Monthly Archives: July 2015

#HappyFriday: Succulents, book covers & more

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We did it, Hart Beat! We made it to the end of the week. I am so happy because, as I detailed before, my best friends from high school are coming in and we’re having an entire weekend in Brooklyn. For those of you who are headed to the beach or have some traveling time, here are five articles and links that I loved reading this week. Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

1. Great how-to (and pictures!) on how to repot your succulents (the above picture is me in action).

2. 7 amazing quotes from David Sedaris’ most recent Reddit AMA. I love this man.

3. A centenarian’s advice to young women.

4. Obviously I’m a heart person.

5. 50 beautiful book covers.

Photo by yours truly.

Showing off Brooklyn


Hi Hart Beat! A few weeks ago I got the best news.. My best friends from high school and I decided to throw away all of our usual obligations (ya know, life) and get together for a summer weekend. We tossed around different ideas (Rhode Island, Maine, the Berks) but ultimately decided on doing a weekend in Brooklyn! Since two of us live in the borough, one of use used to live in the borough (all hail G), and one hasn’t been to New York (let alone Brooklyn) since she was like 14, it seemed like a natural fit. I AM SO EXCITED, HART BEAT.

These ladies are so important to me and I cannot wait to show them around the place that I’ve happily called home for the past three years. I’ve made so many good memories here, the only bad things I can think of is the time I had to contact a brooklyn slip and fall lawyer after an accident in a store. This is just a past memory and I am extremely excited to show my friends my life. Once we had settled into deciding where to meet, the next thing (obviously) was for me and Deirdre, the other resident Brooklynite) to come up with our weekend plans.

It’s been so much fun brainstorming that I thought it would be great to share with you all what I’ve got in store for these ladies. That way if you are ever planning a weekend in the city and want some inspiration you can just come right back to this little post of mine.


Since Sara hasn’t been to New York in like, forever, a night in the city seems like the perfect way to start everyone off. Plus I work in midtown (what can I say, convenience is key in a city of slow and complicated subways).

There are countless bars and restaurants in both the East Village and LES that to be honest, I’m not 100% sure where I’m brining them. Regardless, if you’re going to come to manhattan south of 14th street and east of the Bowery is really the only place to go.

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If you didn’t get from my three song references above, I like to go to the beach. Luck for me, my friends also like to go to the beach. Voila! So since summer lasts about five minutes on the east coast, we’re taking the entire day Saturday to drive out to the Rockaways. Usually Carolyn and I go to Long Beach for summer weekends but since my friends don’t live in New York, I want to bring them to more of a happening place. From what I’ve heard, Rockaway is the place to be with all the bars, shops and TACOS. Plus it has the clean ocean water that you can swim in (Coney Island stay away please).

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Saturday night: Williamsburg & Bushwick

Ah Hart Beat, what would a weekend in Brooklyn be without bringing my friends to ye old Williamsburg. Since I lived in Greenpoint for three years I am not unfamiliar with the scene and think it will be fun to bring my friends there. I have a few favorite restaurants and bars in the area so here are a few options that I’ll run by the housewives.

Café Mogador (pros: DELICIOUS, cons: no reservations)
Rosarito Fish Shack (pros: tacos, cons: hipster center
Bars with backyards:
Lucky Dog
Crown Victoria that has a HUGE backyard (it used to be a police preseinct)
Night of Joy

The Woods

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Sunday: Prospect Park & Park Slope

There were ideas thrown around about making the trek up to the Bronx to go to the new Frida Khalo exhibit but since the drive to Boston and DC respectively are not quick trips, I’m hoping we can just stay in the neighborhood and visit some great brunch places plus check out Prospect Park.

Fun fact, Hart Beat, did you know that Prospect Park was so revered when it was first built that the famous Central Park was designed after Prospect Park. Needless to say, it’s definitely worth a visit when you’re in the area

So there you go, Hart Beat, a rough plan to the upcoming weekend in Brooklyn. Sounds like the perfect weekend to me (stay away rain!)

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Summer reading

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Hiii Hart Beat. It’s Monday again! This summer is flying by and now that I’ve laid out the law for the 2015 Song of the Summer let’s talk about summer reading. On my new favorite podcast, A Few Things with Claire and Erica, the duo talk about what books they’re reading this summer and to be honest, Hart Beat, I was a little sad hearing it.

Why is that you ask? Maybe it’s specifically because of said podcast above. Since the podcast boom of last fall (looking at you Serial) there have been so many great new podcasts to add to my already long list. I’ve been a listener of “This American Life,” “Radiolab,” and “Fresh Air” for years (since they were always on the radio) but now that podcasts are a thing there are so many new ones that I barely have time to keep up with them all. These past few months alone I’ve added “Reply Now,” “Mystery Show,” “Burnt Toast,” and “The Longest Shortest Time.” What has ended up happening is that on my 45 minute commute to and from work I don’t read anymore, I listen.

There isn’t inherently anything wrong with listening to podcasts instead of reading as I am a firm believe in the idea that as long as you’re interacting in some way with storytelling (whatever that form may be) then you’re good. My personal problem is that I used to be a voracious reader because I love reading physical books. I have lists and lists of book recommendations but I just can’t figure out where to start.
So I turn to you, Hart Beat. Please, please, for the love of all things holy, I would love to hear your summer reads thus far. Send them to me by carrier pigeon, tweet at me, email me, comment here, whatever way is easiest. I will love you forever if you do.

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Top photo courtesy of @handsy_lit. Bottom photo from @localcreativebk.

#HappyFriday: Alice Gao’s Beauty Uniform, Love Letters to Trees & More

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HAPPY FRIDAY, HART BEAT!! We did it, we really, really did it. The week has come to the end and now it’s finally time to enjoy some of the beauteous summer weather we’re having (maybe take a well deserved nap?) and see friends that are all so busy during the week (myself included). I hope you all have slam dunk plans for the weekend and until Monday, here are some reads that I loved this week. Luego, Hart Beat.

1. Our girl Jo had an AMAZING beauty uniform post this week with blogger Alice Gao.

2. A family speaks to their budgeting secrets while living in New York.

3. All about our man crush Paul Rudd.

4. Love letters to trees. What could be better?

5. Another blogger writes an ode to the 501 Levi’s.

Photo by @alice_gao.

An ode to summer naps

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Hello Hart Beat. We did it. We made it through to the end of the week. Whew. Summer is my favorite time of year but, as much as I love my job, sometimes when I’m sitting at my desk and look over outside the window next to me I can’t believe I’m sitting inside on such a beautiful day. Other than going to the beach, and drinking an Old Fashioned on a rooftop bar, my favorite summer activity is taking a little siesta.

I know what you’re asking right now. Oh Hannah, don’t you always love taking naps? Honestly, Hart Beat, the answer is yes. I love taking naps. But napping in the summer is on it’s own plateau of heavenliness. I think it’s something about the summer air and the breeze that blows through your open window. It’s magical.

Over the past few months the Food52 office was redone. It is a gorgeous space and I feel very lucky to come into work every day. The only bummer is about five feet from my desk is the comfiest looking couch known to man. It beckons at me everyday for an afternoon siesta. Sadly, ever day I have to say no. Sorry couch, such sad times.Maybe when I own my own company someday I can give into the desire to close my eyes for twenty minutes (more like an hour, amiright?)

Photo via Homepolish.

My favorite drink right now

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I’m going to stop you right there, Hart Beat and say, no this post is not about my love for Rosé. You have heard plenty about that and will hear plenty more. Don’t you worry. Today’s post is about the other drink that I always order from pretty much any bar I go to, an Old Fashioned.

Before I go on to explain the brilliance behind this drink, here’s a little history into my drinks of choice throughout my life

  • Freshman year of college: Sketchy Smirnoff from a plastic handle bought off the boys on my hall and chased by leftover birthday cake. Classy.
  • Sophomore year of college: Vodka cranberry. Because I am a girl.
  • Semester in Spain: Tinto de verano and entire bottles of rum. Good times, Hart Beat. Good. Times.
  • Senior year of college: Gin buckets. And the headaches that resulted after the gin buckets.
  • First year in New York: Microbrews. Oh Williamsburg, you and your microbrews.
  • Second year in New York: Stelllllllllllllaaaaaaaaaaaaaa. Because budgeting is a thing.
  • Third year in New York: Old Fashioned’s with some rosé on the side.

I know my drink of choice history is a little harrowing (gin buckets are not for the faint of heart) but I promise you that the classic Old Fashioned is a wonderful place to land and will serve you well over the years.

An Old Fashioned is basically rye or bourbon whiskey with some bitters, simple syrups and an orange rind thrown in there. Funny story, on one of Pedro and my first dates I ordered an Old Fashioned and when he asked me what was in it, I had no answer. Now I know, Pedro! It’s whiskey and bitters!

The reason that I love an Old Fashioned is because it’s not particularly sweet drink but it still has enough taste to not be 100% whiskey. The drink is  usually served in a short and stout glass with one huge ice cube to keep the drink cold. I’m not gonna lie Hart Beat, this is a classy cocktail.

