First off and foremost, damn what a summer! I can probably say this past summer was of the best vacations that I've ever experienced (if not THE BEST). I accomplished so many hobbies, hung out with friends, visited family, etc. In addition, it's the start of the school year for Fall 2013 and I'm now enrolled full-time again. Below is a run-down of everything that has happened over the break:
I'm still making neat little cybergoth items for my shop. I think what I'm going to do though is only use Etsy and FB as means of advertisement. I've given up on the separate DA account for showing off my stuff, only because it's going to take a shit-ton of effort to watermark and tag my DA account on all of the images (there's SO MANY). Etsy is still in the works because I want to be able to finish ALL of my crafts before I sell anything (more convenient that way if I go that route in my opinion).
Some of the items I've made over the summer include: hazard tape hair falls/pony falls, pom pom kandi falls, a beaded kandi rave bra commission for a friend of mine, 10 different kinds of spiked vinyl bracelets, 6 different designs for fluffy cuffs, 6 various respirator gas masks (including one commission from FB), an orange pair of bio-batteries for my Orange Glo Attack outfit, as well as a Cyfly-inspired cyber loin cloth skirt and glowing water gun to go with that same outfit.
My cybergoth outfits also had a couple of features this summer. I was able to get together with some amazing friends (who both happen to be photographers) and have my photos taken in my outfit designs. Here are some of the works taken and edited by and :
More photos of my outfits and other works of theirs can be found here--> www.facebook.com/KelleyOBrienP… and here --> www.facebook.com/pages/Oltre-V…
In addition to hanging out with my pals, I was able to attend Metrocon 2013 this year. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had at a convention. My outfit Friday was my rainbow kandi raver outfit (technically Rainbow Vomit, but I've been laid back on referring it to that term). As predicted, the majority of everyone was dazzled by all of the colors and details in my outfit. Heehee! Most said "I've never seen anything like that before," "what ARE you?" and "Holy crap the COLORS," but I think the most meaningful out of all of them were the ones that said that my outfit "the most original display I've seen yet." ^_^ Seriously, I'm so appreciative of all the positive comments given to me that day. I worked so hard on every detail. Though it was two years off and on in the making, that day at Metrocon was absolutely worth every minute.
I'll try my best to post some photos that posted on her photography page just to give a better idea of what I'm talking about. It's similar to what I have now on DA, however the wig was modified with pom pom falls, el-wire bubblewrap ram horns, and a craft foam mohawk, and other additions included more fishnet stockings, and LOTS more kandi. But yeah, it was my most popular outfit. I even was interviewed by the Tampa Tribune newspaper who came to cover about the convention!
You can even see my picture on their website on the second photo over! --> tbo.com/metrocon-a-sight-to-be…
Other activities I did that day include making kandi at the Spacepod Clubwear booth, meeting up with a few people I've known on Kandi Land and trading with them, buying the cutest kitty tail that matched my rainbow attire, witnessing a wack-job Christian fanatic across the street preaching about how we're all sinners for cosplaying (and seeing the cosplayers mocking his idiocy), and also meeting up with . I was interviewed for his web series "The Raven's Flock" on the topic of " What is Cybergoth?"
<---- You can watch part 1 here (I make a brief appearance near the beginning tilting my head)
<---- And here for the actual interview
On Saturday, I dressed up in my Orange-Glo Attack cyber uniform (as you can see from the photos above). That day I met up with and her fiance Mike (Levid) and we ran around different places around the convention center for a cyber photoshoot. Though not a lot of participants took advantage of the awesome opportunity later on in the day, regardless it was a very enjoyable time dressing up and hanging out with my pals (that includes , her boyfriend Anthony, and our friend Alanah). At the end of the day I chilled at their hotel briefly before I left to be picked up by my boyfriend. Overall, it was a spectacular event. Hanging out with friends, making new ones, and recognizing all of the incredible cosplay characters
A few weeks after Metrocon I flew up to NJ to visit my relatives. Instead of traveling from Tampa and arriving at Philly like I usually do, my uncle discovered a cheaper, more convenient, airport in Mercer county. It was very different from what I'm used to. WAY different. I've been using only US Airways and flying only to Philly airport (which for those who have been there know that it's a fairly big and bustling place) for 12 years, and now I'm using Frontier airlines and going to a new hub. Frontier is okay, it's just not cheap; they don't provide any complimentary drinks or snacks, however it's nice that they had a cool-looking humidifier on the roof of the plane to look at. lol Mercer airport I'll admit shocked me the first time. It's TINY!!! When we arrived off the terminal, we didn't even go through a connecting platform. We climbed off the plane on this two tiered ramp and walked from the runway space, through a door, and directly into the baggage claim room...which was simply a room with an incredibly small conveyor belt. You can actually see the guys putting our baggage onto the belt one by one. It blew my mind how simplistic and condensed everything was . lol Leaving the airport was even more bizarre cause exiting the place was like a stones throw away. Imagining walking out of a very small warehouse, that's how I felt.
