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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

Ballet and Love from Diana Vishneva

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Morning, Hart Beat. Happy Friday! How is your day going? Last night I was scrolling through my newsfeed and found a video and interview that made me stop and just stare for three minutes and twenty seconds. And then three minutes and twenty seconds more again and again until I had watched the entire thing four or five times.

I grew up dancing and ballet was always my favorite. I sometimes wish I could go back to it but it’s not a physically easy thing to do. When I was living in New York I did try to go see a live ballet once a year with some of my friends and it was always a highlight. Being in Western Massachusetts for part of the summer I’m hoping to get to Jacob’s Pillow at least a few times to see the dance.

The video, which you can watch here below, comes via The New Yorker‘s Facebook page. According to the magazine, “To witness what’s so good about Russian ballerinas, one only has to watch Diana Vishneva rehearse ‘Onegin.’ The principal dancer leaves American Ballet Theatre tomorrow, after thirteen years, with a performance of the John Cranko ballet.”

 

What did you think of the video, Hart Beat? It’s arresting to watch, isn’t it? There’s something about the body movement and Diana’s words brought such emotion to me. Here is transcribed one of the things that she said near the end of the video. For me, what she says about dance expressing things that nothing else can is often how I feel about poetry or novels. I love hearing someone else’s thoughts on seeing the world this way.

I have always had some kind of idea of what I want, where I’m going. At this point I want to be more than a performer. The world is different now. Every artistic statement is a statement of the present moment.

The moment when the performance unfolds is when life and time stop for me.

Why do I dance? The things that dance can express are almost impossible to express by any other means. What it is that tugs at the human heartstrings, the delicate edge of your soul. This became my path, my life. I have found meaning in it.

— Diana Vishneva

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Photos, video, and quote all via The New Yorker Facebook.

Oprah

Making Oprah

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Hi Hart Beat. It’s a rainy Tuesday night here in Brooklyn so I’m hanging out at home, making some fajitas and listening to the history of the Oprah Winfrey Show. Yup, you read that right; the Oprah Winfrey Show. Since we live in a world that is (sometimes) great and good, this fall WBEZ Chicago Public Radio released a three-part podcast series on the making of the Oprah Winfrey Show.

The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.
– Oprah Winfery

Let’s step back a second, Hart Beat. You love Oprah, right? If not please leave (or just go to the next post) and if yes well then welcome to the club! Loving Oprah and her daytime television show is something that I have always admitted to. I remember in middle school I used to fake my period so I could stay home from swim practice and watch Oprah at 4pm. It was one of my favorite things. I knew at the time that I was probably a little young to watch the show (sex! drugs! diets!) but I didn’t care. I loved Oprah. I loved the studio audience, I loved the theme song, and I loved the fact that I never felt alone when watching her. I always knew there were thousands of other girls and women out there on their couches also listening.

Almost 15 years later listening to this podcast, I’m brought back to those days in front of the TV. If you were ever a fan of Oprah back in the 90’s or early 00’s, admire her book club, or are just an entrepreneurial young person you will devour this podcast mini-series. Oprah is still one of the most inspirational human beings and hearing her speak with Jenn White on the podcast brought tears to my eyes.

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.
– Oprah Winfery

Did you know that the tagline of The Oprah Winfrey show in its last ten years was “Live your best life.”? The woman was YEARS ahead of her time. In the time before #livingyourbestlife and #youdoyou were obnoxious Instagram hashtags, Oprah was revolutionizing how America saw women of all sizes and colors. Not only was she revolutionalizing how we were seen but also how we saw ourselves. In a week like this with the Women’s March on Washington just days away, there isn’t a better time to listen to one of our original heroines. Find “Making Oprah” here or download it on any podcast app you use.

One last thought, if anyone (ANYONE) can find out how a girl can watch back episodes of the Oprah Winfrey show please let me know. I’ve tried for years and good old Harpo Studios is holding those (smartly) to their chests.

P.S. Yes I cried while I wrote this post. I’m emotional and no one can bring that out of me like Oprah. #notjoking #hi

Top photo via Huffington Post and the second photo (of Oprah’s first ever episode) via her personal Instagram account @oprah.

