Chew on Choice

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So let’s say I could tell you to pick the next three years of your life. The first option is all excitement. It is entirely fun and good. However, you remain the same. The second option, is unexpected. Filled with plenty of joy as well as challenges. Some of the trials may be far from ideal. You leave those three years of ups, downs and in betweens, a different person. You grow. What would you choose?

My life is extraordinary. I attribute that to the assortment of blessings, adventures and relationships that surround me. I also am aware that the road I travel largely shapes my character. The past few years have been thrilling, and having recently lived in New York City for the summer, I was heavily doused in an assortment of stimulation. Upon returning to Charleston I experienced major culture shock. It took nearly a month before I felt even slightly grounded in the present. Along with coming to terms with the lifestyle of Charleston, real life repeatedly slapped me in the face. I felt like I could not keep up with it. Every inch of me wanted to crawl in a hole and give up. I desperately wanted an out from my feelings and my circumstances. Oddly enough I had expected this season of my life to be a challenge, however I did not believe I was at all equipped to handle life the way it hit me these past few months.

I am choosing a challenging road by finishing school. Call me crazy, but I actually believe by completing my degree I am following God’s plan for my life. I know that by this decision, I am choosing His plan for my life, and not Hannah’s utopia. I am completely aware that school is hard as hell for me. I am one of those problem students that needs a significant amount of attention. Those students exist in college, for sure. I want to be a good student, but I do not strive for perfection in the classroom because that is not my reality. It is not my strength and that is okay. It is okay because I am not giving up. It is okay because I am not allowing school to butcher my self-esteem. It is okay because I am refusing to allow anxiety to ruin this. I am intentionally keeping myself in an environment where I do not thrive. Yes, maybe, if I was crazy enough I could transfer (for the 3rd time) to an institution where I could study what might apply to my future career. That is not happening, I am staying at the College of Charleston and utilizing this opportunity for growth. I have the rest of my life to aspire to more, to follow my dreams and feel good at what “I do,” but for now, God is teaching me what it is like to be doing something that does not make me feel good, which is being a student.

I could not have asked for this semester to have turned out in any other manner than which it did. I have grown exponentially throughout this season of my life. I am blessed beyond measure to have the opportunity to keep learning who I am, and how God has created me. I love a good challenge, I really do. The challenges have been more than I thought I was equipped for and I could explain several situations as genuine pain throughout these past few months. Pain makes you grow. Challenge makes you grow. Excitement leads to joy. It does not mean I am a sad sack of tears. Quite the contrary, I have been overwhelmed with love and joy. God has spoke to me in the sweetest of ways, with the simplest of words. God acknowledging His plan for my life, is a dream come true. I could not ask for more right now.


I encourage you to take the road that leads to growth. The road that will make you a different, stronger, and braver human.

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Photographed by Abby Tierney | | Charleston, SC  

Wearing: Mango jacket (last season, similar HERE), Madewell tee (ON SALE), Madewell Perfect Fall Jean (ON SALE), Superga Cotu Classic & Meli Melo Clemence bagBeckett Boutique (Check out their insta !!) 

Follow the journey on snapchat @hannyebr & insta @therealhannybee Xo

How to Grow Up

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How to Grow Up

“Andie Anderson, How to Girl!” If that did not pop into your head when you read the title, you my friend, have yet to live. For you sweet under-educated darlings, that is a quote from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. It is a classic. I attribute the film with many good memories, which really only makes the film better in my eyes. For one, it makes me think of one of my best friends, Mika.

As you may know, I am interning in New York City for the summer. Living here has completely changed my routine, and I am one hundred percent not lying when I say, “I’m busy”. In pursuit of a peaceful escape, this past weekend I ventured to Maine. Working and attempting to thrive in the city can be exhausting and I am SO thankful to have Maine. I have had Maine my entire life, and never appreciated it like I have this summer. Waking up to the waves crashing and a soft sea breeze is overwhelmingly calming. My first weekend in Maine this summer, I spent an entire day in my pajamas. I had several cups of tea, a book, and family. I sat on the patio, gazing at the ocean in a way that I never have before. So much comfort lied in the ocean’s R E A L depth. Gods creation should never be taken for granted, and I am glad I am able to truly soak in the beauty of his handiwork. I cannot place why it is instinctively relaxing to exist in His natural creation. Stepping away from the responsibilities of adulthood- temporary adulthood at least- and emerging into bliss has been nothing but fulfilling. It is not just taking a Friday off to not work; it is taking the time to remember the reality of being an adult. Being an adult is spending time with yourself. It is understanding how YOU, as an individual are going to come into the real world. I am understanding, that a full time job, is very difficult to manage. It is hard to manage other aspects of my life that I equally enjoy. It is helping me to figure out how I can create a healthy, creative and prosperous life for my sensitive soul.

I had a hiccup with my drive into adulthood this past weekend in Maine. Usually at this time of the year, I am in Maine with Mika. My crazy little best friend. This year, along with several other shakes of adulthood, she was and is not going to be in Maine. We usually have an entire long, luxurious, and stupidly lazy week to ourselves. We get to tan, eat food, watch movies, go on adventures and then watch another movie. Not having this youthful fun was difficult to ignore how it made me feel like even more of an adult. It is more difficult because she has spent the summer in Finland, with people whom I dearly love.

A cluster of my favorite people were in Helsinki, Finland this July and not being there was a challenge. It was a challenge because I flipping love Helsinki. I love the city, the culture, and most importantly the people. I love my friends, the church and the youth ministry. When I realized that working this summer meant I would not be able to join my friends, I tried to be as grownup as possible. I would say, apart from some meltdowns, I have done a good job. Going back to the meltdowns is the more difficult of the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) that I experienced these past few weeks. I was comforted by knowing that I was supposed to stay in the city and not make the trip over there THIS summer. I can make several lists with an assorted category of reasons why I wanted to be there, but you just need to know, that I really wanted to be. I do not know why, but I know that God did not need me there, He needed me here.

He needed me here to experience undeserving love and blessings. This summer has been extraordinary and wildly unexpected in every aspect. I knew I was landing myself a full time internship but I did not know how that would send me into a tailspin of future oriented thoughts and discussions. I knew I was capable of making friends but had no idea I was going to be blessed with endless love and fellowship. I knew I loved to laugh but did not expect for laughter to follow me into the workplace, throughout my commute and intertwined in all of my friendships. I am okay with occasionally not going on a trip if it means letting God do the unexpected. Following His lead, permits His work to be done separate from my own agenda.

I’ve weaved through Maine, New York City and Finland, but it all leads to one thing. I am growing up. I am forced to leave behind traditions and trips that I have grown up with and even recently added to my life. I am also confronted with adjusting to new environments, jobs and people- constantly. I am letting go of the safety of young comforts. I am challenged to strengthen my faith. I am confident I will be in Maine again, being lazy with my loved ones and watching movies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I know that just because I am growing up, does not restrict me to any particular lifestyle. I am young, and blessed with time to create a lifestyle that suits Hannah Rice. I really did not tell you how to grow up, I really just told you how I am imperfectly surviving and still striving for a joyful life. Growing up is a twisted fate we are all faced to endure. I refuse to grow up in any traditional way, and follow a norm that does not agree with the desires of my heart. Grow up at your pace; leaving room for your heart, mishaps and faith to be sorted out with the timing they deserve.

Thank you for your support, texts and kind words. I am finishing up this summer strong and I am being equipped with masterfully curated joy. Thank you, if you have loved me this summer, because it has not gone unnoticed.

Xoxo H

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Pictures by Davy Kesey | Photographed in Cape Neddick, Maine

Wearing: Flannel (Moms Vermont thrift store find), Madewell Tee: sold out (other colors, similar & similar), Frame Denim jeans & Soludos x Jason Polan

Hair: Color by Ronnie at Swish, Products: B&B Surf Spray, Grooming Creme

21 Reasons I am Smiling Today

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In honor of my 21st birthday, I have 21 reasons why I am SMILING today!

