Monthly Archives: January 2017

Hannah Hart Beat

Do or Don’t: Ice Cold Showers

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. Guess what? I’m finally over the flu! So many happy dances happening in Bay Ridge right now. This week of bed rest has gotten me thinking about ways I can (try) and boost my immune system this winter in Brooklyn. One thing that I’ve read a few times in the last month is the benefit of an ice cold shower. An article in The New York Times presented the idea as a way to get something really difficult out of the way early in the day. I’m not sure that reason for cold showers makes me want to take the plunge (ha) but other health benefits I’m reading seem pretty valid.

Apparently, turning the water all the way to ice ice ice cold for the last thirty seconds of a shower can help with the following,

  • Increased alertness A way to wake up hella faster in the morning than three cups of coffee? Sounding promising.
  • Clearer skin and healthier hair The acne trick that I wish I knew years ago. Plus shinier hair!? Sign me up.
  • Improves immune system Yes, okay, I need help finally curing the flu but TBH I can’t really imagine ducking under an ice cold shower when I’m this sick. To each her own I guess…
  • Stimulates weight loss ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Not something I’m looking to do but I guess it should be added to the list.
  • Eases stress …… I’ll take it. I’LL TAKE IT. I’ll try anything that helps ease stress. My shoulders are continuously in a state of painful tension.
  • Relieves depression This is a huge statement that is hard for me to believe. I prefer to think of this benefit as cold showers “can help boost your immediate mood” which I personally, always can use. Winter is a hard time for me. Anything that I can find to help boost my mood is a good thing.

All of this info is coming from the internet (sites like Fast Company and Medical Daily so please know I didn’t consult a doctor writing this. Take all this with a grain of salt and NOT as an official medical suggestion. After reading all of this. turning the water all the way cold for the last thirty seconds of every shower is something I’m going to start this week. What about you, Hart Beat? If this is something you’ve ever even considered I would love to chat.

Update. I tried it. It is painful as hell but I’m gonna keep at it. Anyone else given it a try?

Hannah Hart Beat

Top photo of a house tour by Remodelista. Illustration via The Jungalow.

 

Hair, More Important Things & the Flu

Hannah Hart Beat

Morning Hart Beat. It’s been the worst week. It’s been the worst week for me personally, for our country, and for humanity in general. I think. I don’t really know anymore. This blog has always been a place for me to come and distract myself from the world and I’m starting to have a hard time with that. While I want to write about these beautiful hair barrettes that I can’t stop pinning (the one above is from & Other Stories, although, it looks like they might not sell it still) I’m both still sick as a dog from the flu and feeling angry, emotional, and helpless at what’s happening in our country right now.

This morning we all woke up to the news that President  F***ing Trump has signed a temporary ban on refugees entering the United States. This, after a week where he reinstated an international “gag rule”, among other things. What is the international “gag rule”? This insane policy denies the US government from giving any foreign aid to an international organization that provides or even discuss safe abortions. This money is pulled even if funds from our government doesn’t pay directly to perform abortions.

I’ve been in bed since Tuesday, Hart Beat. That’s five full days to feverishly refresh over and over again my Twitter feed. I’m done. So, what am I going to do today? I’m going to donate to the International Rescue Committee, finish my tea, take my ass to bed for a nap to kill this flu once and for all, wake up, go for a walk in my neighborhood to support my local businesses and then think about what good I’m going to do tomorrow. What about you, Hart Beat?

Women's March on Washington

I Can’t Keep Quiet

Women's March on Washington

Hi Hart Beat. This past weekend has been so well documented and commented on that it’s hard to think I have anything to add to the conversation. Yes, I went down to Washington on Saturday and yes, I marched alongside hundreds and thousands of men, women, and children to show that we are here and dedicated to fighting President Trump if (when) he tries to take our civil rights out from under us.

It was such an emotional day on the National Mall and I’m honored to have been part of one of the largest organized protests across the United States. Riding the bus back from D.C. all I could do was to keep scrolling through my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook feeds seeing all the photos, memories, and comments on that peaceful day. I can’t by any means list them all here but one video that I saw and now can’t get out of my head was this:

The Los Angeles-based singer known as MILCK knew she wanted to do something memorable for the Women’s March in Washington, D.C on Saturday. So she contacted a small group of other singers from across the country to coordinate a flash mob performance of MILCK’s song “Quiet,” an emotional rallying cry for self-empowerment and unity. The group of women rehearsed together via Skype and rendezvoused in D.C., where they performed a capella versions of “Quiet” several times during the march.

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Heart-wrenching, right Hart Beat? The singer MILCK now has my ears and I can’t quite listen to anything other than both the acapella and the original version of “Quiet.” Here’s the original with a beautiful video,

And, in case all of this isn’t enough, are the lyrics to the song so that you too can learn it. We can sing it at the next march together, Hart Beat.

