A new week~
So… it’s almost Monday. I don’t think I’m ready. I feel overworked and very stressed. :( Juggling my schedule has proven to be quite a challenge, but I’m managing to get by without compromising work quality (I THINK).
I haven’t gotten around to scheduling new shoots, but it’s gotten trickier in the last few weeks. ; A ; SOON, I HOPE HUHUHUHU
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Photography by Life Dawn
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A new week~

So… it’s almost Monday. I don’t think I’m ready. I feel overworked and very stressed. :( Juggling my schedule has proven to be quite a challenge, but I’m managing to get by without compromising work quality (I THINK).

I haven’t gotten around to scheduling new shoots, but it’s gotten trickier in the last few weeks. ; A ; SOON, I HOPE HUHUHUHU

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Photography by Life Dawn

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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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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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Behind the Scenes: Curiouser and Curiouser

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I got to shoot with Mark U. of Coffeebugg Photography back in July! I loved getting to shoot in lolita again, I didn’t think I’d missed it this much. Mark was pretty game for my silliness and derpy poses, so I think we got along pretty well. XD

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There’s Mark, explaining the effect he wants to his photography assistant. I was just derping around. Kinda glad the straps were kinda covered by the wig, I hadn’t noticed that they were a bit lopsided. D:

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This is the first time I’ve shot with a lighting setup that was constantly being moved. And this would be the nth time that Mark has accidentally had the flash pop while he was looking right at the bulb. XD

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And here I am, channeling my inner Disney Princess. Couldn’t help it, that ladder was too perfect for my Belle moment!

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Mark and his assistant were setting up stuff so that we could shoot in that part of the warehouse. It was actually pretty fun being in a dusty storeroom, but I did have to remember that my dress was still dominantly white. D:

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Then Mark let me fool around with his TLR! <3 Look at that stupidhappy face! Been wanting to collect all sorts of cameras, but I haven’t had the chance to start yet. :(

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I am still genuinely surprised when people express interest in having me as their model. I dance a lot, I prance all over the place, and a lot of the time I make these unexplainable faces. XD but then again, as long as the shots come out well, I don’t think any of us are complaining!

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Behind-the-scenes photos by Billy of The Bonus Stage
Wig from Senbazuru Shop

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Girly eyemake~
I reaaaaally wanted to get good photos of this, but my camera&#8217;s currently out of commission. :( 
Pink is one of my absolute favorite colors to work with, and I thought it would suit this look. There are pink flowers on my top, but I forgot that the Rhapsody pretty much covers everything. XD
Also finally got to try the Dolluxe lashes! I adore falsies like whoa, and I&#8217;ve been itching to get my hands on these. I&#8217;m getting the rest of the designs before I do a review, but I&#8217;m liking them so far. They definitely suited my eyeshadow better than my regular falsies.
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Girly eyemake~

I reaaaaally wanted to get good photos of this, but my camera’s currently out of commission. :( 

Pink is one of my absolute favorite colors to work with, and I thought it would suit this look. There are pink flowers on my top, but I forgot that the Rhapsody pretty much covers everything. XD

Also finally got to try the Dolluxe lashes! I adore falsies like whoa, and I’ve been itching to get my hands on these. I’m getting the rest of the designs before I do a review, but I’m liking them so far. They definitely suited my eyeshadow better than my regular falsies.

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I swear, this happens way too often.
I&#8217;ve got a good pile of shoot backlog in my hard drives, and I wish I could share them all with you! I&#8217;ll be doing this sorta slowly, though. I&#8217;ve still got work to tend to, and articles to write, and content to create. XD
It&#8217;s already September 1 on this side of the world, so I better get my act together.
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Photography by JR Madrasto
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I swear, this happens way too often.

I’ve got a good pile of shoot backlog in my hard drives, and I wish I could share them all with you! I’ll be doing this sorta slowly, though. I’ve still got work to tend to, and articles to write, and content to create. XD

It’s already September 1 on this side of the world, so I better get my act together.

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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Knits in Summer (hype it on LOOKBOOK.nu)
Summer is normally hot, and it seems to be hotter in the Philippines. I&#8217;m still a big fan of knits, though, and I still wear them around, even during the hotter days.
I love this top, it feels very casual and relaxed. The lace collar details also makes it feel a little girlier, I think. Paired it with shorts just to make sure I don&#8217;t end up feeling too warm. It&#8217;s definitely more ideal to wear this in cooler places, like malls. XD
Outfit Breakdown
Knitted top: thriftedCamisole: offbrandShorts: offbrandShoes: Comfort PlusBag: M&#8217;Lady
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Photography: JR Madrasto
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Knits in Summer (hype it on LOOKBOOK.nu)

Summer is normally hot, and it seems to be hotter in the Philippines. I’m still a big fan of knits, though, and I still wear them around, even during the hotter days.

I love this top, it feels very casual and relaxed. The lace collar details also makes it feel a little girlier, I think. Paired it with shorts just to make sure I don’t end up feeling too warm. It’s definitely more ideal to wear this in cooler places, like malls. XD

Outfit Breakdown

Knitted top: thrifted
Camisole: offbrand
Shorts: offbrand
Shoes: Comfort Plus
Bag: M’Lady

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Photography: JR Madrasto

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The Sweetest Thing

I haven’t shot anything sweet-looking recently, and I’ve missed my candy-colored wigs so much! I’m easing back into it, though. I thought this wig was perfect for that!

I’ve been looking for a good light brown wig that doesn’t look BLEGH with my complexion, and I took a chance on the Strawberry Latte from Gothic Lolita Wigs. Their Light Brown looked awful ON ME, so I was afraid of how this would look when I wear it. To my (pleasant) surprise, this wig was more of a honey brown, instead of milk tea brown, and it worked for me! <3 The pink streaks are a big plus in my book, because it’s my favorite color.

I also want to point out the awesome spiked floral headband that I got from Dark~Sweet~Soul! I usually get black leather and spiked headbands from there, but this was a refreshing change. :D

Gonna start wearing my sweet wigs a little more often now, so you’ll probably see more of them soon! :D

'Til next time,
Vanessa <3

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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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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I love M’Lady!

M’Lady is a new line of princess-themed bags by the bubbly sweetheart, Jiandra Alda. Her sweetness is reflected in all of her designs, and I consider myself lucky to have been her very first customer! T’was super lucky that she released her first batch of bags right after my birthday, which meant I had some funds to spare. ♥ 

Love, love, love the feminine feel to this bag. It’s also functional, mind you, and it’s taken a bit of abuse from me. While Jiandra has advised against carrying heavier things in this bag, I decided to put it to a test. I think I’ve carried up to 10 pounds of stuff in this bag for short periods of time. It’s gone through malls, thrift shops (bumped into a couple of racks, too!), and I’ve even ridden public transportation with it. If you know what public transport is like in the Philippines, then you know what this bag has gone through. XD

Aaaand of course, we can’t forget the Outfit Breakdown:

Lace-collared top: thrifted
Eyelet bubble skirt: b+ab Gotta Pick My Precious Love Collection
Low heels: off-brand
Bag: M’Lady

You can HYPE this look here.

As part of a collaboration with M’Lady, I’ll be posting more outfit photos to show you what kinds of things you can wear with these bags, and even show you what you can cram in them! :D

That’s it for now, loves! I’ll be doing my best to catch up on entries, and I’m planning more shoots in the near future. Time to have fun!

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Photography by JR Madrasto

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