High Fashion Interest, Hot Mess Bank Account

I made the mistake of reading an article years ago that interviewed Cameron Diaz where she told a story about being undiscovered and choosing between paying her rent or buying an Alaia dress.  She said she still has the dress and that it remains to be one of her favorite pieces in her wardrobe.

Let’s just say I’ve been living under this mentality for five years and I’m still not a Charlie’s Angel.

Here’s to all the girls who shop online for hours, putting as many items into their “basket” as they want, only to see the final total, cry, close the window and head to H&M.

Cheap Finds (nothing over $50):

Forever 21 Cropped Neon Tee $8.80, Lulu’s Meow and Then Sleeveless Leopard Print Top $35, Etsy Motorhead T-Shirt $15.99

Lulu’s Good Sport Bright Yellow Tank Top $30, Lulu’s The Great Flutter Neon Pink Top $37, Lulu’s Kriss Kross Mint Green Top $36

Ladakh Bohemian Fur Vest $31, Sabine Embellished Bed Jacket $31.97, Aryn K. Plaid Ladylike Jacket $39.97

Forever 21 Polka Dot Blazer $21.80, Forever 21 Lace Inset Denim Vest $19.80, Lulu’s Funky Town Fuchsia Pink Blazer $44

Volcom Lime Green Lace Shorts $49.50, Delia’s Poncho Pocket Short $24.50, Forever 21 Ombre Denim Cutoffs $19.80

Forever 21 Striped Linen Blend Short With Belt $17.80, Delias Fray Hem Short With Feather Belt $24.50, Forever 21 Striped Ponte Knit Shorts $12.80

Forever 21 Ditsy Bird Skirt $19.80, Forever 21 Pleated Slit Maxi Skirt $22.80, Lulu’s Jill Frost Peach Mini Skirt $39

Forever 21 Floral Silhouette Bodycon Skirt $8.80, Lulu’s Parade-y Brunch Hot Pink Lace Mini Skirt $39, Lulu’s High Tea Black Lace Mini Skirt $34

Delia’s Rose Print Skinny Jean $39.50 (or buy one, get 1/2 off second pair), Delia’s Super-Skinny Color Ankle Crop in Orange Blossom $39.50 (or buy one, get 1/2 off second pair), Forever 21 Straight Linen Pants $19.80

Delia’s Britt Low-Rise Skinny Jean $39.50 (or buy one, get 1/2 off second pair), Forever 21 Acid Wash Skinny Jeans With Studded Belt $29.80, Forever 21 Polka Dot Print Pants $19.80

Forever 21 Lace Dress $24.80, Lulu’s Exclusive Re-Pleat After Me Lime Green Dress $45, Delia’s Pleat Front Dress $39.50

Piperlime Ya Los Angeles Ladylike Dot Dress $31.99, Forever 21 Polka Dot Shirtdress With Belt $19.80, Delia’s Neon Stripe Dress $19.50

Casually Put Together

I have a love/hate relationship with the casual culture in Los Angeles.  Although it is nice to know my favorite jeans are acceptable for most gatherings (including work!), there’s something nice about professional atmospheres where everyone has to put more effort into dressing.  I love dressing casually, but polished.  A happy medium between my east coast roots and acquired west coast lifestyle.  My favorite way to pull this off is by adding a great blazer or jacket in a bright color or print to make my outfit stand out.

Stopping by BCBG one afternoon, I found this jacket (pictured below) and had to scoop it up for Spring.  It’s easy to wear over casual denim and T-shirts or even a printed dress.

Here are some other options…

Blazer with Zipper from Zara photo taken from website $129

Crew-neck Jacket from Zara photo taken from website $99.99

Fantasy Fabric Blazer from Zara photo taken from website $129

Eyelet Blazer from Forever 21 photo taken from website $27.80

Crop Open Blazer from Forever 21 photo taken from website $29.80

Polka Dot Blazer from Forever 21 photo taken from website $24.80

Tuxedo Collar Blazer from Forever 21 photo taken from website $29.80

Peaked Lapel Knit Blazer from Forever 21 photo taken from website $27.80

White Asymmetrical Blazer from Piperlime photo taken from website $99

Knit Blazer from Piperlime photo taken from website $199

Torn by Ronny Kobo Leopard Blazer from Shopbop photo taken from website $298

*love this subtle leopard print!

Elizabeth and James Hot Pink Blazer from Shopbop photo taken from website $395

Aqua Color Block Blazer from Bloomingdales photo taken from website $108