Prom Shopping on a Budget

**My senior prom in 2007, thank God for better eye brows and makeup lol

Now that it's prom season I'm reminded of how I felt preparing for my own high school prom, hair, nails, fancy dress, it felt like I was preparing for a wedding at the time lol. Honestly, I wish i had really taken in the process more because it's the last time I formally got dressed up. While exciting, prom can be expensive but I did a pretty good job at not spending TOO much money for my prom. This post is going to be for young girls preparing for their prom and parents who have daughters going to prom. Here are my tips and tricks on how to save money during prom season. 

1. Don't buy the first dress you like. Go to different boutiques, department stores tend to have a lot of the same dresses, and shop around for a while. You may find that there's a dress out there you love that's within your budget. 

2. Don't waste money on extravagant nails. Honestly, 9 times out of 10 no one is going to ask to see your nails. Get a nice complimentary color to your dress or an ombre french and call it a day. Sidenote: Wait until the day before prom to get your nails done, chipped nails and toes is not the business. 

3. Look in unexpected places for shoes, a bag, and accessories. More than likely you probably won't be wearing this stuff again so don't splurge on expensive jewelry and shoes. I got my prom shoes from a little shop downtown for $19.99. They were super cute, had the bling I wanted and went well with my dress but I knew I wouldn't be wearing them again so I didn't want to splurge on my shoes. My bag and accessories came from a wig shop....yes! a wig shop. I got an all gold beaded clutch, earrings, and a bracelet for $40 total. 

4. Get quotes on makeup applications before you jump on the bandwagon. I wouldn't spend more than $50 on a makeup application because that's typically how much it cost at a department store. Going to a place like MAC has its benefits because you have to purchase items in order to get your makeup done so you can purchase a touch up powder and your lippie to touch up throughout the night. But, there are a ton of awesome freelance makeup artist out there so do your research. 

5. Choose a few splurge items and then get creative with the rest. For me my splurge items were my dress and a car. These rest of my stuff I tried to get the best deal possible on. I went to my regular beautician and chose a simple hair style, I had simple nails, MAC did my makeup, and outside of my dress, everything else cost $50 or less. 

Get creative, have fun, cherish the day, & most importantly SLAY! 

Love, Life, & Light

Trying to Live in my Dreams,