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People of 2morrow (aka how to shop on Instagram)

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Hi Hart Beat. Let’s talk. Where do you find your favorite clothes? A friend of mine texted me yesterday asking where one could find non ridiculous onesies for the summer and to be honest, I was at a loss. And no, Hart Beat, it’s not because I’ve stopped shopping (what kind of world would that be) it’s because I’ve started shopping… on Instagram.

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Dalaga is closing

Hi Hart Beat. I have such sad news to share with you today. My favorite Greenpoint boutique, Dalaga NYC, is closing it’s doors at the end of this month. When I first moved to Greenpoint a year and a half ago Dalaga was one of the first stores that I went into and since then it has continuously been my go to shop for clothing, accessories, shoes, and general life styling. My favorite fragrance that I wear all the time comes from the store and, as my friends can attest, most of my wardrobe I’ve accumulated in the past two years has come from there as well. I love telling people about Dalaga and it is always one of the first places I bring visiting friends and family. When I worked at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg I would often tell tourists to take a leisurely walk up Kent Avenue into Greenpoint to visit the store before leaving Brooklyn.

After frequently shopping in the store and getting to know the owners (and sisters) Mary and Michelle Mangiliman, both of their families, and the amazing store manager Lilian, I was happy to join the Dalaga team this winter. I love working among the beautiful things that fill the Greenpoint store space and I’ve truly learned so much from these amazing, entrepreneurial, and fashionable sisters.

The beautiful sisters.

This past Valentine’s Day Mary and Michelle announced to the many Dalaga fans, from far and wide, that the flagship store on Franklin Street will be closing at the end of this month. In a letter written out to their dear Dalagas, the Mangiliman sisters write to the reason for the closing.

As of march 2nd our Dalaga storefront will be closing but we aren’t going away! We will be available to you 24/7 online at Dalaganyc.com with your favorite indie designers (no G train!). Best of all, you can still shop the Designed by Dalaga jewelry collections online, which will be debuting new designs every season. 


                       Of course we will miss the hustle and bustle of our beautiful store and seeing your beautiful faces, but we are confident we can still deliver the Dalaga experience you expect. In the meantime, be sure to bookmark us, follow us on Instagram, friend us on Facebook, and keep an eye out for the Dalaga jewelry collection in a store near you!

                       So while we are both expecting two new little Dalagas in the next few months, it’s time for us to move our business out of the store and onto your desktop. 

I am so happy that there will be two new little fiercely fashionable Dalaga girls in Greenpoint and I can’t wait to see what the Dalaga website will hold in this next new phase. Even so, the closing of Dalaga has left me very sad and anxious about the future of my beloved Greenpoint neighborhood. Dalaga was the first boutique to open on Franklin Street, paving the way for many stores, bars, restaurants, and galleries that have followed in their brilliant footsteps. I hope that whoever takes over the space will honor these pioneering ladies and the good that they’ve done for our neighborhood.


Michelle and Mary with the little soon to be Dalagas.

All I want is Ba&sh

Hola Hart Beat! Happy snow night! I had plans to check out this new Greenpoint restaurant tonight but because of this horrible I’m stuck inside watching horribly depressing whale movies. Anyway, let’s talk about one of my favorite discoveries of last year, fashion brand ba&sh.

A couple years ago when I was traveling in Spain I came across one of the most beautiful brands I’ve ever come across. You know that effortless french style that is always so hard to emulate? Well Ba&sh makes it appear as easy as breathing. Probably because the two designers are Parisian and have worked to create one of France’s more affordable lines. There’s not much on Ba&sh out there in the internet world but I was able to find this NY Times article back from 2007.

Ba&sh, founded in 2003 by the childhood friends Barbara Boccara and Sharon Krief, started in Paris in Printemps, Bon Marché and the tony Frank & fils. The next year they opened a free-standing shop in Saint-Gaermain-des-Prés followed by a location in the Marais at 22 rue des Francs Bourgeois, they now have 200 sales points. Boccara and Krief’s collection is based on the easy, romantic and chic style they wear themselves. “It’s our ideal wardrobe,” Boccara said. 

 Ba&sh pieces I could use right now.
Images from the fall/winter 2013 campaign. 

Thanks to the french blog Les Demoizelles we can look at some preview shots for the designers spring/summer 2014 line. I am in love with these colors and want to wear all of it right now.

Yea, of course the collection is so beautiful and so french. I love too that the brand name, Ba&sh, is a combination of the founders names (Barbara and Sharon). What a bummer that they don’t have a store or stockiest in New York. Luckily some of their collection can be found on Asos and they do have an online store, although right now the only collection available is fall/winter 2013. Come on girls, I’m done with this winter thing. Where’s spring?

I haven’t been able to track down many promotional product shots or any videos for the Ba&sh spring/summer 2014 line. I did however find this adorable video from 2013 s/s announcement. I don’t speak french so finding out these things are really exercising my google translating skills. Here’s the “printemps / été” 2013 collection:
BA&SH – Spring-Summer 2013 from Emmanuel Herbreteau on Vimeo.

Happy french fashion dreaming, Hart Beat!

L.A. Jeweler, Devon Pavlovits

One of my favorite things to do in this city is stopping in so many of the beautiful small boutiques and seeing the designers that they carry. I love talking to the owners and sales associates about what they are carrying and what it’s like to run a store. Seeing as now I work literally down the block from my apartment I stopped into a boutique called Raised By Wolves near my apartment the other night and found pieces by the amazing artist Devon Pavlovits.

Devon Pavlovits reminds me so much of the Sowthwest States for some reason, even though I’ve never been there. Devon is based in Los Angeles and makes all of her work in her studio there (pictured bellow). Even though I can go down the street to choose one of the delecate beaded bracelets, I would love to take a trip out to California to visit her studio and she how she works. Want to take a trip with me, Hart Beat?

5 Octobre by Sophie Shapira-Pfeffer

Photograph via The Hip Paris Blog.

Hey Hart Beat. As those of you who know me are aware, I’m really not a jewelry person. Other than my favorite Marina Pecoraro rings and an Olivia Burton watch there’s really only one other piece that I wear every day. Have you ever seen the 5 Octobre collection by Sophie Shapira-Pfeffer?

I first saw the 5 Octobre rings at, you guessed it, my favorite store Como Agua de Mayo in Barcelona. I bought a simple ring there and I honestly haven’t take it off since. I get so many compliments on this ring and I wish that the companies website was easier to navigate slash they had a store in New York. 
The beautiful store Kisan in Soho carries some of the rings and I’m going to have to check it out the next weekend I’m home in the city. 5 Octobre rings are hard to find photographs of as it’s not a very common brand in the US. I’ve pulled together some of the beautiful rings I have been able to find photographs for you here Hart Beat. Maybe someday they’ll be more available to you and me in the states…
Sophie Shapira-Pfeffer
Photo via merci.
Bobine ring via Global Market.
Bague Fantasie Flat Laiton doré et Cristal via Comptoir des filles.
Beautiful earrings, beautiful article, and beautiful photographs via The Hip Paris Blog.

5 Octobre by Sophie Shapira-Pfeffer

Photograph via The Hip Paris Blog.

Hey Hart Beat. As those of you who know me are aware, I’m really not a jewelry person. Other than my favorite Marina Pecoraro rings and an Olivia Burton watch there’s really only one other piece that I wear every day. Have you ever seen the 5 Octobre collection by Sophie Shapira-Pfeffer?

I first saw the 5 Octobre rings at, you guessed it, my favorite store Como Agua de Mayo in Barcelona. I bought a simple ring there and I honestly haven’t take it off since. I get so many compliments on this ring and I wish that the companies website was easier to navigate slash they had a store in New York. 
The beautiful store Kisan in Soho carries some of the rings and I’m going to have to check it out the next weekend I’m home in the city. 5 Octobre rings are hard to find photographs of as it’s not a very common brand in the US. I’ve pulled together some of the beautiful rings I have been able to find photographs for you here Hart Beat. Maybe someday they’ll be more available to you and me in the states…
Sophie Shapira-Pfeffer
Photo via merci.
Bobine ring via Global Market.
Bague Fantasie Flat Laiton doré et Cristal via Comptoir des filles.
Beautiful earrings, beautiful article, and beautiful photographs via The Hip Paris Blog.

La Manual Alpargatera

You like shoes, right Hart Beat? Oh my god! Me too! What a surprise. Kidding. Anyway, while I was traveling in Spain earlier this month I found my all time favorite shoe store and I have to share it with you, dear Hart Beat.

“La Manual Alpargatera begun as an espadrille workshop just after the Spanish Civil War (the forties). It combined an ancient handicraft tradition with leading fashion tendencies at that time, and it gave rise to a new alternative in the field of accessories.”
Yup, La Manual Alpargatera is an espadrille store. I unofficially say one of the top espadrille makers in the world. I was lucky enough just to stumble on the store while wandering around the Gothic section of Barcelona. The store is pretty understated from the outside but, once I entered the one room store, I was pretty much drawn to tears by all the beautiful shoes laid out. 

