Travel

San Fran

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit my sister who moved to San Francisco. You guys might remember her as ZamnSam, aside from being my baby sister she was also my baby photographer. I’m used to tropical vacations where a bathing suit is your outfit of the day, everyday. San Fran was definitely not having that! My sister lives in Alameda, California, one of the warmer parts outside of San Francisco so I did bring one just in case and thank goodness I got to use it! Before that dip in the pool, my nephew and I enjoyed all the tourist spots, the Mechanics’ Institute Library and Chess Room with the spiral stairs , the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard street, Steiner street and commuting via Bay Area public transportation. The difference from our NYC MTA was their Bart system -you have to swipe to get out too! You don’t know how many times I held up the line. Oops!

The library was a non-tourist attraction, but recommended by a fellow blogger and San Franciscan herself. A quiet environment which is a library with such a loud structure. Reminds me of me! ūüėČ

The Golden Gate Bridge -the lady in red in the flesh. The fog was amazing -how close it was to our faces as we walked on it, how long the bridge¬†really isn’t,¬† the seals down below and those views when the fog clears. Make sure you do wear long sleeves or long pants for the whole experience. The good part about the chill is as it hits your face, you can feel you’re wrinkles smooth out! The Bay area’s best kept secret to looking younger.

The colorful houses on Steiner street was the best backdrop for a photo. Too bad there was so many people viewing so no one wanted to get in each other’s photo, or at least I didn’t want anyone in mine. I did sit in front of a few. I totally thought the homes were empty, until a senior lady came out and asked if we can help her get her mail! That made the experience even better!

Lombard street was the scariest street ever. We hoped in an Uber from Steiner street and remained sideways in traffic. I quickly said no I can’t do this anymore. We got out of the Uber literally crawling out and up to the street instead. The reason people go to Lombard street is to be able to walk the crocked street. We went up then down and then up again. My favorite of this street or the area around it had to be the views from the Russian Hill, I admired these views more than the Golden Gate Bridge. Don’t get me wrong, first timers shouldn’t speak like this, but I don’t do well walking on (okay over) water. Lol.

Mid vacation week we had some good Chinese cuisine. The chef’s daughter, Kathy Fang was on none other than Chopped¬†(and won!) -so you know somethings got to give and it did. Delicious! You have to check out House of Nanking on a visit to San Fran.

At the mission district I was in taco and thrift shop heaven. The highlight of my trip was of course seeing my sister, but also scoring a $300 piece of clothing for $50! Winning!

Finally I get to tell you what I wore on this trip and why. Airport style always has to be comfortable so I opted for flats on my way there and sneakers on my flight back.

I stole the romper from a friend and I’m not giving it back. It was the perfect length without my ass hanging out throughout the whole walk on the bridge!

My pretty painted ladies houses I did in the nude, you know a nude bomber jacket and a nude bodysuit, but I covered up all that skintone¬†with my favorite denim cut offs. I like to keep my cut offs or this particular pair longer than the rest of them so I can fold it up and make them shorter. Sometimes you have a pair that are short and it’s just not the look you’re going for. Yes I have to say that I didn’t wear heels throughout my whole trip, but I just couldn’t with all that walking. I wore them strictly for night time purposes -from one Uber to the next.

The swimsuit was a total throwback, I was surprised it still fit! H&M this season had the same style in purple tones. I threw on those same shorts as cover up and the oversized denim jacket added that cool factor to the vibe I was going for: bad ass pool girl. Lol.

Leather jacket, army green dress, nude sandals were the beginning of what Fall in my closet is going to look like -and of course black, black, purple? I love this purple skirt and I had to try it out for this trip. Don’t get me wrong I never ignored the chilly weather, so the long sleeve bodysuit helped out a lot all while looking fab together with the rest of the ensemble.

Happy New York Fashion Week!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Forever 21 Jumpsuit, $15.90
  • Forever 21 Longline Blazer (sold out); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Pulsse’ Espadrille, $50
  • Balenciaga¬† S/S 10 Arena Classic First¬†Bag in¬†Papeete

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Outfit #3

  • Urban Outfitters Romper (old); more here

Outfit #4

  • H&M Bodysuit (ld); similar styles here
  • H&M Skirt (old); similar here and here
  • Zara Vinyl D‚ÄôOrsay Shoes (sold out); similar here, splurge here

Outfit #5

  • J.Crew Military Dress (old); similar here
  • DVF Leather Jacket (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 Sandals (sold out); similar here
  • Cavalcanti¬†Large Pouch (old); smaller size here

Outfit #6

  • H&M Bikini (old); similar here
  • ASOS Oversized Denim Jacket (old); similar here, here and here

Tulum: Day 2/Night 2

Day 2 in Tulum meant to start working on a tan in none other than a little black bikini. I added a fun statement necklace and lots of arm candy to brighten up my beach bum look!

