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Airbnb Dreams: Madrid

Hi Hart Beat! I have a fun new series I want to share with you! On the heels of my trip to Costa Rica, I’ve decided that while I’m living here in Brooklyn I am going to start scouring Airbnb for the best places to stay around the world. Why? Because I love to travel and while I’m in a great city for the moment I’m going to vicariously live through the internet.

The first stop in this series is (obviously) Madrid. In 2011 I studied abroad in Madrid, attending the Universidad Complutense and living in the college dorms. It was one of the best times in my life and since that winter and spring, I’ve been back twice. It’s hard to admit but it’s been SIX YEARS (Lordy, Lordy) since the first time I was there. I still remember that city like the back of my hand and so, I feel semi-qualified to tell you where to stay if you go there.

First of all, stay in the neighborhood of Malasaña, in the northern part of the center city, because, a) it’s a beautiful apartment, b) it’s where all my favorite bars are and c) it’s a great central location. I scouted out this gorgeous Madrid Airbnb to stay in that is situated right on the pedestrian shopping street of Fuencarral.

Hannah Hart Beat

Isn’t it amazing? Those floors! Those balconies! The apartment is huge. It boasts four bedrooms and can sleep up to 14 people. For a central Marid apartment that’s pretty amazing. My favorite part is the huge farm table in the sun-filled dining room. I can see me and my friends sitting around playing cards and drinking boxed wine. If I close my eyes I can almost taste the Jamon y Manchego.

Hannah Hart Beat

Hannah Hart Beat

Hannah Hart Beat

Hannah Hart Beat

I call this ^^ bedroom.

Hannah Hart Beat

There are so many great recommendations around that neighborhood that it’s hard to even start listing them. All I’ll say is you should 100% check out Red Bar and ask Antonio to make you a mojito. I promise you won’t have any regrets.

Where do you want to see next in this series? Taking suggestions, Hart Beat!

Bonjour, Sessùn

Oh hello, Hart Beat. Let’s talk about some French things this morning on the blog. Shall we?
For the past couple months my roommate and I have been complementing each other on our outfits by telling each other how French the other looks. It’s great. I mean, who doesn’t want to embody the effortlessly chic, carefree and natural way French ladies do?
I’ve been finding so many French clothing brands, ba&sh, Pictoresq and 5 Octobre being a few, to inspire the new France inspired fashion love going on at our India Street apartment. Today I want to talk about another discovery for your French fashion cravings. Sessùn is an all women’s clothing line created by Emma François that is sold by a handful of same-name boutiques in Europe. Lucky for us, Hart Beat, Sessùn’s collection is also sold on their online store. One thing that I love about Sessùn is Miss. François origins as an Anthology major. I love seeing other Liberal Arts majors taking the fundamentals they learned in school and applying them to small businesses and the arts (Spanish Literature major over here).  

It was in South America that Emma François felt the turning point which foreshadowed a vocation. It was when she came into contact with people who weave, embroider, sew and make things, drawing unquestioningly on a heritage of techniques and know-how, that she finally understood what she had to do and found her own way, establishing Sessùn in 1995.

I love the simple and elegant pieces in the brand and the Spring/Summer 2014 line is on point. These photographs all come from the newest lookbook and I wish I could add all of them to my closet. Sessùn also curates a great blog that promotes the brand and inspiration for the designs that they create. Man do I wish I could read French. 

Sessùn is a world of its own… poetic, cross-sectional, confidential… Sessùn is a way of living. Sessùn clothes are feminine and timeless with preppy influences and perfect cuts that produce a smart casual look with  a cool attitude. 

        

All photos from the lovely Sessùn.

Pictoresq: Ma oui bien sur!

Hola Hart Beat. Hallelujah amen sister friend for the sun being out in Brooklyn today. It’s making my work so much more bearable. A couple weeks back on of my favorite bloggers Miss Moss highlighted the beautiful french online magazine and shop Pictoresq. The site highlights designer and vintage clothing with the ever hoped for french styling twist.

I love the photographs that they take for the website. The mix of vintage and designer is so well mixed together and the french scenery makes me swoon. Too bad we don’t live in France, Hart Beat. Maybe someday?

I want that bike. Can i have it?
Blush pink on the left there.

THE COLORS.

All photographs via the Pictoresq website.

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.

Nice Things by Paloma S.