  1. I woke up in Maine
  2. It is the prettiest day ever in Maine
  3. I have the best internship
  4. At said internship I am exposed to incredible designers and madly motivated working creatives
  5. Where I have made the best friends. hint hint… Natalie of Chick Matter
  6. I have an incredibly thoughtful mother who is on her way home from yoga with an iced almond chai and a gluten free scone
  7. Getting a new camera for my 21st and I am SO excited to integrate that in the blog
  8. Speaking of blogging, I promise I am going to be cranking out posts for the rest of the summer
  9. GET EXCITED for the future of Hanny Bee… I am PUMPED and you will be too in like a weekish
  10. Ah New York. I have a big bedroom where I can be really messy. Do you want to see my place?
  11. I have found a home at an amazing church in the city. Isn’t that nice? Thank you, Hillsong
  12. “Yas” has a whole new meaning -> W A T C H this
  13. and more YAS
  14. Did I mention I turned 21?!?! It is pretty exciting.
  15. Summer stripes
  16. Summer flowers
  17. Soludos
  18. Uhm HAPPY 4th!!! I do not know what to wear, but that is okay because I have lots of stripes on hand! duh. P.S. Keep scrolling for some 4th inspo
  19. The PUGS are in Maine finally!! Love them.
  20. The ocean is calling my name. Calling, not yelling. So I am going to rest poolside and listen to the waves crashing #ballin
  21. I am so blessed, and so thankful. THANK YOU for the birthday wishes. I am so undeservingly loved! Love you all. xo

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“Welcome to my house party” ^

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Photographed at Folly Beach, South Carolina | | by Current Visuals

Wearing: Roberta Roller Rabbit- Isola Dress, Soludos Woven Sandal / / Shoes on King, Annabel Ingall- Georgia Small Bucket Drawstring / / Neely by VNB

Follow the summer journey on my instagram MUAH muah Xo

Some weekend inspo below: HAPPY 4th!!

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How To Be Hopeful

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For the entirety of May, I did not feel like myself. I was drained; mentally from this academic semester and then somehow emotionally (my own doing I guess…) This left me doing life on my own. Not relying on God, and turning to anything but him for assistance in my own confusion. After completing another semester of school and landing an awesome internship in New York City one would think I would be on top of the moon. Far from it. I had high expectations for May. I pictured a fun Maymester course, lots of beach time and chilling with friends. Instead I was exhausted, tearful and uninspired.

I intended to bust out summer posts. I mentally prepared posts filled with easygoing snippets of my life and breezy summer ensembles. That clearly did not happen. After accepting an internship in New York, I was bombarded by feedback from friends and family. Unexpectedly, I felt extremely discouraged by most responses. I got a lot of sarcastic, “good luck in the big city,” and “wow it is hard to make it there.” I was baffled, because that was not what I wanted to hear. The “congrats!” I did receive slid by and went unnoticed as the discouraging comments seeped into my tender heart. I felt stuck. Suddenly I felt emotionally glued to Charleston, unable to envision a summer in the city. I did not want to embrace the possibility of a good summer, and I wanted to stay in the safe sands of Folly beach. I was overwhelmed with the potential of failure and loneliness.

After successfully allowing the world to tarnish my view of the months to come, I not-so-shockingly broke down to let the Lord back in. Mind you this was like a week and a half ago. I had yet to find a place to live or find a smidge of excitement for the summer. After letting go of my tight grip on my future, within 24 hours I had a place to live. Fast forward like 3 days to arriving in New York. I still felt so far from myself, so unsure of my faith and my identity. Who the hell is this Hannah? Why would I feel that a place would change my identity and especially my faith? How could I possibly allow the enemy to beat down my heart to nothing? I knew that turning to Christ to fill, fuel and rejuvenate me would be the only route to rid myself of a meek mindset.

So, how was I hopeful? How did I stay faithful to Christ? I set my hope in His provision. I set my intentions on joy. After finishing my first week in New York I could not feel any more joyful than I do now. I feel present. I feel rooted. I feel capable. Goodness two weeks ago I was so far from finding joy and strength in Him, and now His peace is radiating throughout my heart. I am overjoyed to have overcome an unexpected trial but I am so pleased with the outcome. It feels great to be me again, overflowing with giggles and inspired by stripes.

Listen to:

Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)- Hillsong United

Captain- Hillsong United

Provider- Urban Rescue

P.S. I have no idea how blogging is going to go this summer… stay tuned for the adventure!

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Turkish towels are the perfect addition to your beach wardrobe. Great for being silly and what not, but really easy when you want to pack light. Super trendy and extremely practical. I have realized that nice beach towels can get quite pricey, who knew?

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doubles as a face mask.

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Pictures by Current Visuals | Folly Beach, South Carolina

Wearing: Sabo Skirt Turtleneck (out of stock), KanCan Shorts (last season)

Similar: Sabo Skirt Grey Turtleneck, Sabo Skirt Lavender Knit, One Teaspoon Romeo Short, One Teaspoon Bonita Cut off Short, KanCan shorts

Turkish towel (similar)

Summer Daze in a Denim Craze

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This ensemble is perfect for feeling stylish when life does not feel it. I am wearing these overalls while being productive with a chai latte and I am incredibly comfortable! It is a bit chilly in Charleston right now and these overalls are keeping me cozy!

Next week, another semester will be completed. To say I am excited, is an understatement. I have probably said it far too frequently, but this semester has been intensely academic. I have been blessed with lots of laughter and adventures to get through the semester, but meanwhile have seriously considered leaving school. I am following through, knowing that it is ultimately the right decision. My mom has been overwhelmingly supportive and encouraging of me and my pursuit of a degree. She is well aware that school is not my thing, but out of my best interest, wants me to finish. I frequently find myself finding the easy way out, but not today, not this semester at least. Anyways, prayers appreciated as I attempt to finish the semester.

My tips for a great finals week:

Stay fed: I went to whole foods yesterday and prepared myself with an assortment of fruits, veggies and chicken. Along with some great snacks that will keep me feeling energetic. Interested in a post about healthy food? Let me know!

Stay active: Kickboxing has been fueling me with energy, along with long walks along the battery with my dear roommate. Our evening walks usually last an hour and we are able to catch up, de-stress and be re-energized.

Leave the house: Currently at Black Tap Coffee, It always helps me to be productive outside of my house. I will be nestled with almond chai lattes at various coffee shops with intermittent breaks at the library during these crazy days. Go me.

Diminish Distraction: This week, I am majorly cutting down on time spent watching tv. Reading instead because I am eager to finish my book. However you should take a trip to see Age of Adaline, a film for dreamers and romantics.

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Tory Burch branching out

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Look a little bee, just like me!

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Photographed by Brooke Bishop. Charleston, South Carolina: Upper King and The Daily

Zara top: (purchased January in Budapest) Alternatives: Asos tank, Asos cropped tee, Madewell overalls, Chuck Taylor high-topsSunnies ℅ See Eyewear, Tory Burch toteFinicky FillyPeyton William necklaces, Rifle Paper co. case

Wandering Monday

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We have officially entered, “crunch time,” as college students. The last week of classes is commencing and final exams begin next week. I am stressed in every aspect. Currently pushing through all of my classes on pure adrenaline. This is due to procrastination, obviously. I am weeks away from ending one of the most academically horrendous semesters I have ever endured. I do not know how successful it will turn out in the end, but somehow, I will figure it out. My faith holds me strong and my adventures continually inspire me. With great effort I am pushing forward to something better – summer. Last summer was filled with never ending joy, adventure, and laughter. I can only hope this upcoming season will provide me with the strength similar to what I had acquired over the previous summer. I am still unsure of my plans after May, but I have faith that there will be provisions. I have high hopes for the next few months even with no plan whatsoever. Last summer was relatively similar and it ended up being incredibly rewarding. If your situation is the same – academic despair- and it seems like school might get the best of you, continue reading for encouragement. If not, simply scroll to your pleasure, but know that a story will be told about a wonderful adventure and you will miss out if you stop now.

