What to Wear to Macon

2 May

I am wondering what to wear to Macon, Georgia.  I am going to something called a “Macon Whoopee” to accept an award for this blog (I know, right? See below…), and it poses a bit of a challenge.   Having now announced to the world that I have been on Weight Watchers™ for close to a year, I am expected  to look like an “after” picture. Sorry world, I am decidedly not yet the “after” picture. Though I am looking a lot better than my “before” pictures (which I have carefully destroyed), I am still the size—even larger than the size—of  many other peoples’ “befores.”

Don’t ask me to share my numbers either. The common notation for online weight sharers is OW/CW/GW, where OW is their Original Weight, CW is their Current Weight, and GW is their Goal Weight. It might look like this:  175/150/137.  Mine reads like this: NOYB/NOYB/NOYB, where NOYB is None of Your Business.  My NOYB policy makes me ineligible to enter Dr. Oz’s Transformation Nation contest, unable to be the cover story of a ladies’ magazine, and an untrustworthy commenter on weight loss message boards.

Still, I am reveling in the fact that my “Little” Black Dress now fits me like a nightgown. (“Whoopee!”)  I have been walking around, looking like a Peanuts character, with baggy shirts, pants, and undies.  So what will I wear? My usual black on black, with groovy low-heeled black boots? Decidedly not Georgian. And not a good choice for 90-degree weather.  Do I buy something in a pass-through size?

I know the Georgia look, having faithfully watched every episode of “Say Yes to the Dress, Atlanta” on TLC.  The ladies are all so feminine and deliciously sassy, and they know how to rock the lipstick and pumps. When I took my child on a college visit to the Savannah College of Art and Design, I developed a lady crush on the admissions counselor. She wore a crisp white blouse, a high-waisted pencil skirt and red high heels.  That’s the kind of look I’d go for. I’d change the crisp blouse into an evening chemise, wear pearls, carry a cardigan, and I’d be set.  The problem is, I can’t walk in heels. Never could. Even at my wedding, I wore 1-inch granny pumps.  My shape doesn’t do well in a pencil skirt either. A pre-school jumbo crayon, maybe.  And my hair?  More  Roseanne Roseannadanna than Reese Witherspoon.

Oh, wait. I think I have an appropriate dress ensemble from when I was “on my way up” to the highest NOYB weight, and I may be back down around there. Dress taken care of. Next thought: what will they be serving at the banquet?!  I can’t wait. Whoopee!

Here is the link to the announcement of the finalists: http://www.columnists.com/?p=14210

9 Responses to “What to Wear to Macon”

  1. rotters5 May 2, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    That is so cool!

  2. janice May 2, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    well deserved! But as far as wardrobe advice, since I AM from Georgia: big prints! Think a dress made from Laura Ashley upholstery fabric — not that YOU need upholstering.

  3. Cathleen Barnhart May 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Congratulations Ivy! Nice to see your great humor writing recognized.
    Here’s my clothing advice: take a back-up outfit with you, but when you get to Macon, make a trip to Stein Mart (there’s one in Macon; I checked) and buy yourself a new outfit. Stein Mart is the southern equivalent of Marshall’s, or maybe Nordstrom Rack, but with a southern flair. They have great, stylish clothes at reasonable prices. Here’s a link: http://www.steinmart.com

  4. Amy Sherman May 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    “A pre-school jumbo crayon, maybe.” LOVE that. Congrats and stay cool!

  5. energywriter May 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    Funny post. Been there, done that and need to do it again.
    Congrats on your award. Be sure to post some photos when you return home.

  6. Lisa Smith Molinari May 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Ivy – it is SO weird that you just posted this, because I was out perusing the discount racks for something to wear to Macon just before I sat down to look at my e-mail to find your post. I got three shirts that don’t hug my middle-aged gut, but every one was made in some third world or communist country, and they were all made out of textiles I’ve never heard of. Regardless, let’s have some fun in Macon, and congrats on being a finalist!

    • schmeightschmatchers May 3, 2012 at 1:55 am #

      So funny. Someone told me to get something at Steinmart’s down there. I found something at home – it’s festive but (I hope) not too dressy; it’s lightweight and black, but with floral print jacket – hmmm may be too loud. Anyway, looking forward to seeing you again!

  7. oshelray May 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    CONGRATULATIONS! Have a blast in Macon. Let me know if you stop by Atlanta. Shel

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