Frida and The Rose Garden

Dear Pussycats,

As I've mentioned before, it's about time I get a little culture in my life! So the other day, before all the foliage dies for winter and I slink into my own hibernation, I visited the New York Botanical Garden

Mark and I got giant iced coffees, hopped on the subway and in a little over an hour we were in the Bronx surrounded by gorgeous art and flora!

Not only did this place look like Versailles, but there was a Frida Kahlo exhibit going on... Could it have been any more lovely?!

Outfit Details: Sunglasses: Ray ban / Top, Skirt and Bag: Vintage, Beacons Closet /  Denim Jacket: Levi's / Socks: My boyfriend Marks / Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

My favorite by far part was the Rose Garden. Not only do I love the flowers themselves, but the garden was designed beautifully, and who doesn't love a gazebo?

The tour was gorgeous, the paintings were gorgeous and Mark and I had a lovely time together. I'm adding this to my list of things to do next summer, before its fall and all the flowers are gone. 

Later that evening I met up with my darling friend Patrick. Patrick is the sweetest person of all time, and I had a great night with him walking down the highline and watching the sunset. 

You know what? I kinda understand why everyone loves Fall so much. Fall is a beautiful season and while I still have one foot in each season, it's pretty magical.

I hope you have a lovely day and let me know what's your favorite way to spend a weekend day?

Keep it sassy,


Disposable Diaries: Los Feliz Summer '14

Dear Pussycats,

Following my latest #DisposableDiaries segment (click here) this is another bunch from my first trip to Los Feliz to visit my darling sister Hayley. We saw the Griffith Observatory, then we spent some quality time walking around her neighborhood.

If you ever get a chance to go to LA, Los Feliz is the most dreamy, cutest little corner. We got two giant bottles of Perrier and caught up on all of our adventures from the past few months. If you didn't know, Hayley moved to LA February 2014, a few months before I moved NY. It's terribly hard being away from the people I love most, but making little trips like this make the whole thing worth it. 

The next day of my mini-vacation, we took a trip to downtown Hollywood to see the sights and to of course eat Inn-N-Out burger!

Here is the latest addition of Caelan-Looks-Longingly-at-her-Burger photos. Click here to view the rest

There is nothing I cherish more than my time with my sisters. Look forward to my minitrip to Hawaii last summer next week!Keep it sassy,xoxoxCaelan 


Evil Bunnies!

Dear Pussycats,

Halloween is OVER, and it's time to join me in buying discounted candy and throwing out your decaying pumpkins! I feel like Halloween officially marks the time when people start saying "the year went by so fast!" and start reflecting on the good, the bad, and the TRAGIC moments of their year.

I'll spare you the boring drabble about all I've learned and blah blah blah, but let me just say that this year was the year of getting cozy.

2014 was as nutty as a fruit cake! I had to fight like Britney Spears during her Circus album/phoenix-like revival to prove who I am in this big scary world. I had to figure out where I'm living, where I'm working and I even met a dreamy dude and spent a magical Christmas night with the boy I'm still heart-eyes-emoji for today!

2015 was all about getting cozy and improving my current situation. While there has been no major issues in the romance or home department, my job situation has been the least stable thing. Internships are great, but I'm ready for a full time commitment. Part of me secretly believes that all these three-month long working arrangements I've gotten myself into are karma for all the relationships I've ended at the three month-mark #ohwell.

Anyway, I'm always about embracing the new and throwing out the old, and today on November 1st, Mark and I smashed some old pumpkins!

Outfit Details: Sweater: Beacon's Closet / Shorts: Kate Spade Saturday (RIP) / Tights: American Apparel / Boots: Hinge (gifted from my sister Hayley)

Also I have a funny story about this sweater. I found it at Beacon's Closet. When I first found it I instantly fell in love, it looked vintage and the bunny tails were too cute. However, I put it on to wear to work and as I was leaving the house Mark said "those bunnies look evil," blaming it on exhaustion, I shrugged off his comment. However, upon closer inspection I realized that these bunnies do look angry! The weird thing is that this sweater has no tag, and it very much looks vintage or handmade, but I feel like no vintage sweaters would have such evil looking characters!

If you have any insight please let me know, I'm dying to find out. 

I hope you have an amazing November, you know I don't plan on shaving my legs all month!

I really missed taking these kinds of photos, and since I have a very patient and kind BF who is willing to be my photographer I have 0 excuse not to!

Keep it sassy,


My BEST Halloween Costumes.

Dear Pussycats,

Two years ago, I curled up in my down comforter with a bag of fun-sized kit-kats, and wrote a think-piece about Halloween (click here). Now, please forgive 2013-Caelan for her rage and lack of commas (2015-Caelan went in and edited that post, and man, that was SCARY!), but I still agree with the original post, Halloween is "racist, sexist and uncreative."

I'm a little more forgiving on the "uncreative," part now, I must admit that it's crazy how when you move to New York, you become constantly exhausted. I give people a lot of credit for putting together elaborate Halloween costumes when they've got bills to pay, candy to eat, and scary movies to watch between their fingers!

