Steve Madden

Bitter Sweet 16

It took so long for me to write the last post of the year, but I am here and ready to move forward.

2016 took me on a roller coaster ride: the lows sunk me at times where I felt stuck, the twists and turns shook me to my core, and the highs although there were a few, did not reach the heights I aspire to be.

So much so that it has reflected upon my outfits; I totally took advantage of the whole hoodie and sweatpants trend (thank you, Athleisure)

In life, there are the days you wake up and find devilish energy on your back. If you let it, it creeps its way up to the right side of your shoulder and cranks up the negative thoughts and feelings so loud that all you can do to make it through the day is grab a pair of sweatpants.
I’ve been MIA, but I have done some reflecting. I realized that if you don’t believe in yourself, no one ever will and your world and your dreams will begin to crumble right before your eyes.

From now on I’m going to turn the crumble into glitter and sprinkle my way through the fashion world one budget outfit at a time.

This outfit goes back to Christmas Eve. I took a basic velvet number -added a cape and choker. I was channeling my inner superhero. I love the new lightweight trenchcoats and cardigans, it adds effortless drama to even the most casual looks.

2017 is here, how is it going so far?

Always remember to set your own pace and not sweat the small stuff…

Love, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @burritomilkshake

A Sai of Hoodie

Sometimes we see loungewear as just that, lounge-wearBUT -don’t you ever feel like you want to feel comfortable in something comfortably sexy too?

So for this laid back look, I cut up my leggings into capris -I just felt like the color needed to be cut down a bit and a little bare leg never hurt anybody. My men sized hoodie was long enough to cover the booty, the longer the better ladies (and gentlemen)! You can even get them as big and long as you want to wear as a dress with over the knee boots – SEX-Y! Speaking of sexy, the heels were the perfect compliment to the hoodie’s side silver zipper (so sorry there’s no close up, I promise there will be a next time).

Sexy (there’s that word again) and comfy is my mood as of late, will you join me?

How’s your hoodie collection stacking up?

Love, BudgetSai

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Photos by @newyorkcitynative (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Men Hoodie (sold out); similar here, here and here
  • H&M Leggings (old); similar here
  • Schutz ‘Slate’ Lace Up Sandal in Silver (old); similar here

Super Size Me

I had to try the oversized shirt trend. I played around with this men’s dress shirt using different pieces, but the same idea. My favorite ideas right now are none other than chokers and boots this Fall season. You can definitely borrow one from your father, brother or significant other at zero cost! If you can’t find a loved one, Macy’s has similar Calvin Klein styles on sale now! Who doesn’t love to walk out the house pant-less (if you feel like that’s too much exposure some short shorts underneath will do the trick), with some mean (extra mean) thigh high boots or fierce booties and a dramatic neck piece? All on a budget!

How do you feel about the oversized look? How many chokers have you collected thus far?

Love, BudgetSai

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Look #1

  • Nine West Leather Haircalf Dress Bootie via T.J.Maxx.com, $59.99
  • Steve Madden N-Victoria Choker, $18
  • Chanel Classic Mini Flap Mint Green Crossbody Bag available at Tradesy.com  (Coming soon to my ebay.com)

Look #2

  • Forever 21 Faux Suede Over-the-knee boots (sold out); similar here, here and splurge here
  • Rosas de Cristal Lace Studded Choker, Price Upon Request

How To Think Pink In Your 30s

It’s been 2 weeks since the celebration of National Pink Day. There’s nothing wrong with being in the spirit of any National (insert here) Day. I love holidays/national days because it brings people together in a fun lighthearted way.

This little pink number was pretty easy to choose until I realized I didn’t have much to work with. I had no choice but to throw it back since I didn’t have the time to go shopping for something new. I’m trying to update and reinvent what’s already in my closet instead of resorting to making a new purchase.

So even though I’ve been working out lately, I was still hesitant about the crop top. The only way to hide the extra goods was with a high waist something. a light satin color blazer -to prevent from overpowering the pink and long enough for a leaner illusion. It felt or looked more like Spring all over again once I added flower-ful clutch.

What color do you feel the most “girly” in? What’s the guilty pleasure in your closet?

Check out my eBay: budgetsaiyou. Add more to your closet, from my closet! 

Happy Shopping, Happy Weekend!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

  • Loeffler Randall Silk Satin Shawl Collar Jacket; available here
  • Forever 21 Knit Cropped Top (old); similar here
  • Forever 21 High-Rise Flare Jeans, $30
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Sandal, $80
  • Cavalcanti Large Pouch (old); smaller size here
  • H&M Earrings (old); similar here

Birthday Wishes

It’s been a little bit over a week since I turned 31. I have to say, I don’t feel it and people say I don’t look it. It doesn’t really matter what year you are in your life, as long as you’re happy and healthy. That’s what matters. Without happiness, you’re stressed, and stress can bring you a world of complications. So, if you’re turning a year older, give thanks and put a smile on your face. Your heart, body and soul will thank you.

Speaking of soul, seems like an angel bit me in the ass and said “wear white on your special day”. I bought this sexy LWD 2, maybe even 3 years ago! And today I finally wore it! Sometimes when you have an event, the best buy is at the last minute. You don’t want to get stuck with an item you can’t wear on a regular basis, end up selling or giving it away because you think you’ll never wear it!

Today I’ve changed that way of thinking, although I did almost sell it -I just couldn’t resist the sexiness so I needed up holding onto it as long as I could! I added minimal nude sandals -you want all the attention to be on your white piece suit. The earrings were also part of the plan 2 years ago, and they also didn’t make it until now. Normally I would have thrown on some studs, but it was my birthday and my gut told me to go over the top!

Do you like to dress up for your birthday? Or are you a low key kind of gal?

Happy Long Weekend!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Olive You

Olive in my eyes is another neutral that can go with many things in your closet. It seals the deal on many outfits and it’s a lighter option for the warmer temperatures. Just like black, you can pair it with simple colors like white, nude, and navy. If you want to be a little more daring go for a monochromatic look and throw on a pop of fuchsia colored lipstick for a little summer sass. It’s my guilty pleasure and this jacket can be thrown over dresses, over tops, as a top, or heck you can even tie it around your waist if it gets too hot!

For my outfit I chose a cream colored bodysuit making it stand out more, but wearing all black underneath can still make this bomber look on trend. The denim skirt was and is another obsession of mine, I have about 5 different styles. The difference in this one is I made a choker out of it. I felt that this length/structure could have gone a little shorter so I took off the seam and went to my favorite tailor and…voila! Choker number 3589! This year’s trends are killing me! I love them! I can’t get enough of them!

Which color is constant in your wardrobe?

Who else is into reworking clothes you own? What have you made over recently?

xoxo, Budgetsai

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Photos By: @burritomilkshake (Instagram)

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