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

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.

 

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
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.