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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)

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

We Are All Meant To Shine

And I chose to in this sparkly number. Its an oldie, but goodie in my closet. I don’t wear it that often, but when I do I feel really, really sassy!

Do you have a piece of clothing that stands out from the all the rest?

Does it shine bright like a diamond?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Old Navy Oxford Shirt in White, $24.94
  • H&M Pencil Skirt (old); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal in Gold Foil, $79.95

Keeping the Spark Alive…

…In the Daytime

Do you ever feel so accustomed to your 9-5 grind, that the wear down reflects your clothing? Whether you love your day job or not, sometimes getting dressed for work becomes work. Yes, even I get a little uninspired. It seems like spring has sprung everywhere, but the East Coast and you just can’t help feeling gloomy.

So, today’s outfit I decided to add a little sparkle to my ensemble. My jacket literally sparkled, covered in tiny and subtle, light reflecting sparkles. I love a well rounded peplum like this one I found for a steal at Forever 21, just under $35. Needless to say I didn’t stop there with the sparkles. My rings were blinged out, and my shoes shined bright like a diamond. However, I made sure my pencil skirt was sleek and simple for a sophisticated finish.

I’m praying that it can warm up for good -for some more open toe, leg baring situation.

How do you all think I pulled off daytime sparkle? Would you wear sparkle accents or sequins to the office?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: Samantha Cabral (@zamnsam on Instagram)

Viva Las Vegas

I’ve been away for a few days and it’s been about two weeks since my last post, but now I’m ready to show you more inspirational summer outfits.

Here I am wearing matching separates. Ever since this new trend evolved last season I knew I had to have it. Crop tops are great and all, but the matching bottom makes it a 100 times better, especially if it’s a matching pencil skirt. You may think this particular set is too flashy for a daytime look and can only be worn in situations like Vegas, but that’s not the case. I bought this with the intention of wearing it during the day as well -the pencil skirt more than anything. Instead of the matching top, wear it with a white button down or crisp white tee to tone down the sparkles, a burgundy or nude lip -if you’re not into color lipstick during the day; keep the gold accessories: pumps or ankle strap it and you have yourself a work outfit for now or later (add a denim jacket)!

This is the only look from Vegas I could share. Next time (if another bachelorette party) I’ll make sure to bring my camera everywhere.

Happy Hump Day!
xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • H&M Matching Crop Top, $17.95  and Pencil Skirt, $24.95; similar here
  • Jessica Simpson ‘Calkins’ in Gold-Clear Liquid Metallic Heels via 6pm.com; $64.99 (also available in Black and Gunmetal), similar here
  • Nine West le club minaud clutch in Gold; $50 (last year), similar here
  • Forever 21 Ring (old); similar here