2014 means: “you do you”

2013 has come and gone, and I would be lying if I said that I’m not fully excited to fully close that chapter of my life and start this next one. But what those dark days  did teach me, is how unimportant it is to give any fucks about what people think about you, what you do, how you dress, where you work and who you date. 

In the words of my amazing friend CJ- “You do You Boo Boo”….and that is exactly what I plan to do and it has become my official mantra of 2014!

As for New years resolutions: Every year we all make resolutions of things we are going to change or how we are going to fix the things that are wrong with us… I say Eff that. 

My resolution for 2014:

Because clearly Kid President knows whats up!

Because clearly Kid President knows whats up!

X0X0- Cassi

That’s what Christmas means to me…

I really am all about Christmas this year. So.. yeah I’m sorry for all the holiday post (I lied. I’m really not that sorry)

The other day I stated thinking about things I used to do/believe about Christmas when I was a kid. We all had our weird traditions (though I don’t remember ANY being as creepy as Elf on a Shelf… Just saying). Thinking back to them now it makes me giggle a little that there are so many things I used to be 100 percent convinced of, that I had not thought about in years. Or things I never thought were really tradition and I thought EVERYONE did. (Until I started meeting people who thought I was just weird)

  • I used to be CONVINCED my grandfather was Santa Clause. Not in the “Oh there is no such thing as Santa and my parents are really buying me presents and they are lying to me” way. But in the “Oh my God he looks just like Santa which means he must actually be Santa” way. I used to get scared that I was never going to get presents because there was no way he could miss when I was bad because I lived with him.
  • “Santa Baby”, “All I want for Christmas is you” and “Baby it’s cold outside” have always been my favorite Christmas songs. But I never realized how awkward it sounds for a 7-year-old to be running around singing them until now. (oops)
  • There were about three years that I truly believed that if I didn’t watch Mary Kate and Ashley’s Case of the Christmas Caper Santa would not come to my house because he would still be kidnapped or whatever happened in that movie. (I never claimed to be the SMARTEST kid).
  • Ever since it came out, I watch ELF at least 20 between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And if my father calls me anytime during the Holiday season I will answer with “Buddy the Elf What’s your favorite color?”
  • Mr. Hanky from South Park sits a top my fathers Christmas tree and has ever since I was in high school.
  • Thanks to my love Jaime (@jaimepoison), we brought back Christmukka and birthed the tradition of Christmukka pigs in a blanket.
  • There were some years I used to write Santa an extra letter asking for a mom and sibling.. This went on for a while, until a friend told me that if I had a mom I would have another person who I would have to ask permission from and a sibling meant I would have to share my toys. I promptly wrote Santa a letter asking that he ignored all my previous request for a mom and sibling and that I would take an American Girl doll instead.
  • For the past 10 years my high school friends and I have taken “Family Pictures.” Every year the group keeps growing and it makes me a happy little girl.
  • I could watch Rudolph and The Year Without a Santa Clause over and over. (I still don’t understand why Herbie wants to be a dentist. )
  • NEVER come between me and Hot Coco.. You will lose.
  • Every Christmas Eve/Christmas my dad and I watch a Christmas Story at least 4 times all the way through and our favorite scenes at least once an hour. Thank you TBS for bringing that to us every year!

I hope other people have weird traditions/childhood memories. And I’m not the only one who is this strange (It wouldn’t surprise me at all)

Happy Holidays!

X0X0-Cassi

My Grown Up Christmas List

Normally by the end of November I have a giant Christmas list that I write out and give to my dad. (because that’s what grown ups do right?) Yet this year since he was so generous to buy my plane ticket home to spend the holidays with my Boston people. I thought it would be nice of me to call that my Christmas present and not bombard him with a million request.

Of course. That hasn’t stopped me from searching EVERY holiday gift guide on the internet.

So what  made the cut this holiday season for my top wants (and probably will spend the next year buying for myself...)

Kate Spade Personal Organizer : Because Kate Spade = Perfection

Harry Potter Coffee Mug: Etsy My inner nerd and inner coffee addict have met to for the perfect coffee mug

Book: Hunger Games and Philosophy  and Book: Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy I’m obsessed with these books! I already have the ones looking at Harry Potter and Dexter. I have created a mission to own ever one of them that aligns with movies/shows I love.

DVD: Boy Meets World- The complete series What could make Christmas better… Owning every episode of BMW and being able to spend countless hours with Shawn, Corey and Topanga

Style Me Pretty: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette I have learned that if you want to invest in a make up palette the Naked series is the way to go.

Style Me Pretty: Chloe and Isabel Jewelry I don’t own enough statement earrings and I pretty much love this whole line.

Shoe Love: Steve Madden DESI .. Because having the right shoes can help start off the new year feeling fabulous.

Happy Holidays!

XoXo-Cassi

RIP- Nelson Mandela

This post was not planned. And it hasn’t even been thought out as much as the others. But today we lost one of my heroes and ones of the greatest men in history.  Sadly today, at the age of 95 Nelson Mandela passed away.

You’re probably wondering why a little white girl from Boston is so  upset about the passing of Mandela.

In  the summer of 2007 I did a service learning trip to South Africa where I not only got to help out at local schools but I got to see and hear about the work the Mandela Foundation has been doing. I got to hear about the Apartheid, I got to see one of the prisons Mandela was in, I got to see the home he grew up in and hear about his story and his work from the South African perspective.

Circa 2007

Circa 2007

Circa 2007.

Circa 2007.

From this trip- A man I had never met change how one 19 year old girl saw the world and her place in it. I changed my major a month later and started working to my goal of working with “low-income” and “at risk” youth,

It sounds cliché and I don’t really care.

It’s true,  It happened, and I am deeply saddened by his passing and that I will now never have the chance to meet him.

 

Roommatesgiving and some thanks

This year was the first Thanksgiving in all my 25 years of life that I have not spent with my family. I had originally decided to do an Alonesgiving. (Now that I look back on that idea it sounds way more depressing than I had originally thought.) It wasn’t that I didn’t have any place to go, as much as I didn’t want to intrude on someone else’s family traditions.

Thankfully my roommate felt the same way and we turned Alonesgiving into ROOMMATESGIVING. We “cooked” (aka: bought everything canned or boxed and made it because we are grownups!) drank wine, and just had a really good time. Then instead of being forced to watch football, I got to spend the next 24 hours snuggled in my bed with Harry Potter (Thanks ABC Family), a good book and hot coco.

So Yeah, I may be late on this post. But I’m going to call this Thanksgiving a WIN!

And of course: Top 5 things I have been thankful for this year

  • Realizing when one thing ends- it doesn’t mean it’s the end of everything.
  • New friendships that I have made this past year
  • My new-found ability to make a budget, and actually (most of the time) stick to it
  • My kick-ass roommate
  • Unlimited amounts of free coffee at work.