Hi Hart Beat! Happy Valentines Day! I was able to get internet this vacation so I thought I would sneak on the blog to wish all you lovely readers a very romantic and happy Valentine’s Day! I missed doing the countdown this year and to be honest I missed even more writing for you this past week! As much as I love the sun and the sea (especially as this winter storm is rocking the east coast right now) I am excited to get back to Brooklyn and start this exciting new year!
So, instead of a Valentine’s Day Countdown I thought today I would share some of my favorite romantic posts from the blog archives. See you soon, Hart Beat!
Hi Hart Beat! As I’ve mentioned before my mom and I are off for a midwinter break to the sunny Caribbean. I will be taking some time off blogging to relax, read some books I’ve been looking forward to, and playing many rounds of Bananagrams with my mom. Hold down the fort in Brooklyn for me till I’m gone, Hart Beat. Lots of love and talk to you all soon!
Hi Hart Beat. Happy Friday! My best friend and college roommate C. just sent me the most adorable video. “Crush” is featured on The Atlantic website right now and tells the true life story of a couple meeting and falling in love. You have to watch it.
In this short film director Bianca Giaever and fashion designer Rachel Antonoff take on the subject of love. We meet Antonoff’s parents—well actually, we meet Antonoff’s parents as they meet and fall for each other in 1972. Done in a similar style as Giaever’s initial viral blockbuster, The Scared Is Scared, the film uses the voices of Rick and Shira (Antonoff’s parents) as they recall, and sometimes forget, exactly how their relationship blossomed. The film, which proves to be a family affair, stars Jack Antonoff (playing his father) opposite actress Gillian Jacobs of the television show Community. The cast also includes actresses Mae Whitman and Jenny Slate.
Oh Hart Beat, have you seen the movie her this month? If you haven’t I seriously cannot recommend it more. Seriously, if you haven’t seen it go out this weekend and make it a priority. The entire movie is beautiful, from the colors, to the costumes, to the story, I was in a state of breathlessness the entire time. One of my favorite parts of the movie was the music soundtrack. Most of the songs used are originals to the movie and they all fit so seamlessly into the heartbreakingly romantic movie.
Unfortunately for both me and you, the soundtrack is not available for download or purchase. Even more strange, it is apparently MIA even though it has been nominated for an oscar. The only song released is the Karen O song featured in the trailer. I’ve posted it here for you and you can also download it for free by following this link here. Also, this.
Wandering around the Lower East Side today I found the cutest coffee shop. There hasn’t been a spot in Manhattan or Brooklyn to remind me of Madrid before finding El Rey. All I could think about was how I wish I had brought my camera with me to the city today. The atmosphere is so comforting and cozy at the same time as being trendy and crisp. I also am in love with the graphic design and color of the logo. El Rey is a coffee, beer, and soda bar perched on Stanton Street in the Lower East Side, one of Manhattans trendiest neighborhoods and if you ever find yourself wandering around the area looking for someplace to get a coffee and just sit and relax, El Rey is for you.
Visiting El Rey really reminds me how much I want to open my own boutique/gallery/bar. I would love to be able to organize and design a space all of my own to share with my friends and family. You want to join, Hart Beat?
These four photos above and the first photo of the post are all via the El Rey Instagram feed. All of the pictures there are so beautiful, I can’t recommend following them enough.
Oh hey there Hart Beat, do I have the most beautiful collection to share with you today. It’s been a while since any shoes have taken center stage on the blog and I am so proud to share with you the Wolverine 1000 Mile line by Samantha Pleet.
The Bonny boot in tan/black and black.
(My babies on the left there.)
It’s always a dangerous move when I walk into my favorite shoe store in my neighborhood and last week was no different. As soon as I walked in I feel head over heels (HA) for a pair of Wolverine boots. I had never given the brand a shot before, as I am a tried and true Frye girl, but seeing those tan and black boots with the perfect heel stopped me in my tracks. And, oh sweet baby Hart Beat, I am never going back.
This particular collection of Wolverine’s was designed by New York City designer Samantha Pleet. At the ripe old age of 33 Pleet has created a body of work to rival any of her contemporaries and superiors. Her stockiest include stores from Brooklyn to as far flung as Texas, Australia, Turkey and Japan. Pleet’s studio is located in Williamsburg in Brooklyn and grew up in the countryside of Pennsylvania and this collection of boots truly feels like a beautiful combination of city and country. Being a mix of the two myself I find every pair of boots the kind of design that I’ve been wanting my whole life.
Hola Hart Beat! Happy February to all you lovely readers out there. One of my favorite series that I’ve published here on Hart Beat was the Countdown to Valentines Day series back in 2012. I wanted to do another countdown series this year too but unfortunately the time has gotten away from me. This last weekend I celebrated my 24th birthday with all my friends at a party in Brooklyn. Seeing friends from childhood, high school, college, abroad, jobs since graduating, and then some, in one room together made me so happy and honored. Those of you reading, I want to thank you for coming out on Saturday!
The other reason that I won’t be putting together a Valentines Countdown (and no joke, Beyonce’s “Countdown” just played when I wrote that word…crazy) is because starting this Saturday and continuing on through the 16th, I will be out of the country on vacation with my mom and will take a little blogging break.
Whew, that was a lot of information for one post. Why don’t we just sit back and enjoy this wonderfully adorable quote from Christopher Plummer about Julie Andrews.
“Working with Julie Andrews is like getting hit over the head with a Valentine.”