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Monday, May 18, 2009

Cheap Chic: Garbage Couture

Another post whereby Frugal Scholar mooches off her kids. This time, the mooch is via the Divine Miss Em, whose talents are numerous. Miss Em is a senior in high school. Those who have been followers for a while may recall that she goes to a wonderful state-supported magnet school, the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. This is a residential high school, located on a college campus. It is available to all who qualify for the sum of $700.00 a year for room and board. What a gift for my children!

We received a recent email full of news about the senior class activities, including the Senior Breakfast. The theme this year was garbage. So all the girls made dresses out of garbage bags. Would I be too doting-mama to say that Miss Em won the Best Dressed Award?

There is so much here to emulate: pick a theme that will lead to frugal fun. Their prom had an India theme. So Miss Em borrowed a sari, bought some cheap Indian jewels via a website, and--being artsy--painted henna designs on many hands. This was perhaps a $20.00 prom. I read a blogpost on conscientious spending, where another proud mama noted that her daughter stuck to a $300.00 prom budget, which was a far cry from the over $1000.00 average. Well, I think we can do even better than that!

Similarly, the Senior Breakfast could have had a country club theme or such. But no--the kids thought of something creative and frugal.

So below we have an excerpt from Miss Em's email and some pics from the festivities. I have no idea what the guys wore. The pics show what I have always thought: the important thing for the girls is getting dressed up with your friends.

What is Senior Breakfast, you ask? Well let me tell you! It's an LSMSA tradition where the night before "Dead Day" (Dead Day is the day before exams start, where there's no class and dead silence because all the students are studying themselves to death) we have a late-night breakfast. As in, it starts at midnight and ends around 1AM. We are served breakfast and hang out with our classmates and we dress up in accordance with the theme. This year, the theme was trash-bag formal. You make formal attire out of trash bags, duct tape, any "trash" you can think of. Being a crafty girl, I worked super hard on my costume. I made it entirely from trash bags. It was a floor-length gown with ruching and layers. I must admit, it was very impressive by the time I was done with it. I made it ball-gown-big at the bottom by blowing up garbage bags with air, tying them off, and putting them underneath the dress. I'll attach a picture of it. I think you'll be impressed. It was also fun to spend so many hours on the dress, wear it, and then literally rip it off my body. Wheee! I also made accessories out of duct tape. Duct tape earrings and headbands and even a bracelet and a ring.

Although the pictures may have a girls gone wild vibe, let me assure you, this is a studious and accomplished bunch. Indeed, I am sure they will all do well in college, and, thereafter, will rule the world.


Over the Cubicle Wall said...

When I was in high school, the wrestling team would wear garbage bags under sweat suits and run around the gymnasium to try and make weight. I am glad today's high schoolers have found a use for garbage wear that doesn't make me cringe.

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

How creative!!! I love the talent your kiddo's have. My kiddo's all just still beg for money, lol. They don't get it either :)
Hey girl, you would have loved Christian AND Andreas that I posted about yesterday that you commented on. What's truly funny is that we were sitting around that big table that Andreas made by hand and I was talking about you and how much I enjoy your blog. We were talking about how blogging is influencing culture these days. Those guys are both quite the character's FS. Both are orginally from Panama and have the richest stories to tell. I could listen to them both for hours and hours and have invited them up to our house for a cook out soon. Why don't you and Mr. FS run on up??? It's truly not that far from'd be worth the trip just to pick their brains and listen to their stories.

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Funny about Money said...

Hey! Those women have a future in the fashion industry!

Gorgeous! Creative! And fun. Now...I have a handsome young son who would love to meet any of these spectacular creatures... ;-)

sallymandy said...

That's fabulous. Way to go, Miss Em! Your mom is rightfully proud of you.

$1000 for a prom?? Incredible.

Frugal Scholar said...

@Cubicle--Now you see that you could make your uniforms look better!

@Reggie--I think you should bring Prince to new Orleans! I can't believe he's never been. We can meet for coffee and beignets.

@Funny--Love it! Blogger moms match-making!

@sallymandy--thanks for the compliment!

Andree Cosby said...

If I could have worn a trash bag or a sari to my high school prom, I would have considered going. These girls should be on Project Runway.

Frugal Scholar said...

Hi Andree! I never went to a prom. It seems a lot more fun now.