Below is a page from my diary, dated December 25, the year was 1987.
Ladies – how many of you woke up to find one of these blasts from the past
under your tree?
1. A few Forenza sweaters.
Yes, those hot, chunky cable knit roll neck sweaters from The Limited. I
even had my senior picture taken in my favorite, a Peptol Bismol pink
Outback Red turtleneck.
Again, from The Limited. Outback Red was a hot brand back in ’87 - I
remember this was a mock turtleneck in a pretty shade of red. I would
wear it with my “Z Cavaricci” brown pants, gold corkscrew earrings and a
red scrunchy in my hair. THAT was a sweet ensemble.
An “Axcess” watch.
This was my favorite watch ever. Gold face with a cutout that had a sun
and moon that changed as it went from day to night. It felt all classy
and grown up.
4. Benetton outfit.
I remember this “outfit” consisted of a bright Kelley green top and
stretchy elastic-waist white pants. Two words – Not. Flattering. I
didn’t really care how it looked on me, I just loved it was from
Benetton - on sale, marked way, way waaay down...the only way I could
ever talk my mom into anything from that store.
5. Colors Perfume.
And I wanted to smell like benetton too - all sixteen year old girls
wore this is 1987 - I think it was the law. I can picture that bottle on
my white dresser and remember how I would admire it before I fell
6. Esprit Purse.
This was one of those “roll” bags, that kind of looked like a barrel or
a log. It was light gray and really soft. It was a pretty little bag.
“another Liz Claiborne etc.”
This purse was white with brown trim, plastic-y and stiff to the touch.
You can kinda tell I was pretty much over the Liz Claiborne thing at
this point, like great, ANOTHER one...
8. A BOYFRIEND.
Jason. He came over last night and today. He asked if I wanted to “GO
WITH HIM” (where?) He’s sweet. He’s gorgeous.
A good Christmas, and a good haul, right?
I’m hoping the following Christmas Santa brought me some self-esteem
because obviously I had zero, with my “he-seems-to-really-like-me-a
lot-and-I-have-no-idea-why” attitude, yeesch.
I do love having this ridiculous record of what happened on that Christmas
morning. I can see that Benetton outfit and feel that Forenza sweater,
remember the pretty smell of the perfume and how cool I thought that
The picture of that Christmas/time in my life is seen more clearly thanks
to what I was carrying/smelling like/dating/wearing.
Lori Ferraro is the author of
the website Drawn to
the 80s where the greatest hits of the 1980’s are illustrated by her
five-year-old son. Her blog
www.onceuponaproduct.com is where you can read about her obsessions
with make up, food, Mick Jagger, big hair, boys and yes...the 80's.