The life, style, and derp of a small-town girl. Dress-up misadventures, crafting frustrations, and little obsessions can be found here.

This blog is full of my face. You have been warned.

 

Gloomy skies ahead?
I left for work yesterday and the skies were looking pretty gloomy. While I don’t particularly look forward to the inconveniences of commuting during the rainy season, I want to escape from the ridiculous heat. :(
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Photography by Luisa Manuel of The Hollow Box StudioMakeup by Caz Buss / Amadeobeloved
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Gloomy skies ahead?

I left for work yesterday and the skies were looking pretty gloomy. While I don’t particularly look forward to the inconveniences of commuting during the rainy season, I want to escape from the ridiculous heat. :(

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Photography by Luisa Manuel of The Hollow Box Studio
Makeup by Caz Buss / Amadeobeloved

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Bringing Back Wonderland
I didn’t get to post about it the other day, but December 17 was my “Lolita Birthday.” It was on that day, back in 2010, that I first got to wear lolita fashion. It was admittedly a sub-par coord and I will forever keep the pictures buried, but it’s what really pulled me in.
Lolita fashion is my personal Wonderland. I get to try things that I normally wouldn’t, sewing-wise. I get to see a lot of beautiful, quirky, and creative outfits from the worldwide community. I’ve even made friends because of it, people who I hold close to my heart.
The past year or so has been interesting for me. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t just dress up and have photo shoots all the time. XD I switched jobs (from ESL teacher to Executive Assistant), I’ve learned things the hard way, survived a couple of heartaches, and had my share of little victories. I’ve been writing for Scene Index for a couple of months now, and I’m trying to make time to update this blog and my (currently dusty/semi-deserted) doll blog. 
One thing I’ve noticed is that I struggle to be happy. Sure, I’m generally happy, but not “I’m so happy I could die” kind of happy. Nothing drug-induced, I’m just after that natural high when I’m having fun. Then I figured it out: I wasn’t dressing up as much, particularly lolita. 
Each time I don the frills and poofiness for a shoot, I start feeling happy. Okay, first I get irritated because the tights are too tight, and the petticoats are too poofy, and why-can’t-I-get-this-dress -to-zip-up? THEN I start getting all the feelings of happiness as I look at the mirror and nitpick the details on my outfit. I feel like a cupcake-princess-poof-fairy and everything’s just fine.
It might seem like a shallow thing to other people, but I have been dressing up - whether in costume or “unusual” fashion - ever since I was young, and that’s something that I will not let go of easily. It’s a part of me, and it’s part of what keeps me happy.
I hope I get to dress up more in 2014, because I’d really like to bring back my Wonderland.
Cheers.Vanessa 
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Photography by Luisa Manuel
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Bringing Back Wonderland

I didn’t get to post about it the other day, but December 17 was my “Lolita Birthday.” It was on that day, back in 2010, that I first got to wear lolita fashion. It was admittedly a sub-par coord and I will forever keep the pictures buried, but it’s what really pulled me in.

Lolita fashion is my personal Wonderland. I get to try things that I normally wouldn’t, sewing-wise. I get to see a lot of beautiful, quirky, and creative outfits from the worldwide community. I’ve even made friends because of it, people who I hold close to my heart.

The past year or so has been interesting for me. Contrary to popular belief, I don’t just dress up and have photo shoots all the time. XD I switched jobs (from ESL teacher to Executive Assistant), I’ve learned things the hard way, survived a couple of heartaches, and had my share of little victories. I’ve been writing for Scene Index for a couple of months now, and I’m trying to make time to update this blog and my (currently dusty/semi-deserted) doll blog

One thing I’ve noticed is that I struggle to be happy. Sure, I’m generally happy, but not “I’m so happy I could die” kind of happy. Nothing drug-induced, I’m just after that natural high when I’m having fun. Then I figured it out: I wasn’t dressing up as much, particularly lolita. 

Each time I don the frills and poofiness for a shoot, I start feeling happy. Okay, first I get irritated because the tights are too tight, and the petticoats are too poofy, and why-can’t-I-get-this-dress -to-zip-up? THEN I start getting all the feelings of happiness as I look at the mirror and nitpick the details on my outfit. I feel like a cupcake-princess-poof-fairy and everything’s just fine.

It might seem like a shallow thing to other people, but I have been dressing up - whether in costume or “unusual” fashion - ever since I was young, and that’s something that I will not let go of easily. It’s a part of me, and it’s part of what keeps me happy.

I hope I get to dress up more in 2014, because I’d really like to bring back my Wonderland.

Cheers.
Vanessa 

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Photography by Luisa Manuel

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A Different Alice
Made this dress over a year ago, and I miss it so much! It got lost when I moved. :( It was inspired by Alice, but I didn’t want to go with plain blue. :P
I think I’ll be re-doing it, possibly with a different fabric, since I’m not sure if I still have any of this one lying around. Slowly getting back into making dresses again. <3
This was shot for my entry in GLW’s Spokesmodel Search last year. I didn’t win, but I did gain a lot of awesome friends from it! 
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Photography by Luisa Manuel
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A Different Alice

Made this dress over a year ago, and I miss it so much! It got lost when I moved. :( It was inspired by Alice, but I didn’t want to go with plain blue. :P

I think I’ll be re-doing it, possibly with a different fabric, since I’m not sure if I still have any of this one lying around. Slowly getting back into making dresses again. <3

This was shot for my entry in GLW’s Spokesmodel Search last year. I didn’t win, but I did gain a lot of awesome friends from it! 

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Photography by Luisa Manuel

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The &#8220;Jewel of the East" shoot that I got to do with Caz and Luisa is still one of my favorites, to this day. This was a special shoot (for me) because I got to collaborate with two people whose work I admire, and got styling help from a friend whose style I also look up to.If you&#8217;re interested in hiring Luisa to be your photog, shoot her an email at louiseannemanuel@yahoo.com! You can also commission Caz over at her page, Amadeobeloved. &lt;3 They are both very talented, and it was an absolute pleasure working with both of them.&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;-Photo credits: taken by Luisa Manuel&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;&#8212;- 
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Jewel of the East
Some of the photos from my shoot with Luisa! The makeup was done by Caz. Click the photo to see the rest of the photos.
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The “Jewel of the East" shoot that I got to do with Caz and Luisa is still one of my favorites, to this day. This was a special shoot (for me) because I got to collaborate with two people whose work I admire, and got styling help from a friend whose style I also look up to.

If you’re interested in hiring Luisa to be your photog, shoot her an email at louiseannemanuel@yahoo.com! You can also commission Caz over at her page, Amadeobeloved. <3 They are both very talented, and it was an absolute pleasure working with both of them.

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Photo credits: taken by Luisa Manuel

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Jewel of the East

Some of the photos from my shoot with Luisa! The makeup was done by Caz. Click the photo to see the rest of the photos.

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