This blog post is dedicated to my papa, who passed away on Sunday, October 16th and who helped teach me that family is everything.
Growing up, my dad and I would spend a fall day going on the roller coasters and walking through the haunted houses at Six Flags Great America’s Fright Fest. Afterward, we’d go to Didier Farms in Lincolnshire, IL to pick pumpkins, eat delicious buttered corn on the cob, sip cider, and walk through the cornfield maze. Then, we’d go home to carve our pumpkins and bake pumpkin seeds! What a perfect day it always was! Since fall activities hold a special place in my heart, I thought I’d create an outfit perfect for a pumpkin picking, corn on the cob eating, maze wondering outing!
To channel my inner farmer, the foundation of my outfit are overalls by Madewell. To keep my arms warm during these cooler autumn months, I’m wearing a Left of Center long sleeved shirt from Anthropologie – here’s a similar style. Next, I’m wearing an olive green vest by Sanctuary – find similar styles ON SALE here and here. For added warmth, I’m wearing this tie-dyed scarf by Heshima Kenya. The scarf is sold out, but the company has so many other gorgeous scarfs to purchase! To bring together the olive green vest and scarf, I’m wearing booties by TOMS – similar style here.
TOMS Brand Highlights: Gives shoes, sight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention services to people in need.
Left of Center Brand Highlights: Made in the USA.
Heshima Kenya Bran Highlights: Offers a holistic model of case management, specialized secondary education, entrepreneurship, child protection and social enterprise programs to refugee girls and women.
After spending a day enjoying the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, I’ve been on a craft fair high! Craft and art fairs are the perfect places to purchase fashion and home decor made in small batches – meaning, not many people will have your findings! Plus, much of the merchandise is either locally or USA-made. Since I love spending a day at a craft fair, I wanted to put together an outfit ideal for one!
You want to feel comfortable and confident while perusing craft fair goodies. These Just Black high-rise flare jeans are super stretchy and give off a laidback 1970s vibe. I found these jeans while shopping with my dad (who’s one of my fav. shopping buddies, BTW!) at E Street Denim, a boutique with a location in Highland Park, IL. One of my favorite details of the jeans are the front flat pockets.
Just Black Brand Highlight: Made in the USA.
After purchasing the high-rise flare jeans, I was in pursuit for tops to pair with them. Lo and behold, one one of my favorite brands MIMU MAXI recently released a new blouse! The new blouse is called the Way Top because it can be worn in SO MANY WAYS! There are slits along the side seams, so you can tuck the front half into a skirt or pants, tie the front half into a knot, or leave it as is! For this look, I’ve tied the front half into a knot to highlight the jean’s front pockets.
MIMU MAXI Brand Highlights: Founded by sister-in-laws. Made in New York City.
When going to a craft or art fair, make sure to wear comfortable shoes! I’m wearing easy-to-wear Free People booties . To add a pop of color to this monochromatic look, I’ve added this neon statement necklace by WorldFinds. You can find local retailers that sell WorldFinds by clicking on this link. I wear a watch almost every day and wearing my Shinola watch with this strap.
WorldFinds Brand Highlights: Handmade and fair trade.
Shinola Brand Highlights: Made in Detroit, MI.
C. Alexandria Brand Highlights: Handmade in Madison, WI.
I hope you’ve found outfit inspiration from this week’s blog post. Now, time to find the next craft fair to attend!
Recently, my FAVORITE boutique in Chicago Greenheart Shop asked if I’d like to be their guest blogger! Excitedly, I took this opportunity to explain how I became the conscious consumer I am today. Below is the post that is featured on the Greenheart Shop Blog.
During a family vacation in Hawaii, I was sunbathing by the pool when my mom struck up a conversation with a fellow hotel guest. This hotel guest explained how her daughter, who was a high school student at the time, had created a fashion blog. My ears perked up. I absolutely loved that a teenager began a blog out of pure passion for a topic such as fashion – something I also love.
This conversation stuck with me. Then, a few months later, while taking classes in Fashion Studies at Columbia College Chicago, I was learning about the environmental and humanitarian issues within the fashion industry. I NEVER thought about where my clothes were coming from and who was making them. Why would I? I never thought the brands I loved would manufacture their clothes in unethical ways. Thankfully, I had the most knowledgeable professors at CCC who taught me about the not-so-glamorous side of the industry. It was left up to us students to decide if we’d help amend this industry we love so dearly. I decided to do something about it.
My monthly – okay weekly – visits to my favorite department stores weren’t as enjoyable as before now that I knew the hidden truths about the industry. I would investigate the garment tags of potential purchases to see where they were made. Basically, if the tag didn’t read “Made in USA,” I wouldn’t buy it. I used to LOVE shopping, but then it became a dread. I needed to find clothes that were both beautiful and made by brands that were environmentally and socially responsible.
While searching online for eco-friendly stores in Chicago, I came across Greenheart Shop. After clicking through the boutique’s website, I was filled with excitement and anticipation to visit . The moment I walked in, it felt enchanting and inviting. The clothes and accessories were fashionable, the home goods had a touch of exotic, and the body care products were made with mostly natural ingredients.
I. Was. Hooked.
After learning about, visiting, and loving this boutique, I couldn’t contain the news (well, news to me) that there are brands that make stylish clothes and accessories environmentally and socially responsibly. But, how would I let other fashionistas know what I’d learned? Since that conversation in Hawaii, I’d wanted to create a fashion blog, but, up until that point, I didn’t have a direction for it. This was it! I would create a fashion blog highlighting brands and boutiques that aligned with my ethics.
Today, I’m the founder of HippieandHeart.com, where I promote brands that are creating products ethically and the boutiques that are selling them. Greenheart Shop has been invaluable with helping me discover brands I can trust. Because of Greenheart Shop, shopping’s no longer a dreaded necessity, but an empowering, motivating, and, most of all, fun experience!
Some of my favorite purchases from Greenheart Shop:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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,
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).
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.
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!
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!
Now, time to grab a cup of coffee and my current read, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah!
With a lot of heart,
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).