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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

Peaches and Cream

They don’t call it Transformation Tuesday for nothing. The weather went from gloomy to beautiful instantly yesterday, I had no choice but to dress for the better part of it. I took a risk with cream colored flared pants. Normally a higher waist and a darker shade are much more flattering, but hey you only live once! I went with same color palette in a vintage snakeskin print semi-cropped bustier that only showed a tiny bit of skin and the nude favorite that go with everything. No black in sight. I suited it off with a DVF jacket. The rest of my lunch break I spent strolling through the streets of SOHO with my sister. Even went into Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams home store for inspiration. In love with their Bastille Chair!

How do you think I did with a light monochromatic look?

Will you ladies be wearing cropped tops this Spring/Summer?

Happy Hump Day! Happy Earth Day AND Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

All About That Lace

…’bout that lace, warm weather!  I chose to celebrate another day of Spring weather by experimenting with my sheer lace dress. I paired it with two different statement earrings and two different pair of shoes; the pointed toe pumps adds elegance, while the fringe booties brings out the boho in me. Although lace is classic print, it is anything but boring. So don’t be afraid to mix prints, styles, and colors with your favorite lace piece, even if you start small with adding accessories to complete your look.

Mother Nature is throwing New York City a bone tomorrow, with a high of 75 degrees!!!!! Make sure to seize the day! 🙂

Which look is your favorite?

Happy Friday! Weekend is here!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Sheer Lace Dress, $24.90
  • Xhilaration at Target Tank dress (old); similar here

1st Look:

  • Vince Camuto ‘Kain’ Pump, $98; similar here
  • Anna Dello Russo for H&M Gold and Turquoise drop earrings; $24.95 (old); similar here

2nd Look:

Not Looking Back

A quick look at some of my January 2015 Instagram posts. Started off going to the gym, enjoying the City’s brisks nights, some hot oatmeal, through the snow, rain, all while decorating my home with flowers every week. Then there was more snow which meant some time to myself at home, but also enjoying those family get togethers at the beginning of the year. Winter really is a hibernating season and you can’t help but to feel bummed out. One thing that helps me put on a happy face is cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. There is always something to do, but not until now did I realize that it’s a hobby that is very therapeutic for me and keeps me sane! Especially in the cold! Summer I miss you, come back already.

How was everyone’s first month of 2015?

So much coming up in February!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

Blue Jean Lady

Denim on denim is still a trend we see season after season. It truly is here to stay, at least in my wardrobe it is! Another closet staple that women all over the world should have is a classic nude pump. I can’t stress this enough, I see myself constantly and I mean constantly going back to these gems.

Wearing your favorite pair of shoes or jeans doesn’t have to be boring; instead of a “matching” button down I could have worn a white tee and a blazer (if minimal is what your aiming for) or add a statement necklace and maybe even a belt around your blazer for a nod to Olivia Palermo. Don’t be ashamed of wearing out your faves, after all they’re yours right? With the holidays around the corner, gifting others might be your focus so your wish list is put on hold. When the holidays are over I’ll make sure to get these in leather and suede because I love them so much. Who’s with me on this one?

What are your everyday classic pieces?

Have a beautiful weekend!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • H&M Lyocell Denim Shirt; $29.95
  • H&M Skinny High Jeans; $39.95
  • Vince Camuto ‘Kain’ Pump, $98; similar here
  • Vintage Louis Vuitton ‘Trocadero’ Shoulder Bag (gift); available here (smaller version)

Little Mary

I had so much fun with Halloween makeup last year that I decided to do it again this year! My go-to face painters always have to be the professional artists at Mac Cosmetics. I can’t thank them enough. They know exactly what you want and sometimes they’ll go above and beyond than your desired look.

I came across this costume after waiting too long for one that ended up selling out. It must have been fate because I didn’t see it either of my choices anywhere on Halloween (I can’t tell you what it is just in case I plan to do it next year. Wink, wink.)! I love the idea of coming up with a costume without spending a dime, but when you are as passionate as I am, I tend to break the bank just a little! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not spending anything out of MY Halloween budget. 🙂 Everyone is always fascinated by my costume choices and because of that I balance out my expenses this time a year to be able to meet my favorite holiday’s goals.

I was surprised at all the attention my costume got at the Halloween parade. Little Mary had total control of the crowd! Ha!

Fun Fact: In French, Marionette means Little Mary. Virgin Mary was one of the first figures to be made into a Marionette. (via Wikipedia)

What did you think of my Marionette costume?

Are you walking around with strings attached?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Two Can Play That Game

Taking advantage of this week’s warm weather in a knee length turtleneck dress, not one but two ways.

The first outfit is how I would normally walk to work everyday, in something flat for comfort. Usually I can brave the concrete jungle in 4 maybe even 5 inch heels, but lately I’ve been preserving my feet as much as I can (they can really take a beating in heels). My sister gave up one of her brand new beanies seconds before my day’s outfit photos and I quickly snatched it out of her hands. Perfect timing! I threw on MY beanie and played it cool for the camera. Thanks Mayger!

Taking off the beanie and my converse was the next step (the secret?) to get to outfit number two. A sexy side to the turtleneck dress that I paired with nude patent pumps and a long cardigan for the superwoman affect. American Apparel clothing is very versatile and I love them for that. I know I can do even more with the black one, I’m coming for ya!

Which of the two looks is your favorite?  Are you a fan of American Apparel? I like to pass by on Halloween to see all the costume ideas the employees come up with just American Apparel pieces.

Can’t wait for tonight’s Halloween parade. 🙂

xoxo,Budget$ai

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