Monthly Archives: March 2017

Do you get enough sleep?

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Happy Sunday, Hart Beat! Can you believe that it’s already daylight savings? It’s freezing in New York but I’m still taking it as a sign of hope that Spring is coming and it might be Summer soon. This weekend I found this great article from The New York Times that was published with a corresponding online quiz for people to take. I thought it was so cool (and so well done) that I wanted to share it here with you, Hart Beat.

I took the quiz and found that apparently, I’m a ” Moderate Morning” person. I guess that didn’t surprise me, if I have my coffee and am not hung over then morning really is my favorite time of day. Too bad this morning I slept until 10 because my body is all thrown off with this daylight savings day change. What I also learned from the article was that I am not getting my optimal sleep cadence. Apparently, I go to bed at 11:45pm every night (true) but should be going to bed at 10:30pm (dreamland) to actually get the best rest I can for my body. I guess I always kind of knew that. It’s so hard though to actually be in bed and fall asleep by that early time. I don’t get home from work until 7:30 or 9, depending on if I go to exercise class after work. By the time I make dinner, eat, and do some dishes it’s already like, 10pm. Leaves no time to wind down or hang out with Pedro. Blah. Maybe in this new year I can figure out a better way to live my best sleeping life.

What did the quiz tell you, Hart Beat? And don’t forget, today is not the day to beat yourself up for getting enough sleep. Our bodies are still one hour behind what they should be. At least that’s what I’ll be telling myself all day..

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Romantic New York Love Video

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Happy Friday, Hart Beat! I can’t believe I’m typing this but it’s snowing right now in New York. That’s right. We went from having consecutive days of 60 degree glorious days to now being downed in a flurry of snow. Blah. To make it up to you I thought I would share the most heartwarming video that I found browseing ye old internet. Have you seen this video?

The video is amazing, right? I’ve fallen in love in New York and can say that the emotions the video evokes are pretty on point. I love the shots of the subway and Highline especially. The video reminds me of a similar feeling series that I posed on the blog a few years back. You can read the Yelp love story in this post here.

Thanks, Condé Nast for bringing some warm and fuzzies my way this wintery night. Does this video remind you of anything, Hart Beat?

Will You Accept This Rose?

Will You Accept this Rose? - Hannah Hart Beat

2017 has been the year of new starts and that does not only this apply to my technology choices and bathing routines. I’ve also started watching a new TV show that has circulated in my world for yearssss. Do you watch The Bachelor, Hart Beat?

STOP RIGHT THERE. I know. I know and I’m sorry. I know there are so many things wrong with the show. It’s trashy, humiliating, and poorly made but god is it good. I won’t go into the show last night because I feel like at this point, you know all about it. What I do want to talk about is a great Bachelor podcast that I am currently obsessed with.

Will You Accept this Rose? is hosted by Arden Myrin and Erin Foley who are both L.A. based actors and comedians as well as super Bachelor fans. The podcast has been around for the last few seasons and comes out a day or two after each episode of The Bachelor or Bachelorette airs. They often have great comedians on the show who are also fans so if you’re into the whole L.A. comedy scene that’s always a nice surprise.

The reason to listen to this show? Will You Accept this Rose? is honestly more entertaining than watching the episodes. The hosts Arden and Erin are not funny on their own but they kill the show. They call out all the contestants on all their crap (like Nick’s weird way of eating beignets). They are all vulgar in the best way possible and love the show so genuinely that it makes me laugh out loud every time I listen. I mean, here’s a promo image they made for a live show:

Will You Accept this Rose? - Hannah Hart Beat

What could be more perfect, right? The hosts faces are in the heart that Nick is awkwardly holding! Anyway, do yourself a favor and listen to last week’s episode to prepare yourself for the finale happening this upcoming Monday. You will thank me in about two hours.

You can find Will You Accept this Rose?, produced by Nerdist, on any app that you find podcasts or just by clicking the name here and listening to it on your web browser.

Airbnb Dreams: Madrid

Hi Hart Beat! I have a fun new series I want to share with you! On the heels of my trip to Costa Rica, I’ve decided that while I’m living here in Brooklyn I am going to start scouring Airbnb for the best places to stay around the world. Why? Because I love to travel and while I’m in a great city for the moment I’m going to vicariously live through the internet.

