10/30/15

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. 

2011
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. 


2012
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.

ALSO SHOUT OUT TO MY UNITED STATES OF TARA COSTUME POST BECAUSE I NAILED IT, AND IT'S STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE POSTS I'VE EVER DONE.




2013
THE YEAR OF THE ROLDIE

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.

2014
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.


2015
VIVA LA GINGER

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,
xoxox
Caelan

10/29/15

#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,
xoxo
Caelan

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


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) 

7/8/15

Disposable Diaries: Neutral Milk Hotel in Prospect Park

Dear Pussycats,
Today I bring another Disposable Diaries for you all! Last summer I had the chance to see one of everyone's favorite bands NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL live! It was a beautiful summer day and Misha and I embarked on a journey. 

It was the three year anniversary of Amy Winehouse passing away, so Misha and I only thought it would be fitting to see some amazing live music. We donned our biggest hoop earrings, got totally lost in prospect park and practically melted like two tiny ice cream cones trying to find the venue but we made it.  
While waiting for the show to began, dabbing our foreheads with paper towels, we noticed the incredibly delicious food from the food trucks that surrounded us. From artisan double-decker burgers and truffle oil fries to the most delicious ice cream sandwiches we've ever seen, our mouths were watering for something delicious, however our empty wallets stopped all the fun. We gathered a few dollars, got the cheapest beer and stuck to resenting the people around us. 

When the show began I quickly learned that the frat guys behind me knew all the words to every song and I was actually the poser. Despite the good amount of time I spent as a tiny dreamer in high school playing In the Aeroplane Over the Sea on repeat, they are kind of one of those bands where you think you know the words, but you actually don't know them at all. 

Regardless, I had a great time dancing, shoving people, and truly enjoying this amazing band live. You aren't supposed to take photos, but y'all know how I am with rules, so I got a few snap shots and I'm so happy I did!



Jeff Mangum sounded even better than the records, and I just stood in awe of his incredible vocal range! Everyone was having a gay ole time until mother nature decided to end the show before Jeff Mangum was ready. What started as a tiny drizzle turned into a torrential downpour, and while it gave a kind of cool Woodstock vibe, they told us we had to rap it up and the crowd was SO annoying about it. Despite the great time I was having, I was so scared I was going to get smushed by people, so I wanted to get out ASAP Rocky. 

While the crowd was standing idly, I had a makeup smudge on my face and some girl licked me to help me out, while simultaneously complimenting my hair. It was exactly what I look for in a concert if you ask me!

Misha and I left, slightly disappointed that the concert ended short, however, we stopped at Wendy's to take advantage of their delicious dollar menu. While that year we might not have had enough to for truffle fries, we certainly had enough for a dollar burger, and I have to be honest, it was one of the best burgers I ever ate. 

It was an amazing summer day, and who knows what Misha and I might be able to afford this year!

Disposable Diaries: 1, 2, 3
Keep it sassy,
xoxo
Caelan

7/3/15

Disposable Diaries: Rockaway Beach + My Best Friend Elise

Dear Pussycats,

I have another mini disposable diaries for you all. Here are two sets of photos from my amazing summer last year.


I went to Rockaway beach with my friend Jacqueline and we had so much fun. We swapped stories, ate a huge picnic and dipped our toes in the beautiful atlantic. I have more photos from this event, but I think Jacqueline can attest that they were all awkward. So here are some scenic shots of the ocean for your viewing pleasure. The sand was as fine as powder sugar, and the sun was hotter than the devil. It was a beautiful day.



This is Elise. I may or may not have featured her on my blog a million moons ago, but this girl has been my best friend since 5th grade.

We met in our fifth grade class, and the story goes, she was afraid of me because she thought I would get her in trouble, she was not wrong with this idea.

She helped me pass 6th grade math, and I helped her be goofy. We were in every musical production at our school since middle school and we spent every new years together reeking what we thought was havoc on her tiny, gaited cul de sac. I love this girl because only I know about the Magic classes she took in 7th grade, and only she knows about all the times I would call and hang up on my 6th grade crush, *sigh* oh middle school.

Being the brave trail blazer that she is, she moved to the east coast after High School and I stayed home, however we kept in touch always.

Last summer I had the marvelous pleasure of spending an entire weekend with her and it seriously felt like no time has passed. I'm so incredibly proud of this girl, she moved all the way to Boston by herself and now she's killing it in Los Angeles and she is, to-this-day, the smartest cookie I know.


We squeezed into my tiny dorm bed and woke up to have a delicious Manhattan brunch, and a nice walk down the high-line. This girl is seriously one of my queens, and of course I never visited her when she was in school in Boston, and of course now she lives on the West Coast, but I know in my heart our paths will cross and we will live in the same city some day in the future. We've survived braces, box-highlights and breakups, and I'd like to think we have both blossomed into beautiful, bright babies bombshells.

And I know this last photo is not from my disposable camera, but it was taken that day and it was just too cute I had to include it. Especially considering that the other do were so dark (with modern technology we totally forget to use flash). 
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To see my previous Disposable Diaries click here, and here 

Keep it sassy,
xoxox
Caelan