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Sheer Mystery

You ask what am I doing with an overcoat in the middle of the Summer? Whatever floats your boat, or should I say coat? L-O-L. It’s the perfect Summer coat: sheer, light, and full of dramas (aka the duster).

What’s lying underneath? A swimsuit turned bodysuit. Summer Fridays are in full effect at work and who knows where the early exit will lead you. Pool parties are a thing in the city, so why not dive right in after you punch out? I decorated my lower half in light denim flares. Light blue denim is not discreet and demands attention so find a pair that ARE flattering to your body type.

I am loving the gold chain trend this season. For this one, I had to contact a few sisters for it, but it was all worth it in the end. 4 chainz to fill up the chest was my goal. More is more this Summer and so I topped off the look with my staple gold hoops. Oh yeah and this season’s obsession, the DVF sandals. 🙂

What are you wearing to stand out on these last days of Summer?

xoxo, BudgetSai

Photos By @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • H&M Swimsuit (old), similar here
  • Forever 21 Flare Jeans (No longer available); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Naked Wardrobe ‘See Me Thru’ Duster; similar here and here
  • DVF Shoes via T.J. Maxx (sold out); similar here
  • Chains: Single crosses my own, Rosary and arrow my sisters!; similar styles here, and here !
  • Canal Street Hoops; similar here, here and splurge here

Almost All Everything

Ready for the weekend? I know I am! I’m also ready to get back into my all black everything wardrobe. Fall can you hear me? It’s been way too hot in NYC and although they say the best color to stay cool in is white, I stick to black (because no sweat marks and no sheer catastrophes!). This right here was also another birthday outfit worn during the day for my nephew’s high school graduation. The graduation was outside in the blazing heat, so I had no choice, but to wear black and not look drenched as many did. I love how it ‘fits like a glove’ and accentuates every single curve. If you got it, flaunt it, but don’t sweat it, literally.

Instead of going almost all black from head to toe, I dipped my feet into a classic white leather pump (and Edelman Icon) and a seductively red pout for that POP to POP that thang.

My hair was a no brainer, again with the heat I like to pull my hair back in a sleek bun to avoid frizz. This look reminds me of the Simply Irresistible video. Watch it!

A big congrats to my nephew who is going to Rutgers University to pursue a career in professional baseball. 🙂

Happy Weekend Team No Sweat! Stay Cool!

Love, BudgetSai

Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • H&M Ribbed Dress (sold out online); similar here
  • Sam Edelman ‘Hazel’ Heel, $120
  • Revlon ‘Really Red’ Matte Lipstick

Olive You

Olive in my eyes is another neutral that can go with many things in your closet. It seals the deal on many outfits and it’s a lighter option for the warmer temperatures. Just like black, you can pair it with simple colors like white, nude, and navy. If you want to be a little more daring go for a monochromatic look and throw on a pop of fuchsia colored lipstick for a little summer sass. It’s my guilty pleasure and this jacket can be thrown over dresses, over tops, as a top, or heck you can even tie it around your waist if it gets too hot!

For my outfit I chose a cream colored bodysuit making it stand out more, but wearing all black underneath can still make this bomber look on trend. The denim skirt was and is another obsession of mine, I have about 5 different styles. The difference in this one is I made a choker out of it. I felt that this length/structure could have gone a little shorter so I took off the seam and went to my favorite tailor and…voila! Choker number 3589! This year’s trends are killing me! I love them! I can’t get enough of them!

Which color is constant in your wardrobe?

Who else is into reworking clothes you own? What have you made over recently?

xoxo, Budgetsai

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Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

Shopping 101 -The Men’s Section

You know who always has the best selection of hoodies? Forever 21 -the men’s section. If you haven’t checked it out, what are you waiting for? When I’m looking for a hoodie, I’m looking for straight comfort; no frills, no fuss. I like them long and over-sized, so I do my part to support the athleisure movement by adding a pair of leggings (not this day, but most of the time) and my go-to Nike sneakers. To me, there’s something about dressing masculine that brings out your femininity more. I look cozy not bulky, you know none of that sloppy sweat pant look. Even when you’re out running errands, you don’t have to look like it. 😉 As much as I love to dress up, I know some of you are more inclined to dress casually so I wanted to show you how I do causal.

What do you think? Do you ever shop in the men’s section? What’s your go-to casual look?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Men Pocket Sleeve Bomber Jacket, $35
  • Forever 21 Men Distressed French Terry Hoodie, $25
  • J Brand Jeans (old); similar here
  • Nike Free 5.0, $100
  • Aldo ‘Grelillan’ Earrings, $20 (pack)
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte  Lipstick in ‘nude nuance’, $6 via Target.com

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

Thankful Repeat

Sometimes you’re running around looking for a new outfit for the holidays when you suddenly remember there may be a few options in your closet that need a redo. You don’t want to spend money on another piece of clothing that you’re only going to wear once! I know it may be boring to repeat a dress or shoes or both, but if Kate Middleton can do it and style it the same way every single time, you can too. -but better. Here I took 4 pieces I have worn in the past (1, 2, 3, and 4) and brought them together to give you Thanksgiving Day love.

How is everyone celebrating the holidays this year?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Peak Lapel Overcoat, $54.90
  • Altuzarra for Target Wrap Dress in Red (old); similar here, here, and here
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals (old); similar here
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA ‘Harlow’ Envelope Clutch; similar here
  • Essie ‘bordeux’ Nail Polish

Belt It Out

From the ‘oh this is cute…’ method, I’ve managed to have a collection of 30+ belts. But after looking at past posts, I’ve noticed I haven’t been showing my belts a whole lot of love. So here’s one for those who like to belt it out! I’ve actually been trying to get rid of this belt for so long, convincing myself I didn’t need it or that it didn’t go with anything. Accessories can give a tried and true outfit a breath of fresh air. Let’s face it, sometimes we don’t have enough time in the morning to dig into our closets.

I’m 30 now so whenever I see a bow, my first reaction is to run in the other direction. However, I thought that maybe if I kept it simple and stick to black, I’d still look like a grown woman. The belt worked really well with my dress, over a pair of leather pants, and suede booties. That’s a lot to work with even in all black, but I felt like I pulled it off.

Happy Friday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

PS- Yes, I know the bag I chose is on its last legs but I love it, okay?! There are things I just can’t let go off…at least for now.

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Double-Breasted Vest (sold out); similar here
  • Zac Posen for Target (old); similar here
  • BLANKNYC Vegan Leather Leggings (old); newer version here
  • Steven by Steve Madden ‘Marshha’ Bootie via Marshalls (old), available here
  • Luana Top Handle Handbag from Marshall’s (over 5 years old), you can find Luana Handbags on ebay.com