3.11.2008

motivation en rouge

Saturday I got the shopping fever. You know the symptoms, bored with your wardrobe, need something to celebrate some weight loss and the arrival of spring, and oh yes, your work out buddy mentions the 40% off sale at Lane Bryant. However, I am not allowing myself to buy new new clothes (even at 40% off) because I am determined to continue changing my size. So to appease my wanton shopper, I took myself to the Goodwill. And there I fell in love with my red dress. When I was a little girl and watched The Parent Trap 800 times, I thought Maureen O'Hara was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen. And that scene where the girls trick each of the parents into meeting for dinner, and she's wearing a midnight blue A-Line totally 1950's gown, well, swoon. So, this dress reminds me of her and that scene, as well as making me feel feminine and pretty. Because with your arm chubs pinched, and your love handles hanging out, it is best to feel feminine and pretty as well.

Even though the tag said the size was XL, I raced into the dressing room, hopeful and determined. Much like the first time you go to bed with your amour, no? Oh my lord, it does not fit. It does not even begin to fit. I can get it over my head, and put my arm through the perfectly cute cuffed sleeves, but I can't zip it, and the V-neck won't cover my breasts. So of course at $6.00 I bought it! I showed Mr. Black and he said "It's a goal dress." True enough! So the photo I have of it is on a hanger, to save some of my dignity. I don't know that I'll ever really fit into it, the fact that I can get it over my head is promising. It may be 2012 when I wear it, but luckily it is classic. This is a terrible picture, but it is a faux-wrap dress, with a long sash, with a v-neck. I wish I was one of those glamorous bloggers with a Nikon that captures every last dog hair that's probably coating my dress, but alas, I have a point and shoot.
Even more cause now to continue at Pilates, and exercise, yes? Yes! Thank you for listening to the saga of my new unwearable dress. I was really flattered to read such encouraging comments to show a photo. Tune in next week when I post about the hairdo I won't get, or the shoes that almost were.

11 comments:

Chubby Chick said...

You're going to look fabulous in that dress! I love the idea of you buying it and having it as a "goal dress." Sadly... I feel like my entire wardrobe has recently turned into "goal" clothing. lol

I recently saw Maureen O'Hara in that movie and thought the same thing! She was absolutely gorgeous! Hubby and I watch a lot of old movies, and the women always look so beautiful. The clothes they wear are fabulous. They just look so put together... so glamorous... even if they're only going to the grocery store. lol

Marianna said...

I am an identical twin and my sister and I used to LOVE watching the Parent Trap on Disney when we were little.. Gosh, the memories!

Congratulations on the gorgeous dress and, of course, on all of your success! Keep it up!!

Hanlie said...

Every woman should have a red dress! You are going to look gorgeous in that!

Ready to Shrink said...

I think a goal dress is a WONDERFUL idea! It's beautiful and you will look LOVELY in it. :)

Lidian said...

Great idea and beautiful dress!

Poonie said...

Really cute dress, and like Hanlie said, every woman must have a red dress in her wardrobe, it is compulsory! You'll probably also be surprised at how soon you fit into a dress you couldn't imagine fitting into. And how good will it feel?!

Sash said...

You described that dress perfectly. I love Maureen in the classic Parent Trap. You will look fantastic in that dahlin'!

Scale Junkie said...

A classic dress! You are going to look fabulous in it! I can't wait to see pictures of you fitting into that dress very soon!

Heather said...

that is a great goal dress! I know you will get in that and feel amazing and you deserve it!

Lady Vea said...

That is a totally cute dress! Don't say 2012 and don't say never - what a great idea to have that hanging there waiting to be worn.

You inspired me to dig out a skirt I LOVE. I bought it a LONG time ago and it was just a little too snug and I thought then, oh a week of restricted food and I'll fit into it, well it ended up lost in my closet for a few years and after reading your story I got it out and tried it on and - wow, I am ashamed to say I nearly split it pulling it unzipped over my hips.

Taking a page from your book - I hung it on my bedroom door to remind myself every day - that I used to nearly fit it, and someone I WILL. Sooner then later and NOT never.

CindyPTN said...

You will get into this dress. It's beautiful. I love red. Keep it hanging on that door too, and you'll be motivated daily!