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November Things

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Hi friends! Long time no talk. How are you? How’s your November going? Thoughts on daylight savings? Three weeks till Thanksgiving? I’ve been keeping a list of things I want to write to you about in my journal and the list has finally hit more than a dozen so I figured it was time to break down and say hi here. Hi.

In ye old Stockbridge not much new is happening. I’m still working on my book (!!), still working part-time at the café, and still trying to teach Tato how to play dead. Other than that, going to the movies every week, and walking around town, not much new to report. But here are a handful of things I’ve been thinking about that I thought you might like too. Per usual, each of these things could have its own post but because I’m #writingamotherfuckingbook a short shout-out, for now, will have to do.

P.S. As per photo above I did end up getting bangs. I love them and feel v. French.

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I finally broke down and watched the second season of Master of None on Netflix. Three important things about it 1) I’m in love with Aziz Ansari (Aziz, if you’re reading this, give me a call). 2) I want to be/own everything that the female lead Alessandra Mastronardi is/has on the show. Viva Italia. 3) I’m shocked how much the second season parallels my romantic life as much as the first one did at the time I saw it. Attempt numero-two for Aziz to call me. Let’s make a third season together. #seewhatididthere

Listen to this song by Post Animal. I’m going to see the band this week with two of my sisters and I can’t wait to hear them play “When I Get Home” live. P.S. Steve from Stranger Things is in the band and I can’t get over him since seeing S2 of the show and reading this GQ article. #ivebeensingletoolong #mrharringtongivemeacallalsoplease

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I’m learning to tolerate black coffee.  You read that right, Hart Beat. This month, for reasons, unbeknownst to me, I started the Whole30 diet. What it is is pretty much cutting out anything delicious in your life. I can’t have sugar, dairy. grains, or legumes of any sort. I’m currently on day fourteen and it’s going pretty well. I don’t hate it but the one thing that I’m surprised to now like is black coffee. Who am I?

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Deciding whether or not I want to order my favorite holiday candle even though it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. The Wassail Candle from Farmhouse Pottery in Vermont is one of my favorite things. Last year I had it in my apartment and savored every moment of the 40 hour burn time. It’s not a cheap candle but, I promise if you like the smell of pine and evergreen trees you’ll love this. An added bonus is the adorable design of the box.

Listening to a podcast about my favorite album of all timeThanks to a recommendation from a friend I found the second season of the podcast Dissect: A Serialized Music Podcast. The entire twelve episode series is a song by song analysis of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The 2010 album is one of my favorite of all time and I love hearing each song broken down and talked about. If you like (or hate) Kanya I highly recommend.

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Send me your Montreal recommendations! I’m going to the Canadian city for a quick vacation later this month and I want your suggestions! I’m so excited since the last time I went to the city was when I was ten. It’s been on my list for years and I can’t wait to explore the city. Any coffee shop, bookstores, boutiques, restaurants, bars, live music that you love would be amazing. I can’t wait to pretend I’m in Europe for a few days. (Photo via To Europe Beyond.)

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A New Richard Linklater movie is coming! I heard this great interview with the director on NPR the other morning and, even though I wasn’t crazy about Boyhood, I want to see his newest. Last Flag Flying, sadly, isn’t another installment of my favorite series but it does star Brian Cranston (swoon) so at least there’s that.

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I’m almost done with my sweater! I started the knitting project a year ago and I can’t believe it’s almost done. I’m thinking of holding a Drake “Hotline Bling” inspired photo shoot when I’m done. Keep an eye on Instagram later this month.

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This poster from Rise + Fall. Not much more to say about it other than it’s hanging in my writing studio now and is giving me all the encouragement I need when I sit down and try to write every day.

And that’s it for now, Hart Beat. Talk soon. xo

Back At It (And all things Paris)

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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.

Hair, More Important Things & the Flu

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Morning Hart Beat. It’s been the worst week. It’s been the worst week for me personally, for our country, and for humanity in general. I think. I don’t really know anymore. This blog has always been a place for me to come and distract myself from the world and I’m starting to have a hard time with that. While I want to write about these beautiful hair barrettes that I can’t stop pinning (the one above is from & Other Stories, although, it looks like they might not sell it still) I’m both still sick as a dog from the flu and feeling angry, emotional, and helpless at what’s happening in our country right now.

This morning we all woke up to the news that President  F***ing Trump has signed a temporary ban on refugees entering the United States. This, after a week where he reinstated an international “gag rule”, among other things. What is the international “gag rule”? This insane policy denies the US government from giving any foreign aid to an international organization that provides or even discuss safe abortions. This money is pulled even if funds from our government doesn’t pay directly to perform abortions.

