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Hart Beat! Hi! Long time no see. As my loyal readers (or new ones hi how are you) may know, I’ve been doing some traveling the last two months. (See the two posts below this one for more deets.) What I didn’t write about, and what may be the most important thing I did this year, was walk the Camino de Santiago through France and Spain. There’s so much about the Camino that I want to write about but, tbh Hart Beat, I’m not sure that this here website is the place for it to live.

Why Hannah?!? You may be asking yourself. It looked so cool on your Instagram! I saw the movie The Way and am obsessed! I read The Alchemist and need to hear more! Well, what I can say to that is one, I’m sorry and two, please stay tuned. I am writing about the Camino right now but I’m not sure where the writing will live and Hart Beat, it may not live here. I promise to keep you updated AND BETTER THAN THAT, I promise that I’m going to start writing here again. I miss you, Hart Beat. There are so many cool things that I’ve found and heard about these last two weeks to tell you about and I’m finally excited to share them with you in a way that I haven’t felt in years.

I know what you’re thinking to yourself right now. I just read this rambling post and there’s nothing for me to take home. Wrong, dear reader. In lieu of a trendy post here are three things that I’ve been loving lately. Hopefully, they will suffice until tomorrow when I come at ya with a very traditional Hart Beat post. Always, Hannah

1. (Late to the game) song by Rihanna from her (new) album Anti. This song has been on repeat while I wrote today.

2. This quote that I screen grabbed from Instagram at the end of last month. Praise be to The Paris Review for adding some intellect to my usual puppy and nail-art creeping Instagram habits.

3. All of the mysteries by Tana French that I’ve been beach reading for the last week (on my Kindle). The first one In the Woods and the second The Likeness are particularly good.

Self Love on Valentine’s Day

Hi Hart Beat! I may be in heaven in Costa Rica with my mom right now but I still wanted to send you a little note on one of my favorite days, Valentine’s Day. While I am an adamant fan of the holiday, I know that this can be a hard day for lots of people. On a day full of love when you don’t have a special someone to share it with it’s easy to feel extra isolated and alone. But guess what Hart Beat, it doesn’t have to be that way! I’m a supporter of taking back Valentine’s Day from Hallmark and romantic comedies and making it a day for ourselves. Text your best friend, tell them you love them. Call your mom and your dad and ask them to be your Valentine. Or, just buy a pint of ice cream and watch the Bachelor tonight. Honestly, all these ideas sound amazing to me right now.

For those of you looking for a little Valentine’s pick me up here are four things to do right now.

  1. Follow Brené Brown, Cheryl Strayed, Mindy Kaling or another one of your favorite female writers or artists for some daily inspiration to flood your feed this year.

    Hannah Hart Beat
    Photo via @brenebrown.

  2. Plan a romantic evening snuggling with your dogs in bed tonight because they love you unconditionally (plus it’s cold out and they are mini hot water bottle heaters).

    Hannah Hart Beat
    Photo via @eyelevel.

  3. Buy yourself something you’ve been thinking about for weeks (like this Masculín Féminin t-shirt from Clare V.)

    Hannah Hart Beat
    Photo via @katrinarazon.

  4. Make something both colorful and chocolatey for dinner like Little Sister Kitchen’s chocolate-dipped clementines with pistachio and rose petals.

    Hannah Hart Beat
    Photo (and recipe!) via @littlesisterkitchen.

Lisa Przystup aka James's Daughter Flowers aka @brass_tacks

Florists, taking over the world

Lisa Przystup aka James's Daughter Flowers aka @brass_tacks

Hi Hart Beat! Sorry for the radio silence this week. Pedro and I came down with a horrible cold over the weekend at my parents so I’ve been lying low. Today I wanted to talk a little bit about a lifestyle craze that I’ve been seeing all over the place.

Have you noticed how big florists have become. They’re everywhere! And it’s not just for weddings anymore, lifestyle flower arraigners are gaining hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, they’re collaborating with big brands and blogs like Madewell and Garance Doré, using services like upleap.com, and they’re quickly becoming the new fashion blogger or baker of the moment. Fresh flower arrangements are a sight to been seen and shared! Having a link in bio can improve the visibility and be noticed from all around the world.

It’s all for very good reason though. Flower arranging in a beautiful way is a skill, it’s not something that just anyone can do successful (ahem yours truly cannot successfully make anything beautiful out of green things). So, in the spirit of this new craze, here are a few florists that I’ve been following lately.

Lisa Przystup aka James’s Daughter Flowers aka @brass_tacks

Lisa Przystup aka James's Daughter Flowers aka @brass_tacks

Hannah Hart Beat

Lisa Przystup aka James's Daughter Flowers aka @brass_tacks

Amy Merrick aka Amy Merrick Flowers and Styling aka @amy_merrick

Amy Merrick aka Amy Merrick Flowers and Styling aka @amy_merrick

Amy Merrick aka Amy Merrick Flowers and Styling aka @amy_merrick

Amy Merrick aka Amy Merrick Flowers and Styling aka @amy_merrick

Kelli Galloway aka Hops Petunia aka @hopspetunia

Kelli Galloway aka Hops Petunia aka @hopspetunia

Kelli Galloway aka Hops Petunia aka @hopspetunia

Kelli Galloway aka Hops Petunia aka @hopspetunia

All photos from the lovely ladies respective Instagram accounts. (Top photo via Amy Merrick.)

Hannah Hart Beat

My obsession with succulents

Hannah Hart Beat

Afternoon, Hart Beat. It’s a dreary day here in New York so let’s talk about something a little more uplifting. Succulents! I’ve never had a very strong green thumb so when I moved to New York and got my first apartment I decided that now was the time to learn. I tried a few different kinds of plants to no success. No matter how much or little I watered my plants and herbs they just died within a couple of weeks.

