July is just around the corner, and indeed, it’s a party in the U.S.A (sans the underage pole dancing ala Miley Cyrus circa 2009). Sure, we’ve been there, done that with […]

Ditch the White Dress: Unconventional, Non-White Wedding Dresses Inspired by Cynthia Nixon


True story, but on a balmy summer night, post-bachelorette debauchery led my entourage of ladies to a grimy bar in the East Village in New York City. We were taking our “we-lost-count-five-margaritas-ago” celebratory shot, when an equally-intoxicated lad pulled up a chair and probably recited one of the lamest pickup lines ever. “So, are you […]