9/2/15

Disposable Diaries: Brunch with Alia

Dear Pussycats,

Here is another #disposablediaries for you, and this one is featuring my dear friend Alia. Alia and I met through our darling and oh so talented friend Annisa! Alia and Annisa live all the way in Seattle and our friendship has existed solely online until last summer. While I still haven't met Annisa (and I'm crying every day because of it!) I had the pleasure of meeting up with Alia last summer and my life has been changed ever since!

I had the pleasure of meeting this little baby up twice during her very brief stay in NY to have breakfast and chat and laugh and swap stories and just have a great time. I've never met a stranger that I've fallen obsessed with so quickly, but Alia has this warmth and confidence about her that makes everyone want to be her BFF. 

We drank delicious coffee and talked about feminism and art and stupid boys and it was just a really special time.






There is something so special and important about forming connections with powerful women. I hope I'm going to be friends with Alia for a long time because I can't wait to see what kind of good for the world this little firecracker is going to do!

Have you guys ever met up with an internet friend?


keep it sassy,
xoxox
Caelan


9/1/15

Happy September! My New Hobby!


RABBIT RABBIT PUSSYCATS!

If you aren't one of my sisters you might not know this, but my family has a tradition where the first thing we say on the first morning of every month is "rabit, rabit," don't ask me where we it came from.

Anywho, I wanted to talk to y'all about hobbies.

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to attend the NY NOW trade show with the Etsy Wholesale team. We invited the most amazing creators from around the country and Canada to join us, and I fell in love with each and every one of them. After talking with these amazing jewelers and designers and graphic designers, they often turned to me and ask "what do you make?" And I was left dumbfounded every time.

What do I make? At that point I realized I hadn't blogged in forever and my film camera was collecting dust. While I love scrapbooking and listening to Podcasts, I thought "damn, I need a hobby."

So I thought it would be fun if I tried out a new hobby every month (or at least try) till the end of the year to see what kind of skills I acquire.

For the month of September I thought I'd take up writing letters! While I'm not known for my penmanship I thought it would be fun to send letters to the people I love to say, "hi," "I miss you," or in the words from the iconic Golden Girls theme song "THANK YOU FOR BEING MY FRIEND!!!"

I found a bunch of amazing artists and stationery designers at NY NOW, but I also managed to shop at a little Brooklyn boutique called Dabney Lane before they closed their doors, so I've got A LOT of stationery to send!



The first recipients of the custom Caelan cards happen to by my boyfriend (I was being a jerk that day) and my Auntie Lisa all the way in Napa California!

What's cool about this hobby is that, while yes it is for me, it is mostly for someone else! And who doesn't love snail mail, especially surprise snail mail!

I plan on doing this throughout the month and documenting it on my instagram @Dailysass, but I'll give you updates on here as well.

AND if you're still reading this, you can fill out this google form and I'll send you a letter too!! 

Well I love you guys so much,
I hope you have a great day 
keep it sassy,
xoxox
Caelan


8/31/15

Soundtrack to my Sunday Night Alone


Dear Pussycats,

A few weeks ago I wrote a blogpost giving you the lowdown of what my "Home Alone" soundtrack sounds like (click here).  So I thought I'd give you guys another one, but instead, it's the soundtrack to my Sunday night alone.

Now, the drink of choice is Stella and the food of the evening was my first whack at vegan mexican food (which surprisingly wasn't whack!) and it's time to get crazy, and by crazy I mean try not to cry and maybe attempt to clean my room.

Do you ever just cry for no reason? Of course you do! You're not a robot or a frat boy (boys, don't forget you can cry too!)! But I find myself crying a lot just, because. I cry because of homesickness, I cry because of well-curated instagram induced FOMO, I cry because of Teen Mom 2 (those girls make me so sad, just get it together ladies!) and I cry just to cry sometimes (it burns calories, right?). Sunday nights can be nights to cry, nights to finish up homework, nights to finish relaxing before you start another work week, but however you spend it, Sunday nights are pretty magical.

