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.

 

Shooting a little something for @gothiclolitawigs! #Wig4Wig #IamDolluxe

Shooting a little something for @gothiclolitawigs! #Wig4Wig #IamDolluxe

 I miss dressing up.
This is what my wardrobe looks like, in general. I have my Lolita stuff, my Gyaru stuff, my more casual stuff, and my “I’m trying to look edgy” stuff. This is on top of my “regular bystander” clothes, of course, because dressing up in the Philippines ALL the time is not only a hassle because of the heat but also because of all the street harassment that goes on. S’why I tend to stay in malls and secured communities when I dress up.
I can safely say that Lolita is my “first love” among the Japanese street fashions. I’ve learned the “rules”, I break a good number of them, but I feel like it kinda works out. I wear Gyaru stuff when I’m feeling a little lazier, and don’t want to roast under layers of petticoats. XD my casual stuff is still inspired by Lolita and Gyaru, though much more toned down, of course. The “edgy” stuff is stuff that I rarely wear, but I do occasionally go out wearing something like this, just because I feel like it. I’ve received some flak for “not sticking to just one style” and “disrespecting <this style> by wearing <that style> as well.” They’re clothes. They’re fashion. I like all of them, and I like wearing them.
My condition has prevented me from wearing any of my favorite styles because it’s pretty tiring to get into any of them, and I don’t usually have anywhere to go on my rest days. XD I’ll probably photograph an outfit or two on my dressform when I have the energy to. 
What I really miss, though, is having photo shoots! I miss getting all nicely dressed up and going to locations or setting up in studios. I’m actually trying to pull together a simple cosplay so I can shoot during one of my rest days, but I don’t quite know – or have complete control over – my schedule. Soon, maybe?

Which style do you like me in best? :D
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All photos by JR Madrasto
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 I miss dressing up.

This is what my wardrobe looks like, in general. I have my Lolita stuff, my Gyaru stuff, my more casual stuff, and my “I’m trying to look edgy” stuff. This is on top of my “regular bystander” clothes, of course, because dressing up in the Philippines ALL the time is not only a hassle because of the heat but also because of all the street harassment that goes on. S’why I tend to stay in malls and secured communities when I dress up.

I can safely say that Lolita is my “first love” among the Japanese street fashions. I’ve learned the “rules”, I break a good number of them, but I feel like it kinda works out. I wear Gyaru stuff when I’m feeling a little lazier, and don’t want to roast under layers of petticoats. XD my casual stuff is still inspired by Lolita and Gyaru, though much more toned down, of course. The “edgy” stuff is stuff that I rarely wear, but I do occasionally go out wearing something like this, just because I feel like it. I’ve received some flak for “not sticking to just one style” and “disrespecting <this style> by wearing <that style> as well.” They’re clothes. They’re fashion. I like all of them, and I like wearing them.

My condition has prevented me from wearing any of my favorite styles because it’s pretty tiring to get into any of them, and I don’t usually have anywhere to go on my rest days. XD I’ll probably photograph an outfit or two on my dressform when I have the energy to. 

What I really miss, though, is having photo shoots! I miss getting all nicely dressed up and going to locations or setting up in studios. I’m actually trying to pull together a simple cosplay so I can shoot during one of my rest days, but I don’t quite know – or have complete control over – my schedule. Soon, maybe?

Which style do you like me in best? :D

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All photos by JR Madrasto

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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&#8217;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&#8217;s my excuse/reason to become more toned. I&#8217;m clearly not toned enough to do default Cammy yet. XD
Still not sure which version of Cammy I&#8217;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&#8217;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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Do you wanna have a cupcaaaake~?
I&#8217;m gonna need some sweets to pick me up and get me out of bed for Monday. My body is not ready for Monday.
Can it be Friday already?
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Photography by Mark U./Coffeebugg
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Do you wanna have a cupcaaaake~?

I’m gonna need some sweets to pick me up and get me out of bed for Monday. My body is not ready for Monday.

Can it be Friday already?

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Photography by Mark U./Coffeebugg

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Attacking cupcakes! O u O
Had a derpy shoot with Mark again, this time we visited Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. I was drawn to this place because of its cute interiors. I swear I&#8217;ll get better outfit photos of this coord, I spent most of the shoot sitting down and well, attacking the cupcakes. XD
For now, I go back to real life, and get some rest before facing work. Our load just got a bit heavier. D:
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Attacking cupcakes! O u O

Had a derpy shoot with Mark again, this time we visited Vanilla Cupcake Bakery. I was drawn to this place because of its cute interiors. I swear I’ll get better outfit photos of this coord, I spent most of the shoot sitting down and well, attacking the cupcakes. XD

For now, I go back to real life, and get some rest before facing work. Our load just got a bit heavier. D:

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Photography by Mark U./Coffeebugg

