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.

May 30, 2013

She Wants to Take You Far

UNIQLO Casual Blazer (similar)
Urban Outfitters Midi Dress
Bakers Shoes Black Suede Heels  (similar)

I'm starting to learn the value a casual, black blazer has in anyone's closet. Seriously, what doesn't it go with? I'm pretty sure you could list any item in your closet and a black blazer would effortlessly complete the look. When it comes to indecisive dressers like myself, versatile items like this are lifesavers and they help me get to work on time. 

I've been sick for the past couple of days and, while my fever has died down, I continue to have random coughing attacks that come back around this time, every single year. I'm starting to think it's related to allergies but I should probably get that confirmed with someone with actual medical experience. At least the weather is warm enough to melt me into a human puddle, which means I'll be spending my weekend at the beach. Can't wait.


May 27, 2013

I Think the Wolves Have Got Me

Gap Cargo Jacket (similar)
Polka Dot Dress c/o SammyDress (similar)
Studded Combat Boots c/o YesWalker
Forever 21 Tribal Bangle
H&M Polka Dot Socks (similar)

There is almost nothing I love more than a three day weekend. There is also almost nothing I love more than amazing weather. Actually, now that I think about it, there's a lot of things I love more than both of those but you guys get the drift.

It's been such a lovely Memorial Day weekend this year. The first half of it was full of cloudy skies and rain, but the fact that one of my oldest and dearest friends came to stay with me in the city brightened things up infinitely. We had a much needed Girl's Night (involving too much pizza and plenty of ice cream), hid from the rain in the Met, and then treated ourselves to a wild night in Midtown (which consisted of doing the Cotton-Eye Joe on top of a bar).

The second half of my weekend was sunnier so I met up with some co-workers for lots of good food, riverside walking, day drinking, and beach-ing. And who knew New York City was full of beautiful beaches that are only a one-hour subway ride away? I slept away my Monday afternoon on the beautiful beaches of Coney Island and I couldn't have been happier. Guess this is what the rest of my summer weekends will look like!

How did you guys ring in the summer?


May 24, 2013

No Pity in this Mechanical City

H&M Beige Crop Top (similar)
Vintage Printed Skirt
ShoeMint Sandals (similar)

I always have the hardest time finding glasses that fit my face right. Since my face is on the wider side, I always manage to make some of the cutest glasses look like they were meant for 5-year-olds. Luckily, I stumbled upon this pair of Firmoo sunglasses and I have to say, they might be my new favorite pair for this summer. They're wide enough to downplay my chubby cheeks and you can't go wrong with Tortoise, right? My favorite thing about Firmoo is being able to try your first pair free. I know I'm always really skeptical about buying things online if you need it to fit right, so it's a perfect way to see if you're satisfied with your purchase without a monetary commitment. Jackpot. 

I can't wait to rock these all weekend long. I'll be celebrating the Memorial Day weekend with friends from all over; hopefully the weather man will be kind and send over plenty of sunshine. What do you guys have planned? 


May 23, 2013

Hear the Money Rustle

UNIQLO Black Blazer (similar)
Urban Outfitters Striped Layered Tank
Gap Destroyed Denim
Forever 21 Cap Toed Heels (similar), Bracelet

I took off work this past Monday to spend some more time with Eric before he headed back to Chicago. One of the last areas of NYC that we had to tackle was the Financial District. We walked up and down Wall Street, took in the insane amount of tourists in the area, and grabbed a quick lunch at a local pizza parlor. The best part was stopping by the Charging Bull and watching people pose with its testicles. (Did I really just write about testicles on my blog?) Touching certain parts of the bull is supposed to bring good luck to the visitor and the testicles are a symbol of its virility. I decided to pass on that specific ritual.

After we exhausted the area, we scrambled onto the East River Ferry to explore Brooklyn, specifically the DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights neighborhoods. It was actually my first time riding a ferry in New York City and I found out there are actually ferries that travel all the way to parts of New Jersey, including Sandy Hook Beach (the first Jersey beach I ever visited). I guess I know how I'll be spending my summer!


