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Hello, I’m Caitlin-Marie

My life story in a nutshell goes something like this: High school girl goes above and beyond when it comes to beautifying any and every school assignment that comes across her desk. Girl decides to go the route of private Art School, excels at design and graduates with Honors. Girl dives head first into the creative field absorbing everything she can about the industry. Fast forward several years and girl comes down with a severe case of wanderlust and decides to pack her bags and move to the epicentre of Europe – London. Now I’m back in my home and native land and ready to establish myself all over again.

© Caitlin Marie Dunn | 2017
21st of January

So this one time, on TV…

In an effort to continually make the most of this incredible city of London, I like pushing myself out of my comfort zone. Some say moving over here in the first place was pretty gutsy. Well, I think I officially topped that by signing up for the dating reality television programme, First Dates. I’ve always said the British have the most bizarre taste in TV – honestly, the level of excitement these people get over The Great British Bake Off is insane, but then again, I suppose I came over to the dark side once I’d seen a few episodes of the ridiculous but much beloved Gogglebox – so it basically never crossed my mind that I’d ever be a willing participant, but being single in this massive metropolis does strange things to you. Suddenly you’re willing to go on Groupers, or try ping-pong speed dating. I mean, you can only sit on your couch watching back-to-back reruns of Dinner Date for so long before you start gesturing at the TV, complaining to your flatmates that you could surely cook a better pudding! So, throwing caution and vanity to the wind, I decided to put my money where my mouth was and apply.

For First Dates the premise is pretty simple, a restaurant is taken over and filled completely with blind dates which are filmed for the benefit of the viewer. There are interview portions too where you inadvertently end up spilling your guts, blurting out phrases such as this gem “Marry me! I don’t need a big wedding! Now THAT sounds desperate, doesn’t it?” (my personal best one-liner, I think it’s safe to say) only to surely have them edited to portray you as God knows what! And you can’t forget about the follow up interview where they actually put you in the room with your date and make you fess up whether you’re up for a second date or not – talk about pressure! Side note: Making someone your “Brunch Friend” takes friend-zoning to a whole other level.

But blunders, blushes and awkward silences aside, I like to scratch it all up to experience and another dating-bucket-list item clearly checked off.

So how did the date go, you may ask? You’ll have to join the rest of the country and wait to see for yourself! Stay tuned! ;)

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25th of September

Wedding work.

God bless the people that handle wedding planning as their profession because that field has to be one of the most stressful ones around. Juggling a dozen projects in a day at the office as a busy designer suddenly seems like the equivalent of a lazy Saturday when compared to the many details my poor friend Brookes had to take into consideration in the twelve months leading up to her nuptials that took place just a few weeks ago. But, who am I to complain? Acting as bridesmaid/pro-bono designer, I technically had all the fun jobs as I was given free reign to style the wedding stationery and supporting elements. Taking my inspiration from the casual, backyard setting for this summer wedding I went with natural textures like kraft paper, burlap and lace for the invites and pulled that through everything else.

See a sampling of my design up close for yourself in the instagram shots below:


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8th of August

Fortune cookie ponderings.

One of the many rituals I’m going to miss most when I leave the Studiothink family, is our daily debate of what’s for lunch. Going out to grab lunch is like the equivalent of a smoke break for us health-conscious, non-smoker types – though I’m not exactly sure how health-conscious you can actually consider us when most of our lunch trips involve french fries. (Speaking of which, I guess it’s about time to start training myself to adhere to the whole chip/crisp rule!) Anyway, today Chinese food was the cuisine to win out. Fast forward, a box of honey almond chicken and far too much chow mein later, the Universe spoke to me in the form of my fortune cookie fortune. Ok, maybe not really, but after a car ride to the restaurant spent counting up the days until my October 12th, one-way flight departure I find it very interesting that my fortune should read “Be patient. Good things come to those who wait.”, especially when paired with my previous meal’s fortune of “Do not rush through life, pause and enjoy it.”

Now maybe you’ll think me too superstitious or a romantic, or just plain ridiculous, but I’m taking it as a sign from the Universe to start REALLY appreciating the final weeks of this fantastic summer, the fantastic place I live, and the fantastic people I share this life with.

So thanks for the subtle reminder, Universe. :)

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22nd of May

Be prepared.

The Boy Scouts of America claim the phrase ‘Be Prepared’ as their organization’s motto, but I have a strong feeling that that particular sentiment is engraved on the Dunn family crest somewhere from much earlier times in history. You see, my family is a group of chronic planners! I myself have a love of list-making; I’ll make lists about lists, my phone is filled with reminders and check lists and calendar entries reminding me about my reminders. So you can imagine my London preparation has been quite involved. The most interesting tidbit I’ve picked up is actually a book recommendation from a fellow London-bound expat from an online group dedicated to the topic. “Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour” by anthropologist Kate Fox is a fascinating study into the mannerisms of the English. So far I’m only a few chapters in but I’ve already been briefed in Weather-speak and the English habit of very long, extended goodbyes. Now I can’t wait to have some in-the-field experience to back up these findings. ;)

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