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A Sai of Hoodie

Sometimes we see loungewear as just that, lounge-wearBUT -don’t you ever feel like you want to feel comfortable in something comfortably sexy too?

So for this laid back look, I cut up my leggings into capris -I just felt like the color needed to be cut down a bit and a little bare leg never hurt anybody. My men sized hoodie was long enough to cover the booty, the longer the better ladies (and gentlemen)! You can even get them as big and long as you want to wear as a dress with over the knee boots – SEX-Y! Speaking of sexy, the heels were the perfect compliment to the hoodie’s side silver zipper (so sorry there’s no close up, I promise there will be a next time).

Sexy (there’s that word again) and comfy is my mood as of late, will you join me?

How’s your hoodie collection stacking up?

Love, BudgetSai

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Photos by @newyorkcitynative (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Men Hoodie (sold out); similar here, here and here
  • H&M Leggings (old); similar here
  • Schutz ‘Slate’ Lace Up Sandal in Silver (old); similar here

Red Alert

Last week I ended the week in my second favorite color: red. Red is vibrant, happy and passionate. I definitely feel a great amount of energy when I wear red. This American Apparel dress comes in over 5 colors to choose from, which to me is another feeling waiting to be felt! Should I get black, blue or nude? Dark, calm or pure?

How do you feel in your favorite color? Are you feeling the heat NYC?

Goodbye Monday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • American Apparel Ponte Tank Dress; $58
  • H&M Men’s Shirt, similar here
  • Giuseppe Zanotti Satin Wedge via Marshalls (many years ago); $199.99, similar here
  • Leather bracelet via Marshalls (old)
  • Knitted bracelet via Dor L’Dor (old), more here
  • Similar Bracelets here and here
  • MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte ‘Heaux’ Lipstick (Limited Edition -no longer available)

Floral A Flare

Happy Monday!

When we think about 70’s fashion, we envision bell bottoms, bold prints, and very high wedge sandals. I took all three of these images and made it into one modern day outfit. I paired it with a biker jacket and classic wayfarers for a fresh spin on my otherwise very retro look.

How do you think I pulled off my second 70’s groovy-ness? What Spring trends have you tried lately?

Hope everyone has a groovy week!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Diane von Furstenberg ‘Alfie’ Cropped Leather Jacket (old); similar here, splurge here
  • American Apparel Cotton Spandex Tank Thong Bodysuit, $26
  • Free People Wide Leg Flares (old); similar here
  • Bebe ‘Karissa’ Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandal in Platinum Matte, $99; available in Orange
  • Necklaces from top to bottom:
  • Vintage Cocktail Ring
  • Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

In the Right Denim A Girl Can Conquer The World

In honor of Denim Day I wore one of my favorite denim brands for all the things I love in a pair of jeans:  a fit for the curvaceous figure , a shorter length (where I can skip a visit to the tailor), and a wash that’s clean and classic.  J BRAND jeans are every woman and man’s dream.  #InMyJBRAND.

What are your favorite denim brands? 

Happy Denim Day, Zipper Day and Hump Day!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

Plaid Werk

Experimenting with clothes has always been a passion of mine. Sometimes I can wear a trend and make it my own, but not all trends are made equal. There’s just some trends that don’t suit my style and that’s okay because I’d rather stay true to myself.

As I get closer to 30, I’ve eliminated clothes that just aren’t me anymore, but a trend that I will never grow out of is the 90’s trend. Maybe it’s because I lived through it. Of all the 90’s trends, my favorite is most definitely plaid. The shirt that will always be in my closet has to be this red and black plaid flannel, it’s a bold accent to even the most casual outfits. I love to wear it tied around the waist more than anything. To make the ensemble look a little grown, I wore my favorite ankle strap heels for that extra push. You know that extra touch…especially with the red lip. 😉

Do you have a statement piece that always does it for you? Do you go mad for plaid? Is it the only thing keeping you warm these days?

