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First Comes First

One week down, 51 more to go! This past week the city froze over so that only meant one thing for me: home sweet home. I took the time to relax and gather my thoughts. Think about how to keep my family together, think about what I want in love, and think about my first love: my blog AND my future.

How can I keep my followers entertained, intrigued, wanting more from ME? How can I not get sidetracked with the outside influence surrounding me? What do I want? I’m going through changes in my life and I would like to take you all along for the ride. So hold on to your Winter hats!

One thing is certain, I will make my days count. And I’ll do so with glitz and glamour. First (comes first) outfit of the year…

In sparkles none the less. I stole this look from the boys because I was sick and tired of wearing a dress every New Year’s Eve and every special occasion -BUT in whatever you choose to wear, this holiday calls for all things sexy. I did so by opting out wearing anything underneath the tuxedo blazer. I mean it’s 2018, take risks, pretty please. Also why not wear the pants? It was perfect way to end the year and start a new one, ‘con los pantalones bien puesto’ (translation: pants well put on). What do wide leg pants need? The perfect Brian Atwood platform peep toe heel. They have just the right amount of color to liven up an otherwise standard monochrome look.

I’m not one to brag, but yes I am. My New Year’s Eve makeup was all done by me! Okay nothing that special, but I’m beginning to love eye shadow!

Who wants to see beauty posts in 2018? How is the new year treating you?

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @zamnsees (Instagram)

Grinch Don’t Steal My Vibe

Did everyone have an overall good Christmas? Gathered by the ones you love? Did you dance the night away? Or was that just me? 😉 How did Santa treat you?  -Well Santa made sure I was surrounded by family, that’s all I can hope for every year, to be able to see another day, feel the love and appreciation gathered in one room.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, New Year’s is up next. I’ve been reflecting upon this past year and although I have many goals in mind for 2018, the general idea is that I want to stay positive and avoid, deflect and reject any and all negativity. At least try. This past year I’ve experienced so much bad energy, pettiness, envy and disrespect. You cannot progress in an environment that is polluted with negative energy, relentlessly bringing you down and holding you back. It’s time to leave it all behind because it’s the only way towards a bigger and better you.

In 2018, I plan to take a step back and learn to deal with things differently. Now remember: You don’t have to put anyone down to build yourself up. Doing better is about finding peace within yourself, not disrupting the peace in others. The work to better yourself is never over so why not start now? I encourage you all to do the same!

I love Christmas and to keep the spirit alive, I wore a playful ‘brick’ Betsey Johnson number. The color, the sequins, the silhouette was a total hit. In total monochrome form, I wore my MAC “diva” matte lip and kissed the night away. The nude platforms kept the look toned down below the knee.

I couldn’t help but smile with joy at every twirl of this sparkling number.

Happy Holidays!

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Betsey Johnson Sequin Spaghetti Strap Dress via T.J.Maxx now $39!
  • Nine West ‘Edlyn’ Platform Pump via 6pm.com, $58; similar here and splurge here (in black)
  • MAC Cosmetics Diva Matte Lipstick, $17.50 and Lip Pencil in Magenta
  • NARS Blush (worn as eyeshadow) in Goulue, $30

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

Santa Baby

Nothing like an ugly sweater to get you into the Christmas spirit, am I right? I think so. Although I can get away with a knit or two, – you’ll never find me in a decorative one on any given day. No thanks, but thank you @hm men for inspiring me to participate in a National Ugly Sweater day with the one and only Santa.

The sweater had a perfect oversized fit, but not for leggings and over the knee boots -that didn’t work out. I looked sloppy and stocky, which are huge NO’s in my world of fashion.  Instead, I asked myself what can balance out the boots and the sweater -leather ruffles says girly, but sassy. I tucked in the sweater and I was ready to go to work and ugly it up. My co-workers also partook in the festivities with their own ugly sweaters, so it was well worth the effort!

Do you all participate in the festivities of Ugly Sweater Day? What did you think of my ugly sweater choice?