There were honestly too many shoes, models, and colors to choose from that I had to go back two times to make my final decision. I ended up walking away with three pairs, all for less than the price of one pair of Swedish Hasbeens. Life win right there. They are the most comfortable shoes, Hart Beat, that I wish I had brought three more pairs home. 

My metallic fall shoes. 

These puppies.

I’m in love. 

Packing and planning

Hey Hart Beat. So… I leave for Spain in four days (eek!) and I’m already in trouble. Why you ask? I’m about to do some dangerous shopping while in the mother land. Since my Dad and I are biking the first halfish of my trip, I am bringing a very, very limited about of clothes. I was going to buy some new shoes from vessifootwear.com
but I don’t think I can fit them in my bag!! I can literally count the items on two hands. And just in case you Hart Beat, ever bike through Spain, here is an excellent packing list: 1. bike/helmet 2. biking shorts 3. biking shirt 4. biking shoes 5. bathing suite (what up Spanish beaches) 6. dress 7. sandals 8. camera (über important, eh?) 9. journal (hi marina) 10. yoga pants

Yup, that’s it. No joke, my bag is the size of a scuba oxygen tank (the best comparison I could think of). 
I know what you’re wondering Hart Beat. What does any of this have to do with my situation? Here’s your answer, I HAVE to go shopping when I finish the ride in San Sebastian/Barcelona (still don’t know yet, whateves.) That is the best order I’ve ever heard. And since I’m so excited about shopping in my favorite country, I have been doing a little research before I go to see what kind of things I should be looking for. Come join me, Hart Beat, in this fantasy shopping spree. 
Naguisa shoes.
Since I’ve resisted buying these and these, I’m going to reward myself with new espadrilles from Spain. What? I work in fashion?
An Olivia Burton watch.
ba&sh tops. 
Faliero Sarti scarfs. 

Packing and planning

Hey Hart Beat. So… I leave for Spain in four days (eek!) and I’m already in trouble. Why you ask? I’m about to do some dangerous shopping while in the mother land. Since my Dad and I are biking the first halfish of my trip, I am bringing a very, very limited about of clothes. I can literally count the items on two hands. And just in case you Hart Beat, ever bike through Spain, here is an excellent packing list: 1. bike/helmet 2. biking shorts 3. biking shirt 4. biking shoes 5. bathing suite (what up Spanish beaches) 6. dress 7. sandals 8. camera (über important, eh?) 9. journal (hi marina) 10. yoga pants

Yup, that’s it. No joke, my bag is the size of a scuba oxygen tank (the best comparison I could think of). 
I know what you’re wondering Hart Beat. What does any of this have to do with my situation? Here’s your answer, I HAVE to go shopping when I finish the ride in San Sebastian/Barcelona (still don’t know yet, whateves.) That is the best order I’ve ever heard. And since I’m so excited about shopping in my favorite country, I have been doing a little research before I go to see what kind of things I should be looking for. Come join me, Hart Beat, in this fantasy shopping spree. 
Naguisa shoes.
Since I’ve resisted buying these and these, I’m going to reward myself with new espadrilles from Spain. What? I work in fashion?
An Olivia Burton watch.
ba&sh tops. 
Faliero Sarti scarfs. 

BB Dakota

Hello Hart Beat! How’s your Tuesday going? Today is my day off and I’m getting so many things done in my apartment. Listen to this: I cleaned the kitchen today and then I cooked a chicken in the oven. For a girl who never knew how to make a scrambled egg or do anything with a mop, I am turning into a domestic goddess. Who am I and what is New York doing to me?

What today’s post is really about though, is my newest clothing obsession. Have you ever heard of BB Dakota?

I have a couple of their pieces and they’re the kind of things that you can throw on anytime and look instantly pulled together but secretly be extremely comfortable. Luckily, my favorite boutique Dalaga carries most of the new BB Dakota line as soon as it’s released so I can get my fix. I just love the general general aesthetic and swoon over most of the pictures BB Dakota pins on Pinterest and posts on Facebook. The other great part about the brand is that it was originally created and is now run by a mother-daughter team. I love that. 
They’re entire brand is pretty summer oriented (especially right now) and I love it. I am so excited summer is finally here. I really missed the sun. Too bad California didn’t win my heart over, I could live like this forever.