Chenille Cardigan & Burnout Velvet Cami: Beautiful Diversity

Chenille cardigan, burnout velvet cami and velvet maxi skirt.

I’m going to tell you right up front; this post is political in nature. If you prefer not to read it, that is absolutely fine just simply enjoy the outfit portion of the post…

THE STORY

…If you are feeling like going on a rant because who do I think I am posting something political on a silly little frivolous fashion blog, just don’t. Yes, my content is put out there for you, my readers, but first and foremost this is my space to share my thoughts, ideas, feelings and other randomness. You don’t have to agree with me about everything, but you do have to respect my space. So as I said, you certainly can skip this portion or simply click away. That’s the beauty of the internet; one click and you’re in a different place, no need to stick around and be snarky if that’s the plan.

I rarely ever post anything that is political in any way, but when I do I have a solid reason for it. Today my reason is simple. Tuesday night restored my faith in humanity and my faith in us as a country. Not because of the Democratic resurgence per se; but because of the beautiful diversity of the humans elected to offices, both local and state, all across the country. I say this not necessarily as a Democrat, I say it as a human being.

In the last year our country has seemingly time traveled to a bygone era, an era where it was no longer safe to be “different”. It doesn’t matter if that difference is a result of race, religion, gender, sexual identity or country of origin. If you are different, you are no longer safe. We have been sliding into a dark place where hatred has been given both a spotlight and a bully pulpit from which to speak. Ugliness, rudeness, lying and cruelty have been normalized by a vocal and very visible minority. They have used their loudness and shock tactics in an attempt to drown out the majority. The majority of which I am a vocal part; the majority that believes we are a nation of diversity; the nation that embraces the fact that we are all different and unique and believes that is a beautiful thing.

To me, Tuesday night proved that we, the majority, will not go quietly into the night. We will not simply lie down and take it. We will not accept the hatred and ugliness as the new normal. Why? Because it is not normal, not in any way, shape or form. Because that is not who we are. We will continue to fight for the rights that those before us fought and died for. We will continue to embrace diversity and uniqueness. We will make our voices heard, and we will beat the ugliness back into the hole from which it crawled. At the end of the day every single one of us is different, every single one of us is unique and every single one of us has the right to go to bed at night feeling safe. That my friends, is something worth fighting for. And Tuesday night was evidence that that fight is far from over.

THE OUTFIT

Seriously, how yummy are the fall hues in this outfit? Absolutely some of my favorites. Looking at these shots, in hindsight, I probably could have belted the chenille cardigan to sharpen it up a bit like I had done with this slip dress/cardigan combo. I’ll probably give that a try next time, but ya know what? On this day, in this outfit, I was comfortable, cozy and felt fabulous so really that’s all that matters, right?

I snapped up both the burnout velvet cami and the chenille cardigan last month at JCPenney at a super fabulous bargain price. Both are currently on sale at a great price so grab ’em now if you’re interested. The burgundy velvet maxi skirt I have owned literally since the early 90’s…I guess that makes it sort of vintage. And lucky me, it was perfect with my two new pieces.

THE TIP

If you’re feeling like a cardigan, jacket or blazer is a bit too voluminous…belt it. It will change the whole vibe of your outfit.

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Cardigan: JCPenney;  Cami: JCPenney;  Skirt: Similar;  Boots: Similar

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16 Comments

  1. 11.9.2017 / 6:58 am

    I have one word for you: BEAUTIFUL. The outfit, the setting, and the words. I agree with you on every single point and I admire you for calling it like it is and taking a stand. I also admire you for taking ownership of your space and your right to say what you feel . YOU.GO.GIRL!
    xo,
    Kellyann
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    • 11.9.2017 / 8:15 pm

      Can I say yes and yay?!! I love your rich fall colors, and agree with Kellyann’s response! It needs to be said, far more often, and by far more os us. We do have to stand for decency and acceptance and women have to have their voices heard on this topic! So thank you!
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  2. 11.9.2017 / 7:39 am

    Gorgeous outfit, and I’m right there with you on your freedom to write your thoughts on your blog (also with you on the sentiments expressed in your thoughts).

  3. 11.9.2017 / 8:56 am

    I applaud you for speaking your mind. We ARE a great country despite the horrible things we see and hear in the news every day. I would not want to live anywhere else. Your outfit is gorgeous- these colors are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Cathy V.
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  4. Elizabeth
    11.9.2017 / 10:27 am

    Beautifully stated, Debbie. We were at a birthday dinner for a friend last night and all of us had the same reaction to the election results. We are a diverse country, and seeing candidates elected who reflect that diversity was a wonderful thing.

    As for the outfit, it is perfection – a stunning autumn look.

  5. Kami
    11.9.2017 / 10:39 am

    Beautifully said, we just can’t afford to be silent!

  6. 11.9.2017 / 12:45 pm

    I said the same thing this morning!! My faith in humanity is recovering. I’ve been so sad, embarrassed, disheartened and mad with this past year in politics. Let’s hopevthoscway continues and our future is bright, diverse, accepting and loving!

  7. Lorraine
    11.9.2017 / 1:33 pm

    Beautiful in fashion and in your mindset. I agree 100% with your take on Tuesday. We are a country of diversity and we need to embrace and cherish that. My hope is the house of cards that was built on alternative facts and an alternative reality is finally starting to slip. There might just be some light at the end of this tunnel.
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  8. 11.9.2017 / 1:44 pm

    Beautiful colours and textures in this outfit, you look amazing! I really hope the tide is turning politically, both in the US and here in the UK. When everything kicked off last year with Brexit and Trump my husband said “Maybe the world is having a big enema and it’ll level out again soon”. Let’s hope so.

    Emma xxx
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  9. Marsha
    11.9.2017 / 8:35 pm

    Wow!! Simply wow! If we were neighbors, I think we’d be great friends! Your words inspire me to hope again. I had the reputation, in my school, for being a liberal. They had no idea! I tried so hard to teach my kids to see beyond the outside, to look deeply into the eyes of each other and find a reason to push each other to be the best they could be. Unfortunately, I taught deep in the land of Mike Pence, and now, some of those beautiful little fourth graders have grown into close minded followers. My own children, however, are almost as liberal as their mom. One even performs in drag (and I’m there shoving the ones into his hand)! Tuesday WAS about reclaiming this great land. Thanks for uplifting my spirit tonight! And, you’re gorgeous as always!

  10. 11.10.2017 / 6:23 pm

    “Rant” away lady! I agree that having differences embracing them lets me see the good in humanity! Thanks for your sharing your heart!

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  11. 11.15.2017 / 2:03 pm

    This post is so inspirational, and your outfit is adorable! I love all the beautiful fall colors and fabrics you included in this look. The cardigan looks so comfy, and I love that skirt! I could totally see myself wearing this.
    Thank you for linking up this week!

    ~xo Sheree
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