Happy Holidays!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • H&M Men’s Knit Sweater, $14.99
  • DVF Ruffle Leather Skirt (old); similar here, here and here
  • Forever 21 Faux Suede Over-the-knee boots (sold out); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in ‘Siren In Scarlet’
  • Opi ‘My Gondola or Yours?‘ Nail Lacquer

The Warm Up

Although we are not experiencing normal temperatures here on the east coast and global warming is at the back of our minds, I know I’m not the only one feeling a bit relieved that the brick ass weather hasn’t arrived yet. Until Winter starts to feel like itself again, it’s slits and leather jackets for the win!

I’m a big leopard lover in small doses, but this time around I went with a flow-y m-slit maxi dress. I had this outfit in mind for the Fall and though technically Fall ended just yesterday, there never seemed to be a right. I added a leather jacket and booties as oppose to the real warmer look here. Sometimes those Summer dresses come in handy on weird weather days. I kept my makeup minimal during the day and then put on red lipstick for nighttime. Red + leopard = classic.

Has your Christmas outfit ideas changed due to the warmer temperatures?

Is everyone done with their Christmas shopping?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: H

  • Forever 21 leopard Print Maxi Dress (old); similar here, here and here
  • Diane von Furstenberg ‘Alfie’ Cropped Leather Jacket (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Zara Peep Toe High Heel Bootie (no longer available); similar here, here, here, splurge here
  • Nine West le club minaudiere clutch in Gold; $50 (last year), similar here

Just Like Animals

The office had one more holiday lunch. What better way than to celebrate (again) in full blown leopard. I will always be a fan of leopard, but just remember if you’re not comfortable with it, less is more. You start off small and then work your way to a more bold wild animal piece like I did here. Also try not to accessorize much, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree. I haven’t worn this dress out in so long nor have I ever worn it here in the City -a reminder that a vacation is getting closer and closer for me. Are you feeling the Winter blues? Are you ready for a vacation?
How much do you love leopard? How was everyone’s Christmas?
xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Michael by Michael Kors Leopard Print Jersey Stretch Maxi Dress; $150 (I paid $49.99 at Marshalls, but its no longer available)
  • Steven by Steve Madden ‘Marshha’ Bootie via Marshalls (old), available here

This Christmas

I thought it would be a good idea to put on my Christmas Eve outfit this past weekend and take some outfit photos before the rain had a chance to ruin my hair! I’m sure I won’t be able to wear my gown if there’s a down pour, but a gown is another Holiday look I totally approve.

As a Latina it’s always been a tradition to celebrate Christmas Eve (otherwise known as ‘Noche Buena‘) much more than Christmas Day. Christmas Day for us is hangover leftover day, which to many is still a celebration. One of my many aunts invited us to her annual Christmas Eve gathering. It’s been a while since we’ve been there, so this year I’m hoping like every other year: to have a good time with family I often don’t get to spend time with. During this time of year, I love all the Christmas songs that are played in the stores and on my iPhone. That’s right I download Christmas music. Whatever makes us happy. 😉

I just had to have this dress from the Altuzarra for Target collection. Why not? You have a better chance of wearing gowns around the last two seasons of the year than any other time of the year. Gowns are easy to put on, glamorous and always make a statement, even if you’re turning heads or trying to fit your dress through a door. I altered my dress (lower v neck also known as a deep V and a higher slit to show how much I’ve been working out -Not!) for a sexier touch and I really loved how it came out in pictures. What do you think of my alterations?

Where will you be spending Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day? Most importantly, what will you be wearing?

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! 🙂

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Altuzarra for Target Orchid Print Maxi Dress, $69.99; now available via ebay.com.
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals (sold out); similar here, splurge here
  • H&M Rings (no longer available)
  • Opi Nail Laquer, ‘Got The Blues For Red’, $9.50
  • MAC Cosmetics Fluidline Gel in ‘Blacktrack’ on the eyes
  • Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in ‘Speak Your Mind’, $18