The other thing I love about an Old Fashioned is that it’s different. I don’t know many people who order it and I like that it’s something different BUT common enough that any bartender worth their salt can make one. What do you think, Hart Beat? You ever order an Old Fashioned?



Top photo via @deathandconyc. Second photo via The Drink Blog.

Official 2015 Summer Anthem


I don’t care what the mainstream media is saying about this summer lacking an official “summer anthem.” While most major news media can’t decide on what 2015 summer means to all of us sitting on the beach and drinking beers in the parks, I have a bold claim to make on the subject. The 2015 summer anthem is here and if you don’t like it then that’s your problem, not summers. “Déjà vu” came out this late spring to screaming fans (at least I was screaming) celebrating Giorgio Moroder’s return to the dance and electronica scene.

For those of you not familiar with Giorgio’s work, NPR had a great interview with the composer a few weeks ago that is definitely worth a listen. In this new(ish) single, Giorgio partners with the pop-icon of the decade, Sia, in a song that is both addictive and dance worthy. What else does a summer anthem need?

If you are familiar with my taste in music (plug here for the official Hart Beat playlist) then you will definitely love this song. And take to twitter people! Let the public know that the official 2015 summer anthem is here and it is ready to be enjoyed by the masses. Unless you disagree, which I would be curious to hear. Oh and P.S. the official video for the song (see below) is amazing.

Levis, my favorite jeans


Hi Hart Beat! Welcome to another week at work (😑) AND another week at Hart Beat(😀)! Today on the blog I want to tell you about something that I’ve been loving this summer. I don’t know about you, Hart Beat, but jeans shopping is one of the most torturous things known to man. Not only does every company adhere to it’s own sizing standards (wtf) but it also seems that each brand within its own line of jeans will switch up the sizes depending on the style. Not cool, companies. Brands that I love (looking at you Madewell) and who pride themselves on their jeans never really last longer than one season. And when you’re putting down solid money for a pair of pants, you want them to last. This is where my secret comes in…enter Levis, ladies.

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I’m not sure when Levis came back on the scene but, like all things I love lately, they came into my life on a recommendation from Pedro. I had always thought of Levis of a brand that had it’s heyday in the 70’s/80’s and then stopped being relevant but, I guess not. I should have known I guess, two of the first posts here on Hart Beat four years ago were for Levi’s ads (see them here and here). Now though, I’ve bought four pairs of Levi’s in the past six months and I love ALL of them.

The best part of buying Levi’s is that once you find your size, you are that size. Forever, in every single style. Buying boyfriend jeans? Use your size. Buying skinny jeans? Yup, use that same size. Vintage Levi? SAME SIZE AGAIN. It’s like magic. I can even buy jeans online now. I never thought this day would come. In the spirit of Levi’s videos, here’s a new one that the brand has put out in honor of their new campaign “Live in Levis.” If this review and video don’t make you want to buy Levi’s then I don’t know what will. THIS IS A SPONSOR FREE POST FOR GOODNESS SAKE, HART BEAT.

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Photos from top to bottom: @levis@thebakerygreenpoint, and @kellouhar.

5 things I’ve learned since turning 25: Good for you, not for me.

Hi Hart Beat. And a happy end of the week to those of you who are lucky enough to have tomorrow off! Before I sign off for the long weekend, here is the final tidbit I’m going to share in the “5 Things I’ve Learned Since Turning 25” series. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!

5. Good for you, not for me.


This is one of my favorite sayings, Hart Beat. The original idea behind the saying comes from the book Yes Please by the brilliant unicorn of a woman Amy Poehler. The actual quote from Amy’s book is “‘Good for her! Not for me.’ That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me.” and the context of the quote is actually during Amy’s discussion of motherhood. Now Hart Beat, you and I both know that I am indeed, not a mother, but when I read this quote I sat up and yelled WORLD, TAKE NOTE! Not really but I wanted to..

In today’s world there are so many negative people. “Oh you do it that way? I do it this way and it’s sooooo much better.” Or, “you don’t like this? What is wroooong with you.” It gets to be a little rediculous and I can’t say that sometimes I fall int the same trap. “Good for you, not for me.” works in so many ways. Different things work for different people. You just gotta do you, Hart Beat.


P.S. Second best piece of advice from Amy’s book? “You have to have sex with your husband occasionally even though you are exhausted. Sorry.” OH AMY YOU GET US LADIES SO GOOD.

P.P.S. Both Marilyn and Sophia know what’s up. That’s why their photos are here.