4/15/15

Handmade Shop Grand Opening!

It brings me great pleasure to announce that my long-awaited handmade shop is now live!  The Braided Bandit will now be selling handmade plush toys, floral crowns, jewelry, and possibly some home goods a little bit down the line in addition to the vintage.  Right now, I will just be hosting the handmade shop within my current Etsy shop, and you can navigate the vintage or handmade portions by using the "shop sections" sidebar in the shop on the left.  So without further adieu, here are a few snaps of some of the new goodies!  And you can take 15% off with the code YAYHANDMADE at checkout :)

Meet the birthday kitties Mae, Periwinkle, and Margot!
As you can probably see, these kitties are handmade from recycled fabric from vintage dresses!  Above, Periwinkle the birthday cat and I are wearing the same outfit ;) All of the plush toys are sustainably made primarily from upcycled materials.
Allow me to introduce you to the Grumpy Fridas! Named for the notorious frowning grumpy cat and the notorious flower-wearing Frida Kahlo. 
Next up are these neon tassel necklaces!  I will also be listing some other types of necklaces shortly, but these are so much fun and an easy way to add a splash of color to your outfit!
Last but not least, I have listed a few of my favorite handmade flower crowns!  If you ever have a color request or would like a custom one made, you can always shoot me a message on Etsy, I would be happy to work something out with you!

Anyway, I hope you guys liked this little taste of what I've been working on!  I have been wanting to share some of my handmade goods for such a long time, and appreciate the support and encouragement you guys always give me!

Let me know what you like best or if there is anything else you would like to see!
xo Hannah
p.s. Did you guys see my new assistant?!

4/13/15

Violet Jungle

Oh Monday.  So far today I have written a to-do list a mile long, went to do my kitty volunteer feeding, and then locked myself out of my car in a Walgreens parking lot, which was certainly not part of the to-do list.
Outfit Details
Skirt Set - Vintage (coming to the shop this week!)
Purse - Vintage
Boots - thrifted
Necklace - handmade (coming to the shop this week!)

As you can see, my hair has turned mint green as it fades out.  Sometimes I love it and sometimes I feel like I just stayed in the swimming pool too long, like the chlorine-soaked summers of childhood. This awesome vintage jungle print set will be listed in the shop this week, and the necklace that I am wearing is actually part of the brand new section of The Braided Bandit that launches on Wednesday!  It will also come in neon pink, orange, yellow, and green versions as well! Here's a little sneak peak of the rest of them! 
There's only two of each color right now so if you are interested in reserving one for when the handmade items go live, just let me know which color you'd like in the comments! (They will be $24 +S&H). So exciting! Hope you guys have a good start to your week!
xo Hannah

4/8/15

Pleated Florals

Hi guys!  Just stopping in with the outfit I wore out to Easter brunch, which was all vintage, thrifted, or both (the outfit, not the brunch).  We drove into the mountains with some of R's family and ate a feast in beautiful Estes Park.  Aren't buffets the best and worst thing ever at the same time?
Outfit Details:
Vintage Skirt - for sale in the shop!
Vintage Boots - coming soon
Sweater - thrifted
Glasses - thrifted

If you follow along on instagram, then you've probably been seeing a few sneak peaks of some new things I have been making and working on.  I have had the dream of having a separate handmade shop for quite awhile now, but for the time being, I will be launching a handmade portion of The Braided Bandit early next week! I am really excited and hope you guys like it!
    I guess I should also fill everyone in that we will not be moving to Charleston like we had hoped to this year.  We did love it when we visited, but R's office is located in California so we found out the east coast timezone difference may present a bit of a problem for his job.  So, we are trying to just be happy and embrace where we are for the time being!
Hope you guys are having an awesome week!
xo Hannah

4/2/15

Red Romper

Blogging is strange.  I hate writing this little introductory paragraph at the beginning of posts because its like HEY GUYS, WHAT'S UP?! But I'm actually just sitting in my office by myself.  The latter part of posts are always so much easier because I get to blather on about what I am wearing, eating, doing, and thinking.  Does anyone else sometimes find it strange addressing an invisible audience?

