Hipster Cowgirl

Hipster Cowgirl

What do you get when you combine a flannel button up shirt, floppy brimmed hat, figure hugging skirt, and Birkenstocks? A hipster cowgirl- or, at least, my version of one! And, this hipster cowgirl look would be nothing without my trusted button up.

I absolutely LOVE button ups because they can be worn in so many styles. You can unbutton ’em, tuck ’em in, or tie ’em in a lil’ knot. You get the picture : ) . Plus, they can be worn with skirts, over dresses, or with jeans. That’s what I call versatile!

In this look, I’m wearing a button up in one of my fav ways- tied in a knot.

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To show how a button up can be worn with something other than jeans, I’m pairing my button up with a figure hugging skirt by MIMU MAXI. In spring and summer, I love wearing a hat to protect my skin from the beautiful bright sunshine, so I’m wearing my loyal Rag & Bone hat. To keep the look casual, I’m wearing comfortable Birkenstock shoes.

Now, time for some country music and whiskey cocktails!

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit Deets: Top by Frank & Eileen (Similar Style Here). Skirt by MIMU MAXI. Hat by Rag & Bone. Shoes by Birkenstock. Bracelets by Alex and Ani.

Photography by Alexanna Cox

You’re Glowing!

You’re Glowing!

Spring has been living up to its expectations here in Chicago. April and May have been chilly, rainy, and cloudy. Though I love a good rain storm and cloudy day, I’m looking forward to sunshine filled days laying out on North Avenue beach, boating on Lake Michigan, and enjoying the outdoor markets.

Now that the warm weather is on its way, it’s time to  procure the perfect sunny day skincare regimen!

While searching Urban Outfitters’ beauty department for an all natural body serum that would give me a natural looking glow, I spotted The Glow Illuminating Body Serum by Plantfolk Apothecary last summer.

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Plantfolk Apothecary The Glow Illuminating Body Serum • Urban Outfitters • $24

Now, this serum is a summer staple of mine! The macadamia scented serum smells warm and inviting and gives a healthy natural glow. Plus, it’s moisturizing and made from only natural ingredients.

To apply this shimmering serum, I pat my skin dry post shower. Then, I apply nickel-sized amounts of the serum all over my body. After, I have glowing skin that’s ready for any summertime adventure!

With a lot of heart and body shimmer,

Carly

 

Bohemian Biker Chick

Bohemian Biker Chick

Your leather jacket loving self deserves a jacket that will transform your outfits into certified cool. But, finding the perfect leather jacket can take some effort and time.

My journey to finding the perfect leather jacket took years! I was searching for a leather jacket that was belted, had soft leather, and, above all, was sustainably made.

One day, I was browsing the Urban Outfitters’ website to find leather jacket inspiration to pin to my Pinterest profile. And, then , it happened. I met a belted leather jacket by Pelechecoco. After learning about the company and seeing it was sold at an Urban near me, I booked it to the store to meet my new favorite piece of outerwear. It was love at first sight.

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So, how did Pelechecoco win my heart? Well, the company only uses 100% recycled leather and polyester to make its leather jackets. Plus, Pelechecoco doesn’t use chemicals in its production. Love it!

Here are a few of my other fav Pelechecoco jackets!

PeleCheCococ Annabelle Suede Jacket
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Urban Renewal Pelechecoco Annabelle Suede Jacket • $149.99

PeleCheCoco Kelly Quilted Jacket
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Urban Renewal Pelechecoco Kelly Quilted Jacket • $159.99

PeleCheCoco Leather Biker Jacket
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Urban Renewal Pelechecoco Leather Biker Jacket • $325

To brighten up this look and add a bohemian vibe, I’m wearing these vibrant bangles I purchased at CUSP. I’m also wearing turquoise earrings from Anthropologie that go with the bangles and trim on the Free People blouse.

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Now, all I’m missing is a motorcycle! Maybe I’ll just get a super cool bicycle, instead. Gotta start somewhere!

