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.

January 30, 2015

Back in the New York City Chills

Navy Blazer Coat c/o StyleMoi (similar),  Geometric Dress c/o Lulu*s (similar), Urban Outfitters Navy Polka Dot Skirt (similar), ASOS Thigh High Socks, Black Flats c/o Lulu*s, Forever 21 Earmuffs (similar)

It seems like it's been forever but I'm finally settle back into New York City and I couldn't be more glad to be home sleeping in my own bed. Due to the "blizzard" on the east coast, my team and I ended up being stranded in Utah for an extra two days. We were all feeling a bit trapped so we decided to make the best of it and take a day trip down to the Arches National Park. I'll share more about it in my next post, but the main thing you need to know is that I could stay there forever and be happy. Well, maybe with the exception of having to watch out for mountain lions...I think.

Anyway, home sweet home, despite the fact that it's surprisingly colder in New York City than the Utah mountains. Can't wait to officially debut my new hair cut next time - even though you guys already know what it looks like if you follow along on Instagram. Phantom hair syndrome? You bet.


January 22, 2015

Recipe | Bacon, Avocado, and Egg Breakfast Sandwich

Back in college, the single cure for an extreme hangover was a greasy breakfast sandwich. Nowadays my extreme hangover mornings aren't as common but I still have an intense love for breakfast sandwiches. But now as I age, grease catches up to you so I figured it was time to make my own breakfast sandwiches from scratch for a healthier (and still delicious) alternative.

Bacon, Avocado, and Egg Breakfast Sandwich
1 serving

1 Frozen Bagel
1 Large Egg
1 Large Avocado
2 strips of Bacon
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 tbsp Butter
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Salt + Black Pepper


First things first: the bagels. Place your frozen bagels (I have many, thanks to Jeremy's Jewish family) in the cold oven, and then preheat to 350. Leave 'em in for approximately 12 minutes, or until it's to your liking. Mine were pre-sliced but you can always just slice them after if they come whole - Jeremy likes to freeze out bagels so they'll stay for much longer.

While all that bagel drama is going down in the oven, start frying up that bacon in a large skillet so you have room to spread them around so they aren't overlapping. There's no need to use oil since the bacon will produce enough natural oil by itself to fry up the strips. Noms. Once they're crisp to your liking, set them aside and leave a thin layer of bacon grease in the skillet.

Next, let's tackle the avocado. Cut the bad boy in half (around the center pit) and twist to open up the avocado. Slice the meat into squares and scoop out the squares into a bowl. Sprinkle some pepper and lemon juice into the bowl and then mash the avocado until it's smooth but still a little bit chunky.

Now it's time to...cut the cheese. But not like that. Actually, cut the cheddar cheese (or any type of cheese you're lovin') into thin slices. Set them aside with all your other prepared goodies.

Now let's go back to that bacon grease-filled skillet. I always save the eggs for last since they cool down the quickest and they are best eaten straight away. Break your large egg into the skillet and let it fry as it soaks in the bacon flavor and flip over once. If you'd rather avoid using the bacon fat, swap out for a little bit of butter. I prefer my yolk to be firm and my egg whites to be crisp, but if you like it to be runny you can just fry it until you're satisfied.

Take out your bagels from the oven now; handle with care since they'll be super hot and crisp. Load up with your bacon, fried egg, avocado, and cheddar cheese until your mouth is watering like crazy.

Happy Nomming! 

January 19, 2015

And You've Got Time

Forever 21 Brown Dolman Coat (similar), Urban Outfitters Waffle Cardigan (similar), Jersey Black Dress c/o LuLu*s (similar), ASOS Thigh-Highs, Forever 21 Earmuffs, Black Combat Boots c/o LuLu*s, Gap Beige Arm Warmers (similar)

I've finally gotten around to watching Orange is the New Black these past two weeks (I know, I'm incredibly late to the game) and I'm 100% obsessed with it. It definitely lives up to all the hype and it's incredible how quickly you fall in love with characters you despised in the very beginning. Brilliant character development. If you haven't watched it yet, I highly recommend it.

But anyway, I'm still dressing inappropriately for the weather, what with my socks that don't quite go all the way up my leg. But I couldn't help myself. Maybe if I keep dressing this way, Mother Nature will give up and just make it ten degrees warmer. Fingers crossed. 


