Budget by day.

V Day, Me Day

I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, but yes I am (Drita voice). I love all the red and pink hearts and all that other visible mushy-ness that comes with Valentine’s Day. It’s not only about a significant other, it’s a day to spread love to all those that deserve to be loved. Most importantly? Yourself. Love is a happy feeling and a way I feel happy is by putting on my best or not (lol). This was the perfect dress for dinner plans after work. Totally appropriate and playful with a pair of heart socks and Mary Janes. Still Sunny outside? Don’t forget to add a pair of fun heart sunglasses.

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

Do you dress up for the occasion?

Have a fun-filled long weekend!

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

Fearless

That’s you, and you and you and me!

This past weekend I participated in the 2nd Annual Women’s March. It has been one hell of a year since last year’s march. I’m not into politics at all, but a Hispanic woman like myself can’t ignore the words and actions that comes out of this presidency. So many emotions ran through my mind, looking around at people of all genders, ages, nationality, sexual preference all with the same American Dream. How can one person try take that away from us?

I grew up in a household with my 3 siblings of parents who immigrated from the Dominican Republic. We are not just first generation, we are THE generation. In my parents eyes, they did the right thing coming to this country, raising educated women, providing for us so that we didn’t struggle in life, to the point where we now can provide for them.

It’s never too late to get out there, speak up and fight for your rights! It is never too late to work hard for your dreams. BE FEARLESS!

And what do fun fearless females wear? Wild wild wild coats! I’ve wanted a leopard coat for a while now and I guess it was just bad timing…until now.

During the Cyber Monday sale I was able to get my hands on this faux fur for, wait for it… $23! Since then we’ve been a match made in Heaven. If you know don’t know me, know this: I love animal print, so it was just a matter of time before I got my paws on a classic piece to add to my wardrobe. I left room underneath for a playful sheer blouse and a pair of snatched attack high waist jeans. I wore patent high heels and a patent tote for a polished work appropriate look. I kept my makeup simple, but if you want to get really wild, wear a seductive red lip to bring all the boys and the girls to the yard. 😉

What brings out your wild side? Tell me your fearless story! 🙂

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • A New Day Leopard Coat, on clearance for $12! Similar here, here, here and splurge here
  • American Apparel Pussy Bow Blouse (old); similar here, and splurge here
  • H&M Jeans (sold out); similar here, here and here
  • Zara Patent High Heels (sold out); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Longchamp ‘Roseau’ Patent Leather Box Tote, similar here, here and here

Flor-ever Thankful

There’s something about the holidays that make me feel a little mushy inside, I don’t know if it’s the decorations, the songs, the people, -what I do know is we are all about to sparkle into the new year.  So many party looks from so many different brands making it hard to choose just one. BUT I’m going to find a way to control the impulse.  I’ve decided for all holiday parties (up until Christmas that is) -I will rework what I have in my closet. Whether if it’s a different shoe, accessory or even a hairstyle, anything can instantly change the vibe of your look.

This thanksgiving morning was a cold one, but I managed to keep it together wearing my FFF (favorite faux fur) to keep me warm; a cropped wool sweater, my 10 year old Free People flares and my can’t stop, won’t stop wearing platform shoes. I wanted to go for a boho vibe and blend in with the Fall foliage so my main attraction were the pants and its floral print. The blush cropped sweater complimented well with them. The platforms definitely added that spunk in my step.

Well ladies (and gentlemen) there’s nothing wrong with going extra this holiday season or even with your everyday outfits. Throw on your (faux) fur, your sunglasses and walk into your family’s living room like yes I’m here and I’m fabulous. And when they ask you what’s in your velvet pouch, tell them nothing, it gave your outfit the million dollar touch. You too should feel like a million bucks! :p

What are you wearing this holiday season?

See below for all things similar!

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @zamnsees (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Coat (last A/W Season); similar here, here, here, here, here and here
  • Nasty Gal Cropped Sweater (old); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Free People One Floral Fields Wideleg pants (super old, but in the best condition!); similar here and here
  • Target Jupiter Platform Oxfords, $28; splurge here
  • Carmen Marc Valvo bag (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Karen Walker Sunglasses, $198
  • H&M Ring Set (old); similar here

In Trench We Trust

 Whether you’re into a trench coat or not, it comes in handy as a dress when your laundry isn’t done. Wrap it up, tie up and don’t loosen up any of your buttons. I paired them with my Fall friendly booties and added a belt of my own, you know just in case you want to go out after laundry day.

Ladies and gentlemen, a trench coat will never go out of style and it’s never too late to add one to your wardrobe. Rain comes and goes in all seasons and we should always be prepared for it, and look good while doing so.

