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.

 

Marching to the beat of my own drum. (on LOOKBOOK.nu)
I learned early on that many of the things I’m passionate about were not… “normal.” People normally expressed confusion, sometimes even outright condescendence, at my hobbies and collections.
Theater played a major role in my childhood, it’s my first love. I guess I owe my love for the more dramatic things to that. Transformation became my hobby, something that I wanted to do even offstage. It took me years to finally start living my “mahou shoujo transformation” dreams, but I don’t think I’m giving it up for a long while.
When going with anything “unusual,” one is bound to encounter people who are against everything you do. “Why do you wear wigs? They’re gross” or “Why can’t you be normal?” are examples of what people have said to me. I don’t really like “normal,” but I don’t force other people to enjoy what I like, because I respect that people are different and will therefore like different things. I often wish I could ask the same of others.
People will fear or dislike anything that they do not know much about. If we could instead choose to learn more about these things and respect that people enjoy these, no matter how unusual these are, I think we’d all get along much better. As long as you aren’t actually hurting anybody (within reason, of course, because some people are easily offended by anything and everything), I think it would be best not to listen to the naysayers. I’ve considered giving up my hobbies before, but I’m still doing them, because they make me happy.
~ Vanessa
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Photography by JR Madrasto
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Marching to the beat of my own drum. (on LOOKBOOK.nu)

I learned early on that many of the things I’m passionate about were not… “normal.” People normally expressed confusion, sometimes even outright condescendence, at my hobbies and collections.

Theater played a major role in my childhood, it’s my first love. I guess I owe my love for the more dramatic things to that. Transformation became my hobby, something that I wanted to do even offstage. It took me years to finally start living my “mahou shoujo transformation” dreams, but I don’t think I’m giving it up for a long while.

When going with anything “unusual,” one is bound to encounter people who are against everything you do. “Why do you wear wigs? They’re gross” or “Why can’t you be normal?” are examples of what people have said to me. I don’t really like “normal,” but I don’t force other people to enjoy what I like, because I respect that people are different and will therefore like different things. I often wish I could ask the same of others.

People will fear or dislike anything that they do not know much about. If we could instead choose to learn more about these things and respect that people enjoy these, no matter how unusual these are, I think we’d all get along much better. As long as you aren’t actually hurting anybody (within reason, of course, because some people are easily offended by anything and everything), I think it would be best not to listen to the naysayers. I’ve considered giving up my hobbies before, but I’m still doing them, because they make me happy.

~ Vanessa

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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I’m on Model Mayhem!
I finally got around to signing up. XD Though I’ve gotten inquiries mostly from folks in the US, I can’t promise stuff yet because I’m not sure if I’m going this year! I’m based in the Philippines, so if any photographers out there want to get in touch, message me here or on Facebook and maybe we can work something out. :)
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I’m on Model Mayhem!

I finally got around to signing up. XD Though I’ve gotten inquiries mostly from folks in the US, I can’t promise stuff yet because I’m not sure if I’m going this year! I’m based in the Philippines, so if any photographers out there want to get in touch, message me here or on Facebook and maybe we can work something out. :)

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vandressed:

Dress me up, dress me down.
I’m Vanessa, and I love dressing up. I’m a cosplayer, a lolita, and a frustrated girly-girl.
VanDressed will be my online dumpsite for all things that are related to dressing up, like shopping hauls, fashion (mis)adventures, and even some crafting/propwork. Starting this blog has been in the back of my head for a long time, and it’s finally here! You will find all manner of entries, from wig and makeup trials to OOTDs, costume progress, sewing/crafting projects, features on the people who inspire me and my style, and the occasional underwear-related post. If any of that sounds even remotely interesting to you, then hit that “Follow” button! :)——————————Photo credits (L-R): Jio Verona, Keru Bear, Martin Callanta——————————Facebook || YouTube || LOOKBOOK.nu || Instagram

My blog’s just over a year old now, and I thought it would be good to revisit this! My very first post, and a summary of stuff you’ll likely see here. :)

vandressed:

Dress me up, dress me down.

I’m Vanessa, and I love dressing up. I’m a cosplayer, a lolita, and a frustrated girly-girl.

VanDressed will be my online dumpsite for all things that are related to dressing up, like shopping hauls, fashion (mis)adventures, and even some crafting/propwork. Starting this blog has been in the back of my head for a long time, and it’s finally here! You will find all manner of entries, from wig and makeup trials to OOTDs, costume progress, sewing/crafting projects, features on the people who inspire me and my style, and the occasional underwear-related post. 

