10/22/14

Queen Realness: TAVI GEVINSON AND JANET MOCK

Dear Pussycats,

There are literally no words I can use to describe the night I just had. Growing up as a young girl I constantly fixated on powerful women, also known as my queens. I would take inspiration from women from all elements of my life and look to them in times when I needed help, when I found myself procrastinating too much, or didn't know what to wear, or when I just felt like crying for no reason. My list of queens is long, varied and has only grown over the years, but this lovely evening I managed to meet two of my queens in one night and no, I'm not dreaming.

Janet mock and Tavi Gevinsson had a chat at Housing Works Books in New York City to promote Rookie Yearbook 3 and Redefining Realness. While they chatted I  wanted to live-studio-audience "WOOOOOOO" the whole time. They talked about being a young woman and feeling like they didn't belong, they talked about how we as women we feel we need to have a false sense of self-deprivation and lack of confidence to be seen as like able (Damnit, One Direction, we can know we are beautiful and that will still make us beautiful) and they talked about how the creative process isn't easy for them, despite how flawless they seem to do it. Watching these two having this dialogue truly felt like they got their cliff notes from my diary, and I couldn't help but want to laugh and ugly-cry all at the same time.

But their delightful dialogue wasn't even the best part. When they opened it up to the floor for questions I was the first to raise my hand, I aimed the question for Janet and explained that I was from Hawaii just moving to New York as well, when Tavi interjected and said, "I remember you, you're Sasssquatch, I've read your blog" and I just about went into shock. TAVI REMEMBERED ME AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!  

Believe it or not but Tavi and I were  tumblr friends back in the day and she has left a few comments on this very blog itself (this was when she was still The Style Rookie and I was only known as Sasssquatch). Preparing myself for this event I was thinking about asking her at the signing if she remembered me, but expecting of course for her to say no. But for her to not only just remember me but remember my username made me want to do one of those awesome run-up-a-wall back flips.

I was in a daze with figurative little computer mouses floating around my head looney-tunes style, but I managed to spit out my question after a little rambling, I asked Janet if she had any tips for me and Tavi about moving to New York. I was also able to mention that I graduated from UH manoa just like her and that me, her and Bette Middler were the coolest women to graduate from there. She gave me quality advice about renters insurance and how she had the crash pad of Grad school when she first moved here, but that she also worked retail for a bit too and it was awful. The main thing she stressed to me was to write every day and I will be taking that advice totally to heart. I thanked then for there time and gave them the chocolate covered Macnuts I brought them, sure it was a little derby to whip those out in front of so many people but I wanted to bring Janet a piece of home and a delicious one at that.


After all the spectacular questions they signed books and not only did they both offer to take pictures with me but they both were kind enough to have a mini conversation with me. I was able to tell Janet that she gave me inspiration as a girl from hawaii to get out here and make my dreams come true and she was kind enough to even sign my book "to caelan my local girl writer" and Tavi told me I had a rememberable face and I was able to tell her that she was the reason why I was able to get through high school maintaining my sense of self and fashion despite the haters and she seemed to appreciate that and think it was funny and signed it "For Caelan Sasssquatch" with the right amount of "s's" and everything.

These two women have been my queens for such a long time now and to have them take the time to talk to me and be so kind melts my heart like a damn push pop in July.

These two ladies made me feel like when you're a kid and your mom poured warm sheets on top of you right out of the dryer!  I couldn't thank them more for being such wonderful people.

 It's so crazy how this talk happened right after I decided to write more and on this blog again, it couldn't have come at a better time. Sometimes you have those moments where you just want to lie in bed and give up on everything but they reminded me that I'm going to be okay, feeling that way is okay and as long as I have passion for something I just need to take to do it and that all that matters.

I feel like I need to cry and call my mom just to properly express the overwhelming joy that I'm currently feeling. However typing this up on my ipad while taking the Rtrain all the way back home should suffice. This night was everything, and being able to spend it with my two queens and my dear friend Rachael means more to me than the dunkin donuts on my block. In our fangirl freak out afterwards Rachael and I found that we both felt equally touched and overjoyed, and the look on her face as we were leaving meant the world to me, these women matter and they make a difference and they are the definition of my queens.

Mahalo again Janet and Tavi
Tonight was the best night ever
Keep it sassy,
Sasssquatch aka Caelan

Let's Get Real.

Dear Pussycats,

I’ve decided it is time to be real with y’all. For all the years that I’ve had this blog I feel that, to a certain extant, I’ve tried to paint my life as something that isn’t, donning beautifully overpriced clothes that leave you to think, “How can Caelan even afford that” to briefly bringing up boyfriends and lovers only to never mention them again, resulting in even more confusion, I haven't been totally honest with you.

