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Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 preset“We don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  – Walt Disney

Hey there!

I’ve been toying with this idea for awhile, but I think the time has come for a bit of a new direction and design for this site. I’ve loved the journey thus far but I’m excited to start reading the next chapter. I’ve made new friends, discovered things about myself and come across beauty I’d have otherwise missed if it wasn’t for the discipline of blogging. That being said, I’ve been having so much fun dreaming up ideas for what’s next on lovealwayshannah.com and I can’t wait to share it with each of you. I don’t take it lightly that you follow along on this journey with me. From the bottom of my heart,

THANK YOU!

This is by NO WAY a goodbye. It’s just simply a see you in a little bit! It’s going to take some work to re-design and re-focus the site.  In the meantime, if you haven’t done so already pretty please come follow along on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook. I’ve got some travel, fun events and other craziness coming up in the next few weeks and I’m sure I’ll be updating on those sites as I go.

Can’t wait to show you the fun things in store! Stay tuned!

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See you soon!

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Love Always Hannah Blog Tour

One of my besties, Ella, from StartCloseIn Styling nominated me to take a fun little tour through blogland with you all this week.  Before we start though, I have to take a minute and gush about her…

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(we always like to traipse around the woods with random props… what do you do with your free time?)

She’s amazing! Like, for reals.  We met ions ago when we were both studying abroad in Spain (so exotic, right?).  We quickly bonded over our love for makeup and accessories, our shared New England heritage and our joint distaste for plaid flannel (which we both now seem to love again).  While we both had our own separate adventures in the subsequent years, we picked up right where we left off when she moved to DC just a few years ago.  It’s like we were never apart.

Ella is truly a wonderful friend. She’s thoughtful, insightful, loving, compassionate, fun, creative and inspiring ( just to name a few things). Every day I’m grateful to have her in my world.

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I swore this photo from behind-the-scenes at our last photoshoot would never see the light of day, but it’s just too indicative of our friendship for me not to post. (I swear I don’t ALWAYS look that crazy… just sometimes)

Actually, the times I don’t look this crazy are largely in part because of her help.  She’s a wonderful personal stylist and has gone through my closet on a number of occasions.  Seriously, she’s pretty awesome at it. You should check her out.

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Anyways, as part of the tour, I’m supposed to answer questions…

1. What am I working on?

If you’ve been around here for longer than a minute you’ll know that I’m in the process of re-launching my business, Piccadilly. (New website coming next week.. yikes!) Piccadilly is a Washington, D.C. based boutique firm specializing in event styling & coordination; prop & product styling & creative consulting.

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Our mission is to bring fun and sparkle to every creative venture by providing unforgettable customer service, connection to cause and by #crushingit consistently.

As you can imagine this has been quite a project and I’m beyond thrilled to be sharing it with you all soon! Stay tuned. In the meantime, take a second and go like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Pretty please with gumdrops on top 🙂

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Wow! This is such a good question and probably a bit difficult to answer.  Perhaps, instead I can just share a bit about my motivation for Piccadilly, for writing this blog and just about anything else that I do.

You see I believe that one of the biggest needs in society today is for us as individuals to understand our value.  First, because I truly believe that everyone matters and should know their inherent worth but secondly it’s when we fail to recognize our value that we fail to act.  Let me explain.  I think that each person walking the face of the earth has something in their hand to give.  The problem is if we don’t understand our value and we dismiss what we have to offer, we never do our part.  We will never stand up to fight human trafficking.  We will never try to solve the curse of poverty or homelessness or any other issue that we might be facing.  When we don’t value ourselves first, we in turn can’t truly help those around us.  However, if we’re each faithful with what we have in our hand, I believe we truly can change the world.

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That is the underlying belief under everything that I do.  Whether its writing a post on this blog or planning an event with Piccadilly, my ultimate goal is that YOU understand how incredibly amazing and valuable you are.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

For the exact reason, I stated above.  I want you to know that you matter.

I started this blog specifically because I have little sisters.  I looked around and saw that so much of what is targeted to young women these days has the underlying message that says in order to be enough, you must buy this, do this, watch this… pardon me, but I think that’s crap.  I wanted them to know from a very early age that beauty comes in a million different shapes and sizes.  It is not simply defined by how you look and your worth in this world does not come from what others think of you.

