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.

 

It’s February!
I see a lot of people complaining about Valentine’s day all over Facebook and Twitter, so I guess it’s time to play upbeat songs that are surprisingly depressing on loop! Have a corresponding cosplay photo, from my “Just Be Friends” shoot with Niko, Jio, and Van.
Kidding aside, OMG IT’S FEBRUARY. The whole first month of 2014 just flew right by! I’m getting back to what I love doing, and I hope I can share more of that stuff with you soon! I’ll probably start with that photoshoot scheduled for this weekend…
Love,Vanessa
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Photographer: Jio Verona
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It’s February!

I see a lot of people complaining about Valentine’s day all over Facebook and Twitter, so I guess it’s time to play upbeat songs that are surprisingly depressing on loop! Have a corresponding cosplay photo, from my “Just Be Friends” shoot with Niko, Jio, and Van.

Kidding aside, OMG IT’S FEBRUARY. The whole first month of 2014 just flew right by! I’m getting back to what I love doing, and I hope I can share more of that stuff with you soon! I’ll probably start with that photoshoot scheduled for this weekend…

Love,
Vanessa

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Photographer: Jio Verona

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WIP: Hatsune Miku - Lots of Laugh version

I’ve decided that I want Miku’s LOL version to be one of my “backup” cosplays - something easy to transport and slip into for unplanned/decided-on-the-day-before convention visits! I ordered the seifuku from Bodyline, but I’m considering this a WIP since I’m going to rip out the cheap lace and replace it with more appropriate material. Good luck to me!

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Photos by: Venus Lopa and myself.

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What I would have worn to prom (if I had one).

 I’m not gonna go off on a long rant about how we should’ve had a prom and how I missed half my life and all that. I came from a small school, and there were only 20 of us in the entire BATCH, so a prom would’ve been impractical. That, and we wouldn’t have been allowed to bring dates from outside school, and we were all pretty sick of each others’ faces. XD

I was asked to a couple of other proms, but my parents didn’t let me go to those. Kinda glad I wasn’t on Facebook yet back then, since I would definitely have been jealous that people were getting dressed up and everything. Spare me your prom nightmares and disaster stories, you won’t get any sympathy from me. I’ll probably just make fun of you. :P

Anyway, now that I’m several years past the usual prom age, I look back and think, “I don’t even need an excuse to get all dressed up now.” Dressing up is definitely more fun when you do it for yourself, IMO.

And what would I have worn back then, anyway?

This dress has been with me for years. It was my high school graduation dress, and it’s served me pretty well. After graduation, I wore it for a couple of shoots and events, and I’d like to think it’s a classic piece that I’m going to keep in my closet for a long time.

I wore this for my “Playing Cinderella” shoot back in 2009. Life also shot me in this same dress back in 2010. This was also the dress I used for my "Just Be Friends" Megurine Luka cosplay (2012).

I’ve loved white dresses for a while, and the ever-so-slight poofiness of this skirt feels just right. Nothing too over-the-top here. This was also my dream hairstyle back in high school, side-swept bangs, curls and all! My hair was definitely long enough for it back then, but I wasn’t allowed to get bangs. XD Pretty sure that had I actually gone to prom, this is how I would’ve looked. I probably would’ve taken the heels off halfway through the night, though.

Aaaaaand BONUS PIC! Same dress, worn with different shoes and wig. This is what happens when I take posing tips from my best (GUY) friend. XD

Yep, I think that’s the last time I imitate any of his poses.

That’s it for now, I hope you enjoyed my derp-filled ramblings and silly pictures! ‘Til the next entry, ciao!

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Photo credits: Kitkat Lastimosa for “Playing Cinderella”, Jio Verona for the “Just Be Friends” shot, all other photos by Life Dawn.

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"Just Be Friends" Megurine Luka makeup tutorial

This is how I did my makeup for this photoshoot. First makeup tutorial I’ve ever shot, I’ll probably shoot some other tutorials/vlogs soon. My schedule just freed up a bit, so I’ll likely have extra time on my hands. :P

Also joining in on something really fun, looking forward to sharing that here, too! :D

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Megurine Luka cosplay - Just Be Friends version 
Worn at: VocaFusion (event video by reimaru here) 

Niko invited me to do this photoshoot with him at last year’s VocaFusion, a Vocaloid-centric convention here in the Philippines. There’s going to be another VocaFusion this year, I’m definitely looking forward to that! :D

The JBF version of Luka was pretty popular, since it definitely is one of the easier versions to cosplay. Personally, I love the song. I don’t have any specific preference among the Vocaloids, I like listening to a bit from everyone. 

Pulling off the shoot was, I admit, a bit nerve-wracking. I don’t know if I’m the only one who feels all jittery and panicky before any shoot, and this is a character that’s been shot hundreds of different ways. I think the shots turned out pretty well, considering it was semi-impromptu. XD I had plenty of fun, and I definitely would not hesitate to work with sir Jio and Niko again. :)

Oh, and here’s my favorite picture from that convention! JBF - Pimp Edition FTW. Jin and Kat were the most accurate JBF cosplayers there, IMO. <3
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Here’s to future cosplays and fun shoots! I’ve got a couple of cosplans lined up for 2013, and I’ll be sharing them here soon enough. O u O

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Photo credits: Jio Verona (JBF shots), Sammy Magsino (JBF - Pimp Edition)

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