Hola Hart Beat! Welcome to the third installment of the Greenpoint Guide series on the blog. To read the first reviews visit favorite neighborhood haunts Ovenly and Word to get the full story. Today I want to tell you about my favorite french restaurant and cafe in the neighborhood, Le Gamin. The restaurant is located just a block away from Word at 108 Franklin Street in Greenpoint and is the kind of french restaurant and cafe that I used to dream about having near me before I moved to Brooklyn.
Hi Hart Beat. Today’s dreary weather has me daydreaming of my almost life on the west coast. I am so thankful to be living in New York and the life I have built here but, man, sometimes I miss those solar rays. In honor of the left coast here’s a little Monday afternoon song for you lovely readers. Also, heard on WNYC this morning there is a major drought out there right now, sending rain your way CA.
Skinny dipping is the world’s most universally recognized erotic social experience. For many, it was our first time being naked outdoors, even our first time being naked with someone else. Our first skinny dip may have been an act of rebellion, perhaps from parents, friends, or simply our own fears. We reassured each other and ourselves with the promise that darkness and water would conceal our naked bodies, when secretly we knew there was plenty of light to see. It was a good excuse to subvert our own fears of being naked together.
Thanks to The Skinny Dipping Report for the lovely pictures.
Hi Hart Beat. The other day on the train I was thinking about dating in the city and how horribley awful it is. My curent theory is that if everyone talked to each other on the subway then no one in this city would be single. Seriously Hart Beat, think about it. How many attractive men do you see riding the train every day? HUNDREDS. Just kidding, but only about the numbre of men on the subway. The market where I used to work represented this amazing artist Pamela Barsky who designs and makes these great bags with hilarious sayings on them. My store space used to be right across from hers and so I would read the bags all day long. Some of them are cute or about New York but my favorite one by far was this one bellow.
Let’s talk about summer style, shall we Hart Beat? I’ve been preparing for a mid-winter vacation and have recently found the most beautiful collection of beach wear yet. Get ready for our third installment of the baller Brooklyn lady series.
The collection embodies European and Indian influences evolving from the traditional sari. Two is great for the beach or even for surviving an urban heatwave — while still keeping it chic and comfy.
The designer Monica Patel-Cohn is the daughter of an Indian father and an Italian mother and creates the saris based on modern accessibility. Two was founded in 2010 and hosts its studio in the vibrant Brooklyn neighborhood DUMBO. I am absolutely in love with all the pieces and want to wear them not just on vacation or in the summer, but just around my apartment.
Monica’s story is as beautiful as her designs. She is a natural model and poses for all shots of the saris (how gorgeous is she?), often with her small son. There is a great interview with Monica by the blog Little Augury that you can read here. In the interview, Monica discusses how she balances motherhood and work in the design industry as well as her love for biking in Brooklyn. Get it girl.
Hola Hart Beat! Happy snow night! I had plans to check out this new Greenpoint restaurant tonight but because of this horrible I’m stuck inside watching horribly depressing whale movies. Anyway, let’s talk about one of my favorite discoveries of last year, fashion brand ba&sh.
A couple years ago when I was traveling in Spain I came across one of the most beautiful brands I’ve ever come across. You know that effortless french style that is always so hard to emulate? Well Ba&sh makes it appear as easy as breathing. Probably because the two designers are Parisian and have worked to create one of France’s more affordable lines. There’s not much on Ba&sh out there in the internet world but I was able to find this NY Times article back from 2007.
Ba&sh, founded in 2003 by the childhood friends Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief, started in Paris in Printemps, Bon Marché and the tony Frank & fils. The next year they opened a free-standing shop in Saint-Gaermain-des-Prés followed by a location in the Marais at 22 rue des Francs Bourgeois, they now have 200 sales points. Boccara and Krief’s collection is based on the easy, romantic and chic style they wear themselves. “It’s our ideal wardrobe,” Boccara said.
Thanks to the french blog Les Demoizelles we can look at some preview shots for the designers spring/summer 2014 line. I am in love with these colors and want to wear all of it right now.
Yea, of course the collection is so beautiful and so french. I love too that the brand name, Ba&sh, is a combination of the founders names (Barbara and Sharon). What a bummer that they don’t have a store or stockiest in New York. Luckily some of their collection can be found on Asos and they do have an online store, although right now the only collection available is fall/winter 2013. Come on girls, I’m done with this winter thing. Where’s spring?