Saturday, October 8, 2011

Mary Jane's Jacket or ... What's a writer to wear?

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

My friend author Mary Jane Maffini always looks professional.  Professional and downright cute!  Her winning smile is only part of the package. MJ knows how to dress, and part of her professional look is a great jacket. I'm not talking just one jacket--she seems to have a thousand of them. (I don't think I've ever seen her in the same outfit twice, but I would bet that's because she knows how to accessorize.)

I have never been a clothes horse.  In fact, for my entire adult life, I have depended on the kindness of friends and relatives to pick out my clothes.  I just don't have the interest or the talent for it.

But I've got an occasion coming up that calls for one to get "spiffed up." Yesterday I found THE jacket.  I immediately thought of MJ. She would look spectacular in this jacket -- except she's a little biddy thing and it would be too big for her. Well, it's a teensy bit small for me, but I bought it anyway.  It's my GOAL jacket.  You see, I'd also like to lose a few pounds before this occasion.

Since January, I've lost (as much as) 18 pounds. (Right now, it's 16 -- I seem to keep gaining and losing the same couple of pounds.)  I'd like to lose at least another 10 if not 15 pounds before my occasion.

Mind you, I've had goal jeans, etc., but never anything like this spectacular Laura Ashley jacket. (It's even got sequins.  I'm not sure, but I don't think I've ever owned any piece of clothing with sequins, although I do have a pair of earrings . . . )

I love this jacket.  I'm going to lose that weight so that I can wear it to my occasion, and I'm going to think of MJ when I wear it.

Have you got a piece of "goal" clothing?
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