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The Victors & Vanquished

Hi Hart Beat. I have great news! The blog that my boyfriend, Pedro, and I have been working on for the past two months is finally ready to launch! When Pedro and I first started dating one of the things that we had in common was that he and I both write our own lifestyle blogs (he writes solesirius.com and I have Hart Beat here.) We were always talking about ideas we each had for the other and about three months ago, we started talking about starting a project together.

After a lot of discussion of the kind of project we wanted to start (an ecommerce site, a relationship blog, a photo collection) we finally decided to focus on what we both love – fashion, design, music and up-and-coming brands. Pedro came up with the name, The Victors & Vanquished, and I came up with the idea of signing off each post “from him” or “from her” so that we can give our readers and “his and hers” perspective on what we’re writing about.

So far we’ve done posts on upcoming men’s and women’s collections released by Woolrich, Original Penguin and Everlane, music albums by Father John Misty and Wu-Tang Clan, and design by Max Wagner and Artifact Uprising. It’s super exciting and we have so many ideas for the new year. It’s been a team effort to get the blog going (huge shout-out to Marina for designing our logo) and I hope that you love reading it as much as you love reading Hart Beat! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram (coming soon) and Facebook for updates on all our posts! Plus, I’ve included a handy little icon here on the side that will link you right away to The V&V! Happy reading, Hart Beat.

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires: The new Johnny and June

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires at Bonnaroo in 2013 (David McClister)

Hey Hart Beat. I hope your Tuesday night is going well. I am so glad to finally be sitting down to write. After work I was busy running errands and doing laundry but the whole time I was thinking about how much I want to share this post with you!

Over the weekend while driving up to Maine I caught up on some of my favorite playlists. A new one just starting up from my beloved WNYC (‘sup Soterios) called Death, Sex & Money by Anna Sales was at the top of my list. And Hart Beat, it’s amazing! You have to listen to it! The episode that struck me the most was Anna’s most recent installment called “Confessions of a Nashville Power Couple.” That title, um… yes please.

In the episode host Anna speaks with country singing couple Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Their story is amazing and the two go into great detail in the podcast about their troubles with trust, alcohol abuse, career success and navigating a relationship in such a complicated world. I could listen to them talk all day.

One of the best parts of the episode (other than hearing such great life advice from people with southern accents) was being introduced to both Jason and Amanda’s work. I am in love, Hart Beat. Their music is amazing. Each have debuted a solo album in the last year and have set off on their own to create a following. They are both work listening too. I’ve put a great rendition of the couple singing “Cover Me Up” live but you should listen to the entirety of both Southeastern and Down Fell the Doves. My personal favorites are “Stockholm” and “Bulletproof. Gah, I can’t get enough.

P.S. It was only mentioned once but the similarities between Amanda and Jason and Johnny and June are uncanny. I can’t wait what comes next from these two.

Father John Misty love

Oh Hart Beat, I think I’m in love. My oldest friend Samantha shared some great music with me today and I want to pass it along to you. I’m sure you readers out there know and love the band Fleet Foxes (shoutout to freshman year at Bates.) What I didn’t know, and you are soon to find out, is that the lead singer from Fleet Foxes in the past few years has broken off and created his own solo music career as Father John Misty. And Hart Beat, it is a beautiful thing.

One of the best parts about listening to Father John Misty, as Josh Tillman goes by nowadays, are hearing the beautiful, romantic lyrics that he writes. Even better is the knowledge that everything J. Tillman writes is for his wife, Emma Tillman, the love of his life. I know, dying over here. Samantha and I just spent the last 30 minutes going through photos of the two of them and crooning at their love.

“Everyman Needs a Companion” by Father John Misty
 (Source for these top two photos.)
P.S. For a hilarious six minutes with Father John Misty watch this parody commercial he made here. A flashback to my favorite Billy Murray moment perhaps?
This man.

Getting literarily amorous

That was a little joke, voila. I found this hilarious and very romantic article/list whatever you call it the other day. One of my favorite things to do with a man friend is just relax and read and so I laughted out loud when I saw this list is called “30 Literary Quotes That Just Might Get You Laid.” Hilarious, right? I loved reading it and for some reason I thought you might too, Hart Beat. I put some of my favorites here but if you want the full list head over for a good laugh.

