Cait from A Slice of Cait
Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Cait (Caitlin, in which I used primarily as a child as I disliked Cait) How the tables have turned! I am lawfully eighteen. By lawful I mean physically not...as I stand at 3”8 due to having achondroplasia, a type of dwarfism. In regards to my lifestyle, I am currently killing time in my first year of adulthood by completing my final year of A-levels in Photography and Business (having completed an A-level in English Literature last year) whilst applying to uni in order to study marketing. Also, I am an avid reader...mostly in fictional books and poetry. My origins are Plymouth where I reside with my parents but I do flit between there and London due to loved ones.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I have always experimented with my style from the age of ten. Although, it has thankfully evolved into its current phase of satisfaction. The photos of my questionable fashion choices still haunt me to this day...a hoody paired with tights, shorts with anklet shoes seemed to be my prime. However, once it had got to its current point I began to receive compliments and whisperings of “you should start a blog”. Being told to start a blog is one thing, having a niche to base it upon is another! Thus ‘asliceofcait’ was born, a space for those who are short-statured and a platform to find accessible fashion for less.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
Having to overcome my obstacles knowing it will assist others and taking on new challenges with little rationale. I have to bite the bullet as I now having a fear of FOMO instead of overthinking. Suffering from anxiety in the past, I turned down many opportunities, therefore, losing myself and social connections in my vital years of education and it is not an era I desire to repeat.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
If I could tell myself one thing, it would be to live and to let go. I know it’s cliche but whether it was in regards to an opportunity, a mistake, saying no...it is more than okay to say no. Escape from peer pressure and avoid being bullied into it just because you classify them as a friend. Let go of toxicity. It is an age where you will lose friends and gain friends but it is more than acceptable as the ones that remain will be true friends. Romantic relationships too...there is plenty of time for them, you’ll save yourself a lot of emotional hassle and pressure. Not everybody has a need to rush and if anything, it is the most sensible option.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
It is never permanent! Write a list of your best attributes in a colourful pen whether it be your favourite colour or the nearest. Even ask friends then pin your list to the wall as a form of self-empowerment due to the fact that the attributes are very much true. Additionally, wear the item you’ve wanted to wear for months….the change will be welcome and the pop of lipstick will make you the ruler of the room.