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Scarf Face

When I got my hands on this vintage YSL scarf, it was all the convincing I needed to jump on the bandwagon. Next time I’ll be sure to wear it as a cuff, a headband, and maybe even decorate my favorite handbag.

What trends are you Falling into this season?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Vintage YSL scarf via ebay.com; similar and splurge here
  • Forever 21 Duster Coat (old); similar here
  • H&M Cotton Shirt, $24.99
  • BDG Denim via www.urbanoutfitters.com (old); similar here
  • Zara Lace Up Camel Sandals (sold out); similar here and splurge here
  • Essie ‘Forever Yummy’ Nail Polish, $8.50

On Easter We Wear Black…

…and a little bit of pink. There wasn’t much plan for Easter this year. I’m still trying to built a closet in my room which is taking forever to complete, but I’m hoping soon I can share some of that experience with you all. I love to organize closets, but boy (and girl) it’s a lot of work.

I remember back when I was little, my mom used to dress me and my younger sister up in white shoes and floral dresses. Those were the days. Now I wear white shoes, but not so much floral in my closet like I used to. I still went for a little bit of pink for an early Easter dinner at Tryon Public House with this jacket from H&M, I think it must be over 10 years old. Tweed jackets and/or blazers will always be in my wardrobe, just take a look at Chanel fashion shows, year, after year, after year and Anna Wintour -the number one fan of Chanel tweed jackets. They are and will always be a fashion staple…statement in my book. I combined more fabric and textures to the equation: chiffon, (faux) leather and suede. Every piece had its moment to shine on Easter Sunday.

What did you think of my bunny holiday get up? What’s your Sunday best look?

It’s raining in New York, but I’m checking up on that warm weather like my life depended on it! What are your warm weather plans this year?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Tulum: Night 1/Day 1

I’ve always wanted to go to Tulum, Mexico and this year I finally did. The warm weather, the authentic Mexican food (no pre-made/store bought guacamole here), the ranchera music, and of course the unlimited tequila! Aye ya yae!

Below you’ll see my appreciation for the beautiful beaches. We stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Resort where they greeted us with margaritas and made us feel at home instantly. We reserved a table at Tequila restaurant inside the hotel to start off our Mexican adventure. A mariachi band played while we took pictures with sombreros! I wore a black jumpsuit with shiny gold accents for the first night in Tulum. To add a but of glamour, I brought along my sister’s vintage Chanel bag…tres chic!

Baywatch was my only inspiration for day one’s beach look: a high cut one-piece and tousled hair, a la Pamela Anderson.

What do you think of my all black looks? Any vintage lovers?

PS- I like to brighten my wardrobe towards the end of my trip to bring out my tan.

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Kardashian Kollection Black Jumpsuit via Sears; $99 (launch collection back in 2011), similar here
  • H&M Faux Velvet Belt, $9.95 – $12.95 (sold in stores)
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal; similar here
  • Chanel Vintage Bag; similar here and here
  • 14k gold bracelets (my own)

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  • American Apparel High-Cut One-Piece, $45
  • J. Crew Summer Straw Hat (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 Oversized Tote (used as a beach bag), $27.90 (find it in a store near you! I have it in Olive too!)
  • Havaianas Flip Flops in Black Slim via Bloomingdales.com, $26
  • H&M Cover Up (old); similar here

Match Made In Heaven

It’s been too cold (freezing actually) in New York, and my photographer has been working on some other projects lately and will be for another week or so, but I’m finally back! The best way to improvise with such tragic conditions is to share my daily outfits from inside my apartment, which is still under renovations. I have very little furniture to move around and can easily use any wall for a back drop! (And he takes good photos too).
For a late night friend’s birthday dinner, I wore a very cool piece from H&M. Really, I fell in love with the thumb hole at the end of the sleeves and so I had to have it. It sort of looked like boxing gloves and made me feel real tough wearing it. Surprisingly this is something I can see myself wearing over and over again. My style is written all over it: black, has a turtleneck and fits like a glove.
How are you all on the East Coast surviving the cold?
What has been your go to clothing item this Winter? 
xoxo, BudgetSai
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  • H&M Ribbed Turtleneck Dress, $39.95 (also available in stores)
  • American Apparel Half & Half Pantyhose (no longer available); similar here
  • Rachel Rachel Roy ‘Palissa’ Lace Up Shooties via Macy’s, (no longer available); similar here

Clutch Factor

A quick throwback of my go to clutches this past Spring and Summer. You can normally find me with huge everyday handbags, but when I go small, I still kind of go big. I like to have fun and unique pieces to hold on to, make a statement in every way from the shoes up to the very last accessory which for most people it’s the handbag. Sometimes I’ll work around a clutch and then decide what to wear with it. I do this because you find yourself re-using the same small black one and then you’ll never get out of that dull styling routine. Below you’ll see color, print, text and even right through one.

What bag(s) will you be holding this Fall?

Do you prefer small or large handbags?

xoxo,Budget$ai

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Frozen

This past Saturday was my niece’s 6th birthday party. The Frozen theme turned out to be a huge success and she was very happy to have Elsa and Anna attend her special day. After all she is a princess herself and princesses get together and do princess things. My sister and I thought it would be a very cute idea for all the ladies in the family to wear frozen t-shirts and style it in our own way. First we found one at Forever 21, then JCPenny had more of a selection, but not many in our sizes, Kohl’s had everything we were looking for. When I think of a graphic tee I automatically think jeans and sneakers,  but I totally went against the norm pairing my tee with a leather mini skirt and a black blazer. As much as would have liked to be in heels in my sister’s backyard, I probably wasn’t going to be able to move around as much so instead I added my Prabal Gurung for Target sandals that I haven’t worn at all and a bunch of my favorite bracelets to my outfit, keeping it young and fresh for a kid’s party.

How do you wear your graphic tees?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Cooling Down at the Cabana

After a few days of fun in the sun, what better way to cool down than to sip on a freshly picked coconut? It just so happens that I had the nails to match; Essie’s 2014 resort collection’s “Cocktails and Coconuts”. I chose this polish specifically because it was a neutral with a hint of razzle-dazzle and perfect for any and every outfit I packed on this trip. It’s also a good way to highlight my tropicool bikini. The vivacious colors from this MINKPINK bikini emphasized my tan and my curves.

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  • MINKPINK Copacabana Triangle Bikini Top and Copacabana String Bottom from Bloomingdales, $45 each, Similar and budget-friendly tropical and on trend prints at asos.com
  • I bought 2 sets of Forever 21 High Wattage Bangle Set (I removed the colored bangles from the bunch), $6.80
  • Jones New York Sunglasses from Marshall’s, similar style here
  • *Essie, Cocktails and Coconuts: Resort 2014 Collection

Will you be diving into tropical prints this summer?