I’ve been in bed since Tuesday, Hart Beat. That’s five full days to feverishly refresh over and over again my Twitter feed. I’m done. So, what am I going to do today? I’m going to donate to the International Rescue Committee, finish my tea, take my ass to bed for a nap to kill this flu once and for all, wake up, go for a walk in my neighborhood to support my local businesses and then think about what good I’m going to do tomorrow. What about you, Hart Beat?

How to Win the War Against Static Hair

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Hi Hart Beat! A few weeks ago I tried something crazy and shared it with you. If you don’t have a crystal clear memory (and I don’t blame you) the idea was to see if I could wean myself off washing my hair every day. Like that time I tried to give up coffee cold turkey, this test did not work.

Some of you gave me great suggestions about the trick to not washing your hair every day but, no amount of blow drying, baby powder or magic conditioner could battle against my oily roots. This post is not about how I’m a failure though. This post is about two hair habits that I actually do everyday and how they can help you win the war against static hair.

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The first trick is that for years I’ve been using these special hair towels. They come in all different brands and different styles but at the basic level they all do the same thing. Instead of causing static in your hair (damn you BB&B college towels) they wick water away. So instead of rubbing and causing friction, you can just kind of wrap your hair up and then it dries on its own sans frizz. The towel I’m loving lately comes from the Of a Kind personal care shop and comes with a little button to tie it in a turban. Dreams do come true.

The other hair tool that I actually swear by is my wooden hair brush. I’ve had different variations for years and love it so much that I even keep a travel sized wooden brush in my backpack for unruly hair days. The one that I have right now is a Holzstifte. It sounds like a fancy Italian car and I love it. I wish I could actually lead you somewhere you could buy it online but I got in a store in Maine and apparently Holzstifte has not joined us in the age of the internet. You can find other ones similar here and here.

The reason I love a wooden bristles is because it (again) doesn’t make any static when brushing and it doesn’t break your hair (as much) as normal Duane Reade brushes. Extra bonus is that it feels like you’re massaging fingers through your hair. Head massages always win in my book. What about you, Hart Beat? You have any other secret hair tips up your sleeve?

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Photos by Pedro Rodriguez for Hannah Hart Beat.

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A Few Things, Wednesday Afternoon Edition

Hey Hart Beat. How’s you’re Wednesday? I’ve been back at work for a few days now and it’s finally hitting me that I don’t actually live in Costa Rica 😭😭😭. To distract myself a little bit here are a few things that have been going on in my life this week. You got any for me, Hart Beat?

1. MR. DARCY IS COMING TO NEW YORK!!! Well, not really. But his sexy lake drenched shirt sure is! My mom texted me this morning the following and, needless to say, I share her sentiment. “Colin Firth is on the front page of the NYTIMES. Oh la la.” Yup, Mom you get me. Read the article here.

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2. This amazing song from new (to me) singer Låpsley. She sounds a liiiiitle bit like Adele which I love but the style of the music is so up my alley. I’ve been listening to it non stop. What do you think?

3. Just made a highlight and haircut appointment at Fumi, a Brooklyn hair studio in Gowanus. I’ve never been before and am excited to try someplace new. A coworker recommended them and as soon as I looked at their space online I was like YAS. Looks cool right? I’ll take some pictures while I’m there and let you know how it is. (I heard the owner bakes cookies everyday….)

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4. So, so, so happy to be back home with Pedro and the boys. Pedro gave Melo and Bandit baths and hair cuts while I was away and they are looking extra cute. Here’s a pic of Melo yawning right after waking up. My heart.

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Fumi photos from the Bird blog and Colin Firth photo from the deep interwebs 🙀.

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Tell me, when do you wash your hair?

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Hey Hart Beat. I have a question for you. It’s personal and a little weird but I’m going to do it anyway. How often do you wash your hair?

Let me preface this by saying I am a clean person. Pedro may say otherwise but I promise, I adhere to the standard cleanliness of body and living space. That being said, for my entire life I never thought twice about washing and conditioning my hair every day. I mean, I showered every day so that meant I washed my hair every day. Right?

Nope. I’ve been hearing from Pedro ever since we started dating that washing your hair every day is horrible for it. He should know, he has amazing hair. Pedro conditions every day but only washes his hair a few times a week. This theory was confirmed when I went to get my hair cut last week and the stylist was like HOLY MOLEY WOMAN YOUR HAIR IS SO DRY.