May 22, 2013

A Rainy Concrete Jungle

Sammydress Chambray Shirt (similar)
Madewell White Tee
American Apparel Polka Dot Skirt
ASOS Sandals (similar)

My second day exploring the city with Eric was overshadowed by rain clouds and puddles, making it very hard to wander around without ducking into a random store every few seconds. After a quick and scrumptious brunch at my all-time favorite Dim Sum place, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, we proceeded to wander around the Chinatown and Little Italy area huddling underneath a flimsy, leopard-print umbrella we picked up along the way. Wandering around Little Italy just reminded me that I need to spend more time nomming on Italian food.

Because of the rain, we abandoned our plans to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and opted to knock some touristy stuff off Eric's to-do list (i.e. Rockefeller Center, Times Square, etc). Then we had the most delicious Peruvian food (Pio Pio is a must if you're visiting the city) and then headed back home to dry off and call it an early night. An easy Sunday? Definitely.


May 20, 2013

Street Fairs, Bike Riding, and Drunk Bowling

Modcloth Orange Button-Up Dress (similar)
Cream Dress c/o Studio 12.20 (similar)
H&M Belt
Pyramid Necklace c/o Gogo Philip 
Wedges c/o Wayfair (similar)

During his first full day in the city (Saturday), Eric and I did a tremendous amount of walking. We walked to the point where exhaustion kicked in and we found ourselves taking naps every time we managed to sit down. I might have overachieved when it came to planning our New York City adventures.

Stop one was stopping by the Hester Street Fair in the Lower East Side. In a quick summary, it was a cute little, hipster street fair full of small food, clothing, and accessories businesses. We got to taste some incredible olive oils and my eyes kept drifting towards the expensive vintage dresses and sunglasses. My wallet held me back though (although the oven-baked margarita pizza was screaming my name).

After getting our fill of the Lower East Side and exploring the nearby parks, Eric and I rode the subway up to Central Park for some bike riding. In order to save a few dollars, we opted to rent our bikes from a sketchy guy standing on the side street who led us two blocks away from the park. Our wild imaginations had us preparing for our ultimate downfalls, but it ended up being just fine and if anything, just a little bit sketch.

Once again, Jen wears appropriate footwear for a day of walking, bike riding, and rock climbing.
Our next stop was to wander through the International Food Festival which was a little underwhelming. Eric and I expected to encounter the culinary experience of the Gods but it was simply food stands from a variety of restaurants in New York City (the same exact food festival that pops up multiple times throughout the year on random city streets). Nevertheless, we gorged ourselves and I even got to try Caramelized Fried Chicken ice cream from the Coolhaus truck, which was simply incredible. And no, it wasn't as disgusting as it sounds. It was actually a fried chicken party in my mouth and I only wish I had seconds.

Finally, we ended our evening by meeting up with a handful of my co-workers. After stopping by Martin Parr's latest exhibition, walking down the High Line, and grabbing dinner in the East Village, everyone headed over to Williamsburg to The Gutter. What's The Gutter? Two words: Drunk bowling.

If there's anything I want you to take away from this blog post, it's that nothing is better than drunk bowling.


May 18, 2013

Trouble Will Find Me

ASOS Green Polka Dot Dress
Forever 21 Denim Jacket
ASOS Sandals

It's finally the weekend! My friend Eric is visiting me in New York City for about a week and his flight landed last night. I can't wait to show him around the city which will consist of reckless nights, exploring each neighborhood, and eating all the food. All of it. We started off his adventures by hitting up a bar last night (Merrion Square in the Upper East Side) that serves a free burger with every drink and a free basket of wings with every pitcher. Needless to say we took advantage of both deals. Then I demanded that we drunkenly saunter home to enjoy The Princess Diaries.

That's right. We definitely know how to have a night out on the town.

Have a great weekend, everyone! :)

Things Are Tougher Than We Are

May 16, 2013

Things Are Tougher Than We Are

Urban Outfitters Mustard Cardigan (similar)
H&M Black Maxi Dress (similar)
Madewell Sandals (similar)
Forever 21 Skinny Belt

Over the past two weeks, the company I work for has been moving to a new and improved office that is twice the size of our old office. We've been growing like crazy (more than doubling our size in a year) and it's definitely nice having more windows and more room. We're still using both offices since one of the floor is still under construction, but I can't wait until we can finally settle in and decorate. My favorite thing about our new location is that we're only a block away from Madison Square Park, which means lots of walks in the park in order to get some fresh air. Oh, and not to mention the Shake Shack in the park. Noms. 

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