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I usually have a stockpile of outfit pictures for 1-2 weeks of blog posts.  However, my new camera lens arrived, and I tested it out for the “Repeat” post on 11.22.11.  When I look at my outfit pictures taken previously, they just look so blah.  So I decided to start from scratch!  I choose quality over quantity for my readers {because y’all are awesome}!

dress | Piazza Sempione {different version}

OTK boots | Coach {similar}
necklace | mom {similar}
ring | mom {similar on sale}
cuff | Mai Tai
scarf | Christian Lacroix (last seen here) {similar}
bag | Chanel

Neiman Marcus Last Call had a huge sale before Thanksgiving, and I had a gift card that was burning a hole in my pocket to use.  I went in to browse and found some amazing items like this dress {and this Celine sweater at 90% off retail}! The dress is a stretchy silk, was less than $100, and has pockets!  I was drawn to it because of the simple shape and beautiful color.  The top is supposed to be buttoned but I left it open to fall and create a nice waterfall effect.  Next time, I’ll belt it and wear it buttoned.  My OTK Coach boots were a Marshalls find for $39.99!  {I think I’ve mentioned them before.} 

This is a picture of the dress buttoned up at the collar.  It gives it a modern chic look.
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Would you start from scratch?  And did you notice a difference in picture quality from 11.22.11? {Maybe I’ll come up with a clever way to use my old photos.}

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  1. Ling says:

    WOW!! The photos look amazing!! I wanna upgrade my camera too!

  2. The photos do look pretty good, nice and clear. Hopefully Santa brings a camera for me :) Love the way you let the dress drape. Very pretty!

  3. skippysays says:

    The photos do looks amazing Samantha!! I can’t wait to get a new camera and improve mine too :) Really love that dress- what a steal! And the necklaces you are wearing are just beautiful!

  4. I love love LOVE your scarf in these photos!!

  5. I do notice a difference. Great shots and very vibrant. I love the color and style of that dress Samantha. It looks so pretty on you. Beautiful bag, scarf and boots. :D

  6. The pictures look amazing Samantha! I asked Santa for a new camera. Let’s cross our fingers that I get it :) I love that dress. The color is very flattering on you. The dress, boots, bag, and scarf are perfection! – Dreama

  7. Your photos are so crisp! And the bokeh is fab. I can’t believe the incredible bargains you managed to nab. Here I thought clothes are cheap in the UK but the discounts are even better over where you are.

  8. Mimi says:

    i love how you said you go for quality more than quantity, that is such great advice for blogging (and for everything, really)! :)

    i really like your dress too! and your bag! :D

    <3, Mimi
    $100 Shopbop Gift Card Giveaway

  9. sam,

    you look good in any color. this dress look so lovely on you…very classic and elegant!!

  10. Beautiful dress Sam! Your photos are gorgeous. They are sharper & colors more vibrant. Awesome buys…I love a good sale!

  11. cryskay says:

    WOW! less than a $100 for a celine dress? and $40 for coach boots? you are such a savvy shopper, teach me your ways! i am horrible at bargain shopping. :(

  12. Wow – what a difference lens make to a photo. One of these days I will invest in a better one too. Love these photos, the focus really brings out the color of that beautiful dress.

  13. Nini Nguyen says:

    Love the head to toe look here. Super chic!

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