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Confession: I’ve never been a lover of exercise.

It was always a means to an end. Something you had to slog through in order to get the results (healthy mind + body) that you want. In the rare instance I would find a workout I didn’t despise (spinning/running), it would become my long-term de-facto exercise.

Hey, I’m a creature of habit.

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Get Your Sweat On: Workout Gear Under $50!


I have good news and bad news. You ready?

The good news: Bikini season is just around the corner.

The bad news: Bikini season is just around the corner??!!

This is about the time of year that we dust of those New Year resolutions and get back on the fitness bandwagon.

(I’m so, so sorry yoga — my sincerest apologies for my daily absence. I promise I’ll try harder!)

I’m not going to lie, how excited one gets about breaking a sweat is a direct correlation to the clothes involved — at least for me. Well worn and faded lycra-spandex, or that ratty t-shirt I’ve had since 2003 is just not going to cut it at 5am. I need my workout gear A-game to help motivate me to get out the door and moving.

Rather than blow all of our budget on pricey workout clothes (since when is it acceptable to charge $200 for leggings we will sweat in profusely!?), I’d rather spend my hard earned dollars on all of the fantastic SPRING SHOES. In this vain, I’ve searched high and low for a cohesive collection of workout wear that doesn’t break the $50 threshold.


You CAN have your healthy low-calorie, gluten-free, vegan, raw cake (a.k.a. workout gear under $50!) and eat it too!

workout gear under $50

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Athleta Workout Wardrobe Capsule Collection

gym bag Athlete wardrobe capsule collection

Can you believe how quickly September is flying past us? I just want this gorgeous fall weather to stick around as long as possible! We’ve totally been spoiled in Cleveland.

Sh*t. There you go, I probably just jinxed the whole thing.  I’m sure Mother Nature will stick it to us come February! Ugh, Lake Effect… you kill me.

Athleta Workout Wardrobe Capsule 3

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12

Before we all freeze over, I wanted to talk about CAPSULE WARDROBES a bit again… this time with a twist. Or… er, a crunch? Yes, this time the capsule wardrobe is taking a slightly more active approach!

Over the past 4 years exercise has truly become a part of my life. I can’t imagine NOT doing it — which is something I never thought I’d say. Surprisingly, I crave it — even when feeling under the weather (tired, sick, hungover…yes, hungover).  It clears my mind and sets up the day ahead. Occasionally (OK, more often than not!), it also dictates what I’ll be wearing.

Athleta Capsure Wardrobe 2 (via)

ATHLEISURE is the new fashion word on the street and clothes that were once relegated for the gym only, have become the go-to for many women (AND men) on the go. With improved fabrication and cutting edge materials, gym clothes are not your ratty, old, grey college t-shirt anymore and have the stylish ability to take you from the gym to anywhere else you need to go.

A tight collection of 12 workout pieces is really all you need to feel put together regardless what your activity level… AND let’s be real here: great-looking, new workout wear is also a fabulous incentive to get you moving and motivated to work out!

I’ve been shopping a bit more at ATHLETA lately and have found that for my money, the quality of their product can’t be beat. Through countless washings and general sweat and abuse, all of my ATHLETA purchases have held up really well. It also helps that a new ATHLETA just opened down the road from my home. (#dangerous)

Athleta Capsule Wardrobe Running Shoes (via)

So what’s included in this 12 piece capsule? Well, for someone like me who tends to exercise indoors and has higher impact cardio involved, I recommend the following:

• 2 sports bras
• 3 base layer tanks
• 2 capri length leggings
• 1 full length legging
• 1 jogger pant
• 1 long sleeve top
• 2 sweatshirts

Obviously, depending on what YOUR form of exercise is, this list may need to be adjusted. For example, if you’re an outdoor runner, make sure to select breathable and warm layers that will protect you from the elements. Yogis, you’re ok with less spandex and a little more cotton and natural fibers. You get the idea…

Here are a few more Athleta looks that have caught my eye —


The Heart's Delight Stella Compiseno