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Wedding Guest Dress Help

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat! Long time no talk! How’s your February going? Did you see the news about six more weeks of winter? Woof. Although, to be completely honest I’m not that surprised. It is only February after all. I’ve been writing away the last few weeks (TBH #NoPlanJan was a FAIL) but I still got just about the entire first draft of my book done. This month it’s all about the edits baby.

Aside from the book, there’s been something else distracting me on the internet. And I need your help Hart Beat! I’m so excited because this spring I have a few events (cough weddings) I’m going to and I need suggestions on where to get a dress. Last fall I went to a wedding in Vermont and wore a great dress from Reformation but it’s black and the weddings this year are in the spring so I’m not sure black is the best. Plus, isn’t it bad luck to wear black to a wedding? Halp meeeee.

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Anyway, since last summer I started doing yoga every day my body has gone through #changes and I’m not sure it’s the best dress anyway for me right now. So, send me your recommendations! Where have you gotten dresses for weddings in the past? I’m not wanting to spend Ulla Johnson money but am looking for something a little more than Asos. I’ve been hitting all my staples like Madewell and Sézane but nada at the moment. Maybe it’s too early? Comment or message me your favorite brands and I will be forever grateful 🙏🏼.

P.S. Both these dresses here are said Ulla Johnson 💸😭.

Back At It (And all things Paris)

Hannah Hart Beat

Hi Hart Beat. How have you been lately? Me? Oh well, you know, just sitting here thinking and writing as I have been every day this month. Ha. Not. No, not even close. I’ve been struggling lately, Hart Beat. Struggling with this GD book that is pretty much begging to be written but what I just can’t seem to find the time to get done. I’ve been looking for inspiration every which way and the most helpful has come in this quote:

You climb a long ladder until you can see over the roof, or over the clouds. You are writing a book. You watch your shod feet step on each round rung, one at a time; you do not hurry and do not rest.” – Annie Dillard

You do not hurry and do not rest. That quote has been playing in my head for most days, for most of the time. You do not hurry and do not rest. The quote comes from my favorite book on writing so far Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro. I feel over the moon lucky and happy to be going to a conference by Dani this weekend at Kripalu in Lenox. It’s a weekend of meditation and writing and just what I need right now. I’ve been trying to write every day but to be honest Hart Beat, in the eleven days so far this month I’ve written only four. That’s not even half. I don’t want to even think what the ratio was in September. I know it was appalling.

So, what have I been doing other than working on this book that is pretty much begging me to be written at this point? Not much more than what I wrote about in the last post/life update. Although, there has been one addition, a newfangled obsession with Paris. I know, I know, I know, let’s get more cliche right? Le sigh. I don’t know, Hart Beat, I know that Madrid is my favorite city in the world with New York coming in a close second but ever since my mom and I visited the city of lights this past April I can’t stop thinking about it and wanting to visit again (or live there? Who said that?).

What I loved about Paris was how many people my age there were there. While most of my friends lived in New York when I was there, we still didn’t see each other very often. And that was not their fault, it was mine. Life was so busy and work took up so much time. Even more, everyone lived so far apart (again partially my fault), but in Paris, all I saw at night were people in their mid-twenties and thirties out for drinks or just walks around the city. I am probably (most definitely) romanticizing it but what can I say, that’s who I am.

So, in honor of my current city muse, here are a few Paris inspired things I’ve been wanting, having, and dreaming about.

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This t-shirt ^^ from the effortlessly chic French fashion brand Sézanne. Even more of a bonus they are giving it to you for FREE between now and October 17th with an order of $200 or more. Yes, please.

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The dilemma I’m in right now about whether or not to get bangs. I had them at one point but then when they wouldn’t style right and I asked my Brooklyn hairdresser why she told me that I “lived too active a lifestyle for bangs.” I’m not sure if my lifestyle is any less active now but I think I want them again. See inspo photos above. Clearly, I am obsessed with Jane Burkin but please give me a break, I know you are too Hart Beat.

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And finally, the new book that The Paris Review is coming out with this November. The publication may be based out of New York but they clearly have as much an affinity for the city as I do. The book, Women at Work looks inspiring and beautiful and just what we all need right now. Some of my favorite authors are included in the book and let’s just say, I am now extra excited for November to get here.

And that’s it Hart Beat, all I have to say here today. I clearly have so much more to say but I think I’m going to channel it into my book now. You can thank me later.

