One of the greatest things about having a blog is that you are in complete control of what you put forth into the world, and are thus in complete control of public perception. I get to choose the best photographs, the perfect light, the good hair days. Ohhh the swirly, dreamy life we can create, where dirty dishes and scuffed shoes don’t exist.

However, what I think is bad about that is that it perpetuates the misconception that a blogger’s life is somehow perfect, and therefore by not living that ‘perfect’ life yourself, you are somehow not enough. These are the kinds of ideas that the media wants to bore into your soul (that I want to beat down with sticks): You’re not perfect, therefore buy this make-up/hair product/miracle cream and your life will suddenly be better. You’ll be transported to the trendiest restaurant, wearing the perfect outfit with the perfect group of laughing friends clustered around you. Or you’ll suddenly own a bigger house and be able to ride on horseback down the beach with a perfect man riding beside you, your hair blowing in the breeze but somehow not becoming a tangled, knotted mess. To me, this is all dangerous thinking because, again, it implies who you are in this exact moment isn’t enough.

But I’ve got a secret to tell – you’re awesome just the way you are. And the imperfections are the best part. So, I decided to put a blooper reel together (the first of many!) to be the first to step up and embrace the off moments, the caught-off-guard moments, and, most importantly, the stop-taking-it-all-so-seriously moments. (and if you want to see the original post with all of the “pretty” shots and full outfit details, links below).

So here are a few truths about me:

1 I am the clumsiest person alive. Seriously. You may think I’m all put together, but I have a physical inability to carry a cup of coffee without spilling it, and the miracle physics in those takeaway cups from coffee shops…yeah, foam is constantly shooting up out of the finest hole in the lid. I also trip, drop things, and have zero control of my face when any of these things are happening…

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And you thought I was graceful…
Original Post: Cats on a Wire: Introducing Modern Millie
Dress: Voodoo Vixen c/o Modern Millie
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The photo right before my ankle rolled…. Ouch!
Original Post: One Fine Day
Dress: Tuesday Rose Vintage (similar modern & vintage)
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My heel caught in my dress and right after this shot the shriek was heard around the world…
Original Post: Normal Day
Dress: Butch Wax Vintage (similar here & here)
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This is the face of panic when a vintage flower brooch goes tumbling to her death.**
Original Post: Spotlight On: Capsule Vintage
Dress: Capsule Vintage (similar modern & vintage)

2 The wind is my enemy. As anyone who wears dresses on a regular basis will tell you, we live in constant fear of an errant wind. I have surely flashed hundreds of people without meaning to. At least my neighbors know they can always count on a show…

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&^%&*!$ wind!
Dress: Hep Cat Vintage UK (similar here & here) // Petticoat: Malco Modes
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Original Post: Very Berry
Dress: Ruby Fayes Vintage (similar modern & vintage)
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Dress: Pinup Persuasion // Bag: Beleza Vintage (similar)
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Original Post: Over the Rainbow
Dress: When Decades Collide (similar modernvintage)
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Original Post: Wonder Woman State of Mind
Dress: The Vintage Studio (similar here & here)
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Some days I seriously think I’m going to get blown out of Aus to Oz…
Original Post: Of Cloudless Climbs
Skirt: Alexandra Grecco via Anthropologie (similar)

3 I love action shots! They always seem to come with their own element of risk. And how amazing is it when you get the perfect shot? But here’s a little secret – for every awesome action shot I show you lovelies, every perfect twirl, every gravity-defying jump. For every perfect moment in motion captured in celluloid, there are about 104,000 of these.

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Sometimes I forget not to swallow my face…
Original Post: Bright Lights, Big City
Skirt: Chicwish
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Mr Dressed: “So, throw the flowers in the air and then pose pretty!” Yeah… Flowers. On. Head.
Original Post: Spotlight On: Oh Henry Vintage
Dress: Oh Henry Vintage (similar here & here)
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Too late!
Dress: The Paraders (similar)
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It seemed like such a good idea at the time.
Dress: Trunk of Dresses (similar here & here)
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Note to self: Chipmunk cheeks bad.
Original Post: Pleats on Pleats
Dress: Adored Vintage (similar modern & vintage)
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Original Post: Poppy Fields Forever
Skirt: Chicwish // Jacket: Treasury Vintage (similar)
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Sometimes jumping photos look amazing. Other times you look spaztastic.
Original Post: The Bottlebrush Tree
Dress: La Belle Vintage (similar modern & vintage)

4 And life is just incomplete without Willie The Magnificant Photobombing Dog. He and I both know this blog is more about him anyway (and I’ve been told he has his own fan base. Forget vintage! Show me the one eyed dog!). As such, I would like to title this next section, “Dude, you’re in my shot!

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A hair mustache AND a Willie photobomb! Double whammy!
Original Post: Darling Buds of May
Dress: c/o Love That Lingers  (similar modern or vintage)
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Ahhhh a perfect photo. And then Willie.
Original Post: Matryoshka
Dress: Sartorial Matters (similar here & here)
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Ohhhh Willie…
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One-Eyed Willie becomes just Willie for a moment…
Original Post: I’ve Got My Eye on You
Bag: Luna on the Moon
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Original Post: Connect the Dots
Dress: Capsule Vintage (similar modern & vintage)
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Original Post: Candy Cane Conundrum
Bag: Tuesday Rose Vintage (similar here & here)

5 As much as I try to be “camera ready” at all times, the truth is I crack up a lot. I sneeze when I shouldn’t. I make a lot of faces. I wiggle, I squirm, I get distracted by sparkly things. But most of all, I have the ability to laugh at myself. Cause when it comes down to it, these shots are me more often than not!

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Original Post: Frock On
Dress: Kitty Girl Vintage (similar here & here)
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Original Post: Changed for Good
Dress: Konadlicious (similar here & here)
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I like how in the bottom right shot I look like an ad called, “Kara For President.”
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Got to love a photo where both Willie and I are making faces…
Original Post: Into the Woods
Dress: Bernie Dexter via Unique Vintage (similar)
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When your dog goes barking mad at what is either (a) a neighbor on an afternoon stroll or (b) a Rancor. Pup likes to be prepared.
Original Post: The Earth Laughs in Flowers
Dress: Tuesday Rose Vintage (similar modern) // Bag: Poppycock Vintage (similar)
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Original Post: Wonder Woman State of Mind
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I think I just saw a bug.
Original Post: Dream Within a Dream
Dress: La Belle Vintage (similar here & here)
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There are the days when your husband’s thumb is over the lens, your dog is snarfling all over your dress, and you’re laughing too hard to care. Those are and will forever be the best days…

As much as I love the perfectly captured moments, with dress freshly steamed and falling just so, I love all of these just as much. Because these are the real me. The real me who often has a dog trailing in her wake, with the wind blowing up her skirt, and who is racing between meetings while guzzling coffee. She who leaves shoes all over the house like a Shoe Garden. Who leaves the last sip in every glass of water. Who is blissfully, remarkably, perfectly imperfect.

So, how have you laughed at yourself lately??

 

xoxo

 

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**It was touch and go for awhile, but the brooch survived.