The Clothes Horse
Dites-moi: The Clothes Horse
Rebecca owns The Clothes Horse at http://theclothes.blogspot.com/.
I love the atmosphere of her blog, whimsical, poetic, and feminine.
What do you do in life?
This question feels rather broad–I do a lot of things! My main occupation right now is blogging, but I also supplement with freelance work and I’m excited to have recently made my first zine.
What do you like/not like about your city/country of origin?
I don’t really have a city of origin because I grew up moving every few years–my first move was when I was only six months old and I still haven’t lived anywhere longer than three years. I like that I don’t really have roots–I think it’s really made me who I am today. However, I dislike not having roots when questions like this happen; I don’t have an easy or quick answer to give people. My hometown is where I feel most at home.
Who is your favorite designer or artist?
Christian Lacroix is one of my favorite designers–I love his use of color and the way he blends influences. I have a lot of favorite artists but at the moment I’m probably most inspired by Tim Walker’s photographs.
What is your style?
“Quirky ladylike” is a term I always come back to with my style–I love vintage pieces or even just the silhouette, but I try to mix things up with unique accessories or interesting color combinations.
Who is your best style icon? Alternatively, who is your favorite fictional character?
I love Audrey Hepburn’s character in How To Steal A Million. She’s wealthy and dressed in the height of fashion but her character is also getting caught up with a supposed art thief so she is dressing like a character in a film–it’s a little over the top like lace masks to have secret rendezvous and I just love that dramatic flair. I’d like to pretend my life was a 60s movie and dress appropriately every day if I could.
Charade; it stars two of my favorite actors (Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant) and is a perfect blend of mystery and comedy, as well as featuring an enviable wardrobe. I never really get tired of watching it.
What or who couldn’t you live without?
My camera. I mean, I’m quite attached to my boyfriend, but I spend more time photographing things. It partly stems from having a grandmother with Alzheimer’s; I’m very concerned about losing my memory and I feel that if I have a load of pictures to look back through it will help me remember things in years to come.
How do you start your day and how do you end your day?
Lately I start my day a little before dawn. I get up, get dressed, and then drive to some quiet spot to get pictures as the sun rises. It’s really hot lately, so I’ve found dawn the perfect time to take pictures and run errands. At the end of the day I usually Skype for a couple of hours with my boyfriend (we’re long distance at the moment) and then finish writing my posts for the next day. My mind is much more creative at night so I often get ideas for posts really late at night, or end up re-writing things that I worked on earlier.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I really don’t know. I might be married. I’ll probably be living in another state, maybe even another country. Part of my problem is I’m not even certain where I want to be in 5 years–all I really want is to be happy so I’m flexible about where I’m living and what my occupation is.
What are you afraid of?
Spiders. Even the smallest ones really creep me out. I’m also scared of being sad; I spent a lot of my youth neurotic and a bit self-loathing and sometimes I worry I’ll end up falling back into old habits.
What is your beauty product of choice?
I can’t go a day without winged eyeliner and I love Lancome’s precision liquid eyeliner.
What do you spend your money on?
Clothes really are an enormous part of my budget–I’d rather buy a new dress than have a nice dinner out or go to the movies. That dress looks just as nice on me in the kitchen with a meal I just made as it does in a crowded restaurant!
What is the one thing you regret doing or not doing?
I regret being so shy and self-conscious in high school. I wish I had stuck up for myself more and let certain comments get to me less, because nearly all of my memories of high school are negative. At the same time, I don’t really regret the phases that I went through because I don’t mind who I am today and I’d be a different person if things had gone differently.
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