rebecca minkoff

Class is in Session

When I think about back to school season, I immediately think: Autumn leaves, hoodies, boots, pumpkin spice everything, and cozy cooler weather. I fall in love with my city all over again.

New York Fall hasn’t been lasting too long in recent years, so I like to plan out my outfits as fast as I can and go apple picking before it’s too late/cold!  Current temp: still humid as F, aka bad news! Good news is: There’s still time!

A man’s hoodie goes a long way! Literally. This is still one of my very favorite hoodies in my personal collection. I’m so happy its still in great shape!

For today’s outfit, I chose to bring out the greens and compliment all the other colors and my legs of course with this olive green mini. I accessorized with a small and grey handbag.

Before my trip to El Salvador this Summer (a post in the near future, stay tuned!) I went to Target for essentials -and this trip to Target ended like all the rest:  straight to the women’s clothing and shoe department. It wasn’t love at first sight with these platform oxfords, but something told me to give it a try. I walked out of my comfort zone and into a new shoe trend! I actually cannot stop wearing them! They were perfect for this back to school inspired outfit! Don’t you think?

As feminine as my outfits have been in the past, I’m really loving the influence men’s fashion has had on my everyday style.

Finally to top it ALL off, – a leather jacket. Invest and save on the one of your dreams because I promise you will revisit this timeless staple over and over again!

What Fall trends are you looking forward to?

What are some style staples you’re working with this season?

xoxo, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Zara Leather Jacket (old); similar here!
  • 21 Men Hoodie (old); similar here and here
  • Forever 21 Skirt (last season)
  • Target Jupiter Platform Oxfords, $28; splurge here
  • H&M Suede Bag (sold out); similar here and here; splurge here
  • Michael Kors Over-sized Chronograph Gold-tone Watch, 44mm via Bloomingdales.com
  • Glasses from a Chinatown Street Vendor, $5
  • Ruler my own!

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

Olive You

Olive in my eyes is another neutral that can go with many things in your closet. It seals the deal on many outfits and it’s a lighter option for the warmer temperatures. Just like black, you can pair it with simple colors like white, nude, and navy. If you want to be a little more daring go for a monochromatic look and throw on a pop of fuchsia colored lipstick for a little summer sass. It’s my guilty pleasure and this jacket can be thrown over dresses, over tops, as a top, or heck you can even tie it around your waist if it gets too hot!

For my outfit I chose a cream colored bodysuit making it stand out more, but wearing all black underneath can still make this bomber look on trend. The denim skirt was and is another obsession of mine, I have about 5 different styles. The difference in this one is I made a choker out of it. I felt that this length/structure could have gone a little shorter so I took off the seam and went to my favorite tailor and…voila! Choker number 3589! This year’s trends are killing me! I love them! I can’t get enough of them!

Which color is constant in your wardrobe?

Who else is into reworking clothes you own? What have you made over recently?

xoxo, Budgetsai

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Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

Denim Heaven

Denim skirts are all the rage right now: midi (pencil too), mini, distressed, buttoned, and frayed. I love them all! Many of the upcoming trends are ones we’ve seen this past season: flares, fringe, suede everything, cross-body bags, jumpsuits, leather everything and my personal favorite: leopard. Fall 2015 fashion, I’m ready for you!

Who else is excited for the Fall trends this year? Are you stocking up on denim skirts too?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

Loosened Up My Buttons

I’m baaaaack! A casual look is the best way to welcome the warmer temperatures, albeit temporary.

I’m passing by quickly today with a 5 piece suit: button down shirt, boyfriend jeans, ankle strap shoes, a cuff bracelet and stud earrings that I recently purchased at the LOFT. I left my button down shirt with an extra button undone to sweeten up my boyfriend jeans. Normally I wear dainty necklaces to distract from the open buttons, but this time I let my still going strong tan shine through. Wearing my jeans cuffed or frayed (which I did to these Levi’s pair) at the bottom with these Rebecca Minkoff ankle strap shoes gives the look a little more character. I think this may be my go to off duty look, what do you think?

What is your off duty look? How do you wear your button downs?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: Samantha Cabral (@zamnsam on Instagram)

Before and After the Ruins

What’s the first thing we did every morning? Eat! I think I had guacamole that early a few times during the trip! It was just too good! I like to have an outfit for every occasion even if it is just breakfast. On this day I let my dress flow and my tan glow.  I love a good maxi dress, they’re just so easy to wear in warm weather. Pair them with flat sandals or a high-heeled sandal for those extra long ones. We always took short walks around the resort and I couldn’t help but to admire the colors around me, so much I put myself in the photos! On the evening back from the ruins, I went to dinner in an all denim dress. The rest is history…
Just kidding! I can’t wait until I wear this dress again in the summer. It was super flattering on the body, so if you want your booty to pop some, a form-fitting denim dress like this one can work just like your favorite pair of jeans. I’m almost 100% sure that every girl’s favorite jeans are the ones that make your derrière look good!
Will you go with the maxi dress look or the all denim trend this Spring/Summer?
Xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Forever 21 Maxi Dress (last year); similar here
  • DV by Dolce Vita ‘Archer’ Sandal via Amazon.com
  • 14k Gold Bangles (my own)
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors Clear Clutch, similar here

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  • Forever 21 Button-Down Denim Dress; similar here, splurge here
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals (sold out); similar here (want!), splurge here
  • Rebecca Minkoff Mini Fringe Crossbody, $125 via bloomingdales.com
  • NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in ‘Sweet Pink’ also available at CVS Pharmacy

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