Sunday, December 26, 2010

The Citizen's Choice BEST Blog of 2010: The Clothes Horse

Rebecca Stice has shared her sure-footed style since 2007 as The Clothes Horse, arguably the best independent style blog in the world. This Yank brings a literary sense with artistic leanings to her posts, publishing well-written content on a frequent and regular basis which is even more impressive in her 3rd year as blogger.  Her self-portraits, frequently posed in natural surroundings, have possibly been one of  the most influential in the genre of outfit posts.  Her signature movable gifs have been copied ad nauseum, while her once distinctive dress aesthetic, is now patently copied and plastered all over Stice's original images are keen examples of moody photography as much as they are of great styling.  Her latest foray has been in the medium of videos, which we plan on seeing more of in the new decade. 

Riding in Style: Rebecca Stice is The Clothes Horse
The Citizen: What was the biggest change for you (& your blog) in 2010?

The Clothes Horse: Moving from Washington to Virginia was a whole change all around; I mean for me, I had to transition to a new home and for the blog my backgrounds in my photos became VERY different. Now I take pictures at the beach nearly every week!

The Citizen: Who are YOUR 3 favorite bloggers? 

The Clothes Horse: It's really hard for me to choose because I don't tend to have favorites across the board; I like certain blogs for certain things. That said, maybe: Calivintage, Hannah and Landon, and Noitillfem.
  "I don't tend to have favorites
across the board; I like certain blogs
for certain things."
The Citizen: What direction do you see The Clothes Horse going in 2011? How is it going to be different/ the same?

The Clothes Horse: To be honest, I'm not entirely certain because I'm not sure what I will be doing in 2011! I might go to law school in the Fall, so that would involve me moving (again) and possibly scaling back on the blog some. However I might no go to law school, I might move again anyway, and if things are really awesome I'll go on another Euro trip, or some other adventure abroad!

For the blog, I'd love to do more videos in 2011, and to keep working on my photograph quality. I'd also like to do some actual photo shoots with friends and maybe play with styling other people.

The Citizen: As an established blogger, you know the ropes. What's the single most important piece of advice you'd like to share with any new bloggers just starting out? 

The Clothes Horse: Post original content! This can either mean creating everything (photographs and text), or finding stories and editorials/art/etc that isn't already on other blogs. Give people a reason to visit your blog; let them visit knowing they'll see something there they can't find anywhere else.

-Happy Holidays!

~Rebecca Stice, The Clothes Horse


Anonymous said...

Great post!:)

Unknown said...

Great post Bella Q !
I lost track of her this summer and will definitely be looking her up again!
I always loved her photos :)

Marta said...

i have been visiting her blog since a long time as well! she has a fantastic style, and vibrant personality too!

great post!

Unknown said...

She has a beautiful blog and is sooooo creative! Thanks for the comment on my blog and for letting me know that both you and Reva fall into the over 40 bloggers category. I definitely think it's time to start a list! :) ~Serene

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I like how humble Rebecca seems. She is vastly creative, and I am so impressed with her consistent and constant posts- she's a pro! They always come off as fresh, and the poems and works of art she references make the fashion richer and more of an expressive thing than a vanity.

I definitely plan to make 2011 the year of the over 40 blogger!

Raquel said...

Bella I agree with you, The Clothes Horse is my all time favourite blogger, I've been reading her since 2008 and still love every single post she writes!

Beautifully Invisible said...

I used to follow Rebecca's blog fairly religiously but it actually dropped off my radar the last few months. Nothing against her at all, I actually agree with what you said about her, I just have tried to focus on some bloggers that were newer to me.

Thansk for the interview - it was nice to get an update on what is going on with her. I know 2011 will be a great year for her!

Sarah said...

The Clothes Horse sounds (and looks) lovely, but try as I might, I can't get her blog to load beyond her header, background, and date and title of her first entry! This is over two days, on my computer (Windows XP) and my hubby's (Vista), both using Internet Explorer.

I'm trying to get to you, Rebecca; I may just have to hang in there! The site seems to hang when my status bar says "Downloading data"

the Citizen Rosebud said...

@Raquel of Black Sheep: you have GREAT taste!
@Beautiful: There are so many good blogs out there it is impossible to keep up with both. I've been focusing on the "smaller blogs," not so much on Karla's Closet, or the Glamourai, but on the small gems, you know, like Grit and Glamour, Clothes Cameras and Coffee.

@Clouds: I use firefox and have no trouble accessing her site. I wish you luck!

Rebecca, A Clothes Horse said...

Thank you so much for featuring me! It's really flattering to know you enjoy my blog--I only hope I can keep my content interesting & fresh. :)

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Rebecca, I want to thank you so much for letting me interview you. Since I didn't know you, I am especially appreciative you took the time out to answer my questions. You have such a great blog, and I wish you much continued success!