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Getting Witchy With It

If you’re not into Halloween and there’s no way you’re getting into a costume, but are dragged to the parade or a party, don’t panic. Right in your closet there’s a costume waiting to be created. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Let your mind wander and think of what you’d like to become. A witch? Take out all your black clothing (I know some of us have more than enough) and start picking your favorite from the bunch, then decide whether you want to be the sexy or classic witch. Halloween gives women the opportunity to play out their fantasies for the whole world to see. Please, spare us a little ladies. If it’s a chilly night and you can’t brave the cold, do as I did; wear a turtleneck tucked into a pencil skirt, tights and some pointed boots like these Altuzarra for Target ones I snagged from the collection to give off a witchy vibe. Tights are the perfect way to stay warm with any costume. The colors are endless too. The finishing touches to your witch costume should be easy, the hat, nose and some evil green face paint! Now if you’re a Halloween fan like I am, getting your makeup done by a professional (at the MAC Soho store) can make you look like this :

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That’s me last year as a Harlequin. :) As much as I like to keep things under a budget, I go all out on Halloween and I’m that person who drags everyone into it too!

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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RIP Oscar de la Renta 1932-2014

Today is a sad day in the fashion and Dominican community. The first time I found out Renta was Dominican I thought to myself what better representation than a Dominican man dressing women all over the world, in that same world where men could barely dress themselves. Stereotypical views were pushed to the side when Oscar walked into the fashion industry, you know the one where Dominican men only play baseball and let’s be real, where most love to undress women. He believed elegance, sophistication, and beauty was every woman’s desire.

Although he was known for his evening wear and pantsuits, my personal favorite were his wedding gowns. I’ve always dreamed of walking down the aisle in one of his creations. An honor of wedding season I’ve gathered my favorite of his designs from the Bridal 2014, Fall 2014 and Bridal 2015 Collections.

Bridal 1

Fall 2014

Bridal 2

 Fall 2014

Bridal 3

 Bridal 2014

Bridal 4

 Bridal 2014

Bridal 6

Bridal 2015

Bridal me

Fall 2014 (And my personal favorite. Wink, wink.)

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Superpower

Babies are just super cute and I can’t wait to have one of my own. For now I have the joy of attending (and sometimes planning) other friends and family baby showers. This past Saturday I went to one of my cousin’s baby shower. It’s always nice to come together when you’re celebrating an exciting new addition to the family. In some cultures, baby showers take place in the evening with women and men in attendance. Dressing for an evening baby shower is fairly easy when deciding what to wear. I think a cocktail dress below or at the knee, or jeans and a blouse, but always heels are a perfect way to celebrate. My cousin’s baby shower had a superhero theme; now what better way to show strength and femininity than by wearing your fave sky highs? Even the preggers was in heels all night while dancing, greeting relatives, and making a toast. I have a feeling she’ll wear heels right up until giving birth, I know I will. Now that’s what I call a Superwoman!

What do you wear to baby showers? Ever feel like walking in heels is the ultimate superpower?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Forever 21 Lace Knit Midi Dress (sold out); similar here and here
  • H&M Rhinestone Earrings, $9.95 (sold out); similar here and here
  • H&M Leather Jacket, $199 (last season); new version here and more here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal, $79.95
  • Hermes ‘Birkin’ 30cm in Black Togo Leather (gift)
  • Essie ‘Dive Bar’
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Stepping Out

Last week I went for a different look, and this is what I came up with, a touch of boho chic. I stepped out of my comfort zone when I chose to wear these worn out (nothing wrong with that) suede boho type over the knee boots with my office uniform. Normally I would have gone with a nude pump, buttoned up the blazer and added a thin belt around the waist for a sleeker appearance (try it), instead I decided to loosen things up and let the blazer blow with the wind! To not look completely washed out, I pouted my lips with Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella. I’m not a fan of wrinkles (who is really?) and normally I would have passed on posting this look, but in the real life office world, sitting in front of the computer is part of my job and you’re bound to get wrinkled the minute you sit down! A girl can’t stand all day in heels! Try to stay wrinkle free ladies and gentlemen!

I should really start taking these outfit photos before I get to work!

What do you think of this look? How was everyone’s weekend? 

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Zara Camisole Top (old)
  • Donna Karan Vintage A line skirt; similar here
  • DVF Shade Jacket in Desert Dust (4 years old), similar here
  • DV Dolce Vita Suede Over the Knee Boot (old); similar here
  • Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, $25
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Jewel Toned

How is everyone doing today? As the end of the year continues to be very, very busy for me I have to pass by quickly with today’s post. I’ve been dying to wear this knit top like everything else I buy and don’t get to wear until months later, but here I finally did. I did with a black pencil skirt and black ankle strap heels for a clean, simple, but classic chic look. A blinged out top doesn’t need much styling, what it does need is to stand out and pairing it with black does just that. Pencil skirts are great with crop tops, I’m sure I’ve said it before, but the scuba fit of this one works wonders -you can pull up the skirt high enough for the right amount of coverage as it smooths out those tiny little flaws or pull the skirt down for those who love to show a little more skin because it truly is a flexible fabric. This material is everywhere right now; skirts, shirts, bags, hats and much more are made with this extra stretchy material.

Are you digging the scuba diving look?

Happy Hump Day!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • H&M Chunky Knit Sweater, $34.95
  • H&M Scuba Pencil Skirt (Sold Out); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal, $79.95
  • H&M Leather Jacket, $199 (last season); new version here and more here
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A Walk Down Everlane

Last Tuesday I went to the Everlane showroom, met their down to earth team and got to hear a little bit about their journey into the online only shopping site. I found out about the brand through another blogger and was fascinated by the simplicity, but good quality of their clothes. My sister and I have been a fan ever since. I was able to try on a few of their newer pieces I’ve been interested in and I hope to get my hands on them soon. In this day and age every girl should have a few inexpensive wardrobe staples (like the tees and tanks that start at just $15!) in their closet to pair with jeans, denim cut offs (in the summer), flats, heels and or sneakers. I kept my look simple for the event in an Everlane tee, blazer and skinny jeans, but added a little bit of sexy to the beautiful basic by pairing it with snakeskin pumps and rosy cheeks.

What do you look for in a t-shirt? With so many to choose from nowadays, it’s hard not to be picky!

Hope everyone had a relaxed long weekend! :)

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • H&M Lightweight Jacket in Dusty Navy (Old), similar here and here
  • Everlane Cotton U-Neck Tee, $15
  • Current Elliot Skinny Ankle Jean in Olive via Gilt.com, similar here
  • Coach Pumps in Natural Snake (Old); newer version here and similar here
  • H&M Rings
  • Forever 21 Rings
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And On This Farm We Had…

On a day like today I like to throw on my favorite pair of Chuck’s and walk up and down the street picking the delicious fruits and vegetables, the beautiful hand picked flowers, the plumpy pumpkins (this time of year), the grass fed meat and the oh so fresh dairy. Eating healthy never looked so good.

Where is your favorite farmer’s market? This is one is located in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Happy Sunday Y’all!

xox, Budget$ai

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