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Another One Bites the Dust

It’s the middle of the week and we have high temperatures sticking around like it’s still Summer. The best way to deal is to have piece of outerwear handy if you’re planning to to be out longer in the night just in case, AND wear nothing underneath. Okay just kidding, but goodness this humidity. The temps will drop/rise unexpectedly from crazy to crazier. This has been your unofficial warning. Bring a jacket or not. Believe there will be Autumn.

This isn’t the first time you’ve seen me in a duster coat and this won’t be your last. The drama will forever continue. Throw it on like Batman, take off like you’re not -just hot. Sigh.

The outfit: off black shorts, a pastel green blouse to compliment the black and peep the details of both: frayed, sparkles and a wrap around waist. No plain Jane here. It’s like I created my own romper or matching set. And I love rompers.

I gave the option of going glam to casual with these 2 pair of shoes. The silver lace up POP, where the oxfords make it easier to walk in of course, but also very on trend. I’m loving the nerdy inspired shoes. For some reason I always feel like I have to add glasses to my look when I throw these on.

The last couple of outfits have made me feel sexier and accepting of who I am like no others have before. Maybe it’s the day, the week or the month, but what I do know is I wouldn’t want to change it for anything right now.

xoxo, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Duster (sold out); similar here
  • H&M Wrapover Top (sold out); similar here and here
  • Zara Frayed Denim Shorts (sold out from their Summer sale); similar here
  • Schutz ‘Slate’ Lace Up Sandal in Silver (old); similar here
  • Target Juniper Platform Oxfords, $28; splurge here
  • Glasses from a Chinatown Street Vendor, $5

Berry-Liciously Cold

Wintertime calls for layering up and keeping warm, but that doesn’t mean you have to look like a walking snuggie. That’s why when it’s brick out I take advantage of the turtleneck.

The turtleneck is the fool proof cold weather staple, you’ll almost always look put together in one. I own a variety of colors and about 5 black ones, but today I chose a deep berry that was lightweight and still covered all of my neck. Adding a matching lip was a fun change to my usual nude self. The skirt was right up my alley in length, long enough so that every inch of my body kept warm between neck and toes. Who says you can’t look sexy covered up?

The longer the coat the more dramatic the outfit, and that I’m okay with. I’m also debuting my longer locks, what do you think?

Hope everyone is staying warm here on the east coast. What are your go to outerwear choices?

Happy Friday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

In A Grey Area

Although I only have two shades of grey in this outfit, I see myself and many other fashionistas wearing grey much more this cold, freeezing Winter. Could it be just a trend or is this weather bringing out the gloom in all of us? Hey I’m not complaining, I love how versatile grey is, can be paired with almost any color. Right now I like to pair it with other neutrals, like tan and brown like I did here. In the Summer don’t forget to give your greys a taste of the bright side, next to white or neon.
Are you giving black a break and heading over to the grey area?
I hear rain and snow are on its way to the Northeast. Stay warm and be safe everyone!
Happy Weekend!
xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Longline Duster Coat, $49.99
  • Forever 21 Heather Grey Poncho Knit Top, $17.90 (no longer available); similar here
  • Levi’s Boyfriend Skinny Selvedge Jeans, $69
  • Vintage Louis Vuitton ‘Trocadero’ Shoulder Bag (gift); available here (smaller version)
  • Sam Edelman ‘Rowin’ Bootie (4 years old); more here
  • Gold band, Brooklyn Flea Market, a gift
  • Tiffany &Co. Elsa Peretti Band Ring, a gift
  • Diamond Band/White Gold Ring, a gift
  • Diamond Studded Heart Ring, a gift

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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Paint The Town Red

Knitwear is always a must during the winter time. The visible 3D knitting is something I look at when I buy it and most importantly it keeps you warm. I can’t have too many patterns on my knit sweaters, it has to be very simple or black and white. When fashion magazines and blogs talk about monochromatic trend, normally you think all black and that’s pretty much it. Lately that’s been my uniform, but I decided to take the road less traveled for Ugly Sweater Party weekend. I brought out my red sort of ugly, but mostly pretty sweater to the streets of New York City. I went full on red (favorite color after black, afterall) to keep the Christmas spirit alive; red heels, red nails, and red lipstick. Red is an energetic, passionate color and sometimes you have to let your outfit do the talking.

What are your favorite colors to monochrome?
Did you all wear your ugly Christmas sweaters this weekend?

Have a lovely week!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Forever 21 Longline Duster Coat, $52.36
  • Moschino Leather Gloves w/Burgundy Bow via Century 21 (old); similar via ebay.com
  • Forever 21 Knit Sweater (old); similar style here
  • J Brand Mid Rise Super Skinny Jean in Revenge, available via Bliss.com
  • Boutique 9 ‘Justine’ Pumps in Red Patent via Marshalls (old), similar via ninewest.com
  • Opi Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection Nail Lacquer in ‘What’s Your Point-settia?’
  • Revlon ‘Really Red’ Matte Lipstick

Let’s Get Together, Yeah Yeah Yeah

This time of year, you’re going to your office holiday parties, mix and mingling with coworkers. Normally it’s hard to get the guys together in one place at the same time for an office party, but this time I planned in advance for our small get together. We all went to a restaurant close by that recently opened, Anejo TriBeCa for some tortas and tacos. If you’re having a margarita, make sure you know which tequila you want, they have a vast amount to choose from! I went with a classic Anejo tequila and it was everything and more. Every time I walked by the restaurant on my way home I would stand at the light admiring the chandeliers. I can’t blame Sia for making such an ear worm that is “Chandelier”. Overall, the place is ideal for a happy hour with friends.

Office party looks are usually a treat because you get to add some festive and sparkly touches to your otherwise work appropriate look. It’s been a little crazy trying to settle into my new place so black has been my savior during these times. The only sparkle I added was this multi black stone cocktail ring I borrowed (shhh!) from my sister months ago! I also have the grey version! The cold has never stopped me from slipping into a dress or skirt, but oh boy was it a cold one. This duster coat from Forever 21 was a Cyber Monday purchase I couldn’t resist. I’ve been eyeing this coat ever since it came out, but it just wasn’t cold enough. Unfortunately I waited too long and only one color was available in my size. Don’t you just hate that?

FYI: I’ve been keeping busy at the law office and working on my 2015 blog goals. I mean it is just 18 days away right?

What do you wear to your holiday parties? What were your Black Friday and Cyber Monday buys?

Have a beautiful weekend!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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