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

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

 

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

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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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
Image from Urban Outfitters’ Website

Urban Renewal Pelechecoco Annabelle Suede Jacket • $149.99

PeleCheCoco Kelly Quilted Jacket
Image from Urban Outfitters’ Website

Urban Renewal Pelechecoco Kelly Quilted Jacket • $159.99

PeleCheCoco Leather Biker Jacket
Image from Urban Outfitters’ Website

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.

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

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.