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Lucky Number 1985

On June 22, 1985 a star was born. Born to shine; let me shine, let me shine, let me shine. Today’s post is a special shout out to all the 1985 babies like me!

Behind everyone’s outfit is a story to tell.

I always want to tell you all from where and how I put an outfit together. I had been eyeing this 1985 shirt ever since it was on the site…but not for sale. So you’re asking yourself how is that even possible?

Well what it looks like H&M does is they will style certain pieces that ARE for sale with other pieces that are NOT for sale -yet. Not sure what is behind this madness, other than causing me stress and anxiety.

So weeks later, I say to myself, I want to wear this for one of my birthday festivities which was getting really close, so I’m going to call them up -but let me check the site one last time! And there it was! Available for purchase! When it’s meant to be, you’ve got to believe it will be.

I don’t necessarily buy t-shirts already tied up because I like to make my own decisions on how to wear an article of clothing, but thank you H&M for the suggestion and the birth year. So I knew I was to wear a high waist something with this top. That something was an H&M satin high waist skirt with a high low hem that I already had hanging in my closet. It was just the right amount of peek-a-boo between the knot of the shirt and the skirt.

Now for the shoes: I came across these shoes in the clearance department, somewhere I never bother going into because I don’t have much luck there. Actually now that I think about it, I don’t have luck with shoes at all at T.J. Maxx. My 7 1/2 foot is a popular size. Also the selection is one of the smallest, so what you see is what you’re gonna get. What caught my eye was the height of the shoe. The print was very cutesy -not necessarily my cup of tea BUT they were black and after trying them on, I thought it could go places with this pair. I mean DVF for $69, I’ll take it! And guess what guys? I haven’t taken them off all Summer Seventeen.

It was pretty sunny this day so I went with a pair of big, bold, black sunglasses. They made the look extra sassy. And who doesn’t want to be extra or sassy on their born day?

On a scale from one to ten, how much sass do you pizzazz?

What trends are you following and which one would you like to see me in next?

Love, BudgetSai

Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • H&M T-Shirt (sold out); similar here
  • H&M Skirt (sold out); similar here and here
  • DVF Shoes via T.J. Maxx (sold out); similar here
  • H&M Sunglasses, $13
  • Hoops from Canal Street!

That In Satin

I’m back (insert crying emoji)! I shut myself out of social media to give myself sometime to deal with insecurities, my self-conscience-mess, and other personal issues. I just needed some time to think about what I wanted in life. I found myself constantly thinking about my career goals and how to set things in motion so I can reach those goals.

As for blogging- I thought about whether I should continue on this journey? Could I continue without getting sidetracked with self doubt and negativity? Can I do what I love and love myself in the process? I hope so. Sometimes you forget why you start something and it becomes something you had to envisioned sometimes for the better and sometimes not. I started this blog because I wanted to share my style for those who like to look sexy, chic, and stylish without breaking the bank…unless they can and want to. Regardless, I am here to stay through all my ups, downs and your budget needs.

I’m 32 now and a new set of responsibilities have taken over my life, but there’s always room for a good time in my book. For my birthday a few weeks ago, I wanted to stand out and not go the usual LBD (little black dress) route. Satin is having a moment right now and I am totally for it. Who doesn’t like the softness, sensual, sexy feeling when you throw on a dress like this one. You also can’t go wrong with embracing color in your 30’s or at any age. If you have somewhat of your s*** together -you should feel sexy in the process.

It was my first time wearing a pair of Aldo shoes and I have to say they did not disappoint. I could have gone with a simple ankle strap, but I was dying to get a pair with all that fluff on the front band. They’re affordable and even more now that they’re on sale! Super feminine and playful for a night out on the town to celebrate my born day.

I normally keep it very simple, so simple many of my outfits you’ll see are accessorized with just a sparkly stud, but this Summer I’m blingin’ it way out and keeping it cool in hoops and layered necklaces.

Thank you for all of your kind words and birthday wishes. I promise to be back and better than before!

Are you experimenting with Satin this season?

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Dress, $23 (sold out); similar here and here, splurge here
  • Aldo Shoes (on sale now!)
  • Vintage Gucci Monogram Handbag (old); find it here
  • Necklaces and Bracelets my own.

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