Rebecca Stice, of The Clothes Horse, has been style blogging since 2007 and is still going strong. Like many of her readers, we always find ourselves captivated by the dreamy quality of her photographs which she takes herself at the most fantastic secret spots (i.e. abandoned theme parks, cemeteries, flower fields, train tracks, etc.). Read on to learn about her evolution as a personal style blogger, her inspirations and favorite trends, and what to check out in Virginia.
Rebecca wearing our Mink Pink Cowboy Flare Skirt.
Koshka: You’ve been blogging since 2007, are you surprised you’ve been able to keep it going for so long and how has it evolved since then?
Rebecca: Yes, quite surprised! In the beginning it was just a hobby and originally I didn’t intend to be a personal style blogger–my first posts were reviews of runways and street fashion–I didn’t post any pictures of myself. Slowly it became a personal style blog though as I realized how rewarding it felt to create my own content and experiment with self-portrait photography. Then a couple of years ago it became a blog–another surprise since when I started I didn’t know that people could make money from blogs.
K: What or who have been looking at for style inspiration recently?
R: Most of my style inspiration lately comes from editorials; I love Lula and Tim Walker’s photographs. It’s hard for me to pinpoint inspiration though as it’s dozens of things I see on Tumblr or one of the movies I watched or even something vague like sunset on a river; there are a lot of things that influence me.
K: What are your favorite current fashion trends and how do you make them your own?
R: I’ve been wearing more pastels and stripes this season. I’m not sure stripes are very trendy at the moment (although nautical is always a popular choice in spring and summer), but my new-ish pixie cut makes me feel like channeling Jean Seberg and Audrey Hepburn. I don’t follow trends too closely, personally I’m trying to invest more this season in pieces I’ll want to wear forever. I love the interesting prints available like map prints (a trickle down from Carven’s resort collection no doubt) to celestial patterns.
K: Tell us a bit about your most recent home in Virginia. What are your favorite local places to shop, eat, hangout?
R: I’m a bit of a recluse so my favorite places tend to be quiet; like just sitting down by the James River and watching the sun set. With Lavender and Lace is an awesome vintage shop in Norfolk. In Richmond I like Maymont Park to wander around and am addicted to the spicy noodles at Sticky Rice. Richmond also has Need Supply which sells awesome clothing very on-trend and also carries jewelry and other pieces made from VA locals, and Bygones Vintage has a great vintage selection and reasonable prices.
K: We noticed on your recent posts that you’d moved to Pennsylvania! Why the move? And what are you looking forward to there?
R: There isn’t really any reason for the move–since I work freelance I can live anywhere and I like moving around every couple of years. For this move a room opened up in an old farm house with a couple of girls I know from college; it seemed like a fun place to live and the rent was cheap! I’m looking forward to new scenery, food from Amish markets (like whoopie pies!) and more adventures with friends this summer.
Check out Rebecca’s full post about her Dark Shadows look here.