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Brunette Transformation!
When I look at my shots and see my black eyebrows under other natural-colored wigs (brown, blond, ginger), I get really annoyed. I know the cosplay-friendly method of coloring brows, but it ends up looking too fake on me. :( it doesn&#8217;t bother most people, I guess, but it bothered me.
I&#8217;ve been looking for eyebrow mascaras that would show up against black hair and provide good coverage. I&#8217;ve used eyelash mascaras on my eyebrows before, but none of the browns I&#8217;ve tried would work on me.
Mentioned in a previous post that transformation is my hobby, and I like doing new things, whether big or small, that work towards improving how I look for my cosplays or fashion shoots. I used the Dolly Wink eyebrow mascara for this look, but it came out lighter than I expected, so I layered it with regular brown to achieve a chocolate-y brown to go with my wig. I&#8217;ll do a review on it soonish, I guess. I just had to try this look to make sure it would work for this weekend&#8217;s shoot. :D
A simple transformation that does make a big difference.
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Brunette Transformation!

When I look at my shots and see my black eyebrows under other natural-colored wigs (brown, blond, ginger), I get really annoyed. I know the cosplay-friendly method of coloring brows, but it ends up looking too fake on me. :( it doesn’t bother most people, I guess, but it bothered me.

I’ve been looking for eyebrow mascaras that would show up against black hair and provide good coverage. I’ve used eyelash mascaras on my eyebrows before, but none of the browns I’ve tried would work on me.

Mentioned in a previous post that transformation is my hobby, and I like doing new things, whether big or small, that work towards improving how I look for my cosplays or fashion shoots. I used the Dolly Wink eyebrow mascara for this look, but it came out lighter than I expected, so I layered it with regular brown to achieve a chocolate-y brown to go with my wig. I’ll do a review on it soonish, I guess. I just had to try this look to make sure it would work for this weekend’s shoot. :D

A simple transformation that does make a big difference.

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Throwback Thursday: Redhead!
I miss this wig. I still have it, and I&#8217;ve been planning to cut the fringe for goodness knows how long, but I haven&#8217;t gotten around to it. OTL 
I also miss my DSLR. It&#8217;s been out of commission for a while because I&#8217;ve been putting off bringing in the lenses for servicing. :( I should probably get that done this year.
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Throwback Thursday: Redhead!

I miss this wig. I still have it, and I’ve been planning to cut the fringe for goodness knows how long, but I haven’t gotten around to it. OTL 

I also miss my DSLR. It’s been out of commission for a while because I’ve been putting off bringing in the lenses for servicing. :( I should probably get that done this year.

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Doll wigs! Wish I had them in my size, in these colors. The middle one looks like an Anna wig (Frozen), but I styled it that way for my girl before Frozen even had trailers out. HAHAHAHA

Doll wigs! Wish I had them in my size, in these colors. The middle one looks like an Anna wig (Frozen), but I styled it that way for my girl before Frozen even had trailers out. HAHAHAHA

February Wishlist: Wigs!

I am a wig addict, I don’t think there’s any way to hide that. XD For this month’s wishlist, here are a couple of wigs from Gothic Lolita Wigs that I would love to add to my collection.

1. Classic (Wavy) - Mint [top left]
I love mint-colored things, and this wig will probably fit with a lot of my newer wardrobe pieces. I’ve also got plans for it. <3

2. Classic (Wavy) - Peachy Pink [bottom left]
I love this color! I’m not too fond of the usual light pink or deep pink, but this shade is beautiful. I’m a fan of nearly anything that’s pink, and I don’t have enough pink wigs in my collection, I think. XD

3. Baby Dollight - Minty Lavender [top middle]
I have the long version of GLW’s Babydoll Minty Lavender, but it was the runt of the lot and much thinner than most of the other long Babydoll wigs I have. I’d like to get a fuller version which I can use for more often. I’d like to preserve my first one. XD

4. Baby Dollight - Strawberries and Cream [bottom middle]
Again, I have the long version of the Babydoll Strawberries and Cream, and the base wig’s running on the thin side, so I’d like to get this fuller version. I’d like to be able to wear the base wig by itself without it looking thin, don’t want any netting showing through.

5. Duchess Elodie - Auburn [top right]
I love this color. I have a good number of GLWs in this color already, all of different styles, a few of them already phased out. I just LOVE this color, and want it in every style I can get it. XD

6. Duchess Elodie - Black Plum [bottom left]
I was planning to get the Duchess Black Plum for a cosplay, but then they re-made the line into the Duchess Elodie, which combines two lines that I loved: the Long Curly series and the Duchess. I’m definitely still getting it.

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I’ll likely be using these mostly for fashion, I doubt I’ll be doing any cosplays that won’t be needing special/custom wigs any time soon. XD

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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&#8217;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&#8217;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. :)