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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)

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

2015 Is Here!

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s Twenty Fifteen, I mean so much has happened in a year. I started a blog, something I never knew I could feel so passionate about, it’s my last year in my twenties (time really flies) and I finally have my own place! Of course there are so many changes that still need to be made to mold me into the person I strive to be, but I’ve learned that’s it’s never too late. It doesn’t matter what year it is really, you have to always have some sort of goal, big or small to keep you moving in life. My main goal besides the usual: get fit, be more social, and sleep less (I’ve been told I take sleep seriously), is to do what makes me happy. It will always be my goal, a year from now even 10 years from now.

Have you set up your 2015 goals/resolutions?

New Year’s Eve calls for sparkle, shine and a ton of sequins! Every year my sister celebrates her twins birthday (January 1st) so I plan out what we should all wear, even my mom gets into the spirit. Love it! This year I chose sequins because normally we go with all black, but I’m trying to stray away from that on special events (as much as I can), as it is a daily wardrobe for me. This year I chose a sequin maxi skirt that I found at Marshalls for $40 bucks! I already had some tops in mind and accessories so having to only buy one thing was a total miracle for such a big night. I was torn between a white button down and the black deep V surplice top. After many try ons, I went with the black top. It is my choice of color 95% of the time and of course I was afraid to dirty my white shirt! I was able to overload on accessories because it was New Years. The louder the accessories, the more appropriate. Am I right or am I right? So I borrowed my sister’s earrings and matched it with all the gunmetal rings I could find in my jewelry box. I went with my Stecy black patent sandals because they were just the right height for the not so long maxi skirt. I kept the gunmetal look going with a metallic silver color on my nails from Dior.

How do you all think I did this New Year’s Eve?

What were your New Year’s Eve plans? And what out of this world outfit did you wear to ring in the New Year?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Max Studio Wraparound Woven Blouse via Marshalls, similar here and here
  • Carmen by Carmen Marc Valvo ‘Evia’ Gunmetal Sequin Skirt, $39.99 via Marshalls; similar here, here and here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal; similar here
  • Vintage Escada Clip On Earrings from Double Take; similar here and here
  • Cocktail ring (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 Midi Rings (in stores); similar available online
  • Forever 21 Subtle Glam Cutout Ring in Gunmetal, $4.80
  • Old Navy Cocktail ring and thumb ring, $7.99 & $4.99 sold in stores
  • Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer in Metallic Silver (072) a Anselm Reyle Collection form 2011; newer version here and similar here
  • Stila Eye Liner via Sephora, $20MAC Cosmetics ‘Velvet Teddy‘ Lipstick, $16 and ‘Sublime Culture‘ Cremestick Liner, $16

Bon Voyage 2014

Happy New Year!

Thank you all so much for all your likes, taking your time to comment and for all your support throughout the year. I appreciate it more than you know.

I can’t believe 2014 is gone and my one year ‘Budgetsai’ anniversary is right around the corner. I am thankful for all the love I’ve received from family, friends and those I’ve met along the way. I didn’t realize I wanted to do this until a friend told me to start a blog after using Instagram to share my daily outfit details. I was always interested in what people were wearing, but people would also ask me where I got what I was wearing? And I would actually feel like really? This? I’d tell them where, then they’d ask how much? And I’d say not much actually. I noticed that there were not too many budget style bloggers out there so I decide to give it a try. I love to share my budget finds with all of you and help out those close and not so close to me look for budget-friendly pieces whether it’s an everyday wardrobe, a night out on the town or just because you love a great deal.

Looking forward to share more of those great deals in 2015…

What would you like to see more of on my blog in 2015?

Below are some of your favorite looks of 2014:

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Fresh End To A Fresh Start

Last week I went out on my lunch break for some retail therapy. After Christmas, the deals are phenomenal, especially at Joe Fresh. I racked up on some much needed essentials, like this dolman tee. Basics can always be mixed in with the next set of trends, sometimes you’ll buy something now and still wear it for seasons to come.
I love a slouchy top, boyfriend jeans (also from Joe Fresh) and pumps on a casual running around kind of day. Yes, I run in heels!
What trends do you look forward to in 2015?
Roomy denim? Military greens? Shirtdresses? Or maybe you’re as excited as I am to try All White Everything?
Have a Happy and Safe New Year! See you all in Twenty Fifteen!
xoxo, Budget$ai

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Photo Credit: Samantha Cabral (Instagram: @zamnsam)