If you hadn’t guessed by the title of this website, I’m Cait. My full name is Caitlin, but the two are pretty much interchangeable, and I’ve never really preferred one over the other. You can definitely tell who knows me from work and who knows me from elsewhere based on which they call me!
I was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, then studied Public Relations & Business at Purdue University. I graduated in 2016 and moved to Chicago to work in the PR world. In 2017, I started working for myself through my blog and freelance gigs. I now own three businesses that together form my “job” and jump back and forth between STL and Chi.
Some quick facts about me:
- I love blue fireworks and Christmas lights
- My go-to Starbucks order: a grande chai tea latte with oat milk
- My dog is named Sadie and looks like an ewok, but is far more lovable
- I minored in Spanish and had the chance to study abroad in both Spain and Costa Rica
- I have attended seven Fashion Weeks (6 NYFW & 1 LFW) and one of my dreams is to hit a full Fashion Month
- My favorite colors are pink and Tiffany blue
I’d love to tell you a story about dressing up in my mom’s clothes as a child and instantly falling in love with couture, but that, my dear, is not how my personal style developed. Thanks to bad astigmatism and some horrible genetics, I had both glasses and braces for two rough years in middle and high school. YIKES! Needless to say, I was not confident in my appearance. After I got contacts made specifically for my astigmatism and the braces came off, nothing changes. I may have looked completely different but I still felt just as insecure. I picked apart my body and found flaws in nearly everything. I also got obsessive about counting calories and tracked my weight every single day. Even though I was a successful student, over-involved and taking loads of AP classes, I was playing a part, and being who I thought others wanted me to be. It took a long time for me to realize that these methods would not help me feel better about myself, or help me to become who I was meant to be. Outer beauty comes from inner beauty, and this blog has helped me immensely to grow as a person as well as develop my personal style.
Sophisticaition was created in July 2015 but at first, I didn’t share it with anyone. After some hard conversations with friends, I realized that by hiding my blog from the world, I was saying that I was ashamed or scared for others to see a major part of me; I was still letting insecurity hold me back. I finally went public with my blog in 2016, which I look back on as a defining moment in my life. It’s when I chose my happiness over other’s opinions. In the years since, I am extremely proud of the respect Sophisticaition has earned from brands, bloggers and my readers. Most importantly, I love that every single day, I have the chance to help women look, feel and be their best selves. That’s what true sophisticaition is!