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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)

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

Grinch Don’t Steal My Vibe

Did everyone have an overall good Christmas? Gathered by the ones you love? Did you dance the night away? Or was that just me? 😉 How did Santa treat you?  -Well Santa made sure I was surrounded by family, that’s all I can hope for every year, to be able to see another day, feel the love and appreciation gathered in one room.

Now that Christmas has come and gone, New Year’s is up next. I’ve been reflecting upon this past year and although I have many goals in mind for 2018, the general idea is that I want to stay positive and avoid, deflect and reject any and all negativity. At least try. This past year I’ve experienced so much bad energy, pettiness, envy and disrespect. You cannot progress in an environment that is polluted with negative energy, relentlessly bringing you down and holding you back. It’s time to leave it all behind because it’s the only way towards a bigger and better you.

In 2018, I plan to take a step back and learn to deal with things differently. Now remember: You don’t have to put anyone down to build yourself up. Doing better is about finding peace within yourself, not disrupting the peace in others. The work to better yourself is never over so why not start now? I encourage you all to do the same!

I love Christmas and to keep the spirit alive, I wore a playful ‘brick’ Betsey Johnson number. The color, the sequins, the silhouette was a total hit. In total monochrome form, I wore my MAC “diva” matte lip and kissed the night away. The nude platforms kept the look toned down below the knee.

I couldn’t help but smile with joy at every twirl of this sparkling number.

Happy Holidays!

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Betsey Johnson Sequin Spaghetti Strap Dress via T.J.Maxx now $39!
  • Nine West ‘Edlyn’ Platform Pump via 6pm.com, $58; similar here and splurge here (in black)
  • MAC Cosmetics Diva Matte Lipstick, $17.50 and Lip Pencil in Magenta
  • NARS Blush (worn as eyeshadow) in Goulue, $30

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

In Trench We Trust

 Whether you’re into a trench coat or not, it comes in handy as a dress when your laundry isn’t done. Wrap it up, tie up and don’t loosen up any of your buttons. I paired them with my Fall friendly booties and added a belt of my own, you know just in case you want to go out after laundry day.

Ladies and gentlemen, a trench coat will never go out of style and it’s never too late to add one to your wardrobe. Rain comes and goes in all seasons and we should always be prepared for it, and look good while doing so.

I purchased this H&M coat years ago because it kept everything in place. Some trenches/raincoats aren’t that forgiving. And yes some of us wear it just for a moment, but this staple serves as a great foundation for a fashion moment. You’ll be less frustrated that there is a downpour, and I’ll be sure you’ll stand out from all the rest.

What are your favorite Fall staples? How would you update a timeless look?

xoxo, BudgetSai

 

Photos by: @newyorkcitynative (Instagram)

Knight and Shining Armor

Today it finally feels like Fall! That means more blazers like this one; a silk satin neutral that you can throw on -over a T-shirt, a turtleneck, like a cape, or with nothing underneath (like me). Don’t worry folks, I wore a belt to avoid any nip slips.

Theses vintage Levi’s needed some work done so I went to my local tailor where he took it in for a high waist fit. The jeans needed some adjusting, but that’s where the belt came in to the rescue -yet again! Stores like Urban Outfitters and the Vintage Twin, sell redone denim like Levi’s and the best part about that is you’ll always get a one of kind pair. 😉

Considering how much my belt secured the overall look of this outfit, I felt confident. Maybe it was the hardware, maybe the week I just finished having or maybe I didn’t let anything hang out in the process! I plan to bring many more accessories into my Fall wardrobe which help in rotating my favorite pieces without it looking like you’re wearing the same look twice!

How do you like to wear your blazer? What is your favorite accessory? How are we all cooling down this weekend?

Have a happy one!

xoxo, BudgetSai

Photos by @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Loeffler Randall Blazer, available via ebay
  • Vintage Gianfranco Ferre Belt, similar here
  • Levi’s Vintage shorts; similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ in Gold (sold out); similar here
  • Loeffler Randall Gold Leather Clutch, available in black via ebay

A Lip and A Slip Into the Weekend…

A lot of my outfits are inspired by my mood. So, when the weekend arrives, I feel free. Free to wear whatever I want, HOWEVER I want. I’ve been rockin’ gym gear all week, so after putting in work -in and out of the office, you deserve a little glamour on the weekends!

Ah, the slip dress. I don’t think i’ll ever get tired of this trend. Simple, sexy, and goes with just about anything. I’ve always been and will always be a heel gal, but for every outfit that goes with heel, there’s a sneaker back up plan. It’s the New Yorker thing to do.

I’m a plain Jane when it comes to makeup, but a burgundy lip will always be in my makeup bag and today I brought her out to play for the perfect match!

I’m still leaving my hair curly, what do you guys think of the change up?

What are you slipping into this weekend? New Yorkers how about this Summer extension? Are you feeling it?

xoxo, BudgetSai

Photos by @burritomilkshake (Instagram)