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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.

April 27, 2015

Geometric Polka Dots


Navy Polka Dot Dress c/o LuLu*s (similar), Denim Shirt Dress c/o Levi's (similar, similar), Two-Toned Heels c/o LuLu*s (similar), SLATE Geometric Pendant Necklace c/o Rocksbox (similar), Black Pleather Satchel c/o Pink Basis (similar)

I'm such a picky person when it comes to wearing jewelry, which is why you usually only see me sticking to the same pair of gold studs and a variety of rings. The craziest I'll usually go is slapping on one of my favorite watches (and by watches, I mean the only two I have). Luckily for me, I'm trying out a new jewelry subscription service called Rocksbox, which lets you flaunt around three pieces of jewelry that you can switch out as often as you like with three other pieces for a flat $19/month. I love this so much more than investing in those designer pieces and ending up with a pile of jewelry that only gets tangled together and forgotten.

If you guys want to give it a try yourself, use the code "jennifhsieh" for your first month free! They're the sweetest people to work with and you get to take one of those super fun tests in the beginning to figure our your style and personalized jewelry suggestions. And I mean come on, who doesn't love those online tests? They always make my middle school heart so happy.

Let me know what you guys think if you try them out!


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April 25, 2015

Astoria Cherry Blossoms


Forever 21 Denim Jacket (similar), Bird Printed Blouse c/o WalkTrendy (similar), Black Tanya Jeans c/o Level 99 Denim, House of Harlow 1969 Arabella Boots c/o LuLu*s (similar), Tan Reversible Tote Bag c/o LuLu*s (similar)

One of my favorite times of the year are when the cherry blossoms bloom. They never last for very long, but when they're out and about there's just this amazing, magical feeling, like you're walking through a snowy wonderland, but with flowers instead of snow. Sadly, the heavy April rainfall (or something of the sort) ended up knocking down half of a nearby cherry blossom tree, making it look like a cherry blossom bush. Sad, but still beautiful. Boy, Astoria does not disappoint in the spring.

But now that spring is here and in full swing (well, sort of), I'm starting to want to rock brighter colors and patterns again. My style is having some hard core seasonal mood swings. So say goodbye to neutrals (but not completely, or ever really) and say a (temporary) hello to these birds on my shirt. As they say (but not really), just put a bird on it.

What am I even talking about?


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April 22, 2015

Beyond the Stars and Into Jackson Heights


Gap 1969 Tencel® Denim Shirt (similar), Forever 21 Denim Jeans (similar), Two-Toned Heels c/o LuLu*s (similar), Two-Toned Tote Bag c/o Chicnova (similar), The Queen Midi Ring c/o Kitsch, Beyond the Stars Ring c/o Kitsch

Now that the weather is getting nicer, Jeremy and I are making more of an effort to leave Astoria and explore other neighborhoods of New York City, mainly in Queens. Next on our list was Jackson Heights since I heard tale of incredible Indian and Thai food. Our eyes (and stomachs) were focused on setting up shop at some cheap and incredible Indian buffet so we made our way to the Jackson Diner. Boy oh boy, it didn't disappoint. They had the most perfect, little potato samosas, some kick-ass goat, and then don't even get me started about the rice pudding. The only regret I ever have when I go to buffets like this is how small and WEAK my stomach is. Like, get it together stomach, THIS FOOD BELONGS IN YOU. Don't quit now!

But besides the nomalicious experience, we just took some time to walk off the pounds of food we devoured and just see how culturally different Jackson Heights was compared to the surrounding neighborhoods, despite being just blocks apart from each other. Oh Queens, you're such a magically diverse place.


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April 15, 2015

Summer Time Feels


Urban Outfitters Mustard Cardigan (similar), Graphic Crop Top c/o Chicnova (similar), BDG High-Rise Button-Up Shorts (similar), Report Ankle Strap Black Sandals c/o LuLu*s, (similar), Sophie Harper Pavé Triangle Studs c/o Rocksbox

It finally hit the 70's this weekend and boy, oh boy, did it feel like summer was right around the corner. Sure, the sun played a big part in it all, but it was mostly my sweat acting as the main indicator. I pulled out my shorts that were hiding in the closet space just slightly out of my reach without a step stool and rocked out with my bare legs out. It was such a glorious feeling I can't even hide it. 

In lieu of the warmer weather, I took advantage of taking a few more adventures outside of Astoria this weekend. It's hard to motivate yourself to leave since Astoria already has everything you could possibly be looking for, but sometimes it's just nice having a change of scenery. Yesterday was spent gallavanting around the lower east side and gorging myself in incredible Japanese food (gimme more soba noodles) and today was spent sobbing uncontrollably to Furious 7 and exploring Jackson Heights (which I'll talk about in my next blog post). I couldn't be more content right now. 

How are you guys ending the weekend?


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April 13, 2015

Cozy, Rustic, and Badass


Madewell Blue Plaid Cozy Shirt, Forever 21 Denim Jeans (similar), Obey Sweatshirt c/o LuLu*s (similar), Reversible Tan Tote Bag c/o LuLu*s (similar), House of Harlow 1969 Tan Boots c/o LuLu*s

I'm pretty convinced that you can never have too many plaid, flannel shirts. It's one thing that I've never gotten sick of in my closet over the past decade and I don't foresee myself getting sick of them any time soon. Whether it's a different fabric thickness or a different color scheme, you can always change things up and feel like a cozy, rustic, badass motherfucker. Not literally, obviously, but you know. Unless you actually are, literally, that...but that's a road we're not going to go down.

