Hi Hart Beat. Happy Saturday! Sorry being so MIA, these last few weeks have been a whirlwind so I thought I’d give you a little update on life and check in to see how you’re doing. There’s honestly so much to cover and each of these bullet points deserves a post of its own but, I’ve been working on another project, and it’s been taking all that I have to keep writing it every day. Sadly, Hart Beat has taken a back seat (for now). Hopefully, in another couple of weeks, I can lift my head up and come back here with you. For now, these lists are going to have to do. Miss you, Hart Beat.
Towns I’ve visited:
- Killington, VT
- Woodstock, VT
- Hudson, NY
- Chatham, NY
- West Stockbridge, MA
- Great Barrington, MA
- Wiscasset, ME
- Boothbay Harbor, ME
Books I’ve read:
Books I’ve bought and can’t wait to read:
Poems I’ve loved:
Movies I’ve watched:
- Hell or Highwater (loved)
- Ghostwriter (loved)
- Stupid, Crazy, Love (loved, for obvious reasons)
- Before Sunset (obsessed)
- Deja Vu (solid B)
- Rounders (solid B+)
Things I can’t stop using/wearing:
Songs I’ve had on repeat:
Things I’ve done:
Signing off for now, Hart Beat. If I think of more things I’ll let ya know. P.S. Follow me on Instagram for more day to day things.
Hi Hart Beat! I have something to admit… I have been doing some online shopping. In even more honesty, it’s more than I should be doing because what I should be doing is buying the rest of the Christmas gifts on my list. But I can’t help myself! This season everyone I love is having sales. And this is not excluding Madewell (who at this very minute is having 25% off their entire site as a “thank you to procrastinators” aka “here you go buy everything you’ve wanted all year because it’s Wednesday night and lalala it’s the holidays.” (Code is LATEBIRD.)
Anyway, I made a pretty big order over Cyber Monday and so I thought I’d share some of the things that I honest to god love so much. First up, up top and #3 in the grid below, these plaid pajamas. Madewell calls them “Flannel Bedtime Pajamas” and they are my favorite thing right now. The only two reviews on the site claim that the pants are too wide but WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? The pants are perfect. I’m wearing them right now. And the pajama top! I won’t go on because there are other things I want to talk about but it’s the cutest and most comfortable thing I’ve bought in a while and I get so sad every morning when I take it off before I go to work. I’ll be honest, I’ve definitely considered just wearing it to the office. Now I officially cannot. #whatever
And here’s a rundown of the rest: #1 = THE body suite I’ve been pinning about since the summer. It’s this amazing sweater material that’s not too hot, not too cold. Almost as if goldilocks were a sexy body suit. #2 = the most comfortable beanie in the most flattering color. I feel like a tall Swedish babe when I wear it and I don’t think I ever want to feel anything else ever again. And #4 = Another sweater. Why? Because it’s December and I already hate the winter and my attempt to fix this feeling is by bundling myself up with the softest things ever until April when I remember again when I love this city. Anything you’re loving from Madewell or anywhere else right now?
Hi Hart Beat. Let’s talk about eyebrows. The idea for this post came a few weeks ago when a friend of mine from work praised the magic of the famous Glossier Boy Brow. The idea of it sounded amazing. What it is is kind of like a mascara for your eyebrows. You brush it in and it fills up the brow while setting it in place. Sounds perfecto, no? I ordered the Boy Brow and immediately started using it and telling all my friends. I even have a draft here in the backend of the blog praising the product.
BUT, this past week I decided to splurge a bit and visit the Of a Kind praised eyebrow expert Sania to see if she could spruce them up a bit. I’ve dabbled in different eyebrow places and upkeep trends since moving to New York. For a while I was obsessed with threading at this cheapo place in Williamsburg. Then I found my way to Boom Boom Brow Bar in the West Village. There I let them pluck and tint my brows to a better arch. It was pretty good but I got tired of looking like a muppet for the first few days while the tint relaxed a bit. Enter Glossier and the Boy Brow which has been the latest fourré in eyebrow maintenance.
As soon as I walked up the stairs to Sania’s enormous and beautiful loft space studio I was like, daaaaaaaamn. If this place doesn’t breath the air of “we know what we’re doing” then I don’t know what does. I mean, if Rihanna and SJP trust their eyebrows to Sania then you know you’re in a swanky well praised place. When I sat down and Sania (in the flesh) took one look at my brows she was like stop everything you’re doing. She told me the following,
Stop the Boy Brow yesterday and don’t put anymore crap in your brows. The lotion/mascara/tint thing you’re doing is pulling out all your follicles and killing any growth you thought you were doing.
She then went on to pluck lots of strays while telling me it will take a bit to get to the perfect brow she knows I want. The main point she kept honing down on was to avoid your brows like the plague. “If you wouldn’t put it in your scalp, then don’t put it in your brows.” Well said, Sania.
She did tell me that the one thing I can put in my brows to fluff them our are natural brow pencils. It’s a good alternative to the permanent makeup supplies that some of my friends like to use, I’m not quite ready to make that jump yet so until then I just wanted to see what she had. Lucky for me she had something right up my street. (She sells a baller pencil that I bought and am now obsessed with.) I can promise, my eyebrows look fuller even after a few days of pretty much leaving them alone.
TL;DR? Don’t put any shit in your eyebrows. Go visit Sania if you feel like you need more assistance.
Do you have any eyebrow tips you want to pass along?
Photo via tumblr.
Hiii Hart Beat. It’s Monday again! This summer is flying by and now that I’ve laid out the law for the 2015 Song of the Summer let’s talk about summer reading. On my new favorite podcast, A Few Things with Claire and Erica, the duo talk about what books they’re reading this summer and to be honest, Hart Beat, I was a little sad hearing it.
Why is that you ask? Maybe it’s specifically because of said podcast above. Since the podcast boom of last fall (looking at you Serial) there have been so many great new podcasts to add to my already long list. I’ve been a listener of “This American Life,” “Radiolab,” and “Fresh Air” for years (since they were always on the radio) but now that podcasts are a thing there are so many new ones that I barely have time to keep up with them all. These past few months alone I’ve added “Reply Now,” “Mystery Show,” “Burnt Toast,” and “The Longest Shortest Time.” What has ended up happening is that on my 45 minute commute to and from work I don’t read anymore, I listen.
There isn’t inherently anything wrong with listening to podcasts instead of reading as I am a firm believe in the idea that as long as you’re interacting in some way with storytelling (whatever that form may be) then you’re good. My personal problem is that I used to be a voracious reader because I love reading physical books. I have lists and lists of book recommendations but I just can’t figure out where to start.
So I turn to you, Hart Beat. Please, please, for the love of all things holy, I would love to hear your summer reads thus far. Send them to me by carrier pigeon, tweet at me, email me, comment here, whatever way is easiest. I will love you forever if you do.
Top photo courtesy of @handsy_lit. Bottom photo from @localcreativebk.