valentine’s day

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)


Feliz día de el amor! How do I celebrate Valentine’s Day? Well let’s just say it only involves one person: me. There’s nothing more important than self love, self acceptance and self respect. So many women and men struggle with their bodies and I want to tell you about my own experiences with body image.

As I’m adjusting to my 30s, so many things have changed. I have experienced many eye openers: from the health of some family members, loss, a failed relationship, too much fun in the sun, and a slower metabolism.

My body has been crying for help. I needed to get out of the rut and the possibility of health scares. When I was 16 years old, all I ever wanted was to look like Britney Spears. I worked out almost everyday, did some extreme diets behind my parents back. Although it worked for me during my adolescence, the unhealthy path ultimately led to the reason for this post. I refuse to abandon myself through hard times. I want to look good, feel good and STAY good.

I made a little bit of progress and here I am showing it off all booed up with myself.

Love, Budgetsai

Photos By: @zamnsees (Instagram)

MUA: @kapx (Instagram)

  • Naked Wardrobe ‘See Me Through Duster’ (no longer available); similar here
  • Yandy ‘Stunner Net and Lace Teddy’, $30

Fe-brr-uary Twenty Freez-ing

February was way too cold! I cannot wait until tomorrow…when my vacation officially begins. That’s right New York, I’m leaving you for somewhere warm, vibrant, and full of sunshine. For now, here are some of my Instagram posts (scroll over the photos for captions) from this past frigid and gloomy month.

Follow me on Instagram: @budgetsai for my daily routines, family functions, throwbacks and much more of my everyday life.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! Buh-bye, February… hello, March!

xoxo, BudgetSai

PS- Stay tuned for my vacation posts!!!

Super Bowl 2015

Congratulations to the New England Patriots! I’d like to give a special thanks to BAREBURGER (located at 85 Second Avenue, NY, NY 10003) for being such wonderful hosts! It’s one of my favorite New York City brunch spots.

This Winter I’m loving all of Forever 21’s outerwear. I had to have this faux suede aviator coat, it’s not too bright (I’m trying more color now so when it’s time for Summer outfits I won’t be too afraid to go all out) and very warm if you ask me. I’m not a die hard football fan, but I do love all the excitement it brings when it’s Super Bowl Sunday. Instead of dressing up according to the team I was routing for, I wore a tee that said, “I kinda of like football, but let’s not go overboard”. The shirt actually came with a New York City “logo” on the front pocket that I tore off and then had it sewed. It was more me that way. I’ve realized that you can not only alter something to your height, but also your liking. I over accessorized because I felt too plain on a day such as Super Bowl Sunday, it was my way of cheerleading without the pompoms. Some red pumps to keep it look feminine, then I changed into my lug boots because I totally forgot that it was going to start snowing in the middle of game time here in New York City. So much for that. I am from…and I love New York, but why so cold? Ugh!

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I also love how people all over the World come together to support American Football. I read that about 100 million people watched the game! Love me some sports and lots of love.

Did you watch the game on Sunday?
What are your favorite sports to watch?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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 Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Premium Outerwear Faux Suede Aviator Jacket, $49.99
  • Forever 21 NYC Tee, $12.90
  • Current/Elliot Ankle Skinny in Black Destroyed via, $99, similar via
  • Boutique 9 ‘Justine’ Pumps in Red Patent via Marshalls (old), similar via
  • Key Te Suede Ankle Booties (old); available via
  • Rebecca Minkoff Snake Embossed Mini MAC Bag (gift); more here
  • Ray Ban Original Wayfarer Classic, $155; similar here
  • Essie Nail Laquer in ‘Trophy Wife’


  • Gold Thin Choker, a gift; similar here
  • Cross Necklace; a gift, similar here
  • H&M Short Necklace (in stores), $4.95; similar online
  • American Apparel Gold Tone ABC Pendant; $25
  • H&M 6-Pack Rings, $5.95
  • Forever 21 Midi Ring Set (in stores); similar online

Winter Wonderland

What a beautiful snow day to go hiking with my family. After all the Blizzard hype, I’m grateful it wasn’t more than the mere 6 inches – enough to have a day off and enjoy the snow. As much as I’m not a fan of the snow or anything with the word storm in it, I appreciate the beauty of it while it’s falling and the 24 hours it’s on the ground. It’s calming and therapeutic for me. Aside from relaxing at home, I went out to play, like the big kid I am. 🙂

I threw on my (faux) furry vest over a turtleneck and some distressed skinny jeans. I also wore my sombrero for a monochromatic look and a pair of track sole booties to be able to walk and keep warm for the 30 minute hike (okay I changed into some flat cold weather boots so I wouldn’t break my neck in the process) in the park. A small bag to store my keys, phone, and tissues; and last but never the least in this weather, my leather gloves to keep me extra warm.

How did you spend your snow day (if you had one)?
What do you think of my (faux) fur outfits lately?

Stay warm!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Zara Faux Fur Vest (old); similar here and here
  • Love 21 Featherweight Turtleneck, $6.80 (no longer available); similar here
  • H&M Skinny High Jeans; $39.95
  • Key Te Suede Ankle Booties (old); available via
  • Target Snake Skin Messenger Bag (old); newer version available via
  • H&M Wool Hat (old); similar here, more here
  • Moschino Gloves via Century21 (old); similar via