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No Stars, Just Stripes

As many of you know I’ve been in “blog post hiding” for the past couple of months, but a girl’s got to recharge her batteries once in a while. On Instagram, I was throwing back outfit photos because I live for a great theme/series. It was also a way to remind myself that I love dressing up and share it with all of my followers. During this time I was focused on my health, moving, moving on and peace within me. I’ve made some progress in all these things. At 33, losing weight is a struggle mainly because of so many distractions, but I’ve managed to stay on the right path and it starting to show. I’ve moved 4 times as an adult and boy is it a never ending chore. I got rid of so much clutter because starting out fresh was my ultimate goal. I want to invite my followers into my new home through social media once in a while. Connecting with others is something I’ve always wanted to do as a blogger. My home is where I feel the most comfortable and if I can express myself openly in that type of environment then I can build that same confidence, be totally honest and become more personal when I’m blogging.

Moving on, well it’s been a long time coming. I look forward to new beginnings and to live happily ever after. Sharing some of my personal issues on my blog along with telling you about what I’m wearing makes me feel complete.

The beginning of Summer can be very tricky when deciding what to wear. For some strange reason on the second day of Summer (my birthday) the weather went from cool to hot to cool to rain. I didn’t let the weather ruin my mood so, I still showed up to MY day. I wore a bodysuit underneath and a longline blazer over just in case a breeze or two came through. The color black solves almost all my problems. It did start to rain, but it didn’t show on my clothes, so we were able to continue shooting my outfit. I wore my favorite black jeans and a pair of leopard booties I’ve had forever. If I can still fix them up 5 years from now, you better believe they will stick around. Now if they fall apart, of course they’ll have to go. I like to find replacements almost identical before I let something go. That only goes for materialistic things, you get me? 😉

I was able to get a blow out (my hair is naturally curly, but I’m sure you already know that) and keep it that way for a few days before the humidity forced another wash. The cuff is an oldie, but always a goodie in the jewelry department. It always makes me feel like I have some sort of super power. That, and the bag brightened up the all around matte look.

Summer’s finally here and I’m already drenched.

What is your favorite trend of this sweaty season? 

Have a lovely Fourth of July!

-Sai

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Photography by: @burritomilkshake

  • Forever 21 Longline Blazer (sold out); similar here
  • Nasty Gal Bodysuit
  • Blanknyc Jeans (old); similar styles here, here and here
  • Dolce Vita Booties (old); similar here
  • Longchamp Bag (old); similar here or splurge

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)

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

TLC for your LBD

A little black dress goes a long way. You can’t go wrong with one no matter what the occasion. This LBD outfit was inspired by KKW on her trip to Cuba. I put this look together for a bachelorette party I attended 2 weeks ago. A bachelorette party or a club night is the only time you should go this short. Then of course there’s KKW that went sightseeing with all that sexiness. Instead of going for the choker with a cross like she did, I chose a heart locket velvet choker. Ever since I was little, I’ve had an obsession with hearts, so my 2 chainz moment both had pretty little hearts dangling from my neck. I kept my hair loose even though the heat made it impossible to keep it that way! Then there was the shoes: Stecy never lets me down. Ankle strap shoes are classy even with a mini dress. For a mini dress, I think the more delicate the shoe, the better. Stay away from platform shoes to avoid looking extra clunky and trashy. Also, opt for simple makeup for the girl who who wants to balance out her sexy.

Let that LBD shine!

Happy Hump Day!
xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Target Cotton Tank dress (old); similar here and here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal
  • Forever 21 Heart Locket Choker (Available in stores); similar here
  • 14k Gold heart necklace (my own)
  • Nine West ‘le club’ minaudiere clutch in Gold (old); similar here

Head To Toe

Red. The color of love.

Happy Thursday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Old Navy Jersey Stretch Tami in Red (no longer available); similar here and here
  • Forever 21 Red Bandage Pencil Skirt (old), similar here
  • Boutique 9 ‘Justine’ Pumps in Red Patent via Marshalls (old), similar via ninewest.com
  • Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in ‘Siren In Scarlet’

White Three O

I put away all my black clothing for a few days to bring you an all white everything outfit.

End of Summer vibes…

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Old Navy Jersey Stretch Tami, $7
  • GAP Jeans (no longer available); similar here
  • Pour La Victoire ‘Eastona’ Pointy-Toe Patent Pump (old); similar here, 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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Photos By: Him