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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

Squirrel Island, ME

Squirrel Island, ME

Squirrel Island, ME

Afternoon, Hart Beat! How’s your day going so far? I have a post for you but before it goes up I thought I’d give you a mini update on where I am and what I’m doing right now. It doesn’t seem right to just jump into things without giving some kind of news in my life.

So Hannah, what are you up to right now? I imagine you asking. Literally, right now I am sitting in a coffee shop in Portland, Maine having the first decent cup of coffee since coming back from Spain. Four for you Portland you go Portland (if you don’t get this then watch Mean Girls immediately). It’s cloudy outside and I’m hoping that the clouds pass so I can walk around the old port this afternoon.

More generally right now the big news for me is I’ve left New York for the foreseeable future. It makes me sad that I won’t be going back there for a long time but, I’m also excited about this new change. Lots of you have been pinging me on Instagram asking a, where am I and b, where will I be going in the fall. To be completely honest right now Hart Beat, I can answer a but b is completely up in the air.

Squirrel Island, ME

For the summer, I’m staying with my Grandmother on an island off the coast of Maine. Squirrel Island is a summer community that I used to come every summer of my childhood. My mom did the same growing up and so, it’s a very familiar and comforting place. The island is small, only about three miles around, and it’s just a summer community. This means that the harbor turns the water off after Labor Day and doesn’t turn it on until Memorial Day. There are about one hundred “cottages” aka houses if you aren’t from the Hamptons and they’re all different sizes and various degrees from camping. I like to think of my Grandmothers house like a tree house; part camping part cottage. The other amazing part? There are no stores, cars, or bikes. You have to walk around and if you can’t occupy yourself with books, walking, and sitting staring at the ocean then you probably won’t like it. Lucky me I love all three of those things.

I was out running the other day on the island and it occurred to me that this is the first time in my life that I have no idea what I’m doing next. In March not only did I leave New York but, I left Pedro and I left my job at Food52. I am literally a free agent right now. It’s terrifying. But secretly, it’s also exciting, Hart Beat. I don’t know where I’m going in the fall but, I am taking sales pitches. Samantha gave me a pretty good spiel about D.C. Last night. I also got a good pitch on Toronto this morning on the ferry.

Until I decide where I’m going next I’m going to keep writing to you here, Hart Beat. And I have one favor from you in return. Since I’m not going back to Brooklyn this here blog needs a new tag line. As much as it pains me, this is no longer “Your Brooklyn Lifestyle Blog.” RIP SEO. I need other ideas! Please comment here if you have any… my mind keeps coming up blank for now.

Always, Hannah

Squirrel Island, ME

All photos here were taken by yours truly on Squirrel Island, Maine.

Two Weeks in Beaujolais, France

Hi Hart Beat!! Bonjour from your Brooklyn living, French traveling blogger. Reporting in for duty while on vacation. Jkjk, I just really miss writing to you Hart Beat! While I’m missing Brooklyn like crazy (and the people who live in it) it’s been amazing to travel through this little piece of heaven in France.

For those of you wondering what I’m doing in Europe right now please go back to the previous post for life news and a summary of what this trip entails. Tl;dr lots of walking. For the past two weeks more specifically, I’ve been staying with my mom with family friends of ours who have a vineyard in a tiny town in the Beaujolais valley in central France. The town, Fleurie, is about a four hour drive south of Paris. Honestly, Hart Beat, if heaven is anything less than this I’m not sure I really want to go.

We’ve been spending our days hiking through the mountain sides and our nights playing bananagrams and drinking local wine. I’ve also plowed my way through two books in the Tana French mystery series while inhaling the first season of Jane the Virgin on Netflix downloads.

In lieu of making this post an essay (part of what I try to do here on Hart Beat is keep things brief) here are some photos that I’ve taken over the last few weeks. Some may look familiar (aka already posted to Instagram) but others are exclusive here to ye old blog. Missing you lots, Hart Beat. And stay tuned on the blog. Next stop, Paris!

A side road in Fleurie.

A picnic of pate and fruit on a hike. Tre French.

Ice cream and coffee at Le Terace in Avenas.

The view at 900mt on mount st. Rigard.

Bananagrams and wine.

The new bridge in downtown Lyon.

One of the many working farms through the hillsides.

Belleville.

An outdoor market in Belleville.

