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Ruff Ruff

Since my last post, I’ve been trying to cope with some insecurity issues that are weighing me down tremendously. I’ve always known becoming an adult was going to come with responsibilities. No matter how many hours you work, there’s never enough time to get things done and the bills are endless and somehow you have to have the time and energy to deal with the personal responsibilities and consequences of being an adult. I also never expected to dislike myself in the process…

I feel like I’ve lost myself AND let myself go. I know I reassured you I was going to shine through whatever comes my way, but some things just can’t be forced. Because of this I’ve decided to take a break from blogging and work on myself like I know I should. I love my blog so much, but it’s hard to put your all in something when your all feels like nothing. This isn’t the end. I want to be happy and reflect that happiness through my outfits instead of hiding underneath them every single day…

I know I’m not alone in these experiences that life throws at you and I wanted to share my feelings with you in hopes it would help anyone going through the same.

When the going gets tough, ruffle up! Here’s my last outfit for a while. The ruffle trend is one of my favorites of the season, I just can’t get enough of it. Streetwear and athleisure is literally everywhere and this feminine look is a nice change from the new norm.

Love Always,
BudgetSai

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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • H&M Ruffle Blouse (sold out); similar hereherehere and here
  • Forever 21 Faux Fur Coat (old)
  • DVF Ruffle Leather Skirt (old); similar here and longer version here
  • Forever 21 Thigh High Faux Suede Boots (old); similar here and here
  • Vintage Gap clutch; similar here (if you want to party only)
  • Vintage Earrings; similar here and here

Bitter Sweet 16

It took so long for me to write the last post of the year, but I am here and ready to move forward.

2016 took me on a roller coaster ride: the lows sunk me at times where I felt stuck, the twists and turns shook me to my core, and the highs although there were a few, did not reach the heights I aspire to be.

So much so that it has reflected upon my outfits; I totally took advantage of the whole hoodie and sweatpants trend (thank you, Athleisure)

In life, there are the days you wake up and find devilish energy on your back. If you let it, it creeps its way up to the right side of your shoulder and cranks up the negative thoughts and feelings so loud that all you can do to make it through the day is grab a pair of sweatpants.
I’ve been MIA, but I have done some reflecting. I realized that if you don’t believe in yourself, no one ever will and your world and your dreams will begin to crumble right before your eyes.

From now on I’m going to turn the crumble into glitter and sprinkle my way through the fashion world one budget outfit at a time.

This outfit goes back to Christmas Eve. I took a basic velvet number -added a cape and choker. I was channeling my inner superhero. I love the new lightweight trenchcoats and cardigans, it adds effortless drama to even the most casual looks.

2017 is here, how is it going so far?

Always remember to set your own pace and not sweat the small stuff…

Love, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @burritomilkshake

This Christmas…

Don’t shy away from those sequins ladies, there’s enough to go around. I thought I’d have sequin fatigue after my last outfit, but here we are shining through yet another holiday. To show you the many ways to rework your wardrobe and return to that dress that you dismiss as a “one off”, I froze just for you. The first look I kept very short and sweet. I went with opaque tights and patent Mary Jane’s.

The next pair you SHOULD remember from my last post! These white leather pumps give me the confidence I need to complete any look whether it’s with a dress or a pair of jeans and a black tee (outfit coming soon, lol).

And last, but not least which is probably the pair that defines my style the most, sexy yet cool, and very cold. Sometimes a little extra detail goes a long way.

How is everyone’s holiday shopping coming along? What shiny little number will you be wearing?

Christmas is 4 days away…

Love, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Rachel Roy Copper Sequin A-Line Dress via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here
  • Jessica Mcclintock Lipstick Crossbody via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here, similar here
  • Vince Camuto ‘Jasper’ Mary Jane Pump (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Sam Edelman ‘Dea’ Pumps via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here
  • Rachel Rachel Roy ‘Palissa’ Lace Up Shooties (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Hue Silky Sheer Control Top via T.J. Maxx (in stores), $3.99

Boss Lady

Hell yeah. When you go for a cropped leather instead of a boring old blazer, that’s boss. Don’t get me wrong I love blazers, but not dated 80’s style blazers (sorry) .This is the time to play around with semi-light outerwear. Hoodies, leather jackets, longline cardigans, ponchos -anything but a heavy coat! (Insert crying face). Although in the Northeast it gets cold quicker than you know it, you can definitely pull off the light with the heavy (working on that post as we speak) if need be.

