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Christmas, 1987

By Lori Ferraro

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 number.

2. An 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.

 

Lori's December 25, 1987 (Christmas) Diary Entry3. 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 asleep.

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.

Lori's senior picture in which she's wearing her pink Forenza sweater, a Christmas present from 19877. “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 watch was.

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.

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