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Stripes and White Denim

…and lots of chains in this look. I pulled my hair back, tied up my shirt and was ready for this week’s heat wave alongside my vintage Gucci bag; a shopper makes it so much easier to carry around your personal belongings. You can do like Fabolous does, and just throw it in the bag!

How are you all handling the heat in the N Y C? Do you keep cool in denim like I do? 

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: Jashira Carlo

  • Forever 21 Striped Shirt (old); similar here
  • GAP jeans (no longer available); similar here
  • Zara Lace Up Camel Sandals (sold out); more Zara sandals on sale here; similar here and splurge here
  • Vintage Gucci Shopper (gift); more on ebay.com
  • Chains from top to bottom:

Welcome To The Jungle

I spent Mother’s Day with the special ladies in my life: mom, sisters and a few of my aunts. I love to get together with my family. I know there will always be laughter, food and more food!

Leopard is a favorite animal print of mine. Every time I wear it, I feel like a bad ass. You can either tone it down or tone it up like I did in a leather cuff, pouch and dainty accessories. It was so hot and sunny I felt like Tarzan moving from one shade to another just to get a good shot.

How do you wear leopard print? How was everyone’s Mother’s Day weekend?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

Floral A Flare

Happy Monday!

When we think about 70’s fashion, we envision bell bottoms, bold prints, and very high wedge sandals. I took all three of these images and made it into one modern day outfit. I paired it with a biker jacket and classic wayfarers for a fresh spin on my otherwise very retro look.

How do you think I pulled off my second 70’s groovy-ness? What Spring trends have you tried lately?

Hope everyone has a groovy week!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Diane von Furstenberg ‘Alfie’ Cropped Leather Jacket (old); similar here, splurge here
  • American Apparel Cotton Spandex Tank Thong Bodysuit, $26
  • Free People Wide Leg Flares (old); similar here
  • Bebe ‘Karissa’ Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandal in Platinum Matte, $99; available in Orange
  • Necklaces from top to bottom:
  • Vintage Cocktail Ring
  • Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

Super Bowl 2015

Congratulations to the New England Patriots! I’d like to give a special thanks to BAREBURGER (located at 85 Second Avenue, NY, NY 10003) for being such wonderful hosts! It’s one of my favorite New York City brunch spots.

This Winter I’m loving all of Forever 21’s outerwear. I had to have this faux suede aviator coat, it’s not too bright (I’m trying more color now so when it’s time for Summer outfits I won’t be too afraid to go all out) and very warm if you ask me. I’m not a die hard football fan, but I do love all the excitement it brings when it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Instead of dressing up according to the team I was routing for, I wore a tee that said, “I kinda of like football, but let’s not go overboard”. The shirt actually came with a New York City “logo” on the front pocket that I tore off and then had it sewed. It was more me that way. I’ve realized that you can not only alter something to your height, but also your liking. I over accessorized because I felt too plain on a day such as Super Bowl Sunday, it was my way of cheerleading without the pompoms. Some red pumps to keep it look feminine, then I changed into my lug boots because I totally forgot that it was going to start snowing in the middle of game time here in New York City. So much for that. I am from…and I love New York, but why so cold? Ugh!

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I also love how people all over the World come together to support American Football. I read that about 100 million people watched the game! Love me some sports and lots of love.

Did you watch the game on Sunday?
What are your favorite sports to watch?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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 Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Premium Outerwear Faux Suede Aviator Jacket, $49.99
  • Forever 21 NYC Tee, $12.90
  • Current/Elliot Ankle Skinny in Black Destroyed via Gilt.com, $99, similar via asos.com
  • Boutique 9 ‘Justine’ Pumps in Red Patent via Marshalls (old), similar via ninewest.com
  • Key Te Suede Ankle Booties (old); available via amazon.com
  • Rebecca Minkoff Snake Embossed Mini MAC Bag (gift); more here
  • Ray Ban Original Wayfarer Classic, $155; similar here
  • Essie Nail Laquer in ‘Trophy Wife’

Jewelry:

  • Gold Thin Choker, a gift; similar here
  • Cross Necklace; a gift, similar here
  • H&M Short Necklace (in stores), $4.95; similar online
  • American Apparel Gold Tone ABC Pendant; $25
  • H&M 6-Pack Rings, $5.95
  • Forever 21 Midi Ring Set (in stores); similar online

“…This Is Known As Fashion Week”

The last day of fashion week SS 2014 happened to be my second time ever at a fashion show. The first time I was offered an invite to a designer’s menswear collection viewing. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity and it was probably the beginning of my fashion dreams. This year I thank a fellow Stylist for inviting me to her friend’s fashion show this year and allowing me to be a part of an experience I hope to live forever.