January 17, 2015

Here Are A Few of my Favorite Things

Red Plaid Shirt c/o Sheinside (similar), Gap Striped Shirt (similar), Navy Blazer Coat c/ StyleMoi (similar), Black Tanya Jeans c/o Level 99 Denim, Black Combat Boots c/o LuLu*s

There's nothing better, wardrobe-wise, than realizing all of your favorite clothes go together perfectly so you can wear them all at once. This outfit reflects that exact moment. I'm pretty sure this striped shirt has lasted me over half a decade though and I'm just not sure how much longer it's going to live on for. It's a pretty heartbreaking piece of business to have to deal with, getting rid of your favorite clothes, but some things just have to be done. Otherwise you're going to be wearing around rags and looking pretty shabby. And not shabby chic.


January 16, 2015

I Turn My Camera On

Navy Blazer Coat c/o StyleMoi (similar), Madewell Chambray Shirt, Madewell White V-Neck, White Plaid Pleated Skirt c/o LuLu*s (similar), H&M Thin Silver Rings (similar), Pyramid Necklace c/o Gogo Philip (similar), Fleece-Lined Tights c/o Silkies (similar), Black Flats c/o LuLu*s (similar)

Things are amping at work over the next few weeks so I'm especially cherishing this next upcoming weekend of having no plans and nothing to do. I'm filling it up with personal errands and gym runs before taking time for myself becomes more of a myth. Oh, and of course fitting in a trim as well since my bangs are, once again, obstructing my vision. Such a high maintenance hair style, na'mean ?

Don't get me wrong though, I'm insanely pumped for things to get busy at work - though it can be stressful at time, nothing excites me more than busy days and plenty of traveling. Next week I'll be heading to Utah with two other co-workers; I know it's going to be both a challenge to cover such a big, live event but also so much fun. Plus, I've never been to Utah before so I have no idea what I'm in store for. It might not be any warmer, but it'll still be a much needed change of pace. 


January 13, 2015

Recipe | Cilantro + Avocado Hummus

In the past five years my love for hummus must have been the fastest growing love of any type of edible substance in the history of Jen. A few months ago, one of my friends mentioned to me that he makes his own hummus instead of buying pre-made hummus in the stores since it's ridiculously cheaper and it's easier to experiment with different flavors. It was always in the back of my mind, but recently Jeremy's dad and stepmom gifted us with a food processor as a belated housewarming gift and I'm pretty sure we're already best friends. It also gave us the perfect opportunity to finally make our own hummus and I knew I had to start with some Cilantro and Avocado Hummus. It's like if guacamole and hummus got together, went on a few dates, had a whirlwind of a romance, and made a baby out of wedlock. So good.

Cilantro + Avocado Hummus
12 Servings, 10 minutes

1 can Chickpeas
1 large Avocado
1 clove Garlic
Handful of fresh Cilantro
2 tbsp Water
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Salt

Combine everything in a food processor and blend well until it's a creamy and consistent texture. The hummus will be creamy and thick - if you prefer to have larger chunks of avocado and chickpeas, feel free to grind the ingredients for a shorter amount of time.

Top everything with an extra drizzle or two of olive oil and some fresh sprigs of cilantro to do the trick. Serve with dipping foods (carrots, celery, pita bread, tortilla chips, etc.) or try using it as an ingredient to larger recipes in place of guacamole.

Happy Nomming! 

January 12, 2015

Review | Leaders USA Face Masks

I remember when I was way younger and still going through puberty (actually, I'm not quite sure when puberty fully ends mentally), one of my aunts took me to go get a facial - my first ever. I was that awkward person who actually fell asleep during my facial and the ladies working had to work together to try to wake me up. But dude, that facial was glorious and I remember feeling so fresh faced and simultaneously freaking out about going outside and exposing my face to all the toxins out there in the big, bad world. But,  it was also my last facial, because the price tag on those things is pretty, pretty hefty.

Well, I was recently introduced to these awesome face masks by Leaders USA and I love them. They're only around $3-4 per mask since they come in sets of ten and, since it's a do-it-yourself at home sort of deal, you don't have to worry about embarrassing yourself when you doze off and a little bit of drool lands on the facial pillow. Nap away, my friends. Nap away.

My favorite of the three that I tried was definitely the balancing recovery mask since it focuses on blemishes and oily skin, two of my most hated enemies. Like, the hate is really, really real. The reason I love these masks compared to others that I've looked at in the past is how customizable they are to so many different skin types, giving you a shit ton of treatment combinations. I had a little trouble getting it to fit perfectly on my face, but once I got the positioning right, it stayed on just fine through an entire episode of Luther on Netflix (which I highly recommend all of you watch).

If you guys decide to try out some masks, let me know which ones you ended up going for!

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January 11, 2015

Tracks in the Snow

Olive Nottingham Sweater c/o For Elyse, Rubi Collection Gray Dress c/o Popbasic (similar), HUE Burgundy Tights, Black Combat Boots c/o LuLu*s, Forever 21 Cream Infinity Scarf (similar), Forever 21 Earmuffs (similar)

I'm officially adding a new food to my list of favorite foods (which is more like a book instead of a list) and it's the glorious, mouth-wateringly delicious, breakfast burger. The breakfast burger. Whoever was the adventurous soul that decided to add a fried egg to their burger has changed millions of lives for the rest of eternity. Such a simple decision but a life-changing decision.

I've had my share of breakfast burgers ever since I moved to New York City - the first from two8two burger in Brooklyn. It's still hands down my favorite burger place - if only it wasn't so far from Astoria. It's never disappointed me and now I believe it's finally time to start the induction into my stomach's Hall of Fame as a MVP.

Oh, and on a more outfit-related topic, check out that winter wonderland, amirite?


January 10, 2015

Recipe | Egg White Omelet with Goat Cheese + Avocado

One of the best parts of lazy weekends is having the time to make breakfast. I definitely don't pay enough to one of the most important meals of the day (that's not saying much since every meal is important to me, including the in-between meals), but the weekends is when I really put it in the spotlight. I tried this super quick and easy omelet recipe this morning and my taste buds were so pumped that they were high fiving each other. It has a pretty creamy texture and an extra kick to the flavor thanks to the cilantro.

Egg White Omelet with Goat Cheese + Avocado
Serves 1

2 Egg Whites
2 tsp Heavy Cream
Olive Oil
1/2 Large Avacado
Salt + Pepper
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Fresh Cilantro
Optional: Chili Powder


Whisk together two egg whites and two (2) tsp of heavy cream. To separate egg whites from the yolk, simply break the egg in half and gently pass the yolk between the two shell halves until all of the egg whites drip into the bowl.

Add the egg mixture to a small pan with a light coating of olive oil and cook it over medium to low heat. Add some salt and pepper to the egg while cooking and flip the egg over once it's at your desired level of done. Once both sides are done, slide it onto a plate and add the sliced avocado and crumbled goat cheese to one side of the omelet. Fold the omelet in half and top generously with fresh cilantro and a dash of chili pepper for an extra kick.

Happy Nomming! 

January 9, 2015

Bitter Winds + Beautiful Snowfall

Green Plaid Coat c/o StyleMoi (similar), Forever 21 White Knit Sweater (similar), Urban Outfitters Mustard Skirt (similar, similar) (other outfits), Fleece-lined Tights c/o Silkies (similar), Black Combat Boots c/o LuLu*s, Forever 21 Cream Infinity Scarf (similar), Gap Beige Arm Warmers (similar), Forever 21 Earmuffs (similar)

Last week, Jeremy mentioned that the winter was pretty mild so far and that he was glad it hadn't snowed as much as I had hoped it would. Well, now he's doomed us because this past week it has been way under freezing in the single digits with wind chills. You know it's way too cold to be walking outside when your nose hairs freeze, na'mean? Mother Nature's all like "How's this for mild, Jeremy?!"

Perhaps this is the time when I actually invest in a puffy jacket that makes me feel like I'm still underneath my blankets back home. Actually, do they make puffy jackets for your entire face? Because I would like one of those please.

But regardless, I can't be too mad at Mother Nature because, you guys, the snow is incredibly beautiful. And will you look at that...I just peeked out my window and there's heavy snowfall coming down. Jeremy won't be pleased when I wake him up, but it's just so magical I can't be mad.

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