After living, and struggling with this issue, for two years I was lucky enough that a beautiful plant store opened up in Greenpoint that stocked the most adorable succulents. Homecoming showed me that you don’t have to have big, complicated, allergy-inducing plants to make your home warm and friendly. Better yet, succulents let you be the forgetful plant owner that you know (ahem, I) am.

My new office at Food52 is located smack dab in the flower district so everyday I walk by tons and tons of succulents on the streets. The store next to our office even has a happy hour on Thursdays for half off all of the little plants.

Now that I’ve had a few for a few months they’re starting to get little big and last night I propagated my first succulent. For instructions and a how-to check out this post by Needles + Leaves. Right now my cutting board holds some soil and the lone leaves of my first succulent. Fingers crossed that it goes well..

What about you, Hart Beat? Have you had any success with succulents? Any other easy, adorable plants to recommend to a city dwelling, serial plant killer like myself?

Hannah Hart Beat

Hannah Hart Beat


Hannah Hart Beat

Top photo by @home.coming and bottom three by me.

Ride Brilliant

Instacrush: Brilliant Bicycle

Ride Brilliant

Hi Hart Beat! This afternoon I want to share one of my newest Instacrushes that I’ve been obsessing over as of late. The account comes from a LA based bicycle company called Brilliant Bicycle Co. that makes the coolest and simplest bikes out there.

As you loyal readers know, I am an avid New York City biker and take pride in my beloved Bianchi. As much as I love my bike, ever since I came across the Brilliant Bicycle Co. instagram and website, I’ve been seriously considering getting one of the Brilliant bikes.

The company makes the options very easy by only offering two different types of frames, the Astor and the Mayfair, with each having either 1, 3, or 7 gears in so many fun, bright colors. I haven’t ridden on the bike but from what I’ve read this is the perfect, inexpensive, adorable bike for anyone in a city looking for a commuter bike. If you’re not ready to ride or ready to spring for a new bike then just follow @ridebrilliant and you can pretend, like me.

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Ride Brilliant

Ride Brilliant

Brilliant Bicycle


All photos via @ridebrilliant.

A little note to Everlane

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Hey Hart Beat. I just saw something adorable on Instagram and I had to share with you. Yesterday one of my favorite brands, Everlane, shared a letter exchange that they had with one of their customers. The brand posted the correspondence on their Instagram and it’s the most adorable thing I’ve seen in a while. The whole exchange reminds me of something my Grandfather would do. Four for you, Everlane!

The letter to Everlane:

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The letter from Everlane:

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Three photos via @Everlane.

Instagram life vs. Real life

Hey Hart Beat. Let’s talk. Let’s talk about Instagram and life and jealousy and photography and feelings. Mkay?


Instagram has been around for a while now in internet speak and even though it may be a dinosaur of sorts, it can’t be argued that it is now the place to be right now. In that vein I feel like there’s something I want to get out there about Instagram in general and the way that it portrays our lives.

I’ve wrestled for a while about weather or not I want this post should live here on Hart Beat. Ultimately, it’s something that my friends and I come back to again and again so in that vein, I think that this is the place to air the topic. I laughed when I read the series The Cut has been putting together. It’s called “I Like This Bitches Life” and in it they’ve talked about Molly Yeh, Love Taza, Amy Merrick and more. The idea that you can covet someone else’s life so much without knowing them is a phenomenon that I know all to well.

The way we portray ourselves on the internet isn’t always real. It may sound stupid saying that but I think it needs to be put out there more. There are so many beautiful and aspirational accounts (many I’ve shared here) that it can get depressing scrolling through them again and again. When I look at them I start to wonder what’s wrong with me and why I can’t have the things that these people have (commonly known as fomo). I’m not sure what the solution is here, Hart Beat, but I think the first step is talking about it. Transparency is important and if we all band together to talk about these things, then maybe we all will feel less alone.

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Top photo via tumblr and second one from @posehh.


#HappyFriday: Alice Gao’s Beauty Uniform, Love Letters to Trees & More

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HAPPY FRIDAY, HART BEAT!! We did it, we really, really did it. The week has come to the end and now it’s finally time to enjoy some of the beauteous summer weather we’re having (maybe take a well deserved nap?) and see friends that are all so busy during the week (myself included). I hope you all have slam dunk plans for the weekend and until Monday, here are some reads that I loved this week. Luego, Hart Beat.

1. Our girl Jo had an AMAZING beauty uniform post this week with blogger Alice Gao.

2. A family speaks to their budgeting secrets while living in New York.

3. All about our man crush Paul Rudd.

4. Love letters to trees. What could be better?

5. Another blogger writes an ode to the 501 Levi’s.

Photo by @alice_gao.

#HappyFriday: LOVE WINS

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Oh Hart Beat, today is making me so, so, so happy. When I heard the news this morning about the Supreme Court ruling I honestly started crying at work. I was surprised by my intense emotional reaction but the more I thought about the decision and what this means for so many people I love and how much this means to all the men and women out there who have fought for the right to love. I wish I could be dancing out in the streets but instead I’m sitting in my office listening to this great playlist pulled together on Spotify. So much love out there right now, Hart Beat.

Besides the incredibly happy news that’s radiating through the country right now, here are the five articles that I loved looking through this week. Enjoy, Hart Beat! And happy PRIDE too!

1. Take to trip this weekend to Miami.. through the interwebs.

2. How to give your bike a little summer maintenance.

3. A reading list for your summer.

4. Baby chicks!

5. Damien Rogers explains poetry.

Photo by @marriedinny.