5 Things I've Completed Summer 2015

Dear Pussycats,

After properly thawing after my first winter in NYC, I can't begin to explain how excited I was for summer. After experiencing a season-filled year, I've learned that I am a
summer baby, tried and true - and I need summer like Ru Paul needs false lashes.

I will say, however, that the biggest shame of my summer was the fact that it flew by so fast! Long gone are my days of working 3 days a week, I have a big girl job now - HOWEVER this means I still have weekends. And with today being the first day of October, I must rehash my amazing summer!

I've compiled a little list of 5 things I've completed this summer, and I wanna hear all about your summer down in the comments!

1) I Visited home and a Few New Places (Montauk/Staten Island)!
As many of you know from creeping my instagram, I got to return to the BEAUTIFUL island of Oahu, the place that I call home to hang out with my sisters and celebrate my oldest sister Devon's nuptials! It was a star-studded reunion full of jokes, and beach time and general happy vibes all over the place, I was devastated to leave.

However when I got back to NY I did my own little bit of mini traveling. I visited Staten Island, Coney Island (which isn't actually an island lol) and of course, MONTAUK.

I've absolutely fallen in love with Montauk and it's all thanks to my darling boyfriend Mark. The beach, the food, the bougieness, I love it all! I also finally checked out Staten Island and it was...as boring as you'd image #sorrynotsorry

2) I Managed to Get Sunburnt only 1.5 times!
Yall know that I'm as fair as a young Lindsey Lohan, and that means that skincare is v important to me. I'm normally the first to submerge myself in a vat sunscreen every day, and because of that, there has been only been less than two sunscreen mishaps, my mom is going to be SO PROUD!

3) I Finally Learned how to Blow a Bubble Gum Bubble!
I might sound like a Judy Blume character here, but throughout my 22 years on this planet, I've never learned how to blow a bubble with bubble gum! I tried all summer and with a little help from watermelon double bubba and a dream, I made it happen! My boyfriend coached me through it and I DID IT!

4) I Worked my Last Day of Retail (fingers crossed)
I'm not trying to jinx anything, but I got to quit my retail job for my current internship, and words cannot express how amazing it felt. I seriously had an O'hara moment - I got down on my knees, looked out into the heavens and yelled, "I WILL NEVER WORK RETAIL AGAIN!"

5) And I Went to the Beach more than 6 Times!

When I lived in Hawaii the beach was always there so I completely didn't take advantage of it, but now that I live somewhere that alternated between the firey pits of hell and the icey pits of hell, I know that I need to take advantage of the good days and go to the beach as often as I can! Here is a picture of me at a vintage car show in Coney Island! It was a real blast, and I surprisingly didn't puke after going on my first roller coaster ever!

So here are the things I accomplished. I did things, had a blast and lived to tell the tale! 
What are some things you've accomplished this summer?

Keep it sassy,


Music Crush Monday: JoJo

Dear Pussycats,

TODAY IS A HUGE DAY. Y'all know how much I love Jojo - you may or may not remember I wrote a #TBT post on her career from her #1 hit "Leave (Get Out)", to her days stuck in musical purgatory/a very messy legal chokehold, all the way up to her adorable Valentines Day EP #LOVEJO about a year ago click here.

But the kween is back and she is on FIRE. A little over a month ago Jojo launched three singles, appropriately titled her "Tringle" and you better believe I paid real money for it. Being a child in the "why should I pay for music anymore?" generation, I knew I owed it, not only to Jojo, but to my middle school self, to support Jojo and all of her musical endeavors, both financially and emotionally (I'm here for you girl).

And today, on September 28th, she launched a music video for her single off her tringle (I just like saying tringle) "When Love Hurts," and GIRL, it was not "too little too late" mmkkaaarrr.

She is swerving some eyebrow ring - chiffon cape - ombre silky hair goddess REALNESS.

I think my favorite thing about Jojo is that she really is as "real" as popstars get. She never tries to be anything she's not, her house on an episode of MTV Cribs was humble as hell, she could easily exploit many headlines to get her name in the press (ie her working relationship with Bill Cosby in the 90's), and she pokes SO much fun of herself on her instagram.

You know that Jojo got you through the hard times in middle school, all those evenings crying on the phone over a boy who called you "fugly," or that one time when your BFF got a pink Razor cellphone before you. Jojo was there for you and now it's time for you to be there for her!

Share this, share her music video and buy her tringle damnit!

Keep it sassy,


Montauk Magic! Outfit of the Summer

Dear Pussycats,

Now I know what you're thinking, "But Caelan, I thought you weren't going to do outfit posts on this blog anymore" and to that I must quote the greatest philosopher of our time, Justin Bieber and say "never say never," (he most definitely came up with that quote!) 

For awhile now I've been thinking about trying to reintroduce fashion into my blog because I've fallen back in love with it. So, I thought while in Montauk, why not! Besides the fact that I'm a HUGE fan of summer fashion, so might as well get in one of my favorite summer looks before summer is actually over, brb excuse my casual weeping.

This is my "Mark, stop taking my picture" face lol. 

Outfit details: Head scarf: Vintage / Sunglasses: Ray Ban Club Masters / Lipstick: Mac "Flat out Fabulous" / Romper: Diane Von Furstenberg's "Celeste" / Leather Bag: Vintage from Beacons closet

And can we talk about these ADORABLE shades my boyfriend got me from Urban Outfitters!  I can't find them anywhere on the site anymore but here is a link to find something very similar on Etsy!

And lastly here are some of my Beach ESSENTIALS. Beach beers (if you're of age, don't get any bad ideas kids) are so important, just make sure to hide them from the beach po-po! Then of course my watermelon glasses with UV protection, which pair perfectly with watermelon Hubba Bubba gum. I've very recently learned how to blow a bubble with bubblegum and I'm obsessed. Lastly, my Valfre phone case, because I carried this around all summer and I've gotten a million compliments on it, and I mean, what beats the heat better than a quenching box of boy tears?

Words cannot express how fun doing a post like this really is. I'm so happy to introduce fashion back into my life and my blog and I'm so excited to see what happens! I owe it to you guys and myself to keep blogging and so I will damnit!

Keep it sassy,


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,


Happy September! My New Hobby!


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,


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,


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,