Monthly Archives: November 2015

Yours to Bear

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Hi Hart Beat. Today begins the busiest time of year for my work (free shipping at the Food52 Shop! yea that’s right) and while I’m head down, emails deep, I’ve been listening to this one song over and over. I thought you might like it too.

I’ve shared music by honeyhoney here on the blog before and lucky for all of us, this year the released their third studio album. One of the songs from the album is absolutely amazing and is giving me all kinds of #feelings.

Yours to Bear by honehoney
 

P.S. Who wants to watch Before Sunset with me tonight?

P.P.S. If you don’t already, check out the Hart Beat playlist.

Top photo of the Seine by @alice_gao who is in Paris right now and if you don’t follow you should start immediately.

The Great British Baking Addiction

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Ohhhhh Hart Beat. As I’m writing this I know some of you are either a) jumping up from your subway seats, raising your arms in celebration and singing out a loud PRAISE YEEZUS or b) scratching your head in confusion and are mildly concerned that I might have an actual addiction to the Food52 test kitchen cookies. Well for those of you in camp a, welcome my friends, and in group b, you may not be wrong (Kristen Miglore makes a bomb diggity vegan choco chip cookie) but also never fear! This blog post will explain all the magic of The Great British Bake Off.

A few weeks ago I heard about a TV show called The Great British Baking Show aka The Great British Bake Off from some friends at work. Intrigued, I checked it out on Netflix and was instantly hooked. The show is a reality tv set up which takes ten English amateur bakers and has them preform three bake off’s per episode. At the end of each episode one baker is crowed Star Baker (the greatest honor in all of England) and one baker is sent home. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this show. It is so charming, so positive, so BRITISH, that the whole thing has me binge watching episodes as fast as I can. Here’s a little preview if you’re still not sold:

As of right now there is only one season on Netflix (😞) but thankfully, and I won’t name names, someone I know was able to get me the next seasons that are not yet online anywhere(😏). The more Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in my life the better. And okay, I guess I’ll take more of the two hosts, Sue and Mel, even though sometimes I cringe at all the British humor…

Anyway, if you haven’t given the show a chance then STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING, RUN HOME, AND START YOUR NETFLIX because you’re life is about to get exponentially better. And if it doesn’t you can let me know and I’ll bake you a sponge.

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I’m 😍😍😍 (goo-goo eyes) for Levis

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Ohhhh Hart Beat. I’m starting to realize that my days of biddie skirts and skin tight pants are behind me. I dress differently now than I did at 21. Okay, maybe this isn’t a surprise. I still have my iconic scarf collection and am still wearing mostly black (some things can never change) but all in all, the garb that I threw on every day in college has transitioned into something more… comfortable or classic as I would prefer. The realization has come slowly but surely over the years and has been cemented recently when I discovered I was borrowing Pedro’s clothes more and more.

I’m taller than Pedro but even so, he and I generally wear the same size in clothes. Aside from sneakers (because I don’t have a death wish) I borrow most of his things, including his Levis—for the legitimate boyfriend jean look. I realized it was time for me to invest in some of my own vintage Levis and I was in luck a few weekends ago when I walked by a pop-up space in Greenpoint that had exclusively piles and piles of vintage Levis. As you can see below, there were lots to pick from and lucky for me the owner of the store helped me pick out a bunch. I had one of Pedro’s pairs on at the time so I could show him the effect I was looking for in the pants. After about five minutes BOOM, I had my perfect pair.

These bad boys are short in the length so I can show my shoes (YUP) and slowchy enough to constitute boyfriend jeans. (#lifewin) Are you with me in the boyfriend jean boat, Hart Beat? Do you have a place you like to buy vintage Levis? Does my butt look good in these pants? Jkjkjk, you don’t have to answer that, I know I’m rocking the mom jean here.

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Photos by Pedro Rodriguez for Hannah Hart Beat.

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A song for you, Tuesday afternoon edition

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Hi Hart Beat. How’s your Tuesday going? It’s crunch time here at work (t minus too few days until Thanksgiving) and I’ve been surviving off some new songs that I found on Spotify. One in particular has my heart and I know it will have yours too as soon as you hear it. The band is San Fermin and the song is called “Sonsick” Not only is the song UNBELIEVABLE but the video is pretty cool too. I’ve added it to The Official Hart Beat Playlist, so if you want other song recommendations just pop on over there.

Photo by @heidisbridge.

Hannah Hart Beat: Spanish Clara

How to make a Spanish Clara (and win your company’s Cocktail Competition)

Hannah Hart Beat: Spanish Clara

Hey Hart Beat! A few weeks ago (okay, more like a couple of months ago) my office had one of our reoccurring Cocktail Competitions. The way the competition works is a kind of drink is chosen (we’ve done vodka, tequila, and wine since I’ve been there), then three people volunteer and make a cocktail that includes that one ingredient. This last go around beer was our drink and I signed my name right up.

