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Ballet and Love from Diana Vishneva

Hannah Hart Beat - Ballet with Diana Vishneva

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

Hannah Hart Beat - Ballet with Diana Vishneva

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

Hannah Hart Beat - Red Wine

How much do you spend on red wine?

Hannah Hart Beat - Red Wine

Hi Hart Beat. How’s your week going? We’re half way through, right? I’ve been seeing so many posts, articles, and videos around ye old internets about the price of red wines. So many things have been calling out expensive wines and how unless you really know (and care) how expensive a wine is the taste is honestly not that different from a cheap bottle. Many people can’t actually tell the difference between the cheap and expensive wines that they put in their wine decanter before drinking.

What do you think, Hart Beat? Does that sound right to you? The entire video made me think about the great documentary Somm which was amazing to see. If you haven’t and you like wine I would 100% recommend it. I loved seeing how people become a Master Sommelier and all the work it goes into learning about wine.

Personally, my favorite red wine is always a rioja and when I need to buy a bottle I almost always buy this one. It’s almost at every wine store, it’s mid-level price, and the label isn’t the worse thing I’ve ever seen. Cie la vie.

Photo via @sfawnd.

Romantic New York Love Video

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Happy Friday, Hart Beat! I can’t believe I’m typing this but it’s snowing right now in New York. That’s right. We went from having consecutive days of 60 degree glorious days to now being downed in a flurry of snow. Blah. To make it up to you I thought I would share the most heartwarming video that I found browseing ye old internet. Have you seen this video?

The video is amazing, right? I’ve fallen in love in New York and can say that the emotions the video evokes are pretty on point. I love the shots of the subway and Highline especially. The video reminds me of a similar feeling series that I posed on the blog a few years back. You can read the Yelp love story in this post here.

Thanks, Condé Nast for bringing some warm and fuzzies my way this wintery night. Does this video remind you of anything, Hart Beat?

2017, Getting Brighter Every Day

Hart Beat! It’s 2017! I have some resolutions that I want to share but what I really just want to put out into the internet tonight is this amazing video. A few things before you watch; One, if you don’t know this is a video starring street style icon and 87-year-old Grandmother slash Instagram star Baddie Winkle. Two, yes this is an advertisement for Smirnoff. Three, it came out a few months ago but whatever. And four, of course. How did you know? This is who I want to be in sixty years.

What do I see when I look in the mirror? A diamond. 87 karat. Getting brighter every day. We all should. We were born to shake, dip and roll. So when people say to me, granny sit down you’ll break something. I just smile and say, “Honey, the only thing I’m about to break is your man’s heart.”

BADDIE YES. And this song (because I know you’re obsessing like I am) is Breakout by Arnie Love & The Lovettes. This song is officially the best way to ring in 2017.

How do you know when you’re in love?

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How do you know when you’re in love? The other day on Facebook I saw that The Atlantic posted a video that they made in Washington Square Park in Manhattan asking people that very question. The responses are all so true and I love all the different people that are asked. It’s so New York and it has me loving this city even more that I usually do.

My favorite response was “I know when I’m in love when the world stops.” Amen, sister friend. It’s just the best feeling in the whole world.

P.S. The video reminded me of this one made by The Cut last year if you’re in the mood for move looooove videos.

Photo of a couple in Paris by Dust Jacket.

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Girl crushes from Madewell

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Hey Hart Beat. If you are a fan of this blog then you how I feel about Madewell. The brand has been around for a while and it’s one that I’ve worn pretty consistently since moving to New York. This fall the brand released not only their new fall lookbook (shot in Rome) but also a series of videos that they created with three creative women.

The three women, writer Christina Pérez, florist Lisa Przystup, and musician Adeline Michèle, all put together different outfits that Madewell has up on their site. The brand also put together three short videos that you can watch on their youtube channel. The compilation one is here (you might even recognize the song) and I thought you might like to see. It does, unfortunately have the ability to make you start to go “oh man why isn’t my life as perfect as these girls and how come I don’t look that casually beautiful all the time??”

