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First Comes First

One week down, 51 more to go! This past week the city froze over so that only meant one thing for me: home sweet home. I took the time to relax and gather my thoughts. Think about how to keep my family together, think about what I want in love, and think about my first love: my blog AND my future.

How can I keep my followers entertained, intrigued, wanting more from ME? How can I not get sidetracked with the outside influence surrounding me? What do I want? I’m going through changes in my life and I would like to take you all along for the ride. So hold on to your Winter hats!

One thing is certain, I will make my days count. And I’ll do so with glitz and glamour. First (comes first) outfit of the year…

In sparkles none the less. I stole this look from the boys because I was sick and tired of wearing a dress every New Year’s Eve and every special occasion -BUT in whatever you choose to wear, this holiday calls for all things sexy. I did so by opting out wearing anything underneath the tuxedo blazer. I mean it’s 2018, take risks, pretty please. Also why not wear the pants? It was perfect way to end the year and start a new one, ‘con los pantalones bien puesto’ (translation: pants well put on). What do wide leg pants need? The perfect Brian Atwood platform peep toe heel. They have just the right amount of color to liven up an otherwise standard monochrome look.

I’m not one to brag, but yes I am. My New Year’s Eve makeup was all done by me! Okay nothing that special, but I’m beginning to love eye shadow!

Who wants to see beauty posts in 2018? How is the new year treating you?

Love, BudgetSai

Photos By: @zamnsees (Instagram)

Slip Into This

Finally the Spring I know came through!

Right now I’m revisiting a lot of pieces. I think it’s important to buy things you can wear again in a different way. Reinvention is key ladies even if you’ve found your personal style.

On an average Summer day, I would wear open toe sandals with this slip dress and call it a day. This time, I played around with this long blazer from Forever 21. I know what some of you are thinking, she’s obsessed with this trendy store. But it’s a safe place to experiment with trends without hurting your pockets. Save your money for the investment pieces. Reality is when I shop here I’m very particular about the pieces. The prices are cheap, but you don’t ever want to look cheap! So the next time you go shopping at F21, check out ALL their take on Spring trends!

Okay so back to the rest of my outfit of the day. The oversize blazer is très chic and my new favorite item. I’m really loving the “lingerie’s day out” look it gives the entire outfit: slept in and sexy. I think of outerwear like an accessory, a piece of fashion that makes the outfit. I love outerwear in Spring because you have more fun with the options so you’re not worrying about function so much.

I added my new black pumps that have on trend (there’s that word again) lucite accents and an ankle strap. Baby birkin came along for the ride too, couldn’t see any other bag on my side with this look.

What do you think of my look? What kind of posts would you like to see more of on my blog?

Be sure to follow me on IG and Snapchat: @budgetsai

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

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

Santa Baby

Nothing like an ugly sweater to get you into the Christmas spirit, am I right? I think so. Although I can get away with a knit or two, – you’ll never find me in a decorative one on any given day. No thanks, but thank you @hm men for inspiring me to participate in a National Ugly Sweater day with the one and only Santa.

The sweater had a perfect oversized fit, but not for leggings and over the knee boots -that didn’t work out. I looked sloppy and stocky, which are huge NO’s in my world of fashion.  Instead, I asked myself what can balance out the boots and the sweater -leather ruffles says girly, but sassy. I tucked in the sweater and I was ready to go to work and ugly it up. My co-workers also partook in the festivities with their own ugly sweaters, so it was well worth the effort!

Do you all participate in the festivities of Ugly Sweater Day? What did you think of my ugly sweater choice?

Happy Holidays!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • H&M Men’s Knit Sweater, $14.99
  • DVF Ruffle Leather Skirt (old); similar here, here and here
  • Forever 21 Faux Suede Over-the-knee boots (sold out); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in ‘Siren In Scarlet’
  • Opi ‘My Gondola or Yours?‘ Nail Lacquer

Storm King

In the middle of a crazy week, sometimes you need a B R E A K. Even the smallest getaways can become a great escape from that pile of work that just never seems to disappear. At Storm King, an outdoor art exhibition in New Windsor, New York about an hour from the City, I discovered a taste of art and nature I never knew I needed. A breath of fresh air to help cope with city polluted thoughts that can drag you down in your everyday life. It was the most relaxed and calm I have felt in a while.

I paired my zen outlook with a messy air dried bun, comfortable jeans, a white tee and Converse sneakers. The cardigan or what I like to call a coatigan was the thrift shop finishing touch: the vibrant colors reminded me so much of the Fall and it was warm enough to throw on and go. The fringe was on- trend and gave an added playfulness to the outfit.

I enjoyed my day trip to the Storm King Art Center. I highly recommend it if you love art, nature, and maybe even a hike if you’re feeling adventurous!

What are some of your favorite getaways?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Bend It Like Budget

In neutrals. It’s as easy as one, two, three.

How do you pair up your closet neutrals?

Happy Friday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Joe Fresh Turtleneck (old); similar here
  • DKNY Vintage Skirt via www.ebay.com; similar here
  • ZARA Lace-Up Printed Leather Wedge (last season)
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in ‘Nude Nuance’, $7.49
  • Essie ‘Forever Yummy’ Nail Polish, $8.50

Slit Ends

This here is my dress to impress, but nowhere to go look: an easy going camisole, a sexy skirt with a thigh high slit, and gold shoes. You never know, if last minute plans are in your future, you will always be outfit ready for one. 🙂

Who else loves to dress up on a daily basis? How was everyone’s weekend?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • H&M Tank Top (old); similar here, here and here
  • Altuzarra for Target Jacquard Pencil Skirt, (old); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal in Gold Foil, $79.95
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in ‘Siren In Scarlet’