For most of my life, I possessed some vague knowledge of Paul Simon. Obviously I had been exposed to Simon and Garfunkel (my dad was born only one year before Simon, and sort of grew up alongside his music). But I had never really appreciated the depth and soul-wrenching aesthetic of the lyrics until I met Paddy, whose favorite album is probably Graceland (*Note: If you ask me, Paul Simon may as well have been the son of Zeus and Mnemosyne had they had a son and not nine Muse daughters). Since arriving in Florida, I have had "The Boy in the Bubble" and "You Can Call Me Al" playing on repeat in my brain. Maybe it's because I'm down south. Maybe it's because the album is warm and mystical and oftentimes confusing, and I'm at a point in my life where confusion permeates my head like this humidity permeates my pores. I don't know.
Anyway, I haven't been able to get "Boy in the Bubble" out of my head all day, so I chose to dress in this two-piece gumball ensemble by ModCloth. No, Paul Simon's song has nothing to do with big globs of bubble gum, but hey.
The very pop-art filter on this set (which I'm not terribly fond of to be honest but enjoyed playing with nonetheless) is due to the fact that this outfit is loud and ever-so-slightly obnoxious. But also because Graceland was written in the '80s, and the '80s were loud and very-much-obnoxious. I got a lot of compliments at the supermarket though. Mainly from the 70+ crowd.
I admit to splurging on some Michael Kors platform sneakers. I'm not remotely a brand whore, and I didn't buy them because of the tiny little MK charm on the top of the laces. They're just really, really comfortable. I spent most of my adolescence in Converse, but find that all of a sudden they really peel the back of my feet. These fit beautifully, and they have a platform heel. Bazinga.
Get the Look:
Gumball or Nothing Skirt, $30, ModCloth
Gumball or Nothing Top, $23, ModCloth
Michael Kors Platform Sneakers, $125, Macy's
Granny's Treasure Box Ring Pack, $20, ASOS
Handbag, My Mama's Closet (circa 1985)
Sunglasses, Buffalo Exchange (sometime ago)