If any of that sounds even remotely interesting to you, then hit that “Follow” button! :)

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My blog’s just over a year old now, and I thought it would be good to revisit this! My very first post, and a summary of stuff you’ll likely see here. :)

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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Feeling a little sweet ♡ (on LOOKBOOK.nu)
I miss getting to wear lolita often! I always gravitated towards the sweet substyle because it’s easy to coordinate.
Finally got this JSK in mint green after waiting for it to restock for goodness knows how long. XD I don’t think I ever wanted it to be super bright or anything, though I should probably try coordinating it with other colors. I just really like how it looks with black. :P
Also tried a little something new, wig-wise. This wig didn’t use to be like this, and I don’t know how it ended up this fluffy, but I felt like I could pass for Effie Trinket. I’m still partial to wearing long, curly wigs in other colors, and I’m not sure if I like this style on me when I wear lolita. What do you think?
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Feeling a little sweet ♡ (on LOOKBOOK.nu)

I miss getting to wear lolita often! I always gravitated towards the sweet substyle because it’s easy to coordinate.

Finally got this JSK in mint green after waiting for it to restock for goodness knows how long. XD I don’t think I ever wanted it to be super bright or anything, though I should probably try coordinating it with other colors. I just really like how it looks with black. :P

Also tried a little something new, wig-wise. This wig didn’t use to be like this, and I don’t know how it ended up this fluffy, but I felt like I could pass for Effie Trinket. I’m still partial to wearing long, curly wigs in other colors, and I’m not sure if I like this style on me when I wear lolita. What do you think?

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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Late Thanksgiving Post!
Here in the Philippines, we don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, but I consider it a good reminder that we do have so much to be thankful for.
I am thankful I’m alive, and that I’m in relatively good health.
I’m thankful for my parents, my family, and friends who have supported me and put up with my weird/awkward/out-of-this-world activities. XD They’ve been there for me when the pressures from life become a little too much for me to handle, and they pressure me just enough to get me to do my best.
I’m thankful for my sponsors, without whose generosity I would probably not be able to do what I love. They’re the ones who cover for most of my wardrobe and wigs and things, and I wouldn’t be able to have all these fun photoshoots without them!
I’m thankful for all the photographers I’ve had the opportunity to work with. The “newer” photographers who I’ve grown with, and the “older” photographers who’ve shot me even though I considered myself so unworthy!
I’m superduper thankful for all my followers across the social networks that I use! In Facebook, where I’m most active. You guys give me great feedback. :) In my dress-up Tumblr, where I’ve received such sweet messages. In YouTube, where people have been commenting and messaging me. I know I haven’t been as active there, and some of my followers actually message me in FB and Twitter, asking me to go back to posting! I swear, I’m prepping stuff for 2014. XD In Twitter, where you guys put up with all my disjounted thoughts and random musings. In Lookbook, where I’ve only just started posting again. And even the followers of my dollie blog in Livejournal, you’ve all been such sweethearts. Thank you, all of you! ♥
I’m also thankful for the people who told me “no” when I was much younger. The ones who told me I wouldn’t go very far, the ones who bullied me in elementary school, the ones who told me that weirdos like me have no place in society. Because of you, I’ve grown stronger, and I’ve followed my dreams.
I’ve got plenty more to be thankful for, probably way too many to fit in this post. XD But suffice it to say that I do appreciate every single kind word, every opportunity, every sponsored item, every silly message, and every conversation (whether a quick one or something that lasted hours). Every “no, you can’t” that attempted to bring me down, and every “yes, you can” that made me push myself even more.

Thanks, you guys. ♥ I have so much love and appreciation for all of it!
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Photography by JR Madrasto
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Late Thanksgiving Post!

Here in the Philippines, we don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, but I consider it a good reminder that we do have so much to be thankful for.

I am thankful I’m alive, and that I’m in relatively good health.

I’m thankful for my parents, my family, and friends who have supported me and put up with my weird/awkward/out-of-this-world activities. XD They’ve been there for me when the pressures from life become a little too much for me to handle, and they pressure me just enough to get me to do my best.

I’m thankful for my sponsors, without whose generosity I would probably not be able to do what I love. They’re the ones who cover for most of my wardrobe and wigs and things, and I wouldn’t be able to have all these fun photoshoots without them!

I’m thankful for all the photographers I’ve had the opportunity to work with. The “newer” photographers who I’ve grown with, and the “older” photographers who’ve shot me even though I considered myself so unworthy!

I’m superduper thankful for all my followers across the social networks that I use! In Facebook, where I’m most active. You guys give me great feedback. :) In my dress-up Tumblr, where I’ve received such sweet messages. In YouTube, where people have been commenting and messaging me. I know I haven’t been as active there, and some of my followers actually message me in FB and Twitter, asking me to go back to posting! I swear, I’m prepping stuff for 2014. XD In Twitter, where you guys put up with all my disjounted thoughts and random musings. In Lookbook, where I’ve only just started posting again. And even the followers of my dollie blog in Livejournal, you’ve all been such sweethearts. Thank you, all of you! 

I’m also thankful for the people who told me “no” when I was much younger. The ones who told me I wouldn’t go very far, the ones who bullied me in elementary school, the ones who told me that weirdos like me have no place in society. Because of you, I’ve grown stronger, and I’ve followed my dreams.

I’ve got plenty more to be thankful for, probably way too many to fit in this post. XD But suffice it to say that I do appreciate every single kind word, every opportunity, every sponsored item, every silly message, and every conversation (whether a quick one or something that lasted hours). Every “no, you can’t” that attempted to bring me down, and every “yes, you can” that made me push myself even more.

