Chenille Cardigan & Velvet Burnout Cami: Friends From Afar

Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots.

I’ve been blogging now for going on 5 years. One of my favorite and most unexpected things about it is…


…the actual friendships that I have developed with many of the like-minded blogging babes I’ve met since I first started. It’s a funny thing, social media and the internet. It can be such a dichotomy. While on one hand we run the risk of being so caught up in all of it our interactions with people and our actual lives can suffer, it also provides us the opportunity to meet people and form friendships that would have otherwise not existed. Like everything in life there’s a light and a dark side, and we have to find a balance somewhere in the middle.

I  couldn’t begin to list them all, but Jennie, Sheela, Shelbee, Paula, Jodie, Bettye and Kellyann all jump to mind. I would hang out in real life with any one (or all) of these women in a hot second. Although we communicate via technology, that does not make them any less important in my world. Our initial common interest was fashion and blogging sure, but over time I have shared secrets, laughter and a few tears with these women. Our bonds deepened over the commonalities in our hearts and our minds…and if that doesn’t define friendship I don’t know what does.

So although it’s true that technology can narrow our world, it can also expand it, deepen it and make us richer for the experience. The argument could be made that one cannot be “friends” with someone that they’ve never met. I beg to differ. Yes, people with nefarious intentions can pose as something they are not online. But when you have the opportunity to get to know someone over the course of years through their writing, their photos and the sharing of their lives you get a pretty solid picture of who they are. Our basic human instincts give us a sense of who belongs in our tribe.

I changed the topic of today’s post because of an email I received from one of my other blogging friends. Linda and I hit it off years ago and we share an affinity for the apocalypse and…plaid suits! Seriously, how could she and I not be friends? When she emailed me in regard to a “non-collaboration” of course my response was “hell yeah my friend”!

Why a non-collaboration? A few weeks back Linda wore her “Sheldon suit” as I like to call it, and it occurred to her that we should do a post together since I own the same suit. But alas, that same day she saw on my Instagram that I had just worn it. So instead of an actual collaboration, she put together this super cool collage of the two of us sporting our Sheldon suits over the years. See what I mean about the Internet? Had Linda and I not found each other years ago, you all would be missing out on this fabulous collage of a multitude of ways to style a plaid suit…and I’d have one less friend in my life…


While the colors that I wear are all over the spectrum, I’ve found over the years that warmer Fall-ish colors work really well on me. Be it burgundy, mustard yellow, olive, even burnt orange which one might not think would work on a redhead…all of them just play really well with my hair, eyes and skin tone.

I found this chenille sweater months ago at JCPenney and had to have it. It’s like wearing a soft fluffy blanket out in public. My only regret is not picking it up in the other colors. The same goes for the velvet burnout cami; I picked it up the same day and now wish that I’d also gotten it in blue. I went with my block heeled ankle boots because they haven’t come out to play for quite some time. Normally they are pretty comfortable, but I found that the right one was a hair too tight across the area where I had my foot surgery last Spring so back to the attic they go for now.


I’m a huge advocate of wearing what you love no matter what. That means even if a color isn’t necessarily your color soulmate, but you love it, then wear it anyway! With that being said, if there is a particular color or colors that you know accentuates your stunning gorgeousness, then by all means wear them with abandon. When you feel good in what you’re wearing, you can’t help but look beautiful.


Check out the weekly link ups I participate in for even more fashion and style ideas…

Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots.Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots. Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots.Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots. Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots.Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots. Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots.Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots. Chenille cardigan, velvet burnout cami & hiking boots.

Cardigan: JCPenney;  Cami: JCPenney (Similar);  Jeans: Old Navy (Similar);  Boots: Similar

**Commission is earned for purchases or clicks made through links in this post.



  1. 02.7.2018 / 9:02 am

    It’s totally true you can be friends with people you’ve never “met”. Heck…we used to have pen pals in school, and this is kinda like the same thing!!
    Especially when you collaborate with someone, you find out how they react, what their timing is like and pretty much if you’d enjoy their company!!
    And back atcha Debbie!!
    As for the outfit, you never cease to amaze me…I know it’s all about the chenille and velvet, but those boots are impressive too!!
    Jodie filogomo recently posted…Outfits Inspired by TV Shows & Ageless Style Link upMy Profile

    • 02.7.2018 / 9:03 am

      Thank you my friend! Actually the pen pal comparison occurred to me too. I had a pen pal in Hawaii for years when I was in elementary school. I think you and I bonded over the UPS man…lol!