I’ve come to a point where I’m just sick of it, I’m sick of the mirage, I’m sick of the pressure I felt to be perfect and have my life seem a certain way, and I’m ready to do something new. I don’t want to have just a fashion blog anymore, to be frank I’m kind of tired of fashion and not really interested in it. While that may come across as a shock to you and have you wondering if I’ve traded in my designer threads for pajama jeans, I will tell you right now that that is NOT the case (despite my affinity for As-Seen-On-Tv products).

However, I am tired of the fashion industry. Re-entering the retail world has completely reminded me of why I left it in the first place. I hate the industry. I think that it is very flawed and frankly, I don’t have the money to be buying anything new anymore anyway.

Moving to New York I’ve been completely shocked to learn that people here are a lot more superficial than I imagined. And I don’t mean to come across with a “she wears short-skirts I wear t-shirts” hair-flip-emoji type attitude, but I will say that I’ve been really rejecting the notion that your money and clothing are direct representations of what kind of person you are, because they aren’t. 
What you chose to watch on Netflix is a direct representation of what kind of person you are. Who your favorite member of One Direction is, is a direct representation of who you are (Nial fans I’m talking to you, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!?!) And what type of schmear you put on your bagel is a direct representation of who you are, not what you wear. This is why I’d rather use this platform and audience to write about my feelings as a millennial and a young womany-girl type person.


As Britney Spears once explained, I’m not a girl, not yet a woman and right now I’ve been given a time – a moment that is mine, to share everything I’ve been going through while living on my own in New York City for the first time with y’all, subjects will include: love, sex, living on my own, internships, and anything I effing feel like. I hope you appreciate it and let me know if you have any things you'd like me to talk about.  

Sincerely,
Sasssquatch aka Caelan

10/6/14

Red Hot Summer (Plus Video)


Bonjour Pussycats,
Same story, different day. I've been BUSY. But I've been collecting photos and gathering inspiration all over the place, and now that my internship has ended and I had currently a my mini vacation, I finally have time to catch you up on things! 

I mean, that's sorta it, I'm still working full time and I will begin an internship with BULLETT Media next, which I'm very excited for, but I can't help but still have major Jesse Spano feels when it comes to the litany of all the shit I have to do. 

As much as I want to dedicate time and effort to this blog you guys probably realize just how much of a busy bee I am and just how much of a commitment this is. However, on my days off (they are rare but they do exists, like unicorns!) I will make time to hang out with my dear bae Jacqueline and put on cute outfits and take photos and it is just gucci all over. SO I WILL FINALLY STOP TALKING.



Outfit Details: Top: American Apparel / Skirt: Topshop / Backpack: Vintage Feragamo / Boots: Topshop 


These photos are a bit old hense the red hair (RIP) and the summer clothes, but don't worry, new looks are on there way!

keep it sassy,
xoxox
Sasssquatch

Also PS I made a vlog!

8/25/14

MEET JACQUELINE!

So I've talked about my dear friend Jacqueline A LOT since I've moved here because she is kind of the light of my life. 
Not only does she help me by being my emotional support and family while I've made this scary move all by myself but this bish helped me carry at mattress down two flights of stairs and up three and for that I'm eternally grateful. She's written quite a few different articles for my blog but I'm proud to announce to you today that Jacqueline will now be a REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR.

That's right, because I'm not the only Sass in NYC! So without further ado here are some getting to know you Q's for Jacqueline to A, because you will be seeing A LOT of her. 


1) You're an actress, a music aficionado and an ice cream scoop master? What are a few of your other favorite things?
I love reading! Since I graduated in May and I have a lot of time spent at home that's not being taken up by homework, I've been absolutely devouring books and I'm so pleased. I love photography, which I don't really do a lot of anymore, but is always going to be a huge passion of mine. Mostly film photography, but there's nothing wrong with digital! I like to bake and cook! I'm poor so I can't always make the most extravagant meals, but I make a mean chocolate chip cookie, let me tell you! But you're probably most likely to find me watching movies, tv shows, or (when I have the means) live theatre, and gushing about it for hours on end because I am so passionate about acting, it's a little overwhelming.

2) Ideal ice cream scoop (flavor, cone etc)?
Tough question. I'm going to combine to things from totally different places, but I would have to say the rainbow sprinkle waffle cone from Williamsburg Creamery with two scoops of cotton candy ice cream from Dave's Ice Cream in Hawaii...those chocolate chips, man. That's where they get you!