Put on your face, know your place
Shut up and smile, don’t spread your legs
I could do that

But no one knows me no one ever will
If I don’t say something, if I just lie still
Would I be that monster, scare them all away
If I let the-em hear what I have to say

I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
A one woman riot, oh-oh

I can’t keep quiet
For anyone
Anymore

Cuz no one knows me no one ever will
if I don’t say something, take that dry blue pill
they may see that monster, they may run away
But I have to do this, do it anyway
I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
I can’t keep quiet, no oh-oh
A one woman riot, oh-oh
Oh I can’t keep quiet

 

Oprah

Making Oprah

Oprah

Hi Hart Beat. It’s a rainy Tuesday night here in Brooklyn so I’m hanging out at home, making some fajitas and listening to the history of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Yup, you read that right; the Oprah Winfrey Show. Since we live in a world that is (sometimes) great and good, this fall WBEZ Chicago Public Radio released a three-part podcast series on the making of the Oprah Winfrey Show.

The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.
– Oprah Winfery

Let’s step back a second, Hart Beat. You love Oprah, right? If not please leave (or just go to the next post) and if yes well then welcome to the club! Loving Oprah and her daytime television show is something that I have always admitted to. I remember in middle school I used to fake my period so I could stay home from swim practice and watch Oprah at 4pm. It was one of my favorite things. I knew at the time that I was probably a little young to watch the show (sex! drugs! diets!) but I didn’t care. I loved Oprah. I loved the studio audience, I loved the theme song, and I loved the fact that I never felt alone when watching her. I always knew there were thousands of other girls and women out there on their couches also listening.

Almost 15 years later listening to this podcast, I’m brought back to those days in front of the TV. If you were ever a fan of Oprah back in the 90’s or early 00’s, admire her book club, or are just an entrepreneurial young person you will devour this podcast mini-series. Oprah is still one of the most inspirational human beings and hearing her speak with Jenn White on the podcast brought tears to my eyes.

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.
– Oprah Winfery

Did you know that the tagline of The Oprah Winfrey show in its last ten years was “Live your best life.”? The woman was YEARS ahead of her time. In the time before #livingyourbestlife and #youdoyou were obnoxious Instagram hashtags, Oprah was revolutionizing how America saw women of all sizes and colors. Not only was she revolutionalizing how we were seen but also how we saw ourselves. In a week like this with the Women’s March on Washington just days away, there isn’t a better time to listen to one of our original heroines. Find “Making Oprah” here or download it on any podcast app you use.

One last thought, if anyone (ANYONE) can find out how a girl can watch back episodes of the Oprah Winfrey show please let me know. I’ve tried for years and good old Harpo Studios is holding those (smartly) to their chests.

P.S. Yes I cried while I wrote this post. I’m emotional and no one can bring that out of me like Oprah. #notjoking #hi

Top photo via Huffington Post and the second photo (of Oprah’s first ever episode) via her personal Instagram account @oprah.

Hannah Hart Beat

Look at Miss Ohio

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your Monday night going? It’s a rough week in the world so I think we all might need a little music to help us through the week. Lucky for me (and you!) the weekly Spotify Discover playlist came out today. If you haven’t taken advantage of this playlist on Spotify then stop right here and go find it! Every week the app will pull together a playlist of recommended songs based off of what you listened to the week before. This week a song that I wish I had known about years ago was on it. Do you know “Look at Miss Ohio” by Gillian Welch? If you don’t listen here,

If you want more music follow the Official Hart Beat playlist here or go back into the archives here.

Photo of Gillian Welch by 91.9 WFPK.

Hannah Hart Beat

Art Before the Women’s March on Washington

Women's March on Washington

Hart Beat! Are you going to the Women’s March on Washington this weekend? I’ve spoken only a little about November 9th and what the election and its result has meant to me, my friends, my family, and my neighbors. Sometimes I feel like I have lots to say. And other times I read articles like this one from the NYT and start to cry on the subway again. Then there are the days that I’m so fired up and angry I can hardly sit still.

One thing that has helped has been listening to women. Women artists like Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim. Women artists like Cheryl Strayed and Zadie Smith. Women singers like Nina Simone and women reports like Ann Friedman. I’m going to be in Washington this weekend with hundreds of thousands of women and men and one thing that I’ve enjoyed lately is the official march’s Instagram account. They’ve been showing art by different women in preparation for the day and so I thought I’d share some of my favorites here with you. At the bottom of this post you can find their names and handles so you can follow them too. If you have others please let me know! See you in D.C., Hart Beat.

