throwback thursday

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’

Until Next Time, Tulum

I finally got to wear my little white bikini I purchased from Gilt last year. I love their everyday noon sales from jeans and shoes, to swimwear and jewelry. There’s always great deals on many known names like Vix -a line I’d like to have more of in my swimsuit drawer this Summer. I can’t forget Victoria’s Secret Swim. They also have the sexiest, most unique pieces every year. This neon one-pierce came to me last year, but not soon enough. Summer goes by so fast! Where are you heat so I can live this life again? I’m ready! Are you?!

Tulum you were so good to us, I can’t wait until our next honeymoon. This was probably the best trip I’ve ever had with him (my photographer on this trip too :). Thank you and I love you.

Where shall we head to next? What swimsuits are you getting yourselves into this Summer?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • Victoria’s Secret Reversible One-Piece (last year); newer version here, here and here
  • Printed American Apparel Chiffon Maxi Skirt (print no longer available), $46
  • Ring from Dor L’Dor Boutique (Englewood, NJ)
  • Havaianas Slim Flip Flop in Light Pink, $26
  • MICHAEL Michael Kors Clear Clutch, similar here

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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Getting Witchy With It

If you’re not into Halloween and there’s no way you’re getting into a costume, but are dragged to the parade or a party, don’t panic. Right in your closet there’s a costume waiting to be created. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Let your mind wander and think of what you’d like to become. A witch? Take out all your black clothing (I know some of us have more than enough) and start picking your favorite from the bunch, then decide whether you want to be the sexy or classic witch. Halloween gives women the opportunity to play out their fantasies for the whole world to see. Please, spare us a little ladies. If it’s a chilly night and you can’t brave the cold, do as I did; wear a turtleneck tucked into a pencil skirt, tights and some pointed boots like these Altuzarra for Target ones I snagged from the collection to give off a witchy vibe. Tights are the perfect way to stay warm with any costume. The colors are endless too. The finishing touches to your witch costume should be easy, the hat, nose and some evil green face paint! Now if you’re a Halloween fan like I am, getting your makeup done by a professional (at the MAC Soho store) can make you look like this :

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That’s me last year as a Harlequin. 🙂 As much as I like to keep things under a budget, I go all out on Halloween and I’m that person who drags everyone into it too!

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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It was time to bring out another one of my Altuzarra for Target pieces. The week is almost over, but let’s throw it back to Monday. Yes, it’s the worst day of the work week for many (especially for me), so I chose to start off on a good fashion note. You know, happy. There’s something about being dressed up in all black that makes me feel confident, sexy and yes, happy. Although it being a dark color, I don’t see it that way. And you shouldn’t either. Don’t worry, be happy. It sure won’t be the last time you see me in this sweater, just look at those cranes! Even if you don’t have the broadest shoulders in the pact, wearing a top with shoulder detail can make anyone want to do the ‘shoulder lean, shoulder lean.” Here I paired the beautiful gold birds with a black faux leather skirt and black strappy sandals, the perfect debut. I kept my hair sleek with a middle part, for an overall ‘put together’ look.

Speaking of happy, tomorrow’s Friday! 🙂

How are you rockin’ your Altuzarra for Target pieces lately?

xoxo, Budget$ai

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