First I did go for the perfect secretary ensemble, then I was like well I’m not going to finish this off, I’m going to change it up. So I already told you about my bad ass bomb boss leather (throw some Bs on that ootd = outfit of the day), then there’s the shoes -should I or should not? I have to tell you, this is a love story baby. I love my lace up heels and that’s who I chose to be with for the look of the day. If the weather permitted I’d be in lace up heels all year round. I love the way they climb up your feet.  It never fails to make me feel sexy.

The bodysuit needs no explanation other than the high neck kept it edgier and less cookie cutter with a basic pencil skirt (one you can do anything with -trust me). To top off the look, my shades in case a ray of sunshine throughout the day. I’m looking forward to the cooler weather as long as I can work with it!

Do you have business attire days? Do you pull it off rough around the edges? Or are you a cookie cutter guy or gal with basic on your mind? Whatever floats your boat -go with that. 😉

Halloween is getting closer and I’m still indecisive about a costume. (Insert a double crying face!)

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @newyorkcitynative (Instagram)

  • One Clothing Bodysuit via T.J.Maxx, $10; similar here
  • Forever 21 Skirt, $7
  • Diane von Furstenberg ‘Alfie’ Cropped Leather Jacket (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Vintage Gucci Monogram Handbag (old); find it here
  • Forever 21 Lace Up Heels (old); similar here

The Arrival

Autumn has finally arrived! However, the heat is still lingering, that still gives you time to set all your Summer clothes aside, pick and choose your transition pieces and prepare your Fall wardrobe. Things you can keep for fall? Open toe shoes.
The fashion world has brought out trends where women are wearing sandals in the cold (bravery if you ask me), sandals with socks (smarter) and pairing it with Summer/Fall friendly looks.
Back when I was younger, anything opened around your toes after Summer was a no no. I’m glad not only is it “allowed”, but that we are more open to expanding our choices each and every season.
For example on my last post I wore those Schutz very high heeled sandals, the first time I ever wore them all Summer -I didn’t want it to be my last. I took a stand for all the open toes out there and I put together a Fall (but still kind of warm) look. I set aside a versatile piece like a denim skirt and paired it with some of my favorite Fall staples: Summer scarf, button down shirt and completed it with a fringe handbag.
I played around with the color scheme starting with the shoe because it was the one piece I did not want to let go of for this outfit (to prove my point). I saw lots of camel, tan, the dark blue from the skirt and the olive green of the shirt complimented those colors. Perfect first day of Fall. How do you think I pulled it off?
What trends are you looking forward to trying in the fall? Any Summer items making its way into your fall wardrobe?
 
Love, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • H&M Utility Shirt (old); similar here and here
  • Earnest Sewn Denim Skirt (old); similar here
  • Schutz Platform Single Strap Sandal, $69.99 via T.J.Maxx (sold out); similar here, here and here
  • Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Crossbody Bag (old); similar here
  • Vintage YSL Scarf; similar via ebay.com

Super Size Me

I had to try the oversized shirt trend. I played around with this men’s dress shirt using different pieces, but the same idea. My favorite ideas right now are none other than chokers and boots this Fall season. You can definitely borrow one from your father, brother or significant other at zero cost! If you can’t find a loved one, Macy’s has similar Calvin Klein styles on sale now! Who doesn’t love to walk out the house pant-less (if you feel like that’s too much exposure some short shorts underneath will do the trick), with some mean (extra mean) thigh high boots or fierce booties and a dramatic neck piece? All on a budget!

How do you feel about the oversized look? How many chokers have you collected thus far?

Love, BudgetSai

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Look #1

  • Nine West Leather Haircalf Dress Bootie via T.J.Maxx.com, $59.99
  • Steve Madden N-Victoria Choker, $18
  • Chanel Classic Mini Flap Mint Green Crossbody Bag available at Tradesy.com  (Coming soon to my ebay.com)

Look #2

  • Forever 21 Faux Suede Over-the-knee boots (sold out); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Rosas de Cristal Lace Studded Choker, Price Upon Request

San Fran

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my sister who moved to San Francisco. You guys might remember her as ZamnSam, aside from being my baby sister she was also my baby photographer. I’m used to tropical vacations where a bathing suit is your outfit of the day, everyday. San Fran was definitely not having that! My sister lives in Alameda, California, one of the warmer parts outside of San Francisco so I did bring one just in case and thank goodness I got to use it! Before that dip in the pool, my nephew and I enjoyed all the tourist spots, the Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room with the spiral stairs , the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard street, Steiner street and commuting via Bay Area public transportation. The difference from our NYC MTA was their Bart system -you have to swipe to get out too! You don’t know how many times I held up the line. Oops!

