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Girl crush: Courtney Adamo

Oh hello there Hart Beat. As I’m sure many of you dear readers are aware, our girl Joanna posted a great new series on her blog the other day entitled “My beauty uniform.” In her first post of the series Jo (come on girl, we’re friends now) wrote about her friend and “one of the sweetest and most effortlessly beautiful people I’ve ever met,” Courtney Adamo.

Oh Miss Courtney, can I have your life? Can I have it?

I’m sure that Courtney, the founder and co-owner of a baby boutique online aggregator site called Babyccino, is another European form of Joanna Goddard but at this point I don’t care. I am fascinated by her life in London, her four beautiful children, her effortless style, and the work life that she has created for herself.
Oh Courtney, tell me your secrets (and not just about the two hundred dollar face cream you use, I’m on an entry level budget here). Apparently Courtney met her husband while living in San Francisco and then the two of them moved to London for her husbands job. While living in England Mrs. Adamo began a blog with her other mommy friends living around Europe and now that has turned into Babccino.
It’s fine, Hart Beat. We all can’t have our lives together like this. It is fun though to read articles about her life and marvel at her ridiculously clean house (YOU HAVE FOUR CHILDREN). So, on this drab Monday, let’s live vicariously through my newest girl crush.
Article from Design Mom on Courtney’s London house.
Courtney discussing style tricks on Chic Little Baby.
Another article about the beautiful house on My Houzz.
The Adamo family’s favorite vacation place.
This office is so organized. How??
Just some beautiful children playing in a beautiful bedroom.
Casual.
Photos via the articles listed above.

Baby elephants in Thailand

Happy Tuesday, Hart Beat! I’m so excited to share these photos and videos with you today. My roommate Ami’s parents are visiting for a few days before the fly back home to Cambodia and last night they share the most adorable story with me. Ami and her sister, riding the elephant in the photo above, grew up in Thailand and Cambodia where they tell me there are elephants just walking around all over the place. When Ami and Monika were growing up the elephant hospital near their dad’s house in Thailand helped birth a very rare set of elephant twins. The elephants Tong-Teng and Tong-Kun were only 15 days old when Ami and her family went to visit the babies. The pictures below are taken by Ami’s dad.

I was floored when I heard this story. Growing up in western Massachusetts we had black bears and deer but nothing like elephants. And baby elephants! Sweet baby Jesus Tennessee, too cute. Ami’s dad, Oke, shared some videos he took of Tong-Teng and Tong-Kun playing with each other just months after they were born. I can’t stop watching them, it’s unreal. I’m so thankful to have Ami’s parents visiting for a few days, especially since Oke cooks the most amazing Thai food. I love hearing the stories of Southeast Asia and I hope next year I get to go over and visit the elephants for myself. 

Babies be playing.
They are so cute when they fall down and can’t get back up.
These two.
Thanks to Oke for all the photos and videos.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Hart Beat!! I hope that you’re having a wonderful day with family and friends wherever you’re celebrating. I’m sitting here on my parents couch thinking about the last year and all of things that I’m so grateful for. Sometimes I have to pinch myself and now is one of those times. So, in honor of my favorite holiday, here is a little list of things I’m thankful for this, and every year.

1. My friends and family.

2. New York City.

3. Men with beards.

4. The puppy sitting on my lap.

My man James. James my man.

Summer in the city

Hi Hart Beat. Happy summer solstice! I can’t believe it’s already here. Summer solstice this year is reminding me of so many things from last year at this time. The only thing that’s keeping me centered is the idea that I’ll be in Madrid in nine days.

I rediscovered this Regina Spektor song the other day and I thought you might like to hear it. I’ve been putting together a playlist for the ride over the atlantic and this is on it. You have any recommendations, Hart Beat?

And don’t get me wrong, dear,
in general I’m doing quite fine
It’s just when it’s summer in the city,
and you’re so long gone from the city
I start to miss you, baby, sometimes
“Summer In the City” by Regina Spektor

Summer in the city

Hi Hart Beat. Happy summer solstice! I can’t believe it’s already here. Summer solstice this year is reminding me of so many things from last year at this time. The only thing that’s keeping me centered is the idea that I’ll be in Madrid in nine days.

I rediscovered this Regina Spektor song the other day and I thought you might like to hear it. I’ve been putting together a playlist for the ride over the atlantic and this is on it. You have any recommendations, Hart Beat?

