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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. 😉

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

Bon Voyage 2014

Happy New Year!

Thank you all so much for all your likes, taking your time to comment and for all your support throughout the year. I appreciate it more than you know.

I can’t believe 2014 is gone and my one year ‘Budgetsai’ anniversary is right around the corner. I am thankful for all the love I’ve received from family, friends and those I’ve met along the way. I didn’t realize I wanted to do this until a friend told me to start a blog after using Instagram to share my daily outfit details. I was always interested in what people were wearing, but people would also ask me where I got what I was wearing? And I would actually feel like really? This? I’d tell them where, then they’d ask how much? And I’d say not much actually. I noticed that there were not too many budget style bloggers out there so I decide to give it a try. I love to share my budget finds with all of you and help out those close and not so close to me look for budget-friendly pieces whether it’s an everyday wardrobe, a night out on the town or just because you love a great deal.

Looking forward to share more of those great deals in 2015…

What would you like to see more of on my blog in 2015?

Below are some of your favorite looks of 2014:

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Just Like Animals

The office had one more holiday lunch. What better way than to celebrate (again) in full blown leopard. I will always be a fan of leopard, but just remember if you’re not comfortable with it, less is more. You start off small and then work your way to a more bold wild animal piece like I did here. Also try not to accessorize much, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree. I haven’t worn this dress out in so long nor have I ever worn it here in the City -a reminder that a vacation is getting closer and closer for me. Are you feeling the Winter blues? Are you ready for a vacation?
How much do you love leopard? How was everyone’s Christmas?
xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Michael by Michael Kors Leopard Print Jersey Stretch Maxi Dress; $150 (I paid $49.99 at Marshalls, but its no longer available)
  • Steven by Steve Madden ‘Marshha’ Bootie via Marshalls (old), available here

This Christmas

I thought it would be a good idea to put on my Christmas Eve outfit this past weekend and take some outfit photos before the rain had a chance to ruin my hair! I’m sure I won’t be able to wear my gown if there’s a down pour, but a gown is another Holiday look I totally approve.

As a Latina it’s always been a tradition to celebrate Christmas Eve (otherwise known as ‘Noche Buena‘) much more than Christmas Day. Christmas Day for us is hangover leftover day, which to many is still a celebration. One of my many aunts invited us to her annual Christmas Eve gathering. It’s been a while since we’ve been there, so this year I’m hoping like every other year: to have a good time with family I often don’t get to spend time with. During this time of year, I love all the Christmas songs that are played in the stores and on my iPhone. That’s right I download Christmas music. Whatever makes us happy. 😉

I just had to have this dress from the Altuzarra for Target collection. Why not? You have a better chance of wearing gowns around the last two seasons of the year than any other time of the year. Gowns are easy to put on, glamorous and always make a statement, even if you’re turning heads or trying to fit your dress through a door. I altered my dress (lower v neck also known as a deep V and a higher slit to show how much I’ve been working out -Not!) for a sexier touch and I really loved how it came out in pictures. What do you think of my alterations?

Where will you be spending Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day? Most importantly, what will you be wearing?

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! 🙂

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Altuzarra for Target Orchid Print Maxi Dress, $69.99; now available via ebay.com.
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals (sold out); similar here, splurge here
  • H&M Rings (no longer available)
  • Opi Nail Laquer, ‘Got The Blues For Red’, $9.50
  • MAC Cosmetics Fluidline Gel in ‘Blacktrack’ on the eyes
  • Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in ‘Speak Your Mind’, $18

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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Slept In Pink

Pink isn’t my favorite color, but silky shirts are a favorite of mine. The black piping makes it resemble a pajama shirt. Okay I will never think it’s a good idea to walk around. In the street. With pajamas on. No. Don’t do it! This shirt looks like something you can sleep in, but you probably shouldn’t because you’ll be ironing forever.

I paired my shirt with my BLANKNYC vegan leathers, gold pumps to match the buttons and a pink lip just because. The duster coat I can’t stop wearing (when are they going to restock in the other colors?!) topped of this “slept so good I left with my pajamas” look.

Do you have favorite leather leggings (Jeggings too)? Could this be your go to holiday look? How do you feel about those crazy kids wearing pajamas outside of their home?

Christmas is a week away! Have you done all of your Christmas shopping? Are you thinking twice about gifting pajamas this year?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Juicy Couture Silk Shirt via Marshalls; $29 (clearance), similar herehere and here
  • BLANKNYC Vegan Leather Leggings (old); newer version here and here
  • Jessica Simpson ‘Calkins’ in Gold-Clear Liquid Metallic Heels via 6pm.com; $64.99 (also available in Black and Gunmetal), similar here
  • Forever 21 Longline Duster Coat, $52.36
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lipstick in ‘Charme’ available via ebay.com

Celebrate

If you’re thinking about your holiday outfits, you’ve come to the right place. This weekend I put together two outfits that might inspire that two faced (no pun intended) girl in you.

For the ultimate girly girl, a flirty romper with so many potential looks, is a great start to the holiday season. One way you can dress up this romper is by adding black tights (without is also fine, but I would go with a pump if you decide to show some skin), a standout cocktail ring and a suede black clutch to match these bad ass Zara booties. I noticed an extra emphasis on the body by wearing this romper so all body types are welcomed, feel free to add a belt to accentuate your waist. Let your hair down and party the night away!

Now if you’re not in a girly, girly mood this season, sporty and minimalistic is another way to dress for all the festivities. A football jersey inspired top that’s silky and flowy tucked into a high waist skirt, top it off with an ankle strap heel and you got yourself a simple, but charming party outfit. Pulling your hair up into a ponytail with this look keeps it cool and sophisticated. Try it!

As for me, I like to have many choices according to my mood and most importantly my personality. Stay true to yourself and your closet.

Which black and white outfit would you wear? Are you the flirty girly girl or the sporty girly girl?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Look Number One:

Look Number Two: