Monthly Archives: June 2015

5 things I’ve learned since turning 25: Retirement, man

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Hi Hart Beat! Here is installment number three in the “5 things I’ve learned since turning 25” series that’s been going on on Hart Beat this week and last. If you haven’t make sure to check out number 1 (face protection is important) and number 2 (high heels are the death of comfort).

3. Retirement savings are like, kind of important now.

A few weeks ago, Food52 did right by their employees and brought in a guest speaker to give us all a talk in personal finances. When I first heard this was going to happen my brain immediately was all RUN AWAY TO THE OTHER ROCKS THAT ARE STILL LEFT TO LIVE UNDER. But then, I remembered that I am now twenty-five and telling myself that I’m investing by buying a sequence vintage dress isn’t going to fly much longer. I wish I had debt management help when I was growing up, as I feel like I would be a lot more financially stable. But it is never to late to make a change, especially when it comes to managing your money.

The talk that was given to us at work was amazing and long and to be honest I couldn’t summarize everything I learned here if I tried. However, the most important piece of information was pretty easy to take away and it has to do with what I’m sure is not a singular fear, where do I invest my money? If not in that sparkly vintage dress that will most definitely appreciate then where?

Do I buy stocks? And if so, which ones? Do I start an IRA? And if so, what is an IRA? Should I get in on the real estate game? And, you guessed it, if so, who wants to buy me a hunk of land in Alaska? The answer that the speaker gave to us in this talk was this: it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter where you save your money. All that matters is that you are saving any amount of money that you can. It’s good to make savings for retirement as early as you can. Retirement is something that people really need to start thinking of and preparing for as soon as they can. Sure, you might think that you still have years left before you need to worry about things like that. However, it’s important to make sure that you do have a plan for things like how you are going to finance your retirement. You might be interested in this variety of options to release equity as a way to help you finance your retirement, however, the decision is up to you.

I know this seems really obvious but I don’t think it is, Hart Beat. It’s easy to get sucked up into the whole mentality of spending now and saving later. What I learned (and what I guess is pretty intuitive) is you’ll always be okay if you just spend less than you make. Once you start doing that then the money compounds (I know crazy word) over time. Added to that is that idea that the earlier you start saving the better you are. If you start saving in your 20’s you are much, much, much better than if you start saving in your 30’s.

For someone who doesn’t have an unlimited income (shucks) what I’ve found to be somewhat helpful is a spreadsheet that my bff Samantha helped me pull together. As she so wisely told me, organization will set you free. I’m trying my best to save money, I’m 25 after all…

P.S. When I do retire this is my dream.

Photo by @_alionnamedpedro.

What Happened, Miss Simone?


Hi Hart Beat. Have you heard the news? Last week, on Friday to be exact, Netflix released a new documentary all about one of my favorite singers, Nina Simone. The movie was released in New York on Wednesday at the IFC in the Village and since it isn’t going to be released in theaters anywhere else the doc was then released Friday on Netflix. Lucky us!

Pedro and I watched “What Happened, Miss Simone?” this Saturday and although it’s a little long, it is most definitely worth watching. The film uses amazing real video of Nina Simone on stage singing and playing piano as well as interviews with the artist about her life and relationships. These clips are interspersed with interviews with her daughter, her husband and other people who knew Miss. Simone.

Not only was it amazing seeing her sing so many of my favorite songs, but I learned so much about the singer that I didn’t know before the documentary. I had no idea that Simone was trained as a classical pianist, or her about struggle with bipolar disorder. If you’re a documentary junkie like Pedro or if you love music and stories about people then this is a must watch.

Both photos come from the documentary.

5 things I’ve learned since turning 25: Small torture devices

Welcome back, Hart Beat! On Thursday I shared the first of five things that I’ve learned since turning twenty-five this winter. On Friday I got a little excited with the AMAZING NEWS that hit our country so I didn’t keep my promise… Anyway, today you can find the second thing I’ve learned since turning twenty-five.

2. Shoes with heels are small torture devices.

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I’m not sure if this realization came about from turning twenty-five or if it was from the influence of my brilliant, sneaker collector boyfriend (hi Pedro) but it’s an important one. Before my twenty-fifth birthday I swore that I would go to my grave wearing shoes with some kind of a heel. Even my sandals had a kitty heel!

I now would like to retract that statement. Either it’s because Birkenstocks are here to stay and Pedro bought me the best pair of nike airs for my birthday I’m officially revoking my previous statement. Sure heels make your legs look extra toned, give you the height akin to a goddess called Carolyn and make any outfit look pulled together but, ladies, flats don’t make your feet swell. Sneakers don’t give you blisters, loafers don’t twist your ankles and flat boots don’t make it impossible to walk fast past all those slow tourists.

All in all since turning twenty-five I noticed myself each and every morning reaching for the pancake flat shoes in the closet. Zero regrets, Hart Beat! In the words of Chris Rock for Kanye West, I thank you.

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Top photo via @jcrew and bottom photo via @cambria_grace.

#HappyFriday: LOVE WINS

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Oh Hart Beat, today is making me so, so, so happy. When I heard the news this morning about the Supreme Court ruling I honestly started crying at work. I was surprised by my intense emotional reaction but the more I thought about the decision and what this means for so many people I love and how much this means to all the men and women out there who have fought for the right to love. I wish I could be dancing out in the streets but instead I’m sitting in my office listening to this great playlist pulled together on Spotify. So much love out there right now, Hart Beat.

Besides the incredibly happy news that’s radiating through the country right now, here are the five articles that I loved looking through this week. Enjoy, Hart Beat! And happy PRIDE too!

1. Take to trip this weekend to Miami.. through the interwebs.

2. How to give your bike a little summer maintenance.

3. A reading list for your summer.

4. Baby chicks!

5. Damien Rogers explains poetry.

Photo by @marriedinny.

Food52 Registry event = All the beautiful things


Since I started working at Food52 I’ve had a hard time containing myself from buying all the beautiful things from the Food52 Shop. All day long I’m surrounded by all the dishware and home goods that any Pinterest obsessed girl could easily fall in love with and lucky (or unluckily for my bank account), yesterday was no different.

On Tuesday, Food52 announced the launch of it’s new Wedding Registry for the online Shop that the site curates. Yesterday at the office we hosted an event and invited couples to come to our space and look at all the products we have on our Shop that people can register with. Scheduled by appointment, about a dozen couples and a handful of press came to our Chelsea office to see first hand what is on the site.

I covered the Food52 registry event for the blog here and for Food52 but I wanted to share some of the photos with you here first. Doesn’t it look beautiful, Hart Beat? I’m not anywhere near registering for gifts but man, all I can say is for those out there who are at that time I am super, super jealous. And, can you please register for a new drying rack for me?


KGwKCC9PNZsaxaw1LkxKwawf-HZgHR7KtJRgAzgHHQgThis is what I’m going to do to Pedro and my kitchen. Julia Child inspired cookwear display.





5 things I’ve learned since turning 25: Self preservation


Since turned twenty-five I feel like I’ve learned a few things. (Emphasis on the few.) I’ve been loving lists here on the blog and in that spirit here is a mini series in which I will try to pass along these small learnings with the greater internet world. So, here we go Hart Beat, learning numero uno…

1. Now is the time to start taking care of that face of yours.

Back in college I remember being slightly freaked out that a good friend of mine (who shall remain nameless here) would wake up in the morning and slather on SPF 100 all over her face in the depths of Maine winter. At the time I was like, hey girl, don’t worry about those wrinkles! Sun is fun and a tan is what brings all the boys to the yard. Oh young Hannah, my future laugh lines shiver in naiveté that young face. I know that twenty-five is no where near old but once I hit the two five I decided it might be time to start repelling what I once ran after (THE SUN). Now every morning this twenty-five year old gets up and applies some good old SPF. Doing this for you, future Hannah. You better appreciate this. Also, because french girls.

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My favorite sunscreen slash the only daily sunscreen that I’ll wear is by La Roche Posay, a french brand that makes the best lotions and face creams. When I first found the brand I was traveling through France and bought some after sun lotion that I swear turned my burns to tans instantaneously. I thought the magical serum was gone forever until I came to the wonderful city of New York and discovered that every Duane Reade on the corner carries the brand. I use Anthelios SX every day on my face and I’m in love.

Anyway, that’s thing number one on the list. Come back tomorrow and check out the second one. And no, this isn’t Mystery Show, I will not give you a hint.

Top photo by Samantha and bottom photo via @Madewell1937.

For like ever

Hi, Hart Beat. There’s been a lot of love floating around lately. I think it must be summer time. All this love and amorous feelings have me thinking about a great print that some friends of mine used to have in their Greenpoint apartment. At the time I was a single lady living in New York and so had no reason to hang “For Like Ever” in my apartment. But, now that Pedro and I are making moves, I kind of want to get it to put somewhere in the kitchen that I get to revamp this fall. The print isn’t new (it’s been around since 2004) but it gets me every time.




The print is available from Super Rural. Surprisingly, I like the pink the best.


Phone photography with Pedro

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Afternoon, Hart Beat. I hope you all had a nice weekend. Pedro and I spent the weekend visiting my parents in my hometown in the Berkshires and it was so nice to get away from New York for a bit. On the drive up Pedro and I realized that we had forgotten on camera back at the apartment and at first were disappointed as we wouldn’t be able to take as many pictures as we would have wanted.

Since he and I both have nice phones (the iPhone 5 and Android something respectively) we just kind of shot with those and used VSCO cam to edit them as we went. Our photos actually came out amazing (they’re all in this post here) and it made me think about how photography has been changing lately now that all our phones are becoming more and more sophisticated.

Instagram phone photos have been getting so amazing that lately on the blog I’ve been using mostly Instagram photos in posts instead of scourging the internet. For me it’s great because I can give someone direct credit for the photo. All the recent Friday round-ups have featured Instagram accounts that I love.

This week in the Artifact Uprising blog, the company featured a story by Kevin Russ called “Have iPhone, Will Travel.” Russ is a photographer that snaps amazing photos via his iPhone and Artifact Uprising as a company itself works with phone photos in making beautiful calendars and notecards. This in depth piece about one of the talented artists using the phone as a medium for photography really got me thinking about how much my photography and experience with the art has changed even in the last year or so.

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What are your thoughts on all of this Hart Beat? Do you still have a camera that you carry around sometimes? Or are you, like me, starting to notice more and more that your good photos are coming out of your phone? Would love to hear how other people are interpreting this change.

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All the photos here are taken by Pedro and myself.

#HappyFriday: And North, solitude & more

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Hi Hart Beat. Happy Friday! Do you have any plans this weekend? Pedro and I are heading up to visit my parents for the weekend and get in some good time away from the city. Have I mentioned that summer is my favorite time of year? Anyway, until Monday here are five articles that I loved reading this week and I think you will too.

1. And North gives 8 great places to stay upstate when getting out of the city.

2. The king of tapas.

3. A great write-up about Calliope, a store that was represented at the Be a Boss event, and the building that the store is in.

4. The creative benefits of solitude.

5. The most hilarious account of a cooking fail I’ve ever read. Molly Yeh, you get me.

Photo by @artifactuprising.


Everything Is Free cover by Sylvan Esso and Flock of Dimes

Hi Hart Beat! Before I get to today’s official #HappyFriday post I want to share a beautiful little song that I heard about today on my usual Friday listen of Pop Culture Happy Hour. At the end of the show the music recommendation god himself, Stephen Thompson, gave an amazing shout out to a live cover that was released this week on the site A.V. Club.

In the cover Sylvan Esso and Flock of Dimes sing Gillian Welch’s “Everything is Free” for the site that asks independent musicians to sing a cover off a list that is constantly being chipped away at. The result of this collaboration and cover is so perfect and more beautiful than anything I’ve heard in a while. Since hearing the first clip this morning on the podcast I’ve been listening to it on repeat. I hope you love it too, Hart Beat.

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Photo by @sylvanesso.