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Inside Interview with The Clothes Horse

August 11, 2009

I have been blogging for just about 2 years now – and following blogs for even longer. Over the years, I have accumulated more than a few blogs that I consider my “daily reads”: the ones I constantly go through the archives of just to soak up some much needed inspiration. It dawned on me a few weeks ago that I would like to get to know these people a little more: know what inspires them and how they translate that inspiration into their everyday lives and blogs.

So, the Inside Interviews were born. Once a week I will be featuring a new interview with a blogger. Exciting, non?

My first interview will be with Rebecca from The Clothes Horse. I have been following her blog for the better part of a year and she constantly amazes me. She mixes vintage and second hand with her own artsy/eclectic style. Plus, she loves old movies! You can see why I simply couldn’t resist the chance to ask her a few questions.

How did you start blogging?

I started by reading street fashion blogs and then discovered personal style blogs. One summer I returned to my college in rural PA to work in the cafeteria after living and studying for a semester in Japan —I was in culture shock! I started my blog then as a creative release and a way to connect to the larger world outside of my secluded school.

When did you decide that fashion, blogging, and designing  was your calling?

I’m still not certain it’s my calling! All I know is that I enjoy writing, taking pictures, and playing with my style. I have a hard time deciding what my “calling” is at all, I’m torn in all sorts of directions…

What people have inspired you over the years fashion wise?

Characters in old movies are probably my number one fashion inspiration—I keep on coming back to Bonnie and Clyde starring Faye Dunaway. In high school I was really into Japanese street fashion because of the Fruits books which were compiled from the original Fruits magazine. My father is in the military so he wears a uniform most days and my mother isn’t very into style either, but both encouraged me to be frugal and shop secondhand–that nurtured in an interest in vintage through the years..

Are there any bloggers that inspire you in that same way?

So many! Stylebytes was probably my number one inspiration; Agathe had a distinctive look but she also experimented with a lot of trends and managed to always look fresh. I also really admire Style Bubble and Liebe Marlene–bloggers who seem fearless and very comfortable with their own unique style.

What are your favorite stores to find vintage on the East and West coast?

Is online a fair answer? I love Etsy and eBay, but I like to do searches over particular shops. My favorite vintage shop in WA recently closed so I don’t know on the West coast anymore. On the East coast I love Fairey Godmother’s in Mechanicsburg , PA , but the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market in NYC is great too.

What is the best part of living in Washington?

The scenery; Washington state is absolutely gorgeous and really diverse. You can visit the ocean, climb a mountain, or even see a petrified forest on the East side. There’s also this wonderful sense of individuality that the west of the United States seems to foster—we aren’t explorers living on the edge anymore, but there’s still a sense of freedom and open-mindedness out here..

If you could have a lunch with anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

My grandfather; he died when I was too young so I never really got the chance to know him. He worked as an illustrator and did a lot of black and white drawings like I enjoy doing now. Our house is filled with his watercolors and to top everything off he was color blind, which made his use of colors so interesting and unusual. I’d love to talk to him about art and have him as my “mentor.”

What is one essential item that all wardrobes should have?

Comfortable shoes? I really don’t know if one item works for everyone–even a little black dress for women could be in nearly any shape or style to suit the particular owner. Everyone has their own item that is essential for them.

If you were in charge of a fashion magazine for one issue, which one would it be and what would you like to see in it?

I’d love to get my hands on US Vogue and do a blogger inspired issue! There would be an editorial on street fashion featuring various street fashion photographs of real people, other bloggers could style a shoot, and some would write various articles. Overall, I’m interested in seeing more real people in magazines and more vintage and secondhand clothes—things that are affordable and realistic. I know we love the fantasy element in a magazine like Vogue, but I don’t think we have to sacrifice our imagination or whimsy by finding items that are within most people’s budgets.

Thanks so much Rebecca! You are such an amazing girl and I am glad to know you!

You can see more photos (plus the ones you see here) of Rebecca at The Clothes Horse.

Not So Plain Jane

August 10, 2009

When I was browsing through the blogroll over at BlogLovin’ this morning, I was completely taken with Jane’s (Sea of Shoes) new photos. I really don’t think she could be any more gorgeous. I mean, not only is she radiant, but she has mad skills with a camera too. Click the link above to see more photos from this set.

On a complete side note: tomorrow I will be debuting the new feature of Knockout Niki Presents – Inside Interviews.  I will have more details for you tomorrow!

Photo: Sea of Shoes

Mad For Plaid

August 10, 2009

I found this dress on a thrifting spree a few weeks back. With a good shortening (it was almost to my ankles!), it has become a wardrobe staple.

Dress: Thrifted and altered, Belt: Thrifted

Um, Not My Era.

August 8, 2009


Er, there is an excuse, I promise. An 80’s party for a birthday party. Everyone was a mess. the 80’s was not a good era for anyone. Clearly.

But it was still fun to rock the half-up side-ponytail. *wink*

You can’t tell from this photo but my dress turned top (also seen in this post) is thrifted and altered, skirt: AA, bike shorts: found in my drawer, 80’s srunchy boots: thrifted, knock-off raybans: swap meet.

Magnifique Silhouette

August 8, 2009

Darla Baker’s silhouette is this photo is jaw-dropping. I don’t know if it is the way her hand touches the moon like a ballerina or the illusion that she is floating on water, but I was def struck by this whole set. See more here.

Photo cred: Touch Puppet via WishWishWish

Sun Hats

August 7, 2009

Outdoor weddings are the perfect excuse to bust out the sun hats, non?

On Me: Dress (floral): I have had it so long, I don’t remember. Belt: Thrifted, Shoes: GoJane, Hat: American Vintage in Huntington Beach (this one is Jade’s!)

On Jade: Wrap dress (purple): Zara, Shoes: Report via Nordstroms, Hat: American Vintage in Huntington Beach (this one is mine!)

Lucky Girl!!

August 6, 2009

I suck at posting right now – I am aware.

I could bore you with details about school, work, and other nonsense, but I can’t. Not because I don’t want to (I know how interested you all are (NOT!)), but I am way to excited about what happened on Monday!

I was having a lousy day. I am sick (UGH!), work sucked, homework burned my brain, and we lost out on an apartment by no fault of our own. So, when the BF called and said I got a package in the mail from Lucky Magazine/Lucky Style Spotter, I was confused.

I never, ever get gifts in the mail – unless I buy them for myself. So, this was amazing right.

Inside that little manila envelope was a pair of black RayBan Wayfarers! WHAAAA!!??!! Are you kidding me? And not the knock off kind I usually get at the swap either; the bonafide originals complete with case (which I need since I tend to destroy sunglasses). What a great end to such a lousy day.

So I want to send a HUGE/GINORMOUS/GARGANTUAN thank you to Gina and everyone at Lucky. You treat your members too well. I promise I will contribute more. Pinky promise.

Oh, and excuse my disgusting outfit and hair. I have been ridiculously sick; and proper wardrobe is the last thing I have been thinking about between massive sneezing fits, beyond congested sinus’, and coughing my brains out. Thanks goodness for touch-ups. I knew you would understand.

Tank: F21, Cheer shorts: Sports Authority, Wayfarers: RayBan via gift from Lucky