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No Stars, Just Stripes

As many of you know I’ve been in “blog post hiding” for the past couple of months, but a girl’s got to recharge her batteries once in a while. On Instagram, I was throwing back outfit photos because I live for a great theme/series. It was also a way to remind myself that I love dressing up and share it with all of my followers. During this time I was focused on my health, moving, moving on and peace within me. I’ve made some progress in all these things. At 33, losing weight is a struggle mainly because of so many distractions, but I’ve managed to stay on the right path and it starting to show. I’ve moved 4 times as an adult and boy is it a never ending chore. I got rid of so much clutter because starting out fresh was my ultimate goal. I want to invite my followers into my new home through social media once in a while. Connecting with others is something I’ve always wanted to do as a blogger. My home is where I feel the most comfortable and if I can express myself openly in that type of environment then I can build that same confidence, be totally honest and become more personal when I’m blogging.

Moving on, well it’s been a long time coming. I look forward to new beginnings and to live happily ever after. Sharing some of my personal issues on my blog along with telling you about what I’m wearing makes me feel complete.

The beginning of Summer can be very tricky when deciding what to wear. For some strange reason on the second day of Summer (my birthday) the weather went from cool to hot to cool to rain. I didn’t let the weather ruin my mood so, I still showed up to MY day. I wore a bodysuit underneath and a longline blazer over just in case a breeze or two came through. The color black solves almost all my problems. It did start to rain, but it didn’t show on my clothes, so we were able to continue shooting my outfit. I wore my favorite black jeans and a pair of leopard booties I’ve had forever. If I can still fix them up 5 years from now, you better believe they will stick around. Now if they fall apart, of course they’ll have to go. I like to find replacements almost identical before I let something go. That only goes for materialistic things, you get me? 😉

I was able to get a blow out (my hair is naturally curly, but I’m sure you already know that) and keep it that way for a few days before the humidity forced another wash. The cuff is an oldie, but always a goodie in the jewelry department. It always makes me feel like I have some sort of super power. That, and the bag brightened up the all around matte look.

Summer’s finally here and I’m already drenched.

What is your favorite trend of this sweaty season? 

Have a lovely Fourth of July!

-Sai

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Photography by: @burritomilkshake

  • Forever 21 Longline Blazer (sold out); similar here
  • Nasty Gal Bodysuit
  • Blanknyc Jeans (old); similar styles here, here and here
  • Dolce Vita Booties (old); similar here
  • Longchamp Bag (old); similar here or splurge

Sheer Panel

Sorry for being MIA lately! There’s been so much going on, so many changes in my life!

So here as you can see I reached out to a new photographer, @burritomilkshake on Instagram (recommended by @zamnsam), who is pretty amazing if you ask me. I think this might be the beginning of a wonderful blogger/photographer friendship. 🙂 Zamnsam, my baby sister has moved to California. We were inseparable since the day she was born. I love her and wish her all the best on her new journey…

Speaking of all this love, my love for black never gets old. “2 in the morning my mind is on you, 4 in the morning it still hasn’t moved…” I live for these dark moments. Here I’m wearing a mesh bodysuit and satin skirt for a total glam on look. I like to keep the sporty inspired pieces feminine with a twist or should I say a braid? I started to get my hair braided for those sweaty days at the gym, but also changing up my hair is something I want to start doing again this Summer. Do you remember my redhead days? And the blonde?!

Mesh, satin, lace are sexy, light and beautiful on the body. Summer goals or nah? How are YOU getting ready?

What lightweight fabrics will you be wearing?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Naked Wardrobe Mesh Turtleneck Bodysuit (sold out); more here
  • H&M Maxi Skirt, $34.99
  • Zara Vinyl D’Orsay Shoes, $49.90
  • Diane von Furstenberg ‘Alfie’ Cropped Leather Jacket (old); similar here, splurge here

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

Slept In Pink

Pink isn’t my favorite color, but silky shirts are a favorite of mine. The black piping makes it resemble a pajama shirt. Okay I will never think it’s a good idea to walk around. In the street. With pajamas on. No. Don’t do it! This shirt looks like something you can sleep in, but you probably shouldn’t because you’ll be ironing forever.

I paired my shirt with my BLANKNYC vegan leathers, gold pumps to match the buttons and a pink lip just because. The duster coat I can’t stop wearing (when are they going to restock in the other colors?!) topped of this “slept so good I left with my pajamas” look.

Do you have favorite leather leggings (Jeggings too)? Could this be your go to holiday look? How do you feel about those crazy kids wearing pajamas outside of their home?

Christmas is a week away! Have you done all of your Christmas shopping? Are you thinking twice about gifting pajamas this year?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Juicy Couture Silk Shirt via Marshalls; $29 (clearance), similar herehere and here
  • BLANKNYC Vegan Leather Leggings (old); newer version here and here
  • Jessica Simpson ‘Calkins’ in Gold-Clear Liquid Metallic Heels via 6pm.com; $64.99 (also available in Black and Gunmetal), similar here
  • Forever 21 Longline Duster Coat, $52.36
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lipstick in ‘Charme’ available via ebay.com

Black Friday

Freezing weather came early and so did Black Friday! To fight off those blistering temperatures I decide to wear an all black look to keep me warm. It’s never a good thing to wear leather leggings in the cold without a pair of tights underneath. It really kept me warm, even brave enough to take off my coat to show you all the rest of my outfit.

The booties are truly a favorite of mine and I actually recommend suede booties over leather ones. I especially like it when the boots age a bit and it starts to show, a vintage touch that can tone down a head to toe sequin look. I paired my leggings and booties with one of my thicker turtlenecks for added warmth and my wool coat for a feminine and sophisticated finish.

The red on my nails stood out even more when I accessorized with all sorts of rings: cocktail, statement and midi rings. The icing on the cake is none other than a pair of black sunglasses, it has New York written all over it.

Do you live in black clothing? Do you think “all black everything” is a New York thing?

Happy Friday! Happy Weekend!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Adrienne Vittadini turtleneck Sweater (old); similar here
  • BLANKNYC Vegan Leather Leggings (old); newer version here and here
  • Steven by Steve Madden ‘Marshha’ Bootie via Marshalls (old), available here
  • Cocktail ring (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 Midi Rings (in stores); similar available online
  • Forever 21 Subtle Glam Cutout Ring in Gunmetal, $4.80

April Showers Bring May…

April was such a teaser. I hope May brings more of the brighter side of Spring. Here is a look back at those better weather days.

Which is your favorite April look? What would you like to see more of in May?

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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