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Friday, December 10, 2004

Looming on the dusk horizon like the teeth of the Cheshire Cat
floats my Company Christmas Party.
It is laughing at me…

It mocks me because, as I zoom down the Slalom Slope of Christmas Present, I’ve forgotten it is TONIGHT! I’ve been too busy with the general Bling Ding Ring of preparations and Workshop FUN to pay attention to something very important. LIKE

What the — am I going to WEAR?

I just went through my closet and found NOTHING! My party frocks seem prehistorically lame and dowdy – even my old standbye – that gorgeous Red Shantung Silk Blouse that fits me like a glove is pointing and laughing and shouting LOSER at me because I wore that, ahem, the last time.

I hate my clothes! And right now, there are 10 hrs between me and Cocktails with the Boss and ZIP NADDA nothin’ is coming to mind…

Stores are not helping – even though every Christmas as I shop for others, I REALLY shop for myself – I’ve seen nothing that rings my chimes and makes me dive for my wallet. I don’t want to wear a camisole with a skirt! I was just kidding about that poncho I was going to make! I really want it but it just ain’t gonna happen.

And what about this?

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I see this outfit every day from the windows of the #66 at the Ralph Lauren store on Chicago Ave. (OK – the City is named Chicago – why did they name a Street: Chicago?!) It is one of their Party Looks for the Season – a long buckskin skirt with fringe topped by an Aran cabled tube top with long cabled arm warmers WITH (not done yet)

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a VERY long WIDE cabled scarf.

All Winter White All the TIme… And is it just me, or does the Mannequin seem a little… COLD? Why oh why do we suddenly need total anatomically temperature correct Plastic Figures on display? It not only annoys the Locals but the Tourists Loud Tittering all the way down the street after they pass is giving me a migraine…

I consulted with several male co-workers (I am the only female in my group) and they ALL voted for BLACK! ANYTHING black… When I asked about Strapless I was met with Guffaws a plenty and someone actually uttered the word PROM, but that was a reporter and he has a big vocabulary! It seems that guys maybe like to see that look on other people’s dates, occasionally, but it really is NOTHING compared to Black Boots and a tight Black Skirt.

The people have spoken…


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