Hola, Hart Beat! I may not have a personal home right now (hi family!) but that doesn’t mean that I’m not dreaming of decorating the next apartment I’ll live in. Again, taking sales pitches for cities right now.
What I would love is to have a full frame wall with art that I already own and things I’d like to add. Right now I’m swooning over these posters. Most of them are from romantic movies that I love. I think my favorite is the top one from Lost in Translation. It’s one of my favorite movies, especially the scene. Have you seen it, Hart Beat? If you haven’t I highly recommend it for this summer watch list.
Aren’t they amazing? P.S. For other home inspirations check out the Pinterest board I’ve been collecting for a while.
Hart Beat! Are you going to the Women’s March on Washington this weekend? I’ve spoken only a little about November 9th and what the election and its result has meant to me, my friends, my family, and my neighbors. Sometimes I feel like I have lots to say. And other times I read articles like this one from the NYT and start to cry on the subway again. Then there are the days that I’m so fired up and angry I can hardly sit still.
One thing that has helped has been listening to women. Women artists like Agnes Martin at the Guggenheim. Women artists like Cheryl Strayed and Zadie Smith. Women singers like Nina Simone and women reports like Ann Friedman. I’m going to be in Washington this weekend with hundreds of thousands of women and men and one thing that I’ve enjoyed lately is the official march’s Instagram account. They’ve been showing art by different women in preparation for the day and so I thought I’d share some of my favorites here with you. At the bottom of this post you can find their names and handles so you can follow them too. If you have others please let me know! See you in D.C., Hart Beat.
P.S. I found this article helpful for getting ready for the march. If you have any tips send them my way!
Artists in order of their appearance here,
- Louisa Cannell / @weezyvc
- Jennifer Maravillas / @jennifermaravillas
- Kimothy Joy / @kimothyjoy
- This is DYNASTY / @thisisdynasty
Hi Hart Beat! I was resting my legs all week long and am late with a post, I know. Lucky for you here are some articles that I did spend time reading this week that I thought you might like to see. P and I are going up to stay with my parents this weekend and I’m so excited to get out of the city. California really won me over with that whole “not humid” thing. Happy weekend, Hart Beat.
Apparently you can cure chronic lateness… Might have to try this one.
I want to eat this all summer long.
Have to try this bar next time I’m in North Brooklyn.
RBG spins truth.
Sleep makes the modern girl.
Speaking of girls, don’t call me one.
Photo of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin aka the dream couple.
Hola Hart Beat. I hope you’re week is going well! I want to talk today about something I’ve been trying to do more of lately, letter writing. My mom’s birthday is today (Happy Birthday, Mom!!) and over the weekend I had the best time going out to look for an actual birthday card for her, coming home, hand writing a note, and then walking up the block to put the letter in the blue mailbox. Thinking back on the steps it sounds like a lot, especially when compared to writing an email (literally 30 seconds in total), but letter writing is something I try to keep in my life even in this day of internet.
The other day I got in my mailbox a letter from my Grandfather. Bobby is notorious in my family for sending mail to each of us every week or so. It’s usually newspaper clippings of articles from The Boothbay Harbor Register, or notes that he wants me to pass along to his favorite person in the world, my college roommate Carolyn, but the other week he sent me something new. It was a photocopied letter that he had written and sent to someone else in an envelope to me with no other note. It was my Grandfather’s version of a BCC. Amazing.
I’m not that bad but I have had a shoebox full of postcards, stamps, different sized envelopes, pens and cards for years now. I’ve lugged the same box from four dorm rooms and two apartments at this point. Every time someone’s birthday comes around, a holiday passes, or thank you notes are in order, I pull out the shoebox and page through the cards I’ve collected over the past ten years.
Most of the postcards I’ve picked up from museums traveling internationally or at small stationary stores around the country. I tend to buy cards that I don’t need right away but will file away for something special. That’s what happened with my Mom’s birthday card. I think I’ve had this card in my collection for three years, just waiting for the perfect person to send it to.
So I’m wondering, do you still write letters and cards, Hart Beat? Do you like getting real mail? This post made me think of an article recently published in The Boston Globe about my collage scrapping the student postboxes for a bigger package center. It’s so sad to think about but I guess it does make sense that no one sends letters anymore. I don’t even have up to date mailing addresses for some of my closest friends. I think I’m going to have to change that today. Even if it means sending an email asking for a mailbox number.
Hi Hart Beat. It’s Tuesday afternoon and I am STRUGGLING. STRUGG-U-LING. As some solace, because you too are probably feeling the nap need coming to you, here are a few images that I’ve been loving and finding inspiration in lately. WE CAN DO THIS.