I purchased this H&M coat years ago because it kept everything in place. Some trenches/raincoats aren’t that forgiving. And yes some of us wear it just for a moment, but this staple serves as a great foundation for a fashion moment. You’ll be less frustrated that there is a downpour, and I’ll be sure you’ll stand out from all the rest.

What are your favorite Fall staples? How would you update a timeless look?

xoxo, BudgetSai

 

Photos by: @newyorkcitynative (Instagram)

Another One Bites the Dust

It’s the middle of the week and we have high temperatures sticking around like it’s still Summer. The best way to deal is to have piece of outerwear handy if you’re planning to to be out longer in the night just in case, AND wear nothing underneath. Okay just kidding, but goodness this humidity. The temps will drop/rise unexpectedly from crazy to crazier. This has been your unofficial warning. Bring a jacket or not. Believe there will be Autumn.

This isn’t the first time you’ve seen me in a duster coat and this won’t be your last. The drama will forever continue. Throw it on like Batman, take off like you’re not -just hot. Sigh.

The outfit: off black shorts, a pastel green blouse to compliment the black and peep the details of both: frayed, sparkles and a wrap around waist. No plain Jane here. It’s like I created my own romper or matching set. And I love rompers.

I gave the option of going glam to casual with these 2 pair of shoes. The silver lace up POP, where the oxfords make it easier to walk in of course, but also very on trend. I’m loving the nerdy inspired shoes. For some reason I always feel like I have to add glasses to my look when I throw these on.

The last couple of outfits have made me feel sexier and accepting of who I am like no others have before. Maybe it’s the day, the week or the month, but what I do know is I wouldn’t want to change it for anything right now.

xoxo, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Duster (sold out); similar here
  • H&M Wrapover Top (sold out); similar here and here
  • Zara Frayed Denim Shorts (sold out from their Summer sale); similar here
  • Schutz ‘Slate’ Lace Up Sandal in Silver (old); similar here
  • Target Juniper Platform Oxfords, $28; splurge here
  • Glasses from a Chinatown Street Vendor, $5

A Lip and A Slip Into the Weekend…

A lot of my outfits are inspired by my mood. So, when the weekend arrives, I feel free. Free to wear whatever I want, HOWEVER I want. I’ve been rockin’ gym gear all week, so after putting in work -in and out of the office, you deserve a little glamour on the weekends!

Ah, the slip dress. I don’t think i’ll ever get tired of this trend. Simple, sexy, and goes with just about anything. I’ve always been and will always be a heel gal, but for every outfit that goes with heel, there’s a sneaker back up plan. It’s the New Yorker thing to do.

I’m a plain Jane when it comes to makeup, but a burgundy lip will always be in my makeup bag and today I brought her out to play for the perfect match!

I’m still leaving my hair curly, what do you guys think of the change up?

What are you slipping into this weekend? New Yorkers how about this Summer extension? Are you feeling it?

xoxo, BudgetSai

Photos by @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

Class is in Session

When I think about back to school season, I immediately think: Autumn leaves, hoodies, boots, pumpkin spice everything, and cozy cooler weather. I fall in love with my city all over again.

New York Fall hasn’t been lasting too long in recent years, so I like to plan out my outfits as fast as I can and go apple picking before it’s too late/cold!  Current temp: still humid as F, aka bad news! Good news is: There’s still time!

A man’s hoodie goes a long way! Literally. This is still one of my very favorite hoodies in my personal collection. I’m so happy its still in great shape!

For today’s outfit, I chose to bring out the greens and compliment all the other colors and my legs of course with this olive green mini. I accessorized with a small and grey handbag.

Before my trip to El Salvador this Summer (a post in the near future, stay tuned!) I went to Target for essentials -and this trip to Target ended like all the rest:  straight to the women’s clothing and shoe department. It wasn’t love at first sight with these platform oxfords, but something told me to give it a try. I walked out of my comfort zone and into a new shoe trend! I actually cannot stop wearing them! They were perfect for this back to school inspired outfit! Don’t you think?

As feminine as my outfits have been in the past, I’m really loving the influence men’s fashion has had on my everyday style.

Finally to top it ALL off, – a leather jacket. Invest and save on the one of your dreams because I promise you will revisit this timeless staple over and over again!

What Fall trends are you looking forward to?

What are some style staples you’re working with this season?

xoxo, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Zara Leather Jacket (old); similar here!
  • 21 Men Hoodie (old); similar here and here
  • Forever 21 Skirt (last season)
  • Target Jupiter Platform Oxfords, $28; splurge here
  • H&M Suede Bag (sold out); similar here and here; splurge here
  • Michael Kors Over-sized Chronograph Gold-tone Watch, 44mm via Bloomingdales.com
  • Glasses from a Chinatown Street Vendor, $5
  • Ruler my own!