Making Your 9 to 5 Style Look Chic, Feel Comfortable, and be Ethical

Making Your 9 to 5 Style Look Chic, Feel Comfortable, and be Ethical

When I dress for work, my goal is to look chic and feel comfortable. But, because I’m a conscious consumer, I make sure to buy clothes that I intend to have during my entire career.

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My Elevenses velvet joggers from Anthropologie have been with me for years and are perfect for work. They feel comfortable like sweatpants, but they’re also professional because of the fabric. You can find a similar style on sale here!

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To match my patterned velvet joggers, I opted for my burnt orange blouse from Handle with Care, a boutique in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago. I love purchasing my clothes from local businesses like Handle with Care. Not only do they have adorable clothes and accessories, but they have the sweetest associates, too! This blouse is a wardrobe staple because I can dress it up for work and dress it down with distressed jeans and Superga sneakers.

Since my blouse and joggers were so colorful, I kept my footwear simple with my nude BP. open toe heels. Over accumulating clothes is something I avoid, so I only own one pair of nude open toe heels. Getting dressed has become so much easier since minimizing the amount of options I have in my closet!

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This J. Crew coat has kept me toasty this winter. I needed a classic professional coat I would have for a long time. This coat by J. Crew has been ideal!

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To accessorize, I matched my orange David Yurman bracelet with my blouse and pants. I also accessorized with my simple heart-shaped ring by WE SEE STARS from Babel Fair, a boutique in NYC, and my TOMS sunglasses.

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With a lot of heart,

Carly

Photos by Ali Stone Photography

October Outings

October Outings

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.

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TOMS Brand Highlights: Gives shoes, sight, water, safe birth and
bullying prevention services to people in need.

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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.

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What are your favorite fall activities?

With a lot of heart,

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.

Click to learn about this outfit featured on Hippie and Heart!

Click to learn about this outfit featured on Hippie and Heart!

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.

Valentine’s Day Outfit Part II

Valentine’s Day Outfit Part II

Dressing for the temperature in Chicago is a never ending battle. During the winter, us Chicagoans have to consider clothes that’ll keep us both cozy outside and cool inside.

This little black dress by Reformation is PERFECT for a crisp Valentine’s Day. It has the warmth of a sweater and all that bare leg to keep you comfortable. It also uses surplus materials, which would otherwise end up in landfills. Surplus fabric disposed of in landfills is so not cute. But, this dress made from it sure is!

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo on Hippie and Heart!

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo on Hippie and Heart!

Since it’s a bit chilly and dreary in Chicago, I opted for fun, colorful tights. I’m accessorizing with the belt because it matches the tights so well.

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo on Hippie and Heart!

One of my favorite color combos is black and gold. There’s something sophisticated and alluring about those colors together. That’s why I’m combining the Stella McCartney bag, Ways of Change choker and Jeffrey Campbell booties, to add sleekness to this Valentine’s Day outfit.

Valentine's Day Outfit Inspo on Hippie and Heart!

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With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit Deets: Dress by Reformation. Tights by J. Crew. Necklace by Ways of Change. Belt by Anthropologie. Purse by Stella McCartney.

Photography by Alexanna Cox.

Of Monsters and Fashion

Of Monsters and Fashion

Summer is kinda, sorta in swing here in Chicago. One day it’s sunny and in the 80s, and then, the next day it’s raining and in the 60s.

What better way to celebrate the beautiful weather we’re occasionally having than by wearing a shirt with a sun on it? What’s more? The shirt by Sol Angeles was designed and made in L.A.

One summer purchase of mine has been an adorable straw tote from Anthropologie that was handmade, dip-dyed and naturally tanned in small batches by Balinese artisans. I don’t usually purchase purses that can’t be worn either over the shoulder or across the body, but I thought it was about time to expand the bag selection in my closet. Plus, the natural aroma of the straw is extremely potent that I almost love smelling the darn bag as much as I love wearing it.

He’s playing hard to get.

I’m a lover of patterns. The Sam&Lavi patterned shorts are perfect for day and night. The athletic inspired shorts, which were designed and made in the U.S., can go perfect with a pair of sneakers or a pair of stellar nude pumps.

Sneakers have a way of making me feel instantly relaxed and chic, especially my Pineappleade Gold sneakers by BucketFeet. The Chicago-based company partners with over 20,000 artists from 100 countries to design pretty awesome prints for BucketFeet merchandise.

Now, back to soaking up the sun while I can!

Peace & love,

Carly

Shirt by Sol Angeles, shorts by Sam&Lavi, shoes by BucketFeet, purse from Anthropologie, and watch by Shinola.

Photography by Alexanna Cox