Hello friends. This post has been a long time coming, but I’ve decided it’s finally time to end things at Foxtail & Fern and move on to pastures new. Things have been feeling a little stagnant around here for a while and more than anything I’ve been craving a completely fresh start.
You can now find me at my namesake URL, www.hannahhayes.co.uk. There’s not much original content on there at the moment, but that will change soon enough. In the meantime, you can check out my guide to Edinburgh, which I finally completed and posted there. Any feedback on the new site would be much appreciated.
Thank you for continuing to take an interest in my interests and hopefully see you on the other side!
[P.S. For those of you that follow by RSS, I will switch over the feed in about a week so don't worry about updating it.]
So I tried to do an outfit post and this happened. I don’t know, suddenly standing for the camera with the same silly smile on my face feels old and tired, but maybe I’m just getting lazy. Everything is thrifted and I’m pretty sure that my coat was intended for a young boy.
I’m in the process of growing out my fringe (yes, already, oh fickle me) and at the moment it has the most unfortunate habit of looking like a toupée. How does one navigate the dilemma of growing out a fringe? It seems to me that you’ve only got three options: the fringe toupée (please see above), the Bieber fringe or a helluva lot of hair pins. But then again, I never have been very good at styling my hair.
P.S. Turtlenecks (as in the chin-shy cousin of the neck-engulfing polo neck, not the actual neck of a turtle) = my new favourite kind of neck.
One day I will have acquired so many old bits and pieces that I will probably be able to open up my own little museum. It will be a dusty museum, hidden away in a rickety old building in the middle of some large cosmopolitan city, closed more often than it’s open and riddled with tales of an old lady that haunts it. And that’ll be me.
1. ‘The Fiddler’, a lovely little watercolour (I think?) drawing that I picked up at the antique fair a few weeks ago.
2. Antique wind-up pig. His legs don’t move but his tail whirls around when you turn the key. He has the best face. Looks like he’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders.
3. I finally caved and bought an alphabet key chain from Lawrence. That H has been in and out of my virtual shopping basket more times than I can count. I think I’m going to follow in Kater’s footsteps and put it on a chain and wear it as a necklace.
It’s finally time to open those advent calendars! I’m really looking forward to a Christmas in which the build-up doesn’t involve exams for the first time in four years!
*I say ‘recently’, but what I really mean is ‘things I’ve bought over the past few months and as of yet have neglected to share here’. Sorry, I’m catching up.
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Ice Dance – Danny Elfman
The start of a new series. Maybe. Accompanied by one of my favourite songs.
The second set of photos I took for Dahlia went up online yesterday, if you’d like you can see them here. I know this Christmassy photo is a little premature, but when faced with several Christmas displays at a garden centre the other day I couldn’t resist asking Ian to take a photo.
If you missed the first set of photographs I took for Dahlia, then you can find them here. Hope you’re all having a wonderful Wednesday!
Lately I’ve been spending more time in front of my sewing machine than my computer, working on a couple of damaged vintage dresses that I am determined to make wearable again. I’ll be sure to show you the fruits of my labour when I’m done.
I’ve also been feeling a little uninspired, which is why you haven’t seen much activity around here. I gave my blog a little makeover in attempt to kick start some creativity and I’m quite happy with the result so maybe you’ll see some posts trickling in over the next couple of weeks. I should have another post up on the Dahlia website in a few days, so I’ll be sure to point you to that when it’s up.
In the meantime, I’m sure many of you will be pleased to hear that Sarah has recently restocked her shop with a limited number of Jewel of the Order necklaces. My own necklace is my absolute favourite piece of jewellery and I wear it with everything. I think Sarah said this would be the last time she’s stocking it, so if you’ve had your eye on it, don’t miss your chance!
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better not go alone…
Do you remember this dress? I decided it was finally time to give it a spooky debut so we took to the woods at nightfall to take some creepy photos. Scariest of all though was the police tape we found ominously wrapped around some of the trees, who in turn were the sole remaining witnesses of whatever heinous crime was carried out in their midst. Cue terrifying laugh and creaky door slam. Happy Halloween friends!
Hi friends! I’m following in the lovely Erin’s footsteps and guest blogging on the Dahlia blog today. I’m quite pleased with how the photos turned out considering they were taken using a tripod and remote and I had a fisherman staring at me from across the pond the entire time. Anyway, please do go check them out!
P.S. I accidentally posted this too soon earlier today so apologies if you got it in your feed reader and were then unable to click through!
I love collecting old decorations from Halloweens gone by. I can’t really explain why I like them so much, other than to say that it seems like Halloween might have been a bit more magical ‘back then’ (probably nonsense, but go with it), and these little objects capture the essence of that. One of my favourite Halloween mementos of all is this dress, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see that! Unfortunately, it seems vintage and antique Halloween decorations are very collectable, which means they can also be very expensive.
The little skeleton isn’t technically a Halloween decoration. I think it’s some kind of memento mori. I got it at the antique fair this weekend from this amazing vendor who had a huge selection of Victorian mourning pieces and other strange little curios. So cool. I wanted to buy everything!
BLOUSE AND SKIRT – VINTAGE
SHOES AND TIGHTS – TOPSHOP
BAG – JIGSAW
Before anybody asks, yes, it was too cold to go out dressed like this! I was wearing a coat, I just didn’t bother to photograph it because it’s old, slightly too big for me and probably covered in cat hair. The coat isn’t important. What I really wanted to share with you was my new (to me) velvet skirt and my new (actually new!) Jigsaw bag, which came to me courtesy of John Lewis.
After seeing that I posted their advert on my blog, John Lewis were kind enough to allow me to choose a bag from their extensive online range. I am so excited to finally have a ‘proper bag’. One that doesn’t come with a slightly dodgy smell and unusual looking stain, all courtesy of the previous owner. Don’t get me wrong, I will always love and advocate vintage, but sometimes it’s just nice to have something new, you know? Of course, now it would only be polite of me to return the favour and suggest that you take a moment to browse their handbag department. I was fairly taken by this Whistles tote and this Ochre Blue bucket bag, but I think I made the right choice with my equestrian-inspired Jigsaw saddle bag. Next on my wish list: the Mulberry Alexa. If only!
Photos by Ian (I apologise for the graininess, it’s getting dark over here!).