Monthly Archives: April 2016

A Kitchen Accessory

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Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday!!! It’s starting to be my favorite time of the year in Brooklyn and every day I am so happy to wake up with the windows open and the breeze blowing through the curtains. Last night Pedro and some friends of ours had the best night in Red Hook and I think I’m going to take a bike ride over there today. But first coffee.

A few weeks ago I broke down and finally bought another not so necessary but adorable still kitchen accessory. These little Dansk butter warmers are everywhere on food and style blogs (including Food52). I’d never seen anyone actually using the butter warmer (how often do people heat butter) but since buying it I can attest that I use it almost every day. Am I really warming that much butter? Nope. But I do heat my milk before pouring it in my coffee and for that task, the little Dansk pot is perfect.

It holds enough milk for two cups of coffee and the wooden handle makes it super easy to grab and pour. Obviously it looks adorable on my kitchen shelf too… Hope you’re enjoying a hot cup of coffee right now too, Hart Beat!

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P.S. Pitcher, candles, candle stick holders, and butter keeper all from the Food52 Shop.

Orange Nails, Do or Don’t?

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Happy Fridayyyyyyyyy, Hart Beat! We did it. To celebrate Friday-eve last night after Barr class I decided to treat myself to a post-workout pre-weekend manicure. To be honest, Hart Beat, before this year I had never had a manicure. I love me a good pedicure but manicures just looked so high maintenance and dependent on picking a baller color that I just stayed away.

I don’t know what happened this year but all I’ve been noticing on the New York subway and Instagram lately has been all the different nail colors. The one that has kept my attention this spring is the weird orange color you can see above. And! Guess what! That’s me! Those are my nails. I took a took the gamble last night and now I’m lovin’ them (in a non Ronald McDonald kind of way).

What do you think? It’s a very strong color and to be honest I didn’t love it at first but I’m whooooooof it’s pulling at my heart strings this morning.

I know the manicure can only last week with my lifestyle so I need help! What’s the color your seeing on everyone right now?

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Photography by Pedro Rodriguez for Hannah Hart Beat.

P.S. Mug from the Food52 Shop and my rings I’ve written about here!

Clothes that Last: Taylor Stitch

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Hi Hart Beat! Ever since I moved in with Pedro I’ve found myself gravitating to more and more “boyfriend” styled clothes. Jeans, beanies, jackets, shoes… my wardrobe has definitely changed. The jeans that I wear now are men’s Levi’s, the winter coat I have is the women’s version of a traditional men’s flight jacket AND the shirt that I’m loving right now reminds me of the best kind of a men’s button down.

I think Pedro was getting a little frustrated with me taking his clothes all the time so after a little research on the internet I came across Taylor Stitch, the answer to my prayers. Taylor Stitch is an ecommerce and brick and mortar clothing store that makes traditional pieces of high quality. I was drawn to them for their simple, oxford cloth button down in black. I ordered it after debating for a bit but now that I have it I’m having a hard time not wearing it everyday. The shirt is incredibly well made and I can feel the material strength every time I put it on. I also love the white buttons that add an extra pop. The brand has all kinds of good finds and I think I might have to order this and this now. As I’ve shared on the blog before, I’ve recently been wanting to invest in better made pieces that will last and that I love rather then spending money left and right on things that ruin and tear in two seconds. This shirt definitely a long lasting piece and for that I am so happy. What do you think, Hart Beat? Is Taylor Stitch also the answers to your shopping prayers this season?

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Photos by Pedro Rodriguez for Hannah Hart Beat.

A Weekend Away in the Berkshires and Hudson

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Hi Hart Beat! Sorry for my delay in this post. Life has been happening fast since the summer/spring weather hit New York (!!) and I’ve been spending my non working hours away from the computer. Plus, Pedro and I headed up to my hometown of Stockbridge, MA over the weekend to celebrate his 30th birthday. Big. Deal.

My parents still live in the house I grew up in and I feel super lucky that I have a beautiful Berkshire County house to escape to any weekend I need to. To get from Stockbridge to Brooklyn is only a three hour drive or a two hour train ride. Since we went up this weekend with the two pups, Pedro and I drove up Thursday night. We were able to both take off work Friday and Monday so had an extended time in the country. Ugg, I miss it so much up there.

This weekend we did some of my favorite things to do in the area like hiking, drinking cocktails and coffee, and exploring Great Barrington and Hudson, two towns really close to Stockbridge. Here are some photos that I took over the weekend with where they were shot just in case you’re planning a weekend getaway out of the city anytime soon.

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Great Barrington, MA // Drinks at Allium

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Great Barrington, MA // Rubi’s Cafe

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Great Barrington, MA // Hiking Monument Mountain

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Hudson, NY // Historic District

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Bandit the pup at my parents house

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Melo the wild animal also at my parents house

Music for a Rainy Saturday

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Heyyyy Hart Beat. It’s supposed to SNOW IN BROOKLYN TODAY. Just, no. It’s April 9th. Brooklyn needs to think about what it’s about to do and change direction. To forget about this incoming winter weather, I thought I’d share a few songs that I’ve been listening to a lot lately. They’re all on Spotify so if you want these plus all the other songs I’ve recommended over the years, check out the official Hannah Hart Beat playlist on Spotify.

I know “Famous” by Kanye on his latest album The Life of Pablo is controversial. I even hate the line at the beginning when he says something blatantly untrue about our girl Taylor Swift. (Sorry Kanye but you did not make Miss Swift famous.) That line aside, this song is perfect in my opinion. I mean, the entire album is amazing but between Rihanna’s rift, the Nina Simone song inclusion and the Bom Bom Bom bit at the end, I can’t get enough of this song. If you haven’t yet, just listen to The Life of Pablo (I mean, it’s on Spotify now).

I don’t know how “Hands Down” or The Greeting Committee came into my life (Spotify Discovery maybe?) but I can’t get enough. It’s a #typical Hart Beat song about love with a strong indie vibe but whatever, female singers rule my world. “Baby,  you’re hands down the best thing about me.” 💞💞💞

Bless Willie Nelson and all the feelings he’s brought to me. A few weeks ago riding the R train home some guy was playing guitar on the train and when he started playing “Funny How Time Slips Away” I almost stood up and asked the stranger next to me to dance. If I ever did Karaoke, other than Madonna, this is the song I would sing. I just can’t with the lyrics. “How’s your new love? I hope that he’s doin fine. I heard you told him, that you’d love him till the end of time. Now, that’s the same thing that you told me seems like just the other day. Gee, ain’t it funny, how time slips away.” You like, Hart Beat?

Top photo of Etta James.

Daily Routine: Café au Lait Trick

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Hola Hart Beat. It’s definitely Thursday and it’s definitely rainy so that means we have to talk about coffee. Last year around this time I tried to give up coffee cold turkey. It didn’t work and since then I have been happily back on the caffeine train. My typical order oscillate between a regular latte and a café au lait (two thirds coffee with steamed milk poured over the top). To be honest, I can’t really tell a huge difference and (at least in New York) the price difference is huge. A café au lait usually costs $2.50/$3 and a latte can range from $4.50 to a crazy $9. The other reason I love a good café au lait is it’s the closest thing I’ve found to the Spanish Café con Leche. ☕☕☕

Suffice it to say I drink mainly café au laits but one thing I have been doing to add a little extra umff has been sprinkling a little cinnamon on top of the coffee. GAME CHANGER.

This started when my mom and I were in Costa Rica and I haven’t been able to stop. The cinnamon adds just a whiff of flavor that sometimes you just need in your coffee. Plus, it looks super pretty. The picture above was from this mornings coffee stop at The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in Bay Ridge.

What about you, Hart Beat? Have any tricks for your daily coffee grind?

In case you missed it, this is part of a series called Daily Routine on Hart Beat. For the first installment check out my daily packing routine post. More to come soon!

Bedroom Day Dreaming

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Hi Hart Beat. How are you doing? I’ve been day dreaming about redecorating my apartment lately and have been hooked on my bedroom. Last Spring Pedro and I painted our kitchen to give it a mini makeover. It made all the difference in the world! This year we’re talking about doing another one of the rooms of our apartment and I have my eyes on a few things for our bedroom.

1. A new bed frame. This one from West Elm caught my eye on Pinterest and now I can’t stop thinking about it. West Elm has great shots of the bed in actual people’s apartments and I can’t get over it! The photo up top here was taken by @dabito who’s Instagram is so great I’ve gone down such a rabbit hole of beautiful apartment design photos.

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2. New linen sheets from Parachute. I’ve heard different things about the new(ish) addition to the ecommerce order-online-no-store-just-online movement company but what really got me was the post by Stella Blackmon on her Instagram. As soon as I saw those dreamy white sheets I was all oh mamacita set me free. I have this weird thing with sheets where I really prefer white sheets above all else. I think it’s because the seem extra clean? The Parachute linen sheets look amazing and, even better, you can order just a top sheet or just a fitted sheet (more on this to come..)

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3. New throw pillows. I have these Ikea pillows that I picked up from the old Food52 office and I think it’s time for them to be updated slash they’ve been needed to be updated for years. I have my eye on this stripped one from a favorite store of mine in Greenpoint called Home of the Brave. I think tow of these + white linen sheets + that beautiful bedframe = my dream bedroom.

