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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

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

Fringe With Benefits

As you all know I love black. Black is reliable, it’s comfortable, it’s me. However at the moment I’m having a love affair with fringe.

It’s always a good sign when you go back to items in your closet. It means 1. You’re saving money and 2. You got yourself a stylish piece that you will wear more than once! I paired it with a vintage top. A good vintage transcends decades and seasons. I think it gives the skirt a softer look, don’t you think?

Finished off with shoes that matched and a blazer because well… It’s not Summer yet!

Fringe is everywhere. Not a trend I would have thought to ever wear, but it’s looking like I like mine below the belt. 😉

What fringe pieces are you into this season? Here are some of my favorite fringe looks for less:

Fringe Faux Suede Scarf, $11

Fringe Leather High Heel Shoes, $100

Fringe Belt, $30

Leather Bochoa Fringe Shoulder Bag, $80

Outfit details below! Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Vintage GF Ferre Top; similar here
  • DVF Shade Jacket in Desert Dust (old)
  • Forever 21 Fringe Faux Suede Skirt, $28
  • Forever 21 Faux Suede Lace up Heels (sold out); similar here, splurge here
  • Zara Necklace Pack, $23

So Close

Good news everyone! Spring has quietly sprung its way into the east coast forecast. Mornings are still cold, and if you ask me…still coat worthy weather. Nevertheless I gave a warm welcome to some of my Spring staples in today’s look. Denim transcends seasons and trends so you can be rest assured it will always be a do in your closet. I chose to wear my denim jumper dress with a turtleneck, but to keep things on the springy side, I made sure it wasn’t black! I’m no fool, I made sure to add another layer to this look in case it got colder later on in the day. This dress is so versatile and I love that it’s a little more mature silhouette of a denim jumper dress, which can also be worn strapless! Let this be a warning that you’ll be seeing me rock a lot more denim this Spring!

What are your favorite denim pieces? How are you enjoying this puts me in a good mood weather?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Asos Parka (old); similar here
  • Love 21 Turtleneck (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 Button-Down Denim Dress (old); similar here and here, splurge here and here
  • Sam Edelman Booties (old); more here
  • Socks (old); similar here
  • Vintage Louis Vuitton ‘Trocadero’ Shoulder Bag
  • Vintage Cocktail Ring

Reformed

There’s nothing wrong with re-visiting a favorite item in your closet, as long as you keep your look fresh. This reformation bodysuit is my absolute favorite, although I’m pretty obsessed with bodysuit dressing in general these days, this one’s at the top of the list. It’s comfortable, sexy, and the color is unexpected, but neutral and can go with a lot. I like it when a bodysuit has a thong bottom, but this one actually doesn’t and the barely there “panty lines” are impossible to detect under the jeans, skirt or any bottom and I still love it as much! The bodysuit plus skinny jeans trend is everywhere right now. It’s an easy combo if you ask me, the only thing you have to figure out in the end is outerwear and shoes. I like to keep this look simple when it comes to accessorizing. The lace up detailing is enough accessory for me. Less is more in most of my cases! 😉

Happy Friday! Hope the cold isn’t killing anyone’s #tgif vibe!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

Sequin-essential

The Oscars were on two nights ago and I couldn’t help but bring a little red carpet glamour to my #OOTD.  I’ve worn this sequin skirt before, and if the Fall 2016 runways are any indication, sequins are having a comeback!  Sequins are no longer your go to last minute night out look, we’re wearing it to work and beyond! So, instead of going over the top, I decided to pair this glitzy number with an understated white button down à la Sharon Stone. The weather was beautiful in New York so I took myself out to the park for fresh air and a few photos. Who better than my city to be my VIP plus one?

If you’re into sequins and want some inspiration on how to wear it night and day, check out my history with all things shine –here, here, and here.

My best dressed during and after the Oscars has to be Rachel McAdams. The simplicity and elegance really stood out amongst the rest. She rocked that baby pink Naeem Khan dress and made it look sexxxy! Check out my Instagram (@budgetsai) for a side by side of her looks.

What were your favorite looks from the Oscars?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Old Navy Oxford Shirt, $25
  • Carmen by Carmen Marc Valvo ‘Evia’ Gunmetal Sequin Skirt, (old); similar here
  • Mango Slingback Lace-up Sandals, $70
  • NYX Lingerie Cosmetics ‘Embellishment (Lipli 02), $7