Hello everyone! I thought it would be a good idea to do an introductory post so that you could get to know a little more about me, my journey to here, and why I started this blog.
My name is Caitlin and I am a Diné (Navajo) woman originally from Page, Arizona. Growing up, I had always loved fashion and putting together outfits. I would say that I was a creative person overall since my favorite school subjects were photography, graphic design, and art class. Although fashion was a passion of mine, I never really believed that I could make a successful career out of it. There were no Native owned fashion brands or fashion professionals that I knew of back then, so it just didn’t seem realistic to me.
Going into college, I lost touch with my creative side since I was focused on obtaining my business degree. My junior year, I decided to make an effort to get more involved with fashion by joining Phoenix Fashion Week. I was there for about two years doing a myriad of things and learning a lot. I got to work with emerging designers and models to see the business side of fashion. I got to experience what it was like planning for, setting up, and executing a fashion show. I was given the position of managing Phoenix Fashion Week’s social media channels which meant planning out, writing, and posting content three times a day to multiple platforms. Through all of this, I learned so much about fashion but the most important thing I learned was about myself. That I am a valuable asset and am capable of achieving my goals. That I shouldn’t undersell myself because I am worth so much more. These seem like obvious things that everyone should believe about themselves, but, without knowing it, I was doubting myself and my capabilities. My experience at Phoenix Fashion Week gave me a chance to prove myself wrong.
After leaving Phoenix Fashion Week, I enrolled in Fashion Fundamentals, a six week course taught by Audree Kate Lopez where she shares her tips and tricks on breaking into the fashion industry. I couldn’t be more happy to have such an accomplished fashion professional as my mentor today. Within the first couple of weeks of taking this course, I had to lay out my professional goals and personal brand. Although, I always knew that I wanted a career in a more creative industry, I never verbalized or wrote down what that overall career goal was. I think that I always knew what I wanted deep down, but was never fully honest with myself about it. Through that process, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to make a living as a fashion blogger and content creator. I wanted to be my own boss. So, this is one of many first steps toward making that a reality and I couldn’t be more excited!
I hope that this blog will serve as a fashion resource and inspiration for many of you as well as a place for me to express myself creatively. Thank you for following along!
Fun Facts About Me
- I am 3/4 Navajo and 1/4 Irish
- I am going on 2 years of being a vegetarian
- I LOVE the outdoors. I grew up hiking, camping and traveling to national parks.
- I am addicted to Korean dramas and K-Pop
- I absolutely adore dogs and hope to own a golden retriever one day (but I would honestly be happy with any kind of dog!)
- One of my favorite pastimes is thrifting. I love the idea of finding perfectly fine clothing or items for a fraction of the price.