01/08/2013 10:45 am ET

What I Wish I Knew At 21

Wow. Have you ever looked at an old picture and been instantly transported back in time -- to the point where you can feel the fabric of the shirt you were wearing, and smell the room you were standing in?

That's what this photo [below] does for me. I was 21 years old. I had bought the entire outfit off a mannequin at Cain-Sloan in Nashville. (Never was a bargain shopper. To this day, going through racks of clothes looking for a find makes me anxious.) The skirt cost $40. I'd never spent that much on a single item of clothing.