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V Day, Me Day

I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of Valentine’s Day, but yes I am (Drita voice). I love all the red and pink hearts and all that other visible mushy-ness that comes with Valentine’s Day. It’s not only about a significant other, it’s a day to spread love to all those that deserve to be loved. Most importantly? Yourself. Love is a happy feeling and a way I feel happy is by putting on my best or not (lol). This was the perfect dress for dinner plans after work. Totally appropriate and playful with a pair of heart socks and Mary Janes. Still Sunny outside? Don’t forget to add a pair of fun heart sunglasses.

What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

Do you dress up for the occasion?

Have a fun-filled long weekend!

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

Denim For Days

This H&M dress is super versatile, I pulled together 2 looks for you to try too!

The first one, I made super comfortable with my green converse (exact color below), and a heart choker (sweet, but S&M chic ;)) A very, very casual weekend look if you ask me.

The next ensemble is with my dear silver lace up heels, they brought out the dress’s hardware, another way of styling your everyday looks; the bag and charms added a vibrant touch -it is Spring you know, why not embrace it? The length of the dress was perfect for us shorties: in flats you don’t have to look that short and in heels you look and feel super tall!

What are all my readers up to on these warmer days?
Are you staying fresh in denim pieces?

Happy Hump Day!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • H&M Denim Dress (sold out online and in stores); similar here (btw: love!)
  • Forever 21 Faux Leather Heart Choker (sold out); similar here and here
  • Converse All Star Low Top Sneakers in Parasailing Green (color no longer available); similar here
  • Schutz ‘Slate’ Lace Up Sandal in Silver (old); similar here
  • Balenciaga  S/S 10 Arena Classic First Bag in Papeete
  • Etienne Aigner Fur Evil Eye Keychain, $35.00

Shopping 101 -The Men’s Section

You know who always has the best selection of hoodies? Forever 21 -the men’s section. If you haven’t checked it out, what are you waiting for? When I’m looking for a hoodie, I’m looking for straight comfort; no frills, no fuss. I like them long and over-sized, so I do my part to support the athleisure movement by adding a pair of leggings (not this day, but most of the time) and my go-to Nike sneakers. To me, there’s something about dressing masculine that brings out your femininity more. I look cozy not bulky, you know none of that sloppy sweat pant look. Even when you’re out running errands, you don’t have to look like it. 😉 As much as I love to dress up, I know some of you are more inclined to dress casually so I wanted to show you how I do causal.

What do you think? Do you ever shop in the men’s section? What’s your go-to casual look?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Men Pocket Sleeve Bomber Jacket, $35
  • Forever 21 Men Distressed French Terry Hoodie, $25
  • J Brand Jeans (old); similar here
  • Nike Free 5.0, $100
  • Aldo ‘Grelillan’ Earrings, $20 (pack)
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte  Lipstick in ‘nude nuance’, $6 via Target.com

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

Hearts On Hearts On Hearts

Feeling oh so lovey dovey on this Friday afternoon, passing by Bleeding Hearts, the love wall by James Goldcrown on Mott Street and Broome.

It’s not the first time I wear this dress, but here I wanted to add gold accents to my all black all the time outfit. A neutral lip, bright red nails and my hair down finished what I like to call a modern day Audrey Hepburn.

Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • ASOS Sleeveless dress (old), similar here and more LBDs here
  • Zara Peep Toe High Heel Bootie (no longer available); similar here, splurge here
  • Chanel Vintage Bag; similar here and here
  • Essie ‘happy wife, happy life’, $8.50

Fe-brr-uary Twenty Freez-ing

February was way too cold! I cannot wait until tomorrow…when my vacation officially begins. That’s right New York, I’m leaving you for somewhere warm, vibrant, and full of sunshine. For now, here are some of my Instagram posts (scroll over the photos for captions) from this past frigid and gloomy month.

Follow me on Instagram: @budgetsai for my daily routines, family functions, throwbacks and much more of my everyday life.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! Buh-bye, February… hello, March!

xoxo, BudgetSai

PS- Stay tuned for my vacation posts!!!

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