Showing posts from March, 2014

Have a Closet Full of Formal Wear? Donate It and Help Someone in Need

Is your closet overflowing with prom dresses, bridesmaids dresses or cocktail attire that no longer fits or you will never again wear? If so, you might donate them and make someone less fortunate very happy. You can even take a tax deduction for your generosity. In southwestern Idaho Dresstravaganza ( accepts prom dress donations at the Van Heusen store at the Boise Outlet Mall. Call or text 208-297-3332 or email for details.

The Assistance League of Boise accepts donations for their Cinderella's Closet program.  Both prom dresses and tuxedos are rented, rather than sold, for $15 each. The service is available only to students living in Ada County. The store is located at 5831 Glenwood Street, across from Hawk's Stadium.

If you have a wedding gown to donate, check Donate My Wedding Dress ( to find a list of charities your generosity can benefit. They include Brides Against Breast Cancer, Brides…

H&M Debuts Budget Wedding Gown

Swedish retailer H&M, a favorite of teen girls and college students, recently announced the first gown in what is expected to be a collection of budget wedding dresses. The modest ivory gown with ruching at the waist is designed to flatter most figures. Priced at $99 and made from recycled material, the dress is perfect for a casual wedding, including a beach wedding. The versatile style can also be worn as a cocktail dress by shortening the skirt.

H&M is not the first budget retailer to offer a wedding dress. Target has offered two styles for several years, both for less than $100. Target's most popular gown, a sleeveless bias cut gown that comes in both white and dark ivory (closer to pale
 peach, actually), is best worn by a slender bride, as the style reveals every curve. Target's other style is a simple straight-lined gown with cap sleeves.

If you are planning a casual wedding and don't want to spend hundreds on a gown to be worn for only a few hours, either …

Exchange Students are Coming!

ETC International Exchange Student Program is one of our clients. We work with them to help secure host families for students from many parts of the world. We also plan monthly events for the students and their
host families. Last week about 40 ETC managers and staff gathered in San Diego for training and socializing, including a day at Disneyland and a day of sightseeing in San Diego. We look forward to a year of getting to know students from around the world and their host families and building into their lives.

If you or someone you know may be interested in hosting a student, contact ETC through the link above to find a local coordinator who will be happy to answer your questions.