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Belt It Out

From the ‘oh this is cute…’ method, I’ve managed to have a collection of 30+ belts. But after looking at past posts, I’ve noticed I haven’t been showing my belts a whole lot of love. So here’s one for those who like to belt it out! I’ve actually been trying to get rid of this belt for so long, convincing myself I didn’t need it or that it didn’t go with anything. Accessories can give a tried and true outfit a breath of fresh air. Let’s face it, sometimes we don’t have enough time in the morning to dig into our closets.

I’m 30 now so whenever I see a bow, my first reaction is to run in the other direction. However, I thought that maybe if I kept it simple and stick to black, I’d still look like a grown woman. The belt worked really well with my dress, over a pair of leather pants, and suede booties. That’s a lot to work with even in all black, but I felt like I pulled it off.

Happy Friday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

PS- Yes, I know the bag I chose is on its last legs but I love it, okay?! There are things I just can’t let go off…at least for now.

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Forever 21 Double-Breasted Vest (sold out); similar here
  • Zac Posen for Target (old); similar here
  • BLANKNYC Vegan Leather Leggings (old); newer version here
  • Steven by Steve Madden ‘Marshha’ Bootie via Marshalls (old), available here
  • Luana Top Handle Handbag from Marshall’s (over 5 years old), you can find Luana Handbags on ebay.com

Plaid Werk

Experimenting with clothes has always been a passion of mine. Sometimes I can wear a trend and make it my own, but not all trends are made equal. There’s just some trends that don’t suit my style and that’s okay because I’d rather stay true to myself.

As I get closer to 30, I’ve eliminated clothes that just aren’t me anymore, but a trend that I will never grow out of is the 90’s trend. Maybe it’s because I lived through it. Of all the 90’s trends, my favorite is most definitely plaid. The shirt that will always be in my closet has to be this red and black plaid flannel, it’s a bold accent to even the most casual outfits. I love to wear it tied around the waist more than anything. To make the ensemble look a little grown, I wore my favorite ankle strap heels for that extra push. You know that extra touch…especially with the red lip. 😉

Do you have a statement piece that always does it for you? Do you go mad for plaid? Is it the only thing keeping you warm these days?

April is just a couple of days away…
Happy Friday my fellow Budgeters!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: Samantha Cabral (@zamnsam on Instagram)

  • Bow and Drape The New Classic Sweatshirt, $48
  • GAP Vest (old); similar here
  • American Apparel Mesh Bodysuit (find it in stores); similar style here
  • Joe Fresh Boyfriend Jean (sold out); similar version here
  • Forever 21 Plaid Flannel Shirt (old); similar here
  • Steve Madden ‘Stecy’ Ankle Strap Sandal (now comes in 16 different colors!); similar here

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 amazon.com
  • Target Snake Skin Messenger Bag (old); newer version available via target.com
  • H&M Wool Hat (old); similar here, more here
  • Moschino Gloves via Century21 (old); similar via ebay.com