Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Casperey Stables






This is all that's left of Casperey, the ranch where we had our horses for years and years. Some of my best memories are hosted here. It was owned by a family who lived on the property, whose house (now just a concrete foundation) matched that tiny little shed in the second to last picture. There was a play tower in their yard; I once was pushed off by a kid named Stephen and hit the slide as I was falling. I still have a scar from that day. Across the way was a smaller barn that housed the owner's horses, who were used for lessons and the student show team. A tiny Shetland pony named Sugar was in the first paddock, right near the welcome sign. Adjacent to that was a stretch of stalls and paddocks, which housed some of my friends' horses: Beau, Gypsy, Spirit - to name a few. Further down was the main barn, where we had our horses: Shawn, Spanky, Rowdy and Diablo.

Many of the kids were around the same age, and we were all a tight (and a little competitive) crew. At one time, we turned an abandoned tack room and paddock into our club house, and brought my pony Shawn and Cassie's (the owner's daughter) pony Macho to our not-so-top-secret location. There was a window for them to put their heads through, so they could join our club meetings, and we used the same window as an escape route, when unwanted trespassers came by. Just down the dirt road was a lake, where we all swam with our horses - and when the riding ring was empty, we played tag on horseback. The holidays were especially amazing; we always dressed our horses in costumes for Halloween and decorated their stalls for Christmas. Even on the most normal of days, everything was an adventure. I even ran away with Shawn when I was very young, roaming through the tomato fields until I panicked and went back. Throughout my tumultuous childhood, the ranch served as my sanctuary, and the horses were my absolute heroes.

Several years ago, the dirt road was replaced with a busy paved one, and the fields gave way to a Home Depot and an apartment complex. Casperey held strong through the changes, until the city offered the owners a sum they couldn't refuse and everyone had to move. It's strange, because they still haven't done anything with the land - and the rubble from the demolished barns is still there. Though it was never the same after Spanky died, I still miss Casperey. I don't know what kind of person I would be if it wasn't for my horses, Casperey and the friends I made while I was there. Visiting what remains was an extraordinarily strange experience.









I spent the remainder of the day with my mom, Tessa and Bobby) at my mom's store and then out to dinner. At my mom's shop, I picked up a vintage hat, gloves, scarf and this ring (on my pointer). I'm still trying to convince her to start selling online, but she's kind of clueless when it comes to anything on the internet, other than facebook. I'll keep working on it.




Outfit Details:
Living Long Cardigan - courtesy of Threadsence
Elizabeth and James dress - Gilt
shoes - Nine West
madison leather satchel - courtesy of Coach
sunglasses - courtesy of 80s Purple
bangles - Alex and Ani (gift from Lucky Magazine)
rings - gifts from my mom and Accessorize (the middle one)




81 comments:

  1. i love this orange dress, and your rings look so sweet... Your are gorgeous.

    Kisses

    Eva

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  2. You look gorgeous!
    and I miss being a kid so much...it was so fun having clubs and secret places...its not the same being a grown up...haha...sad sad
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  3. LOVE the rings...you look gorgeous:)

    Stop by and say Hello:)
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  4. The color of the Elizabeth and James dress is so pretty on you, Keiko! And that long cardigan is very goddess-like.
    It is sad to see a childhood place so rich of good memories, such as Casperey, be demolished for other developments. I'm so glad that Casperey was still able to retain its value and happiness for you for so long.

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    much love.

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  5. doesn't it feel great to reminisce sometimes?

    and your pictures are brilliant, as usual.

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  6. I know how you feel about the stables. Years ago I used to ride, and it was always the highlight of my week. Luckily the stables are still around, as is my favorite pony! I miss riding terribly, maybe I'll start up again!

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  7. that cardigan is incredible! oh, and you are too, of course!

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  8. love the sweater, i've been wearing stuff like that to school because i feel like i'm wearing a blankie!

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  9. First off: the flow of that light cardigan is just gorgeous. It adds a little drama and flair to your outfit in the breeziest way. :)

    Secondly (is that a word? I think it is): That's sad yet happy and all those nostalgic feelings when you mentioned Casperey. Right near my neighborhood there were a lot of wooded areas spotted here and there. Recently they cut a ton of them down to make way for construction, I guess. Though it actually makes the roads safer, it was slightly jarring to see a blank space where trees were. And like an old person, I wanted them back.

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  10. Stunning pictures. I love the 1st and 3rd ones. So classic.

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  11. there's something about horses that just bring your childhood alive. I miss all the ones I grew up with but you know, you always think back with the fondest of memories (my two best friends and I started a "Saddle Club", did you ever read those books?)
    Cate

    the-artist-eye.blogspot.com

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  12. Such an odd thing it is to return to a place that was once a sort of home.. that had so many memories and to see only the ghosts of what was there.

    It's a reminder of how quickly moments pass, how nothing stands still.