  2. 02.7.2018 / 11:14 am

    That is so cool that you and Linda have practically the same Sheldon suit! Ha! It is almost exact.
    Thank you so much for the kindness and shout out. I am still so stunned that I found a blogger living in my husband’s hometown! Seriously that just blows my mind.
    I have been so surprised at how small the blogging world seems to be and how easy it is to make connections. My life is definitely better for it! When I see how competitive and mean spirited some women can be I think of this community and how kind and supportive everyone is, such a gift!
    Thank you my friend, you are a gem!
    Kellyann recently posted…Silver and Faux LeatherMy Profile

    • 02.7.2018 / 11:17 am

      I absolutely agree with you! For the most part, everyone within our group is supportive and kind. And I know that you realize that whenever you guys are up this way, you and I are most definitely doing a photo shoot at the covered bridge!! xo
      debbies recently posted…Chenille Cardigan & Velvet Burnout Cami: Friends From AfarMy Profile

  3. 02.7.2018 / 8:36 pm

    Fantastic look!! You have a good tribe and I love that top so much that I also have one. Enjoy. . .
    Neti recently posted…Breezy Winter in SFlaMy Profile

  4. 02.7.2018 / 9:17 pm

    The colors of this outfit are absolutely stunning! I love your reflections on virtual friends. I am beginning to connect with some of these amazing lady bloggers and all are powerful women in their own right. As always, I enjoy your thoughtful posts.

  5. 02.8.2018 / 11:31 am

    I too have met friends via IG – and it does feel funny to say to others, that have never experienced IG, that you met a new friend on IG, but it’s true! I consider you my friend!

    I love your chenille cardigan – makes me want to run to JCP right now and see if they still have it! How cozy!

    Btw, I’ve actually met Jodi and she is the real deal!

  6. 02.8.2018 / 1:32 pm

    It is so cool to have a community of other bloggers. You have things in common and can even get advice on topics. It is always good to feel included and part of a bigger force. Love that cardi. That yellow is popping up over and over. You look great and I agree with Jodie. I love the boots. – Amy

  7. 02.9.2018 / 7:29 am

    Let me tell you that my,, blogging friends,, are more supportive and kind then my,, real world,, friends!! That should start me thinking doesn’t it!
    You look absolutely beautiful in these colours!
    And indeed, what a great collage!

  8. 02.9.2018 / 10:13 am

    I treasure my “virtual” friends, some of whom I have made a special effort to meet in person — like my friend Helen who lives in Australia. What a great trip that was! I love that chenille cardigan sooooo much!

  9. 02.9.2018 / 6:52 pm

    Love this post SO much. We must meet one day. Next time I’m on the PA Turnpike headed out east to see my family maybe we can make it work.

    Paula Holloway recently posted…Fictional Fashion InspirationMy Profile

  10. 02.12.2018 / 12:15 pm

    You look beautiful in these autumnal colors and that blouse is so gorgeous! I just want to snuggle into this warm cozy chenille sweater.

    I, like you, am so glad to have discovered some wonderful friends in the blogging world. I am happy to consider you a true friend and one I know I can reach out to and will understand certain things those in my “real” life may not. Hugs and thanks for including me on your list. 🙂

    Love the non-collaborative post of you and Linda in your Sheldon suits! Makes me think of our collaboration – cannot wait!
    Jennie recently posted…Flip the Aging Script with ROC SkincareMy Profile

  11. 02.18.2018 / 4:39 am

    I love everything about this outfit Debbie… the textures, the colours, the BOOOOOTS!!
    I agree about making online friends… I’m sure we’d have a ball if we could meet up and get a proper blether.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge