Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Hello! My name is Hannah and I write the blog The Braided Bandit.  I grew up on the beach in New Jersey, but moved out to the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado after graduating college.  I studied environmental policy and work full time in the Environmental field, but my blog and my vintage shop are becoming my true passions! It's so wonderful to have such a supportive audience and a positive creative outlet after being stuck in a office all day! A few other things I love are: animals (especially kitty cats!), photography, traveling, vanilla lattes, and vintage dresses!
What brought you to start selling vintage clothing?
There are a few things that inspired me to start selling vintage clothing.  First of all, I studied environmental policy, so I love anything that is recycled, sustainable, or "green".  I have been going to thrift stores for years both because I live on a kind of tight budget, and I have always loved that shopping vintage and thrifted clothing is better for the environment than always buying new things!  I also started reading blogs about the same time a few years ago and saw some other young ladies with their own shops so I was inspired to start my own!

What do you love most about owning an online shop?There are so many things I love about it! It is a lot of hard work and time spent, especially with working another job full time, but there are a ton of little things that truly make it all worth it!  I think I am going to have to cheat and say two things I love most.  The first would be, I LOVE going out to hunt for pretty dresses and items to fill my shop with.  Every day you enter a thrift store, flea market, or antique shop is always different and exciting!  The second thing is my customers.  I absolutely love seeing the vintage from my shop being sent to lovely ladies around the world!

How would you describe your style?
I think I would have to describe my style as eclectic.  I do not like to stick with one particular style or trend, but like experimenting with new things and changing it up often! One thing that stays constant is I am always mixing vintage and modern and trying to keep a fun balance between the two!
What inspires you the most (someone, something, somewhere) ?
Since I don't think "coffee" would be an appropriate answer for this question, I would have to say other bloggers have been the biggest inspiration for me.  I am always surrounded my creativity in this community and every day I am jotting something down in my idea notebook based off of something I read or see while reading others blogs.  Nature is another huge inspiration for me and I am hugely appreciative of the all of the amazingly scenic backdrops where I live!

What is your favorite item in your shop ?
Oh boy, this is a tough one for me! It's like a mom having to pick their favorite kid. Alright, maybe not quite like that, but I do grow quite fond of a lot of the items in the shop! My answer changes on a weekly basis depending on what's rotating through at the moment!  Right now, I love the ruffled collar on this dress and the Springy lavender color of this one.


  1. I feel like a celebrity!
    I'll make sure to mention it on my blog too! You did the layout so nicely as well, I love it!
    Thanks so much for the feature Gabrielle!
    xo Hannah

  2. aww Hannah is such a dear and has an amazing shop full full of adorable dresses! so funny she describes her style as eclectic, I'd never think so say that since she looks perfectly paired in a fun vintage way to me but i suppose that's not the norm, in a great way : ) always love hearing her shop inspiration and green background too!

  3. Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!
    I read Hannah's blog and I love her!

    Have the best weekend ever,

  4. I loved this piece on you, it's so fun learning more about your sweet self. I absolutely LOVE that lavender dress you picked out, and the collar on it is so fun. And it must have been hard picking out that favorite kid of yours ;)

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

  5. SUCH cute dresses. and shoes! and blogger!

  6. thanks for sharing her shop & blog!
    definitely a new follower :)

  7. Reading this was nice. I just started my own online shop as well and enjoyed reading her insights.