3) best record you've ever purchased?
These are the hardest questions I have ever had to answer in my life!!! I would probably have to say Give Em Enough Rope by The Clash. It was the first album I ever bought for myself after I got a record player in the ninth grade and it really helped me fall in love with The Clash (aka my favorite band, aka don't even get me started) and begin what I consider to be my true musical education. 

4) Best concert you've ever attended

Two Door Cinema Club! Both times, I had more fun than any other show. Fun fact: seeing them was my first adult concert! They put on the most amazing show I have ever experienced and I can't wait for them to go on tour again, because they are my favorite people ever. Plus, there's really something amazing about going to a show where all of the songs are upbeat and dancy because you're constantly moving around and flailing and screaming and it's the best. Miniature Tigers and probably Motion City Soundtrack would be my runners up. So many good shows!

5) Style inspirations?

I wouldn't say there are specific people that inspire my fashion but there are certain looks that do. Attractive male English professors in button downs, sweaters, and patterned pants. Female superheros: they're always showing a lot of leg and have beautiful hair. Outfits worn on Full House because florals and babydoll dresses and silly socks. 1970's punk girls in lots of black and cool shoes. Effortless tomboyish girls in beanies and bro tank tops. The list goes on and on. I just really like to wear what makes me feel bad ass, more often than cute. But also sometimes really cute.

Outfit Details: Romper: Urban Outfitters / Shoes: Vintage

6) Favorite quintessentially New York thing to do?

Coney Island! The Museum of Natural History! The Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park! Those are my favorite things to do! Coney Island is the best (cough cough, we haven't gone together yet, Caelan, cough cough) and there's cotton candy and rides and the ocean and I have a lot of fond memories there. Oh, and there's an aquarium. The Museum of Natural History is fantastic because I love learning and museums and there's a huuuuge planetarium! And the Alice in Wonderland statue is my favorite part of Central Park and it has been ever since I was a little one!

7) Who are your Queens? 

Kristen Stewart!!! She's my main queen. She's perfect in every way and I get very sad when people are mean about her. I wish to become her someday. I love Ellen Page and Janelle Monae, aka pretty girls who can rock suits! I love Tilda Swinton, Jena Malone, Merill Garbus from tUnE-yArDs. Samira Wiley is a big one, too. Oh man, the list goes on and on. Oh, and I can't forget my most major life style and feminism inspirations: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie! If any of you guys haven't heard her TED Talk, get on that. Now! (But mostly just Kristen Stewart...swoooooooooooooon)

8) What can we expect from you on Dailysass.com 

Tons! Cute pictures of my face, obviously! No, but for serious, you can expect lots of articles about music, movies, probably tv shows and other pop culture things that I'm into. You can expect videos! Videos of me and Caelan, talking about our lives and just generally being awesome. Hopefully some poignant articles about feminism and LGBTQ issues and other things that I like to educate people about. I don't know! It'll be great, though and I look forward to it!



YAY okay get ready for some amazing shit coming your way, including videos and other sort of amazing stuff!!

Please Keep It Sassy
xoxo
Daily Sass Babes.

8/7/14

BUST: LET'S TALK MUSIC


In my series where I catch you up on all I've written during my internship at BUST magazine so far, I couldn't possible not talk about how many music-related articles I've written. As you may know, music isn't my main steeze.

Of course I like music, but to be real, my music taste lies somewhere between Britney Spears' phases of being "not a girl" and "not yet a woman," you feel? Also I was always insecure about writing about music because I feared I didn't have the vocabulary to properly describe the audible deliciousness that is, my jams.

HOWEVER, I'm rather proud of just how many articles about music I've written and how much my music writing (I think) has improved.

Without further ado,
DA JAMS.

Alanis Morisette looking 40 and Fly in New Music Video. 
(fyi not my original title) This article was my first jab at a music related post, and I'm quite proud of it! Alanis, as mentioned in my last post, is one of my MAJOR queens. So given any opportunity to write about her, or her new limited edition vinyl, I will so totally take. While I'm slightly dissapointed that I never got a retweet or a tweetback, I just gonna assume that since Alanis is a mom and she must be too busy for me...I guess... *crying internally* click here

12 Female Celebrities and Their Music Careers That You Forgot About
While I'm not one for click-bait bullshit "journalistic" articles, this one is seriously one of my favorite pieces I've compiled. Enjoy

Alexz Johnson at Webster Hall BFF's for Life. 
As many long time DailySass readers know, I've been obsessed with Canadian Musician, Alexz Johnson, for a looooooong time now. And one of the best nights I've had in NYC so far was the night I saw her in concert. I wrote about it for BUST and she retweeted it and said she throughly enjoyed it, MY LIFE IS COMPLETE, GUYS! Click here

Taylor Momsen and the Pretty Reckless make Oasis Sound Pretty Good. 
Here is a lil post about Taylor Momsen's band, The Pretty Reckless, and their super good cover of Oasis' "Champagne Supernova" which didn't suck at all! Click here

Jenny Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson Prove They Are Just One of the Guys. 
This article actually needs no introduction. just click this link if you don't recognize these images and your life will be changed forever.