    I think that memories are ingrained in our bones as well as the places where the memories were made.. so walking through, you could almost relieve it.

    xxoo

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  13. It is almost impossible to pick a favorite part of this look...the whole ensemble is gorgeous. Those shoes are INCREDIBLE though. I love how understated they are so that you can wear them with a bold dress, but the detailing is beautiful. A masterpiece, as always!!

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  14. the cardigan has such a romantic feel~


    ah... childhood memories~

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  15. Love ur outfit, so pretty...=D

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  16. the orange dress is adorable! i love the ruffles at the end!
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  17. What a lovely story. Really, and beautiful photos to compliment it! It's actually pretty interesting because the way your cardigan floats behind you it looks almost ghost-like; kind of echoes the image of a ghost ranch. Don't know if that was intentional but it's really beautiful.

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  18. what a beautiful story, love your bag and shoes at least you enjoyed the rest of the day

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  19. I don't normally comment anywhere but I just had to say something today. I totally get where you come from on this- I too had a chaotic childhood with no stability outside of my wonderful mom; and my one true place of sanctuary was my reading tree. When things got to be too much I would hide myself amongst the apples and run away into a book. I've gone back now as an adult and it is no longer there- it just tears me up how a simple tree came to be a place of such comfort to me and now is gone. You truly never can go home again. But I do have the memories and every time I smell apples it makes me smile. You're a pretty special person; Keiko- keep doing what you are doing- you touch a lot of hearts.
    And now I also consider you a jewelry sister- I have that very same ring you have just gotten; I stumbled across it years ago on my birthday and bought it for myself as a present- in a antique store in Florida no less! And I also can only wear it on my pointer. Perhaps that is just so we may always walk towards the flowers- not a bad way to live.

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  20. That ring is incredible! love the print and colours. I used to take horse riding lessons, but I definitely never had my own horse. that would have been so awesome.

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  21. This was really beautiful. I loved getting a peek into your life. My place to go and hide was the Lake down the street from my house. It was less than a 5 minute walk, and at the end of the road. Everything always felt perfect there.
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  22. That was really lovely! It sounds like the property that I grew up on in Aus, I had a shetland pony called Lolly :) Also wanted to let you know that I'll be visiting NY in April and will be having a Wikifashion meetup if you and Bobby would like to come?

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  23. I just love reading your posts. Those sound like such wonderful memories. :D

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

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  24. the ring is beautiful, and i love that long sweater that you have on over that bright colored dress. it is so nostalgic and sometimes sad to visit childhood places and have them be totally different. my parents moved from the house i grew up in last year when the economy crashed and i havent even been able to go back to my block, because it would kill me to see they painted over the polka dotted walls in my room through the window :(

    <3 steffy
    steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

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  25. Can you please make a post or vid on how you do your messy bow-like bun? I'm a big fan of it. Please! ^^

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  26. Hattitude Artistic Style Blog
    oy that is sad about your childhood memory visit. but at least you got that awesome ring to maybe lighten your day.
    i like how you paired a neutral (which the sweater is so neat by the way!) with a vibrant bright orange. really like the two different feelings of the colours.

    talk soon wild child
    -Hattie

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  27. Hey Keiko, I know you have occasionally (more like once) mentioned being abused. I was wondering if you would ever be willing to talk about that publicly or if that's something you are still dealing w/.

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  28. WOWOWOWOWOWOW! Love the rings! Especially the one pointer one! Would LOVE to see your mom's stuff online!

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  29. what a great color. it really pops and i totally dig it!

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  30. Beautiful pictures. I love the orange dress and those rings are cute! I haven't been able to visit my childhood places because I moved to the U.S. from Guam when I was 9 and I haven't visited since. I hope to one day. It's just so far away.

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  31. the rings are so beautiful!
    i love the color of your dress <3

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  32. I love your dress ♥

    Bisous
    Yu'

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  33. those rings look amazing!!! I hope you can convince her to sell online!

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  34. wow! gorg i love the rings! yes, please keep working on it, would love to shop your mothers fabulous peices :)

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  35. So cute! And a bat sad...
    Lux
    http://luxbeaupre.blogspot.com/

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  36. love your dress and rings :D

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  37. Thanks for sharing those precious memories with us ! Love your outfit too !

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  38. I really love this outfit! You look beautiful! And that cardigan is definitely something I need to add to my wardrobe, it's lovely...

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  39. I just discovered your blog and it is out of this world... melancholic dramatic and nostalgic...beautiful xxx

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  40. amazing rings!

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  41. It truly brakes my heart to hear a story like that! (sitting here a bit embarresed for almost crying) I don't know if I would even dare to back to a place with such wonderful memories if I knew it was all gone. The dress is lovely, though. As are the rings.
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  42. It truly brakes my heart to hear a story like that! (sitting here a bit embarresed for almost crying) I don't know if I would even dare to back to a place with such wonderful memories if I knew it was all gone. The dress is lovely, though. As are the rings.
    Love Änglamark.

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  43. First of all I want to say that unlike most people you look absolutely gorgeous in this bright orange!

