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Do you get enough sleep?

Hannah Hart Beat

Happy Sunday, Hart Beat! Can you believe that it’s already daylight savings? It’s freezing in New York but I’m still taking it as a sign of hope that Spring is coming and it might be Summer soon. This weekend I found this great article from The New York Times that was published with a corresponding online quiz for people to take. I thought it was so cool (and so well done) that I wanted to share it here with you, Hart Beat.

I took the quiz and found that apparently, I’m a ” Moderate Morning” person. I guess that didn’t surprise me, if I have my coffee and am not hung over then morning really is my favorite time of day. Too bad this morning I slept until 10 because my body is all thrown off with this daylight savings day change. What I also learned from the article was that I am not getting my optimal sleep cadence. Apparently, I go to bed at 11:45pm every night (true) but should be going to bed at 10:30pm (dreamland) to actually get the best rest I can for my body. I guess I always kind of knew that. It’s so hard though to actually be in bed and fall asleep by that early time. I don’t get home from work until 7:30 or 9, depending on if I go to exercise class after work. By the time I make dinner, eat, and do some dishes it’s already like, 10pm. Leaves no time to wind down or hang out with Pedro. Blah. Maybe in this new year I can figure out a better way to live my best sleeping life.

What did the quiz tell you, Hart Beat? And don’t forget, today is not the day to beat yourself up for getting enough sleep. Our bodies are still one hour behind what they should be. At least that’s what I’ll be telling myself all day..

Photo via Flikr.

#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.

Gardening in the city

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your afternoon going? The New York Times just published a piece about a couple in the West Village of the city starting an urban garden. I have so many things to say about this, the first being how is this possible for someone who has zero green thumb?

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Apparently the couple started their window and roof growing with just a few tomatoes plants. I never have but I’ve always wanted to check out the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint. My roof in Greenpoint had so much room and sunlight but (and this makes me sound crazy lazy, the roof was four stories up in a walkup). Now that I’m moving into an apartment with the roof just one flight of staircases up, I think I might need to start trying my hand at growing things.

Even if it’s just some flowers and my lime tree that lives in the Berkshires right now, I would love to get some practice with my horrible green thumb. The article from The New York Times was oddly comforting:

“We didn’t know anything — we used Miracle-Gro,” said Ms. Trueman, 54, who blogs about the politics of food for Civil Eats and writes about climate change for Moms Clean Air Force. “But it changed the way I viewed things in cities. Whenever I was on a high floor, looking down, I would see all this roof space and say: ‘Wow, you could grow so much. There are no woodchucks or deer, no Japanese beetles. And so many things grow so well in containers.’ ”

What do you think, Hart Beat? Would you ever start an urban garden? You can read the full articles here (and thanks to the Times for the wonderful photos!).

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Girl Crush: Emma Stone in the New York Times

As if I wasn’t enough of a fan, our girl Emma Stone is interviewed in an article to be published in print today with enough personality and beauty to make me crush even harder than before. The interview is between Emma and Eddie Redmayne, the actor who starred in “The Theory of Everything.” In it the two young stars discuss how they both told their parents they wanted to be actors, what it’s like having the paparazzi outside your house everyday and what being in a relationship in hollywood means.

I loved hearing what Emma thinks about the fame that she’s garnered over the years. It was also amazing to hear her talk about “Birdman,” for which she’s nominated for best supporting actress.
You can read the entire article online here and look for it in print on Sunday!

THAT POISE. And rings. They remind me of my favorites

Photos via The New York Times.

9 Kisses: In which Julianne Moore and John Lithgow dance

Hi Hart Beat! I just found the most amazing video of the year, nay, the century! This Academy Awards season The New York Times has put together a series of short videos called “9 Kisses” that pairs up this years hottest actors in a series of “intimate encounters” aka parody scenes that couldn’t be more perfect. My FAVORITE by far is the video of Julianne Moore and John Lithgow dancing. Yes, my friends, these two dance and I have to say that Julianne looks so beautiful and kills it on the dance floor. I think she may be my spirit animal now. To watch them all visit the New York Times official site.

P.S. Shout-out to Benedict Cumberbatch and Reese Witherspoon. Those outfits should go on the years best dressed lists.

This photo may or may not be my computer desktop right now..