The library was a non-tourist attraction, but recommended by a fellow blogger and San Franciscan herself. A quiet environment which is a library with such a loud structure. Reminds me of me! 😉

The Golden Gate Bridge -the lady in red in the flesh. The fog was amazing -how close it was to our faces as we walked on it, how long the bridge really isn’t,  the seals down below and those views when the fog clears. Make sure you do wear long sleeves or long pants for the whole experience. The good part about the chill is as it hits your face, you can feel you’re wrinkles smooth out! The Bay area’s best kept secret to looking younger.

The colorful houses on Steiner street was the best backdrop for a photo. Too bad there was so many people viewing so no one wanted to get in each other’s photo, or at least I didn’t want anyone in mine. I did sit in front of a few. I totally thought the homes were empty, until a senior lady came out and asked if we can help her get her mail! That made the experience even better!

Lombard street was the scariest street ever. We hoped in an Uber from Steiner street and remained sideways in traffic. I quickly said no I can’t do this anymore. We got out of the Uber literally crawling out and up to the street instead. The reason people go to Lombard street is to be able to walk the crocked street. We went up then down and then up again. My favorite of this street or the area around it had to be the views from the Russian Hill, I admired these views more than the Golden Gate Bridge. Don’t get me wrong, first timers shouldn’t speak like this, but I don’t do well walking on (okay over) water. Lol.

Mid vacation week we had some good Chinese cuisine. The chef’s daughter, Kathy Fang was on none other than Chopped (and won!) -so you know somethings got to give and it did. Delicious! You have to check out House of Nanking on a visit to San Fran.

At the mission district I was in taco and thrift shop heaven. The highlight of my trip was of course seeing my sister, but also scoring a $300 piece of clothing for $50! Winning!

Finally I get to tell you what I wore on this trip and why. Airport style always has to be comfortable so I opted for flats on my way there and sneakers on my flight back.

I stole the romper from a friend and I’m not giving it back. It was the perfect length without my ass hanging out throughout the whole walk on the bridge!

My pretty painted ladies houses I did in the nude, you know a nude bomber jacket and a nude bodysuit, but I covered up all that skintone with my favorite denim cut offs. I like to keep my cut offs or this particular pair longer than the rest of them so I can fold it up and make them shorter. Sometimes you have a pair that are short and it’s just not the look you’re going for. Yes I have to say that I didn’t wear heels throughout my whole trip, but I just couldn’t with all that walking. I wore them strictly for night time purposes -from one Uber to the next.

The swimsuit was a total throwback, I was surprised it still fit! H&M this season had the same style in purple tones. I threw on those same shorts as cover up and the oversized denim jacket added that cool factor to the vibe I was going for: bad ass pool girl. Lol.

Leather jacket, army green dress, nude sandals were the beginning of what Fall in my closet is going to look like -and of course black, black, purple? I love this purple skirt and I had to try it out for this trip. Don’t get me wrong I never ignored the chilly weather, so the long sleeve bodysuit helped out a lot all while looking fab together with the rest of the ensemble.

Happy New York Fashion Week!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Forever 21 Jumpsuit, $15.90
  • Forever 21 Longline Blazer (sold out); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Pulsse’ Espadrille, $50
  • Balenciaga  S/S 10 Arena Classic First Bag in Papeete

Outfit #2:

Outfit #3

  • Urban Outfitters Romper (old); more here

Outfit #4

  • H&M Bodysuit (ld); similar styles here
  • H&M Skirt (old); similar here and here
  • Zara Vinyl D’Orsay Shoes (sold out); similar here, splurge here

Outfit #5

  • J.Crew Military Dress (old); similar here
  • DVF Leather Jacket (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 Sandals (sold out); similar here
  • Cavalcanti Large Pouch (old); smaller size here

Outfit #6

  • H&M Bikini (old); similar here
  • ASOS Oversized Denim Jacket (old); similar here, here and here