And don’t get me wrong, dear,
in general I’m doing quite fine
It’s just when it’s summer in the city,
and you’re so long gone from the city
I start to miss you, baby, sometimes
“Summer In the City” by Regina Spektor

Good friends: A. in Africa

So, one of my favorite parts about living in New York City is that I get to see so many of my best friends on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I do have some amazing friends not living in one of the five boroughs. One of my best friends is actually living in South Africa right now. This is a shout out to you A.

The two of us our senior year of high school in Italy.

A. and I have been best friends ever since first grade and I really hate living so far away from her right now. I know she’s having an amazing time volunteering for a year at the International Primate Rescue center outside of Pretoria South Africa but I can’t wait for her to move back state side. When A. told me that she was going to take the year after graduation to move to South Africa to help primates I was so impressed and proud of her.

A picture A. sent me of her favorite primate, David.
Look at this face.

I don’t get to talk to A. very often but I just got to catch up with her and hear about her amazing adventure taking care of rescued primates from all over the world. The IPR takes volunteers from all over the world on either short term or long term volunteering opportunities. A. is there for a year so I won’t see her until next July!

Love you A. and I can’t wait to see you soon!

A. visiting Bates College. 

Good friends: A. in Africa

So, one of my favorite parts about living in New York City is that I get to see so many of my best friends on a daily basis. Unfortunately, I do have some amazing friends not living in one of the five boroughs. One of my best friends is actually living in South Africa right now. This is a shout out to you A.

The two of us our senior year of high school in Italy.

A. and I have been best friends ever since first grade and I really hate living so far away from her right now. I know she’s having an amazing time volunteering for a year at the International Primate Rescue center outside of Pretoria South Africa but I can’t wait for her to move back state side. When A. told me that she was going to take the year after graduation to move to South Africa to help primates I was so impressed and proud of her.

A picture A. sent me of her favorite primate, David.
Look at this face.

I don’t get to talk to A. very often but I just got to catch up with her and hear about her amazing adventure taking care of rescued primates from all over the world. The IPR takes volunteers from all over the world on either short term or long term volunteering opportunities. A. is there for a year so I won’t see her until next July!

Love you A. and I can’t wait to see you soon!

A. visiting Bates College. 

A weekend in the city

Happy Sunday Hart Beat. I hope all of you lovely readers had a lovely weekend out there in the real world. It was a big weekend for everyone I love and I hope it all went swimmingly. S.’s birthday is today (shout out to the big two three), my brother H. spent the weekend in Paris (I am so jealous of him and the fact that he’s studying abroad right now…) and G. got to spend the weekend with the love of her life. Happy times all around.

As for me, working Wanda over here, it was a pretty mellow weekend. I got a new dress at work (score) and I walked on the high line for the first time. The pictures here are pretty awful since I took them on my iphone but I loved the high line so much that I’m definitely going back to take some real pictures soon to show you. Have a good one Hart Beat.

A weekend in the city

Happy Sunday Hart Beat. I hope all of you lovely readers had a lovely weekend out there in the real world. It was a big weekend for everyone I love and I hope it all went swimmingly. S.’s birthday is today (shout out to the big two three), my brother H. spent the weekend in Paris (I am so jealous of him and the fact that he’s studying abroad right now…) and G. got to spend the weekend with the love of her life. Happy times all around.

As for me, working Wanda over here, it was a pretty mellow weekend. I got a new dress at work (score) and I walked on the high line for the first time. The pictures here are pretty awful since I took them on my iphone but I loved the high line so much that I’m definitely going back to take some real pictures soon to show you. Have a good one Hart Beat.

Amazing times

The past week has been such a whirlwind. An amazing whirlwind. I feel like I’m abroad again. My parents came into the city for a couple of days yesterday. They met me at work and then took my roommate G. and my good friend R. (gotcha this time) out to an amazing dinner at Westville. It was so nice to have everyone together in the city. Then today my mom and I met up with one of her best friends in Williamsburg and walked around for a while. I love having people visit and this weekend it’s so nice to relax in Brooklyn finally. G. and I are having a apartment warming party tonight. It’s a potluck wine and cheese thing, want to come Hart Beat?

Mom and Dad at dinner. 

D. and Boris.

G. playing the guitar.