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I wanted to create a space that could talk about fun, girly things but also leave you knowing that at the end of the day, you don’t need a single extra thing in order to matter. You matter. Just as you are.

4. How does your writing/ creating process work?

Well, usually I write late at night and then I dream about naps for most of the following day.  As much as I’d like to be an early morning person, it never quite happens. Often times as I go about my day, I will have an idea for a post so I keep a running list of ideas on my phone.  Usually then it will take me a few days to formulate what I want to say… but ultimately, it just comes to sitting down (usually pretty late) and writing.  There’s no special formula to it. You just have to do it.

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With that, I’m excited to introduce my wonderful friend Courtney of Eat, Pray, Run DC.

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(cheers!)

She’s an amazing local blogger who writes about… you guessed it… running.  I have to be honest and say that the last time I ran was because I thought I was being chased and it wasn’t pretty BUT I love Courtney and I love reading her blog.  She’s so inspiring and will help you discover your inner runner… mine is still hiding, but it’s only a matter of time before I find her.

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Courtney is currently training for the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon coming up this weekend. She’s such a rockstar.  You can read more about her prep here.  I may just have to follow her around with signs one of these days.

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Another fun fact, is that I (and Piccadilly) had the privilege of working with Courtney at her recent wedding to her very own prince charming, Kwame.

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How cute were these running related details that she worked into her special day?

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With that, I will let Courtney take it from here.  Thanks for stopping by from Ella’s blog and I hope you enjoy what you find on Courtney’s!

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A Promise

A year ago this week, I made a promise to myself.

I’d known for a long time that I wanted to write.  I knew there were things on my heart to say.  I’d even had a blog for a long time.  Yet, I felt totally stuck.  I would post maybe, once a month about something random or I’d have a burst of inspiration for a week but then it would peter off and I’d be left apologizing for not having posted in 3 months.  It was a pretty depressing cycle.  Despite that, I still had this desire to write and to share my heart with whoever might happen to wander by.

Then one day I had the wonderful opportunity to have lunch with my pastor, Donna Pisani.  In the span of that one meal, she challenged me to stop playing it safe and to take the next step.  Don’t you just love people who will lovingly push you out of your comfort zone?  She’s such an encouragement in my life.

After that lunch, I made a promise to myself that I would start writing.  Not just writing periodically but that, for a year, I would post something 5 times a week.

As you can imagine, the thought of doing this scared me in no small way.

What if I ran out of things to say?  

What if nobody read?  

What if nobody cared?

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I have to be honest and say that I am not the most disciplined person.  My track record of stick-to-it-ive-ness is not awesome.  Despite that fact though, I knew this was something that I not only wanted to do, but that I needed to do. I needed to prove to myself that I could stick to something and that I could keep a promise to myself.

Guess what?

I did it!

Granted it’s not been perfect, nor has it been easy.  There’s been a fair share of wordless posts and I definitely don’t think everything I’ve written has been gold; BUT I proved to myself that I can be consistent.  I’m pretty excited about that fact.

What makes me even more excited is that so many of you have come along on this journey with me.  

Thank you.

That is no small thing.  Thank you for your patience with me.  Thank you for your encouragement.  Thank you for just being there.  It means the world to me.

I’m excited to see what the next chapter of this adventure holds.  I know it’s going to be good.

This week I’m going to be recapping a few of my favorite moments from the journey thus far and talking about some exciting things moving forward. I hope you’ll stick around and share your thoughts on the journey thus far!

 

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WSP : Accessories & Artichokes

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Hey there! Happy Monday! How was your weekend?

Mine was filled with…Late night movies… Evening Star… the wonderland of Target… cleaning and organizing (why is it that every time I do this it feels like the mess multiplies?)…More time than I ever hoped to spend in a rental car line… accessory envy… Starbucks & emails… church… so much fun blog planning and #stylelove photoshooting with Miss Ella (lots of fun things to come!)… Eastern Market… lap swimming (it still hurts…ow!)… and a big red caboose.

 

Hope your weekend was just as fun!

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