Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mid-Phase Two

Hi! From Chicago! And guess what? It’s not the wild west…

But it is really hot. And it’s supposed to be 80 degrees back in Massachusetts. Weird. I’m worried what Maine is going to be like for short term this year. I can’t wait to go to the beach. The best part about coming to Chicago (other than the amazing food… TAPAS!!) was seeing old friends. I wish instant travel was possible so I could see these people more often.
“In My Life” by The Beatles
So, au revoir for now and look for an update about Phase Three: Completion in a New England Road Trip soon.

Westward bound

Well, sorry I haven’t posted very much lately, spring break is so relaxing I’ve taken a break from my computer. And now that Phase One of the break is done, Hart Beat is moving onto Phase Two: The Wild, Wild West. Excited? I hope so…

Okay, well, maybe I should be calling this part the wild wild midwest, but lets be honest, that doesn’t sound nearly as good. Today Hart Beat is embarking out to the beautiful city of Chicago aka Chi city if you were a one Kanye West. Anyway, I’ve never been to Chicago. Have you? Got any good places to check out? LET HART BEAT KNOW.

Until then, here are a few things that always come to my mind when I think of the western part of the good old US of A.

Gothic Paintings
Shooting the breeze. Ha, I feel so clevah this afternoon.
And of course, fashion statements. I do want these shorts though, maybe I belong in the west?

Amazing album: Neutral Milk Hotel

Soooo, I love driving. I know I’ve mentioned road tripping as a great romantic date and I have the perfect soundtrack to your romantic drive! Or your own drive. Whatever, either way I have a album recommendation for you.

Ever heard of Neutral Milk Hotel? No, it’s okay, it took me a while to find them too. People kept recommending them to me but I used to have this aversion for country, even country-ish music. I don’t know what I was thinking, Neutral Milk Hotel is not country. It actually reminds me of Mumford & Sons a lot really. The album that I’ve been listening to non-stop this past week is called “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” I want to share the whole album with you here, but I think that might dissuade people instead of encouraging their listening.

So, for the sake of brevity, here are two amazing songs from “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.” Hope you like them Hart Beat.

“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”
“Two Headed Boy”
These songs actually do come one after another on the cd. That’s nice, you can get a little feel how great all of the songs sound together. Finding an album that you can listen to the whole way through without skipping any is pretty rare. Maybe I should do more posts about this. Que interesante.

Spring Break

Hi Bates, hello Hart Beat. I have two weeks off from school before Bates Short Term starts and will be doing a little bit of road tripping and traveling on my time off. I’ll try to keep updates coming at Hart Beat, but please forgive me internet world if I’m a little remise on my posts. So, as a little goodbye, here’s one of my favorite songs to listen to while I’m driving my car. See you soon Hart Beat!

My mom’s favorite mash up.
It’s a called “Always With You (Willie Nelson vs. U2 vs. MARRS).
So good to drive to.

Sunday pre finals week

Happy Sunday Hart Beat. Of course, here at Bates everyone is riding the struggle bus trying to get all their work done for finals next week. I have my creative writing portfolio due tomorrow and have been slamming out some stories on my ordenador in la biblioteca. I need break.

So, here’s a little song for you lovely readers today. Good luck with all your work. May the finals gods be on your sides this snowy April afternoon.
Band of Horses – “The Funeral”

A poem

Here is a little love poem for you today. I immediately loved this one by E. E. Cummings and especially love the title as it reminds me of this song here. Hope you have a nice Saturday Hart Beat.
love is a place…

love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of 
yes live 
(skillfully curled)
all worlds

e. e. cummings


Some friends and I are going down to the coast tonight to see the moon rise. It’s supposed to be really full and I can’t wait to see the ocean again. In honor of the full moon and watching the stars tonight, here’s a little song for all of you Hart Beaters out there.
“Dancing in the Moonlight” by King Harvest


I’ve been talking a lot with my friends about the top music hits that were popular our freshman year of college. I guess being second semester seniors makes reminiscing a daily activity. Anyway, the classics like  “Paper Planes,” “Whatever You Like” and the entire “Feed the Animals” album are of course on the list. But what I remember the most from freshman year, other than “Like a Prayer” and “I Want You Back” (classic Bates), was the MGMT album “Oracular Spectacular.”

So, in honor of reminiscing many things tonight, I want to share this cover with all you Hart Beaters out there.

The Kooks sing “Kids” a cover of the original MGMT

Lip stain

I’ve been recently obsessed with a few lip stains and I wanted to share them here with all of you lovely readers. The beauty of a lip stain is that it gives you the color of a desired lip without the pain of or the severity of lipstick.

My first favorite, which I got for free at Sephora for February being my birthday month, is called “Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment” (with SPF 15, I know one of you Hart Beat readers will appreciate that idea). This stuff is amazing and feels like a lip chap but gives you the color of a lipstick. 
My second favorite lip stain is made by Burt’s Bees. This stuff is called a lip “Shimmer” even though I still refer to it as lip stain since that’s basically what it is. The plus of Burt’s Bees products are that they are gentle on sensitive skin (like yours truly). My favorite color from this brand is most definitely Raisin, although I do also have the Watermelon color. You really can’t go wrong here.
And lastly, my third favorite lip stain comes from the great (and local Western Mass brand) Jane Iredale. The kind I like is called “Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain” and is hands down the best lip product I have ever used. Not only does it come out a different color on every person depending on your complexion, but it becomes a stronger color the longer you leave it on your lips. I am obsessed.