This photo was taken in early October 2004. I bought that dress at Bloomingdales. I remember a few things about buying it...
I remember I could not believe it fit. It was a smaller size than I was accustomed to buying but at the time, I'd just lost a bit of weight. I was ecstatic. I mean, it's a sleeveless dress and I NEVER go sleeveless.
I remember how excited I was. And I remember how excited my mother was - she was with me - and how I was hesitant to buy it but she talked me into it.
I remember I wasn't sure if I could wear black to a Catholic wedding in a church. LOL. I asked the bride, my friend Nichole, and thankfully she was/is aware of my ignorance of religions outside my own... Regardless, I got a shoulder wrap and felt better about it.
I never wore that dress again. I had no occasion to in 2004 and 2005 was the year of my terrible car accident, my slip n' fall accident, the break-up and the gall-bladder surgery. That was the year my life seemed to spiral out of control and I began stuffing my face, seeking consolation. And in the subsequent years, I'd go back to school, experience stress and a new job and new relationships; go into debt... things have not improved much since I took off that dress, I suppose.
Now, though, I look at that dress and feel mildly hopeful. Because I am hoping that by this time next year, I will almost fit into it again.
Yeah, you heard me.