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Storm King

In the middle of a crazy week, sometimes you need a B R E A K. Even the smallest getaways can become a great escape from that pile of work that just never seems to disappear. At Storm King, an outdoor art exhibition in New Windsor, New York about an hour from the City, I discovered a taste of art and nature I never knew I needed. A breath of fresh air to help cope with city polluted thoughts that can drag you down in your everyday life. It was the most relaxed and calm I have felt in a while.

I paired my zen outlook with a messy air dried bun, comfortable jeans, a white tee and Converse sneakers. The cardigan or what I like to call a coatigan was the thrift shop finishing touch: the vibrant colors reminded me so much of the Fall and it was warm enough to throw on and go. The fringe was on- trend and gave an added playfulness to the outfit.

I enjoyed my day trip to the Storm King Art Center. I highly recommend it if you love art, nature, and maybe even a hike if you’re feeling adventurous!

What are some of your favorite getaways?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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The City Is My Playground

Sometimes you have to take deep breaths, give your mind and your feet a break! When I’m running around doing some last minute shopping or running around for the office I like to do it in comfortable, but stylish too -New Balance 750v2’s. They were a great #fabfound purchase at Marshall’s a few months back. New Balance has a newer version currently on sale for the holidays. Get your sneak on!

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Stay warm!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Two Can Play That Game

Taking advantage of this week’s warm weather in a knee length turtleneck dress, not one but two ways.

The first outfit is how I would normally walk to work everyday, in something flat for comfort. Usually I can brave the concrete jungle in 4 maybe even 5 inch heels, but lately I’ve been preserving my feet as much as I can (they can really take a beating in heels). My sister gave up one of her brand new beanies seconds before my day’s outfit photos and I quickly snatched it out of her hands. Perfect timing! I threw on MY beanie and played it cool for the camera. Thanks Mayger!

Taking off the beanie and my converse was the next step (the secret?) to get to outfit number two. A sexy side to the turtleneck dress that I paired with nude patent pumps and a long cardigan for the superwoman affect. American Apparel clothing is very versatile and I love them for that. I know I can do even more with the black one, I’m coming for ya!

Which of the two looks is your favorite?  Are you a fan of American Apparel? I like to pass by on Halloween to see all the costume ideas the employees come up with just American Apparel pieces.

Can’t wait for tonight’s Halloween parade. 🙂

xoxo,Budget$ai

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Sunday Chill

Sunday was such a chilly day, all I wanted to do was stay indoors, under the covers binging on SVU marathons. Instead I got dressed and went out for a walk around the park. It was probably the best decision I made all day. Sometimes a breeze or two is necessary to recollect your thoughts to prepare yourself for the Manic Mondays and the week ahead.
This is the kind of weather to layer up in your most cozy pieces. To keep me from getting frost bit, (okay fine it wasn’t that cold) I added my favorite (and in great condition) open front cardigan to my thick knitted turtleneck. Anything in my closet that is black, grey, or white is a favorite of mine. A bonus when it has all three colors! Back in the day, I experimented a lot with fashion (my parents couldn’t buy me and my 3 sisters a whole new wardrobe every season) so to me, all my clothes were for the 365 days of the year. One look that never got old for me is wearing denim cut offs with tights and boots, booties and sometimes even chunky heel shoes. Here I chose to go with a flat over the knee boot for a comfortable stroll.

If you’re in New York, are you looking forward to the 70 degree weather we’re having today? I might be overdressed, but we’ll get to that later in the week.

Do you dare to bring your cut offs from Summer to Fall?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Cozy Up

This past Sunday it felt like an official Fall day. Temperatures were very brisk, but romantic enough to take a walk in the park. Perfect for football too. Go Giants!

I brought out one of my few knit sweaters for the “cold” weather; they can really keep you warm, but in my case -hot! I can only wear them if I know I’ll be outside the whole time. I don’t recommend any indoor knitwear. The skirt is one of those pieces of clothing in your closet you’ve never worn, has actually made it to your give away pile, but ends back in your closet like “one day, one day I know I’ll wear it.” And that day was Sunday. My Mulberry for Target bag hasn’t seen the outside world since I got her back in 2010. I really need to show more love to my prized possessions. Can’t forget the boots now, they too have a story. They weren’t supposed to be part of my Altuzarra for Target shopping spree, but after I had seen how sexy they looked on another fellow collaboration obsessed, I decided to give them a try. What do you think? Good purchase?

What are your cold weather essentials? 

Are you ready for boot season?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Zara Knitwear Sweater (old)
  • Zara TRF Fluted Skirt (old), similar here
  • Altuzarra for Target (2014 Collaboration) Over the Knee Boot, $79.99 (sold out), similar here
  • Mulberry for Target (2010 Collaboration) Black Pebble Crossbody, $29.99 (old); similar here