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 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)

PIK Kate

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PIK Kate

Welcome to the newest and most exciting bit of my blog. PIK: People I know. Featuring friends, family and new acquaintances. Stylish individuals in one way or another, these peeps featured will be good ones. It will be interesting to see where it goes, so don’t expect the same type of post for each PIK feature! So anyways…

I bustled into Kudu coffee; late, messy and in head-to-to sweaty lululemon. As I flopped my tote on the countertop, I glance up to see Kate’s big smile and friendly wave. I’m thinking, “I look horrid and I am late to everything.” Quickly, I order the usual almond milk chai, iced of course, seeing as it is eighty degrees on this glorious Charleston day.

I take a seat, and we knock out the information of the shoot and this post. Now I have only spoken to Kate Waddell a few times, but I am immediately comfortable with her. Upon collaborating with fellow creatives, it is important to get all the details and right away. We slowly phase out of business chat and I’m able to settle down and take in Kate. Kate is just as interested in others as she is interesting herself. She’s quite lovely, I’m noticing. I’ve been around Kate several times, but have yet to have taken the time to get to know her. I have surely been missing out! Her effortless curls, simple black tee and light Our Spare Change accessories give her the most appealing minimalist style. She claims to pay no attention to fashion but her laid-back ensemble screams Madewell lookbook. Not to mention her soft character and energetic voice are incredibly enticing!

It is near graduation at the College of Charleston and Kate is in the home stretch of seeing her degree. Her college career at one of the most inspiring campuses is coming to a close, but her life is not leading her outside of Charleston just yet. I begin to pester at her post-grad life, “So what are your plans?” I incorrectly assumed that, she as an artist would either have some random job lined up or no plan at all. I was happily surprised when Kate informed me of her space at Redux Contemporary Art Center for the next year. Alongside prominent Charleston artists such as Teil Duncan, Lulie Wallace and Blakely Little; Kate is storming into the professional world and into a posse of kind-hearted and motivated artists.

Kate has become close to Teil and is really able to comprehend succeeding as an artist. She is able to understand being a young businesswoman in order to maintain a career as an artist. It is admirable to understand the responsibilities of the real world and have the drive to do what you love as work.

Kate is going to thrive as a post-grad and she will not lose the classic inspiration that Charleston offers. Her humble attitude will take her far and her motivation to create will inspire many. Kate’s current pieces have a natural and electric farm-feel. She said she started with a rooster, and it just blossomed from there! The collection, “Hen and Her,” will be available for purchase and friendly viewing this week!

To kick off her life as an adult, Kate will have a show at Candlefish on Wentworth this Thursday, May 7. I am so excited for Kate’s journey, as are most her loved ones here in Charleston! Come join some of the best people in Charleston, at a perfect candle shop with Kate’s lovely art.

Getting to know Kate through this process was an absolute delight! She will be a wonderful artist to follow as she explores her freedom into adulthood. Charleston and Redux Studios is lucky to have her!

“There are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” Edith Wharton

JOIN Kate this Thursday!

Follow Kate on INSTAGRAM

Check out her ART

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A girl after my own heart… avo life for days.

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Holla at Redux! Pay this place a visit!

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Welcome to her little studio!

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Hiding behind her breakfast. This picture is one of my favorites from this shoot, because it gives me mad giggles.

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Photographed at Redux Contemporary Art Center, pictures taken by me. Styled by me, Hannah Rice.

Kate is wearing J Brand Blouse in Flamingo, Joie plaid tank and Mary Frances Flowers cuff. White Finicky Filly button down, Joie tank with Gorjana pendant necklace and triangle necklace. ℅ Finicky Filly

{Kate is wearing her own jeans and sandals}

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Event at Candlefish photograph credited to Kate Waddell and her graphic designer.

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.

Overall of this Coachella Lust

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Overalls are bold and back in action. Purchasing these overalls was a commitment. It is a seemingly trendy purchase but I firmly believe that sometimes that move needs to be made. I slipped into the overalls at Madewell after I had seen them advertised, and I fell in love. I had mixed reactions from my friends when I sent snaps of my hopeful purchase. From some friends whose advice I take seriously were not as enthused as I had expected. However, I like the overalls. I liked the style, feel and fit. I should get them right? I think you should value your friends opinions when you shop, but I think there is a line. You need to make bold fashion decisions, regardless of what some might think. I feel adventurous in these overalls and I am unashamed of this buy! This denim revolution is going to last longer than expected, I will definitely be living in these overalls now that this look is published!

