I recently spent way to much time looking through the archives of my blog. Eight years is a lot of outfits, some wonderful, some a bit less so. I kind of miss the days when I'd just run out to my driveway and snap photos with the tripod. Now I feel like I want my photos to be more reflective of life whenever possible, which means carrying the camera and often getting a somewhat reluctant photographer to stop what we are doing for the sake of photos. I hate it when outfit photos feel like a burden. There is something to be said for my tripod days.

I also happened to remember this polka dot blouse, which I don't think I've worn since 2012, and if I were anyone else, it would have been long gone, but I'm terrible with the follow through of dontaing items that end up in my donate pile, so I went to my parents house, dug around a bit, and sure enough, there was the blouse. Ready for round two.

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The Rundown
Polka Dot Blouse Gap similar
Flared Denim Gap similar
Trench Coat London Fog thrifted similar
Studded Booties Guess via TJMaxx similar
Bag "Alexa" Danielle Nicole
Pearl Earrings Gift similar
Gold Choker Mark similar
Gold Circle Ring Thrifted
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx



  1. I love the ruffle blouse, so glad you kept it! Those jeans look so good on you.

  2. This is such a beautiful blouse, it's great that you didn't get rid of it because I can tell it's going to have a whole second life in your wardrobe now! It's funny how much blogging and our perception of our photos has changed. Just this week, I changed to a more sophisticated editing program and it makes the photos we take look so much better, but - and there is a big but - it doesn't seem to carry the edits over to every program, so it's been nothing but confusion and frustration and a lot of time spent reflecting on why I now think every shot we take needs to be perfect when we used to just run out to snap a few photos in our back lane. I haven't come to any conclusions just yet :P

  3. Yep, I know what you mean! That's exactly why I didn't have any outfit photos from my New York visit. I didn't want to take the time (5 minutes) to make us stop and take photos.
    Loving this outfit, the jeans are perfection!

  4. I am sometimes surprised at the amount of outfit pictures that I have accumulated and like you say many looks are just blah - however its part of the process.
    How good that you found this polka dot shirt from the archives.. had it been me maybe I would have already parted with it.
    AND your pictures only keep getting better ;)

  5. I do really love that blouse - it sort of has a classy 80s vibe to it that I really enjoy.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  6. Such a cute blouse! Don't get rid of it - it is a classic piece!


  7. I am always so impressed with your photos, so your hard work pays off for sure. That is a gorgeous blouse, and a hidden closet gem for sure. I love the classic way you've styled it here.

  8. That's so awesome that you've been blogging for so long! I really love your polka dot top.


  9. This is Fall perfection and these pictures are amazing. Love this look so much.


  10. You are wearing such great closet staples. I love your style girl.

  11. I have a pair of these jeans---and I think this blouse is perfect with!!
    I think I'll wear them on T-Day---maybe it'll stop me from eating too much--ha ha!

  12. Yess, what a boss babe look! Loving those pants

    Enclothed Cognition

  13. Wow - 8 years worth!! That's amazing! Love this classic trench on you. It's the perfect fall statement piece -xo


  14. Blogging has certainly gotten to be more a full-time job these days and it sucks when it feels like a chore. It's nice to have those moments when it feels like "the old days." Also, I love finding a tried and true piece like your beautiful blouse I can bust out again and it's just as pretty as the day I bought it!

    District of Chic

  15. You are a classic beauty! I really love the flares on you!


  16. Those flares look so good on you and are perfect with the retro ruffled blouse. Lovely outfit!


  17. These jeans are the perfect shape on you, and the ruffles on the blouse are so cute! Beautiful!

  18. Nobody works a trench like you lady. Gorgeous!

  19. You are wearing such great closet staples.