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This Christmas…

Don’t shy away from those sequins ladies, there’s enough to go around. I thought I’d have sequin fatigue after my last outfit, but here we are shining through yet another holiday. To show you the many ways to rework your wardrobe and return to that dress that you dismiss as a “one off”, I froze just for you. The first look I kept very short and sweet. I went with opaque tights and patent Mary Jane’s.

The next pair you SHOULD remember from my last post! These white leather pumps give me the confidence I need to complete any look whether it’s with a dress or a pair of jeans and a black tee (outfit coming soon, lol).

And last, but not least which is probably the pair that defines my style the most, sexy yet cool, and very cold. Sometimes a little extra detail goes a long way.

How is everyone’s holiday shopping coming along? What shiny little number will you be wearing?

Christmas is 4 days away…

Love, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Rachel Roy Copper Sequin A-Line Dress via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here
  • Jessica Mcclintock Lipstick Crossbody via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here, similar here
  • Vince Camuto ‘Jasper’ Mary Jane Pump (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Sam Edelman ‘Dea’ Pumps via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here
  • Rachel Rachel Roy ‘Palissa’ Lace Up Shooties (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Hue Silky Sheer Control Top via T.J. Maxx (in stores), $3.99

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

Come Alive in the Fall Time

We all wish it was still Summer, but in the end there’s something about the crisp weather that excites us to want to wear some really cool jackets. It’s challenging when it’s cold enough to bundle up 3 layers up and then have to take off 2 when it’s warmer in the afternoon, but that’s just part of the fun. Don’t complain too much about the heat fading away, you’ll miss out on the leather and sweater weather -real quick.

I paired my new found love with boyfriend jeans, a bodysuit I’ve been dying to wear… like every other new thing in my closet yet to make its debut. Not even the cooler temperatures will make me forget about my bodysuits, only now layering it will keep me warm, but still keeping it sexy. 😉

The shoes were also supposed to be a Summer staple because of its color, but remember there are no rules when you really Fall in love with fashion. This season I’m willing to give up the darks for the bright side. Oh yeah!

These jeans? Love! You will definitely see more of the boyfriend, torn, distressed, like you got into a huge fight and you won cause you kept them look. 😉 They are comfortable no matter what size you are. Throw on a bodysuit or a baggy sweatshirt and pose, but please have on some killer heels. Pretty please?

How do you transition your summer pieces in the Fall? Who’s stacking up their bomber jacket collection?

xoxo, BudgetSai

PS- I have to start thinking about my Halloween costume. Any suggestions?

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Photos By: @newyorkcitynative (Instagram)

  • H&M Jeans (sold in stores), $40
  • H&M Bodysuit (sold out); similar here
  • Forever 21 Bomber Jacket, $20; similar here
  • Sam Edelman ‘Dea’ Blue Suede Shoes via T.J.Maxx stores (sold out); find them here

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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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

Super Bowl 50

Sorry for such a late post! I’ve been so busy lately so those who follow me on Instagram (@budgetsai) were able to see a tease of this look.

Okay so I’m not like this huge fan of football, but I do love the excitement the Super Bowl brings into the American living room. After all, there’s more than just football going on at the Super Bowl. There are commercials, performances, and celeb sightings, so there’s a little something for everyone.

Last year I didn’t show my team spirit even though I went for the winning team; the Patriots. Interestingly enough, this year not only did I show my appreciation to the Panthers, but they ended up losing. Bummer. :/ Nevertheless, I enjoyed every minute of the game no matter the disappointing outcome.

My t-shirt comes from the NFL website where there were so many to choose from -I opted out of the Panthers traditional colors and focused more on what I had at home to style with my complete Super Bowl party look. Camouflage is a favorite print in BudgetSai’s closet and the cat? Well I didn’t want to lose the mascot and it reminded me of my leopard obsession as well. The topshop jeans were a comfortable pair in case I needed to jump around and cheer throughout the game, the boots ‘lo estrene’ (translation: wore them for the first time) so that made me feel extra sexy and sporty at the same time. Braids are on trend right now and I’m all for it. Depending on how you style your outfit, braids can be playful, romantic, or edgy. My younger sister and I have very fond memories of our mother braiding our hair. If you ask me, braids are an easy way to get to work early since the style lasts as long as you let it.

I love a long coat. I feel like it changes my whole mood, like a don’t mess with me I’m in a cape and I’m not afraid to use it. The choker is also such a bad ass trend right now –I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF IT!

How did you all celebrate the SuperBowl?

What item in your closet makes you feel SUPER?

xoxo, Budgetsai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Missguided Longline Faux Sherling Coat, $68
  • NFL Shop Men’s Carolina Panthers Camo T-shirt, $25
  • Topshop Moto Black Ripped Joni Jeans, $70
  • Charles David ‘Piper’ Lace Up Heel Booties, $75 via tjmaxx.com
  • H&M Choker, $5 in store; similar here
  • Vintage Cocktail Ring

Stop!

You want it? Then fight for it. Playing the part in my karate uniform inspired outfit as well as continuing to wear all black these Fall days. I may not have a black belt in martial arts, but I am a woman who fights everyday for her ultimate goal in life -happiness.

Hard work pays off…

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • T.J. Maxx Kimono Sleeve Top with Belt, $16.99; available in stores
  • Calvin Klein Wide Leg Pants (old) via Marshall’s; similar here
  • Forever 21 Faux Suede Cutout Mules (sold out); splurge here

Low Cut Sunday

It’s amazing what thrifty treasures you can find.  At my neighborhood thrift shop, I managed to find this sexy cowl neck style top.  Unfortunately, it went out of business a few months ago and I haven’t found another one close to me.  Ever since I was a little girl my mother always shopped at thrift stores.  She says you can find anything and everything in thrift stores.  She wasn’t wrong.  I love a good thrift find no matter how much digging I have to do.  I’ll be sure to visit some thrift stores in Brooklyn this summer, I hear there are some great ones.  The grey jeans and nude pumps complimented the blue, while the snakeskin bag brought all the colors together.

Do you shop at thrift stores? 

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  • Draped Cowl Neck Knit Sweater is from a thrift shop that closed on Dyckman Street, similar via asos.com, via gilt.com and similar here if you want to splurge
  • BlankNYC Low Rise Soft Skinny Jean in 50 Shades of Grey via gilt.com; $49, yellow still available
  • Target Snakeskin Mini Crossbody Bag; $20 to $30 ( 2 years old), similar under $35 via kohls.com, more mini crossbody bags via target stores
  • BCBGeneration Nude Patent Pumps; $39.99 via Marshalls (last year), very similar black patent available via tjmaxx.com, and similar via 6pm.com