Saturday, October 23, 2010

!!!!!♪♫THIS CENTURY♫♪!!!!!!

OK so this post isn't about an A.B.C. it's about an A.B.F.B. (Ali Brin Fave Band)
If you haven't already heard of "This Century", you need to take a listen!
Also here is my favorite song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7tmnETHTrQ

Story time: I became super in love with the band "The Maine" last year and I was watching a tour update that they put on YouTube. In the video, the band was jamming to another band as they drove somewhere...I fell in love with the song that was playing in the background and after searching the lyrics in google, I discovered "This Century". I downloaded all of the music that they had available and they became the soundtrack to my summer. I literally woke up to "No Way Out" almost every morning and I always made super cool dances to it. Last Thursday (Oct 21, 2010) My friend, my sister and I went to one of the concerts that This Century was playing in but we missed their set because we all had late classes. There was supposed to be a meet and greet after the show so we decided to walk around the venue and wait for that instead of paying $18 to listen to half the bands from the line up (we're poor college students). As the three of us were walking around Jax Beach we came to this street and down the street we saw a bunch of guys packing up a van...who were those guys??...THEY WERE THIS CENTURY!! packing up after their set!!!! The three of us walked over to them and were basically like "hi we missed your set cause we had class and now we're sad", SO THEN!! somehow something magical happened and they ended up playing an acoustic version of "No Way Out" for us out of the side of their van!!! (video below)

I was so ecstatic!!! Last summer while jamming and breaking it down to This Century's music I never would have thought that in a few months they would be singing to/with me!!! OH AND WAIT! It gets better...once they were done packing up, we walked with them back to the concert venue!!! BUT WAIT IT GETS BETTER!! We hung out with them for a few hours!!! They had to go in and out of the venue a few times but the three of us just waited until the meet and greet and then after that we all just chatted!!!

We took pictures together!! (awesomeness)
(I'm always surprised at how short I am when I look at pictures)
From left to right: Joel-lead singer, Sean- guitar, Alex- the temp bass player while Alex the usual bass player is sick, and Ryan-drums
Fun Facts!
Joel- actually knew what I was talking about when I alluded to Coheed and Cambria...he also wants to be a fish
Sean- told me about this awesome designer named John Derian (check him out: http://www.johnderian.com/index_decoupage.html) also!! Sean lived in New York and has family on Long Island just like me!!
Alex and Ryan disapeared for most of night so we spent most of our time chillin with Joel and Sean but according to Alex and Ryan- Sand and snow are made of the same things...one is just a frozen version of the other .... who knew? {lolz}


I brought them bracelets that I made with Jacksonville Beach shells on them so they can have a souvenir from the show. And during the forevers that we were chit chatting we started talking about crafts and I mentioned my lady gaga costume and all of my recycled plastic crafts that I did and they all thought my trash bag bow was awesome and they wanted cool trash bag jewelry too.
The lead singer Joel and the guitarist Sean were so cool, they hung out with us all night!! My friend, my sister and I are gunna see them again in November and bring them their awesome new swag and it's gunna be great!!!☼

Here's the video of No Way Out

But Wait There's More

After I finished making my Lady Gaga costume I still had some melted trash bag left so my A.B.C.s after that were this Gaga Bow and this Super Awesome Gaga Clutch bag.
My bow is my classic bow design but with a bunch of rotated squares in the middle for flair.
The clutch bag is a simple envelope design with a rectangular slit cut in the overlap and a loop attached to the body of the bag that goes through the slit when you close it. I attached a stopper thingy that you put through the loop so that the bag stays closed. It took me a while to think of but I my Gaga Clutch came out pretty good don't ya think?!

I love having a little bit of fierceness to add to every outfit☼

♫RA RA ROMA MA♫



My latest A.B.C. is most definitely fierce. I was sitting in biology talking with my friend about how I don't know what I'm doing for Halloween when he informed me that the honors program was having a costume contest in 2 days and the winner would get $100. I of course flipped because if you know me, you know I always start making my awesome costumes at the beginning of October and I already had plans of making an AMAZING Lady Gaga costume. Aaaanyway... when I got back to my dorm I started brain storming ideas of how to make Gaga happen in 2 days. I already had:
1) A black leotard
2)Black lace tights
3)A cotton pencil skirt


and all I needed was
1) A fierce crown
2) Bedazzled eye wear
3)Some out of this world shoulders
4)5 finger half gloves
5)Some crazy accessories
I immediately ran out to Michael's and got a 1 pound bag of rhine-stones (yes 1 pound!) and I dug out some giant black trash bags I had already asked my mom to send me for the costume

You might be thinking to yourself right now "Ali what did you do with the trash bags" - well curious blog reader, let me tell you: I made the crown, belt, ring, earrings and shoulder pieces out of them.

Now you may also be thinking "woe Ali did you just say you made all that stuff with trash bags??? But they look so awesome and structured" - Yes curious blog reader, I did say I turned my trash bags into fierce and fabulous treasures!!
A few weeks ago through the amazing "YouTube for geniuses" (as I like to call it) website called http://www.ted.com/ I discovered through a series of links and comments that if you place a plastic bag (trash bag, wal-mart bag etc.) in between 2 pieces for parchment paper and then iron over it, your end product will be a super neato and sturdy sheet of plastic that is perfect for sewing or just cutting and hot gluing. Basically I laid out my trash bags in 4 layers, ironed them out until they were flat and went to work cutting, gluing sewing and bedazzling them into my Gaga gear.
Top left to right: My cube covered right shoulder piece, rhine-stone covered left shoulder piece, crown headband.
Bottom left to right: bedazzled eye wear, ring, left earring, right earring.

  • I didn't include a picture of my belt because it doesn't really look like a belt when it's not on. lol
  • All of my rhine-stones are attached by hot glue.
  • The cubes were made by cutting various sized squares and gluing 3 of them together at the edges (they were only half cube pyramids)
  • The crown was made by just cutting out a crown shape in the flat plastic (not unlike a burger king crown) and then rolling and gluing it to a headband (it had plastic supports on the inside FYI)
  • The ring was just a left over half cube covered in rhine-stones and attached to a ring back
  • The earrings were flat triangles of plastic; one covered in rhinestones and one covered in mini cubes
  • Also to add some edge, I glued a whole bunch of rhine-stones to my neck and chest with Elmer's glue...most of the ones on my neck fell off but the ones on my collar bone area stayed there all night.
OH YEA! I almost forgot to mention I WON THE $100☼