Why, you ask, Hart Beat? The answer comes from my favorite days spent in Madrid when one of my favorite drinks was a Clara. The Clara, like a caña or tinto de verano, is so commun that it’s not on a menu but can always be ordered at a Spanish bar. I loved ordering them in the warm summer nights when sitting outside in the plazas.

Since the drink is SO. SIMPLE. I didn’t tell anyone when I was making it at work so that no one could watch me doing it. Once I served it and I was told to announce the ingredients I did, but then also added a “special ingredient.” Before I tell you the secret, here is the recipe I used to make Clara.

  • 1 part beer (the Spanish beer Mahou is the best but it’s hard to find so I use Imperial instead)
  • 2 parts lemon soda (this is the kind I used) *** Also, make sure there’s no lime in your soda! It’s hard to find straight lemon soda in the U.S. which I use the Italian kind)
  • Lemon wedges (to decorate the top)

Annnnnnnd, that’s it. Seriously. You just pour the beer and soda together and mix them. Then when you serve it you add the lemon wedge for a bit of flare. And the secret ingredient? There i none! The secret ingredient is just the idea of a secret. Once you tell someone there’s something hidden they automatically love the idea of that. Cheers, Hart Beat 🍻🍻🍻

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Photos by me.

Reese Witherspoon preaching feminism 🙌

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Hey Hart Beat! It’s lunch time so I thought I would share some reading for you if you’re looking for that kind of thing right now. Last night on Facebook I came across Reese Witherspoon’s acceptance speech for Glamour Women of the Year Award. I’ve been a long time fan of Reese and this speech made me love her even more. I admire so much her attitude and her advocation for ambitious women. One of the main points that Reese makes is, in this world dominated by men, if you see somewhere where you think you can add benefit, do it! Don’t wait for someone else to create the world for you. Anyway, here’s the whole speech if you’re interested. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did, Hart Beat.

I can’t thank Glamour magazine enough and Conde Nast and Cindi for asking me to be here. You just made this night so amazing. These incredible, inspiring women are doing so many things to change how we perceive women, and I hope Amy Schumer and all the other nominees that when you consider making your biopic, you’ll give me the rights first, which would be great. Although Amy, I’ll have to play your grandmother in the movie (by Hollywood standards), and you’ll probably have to play your own mother.

I’m so excited that so many young women are here tonight. This all started for me when I was a little girl. I was 14 years old when I learned that I love acting, and I still do. Acting allows me to slip into the skin of all kinds of different women, and not in a creepy “Silence of the Lambs” way…but in a way that lets me explore the full spectrum of humanity. Every woman I’ve ever played is passionate and strong and flawed, except for Tracy Flick. She’s 100 percent perfect, but she made me say that. But I also learned at 14 years old that I was ambitious. Really ambitious. Did I say that out loud? Let’s talk about ambition.

I want everybody to close their eyes and think of a dirty word, like a really dirty word. Now open your eyes. Was any of your words ambition? I didn’t think so. See, I just kind of started wondering lately why female ambition is a trait that people are so afraid of. Why do people have prejudiced opinions about women who accomplish things? Why is that perceived as a negative? In a study by Georgetown University in 2005, a group of professors asked candidates to evaluate male ambition vs. female ambition in politicians. Respondents were less likely to vote for power-seeking women than power-seeking men. They also perceived ambitious women as looking out for themselves. They even reported ambitious women as provoking feelings of disgust.

Now, in my life I have always found more comfort in being the underdog. Whether people thought I couldn’t do something or they said it was impossible, I always rose to the challenge. I enjoyed reaching for the impossible. I remember when I was 18 years old and applying to colleges, I had this male college counselor, and he said, “Don’t even bother applying to Stanford, sweetie. Your SAT scores aren’t good enough.” But I did it anyway, and I got in. (But it wasn’t because of my SAT scores!)

When I got into the film business, I was doing dramas, and casting directors didn’t know if I could be funny. So I did a comedy, “Legally Blonde,” and then my entire career I was pigeonholed. I did comedies, they didn’t think I was serious. I did dramas, they didn’t think I was funny. And I got older and they didn’t think I could still be viable. So about three years ago, I found myself very curious about the state of the movie business. I really wondered how the digital evolution was affecting the landscape of filmmaking and specifically why studios were making fewer and fewer movies. So I started asking questions, and I decided to meet with the heads of each of the different movie studios that I had been friends with for years and I had made many movies with them. Each of the meetings started with something very casual like, “How are your kids?” and “Wow, has it really been that long since ‘Walk the Line’?” At the end of the meeting, I sort of casually brought up, “So, how many movies are in development with a female lead?” And by lead, I don’t mean wife of the lead or the girlfriend of the lead. The lead, the hero of the story. I was met with nothing, blank stares, excessive blinking, uncomfortable shifting. No one wanted to answer the question because the fact was the studios weren’t developing anything starring a woman. The only studio that was was turning a man’s role into a woman’s role. And the studio heads didn’t apologize. They don’t have to apologize. They are interested in profits — and after all, they run subsidiary companies of giant corporations.

