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Almost All Everything

Ready for the weekend? I know I am! I’m also ready to get back into my all black everything wardrobe. Fall can you hear me? It’s been way too hot in NYC and although they say the best color to stay cool in is white, I stick to black (because no sweat marks and no sheer catastrophes!). This right here was also another birthday outfit worn during the day for my nephew’s high school graduation. The graduation was outside in the blazing heat, so I had no choice, but to wear black and not look drenched as many did. I love how it ‘fits like a glove’ and accentuates every single curve. If you got it, flaunt it, but don’t sweat it, literally.

Instead of going almost all black from head to toe, I dipped my feet into a classic white leather pump (and Edelman Icon) and a seductively red pout for that POP to POP that thang.

My hair was a no brainer, again with the heat I like to pull my hair back in a sleek bun to avoid frizz. This look reminds me of the Simply Irresistible video. Watch it!

A big congrats to my nephew who is going to Rutgers University to pursue a career in professional baseball. 🙂

Happy Weekend Team No Sweat! Stay Cool!

Love, BudgetSai

Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • H&M Ribbed Dress (sold out online); similar here
  • Sam Edelman ‘Hazel’ Heel, $120
  • Revlon ‘Really Red’ Matte Lipstick

Slit Ends

This here is my dress to impress, but nowhere to go look: an easy going camisole, a sexy skirt with a thigh high slit, and gold shoes. You never know, if last minute plans are in your future, you will always be outfit ready for one. 🙂

Who else loves to dress up on a daily basis? How was everyone’s weekend?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • H&M Tank Top (old); similar here, here and here
  • Altuzarra for Target Jacquard Pencil Skirt, (old); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal in Gold Foil, $79.95
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in ‘Siren In Scarlet’

Into The Woods

I spent Memorial Day enjoying the beautiful weather with a hike in the park, all while watching the military planes fly by. We get so caught up in our daily routines we forget to remember those men and women who served in our country’s Armed Forces, some of which live near by in my neighborhood. Later in the day, I dressed up for dinner plans in a vintage Gianfranco Ferre top (representing the red, white and blue), a pencil skirt and some bondage on my feet to match the crisscross action happening in the back of my top.

How was everyone’s Memorial Day weekend? Are you ladies sporting your Summer crop tops?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: Him

  • Vintage GF Ferre Pinstriped Crisscross Crop Top; similar here and here
  • H&M Skirt (old); similar here
  • Silvia Tcherassi for Payless ‘Genova’Sandal (2011 Collaboration); similar style here, here and splurge here
  • Michael Kors Over-sized Chronograph Gold-tone Watch, 44mm via Bloomingdales.com
  • Revlon ‘Really Red’ Matte Lipstick

Sunday Chill

Sunday was such a chilly day, all I wanted to do was stay indoors, under the covers binging on SVU marathons. Instead I got dressed and went out for a walk around the park. It was probably the best decision I made all day. Sometimes a breeze or two is necessary to recollect your thoughts to prepare yourself for the Manic Mondays and the week ahead.
This is the kind of weather to layer up in your most cozy pieces. To keep me from getting frost bit, (okay fine it wasn’t that cold) I added my favorite (and in great condition) open front cardigan to my thick knitted turtleneck. Anything in my closet that is black, grey, or white is a favorite of mine. A bonus when it has all three colors! Back in the day, I experimented a lot with fashion (my parents couldn’t buy me and my 3 sisters a whole new wardrobe every season) so to me, all my clothes were for the 365 days of the year. One look that never got old for me is wearing denim cut offs with tights and boots, booties and sometimes even chunky heel shoes. Here I chose to go with a flat over the knee boot for a comfortable stroll.

If you’re in New York, are you looking forward to the 70 degree weather we’re having today? I might be overdressed, but we’ll get to that later in the week.

Do you dare to bring your cut offs from Summer to Fall?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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One, Two, Three

Go USA! I wore a striped Henley dress with red pumps to show my support for the team. I’m not big soccer fan, but I love it when we can all come together for world sports events. Horizontal stripes are tricky and can only be pulled off if balanced correctly. Here I chose a midi dress because it was long enough to make me look long enough. You always want to look leaner, for a more flattering effect. If you want to add the cherry on top, pair your horizontal stripes with a sleek high heel for instant height!

What do you prefer? Vertical or horizontal stripes?

Have a great weekend!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Joe Fresh Stripe Midi Dress; $19.94
  • Boutique 9 ‘Justine’ Pumps in Red Patent via Marshalls, similar via ninewest.com
  • Revlon ‘Really Red’ Matte Lipstick

Up Against The Wall

Today’s downtown look was laid back and cool. This is my third blazer inspired look this week. It’s been a while since I’ve walked out of my house with just a light jacket or blazer, so when given the opportunity, I indulged a bit. This one comes from DVF, a sample sale of course. The silk satin is super soft (but can get super wrinkled throughout the day-ugh), the drawstring in the back outlines your shape instead of it getting lost from the oversize cut. The t-shirt is another DVF sample sale find, the only thing it wasn’t a t-shirt when I bought it. I had my tailor cut off the feather like fabric from the dress because it ended up shedding too much and eventually was going to fall off.

I can’t get enough of my Joe Fresh jeans and probably never will. They go great with ankle strap heels. I was able to adjust the strap so it went up as high as it could past the ankle, but just below the cuffed jeans. The combination really made me feel sexy. It was also a way to show off my bright fresh pedicure.

May is Lupus Awareness month, I wear purple for my sister.

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  • DVF Shade Jacket in Desert Dust (4 years old), similar here in Black
  • DVF Yoko Feather Hem Dress (4 years old), available in Black via ebay.com
  • Joe Fresh Boyfriend Jean in Medium Wash; $49,  available online for $29!!!!
  • Seven For All Mankind Snakeskin Sandals via Marshalls; $59, similar here

Jewelry:

  • Cross Necklace; a gift, similar here
  • Heart Necklace; a gift, similar here and here
  • Kardashian Kollection for Sears Braided Rhinestone Friendship Bracelet; $16.80 similar here
  • Leather Band Bracelet via Marshalls (2 years old), similar here
  • Bead Bracelet; a gift, very similar here
  • Michael Kors Oversized Chronograph Goldtone Watch, 44mm via Bloomingdales.com
  • H&M 2-Pack Rings; $4.95, similar here
  • Tiffany &Co. Elsa Peretti Band Ring; a gift
  • Vince Camuto Gold Pyramid Ring via Marshalls, similar here
  • Love Midi Ring via Dor L’Dor, similar here
  • Dangling Stone Ring; lost and found, similar via etsy.com
  • Amethyst White Gold Ring; a gift, similar here
  • Diamond White Gold Ring; a gift

Nails: Opi ‘Big Apple Red’ and ‘Do You Lilac it?’