Girl Crush, Ann Friedman

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Hi Hart Beat! Off the heels of International Women’s Day I want to share with you one of my favorite women in the media world, Ann Friedman. I don’t remember how Ann came into my life but if she’s not in yours then you need to GET WITH ME (well her really). It’s hard to write about Ann Friedman, primarily because she is one of the best journalists/commentators/writers out there, and because you probably have (with or without knowing) read her work all over the internet. While trying to write a bio for her I just kept getting sucked into her website and that lead me down a rabbit hole of distraction.

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As a quick overview, Ann Freidman is a Los Angeles based journalist who writes for many national publications like NYmag.com, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, and The New York Times Book Review. Ann writes about all kinds of things but mostly concentrates in gender, politics, culture and media. There are so many other things that I love about Ann that I think it would be easiest to list them.

1. Ann is one of the hosts of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend! Tbh I hadn’t actually listened to Call Your Girlfriend until very recently. I don’t know why (so don’t ask me) but I can now attest that it’s amazing. The most recent episode (apparently) was very classic so I guess listen to that one first? P.S. Aminatou Sow is the other host to CYG and she is equally awesome. Check her out.

2. She also (like all that isn’t enough) sends out the most amazing weekly newsletter which will knock your socks off. It’s send every Friday and is an amazing compilation of interesting articles Ann recommends (hello Friday subway readings), articles that she’s written in the past week (here are a few recent examples), and a GIF of the week. There are other things really but you should just subscribe and see for yourself this Friday.

3. PIE CHARTS. These are pretty self explanatory. Ann hand draws amazing pie charts on things like “What have we made our peace with?” and “Why didn’t we exercise this week?” They’re hilarious and I love her.

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And those are the three reasons I’m loving Ann Friedman right now. Are there any girl crushes you’re nursing right now, Hart Beat?

Top two images via The Dreslyn. Pie charts by our girl Ann Friedman.

A Few Things, Tuesday Afternoon Editon

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.

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This ^^ building La Muralla Roja by the architect Ricardo Bofill in Calpe, Spain.

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These ^^ Spring lookers from the Portland Apothecary’s newsletter.

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This ^^ Grand Acrobate c. 1952 by Henri Matisse that creeped (in a great way) into my Instagram feed.

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These ^^ photos by Alice Gao from the Everlane Open Office events last week.

Help a Sister Out (Every Day)

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It’s mesmerizing. Right, Hart Beat? One of my favorite artists Libby Vander Ploeg, who has worked with Food52 in the past, published this PSA for International Women’s Day called “Life Each Other Up” earlier this month. Now in the days of social media these small(ish?) holidays are everywhere and I usually just pass them by. National Donut Day! National Hug a Friend Day! National you have a sibling day who cares we all have siblings day. They can be a bit much. Also, if every day is a holiday of some kind then they never seem special.

International Women’s Day though, it got me thinking. With everything shitty going on in the world, not to mention all the fear mongering and general hate happening in this country, it was nice to have a day where I was seeing all my favorite ladies being celebrated. From bloggers, to celebrities, to politicians, everyone was preaching wise words that they have heard from a women. So much love was spread.

The day got me thinking about how we should think about women and the roll we’ve all played in each other lives every day. And, even more than that, that we’ve got to lift each other up everyday. Because if we don’t, who will? That’s why I’m in love with this gif and am in love with you Hart Beat. As a belated International Women’s Day, here are a few posts I’ve published in the past waxing love for women everywhere.

Happy reading, Hart Beat!! And happy everydayshouldbewomens day!

Reese Witherspoon preaching feminism 🙌

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Hey Hart Beat! It’s lunch time so I thought I would share some reading for you if you’re looking for that kind of thing right now. Last night on Facebook I came across Reese Witherspoon’s acceptance speech for Glamour Women of the Year Award. I’ve been a long time fan of Reese and this speech made me love her even more. I admire so much her attitude and her advocation for ambitious women. One of the main points that Reese makes is, in this world dominated by men, if you see somewhere where you think you can add benefit, do it! Don’t wait for someone else to create the world for you. Anyway, here’s the whole speech if you’re interested. I hope you find it as inspiring as I did, Hart Beat.

