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Portland, OR

To Portland…. (Oregon)

Portland, OR

Morning, Hart Beat! For a while now, Pedro and I have been talking about life in Brooklyn and what that means for well, everything. Jobs, friends, fun, culture are all so close by but, Pedro has been talking a lot about how he’s always dreamed of living somewhere else. And that place is Portland, Oregon!**

I’m not sure where Pedro’s original obsession with the west coast city came from (Nike’s office’s are there, maybe that’s it?) but over the past few months we’ve been talking about the city so much that I was finally like, ya know what, let’s go there ourselves and see what we think. So we are!

My company gives all employees something called “Summer Week,” one week off around Labor Day, so Pedro and I are jetting off to the west coast to check out this hipster mecca. Our only experience with the west coast comes from my once upon a time “move” to San Francisco and Pedro’s one time trip to Seattle during his professional gaming days. We are both super excited.

It’s been a long while since Portland was hailed as “the place to be” and between Portlandia and the amazing instagram photos I’ve been obsessing over, I’m afraid that everyone might be right. For Pedro, Portland has a pretty big sneaker community thanks to both Nike and CSS having their home offices there and hypebeast not having hit the small city. For me, it seems like an amazing place to actually ride my bike around as well as a great place to finally open my dream store.

Now, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. PEDRO AND I ARE NOT MOVING. We’re just taking a trip out to Portland… Oregon…. to see how we like it. I would love any recommendations of places to check out. A few of my friends from work have sent over amazing lists and we would love to keep them coming. The more places to check out the better.

Portland, OR


** Yes it’s necessary to distinguish. Everyone and their mother assume Portland, Maine when I say just “Portland” and Pedro has some pretty strong opinions about that. I USED TO LIVE IN MAINE, OKAY PEDRO?? jkjk, I love you.

Photos from @portland and @everlane.

In Cape Cod…

Hi Hart Beat! Did ya miss me? I for sure missed you and as I write this Sunday night (to be published bright and early Monday morning) I feel a little  drunk while writing this, I guess that’s what taking a solid week from the computer will do to you. In this week off of work, off of the blog and out of Brooklyn, I got some serious R&R in with plenty of beach time, reading time, sleeping time and family time.

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Every summer of my life prior to this one, I have spent time in August with my mom’s family on a small island off the coast of Maine. The island is tiny (only about four miles round) and is one of those summer communities where the 100 cottages are only open for the summer months with no cars, restaurants or grocery stores on the island at all. This summer we got news that my cousins on my dad’s side of the family were coming east with family that I haven’t seen in years so my mom, dad and I decided to take a break from Maine and spend a week on the cape with the rest of the visiting family. SUCH A GOOD DECISION, HART BEAT.

I had only been to the cape twice before this week long trip. Once when I was 14 and spent Thanksgiving with friends of my parents on their beachside house (angsty Hannah loved walking the cold beach listening to the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack) and another time when I was 15 and spent about a week biking Cape Code with a summer camp group. Since both of these experiences were somewhat bizarre I had a weird sense of the cape and was so happy to have a solid week to get to know the area as a (somewhat) adult.

My final review? I love Maine but, MAN, Cape Cod is the bomb! There’s so much to do! There are oceanside beaches! bayside beaches! ponds! rivers! bike trails!! It was so great to have so many spaces to explore and still feel like I didn’t get a grasp on everything there was that I could have done.

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My mom, dad and I rented a tiny little cabin on the coast of an inlet in Eastham. It was the perfect size for the three of us (missing Pedro every minute 😭) and we were able to cook (see above’s lobster dinner), nap and outdoor shower (pic below) to our hearts content. One of the things that was great about the cape was that my dad and I could bike around and explore. My dad has a hard time walking and riding a bike is one of the only ways he can get around. Having a bike path going through ever village was amazing. Extra points for Cape Cod. I’m not going to go into crazy detail here about the beaches we went to and the crazy good ice cream we ate but here are some photos that I took throughout the week. I hope you like them Hart Beat and I will see you back here soon with your regularly scheduled romantic postings and such.

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My favorite beach getaway from Brooklyn

Hello Hart Beat and hello Monday. Let’s forget Monday and pretend it’s Saturday instead. Okay?

