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Things Are Coming Up Rusty

Rust is having a moment in the fashion world. Rust comes in a variety of shades, some more orange, others pink and even a little bit of grey. So, if you need a little spice in your wardrobe there’s actually a lot to work with. Some people just stay away from trends altogether, but if it goes well with black? It’s fine by me! When experimenting with a new color, it’s best to look for them in your everyday staple pieces or small accessories. I found a turtleneck in the hue to be a little on the safe side, and styled with with a flirty black leather skirt. I finished off this look with my trusty suede boots because they are having a fashion moment in my world. Tada! I experimented, I styled, I conquered.

In other news, I really, really really have to do some major organizing in my closet. I can barely get into my room these days. Remind me to get a head start on Spring cleaning before it’s too late. :)

What do you think of the color, rust? Would you wear it? 

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

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The Blacklist

The color black has become a staple in my wardrobe. When I wear black from head to toe, it’s much more than just a “safe choice”, it’s a state of being. I feel in control and wear it like armor. Black is a color with many faces. Black can be chic, sleek, and sexy. Black may be boring to some and even (gasp!) faux stylish, but in my opinion it takes a real fashionista to rock the same color over and over and keep it fresh.

This winter, I’ve been playing around with texture. I’m currently loving the return of the 90’s, especially the lingerie inspired looks. So, I chose this Bebe silky loose bodysuit with a deep-v opening to go with my pencil skirt. The dress code at my job is thankfully…liberal (lol). Buttons or no buttons, this is the perfect kind of top you want to wear if you have plans after work.

The AltuzarraxTarget snake skin print pencil skirt, the thigh high suede boots and my lush faux fur coat are all sexy in their own right, together they may be too much, but when it comes to black I’m a firm believer that more is more.

My advice for you -take some time during the weekend and plan out outfits and more importantly try it on! Basic items in your closet can be upgraded using different textures and shapes. Start thinking of your closet as a wardrobe and not just “that thing that holds your clothes”. The more you make what you have work harmoniously, the better you will shop. So pull out those “boring” work slacks and just throw every top/shoe/accessory you own its way! Play with colors (if you like) or see how many monochromatic looks you can come up with.

Happy Thursday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Silent Damir Doma Knit Hat (old); similar here
  • Moschino Gloves via Century 21 (old); similar via ebay.com
  • Forever 21 Faux Fur Coat (bought it in store); more here
  • Bebe Silk Wrap Bodysuit, $89; more here
  • Altuzarra for Target Jacquard Pencil Skirt, (old); similar here, here, splurge here
  • Forever 21 Faux Suede Over-the-knee boots (sold out); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri ‘Espresso’, $4
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Walk The Line

There comes a time in New York City where you wake up and staying warm is all you can think of. Cotton doesn’t always cut it so it’s time to pull out the big guns in your closet: wool, chunky knits, faux fur, and ICYMI turtlenecks. This Loeffler Randall skirt is the ideal A-line (aka universally flattering) winter skirt. It’s midi length and gives you that body warmth you crave.

Wool can have a hard time looking sexy so I paired a crop sweater to give my weather conscious ensemble some much needed spunk.  As much as I love me some Ugg boots, they’re not exactly office appropriate. If you must, it’s best to wear them for your commute and pack your shoes of the day in your bag (I do this all the time). Whenever you’re feeling sloppy, I recommend to keep your footwear sleek and polished with a pair of heeled booties or one of your shinier, more special work heels.

For those of us staying indoors on the East Coast this weekend during the impending snowstorm: Stay Warm! Stock up on snacks and put those sweats and socks to work, I know I will.

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

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Berry-Liciously Cold

Wintertime calls for layering up and keeping warm, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like a walking snuggie. That’s why when it’s brick out I take advantage of the turtleneck.

The turtleneck is the fool proof cold weather staple, you’ll almost always look put together in one. I own a variety of colors and about 5 black ones, but today I chose a deep berry that was lightweight and still covered all of my neck. Adding a matching lip was a fun change to my usual nude self. The skirt was right up my alley in length, long enough so that every inch of my body kept warm between neck and toes. Who says you can’t look sexy covered up?

