Meet Hannah of Foxtail & Fern

UK-based vintage and lifestyle blogger Hannah, of Foxtail & Fern, is not your average fashion fiend. She has her degree in zoology, and spends her spare time exploring historic buildings, which you can tour through photos on her blog. But while she’s hunting down haunts to photograph, she’s always wearing amazing retro outfits we love. Her namesake dress would be the perfect accompaniment for one of her excursions, not to mention her ModCloth faves. Read her interview to learn more about what makes this blogger tick.

What blogs do you read for inspiration?
I read so many blogs that it’s hard to choose. I’m particularly fond of vintage-inspired blogs. I love Liebemarlene, Wishwishwish, Fancy Fine, Calivintage, Human Sea… and, like I said, many, many more!

Your blog features many photos documenting your trips to beautiful old homes. How do you scout these locations, and which one has been your favorite?
I’m a member of the National Trust, which is an organization in the UK that preserves big old estates and opens them up to the public. They have a book that lists all of their properties so we just pick and choose from that and try to go to as many as possible. My absolute favourite visit so far was to Calke Abbey. It’s one of the few (perhaps only) National Trust buildings that’s been preserved in a state of disrepair, and it’s hauntingly beautiful as a result.

You live in a little village in the UK–how would you describe the style there, and how does it affect yours?
Hmm, that’s quite a hard question to answer without sounding judgmental, so I’ll just say that there isn’t really anybody who shares my sense of style around here! I’d like to think that living in a small village doesn’t affect my own style, but if I’m honest, I probably dress more casually when I’m at home (as opposed to when I lived in Edinburgh).

Zoology was your major at the University of Edinburgh. Is blogging your full-time job, or are you pursuing another career as well?
Yes, but I’m moving away from biology now and thinking about pursuing a career in fashion retail. That sounds crazy given my background (and maybe it kind of is), but I’ve always been torn between a love of biology and fashion and I’ve finally decided that this is the career path I want to take. I’m sure some kind of fashion degree would be a thousand times more useful for this than the degree I have, but I loved studying zoology and I wouldn’t change a second of my university experience. Blogging definitely isn’t a job for me, it doesn’t earn me a penny!

And we have to ask…what’s your favorite animal?
I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite! I can’t think of an animal I don’t like. Red pandas are really cute.

As an avid thrifter, what was your favorite all-time find?
It would have to be a 1970’s Ossie Clark dress that I scored for a measly £1. Unfortunately, it was a bit too big for me, but I sold it on eBay for £250! It was a long, off-white pleated maxi dress and it was absolutely beautiful.

What staple fall pieces are you most excited to add to your autumn wardrobe?
Thick knitted jumpers, wool hats and, hopefully, the perfect (and so far elusive to me) black leather jacket.

We asked Hannah to style her namesake dress, and she perfectly paired it for a breezy fall day of thrifting in her hometown.

Hannah picked perfect accompaniments to the Foxtail & Fern Dress: It’s Scrunch Time Shoe, Ivy League of Your Own Jacket, London Longing Scarf, Upwardly Mobile Satchel, and the Long Chain Drifter Necklace.

About Turi

When Turi isn’t blogging, you can find her nose behind a book. But reading isn’t her only pastime. She loves running (cue jogging stroller), taste-testing pizza and burgers, and working on the next great American novel. Her latest homage to all things literary? Her son is named after writer Dashiell Hammett. How apropos.

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  1. Eliza 09/19/2012 at 4:33 pm #

    Absolutely love her!

  2. puglypixel 09/19/2012 at 6:53 pm #

    i’m a huge fan of F&F, such great style — excellent choice for blogger of the moment.

    • emmalaw 09/20/2012 at 12:40 am #

      Yay, I love finding new blogs via Blogger of the Moment, but its always nice when someone you already follow (& has an amazing blog) gets recognition.
      Good choice x

  3. Gillian @ Money After Graduation 09/20/2012 at 6:45 am #

    So cute ! Love her style.

  4. Stephanie Anderson 09/20/2012 at 2:06 pm #

    Love Blogger of the Moment. It’s a great way to find fabulous bloggers. Her style is so smart and English country. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. Kayla 09/20/2012 at 5:26 pm #

    I love her namesake dress! I’ve never read her blog before but now I’ll definitely follow.

  6. rosalilium 09/22/2012 at 12:34 am #

    I didn’t know you guys featured British Bloggers on here too. That’s great news. And I’m so happy you picked Hannah, I have been reading her blog for years and she’s one of my favourites too!


  7. Loulou 09/25/2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Yeah, Hannah is great! But of course you already know that which is why you picked her for Blogger of the Moment.

  8. Hannah Margaret 09/26/2012 at 11:50 am #

    This wonderful section has occupied my time for the past hour or so! So many perfect and fantastic bloggers out there. Thanks for the help ModCloth!

  9. Kristina 09/26/2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Beautiful! I like her blog so much!

  10. Lady à la mode 10/05/2012 at 7:38 pm #

    such a cutie! adore her! xx

  11. Vicki 11/07/2012 at 7:23 am #

    oh yay so glad to see a Uk blog featured! 🙂 love her style, so quirky. IM a small village in Ireland and I think living somewhere quaint can really help you develop your own style 🙂

  12. 01/25/2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Oh my! Love her style and photos.

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