I can’t thank Glamour magazine enough and Conde Nast and Cindi for asking me to be here. You just made this night so amazing. These incredible, inspiring women are doing so many things to change how we perceive women, and I hope Amy Schumer and all the other nominees that when you consider making your biopic, you’ll give me the rights first, which would be great. Although Amy, I’ll have to play your grandmother in the movie (by Hollywood standards), and you’ll probably have to play your own mother.

I’m so excited that so many young women are here tonight. This all started for me when I was a little girl. I was 14 years old when I learned that I love acting, and I still do. Acting allows me to slip into the skin of all kinds of different women, and not in a creepy “Silence of the Lambs” way…but in a way that lets me explore the full spectrum of humanity. Every woman I’ve ever played is passionate and strong and flawed, except for Tracy Flick. She’s 100 percent perfect, but she made me say that. But I also learned at 14 years old that I was ambitious. Really ambitious. Did I say that out loud? Let’s talk about ambition.

I want everybody to close their eyes and think of a dirty word, like a really dirty word. Now open your eyes. Was any of your words ambition? I didn’t think so. See, I just kind of started wondering lately why female ambition is a trait that people are so afraid of. Why do people have prejudiced opinions about women who accomplish things? Why is that perceived as a negative? In a study by Georgetown University in 2005, a group of professors asked candidates to evaluate male ambition vs. female ambition in politicians. Respondents were less likely to vote for power-seeking women than power-seeking men. They also perceived ambitious women as looking out for themselves. They even reported ambitious women as provoking feelings of disgust.

Now, in my life I have always found more comfort in being the underdog. Whether people thought I couldn’t do something or they said it was impossible, I always rose to the challenge. I enjoyed reaching for the impossible. I remember when I was 18 years old and applying to colleges, I had this male college counselor, and he said, “Don’t even bother applying to Stanford, sweetie. Your SAT scores aren’t good enough.” But I did it anyway, and I got in. (But it wasn’t because of my SAT scores!)

When I got into the film business, I was doing dramas, and casting directors didn’t know if I could be funny. So I did a comedy, “Legally Blonde,” and then my entire career I was pigeonholed. I did comedies, they didn’t think I was serious. I did dramas, they didn’t think I was funny. And I got older and they didn’t think I could still be viable. So about three years ago, I found myself very curious about the state of the movie business. I really wondered how the digital evolution was affecting the landscape of filmmaking and specifically why studios were making fewer and fewer movies. So I started asking questions, and I decided to meet with the heads of each of the different movie studios that I had been friends with for years and I had made many movies with them. Each of the meetings started with something very casual like, “How are your kids?” and “Wow, has it really been that long since ‘Walk the Line’?” At the end of the meeting, I sort of casually brought up, “So, how many movies are in development with a female lead?” And by lead, I don’t mean wife of the lead or the girlfriend of the lead. The lead, the hero of the story. I was met with nothing, blank stares, excessive blinking, uncomfortable shifting. No one wanted to answer the question because the fact was the studios weren’t developing anything starring a woman. The only studio that was was turning a man’s role into a woman’s role. And the studio heads didn’t apologize. They don’t have to apologize. They are interested in profits — and after all, they run subsidiary companies of giant corporations.

But I was flabbergasted. This was 2012, and it made no sense to me. Where was our Sally Field in “Norma Rae” or Sigourney Weaver in “Alien” or Goldie Hawn in, you name it, any Goldie Hawn movie: “Overboard,” “Wildcats,” “Private Benjamin”? These women shaped my idea of what it meant to be a woman of strength and character and humor in this world. And my beautiful, intelligent daughter, who is 16 years old now, would not grow up idolizing that same group of women. Instead, she’d be forced to watch a chorus of talented, accomplished women Saran wrapped into tight leather pants, tottering along on very cute, but completely impractical, shoes turn to a male lead and ask breathlessly, “What do we do now?!” Seriously, I’m not kidding. Go back and watch any movie, and you’ll see this line over and over. I love to ask questions, but it’s my most hated question.