Anyway, enough about the airport. Various things that I did include seeing my aunts, uncles and cousins, traveling to Philly to see a spy exhibit at the Franklin Institute (it nostalgic to experience all of the familiar exhibits I've seen when I was younger, yet it's a lot smaller from what I remember), going to the New Jersey State Aquarium, visiting the cemetery to pay some respects to my mother (RIP), and visiting an enormous and an incredibly gorgeous floral shop called Dragonfly Gardens (I bought a palm-sized light up jack-o-lantern from there).
Oh yeah, and I also visited Six Flags Great Adventure while I was there! I rode Nitro and El Torro as usual, but this time I faced my fear and rode the miraculous beast that is Kingda Ka! For those who are not familiar with that roller coaster, it is the record breaking ride that is the tallest in the world, and the fastest in the Americas. To be honest though, the freakiest part was not the downhill 90 degree drop, but actually the G Force propelling up the hill. Nevertheless I'm alive and I have the embarrassing photo to prove it. Haha!
Concert-wise this summer, I've had the pleasure of attending only two (both industrial genre related). I got to see Human Factors Lab perform, which was a real treat, and earlier this month I saw Psyclon Nine in Orlando. Other bands that played before P9 were Dawn of Ashes, Die Sektor, and Missfit Toys. The coolest things about concerts like the Human Factors Lab and P9 one in Orlando is that you actually got to chat and meet with the band members that roam around the venue after the show. I'm so used to big name/crowded concerts like Rammstein and Florence + The Machine that's it's uncommon for me to see the performers interact with their fans personally before and after the show. It's fantastic, but for someone like me who's not used to it all it's weird to get accustomed. lol I even got to meet the drummer for one of my favorite bands Ludovico Technique! Like always I saw both concerts with cool friends. Thanks again to for teh P9 shirt. ^____^ I'm actually wearing as we speak. *hugs self*
, you, Mike, , Anthony, Alanah, and I all need to go to a concert together one of these days.
Last but not least, here's a school update. As mentioned in my earlier journal entry, I switched majors from Architecture to Graphic Arts due to USF not offering a Bachelors in Arch (they only offer a Masters degree). So this year I'm taking my prerequisites to get into the Graphic Arts program in St. Pete. My courses are alright I guess, certainly not what I was expecting art-wise but they're manageable. I'm full-time again instead of part-time, so obviously there's more work I have to accomplish. Either way I'll somehow find time to do stuff that I love in between. Oh, and I was able to get some grants this year. After taxes and updating everything in my FAFSA, I found out that I was eligible for Bright Futures, the Pell Grant, AND a USF Need-based grant! I didn't even know USF had a separate grant all on its own for students, but hey more tuition cash for me. I'm not complaining. If I have some funds left over from covering rent/cable/groceries/utilities on my half of the condo living expenses, I'll most likely use the extra money for some summer classes next year before I get in to the Graphic Arts program. I couldn't do that with Bright Futures since they only cover Fall and Spring. But yeah, I'm very happy about that. Things are looking up!
That's pretty much it for now. I'll make another update hopefully around Christmas (or shortly after Christmas vacation). Until then, Happy Halloween, Thanksgiving, and possibly Merry Christmas.
My Fall To Do LIST:
Work on 30 Song challenge
Work on cyber supplies for personal shop
Set up Etsy account
Clean house from top to bottom
Download for tunes for mah Zunes
Watch movies and re-runs of the Simpsons