sequins

Ruff Ruff

Since my last post, I’ve been trying to cope with some insecurity issues that are weighing me down tremendously. I’ve always known becoming an adult was going to come with responsibilities. No matter how many hours you work, there’s never enough time to get things done and the bills are endless and somehow you have to have the time and energy to deal with the personal responsibilities and consequences of being an adult. I also never expected to dislike myself in the process…

I feel like I’ve lost myself AND let myself go. I know I reassured you I was going to shine through whatever comes my way, but some things just can’t be forced. Because of this I’ve decided to take a break from blogging and work on myself like I know I should. I love my blog so much, but it’s hard to put your all in something when your all feels like nothing. This isn’t the end. I want to be happy and reflect that happiness through my outfits instead of hiding underneath them every single day…

I know I’m not alone in these experiences that life throws at you and I wanted to share my feelings with you in hopes it would help anyone going through the same.

When the going gets tough, ruffle up! Here’s my last outfit for a while. The ruffle trend is one of my favorites of the season, I just can’t get enough of it. Streetwear and athleisure is literally everywhere and this feminine look is a nice change from the new norm.

Love Always,
BudgetSai

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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • H&M Ruffle Blouse (sold out); similar hereherehere and here
  • Forever 21 Faux Fur Coat (old)
  • DVF Ruffle Leather Skirt (old); similar here and longer version here
  • Forever 21 Thigh High Faux Suede Boots (old); similar here and here
  • Vintage Gap clutch; similar here (if you want to party only)
  • Vintage Earrings; similar here and here

Thankful and Delightful

I can’t thank my family enough for all the memories that still bring us together on Thanksgiving Day and really everyday. I love them very much. And although I’m the silent one who only expresses herself in #ootd photos, I think about every single one and the few friends I have that have supported me and given me advice when I’ve wanted to give up. I am so thankful to have my lovely family around me all the time, without them I don’t know where I’d be.

This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to be grateful for each day as well as each moment of each and every day. Express your gratitude to those who you lift you up and show your their appreciation, love and respect.

Today I wanted to start out the holiday season with none other than sequins. I bought this top without anything else in mind, but a few racks down in the same store there were a pair of distressed, ripped I mean torn up jeans. I’ve always like the dressy on top, casual bottom or vice versa so I took them, tried them both on at home and really all I needed was the shoes. I wanted something unexpected, dramatic -you know just like me so I went with the white after Labor Day.

Gasp!

Who cares?! It looked freakin’ good! Oh the bag was another total accident that turned out to be a winner. I had to go with a color and fabric that complimented the sequins – satin. Silky smooth, sexy and cool, satin.

Spread love and budget tips 😉 Happy Thanksgiving!

Love, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • H&M Sequined Top (sold out this week! wah!); more sequins here and here
  • H&M Jeans (sold in stores), $40; similar here
  • Sam Edelman ‘Dea’ Pumps via T.J. Maxx (sold out); available here
  • Loeffler Randall Satin Clutch (old); similar here

Sequin-essential

The Oscars were on two nights ago and I couldn’t help but bring a little red carpet glamour to my #OOTD.  I’ve worn this sequin skirt before, and if the Fall 2016 runways are any indication, sequins are having a comeback!  Sequins are no longer your go to last minute night out look, we’re wearing it to work and beyond! So, instead of going over the top, I decided to pair this glitzy number with an understated white button down à la Sharon Stone. The weather was beautiful in New York so I took myself out to the park for fresh air and a few photos. Who better than my city to be my VIP plus one?

If you’re into sequins and want some inspiration on how to wear it night and day, check out my history with all things shine –here, here, and here.

My best dressed during and after the Oscars has to be Rachel McAdams. The simplicity and elegance really stood out amongst the rest. She rocked that baby pink Naeem Khan dress and made it look sexxxy! Check out my Instagram (@budgetsai) for a side by side of her looks.

