Monthly Archives: June 2015

I want to do it all. I also want to do absolutely nothing.

Hi Hart Beat. My friend Heather send me this print the other day at work and it pretty sums up how I feel about life right now. I feel like I’m always thinking of so many ideas for projects, jobs, companies, blogs, that I can’t keep everything straight. I also just want to go home after work and watch Community with Pedro. The struggle is real (see Melo sleeping under my pillow below.)



Print by Sarah Tolzmann of Note to Self.

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Be a Boss event with Local Creative

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Hi Hart Beat. I’m so excited today to tell you about the Be a Boss event that I was lucky enough to attend this past weekend. The organizers behind the event are fellow Greenpoint bloggers and budding lady entrepreneurs Jenna Saraco and Nicole Steriovski who run the very successful project Local Creative. They were joined by the food centered blog Taste the Style to host about forty like minded women for an afternoon panel and party.

The event was held in Sky Gallery, a beautiful, open event space in Gowanus, Brooklyn who’s space is one of those places that you usually only see on Instagrams of fancy lifestyle bloggers. Minimally decorated, with a backyard space, is hosting Local Creative this entire month of June for different events, pop-up shops and co-working space.

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Be a Boss brought together two panels of women who work in food and fashion. It was amazing with lots of great advice for a budding blogger like yours truly but what I found the most inspiring was the second panel where the discussion was centered on opening and owning your own retail concept store. Caroline Ventura, owner of Calliope, Hannah Dilworth, owner of Concrete + Water and Kai Avent-deLeon, owner of Sincerely, Tommy all shared their successes and failures in opening their own businesses.

My dream job since graduating college has been to own my own store and consulting business. Now that I’m with Pedro, it’s something that we talk about starting together and even though it sounds so wonderful, it’s hard to think about how to actually start the endeavor. None of the business represented have been opened for more than a year and after working around so many longtime artists at Artists & Fleas close up shop and working for Dalaga right as the store closed after being in Greenpoint for eight years, I didn’t pick up much advice for actually being long term successful in the business. It was completely inspiring though to hear from so many young women who are just a picking up and taking the world by storm. If anything that’s the kind of thing I want to see more of and honestly, want to join in on. Who knows, Hart Beat, maybe in another year or two you can come visit me in person to talk about all this stuff that lives on the blog now.

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Top three photos are mine and the bottom photo comes via Local Creative.

How to break a habit

I need your advice, Hart Beat. I’ve been battling a horrible habit for oh well, you know my whole life. Before I go into the details let’s cue up Lissie’s aprops song so we can all get in the mood.

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You listening. Okay good. Now let’s move on. Since I was a child I’ve had this horrible habit of twirling my hair. It’s bad, Hart Beat. When I was a kid my mom used to assume I would take up smoking when I got older because I had such a nervous habit having to do something with my hands. When I was in college some of my friends even gave me the nickname “Twirl”… Not great. Now that I’m 25 I have officially had this habit of twirling and pulling out my own hair for 20 years. IM MORTIFIED.

Sure, this habit isn’t as bad as chain smoking (thanks for the vote of confidence mom) but it’s still not great. It is pretty unprofessional and childish looking plus it makes my shedding problem 100x worse than it actually is. I’m like pig pen but instead of walking with a trail of dirt following me, I walk and a cascade of blonde hairs float behind me.

So Hart Beat, I need your help. How oh how to I stop this ridiculous habit of twirling my hair? I want to keep my hair on my head for as long as possible. It looks nice there. It does not look nice all over my shirt and couch. I’ve tried lots of tricks, keeping my hair up, snapping an elastic on my wrist and so many others but nothing works.. I will take any suggestions Hart Beat, seriously. I wish to be Twirl no more.

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Top photo via @WoolrichInc and bottom photo via @Madewell1937.

#HappyFriday: Mexico City, Rosé & more

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Hiiiii Hart Beat. Happy, happy Friday! What are you doing this weekend? Pedro is off to Miami for the newest Solexchange (he started it with some friends a few years ago!) and my mom is coming down to stay in Brooklyn with me. It will be our job to watch the dogs. Melo and Bandit are in for a spa weekend (don’t worry Pedro, they’ll be fine). Tonight I can’t wait to drink some rosé on the roof of Eataly. Can it be six o’clock now?

Until then, here are my five favorite articles that I read this week. It’s kind of a travel / life / inspiration combination. Besos, Hart Beat.

1. A great imaginary vacation to a small Mexico City neighborhood.

2. I get it Kai, it’s amazing to own you’re own store. IT’S NOT MY DREAM OR ANYTHING.

3. Why doesn’t the US have trains as amazing as Europe?

4. Australia is so cool.

5. Even Jemima Kirke knows it’s hard to get in shape.


Photo via @taylranne on Instagram. #yeswayrosé

Liza Anne sings “Lost”


Hi. How’s your night going, Hart Beat? It’s finally warmer here in Brooklyn tonight and I’m so thankful for that. Pedro and I drove up to Greenpoint tonight to get some of my things and I forgot how much I love driving past the Manhattan skyline at night.

For once in Hart Beat’s history, the song I’m sharing with you here is NOT about what’s going on in my life. Instead, it’s just a new track that I can’t stop listening to because of the amazing singer that is behind the song. Liza Anne, a Nashville based singer and songwriter, is a new artist to me but this song “Lost” is hauntingly beautiful and just the kind of thing that I love to listen over and over again to. I first heard her voice when her song “Room” was included in my favorite Austin 100 this year. Not only is the song amazing but the official video has a beautiful choreographed dance for the song. What do you think, Hart Beat? Are you as much of a fan as I am?

“Lost” by Liza Anne.


Both photos via the Liza Anne facebook page.

Daydreaming of the ocean

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Oh Hi Hart Beat. Blurg, Wednesday is here. Is it just me or is this week dragging by? Last weekend I went to visit Orient, Long Island with Marina and Carolyn and I’m still thinking about how amazing it was to be on the ocean.

I love living in Brooklyn but one of the things that I don’t love is not living right on the ocean. Sure, my new neighborhood is right by the bay but, not quite the same. Especially when you can’t go swimming in the water. So if you, like me, are missing the ocean or really just the outdoors in general here are some Instagram shots from what I took this weekend (the top photo!) and a few by others so you can dream with me.

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me! @hannahhhart

My non-purse purse: The Baggu Duck Bag


Morning Hart Beat! As many of you know, living in the city is rough on your body. Between the blisters from walking three miles a day, the overwhelming garbage smell in the summer that never leaves your hair, the exhaust that pumps into your lungs 24/7, and so much more, it’s really a surprise that anyone here is in the slightest bit healthy.

All of this body slamming that goes on isn’t the worst part of living in the city (at least for me), what really gets me from this tough living is what the city does to my clothes and shoes.

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Do you keep a journal?


Hi Hart Beat. How’s your night going? Quick question for ya out there in the internet world. Do you keep a journal? I have a date book that I kind of use as a journal sometimes and Pedro has made a few pokes at me for my “dear diary.” IT’S NOT A DIARY PEDRO. It’s a journal.

Anyway.. I was thinking the other day about how I actually do have a journal that I’ve been keeping for years now. And lucky you, Hart Beat. That journal is right here! The other day on the train it occurred to me that this past winter marked four years since I’ve been writing here. I was going through the posts and realizing that there has been so much here on the blog, even if it hasn’t been 100% transparent.

That got me wondering. Should I be more transparent here? Should I talk more about real life and less stuff that I just find on the internet slash am randomly thinking about while sitting on the R train? I’m not really sure yet. Until then, take a look at these amazing photos of pencils from artists in the course of history. If anything makes me want to get out my “diary,” it’s these photos.






All pencil photos come from the great article by WNYC called “Why Pencils Still Have a Place in the Age of Digital Art.

Charrow handmade gift cards


Hola Hart Beat and welcome to Monday. As I’m sure most all of you know, in a few weekends (two to be exact) a certain holiday is approaching. Father’s Day! I’m lucky enough that I’ll be heading with Pedro back home to the Berkshires to see my dad for the weekend. Good think I know just what I’m bringing him.

On of my favorite parts of my new Brooklyn neighborhood is a bakery called The Little Cupcake Bakeshop. It’s right down the street from where Pedro and I live and Hart Beat, ITS AMAZING. The bakery, as it’s name implies bakes the most amazing cupcakes and cakes. The other plus is that they serve Illy Italian coffee. What’s most pertinent to this conversation is that the bakery sells the most adorable handmade cards.

The card company name is Charrow and other than the fact that the artist hand makes all the cards and has an affinity for squirrels, I can find surprisingly little about the company. Either way I highly recommend checking out the Charrow site and ordering some of these handmade gift cards for Father’s Day! Or whenever, I’ve used them for everything this year..

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All photos via Charrow.

#HappyFriday: The beach, thongs & more

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HAPPY FRIDAY HART BEAT. The weekend is here! The weekend is here! I just want to scream from the rooftops. This weekend I am so excited because I’m taking a trip out to Orient, Long Island with my two best friends. I’ve never been there and I cannot wait to hang out with my friends, drink wine, and look at the ocean. Three of my favorite things. What are you up to this weekend? Per usual, here are five articles and posts that I had fun reading this week. Arrivederci, Hart Beat.

1. My favorite author David Sedaris was interviewed by Vice.

2. I just want to live here.

3. The weekly update from Molly Yeh (with great farm photos and some overalls that I now must have.)

4. A study in blue.

5. I’m 25 guys, not sure what that means but I like the idea of NO. MORE. THONGS. (Sorry Pedro.)


Top photo via the wonderful MCMC Fragrance’s Instagram account.