This bohemian ensemble is obviously festival inspired. If you peeked at social media last weekend, you were most likely bombarded with glamorous instagram posts and outrageous snapchat stories thanks to Coachella. I was absolutely lusting for a boho adventure after discovering some gorgeous pictures. I am in a festival mood and I need to hear some live music ASAP. Coachella is very appealing to me. It is really amazing how it has evolved and the festival is a one of a kind runway. Most festival ensembles can get fairly raunchy but Coachella has established its own style. The second and final weekend of Coachella is beginning today and I will pretend I am there whilst instagram stalking. Check out the sick lineup for weekend two HERE! One day I will get myself to Coachella and it will be amazing. Keep dreaming my loves. Xo

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Photographed by Brooke Bishop. Charleston, South Carolina.

Wearing:

Flower Crown from Flowershop at Mixson, Madewell Skinny Overalls, Boho top (purchased years ago)

{Similar: Alice + Olivia tank, Reverse top Stone_Cold_Fox Charlie Blouse, Lenni Blouse, Ella Moss Blouse, Line & Dot Blouse}

Jeffrey Campbell Heels, Tory Burch Cross-Body ℅ The Finicky Filly, Necklace ℅ Peyton William JewelrySunglasses ℅ See Eyewear

A few of my favorite Coachella looks from last weekend:

Danielle Bernstein Coachella

Danielle Bernstein via Vogue

Bella Hadid Coachella

Bella Hadid via Vogue

Kate Greer and Cleo Wade- HB

Kate Greer and Cleo Wade via Harper’s Bazaar 

Kate Bosworth- vogue

Kate Bosworth via Vogue

Kate Bosworth Coachella

Kate Bosworth via Vogue

Gigi Hadid 2- Elle

Gigi Hadid via Vogue

Margot- HB

Margot via Harper’s Bazaar

Strolling Ladies- Elle

Gaggle of girls via Elle

Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson- Elle

Cody Simpson and Gigi Hadid via Elle ^ relationship goals

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Gigi Hadid via Elle

Charleston Fashion Week(end) Night 5

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Picture by Mac Kilduff (We ran into this AWESOME photographer and he snagged some quick shots for us, and then texted us the pictures instantly. I love technology and talented creatives.)

Charleston Fashion Week Finale!

The last evening of Charleston Fashion Week, was a great time! We were all absolutely exhausted by the end of the week but it was a good tired! Fashion sleepy!

To start this perfect Saturday, I got MA HUR DID! Ronnie works major magic I tell ya! Swish on Pitt is the place to go, I swear by it! I have been getting buckets of compliments on the color, and I feel great! Not to mention the timing of fresh hair and a sizzling fashion week finale was perfect! This last look was very last-minute and this dress is from Paris a few years back. I have actually never worn the dress until this evening, and I am so glad I decided to! I think it will be brought out again this summer… Found at Ba & sh Paris, it is a very unique silhouette that is relatively innovative in its shape. I enjoy trends but recently, I have been focusing on tossing trends in my ensembles but not embodying a trend. The dress was different, but not far out. Jeffrey Campbell’s (Shoes on King) again! (Still have yet to find them online!) and clutch from the Impeccable Pig on King Street. Drizzled in Theodosia jewels that created the perfect breezy boho look!

The finale of Charleston Fashion Week showed the full collection of the winners of the Emerging Designers Competition throughout the week! It was refreshing to see the entire collections and gave me a stronger perspective of their creative agenda. The winner of the entire week humbly accepted her prize with tears, it was very touching to remember that these works of art are people’s lives. Peek at the final show designers here!

Peek at the pics of the event here!

That is a wrap! Fashion Week was great, I was very happy with the events I was able to attend. I learned some lessons about getting ready, picture processes and uber surges this year! Looking forward to next year! Keep an eye out for some great upcoming posts with some new features and fun spring shoots!

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Picture by Mac Kilduff with major babe Malik

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Picture by Mac Kilduff 

Pre-show Pictures on Church Street with Morgan (roommate)

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These jewels were just too fantastic! I still look at pictures of them… Drool

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and some iphone pics!

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da booty

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