Anyway, here is a list of some of my favorite costumes that I've put together throughout the years, and I'll even include my current Halloween costume at the very bottom!

1997 & 2010
"I like cheese and I'm a...HAPPY HALLOWEEN"

For my senior year in high school, I thought it would be fun to throw it back to my Kindergarten Halloween costume, (do you remember when recreating baby photos was SUPER cool in 2010 lol...just like flashmobs #oivey). 

That kindergarten I had one of my first embarrassing moments. Picture this, Halloween day, 1997, My teacher thought it would be a fun idea to film a halloween video for the parents. She went around the room with her camera and each of us were supposed to say "I'm a (fill in the blank), Happy Halloween," but while she went around the room, I knew I wanted to be creative, and unique, because *insert hair flip emoji*. 

By the time she aimed her camera at me I knew I wanted to say, "I like cheese, I'm a mouse, Happy Halloween!" because I wasn't like those other kids, I freestyled. However by the time she motioned for me to start, I started my sentence, and halfway through she told me to hurry up, I got scared and what resulted was a tiny Caelan with mouse ears saying, "I like cheese and I'm a...HAPPY HALLOWEEN!" To this day, I'm still embarrassed thinking about it. 

Poison Mermaid.

My first year of college, marked my first year of FREEDOM. I dyed my hair fire engine red, I moved into the dorms and I was ready to PARTY. We wore togas, we found the orange keystone light can, and one time I took a huge bong rip, and ended up crawling to my dorm room where I spent the rest of my afternoon vomiting uncontrollably, while listening to Lana Del Rey, and planning my will out in my head, because I was certain I was going to die. 

ANYWAY, that Halloween I not only rocked little mermaid vibes, but I also dressed up as Poison Ivy from the 90's Batman, because "THAT GIRL (me!) IS POISON." It was really fun playing both a good character and a bad one within two days, I let my freak flag fly high and I don't regret it for a second. Both of my costumes were constructed from 100% American Apparel products, and I would do it all over again. 

Witchy in Pink

2012 rolled around, and this was my year of PINK. After experimenting with different hair colors, I settled on pink, and rocked it for a solid 8 months. That being said, I knew I had to pick a pink-haired character for Halloween, in retrospect, Chibi Moon from Sailor Moon, or Pinky from Grease, would've been great options, but I think Princess Bubble Gum from Adventure Time did the trick nicely.

I was also so Halloween-obsessed that year that I made a spoopy DIY post showing you some crafts to make, ENJOY.



To this day, absolutely NOTHING beats Halloween 2013. What's funny is that I don't even think I went out that night, it was the last halloween I wasn't of age, but despite all that my sister Roldie (her real name is Hayley) and I would wake up super early every morning that week and came up with the BEST group costumes of all time. Click here to read the posts: Ghost World, The Royal Tenenbaums, Waynes World, and bask in our Halloween Glory.

The year of the LAME
This year I was so all over the place. And even though it was my first Halloween in NY, I dressed up as a cat. It's so boring, I'm not even going to post the picture, here is a link to my instagram post.


This Halloween season, I'm in a much better place than the year prior, I'm not working retail, I have better hours with my current job and it's time to actually enjoy the season! So far I've watched over 7 scary movies, I've eaten candy corn, those carmel apple lollipops, I've drank pumpkin beer, and I've even carved a pumpkin! Not to mention, I was lucky enough to be invited to join my current coworkers and their halloween costume for the Etsy Halloween Party! 

Even though my true Spice queen is Baby Spice, I can't deny the fact that my hair is red, and that I look really good in a union jack dress, so the Spice Girls were formed. We dance, we sang, and Baby Spice even threw lollipops into the crowd, ultimately leading us to win the title of "Best Group Costume"! WE DID IT!

And the fun doesn't stop there, I'm going out tonight to see some of my FAVORITE drag queens from Ru Pauls Drag Race. I will most likely reprise my role as Ginger Spice (because I paid $60 for my costume and it would be kinda cool to get more than 1 use out of it).

I hope this post was as fun for you as it was for me! And/or I hope it gave you some inspiration for your own costume! Please let me know down below what was your favorite costume you've ever worn?

Keep it Sassy,


#DisposableDiaries: Griffith Observatory Summer '14

Dear Pussycats,

This week as I stroll down memory lane in my latest #DisposableDiaries, I wanna show you the day I spent with my sister Hayley and her boyfriend Leo at the Griffith Observatory. This was the first time I ever visited this amazing place, and now it's become a yearly tradition!

Spending time with my sisters is my favorite thing in the entire world, I love it more than finding online coupons that apply to my purchases, or free donut day! I never thought moving to New York and leaving my family was going to be as difficult as it has been, but if anything, it makes me appreciate the time with my sister so much more.

Finding great friends is like finding great romantic partners...ie very difficult. I'm lucky because I was born with the three best friends that anyone could have! And even though it's hard living in separate places, at least this allows me to visit new places and have multiple mini-vacations every year!

Be prepared to see more fun pictures from my first visit to Los Feliz last summer!