Number 24. Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
When you are the last man at a bar, talking to the last sympathetic woman:
“We were so intimate once upon a time I can’t believe it now. The memory of being that intimate with somebody. We were so intimate I could puke. I can’t imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. I haven’t been.”
Number 10. Just Kids by Patti Smith
It’s a risk, but it worked when Patti used it on Robert:
“Will you pretend you’re my boyfriend?”
Number 29. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
When honesty is the best policy:
“Are you happiest and saddest right now that you’ve ever been?” “Of course I am.” “Why?” “Because nothing makes me happier and nothing makes me sadder than you.”
And number 24. Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
When you are the last man at a bar, talking to the last sympathetic woman:
“We were so intimate once upon a time I can’t believe it now. The memory of being that intimate with somebody. We were so intimate I could puke. I can’t imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. I haven’t been.”

Getting literarily amorous

That was a little joke, voila. I found this hilarious and very romantic article/list whatever you call it the other day. One of my favorite things to do with a man friend is just relax and read and so I laughted out loud when I saw this list is called “30 Literary Quotes That Just Might Get You Laid.” Hilarious, right? I loved reading it and for some reason I thought you might too, Hart Beat. I put some of my favorites here but if you want the full list head over for a good laugh.

Number 24. Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
When you are the last man at a bar, talking to the last sympathetic woman:
“We were so intimate once upon a time I can’t believe it now. The memory of being that intimate with somebody. We were so intimate I could puke. I can’t imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. I haven’t been.”
Number 10. Just Kids by Patti Smith
It’s a risk, but it worked when Patti used it on Robert:
“Will you pretend you’re my boyfriend?”
Number 29. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
When honesty is the best policy:
“Are you happiest and saddest right now that you’ve ever been?” “Of course I am.” “Why?” “Because nothing makes me happier and nothing makes me sadder than you.”
And number 24. Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver
When you are the last man at a bar, talking to the last sympathetic woman:
“We were so intimate once upon a time I can’t believe it now. The memory of being that intimate with somebody. We were so intimate I could puke. I can’t imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. I haven’t been.”

Dancing on my own

Hey Hart Beat. My friend Kristy shared this song with me the other day and I thought you would like it too. My senior year at Bates the original Robyn song was really popular and it’s really nice to hear a mellow more hartbeat-esque version now. What do you think? You a fan of Kings of Leon?

“Dancing On My Own” cover by Kings of Leon

Dancing on my own

Hey Hart Beat. My friend Kristy shared this song with me the other day and I thought you would like it too. My senior year at Bates the original Robyn song was really popular and it’s really nice to hear a mellow more hartbeat-esque version now. What do you think? You a fan of Kings of Leon?

“Dancing On My Own” cover by Kings of Leon

Diego and Frida

Hi lovelies. This week is a pretty sad week in Brooklyn since my beautiful roommate G. is moving out this weekend. I’m pretty bummed about it and on top of an all ready stressful time, I have to say goodbye for now to one of my best friends. Good think she’s going to be living in my room for the first week of June (hey G. hey).

 (Source)

Anyway, G. loves the artist Frida Kahlo so when I came across this letter that she wrote to her husband Diego Rivera (both pictured above), I knew I had to post it here for her. The letter is beautiful isn’t it? I love that it’s written on an envelope, a work of art and love in itself.

Diego, my love,

Remember that once you finish the fresco we will be together forever once and for all, without arguments or anything, only to love one another.

Behave yourself and do everything that Emmy Lou tells you.

I adore you more than ever. Your girl, Frida.

(Write me)

(Source for this letter and all others like it.)

Julia and Paul

Hola Hart Beat! Aren’t these pictures amazing? My roommate G. sent me some images off her computer and I was inspired to dedicate this post to the cutest couple ever, Julia and Paul Child. I really don’t have much to say as these pictures really speak for themselves… I guess I’ll leave you with one little tidbit from Julia herself.
“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon
or not at all.”
– Julia Child
Amen, sister friend.

Julia and Paul

Hola Hart Beat! Aren’t these pictures amazing? My roommate G. sent me some images off her computer and I was inspired to dedicate this post to the cutest couple ever, Julia and Paul Child. I really don’t have much to say as these pictures really speak for themselves… I guess I’ll leave you with one little tidbit from Julia herself.
“Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon
or not at all.”
– Julia Child
Amen, sister friend.