This ^^ building La Muralla Roja by the architect Ricardo Bofill in Calpe, Spain.
These ^^ Spring lookers from the Portland Apothecary’s newsletter.
This ^^ Grand Acrobate c. 1952 by Henri Matisse that creeped (in a great way) into my Instagram feed.
These ^^ photos by Alice Gao from the Everlane Open Office events last week.
Evening Hart Beat. What are you up to? Pedro and I are plowing through season two of The X-Files (still going strong👊) and I’m getting back to knitting the sweater I started last month. While sitting here knitting I started thinking about how I got started with the hobby originally and thought it might be something you’d like to read.
I’ve mentioned it here before but over the years I’ve had struggles with depression. This winter I have been loads better (!) but I’m still finding myself doing things that were habits or projects picked up from when I was sick. Things like the vacation that my mom and I take, while now greatly appreciated, is something that used to be prescribed.
Knitting is another habit that I picked up over the years. When I first started it was really a way to do something with my hands while I repeatedly binge watched Friends or How I Met Your Mother. Knitting is repetitive and consistent. It doesn’t take a lot of thought, especially when your just knitting unnecessarily long scarfs like I was at first.
Before this year, I had never knitted anything I would gift or even wear myself. I still have totes full of unfinished projects stored at my parents house. This fall though I thought it was time to try something more difficult. That’s how I ended up with this sweater here.
The sweater in progress.
It’s a amazingly soft, grey-tan (my favorite hue) turtleneck sweater and I can’t wait to rep it out of the house. Pedro calls it my Drizzy sweater and he may not be wrong. Either way, it means so much to me this year. I’m not sad knitting this time and I think I might finish it before winter is really over. My security blanket 2.0 as I’m thinking about it. Cheers to happy times, Hart Beat.
Hey Hart Beat! Happy Mondaythatwe’reallatworkbutwishwewerehome. Just me? Anyway, this week I’m pretty stoked because I’m FINALLY getting a new phone. My upgrade is here and I am taking full advantage of it. To celebrate I’ve been looking for some new photography for my phone screen, and on that note, for my computer.
One of my favorite bloggers Alice Gao is also an extremely talented photographer and has a whole slew of gorgeous shots on her professional site. I thought I’d share with you my favorites. Let’s live casually through Miss Gao today.
All photos by Alice Gao.
I don’t know about you Hart Beat but it feels like all my friends have birthdays that fall around together. Theres a group in the fall, starting September 6th and going all the way through October, and then there’s another cohort that falls from the end of January through February (sup Aquarius clan). Now that we’ve all been out of school for a few years and live in different cities, I don’t always get to see my friends on their birthdays. I wish I had unlimited miles to fly all around the word but, sadly, I do not.
What I do have, Hart Beat, is the US of A postal service. Email and social media are good but what’s better than getting an actual card in the actual mail? This summer I discovered the fabulously talented and life saving Knote Paper. The company is based in New Jersey but I found their cards at the Brooklyn Flea. All of the cards that the company sells are hand-lettered and letter-pressed by independent artists around the country.
You can buy just the blank cards but the company also provides a service where when you buy the card online you can include a note and before they send it out in the mail, Knote Paper hand-writes the note on the card and mails it directly from their studio. That way you don’t even have to get a stamp! Or go to the post office!
Personally, I like that part of writing birthday cards but I know some of you out there will find this idea increadibly appealing.. Amiright?
Hi Hart Beat. Now that Pedro and I are finished panting our kitchen we’re working on hanging up some paintings and such around the apartment. Other than some of my moms paintings and a few photographs that I’ve collected over the years, I’m thinking of ordering some of Pedro and my own photographs to hang around our apartment. Enter Artifact Uprising.
I’ve been a fan of Artifact Uprising for a few years now and think that their calendars and cards make some of the best gifts I’ve seen. All of the products that AU makes are both simple and lasting and these frames look like the perfect combination of the two as well. I just want all of them, Hart Beat…
All photos via Artifact Uprising.
Working at Food52 gives me so much access and introduction to amazing cooks and writers but lately we’ve been pulling together some great illustrations on the site. When I clicked through to see who the artist was I was blown away and laughed away by Laura Odell’s work.
Laura has a wide range of work but my favorites are all of the small illustrations that she pulled together on this site. The top one here amiright? Shoutout to Bates Commons there (I see you Star Trek). I feel like this is my life on the subway and in the office elevator. WHY EYES WHY. Some of my other favorites by Laura are here too.