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Flor-ever Thankful

There’s something about the holidays that make me feel a little mushy inside, I don’t know if it’s the decorations, the songs, the people, -what I do know is we are all about to sparkle into the new year.  So many party looks from so many different brands making it hard to choose just one. BUT I’m going to find a way to control the impulse.  I’ve decided for all holiday parties (up until Christmas that is) -I will rework what I have in my closet. Whether if it’s a different shoe, accessory or even a hairstyle, anything can instantly change the vibe of your look.

This thanksgiving morning was a cold one, but I managed to keep it together wearing my FFF (favorite faux fur) to keep me warm; a cropped wool sweater, my 10 year old Free People flares and my can’t stop, won’t stop wearing platform shoes. I wanted to go for a boho vibe and blend in with the Fall foliage so my main attraction were the pants and its floral print. The blush cropped sweater complimented well with them. The platforms definitely added that spunk in my step.

Well ladies (and gentlemen) there’s nothing wrong with going extra this holiday season or even with your everyday outfits. Throw on your (faux) fur, your sunglasses and walk into your family’s living room like yes I’m here and I’m fabulous. And when they ask you what’s in your velvet pouch, tell them nothing, it gave your outfit the million dollar touch. You too should feel like a million bucks! :p

What are you wearing this holiday season?

See below for all things similar!

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @zamnsees (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Coat (last A/W Season); similar here, here, here, here, here and here
  • Nasty Gal Cropped Sweater (old); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Free People One Floral Fields Wideleg pants (super old, but in the best condition!); similar here and here
  • Target Jupiter Platform Oxfords, $28; splurge here
  • Carmen Marc Valvo bag (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Karen Walker Sunglasses, $198
  • H&M Ring Set (old); similar here

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

Bodysuit -A Love Story

Every season, there comes a trend that catches your eye and runs away with your closet. I present to you my trend crush, the lace up bodysuit. Lately I’ve been adding flirty touches to an otherwise very sexy look. This trend is everywhere, it’s the go-to item for the laid back fashionably savvy. You can wear it with jeans, (as per muah) a pencil skirt, an a line skirt or whatever bottom you wish. I went back to my distressed Topshop denim because to tell you the truth it’s the only pair of denim I have that are high rise and that’s the look I was going for, a pair of Nike sneakers -just do it! Then I topped it off with my BFF- best faux fur.

As you know I’m not afraid to try out trends of the moment. I always try to make sure it still feels like me and my personal style. You never want to be amongst the sheep, letting the trend wear you or simply copying (gasp!) straight from someone else’s outfit. Always wear something that feels natural to you and what you like.

What’s your favorite trend this season?

Are you adding fur to your Winter wardrobe? Are you using it to cover up those revealing bodysuits? 😉

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Faux Fur Coat (bought it in store); more here
  • Forever 21 Crisscross Ribbed Bodysuit,
  • Topshop Moto Black Ripped Joni Jeans, $70
  • H&M Choker, $5
  • Nike Free 5.0, $100
  • Loeffler Randall Clutch (old); similar here
  • Vintage Ring
  • Opi Mariah Carey ‘Butterfly Moment’ Nail Lacquer

In the Fluff

For those not keeping track, it’s been a weird Winter for New York and the rest of the East Coast. This past weekend we hit all time lows temps! Brutally cold weather only means one thing for me: faux fur. If you don’t have a faux friend to keep you warm or it’s just not your cup of tea, piling layers on top of layers is your best survival plan. There was a point where I couldn’t feel my face from being outside no more than 5 minutes! However, my goal this Winter is to fight through the temperatures with fashion. I will not surrender and wear sweats, I WILL NOT!

This total fluff of mine is from Topshop. The color is in and guess what? It goes perfectly with an all black ensemble, letting this baby shine on her own. I’ve been trying to find the perfect sombrero for my head shape to wear this Winter, a change up from the usual functional Winter hats. This one flatters my oval face, keeps me warm, and it’s cute too.  Finished it off with boots, thick leggings and a turtleneck bodysuit -no skin in sight, but still oh so sexy.

Questions? What would you like to see (more of ) on the blog?

xoxo, Budgetsai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Aldo ‘Crucia’ hat, $25.00
  • Topshop Faux Fur Open Cardigan (old); similar here and here
  • Missguided Long Sleeve Turtleneck Bodysuit, $20.40
  • Topshop Leggings (old)
  • Vintage Cocktail ring

The Blacklist

The color black has become a staple in my wardrobe. When I wear black from head to toe, it’s much more than just a “safe choice”, it’s a state of being. I feel in control and wear it like armor. Black is a color with many faces. Black can be chic, sleek, and sexy. Black may be boring to some and even (gasp!) faux stylish, but in my opinion it takes a real fashionista to rock the same color over and over and keep it fresh.

