Month: May 2014

Su Casa, Mi Casa

A little stiletto action for last night’s Humble Grapes concert in LES. My Casadei (pronounced ka-sa-day) pumps are a work of art and only come out on special occasions. Instead of wearing them for a photo shoot, I dressed it up for a night out on the town; grey distressed jeans, wraparound blouse and I swapped my everyday bag for my Luna top handle bag. Greys and blacks always go hand in hand.

Check out The Humble Grapes EP – released yesterday and free to download. Enjoy!

Have a beautiful weekend!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Forever 21 Wraparound Shirt; $19.80, similar here
  • BDG Grey Distressed Jeans via Urban Outfitters (old), similar here and here
  • Casadei Studded Leather Pointy Pumps (close up via coolspotters.com); a gift, similar here and here
  • Luana Top Handle Handbag from Marshall’s (over 5 years old), you can find Luana Handbags on ebay.com
  • Flud Watches ‘The Shea‘ Sunglasses via Karmaloop.com (sold out); $34.95, more square frame sunglasses via zappos.com

Red Light Special

As much as I wanted to wear shorts for yesterday’s muggy weather, I couldn’t.  Instead, I went for the bright red bandage skirt.  Bandage clothing can feel really tight and difficult to move in, but it has it’s benefits too; it’s an automatic spanx, posture corrector all while looking sexy.  I paired the skirt with a black silky cami, nude pumps and accessorize with a snake ring.

Happy Hump Day!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Photo Credit: www.arielvilla.com

  • H&M Woven Top (old), similar here
  • Forever 21 Red Bandage Pencil Skirt; $22.80, similar here and here (in blue)
  • Vince Camuto ‘Kain’ Pump in Blush Smooth Patent; $98
  • Snake Ring (can’t remember where purchased), similar here  and here and here

I Refuse To Sink

Hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

I found this C. Viviani necklace at a thrift store in Brooklyn. I felt it was appropriate for the holiday, with it’s nautical inspired design, kind of like a rope to an anchor.This weekend finally felt like summer and I loved every minute of it. I wore one of my favorite camis to the park, comfortable pants, my wedge mules and a bright red lip to conquer the day!

Enjoy the short work week!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Gap Essential Cami in Black (on sale now)
  • Love 21 Woven Utility Pants; $27.80 (sold out almost immediately), similar here and here
  • Christian Siriano for Payless ‘Katharine’ Hooded Wedge; $59.99 (Early 2012 Collaboration), similar style at dsw.com
  • C. Viviani Rope necklace similar here and more on Etsy.com

Denim Days – Budget’s First Shoot

A few months ago my cousin Ariel, an aspiring photographer at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York approached me to be the model in her fashion photo shoot. I had already started my style blog and she’s been very supportive so I agreed to do it. Who doesn’t enjoy having their picture taken in this day and age?

Her assignment was to put a “lookbook” together of some current fashion trends and have someone model them for the camera, which exactly what I do for my blog now.

I decided to spice it up for the shoot since I was playing the part of a fashion model and being extra creative with the clothes; after all it was a beautiful warm day in Central Park to show extra skin. Below, you’ll see the denim on denim trend, the current obsession with overalls and my personal favorite boyfriend jeans.

What’s your favorite denim trend?

Hope you enjoy it!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Denim Look #1

  • Blanknyc ‘All Over It’ Overalls in Bug Out; $118 via Bloomingdales (on sale now), more budget-friendly overalls here and here
  • American Apparel Nylon Spandex Micro Mesh Bra in Purple (color not available online); $14
  • Boutique 9 ‘Justine’ Pumps in Red Patent via Marshalls, similar via ninewest.com

Denim Look #2

Denim Look #3

  •  Joe’s Jeans Rolled Short (different wash); via a sample sale, similar here
  • H&M Men’s Denim Shirt; $34.95
  • Giuseppe Zanotti Satin Wedge via Marshalls (many years ago); $199.99, similar here 

Not Your Average School Girl

I’ve been trying to get my closet organized for weeks. This past weekend I finally got to separate some stuff and really see what I actually have. Yesterday as I was feeling those Monday blues, I decided to go to Forever 21 on my lunch break to add more to my closet. Retail therapy; it works every time.

I came across this cute little cardigan that I had on my wishlist; a grey cropped cardigan with a white ‘sheer woven silk back panel’. I thought pairing a solid color pencil skirt would look good, but that a black one might be too plain. Even though I never really tried it on with the pencil skirt, in that moment I felt like I can find something else, something with a little more movement.

At this point, I was ready to exchange it, but I looked deeper into my closet. I saw the Phillip Lim for Target skater skirt that I’ve only worn once in the fall and decided to try it on. I added ankle strap pointy pumps for less of a catholic school girl look. More times than none you will find me wearing fall pieces in the spring, mostly because colors like black, grey and navy are year-round workwear colors.

Do you stick to a color palette for work?

Happy Hump Day!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Love 21 Silk Paneled Cardigan in Heather Grey/White; $24.80
  • Phillip Lim for Target Silky Skirt; $29.99 (old), similar here and  via ebay.com
  • Pour La Victoire ‘Turnera’ Pump via gilt.com; $129
  • Angry Birds Bandages, via amazon.com

If I Were A Boy

I’d wear tuxedo blazers all the time. This jacket is opposite from the standard tuxedo blazer: black outside with white panels. I feel it’s much harder with the white panels because all colors will not mesh well against the white. Also the white is really not white, but cream, so finding a similar color is a bit challenging.

I didn’t want the outfit to look predictable so I spent some time thinking about alternatives. I finally wore it with a grey tank which I thought was an appropriate medium against the black and white, while adding jeans, made the outfit look less “black tie” and more my style.

Shoes are the main accessory in many of my outfits, so they always determine what metallics I’ll wear for jewelry. Gold won this time around. These Jessica Simpson gems were near my bed side table (almost all of my shoes are outside of the closet). The shoes really made the overall look shine. I don’t normally go to work with a clutch, but I thought it would be a great idea to show what kind of handbag could be paired with this outfit. The leopard, although a “loud” print, toned down the gold shoes just enough for daytime wear.

In the end, it turned out to be a perfect day to night look. Who knows? Someone might ask you out for drinks after work and you don’t want carry your everyday bag.

Will you try the menswear-inspired trend? What is your favorite metallic?

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No Rain, No Problem

Yesterday’s choice of attire was based on the rain. The rain that never happened. You see I’m one of those people who fear even 30% chances of rain. I fear being drenched while wearing light colored clothing. Nevertheless black is always welcome in my wardrobe. Here I am in my favorite black blazer, a cami and coated skinny jeans. To soften up the look after realizing the sun would stay out, I added my Cavalcanti floral printed clutch and nude pumps that I still had with me from this weekend.

Happy Hump Day!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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