Day Off Style

Day Off Style

It’s your day off. And, as most adult day-offs go, you have errands to run! Why not do it in comfort AND style?

My Reformation LBD (little-black-dress) is SO comfortable – it’s like wearing sweatpants in the form of a dress! You can find similar styles here and here.

Little black dress by the Reformation. Reversible jacket by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. Necklace by Jimani Collections. Sneakers by Superga.

Reformation Brand Highlights: A Certified Benefit Corporation (B Corp) that makes its clothes in small quantities using eco-friendly technologies. 

Don’t forget to layer for the cooler fall weather! This reversible faux shearling jacket is like a blanket! For a different look, just reverse the jacket to show the faux suede.

Little black dress by the Reformation. Reversible jacket by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. Necklace by Jimani Collections. Sneakers by Superga.

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Brand Highlights: Manufactures primarily in the U.S.

Superga sneakers are a go-to shoe for me when I’m running errands because of their comfort, simplicity, and versatility. I love these Superga sneakers because the felt adds a fun texture, but the beige color keeps it classic.

On my off days, I like accessorizing with simple jewelry that makes a subtle statement. This Jimani Collections necklace is PERFECT for a day off with its dainty brass chain and glass beads.

Little black dress by the Reformation. Reversible jacket by Velvet by Graham and Spencer. Necklace by Jimani Collections.

Jimani Collections Brand Highlights: Partners with non-profit J127 Foundation that funds a 6-month training program for disadvantaged women to learn design from local Kenyan experts. Women earn income by using skills to create Jimani pieces.   

Now that you’re ready to have a productive day off, don’t forget to have some fun, too!

With a lot of heart,

Carly

P.S. My sincerest gratitude to Jimani Collections for the beautiful Aurora Necklace.

 

Knots and Flares for Craft and Art Fairs

Knots and Flares for Craft and Art Fairs

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

With a lot of heart,

Carly

 

A Love Story: Dresses and Jeans

A Love Story: Dresses and Jeans

Dresses with tights? Totally.

Dresses with jeans? ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND!?

No! Well, I don’t think so…

But, don’t knock it till you try it. I was inspired to rock this perfect partnership by the designers behind Mimu Maxi. These sister-in-laws and fashionistas make simple and chic dresses, skirts and blouses for the fashion lover who prefers dressing modestly. I stalk check out their Instagram daily for style inspiration. The dress and jeans look is one they wear flawlessly.

I love wearing dresses with jeans for many reason. First, it looks awesome- plain and simple. Second, the look can be dressed up and down. The look I’m wearing is perfect for a day running errands, a workplace with a lax dress code, or classes for you students out there. At night, swap in a silk dress, black skinny jeans, and pumps.

The dress I’m wearing is from Anthropologie and by Dolan Left Coast, which was made in the U.S.A! The jeans are by J Brand, which were made in the U.S. of imported fabric. The jacket is by Eileen Fisher, which is produced by workers being treated with compassion and with organic fibers and natural dyes. The beanie is by Krochet Kids, which is hand-signed by the person who made it in Northern Uganda! The ankle boots are by Free People and backpack is by Fjällräven.

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Photography by Alexanna Cox.

Rock Out Ready Style

Rock Out Ready Style

Alternative rock is my favorite kind of music. I love listening to bands, like Cage The Elephant, The Lumineers and The Arcs, while getting ready for my day or night out. What’s even better than having my most loved bands jamming on my speakers? Going to concerts, of course!

Recently, I saw The Arcs perform. The band was incredible. I even got to meet them after the show! It was a night filled with great music and even better people. Besides watching the amazing performance, I loved planning what I was going to be wearing to the show.

I’ve learned a lot about what to wear and not to wear to concerts. So, whether you’re going to see Beyonce at her “Formation” world tour or your favorite indie band at a small local venue, here are a few tips to make sure you have a rock-out ready outfit:

Shoes

Keep these babies flat. You want to get your dance on and be comfortable, so this is not a night to bring out your heels-no matter the height.

Bag

Put your lipgloss, wallet, and phone in a small cross body bag. My current obsession is my Ceri Hoover cross body bag. I also invested in a small wallet by FASHIONABLE that I can easily transfer from bag to bag. Pack light, so you can dance through the night.

Jacket

The only time you might be outside is when you’re getting to the venue and waiting to get inside. Even if it’s super cold, I highly suggest you keep your sub zero winter jacket at home. You want something you can easily hold, so opt for, let’s say, a leather/faux leather jacket, fur/faux fur jacket, or a camo jacket.

Outfit

Have fun with your look. Whether I’m going to a black-tie gala or the airport, I use any reason to play dress-up!

Inspiration

Rock Concert Ready Style Featured on Hippie and Heart!

Rock Concert Ready Style Featured on Hippie and Heart!

Rock Concert Ready Style Featured on Hippie and Heart!

Rock Concert Ready Style Featured on Hippie and Heart!

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit Deets: Top by Eileen Fisher. Jeans by Levi’s from Urban Outfitters (similar styles found here). Jacket by Free People. Shoes by Minnetonka. Hat by Rag & Bone. Necklace by WorldFinds.

Photography by Alexanna Cox

 

Love and Lollapalooza

Love and Lollapalooza

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I’m so psyched because Lollapalooza is only three days away! One performer I’m excited to see is kind of a big deal. He’s been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, was one of four members of an icon rock group, and has a daughter with a chic, ethical fashion label. Can you guess who I’m talking about? It’s Sir freakin’ Paul McCartney!!!

When I saw the “Love Is All We Need” shirt at CorePower Yoga, I NEEEEEEDED to have it since it reminded me of the song “All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles. Graphic tees with inspiring messages on them are a favorite of mine because whenever I see someone wearing one, I become inspired. The shirt by Spiritual Gangster was made in the U.S. From every item sold, Spiritual Gangster donates its proceeds to help provide meals to individuals in need. In addition, they donate to other national and international charities. Click here to learn more about the charities Spiritual Gangster supports.

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My decision to purchase ethical fashion has been bliss and anxiety-inducing. It feels wonderful to wear beautiful clothing made by artisans. However, I also felt like I could no longer shmy around in my favorite stores because I wouldn’t be able to find something that aligned with my new moral obligation. I didn’t want my decision to purchase ethical fashion to ruin the fun in shopping. So, I visited one of my favorite stores CUSP. There I found this grecian-insired, asymmetrical skirt by Helmut Lang. I was ecstatic to see that the label read, “Made in USA.” Sold!

A few months ago, and unbeknownst to me, I was entered into a sweepstake created by ethical fashion brand Raven and Lily because of a recent purchase I had made on the company’s online store. I won! The winnings included an adorable clutch, three bangles, a pair of earrings, a journal, and soap. Featured in this post are the clutch, a pair of bangles, and earrings. It looks like buying ethically-made fashion pays off!

Prize from Raven and Lily sweepstake
Prize from Raven and Lily sweepstake

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Now, time to start planning my Lollapalooza outfits!

Peace and love,

Carly

Shirt by Spiritual Gangster; skirt by Helmut Lang; shoes by TOMS; earrings, bracelets, and bag by Raven and Lily

Photography by Alexanna Cox

Image from Huffington Post
Image from Huffington Post
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