 

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To my defense, there are a couple reasons why I’ve traditionally washed my hair every day. For one, I like clean hair! The other main reason I’m sure other blondes out there can relate to, is that washing your hair makes it actually lighter. Like the color is brighter and your hair is blonder. Why? It’s pretty simple, the oiler it gets the darker it gets and so after a few days of not washing my hair and only conditioning it looks like I’ve gone about three shades browner. Sometimes people even ask if I’ve dyed my hair. I love being a blonde and if the simple answer to keeping the shine on is washing my hair everyday then I’ll do it. Some companies sell specialist shampoo that is designed to lighten your blonde dyed hair colour. However, for all you natural blondes out there, shampoo for natural blonde hair does exist too! Make sure that you use these sorts of products about once a week because they are so effective people will question whether you have had your hair redyed! Now that I have it on good opinion that washing is bad, I’m not sure anymore.

So Hart Beat, I reach out to you. How often do you wash your hair? And if you’re blonde, do you have any tips for keeping it light during the non-wash days? Help a girl out, Hart Beat. My hair and I thank you in advance.

Second photo by Alpha Smoot.

Late to the Kiehl’s party

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I feel like I’m late to the game, Hart Beat. During my trip to Cape Cod last week I visited my first Kiehl’s store and now, I’m obsessed. I’m not entirely sure why I never checked Kiehl’s out before this trip but between the simple packaging, the branding, the beautiful stores and the fact that these are hair products, it seems like the brand is completely up my alley. It wasn’t until I was waiting for breakfast in Provincetown and looked across the street to see an adorable Kiehl’s store sitting right in front of me, that I finally considered the products.

I talked to the associates at Kiehl’s in Provincetown who was suuuuuuper helpful and picked out some new shampoo and conditioner. They’re are tons of kinds on the site so you can pick exactly what you need for your kind of hair. The kind that I chose, and I guess is good for everyone (yes, maybe? idk) is the Amino Acid Collection. Why do I love it? Because my hair is super smooth PLUS it smells like coconut. I’m in heaven.

If you have other Kiehl’s recommendations let me know. I am not a proud (late) rider on the official bus.

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Top photo via Dust Jacket and bottom photo via @kiehlsnyc.

Limited edition MCMC x TALON fragrance

Afternoon, Hart Beat! After the big news I told you this morning, let’s talk about something a little more light..

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My favorite perfume company MCMC just announced that they’re collaborating with the jewelry line TALON for a new, limited edition summer fragrance. The scent is based on rose petals, patchouli, Somalian myrrh and amber (those last three I don’t know but ROSE PETALS GUYS). It sounds lovely and if it’s anything like MCMC’s other fragrances then I know it will be a treat.

And littletip from me to you on these oil based scents. Roll some of onto the tips of your fingers and then rub it into the tips of your hair. The oil will smooth your hair and the smell lasts longer in your hair so you’ll smell good longer.

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Beautiful photos of the sisters behind MCMC by The Urban Vikings for their blog.

How to break a habit

I need your advice, Hart Beat. I’ve been battling a horrible habit for oh well, you know my whole life. Before I go into the details let’s cue up Lissie’s aprops song so we can all get in the mood.

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You listening. Okay good. Now let’s move on. Since I was a child I’ve had this horrible habit of twirling my hair. It’s bad, Hart Beat. When I was a kid my mom used to assume I would take up smoking when I got older because I had such a nervous habit having to do something with my hands. When I was in college some of my friends even gave me the nickname “Twirl”… Not great. Now that I’m 25 I have officially had this habit of twirling and pulling out my own hair for 20 years. IM MORTIFIED.

Sure, this habit isn’t as bad as chain smoking (thanks for the vote of confidence mom) but it’s still not great. It is pretty unprofessional and childish looking plus it makes my shedding problem 100x worse than it actually is. I’m like pig pen but instead of walking with a trail of dirt following me, I walk and a cascade of blonde hairs float behind me.

So Hart Beat, I need your help. How oh how to I stop this ridiculous habit of twirling my hair? I want to keep my hair on my head for as long as possible. It looks nice there. It does not look nice all over my shirt and couch. I’ve tried lots of tricks, keeping my hair up, snapping an elastic on my wrist and so many others but nothing works.. I will take any suggestions Hart Beat, seriously. I wish to be Twirl no more.

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Top photo via @WoolrichInc and bottom photo via @Madewell1937.

Beach Hair Mist aka treat yo self this January

Hey Hart Beat! Not to push Food52 too much BUT I have to tell you about this new hair spray that I picked up during our holidays sweeps. The Beach Hair Mist by French Girl Organics not only sprays the best mist for styling that beach look all year long but the bottle and spray itself is absolutely gorgeous. Unlike some hair bottles and products I actually love displaying it on my bureau. It has this great pink hue that these photos pick up perfectly.
Anyway, if you’re looking to treat yourself this January, look no further! Grab a bottle, get spritzing and sit by a window to pretend you’re at the beach. Boom.