I’ll forgive Madewell though since sometimes you need a little bit to dream about. Also, shout out to Lisa Przystup aka @brass_tacks who lives in Greenpoint!

Photo from the new Madewell Fall lookbook.

Summer love in New York


Hi Hart Beat. Some of you might have seen this but The New York Times is pulling this great series called “Summer Love” that I thought you might like to see. The paper is requesting couples to submit summer love stories that they have experienced in New York, for however long, or short amount of time. Not to overdo this but, I love this idea.

So far the Times has pulled together about a dozen features on couples of all kinds. I’ve had the best time reading through them and thinking about all the ways to fall in (and sometimes out) in this city. As much as I love so many cities in the world (Madrid, Boston, Amsterdam, Portland), New York really has the most romantic feeling about it. I think it has something to do with the vastness and the sheer number of possibilities. On any given day you could run into your soulmate, the most romantic bar you’ve ever seen or into a heart-wrenching public breakup on the C train.

This video here is one of my favorite stories from the series. Summer = roller coasters and love = a roller coaster (see what I did there?). I’ve been thinking about submitting Pedro and my story to the paper. What do you think, Hart Beat? Have you found love in New York before?


Photos and video via The New York Times.

40 Days of Dating

Hey Hart Beat. I just came across this hilarious and typical New York City art piece/film collection that I had to share with you. Have you heard of “40 Days of Dating“? Watch the video below for an introduction..

The Dating Rules from 40 Days of Dating on Vimeo.

The premise of the project is two friends, Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh, are both tired of the New York City dating scene and their own personal dating problems. They decide to date for 40 days and document the project with videos and questionnaires. It’s a hilarious idea and I especially love what each of them says about their personal dating history in New York. Oh, man, do I feel you two. While I guess the match didn’t last between Timothy and Jessica, it’s still fun to see them go through the different stages of getting to know someone and seeing if they are a good match for you.
What is difficult about dating in NYC?

Everyone is too busy and thinks they can do better. I can be shy around new people, so I’ve had a hard time meeting guys here. For a long while the only interest I was getting was from a construction worker who would catcall near 15th street. Eventually I tried online dating, and I did meet some great guys, but it didn’t work out with any of them.

I think the dating life here is only difficult if you’re looking to settle down. If you’re looking to date, it can be perfect. Everyone is so career hungry, and it’s hard for some men to stay focused when there are beautiful and interesting women everywhere.
Ha. So true my amigos, so true. What about you? Any good New York City dating stories? And P.S. some great advice I tell myself over and over again while attempting this terrible feat in this city.

First kiss

Buenos dias Hart Beat. Have you seen this video? It cropped up on my newsfeed this morning and I knew that I had to share it with you. The short film directed by Tatia Pilieva, called First Kiss, is unbelievably breathtaking to watch. The premise of the video was to have 20 strangers kiss for the first time and the results are beautiful. The video goes along with my idea that no one in New York would be single if people talked to each other on the subway. Happy Tuesday! Now go kiss someone.

P.S. The song from the film is by SOKO and called “We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow”

Crush: A funny real life love story

Hi Hart Beat. Happy Friday! My best friend and college roommate C. just sent me the most adorable video. “Crush” is featured on The Atlantic website right now and tells the true life story of a couple meeting and falling in love. You have to watch it.

In this short film director Bianca Giaever and fashion designer Rachel Antonoff take on the subject of love. We meet Antonoff’s parents—well actually, we meet Antonoff’s parents as they meet and fall for each other in 1972. Done in a similar style as Giaever’s initial viral blockbuster, The Scared Is Scared, the film uses the voices of Rick and Shira (Antonoff’s parents) as they recall, and sometimes forget, exactly how their relationship blossomed. The film, which proves to be a family affair, stars Jack Antonoff (playing his father) opposite actress Gillian Jacobs of the television show Community. The cast also includes actresses Mae Whitman and Jenny Slate.