Monthly Archives: May 2014

Just kissed, the best summer lipstick

Hola Hart Beat. Happy Monday! Summer is almost here in Brooklyn and to celebrate the weather I want to share one of my favorite lipsticks. Actually, let me rephrase that, I want to share with you my favorite lip product of all time (yes this beats Burts Bees). Picking lip color is a tricky business and even trickier for me since I don’t like lipstick but instead am constantly looking for a lip color lip balm.

I’ve written before about my love for Jane Iredale and this is another bravo moment for the brand. The makeup line is kind of hard to find and to be honest, the reason I know about it is because their national headquarters is located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the same town that I went to high school. Everything they sell is at a great price and, even better, eco-friendly. The lip stain that I love, Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain, is all natural, nondrying and made with avocado butter.

The reason I love Just Kissed? SO MANY REASONS. First, the color is perfect. It’s this amazing pink that glides on one color and darkens over time. This means that you just have to put it on once and instead of fading it gets stronger. Second, the texture is so smooth. It doesn’t dry out your lips and instead of rubbing off it just kind of absorbs and hydrates. Brilliant. And finally, it plumps up your lips. In short, for people like me with super flat lips, it makes me feel like I have at least little something something going on in the lip region. And so there you go, boom, the best lip product ever.

This bad boy.
Miranda and Kate know what’s up.

New Coppola movie, Palo Alto

Hey Hart Beat. I hope you had a nice Sunday! I am exahusted from biking and sitting in the sun today but I want to share a trailer with you. I saw the poster for Palo Alto this weekend and immediately came home to watch the trailer because, guess what, it’s written and directed by Sofia Coppola’s sister!

Apparently Gia Coppola is the sixth family member to enter into the film world and Hart Beat, I am so glad. The story is based on the short story book by James Franco… I can’t figure out how I feel about him but I really want to see this movie. Teenage angst? Indie Music? Emma Roberts? A Coppola style film? I love all those things! Want to see it with me at BAM soon, Hart Beat?

Saturday night hair

Bonjour Hart Beat. It was such a nice day in Brooklyn today! I biked down to Williamsburg this afternoon to spend some time in my favorite coffee shop and got to hang out with this cool cat. It rained so hard that the place was packed and I was glad to make my way back to sleepy Greenpoint. But Hart Beat, question: HOW DO I DEAL WITH THIS HUMIDITY. It seams early in the year for this problem, don’t you think. I trolled Pinterest and found some good options. Now all I have to do is become an expert hair designer. No big.


Oh Hart Beat, happy Friday afternoon. I am so excited for the weekend to relax, spend some time outside, and see my friends. Last night C. and I went to one of my favorite bars in Williamsburg, Cafe Colette, and I realized it had been so long since I’ve been out of the house (stupid cold).

Anyway, here’s a baller song for your Friday. I can’t wait to listen to it as I walk out of work today.

“Otis” by the one and only Kanye and Jay Z.

Kennaland’s opening last night

Hi Hart Beat. Congratulations! You made it to Friday morning. I met Kenna while working at Dalaga, unfortunately at their closing sale, and was excited to hear that he was opening a studio right in my area of Greenpoint. Kenna is an acclaimed hair stylist from England with a studio, Kennaland, in London. Now living in Greenpoint, last night marked the official opening of his first Brooklyn studio. The space is beautiful Hart Beat, super vintage looking with all these amazing details. The haircuts are on the expensive side at Kennaland but if you’re in the mood to splurge, meet some nice people and hang out in a great space in Greenpoint then this is the place for you.

I wish I had taken more photos of the space but I didn’t have my camera on me. Especially since Spina did the amazing flower displays for the opening. Next time Hart Beat.

Great photo from Spina’s Instagram, @spina.

Photos via the Kennaland website.

Love is Won by Lia Ices

Hola Hart Beat. I have a beautiful song to share with you tonight that I think you might like. Lia Ices was introduced to me by none other than G, my famous roommate from last year in Greenpoint. As G. rightly says, “I feel like Hart Beat needs to feature this babe. She’s got an angel voice and wicked style!” Oh man my lady, you are so right.

According to her Wikipedia (pronounced like Ted Mosby) page, Lia Ices has recorded two albums. The first Necima was released back in ’08 and the more recent Grown Unknown in 2011. And then, in all that is holy and good, Lia released a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” in 2012. Not only is that my favorite song of all time but also my favorite song to play on guitar. I wonder if she and I could play that together. Anyway, I hope you love this song below as much as I do and find Lia’s style to be just as wicked G. said it was.

P.S. This music video is amazing and I’m pretty sure was shot in the Louvre. Be still my beating heart.

“Love Is One” by Lia Ices
It’s fine, she’s just beautiful.
Top photo via Pitchfork and the second via Foam Magazine.

A new spring bag

Hi there Hart Beat. I hope your Wednesday is off to a good start. Now that the weather is warming up in Brooklyn I’m on the lookout for a new spring/summer purse. I love my leather bag that I bought in Cusco way back in college when I spent a summer in Peru but, I would love to update my now oh so hipsterish Brooklyn wardrobe. I’ve found a couple that I like on Pinterest. What do you think? Anyone have any recommendations?

Love the length of this bag.

This clutch looks amazing and would be perfect for summer nights out.
The only problem is I’m not sure it would fit my bike lights. So close.

One of my favorite places in Greenpoint

Hi Hart Beat. I hope your week has been going well. After being cooped up all weekend in my apartment sick and stuck in side at work this week, as soon as I got back to Greenpoint tonight I raced to one of my favorite places in the neighborhood. I made it just in time, Hart Beat, and I got to watch the sun set over Manhattan. So tonight, I thought I would share one of my favorite Greenpoint places, pier at Transmitter Park, with you lovely readers. You really can’t get the whole effect from the photos but when you stand at the end of the pier it feels like you’re in the middle of the East River and if you stretched your hand out far enough you could touch the Empire State Building. I’ll take you next time you visit, Hart Beat.

Greenpoint from the pier.

The India Street ferry pier to the right. 
The high rises and Williamsburg bridge to your left.
One Wold Trade Center in the background.
Fisherman taking advantage of the view. Smart fellas.

Songza, you are the best thing

Hey Hart Beat. I hope you had a great weekend! Unfortunately, I was under the weather this weekend so I really just hung around my apartment in Brooklyn. Sad times since the weather is FINALLY SO NICE. Tonight though I want to share with you one of my favorite music apps that a few friends introduced me to this spring.

As you loyal Hart Beat readers know, I am a huge Spotify proponent and have been using the program since senior of college. I gladly pay them every month for unlimited music without ads, the ability to make any playlist you want, listen without service aka underground on the subway, and share said playlist or music with friends. For more check out the Hart Beat playlist here.

This spring though, both my college roommate and other friends told me over and over how much I would love the music listening app Songza. They were right. This weekend stuck in my apartment Songza has been my saving grace. The way the app works is by curating playlists made by real people (not robots) with great, realistic names. When you open the app you’re greeted with different activities that you might be doing at that time. Right now since “It’s Sunday evening” apparently I might want music for “Eating Dinner,” “Entertaining Cool Friends,” or “Working Out.” My favorite playlists from the app so far are “Your Spring Fling” and “Indie Apartment Party.” The discription for “Cooking with Walter White” is probably the best though because apparently even though “he ran the biggest meth opertion in the Southwest, Walter White was also just a dad who loved his classic rock. Jump in Walt’s Aztec and sing along with this ‘Breaking Bad’ playlist of his favorite dad-rock and country classics.”

So good Hart Beat. So good.