April is just a couple of days away…
Happy Friday my fellow Budgeters!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: Samantha Cabral (@zamnsam on Instagram)

  • Bow and Drape The New Classic Sweatshirt, $48
  • GAP Vest (old); similar here
  • American Apparel Mesh Bodysuit (find it in stores); similar style here
  • Joe Fresh Boyfriend Jean (sold out); similar version here
  • Forever 21 Plaid Flannel Shirt (old); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal (now comes in 16 different colors!); similar here

Fur Old Time

I never really been into fur until I borrowed this jacket from my sister. I loved the way it looked on her New Year’s with her Pixie Market dress. She joined me on the Altuzarra for Target adventure and the jacket was what she got from the whole collection, while I bought one too many pieces! I thought it would be a huge fashion statement if I wore her faux fur over my turtleneck dress for my sister’s Chanel theme birthday party, and keep it on all night. Chanel + party + fur = tres chic. 😉 The only other accessories I added to my look were cocktail rings for some bling against all the black.

Are you adding (faux) fur to your outerwear collection?

What do you think of my sister’s Chanel cake?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Altuzarra For Target Faux Fur Jacket (available via ebay.com); similar here and here
  • American Apparel Turtleneck Dress, $44
  • American Apparel Opaque Pantyhose, $16
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals (no longer available); similar here
  • H&M Ring (no longer available); similar here, real Pearls here
  • Letter ‘M’ Ring from So Good Jewelry Boutique in SOHO (going out of business), $1!

Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

Today I’m taking the time out to share some fun facts with all of my readers. An insight on what it’s like to be me!

  1. I love chocolate and bagels, never tried it together, but I’ll probably love it too.
  2. My astrological sign is Cancer and I truly am a Cancer in all aspects of the sign.
  3. I am a dog lover and just lost my love to shunt liver.
  4. Dirty 30 is coming at me in about 5 months, 5 days, 12 hours…
  5. I have 3 sisters; 2 older and one younger. I work with two out of the three and the oldest works in the same field, but a different location where I’ve also worked. Work, work, work ever since I was 13.
  6. Started babysitting at that age. I was the babysitters club.
  7. One thing I always carry in my bag besides my huge iPhone 6 Plus, wallet and keys is a prayer my dad gave me a few years ago. He said “take it everywhere you go for protection and don’t forget the $20 emergency cash too.”
  8. Speaking of dad, I am the spitting image of him. Scary. -__-
  9. I love all genres of music, but *Nsync was all I ever listened to in my teenage years.
  10. Speaking of those years, I went to an all girl high school, Notre Dame in the West Village. What an adjustment.
  11. I always wanted to be a dancer (because of Aaliyah first then Britney Spears). I would perform for family and friends whenever I learned their music video choreography.
  12. And an interior decorator because of my mother who always loved to decorate our home growing up.
  13. My favorite color is black, but I never like to decorate in black. Really weird.
  14. I’m a true New Yorker (explains the black obsession), I couldn’t see myself living anywhere else.
  15. I am a neat freak.
  16. I changed my own diaper as a baby. I am a neat freak.
  17. I’m crazy about shoes. I haven’t reached 100, but I do have 100 (more) in mind.
  18. I live in heels. If I could sleep in them I would. I like to feel tall at all times (I am barely 5′ 3”).
  19. I have a green thumb. Thanks to my mama.
  20. Favorite flower is the Rose.
  21. My hair is naturally curly, but I prefer straight locks.
  22. Yes I’m 29, who can’t drive, but loves to be driven. 🙂
  23. I love Italian food.
  24. My left side is my favorite side of my face, you can tell in the way I take my photos.
  25. I’m a sucker for sweatshirts in the Winter, every time there is a high-low collaboration at Target or H&M, I have to have one.

Below is the sweatshirt I created on Bow and Drape‘s website. I just love a Made in NYC brand. The sweatshirt is cozy, fashionable and makes a great shameless plug. Wink, wink. You can pair it with a skater skirt or jeans for an overall casual look.

What do you think of my 25 fun facts?

How would have you designed your sweatshirt?

Have a fun-filled weekend!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Photos By: Samantha Cabral (@zamnsam on Instagram)