Now I'm going to go enjoy the rest of my night (and continue my attempts at trying to convince Bubba to cuddle with me) before I work a 14-hour day tomorrow.


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April 12, 2015

Sundays with Firmoo


Unisex Black Frames c/o Firmoo

I've had increasingly bad vision ever since the third grade. I remember getting my first pair of glasses and, like the typical 8-year-old at that time, feeling like the biggest nerd at school. I would hide them in my desk and pretend like I "accidentally" misplaced them, just so I wouldn't have to put them on my face. 

Then the day came for contacts, while I was in middle school, and I never looked back since. I definitely felt #blessed, although I didn't know it at the time due to the lack of the hashtag's existence. But as my parents like to remind me, you can't wear your contacts 24/7 and it's good to give your eyes a little break from time to time. But luckily, glasses are more of a fashion statement these days so I make the most of it by trying out new pairs whenever I can. So even if I have to nudge my glasses up my nose a few times a day and struggle to keep the smudges off, at least I'm looking Instagramable. Na'mean? 

Big shout out to Firmoo, as usual, for making glasses so affordable and stylish so I can keep switching things up. If you've never checked them out before, sign up and get your first pair free!

And yes, I'm just casually chilling with a wine bottle of flowers, thanks for Jeremy. Also, I'm not wearing pants because it's a Sunday and Sundays are meant to be pantless. 


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April 11, 2015

Recipe | Cream Cheese + Egg Croissant Squares


Yet another recipe that indulges my passionate love for croissants. This time, instead of going the sweet route, I decided to try a more savory breakfast recipe that didn't use the classic croissant shape. Jeremy was a huge fan of these and, let's be honest, the presentation all in itself is delicious enough to look at.

Cream Cheese + Egg Croissant Squares
Servings: 2

Ingredients
1 Tube Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent rolls
1 Fresh Vine Tomato
2 Large Eggs
Handful of Chopped Broccoli
1/2 Stick of Cream Cheese
Scallions
Salt and Pepper


Directions

Preheat the oven to 400°F. In the meantime, grab a tray and cover it with a sheet of parchment paper. 

Open the package of crescent rolls onto the parchment paper and divide it half into two large squares. There's a few perforations in the dough so just patch those up by squeezing the dough back together with your fingers. 

Next, fold over each of the edges about 1/2 an inch to create a "crust" to keep all of the ingredients together while everything is baking. Now, this is where you can go a little crazy with the ingredients. This time, I decided to spread a thin layer of cream cheese as a base. 

On top of the cream cheese, I cracked a large egg on each of the squares, added a tomato slice and some broccoli, and topped with a generous drizzle of sliced scallions, salt, and pepper. Depending on your taste, feel free to add some bacon slices. 

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes (or until the crust is golden brown to your liking). I left it in for 15 minutes so the eggs were cooked a bit more since I'm not the biggest fan of runny eggs. 

Happy nomming!

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April 10, 2015

The Bubba Obsession Continues


Urban Outfitters Long White CardiganForever 21 Gray V-Neck Tee (similar), Urban Outfitters High-Rise Destroyed Shorts (similar), Tan Sandals c/o LuLu*s (similar)

I have a serious problem. When Bubba's around, I can't do anything but stare at him and follow him around the apartment, trying to offer him catnip. Or I'm trying to snap a photo of him so I can make him Instagram famous (follow him here - that's a order). Now I totally understand why new parents sometimes seem like they're hiding from the world; they're just obsessed with their new baby and how gosh darn cute they are. Well...or busy taking care of a newborn. Both make sense.

So please excuse me if I'm too busy trying to teach Bubba to snuggle with me instead of blogging.

Also, if you see some gray bandaging coming out of my left sleeve, don't worry, I'm not severely injured. I just got some new ink (seen here) and it's still in the healing process. Now the struggle is remembering not to itch it.


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April 7, 2015

This Past Sunday No. 2

9:00 AM Good morning, Jeremy. I apologize in advance for waking you up in the most annoying way possible. 

10:00 AM Good morning, Bubba. I apologize in advance for waking you up in the most adorable way possible. 

11:00 AM Hello, new ink. S/O to Three Kings Tattoo for the quick and easy session. The leaves each represent a different state that I was raised in; I moved around a lot until I was 7 years old and each environment shaped me in their own unique way. 

12:00 PM Finally got some Greenpoint Lobster in my stomach. Let's talk about that market fish sandwich for a second; I couldn't get enough of it. If you're ever in Greenpoint, you can't pass it by. Even if you've already had brunch, make room for a second brunch. 

1:00 PM Yawning because he's not a fan of waking up early and he's already ready for a nap.

2:00 PM Afternoon tea and desserts. Always much needed. 

3:00 PM Because food is always on my mind, time to pick out fresh veggies for dinner and wind down for the evening. 

What did you guys have on your plate (both life-wise and nom-wise) this past Sunday? 

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