I dread reading scripts that have no women involved in their creation because inevitably I get to that part where the girl turns to the guy, and she says, “What do we do now?!” Do you know any woman in any crisis situation who has absolutely no idea what to do? I mean, don’t they tell people in crisis, even children, “If you’re in trouble, talk to a woman.” It’s ridiculous that a woman wouldn’t know what to do.

So, anyway, after going to these studios and telling people about how there’s barely any female leads in films and the industry’s in crisis, people were aghast. “That’s horrible,” they said. And then they changed the subject and moved on with their dinner and moved on with their lives. But I could not change the subject. I couldn’t turn to some man and say, “What do we do now?” This is my life.

I’ve made movies all my life, for 25 years, since I was 14 years old. It was time to turn to myself and say, “OK, Reese, what are we going to do now?” The answer was very clear. My mother, who is here tonight, a very strong, smart Southern woman, said to me, “If you want something done, honey, do it yourself.”

So, I started my own production company, Pacific Standard Films, with the mission to tell stories about women. And I was nervous, y’all. I was spending my own money, which everyone in the movie business always tells you, “Don’t spend your own money on anything.” I was warned that on the crazy chance Pacific Standard would acquire any good scripts we would never make it past our first few years in business because there just wasn’t a market for buying female-driven material. But like Elle Woods, I do not like to be underestimated.

I’m a very avid reader. In fact, I’m a complete book nerd. So is my producing partner, so we tore through tons of manuscripts and read so many things before they were published, but we could only find two pieces of material that we thought were right. We optioned them with our own money, and we prayed that they would work. Both had strong, complicated, fascinating women at the center and both were written by women. And lo and behold, both books hit number one on the New York Times bestsellers list. One is called “Gone Girl” and the second is called “Wild.” So we made those two films last year, and those two films rose to over half a billion dollars world wide and we got three Academy Award nominations for women in acting performances. So that is year one. Against the odds, Pacific Standard has had a year two and year three. We bought five more bestselling books. Next year, we’re going to make two of those, “Big Little Lies” and “Luckiest Girl Alive,” into films. We have over 25 films in development and three television shows, and they all have female leads of different ages and different races and different jobs. Some are astronauts, some are soldiers, some are scientists, one is even a Supreme Court justice. They’re not just good or bad; they’re bold and hunted and dangerous and triumphant like the real women we meet every single day of our lives. But our company isn’t just thriving because it feels like a good thing to do. It’s thriving because female-driven films work. This year alone, “Trainwreck” with Amy Schumer, Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Cinderella,” the “Hunger Games” franchise, those made over 2.2 billion dollars world wide. Films with women at the center are not a public service project, they are a big time, bottom line-enhancing, money-making commodity.

I think we are in a culture crisis in every field. In every industry, women are underrepresented and underpaid in leadership positions. Under 5 percent of CEOS of fortune 500 companies are women. Only 19 percent of Congress is women. No wonder we don’t have the health care we deserve or paid family leave or public access to early childhood education. That really worries me. How can we expect legislation or our needs to be served if we don’t have equal representation? So here’s my hope: If you’re in politics, media, the tech industry, or working as an entrepreneur or a teacher or a construction worker or a caregiver, you know the problems we are all facing. I urge each one of you to ask yourselves: What do we do now? That’s a big question. What is it in life that you think you can’t accomplish? Or what is it that people have said that you cannot do? Wouldn’t it feel really good to prove them all wrong? Because I believe ambition is not a dirty word. It’s just believing in yourself and your abilities. Imagine this: What would happen if we were all brave enough to be a little bit more ambitious? I think the world would change.

P.S. Another inspiring feminist that I love talks about her secret to great hair. Hint, the answer is feminism.

Babe Vibes for your Monday morning

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Hi Hart Beat. Here it is again, Monday morning. While I love my job, Monday’s can still get the better of me (especially after a wonderfully restful weekend). On Friday our girl Jo linked to a great site called The Pep Talk Generator that I think deserves a little bit of our attention right now.