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit Deets: Jacket by Pelechecoco. Blouse by Free People (Similar Style Here and Here). Jeans by AG (Similar Style Here and Here). Shoes by Superga. Bracelets from CUSP (Similar Style Here). Earrings from Anthropologie (Similar Style Here).

Photography by Alexanna Cox.

Captivating Tales

Captivating Tales

I didn’t enjoy reading as a kid. In elementary school, I even pretended to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling for a class project. Instead of reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, I saw the movie in theaters. I know! I know! Not my most stellar student moment.

My poor mother did try her best. She had me listen to books on tape, read to me, and even hired a tutor. But, reading felt like a chore.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I gave the reading-for-fun thing a real honest effort. I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and finally understood why books even existed! It made me laugh, cry, and relate to the characters. Of course, I had to watch the film adaption, which was also incredible. Since reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower, reading books has become one of my favorite activities because you learn the depths of characters, the history of a time period, and new words and phrases.

Click to learn about one of my favorite activities reading and a few of my fav books!

Also, don’t worry. I finally read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone AND took the quiz to see what Hogwarts house I’m in- Gryffindor, baby! If you want to learn what house you’re in, visit the Pottermore website and click “Sorting” on the top right.

A few of my other favorite books are The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, and The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle. I didn’t want to put any of them down!

Click to learn about one of my favorite activities reading and a few of my fav books!

But, a good book can be hard to find. Thankfully, there’s a wonderful website called Goodreads that you can link to your Facebook account to learn what your friends are reading. It also suggests books based on previous books you’ve read and tracks the books you want to read, books you’re currently reading, and books you’ve already read. Whenever someone suggests a book, I whip out my iPhone, go to the Goodreads app, and store the book info. in the app. It’s one of my most used apps!

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Now, time to grab a cup of coffee and my current read, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah!

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit deets: Sweatshirt by Spiritual Gangster (Similar Style Here). Sweatpants by Free City (Similar Style Here and Here). Fuzzy socks from Old Navy (Similar Style Here).

Photography by Alexanna Cox.

Marvelous Moschino

Marvelous Moschino

There’s something about tribal inspired fashion that just feels… right.

Maybe its the textures, colors, and even history of the pieces that I absolutely adore.

Whether its a bracelet, necklace, blouse, skirt, or dress, styling my outfits with tribal flair is something I do almost daily.

So, you know my heart skipped a beat when I spotted this cotton linen vintage Moschino jacket with beaded detail at Luxury Garage Sale, which still is on sale!

Featured on Hippie and Heart is a Moschino White Multicolor Cotton Linen Beaded Three Quarter Sleeve Jacket SZ 8

Featured on Hippie and Heart is a Moschino White Multicolor Cotton Linen Beaded Three Quarter Sleeve Jacket SZ 8

Though I paired the jacket with gray Madewell jeans, you certainly can wear this jacket with so many types of bottoms because the jacket offers so many color stories!

Do you have a pair of bright single colored pants that match one of the many colored beads in the jacket? You totally can wear those pants with this jacket! White jeans would also look incredible with this jacket. Just add a cute pair of espadrilles or wedge heels. Voila! You’re ready for a fun dinner with girlfriends!

Featured on Hippie and Heart is a Moschino White Multicolor Cotton Linen Beaded Three Quarter Sleeve Jacket SZ 8

Featured on Hippie and Heart is a Moschino White Multicolor Cotton Linen Beaded Three Quarter Sleeve Jacket SZ 8

Also, I have to send a special thank you, thank you, thank you to Luxury Garage Sale for allowing me to photographer this incredible jacket!

Photography was by Alexanna Cox.

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit deets: Jacket by Moschino. Jeans by Madewell (I believe that’s the style or a very similar style). Boots by Minnetonka.

Birthday, Earth Day Celebrations

Birthday, Earth Day Celebrations

Happy Earth Day, thoughtful fashionistas! A year ago today, I launched this fashion blog to share with you designers that are creating and stores that are selling clothes that are Mother Earth approved. I hope I’ve helped you see that you CAN dress fashionably and responsibly!

