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..
Photo via Flikr.
Hi Hart Beat. Some of you might have seen this but The New York Times is pulling this great series called “Summer Love” that I thought you might like to see. The paper is requesting couples to submit summer love stories that they have experienced in New York, for however long, or short amount of time. Not to overdo this but, I love this idea.
So far the Times has pulled together about a dozen features on couples of all kinds. I’ve had the best time reading through them and thinking about all the ways to fall in (and sometimes out) in this city. As much as I love so many cities in the world (Madrid, Boston, Amsterdam, Portland), New York really has the most romantic feeling about it. I think it has something to do with the vastness and the sheer number of possibilities. On any given day you could run into your soulmate, the most romantic bar you’ve ever seen or into a heart-wrenching public breakup on the C train.
This video here is one of my favorite stories from the series. Summer = roller coasters and love = a roller coaster (see what I did there?). I’ve been thinking about submitting Pedro and my story to the paper. What do you think, Hart Beat? Have you found love in New York before?
Photos and video via The New York Times.
Afternoon, Hart Beat. I hope you all had a nice weekend. Pedro and I spent the weekend visiting my parents in my hometown in the Berkshires and it was so nice to get away from New York for a bit. On the drive up Pedro and I realized that we had forgotten on camera back at the apartment and at first were disappointed as we wouldn’t be able to take as many pictures as we would have wanted.
Since he and I both have nice phones (the iPhone 5 and Android something respectively) we just kind of shot with those and used VSCO cam to edit them as we went. Our photos actually came out amazing (they’re all in this post here) and it made me think about how photography has been changing lately now that all our phones are becoming more and more sophisticated.
Instagram phone photos have been getting so amazing that lately on the blog I’ve been using mostly Instagram photos in posts instead of scourging the internet. For me it’s great because I can give someone direct credit for the photo. All the recent Friday round-ups have featured Instagram accounts that I love.
This week in the Artifact Uprising blog, the company featured a story by Kevin Russ called “Have iPhone, Will Travel.” Russ is a photographer that snaps amazing photos via his iPhone and Artifact Uprising as a company itself works with phone photos in making beautiful calendars and notecards. This in depth piece about one of the talented artists using the phone as a medium for photography really got me thinking about how much my photography and experience with the art has changed even in the last year or so.
What are your thoughts on all of this Hart Beat? Do you still have a camera that you carry around sometimes? Or are you, like me, starting to notice more and more that your good photos are coming out of your phone? Would love to hear how other people are interpreting this change.
All the photos here are taken by Pedro and myself.
Hi Hart Beat. How’s your afternoon going? The New York Times just published a piece about a couple in the West Village of the city starting an urban garden. I have so many things to say about this, the first being how is this possible for someone who has zero green thumb?
Apparently the couple started their window and roof growing with just a few tomatoes plants. I never have but I’ve always wanted to check out the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint. My roof in Greenpoint had so much room and sunlight but (and this makes me sound crazy lazy, the roof was four stories up in a walkup). Now that I’m moving into an apartment with the roof just one flight of staircases up, I think I might need to start trying my hand at growing things.
Even if it’s just some flowers and my lime tree that lives in the Berkshires right now, I would love to get some practice with my horrible green thumb. The article from The New York Times was oddly comforting:
“We didn’t know anything — we used Miracle-Gro,” said Ms. Trueman, 54, who blogs about the politics of food for Civil Eats and writes about climate change for Moms Clean Air Force. “But it changed the way I viewed things in cities. Whenever I was on a high floor, looking down, I would see all this roof space and say: ‘Wow, you could grow so much. There are no woodchucks or deer, no Japanese beetles. And so many things grow so well in containers.’ ”
What do you think, Hart Beat? Would you ever start an urban garden? You can read the full articles here (and thanks to the Times for the wonderful photos!).
Oh Hart Beat, the happiest of Friday’s to you. What are you up to this weekend? I’m going to see a friend from college (who I haven’t seen in over a year!) and then Pedro and I are going to try to grill on Monday down by the East River (pleasedontrainpleasedontrain). There were so many good long reads this week that I had a hard time whittling it down. I hope you like them and that they make your commute home a little more pleasant.
1. This blog post from Artifact Uprising makes me want to plan a trip to India. Stat.
2. Judy Bloom is back!
3. An honest and personal piece about the struggle with depression.
4. Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long fell in love on Instagram. And it’s adorable. Plus I love this video of Amanda and her dog.
5. And finally, just in time for your commute home, how commuting is changing New York.
And to finish the week, the above and below are two shots I took this week for Instagram. New York and Brooklyn, you have my heart.
