Monthly Archives: October 2014

Honey, won’t you stay awhile with me?

Hi my Hart Beat. I’m thinking about you tonight and found this song if you need a little pick-me-up Monday night this might do it (since I can’t be there to watch x-files with you..)

Anyway, I let you guys know a few weeks ago that one of my favorite bands She & Him is releasing a new album this winter. Well, Christmas has come early, Hart Beat! The adorable duo has announced that the album will be for sale come December 2nd and today in celebration, they dropped a new single from the album. The song, “Stay Awhile,” is a great cover of the classic Dusty Springfield song and it makes me so excited for the new album. What do you think, Hart Beat?

Interview with Editor in Chief, Joanna Coles

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Monday morning! Or not, either way, last week I hear this amazing interview with the new editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Joanna Coles. I’ve never been a huge reader of Cosmo but after hearing this interview, now I feel like I might need to start (or at least keep my eye on Joanna Coles interviews/publications.)

In the interview Joanna speaks about the contemporary “Cosmo woman” reader and the importance of speaking to feminist ideas in a traditionally “girly” magazine. What she speaks about is something that I often think about: how to negotiate being a strongly independent woman without losing my feminine side. Listen to the interview and let me know what you think!

“And I don’t like that contraception is called, or labeled as, a women’s issue. Contraception is a couple’s issue. Men like having sex, too, and men don’t want to have to have a baby every time they have sex. In fact, if you presented them with that option, they would never want to have sex again. So I think it’s important that we frame this in terms of both men and women.” – Joanna Coles

Story, With Bird

Hi Hart Beat, I hope your fall is going well! Things have been going well in Brooklyn with a bunch of new projects starting up. I don’t want to give too much away now but Pedro and I have a project coming up, I’ll keep you posted. Anyway, the other day my mom called to tell me that there was a story in a recent New Yorker that I had to read. I finally got around to it this week and now I am so happy to share it with you.

The story is called “Story, With Bird” by Kevin Canty. I had never heard of the author before but after reading this amazing story, I now know that I need to pick up one of his short story collections and get reading. His most recent, Where the Money Went, is now on my must read list. Read on for a clip of “Story, With Bird” and then head on over to the New Yorker site to read the entire thing.

“Somewhere near the end, she decided that the drinking was the problem. So we stopped cold, both of us, in the middle of February. One of those winters where the sky looms over the town like a gray roof that never changes. Old ice and blackened snow in the gutters. It was maybe a mistake.

“It was maybe a mistkae, but she might have been right, too. I have since stopped drinking for reasons of my own. But back then it was a test –as everything was a test– of how much we would endure in order to stay together.

“And sober we stayed for the rest of the winter. It was interesting, in a way. It was a departure for us, from the long evenings of drinking and laughing and fighting and sex. We’d have some modest, healthful dinner and then watch a movie, and then it would seem like there was nothing else to do. She’d go to work in her little office downstairs and I’d go to bed and listen to the wind in the eaves, the branches scratching against the windowpanes. The days, of course, were actually better: no hangovers, lots of energy. I’d be up at six, before the dawn, and we were both getting a lot of work done. Yes, it felt penitential at times, but at other times it felt as if we had solved a problem, undertaken some new way of life, done an important thing and done it together.”

Night skies

Happy Monday Hart Beat. I know I wish I was still in bed this grey day so I thought it appropriate to share these these amazing photos browsing through one of my favorite tumblrs Twenty Miles the other day. I love Brooklyn and living in this amazing city but some days I really miss the country and the quite. Lucky for me, later this month I’m bringing Pedro home to the Berkshires to show him my childhood town. I can’t wait to see what this Brooklyn native thinks of my hometown of 1,700 people..

Ohh, Childish

Hey Hart Beat. Happy Sunday night. Not. But whatever. Tomorrow morning means a commute but it also means listening to my favorite man right now (sorry P). Back in college I was lucky enough to see Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino aka my baby daddy preform at Bowdoin’s spring concert. Bates didn’t get him to make it over to Lewiston (our loss) but my friends and I did drive over to Brunswick and stood in the front row for Gambino’s show back in 2012. Good times.

Anyway, for those of you who don’t know, Childish Gambino I’ve got two songs for you here. The first is an Adele Cover featuring Jamie xx and Childish Gambino. He played this live and it’s still one of my favorites. The second, Sober,
 is my favorite song from his newest album “STN MTN / Kauai.” So long story short, if you’re not listening to Childish Gambino now, that needs to change ASAP.

Image source for top via Okayplayer.

Celebrate! Penfield at Madewell!

It’s a great day!!! And it’s not only because today is the first October but because I just got an email notification yesterday that my favorite Madewell will be carrying the amazing brand Penfield this fall/winter! Last year I had my eye on the brand and this year, I am on the hunt for a new winter coat and I think that I might finally have to invest in one of these bad boys…


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What book should you read in your Brooklyn neighborhood?

Oh Hart Beat, Brooklyn Magazine has done it again. This month’s edition is completely dedicated to all things literary and I love it. One of my favorite articles (that I also emailed to all my friends who live in the Borough) lists all the books that you should read to coincide with each Brooklyn neighborhood. I love it. The only one that I’ve read is “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” and that was really only because it was a summer reading choice one summer. I feel like now I have to read the Greenpoint and the Sunset Park odes.


Greenpoint: The Great Man, Kate Christensen
“It happened every single day in Brooklyn: awaken to fresh glory, fall asleep to blight and ruin.”

Sunset Park: Sunset Park, Paul Auster
“He is twenty-eight years old, and to the best of his knowledge he has no ambitions. No burning ambitions, in any case, no clear idea of what building a plausible future might entail for him.”

Williamsburg: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith
“There’s no other place like it.”
“Like what?”
“Brooklyn! It’s a magic city and it isn’t real.”

You can read the rest of the article here. Thanks Kristin Iversen, keep these amazing articles coming!

Hi again!! I’ve missed you!

Hi!!! My long lost Hart Beat!! I am so sorry for my ridiculously long delay in writing to you. As some of you probably know, I’ve been spending my time in la la land with my new man friend (hiiii P.) Anyway, now that October is starting tomorrow I want to make sure that the blog starts getting a little more livelier aka I post more than just once a week. In apologies, here is one of my favorite songs this fall. I can’t stop listening to it! A friend from work told me that it’s all the rage in the clubs in Europe right now. Dios mio how much do I want to be back at Cien and going to Moondance tonight.

“Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Remix)” by Lilly Wood and The Prick

And if anyone is interested in hearing the origional version by Lilly Wood and The Prick, this amazing acoustic version is posted here too. I love the remix but, oh mamacita… this one too.