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Sunburst Cookies Light Up My Day

Another day, another outfit and yet another birthday celebration. This time I went to dinner with my crazy, but lovely family. Summer birthdays are fun, but tricky when it comes to finding something to wear. It’s so hot, you’re afraid of sweat marks ruining your look. I have this fear every Summer. It’s okay to sport the wet look at a pool or the beach -it’s not okay to look like you came out of water for your birthday dinner. So I put that all aside, put on my brave girl cap and went with yellow, instead of the my usual black. Yellow – the color of the sun and Starburst candy. It’s the color everyone stays away from, the same way they treat the yellow candy in the Starburst pack. I too feel this way about yellow. This was the first time I’ve ever worn something so powerful in color and I loved it. It didn’t wash me out and the silhouette hugged my body just right. I think I’m doing pretty good in the everything, but black department, what do you think? Am I the only one who finds color frightening? Should I keep testing the fashion waters with color?

According to these sources, vibrant pink is dying down, but if you still want to make a bold statement, all things are coming up yellow, like the sun (lol): nypost.com; whowhatwear.com.

I added snakeskin high heeled sandals to keep it toned down as I like to do, especially when wearing an article of clothing with this much attention. Dainty gold jewelry and a vintage Fendi bag completed one of many birthday looks.

How is everyone’s Summer coming along? Are you mostly in swimsuits and flip flops?

Have a great rest of the week!

Love, BudgetSai

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Photography by: @burritomilkshake 

  • Necessary Clothing Dress (in stores); similar here 
  • Fendi Vintage Zucca; buy similar here 
  • 7 For All Mankind Heels (old); similar 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

TLC for your LBD

A little black dress goes a long way. You can’t go wrong with one no matter what the occasion. This LBD outfit was inspired by KKW on her trip to Cuba. I put this look together for a bachelorette party I attended 2 weeks ago. A bachelorette party or a club night is the only time you should go this short. Then of course there’s KKW that went sightseeing with all that sexiness. Instead of going for the choker with a cross like she did, I chose a heart locket velvet choker. Ever since I was little, I’ve had an obsession with hearts, so my 2 chainz moment both had pretty little hearts dangling from my neck. I kept my hair loose even though the heat made it impossible to keep it that way! Then there was the shoes: Stecy never lets me down. Ankle strap shoes are classy even with a mini dress. For a mini dress, I think the more delicate the shoe, the better. Stay away from platform shoes to avoid looking extra clunky and trashy. Also, opt for simple makeup for the girl who who wants to balance out her sexy.

Let that LBD shine!

Happy Hump Day!
xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Target Cotton Tank dress (old); similar here and here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal
  • Forever 21 Heart Locket Choker (Available in stores); similar here
  • 14k Gold heart necklace (my own)
  • Nine West ‘le club’ minaudiere clutch in Gold (old); similar here

Slip Into This

Finally the Spring I know came through!

Right now I’m revisiting a lot of pieces. I think it’s important to buy things you can wear again in a different way. Reinvention is key ladies even if you’ve found your personal style.

On an average Summer day, I would wear open toe sandals with this slip dress and call it a day. This time, I played around with this long blazer from Forever 21. I know what some of you are thinking, she’s obsessed with this trendy store. But it’s a safe place to experiment with trends without hurting your pockets. Save your money for the investment pieces. Reality is when I shop here I’m very particular about the pieces. The prices are cheap, but you don’t ever want to look cheap! So the next time you go shopping at F21, check out ALL their take on Spring trends!

Okay so back to the rest of my outfit of the day. The oversize blazer is très chic and my new favorite item. I’m really loving the “lingerie’s day out” look it gives the entire outfit: slept in and sexy. I think of outerwear like an accessory, a piece of fashion that makes the outfit. I love outerwear in Spring because you have more fun with the options so you’re not worrying about function so much.

I added my new black pumps that have on trend (there’s that word again) lucite accents and an ankle strap. Baby birkin came along for the ride too, couldn’t see any other bag on my side with this look.

What do you think of my look? What kind of posts would you like to see more of on my blog?

Be sure to follow me on IG and Snapchat: @budgetsai

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

Over It

For brunch last weekend, I wanted to channel my inner sex kitten. So for me that’s a turtleneck bodysuit, high waist flare jeans and my never letting go leopard booties. The first day of Spring reminded me a whole lot of Winter, a high of 32 degrees. Which means, I couldn’t leave the house without my faux fur!

When I wear flares, I like my shoes to peek out just a little bit, that’s why I went with an average high heel for me -about 3 – 3 1/2 inches instead of my usual 4-5 inches. As a short girl, I can have a short girl complex so I like to wear heels as often as my feet desire. The bodysuit trend is alive and well into Spring and it’s really taking over my brain and closet, especially when there is high waist involved. I can’t get enough!

How do you accentuate your figure? What Spring trends are you most excited about?

Happy Weekend!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Altuzarra For Target Faux Fur Jacket (old); similar here, here and here
  • Missguided Long Sleeve Turtleneck Bodysuit, $20.40
  • Forever 21 High-Rise Flare Jeans, $29.90
  • DV by Dolce Vita ‘Fife’ Leopard-Print Suede Ankle Boots (old); similar here

Super Bowl 50

Sorry for such a late post! I’ve been so busy lately so those who follow me on Instagram (@budgetsai) were able to see a tease of this look.

Okay so I’m not like this huge fan of football, but I do love the excitement the Super Bowl brings into the American living room. After all, there’s more than just football going on at the Super Bowl. There are commercials, performances, and celeb sightings, so there’s a little something for everyone.

Last year I didn’t show my team spirit even though I went for the winning team; the Patriots. Interestingly enough, this year not only did I show my appreciation to the Panthers, but they ended up losing. Bummer. :/ Nevertheless, I enjoyed every minute of the game no matter the disappointing outcome.

My t-shirt comes from the NFL website where there were so many to choose from -I opted out of the Panthers traditional colors and focused more on what I had at home to style with my complete Super Bowl party look. Camouflage is a favorite print in BudgetSai’s closet and the cat? Well I didn’t want to lose the mascot and it reminded me of my leopard obsession as well. The topshop jeans were a comfortable pair in case I needed to jump around and cheer throughout the game, the boots ‘lo estrene’ (translation: wore them for the first time) so that made me feel extra sexy and sporty at the same time. Braids are on trend right now and I’m all for it. Depending on how you style your outfit, braids can be playful, romantic, or edgy. My younger sister and I have very fond memories of our mother braiding our hair. If you ask me, braids are an easy way to get to work early since the style lasts as long as you let it.

I love a long coat. I feel like it changes my whole mood, like a don’t mess with me I’m in a cape and I’m not afraid to use it. The choker is also such a bad ass trend right now –I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF IT!

How did you all celebrate the SuperBowl?

What item in your closet makes you feel SUPER?

xoxo, Budgetsai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Missguided Longline Faux Sherling Coat, $68
  • NFL Shop Men’s Carolina Panthers Camo T-shirt, $25
  • Topshop Moto Black Ripped Joni Jeans, $70
  • Charles David ‘Piper’ Lace Up Heel Booties, $75 via tjmaxx.com
  • H&M Choker, $5 in store; similar here
  • Vintage Cocktail Ring

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