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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)

So Close

Good news everyone! Spring has quietly sprung its way into the east coast forecast. Mornings are still cold, and if you ask me…still coat worthy weather. Nevertheless I gave a warm welcome to some of my Spring staples in today’s look. Denim transcends seasons and trends so you can be rest assured it will always be a do in your closet. I chose to wear my denim jumper dress with a turtleneck, but to keep things on the springy side, I made sure it wasn’t black! I’m no fool, I made sure to add another layer to this look in case it got colder later on in the day. This dress is so versatile and I love that it’s a little more mature silhouette of a denim jumper dress, which can also be worn strapless! Let this be a warning that you’ll be seeing me rock a lot more denim this Spring!

What are your favorite denim pieces? How are you enjoying this puts me in a good mood weather?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Asos Parka (old); similar here
  • Love 21 Turtleneck (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 Button-Down Denim Dress (old); similar here and here, splurge here and here
  • Sam Edelman Booties (old); more here
  • Socks (old); similar here
  • Vintage Louis Vuitton ‘Trocadero’ Shoulder Bag
  • Vintage Cocktail Ring

Things Are Coming Up Rusty

Rust is having a moment in the fashion world. Rust comes in a variety of shades, some more orange, others pink and even a little bit of grey. So, if you need a little spice in your wardrobe there’s actually a lot to work with. Some people just stay away from trends altogether, but if it goes well with black? It’s fine by me! When experimenting with a new color, it’s best to look for them in your everyday staple pieces or small accessories. I found a turtleneck in the hue to be a little on the safe side, and styled with with a flirty black leather skirt. I finished off this look with my trusty suede boots because they are having a fashion moment in my world. Tada! I experimented, I styled, I conquered.

In other news, I really, really really have to do some major organizing in my closet. I can barely get into my room these days. Remind me to get a head start on Spring cleaning before it’s too late. 🙂

What do you think of the color, rust? Would you wear it? 

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

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

Pinkalicious

She loves pink and pink loves her back.

A super cute endless story of a pink obsessed little girl. I took my niece to see Pinkalicious The Musical Sunday afternoon and I’ve never seen so much pink in one room, tutus everywhere and even dads in the audience were getting their pink on. She had an absolutely great time in her pink ensemble and so did I. 🙂

Do you love musicals? How about the color pink?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Target Plaid Button Down Shirt, $14.99
  • Target Tutu, $20.00
  • Target Circo Girls’ Tights (available in stores); similar here
  • Target Hello Kitty Glitter Shearling Boots, $27.99
  • Target Hello Kitty Faux Fur Vest (old); similar here
  • Target Hello Kitty Puffer Jacket (old); similar here
  • Target Pink Glitter Cross Body Purse, $10.00

Little Mary

I had so much fun with Halloween makeup last year that I decided to do it again this year! My go-to face painters always have to be the professional artists at Mac Cosmetics. I can’t thank them enough. They know exactly what you want and sometimes they’ll go above and beyond than your desired look.

I came across this costume after waiting too long for one that ended up selling out. It must have been fate because I didn’t see it either of my choices anywhere on Halloween (I can’t tell you what it is just in case I plan to do it next year. Wink, wink.)! I love the idea of coming up with a costume without spending a dime, but when you are as passionate as I am, I tend to break the bank just a little! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not spending anything out of MY Halloween budget. 🙂 Everyone is always fascinated by my costume choices and because of that I balance out my expenses this time a year to be able to meet my favorite holiday’s goals.

I was surprised at all the attention my costume got at the Halloween parade. Little Mary had total control of the crowd! Ha!

Fun Fact: In French, Marionette means Little Mary. Virgin Mary was one of the first figures to be made into a Marionette. (via Wikipedia)

What did you think of my Marionette costume?

Are you walking around with strings attached?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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