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My first year in New York I was under the (common) misconception that New York City had the misfortune of being in the northeast and therefor residing far, far away from any actual beach. Thankfully in my second year living in Brooklyn I discovered that there is SUCH an easy way to get to beautiful beaches from the city. So easy in fact, that Carolyn and I successfully visited the beach almost every weekend last year and this year without having a car in the city.

How do you ask?? The answer is simple: the LIRR. About eight times a day the LIRR travels out to Long Beach on Long Island. The Long Beach stop is about four blocks from the board walk and white sand beach. It may not be as flashy as Jones Beach or have the tacos like Rockaway BUT the roundtrip ticket plus beach pass is only $22. You can buy the “getaway” package at Penn or Atlantic station at the kiosks and it makes your day super easy. Carolyn and I will text each other at nine in the morning on a beautiful Saturday and then in less than an hour and a half we’re sitting pretty on one of the most beautiful beaches.

So there you go, Hart Beat. An easy and inexpensive way to get that tan you dream of, all while living in the best city in the world.

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Cape Cod recommendations


Heyyyyyy Hart Beat. Happy almost weekend! The week after next I’m lucky enough to be taking a week off of work and heading on vacation with my parents and Dad’s side of the family. Instead of heading to Maine where I’ve been going since I was born, we’re taking our first trip to the Cape (my Dad can bike there!) I’ve never been to the Cape before so I would LOVE any and all suggestions you lovely readers have.

We’re going to be staying in Eastham and I’m driving up from Brooklyn so I’ll have both my bike and my car. I’m open to traveling via bike or car to the best beaches and secret spots! So Hart Beat, HELP A GIRL OUT. I will repay you with Instagram shout-outs and hugs through the internet space.

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Showing off Brooklyn


Hi Hart Beat! A few weeks ago I got the best news.. My best friends from high school and I decided to throw away all of our usual obligations (ya know, life) and get together for a summer weekend. We tossed around different ideas (Rhode Island, Maine, the Berks) but ultimately decided on doing a weekend in Brooklyn! Since two of us live in the borough, one of use used to live in the borough (all hail G), and one hasn’t been to New York (let alone Brooklyn) since she was like 14, it seemed like a natural fit. I AM SO EXCITED, HART BEAT.

These ladies are so important to me and I cannot wait to show them around the place that I’ve happily called home for the past three years. I’ve made so many good memories here, the only bad things I can think of is the time I had to contact a brooklyn slip and fall lawyer after an accident in a store. This is just a past memory and I am extremely excited to show my friends my life. Once we had settled into deciding where to meet, the next thing (obviously) was for me and Deirdre, the other resident Brooklynite) to come up with our weekend plans.

It’s been so much fun brainstorming that I thought it would be great to share with you all what I’ve got in store for these ladies. That way if you are ever planning a weekend in the city and want some inspiration you can just come right back to this little post of mine.


Since Sara hasn’t been to New York in like, forever, a night in the city seems like the perfect way to start everyone off. Plus I work in midtown (what can I say, convenience is key in a city of slow and complicated subways).

There are countless bars and restaurants in both the East Village and LES that to be honest, I’m not 100% sure where I’m brining them. Regardless, if you’re going to come to manhattan south of 14th street and east of the Bowery is really the only place to go.

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If you didn’t get from my three song references above, I like to go to the beach. Luck for me, my friends also like to go to the beach. Voila! So since summer lasts about five minutes on the east coast, we’re taking the entire day Saturday to drive out to the Rockaways. Usually Carolyn and I go to Long Beach for summer weekends but since my friends don’t live in New York, I want to bring them to more of a happening place. From what I’ve heard, Rockaway is the place to be with all the bars, shops and TACOS. Plus it has the clean ocean water that you can swim in (Coney Island stay away please).

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Saturday night: Williamsburg & Bushwick

Ah Hart Beat, what would a weekend in Brooklyn be without bringing my friends to ye old Williamsburg. Since I lived in Greenpoint for three years I am not unfamiliar with the scene and think it will be fun to bring my friends there. I have a few favorite restaurants and bars in the area so here are a few options that I’ll run by the housewives.

Café Mogador (pros: DELICIOUS, cons: no reservations)
Rosarito Fish Shack (pros: tacos, cons: hipster center
Bars with backyards:
Lucky Dog
Crown Victoria that has a HUGE backyard (it used to be a police preseinct)
Night of Joy

The Woods

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Sunday: Prospect Park & Park Slope

There were ideas thrown around about making the trek up to the Bronx to go to the new Frida Khalo exhibit but since the drive to Boston and DC respectively are not quick trips, I’m hoping we can just stay in the neighborhood and visit some great brunch places plus check out Prospect Park.

