“Dude, I need to find a hobby”

I’ve tried blogging 5 times before but hey, maybe the sixth-time’s the charm.

How I got here

When I moved to Chicago 4 months ago I thought, “Dude, I need to find a hobby.” I had way too much free time on my hands and realistically, you can only binge watch Netflix so much before you go crazy. Previously, I had tried starting a blog about 5 times over the last 5 years and clearly, it didn’t stick with me. Every time I tried I thought about how I wasn’t unique enough to share my voice and more importantly, I thought that the world did not need another blogger. So, I scratched the idea.

So day in and day out I kept thinking how I needed to find a hobby and how I wanted the hobby to be creative. I considered applying for a part-time job at Aritzia and then I  considered being a freelance fashion stylist and then realized I had no experience with that. One day I almost bought a guitar until I realized that I have no patience teaching myself how to play. The point is, I kept making excuses to not do the things I actually wanted to do. I’m not sure if it was because my horoscope that I had read that day or what, but two days ago I literally said, in my head, “fuck it, I am starting a blog.”

This blog

This blog is dedicated to sharing my thoughts and ideas as good as they come or as bad as they are. For so long I held myself back from expressing myself because I thought, “why does the world need one more artist/designer/stylist/music producer/blogger” you name it. But with that mindset, I really missed the point, the point being that this blog is for me. This is an opportunity for me to discover who I am as an individual in all of these different facets and you, as a viewer, have the opportunity to see someone grow, starting at the bottom and eventually morphing into, ideally, a more defined version of themselves.

I am no expert in the field of fashion, or music, or design, but these elements are deeply engrained in me. My favorite blogger, OurSecondSkin, explained it perfectly when she said: “When we decide what we want to wear we’re adding definition to our lives where none exists,” and although she is directly speaking on fashion, it is including but not limited to fashion. This is just as relevant to the music we choose to listen to, the influencers we choose to be influenced by, or the words we use in conversation. What I’ve come to realize is that you and I do not need to be experts in these fields to still offer a completely new perspective to the table.

I have no clue what I’m doing, I just know that for once, I am pursuing something I love.

On this blog, please do not plan on seeing avant garde outfits with pieces costing over $1,000 or vintage Chanel bags, because ya girl can’t afford any of that. Instead, plan on seeing a girl with broke clout because we know money can’t always buy taste and you can still have good taste without dropping $300 on every single Supreme shirt you see.
Caitie Santo

Hi, my name is Caitie Santo. I am a 22-year-old living in Chicago, Illinois. I was born in Fremont, California but later attended school at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. I graduated with a degree in marketing and I am currently working for a business management consulting firm in Chicago. 
I was exposed to the arts at a young age, and my appreciation grew as I pursued a professional career in ballet several years ago. Although that career path ended during my first year in college, my experience is still deeply intertwined with how I describe myself, whether it is the music I listen to, the things I do, or the things I wear. I hope to continue developing my artistic expression through the various projects I work on including this blog, where I will share whatever comes to my mind.

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