A Minimalist Closet

A Minimalist Closet

Putting together outfits has become a breeze! All I need is about 3 minutes and, boom, I’m out the door. Though it was a labor of love, I used to spend about 10 minutes putting together looks. How did I cut that time by 7 minutes? The answer – creating a minimalist closet!

Let’s discuss what is a minimalist closet. According to Anuschka Rees in this mindbodygreen article, “Try to think of your closet as an exclusive, members-only club. Only pieces that you love and are truly excited to wear get an invite.” 

To transform your closet into a certified minimalist one, go through each article of clothing and ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?” If the answer is no, toss it. If the answer is yes, keep it. It’s that easy! The beauty of a minimalist closet is that you’ll always feel confident in the clothes you wear because you wholeheartedly love them!

Another perk of converting to a minimalist closet is that it’s cost effective. When you become pickier about the clothes you buy, you save money! And, who doesn’t love saving money?

Since I don’t have as many clothes as before, I’ve become more creative in putting my outfits together. Take this look as an example. I’ve worn my Frank & Eileen button-down with my J.Crew pants many times (maybe, too many). So, to create a different look, I added my mi ami sleavless sweater from francesca’s. It’s as easy as that!

As a friendly warning, you might feel panic while getting rid of your clothes that no longer bring you joy because you might be thinking:

A) I’m not going to have any clothes to wear!

Yes, you will! You’ll use your creativity to put outfits together. Let’s say you get rid of all your jean shorts because they no longer bring you joy. Purchase another pair that you can’t see yourself without and that you intend to have for years. Every time you wear them, they’ll bring you joy!

B) But, I got that shirt from a trip/event/concert!

When you hold it, does it bring you joy? If not, toss it. If it does, keep it! I went on an incredible trip to Israel and purchased a t-shirt to remember my experience. But, I NEVER wore it. When I converted my closet, I looked at the t-shirt for a couple moments and came to realize that the t-shirt wasn’t bringing me joy. What was? The photos I took and a piece of artwork made by an Israeli artist hanging on my wall. So, I donated my t-shirt to free up space for the things I love.

C) I feel so wasteful for getting rid of all these clothes!

Have you heard the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It’s true! The overalls you thought you’d wear, but rarely ever touch and never quite feel yourself in are going to be someone else’s favorite thing in his or her closet! Bring your clothes to a donation center, thrift store, or resale shop, so someone else can enjoy them. : )

I had these fears (plus more), too! But, once I cleaned out my closet, I felt less stressed. My morning routine has become quicker, more of my time is now dedicated to my passions, and I’ve had a good outfit day ever since!

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With a lot of heart,

Carly

Outfit Credits: Sunglasses by Ray-Ban; jacket by J.Crew; shoes by Superga

Photography by Ali Stone

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

Thoughtfully Dress To Impress

Thoughtfully Dress To Impress

Did you skip dinner with friends to prep for next day’s presentation? Have you spent hours tweaking your resume, cover letter and learning about the company where you scored an interview instead of binge watching, oh, let’s say, “Chelsea Does…”? You’re clearly a lady boss who’s ruling her world!

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Doing the not-so-glamorous aspects for your career is important and, dare I say, fun! But, looking the part is also essential. When I step out, I make an effort to look MY best because it helps me feel MY best. We all have that dress, pair of shoes, lipstick shade, or jacket that makes us feel powerful. Though we have careers with dress codes to follow, I look at those dress codes as an opportunity to be creative by adding aspects of my character into my outfits.

For example, I LOVE patterns, so I opted for a tribal patterned blouse by Mata Traders in this featured business profesh look. BTW, there’s only one left on Mata Traders’ site! I’m obsessed with Mata Traders for a few reasons. First, they’re a Chicago-based company, which automatically upgrades their awesome factor. Second, its clothing and accessories are fair trade and made by artisans in India and Nepal.

I’m also a lover of color. When I spotted the vibrantly colored cuff by WorldFinds, I knew I NEEDED it. It’s even made from recycled sari material and fair trade! The WorldFinds cuff is out of stock, but it’ll be back in two weeks! In the meantime, click here for a similar and just as adorable style! The rest of the outfit includes a jacket and pair of pants by J. Crew. The J. Crew pants are out of stock, but click here for a similar style that’s on sale! The purse is by Rebecca Minkoff and is out of stock, but here’s a similar style! The shoes are by Manolo Blahnik.

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With a lot of heart,

Carly

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.