Fun fact, Hart Beat, did you know that Prospect Park was so revered when it was first built that the famous Central Park was designed after Prospect Park. Needless to say, it’s definitely worth a visit when you’re in the area

So there you go, Hart Beat, a rough plan to the upcoming weekend in Brooklyn. Sounds like the perfect weekend to me (stay away rain!)

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Five Friday Readings: Everlane, Laura Marling & More

Hey Hart Beat! I’m waiting at the Antigua airport right now for the flight back to JFK. I’m looking forward to seeing Pedro and these two devils but not super stoked about the cold weather awaiting across the ocean.. Anyway, I don’t usually do this but here are a few links that I loved reading while on the beach this week and thought you would like to see them too! Happy Friday everyone.

. A great article about Everlane and their business philosophy

. Singer Laura Marling talks about her struggle with mental health issues

. Of A Kind’s advice on how to start running again at any temperature

. Madewell speaks with Lower East Side restaurant owner Sabrina De Sousa for their #everydaymadewell series

. Food52 talks about the end of Parks and Recreations with some delicious waffle photos

Win a trip to Paris!!

Moi oui bien sur! That’s right! I said you can win a trip to Paris by reading this blog post! Unfortunately, Hart Beat is not at the stage right now where I can offer this giveaway but our friends at Madewell sure can. I received this email newsletter this morning informing me that all I have to do to be eligible to win a trip to Paris (with a plus one, Pedro get your passport) is by pinning some of the products they have selected for their gift guide.
I know that by sharing this news with you I am decreasing my chance of winning but, come on, it’s PARIS. How could I not share the good news? So pin away friends! And keep those Parisian styled finger-nails crossed!
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Blogging vacation in Maine

Hi Hart Beat. I am so, so excited to be writing to you tonight. Why do you ask? Well, the answer is short (one word actually): VACATION. That’s right. Starting today I’m on a week and a half vacation from my job and my apartment in Brooklyn. Today my mom and I drove up to the island in Maine that I’ve been coming to since a child and I’ll be spending the rest of the week and all of next hanging out up here with my family. I’m sad to leave Brooklyn and my job but I am SO HAPPY because for the next week and a half I’ll be able to blog like I’ve always wanted. I’ve missed you Hart Beat!

I’m so happy these next ten days to read, write and relax. This Ernest Hemingway quote keeps repeating in my head. I’ll have to take it out of the library tomorrow.
For more photos follow my instagram this week. I’ll be posting up a storm.

My Weekend on a Maine Island

Hey Hart Beat. I hope your Wednesday is going well. I’m on my lunch break and though I’d share some photos with you from this past Memorial Day Weekend. As I mentioned last week, my college roommate and I joined my family on an island in Maine where my Grandmother has a summer house. It was such a beautiful weekend, Hart Beat. The island was just opening for the summer (they turn the water off in the winter) and a bunch of families made the trek north to enjoy the sunny weather.
The entire weekend we spent wandering around the small island, visiting friends, looking out at the water and hanging out with my mom’s new puppy. She had been looking at australian labradoodle puppies for a while and she finally decided to get one. He’s in a bunch of the photos below, I can’t get enough. I hope you like the pictures and that they give you a little boost this cold and dreary Wednesday.
Me and James, chillin’ on the South Shore.
I want dis house.
The cove and Bobby’s lobster boat.

One of my favorite rooms on the Island, the library children’s section.
This was my jam when I was growing up.
My mom brought her new Labradoodle puppy up to the island. James is about 8 months old so he’s still getting used to being off leash and playing with other dogs. He had the best time! There were so many other family dogs running around that he got to make so many friends. Getting a puppy was a great idea for mom. She spent ages learning about them on websites like and the puppy adores her too! It’s so cute! Buying a puppy can be expensive but I think they’re worth every penny. You’ll have to pay for vet bills, hair cuts and pet food so the costs can quickly add up. That said, my friend uses pet food coupons which makes looking after her many pets a bit cheaper!! Below are some of the best puppy play dates.
C. playing with James and another Labradoodle Griffin. HEAVEN.
James! Follow Daisy!

Dreams do come true.

The island pump where you can get crystal clear water.
P.S. James is there drinking from the special dog bowl.

A day on the beach with James.