Vintage chartreuse jacket by Versace. 100% organic cotton halter tank top by Eileen Fisher. Vintage Lanvin skirt with a wrap. Vintage square-shaped bangle by Sobral.

To me, Earth Day was the perfect day to launch this blog because, to get serious on you, the fashion industry is a leading cause of air and water pollution- second to the oil industry! Since we all love Mama Earth, purchasing clothes that were made causing minimal pollution or are zero waste should be the norm. To be honest, I’m no saint. I still buy clothes that aren’t eco friendly. But, I make sure to buy pieces I’ll want to wear for years.

Since vintage fashion is extremely eco friendly, check out this post to learn why, the wonderful employees of resale shop Luxury Garage Sale allowed me to have some fun in the store’s massive warehouse to create a birthday look!

Vintage chartreuse jacket by Versace. 100% organic cotton halter tank top by Eileen Fisher. Vintage Lanvin skirt with a wrap. Vintage square-shaped bangle by Sobral. Manolo Blahnik nude heels.

For this birthday look, I’m wearing a retro Versace blazer in one of my fav colors, chartreuse. The vintage Lanvin midi skirt has a touch of chartreuse that goes seamlessly with the blazer. The 100% organic cotton halter top by Eileen Fisher is from my own closet. It’s out of stock, but here’s a similar and just as adorable style by Sundry that’s even made in the USA! To accessorize the look, I added a vintage square-shaped bangle by Sobral and nude heels by Manolo Blahnik that are from my closet.

Vintage chartreuse jacket by Versace. 100% organic cotton halter tank top by Eileen Fisher. Vintage Lanvin skirt with a wrap. Vintage square-shaped bangle by Sobral. Manolo Blahnik nude heels.

Vintage chartreuse jacket by Versace. 100% organic cotton halter tank top by Eileen Fisher. Vintage Lanvin skirt with a wrap. Vintage square-shaped bangle by Sobral. Manolo Blahnik nude heels.

In honor of Earth Day, do something eco conscious today- use a reusable bag while running errands; use a reusable water bottle instead of a plastic one; or take a walk instead of driving!

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Photography by Alexanna Cox

All Hands on Neck

All Hands on Neck

Happy Earth Month, thoughtful fashionistas! As you might know, in honor of this special month, I’m dedicating all posts in April to Earth friendly fashion.

Do you know what’s super Earth friendly? The answer: Vintage and preowned clothes! After the original production and being loved by it’s owner many times, your new fav vintage/preowned piece doesn’t use up any more water or cause any more pollution to be manufactured. How Earth friendly is that!?

With that being said, one of my goals is to purchase more vintage and preowned fashion. I love fashion and the experience of shopping, so this is the perfect guilt-free way to do it! So, I did some research to find the best resale shops in Chicago. During my search, I discovered Luxury Garage Sale, which has not only two locations in Chicago, but also in Dallas and a pop-up shop in Hinsdale, Ill.

In this outfit, I’m wearing a vintage mesh scale necklace with hand embellishments from LGS. This necklace can even be worn as a belt! Considering all the detail, I was shocked to learn it’s only $75 and still on sale!

Bronze and Gold Toned Mesh Scale Embellished Hands Necklace from Luxury Garage Sale

Bronze and Gold Toned Mesh Scale Embellished Hands Necklace from Luxury Garage Sale

Bronze and Gold Toned Mesh Scale Embellished Hands Necklace from Luxury Garage Sale

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Bronze and Gold Toned Mesh Scale Embellished Hands Necklace from Luxury Garage Sale

Here are the outfit deets: Sweater by All Saints (Similar Style Here). Jeans by J Brand. Shoes by TOMS. Necklace from Luxury Garage Sale.

Also, a special thank you to LGS for lending this amazing necklace!

With a lot of heart,

Carly