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Hannah Hart Beat - Beach Body

How to Get a Beach Body in Two Easy Steps

Hannah Hart Beat - Beach Body

Hi, Hart Beat! It’s finally summer and I think we can all say THANK GOODNESS THE SUN IS FINALLY HERE. I know I wait all year long for this season (maybe I should be living out west?) and am so glad I have time this year to go to the beach.

I know that this time of year isn’t always the easiest on our self-esteem. It’s easy to look at your Instagram feed or Pinterest boards and feel like the rest of the world is light and tight and ready to rock any bathing suit style. What do I have to say about that? Well, I know the secret trick to getting your dream beach body. It’s honestly so easy Hart Beat and I’m going to give it to you straight right here. Ready?

How to get a beach body in two easy steps:

Step one. Have a body.

Step two. Go to the beach!

Boom! There! You did it! You know have a 100% authentic and beautiful beach body. See you out in the waves, Hart Beat. 

P.S. My summer bucket list this year.

Illustration by Christopher Delorenzo.

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.

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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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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Summer reading

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Hiii Hart Beat. It’s Monday again! This summer is flying by and now that I’ve laid out the law for the 2015 Song of the Summer let’s talk about summer reading. On my new favorite podcast, A Few Things with Claire and Erica, the duo talk about what books they’re reading this summer and to be honest, Hart Beat, I was a little sad hearing it.

Why is that you ask? Maybe it’s specifically because of said podcast above. Since the podcast boom of last fall (looking at you Serial) there have been so many great new podcasts to add to my already long list. I’ve been a listener of “This American Life,” “Radiolab,” and “Fresh Air” for years (since they were always on the radio) but now that podcasts are a thing there are so many new ones that I barely have time to keep up with them all. These past few months alone I’ve added “Reply Now,” “Mystery Show,” “Burnt Toast,” and “The Longest Shortest Time.” What has ended up happening is that on my 45 minute commute to and from work I don’t read anymore, I listen.

There isn’t inherently anything wrong with listening to podcasts instead of reading as I am a firm believe in the idea that as long as you’re interacting in some way with storytelling (whatever that form may be) then you’re good. My personal problem is that I used to be a voracious reader because I love reading physical books. I have lists and lists of book recommendations but I just can’t figure out where to start.
So I turn to you, Hart Beat. Please, please, for the love of all things holy, I would love to hear your summer reads thus far. Send them to me by carrier pigeon, tweet at me, email me, comment here, whatever way is easiest. I will love you forever if you do.

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Top photo courtesy of @handsy_lit. Bottom photo from @localcreativebk.

#HappyFriday: The beach, thongs & more

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HAPPY FRIDAY HART BEAT. The weekend is here! The weekend is here! I just want to scream from the rooftops. This weekend I am so excited because I’m taking a trip out to Orient, Long Island with my two best friends. I’ve never been there and I cannot wait to hang out with my friends, drink wine, and look at the ocean. Three of my favorite things. What are you up to this weekend? Per usual, here are five articles and posts that I had fun reading this week. Arrivederci, Hart Beat.

1. My favorite author David Sedaris was interviewed by Vice.

2. I just want to live here.

3. The weekly update from Molly Yeh (with great farm photos and some overalls that I now must have.)

4. A study in blue.

5. I’m 25 guys, not sure what that means but I like the idea of NO. MORE. THONGS. (Sorry Pedro.)


Top photo via the wonderful MCMC Fragrance’s Instagram account.

Gone south!

Hi Hart Beat! As I’ve mentioned before my mom and I are off for a midwinter break to the sunny Caribbean. I will be taking some time off blogging to relax, read some books I’ve been looking forward to, and playing many rounds of Bananagrams with my mom. Hold down the fort in Brooklyn for me till I’m gone, Hart Beat. Lots of love and talk to you all soon!

xo Hannah Hart

Heart it races

Oh Hart Beat, don’t we all wish we lived on the coast of somewhere wonderfully warm? I’m wishing it especially today while I can see another winter blizzard starting right outside my window. My mom and I are heading south in a couple of weeks but I can’t wait until then. I love this Architecture in Helsinki song “Heart It Races” and the other day I found out that Dr Dog does an amazing cover. Even better? This video bellow features the song amongst beautiful surfing scenery. Yes please.  
Dr Dog covering “Heart It Races”
P.S. Beach waves all year long. Am I right? 

Vacation Planning with Old Hollywood

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Friday! It’s crummy and rainy in Greenpoint today but I couldn’t care less. My favorite coffee shop just opened a branch in my neighborhood and I am so warm and relaxed here. Last February my mom and I took a trip to the Caribbean to defrost and I’m so lucky and excited to be doing the same this year.

Unlike last year, I’m with it enough this year to get excited about heading south for a week. To prepare for the sun onslaught and to give those of you in the Northeast and beyond a Caribbean vacation glow without leaving home, let’s peruse some hollywood icons celebrating the sol. If only my life could look like a magazine photo shoot as well…

Grace Kelly killin’ it in the white bikini. And look at that hat, pure genius.

It’s fine. It’s just Gwyneth and Jude hanging out on the beach.

And Brigitte! That hat!

Oh Marilyn…

Let’s hang out!