But I was flabbergasted. This was 2012, and it made no sense to me. Where was our Sally Field in “Norma Rae” or Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” or Goldie Hawn in, you name it, any Goldie Hawn movie: “Overboard,” “Wildcats,” “Private Benjamin”? These women shaped my idea of what it meant to be a woman of strength and character and humor in this world. And my beautiful, intelligent daughter, who is 16 years old now, would not grow up idolizing that same group of women. Instead, she’d be forced to watch a chorus of talented, accomplished women Saran wrapped into tight leather pants, tottering along on very cute, but completely impractical, shoes turn to a male lead and ask breathlessly, “What do we do now?!” Seriously, I’m not kidding. Go back and watch any movie, and you’ll see this line over and over. I love to ask questions, but it’s my most hated question.

I dread reading scripts that have no women involved in their creation because inevitably I get to that part where the girl turns to the guy, and she says, “What do we do now?!” Do you know any woman in any crisis situation who has absolutely no idea what to do? I mean, don’t they tell people in crisis, even children, “If you’re in trouble, talk to a woman.” It’s ridiculous that a woman wouldn’t know what to do.

So, anyway, after going to these studios and telling people about how there’s barely any female leads in films and the industry’s in crisis, people were aghast. “That’s horrible,” they said. And then they changed the subject and moved on with their dinner and moved on with their lives. But I could not change the subject. I couldn’t turn to some man and say, “What do we do now?” This is my life.

I’ve made movies all my life, for 25 years, since I was 14 years old. It was time to turn to myself and say, “OK, Reese, what are we going to do now?” The answer was very clear. My mother, who is here tonight, a very strong, smart Southern woman, said to me, “If you want something done, honey, do it yourself.”

So, I started my own production company, Pacific Standard Films, with the mission to tell stories about women. And I was nervous, y’all. I was spending my own money, which everyone in the movie business always tells you, “Don’t spend your own money on anything.” I was warned that on the crazy chance Pacific Standard would acquire any good scripts we would never make it past our first few years in business because there just wasn’t a market for buying female-driven material. But like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated.

I’m a very avid reader. In fact, I’m a complete book nerd. So is my producing partner, so we tore through tons of manuscripts and read so many things before they were published, but we could only find two pieces of material that we thought were right. We optioned them with our own money, and we prayed that they would work. Both had strong, complicated, fascinating women at the center and both were written by women. And lo and behold, both books hit number one on the New York Times bestsellers list. One is called “Gone Girl” and the second is called “Wild.” So we made those two films last year, and those two films rose to over half a billion dollars world wide and we got three Academy Award nominations for women in acting performances. So that is year one. Against the odds, Pacific Standard has had a year two and year three. We bought five more bestselling books. Next year, we’re going to make two of those, “Big Little Lies” and “Luckiest Girl Alive,” into films. We have over 25 films in development and three television shows, and they all have female leads of different ages and different races and different jobs. Some are astronauts, some are soldiers, some are scientists, one is even a Supreme Court justice. They’re not just good or bad; they’re bold and hunted and dangerous and triumphant like the real women we meet every single day of our lives. But our company isn’t just thriving because it feels like a good thing to do. It’s thriving because female-driven films work. This year alone, “Trainwreck” with Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Cinderella,” the “Hunger Games” franchise, those made over 2.2 billion dollars world wide. Films with women at the center are not a public service project, they are a big time, bottom line-enhancing, money-making commodity.

I think we are in a culture crisis in every field. In every industry, women are underrepresented and underpaid in leadership positions. Under 5 percent of CEOS of fortune 500 companies are women. Only 19 percent of Congress is women. No wonder we don’t have the health care we deserve or paid family leave or public access to early childhood education. That really worries me. How can we expect legislation or our needs to be served if we don’t have equal representation? So here’s my hope: If you’re in politics, media, the tech industry, or working as an entrepreneur or a teacher or a construction worker or a caregiver, you know the problems we are all facing. I urge each one of you to ask yourselves: What do we do now? That’s a big question. What is it in life that you think you can’t accomplish? Or what is it that people have said that you cannot do? Wouldn’t it feel really good to prove them all wrong? Because I believe ambition is not a dirty word. It’s just believing in yourself and your abilities. Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to be a little bit more ambitious? I think the world would change.

