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A Festive Dress

December 29, 2014

Heya Boys and Girls! I hope those of you who celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah (or if you’re a Cashew , like me, both!) had a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends. The Sunday before Christmas was spent with my parents at their annual Hanukkah party. I was really happy to spend this day with them: I haven’t made it to the Hanukkah party the last few years, but this was the first year IN MY WHOLE LIFE I did not spend Christmas with them, so it was important for me to see them to spend at least some holiday time together. My mom, who is a doll, made a separate batch of latkes for me without egg. {The other latkes contained egg, which I think is totally unnecessary because mine were just as delicious – in fact, they looked exactly the same.} My sister, who is a vegetarian and also a doll,  made the most delicious vegan chilled chocolate espresso torte topped with cashew cream for dessert.   Do yourself a favor and check out the recipe. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

{Yes it was as delicious as it looks}

My husband and I spent the Christmas holiday in Brooklyn and Queens with his family.  They are most definitely NOT vegan, but are wonderfully accommodating to me, which I truly appreciate. I’m hoping that the day comes in which they are genuinely interested in the reasons for going vegan and we can have an honest and – one that might help them understand that I simply want to live a compassionate life without hurting anyone while, at the same time, acknowledging that animals are not resources or commodities, but, in fact, living beings with intrinsic value who have their own interests. I will say that his cousin actually seemed to want to engage in some discourse about the dairy industry {which she brought up},  and I was presented with an opportunity to dispel common myths a lot of people have with regard to cows raised on “humane farms”, but the others sitting with us at the table didn’t seem too thrilled to listen to my gentle comments about how cows milk is for baby cows, not humans, and that although cows on “humane” small farms may endure fewer horrors than dairy cows on factory farms, their lives are still fraught with suffering.  I also might have muttered something about how dairy cows are essentially pregnant their entire lives only to have their offspring taken from them so we can steal their milk.  The response to this was, “but the cows in Vermont seem to be happy,” so I figured it was time to let it go and change the subject.

ANYWAY – If I have a reason to wear a dress, By-George, I’ll take it! My love affair with velvet ( and the ’90’s ) endures with the cute little dress I wore on Christmas day.  I initially had an entirely different outfit in mind, but I was at Marshall’s running an errand for an entirely different purpose when it caught my eye: it was $15, velvet, and floral, so I pretty much had to buy it.  The nice thing about this dress is that it looks cute {at least I think so} dressed down with boots, but could easily be dressed up with a pair of heels. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with g3 preset IMG_6574 IMG_6573Dress: similar here and here Shoes: Sinclair Boots | Nicora Johns I hope you took the holiday as an  opportunity to don some festive attire, too! XOXO, MKC

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The Sartorial Coquette December 29, 2014 at 5:42 pm

your paragraphs on veganism are so on point! i’m almost seventeen so i still live with my parents and the most i can get away with is being a vegetarian, but i’d love to be a vegan once i leave. people seem to get really opinionated and close-minded whenever the topic comes up for some reason – very frustrating :/ love your dress though! <3
instagram: the_ch1ara 🙂

My Kind Closet December 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Thanks ! It’s always nice to hear that others go through the same thing! It can definitely be tough when you’re living at home and not providing your own meals!

My goal with this blog is to help normalize Veganism and to empower others who are on the path to take the next steps. I personally think the best thing I can do is to stay educated so that when the opportunity presents itself I can be prepared to speak intelligently and hopefully change some hearts and minds.
Hopefully you’ll be able to make the transition soon! 🙂


Carmen Mandel January 21, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Glad to have discovered your blog. We can certainly lead our entire lives without harming no one. Thank you for posting about veganism and what a pretty dress 🙂

My Kind Closet January 23, 2015 at 1:04 am

thanks so much, Carmen! 🙂


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