This flame-haired beauty takes her style cues from the '50s, wearing felt hats, pastel stockings, silk camisoles and ballooning dresses day in and day out. The talented illustrator also doodles for Lula and Flaunt and, together with her business partner Elvia Lahman, sells vintage-inspired lingerie (thelovedone.net) on the side. See hannahandlandon.blogspot.com for a world full of prettiness.
Tell me a little bit about yourself...
I live in Brooklyn with my husband Landon, and our two kitties Pippin and Bobo. My blog is mostly an archive of photographs taken by either me or Landon along with a few posts on inspiring women I've encountered. The Loved One is a business I started with Elvia in 2009. We initially began as a vintage wholesale company and introduced our first collection of lingerie in early 2011. Shortly after releasing our lingerie line, we had two pop-up shops before settling into our first permanent location in Pasadena where we sell a mix of vintage clothing and our own TLO collection.
When did you start blogging?
I began an early form of blogging back in 2001 when I was a teenager (on a website called LiveJournal). I don't think there was any reason beyond the desire to be heard and find other like-minded people with whom I could relate (actually met my husband Landon on there back in 2004!). I suppose now it's just become a habit to blog, and so much good has come of it - wonderful friends, job opportunities - that I can't stop!
The photography on your blog is beautiful. Do you take the photos yourself?
Unless credited otherwise all photos are taken by Landon and myself. In coming months, you will see more photographers pop up on the blog as The Loved One pursues a new project that includes monthly collaborations with various photographers.
Your photos have a really distinctive style. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind them?
Our photographs are very much "documentary style". Almost all of what you see is what's naturally occurring in front of the camera. I suppose then, that our inspiration stems from our surroundings.
What are your inspirations?
I admire anybody who has followed their own path and vision. Having said that I am very inspired by the life and style of [model/actress turned author/photographer] Dare Wright!
What's your rule to dress by?
Stay true to yourself, wear what you think and feel looks best on you regardless of trends!
What trend do you hope dies?
Haha, I've not really thought of it but I suppose if I had to pick one thing that I'd be happy never to see again it would be cut-off denim shorts worn with black tights! But hey, if it makes you happy...
If you could only wear clothes from one decade, what would it be?
This decade, because I get to wear clothing from all the previous decades! Sorry that's not much fun, I reckon I'd choose either the Edwardian era or the 1960s (drastically different aesthetics, I realise). I love the '60s hair and Edwardian attention to detail, high waists and elegant draping.
Any exciting future plans or ventures in the works?
We're working on our next collection (to be released this Valentine's season) right now with a very special guest collaborator! I'm really excited about this upcoming collection, it's a bit more sophisticated and detailed then what we've worked on before!