Summer of 2014. I ventured home from a rocky few months in Charleston after a semester off, with no plans. Last minute I decided to study abroad and I took off for Greece for 5 weeks. It was moderately intense and wildly fun. It was a very weird time in my life because my future was unsure. I had yet to be accepted to the College of Charleston and I was missing my peers at the University of Alabama. I was sorting out being with a large group of people after months of relative isolation and I handled it poorly. Despite being surrounded by beauty and laughter, I still experienced much discomfort in my heart. It seemed that each week living in Greece brought an unexpected trial from outside of my little paradise. The first was information complicating my application to the College of Charleston. This meant, that after I had thought everything was sorted, I was wrong and I would have to wait even longer to hear of my acceptance. The following week a family member died. Then the next week there was another death. Lastly, a near death ordeal. Those all could be jumbled in order, but they all happened during this stay abroad. Juggling emotions out of my control in an unfamiliar environment lead to an unhealthy emotional state. It made friendships difficult and anxiety an ever present issue. No worries, I was still having a blast. Watching sunrises on the beach and meeting cute Greek boys proved great therapy. Kidding but not kidding? These odd trials tested my character largely. I would not say that I conquered them but rather moved through it like swimming in nutella. Attempting to find the sweet side of every little thing in my daily life. When I came home from Greece, reverse culture shock and reality hit me hard. I was welcomed back on my birthday and celebrated with my friends in Baltimore. I came home with knowledge about my personality that I did not have before I went to Greece. We took a personality test before the trip, and worked on understanding these strengths though the entirety of our trip. It was not until I was home where I was able to fully appreciate what I had learned about myself and how much it would help me in the present and future. My weeks in Greece rewarded me far more than expected. I have been missing it. It could be wanderlust kicking in or wanting to escape the reality of my overwhelming schoolwork. Thinking back to a weird time in my life that was miraculously filled with life lessons gives me much joy. The journey may appear unpredictably twisted but I firmly believe that there is a reason for everything. God has planted the strangest pains and laughter-filled adventures to create me into a wandering little nut. Sometimes my travels may seem aimless, but I know that they are challenging me to be the best version of myself. I hope you find this encouraging, as odd of a story it might be. I am honestly inspired to continue through the last of this year by reliving memories of Greece. Find joy in something you fools!

Listen to “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and then “Boom Clap” by Lennon & Maisy to help you get through this week or the upcoming stressful weeks. You, being an overwhelmed college student, or whoever you are out there, that is struggling to find the silver lining. XO HannyBee

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Usually my instagram posts are related to the now. Honestly, I have not wanted my posts to be in the now because Charleston is miserably rainy. I have found solace in gorgeous natural aspects of fashion.

“Florals for spring? Groundbreaking.” Have no fear Miranda, the innovators of all things wonderful have decided to explore plantlife for your wardrobe. Wonderfully refreshing both ideally and visually, watching this trend transform will be amusing. Plants have moved visually thanks to artists. My taste in the botanical world is evolving and plantlife is largely more appealing than it has been in the past. Nature tends to brighten the dreariest of days, aka every day in Charleston recently, and I am soaking my eyes in joyous green. Green is a nearly universally flattering color with various tones, exploring this trend will definitely brighten your wardrobe and you will stand out in the crowds. Like a cactus in a desolate desert. Embrace your inner cactus and let nature inspire. Find comfort in the reality of things that exist, and it may inspire you instagram feed, your work or your wardrobe.

Similar Nature Inspired:

Mara Hoffman Dress

Mara Hoffman One Piece (I WANT)

Mumu Dress

Someday Lovin’ Set

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little bit leggy. Das not my booty?

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Photographed by Brooke Bishop. Charleston, South Carolina.

Wearing: Willy Jay’s Romper, Annabel Ingall Clutch c/o of Finicky FillySunnies c/o of See Eyewear, Jeffrey Campbell Heels,  Jewelry c/o Peyton William Jewelry

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^ it works as an iphone wallpaper. Took me forever to make something work! Get inspired! (Save photo, and use right half of image as wallpaper. “let’s not lose sight” is visible.

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Iphone pictures taken by me in Greece. Summer 2014.