Happy hump day! Today I’m meeting up with old friends from the first church James pastored fulltime here in Georgia. I can’t wait to spend time catching up with these sweet ladies. And I’ll actually be wearing these favorite spring fashion purchases combined in this chic, casual look.
Secret Stretch Casual Utility Slim Ankle Pants
Last week I shared cropped chinos in a similar burnished, golden brown, but my bet is more of my readers will gravitate towards this casual utility slim pant from Chico’s. And I have to admit, as much as I love those trending crop chinos, I feel very at ease and comfortable in this more familiar silhouette.
I’m wearing my usual size 1 (or 8M) in these secret stretch utility pants. Indeed, they have nice bi-way stretch throughout, but still feel and look like classic utility ankle pants. They also come in sage leaf (a pale, mossy green) and new opal (a soft, creamy white). You can cuff them at the ankles or extend them full length, as I’ve chosen to do.
In fact, I’ve seen pants in this trending shade in most every shop I’ve visited recently. I especially like this color of pants paired with a white or black oversized shirt, such as this one I ordered from Chico’s at the same time I ordered the pants. The short sleeve poplin shirt is on back order, and it comes in white as well.
Unfortunately the secret stretch utility pants are not on sale currently, but Chico’s is giving us a deal on many of their other popular styles of pants, as well as tees and shirts. You can buy two pairs of select pant and shirt styles for $49 each or two popular spring tees for $29 each.
Soft Pink V-Neck Cotton Sweater
But I think these secret stretch utility pants also pair beautifully with this lightweight pink soft cotton v-neck sweater from Everlane. I’m wearing a medium in the sweater, but I also ordered a black one in a small and it fits a little better. It comes in heather grey and blue melange as well.
The sweater is ultra soft, lightweight and thin enough to wear all spring and summer, in the right situations. It has a slightly cropped, boxy fit. While you do have to be a little careful about cropped tops, as long as you wear it with high rise pants you should be fine.
Captain Lace-Up Thursday Boots
I’m beyond excited to share with you my new Captain lace-up boots from Thursday Boot Company. I actually had to get on a waiting list to order these boots, and they are worth the wait. And they appear to be fully stocked right now.
I decided during the winter sometime that I really wanted to add a pair of nice quality, leather lace-up boots to my wardrobe as a sort of building block. I love the old world look of these boots and plan to wear them frequently instead of wearing half a dozen other pairs of boots in different colors. And I think the Old English color is especially versatile, pairing equally with black and brown. For instance, I wore these boots with my black pants to church on Sunday.
Per the instructions on the Thursday Boots Company website, I did order the Captain boots 1/2 size up. They’re slightly roomy, but I’m able to wear them all day without any break-in time. They feel extremely comfortable and look, feel and even smell like the high quality, hand crafted leather boots they’re purported to be. I’m in love.
My Thursday Company boots are an investment, but not one I made lightly. I’m very much paring down my wardrobe, and these beautiful, high quality boots will be foundational for years to come. You’ll be seeing them frequently three seasons of the year.
Kendra Scott Necklace & Kate Spade Earrings
I can’t remember if I’ve shared this necklace duo yet. I picked it up at Kendra Scott for 50% off for my birthday bonus. The Elisa Multistrand Pendant Necklace is available at Nordstrom in three colors of metal with different stones. Or you can customize the two strand necklace, as I did, at Kendra Scott.
Remember, layered dainty necklaces are trending again. And this style of jewelry looks very youthful, fresh and contemporary. My pave stud earrings are sold out in the black I’m wearing at Nordstrom, but available in other pretty colors of stones. Or you can find my jet black earrings at Kate Spade.
Denim Jacket & Leather Tote
I finished off this casual chic outfit with my favorite denim jacket and my leather tote. All of these pieces are versatile and will be mixed and matched in countless ways in my wardrobe this spring and summer, and even into the fall. In fact, I’m wearing this same outfit today, but with my black trench instead of my denim jacket. (It’s raining!)
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Blessed for My Day
I have a confession to make. Sometimes I tell God what to do. Fortunately, He pays me no mind. Ha! Do you dare boss around the Almighty, too? At the time, I don’t think I’m bossing Him around, mind you. I’d say I’m just praying. I’m asking God to do this and that. And isn’t that what praying is all about?
Actually, I’ve learned over the years that I fare better when I approach prayer a little differently. Instead of suggesting how God could go about solving my problems or meeting my needs, I’m learning to simply share my anxieties and concerns, pour out my heart and then tell God I trust Him to work in His way and His timing. After all, His ways are so much better than mine.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” ~ Isaiah 55:8-9