THE HAPPIEST OF FRIDAYS. Oh Hart Beat, for some reason this week was super long and I am so glad it’s Friday. The reason is probably because Saturday morning I’m running the Brooklyn Half Marathon and I’m very nervous slash excited. Any of you out there in internet world have plans for the weekend? If not you should come cheer me on! Carolyn and I are both running and there’s going to be a party at the end at Coney Island. What else do you want to do on a Saturday morning?
Until then, here are my top five links from the week:
. The most popular jukebox songs depending on your zip code in New York.
. All I want to after reading this article is go to Brimfield insane antique market.
. Last week was Brigitte and this week we have Katharine Hepburn as our style guide. I love her.
. Abandoned love signs from Miss Moss.
. I have the worst wanderlust right now and this blog post from Madewell is not helping.
Oh also, here’s an Instagram photo from this week (shameless plug to get you readers to follow me there). Isn’t Bay Ridge a crazy cool place?
Top photo via Madewell. When did they get so good at the photography thing? Whatevs, lurv you 4ever Madewell.
WOOT WOOT (hey Pedro) and HEY HART BEAT. It’s Friday!!! Gracias a dios. As promised last week, here is the weekly roundup of readings for you to read
at the office over the weekend. I’m sorry in advance for not having the next podcast up and ready for the podcast rundown. It’s Friday so that is my excuse.
. Food52 speaks to my love for red wine. These are my people.
. What love really looks like, sadness and all.
. Brigitte Bardot style inspiration for the weekend (the photo her dancing is everything)
. An amazing poolside lookbook from Need Supply Company.
. Something to think about over the weekend. #lifestuff
Oh Hart Beat. The happiest of Fridays to you. Hopefully the majority of you reading this are not in the immediate New York area and are NOT waiting on another snow storm to start this afternoon. All I have to ask is WHY WINTER WHY. What did we ever do to you?
In order to avoid thinking about this unfortunate situation, here are five links that I enjoyed reading this week. May the warmth be with you.
. The only way I can understand what Pedro is saying half the time. (The only things I’ll add is that “she got the cake” = nice ass and it’s actually pronounced “fuckouttahere” in one word.)
. A great piece about Jane Goodall and her life now. This baller woman is in her 80’s and still out conducting research. Am I the only one who knew that?
. A new eccomerce site to watch this week. Welcome to the madness Bezar.
. Food52 spells out the five house plants that are hardest to kill. Once more into the fray.
. The newest podcast I’ve been binge listening to. Lucky for you episodes come out every Friday.
What’s that? Didn’t see you over there Hart Beat since I’m currently focusing on tapping my foot hard to some new amazing music from the Alabama Shakes. If you didn’t know already (shout out to NPR music on this one) our favorite breakout band from 2012 is on the verge of releasing their second studio album Sound & Colors.
In anticipation of the new album release, The New York Times Magazine last week published this in depth interview / price about Brittany Howard the female powerhouse behind the band.
The article was an in depth look at the humble origins of the Alabama Shakes and the original chain of events that brought them from a north Alabama barroom band to one of the most hyped indie bands in the last three years. Especially insightful was a conversation with Brittany Howard, the lead singer and songwriter of he band. Brittany’s voice is really one of the things to set the Alabama Shakes apart from the rest of the indie southern bands to be pumped out of SXSW.
While I didn’t appreciate the frank disdain for Brittany’s body (what does that have anything to do with her music) I loved hearing how her struggle to find a place in this world influenced her to start a band. It was also immensely refreshing to hear how little success had changed her life and how much just the act of playing can bring XX happiness.
Happy Friday, Hart Beat! In continuation of last week’s Five Friday Readings, I’ve pulled together a few more for you today. I know that this kind of thing happens on the internet a lot but I love sharing what I’m reading and thinking about so let me know if you like this!
This weekend one of my close high school friends A. is coming to visit Brooklyn with her boyfriend of 6 months who I haven’t met yet. Whoopsie. She hasn’t met Pedro yet either so it makes me feel a little better. Other than that I’m going to try to find a good massage place in Chinatown to work on these back kinks I’ve picked up since vacation. Yuck New York, your winter is never ending. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
. NPR talks about the iconic bad boy image in music and how it’s becoming more and more uncommon
. Miss Moss celebrates her six year anniversary of her blog. Congratulations lady!
. The battle between this brilliant cartoon review of one of Food52’s cookbooks for The Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks and the author behind the book is so entertaining.
. Anna Sale from Death, Sex and Money guest stars on this weeks Savage Lovecast where she responds to the thought provoking episode she did over the summer interviewing the advice columnist Dan Savage. Podcasts talking about podcasts here people.
. Amanda Jane Jones, the Art Director at Kinfolk Magazine, posted an adorable ad for McDonalds on her Instagram and people had hissy fits in the comments.
. 12 amazing travel websites for all your wanderlusting this weekend