Dawning of a New Day

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I turned 31 on Friday, and although I did think about doing a little post about my thoughts on aging and my hopes for my next year of life, I really just... couldn't be bothered? I guess? Honestly, after all the buildup of turning 30, I basically greeted 31 with a shrug, opting for sushi and a movie over any kind of a party. 

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I did, however, take a couple of days off work, because why not, and on my birthday I ended up getting up early and catching a bus downtown to take photos. Frankly, capturing this 1940s dress set was probably the best part of my birthday!

Although I didn't get a particularly clear photo of the print, it's some kind of classical scene with a piper and dancing people. I tried it on a while back, winced at the price, and left it behind. After I traded some things in for store credit, though, I couldn't resist bringing it home. It's a dress and jacket set, and honestly, I'm already in love with the versatility that comes with two pieces. It's great now, as a spring dress, but I ended up wearing the jacket and a solid black skirt out to dinner later that evening, and the dress will be lovely by itself when the weather gets too hot for long sleeves. 

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While I arrived at my chosen location (the Field Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago) a little later than intended and couldn't get some of the shots that I wanted, I'm still pretty pleased with what I did get. As you can probably tell from the frequency with which I use them, I love shooting photos in and around museums. I've always been a little obsessed with those neo-Classical artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, like Lawrence Alma-Tadema and the like, and those sorts of locations just transport you right into one of those paintings. And, of course, who doesn't want a little white marble and classical statuary to class up the metaphorical joint, am I right?

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I don't wear stockings like this very often, but I found them cheap on Amazon (Leg Avenue, $8 a pair) and decided to give them a go. I love the look, but wearing them did give me a bit of an issue. Let's just say that I don't recommend drinking a large coffee, situating yourself well away from any public restrooms, and then wrestling with a garter belt as you try very hard not to pee on yourself, if you get my drift.

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Anyway, that was my birthday! What did your last birthday look like? Did you take the opportunity to do something big, or did you keep it pretty low key?

Dress, Choker: Knee Deep Vintage
Shoes: Chelsea Crew "Lana" Heels
Stockings: Leg Avenue

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