Keep it sassy,


Helen Gurley Brown Cured My Sophomore Slump

Dear Pussycats,

I thought once I graduated college I would officially be done with "sophomore slumps," but sitting here in my second year in New York - the feelings are back and sludgey-er than ever.

If you're unfamiliar, a "sophomore slump" (according to wikipedia) refers to "an instance in which a second, or sophomore effort fails to live up to the standards of the first effort."  Take for example, Alanis Morissette's album "Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie," Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, and "Mother Lover" - but what happens when you feel this way about your life?

Sitting in my little cozy home in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, I feel weird. It's five parts antsy-anxiety, two parts lack-of-job-security, and ten parts crying-for-no-reason, but either way, it's just strange. I'm happy with my life on many levels, but I also feel like I have Little Mermaid syndrome, and "I want more!"

Have you ever felt like you worked hard to get yourself and your life to this certain place, and after you have everything you thought you wanted, you still feel short changed? 2014 was this HUGE year full of personal triumph for me, I moved to New York and I fought tooth and nail to "make it," so to say, and now that I should be getting settled and feeling content, I feel like I almost cant!

It's not to say that 2015 hasn't been a great year so far, it really has, but I guess going through such a traumatic, dramatic, and insanely rewarding freshman year, it sorta makes sense that I feel like this. Imagine how Frodo felt after a year after he dropped the ring into mount doom or whatever, I mean, can we all really believe that he was completely fine just chilling in the shire, whittling nose flutes and drinking butter beer again?

I'm no Lord of the Rings expert, but I am an expert on talking about how I feel, and I feel weird! I'm not as passionate about the things I once loved, my anxiety has been getting worse, and I've been out of touch with my emotions which is the worst feeling ever!

This sophomore year has been somewhere in between good, and meh, and frankly, I'm not okay with it! Sitting in my little nest, I thought to myself, "what would Helen Gurley Brown do?" and in true #HGB tradition, I thought I'd pick myself up by my bootstraps and start making this year worthwhile.

SO, here is my plan.

1) Take Classes - My sister Kelsey says that she's forever learning, and in my first year out of college, it's the time to get back into the books! I've started taking classes at this amazing place called the Brooklyn Brainery! The first one I took was all about iconic perfume, both smell and bottle design - I learned a bunch, met some really nice women, and am still on the quest for my perfect signature scent! I'll be taking a class about Jazz music next week, and one about Halloween, I'll be sure to let you know how it goes!

2) Crowdsource Advice -Recently I posted on Facebook asking for suggestions of what I should do in New York, and the feedback was overwhelming. I'm thinking about making a spreadsheet and checking off each exciting thing as I do it, it might be super helpful inspiration when it's SUPER cold outside.

3) Pen-paling - Helen Gurley Brown was all about writing letters, and I recently lucked out finding a ton of really cute stationery all for super cheap! Writing letters has been so fun, and hearing that I've made a few peoples days really cheers me up!! Remember, if you want a letter from me, click through to this post and enter your info in the google doc!

4) Read more - ugh I'm the worst at sticking to my resolution to read more, but maybe we could start a book club on this blog and talk the books we read? I've only read 1 this year and I'm ashamed! I think there is something so magical about escaping into a far off universe and lately I've been needing to escape.

5) Enjoy My Me-time - My sister Hayley told me that she wants her life to be full of champagne, German films and french fries, and I completely agree. I want my life to be full of clean sheets, face masks, Thai take out, watching horror movies between my fingers and quiet nights blogging. I need to take more time to enjoy my life, enjoy myself and relax. I'm really bad at relaxing, I hate that I'm one of those people that is constantly stressed, but I am. So, to cure my sophomore slump, I need to get into this year, and into myself! It's about time!

I hope these tips help someone else too! Lets all start shaking these sophomore slumps and living more like HGB would!

Let me know if you have any other suggestions for me!


Denim Dream Days

Dear Pussycats,

I know summer is long gone, but I found this little outfit photoshoot I did when I was in Montauk on my SD card and I thought, why not post! 

I miss summer because my weekends were as sweet as lemonade and my future was as bright as my horrible spaghetti-strap sunburn lines. Fall forces you to be introspective about things, why are the leaves changing? Why am I freezing my ass off? What is a 401k? WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE? 

Also, I still don't understand daylight savings time. 

ugh...anyway here is one last post from summer...WAHHHH I'M SAD.

Mark took me to the dump at Montauk to show me the most beautiful view of all time. Yes, people, even the view by the dump in Montauk was gorgeous!

Then after picking up some iced coffee and a kite at the only 7/11 in town, we were ready for the beach!

Outfit Details: Sunglasses: Ray Ban / Button Up: J.Crew / Shorts: Kate Spade Saturday (RIP) / Swimsuit: Echo

After a quick dip in the water, we realized it was totally the perfect day to fly a kite! I put my visor sunglasses back on and I was ready to fly!

It was a lovely day, and as much as I love pumpkin spice lattes, I can't wait until summer 2016

P.S. Remember to be proud and brave!

Keep it sassy,