P.S. I found this article helpful for getting ready for the march. If you have any tips send them my way!

https://www.instagram.com/weezyvc/

Hannah Hart Beat

Artists in order of their appearance here,

  1. Louisa Cannell / @weezyvc
  2. Jennifer Maravillas / @jennifermaravillas
  3. Kimothy Joy / @kimothyjoy
  4. This is DYNASTY / @thisisdynasty

Swimsuit Help

Hannah Hart Beat

Help me, Hart Beat! In a little less than a month, my mom and I are going on our annual trip to the sun. The tradition started my first winter in New York when I was having a hard time in the dark city. My doctor recommended some vitamin D so my mom and I hopped on a plane to the Carribean. Four years later we’re continuing the tradition.

Like last year, we’re going down to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica where I can get my surf on and my mom can get her reading on. Last year I invested in a great bathing suit from Hackwith Design House. I love it so much but this year I need something a little more secure in the chest area for my surfing days.

I’ve tried so many suits over the years and as someone with a large chest, there are two things that make or break a bathing suit. One, it has to have an underwire. And two, it’s best if there’s some kind of tie aspect. That way you can make it as tight as you want on the shoulders or on the back. For years I wore a few from Victoria’s Secret that I loved but I’ve noticed in the last few seasons haven’t been as well made.

So I need your help, Hart Beat! Do you busty (or non-busty) ladies out there have any brand recommendations to pass along?

Photo by Steven Meiers.

Hannah Hart Beat

Clavicle Sightings

Hi Hart Beat! Did you watch the Golden Globes this year? To be honest, I did not watch it but I 100% watched the recap on Entertainment Tonight at the gym. And what did I learn? Clavicles and sternums are IN people! Hollywood is dressing everyone on the red carpet as if their belly button is suddenly the new starting point of a V-neck. I’m not really confident that I’ll ever be able to find a bra that allows this BUT I think I’m going to try and adapt some of this look into my outfit.

One way I can see this look happening (especially in the dead of winter) is grabbing a few button downs and opening the collar up wide at the top. This way you get some collar bone action with the added bonus of being work appropriate. The chambray shirt in the top photo here would work perfectly and is currently sitting in my cart at Madewell.com. God knows I wish I knew where this shirt at the bottom was from. The internet being the internet I can only find this site as it’s origin.

So what about you, Hart Beat? Have you noticed any trends recently sweeping the nation? Red carpet inspiration or not, I’ll take it.

Hannah Hart Beat

Top photo via @tequila.sunday and bottom via Pinterest.

 

2017 Resolutions

How and why is it already 2017?? I thought I would be excited for the year but tbh it’s off to a rough start. The weather is bad, a misogynistic crazy and sickening reality TV celebrity is our incoming president, and everyone I know is sick. It could be better.

But, I’m channeling Baddie Winkle and going to try some resolutions anyway. The biggest takeaway I have on resolutions every year is to pick very small, very concrete goals instead of huge grandiose statements. The bigger the goal the more you’re setting yourself up to fail and aren’t giving yourself anyways to actually succeed. It’s a lot easier to plan and accomplish the second than it is the first. For example here are my resolutions in impossible terms,

  1. See my friends more.
  2. Stop being late.
  3. Cook more often.

Impossible, right? Here are my goals translated into actually attainable things.

  1. Text my friends back right away.
  2. Leave 15 minutes earlier than I think I have to.
  3. Cook from one new recipe once a week.

Much easier, right? I’ve started already. Right now I’m making my famous pasta with meat sauce. Not new but, a girl’s gotta try.

Photo I took in northern Spain.

Lucy Rose Laucht

Instacrush: Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Hi Hart Beat! Like I wrote about the other night, I’m all about escaping this god-forsaken and freezing city right now. Instead of trudging outside into the dark to see La La Land again, I’ve lost myself deep down in the feed of my most recent Instacrush, Lucy Rose Laucht aka @lucylaucht. If you like Instagram accounts of beautifully shot beaches, camper vans and romantic cliff sides (and who doesn’t really?) then you’re gonna love her.

I’m not sure how Lucy made her way into my feed but since I’ve started following her I’ve also become obsessed with her current life situation. I mean, read this from her website about me,

A Brit in New York by way of Australia, I’m a writer and photographer with a taste for world wandering. I left the rainy shores of England some nine years ago for a year long, round-the-world backpacking adventure where I met my soul mate at a noodle stand in Bali and never really looked back. My now-husband and l are currently at home on the road in La Guaguita, a (sometimes functional) 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia camper on a road trip across America in search of the interesting people & off-beat places that inspire us to get out and see the world.

Lucy, you are living the dream! Like seriously how can we get to the level of “living your best life” that this amazing woman is at? Le sigh. I guess we’ll just have to strain our thumbs going back further and further in her feed. Right, Hart Beat?

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

All photos by @lucylaucht.