This winter, I’ve been playing around with texture. I’m currently loving the return of the 90’s, especially the lingerie inspired looks. So, I chose this Bebe silky loose bodysuit with a deep-v opening to go with my pencil skirt. The dress code at my job is thankfully…liberal (lol). Buttons or no buttons, this is the perfect kind of top you want to wear if you have plans after work.

The AltuzarraxTarget snake skin print pencil skirt, the thigh high suede boots and my lush faux fur coat are all sexy in their own right, together they may be too much, but when it comes to black I’m a firm believer that more is more.

My advice for you -take some time during the weekend and plan out outfits and more importantly try it on! Basic items in your closet can be upgraded using different textures and shapes. Start thinking of your closet as a wardrobe and not just “that thing that holds your clothes”. The more you make what you have work harmoniously, the better you will shop. So pull out those “boring” work slacks and just throw every top/shoe/accessory you own its way! Play with colors (if you like) or see how many monochromatic looks you can come up with.

Happy Thursday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Silent Damir Doma Knit Hat (old); similar here
  • Moschino Gloves via Century 21 (old); similar via ebay.com
  • Forever 21 Faux Fur Coat (bought it in store); more here
  • Bebe Silk Wrap Bodysuit, $89; more here
  • Altuzarra for Target Jacquard Pencil Skirt, (old); similar here, here, splurge here
  • Forever 21 Faux Suede Over-the-knee boots (sold out); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Sally Hansen Insta-Dri ‘Espresso’, $4

The Night Before Christmas

Which on the calendar reads Christmas Eve, is the day most Latinos like myself and my family celebrate. We get together to eat tons of pernil (my shirt got the best of that dish), different kinds of rice dishes, mom’s famous spaghetti (requested at every party we attend), potato salad, green salad, flan and can’t forget the coqui. Christmas Eve is also a time to dress up and catch up on the year we’ve had. Super cliché for wearing red during the holidays, but it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to represent a holiday that I really enjoy -with my family. On that note, I nodded back to my high school days as Catholic school girl. I turned sweet into a sexy 30 with a secretary blouse with bows, mini skirt with pleats and leopard heels.

What did you think of my holiday fashion?
How did you spend the holidays?

I want to tell you a little bit of why I’ve been MIA lately -Christmas night my mother suffered a heart attack and underwent open heart surgery. It’s been almost 2 weeks since this difficult time in my family’s lives, but mom is at home recovering once again. She is one of the strongest people I know. Thank you for all your prayers and support. ❤

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • American Apparel Chiffon Secretary Blouse, $60
  • Zara Pleated Skirt (old); similar here
  • Ava and Aiden ‘Marilyn’ Ankle Strap Mary Jane Pump (old); similar here and here
  • Vintage Gucci Monogram Handbag (old); find it here
  • Vintage ring; similar here
  • 14k Gold Tennis Bracelet (a gift)
  • Opi ‘the spy who loved me‘ Nail Polish, $15 (4 piece set)

Fur Realz

I threw on some faux fur over my jacket to keep warm and stylish, but I still felt like I needed some gloves, a scarf and my Uggs. The cold isn’t playing games, it just doesn’t want go away! I can’t get enough of the Canadian tuxedo also known as the denim on denim trend, it’s so easy to dress up with all sorts of pumps or sandals. This time I went back to my camouflage pair from the Cameron Silver for Nine West and mixed some gold accents.

Are you all still layering up? Where is Spring weather?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Zara Faux Fur Vest (old); similar here and here
  • Forever 21 Utility Jacket (last year), similar here and here
  • H&M Men’s Shirt, similar here and here
  • 7 For All Mankind Jeans (old), similar here
  • Nine West Cameron Silver ‘Jace’ Single Sole Pumps (old); similar here
  • Michael Kors Over-sized Chronograph Gold-tone Watch, 44mm via Bloomingdales.com
  • Gold over Silver Bangles with Clear Stone; $27 at a sample sale, similar style here and sign up for sample sales here
  • Forever 21 Cocktail Ring (old); similar here
  • S Initial Ring from So God Jewelry Store in Soho, similar via ebay.com
  • NYX Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in ‘Maison’, $6