Thursday, May 24, 2012

A Creative Surge~

Wow. This month has blown by so quickly! And I'm relieved that it has. No other month has been like this in the history of Elegy - it has been a demand on not only my creative energy, but my time and sanity as well.

I can't really show you anything today, but just know that in the past few weeks I've created some of the most extravagant work of my career thus far. I have two photo shoots this week - and both are for OTT styles that are completely opposite. Tonight in fact, I just got finished putting several hours into my mother's victorian-inspired wedding gown for next weekend!

My schedule and creative energy are almost totally spoken for until the end of June. This weekend I have a photo shoot with a goddess of photography and a gorgeous model, next weekend is the wedding, the weekend after I'm traveling to Georgia for Frill, and then a photo shoot all the way over in England a few weeks after that (unfortunately it's a lot cheaper for my garments to travel there than for me, so I won't be going haha).

On a side note, I've also hooked up with a few super talented illustrators! Illustration is not my strongest suit (unless it comes to illustrating clothes, and then I've got you beat ^_~), so I decided to reach out a bit to my fans to collaborate with a fellow creative.

I'm so full of excitement for what's to come, so keep a lookout for lovely original illustrations & Elegy~


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hooray for Lighting!

At last! I finally have decent lights and a backdrop for photos - so long, dark corner of my studio! I've been seriously interested in getting good lighting for several months now, but I didn't have space for it in my old apartment. Now that I have a full basement, that couldn't be used for an excuse any longer and I finally made the purchase!

The lighting kit I finally settled on was THIS. I ordered the kit last Thursday (May 2nd), and received it... the very next day! Haha. I decided to sign up for the Amazon Prime one month trial thing in order to get free shipping because I didn't feel like paying an extra $25 extra to get it in 3 days. So in conclusion - shipping was excellent!

I was a bit worried, because the reviews were all over the place - people were raving that it was super awesome, and other were raving about how everything was broken and/or missing when they received it. Unfortunately, reviews were like that on just about all of the lighting kits I was looking at, so I decided to take the gamble and just go for it. Luckily, I hit the jackpot!

I decided to set up everything in my basement since there's a lot of space down there and it's pretty cool.

^ This is what I received. The box was a little banged up, but that's to be expected when it's rushed from the other side of the country overnight, heh.

^ Carrying case!

^ Everything was packaged nicely. However, nothing was labeled and the instructions for putting it all together were pretty vague =__=

^ I found the light stands!

^And the contraption that attaches to the bulb and umbrella to the stand.

^ Then... I found the lightbulbs O____O
Definitely NOT what I was expecting, but they look super awesome - like ray guns or something, so I approve, lol.

^ Pew-pew-pew! 

^ And they fit just fine, so I'm not complaining!

^ It's coming together and I'm starting to feel like a "professional" :3

^Aaand.. we have light! O_O

^ Next, onto assembling the backdrop stand, where the fun really begins.

^ The poles all slide into each other, and lock into place. There's 4 in total, and one of them had a bent end :( I was feeling pretty crappy and contemplated contacted the seller and doing some sort of exchange, but I didn't want to wait any longer for my lighting! 

^ Another view of the lovely dent. So I took matters into my own hands, literally. I un-dented it. With a combination of tools from my boyfriend's tool box in the basement, including a wrench, pliers, and other things I don't know the names of, I eventually bent it back into place.

^ Well, sort of. It fits, and that's all that matters! I just know that these two poles are attached for life - it took quite an effort getting them together and I don't want to have to go through that again.

 ^ And the final set up!
Overall, I'm pretty happy with my lighting kit. Yes, there was a bit of trouble with the pole, but that's a lot better than receiving completely broken equipment like a lot of other people. And the lights are quite an upgrade from the dim corner of my studio that I've been using for oh, way too long~


Monday, May 7, 2012

My First Meet-Up!

I know, I know - it's hard to believe, but I've never been to a Lolita meet-up! Saturday was the first, and I had a total blast, I cannot wait for the next one!

In a word, Saturday was crazy. Obama of all people was in town for a rally, so a lot of us were concerned about the traffic - honestly it wasn't bad at all, and we got there just fine. On the way I recorded this:

I meant to record more, but I was super nervous and totally forgot about doing that. Luckily I didn't forget to take pictures though!

My coord for the day! Ugh, it was super bright so I look like a glowing, washed out Magical Girl here :3
Salopette: Elegy's Lollipop Parade in Petal
Blouse: Elegy's Lillian Cutsew in Marshmallow
Purse: Bodyline
Shoes: Bodyline

The meet-up took place at this local tea house - it's so lovely ♡

The group! Er.. at least most of us. There was a handful who went to the Obama rally, got stuck in traffic and arrived hours later :(

My boyfriend, getting ready for food! 

I got delicious mousse - it was seriously the best mousse I've ever eaten. It was almost like ice cream ♡

The boyfriend's food.

And.. finished! :3

Group shot!

I think this was supposed to be a "silly" group shot, lol. Anyways, I love how the scooter became a part of our group :3

So that was pretty much it - the day was super fun and I loved being able to meet all these people I talk with online in person. It was such awesome. I cannot wait for the next one!

♡Miss Chubi

Friday, May 4, 2012


A few months ago I received an email from the very talented Nicole, from Nicolophobia Photography. She loved my work and wanted to collaborate on a shoot! She already had a lovely model picked out, and she sent me photos of a beautiful abandoned environment, so I got straight to work. The photos reminded me of something ghostly, so I decided on designing a Shiro Lolita dress for it.

^From sketch to realization~

It all happened very quickly - within a week I had made and sent out the dress - that weekend photos were taken, and I was sent this as a preview from the shoot:

I was told that there was a probability of the shoot getting published, and was ecstatic! I've never been published before (except for like Honor Roll from elementary school, haha) and I would never have guessed that this collaboration would lead to that.

Alas, earlier this week it finally came to realization:

The magazine can be purchased and seen in it's entirety HERE. Click on the "preview" button and I'll be on pages 43-46~

I should have the dress up for sale in the shop here in a few days!