Hey Hart Beat. I want to share a little secret with you today. As you loyal readers know, I’ve been writing this blog here for four years now (scary…) and during this entire time I’ve not had the pleasure of working solely here on the blog. I’ve had college, life and work all to do while coming up with love notes and good songs to recommend. It’s a lot.
Other than the countless cups of coffee and late nights, one of the ways that I’ve discovered to make this multitasking life possible are two websites that make a hell of a difference when you’re courting for the creativity mojo. The two sites are both ambient noise makers of the best sort. The first, Coffitivity, recreates the wonderful murmur of voices and chatter that you get from working at your favorite coffee shop. The bonus? You can take it with you and even play it when you’re working from home. The second site is called Rainy Mood and it’s pretty self explanatory. The site plays a seamless stream of a rain storm with some light thunder in the background. It’s magical.
Now, each of these sites on their own are extremely comforting and relaxing. What’s even better, you ask? PLAYING THEM BOTH AT THE SAME TIME. It’s a serious game changer. I’m actually doing it right now and have had them both on while working for the past hour or so. The combination of comforting chatter and relaxing rain makes it possible for me to go for hours and prevents the fatigue I would have if I did the same with my favorite music or radio shows.
So there you go Hart Beat, a little tip from me to you. Hope you’re having as much of a productive morning as I am right now. 😂😂😂
Hi Hart Beat! How was your weekend? I’m enjoying my companies week off before Pedro and I head to Portland and I’m excited to relax for a bit, see my family and get ready for THE BEST TRIP EVER. While I’ve been bopping around Brooklyn getting ready for our adventure I’ve gone back to listen to some of my favorite artists from this years Austin 100. One that I posted about here is Alvvays, the Toronto based band that took my heart with it’s song “Marry Me, Archie.” Now I’m obsessing over the song and video posted here, called “Next of Kin.”
What do you think, Hart Beat? You love as much as I do?
Hi Hart Beat! This afternoon I want to share one of my newest Instacrushes that I’ve been obsessing over as of late. The account comes from a LA based bicycle company called Brilliant Bicycle Co. that makes the coolest and simplest bikes out there.
As you loyal readers know, I am an avid New York City biker and take pride in my beloved Bianchi. As much as I love my bike, ever since I came across the Brilliant Bicycle Co. instagram and website, I’ve been seriously considering getting one of the Brilliant bikes.
The company makes the options very easy by only offering two different types of frames, the Astor and the Mayfair, with each having either 1, 3, or 7 gears in so many fun, bright colors. I haven’t ridden on the bike but from what I’ve read this is the perfect, inexpensive, adorable bike for anyone in a city looking for a commuter bike. If you’re not ready to ride or ready to spring for a new bike then just follow @ridebrilliant and you can pretend, like me.
Treat yo self, Hart Beat. Treat. Yo. Self. This post comes at you a little ridiculously since what I’m going to tell you about right now is a ring that costs an entire months rent (at least for me). That’s right. You know what I say to that, Hart Beat? Whatever. Sometimes we want to dream and some days we want to dream big. Today is one of those days.
One of my (and probably your) sites, Of a Kind, has the most amazing jewelry right now. One of my favorites is the Opal Dream Ring by Kathryn Bentley, the NY/LA transplant designer who has an eye for the oh so beautiful. The handmade ring is made of 14-karat gold so it will last you forever. Come on, Hart Beat. Don’t you want to buy me one?
Hey Hart Beat. I’ve talked a lot about one of my favorite bands The Civil Wars over the years. They feature heavily on the official Hart Beat playlist and for good reason I think. If you’ve never heard them, the band is a duo team of of Joy Williams and John Paul White who founded The Civil Wars in 2008. If you’re just a casual listener of the band you would assume, with good reason, that the two are a couple. They have incredible sexual tension in their songs and most of the lyrics are about wanting someone.
This summer one of my favorite podcasts Death, Sex & Money interviewed Joy about her solo career and history with John Paul. I learned so many things, including the fact that Joy and John Paul were never a couple. In fact, Joy is and was married during their entire partnership. It was a super interesting interview and I thought you might like to listen to it this afternoon. What do you think, Hart Beat? Did this fact surprise you like it did me?
Hi Hart Beat. We all need more romance in our lives, right? Lucky for us late last week Cut Videos published a great video showing eleven real couples from around the world kissing. Since romantic on the lips full make-out (cough Italy) isn’t as commonplace around the world, lots of these kisses here are more hesitant and in some ways, much more intimate. Some of the others though, wooo man. Seattle, Paris and London you guys are the BOMB DIGGITY. Anyway, hope you like this video, Hart Beat. And give someone a kiss today, okay? You can blame me if it doesn’t work out.
Hi Hart Beat. Here it is again, Monday morning. While I love my job, Monday’s can still get the better of me (especially after a wonderfully restful weekend). On Friday our girl Jo linked to a great site called The Pep Talk Generator that I think deserves a little bit of our attention right now.
Life is hard, you know that already. If you didn’t know that you probably wouldn’t be here reading this. But knowing almost makes things easier doesn’t it? You’ve done this before, you’ve felt this before, and yes it sucks but you’ve overcome it every single time. Your talent, intelligence, beauty, and boobs are greater than whatever thing this is. They will outshine your problems every time. You are a babe, and do you know what babes do? They fight back. And they win. So get back in the ring and earn yourself a KO. And never forget: Babes Fight Back.
— Winter Sherrod
The project is run by a collective of baller women called Babe Vibes who conduct interviews with other baller women and make projects with the interviews. One of the projects that Babes Vibes has pulled together is a real live happy thought generator that you can read over and over again this morning to get a little positivity in this Monday morning.
The first (and best) quote that I got is the one above here but I’ve also pulled together some of the other inspirational words so that you can get a whole lot of loving without even clicking your mouse.
Hey you. Good news: No one knows what they are doing. Better news: You get to make mistakes. Best news: You get to keep trying again until you find the right fit. So… focus on one thing and one day at a time. Keep your head down. Work hard. Fail quickly. Move on. Go!
— Elise Blaha Cripe
You rock. You might not realize it at times, but you really do. You have a unique voice and outlook that is worth sharing. Sometimes you may question this because you see others doing things cool things. You want to do those cool things too? Go ahead and do them. Experiment, get creative, start that project you have been dreaming about. The only thing standing between you and what you want to be doing is (spoiler alert)… DOING IT. Go for it, babe. Focus on what you love. Try to enjoy every minute of it and build something you are proud of.
— Amy Tangerine
This week. THIS WEEK. It’s over and that is all I want to say about it right now. What are you doing this weekend, Hart Beat? Pedro and I are staying in Brooklyn since we both try and avoid Manhattan like the plague on the weekends. I’m hoping to take a nap one of the two days and hopefully get a bike ride in. Simple times.
If you’re around and want some things to read here are five articles that I found super interesting this week. See you Monday, Hart Beat!
Hey Hart Beat. I just saw something adorable on Instagram and I had to share with you. Yesterday one of my favorite brands, Everlane, shared a letter exchange that they had with one of their customers. The brand posted the correspondence on their Instagram and it’s the most adorable thing I’ve seen in a while. The whole exchange reminds me of something my Grandfather would do. Four for you, Everlane!
Good news, Hart Beat! As you all read this blog and like the stuff I talk about here I’m assuming that you’re also a Jane Austen fan. If not then excuse this post and come back later… or never… JK! I love all of you (even if you don’t like Miss. Jane). It looks like the life of Jane Austen is being turned into a feature film romantic comedy. I don’t know what to say except !!!! The movie is based on a novel called Jane by the Sea.
In honor of this new announcements, let’s take a moment to go back and look at our favorite cinematic recreations of our favorite author and her novels.
1. The iconic BBC mini-series from 1995 with COLIN FIRTH. I mean, come on. This man is a god and this movie is heaven if you ask me.
2. Pride & Prejudice part two: the Keira Knightley chronicles. I remember when this movie came out and I went with my mom to see it in theaters. It was one of the best movements of my life. I then got to relive it over and over again when Carolyn and I watched this movie on repeat Sophomore year of college. How come everyone doesn’t get their love confession said to them in the rain… in an old garden marble trellis?
3. Pride & Prejudice part three: in which we all fall in love with Colin Firth again in Bridget Jones’ Diary. Oh god, I could go on and on about this movie (and it’s sequel which I DIDN’T HATE, OKAY?!). The combination of Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant is enough to make me cry out of happiness. And the music, god the music is so good in this movie. Let’s just sit back and look at this picture for a moment:
And this (which is my all time favorite scene in both movies):
4. The Jane Austen Book Club in which, we all fell in love with Grigg and decided to read Ursula Le Guin not because he recommended it but because… he totally recommended it. Griiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigg!
I could go on and on about different Jane Austen adaptations and I definitely left out a TON. I think we can agree though that a little Jane Austen is better than none at all. (Guess where that quote comes from and I’ll give you an internet high five.)