RIP Amy Winehouse, We'll Always Miss You.
This one was particularly difficult to write. I wrote about Amy Winehouses' passing on her three year anniversary and it was a very emotional day for me. Amy Winehouse has been one of my musical and style icons since I first heard her, and her death really upset me, and still upsets me to this day. Click here.

Girl Groups are BACK, Bringing Girl Power to 2014.
This article is all about the new faces of girl-group pop and the revival of the girl-group. FUCK YEAH GIRL POWER! Click here

Pe'ahi By The Raveonettes, Ominous Surf Rock, Yes Please.
This is my first album review, and I learned that it isn't as difficult to do as I thought! Plus I learned I have a new band that I will totally enjoy listening to when I go to the beach during bad weather! Click here

Jenny Lewis Will Take You on a Musical Voyage. 
My second major album review and it was another one of my queens!?! Could I even ask for more! I absolutely adore this new album and Jenny Lewis, I give this two big fat THUMBS UP. Click here

Hilary Duff Has a New Song and This is What Dreams Are Made Of,
The title actually says it all, enjoy!


Well that is A LOT of writing about music. Let me know which article was your favorite! Also feel free to leave some musical suggestions that you think I would ADORE!

Have a great day,
Please keep it sassy,
xoxo
Sasssquatch

8/5/14

Dame Edna is My Queen

 Dear Pussycats,
How are things going? I told you I was back didn't I? Don't fret so much lil babies, all is well. I'm here and I'm not going anywhere at all *shhhhhh*! 

Big updates that I have still yet to inform you on, I got a job working at Diane Von Furstenberg! Cute clothes, great co-workers, it aint too shabby. I'm also moving to South Brooklyn this week! OMG! I'll give you updates on my move-in progress, although it may not be too glamorous, but I guess this is what being a big girl is all about!


Now lets talk about something serious today, Queens. Queen's are our idols, our inspirations, and everything we aspire to be. Queen's are usually powerful women that are famous and whom we admire, but I think that the term "queen" does not necessarily have to fall within the gender binary. Queen's can be anyone and everyone who inspires you and whom you find yourself saying "I can't" about. My list of queen's is ridiculously long but here are my top 12 queens.
  1. Dolly Parton
  2. Janet Mock
  3. Britney Spears
  4. Lohanthony
  5. Dame Edna (I'm styling my outfit after her today ;)
  6. Beyonce
  7. Nicki Minaj
  8. Jenny Lewis
  9. Kesha
  10. Helen Gurley Brown
  11. Alanis Morisette
  12. Queen Liliuokalani (The only actual Queen on my list <3)
And honestly, that isn't even half of it. I find these women, these people, so inspirational. They inspire us to have fun with our wardrobe, be bold, be daring, be smart, be charming and most importantly be your damn self.

It's so funny how through the dawn of time, people always tell you to "be yourself," "BE YOURSELF," but it's our queens, our families, our experiences that make us who we are.

So flip your hair, take inspiration from the people who paved the way of fabulous for you and just embrace yourself, it's the best feeling ever. *nails emoji* *hairflip emoji* and *hands praying emoji* for Nicki Minaj's remix of Beyonce's "Flawless," praise my ultimate queens, my booty wont quit to this song...just sayin






Outfit Details: Top: Topshop / Skirt: American Apparel / Glasses: Opening Ceremony / Shoes: Charlotte Olympia
Well that about wraps it up babies.
I hope you have a great Tuesday, I will probably spend the rest of my day packing, doing homework and being an adult...ugh
Let me know in the comments down below who your queens are!?
Keep it Sassy,

xoxoxo
Sasssquatch

8/3/14

Disposable Diaries: Honolulu

I took a few disposable cameras around Honolulu before I left and only recently had them developed. Its crazy how different my reality is from what it was. Looking through these photos made me very nostalgic and miss home, but it's alright, at least I have photographic evidence of fun times with my jbitches, my friend Jen, the Best Coast Show, and just how lovely Honolulu is. 




























It's crazy thinking about how much has changed, but also how much has stayed the same. Look forward to more photos from New York coming soon,

I'm about to cry my eyes out cause I miss home...gah
okay I have to get ready for work,
I hope you enjoy

keep it sassy,
xoxox
Sasssquatch