What were your favorite looks from the Oscars?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Old Navy Oxford Shirt, $25
  • Carmen by Carmen Marc Valvo ‘Evia’ Gunmetal Sequin Skirt, (old); similar here
  • Mango Slingback Lace-up Sandals, $70
  • NYX Lingerie Cosmetics ‘Embellishment (Lipli 02), $7

Tulum Ruins: Day 3

It was the middle of our trip and it was finally time to go see the Mayan Ruins in Tulum. We got on a local bus then took a 10 minute walk directly into the our destination. These particular ruins are the only ones that over look the ocean, a view that just takes your breath away. We spent most of the the time stopping at every structure and reading up on what each “building” represented for the Mayans. It was probably the hottest day of that week so we made sure to bring our swimsuits to take a dip in the water towards the end of our educational adventure. As we were leaving we stopped for some refreshing coconut water. Ahhh…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Tulum: Day 2/Night 2

Day 2 in Tulum meant to start working on a tan in none other than a little black bikini. I added a fun statement necklace and lots of arm candy to brighten up my beach bum look!

For the night out I let my clutch do all the talking with its beautifully sewed in sequins and abstract print.

Happy Friday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • H&M Bodysuit (last year); similar here
  • Forever 21 Red Bandage Pencil Skirt; $22.80, similar here
  • Forever 21 Strappy Faux Suede Sandals (sold out); similar here
  • Forever 21 Collared Chiffon Blouse, $19.90
  • Forever 21 Clutch, $22.90

Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

Today I’m taking the time out to share some fun facts with all of my readers. An insight on what it’s like to be me!

  1. I love chocolate and bagels, never tried it together, but I’ll probably love it too.
  2. My astrological sign is Cancer and I truly am a Cancer in all aspects of the sign.
  3. I am a dog lover and just lost my love to shunt liver.
  4. Dirty 30 is coming at me in about 5 months, 5 days, 12 hours…
  5. I have 3 sisters; 2 older and one younger. I work with two out of the three and the oldest works in the same field, but a different location where I’ve also worked. Work, work, work ever since I was 13.
  6. Started babysitting at that age. I was the babysitters club.
  7. One thing I always carry in my bag besides my huge iPhone 6 Plus, wallet and keys is a prayer my dad gave me a few years ago. He said “take it everywhere you go for protection and don’t forget the $20 emergency cash too.”
  8. Speaking of dad, I am the spitting image of him. Scary. -__-
  9. I love all genres of music, but *Nsync was all I ever listened to in my teenage years.
  10. Speaking of those years, I went to an all girl high school, Notre Dame in the West Village. What an adjustment.
  11. I always wanted to be a dancer (because of Aaliyah first then Britney Spears). I would perform for family and friends whenever I learned their music video choreography.
  12. And an interior decorator because of my mother who always loved to decorate our home growing up.
  13. My favorite color is black, but I never like to decorate in black. Really weird.
  14. I’m a true New Yorker (explains the black obsession), I couldn’t see myself living anywhere else.
  15. I am a neat freak.
  16. I changed my own diaper as a baby. I am a neat freak.
  17. I’m crazy about shoes. I haven’t reached 100, but I do have 100 (more) in mind.
  18. I live in heels. If I could sleep in them I would. I like to feel tall at all times (I am barely 5′ 3”).
  19. I have a green thumb. Thanks to my mama.
  20. Favorite flower is the Rose.
  21. My hair is naturally curly, but I prefer straight locks.
  22. Yes I’m 29, who can’t drive, but loves to be driven. 🙂
  23. I love Italian food.
  24. My left side is my favorite side of my face, you can tell in the way I take my photos.
  25. I’m a sucker for sweatshirts in the Winter, every time there is a high-low collaboration at Target or H&M, I have to have one.

Below is the sweatshirt I created on Bow and Drape‘s website. I just love a Made in NYC brand. The sweatshirt is cozy, fashionable and makes a great shameless plug. Wink, wink. You can pair it with a skater skirt or jeans for an overall casual look.

What do you think of my 25 fun facts?

How would have you designed your sweatshirt?

Have a fun-filled weekend!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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Photos By: Samantha Cabral (@zamnsam on Instagram)

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