Lucy Rose Laucht

Instacrush: Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Hi Hart Beat! Like I wrote about the other night, I’m all about escaping this god-forsaken and freezing city right now. Instead of trudging outside into the dark to see La La Land again, I’ve lost myself deep down in the feed of my most recent Instacrush, Lucy Rose Laucht aka @lucylaucht. If you like Instagram accounts of beautifully shot beaches, camper vans and romantic cliff sides (and who doesn’t really?) then you’re gonna love her.

I’m not sure how Lucy made her way into my feed but since I’ve started following her I’ve also become obsessed with her current life situation. I mean, read this from her website about me,

A Brit in New York by way of Australia, I’m a writer and photographer with a taste for world wandering. I left the rainy shores of England some nine years ago for a year long, round-the-world backpacking adventure where I met my soul mate at a noodle stand in Bali and never really looked back. My now-husband and l are currently at home on the road in La Guaguita, a (sometimes functional) 1985 Volkswagen Westfalia camper on a road trip across America in search of the interesting people & off-beat places that inspire us to get out and see the world.

Lucy, you are living the dream! Like seriously how can we get to the level of “living your best life” that this amazing woman is at? Le sigh. I guess we’ll just have to strain our thumbs going back further and further in her feed. Right, Hart Beat?

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

Lucy Rose Laucht

All photos by @lucylaucht.

My Week in California

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Hola Hart Beat. God am I tired. And no, not the kind of tired from being “busy” as the NY Times is always rallying against but the true to the bone, my body is exhausted and achy tired. Why? The answer is simple. For the past week I’ve been bicycling across Northern California to raise money for an organization called Climate Ride. Like organizations like Bike MS or Walk for Breast Cancer, Climate Ride organizes day and week long hikes and bike rides to raise money for different environmental organizations. It was an amazing experience and I wish it could have gone on for three more weeks.

I took a bunch of photos on the trip and posted some on Instagram but here are some other shots in case your interested. The one thing that I just couldn’t capture on my phone was how BIG everything is out west. New England is beautiful but it’s so quaint. Everything about the California landscape is sprawling. I would stand on the cliffs with not a sole in site and just gasp at how beautiful everything is. In case your curious, here’s a rough map of the route we biked. (Except instead of taking seven hours it actually took us five days.)

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My favorite part was the third day of the trip when we biked 100 miles along Route 1 all along the coast line. I wish I could have taken more pictures but then I never would have made it to the next camp ground. Have you ever done a trip like this before, Hart Beat? Want to come with me next year?

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All photos taken by me on my iPhone. I apologize for the grainy quality 🙈.

 

To California

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Hi Hart Beat!!! Happiest of Fridays! This is an exciting Friday for me since I’m actually writing this post to you from the sky. I’m flying to San Francisco!

Starting TOMORROW I’m going to be joining my Dad and about one hundred other riders in Fortuna, CA to start a 340 mile bike ride along the cost of California. Crazy, right? We’re all raising money for Climate Ride and for info on the ride, the organizations I am fundraising for and just more general info check out my rider profile on the Climate Ride site. It’s an intense five day ride along the coast and I am so excited/nervous/not wanting to think about it right now. Especially the fact that we’re riding 60+ miles a day and camping out every night. I love the idea of camping but the though of pitching a tent and starting a fire after riding my bike for 8+ hours tires me now on this plane…. The ride will follow the Pacific and the last day the hundred riders will coast over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.

What I’m hoping from YOU is recommendations of things to do, places to eat, coffee to drink, Instagram shots to take the weekend after the ride when I’ll be spending time in San Francisco. If you’re a loyal reader of this blog you’ll know almost four years ago I “moved” to San Francisco. I say moved like that because what I really did was buy an impulsive one way ticket to SF with no job or life plans. I was out there about a week when I realized what a horrible idea it was and promptly moved to New York. In retrospect I’m glad I did what I did but I’m also excited to go back west on just a vacation without the stress of making a life altering decision.

So comment away here for recommendations and keep up with my Instagram for shots of the ride. See you in CA, Hart Beat!

P.S. This New York vs. San Francisco is on my mind today.

Photo by @johnthatcher.

Daily Routine: Packing for the Day

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Hi Hart Beat! Welcome to the first edition of a new series on Hart Beat called Daily Routine (or something else in the future when I think of something less #basic). Today the routine is my daily struggle to pack for the day. I live in Bay Ridge which, if you don’t know the borough super well, is right under the Verrazano bridge in wayyyyy south Brooklyn. What this means for my life is when I leave the house at 7:30 in the morning, I don’t get home for at least 12 hours later. I have to cart everything around with me because I can’t just pop home once I’ve forgotten something.

