Month: April 2014

Low Cut Sunday

It’s amazing what thrifty treasures you can find.  At my neighborhood thrift shop, I managed to find this sexy cowl neck style top.  Unfortunately, it went out of business a few months ago and I haven’t found another one close to me.  Ever since I was a little girl my mother always shopped at thrift stores.  She says you can find anything and everything in thrift stores.  She wasn’t wrong.  I love a good thrift find no matter how much digging I have to do.  I’ll be sure to visit some thrift stores in Brooklyn this summer, I hear there are some great ones.  The grey jeans and nude pumps complimented the blue, while the snakeskin bag brought all the colors together.

Do you shop at thrift stores? 

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  • Draped Cowl Neck Knit Sweater is from a thrift shop that closed on Dyckman Street, similar via asos.com, via gilt.com and similar here if you want to splurge
  • BlankNYC Low Rise Soft Skinny Jean in 50 Shades of Grey via gilt.com; $49, yellow still available
  • Target Snakeskin Mini Crossbody Bag; $20 to $30 ( 2 years old), similar under $35 via kohls.com, more mini crossbody bags via target stores
  • BCBGeneration Nude Patent Pumps; $39.99 via Marshalls (last year), very similar black patent available via tjmaxx.com, and similar via 6pm.com

 

Thermal Love

TGIF! After a long week it felt right to end on a comfortable note. A simple thermal isn’t only for cuddling up on your couch, it can turn into a sexy outfit when paired with skinny jeans and nude pumps.

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

BudgetSai

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  • Joe Fresh Thermal Long Sleeve Henley; (can’t remember how much I paid), similar via target.com 
  • J Brand Mid Rise Super Skinny Jean in Revenge, available at Revolve Clothing
  • Vince Camuto ‘Kain’ Pump in Blush Smooth Patent; $79
  • Gold Pendant Necklace; a gift, similar via macys.com

Boyfriend Material

My look today is more relaxed as we get closer to the weekend. There’s nothing like your ‘boyfriend’ clothes. ‘His’ jeans are so comfortable, ‘his shirt’ hangs loose enough to lounge in, it’s a match made in heaven. The look wouldn’t be complete without my Pour La Victoire heels, of course. For me no look is complete without a pair of heels. It’s my first time wearing them since I bought them 5 months ago! They are the chic-est shoes my feet ever met. To finish the look I wore my Jean Paul Gaultier for Target trench coat, my very first piece of collaboration clothing purchased four years ago. As you know, trench coats are a must-have classic in your wardrobe. They are timeless, yet always look fresh. Don’t you think?

Do you like the ‘boyfriend’ look? How are you styling your trench coat?

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  • Jean Paul Gaultier for Target  Striped Trench Coat; $59.99  (4 Years old), similar via nastygal.com
  • Forever 21 Essential Button Down Shirt in Grey; $19.80, Blue available in a Large (bigger is better for the full ‘boyfriend’ look)
  • Joe Fresh Boyfriend Jean in Medium Wash; $49,  available online for $29!!!!
  • Pour La Victoire ‘Turner’ Pump in Black Leather via Gilt; $119 (no longer available), available via bluefly.com
  • Maurizio Taiuti  Genuine LeatherTop Handle Handbag -Made In Italy via Marshalls; (can’t remember how much I paid), more of Maurizio via ebay.com 

The Rules Are There Are No Rules

Everyone is always intrigued by my “work” attire. These are the times where I’m feeling rebellious and show up like I did today: white ripped jeans, navy tucked in shirt, grey suede pumps and a necklace for a little office sparkle. Rarely do I come to work in the typical office uniform: slacks, button down shirt and a blazer.  If I do, everyone at the office thinks I’m going on an interview getting ready to bail on them. Not even meetings require that kind of decency. There are no rules at my workplace about what you can and cannot wear, but I still seem to go the extra mile and wear what I feel comfortable in, even if it ripped jeans.  Mondays and everyday calls for the rebel in me.

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  • Cecico Faux Leather Sleeve Tweed Coat; $60 via Dor L’Dor in Englewood, NJ, once available at nordstrom.com, similar via ebay.com
  • H&M Button Down Tunic in Navy (no longer available), similar long shirt via hm.com
  • BDG Mid-Rise Straight Leg Jean in Off White (no longer available), similar budget-friendly BDG jean and One Teaspoon jean both available via urbanoutfitters.com
  • ShoeMint ‘Classic Pump’ in Grey; $79.98
  • Necklace; a gift

Take me out to the ball game

This past Saturday my family and I went to see my nephew play with his high school team at the Staten Island Yankees Stadium. It was a nice day for a ball game so I wore a baseball tee (duh) dress that I purchased last season from Forever 21. It was the fastest outfit decision I’ve made in a long time. I paired the dress with my Converse sneakers, my favorite sneakers to wear when I can’t wear my first love, heels! However, if I had dinner plans after the game, I would have paired the dress with my open toe Rachel Roy booties. Nevertheless I think I brought my A-game and showed my nephew the support he deserved at his first game the best way I knew how, through fashion and style.

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  • Forever 21 Baseball Tee Midi Dress; $17.80 (no longer available), similar via asos.com
  • Converse Metallic Leopard Print; $55, still available via gilt.com for $39!
  • Silver Chain Necklace, I can’t remember where I purchased it, but you can find a similar one via forever21.com for $12.80!
  • Michael Stars White Perforated Leather Fold Up Clutch; $50 via Marshalls (3 or 4 years ago), similar via yesstyle.com

Pencil It In

The beautiful weekend weather rolled into Monday and I couldn’t be any happier. There is nothing like waking up at the beginning of the week with your clothes already picked out (oh yeah I do that sometimes) all while the sun is shining. This look has workwear written all over it: a flowy blouse, a pair of high heels and let me not forget the pencil skirt. Thank goodness for pencil skirts. They can be effortlessly  sexy without even trying. I’m not a fan of workwear and if I had to stick to a certain uniform I would have to go with pencil skirts all the way. Who am I kidding? I love all skirts. As long as I’m looking like a lady, I’m feeling like a lady.

How are you workin’ it at work?

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  •  Diane von Furstenberg ‘Alphie’ Leather Cropped Jacket; (sample sale), similar style via asos.com
  •  Forever 21 Floral Top; (many years ago), similar one also from forever21.com
  • H&M Jersey Skirt in Burgundy; $12.95 (black still available)
  • H&M Waist Belt in Gold (no longer available), similar one via nordstrom.com
  • Forever 21 Night Moves Stiletto Sandals; $32.80

Preppy in Pink

Before Sunday’s date night, I decided to take a walk near Astoria Park in Queens and take in a new scenery. Something else I did differently was pair mint green iridescent sandals as oppose to a classic black shoe to my pink and black outfit. When you look at the sandal from various angles or in the sunlight, it changes color, revealing pinkish hues to complement my look. Don’t be afraid to stray away from basic black.

Are you a basic black kind of girl or do you like to play around with color?

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  • Juicy Couture Silk Shirt via Marshalls; $29 (clearance), same one available via 6pm.com
  • Forever 21  Short Skirt in Black (flared/skater and bandage); $27.80 (no longer available), similar skirt in a Geo print via forever21.com
  • Charles David ‘Icon’ Sandal in Mint via Marshalls; $59 (clearance), same sandal via charlesdavid.com for the original price of $170 or in camel and silver via 6pm.com for $69.99
  • Nine West le club minaud clutch in Gold; $50 (last year), very similar one via nordstrom.com