Spring Fashion Dreams

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Hi Hart Beat. How’s your Tuesday night going? Pedro and I are hanging out with the boys at home and I’m just combing through my recent Instagram pins. I don’t usually do this but I’ve decided to be more thoughtful and purposeful of clothes that I buy for this spring. In that vein, I thought I’d pull together a little bit of an inspiration board. Pretty much what I’m dreaming of is worn in denim, green hues (kind of sick of blush after reading this article in The Cut about the history of “Millennial Pink”), backless tops, and ecru cream shades. What about you, Hart Beat? What does your spring wardrobe look like?

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Photos via this Pinterest board. Top green blouse via Sezane, white dress via Sezane, blue jeans are both vintage Levis, denim skirt is out of stock Topshop, and I have zero clue where the leotard is from :(

Hannah Hart Beat

Clavicle Sightings

Hi Hart Beat! Did you watch the Golden Globes this year? To be honest, I did not watch it but I 100% watched the recap on Entertainment Tonight at the gym. And what did I learn? Clavicles and sternums are IN people! Hollywood is dressing everyone on the red carpet as if their belly button is suddenly the new starting point of a V-neck. I’m not really confident that I’ll ever be able to find a bra that allows this BUT I think I’m going to try and adapt some of this look into my outfit.

One way I can see this look happening (especially in the dead of winter) is grabbing a few button downs and opening the collar up wide at the top. This way you get some collar bone action with the added bonus of being work appropriate. The chambray shirt in the top photo here would work perfectly and is currently sitting in my cart at Madewell.com. God knows I wish I knew where this shirt at the bottom was from. The internet being the internet I can only find this site as it’s origin.

So what about you, Hart Beat? Have you noticed any trends recently sweeping the nation? Red carpet inspiration or not, I’ll take it.

Hannah Hart Beat

Top photo via @tequila.sunday and bottom via Pinterest.

 

Reformation

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Oh Hart Beat. How’s the beginning of your week going? We’re solidly into fall right now and even though it still feels like summer outside in New York I’ve been slowly but surely getting together my fall wardrobe. I feel like 26 year old Hannah officially cannot wear my college clothes anymore. Not only are they horribly out of fashion but they are worn past the point of no return. So, this month I’m starting to pull together some pieces that not only are 26 year old appropriate but material that will last more than a year (looking at you H&M).

Reformation was the first brand on my search for new fall clothes. I’ve been pulling looks I like together on this Pinterest board and Reformation hits all the levels. Not only are the clothes gorgeous but they both fit like a glove AND the company is environmentally friendly. They are transparent that they’re not 100% sustainable quite yet but are working on it and every piece that they make works toward that goal. You can read all about it on their site here.

So all that being said, here are the pieces that I have in my cart right now (other than that Reese Top in the photo above.)

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Hat

Dream Straw Hat

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Morning, Hart Beat! Thankfully for you, me, and all the other hot hot hot New Yorkers out there the weather has broke! That dreaded humidity that was bearing down on us is gone and we can finally leave our apartments and BREATH. To celebrate I wanted to share a summer straw hat from United by Blue that I’ve had my eyes on all season. July is still going strong so I don’t think it’s too late to make the buy. Right, Hart Beat?

Pedro is always poking fun of me for my “silly ass hats” but I don’t care. I love them. Over the years I’ve picked up two or three but have yet to have a straw one. Pinterest over the past for days has been serving me some pretty inspiration/aspirational/pinterestable images to support my want of this hat. (See below for swoon worthy image.) Let me know if you want to join me in this purchase today…

Straw hat in Paris.

The Future is Female

The Future is Female

Hannah Hart Beat

 

Oh Hart Beat, aren’t you happy to be alive right now? I was talking with a friend the other day about how we are to be woman alive right now in today’s world. With Hillary taking place as the presumptive Democrat Party Nominee (!!!) we’re living in a world where we are not only doing what we want, but showing everyone else how it’s done. I’m so proud. I’m so thankful that I can have an IUD to choose when and if I want to have children, I’m so proud to work for two amazing entrepreneurs, and I’m so proud to see all my friends work in whatever they want, without a second thought.

I’ve been feeling so proud of my womanhood lately that not only did I order a “Hillary 2016” sticker for my car (I have seen zero Hillary stickers in this entire election process 😑 ) BUT I also bought the iconic “The Future is Female” shirt which was recreated by the design company Otherwild. The shirt has an interesting history so I thought I’d share a bit of it here for you.

The original “The Future Is Female” T-shirt design was made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City, which was opened in 1972 by Jane Lurie and Marizel Rios. The photographer Liza Cowan took a picture of musician Alix Dobkin, her girlfriend at the time, wearing it in 1975.