Happy Thursday, Hart Beat! I thought tonight I would share another one of my favorite fashion brands from my favorite country, Spain. I discovered Nice Things by Paloma S. two years ago when I was traveling with my best friend C. I was in Barcelona doing some amazing shopping and picked up a pair of pants from one of my favorite boutiques. These pants Hart Beat. They are the most comfortable and stylish puppies I have ever worn. 
Anyway, what was even more amazing about discovering the pants was coming back to the states and following along with the brilliant brand of Nice Things. Every season I am constantly impressed with the brands pieces but especially this fall where I want every item in their fall/winter look book. The clothes are so well made that they last and the look is so Spanish that I want to cry and move back to Madrid. Paloma, please open a store in Brooklyn?
P.S. One of my favorite parts of the brand is this story about Paloma’s parents who started the brand and the fact that they use so many different ages women in their look books. 

Nice Things by Paloma S.

Happy Thursday, Hart Beat! I thought tonight I would share another one of my favorite fashion brands from my favorite country, Spain. I discovered Nice Things by Paloma S. two years ago when I was traveling with my best friend C. I was in Barcelona doing some amazing shopping and picked up a pair of pants from one of my favorite boutiques. These pants Hart Beat. They are the most comfortable and stylish puppies I have ever worn. 
Anyway, what was even more amazing about discovering the pants was coming back to the states and following along with the brilliant brand of Nice Things. Every season I am constantly impressed with the brands pieces but especially this fall where I want every item in their fall/winter look book. The clothes are so well made that they last and the look is so Spanish that I want to cry and move back to Madrid. Paloma, please open a store in Brooklyn?
P.S. One of my favorite parts of the brand is this story about Paloma’s parents who started the brand and the fact that they use so many different ages women in their look books. 

A Fall Bag by Fuoco Aria Acqua

Hi Hart Beat. Since I only have two days left in Chelsea Market and one in Williamsburg before I start my new job on Monday, I made a little purchase today. And so tonight on the blog, I wanted to introduce you into bag design company Fuoco Aria Acqua.

The Fuoco Aria Acqua bag that I took home today is an Italian brand that hand-makes its leather bags in Rome. They’re having a trunk sale in the Chelsea Market this week and I snatched up this beautiful side bag as soon as I saw it. I’ve been dreaming of bags for a while now (big surprise) and I’m so lucky that I found this one on mega sale right where I work. 
For an interesting read on Italian fashion with a shout-out to Fuoco Aria Acqua read this NYTimes article here. For those of you who are now craving a beautiful bag but can’t make it to Rome (I feel you there Hart Beat), stop by the market this week to get your tote on. Fuoco Aria Acqua, no regrets.  
P.S. The clever brand name, Fuoco Aria Acqua, translates in english to Fire Air Water. C’est super cool.
P.P.S. Bag inspiration that I was collecting for you Hart Beaters out there. Happy bag hunting!
The Black Forest Woodsman Tote via Etsy
The Molly Crossbody via Uncovet
The Nelly Bag via Sandra Cadavid

A Fall Bag by Fuoco Aria Acqua

Hi Hart Beat. Since I only have two days left in Chelsea Market and one in Williamsburg before I start my new job on Monday, I made a little purchase today. And so tonight on the blog, I wanted to introduce you into bag design company Fuoco Aria Acqua.

The Fuoco Aria Acqua bag that I took home today is an Italian brand that hand-makes its leather bags in Rome. They’re having a trunk sale in the Chelsea Market this week and I snatched up this beautiful side bag as soon as I saw it. I’ve been dreaming of bags for a while now (big surprise) and I’m so lucky that I found this one on mega sale right where I work. 
For an interesting read on Italian fashion with a shout-out to Fuoco Aria Acqua read this NYTimes article here. For those of you who are now craving a beautiful bag but can’t make it to Rome (I feel you there Hart Beat), stop by the market this week to get your tote on. Fuoco Aria Acqua, no regrets.  
P.S. The clever brand name, Fuoco Aria Acqua, translates in english to Fire Air Water. C’est super cool.
P.P.S. Bag inspiration that I was collecting for you Hart Beaters out there. Happy bag hunting!
The Black Forest Woodsman Tote via Etsy
The Molly Crossbody via Uncovet
The Nelly Bag via Sandra Cadavid