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Ride Brilliant

Instacrush: Brilliant Bicycle

Ride Brilliant

Hi Hart Beat! This afternoon I want to share one of my newest Instacrushes that I’ve been obsessing over as of late. The account comes from a LA based bicycle company called Brilliant Bicycle Co. that makes the coolest and simplest bikes out there.

As you loyal readers know, I am an avid New York City biker and take pride in my beloved Bianchi. As much as I love my bike, ever since I came across the Brilliant Bicycle Co. instagram and website, I’ve been seriously considering getting one of the Brilliant bikes.

The company makes the options very easy by only offering two different types of frames, the Astor and the Mayfair, with each having either 1, 3, or 7 gears in so many fun, bright colors. I haven’t ridden on the bike but from what I’ve read this is the perfect, inexpensive, adorable bike for anyone in a city looking for a commuter bike. If you’re not ready to ride or ready to spring for a new bike then just follow @ridebrilliant and you can pretend, like me.

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Ride Brilliant

Ride Brilliant

Brilliant Bicycle

 

All photos via @ridebrilliant.

New York vs. San Francisco

Hola Hart Beat. As some of you might know, about three years ago (how was that so long ago) I tried to leave my east coast roots and move over to San Francisco. How was that you ask? What an epic fail. For so many reasons I did not like it over there and moved immediately back east to settle in Brooklyn. Now after living here for three years I am so, so, SO happy that I did. I love this city and (bonus here) my hatred of San Fran was one of the first things that Pedro and I bonded over when we met.

New York vs. San Francisco

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New York City fire escapes

My love for fire escapes in New York

Fire escapes in New York

One thing that I first noticed when I moved to New York three years ago was the presence of so many fire escapes framing each building.

When I moved into my apartment I remember one of things that I loved the most was that two of the bedrooms have beautiful fire escapes that look out over the manhattan skyline. To me, fire works are a way to observe the city outside, even if you’re not lucky or rich enough to have a yard. I remember dancing on my fire escape with my old roommate G. when Obama won for his second term while looking at the Empire State Building colors change to blue.

I was really disappointed then to read an article recently published about how landlords in iconic SoHo and Lower East Side are going to start removing the fire escapes from buildings in the manhattan neighborhood. I guess the reasoning is that now that fire codes dictate that hallways in apartments are fire proof there is no legal reason to have the out dated fire escapes.

To me this is such a loss as what I think of when I think of the city and it’s buildings are the metal scaffolding that coats each building. To be honest, I would be hesitant moving into a place without the easy access the the outdoors in a way only New Yorkers appreciate.

New York City fire escapes

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Life organization part two: The finances

Hi Hart Beat. Welcome to part two of Hannah Hart’s guide to getting your life back in shape (not implying that you’re life is out of shape but I know that from my end of a 25 year old’s look at things, getting your life in order is HARD WORK… is it always like this? When do I grow up?) Anyway, off that rant, tonight let’s talk about part two installment, getting your finances together.
I have a horrible secret to admit, Hart Beat.. The first two years that I lived here in Brooklyn I was horrible at keeping any kind of budget slash any idea of what my finances were. I was working at a commission based job at the time (not that that’s an excuse) and I was by no means keeping track of what I was spending or where it was going. Unfortunately, I learned my lesson the hard way and this past spring I had to take a serious look at the situation and what the next steps had to be.
Thankfully, my goddess of a roommate (hey Samantha heyy) is an expert of spreadsheets and organization. Her motto, in fact, is “Organization will set you free.” At first I laughed but now I can attest, she is 100% correct! So the two of us sat down, opened google docs and got to work. Now, just as an exercise for a few months, I write down every single thing that I spend money on to see at the end of the month how things look. It may seem crazy and over obsessive but I promise you that it has been working. I’ve actually been saving money! Crazy!
This all coming from a person who is completely against any kind of organization (see title above.) So there you go, Hart Beat, another life recommendation from my failure to do so. Go forth into this world of money spending, keep track and report back here.
Anyone else have any tips for a poorly organized girl’s bank account? Apps? Prayers? I’m open to anything.

 
 

My favorite part of the day

Hi Hart Beat. I just wanted to write a little love post to my favorite part of the day. No matter what happens, no matter how stressful work or life in the city is, every evening when I get on my bike in Williamsburg to ride home along the East River I am instantly put in a good mood. Seeing the city stretch out to my left and smelling the fresh salt water scent makes me so grateful to live in this beautiful part of the world. Thanks Brooklyn, you made my night tonight.

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Hola Hart Beat. I hope you’re all having a nice, relaxing time after Thanksgiving. Being at my parents house is really making me think about my apartment back in Brooklyn. It’s been through a lot during the last year and this winter I’m going to try to spruce it up a little. Here are a few ideas I’ve been thinking about…

Marilyn in New York

Hi Hart Beat. This is my first week of work at my new job and theres something about doing something completely new that makes you rethink even the places you think you know the best. Even though I’ve been in New York for a year now (happy anniversary city!) this week I feel like I’m exploring a whole new place. The feeling got me thinking of a couple photograph series that I’ve seen of Marilyn Monroe walking around New York. She looks so at home and so out of place at the same time, exactly the way I feel here, Hart Beat. It’s a strange feeling but I love it. 

Marilyn in New York

Hi Hart Beat. This is my first week of work at my new job and theres something about doing something completely new that makes you rethink even the places you think you know the best. Even though I’ve been in New York for a year now (happy anniversary city!) this week I feel like I’m exploring a whole new place. The feeling got me thinking of a couple photograph series that I’ve seen of Marilyn Monroe walking around New York. She looks so at home and so out of place at the same time, exactly the way I feel here, Hart Beat. It’s a strange feeling but I love it. 

Como agua

My favorite boutique in the world, Como agua de mayo, recently published it’s pictures for their spring 2013 line. I love these beautiful pictures of Barcelona, they remind me so much of being in the romantic city. I’m really looking forward to February and the romance of spring. What do you think, Hart Beat? Have you ever been to this store? Any romantic spring ideas?

Our record player

Hi Hart Beat! I didn’t really know what to blog about tonight so I think I’ll just write a little something about my life in Brooklyn while my roommate G. beautifully serenades me on her guitar. (Sorry about the typing key noise G.)

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful apartment in Brooklyn. La di da, G. and I live in this apartment. I hope you got that. Anyway, what I really want to talk about in this post is the amazing record player that G. brought to the apartment when we moved in together. I’ve always been secretly obsessed with being hipster enough to have a record player and actually listen to records on it since I was about 16 and saw the movie “Garden State.” Anyone else?

Now that I’m 22 and living in Brooklyn I guess it’s finally appropriate. And fun. Seriously Hart Beat. G. brought in about two bags of records (including the “Dirty Dancing Soundtrack” and the original “Motown” album as well as many of the classic sixties and seventies albums from back in our parents days) and I love listening to them. Not to mention that my mom gave all of her old records, including “Blue” by Joni Mitchell and “Blood on the Tracks” by a Mr. Bob Dylan.

What about you Hart Beat? Do you have a record player? Do you want one? And what albums would you have? I really want to go out and by the new xx album as well as the Lee Fields album. Maybe on Bleecker?