i'm not usually one to brag about frugality since - well, let's face it - i'm sort of a novice at the whole frugality thing, but i do love a bargain and despite my frivolous spending, i love bargain shopping! tonight, i just might have redefined the phrase 'dressing for less'. we had tickets to the fabulous fairy tale ball and since that required fancy head-to-toe attire for the prince and princess of the family, the queen needed to budget accordingly. my outfit set me back a total of thirty two dollars and thirty five cents. that's right, grand total: $32.35 ! i landed this $168 black halter donna ricco (new with tags, no less) on ebay for $9.99 and the strappy heels on clearance at rack room for 15 bucks. so while my budgeting skills are improving, i cannot say the same for my time management skills (read: procrastination) as this outfit literally came together today. i found the shoes by fluke this afternoon and the dress arrived via USPS priority mail at 3 p.m. - literally, an hour before i had to put it on.
oh, and speaking of the prince and princess, here they are in their "our shoes cost more than mommy's whole outifit" pose: