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.

June 30, 2014

Minty Florals On My Back

Touch the Sky Maxi Dress c/o For Elyse, Forever 21 Denim Jacket (similar)Reversible Tan Tote c/o LuLu*s, Report Sandals c/o LuLu*s 

Can I just say how much I love the dress code where I work? Pretty much anything reasonable goes as long as you look presentable in the general public and what needs to be covered up is covered up. This is where this dress comes in - it's long enough to keep me warm in the office, but the slit on the left side keeps me cool once I step outside and down into the sweat-inducing subway platform. It did shrink just about an inch after I washed it the first time, but that actually worked out in my 5'3" favor. Accidental jackpot.

I currently hear fireworks going off outside my apartment. Apparently the people over at Astoria park (in Queens) decided to celebrate Independence Day a few days early, just over the east river. Normally, I'd be able to sneak a peek, but my balcony is currently under construction and I don't have access to them. Nooooooooooooooo!


June 29, 2014

We Are the Wild Youth

Macy's Floral Maxi Dress (similar, simliar), Black Peep-Toe Boots c/o LuLu*s 

We're finally deep into beach weather and I couldn't be happier about it. Now I just have to remember to start wearing more sunscreen so I don't turn into a lobster. My back's a little burned but I'm off to a good start with my casual tanning. That's what's up.

Do you guys have any fun, upcoming plans for the fourth next weekend? Mine are still


June 27, 2014

Vintage Struggles + Tears in my Skirt

Gap Striped Shirt (similar), Magenta Vintage Skirt c/o Brag Vintage (similar), Black Peep-Toe Boots c/o LuLu*s (similar, similar), Reversible Tote c/o LuLu*s 

Weekend, I love you. And you're finally here. 

This vintage skirt is still one of my favorite pieces to date because of all the reasons. All of them. But vintage skirts have a tendency to be really small at the waist (probably because they didn't know the glory and tragedy of fast food as it stands today), so this skirt usually only fits perfectly in the morning. Once I get some breakfast and lunch in my system, it's a struggle, let me tell you. It's such a struggle, that I actually ripped the left side of the waistband wearing it. You can see the rip in the picture below, but let's not talk about it. Actually, I could've just not mentioned it and gotten away with it. But whatever, sometimes greasy chinese food for lunch is worth tearing your skirt for.


June 24, 2014

The Bonnaroo Diaries: Insane Nights + Ferris Wheel Sunrises

Urban Outfitters Crop Top (similarsimilar), High-waisted Shorts, Shoemint Sandals (similar), Bonnaroo Bandana (similar)

Saturday was definitely my favorite day at Bonnaroo. I spent the majority of the day relaxing to Jeremy Messersmith, exploring the farm, and catching some incredible performances by Damon Albarn and Chromeo. So good.

A few of us skipped out on Jack White that evening to relax and regroup before our all-nighter (we had big plans past midnight), but I heard Jack White was just mind blowing, so that was a bit of a bummer afterwards. But...not enough of a bummer to hold us back from an incredible rest of the night. To sum it up from beginning to end: a Skrillex Super Jam (ft. Big Gigantic, Zedd, Janelle Monae, Chance the Rapper, etc.), literally five minute of Frank Ocean, another brief ten minutes of The Flaming Lips, THE GLITCH MOB, the last few songs of Kaskade, and then watching the sunrise on the ferris wheel.

It was perfect. Absolutely perfect.

Oh, and Sunday was good too, but I always forget to take outfit pictures on the last day of Bonnaroo for some reason. I guess not showering for four days kinda makes you forget you have a real life outside of the festival to think about, ha.


June 22, 2014

The Bonnaroo Diaries: Foreheads + Kanye

Denim Vest c/o For Elyse | Urban Outfitters Tank (similar) | H&M Brick Shorts (similar) | Studded Boots c/o YesStyle (similar) | Bandana from ex (similar)

I've had bangs since sophomore year of high school. Side bangs, blunt bangs, you name 'em. So going a day in public without bangs? You guys, my forehead looked huge. Don't lie to me, I know you're thinking it too. Where has all that forehead been hiding all these years? Pretty sure the only other time I ever debuted my forehead on my blog was in 2010.

But anyway, back to more important Bonnaroo. The weather was absolutely beautiful on the second day with partly cloudy skies, making an entire day of music outdoors much more bearable. I spent the majority of the afternoon listening to some world music with Jeremy (DakhaBrakha was amazing) since there weren't many shows I was dying to see. My only teeny tiny regret during the entirety of the trip, was getting too distracted to stop by Janelle Monáe's performance.

After catching a bit of CHVRCHES, A Tribe Called Red (so, so good), and Phoenix, I ended my night relatively early with some Kanye. WHAT A SPECTACLE. Between all the sick performances and the insane rants, Kanye did not disappoint. No regrets there.


June 18, 2014

The Bonnaroo Diaries: The Long Trip Down

New York Crop Top c/o American Eagle | Express Destroyed Shorts (similar) | Studded Boots c/o YesStyle (similar)

One of my absolute favorite times of the year? Bonnaroo. A handful of my favorite people and I made the long 14-hour drive down to Tennessee for the festivities and, this year, three of them flew in since we're slowly all moving further and further apart. I slept through most of the journey, to be honest, so it felt closer to 6-hours total. The perks of being a fast sleeper, na'mean?

After a quick overnight pit stop at Knoxville, we met up with one of my co-workers and his crew and we caravaned onto the Bonnaroo farm just before the sun set. Thursday is the first day of music but people usually take their time since the sets aren't large or well-known. I managed to make it in time to see the last few songs of MS MR and I was pretty content for the rest of the night (ending with Break Science and Omar Souleyman).

Oh, and on the topic of this outfit, can we talk about just how reliable these boots are? These babies arrived at my doorstep over a year ago, just in time for last year's Bonnaroo, and they haven't let me down since. "Sole"mates. Get it? 


June 10, 2014

People Help the People

H&M Oatmeal Sweater (similar) | Black Mini Dress c/o LuLu*s (similar) | Peep Toe Boots c/o LuLu*s (similar) | Stylemint Crossbody  | Two Circle Necklace c/o Onecklace 

These boots. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about them besides the fact that they're the most comfortable pair of heeled shoes that I've ever owned in my life. They're the kind of shoes that look amazing online, mediocre in-person, and then amazing in photos. I guess they're kind of like that guy you know who's super cute in pictures but then questionable once you get them to agree to grab some coffee. Or, well, I'm assuming that would be a similar situation. Probably not.

But anyway, they're growing on me in-person. And that's all that matters.

Tomorrow morning I'm heading down to Bonnaroo with Jeremy and a few other college friends and I couldn't be more excited. It'll be my second year and there are a handful of artists I can't wait to see live. Now the only thing standing besides me and my six-day vacation is that 13 hour long drive. Oh boy. 


June 7, 2014

The Montreal Diaries: The Way Back Home

H&M Blue Crop Top (similar) | ASOS Baby Blue Dress (similar) | Urban Outfitters Peach Wedges (similar) | What Time? Watch c/o Rakani

It really is taking me a long time to recap such a short trip, isn't it?

Our last morning in Montreal we grabbed a quick breakfast at a random cafe and jumped into the car without a moment to spare, especially since we had such a long drive ahead of us. Since we left so early, we were able to take it slowly on the way back down and stop by Lake George for lunch at a small deli. There's something about lakes and oceans that's so calming but so frightening at the same time and it always leave me in awe. I sound like a dope saying that, but whatever. I love water. Hate away.

I'm suffering from wanderlust again and it's only been a few weeks. Good thing I'll be heading down to Tennessee in a couple of days for Bonnaroo. Anyone else going?


June 6, 2014

The Montreal Diaries: Lazy Days + Noms

Gap Striped Top (similar) | American Apparel Gray High-waisted Shorts (similar) | Gap Chambray Shirt (similar) | India Boots c/o BlowFish Shoes (similar) | Urban Outfitters Black Cat Ear Hat (similar) | Reversible Tote c/o LuLu*s

After spending the previous day bike-riding for three hours and walking all over Old Montreal, it was needless to say Jeremy and I were absolutely pooped the next day. We had big ambitions to walk over a mile to get bagels, walk another mile up to the top of Parc du Mont-Royal to see the beautiful views, and walk yet another mile to get poutine at La Banquise. Did it happen? Not quite.

On our way to get bagels in the morning, we realized that we underestimated our energy and ended up stopping by the famous Schwartz's Deli instead for some incredible smoked meat. Now I can see why they have an entire musical inspired after them. Not to mention the wonderfully welcoming staff - I could see myself being a regular there if I lived in the area. We retreated back to our room to rest up for the rest of the lazy afternoon before wandering over to another nearby park.

But don't worry, we still made our way to La Banquise because we couldn't come all the way to Montreal and get some of the best poutine. Amirite?


June 3, 2014

Review: Jane Iredale Starter Kit

Recently I had the opportunity to test out Jane Iredale's starter kit and I'm pretty excited to share my thoughts on it with you guys. I'm the type of person who sticks to the same exact beauty routine every single morning (with the exception of heavier eye make-up or darker lips for those night outs). If I find something that works with my skin type and my complexion, I stick with it. But at the same time, there can always be something better out there, if you give it a chance (hence why I never turn down a free sample...although I don't know why you'd turn down anything free).

Jane Iredale put together a starter kit which includes a facial primer, two different types of foundation (both with SPF 20), an application brush, and a hydration spray. I don't have the best skin, to be honest, so while testing it out, I used my usual concealer (from Benefit) for any blemishes.

My absolute favorite part about the kit was how weightless it was after applying everything. I know you probably hear that all the time in make-up reviews but I don't know how else to explain it. My face just felt fresher, which I think was partially because I topped everything off with the hydration spray, which was one my favorite products. My second favorite was definitely the facial primer which went on smoothly and also had the same lightweight feeling.

The foundations didn't stand out to me much and I would probably stick with my current brand, Benefit, due to the larger variety of shades. The one plus side though is the SPF 20, since I know I'll be spending a lot of time in the sun. I'll probably just brush on a light covering of the powdered foundation over the area most prone to burn for that extra bit of protection.

Have any of you given this bad boy a try yet? Let me know if you guys have any other suggestions!

This is a Vogue Influencer sponsored post. All opinions are of my own. 

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