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Little Sister Kitchen

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Morning, Hart Beat. Have I mentioned lately that I work for Food52? I know what you’re saying to yourselves, of course you have Hannah! We get it, you work for a beautiful place and eat delicious food. I don’t mention this very often here on Hart Beat because when I first started this here blog, one of my founding mission statements (of sorts?) was that Hart Beat would NEVER become a food blog. (Please excuse this post).

I’m not sure why I had such a strong reaction to this but I did and honestly, I still do. I love food and I love cooking but I am by no means someone to give recipe recommendations nor do I particularly like reading recipes in a blog sense. And why would I write things that I wouldn’t even want to read? In the same vain as this Instacrush profile was, today’s post inches close to the line of Hart Beat’s food blog anti-mission statement. This morning I want to tell you about a new blog that I’ve started reading and why you should too.

Little Sister Kitchen was created by a friend of mine from High School and has been stealing my heart as of late. Grace graduated from our high school, went to school in Iowa and now lives in Boston working for an ecommerce site. I heard through the grapevine of social media that Grace started a cooking blog and since I’m now engulfed in the food world, I knew I had to check it out. Oh Hart Beat, thank god that I did.

Grace takes the most beautiful photos and has the most down to earth writing style that I’ve read in a while. In her posts not only does she give the recipe and a detailed description of the cooking process but, she also gives a little backstory to the history of the recipe. Here’s a little excerpt from her most recent post:

It’s easy to get down on yourself when you’re 24. You have a good job and a desk with a view, a big kitchen with two windows that let in the morning breeze, and are by all accounts the luckiest girl in the world. And yet, there’s this nagging sensation that runs deep—that you aren’t where you need to be yet.

I never actually had a something I wanted to ‘be when I grew up.’ I always knew I was passionate, but after my short-lived dreams of being an opera singer (sorry, siblings, for stationing myself in the echo-y stairwell for hours at a time, belting out ballads where they sounded the loudest) my dreams became less specific. In college, it was easy to indulge in the challenges of my classes, analyzing paintings by and working laboriously through esoteric texts. But I had this fear of not knowing what I’d be good at.

Well said, Grace, well said. Figuring out what your supposed to do, or even want to do, in your early twenties is all but impossible. It’s nice to see another friend going through the similar struggles that I know only so well. Lucky for both you and me, Hart Beat, Grace has found her passion in Little Sister Kitchen and now we get to follow along for the ride.

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All photos generously from Little Sister Kitchen.

Be a Boss event with Local Creative

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Hi Hart Beat. I’m so excited today to tell you about the Be a Boss event that I was lucky enough to attend this past weekend. The organizers behind the event are fellow Greenpoint bloggers and budding lady entrepreneurs Jenna Saraco and Nicole Steriovski who run the very successful project Local Creative. They were joined by the food centered blog Taste the Style to host about forty like minded women for an afternoon panel and party.

The event was held in Sky Gallery, a beautiful, open event space in Gowanus, Brooklyn who’s space is one of those places that you usually only see on Instagrams of fancy lifestyle bloggers. Minimally decorated, with a backyard space, is hosting Local Creative this entire month of June for different events, pop-up shops and co-working space.

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Be a Boss brought together two panels of women who work in food and fashion. It was amazing with lots of great advice for a budding blogger like yours truly but what I found the most inspiring was the second panel where the discussion was centered on opening and owning your own retail concept store. Caroline Ventura, owner of Calliope, Hannah Dilworth, owner of Concrete + Water and Kai Avent-deLeon, owner of Sincerely, Tommy all shared their successes and failures in opening their own businesses.

My dream job since graduating college has been to own my own store and consulting business. Now that I’m with Pedro, it’s something that we talk about starting together and even though it sounds so wonderful, it’s hard to think about how to actually start the endeavor. None of the business represented have been opened for more than a year and after working around so many longtime artists at Artists & Fleas close up shop and working for Dalaga right as the store closed after being in Greenpoint for eight years, I didn’t pick up much advice for actually being long term successful in the business. It was completely inspiring though to hear from so many young women who are just a picking up and taking the world by storm. If anything that’s the kind of thing I want to see more of and honestly, want to join in on. Who knows, Hart Beat, maybe in another year or two you can come visit me in person to talk about all this stuff that lives on the blog now.

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Top three photos are mine and the bottom photo comes via Local Creative.

#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.