P.S. Another inspiring feminist that I love talks about her secret to great hair. Hint, the answer is feminism.

#HappyFriday: A hectic week recap mind melt

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Hey Hart Beat. It’s FRIDAY!!!! I’m sure you’re equally excited as I am. Work this week has been super busy now that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I’m lucky that I love my job so much so that even when it’s super stressful I’m still incredibly happy and feel so lucky to be working for such a great company. This Friday, instead of five articles I’ve loved reading this week, here are a few things that deserved their own posts this week but then didn’t because I was too busy. Here’s to hoping next week gets to you more, Hart Beat.

1, Got this song in my Discovery Weekly on Monday. Um yes. Spotify, how did you know I love acoustic covers of pop and rap songs? #mustbedata

2. The piece “The Running Novelist” in The New Yorker about a bar owner turned author and runner was so inspiring.

3. Aziz Ansari’s new Netflix original show “Master of None” is AMAZING. I love every detail of the show, especially that it looks like the whole thing was filmed in my old neighborhood in Greenpoint. The bars he goes to are the ones I used to haunt and I love that. P.S. Terri Gross interviewed him this week and it was equally awesome.

4. I found my new love in Snapchat. Follow me by searching for hannahshazam.

4. I went home last weekend to the Berkshires and took some photos for Instagram. Take a look in case you’re craving a trip to the country right now.

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Top photo by @mar.bell

Let's not make a baby - Hannah Hart Beat

Thanks, Birth Control!

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Hello ladies (and gentlemen because hey I know there are some of you out there reading this right now as you well should!) This is a little bit of a shocker but I don’t care because it’s amazing and necessary and oh so relatable to all of you out there.

Let’s talk about birth control! More importantly, let’s talk about access and information to birth control! The other day while scrolling through Instagram I saw a post giving an amazing shout out to Bedsider, an online birth control support network for women 18-29 (hey Hart Beat!) operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private non-profit organization. The site has amazing gusto and a great attitude that’s pretty much summed up in part of their mission statement:

Babies are great…when you’re ready for them. We think in the meantime you have the right to a healthy, happy sex life without worrying about unplanned pregnancy. When unplanned pregnancies do occur, organizations such as PCOMT (Pregnancy Centers of Middle Tennessee) can be there to offer free, unsolicited support to mothers-to-be. You can make that happen by taking an active role in your reproductive health. We can help with that.

The site is kickass and gives all kind of amazing information from all the birth control methods, where to get it, birth control reminders (this idea is amazing!!), fact vs. fiction, and so, so, so much more. One thing that I love is it supplies all these great illustrations (seen here) that you can share on social media and the like. They are hilarious and I love the sentiment behind all of them. I also just ordered this shirt and cannot wait to wear it. Because you know why? I love birth control and I don’t thank it enough. I’m so thankful to live in this modern day world where women can actually have input on their own lives. So viva la birth control! (And order a shirt because it’s really a donation to the website.)

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Illustrations by Bedsider.

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Daylight Savings is a bummer

Oh Hart Beat. My least favorite day has come and gone. Daylight savings is here and today was the first day that I really felt it. Getting out of work at 6pm and having it be pitch black made me so sad that I came straight home, ordered a banana-strawberry smoothie, and am now streaming Friends. Yup, it’s that kind of night. I’m sure there are others of you out there and so, to try and boost all of our spirits with some fun things / warmer things to take our minds off the quickly approaching winter..

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An amazing (and happy!) print from Fieldguided that would look great in my kitchen. Peonies aren’t my favorite it man this flower looks like it is getting sun and I guess I could pretend to get sun from it…

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Happy people jumping. As someone who has tried the occasional jumping photo I can say that this is hard and now I feel like I need to try again.

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Starting to daydream about my trip this winter to Costa Rica. Have you been before, Hart Beat? I’m counting the days…

This cover of “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by The Rolling Stones. I love the original but man, this one is calling my name.

And that’s it! Do you have any other mood pick-me-uppers to share on this sad sunlight-less night?

Hannah Hart Beat x Wilt

Wilt and my favorite new sweater

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Hi Hart Beat. A few weekends ago Pedro and I took a day trip up to Hudson. Even though we ate some great food and had some amazing drinks, the real reason that we drove up there was to take a photo shoot for the brand Wilt.

Wilt is a women’s clothing brand started in 2009 with the idea of creating simple, clean clothing with uneven hems and playful proportions. All of their pieces are made in LA and the brand just launched an amazing fall collection that I was happy to shoot for them (aka Pedro shot for me). Here are a few photos from the shoot.

The two pieces that I love the most, and which are featured in the photos, are the Shirttail Racer Tank Dress and the Easy Pocket Sweatshirt (love that name). Which look do you like the best, Hart Beat?

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All photos by Pedro Rodriguez.