Monday, May 21, 2012

Something New and Sparkly - Melon Mix and an Apology to J. C. Penney's

Top: J. C. Penney's
Tank: Boscov's
Skirt: Marshalls
Shoes: J. C. Penney's
Bag: Nine West, Boscov's
Brooch/Barrette: The Tote Trove

There's nothing like summer to deliver you from the dietary doldrums.  Suspect-looking buffets bearing pale and desiccated melon wedges are suddenly outclassed by colorful cocktails of honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon.  In addition to being delicious, these sherbet-shaded fruits are just right (or should I say ripe?) for accessorizing lazy day summer outfits.  This Fabulous Felt Melon Barrette is just the thing to tie together the tangy stripes of this crop top and tank. 

Speaking of the crop, it hails from J. C. Penney's.  Yes, the very same one that I've been maligning during recent months for killing its coupon trade.  Nevertheless, I dared to darken the department store's door some weeks ago and ended up buying three tops, including this one.  All were reasonably priced, even without a coupon, bringing the total to an admirably low $30.00.  I was pleased with the purchase but disappointed with my lack of will power.  Then I read a couple of articles about JCP's losses and steadily declining stocks, both of which were attributed to new CEO Ron Johnson's staunch refusal to jump back on the bargain bandwagon.  And I felt sort of sad.  Kind of like JCP was a well-meaning but naive friend who had unwittingly fallen prey to bad company.  But then, such are the pitfalls of any retail romance. 


Shooting Stars Mag said...

To be honest, I don't know much about J.C. Penney (and there isn't one super close to me) but I do really want to check it out. I hear you can get some cute stuff for good prices...looks like you did, so that's awesome! I just need new summer clothes. lol


Valerie said...

My town used to have a JC Penney, and then a few years ago the corporate hq decided that our store was one that should be closed. It was terrible-so many people, including me shopped there because it was the only affordable clothing source in town (not counting Goodwill) I used to find amazing things there...

I love the stripes here-and your shoes and darling brooch/barette!

Jewel Divas Style said...

Love the tops.