I had quite a hard time deciding what to wear on my birthday. Between practical concerns, my brown boots being in need of repair, and other worries, I spent a lot of time rifling through my prettiest things. I finally arrived at this outfit, which involves comfortable shoes and light layers. The dress is an old favorite, of course, and the cardigan is relatively new. I added some elastic to the sleeves and made the white bow to wear with it so it would go well with my lolita dresses. It's very light-weight, so it's perfect as a cover-up over jumperskirts on sunny days.
This outfit reminds me of the fairy-tale "Snow White and Rose Red". The story-book had illustrations in vibrant red, black and white, showing the sisters in their forest home (though I can't remember much more about the actual story). There's something damsel-like about the lenght of the dress and the loose cardigan.
Hairclip: English Charm
Cardigan: Old Navy
I do tend to feel a bit of anxiety when my birthday comes around, but it's more to do with people's judgements than with me growing older. I am now 24. It's very likely that I will continue looking for ways to add a little bit of magic & whimsy to my life for years to come. I really could do without the nagging sense that those who are outside looking in see a girl who refuses to grow up, but I think that it will only fade over time. Because I still *do* have some growing left to look forward to.