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No Stars, Just Stripes

As many of you know I’ve been in “blog post hiding” for the past couple of months, but a girl’s got to recharge her batteries once in a while. On Instagram, I was throwing back outfit photos because I live for a great theme/series. It was also a way to remind myself that I love dressing up and share it with all of my followers. During this time I was focused on my health, moving, moving on and peace within me. I’ve made some progress in all these things. At 33, losing weight is a struggle mainly because of so many distractions, but I’ve managed to stay on the right path and it starting to show. I’ve moved 4 times as an adult and boy is it a never ending chore. I got rid of so much clutter because starting out fresh was my ultimate goal. I want to invite my followers into my new home through social media once in a while. Connecting with others is something I’ve always wanted to do as a blogger. My home is where I feel the most comfortable and if I can express myself openly in that type of environment then I can build that same confidence, be totally honest and become more personal when I’m blogging.

Moving on, well it’s been a long time coming. I look forward to new beginnings and to live happily ever after. Sharing some of my personal issues on my blog along with telling you about what I’m wearing makes me feel complete.

The beginning of Summer can be very tricky when deciding what to wear. For some strange reason on the second day of Summer (my birthday) the weather went from cool to hot to cool to rain. I didn’t let the weather ruin my mood so, I still showed up to MY day. I wore a bodysuit underneath and a longline blazer over just in case a breeze or two came through. The color black solves almost all my problems. It did start to rain, but it didn’t show on my clothes, so we were able to continue shooting my outfit. I wore my favorite black jeans and a pair of leopard booties I’ve had forever. If I can still fix them up 5 years from now, you better believe they will stick around. Now if they fall apart, of course they’ll have to go. I like to find replacements almost identical before I let something go. That only goes for materialistic things, you get me? 😉

I was able to get a blow out (my hair is naturally curly, but I’m sure you already know that) and keep it that way for a few days before the humidity forced another wash. The cuff is an oldie, but always a goodie in the jewelry department. It always makes me feel like I have some sort of super power. That, and the bag brightened up the all around matte look.

Summer’s finally here and I’m already drenched.

What is your favorite trend of this sweaty season? 

Have a lovely Fourth of July!

-Sai

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Photography by: @burritomilkshake

  • Forever 21 Longline Blazer (sold out); similar here
  • Nasty Gal Bodysuit
  • Blanknyc Jeans (old); similar styles here, here and here
  • Dolce Vita Booties (old); similar here
  • Longchamp Bag (old); similar here or splurge

Stripes and White Denim

…and lots of chains in this look. I pulled my hair back, tied up my shirt and was ready for this week’s heat wave alongside my vintage Gucci bag; a shopper makes it so much easier to carry around your personal belongings. You can do like Fabolous does, and just throw it in the bag!

How are you all handling the heat in the N Y C? Do you keep cool in denim like I do? 

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: Jashira Carlo

  • Forever 21 Striped Shirt (old); similar here
  • GAP jeans (no longer available); similar here
  • Zara Lace Up Camel Sandals (sold out); more Zara sandals on sale here; similar here and splurge here
  • Vintage Gucci Shopper (gift); more on ebay.com
  • Chains from top to bottom:

Into The Woods

I spent Memorial Day enjoying the beautiful weather with a hike in the park, all while watching the military planes fly by. We get so caught up in our daily routines we forget to remember those men and women who served in our country’s Armed Forces, some of which live near by in my neighborhood. Later in the day, I dressed up for dinner plans in a vintage Gianfranco Ferre top (representing the red, white and blue), a pencil skirt and some bondage on my feet to match the crisscross action happening in the back of my top.

How was everyone’s Memorial Day weekend? Are you ladies sporting your Summer crop tops?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: Him

  • Vintage GF Ferre Pinstriped Crisscross Crop Top; similar here and here
  • H&M Skirt (old); similar here
  • Silvia Tcherassi for Payless ‘Genova’Sandal (2011 Collaboration); similar style here, here and splurge here
  • Michael Kors Over-sized Chronograph Gold-tone Watch, 44mm via Bloomingdales.com
  • Revlon ‘Really Red’ Matte Lipstick

CHANEL-O!

This past weekend I popped into the Chanel Exhibit, N°5 In A New Light on 14th street, by the famous High Line of New York City. Chanel’s N°5 fragrance was built through layers of creation, cultivation, composition, abstraction and revelation.  With science and in art, visitors and Chanel fans like myself got to see every one of those layers. Here are some of the photos I’d like to share with you and what I wore (on a Sunday)!

How is everyone’s week coming along? Any Memorial Day weekend plans?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Mod-ri Gras

It’s been a week since Fat Tuesday, but finally here is my Mardi Gras look. Instead of decorating the office with hearts all over for Valentine’s Day I went a tad bit more festive this year with purple, green and gold. There is something about decorating that boosts up my mood instantly. Mardi Gras is not just for party animals, but a way to celebrate life and enjoy it with other people. What holiday isn’t about celebrating life really? This Winter, oh you Winter -has not been an easy one, but I put all that aside and went with a purple mini which for me isn’t so mini (remember I’m 5 feet and a little something), a new turtleneck to add to the family, and some knee high boots for a complete mod look. Can’t forget the beautiful masks we played around with that were provided by my lovely co-worker.

How do you all think I pulled off the masked mod look? 

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Not Looking Back

A quick look at some of my January 2015 Instagram posts. Started off going to the gym, enjoying the City’s brisks nights, some hot oatmeal, through the snow, rain, all while decorating my home with flowers every week. Then there was more snow which meant some time to myself at home, but also enjoying those family get togethers at the beginning of the year. Winter really is a hibernating season and you can’t help but to feel bummed out. One thing that helps me put on a happy face is cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. There is always something to do, but not until now did I realize that it’s a hobby that is very therapeutic for me and keeps me sane! Especially in the cold! Summer I miss you, come back already.

How was everyone’s first month of 2015?

So much coming up in February!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

Winter Wonderland

What a beautiful snow day to go hiking with my family. After all the Blizzard hype, I’m grateful it wasn’t more than the mere 6 inches – enough to have a day off and enjoy the snow. As much as I’m not a fan of the snow or anything with the word storm in it, I appreciate the beauty of it while it’s falling and the 24 hours it’s on the ground. It’s calming and therapeutic for me. Aside from relaxing at home, I went out to play, like the big kid I am. 🙂

I threw on my (faux) furry vest over a turtleneck and some distressed skinny jeans. I also wore my sombrero for a monochromatic look and a pair of track sole booties to be able to walk and keep warm for the 30 minute hike (okay I changed into some flat cold weather boots so I wouldn’t break my neck in the process) in the park. A small bag to store my keys, phone, and tissues; and last but never the least in this weather, my leather gloves to keep me extra warm.

How did you spend your snow day (if you had one)?
What do you think of my (faux) fur outfits lately?

Stay warm!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Zara Faux Fur Vest (old); similar here and here
  • Love 21 Featherweight Turtleneck, $6.80 (no longer available); similar here
  • H&M Skinny High Jeans; $39.95
  • Key Te Suede Ankle Booties (old); available via amazon.com
  • Target Snake Skin Messenger Bag (old); newer version available via target.com
  • H&M Wool Hat (old); similar here, more here
  • Moschino Gloves via Century21 (old); similar via ebay.com