This requires two important things. The first, my trusty backpack from Everlane, and the second is a Baggu tote snuck inside it. I’ve been a fan of the standard reusable Baggu bag since a friend of mine from work bought me one because every day I was always asking people to borrow a tote to cart home my loot from work. The reason I love these little bags are that they are a) tiny when packed into their little cover, b) SUPER STRONG (they can hold up to 50 pounds!) and c) they come in the most adorable prints.

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For the spring I decided to retire to old bag I’ve used for the last year and buy a new one. Of course as soon as I got on the site I couldn’t pick out just one print so I bought three: the navy stripes, the solid black, and (my favorite) the cheetah print. The beauty of these bags is when you go to work or out for the day you can count on adding anything to your load like groceries, books, and extra layers that you take off the day without having to lug around a second huge bag. What I end up doing is packing my gym stuff in my backpack and then after the gym I fold my work clothes into the Baggu bag to keep them neat.

What do you think, Hart Beat? Do you have a trick for the normal 12+ hour days you stay away from home? Or is this just a Brooklyn/city life situation?

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Hasta Luego, Hart Beat!

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Hi Hart Beat! Sorry to miss you. My mom and I are HEADING TO THE BEACH! We’ll be gone for a week exploring Costa Rica and I hate to say it but I’m so excited to get out of grey New York and see some color. This picture last year was from Antigua and I’m excited to visit the other name on the signs. Any suggestions? I’ll take them!! xoxo Hart Beat

P.S. Follow along on Instagram while I’m away!

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In Hudson…

Hannah Hart Beat Hudson

Oh Monday, we meet again. This past weekend was the perfect fall weather so Pedro and I decided to take Saturday and go up to visit Hudson, NY. The small town of Hudson is about a two and a half hour drive from our apartment in South Brooklyn, so considering it takes me an hour to get to work on the subway that’s amazing! Hudson New York is, you guessed it, on the Hudson river and, wait for it, up in the Hudson Valley region of New York. It’s only about an hour away from where I grew up but was far enough that I never went there until this year.

As much of Brooklyn and the Berkshires have experienced it, I know that Hudson has changed so much over the past ten years. People move in because they like the charm and then because people are moving in the charm starts to leave. Even if this is the case in Hudson I still LOVE IT and seriously recommend it for a weekend day (anytime of year). There are a few places I loved visiting so I thought I would make a little list here in case you find yourself up there this fall.

First off, we have the bar and restaurant Fish & Game right off of Warren Street. When Pedro and I stopped in on Saturday they had TWO FIRES GOING. I mean, do I need to say more? The top photo here and the one of the fancy drink and beer come from there.

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The second recommendation is one that I really have no business to be making but I will anyway because it looks amazing. If you want to stay overnight stay at the River Town Lodge! They have bikes! And the most amazing building! (See above.)

A few other places I recommend are the store Hawkins New York and taking a little trip on the adorable ferry that runs down the Hudson. Dios mio, this town is everything I’ve ever wanted. Except winter, it has winter and that’s maybe not something I’ll be able to forgive.

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All photos by me and Pedro.

Dream Trip: Mexico City

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Hey Hart Beat! How’s your week going so far? It’s been a busy time this week and I don’t have a ton to write to you this week. Lo siento. I hope you won’t hate me forever, Hart Beat. Today I was to share with you some photos that I’ve been swooning over for a while.

One of my best friends Marina (who I met when studying abroad in Spain, FIJAOS), was lucky enough this summer to take a trip down to Mexico City with her dad. Marina’s dad is an architect and Marina herself works at an art gallery in New York so between the two of them, they knew the right beautiful places to visit. I asked Marina if I could share some of her photos on the blog here and, lucky you, she said yes!

I’ve traveled a few times to Mexico but all the times I went was way back in history when I was still in high school. I haven’t been back to the country in a while and now that I’m seeing these photos and hearing Marina’s rave reviews of the food, culture and pace of life I now know the next place I want to go. So Hart Beat, enjoy these beautiful photos this Thursday afternoon and give Marina a huge THANKS across the internets.

P.S. Marina visited Portugal a few years ago and shared them here on the blog as well!

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

Mexico City from Hannah Hart Beat

All photos taken by Marina Gluckman.