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Wanderlust

This heat has everyone feeling all types of ways. For me it’s another tank top work day and yes you guessed it, another pencil skirt, but in this case the same red one worn a little differently. I chose to tuck in my top to emphasize my waist in a very polished way. My tank was too long for this idea and it showed more than I wanted to in the photos! You live and you learn! The best way to use the tucked in method with this type of skirt is to wear a bodysuit. Bodysuits give you smooth barely there lines. I like the combination of baby blue and bright red, but that’s all the colorblocking allowed. Pair your blues and reds with nude ankle strap heels for a sleek look. Feel free to add a fierce accessory: a statement necklace, a cuff or a cocktail ring with this look. Not all three!

How do you rock your pencil skirt? Are you feeling the ankle strap sandals this summer?

xoxo, Budget$ai
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On That Blue Ocean Floor

Finally a day at the beach!

I’ve been so busy lately so I have to keep this short for now.  I bought this bikini via Gilt last year. Very light and comfortable, feels like you’re not wearing anything! Fits like a glove too! I wanted this New Yorker towel ever since I saw it on Nasty Gal’s website. It was just so me being that I too dropped my cellphone in water!

Have you all been to the beach lately? What type of swimwear do you like to wear? Has your cellphone ever taken the plunge? 

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Dolce & Gabbana Bikini via gilt.com, $ (sold out), similar here and here
  • Nasty Gal -The New Yorker Dropped Call Towel, $35; similar here and here
  • Forever 21 iPhone case, $8.80
  • Beach Bag; similar here
  • Havaianas Slim Animal Flip-Flops in Dark Grey; $11.05 , a Bloomingdales sale 2 months ago, more Havaianas Flip-Flops at Bloomingdales6pm.com and Havaianas.com
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Land Of The Free

Hope you all enjoyed the long holiday weekend celebrating America’s independence.

I love camouflage just as much as I love leopard. This print has been around for a very long time for men, but us women have gotten a hold of it and in my opinion -we look much better in it than they do! That’s why it has become what it is today, like leopard, a never ending styling print piece. Since my top was loose, I balanced it out with this black pencil skirt, keeping it feminine, fresh and edgy!

How would you style your camo?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Forever 21 Camp Crop Top, $8.80
  • Forever 21 Pencil Skirt; similar here and here
  • Rachel Rachel Roy ‘Palissa’ Lace Up Shooties from Macy’s, $129 (no longer available); similar here – all under $100
  • American Apparel Small Stars and Stripes Carry-All Pouch; $18
  • Urban Outfitters Roseville Metal Cuff, $28.00 (about 2 years old), similar styles here
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Tickled Pink With Black and White

Pencil skirts are probably the most appropriate office attire for the summer. Although my job isn’t strict on workwear like I’ve said in the past, I never see myself crossing the line. What I’m loving right now are these tank tops from Cynthia Rowley (via Marshalls), Old Navy and Gap. They are just so refreshing for those hot and humid days. You can pair them with skirts, shorts, or jeans. Right now at Old Navy these tanks are as low as $5.00! Remember to wear a nude undegarment if necessary for all color tops except black and white. You can match black with black and white with white or have fun with it and add a color undergarment. A white pump complements the colorblock look and also brightens things up for the summer. Make sure you don’t accessorize too much or at all. Color blocking is it’s own accessory. Feel free to add the same color lipstick to your top like I did with my go to summer pink -Carthage from Nars. I did wear some arm candy, but ended up taking it off at the end of the day. There’s something about wavy/curly hair that has me accessorizing less at the moment, there is just too much going on at the top!

How do you color block? 

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Cynthia Rowley Tank Top via Marshalls, $9.99; similar here
  • Forever 21 Pencil Skirt; similar here and here
  • Pour La Victoire ‘Eastona’ Pointy-Toe Patent Pump in White via Bloomingdales; Size 9 via ebay.com and similar here
  • Kirna Zabete for Target Rhinestone Stretch Bracelets in Pink/Red, $16.99 (no longer available); similar here 
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All of the Above

A look back at all of my June outfit posts! Let’s welcome July with some more color!

Which outfit is your favorite?

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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One, Two, Three

Go USA! I wore a striped Henley dress with red pumps to show my support for the team. I’m not big soccer fan, but I love it when we can all come together for world sports events. Horizontal stripes are tricky and can only be pulled off if balanced correctly. Here I chose a midi dress because it was long enough to make me look long enough. You always want to look leaner, for a more flattering effect. If you want to add the cherry on top, pair your horizontal stripes with a sleek high heel for instant height!

What do you prefer? Vertical or horizontal stripes?

Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Budget$ai

 

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  • Joe Fresh Stripe Midi Dress; $19.94
  • Boutique 9 ‘Justine’ Pumps in Red Patent via Marshalls, similar via ninewest.com
  • Revlon ‘Really Red’ Matte Lipstick
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Meet Your Match

As the summer moves along, you can’t help but to bring out the little bit of color you’ve already built up. Always choose a neon hue that compliments your skin tone; mine is hot pink or fuchsia.Today I double dosed on neon pairing the blazer with my Prabal Gurung for Target pumps for a top and bottom spark. Adding denim is one way to balance out the two colors without overwhelming or clashing the outfit. Adding a grey bodysuit like I did here is another way you can tone down the colors even more. If you want to wear a white or black top, stick to one neon color. I wear little or no jewelry when I’m in a highlighting mood, but feel free to accessorize as you wish.

How do you experiment with neon?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Honey Punch Blazer via Dor L’Dor; $35.99, more from Honey Punch at www.myhoneypunch.com, similar here
  • ASOS Petite Cami Bodysuit; $19.05, similar here
  • Joe Fresh Boyfriend Jean in Medium Wash; $49 (sold out), Light Wash still available via joefresh.com, similar here
  • Prabal Gurung for Target Pumps in ‘Sulfur Spring’; $39.99 (last year’s Spring collaboration), similar here