    It's really sad when such favorite places from your childhood turn to ruins... But you'll make better memories :)

    XoXo
    Plami

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  44. Sometimes I swear you are my lost twin! (Although I think I am the evil twin as I actually curse a lot) But as a kid I loved horses too. In fact, for a while there I was convinced that when I grew up I was going to BE a horse. To this day my friends still call me "Pony"
    But I grew up in Florida too(Pensacola)and took lesson at a stable that also had a pony named Sugar! See? Total horse twinsies. Anyway! I really like this outfit. I like the bold colors with the creams. Very nice!

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  45. the rings are gorgeous, as is that dress!

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  46. I really like your style...great photos and post!

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  47. awesome blog xx
    beautiful photos and outfits!
    i especially love your vintages glasses
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    follow me please!

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  48. Amazing look, love the color-combo and that long cardigan, great piece!

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  49. AMAZING pieces! From the cardigan to the jewelry, all covet-worthy pieces!

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  50. This outfit is gorgeous on you! The color of that dress is so stunning and the heels....
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  51. I'm in love with the rings and the flying cardigan pic is awesome! My mom is the same way haha

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  52. Oh I adore this cardigan! It reminds me of something I saw in Anthropologie, but I prefer this one, as it looks of a much lighter material. Such fun movement you get out of it too!

    I sympathize with you about the stables. I had horses up until a few months ago, when we had to sell, and I don't think I can ever forget them. Horses become very close friends.

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  53. Gorgeous dress color, perfect for a bright spring look

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  54. Mm memories... Love the ring, your mom should indeed sell online!

    Have a nice day!

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  55. Hello Keiko,
    First I must point out that your blog is amazing!
    And Keiko - very beautiful!
    I was 12, but I'm very aware of and understands fashion and loves fashion.
    I knew your blog only yesterday .. And I managed to go over all (:
    Your writing is very entertaining and fun to read, outfits that shows future posts beautiful.
    I loved this post.
    Amazing outfit! Especially you *-*
    Look forward to the next post ♥

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  56. Love the cardigan and all the nude colours with the bright orange dress look gorgeous.
    I wish I could be a kid again, having a club with my best friends, going to the playground everyday or playing with my barbies. Life was great then, so different from today.

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  57. I was charmed by your blog, your style is very cute. I will return often to visit you.

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  58. Keiko,
    I loved reading that story, so beautiful and I can just imagine it. Makes me think of my own childhood and wish I was a kid again! Your outfit is beautiful too. Love it!

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  59. LOVE those shoes! LOVE those rings!

    -Amanda

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  60. Oh, that cardigan is SO fabulous!! You look gorgeous, as always!

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  61. Lovely as always! I love how you share a little about you but not too much! Thank you for sharing the websites on where to get some of your fabulous clothing and accessories! I also agree about your mom having her on online store!

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  62. Love the shoes!

    x Melody

    http://onedayinapril.wordpress.com

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  63. I love the cardigan, I bet it looks amazing when the wind blows!

    Carmen Ri.

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  64. Oooooh, such a cute story! What a pity that the place of your best childhood-memories isn't anymore...

    Love your long cardi and the fringe dress! You look gorgeous as usual dear!

    *From Munich With Love*
    Angie

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  65. I can't tell because of the shallow DoF, but from the blobs I can make out, your mom's shop looks super cool! I wanna go!

    This was such a magical post. What beautiful memories you have there.

    And, oh, orange is really your color :)

    xoxo
    Sophi

    PS I don't pretend that you enter random bloggers' giveaways very often if ever, but I'm doing one right now where I custom-thrift a few pieces for the winner if that sounds at all interesting to you :)
    http://ohsosophi.blogspot.com/2011/03/100th-post-giveaway.html

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  66. I love that shade of orange. Such a great dress for the summer.

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  67. i think your mom should set up her shop online! i love all the things you have gotten from there but i live in canada, no where near her store. i would really enjoy looking and shopping at it though.

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  68. Can anybody tell me the brand of the sunglasses she is wearing?

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  69. thanks for strolling down memory lane with us. i got shivers reading that post. your long cardigan is very stylish. so well paired with your red dress. good luck with the mom/internet/online seller project!

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  70. You sound like you had a lovely childhood, very idyllic! love the long cardigan and heels! And the orange is a beautiful colour on you!

    Be sure to advertise your mum's on line shop if and when you get it going, would love to see more!

    Girl about Town XxX

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  71. yeah i wanna know the link for those glasses. I know they are from 80's purple, but which one!?


    emilyisasecret.blogspot.com

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  72. Sorry guys, I didn't realize I forgot to link the sunglasses directly! Here they are:
    http://www.80spurple.com/shop/product/115715/5892/80-s-carter-half-frame-wayfarer-sunglasses

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  73. The artist eye: I definitely read those! I had everything horse related. There was also a game called hold your horses, I think...we were obsessed.

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  74. wikigirl: Please email me details; I'd love to come!

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  75. Radinka: I'm pretty open about my past, in a general aspect. The problem is that my family reads this blog, and I don't want to open old wounds. Maybe one day, in the right context.

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