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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

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

Popular Demand

You all wanted to see me in this jumpsuit one more time so here it is and here I am! 🙂

This jumpsuit is definitely my go-to for date night, girls night, fun filled family gatherings, and even a quick run to the supermarket –any season goes! Today I chose a bootie and an overcoat for the cold weather. In the Spring you can wear it with high heeled lace up sandals, and during the Summer throw it over your swimsuit while letting it hang around your hips. I even like to wear it super casually with my favorite kicks aka sneakers. :p

This jumper suits (get it?) quite well with all vibes! So if you haven’t already, go get yourself one!

See below for similar affordable and luxe options. 😉

What is the most versatile item in your closet?

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

Knight and Shining Armor

Today it finally feels like Fall! That means more blazers like this one; a silk satin neutral that you can throw on -over a T-shirt, a turtleneck, like a cape, or with nothing underneath (like me). Don’t worry folks, I wore a belt to avoid any nip slips.

Theses vintage Levi’s needed some work done so I went to my local tailor where he took it in for a high waist fit. The jeans needed some adjusting, but that’s where the belt came in to the rescue -yet again! Stores like Urban Outfitters and the Vintage Twin, sell redone denim like Levi’s and the best part about that is you’ll always get a one of kind pair. 😉

Considering how much my belt secured the overall look of this outfit, I felt confident. Maybe it was the hardware, maybe the week I just finished having or maybe I didn’t let anything hang out in the process! I plan to bring many more accessories into my Fall wardrobe which help in rotating my favorite pieces without it looking like you’re wearing the same look twice!

How do you like to wear your blazer? What is your favorite accessory? How are we all cooling down this weekend?

Have a happy one!

xoxo, BudgetSai

Photos by @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Loeffler Randall Blazer, available via ebay
  • Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Belt, similar here
  • Levi’s Vintage shorts; similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ in Gold (sold out); similar here
  • Loeffler Randall Gold Leather Clutch, available in black via ebay

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)

Damn, that smile

I’m finally out of the rut and I will never ever wear black again… said no one! Once in a blue, I like to go full on rainbow bright and wear a little or a lot of color. Either way you can’t go wrong standing out in the crowd. The season is almost over and I can’t leave Summer Seventeen without brightening up my blog and your day. It’s true what they say when you wear a vibrant shade like this -it definitely picks up your mood. I was so happy in my outfit I even SMILED!

One thing I am obsessed with is, no matter what color -are kimonos, long blazers, and duster coats. They totally polish up any outfit without even trying. Here I give you the day to night, night to day outfit. For the first look I went with a pair of high waist jeans (the not too tight version) and a white tank top. I chose camel colored suede shoes and a vintage green bag to tone it down just a tiny notch. The second lewk? A white mini dress and white pumps! Who’s ready for an end of Summer all white party? If you’re not a mini kind of gal but a midi kind of gal, a long blazer or a duster coat to balance out that extra sexy length works too!

Do you have an outfit, or just an item of clothing that when you wear it instantly puts a smile on your face?

What is everyone’s last days of Summer plans?

Are we currently shopping for Fall? Email me!

xoxo,
BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

Night Owl:

  • Forever 21 Kimono (sold out); similar here
  • Forever 21 Bodycon Mini Cami dress (sold out); similar here
  • Sam Edelman ‘Hazel’ Heel, $96 (on sale now!)

Early Bird:

  • Forever 21 Kimono (sold out); similar here
  • Zara Basic Tank (sold out); similar here
  • H&M Jeans
  • Zara pump (sold out); similar here
  • Vintage handbag
  • H&M earrings (old); similar here