For the night out I let my clutch do all the talking with its beautifully sewed in sequins and abstract print.

Happy Friday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • H&M Bodysuit (last year); similar here
  • Forever 21 Red Bandage Pencil Skirt; $22.80, similar here
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals (sold out); similar here
  • Forever 21 Collared Chiffon Blouse, $19.90
  • Forever 21¬†Clutch, $22.90

Tulum: Night 1/Day 1

I’ve always wanted to go to Tulum, Mexico and this year I finally did. The warm weather, the authentic Mexican food (no pre-made/store bought guacamole here), the ranchera music, and of course the unlimited tequila! Aye ya yae!

Below you’ll see my appreciation for the beautiful beaches. We stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Resort¬†where they greeted us with margaritas and made us feel at home instantly. We reserved a table at Tequila restaurant inside the hotel to start off our Mexican adventure. A mariachi band played while we took pictures with sombreros! I wore a black jumpsuit with shiny gold accents for the first night in Tulum. To add a but of glamour, I brought along my sister’s vintage Chanel bag…tres chic!

Baywatch was my only inspiration for day one’s beach look: a high cut one-piece and tousled hair, a la Pamela Anderson.

What do you think of my all black looks? Any vintage lovers?

PS- I like to brighten my wardrobe towards the end of my trip to bring out my tan.

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Kardashian Kollection Black Jumpsuit via Sears; $99 (launch collection back in 2011), similar here
  • H&M Faux Velvet Belt, $9.95 – $12.95 (sold in stores)
  • Steve Madden ‚ÄėStecy‚Äô¬†Ankle Strap Sandal; similar here
  • Chanel Vintage Bag; similar here¬†and here
  • 14k gold bracelets (my own)

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  • American Apparel High-Cut One-Piece, $45
  • J. Crew Summer Straw¬†Hat (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 Oversized Tote (used as a beach bag), $27.90 (find it in a store near you! I have it in Olive too!)
  • Havaianas Flip Flops in Black Slim via Bloomingdales.com, $26
  • H&M Cover Up (old); similar here

And On This Farm We Had…

On a day like today I like to throw on my favorite pair of Chuck’s and walk up and down the street picking the delicious fruits and vegetables, the beautiful hand picked flowers, the plumpy pumpkins (this time of year), the grass fed meat and the oh so fresh dairy. Eating healthy never looked so good.

Where is your favorite farmer’s market? This is one is located in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Happy Sunday Y’all!

xox, Budget$ai

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Body Like The Summer

I finally made it to Long Beach this past weekend to enjoy what was left of Summer. Hopefully soon I can go on vacation and make up for all those long lost Summer days!

Here I am in one of my many black one – piece swimsuits…

Did you all enjoy your Summer this year? 

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Forever 21 Fringed Lowcut Monokini, $24.80; similar here
  • Cuff bracelet from the Philippines (gift); similar here¬†and here

On That Blue Ocean Floor

Finally a day at the beach!

I’ve been so busy lately so I have to keep this short for now. ¬†I bought this bikini via Gilt last year. Very light and comfortable, feels like you’re not wearing anything! Fits like a glove too! I wanted this New Yorker towel ever since I saw it on Nasty Gal’s website. It was just so me being that I too dropped my cellphone in water!

Have you all been to the beach lately? What type of swimwear do you like to wear? Has your cellphone ever taken the plunge? 

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Dolce & Gabbana Bikini via gilt.com, $ (sold out), similar here¬†and here
  • Nasty Gal -The New Yorker Dropped Call Towel, $35; similar here and here
  • Forever 21 iPhone case, $8.80
  • Beach Bag; similar here
  • Havaianas Slim Animal Flip-Flops in Dark Grey; $11.05 , a Bloomingdales sale 2 months ago, more Havaianas Flip-Flops at¬†Bloomingdales,¬†6pm.com¬†and¬†Havaianas.com

Marching Out

Now that March is behind us, I’ve put together some of my favorite outfits from this past month.

Stay tuned for more budget-friendly fashion, trend reports, styling tips and my personal favorite, bargain shopping.

Have a great weekend!

Which one is your favorite?