However I must warn you, *disclaimer* don't combine this mood and this set-up (home alone on a Sunday night) with Blueberry Beer and Billy Holiday, it will make you WAY TOO SAD, (trust me hunty, I know).

Okay, onto the fun~

The first song to set our Sunday-night mood has to be "Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac. While you may be like my boyfriend (and half of the population) and have over-played this song for yourself, feel free to skip ahead. But for those who haven't, sit back, and let Fleetwood take you away. This song is the perfect vibe for a Sunday night alone, 1 beer in. It's not sad enough to get you swirling into the sad zone, but it's also not mocking your tetering sadness.

Then, when you feel like twirling around your room and not cleaning, I'd play song #2, "My Girls" by Animal Collective. I will not take credit for liking this cool song, my boyfriend made me a whole mix called, "Caelan Mix" (I like em clever lol) that has cute songs that he either thought that I should listen to or songs that reminded him of me. He's pretty good at the music curation thing and the being my boyfriend thing.

Another song that reminds me of making out with my BF or him giving me quiet hugs when I'm freaking out because of hormones is, "How Can You Really" by Foxygen. By now you should start snacking on something weird and or dancing around your kitchen!

Have you lighted your candles yet? GIRL WHAT ARE YOU DOING! Light those damn candles already! I'm currently lighting my Zayn Malik prayer candle and my limited edition Diane Von Furstenberg moon candle that smells like vanilla dreams. A song that pairs quite nicely with the aroma emitted from my candles is "California Nights" by Best Coast. 

Now, before we get too sleepy I want to play "Losing You" by Solange. This song is just the amount of dreamy and weird that I like in songs. Solange is SO underrated. I mean, I can't even imagine how hard it would be to have Beyonce as your big seastar. But, I mean, I have three amazing older sisters, and if they were to combine all their powers,  I'm sure they would surpass Queen Bey in a hairflip to the death.

BACK TO MY POINT, I will always root for Solange because not only did I love The Proud Family theme song, but us little seastars need to stick together!

Also, side tangent, I don't know if when you were playing pretend as a child you would pretend to be girl groups? Because my sisters and I would, and everything was fine when we played Spice Girls, but when Destiny's Child came onto the scene and turned from 4-person group to a 3-person group, I immediately felt left out. Devon was Beyonce, Kelsey was Kelly, Hayley was Michelle and they told me I could be Solange even though she wasn't in the band. And for that reason, and the whole Elevator incident, I'm adding a second Solange song to this playlist, "Lost on the Way Home ft. Solange" by Chromeo.

Next is a little diddy by my faves, Tame Impala, obviously I could try to be cool and find one of their obscure hits, but it's me, did you see my last playlist? It featured Kelly Clarkson okay? Don't come to me for that next level, underground shit. Come to me for bangers (both kinds) and mash (only the potato kind, not mashups, this aint 2008). I chose "The Less I know the Better."

I just found this song, right now while trying to curate my playlist, which is a perfect example of how prepared I am. Listen to "Light ft. Little Dragon" by ODESZA it has some really great harmonies, and you know how much I love harmonies. THIS SONG IS SUCH A BANGER. just do a me a favezies and listen already, okay? At this point you should most def be in your PJs, on your second vegan ice cream sandwich and take your makeup off like Mulan (you know we all do that!)

And you know I gotta feature my queen Robyn somewhere on this playlist. This song is called "Who Do You Love ft. Robyn" by an artist I never heard of prior, named Kindness. Well, kindness is my favorite quality in a person, and Robyn is my favorite quality you can add to a song, so this song is an A+ for me.

Then I gotta add a song everyone knows, "Thinkin' Bout You" by Frank Ocean. Because this song is pure sex and pure sadness, and that is a damn perfect combination if you ask me. I really hope that one day this playlist is listened to by a group of college freshman who are stoned and sitting in hazy a circle, melting into their floors and pretending that they didn't sign up for 8AM Monday morning classes lol.

Then there is "Magnifique" by Ratatat which c'est magnifique! I'm so proud of Ratatat for their new album, they are really killing it and for a very anticipated album, they did not disappoint.


So here you go, my full playlist enjoy even if it's Monday night!


