The First Cut Is The Deepest

The First Cut Is The Deepest

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m talking about brands I’m currently LOVING.

After learning about the online retailer IMBY, I knew it would become one of my favorite places to shop because it carries clothes that are versatile, classic, and made in the USA. I found these Joah Brown Cool Cut Loose Leggings there and love the cuts along the knees because they’re a subtle detail that add an unexpected element.

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To keep this look comfortable, I opted for my soft Frank & Eileen button up. You can find a similar style here. Frank & Eileen has won my heart because the fabric is imported from Italy and the button ups are made in the USA.

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To stay cozy, I layered on my Velvet by Graham & Spencer sherpa jacket. You can find similar styles here and here. I love my sherpa jacket because it’s  reverisble and makes a perfect companion for my wool Superga sneakers.

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My ears are uber sensitive in cold weather, so I’ve been living in my hats and ear warmers this winter. My L.A.M.B. x Burton beanie has been a lifesaver for my ears. You can find a similar style here.  These TOMS sunglasses have also been a seasonal staple during the sunny winter days.

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When I found this heart shaped ring by We See Stars at Babel Fair in NYC, it was love at first sight. I’ve accumulated a collection of gold rings from my travels to remind me of the places I’ve visited. Now, everytime I wear this ring, I remember my trip to NYC.

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What brands are you loving?

With a lot of heart,

Carly

Photography by Ali Stone, blogger of Those White Walls and professional photographer

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.

 

Workout Motivation

Workout Motivation

My relationship with working out is, well, inconsistent. For weeks I’ll be hitting Barre Code, Flywheel, SoulCycle, and Equinox classes. But, then, I ghost for another few weeks!

It’s true. I’m the one to blame.

So, I’m always trying the latest tips and tricks to motivate myself to be active. One tip I’ve found very helpful is to invest in activewear I LOVE. Think about it: We invest in adorable blouses and dresses to feel fab when we’re out on the town. We should do the same for our activewear! Plus, knowing you spent your hard earned cash on those new Adidas Stellasport leggings will definitely motivate you to wear those babies over and over again. On a side note, the adorable Adidas Stellasport leggings are a part of Adidas’ sustainable product program and is 82% recycled polyester! Whaaaaaaaaaaat!?

Need some more activewear inspo? Below is an outfit idea that includes some of my favorite activewear pieces that are also thoughtfully made! Need even more inspo? Then, follow my “Activewear” board on Pinterest, which is filled with brands that make thoughtfully made activewear.

Hippie and Heart's Fav Activewear Pieces

This looks includes a halter top by Heroine, which was made in the USA; leggings by Onzie, which were made in the USA; a bag by Dogeared, which was made in the USA; and sneakers by Stella McCartney, which I love so much that I even own a pair!

With a lot of heart,

Carly