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Prom extravaganza...getting the best values without settling for less

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The Event The prom is a big deal for teens…the preparation is almost the same caliber as a wedding or other special event. There are also costs involved, but if you are a parent like me shopping and spending smart is necessary. Are you aware the average cost to prepare a female for prom can average $750 easily. So let me share how to shop smart for prom without settling for less. My total cost was $625.

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The Dress Let’s get started! One of the high ticket items is the apparel. The biggest things for girls are the dress and all of the accessories. A concern for me was buying an elaborate dress and only wearing it once or just letting it hang in the closet. So, my daughter did some research and found a reputable company online which allows customers to rent dresses. The name of the company is renttherunway.com. This was perfect! The dress was affordable & beautiful, the dress designer is by Badgley Mischka-known as the Screen Siren Gown. There was also a $25 discount for first time rentals. Check out their website for more details.

The Accessories The next item to address are the accessories, I found Shoe Carnival as being the most cost effective along with having a great collection of shoes. The brand of shoe we selected is Tissue-s in the color gold by mydeliciousshoes.com…the shoe was a steal purchased at $9.99 (the sale was to buy one pair of shoes at regular price…then you get the next pair at ½ price). To complete the total look we added accessories as earrings, hairpins, necklace, a ring and in step cushions for the shoes. The jewelry was purchased at H&M, an additional accessory used for the dress is the Braza Bra® The original the original adhesive bra.

Hair, Makeup & Nails The total look would not be complete with out hair and makeup. This project was a family affair. Hair by Tina O-Provided a Hollywood glam look with spiral curls. Following the theme, Celestial Enterprises.com provided a Hollywood Glam look with makeup cosmetics compliments of Maybelline, bareMineral eye primer, Too Faced-Chocolate Bar, H&M Lip color in Dita (Red) Matte along with mascara and eyeliner. Gel overlay and pedicure provided by Classic Nails Professional Nail Care Center.

Florist The Corsage was purchased at Blossoms of Hawaii in Bronzeville. The fragrance choice was Pink Sugar- Eau de Toilette

Photographer The photography captured the preparations and the final look. All images were provided by Chicago Imaging Solutions.com, "Let us provide all of your imaging needs". Additional images were also taken at the prom location. Navy Pier-Crystal Gardens. High School-King College Preparatory -Theme For Only one Night-Prom 2014

Transportation Provided by Uber.

So, it shows with proper planning, and working smart...you can have an elaborate look without settling for less or breaking your bank. Thanks for reading this article.

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