Monthly Archives: December 2014

Top Five

Hey Hart Beat. There are so many movies coming out this time of year (thank god) and I can’t wait to get back to Brooklyn to catch up on them with Pedro. Other than the obvious selection that BAM will be carrying, there’s one that I really want to see before it leaves theaters.

Top Five, Chris Rock’s newest movie, looks hilarious and amazing. Have you seen the trailer? The movie was actually produces as an indie film but then was picked up by Paramount after the movie did so well at the Toronto Film Festival. It follows a comedian through one day in New York while he is interviewed for a New York Times profile. There are cameos by many real life comedians playing themselves in the movie (Tracy Morgan, Whoppi Goldberg and others) and the story ultimately speaks to contemporary fame and how comedy fits into the scene. For a full rave review you can read more on the Times website here. For me, and this is before seeing the movie, the premise reminds me a little of my three favorite movies of all time (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight) and I can’t wait to see what Chris Rock has to share with us.


Favorite 2015 Calendar: Nude Illustrations by Anna Gleeson

Hey Hart Beat. Now that 2014 is coming to a close I’ve been looking for a new calendar for the new year. Last year I discovered a calendar published by a college friend of mine, The Skinny Dipping Report, and I loved every month of it. In my internet searching lately I found this amazing calendar by illustrator Anna Gleeson. I like that it plays on the same theme as last year (nudes are the best aren’t they?)

What do you think? What are your favorite calendars every year? Also, for those of you wanting more salacious calendars, you can see the new Skinny Dipping Report on the V&V today.

Dear Sugar Podcast coming in 2015!

Hello my Hart Beat family. Long time no see! To break the radio silence that I have sadly been having on my end, I want to share some amazing news! Our favorite advice columnist and longtime life and love advocate Sugar (aka Cheryl Strayed) has given us the best gift this holiday season, a Dear Sugar Podcast!!
This December 15th WBUR, Boston’s public radio station, gave us Sugar fanatics a little episode teaser that explains the idea behind the weekly podcast and gives us a taste for the amazingness coming soon. The podcast is an advice column done over the radio (similarly structured to Dan Savage’s Lovecast, another favorite of mine) with people writing in asking for advice.
The podcast is hosted by none other than Cheryl Strayed herself and is joined by the other, less known, Sugar of Dear Sugar, Steve Almond. As the podcast explains in the first few minutes, Steve was actually the original writer behind The Rumpus advice column and reached out to Cheryl to take over the advice column after she wrote in as a fan. I can’t wait to add a little Sugar to my life every week this new year, and hope you’re just as excited as I am.

The Victors & Vanquished

Hi Hart Beat. I have great news! The blog that my boyfriend, Pedro, and I have been working on for the past two months is finally ready to launch! When Pedro and I first started dating one of the things that we had in common was that he and I both write our own lifestyle blogs (he writes and I have Hart Beat here.) We were always talking about ideas we each had for the other and about three months ago, we started talking about starting a project together.

After a lot of discussion of the kind of project we wanted to start (an ecommerce site, a relationship blog, a photo collection) we finally decided to focus on what we both love – fashion, design, music and up-and-coming brands. Pedro came up with the name, The Victors & Vanquished, and I came up with the idea of signing off each post “from him” or “from her” so that we can give our readers and “his and hers” perspective on what we’re writing about.

So far we’ve done posts on upcoming men’s and women’s collections released by Woolrich, Original Penguin and Everlane, music albums by Father John Misty and Wu-Tang Clan, and design by Max Wagner and Artifact Uprising. It’s super exciting and we have so many ideas for the new year. It’s been a team effort to get the blog going (huge shout-out to Marina for designing our logo) and I hope that you love reading it as much as you love reading Hart Beat! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram (coming soon) and Facebook for updates on all our posts! Plus, I’ve included a handy little icon here on the side that will link you right away to The V&V! Happy reading, Hart Beat.