Life is hard, you know that already. If you didn’t know that you probably wouldn’t be here reading this. But knowing almost makes things easier doesn’t it? You’ve done this before, you’ve felt this before, and yes it sucks but you’ve overcome it every single time. Your talent, intelligence, beauty, and boobs are greater than whatever thing this is. They will outshine your problems every time. You are a babe, and do you know what babes do? They fight back. And they win. So get back in the ring and earn yourself a KO. And never forget: Babes Fight Back.
Winter Sherrod

The project is run by a collective of baller women called Babe Vibes who conduct interviews with other baller women and make projects with the interviews. One of the projects that Babes Vibes has pulled together is a real live happy thought generator that you can read over and over again this morning to get a little positivity in this Monday morning.

The first (and best) quote that I got is the one above here but I’ve also pulled together some of the other inspirational words so that you can get a whole lot of loving without even clicking your mouse.

Hey you. Good news: No one knows what they are doing. Better news: You get to make mistakes. Best news: You get to keep trying again until you find the right fit. So… focus on one thing and one day at a time. Keep your head down. Work hard. Fail quickly. Move on. Go!
Elise Blaha Cripe

You rock. You might not realize it at times, but you really do. You have a unique voice and outlook that is worth sharing. Sometimes you may question this because you see others doing things cool things. You want to do those cool things too? Go ahead and do them. Experiment, get creative, start that project you have been dreaming about. The only thing standing between you and what you want to be doing is (spoiler alert)… DOING IT. Go for it, babe. Focus on what you love. Try to enjoy every minute of it and build something you are proud of.
Amy Tangerine

Get it, girl.
Jordan A. Smith

Protect Your Heart

Top photo via me and bottom photo via @isabella.chan

Be a Boss event with Local Creative

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Hi Hart Beat. I’m so excited today to tell you about the Be a Boss event that I was lucky enough to attend this past weekend. The organizers behind the event are fellow Greenpoint bloggers and budding lady entrepreneurs Jenna Saraco and Nicole Steriovski who run the very successful project Local Creative. They were joined by the food centered blog Taste the Style to host about forty like minded women for an afternoon panel and party.

The event was held in Sky Gallery, a beautiful, open event space in Gowanus, Brooklyn who’s space is one of those places that you usually only see on Instagrams of fancy lifestyle bloggers. Minimally decorated, with a backyard space, is hosting Local Creative this entire month of June for different events, pop-up shops and co-working space.

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Be a Boss brought together two panels of women who work in food and fashion. It was amazing with lots of great advice for a budding blogger like yours truly but what I found the most inspiring was the second panel where the discussion was centered on opening and owning your own retail concept store. Caroline Ventura, owner of Calliope, Hannah Dilworth, owner of Concrete + Water and Kai Avent-deLeon, owner of Sincerely, Tommy all shared their successes and failures in opening their own businesses.

My dream job since graduating college has been to own my own store and consulting business. Now that I’m with Pedro, it’s something that we talk about starting together and even though it sounds so wonderful, it’s hard to think about how to actually start the endeavor. None of the business represented have been opened for more than a year and after working around so many longtime artists at Artists & Fleas close up shop and working for Dalaga right as the store closed after being in Greenpoint for eight years, I didn’t pick up much advice for actually being long term successful in the business. It was completely inspiring though to hear from so many young women who are just a picking up and taking the world by storm. If anything that’s the kind of thing I want to see more of and honestly, want to join in on. Who knows, Hart Beat, maybe in another year or two you can come visit me in person to talk about all this stuff that lives on the blog now.

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Top three photos are mine and the bottom photo comes via Local Creative.

The Voyager, I love you

Hi Hart Beat. I can’t believe this is the first time that I’m writing to you about one of my favorite things to happen this summer. At the end of July, my favorite Jenny Lewis released her third solo studio album The Voyager. It took me a while to put aside the time to give the entire album and now that I have it’s all I can listen to. I can’t pick my favorite song to share here because I’m seriously in awe of every single one.

There have been a great couple of articles reviewing the album (this Slate one here was one of the best) and I couldn’t agree more with the critical acclaim that has come with the album. If you love Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley or music in general I can’t recommend listening to the full album enough. This one posted here is one of the songs that I just can’t seem to get out of my head. The other night I sang myself to sleep in my head with the song. I just love this woman so much.

For an amazing article about Jenny and her life read this article here from the New York Times Magazine from last month. Photo credit for the top picture goes to that article as well.