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Tueday, November 30, 2004

my Cordovan Sanity: a Ribby Cardi

RUN FOR COVER! IT’s the last day of November! I’m duckin’ my bucket covered head to avoid that CHRISTMAS RUSH BULLET!

Everywhere I go, to and from work, through the Miracle Mile of North Michigan Ave. are reminders of the SEASON: shoppers

Starting with the Festival of Lights a couple of weekends ago, where 1.5 MILLION people witnessed Santa coming to Chitown, and continuing with the Day After shopping carnival, I’ve been a hoola-hoop around shoppers and tourists. Watch me work a crowd! Whether I’m on the #66 (which goes straight thru Shopping Central by Water Tower AND the American Girl Store) or working the local Home Depot doing a “How to Buy a Christmas Tree” story, I’m a circulating and percolating through the masses. (BTW, the HDespot had some really FINE and cheap Xmas trees – the smell alone is worth the price of admission.)

I’ve bought nothing, nada, nyet.

I actually went into the local Walgreen’s with a coupon for an $.89 Revlon lipstick in my hot little hand (truly needed a *Wine with Everything* to start my Holiday right!), but was CRUSHED to crumbs when they told me it was a 3-hour coupon and I’d missed by 15 minutes. AH the cruelty of the Season…

Second best cruelty – the company Christmas Party – to go or not to go?! We are having a rather swank soiree in a glamorous hotel. BUT, it is on a Friday night. AND, I’m usually in a parka and BOOTS! (How the heck am I gonna find time to duck into a phone booth and presto changeOH!)

And so it begins!

The Holiday Fantasy Garment!~

What kind of fun would I be having if I didn’t have NEW CLOTHES for Christmas!

Corner #1: Parka, boots and thick wool socks.

Corner #2: Beautiful, glamourous Cocktail Barbie! Wearing (in this dream puff, anyway), sleek fitted trousers, maybe these pumps, and a PONCHO!

Sheer, modern and a little naughty…

Out of this:


OOOOHHH it’s madness, I tell you… $.89 Lipstick paired with $500.00 shoes!!!

12 responses to “Tueday, November 30, 2004”

  1. Cara says:

    do it! Everybody needs to get gussied up every now and then. Get the pants – get similar shoes at payless (no one will know but you!) and make the poncho. Do it!

  2. Lacy says:

    Pull out all the stops BonneMaire and GO TO THE PARTY!!! You’ll be glad you did. Just think of all the stories that can develop from an office Christmas party. You wouldn’t want to miss out. Have a blast!

  3. AnnDS says:

    Live this suburban mommy’s dream and GO TO THE PARTY, WOMAN! I haven’t been to Chicago in over 10 years…I vaguely remember having fun there.

  4. katie says:

    No, you need those shoes, seriously. Hot classy and would never go outta style

  5. Debbi says:

    Eeeehxcellent! :) Definitely a fashionista’s dream. Go to the party and have much fun!

  6. Marg says:

    Anything on top of the pants, under the poncho…??? ;-)

    Merry Holidays!

  7. Toby Wollin says:

    Ah — the office Xmas party — what mine field in (put your own choice of far-off part of world here)can compare? I showed up last year in my self-designed and knitted knockoff of an Adrianna Vitadini cable pullover with a split neck worn over a black stretch satin skirt with the cute little bias ruffle at the bottom. Worked great for me because someone at the hotel had deep-sixed the heat and I was the only person in the room who did not have to drink the cocktails in their parka over the sexy little black dresses. I’ve already been asked what knitted creation I’m wearing this year — keep ’em guessing is my motto and always keep a dressy (no Xmas trees or elves, please) sweater at hand.

  8. Bonne Marie says:

    Right on Toby! I had that same *lack of heat* experience before at the same hotel this is going to be at – it was really uncomfortable! Luckily, I wasn’t strapless like lots of my associates who were turning blue.

    BTW – :) – I will be wearing a tank top under the poncho so there will be some decorum imposed on the boobalas…

  9. shannita says:

    oh. my. gawd. those shoes are amazing! get them! go to the party and be fabulous! :-)

  10. DonnaP says:

    Those shoes are TDF! Love the pants. The (wannabe) poncho is gorgeous. Do it! Go to the party, have a wonderful time!

  11. Gina says:

    Am I the only to point out that the shoes are on sale? OK Nearly $400 isn’t a big bargain — but it’s still a sale!

  12. Bonne Marie says:

    THAT is a sign from God that I must buy THOSE SHOES!!!

    They went on sale AFTER I posted!

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