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

Workout Tops

Everyone’s heard that you are more productive when you feel good about what you’re wearing.  When it comes to workout gear, this becomes even more important for me.  I’ll admit I’ve definitely put on a cute workout outfit only to parade around town appearing like I’ve just hit the gym when I really just wanted an excuse to wear a zip-up, sneakers and stretchy pants, but when I do make it to a group class, there’s no doubt I work harder when I’m in something I like.

A good sports bra and black stretchy pants are pretty much my staples, but I like to mix it up when it comes to the tops.  It’s fun to try different shapes and wear bright colors to add a little more interest.  So, save the sweatpants and oversized top for sleeping and start dressing the part!  Maybe it will motivate you to burn some extra calories…. or maybe you’ll just end up looking better running errands.

Tops That Mix Up Your Workout:

Hard Tail Scoop Back Tank Top $58

Nike ‘Critical Epic’ Sweatshirt $68

Adidas by Stella McCartney $65

Lululemon Wild Jacket $138

GapFit Motion Seamless Racerback Tank $29.95

Old Navy Women’s Active Seamless V-Neck $16.99

Hard Tail Diamond Back Tee $58

Lululemon Practice Freely Tank $58

Lucy Distance Long Sleeve Top $24.99

Lululemon Wild 1/2 Zip $98

Sweaty Betty Lightning Tank $50

Lucy Yoga Siren Racerback $49

Adidas by Stella McCartney Burnout Tee $80

Lucy Double Dip Dye Tee $19.99

Sweaty Betty Pavana LS Top $60

GapFit Motion Seamless Top $34.95

Lucy Spin Fusion Racerback $59

Hard Tail Wide Neck Top $64