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A Happy (Un)Birthday to me!

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My birthday just passed near the end of July—it’s crazy how time just flies by! The older you get, the lazier you become with planning birthday celebrations, but I had a really nice day. My parents surprised me with some expensive cupcakes and this beautiful Alice in Wonderland card. I really love Alice in Wonderland—and it ended up being a sort of a “theme” for the day, as I included Alice motifs in my outfit…and I ended up going on a mysterious adventure that including lots of pretty, dusty old things! Read on to see my outfit and antique haul~! rainbow sparkle graphic

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It’s really hard to wear a fancy outfit in the heat of summer, but I persevered and managed this casual sweet lolita coordinate. I paired this Alice-themed Bodyline dress with a short-sleeved Bodyline blouse, vintage straw sunhat, and antique apron. The subtle embroidery on the apron is so cute, and it really adds a fantasy-like feeling to the outfit!

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My travels that day were all over the place—the weather was not cooperating at all, with threatening thunderstorms overhead, so a friend and I took shelter in my favorite antique store that sits in an old mill. Sifting through old things in lolita fashion is always a fun and romantic way to spend an afternoon! We found lots of unique treasures, and I ended up walking away with a few things…

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I bought two beautiful teacups, and this adorable vintage sleeping Kewpie doll. The rosy pink floral teacup is pretty standard, but I like the all-over pattern and gold trim. It’s so girly! But this poor Kewpie has some unfortunate staining, despite being in its original packaging when I bought him–I’ve scrubbed and scrubbed, but had no luck in getting the stains out. (Does anyone have any tips on restoring vintage rubber toys? Let me know in a comment!ANIMATED ANIMU FACES♥16) At least he’s still cute, and now free of any dust–he’s going to look angelic on my bookshelf!

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The gold-edged tea cup with tiny flowers is truly a work of art–the iridescent pearl at the bottom of the cup is such a sweet surprise! I’m not even sure if I can drink out of it, it feels so delicate…even the saucer is carved in a way that looks like gold lace.

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And it even has little legs! How wild!

Does anyone else like antiquing? What was your favorite item that I bought? Let me know in a comment~!

 

 

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