Project: Sheryl Nome (Update 1 - wig, lenses, makeup, earring)
Sorry about the sparkles, I couldn’t help it! Finally had a little time to do a Sheryl trial, yay!
Wig - This is the base wig of my old GLW Babydoll Strawberries and Cream. It’s a bit thin for my liking, but at least it’s the right color? XD I’ll be harvesting wefts from another GLW wig to make this one thicker. Time to break out the toupee clips, this wig’s gonna be heavy. OTL
Circle lenses - Love the color! These are Vanilla Eyes lenses, I’ll be reviewing them thoroughly later on. Biggest downside I need to point out is that THESE LENSES GIVE YOU BRIGHT BLUE TUNNEL VISION. My pupils were too dilated. ; A ;
Makeup - I know that Sheryl was mostly plain-faced in the anime, so I just tried to do something to make my eyes look more animated. I’m considering drawing my eyeliner differently to achieve a more anime-eye effect. MIGHT do another makeup trial soon.
Earring - I have literally BLED for this cosplay accessory. I was cutting some thin metal pieces when a jagged edge snagged my skin AND SUDDENLY BLOOD. TT ~ TT I also pretty much went nuts hunting for appropriately colored gems to put on the earring, but had to settle for using blue marker on a light blue gem. XD The green pearl’s a little big, too. I guess I’ll be on the lookout for materials to make a new pair, I’m not completely satisfied with this one yet. :(
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Project: Sheryl Nome (Update 1 - wig, lenses, makeup, earring)

Sorry about the sparkles, I couldn’t help it! Finally had a little time to do a Sheryl trial, yay!

Wig - This is the base wig of my old GLW Babydoll Strawberries and Cream. It’s a bit thin for my liking, but at least it’s the right color? XD I’ll be harvesting wefts from another GLW wig to make this one thicker. Time to break out the toupee clips, this wig’s gonna be heavy. OTL

Circle lenses - Love the color! These are Vanilla Eyes lenses, I’ll be reviewing them thoroughly later on. Biggest downside I need to point out is that THESE LENSES GIVE YOU BRIGHT BLUE TUNNEL VISION. My pupils were too dilated. ; A ;

Makeup - I know that Sheryl was mostly plain-faced in the anime, so I just tried to do something to make my eyes look more animated. I’m considering drawing my eyeliner differently to achieve a more anime-eye effect. MIGHT do another makeup trial soon.

Earring - I have literally BLED for this cosplay accessory. I was cutting some thin metal pieces when a jagged edge snagged my skin AND SUDDENLY BLOOD. TT ~ TT I also pretty much went nuts hunting for appropriately colored gems to put on the earring, but had to settle for using blue marker on a light blue gem. XD The green pearl’s a little big, too. I guess I’ll be on the lookout for materials to make a new pair, I’m not completely satisfied with this one yet. :(

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Project: Cammy (update 1 - wig trial)
Yay for badly-shooped tank tops! XD I got this wig in a couple of months ago, but haven’t had the chance to take pics wearing it. Gonna be doing plenty of work on it to make it more accurate, but the basics are there. 
I decided on cosplaying Cammy because I wanna throw some love her way. I grew up with Street Fighter, sucked at it for the most part. I still mostly suck at it, but I love studying their movements. Chun Li seems to be more popular among the female Street Fighter cosplayers, and my own fighting style and movement tend to match hers more, but Cammy’s my excuse/reason to become more toned. I’m clearly not toned enough to do default Cammy yet. XD
Still not sure which version of Cammy I’ll be doing, and details of when and where are still very much up in the air at this point. I just wanted to do a quick (badly-shooped!) trial for kicks. XD My makeup could use some work, and I need to practice scar makeup (the scar isn’t shooped, though). Brighter contact lenses also necessary, I believe.
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Project: Cammy (update 1 - wig trial)

Yay for badly-shooped tank tops! XD I got this wig in a couple of months ago, but haven’t had the chance to take pics wearing it. Gonna be doing plenty of work on it to make it more accurate, but the basics are there. 

I decided on cosplaying Cammy because I wanna throw some love her way. I grew up with Street Fighter, sucked at it for the most part. I still mostly suck at it, but I love studying their movements. Chun Li seems to be more popular among the female Street Fighter cosplayers, and my own fighting style and movement tend to match hers more, but Cammy’s my excuse/reason to become more toned. I’m clearly not toned enough to do default Cammy yet. XD

Still not sure which version of Cammy I’ll be doing, and details of when and where are still very much up in the air at this point. I just wanted to do a quick (badly-shooped!) trial for kicks. XD My makeup could use some work, and I need to practice scar makeup (the scar isn’t shooped, though). Brighter contact lenses also necessary, I believe.

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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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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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vandressed
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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Photo credits (L-R): Jio Verona, Keru Bear, Martin Callanta

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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. :)

Project: ????? (update 1 - trial/teaser)
I finally gathered the courage (and patience!) to do a quick trial with some parts of my newest cosplay-in-progress. Can you guess who it is? :D
Wig - Still needs to be styled. I initially considered this color a mistake and wanted to get a replacement, but it’s growing on me, and I think I’m keeping it.
Makeup - I’m going with a more stylized look for this cosplay because it suits the character better. You can’t really see it here, I’ll probably do another update with better pictures of the eyes. First time I’ve ever consulted my boyfriend about makeup for a cosplay. HAHAHAHA
(FAKE) Boobs - I normally don’t bother with the boobs part of the cosplay since I’m not particularly gifted in that area. For this specific character, however, I deemed it appropriate/necessary to actually cheat the boobs. I’m gonna go ahead and ruin the illusion: That’s two bras and a pair of socks. It’s probably my favorite “cheat” to date, though I very rarely use it.
Corset - The underbust corset definitely helps a lot. Keeps me from slouching and provides additional lift for the fake boobies. While I can lace it by myself, I’ll probably get a friend to help me get the waist section to be smaller. XD
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Project: ????? (update 1 - trial/teaser)

I finally gathered the courage (and patience!) to do a quick trial with some parts of my newest cosplay-in-progress. Can you guess who it is? :D

Wig - Still needs to be styled. I initially considered this color a mistake and wanted to get a replacement, but it’s growing on me, and I think I’m keeping it.

Makeup - I’m going with a more stylized look for this cosplay because it suits the character better. You can’t really see it here, I’ll probably do another update with better pictures of the eyes. First time I’ve ever consulted my boyfriend about makeup for a cosplay. HAHAHAHA

(FAKE) Boobs - I normally don’t bother with the boobs part of the cosplay since I’m not particularly gifted in that area. For this specific character, however, I deemed it appropriate/necessary to actually cheat the boobs. I’m gonna go ahead and ruin the illusion: That’s two bras and a pair of socks. It’s probably my favorite “cheat” to date, though I very rarely use it.

Corset - The underbust corset definitely helps a lot. Keeps me from slouching and provides additional lift for the fake boobies. While I can lace it by myself, I’ll probably get a friend to help me get the waist section to be smaller. XD

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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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