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This Christmas…

Don’t shy away from those sequins ladies, there’s enough to go around. I thought I’d have sequin fatigue after my last outfit, but here we are shining through yet another holiday. To show you the many ways to rework your wardrobe and return to that dress that you dismiss as a “one off”, I froze just for you. The first look I kept very short and sweet. I went with opaque tights and patent Mary Jane’s.

The next pair you SHOULD remember from my last post! These white leather pumps give me the confidence I need to complete any look whether it’s with a dress or a pair of jeans and a black tee (outfit coming soon, lol).

And last, but not least which is probably the pair that defines my style the most, sexy yet cool, and very cold. Sometimes a little extra detail goes a long way.

How is everyone’s holiday shopping coming along? What shiny little number will you be wearing?

Christmas is 4 days away…

Love, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Rachel Roy Copper Sequin A-Line Dress via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here
  • Jessica Mcclintock Lipstick Crossbody via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here, similar here
  • Vince Camuto ‘Jasper’ Mary Jane Pump (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Sam Edelman ‘Dea’ Pumps via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here
  • Rachel Rachel Roy ‘Palissa’ Lace Up Shooties (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Hue Silky Sheer Control Top via T.J. Maxx (in stores), $3.99

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)

The Night Before Christmas

Which on the calendar reads Christmas Eve, is the day most Latinos like myself and my family celebrate. We get together to eat tons of pernil (my shirt got the best of that dish), different kinds of rice dishes, mom’s famous spaghetti (requested at every party we attend), potato salad, green salad, flan and can’t forget the coqui. Christmas Eve is also a time to dress up and catch up on the year we’ve had. Super cliché for wearing red during the holidays, but it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to represent a holiday that I really enjoy -with my family. On that note, I nodded back to my high school days as Catholic school girl. I turned sweet into a sexy 30 with a secretary blouse with bows, mini skirt with pleats and leopard heels.

What did you think of my holiday fashion?
How did you spend the holidays?

I want to tell you a little bit of why I’ve been MIA lately -Christmas night my mother suffered a heart attack and underwent open heart surgery. It’s been almost 2 weeks since this difficult time in my family’s lives, but mom is at home recovering once again. She is one of the strongest people I know. Thank you for all your prayers and support. ❤

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • American Apparel Chiffon Secretary Blouse, $60
  • Zara Pleated Skirt (old); similar here
  • Ava and Aiden ‘Marilyn’ Ankle Strap Mary Jane Pump (old); similar here and here
  • Vintage Gucci Monogram Handbag (old); find it here
  • Vintage ring; similar here
  • 14k Gold Tennis Bracelet (a gift)
  • Opi ‘the spy who loved me‘ Nail Polish, $15 (4 piece set)

The Warm Up

Although we are not experiencing normal temperatures here on the east coast and global warming is at the back of our minds, I know I’m not the only one feeling a bit relieved that the brick ass weather hasn’t arrived yet. Until Winter starts to feel like itself again, it’s slits and leather jackets for the win!

I’m a big leopard lover in small doses, but this time around I went with a flow-y m-slit maxi dress. I had this outfit in mind for the Fall and though technically Fall ended just yesterday, there never seemed to be a right. I added a leather jacket and booties as oppose to the real warmer look here. Sometimes those Summer dresses come in handy on weird weather days. I kept my makeup minimal during the day and then put on red lipstick for nighttime. Red + leopard = classic.

Has your Christmas outfit ideas changed due to the warmer temperatures?

Is everyone done with their Christmas shopping?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: H

  • Forever 21 leopard Print Maxi Dress (old); similar here, here and here
  • Diane von Furstenberg ‘Alfie’ Cropped Leather Jacket (old); similar here, splurge here
  • Zara Peep Toe High Heel Bootie (no longer available); similar here, here, here, splurge here
  • Nine West le club minaudiere clutch in Gold; $50 (last year), similar here

Go Shorty

…it’s my birthday (week)! Thank you all so much for the birthday shout outs. I’m really looking forward to my 30’s!

I represented my day in a number 22 jersey (my birthday is June 22nd), a pair of short shorts, killer heels, red lips and red hair!

Weekend is around the corner!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Medium Red

New decade, new hair!

I let my hair do all the talking this weekend, wearing a black bodycon dress, my season after season booties and a pop of white to welcome Summer!

What do you think of my new look? 🙂

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

Just Because

My parents just moved to an apartment in Midtown Manhattan. My mom is super excited to be back in our old neighborhood, next to my elementary school, close to my aunt’s house, and everything else Hell’s Kitchen has to offer. I especially can’t wait to visit the holiday window displays at fifth avenue. I arrived to this year’s Thanksgiving early with my sister, but my mom had already started the cooking. While waiting for the turkey, my photographer and I decided to take some outfit pics in the park across the street.

Cold weather can make you not want to set foot outside, but I finally got to wear this jumpsuit I had planned to wear earlier in the Fall. I’m loving jumpsuits right now. If you do too, make sure you adjust, every so often. I pulled up my pants so that the lace up shoes can show, and unbuttoned one button. I wanted to showoff my waist for an overall balance. I braved the temperatures in lace up sandals and no coat! It’s been 3 days since the shoot and thank goodness I feel fine! I planned my manicure color first and worked the outfit around it. It was a color I knew I had to wear now before all the usual reds and golds for December holiday madness.

This has to be one of the best shoots in a long time. The creativity, setting and shots were all done by my photographer, @zamansam (Instagram).

Will you be wearing jumpsuits this Winter?
How was everyone’s Thanksgiving?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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