JennifHsieh is a space for my rambling thoughts and snaps of my everyday style. I'm based in Astoria, Queens and I share a home with my two derpy cats and my equally derpy fiancé.

Snippets of My Classical Morning

Urban Outfitters Tank Top
Vintage Patterned Skirt
c/o Pink & Pepper Ruffle Loafers

This weekend is going to be full of classical music - I feel like one of those ladies who just spends her days waltzing around the city and going to symphonic concerts and chamber music. I'll just be that lady on the weekends. Tonight I'm heading to Carnegie Hall for the American Symphony Orchestra's 50th Anniversary. They had super cheap tickets starting at $1 so we decided to splurge and get $3 tickets for a better view. Such a splurge. Then Saturday night I'm traveling to Brooklyn to see Bargemusic with Jeremy's mom. I can't wait to check it out because it's a floating concert hall just under the Brooklyn Bridge. There's a String Quartet playing pieces by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert.

I already know that all this classical music is going to make me want to pick up my violin again. I've been playing since I was four years old and I actually got to perform at Carnegie Hall with my high school's symphony orchestra my senior year. I still remember the first note that I played in the venue - it might have been the most incredible sound I've ever heard in my entire life. That single note just completely enveloped us and it seemed like it kept traveling for miles even after we already finished a few more bars of the piece. It's a completely different experience being a part of the music in comparison to listening to the music.

After I started college, I stopped playing the violin. I'd pick it up 2-3 times during the year but it stayed underneath my bed for the most part. It's also made me realize that you can't expect to maintain the same skill level if you take a year off. It's going to take a lot of painful practice to get back to where I was. But ultimately, if I have the time, I'd love to audition for a community orchestra in the city. I'm currently nerding out at work right now with Kreisler's Preludium and Allegro on repeat, performed by Itzhak Perlman. How badass am I? 


  1. Those are super cute tassel loafers!


  2. Aw! I hope you have the best classical music filled weekend! It sounds like it's going to be so much fun! :) I used to play violin too but I got over it in high school and then I learned to play the electric bass. Now I don't play any instruments lols. I do miss playing the piano though and just creating sounds that aren't as hurtful to the ear as my voice :)

  3. Jen, you are a badass and I hope that your violin-ing goes well. YOU ARE GONNA KICK BUTT WITH THAT THING. Keep up that practice! :D I played the flute in middle school and now it's sitting in my closet... all alone and abandoned. So props to you for picking yours back up!

    Those loafers are rly rly cuuute~

  4. Cute skirt and loafers. Saw your comment on my blog. I responded if you want to revisit :)) Xo Inna


  5. love the vases!

  6. you look stunning. i love this pattern, it amazes me!

  7. you're so pretty jen!! i love how raw your beauty is.. :D those shoes are adorable!

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  8. Stunning pictures (as usual). Classical music is truly an emotional experience like no other. Have fun!

  9. Ohhh you're making me miss my cello so much! I played almost all the way through college, and I think one of my favorite feelings in the world is playing in a full symphony orchestra on concert night. Such an amazing thing. I didn't realize you played the violin, that's so awesome! And you played in Carnegie Hall, OMG I am so jealous! I can't imagine how incredible that must have felt. You should defo pick it up again, and maybe I'll try to find an orchestra to play with her in Salt Lake. Who knows! I do miss listening to classical music all the time.

  10. Um... I wish I had gone to Carnegie Hall to play or listen, I miss my piano! I can't believe that you went to so many over the weekend, super jealous. As for Perlman, he's amazing, have you ever listened to Jascha Heifetz? I love his performances, especially Paganini No. 24. Love the skirt, flowers, and loafers!



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