Monday, September 5, 2016

Stars and Stripes and Boldface Types: Labor Day Denim and Day Glo

Top: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Bralette: Boscov's
Jeans: Arizona Jeans, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Guess, DSW
Bag: Marshalls
Belt: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: Michaels

Dress: Bisou Bisou, J. C. Penney's
Shoes: Ami Clubwear 
Bag: Nine West, Marshalls
Jacket: Gap Outlet
Belt: B Fabulous
Sunglasses: Michaels

Top: Kohl's
Jeans: Arizona Jeans
Shoes: Payless
Bag: Marshalls
Belt: Wet Seal
Sunglasses: Michaels

Labor Day is always a sad affair, and this year was no exception (even if South Jersey did escape tropical storm warnings with nary a drop of precipitation).  Still, it was nice to have the day to reflect and reminisce and enjoy one last Rita's gelati.  To that end, this week's necklaces are pretty simple.

I restrung oldie but goodie I Heart the 1980s Necklace using beautiful yellow gumballs, then embellished twin banana-hued bibs that I found at Kohl's.  As for the outfits, I incorporated a little denim in honor of the great men and women who toiled away on our farms and railroads.  ('Cause nothing says blue collar hero like club kid clutches and colorblock heels).  In that vein, here's a shout-out to modern-day Trader Joe's workers, who wordsmith all manner of promotional whimsy:

 I sure am!  But not as glad as I am that you made this sign :)

Full disclosure: this pic has nothing to do with Trader Joe's, just my kitchen counter.  Although it is (and I apologize for this) the fruit of my photography labor.     

Is it just me, or does this banana look angry?  Hope this isn't his profile pic . . .  

Jeans aside, my favorite piece of clothing in this post is the bold black and white striped blouse in ensemble number three.  A little bit gangster, a little bit Beetlejuice, it's that rare double agent of staid wardrobe basic and intrepid scene-stealer.  I can't wait to throw it on over a graphic tee and mini, layer it under a dress, and tie it at the waist with a pair of capris.  Talk about versatile!  If there's a harder working, washing machine-safe, reasonably-priced shirt out there, then I've yet to see it. 

So props to you, polyester.  Because working the runway (er, Kohl's juniors department display) sure beats working on the railroad all the livelong day.

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