I’m also considering an iBeani iPad holder for my bed as my friend has recommended them to me. She describes them as another piece of furniture with a technology purpose that is otherwise hidden if you didn’t know what they were, which I think is great. However, that’s for another day once I’ve got everything else sorted!

The Art of Letter Writing

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Hola Hart Beat. I hope you’re week is going well! I want to talk today about something I’ve been trying to do more of lately, letter writing. My mom’s birthday is today (Happy Birthday, Mom!!) and over the weekend I had the best time going out to look for an actual birthday card for her, coming home, hand writing a note, and then walking up the block to put the letter in the blue mailbox. Thinking back on the steps it sounds like a lot, especially when compared to writing an email (literally 30 seconds in total), but letter writing is something I try to keep in my life even in this day of internet.

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The other day I got in my mailbox a letter from my Grandfather. Bobby is notorious in my family for sending mail to each of us every week or so. It’s usually newspaper clippings of articles from The Boothbay Harbor Register, or notes that he wants me to pass along to his favorite person in the world, my college roommate Carolyn, but the other week he sent me something new. It was a photocopied letter that he had written and sent to someone else in an envelope to me with no other note. It was my Grandfather’s version of a BCC. Amazing.

I’m not that bad but I have had a shoebox full of postcards, stamps, different sized envelopes, pens and cards for years now. I’ve lugged the same box from four dorm rooms and two apartments at this point. Every time someone’s birthday comes around, a holiday passes, or thank you notes are in order, I pull out the shoebox and page through the cards I’ve collected over the past ten years.

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Most of the postcards I’ve picked up from museums traveling internationally or at small stationary stores around the country. I tend to buy cards that I don’t need right away but will file away for something special. That’s what happened with my Mom’s birthday card. I think I’ve had this card in my collection for three years, just waiting for the perfect person to send it to.

So I’m wondering, do you still write letters and cards, Hart Beat? Do you like getting real mail? This post made me think of an article recently published in The Boston Globe about my collage scrapping the student postboxes for a bigger package center. It’s so sad to think about but I guess it does make sense that no one sends letters anymore. I don’t even have up to date mailing addresses for some of my closest friends. I think I’m going to have to change that today. Even if it means sending an email asking for a mailbox number.

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Girl Crush, Ann Friedman

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Hi Hart Beat! Off the heels of International Women’s Day I want to share with you one of my favorite women in the media world, Ann Friedman. I don’t remember how Ann came into my life but if she’s not in yours then you need to GET WITH ME (well her really). It’s hard to write about Ann Friedman, primarily because she is one of the best journalists/commentators/writers out there, and because you probably have (with or without knowing) read her work all over the internet. While trying to write a bio for her I just kept getting sucked into her website and that lead me down a rabbit hole of distraction.

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As a quick overview, Ann Freidman is a Los Angeles based journalist who writes for many national publications like NYmag.com, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. Ann writes about all kinds of things but mostly concentrates in gender, politics, culture and media. There are so many other things that I love about Ann that I think it would be easiest to list them.

1. Ann is one of the hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend! Tbh I hadn’t actually listened to Call Your Girlfriend until very recently. I don’t know why (so don’t ask me) but I can now attest that it’s amazing. The most recent episode (apparently) was very classic so I guess listen to that one first? P.S. Aminatou Sow is the other host to CYG and she is equally awesome. Check her out.

2. She also (like all that isn’t enough) sends out the most amazing weekly newsletter which will knock your socks off. It’s send every Friday and is an amazing compilation of interesting articles Ann recommends (hello Friday subway readings), articles that she’s written in the past week (here are a few recent examples), and a GIF of the week. There are other things really but you should just subscribe and see for yourself this Friday.

3. PIE CHARTS. These are pretty self explanatory. Ann hand draws amazing pie charts on things like “What have we made our peace with?” and “Why didn’t we exercise this week?” They’re hilarious and I love her.

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And those are the three reasons I’m loving Ann Friedman right now. Are there any girl crushes you’re nursing right now, Hart Beat?

Top two images via The Dreslyn. Pie charts by our girl Ann Friedman.

Celestial Love with Eugenia Loli

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Hi Hart Beat! Happy Sunday to all you readers out there. What are you up to this weekend? Today I’m running errands in Brooklyn, going to a Bar class (!) and F I N A L L Y getting new bras. Wish me luck. Other than talking about boobs this am, I wanted to share the work of an amazing artist that I just became aware of. Are you familiar with Eugenia Loli?

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I came across her Instagram and have since been hooked. Eugenia’s work is collage based and she uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications with overlaid surrealist details. It’s so weird and romantic and celestial. I can’t look away. I want them all framed in my apartment. You can see all of Eugenia’s work on her website (and even buy prints!) but here are some of my favorite pieces of hers for you to check out.

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All collages by Eugenia Loli.