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Selfish

Feliz día de el amor! How do I celebrate Valentine’s Day? Well let’s just say it only involves one person: me. There’s nothing more important than self love, self acceptance and self respect. So many women and men struggle with their bodies and I want to tell you about my own experiences with body image.

As I’m adjusting to my 30s, so many things have changed. I have experienced many eye openers: from the health of some family members, loss, a failed relationship, too much fun in the sun, and a slower metabolism.

My body has been crying for help. I needed to get out of the rut and the possibility of health scares. When I was 16 years old, all I ever wanted was to look like Britney Spears. I worked out almost everyday, did some extreme diets behind my parents back. Although it worked for me during my adolescence, the unhealthy path ultimately led to the reason for this post. I refuse to abandon myself through hard times. I want to look good, feel good and STAY good.

I made a little bit of progress and here I am showing it off all booed up with myself.

Love, Budgetsai

Photos By: @zamnsees (Instagram)

MUA: @kapx (Instagram)

  • Naked Wardrobe ‘See Me Through Duster’ (no longer available); similar here
  • Yandy ‘Stunner Net and Lace Teddy’, $30

I’m Blue

Corpse Bride blue.

Hope you all enjoyed your Halloween festivities! I sure did!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Corpse Bride Costume via Amazon.com
  • Lauren Jones Blue Satin Peep Toe (old); similar here, splurge here
  • DIY Bouquet: flowers, silver ribbon, black spider web decor, black hairspray all at my local 99 cent store
  • Makeup by @youkindaboreme (Instagram)
  • Opi Nail Laquer ‘Blue My Mind

Lace Me Up (Again)

…in a little black dress. I love way the lace hugs my curves and how oh-so-sexy it makes me feel. I added black ankle straps and a pop of white leather with floral details to remind me that Summer is still here!

How do you think I pulled off this dress a third time?

Who else plans to take a dip in the ocean this weekend? Have a lovely one!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Sheer Lace Dress, $24.90
  • Xhilaration at Target Tank dress (old); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal (now comes in 16 different colors!); similar here
  • Cavalcanti Floral Clutch via Marshalls; $49.99, same one via ebay.com

Stop, You’re Making Me Blush

About a week ago…

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

…what I wore to my niece’s ballet recital:

  • Forever 21 Ribbed Crop Top Sweater (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 Lace Skirt (old); similar here
  • Steve MaddenStecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal in Gold Foil, $79.95
  • Cavalcanti Floral Clutch via Marshalls; $49.99, same one via ebay.com
  • Michael Kors Over-sized Chronograph Gold-tone Watch, 44mm via Bloomingdales.com
  • Bracelets from left to right:
    • Thin Crystal studded bracelet (old); similar here
    • Red studded bracelet (available in H&M stores)
    • Gold over Silver Bangles with Clear Stone, (old)
    • Square Crystal magnetic bracelet (also available in H&M stores)

xoxo, BudgetSai

All About That Lace

…’bout that lace, warm weather!  I chose to celebrate another day of Spring weather by experimenting with my sheer lace dress. I paired it with two different statement earrings and two different pair of shoes; the pointed toe pumps adds elegance, while the fringe booties brings out the boho in me. Although lace is classic print, it is anything but boring. So don’t be afraid to mix prints, styles, and colors with your favorite lace piece, even if you start small with adding accessories to complete your look.

Mother Nature is throwing New York City a bone tomorrow, with a high of 75 degrees!!!!! Make sure to seize the day! 🙂

Which look is your favorite?

Happy Friday! Weekend is here!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Sheer Lace Dress, $24.90
  • Xhilaration at Target Tank dress (old); similar here

1st Look:

  • Vince Camuto ‘Kain’ Pump, $98; similar here
  • Anna Dello Russo for H&M Gold and Turquoise drop earrings; $24.95 (old); similar here

2nd Look:

Superpower

Babies are just super cute and I can’t wait to have one of my own. For now I have the joy of attending (and sometimes planning) other friends and family baby showers. This past Saturday I went to one of my cousin’s baby shower. It’s always nice to come together when you’re celebrating an exciting new addition to the family. In some cultures, baby showers take place in the evening with women and men in attendance. Dressing for an evening baby shower is fairly easy when deciding what to wear. I think a cocktail dress below or at the knee, or jeans and a blouse, but always heels are a perfect way to celebrate. My cousin’s baby shower had a superhero theme; now what better way to show strength and femininity than by wearing your fave sky highs? Even the preggers was in heels all night while dancing, greeting relatives, and making a toast. I have a feeling she’ll wear heels right up until giving birth, I know I will. Now that’s what I call a Superwoman!

What do you wear to baby showers? Ever feel like walking in heels is the ultimate superpower?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Forever 21 Lace Knit Midi Dress (sold out); similar here and here
  • H&M Rhinestone Earrings, $9.95 (sold out); similar here and here
  • H&M Leather Jacket, $199 (last season); new version here and more here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal, $79.95
  • Hermes ‘Birkin’ 30cm in Black Togo Leather (gift)
  • Essie ‘Dive Bar’

Maroon Sai

I’ve had this lace motorcycle jacket forever! My sister’s hair stylist (thank you Gladys!) thought she would be the best candidate for it 6 years ago! Wrong! I totally took control over it and kept it for myself. Only thing is, exactly that -it’s been 6 years! We’ve thought about dying it another color – of course black. Shaking my head! I can tell you it’s not like we weren’t into fashion then we just saw this piece as one of a kind and we didn’t want to f*** it up! How were we going to style this maroon (remember that episode from Saved By The Bell) colored jacket? Up until this week it has been in the cleaners pile (we were serious about the dying) the whole time. Every Fall -it’s like okay it blends in to the current season, now what? Well the best way to style a piece you aren’t familiar with is to keep it within it’s color group.  That’s exactly what I did.

I decided to wear my H&M high waist burgundy, maroon, wine, whatever you want to call it pencil skirt, but I knew I couldn’t just pull off the jacket without anything underneath. I found this wool cropped top at a market in Jersey for $5, so I played around a bit. The top and skirt looked great together so I really didn’t need the jacket. At this point I’m like should I just get rid of this jacket? No! Let me work something out.  I threw on the jacket and voila! Perfect! Finally! Next was the shoes. I knew they had to be nude, but what kind of shoe? It was chilly, but warming up later on so I went with the nude lace up sandals I just received in the mail a few days ago that are super chic looking and affordable! I’m thinking about getting the black ones too, they are only $29.80!  And there you have it. Sometimes you hold on to some pieces for so long, but you know you can’t let go of them just yet! Give it a chance, especially if you know so much more can come from it.

Do you hold on to pieces of clothing for too long? That you’ve never worn?

Are you wearing your Fall colors already? How are you feeling this weather? 

Happy Hump Day!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • H&M Divided Midi Skirt (last season); similar here
  • Vintage Cropped Top from the Garden State Flea Market in New Jersey; similar here
  • Vintage Lace Jacket (a gift); similar here, here and here
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals, $29.80