Thanks, you guys.  I have so much love and appreciation for all of it!

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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Behind the Scenes - Lolita Fashion shoot
I haven’t had the chance to wear lolita for quite a while, so this was a welcome change. I’d almost forgotten how exhausting it can get to dress up in so many layers of frilly, poofy girly-ness, and doing it more than once can get really tiring. I was reminded how out of shape I’ve gotten when I was defeated by a faulty zipper, just because I didn’t have the strength to wrestle my way in or out of the dress. OTL
JR shot me again, and I wanted him specifically for this shoot because he was the one who’d actually pushed me to get into lolita fashion years ago. I have always thanked/blamed him for it. I’m picking out the top shots in a bit so that he can work on them. XD
And yes, I am a strawberry unicorn that is a pastry-looking clip on my head.
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Photo by Billy Añonuevo
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Behind the Scenes - Lolita Fashion shoot

I haven’t had the chance to wear lolita for quite a while, so this was a welcome change. I’d almost forgotten how exhausting it can get to dress up in so many layers of frilly, poofy girly-ness, and doing it more than once can get really tiring. I was reminded how out of shape I’ve gotten when I was defeated by a faulty zipper, just because I didn’t have the strength to wrestle my way in or out of the dress. OTL

JR shot me again, and I wanted him specifically for this shoot because he was the one who’d actually pushed me to get into lolita fashion years ago. I have always thanked/blamed him for it. I’m picking out the top shots in a bit so that he can work on them. XD

And yes, I am a strawberry unicorn that is a pastry-looking clip on my head.

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Photo by Billy Añonuevo

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Split Personality on LOOKBOOK.nu

Ever since the first time I tried on a split wig, I thought I looked like an idiot in one. It was a pink and mint split wig, and maybe I looked nice in it to other people, but I’ll never know, because I sold the wig as quickly as I could. I tried again with a pink and lavender split, but it still looked bad.

The first split wig I got along with was a chocolate/milk tea split. The colors were more natural, and though milk tea-colored wigs normally look bad with my skintone, the chocolate brown helped to anchor it down. That was my first split wig success story.

This wig is actually sponsored by GLW, because I placed in their GLW Model Search in 2012. It took me forever to shoot with it, and it got phased out. I feel really bad about that! D: but we’ve sorted it out, and I’m shooting something else for them! ♥ ♥ 

I was really hesitant about this particular wig, because teal isn’t exactly my top choice for a wig color. I agreed because I felt like it would be a good challenge. I’m still trying to see if I can make it work with my other stuff, but this is what I’ve managed to come up with, so far. :D Less cutesy, and more leg. Split personality, maybe? /shot

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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Old School Vanessa!
This shot’s from 2011, back when I got to wear lolita often. It feels so long ago, and I can’t wait to wear lolita again. <3
I actually kind of hated this wig on me, back then. Now I kind of miss it and I want to get another lavender wig. XD I abused this particular JSK, though. It was the item that marked my mint obsession. ‘Til now, I only have the mint colorway of JSKs. Whoops?
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Photography by JR Madrasto
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Old School Vanessa!

This shot’s from 2011, back when I got to wear lolita often. It feels so long ago, and I can’t wait to wear lolita again. <3

I actually kind of hated this wig on me, back then. Now I kind of miss it and I want to get another lavender wig. XD I abused this particular JSK, though. It was the item that marked my mint obsession. ‘Til now, I only have the mint colorway of JSKs. Whoops?

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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The Little White Dress
People keep talking about the Little Black Dress (LBD) and how it&#8217;s an absolute style essential. I don&#8217;t deny that - I actually own 7 LBDs in varying degrees of formality - but I feel that the Little White Dress deserves some loving, too.
White clothes are often avoided because they&#8217;re giant stain targets. If you&#8217;re careful, though, your whites can go pretty far. I decided to dress this up by adding glittery pumps and a clutch, with an updo. It could be dressed down with a denim jacket and sneakers, too.
Yes, I know that white isn&#8217;t exactly the most forgiving color in terms of creating illusions of curves or defining shape, but the LWD comes in so many styles and cuts that there&#8217;s bound to be at least one out there for you. It&#8217;s a lighter, breezier option. (Can you tell yet how much I adore white?)
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The Little White Dress

People keep talking about the Little Black Dress (LBD) and how it’s an absolute style essential. I don’t deny that - I actually own 7 LBDs in varying degrees of formality - but I feel that the Little White Dress deserves some loving, too.

White clothes are often avoided because they’re giant stain targets. If you’re careful, though, your whites can go pretty far. I decided to dress this up by adding glittery pumps and a clutch, with an updo. It could be dressed down with a denim jacket and sneakers, too.

Yes, I know that white isn’t exactly the most forgiving color in terms of creating illusions of curves or defining shape, but the LWD comes in so many styles and cuts that there’s bound to be at least one out there for you. It’s a lighter, breezier option. (Can you tell yet how much I adore white?)

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Photography by Life Dawn

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