Lastly, you should check out this song from a band called Medium Cool, which happened to be my boyfriends old band. He rules and his voice is dreamy.

So dance your butt off, or cry your eyes out, or hate watch the new Ninja Turtles movie, I don't care!
Just have a great night,
and keep it sassy,
xoxo
Caelan

8/25/15

Disposable Diaries: My last Day at BUST Magazine

Dear Pussycats,

Since I'm working my way through my photo albums and I'm about a year late, I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about my internship at BUST magazine, which occurred summer 2014.

Now before I begin, I need to explain something. I owe SO much to BUST magazine, without them, I never would have moved to New York when I did, without them I would never have had the confidence even attempt to try for my dream, finish school online, and try to make it in this tough, crazy city. I owe so much of my New York success to the ladies at BUST magazine, so if you're reading this, THANK YOU LADIES!!

I remember my first day like it was yesterday. It's so cute to think of how much of a baby I was, I had no clue if I should take the uptown or downtown train to get to midtown from SoHo, I had no clue that your monthly subway pass allows one swipe every 30 minutes, and I had no clue "Houston" street was pronounced not like the city, or lil miss Whitney, but like "How-ston"...HOW peculiar?!

The office was decorate with bright colors, past issues and featured a Hellokitty toaster and microwave.

All of the women worked quietly by themselves but when they interacted it was amazing seeing this female-power in action. They worked diplomatically and in a very organized matter. They encouraged the interns to work together to edit each other's work, and had us run errands, but never for coffee (which is EXTREMELY kind for New York internship standards).

I'll never forget the time I forgot to wear a bra and had to run a million errands on the hottest day of the summer, lol (boob sweat is the WORST). I'll never forget the goodbye parties thrown for every single intern on their last day, accompanied with delicious treats (and sometimes booze if you're over 21)! And I'll never forget feeling like I finally belonged to something great when I was sitting in a room full of women who were just as excited as I am about women's rights and shared a very similar ideology with me, it was an extremely powerful feeling.


I remember sifting through past issues while the sun illuminated the back room through these giant windows and secretly wishing I could be a cat and curl up to take a little nap (not that I didn't want to work that day).
This is the second magazine I've been part of the masthead, and any writer knows that is one of the best experiences ever!

Not to mention that I've made really great friends, who a year later I still hang out with!

So cheers to BUST Magazine and my time spent there! I learned about writing, friendship, female empowerment and most cliche, myself!

Keep it sassy,
xoxo
Caelan

7/17/15

Disposable Diaires: Booze Cruise Summer '14


Dear Pussycats,

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite memories of last summer with you. My dearest friend Misha invited me on a "booze cruise" and by "booze cruise" she meant buying tall-cans and riding the free staten island ferry back and forth. Boy, is my friend Misha absolutely, absolutely beyond brilliant! It's insane how much people spend on fancy boats around the statue of liberty when they could've saved that money and just took the free ferry for a probably better view and bought some hotdogs and shoes instead!

We spent an amazing afternoon soaking up the sun, getting a stunning view of New York and enjoying Staten Island for only 5 minutes (as long as you need to be there, in my opinion)!






We've since made this practice a tradition and booze cruise as often as possible! Misha is one of my favorite friends who makes everything fun, even when we don't spend a dime! 

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What are some ideas for free fun that you have?

Keep it sassy,
xoxox
Caelan

(p.s. I don't want to jinx myself but I've blogged every day this week! Cheers to new beginnings and better habits) 

7/16/15

Soundtrack to My Sniffley Day Home Alone.


Dear Pussycats,

Yesterday I was sick with a major case of the sniffles, and my boyfriend left me home alone in his apartment all day.

So I thought I’d come up with a soundtrack to that day. These are the songs that I sing to when no one is watching, songs that won't judge me if I blow my nose and my boogers are green, songs that perfectly pair with a cup of tea, and songs that fit in during the commercial breaks of my Ru Paul's Drag Race marathon.

"Dancing On My Own" by Robyn is the ANTHEM when you are home alone, because as the words say, you are dancing on your own, girl. And can we forget that great scene in the show Girls where Lena Dunham dances just because, this was me all day in between naps and soup of course.

