Five Years Ago Today

So, it's been five years since I started this little old blog (the "old" endearment is becoming less and less ironic especially in this digital age). Five seems monumental for some reason; it's longer than I was in college or high school, subtract an inch and it's my height in feet, and happens to be my favorite number. I don't really know what it means in terms of the blog--I state this fairly often, but I'm amazed I have been blogging for so long (it feels like a much shorter period of time!) when I had never written a blog or kept a regular diary before. Still, I don't think today is really a time to wonder aloud about such matters but rather a day to be celebrated.

I have maintained my annual tradition of making a video just for this occasion. Last year in Virginia my father helped me shoot at night with sparklers--it was quite an undertaking as it was nearly one hundred degrees and breezy by the shore as we battled both wind and insects to shoot the short and sweet movie. The year prior to that in Washington State I shot the video on my own using my usual method of the tripod--it was a hot, bright day and I remember my camera overheated before I got all of the shots I wanted. Still the range roads I visited there were a beautiful backdrop and I even managed to get Mt. Rainier in one frame.
This year, in yet another state, I collaborated with my friend Jon on a video that excites me more than any of the previous ones. The night before we shot I jotted down notes in a journal I keep by my bed of shots I thought would be cool as I fell asleep. On the evening of our shoot Jon came with his own list of ideas and over the course of a few hours around some of my favorite places near my new home, everything came together really beautifully. He's been working tirelessly on the editing since then and I think the final product is truly stunning. I hope you all enjoy it.
Outfit details:
Rebecca Minkoff backpack
thrifted flats
*shot by Jon of The Dust Dances Too



  1. You are such an inspiration! I love these videos!

  2. Happy 5th birthday to the ever amazing The Clothes Horse!

    Wow...5 years is a long time. Congratulations for making it so far!! :)

    To be honest, this is the first video of yours that I've seen. Even though I've been following for less than a year, I am a huge fan of your blog and of you Rebecca! You're absolutely adorable and your outfits make me want to squeal with delight while jumping up and down. Though it may be sad to admit, I've come very very close to actually doing that on a few occasions...

    Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us via this blog. This video is absolutely magnifique and all sorts of inspirational awesometasticness. I really like the sparklers...they're so pretty and shiny and amazing like you!
    Jon did a great job with the video and the editing. Kudos to him and a standing ovation for both of you!! <3


  3. Such a beautiful video, I loved it. Happy 5th Birthday to The Clothes Horse, you were one of the first blogs I ever started to read :)


  4. Congrats, Rebecca! I've been following your blog since your second anniversary (I think I found you through the Weardrobe conference bloggers). It's been awesome to see your style and photography evolve, and through the years, you've always been a daily read. Thank you for sharing your adventures with us readers.

    You and Jon did a fantastic job with this video. I love that you're able to capture your style and show how you draw inspiration from nature and cinema (Moonrise Kingdom and Tree of Life, yeah!).

    Happy anniversary!

  5. Happy blog birthday! The video turned out amazing!

  6. beautiful video. what is the music in it? incredible songs to match the video.

  7. @Jenny, Francoise Hardy, Saint Petersburg Orchestra, etc--you can find the complete song list and artist names on the Youtube page of this video.

  8. This is SO beautiful! I even got a little choked up at the end, the music is so perfectly suited <3 x Katie-Louise

  9. i absolutely love this blog, it was the first blog i ever followed so its special, happy bday clothes horse and by the way i dream with that last dress in the video the "mermaid dress" its gorgeous, since the first time you post a pic of that dress ive been in love with it!

  10. Great work on the video. The first part was very Moonrise Kingdom (and not just because it's the same song). Love the last section with the sparklers and sequin dress! Also, congrats on 5 years. It doesn't seem like it's been that long. <3

  11. Congratulations on your fifth anniversary, Rebecca! The video was seriously awesome - lovingly shot, gorgeously modeled. Hope you continue blogging for a few more years?

  12. What a beautiful video! The music is adorable too. Happy Blog-birthday to you! <3

  13. Yay, congrats!
    I love the video, espeically the music. I want me some coloured smoke bombs now <3

    The Lovelorn

  14. Happy fifth birthday! And the video was gorgeous. I loved the shots with the smoke and the sparklers

  15. It was my fifth blogversary this month too -- and I've seen a bunch of others in the past couple of weeks as well! July 2007 was an inspiring month!

  16. Wow, happy 5th blogiversary! Loved the video, it was so well done! Very pretty.

  17. happy 5 year blog birthday rebecca! the video was beautiful. i like the 3 separate hymns & how they merged into one. i actually got a little choked up at the end, if you can believe that.

  18. love to watch whats inside your bag. haha

  19. This is beautiful my dear, simply beautiful and lovely editing.

  20. Happy Birthday to The Clothes Horse!
    Rebecca, you and your blog are continuously inspiring!
    I love the video and outfit post nostalgia.
    May there be many more birthdays to come.

  21. Dear Rebecca,
    I love Part III of your video. The music by Benjamin Britten, the sparkler and your mermaid sequin dress render it hauntingly beautiful.
    Thanks for being so poetical.

  22. Happy birthday to your blog Rebecca! I've been a follower for about 4 years now!

  23. I really enjoyed the video - the cinematography was lovely :) Congratulations on making it to five years! I can't wait to see where this blog goes in the future.

  24. Oh Rebecca, that video is so beautiful! I can see why you're so pleased with it - you guys did such an awesome job!

  25. oh my goodness! I feel such strong emotions after seeing that video.... I went to see Moonrise Kingdom three times in theatres and I am so sad that it ended :( It's such an inspiring and truly beautiful movie beyond my expectations. Young love is such a beautiful thing I've yearned for............... for years and years.

    Now I actually AM crying.

    You are beautiful.

    love your friend,


  26. late response but happy birthday!! I finally got around to watching the video. It was gorgeous! I want to move to Pennsylvania now lol.
    Ever since I got into fashion, I've been following theclotheshorse, and following the blog really helped me a lot in finding sources of inspiration for what to wear, in understanding fashion and seeing its beauty and how effortless it can really be <3 thanks so much for sharing a part of your life with us through your outfits and the beautiful nature.

  27. Rockin' video of awesomeness, I must say! Always newly re-inspired by your posts :) I thank you for that!


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