One of my favorite posts – both my own and the ones that I see other bloggers do – is always the blooper reel. Piercing the veil between the shiny, sparkly blogger life and the actual reality of what posing in front of a camera is like. Admitting to the world that we’re both fabulous and flawed. 

So, I spent a rather joyous afternoon trawling through photoshoots from this past year to find all of the mishaps. The stumbles. The failed action shots. The hair in my lipgloss. The dress upswings, the photobombs, the clothing mishaps and everything that makes life real. Because those moments are awesome.

{Bloopers} The Best of the Worst #2 - The Dressed Aesthetic
Husband: Look at the bag like it’s delicious
Me: …..
Original Post: Snow Cone
Dress: Lindy Bop via Modern Millie (similar)
{Bloopers} The Best of the Worst #2 - The Dressed Aesthetic
When a bug steals your thunder
Original Post: Introducing Orchard Corset
Dress: She’s Dynamite
Steel-Boned Longline Underbust Satin Corset (CS-426) in white c/o Orchard Corset

The Clumsy Me

I may walk around in 5 inch heels, but don’t let that trick you into believing I’m graceful. I trip over things. I spill coffee everywhere. And I have a complete inability not to let my face register every single one of those moments. Whenever we take photos, it’s not rare to hear Mr. Dressed say something like, “That was great. Now maybe this time make your face less crazy.”

{Bloopers} The Best of the Worst #2 - The Dressed Aesthetic
Original Post: Parasol Parade
Dress: Mill Street Vintage (similar here & here)
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Original Post: Snow Cone
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Original Post: Weather You Like It Or Not
Dress: Blanche of Arts
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Original Post: Up, Up, & Away: Voodoo Vixen Aria Dress
Dress: Voodoo Vixen Aria Dress c/o Voodoo Vixen

The Windswept Me

There’s an occupational hazard that naturally accompanies wearing skirts and dresses on a daily basis: flashing the world. And it happens more often than you think. Gusts of wind and I do not always get along….

{Bloopers} The Best of the Worst #2 - The Dressed Aesthetic
Original Post: Around the World in 80 Days
Dress: Hunter Gatherer Vintage (similar here)
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Original Post: The FairyTale
Dress: Chotronette
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Original Post: Black Tie Optional
Dress: Xtabay Vintage (similar here)
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Original Post: The Butterfly Effect
Dress: Word From the Bird (similar here)
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Original Post: Petal to the Metal
Dress: Word From the Bird (similar here)

Action Shot Fail

One type of photo I consistently get complimented on are the action shots. My perfect twirls. The rockette-esque kicks. But I’m here to share the truth: most of the time they spectacularly fail…

{Bloopers} The Best of the Worst #2 - The Dressed Aesthetic
HOLD EVERYTHING! (When you kick a vintage handbag over mid-twirl)
Original Post: I Choose a FIT!
Dress: Greater Goods Vintage (similar here)
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Sometimes jumping photos look awesome. Other times you just look insane.
Original Post: Frolic Time!
Dress: Greater Goods Vintage (similar)
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Original Post: But Another Innocent Tale…
Skirt: Simply Vintage Co (similar here)
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Hair tastes delicious.
Original Post: Ace of Spades
Skirt: eBay (similar modern & vintage)

The Goof

I usually manage to keep my face serious for a few shots before the goofy side of me takes over and I start pulling faces. I crack myself up. I get distracted by something sparkly and forget we’re taking photos. And my husband/photographer is particularly adept at capturing me right in those special moments where it looks like I may have actually swallowed my face.

{Bloopers} The Best of the Worst #2 - The Dressed Aesthetic
Yeah. I see you rabbit.
Original Post: Down the Rabbit Hole
Dress: Oh Henry Vintage (similar here)
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Gesundheit!
Original Post: Six Years & Counting
Dress: Adored Vintage (similar here)
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I will kiiiiiill you with my mind….
Original Post: Window to the Past
Dress: Bernie Dexter
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Oh wait. Are we ready to start?
Original Post: Jingle Bells
Dress: Sartorial Matters (similar modern or vintage)
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Original Post: Gone Astray: The Case of the Missing Suitcase
Dress: Trove Vintage (similar here)
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Is that a bug? I think that’s a bug.
Original Post: The FairyTale
Dress: Chotronette
{Bloopers} The Best of the Worst #2 - The Dressed Aesthetic
When your dog suddenly and without warning wages war on a shrub.
Original Post: The Secret
Dress: Atomic Blonde Vintage (similar here)
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Trying to convince Finn to take outfit photos with me. No Dice.
Original Post: Blueberry Shortcake
Dress: Sweet Bee Finds (similar here)

The Immortal Willie

I feel as though a blooper reel wouldn’t be complete without my favorite pup. And even though he’s gone and there will always be a hole in my heart where he lives, flipping through these photos reminded me of how much joy we’d get out of taking outfit photos together. How he would sometimes pose just so, ensuring the perfect photobomb. How much he would revel is the sheer joy of being together. My photos still feel as though they’re missing something, but I am so so grateful I have these shots to always remember him by.

{Bloopers} The Best of the Worst #2 - The Dressed Aesthetic
Original Post: Window to the Past
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Willie often wondered why I was blocking his shot…
Original Post: Some Necessary Sparkle
Shoes: Valentino (similar)
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Original Post: Wardrobe Staples With LuLaRoe
Bag: Betsey Johnson, sold out (similar)
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Original Post: Lemon Streusel
Dress: Deerfield Vintage (similar here)
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Original Post: Peaches & Green
Dress: Garb Oh Vintage (similar here)
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I miss you everyday

I thought there was no better way to bid farewell to 2017 than to do so laughing at myself. Because the danger of taking yourself too seriously is that you start to believe you have to be perfect all the time. And as the pajama-clad me with her hair up in a messy bun who is typing this sentence will tell you – there’s a lot more fabulously imperfect than perfect around here.

So, remember dear readers, for every perfect shot, inspiring silhouette and sparkly, shiny image you see on the blog, there are about 10 of these. Tripping, tumbling, laughing, perfectly imperfect me. No one lives an airbrushed life, with immaculate coffee cups and studio lighting. And it’s the moments when the camera catches us unaware that you get a glimpse at who we really are.

I can’t thank you enough for following along with me this year – it’s been one crazy adventure and I’ve loved every minute. Here’s to an inspiring, perfectly-imperfect 2018.

 

xoxo

 

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