What clothes mean to women

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday! I’m hanging out in Brooklyn today and hope to stay in the borough all weekend (except for maybe for a trip to Chinatown for some dumplings). Anyway, I was reading the times this morning and came across this GREAT article that talks about a new book coming out next year. The book is written by three women, Sheila Heti (hey girl hayyy), Leanne Shapton, and Heidi Julavits, who have joined forces on a soon-to-be-completed book, Women in Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear.
The book features different writes who speak about specific pieces from their wardrobe and what the clothes mean to them. As the New York Times describes, Women in Clothes is “A collection of surveys, essays, interviews, emails, diary entries, graphics and old photographs, the 500-page book records the daily rituals and reflections on body image from women around the world, from a high school teacher in Wisconsin to a Cambodian journalist.”
Women in Clothes hasn’t come out yet but I cannot wait to get my hands on it and take a look at what it says about other women’s relationships to their clothes. Women do love clothes and a tshirt quilt may also be the next best thing to invest in, it is extremely comfortable and it’s also recycling old tshirts which is the best thing to do as you are using old clothes to make something new – sustainable and you get a one-of-a-kind t-shirt quilt! The idea of this book struck so close to home for me. I love clothing and often think (as probably most women do) about how specific pieces reflect my personality or mood to the rest of the world. Our fashion choices can say a lot about us as individuals, so finding clothes that we love should be ultra important. Places like Gifts for Women feel similarly about the importance of women’s fashion, and their articles may be worth taking a look at if you’re interested in the ins and outs of fashion at the moment.
As the New York Times describes: “Women in Clothes” provides a window into the endless factors that go into women’s decision making when it comes to dressing. An everyday struggle may be the choice of what to wear to the office, but also how to accessorize your uniform at an Israeli military checkpoint.
And it’s right. In today’s society how you look and how you represent yourself to the world as a woman can be difficult. Even in New York I feel the pressure. Always to look better, always to look more beautiful. This can be impossible when you’re riding the L train with a group of models just casually hanging out on their day off! I hope this book can shed some light onto this thought process and maybe, by hearing different women talk about their experiences, it will make us all feel a little less alone.
(Top photo via Her New Tribe and Women in Clothes.)

Greenpoint Guide: Greenpoint’s Great Donut War

Hey Hart Beat! Happy long weekend! Instead of this weekend going up to Maine or home to my parents home in Massachusetts, I decided to stay in Brooklyn and get some relaxing done. Carolyn and I might even be heading back to Long Island tomorrow for the last of the summer rays. Today while I’m getting some reading done I came across the best article in the New York Times Business section. The article talks about an impending donut war going on in my neighborhood in Brooklyn. I’m not complaining Hart Beat and I thought this a perfect opportunity to tell you about one of my favorite neighborhood haunts.

Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop, located right on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint, is one of my all time favorite parts of the neighborhood. The bakery has been around since 1950 and is constantly heralded as the BEST donut shop in New York City. I have a lot of donuts in my life, Hart Beat, and I could not agree more.
To be honest, I didn’t step into Peter Pan Bakery until I had been living in the neighborhood for a year because I was afraid that after I went once I would never be able to stop. It doesn’t help that it’s right around the corner from my gym and favorite coffee shop. Anyway, for my birthday party this year instead of bringing a whole cake to the bar I carted over two dozen donuts from Peter Pan. They were a HIT! Since then I’ve started bringing them into work every now and then for everyone. Doesn’t that make you want to work with me, Hart Beat? Ha.
So write this down Hart Beat, next time you’re in Greenpoint make sure to visit Peter Pan. Any donut there is amazing but in case you’re wondering, my favorite is definitely the red velvet…

P.S. You’ll notice that yes, in fact, I do spell doughnut “donut.” I blame Massachusetts..

A dream ocean house

Hi Hart Beat. Isn’t this the most beautiful house you’ve ever seen? The house, like all epic estates, is named Clingstone. How appropriate, right? The 103 old house is perched on a small island in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. The house has 23 rooms on three stories that all radiate off a center hall. Even better, there are ten bedrooms that all have beautiful views of the ocean. These pictures are unbelievable, I’m in love. 

All photos and information from The New York Times.

Making it last

I just discovered that The New York Times does a series called “Making It Last” that profiles baby boomer couples who have been together 25 years or more. The articles are amazing and inspiring. The couples all remind me of my parents and I love hearing how even though the times have changed, these couples stay together.
These top two pictures are from this weeks installment
Love this wedding picture

Another amazing couple

My parents (Dad’s in the blue and my Mom’s the one with the amazing hair)
when they were building our house in the 80’s.