so here i am in corduroy 

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First off, I would like to apologize for the absence of my regularly scheduled Thursday post last week. Following the election, I needed a few days to process the results and it felt too soon to address my feelings at that point. Now that I’ve had a week to think, mourn, and listen, I’m ready to be a part of the conversation.

I’m not going to use my blog to try and force my political opinions on you, as I believe that everyone is entitled to form their own thoughts. However, I’d be lying if I said I was happy with the outcome of the election, and my feeling of distress go beyond being a poor sport or simply being surprised. Unlike past elections, it wasn’t just my candidate versus the other candidate – it was someone who could maintain the status quo versus someone who terrifies me to my core. It wasn’t an either-or for me, but rather a lesser of evils. Now that the results are in, I’m not angry because my candidate lost. I’m scared because my rights are being threatened in a way I never thought possible, and I feel helpless. I’m scared for the environment, the economy, the LGBTQ community, minorities, women, and the result of this fear on our society as a whole. I am worried about myself, my friends, my family, and my country, and that worry comes from a heartfelt place.

With that being said, I want to channel the fear I feel now into something that will prove constructive in the long run. I would be easier to run away to Canada, yes, and I’d be lying if I said the thought didn’t cross my mind. But right now, I want to fight for my rights and I want to understand why this happened. Violence won’t solve anything – we need to talk to one another, find common ground, and at least listen to other people’s thought processes. We are a nation divided and we will remain that way until we communicate openly with one another.

Although I’m feeling more optimistic now, just a few days ago I felt like I was entering a past decade, with less progressivism and more misunderstanding. To channel era’s of America’s past, I paired my 1970’s inspired corduroy mini skirt with an in-style mock neck turtleneck and some knee-high boots. Overall, the look is vintage inspired & fall friendly, and its one of my favorites for this season.

Want to share your thoughts on my outfit or the election? Leave a comment below or Tweet me @alexzcrase.

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Get the Look: Mock Neck Sweater Shirt from F21 // Corduroy Mini Skirt from UO (Similar Here) // Knee High Steve Madden Boots (Similar Here)

Photos by Bryant Yang

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