The longer the coat the more dramatic the outfit, and that I’m okay with. I’m also debuting my longer locks, what do you think?

Hope everyone is staying warm here on the east coast. What are your go to outerwear choices?

Happy Friday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

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The Night Before Christmas

Which on the calendar reads Christmas Eve, is the day most Latinos like myself and my family celebrate. We get together to eat tons of pernil (my shirt got the best of that dish), different kinds of rice dishes, mom’s famous spaghetti (requested at every party we attend), potato salad, green salad, flan and can’t forget the coqui. Christmas Eve is also a time to dress up and catch up on the year we’ve had. Super cliché for wearing red during the holidays, but it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to represent a holiday that I really enjoy -with my family. On that note, I nodded back to my high school days as Catholic school girl. I turned sweet into a sexy 30 with a secretary blouse with bows, mini skirt with pleats and leopard heels.

What did you think of my holiday fashion?
How did you spend the holidays?

I want to tell you a little bit of why I’ve been MIA lately -Christmas night my mother suffered a heart attack and underwent open heart surgery. It’s been almost 2 weeks since this difficult time in my family’s lives, but mom is at home recovering once again. She is one of the strongest people I know. Thank you for all your prayers and support. <3

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • American Apparel Chiffon Secretary Blouse, $60
  • Zara Pleated Skirt (old); similar here
  • Ava and Aiden ‘Marilyn’ Ankle Strap Mary Jane Pump (old); similar here and here
  • Vintage Gucci Monogram Handbag (old); find it here
  • Vintage ring; similar here
  • 14k Gold Tennis Bracelet (a gift)
  • Opi ‘the spy who loved me‘ Nail Polish, $15 (4 piece set)
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Santa Baby

Nothing like an ugly sweater to get you into the Christmas spirit, am I right? I think so. Although I can get away with a knit or two, – you’ll never find me in a decorative one on any given day. No thanks, but thank you @hm men for inspiring me to participate in a National Ugly Sweater day with the one and only Santa.

The sweater had a perfect oversized fit, but not for leggings and over the knee boots -that didn’t work out. I looked sloppy and stocky, which are huge NO’s in my world of fashion.  Instead, I asked myself what can balance out the boots and the sweater -leather ruffles says girly, but sassy. I tucked in the sweater and I was ready to go to work and ugly it up. My co-workers also partook in the festivities with their own ugly sweaters, so it was well worth the effort!

Do you all participate in the festivities of Ugly Sweater Day? What did you think of my ugly sweater choice?

Happy Holidays!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • H&M Men’s Knit Sweater, $14.99
  • DVF Ruffle Leather Skirt (old); similar here, here and here
  • Forever 21 Faux Suede Over-the-knee boots (sold out); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in ‘Siren In Scarlet’
  • Opi ‘My Gondola or Yours?‘ Nail Lacquer
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The Warm Up

Although we are not experiencing normal temperatures here on the east coast and global warming is at the back of our minds, I know I’m not the only one feeling a bit relieved that the brick ass weather hasn’t arrived yet. Until Winter starts to feel like itself again, it’s slits and leather jackets for the win!

I’m a big leopard lover in small doses, but this time around I went with a flow-y m-slit maxi dress. I had this outfit in mind for the Fall and though technically Fall ended just yesterday, there never seemed to be a right. I added a leather jacket and booties as oppose to the real warmer look here. Sometimes those Summer dresses come in handy on weird weather days. I kept my makeup minimal during the day and then put on red lipstick for nighttime. Red + leopard = classic.

Has your Christmas outfit ideas changed due to the warmer temperatures?

Is everyone done with their Christmas shopping?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: H

  • Forever 21 leopard Print Maxi Dress (old); similar here, here and here
  • Diane von Furstenberg ‘Alfie’ Cropped Leather Jacket (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Zara Peep Toe High Heel Bootie (no longer available); similar here, here, here, splurge here
  • Nine West le club minaudiere clutch in Gold; $50 (last year), similar here