Then we gotta go with a little Kelly Clarkson, because DUH. "Since You've Been Gone" is one of my karaoke staples, and while I may not be destroying my boyfriends apartment, cutting up all his clothes and dumping all of his expensive hair products in his sink, my mountain of tissues in his bedroom is pretty catastrophic. 

Nicki Minaj and Queen Bey always do the trick when I'm so sick and doing the opposite of feeling myself. 

And nothing says, "I'M SICK AND I'M GOING TO ENJOY MYSELF IN THIS APARTMENT ALONE DAMNIT" like a little bit of JoJo. Just yelling/singing this from the couch in-between blowing my nose and peeing every five minutes from all the tea I'm drinking, is all a girl needs to feel better from within first. 

Then we gotta get back to my other queens, we got a little bit of Britney, some more Kelly, and a little old school Lady Gaga. These songs go great when you're giving yourself a pedicure, because despite not having a stitch of makeup on and your hair resembling a haphazard donut on top of your head, you still wanna be cute. 

The night prior, I had this super crazy Nyquil dream that I met Drake. I already feel like I know him because of my entire childhood, early adolescence and teenage years watching Degrassi, but I had to include this song because of the whole "sweatpants, hair-tied chilling with no makeup on" line. If Drake thinks I look pretty like this, then so should my boyfriend when he greets me after work to a messy house and a crusty-nose girlfriend, mmkay.

Forget apples ladies, a little bit of Zendaya a day keeps the doctor away. 

Also Chicken soup and saltines pair brilliantly with young boys who sing songs about how beautiful you are. One Direction, and Jesse McCartney hit me in that sweet spot when I'm beginning to think that my nose is so stuffed that if I stop breathing through my mouth I could end my life right here. These boys give me hope to move forward and get better. And what says a fun sick day like almost killing ourselves and dancing in our underwear to all the music my boyfriend would veto!






Forget what Mark thinks, Cookie his cat loves my soundtrack! 

Also, pro-tip: buy breathe-right strips when you're sick, I think they are supposed to be used for snoring problems, but they totally open up your nasal passage and help you breathe!

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I hope this playlist made you laugh, or helped you out next time you wanna listen to some music to cheer you up.

keep it sassy,
xoxox
Caelan

7/15/15

Fashion Snapshots: Charli XCX, Bad-Gal RiRi and so much more!

Photo credit: ayguncesi.tumblr.com
Dear Pussycats, 

As many of you know, this past year has been a crazy one and I briefly fell out of love with fashion. However, as every Lifetime Original movie teaches us, you never forget your first love. So I thought I'd round up some of my favorite fashion looks I've seen this week.


Here is Brie Larson, one of my FAVORITE style queens! This is one of my favorite looks of hers in the most resent InStyle issue wearing Jil Sander. There is something so fun and playful about Brie Larson's style, but is't always very simple. Part of me also loves this look because it accompanies an "Autumn in New York" look book, and I can't wait for my next New York Autumn.


Charli XCX doesn't only make amazing music that I want to jump on my bed too, but her style is so on point. Her style is young, colorful and is always completed with her stunning locks and signature winged eyeliner. She is wearing Jeremy Scott, and I recommend you check out this entire photo shoot, she is as cute as a button!


Of course Badgal RiRi had to make an appearance in this segment. Rihanna has paved the way for my style game since she went bad in '05, and I think that even when she tries to be low-key, she is still flawless! Here she is in a Versace necklace and what looks to be a vintage dress hopping around New York City, can I look this flawless hoping around the city?


Of course, I had to include my ultimate dream supreme, Zayn Malik. Not only am I totally digging his new look, but I'm digging his new image too. Long gone are the days of letterman jackets and fan meet-and-greets, now he is sitting front row at fashion week looking fresher than a dress back from the dry-cleaner. GOODBYE LOUIS TOMLINSON, HELLO LOUIS VUITTON!

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I hope you guys like this new segment and there is certainly more where this comes from!
Which outfit was your favorite?

Have a great day
and please keep it sassy,
xoxox
C