Outfit Details:
Romper: The Root (Hawaii)
Bag: Vintage
Earrings: Momentum (Boulder)
Boots - DSW
Hair- Arctic Fox (Turquoise)

Okay now on to the *really exciting* part about what I am wearing, eating, doing, and thinking.
Wearing: A romper I bought a few days before leaving Hawaii.  I couldn't wait until it was warm enough to wear it again at home, and Colorado has been providing some pretty lovely Spring weather these past few weeks.  Except now it may snow tonight, so I will be eating my words soon enough
Eating:  Oatmeal, which I am pretty sure is the only thing currently left in our cabinets right now.
Doing: About to hem a pile of vintage dresses for the shop!  Speaking of which, you can take 10% off with the code BUNNY10 at checkout!
Thinking:  How are we already into April? I should probably finish my taxes.  And go grocery shopping.  And do laundry.  And maybe vacuum.

That's all folks!
xo Hannah

3/30/15

Pineapple + Joggers

Monday, I'm ready for ya! Well kind of...  I did start my day by leaving the house with my pants on inside out.  Luckily it was only to do a little volunteer work feeding a local group of outdoor kitties and I don't think they cared much.  Actually, I am sitting here and they are still inside out, which I will probably forget about and will accidentally leave the house again like this.  


Outfit Details:
Checkered Joggers - Macy's (on sale!)
Pineapple Blouse - Target
Glasses - c/o Firmoo
Shoes - thrifted

Here's an outfit I wore last week.  I love wearing these jogger style pants lately because they're easily dressed up or down and they are so comfy.  If you're interested in trying a pair, I got these on sale from Macy's and they have a pretty cute selection of prints right now!

I am sad the beautiful weekend is gone.  I met up with some of my best guy friends from high school in Denver Friday night and then had a relaxing rest of the weekend, and the weather was unbeatable. Hope you guys are having a great start to your week!
xo Hannah

3/27/15

Mermaid Hair + Red Floral

Hi guys! It's Friday and its warm and sunny, so ya can't beat that!  Well I guess if it were Saturday and warm and sunny that would definitely beat it, but hey we're almost there...
Outfit Details
Dress - Vintage - for sale in the shop here!
Purse - Vintage
Sandals - gifted
Hair - Arctic Fox in Aquamarine

As most of you probably already saw last week on instagram, my hair is now aqua! Its so fun wearing one of my all time favorite colors on my head and scaring all the grandmas at the grocery store (and R.)  Its not permanent and will wash out over the next month or so.  Even though its not for everyone, I love it and I've had so much fun getting a little more daring with my looks and personal style over the past few years of blogging, because seriously if you can, why not?  If any of you guys are interested I used Arctic Fox hair dye in Aquamarine, and diluted it with their Arctic Mist color and about a cup of white conditioner to get a more pastel aqua.  The dye itself is vegan and non-damaging to your hair and best of all, 15% of their profits go to animal welfare programs.  It is the best of all of the dyes that I have tried so far, and I would highly recommend Arctic Fox to anyone!  If you have any questions about the process, I would be happy to try and help in the comment section!
     Anyway, two of my friends from high school are in town for some snowboarding, and I'm so excited to meet up with them in Denver tonight!  Happy Friday & I hope you guys have an amazing weekend!
xo Hannah

3/25/15

Mount Pleasant Pier

Hi guys! Just a quick hello today to share my last photos from our Charleston trip. I tried to dress comfy and practical for days of lots of walking and exploring.  These were taken out on a fishing pier on our last day.

Outfit Details
Sweater - c/o Oasap
Pants - thrifted
Shoes - H&M
Scarf - vintage/ gift

 Time lately has been spent trying to figure out my life! Anyone else there with me?  I am also adding a bunch of cute new stuff to the shop this week, so keep you eyes peeled for that!
xo Hannah