The first stop in this series is (obviously) Madrid. In 2011 I studied abroad in Madrid, attending the Universidad Complutense and living in the college dorms. It was one of the best times in my life and since that winter and spring, I’ve been back twice. It’s hard to admit but it’s been SIX YEARS (Lordy, Lordy) since the first time I was there. I still remember that city like the back of my hand and so, I feel semi-qualified to tell you where to stay if you go there.

First of all, stay in the neighborhood of Malasaña, in the northern part of the center city, because, a) it’s a beautiful apartment, b) it’s where all my favorite bars are and c) it’s a great central location. I scouted out this gorgeous Madrid Airbnb to stay in that is situated right on the pedestrian shopping street of Fuencarral.

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Isn’t it amazing? Those floors! Those balconies! The apartment is huge. It boasts four bedrooms and can sleep up to 14 people. For a central Marid apartment that’s pretty amazing. My favorite part is the huge farm table in the sun-filled dining room. I can see me and my friends sitting around playing cards and drinking boxed wine. If I close my eyes I can almost taste the Jamon y Manchego.

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I call this ^^ bedroom.

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There are so many great recommendations around that neighborhood that it’s hard to even start listing them. All I’ll say is you should 100% check out Red Bar and ask Antonio to make you a mojito. I promise you won’t have any regrets.

Where do you want to see next in this series? Taking suggestions, Hart Beat!

Alessia Cara - Hannah Hart Beat

Alessia Cara

Ugg, Hart Beat. I have something horrible to admit. I have a new musician crush (not the horrible part) and I found them via an ad on Twitter (that’s said horrible part). A sponsored Spotify ad keeps being served to me and this morning I finally broke down to watch it. Here’s the ad:

Let’s admit it, Hart Beat. That song is CATCHY AS HELL. I had to stop what I was doing (standing in my kitchen waiting for Mr. Coffee to do his thing) to immediately search out Alessia Cara. And thank you Spotify, because I love her. Alessia Cara is a (relatively) new addition to the pop music scene. She got her start on YouTube like a true millennial and has now performed around the U.S. in addition to an appearance on SNL this past February.

Not surprisingly, all of Alessia Cara’s songs are on Spotify. My favorite (in the last four hours that I’ve known of Cara’s existence) is Wild Things. Am I late or what to the party, Hart Beat?

P.S. Find and subscribe to the rest of my music picks on the Official Hart Beat playlist on Spotify.

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My Kindle & Me: A love affair by any other name

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi, Hart Beat! This is a post I never thought I would be writing but, alas, here we are and the year truly is 2017. As my friends know, I’ve always been an avid reader. I’ve worked in libraries over the years and one of my favorite things to check out when visiting anywhere is the local bookstore. All things being said, for YEARS I hated on any kind of e-reader. Kindles, Nooks, iPads, you name it, it was on my hate (exit boat) list. That is until I turned 27 and my eyes started blurring and my back started aching. While I will not admit I’m getting older my body begs to differ.

So, before I went on a trip with my mom last month, I broke down and bought myself a birthday present in the form of a Kindle. I didn’t do much research because, you know, #denial but the little reading I did do directed me to the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader for its size, price, and highly ranked reviews. I bought it quickly and ever since it arrived on my desk at work, I have a new love affair.

Anyone I come in contact with I can’t help but spew my love for my Kindle. I’m a changed woman! It’s light! It doesn’t have any glare! It fits in my pocket! I can carry inch thick hardcover tombs with me at all times! I can carry five books at once! I can carry five hundred books at once! Honestly, I could go on and on. My love intensified when I found out that I can borrow books from my local library through my Kindle. In turn, I can support my public library and not spend any money. Amazon, I forgive you. Kindle, I love you.

I’m not 100% sure exactly which combinations of effects are working for me in the reading department but since purchasing my Kindle I’ve read almost than double the number of books I read in a year in a month. Truth be told, some of them have been YA books now that I don’t have the (stupid) shame of people’s judgmental eyes on the train but YA is good, man! #hungergamesmadeitso

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  • Bad Feminist: Essays, by Roxanne Gaye
  • All five the Sisterhood of the Traveling pants books, by Ann Brashers (crying through all of them of course)
  • The Da Vinci Code, by Dan Brown (because I missed the crazy years ago and needed a thriller through Italy)
  • The Circle, by Dave Eggers (which I am now more than halfway through and TERRIFIED for my digital footprint…)

And now the best part. What are you reading, Hart Beat? I’m quickly running through the list of books I’ve had and would love any suggestions from you. Love in the time of Kindle, Hannah