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Art // Garden // Life

…Frida Kahlo at the New York Botanical Garden.

The garden was everything I wished it to be, a breathtaking scenery of over 200 species of trees and flowers all around the 250 acres of garden grounds. The Rose Garden and the imitation of Frida’s Casa Azul were my absolute favorite, surrounded by so much color and so much life. Her paintings, although mostly self-portraits were also vibrant and told her story physically and emotionally. If you haven’t gone already, the exhibition runs through November 1st! Go out there be one with nature and Frida!

My braids and dress choice were all in her honor and style. How do you think I pulled off the look?

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: Him

  • Forever 21 Floral Embroidered Gauze Dress, $29.90
  • Bebe ‘Karissa’ Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandal (old); similar here
  • Vintage Louis Vuitton ‘Trocadero’ Shoulder Bag (gift); available here (smaller version)
  • Vintage Rings (old)
  • 14k Gold Bangles (my own)
  • 14k Yellow Gold Diamond Cross Pendant (a gift); similar here

Medium Red

New decade, new hair!

I let my hair do all the talking this weekend, wearing a black bodycon dress, my season after season booties and a pop of white to welcome Summer!

What do you think of my new look? 🙂

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

Temperatures Are Rising

…and I chose a bodysuit and flares to keep cool.

Hey Monday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos By: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • H&M Bodysuit (old); similar here and here
  • William Rast for Target Jeans (old); similar here, here, here and splurge here
  • Bebe ‘Karissa’ Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandal (old); similar here

Red Alert

Last week I ended the week in my second favorite color: red. Red is vibrant, happy and passionate. I definitely feel a great amount of energy when I wear red. This American Apparel dress comes in over 5 colors to choose from, which to me is another feeling waiting to be felt! Should I get black, blue or nude? Dark, calm or pure?

How do you feel in your favorite color? Are you feeling the heat NYC?

Goodbye Monday!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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  • American Apparel Ponte Tank Dress; $58
  • H&M Men’s Shirt, similar here
  • Giuseppe Zanotti Satin Wedge via Marshalls (many years ago); $199.99, similar here
  • Leather bracelet via Marshalls (old)
  • Knitted bracelet via Dor L’Dor (old), more here
  • Similar Bracelets here and here
  • MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte ‘Heaux’ Lipstick (Limited Edition -no longer available)

Floral A Flare

Happy Monday!

When we think about 70’s fashion, we envision bell bottoms, bold prints, and very high wedge sandals. I took all three of these images and made it into one modern day outfit. I paired it with a biker jacket and classic wayfarers for a fresh spin on my otherwise very retro look.

How do you think I pulled off my second 70’s groovy-ness? What Spring trends have you tried lately?

Hope everyone has a groovy week!

xoxo, BudgetSai

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Photos by: @zamnsam (Instagram)

  • Diane von Furstenberg ‘Alfie’ Cropped Leather Jacket (old); similar here, splurge here
  • American Apparel Cotton Spandex Tank Thong Bodysuit, $26
  • Free People Wide Leg Flares (old); similar here
  • Bebe ‘Karissa’ Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandal in Platinum Matte, $99; available in Orange
  • Necklaces from top to bottom:
  • Vintage Cocktail Ring
  • Ray-Ban Wayfarer Sunglasses

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

SexyBack

After a week of feeling not so sexy (women!), the best pick me up was to get my hair and nails did then put on a cute little dress and be on my way. I went for brunch on the Upper East Side to a hole in the wall spot, Good Health Cafe, it is just that: good and healthy food. After stuffing our faces, we walked over to the East River to enjoy the refreshing breeze and the rest of the afternoon.

I bought this dress at the Brooklyn Flea Market for $30 bucks. As much as tried to bargain with the vendor, that was the price, take it or leave it. It took me back to my childhood years where the Gap was the hottest brand around. Denim was always their thing and it had every right to be, the clothes were made of good quality and would last me a long time. Their jeans and denim pieces fit well, whether you’re tall, short, thin or fuller, you can always find something that works. The dress fit perfect (great for short and tall women). I believe my older sister had this dress back in the 90’s and whoever passed this one along clearly delivered the message of quality over quantity, it is in very good condition. The only negative thing I will say is that it wrinkles up quickly so you want to wear this type of silhouette on a day you’re standing up all day and of course maybe, maybe just have your photo shoot before all your sit down activities!  On a positive note: I love vintage pieces with a relatable story and you can find so much at this market. I gave my 90’s dress a 70’s vibe with the platform wedges and my ‘I can’t get enough of’ floral clutch.

What’s your favorite denim piece? Do you shop at flea markets for vintage gems?

It’s Monday!

xoxo, Budget$ai

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  • Gap Halter Denim Dress (from the 90’s), $30 via Market; same one selling on ebay.com and more denim dresses via asos.com for under $50.
  • Bebe ‘Karissa’ Espadrille Platform Wedge Sandal in Platinum Matte, $99; available in Orange
  • Cavalcanti Floral Clutch via Marshalls; $49.99, same one via ebay.com
  • Estee Lauder ‘Pure Red’ Nail Lacquer, $21
  • NYX Matte Lipstick in ‘Natural’, $6; Available at a Ricky’s near you.