The photo up top is the shot by Jane Lurie taken in 1975. Baller, right? Even more amazing is that Otherwild donates 25% of the proceeds from the shirt to Planned Parenthood. So ladies (and dudes) out there, head on over, buy yourself a shirt and join me in this prideful moment happening around us now.

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Both photos via Otherwild.

To bra or not to bra?

Hannah Hart Beat

Oh Hart Beat. It’s May!! We did it! We made it through the cold, dreary winter into my absolute favorite season in Brooklyn. In Spring everything perks up in the city. Flowers come out lining the previously mud slicked streets, dogs finally walk around without those little silly rubber shoes, and we can all shed our heavy winter coats. One thing that this weather does make me think about, weirdly enough, is bra politics.

When Carolyn and I traveled the southern coast of France beach hopping, I was easily converted to the topless beach approach that most French and Spanish women embrace. (Side note, if you haven’t gone to a topless beach I can’t recommend it enough. Swimming without a bathing suite on is THE BEST FEELING. Boobs free in the water = pure bliss.) In the US topless beaches isn’t super common and, for that matter, neither are boobs in the wild.

I’m too well endowed to truly go braless without offending everyone who looks my way. Additionally, I always was under the impression that going braless or without much support ended up being bad for your boobs. It caused sagging, stretch marks, and back pains was always what I told myself. Now, I am not a doctor (lol), and all I have is my internet research but after suffering from horrible back pain the last year I’ve been researching what I can do to help my poor back. Going braless is apparently, one solution. The idea is that women who wear bras forever and ever lose muscle that we normally have in our boobs to support them. By going braless (even for a short amount of time) we can help our breasts gain more muscle. Interesting…

Now, as I said, there is now way that I can actually go to work braless so what I’ve been trying out is any time I’m not doing anything professional, family oriented, or where I anticipate hugging people, I’ve been going sans bra. It’s going pretty well. Still feels strange to have freedom but from what I learned topless bathing in France, it works for some people. Plus, now I can start looking at all these crazy dresses and tops that require braless fashion. I figure with a couple of these pasted on I’ll be good to go.

What do you think, Hart Beat? Dare to go bare with me this summer?

Photo via La Cool & Chic.

Market Tote

One Bag Two Ways: The French Market Basket

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Hi Hart Beat. I’m back! I’ve got lots of beautiful surfing and beach photos to share but first things first, I want to talk about a purchase that I made before leaving on my trip. I’ve always admired French women for their chic style (who doesn’t really) and one thing I’ve been aiming to add to my closet is a simple French market basket. And praise be to the internet gods, I found the perfect one Hart Beat! After some intense google searching I ordered my bag from a site called Maison de Kristine Country French Style. The bag is pretty big but still easy enough to carry under your arm. Plus, and here’s the kicker, it has two different leather sized straps so you can carry it exactly how you want.

French Market Basket

And here’s the kicker. It’s not just a beach bag! I’ve been using the bag two ways. The first, in the top photos, is obviously as a summer tote. Feeling French on the beach is A+. But, I know most of you reading this and, hell, I’m writing this, are living in a non tropical location where there isn’t need for a beach bag right now. Well, it doesn’t matter! Before leaving and since coming back I’ve found the perfect second use for the bag.

French Market Basket

That’s right, as a bed side “table”! Pedro and I live in a small one bedroom apartment in Brooklyn so everything we have has (or tries to have) multiple uses. Since I love this bag so much I didn’t want to pack it away into the closet and not see it during the winter months. Since I have yet to find a bed side table small and simple enough to fit next to my side of the bed, I’ve been using the beautiful basket instead. Now I get to see the bag every day and it keeps all my bottles of lotion, books, computer cords and knitting all in one place. Win win.

French Market Basket

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Bag Envy

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Heyyy Hart Beat. Over the summer I was enticed enough by a beautiful email sent to me from Everlane to buy this amazing backpack. Even after six months I’m still obsessed with it and use it for work everyday. This fall, Everlane announced a few new bags they added to their collection and one of them has me particularly in love…

Isn’t the Petra Crossbody the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen? My best friend Samantha has it and even after seeing it in person I can confidently say it’s just as breathtaking as it is in the photos. The bag is a little (a lot for me) on the expensive side for a crossbody bag but, in typical Everlane fashion (get it?) they break down the costs and let you know that this bag should really cost $1,300. CRAZY PANTS. Soooo, if you look at it that way Hart Beat, you’re actually saving yourself $935. Jkjk. As always I recommend this piece of financial advice before hitting the “purchase now” button. I know it’s on my list right now.

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Top and bottom photo via @thetrottergirl. Second photo via Everlane.