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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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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. ūüėČ

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

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • One Clothing Bodysuit via T.J.Maxx, $10; similar here
  • Forever 21 Skirt, $7
  • Diane von Furstenberg ‚ÄėAlfie‚Äô Cropped Leather Jacket (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Vintage Gucci Monogram Handbag (old); find it¬†here
  • Forever 21 Lace Up Heels (old); similar here

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

This Means Business

Working at an office, I’ve always thought how can I get through this workwear rut. I don’t like button downs (I do but just not at the office), blazers over button downs, slacks -like are we going to an interview everyday of our lives?! Let’s give a new meaning to going to work, one of the things people say is do what makes you happy, and I say if it doesn’t, look like you are!

Sometimes I may get out of hand and confuse happy with sexy and then I’m just doing whatever I want, appropriate or not. So I’m trying to find a happy medium and share my findings with you. Today’s outfit: I kept it high enough and long enough without anyone catching any feelings. The bodysuit was comfortable and covered all of my upper lady parts, for $10?! Sign me up! The shorts probably belonged to a blazer sometime in the past, but this time around,¬† I let them go it at alone. I added this bold cuff from the Balmain for H&M line. Who doesn’t know Oliver Rousting? He has dressed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and all of her family. It’s almost been a year since his wallet friendly line for H&M. Question is will he ever do a line FOR the less fortunate? Will he sculpt our bodies the way he does these celebratory women? I’m all for it! Just say the words! For now, all I could get my hands on from this line was this superpower bracelet/cuff. It’s gold, my favorite metallic, shiny, big, it’s me. Maybe I too can be a part of his army.

The newest H&M collaboration line is nothing but extravagant, prints on prints on prints, well -way to go Kenzo. I thank you. Cookie cutter is not what it’s all about these days, personification, expression, liberation is what we can all relate to. I look forward to November 2016, as long as I can get my hands on something!!!

How do you make your workwear work for you?

What do you think about the Kenzo for H&M line? Will you suffer? Usually a month or 2 in advance they give more sneak peeks, stay tuned for the never ending mind games fashion has to offer…

Happy Weekend!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Birthday Wishes

It’s been a little bit over a week since I turned 31. I have to say, I don’t feel it and people say I don’t look it. It doesn’t really matter what year you are in your life, as long as you’re happy and healthy. That’s what matters. Without happiness, you’re stressed, and stress can bring you a world of complications. So, if you’re turning a year older, give thanks and put a smile on your face. Your heart, body and soul will thank you.

Speaking of soul, seems like an angel bit me in the ass and said “wear white on your special day”. I bought this sexy LWD 2, maybe even 3 years ago! And today I finally wore it! Sometimes when you have an event, the best buy is at the last minute. You don’t want to get stuck with an item you can’t wear on a regular basis, end up selling or giving it away because you think you’ll never wear it!

Today I’ve changed that way of thinking, although I did almost sell it -I just couldn’t resist the sexiness so I needed up holding onto it as long as I could! I added minimal nude sandals -you want all the attention to be on your white piece suit. The earrings were also part of the plan 2 years ago, and they also didn’t make it until now. Normally I would have thrown on some studs, but it was my birthday and my gut told me to go over the top!

Do you like to dress up for your birthday? Or are you a low key kind of gal?

Happy Long Weekend!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Denim For Days

This H&M dress is super versatile, I pulled together 2 looks for you to try too!

The first one, I made super comfortable with my green converse (exact color below), and a heart choker (sweet, but S&M chic ;)) A very, very casual weekend look if you ask me.

The next ensemble¬†is with my dear silver lace up heels, they brought out the dress’s hardware, another way of styling your everyday looks; the bag and charms added a vibrant touch -it is Spring you know, why not embrace it? The length of the dress was perfect for us shorties: in flats you don’t have to look that short and in heels you look and feel¬†super tall!

What are all my readers up to on these warmer days?
Are you staying fresh in denim pieces?

Happy Hump Day!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • H&M Denim Dress (sold out online and in stores); similar here (btw: love!)
  • Forever 21 Faux Leather Heart Choker (sold out); similar here and here
  • Converse All Star Low Top Sneakers in Parasailing Green (color no longer available); similar¬†here
  • Schutz ‚ÄėSlate‚Äô Lace Up Sandal in Silver (old);¬†similar here
  • Balenciaga¬† S/S 10 Arena Classic First¬†Bag in¬†Papeete
  • Etienne Aigner¬†Fur Evil Eye Keychain, $35.00

TLC for your LBD

A little black dress goes a long way. You can’t go wrong with one no matter what the occasion. This LBD outfit was inspired by KKW on her trip to Cuba. I put this look together for a bachelorette party I attended 2 weeks ago. A bachelorette party or a club night is the only time you should go this short. Then of course there’s KKW that went sightseeing with all that sexiness. Instead of going for the choker with a cross like she did, I chose a heart locket velvet choker. Ever since I was little, I’ve had an obsession with hearts, so my 2 chainz moment both had pretty little hearts dangling from my neck. I kept my hair loose even though the heat made it impossible to keep it that way! Then there was the shoes: Stecy never lets me down. Ankle strap shoes are classy even with a mini dress. For a mini dress, I think the more delicate the shoe, the better. Stay away from platform shoes to avoid looking extra clunky and trashy. Also, opt for simple makeup for the girl who who wants to balance out her sexy.

Let that LBD shine!

Happy Hump Day!
xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Target Cotton Tank dress (old); similar here¬†and here
  • Steve Madden ‚ÄėStecy‚Äô¬†Ankle Strap Sandal
  • Forever 21 Heart Locket Choker (Available in stores); similar here
  • 14k Gold heart necklace (my own)
  • Nine West ‘le club’ minaudiere clutch in Gold (old); similar here