For the Sarango New York fashion show on Union Square, I chose to wear a black body hugging slip dress. Stephanie’s collection was going to be full of pastel and earth tones (from a sneak peek Instagram post) so instead of blending in with the models, I wore Anna Wintour’s not so favorite color (check out her answers to more of the 73 questions with Vogue via Youtube!) It was so humid out, black was the perfect color to cover any sweat marks! If any! Ha!

I kept my makeup light, but glowing by using Nars ‘Silk Road‘ (my all time favorite special occasion eye shadow), Nars Larger Than Life ‘Gold Digger‘ Lip gloss over Chanel Rouge Coco ‘Superstition’ lipstick and Dior Vernis ‘Or Divin’ nail lacquer. I added some new dainty jewelry to match my golden makeup; Rebecca Minkoff ankle strap sandals I got at Marshall’s for lees than $100 (one of my many Fall shoe additions) and a BCBGMAXAZRIA envelope clutch I got as a gift. I enjoyed every minute of the show and expect to purchase one or two pieces once the collection is available online. I snapped some photos after the show, check them out below.

“Every year the women of New York leave their past behind and look forward to the future…” -Carrie Bradshaw

Happy Monday Everyone!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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All I Want For My Birthday…

Is a sexy red dress. I love, love, love red dresses. They make you look super hot without trying. Its such an eye-catching color and with this dress expect many compliments coming your way. The minute I saw this dress, I had to have it, I’ve been thinking about getting all the other colors too! I know its not cold outside, but these booties transition into the summer perfectly; they do not heat up your feet at all, besides they give this look a bit of a street style swag.

Trending this summer is dainty jewelry. I like to wear more than one necklace and make sure they each have a different charm. I’m very particular about chain lengths and thickness. For a perfect pile up, make sure there is just the right amount of space between them so that they don’t get tangled up in the front. Let each one be seen. The thinner the necklace the more delicate it will look.

It happened to be game night on Sunday so I felt like I needed to add more patriotic pieces to my look. I remembered I bought this cute little pouch last year for July 4th. I put it in my clear clutch and voila! Go USA!

How do you like the lady in red? 

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • American Apparel Ponte Tank Dress; $58
  • DV by Dolce Vita ‘Fife’ Leopard-Print Suede Ankle Boots; $69 via Gilt.com, you can also find them via saksoff5th.com
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors Clear Clutch, similar here
  • American Apparel Small Stars and Stripes Carry-All Pouch; $18

Jewelry

  • Cross Necklace; a gift, similar here
  • Heart Necklace; a gift, similar here
  • American Apparel Gold Tone ABC Pendant; $25
  • Thin Rhinestone bracelet via Dor L’Dor; $11.99
  • Gold Tone Ring; $10 at Williamsburg Market

Urban Renewed

A day in Jersey for a pre-Father’s Day get together called for the return of this olive Yellow is Gold by Sunshine and Shadow silk (yes, it will wrinkle throughout the day as much as you try to avoid it) mini shirt dress from Urban Outfitters. I remember the days in college where I always had to have something from Urban, sale or not. Now I probably look for more sales than anything, but one thing that hasn’t changed is always looking for something that’s going to last me a long time and that I get to wear day and night. In the past I’ve worn this dress with a thin belt and high heel sandals. The color can easily transition into fall to pair with booties or knee high boots. I kept it summer casual in my ShoeMint espadrilles and favorite floral clutch. I added some of my delicate  jewels to freshen up the look. I’m loving the midi ring trend but when I have to wash my hands, every single one has to come off. It’s a great way to take care of your jewelry even if it’s just costume jewelry.

Leyla wanted to show off her new slip-ons from Payless and showed me how to pose in my pictures. She’s a natural. In exchange I joined her for some backyard fun.

How do you wear your shirt dresses?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Urban Outfitters Yellow is Gold by Sunshine and Shadow Silk Mini Dress (old), similar here, here and here (splurge)
  • Shoemint Stiges in Leopard; $59.98, similar here
  • Cavalcanti Floral Clutch via Marshalls; $49.99, same one via ebay.com
  • Flud Watches ‘The Shea‘ Sunglasses via Karmaloop.com (sold out); $34.95, more square frame sunglasses via zappos.com

Jewelry

  • Cross Necklace; a gift, similar here
  • Heart Necklace; a gift, similar here
  • Love Midi Ring via Dor L’Dor, similar here
  • Dangling Stone Ring; lost and found, similar here
  • H&M 2-Pack Rings; $4.95
  • Ring Under the heart via Dor L’Dor in Englewood, NJ
  • 3 set rings; $7.99  via Dor L’Dor in Englewood, NJ