FAQ


BLOGGING QUESTIONS:
How long have you been blogging? 
I started in 2007!
Where does the blog name come from?
A clothes horse is the term/phrase for a wooden frame used to dry clothing OR a person excessively interested in fashion. My mother often used a clothes horse for our laundry and the second definition fit me nicely so I chose it for my blog name.
How do you afford your clothes? 
Budgeting mostly; I don't make a ton of money and I do like to spend some of my disposable income on clothes, so I budget in other areas of my life. We live in a tiny house and part of the country where rent is more affordable, I eat at home instead of going out, don't see movies in theaters often or go to concerts, etc. I'm happy to spend time at home or a friend's house watching Netflix in a new dress than eating dinner out and catching a show. My favorite "date" activity with my husband is to go on a walk in a new area/park that often only costs us the diesel to get there.
Does fashion blogging require a big, expensive wardrobe?
Short answer: no. Long answer: I firmly believe you build a closet slowly over time. And my closet is far from endless--I just try to not wear the same dress the same way twice which can give the illusion of having a million pieces. You can see this demonstrated in my remixes. And blogging doesn't require a big wardrobe; you can blog about what you wear whether it's new or old.
Do you earn money through blogging? 
Yes, aclotheshorse.co.uk is a working blog. This means I sometimes receive compensation for posts, run sponsored content, and can receive gifts from brands and vendors. I try to be upfront within each post when pieces are gifted from brands or I have received money to review a piece. (Disclosure page)

PHOTOGRAPHY QUESTIONS:

Who takes your photos?
I take many of my own photographs and sometimes my husband also helps me. We use the same camera (we're a one camera household lol) and I do all of the editing myself.
How do you take your pictures?
I use a self-timer or camera remote and a tripod. You can see an example of my process in a video here.
Do you have advice for taking pictures?
I'm not an expert so I always hesitate to give advice, but I have a series of photo tips that I'm adding to on a regular basis. I focus on what I know best from experience: how to take self-portraits for personal style blogging.
What is your camera?
I use a Canon Mark 5D ii. All pictures on this blog (even when a friend helps me shoot) are taken with that camera.
What lens do you use?
I use a 50mm lens.
Do people *catch* you taking pictures? Is it awkward?
Yes of course, I'm taking pictures in public areas so there's always a chance someone will walk/drive right by where I'm taking pictures. Sometimes it's awkward and other times it's no big deal. People are usually polite and curious and go away quickly enough. If you want to take pictures in pretty spots, you're bound to run into people, but you can't let that stop you from going outside and taking the kind of photographs you want to take. 
Do you use Photoshop?
No. I like to play with colors or light in my photographs, but I don't do editing to make myself look thinner or taller. What you see is pretty much what you get--of course I only take pictures on good hair days!

FASHION QUESTIONS: 

How would you describe your style?
"Quirky ladylike" and "romanticism meets realism" are two terms I keep coming back to. I like vintage and retro styles, but I always wear them in a more modern way with quirky, personal touches. I also love Romanticism and find a lot of inspiration in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood but my life is not a Waterhouse painting, so it's about balancing your inspirations with the reality of mundane, every day life.
Where do you find styling inspiration?
Everywhere; vintage films, other bloggers, magazines, etc.
Where do you shop?
All over, quite a bit online. I can't really write a cohesive list for this because it is all over, but I always list where my items are from in my outfit posts.
Who is your favorite designer?
Right now I'm in love with everything Valentino. Christian Lacroix is my all-time favorite designer because I admire all of his collections and his history. Other than that I tend to have seasonal favorites: Proenza Schouler, Carven, Erdem, etc.
Who is your favorite fashion photographer?
Tim Walker
What is your fashion philosophy?
To dress in a way that expresses myself creatively and makes me feel confident. When I am in an outfit I really like I feel a little untouchable—no one can really criticize my appearance because I am completely at ease in my clothes. I suppose one philosophy is: wear what you like so much that everyone else can hate it and it doesn’t bother you.
How do you feel about knock-offs?
It's complicated; I wrote a post about my thoughts on knock-offs here.
Do you have any tips about developing personal style?
Yep! It's one of my favorite subjects because it's been a very long and occasionally awkward process to figuring out mine! Some posts on the subject can be found here, here, and here.

PERSONAL QUESTIONS:
Do you dye your hair?
I do dye my hair, I use L'Oreal Intense Copper. See all my hair posts here with the latest products I'm using. 
How tall are you/what size are you?
I'm 5'1" and usually wear an xs.
How much do you weigh?
Sorry, while this may seem like an innocent question to some I think it's really best to not share numbers since they can be triggers.
How old are you? 
I'm 30.
Where are you from?
All over the place; my father serves in the military so we’ve been moving roughly every three years since I was 6 months old. I’ve lived in Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina,Washington State, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Germany, and Virginia. In college I also spent time abroad living in Japan and Greece. I now live in Northern Ireland.

Have you ever had a real job outside of blogging?
Yep! I've worked as a cashier, a secretary in a college Admissions office, been a teacher's assistant, been hired as a photographer, etc. I still do some freelance or non-blog jobs.
Are you dating/in relationship/etc?
I'm married to an Irish man named Thomas. You can find a few pictures from our wedding day here.
Do you really live in that gatehouse you post on your Instagram?
Yep! It's a tiny house (less than 400 square feet) and surprisingly affordable to rent. Thomas found it before I moved to Northern Ireland and I really enjoying living in it.
Do you like living in Ireland?
Yes! Moving is hard even when you are used to it and it's never easy to living a different country from your family and most of your friends, but I do love it here.
Do you believe in God? Are you religious?
Yes, I believe in God. I’m a Christian and I do consider myself religious.

More questions? E-mail me: thenewclotheshorse@yahoo.com

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