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Apr 17, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Straight Cut Jeans and Utility Jacket for Spring, Plus More Brookgreen Garden Photos

Hello and welcome! I took a short blogging break over the Easter holiday. While I so enjoy blogging, it's always nice to have a little break from it.

While we are still on a shelter in place order, we are allowed to go for walks and we drove to a nearby hiking trail for a change of scenery. In the meantime I learned that we're not actually supposed to drive anywhwere unless it's essential, but honestly I don't see the harm in getting into my car for a short drive to this area at the edge of town....

We didn't bring my DSLR camera along, but my son took a few pictures with his phone, so I'm able to still share a couple of pictures. 

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Everything I'm wearing is old and no longer available, but these are "everyday" pieces and similar styles are most likely always available.

I like to wear my utility jacket on sunny spring days. These jackets are thin enough to wear on days like this. I've shared another (very similar) outfit post recently with this same jacket, you can see it here in case you're interested. Here I paired it with a 3/4 sleeve thin spring (or early fall) sweater from LOFT, straight cut jeans from GAP and TAOS sneakers. I also added an infinity scarf for a little warmth around the neck. I'm not really a fan of infinity scarves but picked this one up on clearance from Target last fall and thought I'd better get some use out of it. I'm sure it was leftover from last years spring season.

Here's what I found for alternative options:

1. Utility Jacket from American Eagle (70% off as I type this). Please note this jacket does run big so you might want to size down one). You might also like this utility jacket from Target and it ships for free.

2.  Taos Sneakers (I have the "retro star" which are no longer available. These are the same style and  color but in canvas material instead of suede leather. Check out these colors for a reduced price. It's suggested to go up half a size from your original shoe size. These sneakers are also available at They are so comfortable right out of the box. I have the 8.5 (my usual size is 8).

3. Tomgirl Jeans from American Eagle (40% off as I type this)
Unfortunately sizes are limited, but do check out their other jeans styles, as all are currently marked down!

I have not linked a similar sweater as I couldn't find anything in this color, but do check out LOFT, if you're interested (and really any color top would work with the rest of the colors in this outfit.) LOFT currently has a great sale (70% off one regular priced item, and 50% off almost everything else with code OMG) They also offer Free Shipping starting at $25 plus Free Returns. It's tempting for sure, but I just placed an order for a few new rubber stamps :-)

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As I mentioned in my last outfit post, I was looking through some vacation pictures and thought it would be nice so share some scenery photos while most of us are spending more time inside. Last time I shared some floral close up shots I took at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. Today I'm sharing a few scenery pictures I took. Some of these were taken last June and some were take a few years ago in July on our first visit here. 

Hope you enjoy the pictures! 

By the way, if you are lucky enough to live closeby, the outdoor areas of the park can be visited, but it is advised to buy your tickets in advance in order to limit contact. I can imagine it must look glorious there this time of the year!

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Lucy said...

You look amazing! I really need a good utility jacket!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Lucy! It has become my favorite jacket to wear in spring and in fall!

Joanne said...

I often find our "orders" contradict one another... we were told that we were supposed to stay inside and then our governor sent out a phone message saying we should get outside for walks and fresh air as long as we could still social distance. I've also heard we're not supposed to be driving but then I've heard that we can safely practice social distancing going for car rides as a family if we need to get out of the house. I honestly don't know what we can/should be doing but I figure driving for hikes can't be a bad thing. Your outfit looks nice and casual and those photos from your garden trip really make me want to head south. I am missing things like warm temperatures and leaves on the trees.

Nancy 's Fashion Style said...

Isn t it good to be out in nature! We want to go on Monday to our nature reserve. Just to be out for a while. And there is almost no one there! But it gives is energy! Enjoy your weekend!

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Minimalist Demi-Fine Jewelry said...

Love your outfits, you look amazing!
This place is really peaceful, love it!

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Amy Aed said...

I really like this look! And what a gorgeous landscape.

How is the quarantine treating you? I hope you are well!

amy x

Amy Johnson said...

Such a lovely spring outfit. Your pictures of Brookgreen bring back such bittersweet memories for me. I can't believe I have to cancel my spring vacation and I may have to cancel my fall one as well.

Shelbee on the Edge said...

You look adorable in your everyday pieces, Ellie! And these pictures are so beautiful. What a gorgeous place to walk and get some fresh air. Thanks for sharing and linking up with me.


Ellibelle said...

It's true, we hear different stories from everyone here as well. So we just keep social distancing the best we can and I definitely don't feel like taking a walk in nature puts anyone at any risk.
Thanks for stopping by!

Ellibelle said...

I think getting out into nature a bit is even more important during the current situation. Luckily we don't live in a heavily populated area so it's easy to keep the social distance when out.

Ellibelle said...

Thank you!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks for stopping by! And yes, Brookgreen Gardens really is such a peaceful area to visit and escape the business of the beach on our Summer vacations.

Ellibelle said...

Thank for visiting, Amy!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Amy. And definitely not a good year for travel. I was hoping to visit my family overseas this year but it's not going to happen :(

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Shelbee. Happy to link up this week!

Mica said...

Such a great casual outfit! I like that jacket! :)

Some people here have been fined for travelling too far for exercise so we have just been walking around the neighbourhood with the dogs when we do go out. There's a beautiful walk nearby but we'd need to drive there so I haven't done that yet, even if it's a secluded quiet trail.

Hope that you are having a nice weekend :) It's a rainy day here - perfect weather for continuing to isolate at home!

Away From Blue

Jennifer said...

Those jeans look great on you!

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Maureen said...

I love lightweight jackets. I warm up easy but do not like short sleeves so a lightweight jacket is the solution! I am glad you were able to get out. The weather has been nice lately and so glad you were able to enjoy it! Happy Monday!

Maureen |

Doused in Pink Life & Style said...

A utility jacket is a must have for spring! Love this casual look! Your photos from Brookgreen Gardens are lovely!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Laura B said...

I have those same sneakers and love them! This is the perfect casual look for a walk. Your photos are so pretty of the gardens!

Sherry said...

Those pictures are absolutely beautiful and I love your outfit too. Perfect!

Jessica Jannenga said...

Those photographs of the gardens are so pretty ! Love the leaves in the last picture. The utility jacket is perfect for Spring and looks great with the jeans.
We have a similar trail nearby. I enjoy going for walks outside.
thanks for linking!
jess xx

the 4 M's said...

One way to help our immune systems is to be outdoors and exercise. We haven't been to many places outside of the neighnborhood to walk but this Friday, I will share our outing to the Indian Mounds that are 2 min from my house. This afternoon, I will take the boys to hike to the state park nearby.

mummabstylish said...

I love the casual styles at the moment. Thanks for sharing yours. Jacqui x