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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

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

Polar Bear

What does a girl do when she’s cold? Wear a skirt of course. I brought out my summer skirt and went full on winter with it. I paired it with a turtleneck, tights, and peep toe booties. That’s right, I didn’t even bother to wear closed shoes. In my defense, I didn’t think the wind was going to tip me over like it did. These were the few photos I bravely accomplished without a coat! No wonder why I get sick!!!

Is everyone ready for the polar vortex? What do you wear during these brutal wintry days?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

Urban Renewed

A day in Jersey for a pre-Father’s Day get together called for the return of this olive Yellow is Gold by Sunshine and Shadow silk (yes, it will wrinkle throughout the day as much as you try to avoid it) mini shirt dress from Urban Outfitters. I remember the days in college where I always had to have something from Urban, sale or not. Now I probably look for more sales than anything, but one thing that hasn’t changed is always looking for something that’s going to last me a long time and that I get to wear day and night. In the past I’ve worn this dress with a thin belt and high heel sandals. The color can easily transition into fall to pair with booties or knee high boots. I kept it summer casual in my ShoeMint espadrilles and favorite floral clutch. I added some of my delicate  jewels to freshen up the look. I’m loving the midi ring trend but when I have to wash my hands, every single one has to come off. It’s a great way to take care of your jewelry even if it’s just costume jewelry.

Leyla wanted to show off her new slip-ons from Payless and showed me how to pose in my pictures. She’s a natural. In exchange I joined her for some backyard fun.

How do you wear your shirt dresses?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Urban Outfitters Yellow is Gold by Sunshine and Shadow Silk Mini Dress (old), similar here, here and here (splurge)
  • Shoemint Stiges in Leopard; $59.98, similar here
  • Cavalcanti Floral Clutch via Marshalls; $49.99, same one via ebay.com
  • Flud Watches ‘The Shea‘ Sunglasses via Karmaloop.com (sold out); $34.95, more square frame sunglasses via zappos.com

Jewelry

  • Cross Necklace; a gift, similar here
  • Heart Necklace; a gift, similar here
  • Love Midi Ring via Dor L’Dor, similar here
  • Dangling Stone Ring; lost and found, similar here
  • H&M 2-Pack Rings; $4.95
  • Ring Under the heart via Dor L’Dor in Englewood, NJ
  • 3 set rings; $7.99  via Dor L’Dor in Englewood, NJ