Thursday, December 31, 2015

Drumroll/Jellyroll Please . . .

Top: Bongo, Sears
Skirt (dress): J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Worthington, J. C Penney's
Bag: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Jacket: BCBG, Macy's
Sunglasses: J. C. Penney's

Top: Bongo, Sears
Skirt: Modcloth
Shoes: Betseyville, Macy's
Bag: Xhilaration, Target
Jacket: Candie's, Kohl's
Sunglasses: J. C. Penney's

Top: Bongo, Sears
Skirt: Material Girl, Macy's
Shoes: Penny Loves Kenny, DSW
Bag: Nine West, Marshalls
Jacket: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Sunglasses: Cloud Nine, Ocean City boardwalk

Top: Alloy
Jeans: Bongo, Sears
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Marshalls
Jacket: Hot Kiss, Marshalls
Sunglasses: Rampage, Boscov's

Top: Bongo, Sears
Skirt (dress): Kohl's
Shoes: City Streets, J. C. Penney's
Bag: Apt. 9, Kohl's
Jacket: Abbey Dawn, Kohl's
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's

Top: Bongo, Sears
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Chinese Laundry, DSW
Bag: Candie's, Kohl's
Jacket: Decree, J. C. Penney's
Belt: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: Candie's, Kohl's

Because on New Year's Eve we're still in pa-rum-pum-pum-pum territory, which means a bounty of drumsticks -- chicken, ice cream, and anything else hanging by the buffet.  (Also, candy, as represented by the above bargain basement tree garland.)  On the subject of drums, every outfit in this week's post includes a Bongo item from Sears.  Because I've had the pleasure of rediscovering Bongo lately.  If you were a child of the 1990s, then you may have picked out a pair of Bongo jeans for the first day of school.  Back then you could find them at J. C. Penney's, sometimes in a funky pattern befitting their namesake, that most exotic of the percussion instruments.  Then it all disappeared for awhile, only to reemerge as a fashion phoenix at the retailer best known for wrenches.  New and improved, the brand has moved beyond denim to infiltrate every nook and cranny of the wardrobe spectrum.  It's good stuff, fun and affordable with just a hint of rockabilly retro, and I'm so excited about it that I think that "The Walker" by Fitz and the Tantrums  ("I walk to the sound of my own drum . . .") should be its theme song, a comeback anthem that boldly proclaims so what if it's cousins with Kmart?  Which is fitting, what with drummers being known for their off-beat behavior.  You know.  Animal from the Muppets, Travis Barker from Blink-182, Ringo Starr from the Beatles --  also, that other, lesser-known Ringo from Los Lonely Boys.

So let's have a listen, shall we?  I'll provide the lyrics if you hum along in your head, or, if your head isn't earworm friendly, then if you zip on over to iTunes.  Fitz and the Tantrums' drummer, by the way, is John Wicks.  Not to be confused with the title character in that Keanu Reeves movie.  Which, now that I think of it, was John Wick.  Still close enough for the poor guy to get some weird fan mail, though, don't you think?

"Ooh, crazy's what they think about me
Ain't gonna stop cause they tell me so
Cause 99 miles per hour baby,
Is how fast that I like to go.

Can't keep up with my rhythm
Though they keep trying.
Too quick for the lines they throw.
I walk to the sound of my own drum,
It goes, they go, we go, hey yeah yeah yeah"
Prose like that deserves some pastry (figuratively speaking, of course, as I'm certainly not going to box up a pie for Mr. Wicks after that bit about fan mail).  Indeed, dessert and drums: no sweeter way to roll.

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