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.

February 26, 2016

Remix: How to Style a Denim Vest


February 25, 2016

Kids These Days

Gap Black Overalls (similar, similar), H&M Striped T-Shirt (similar), Joe Fresh Faux Leather Motorcycle Jacket (similar), Urban Outfitters Black Textured Mini-Backpack (similar), The Point c/o Rothy's

The other day my co-worker mentioned how all the kids these days were starting to bring back trends of her childhood, such as flared jeans and overalls. Then earlier this week, I sneakily sauntered into the office wearing these bad boys. To some degree, I'm the kids these days. Not to mention the pair of corduroy flares I got in the mail the other day.

Then again, just yesterday I finally learned about the "Damn, Daniel!" meme that's taking over the internets lately and I thought to myself, "Kids these days." It's just a never ending cycle of people aging and shaking their heads at the youth.

I'm pretty sure this means when I'm old and gray and I look at the teens of the latest generation I'm going to be absolutely flabbergasted and I'll just lose it with all the exclamations of "Kids these days" bouncing around my mind until I need to recede into a dark hole of the good ol' days.

Or there's a slight chance that I'll stay in the know and roll with the hippest of teens, regardless of my age. But...probably not. Most likely not.


February 24, 2016

"See Ya, Moisture!"

Forever 21 Brown Dolman Wrap Coat (similar), Urban Outfitters Black Cardigan (similar), Red Polka Dot Dress c/o SammyDress (similar), Anne Klein Sheer Tights, H&M Knee High Socks, The Flat c/o Rothy's, Urban Outfitters Black Suede Tote Bag, Forever 21 Black Knit Gloves (similar)

I never thought I'd be able to wear a pair of flats in the snow (or rain) but Rothy's has granted my wish and made the impossible possible. Well, I'm not saying I would tell you to go trekking in a foot of snow with these bad boys on...but they kick ass in light rain and snow. Apparently the fiber made out of recycled plastic bottles helps the flats wick away moisture.

Also I apologize for talking about and using the word moisture. Actually, no I don't. I never understood the dislike and distain for the word moist. Moist. I actually kind of like the way it leaves my mouth. MOIST, heh heh.



February 22, 2016

Sore Calves and Unfortunate Bruises

Forever 21 Brown Dolman Coat (similar, similar), Madewell Boyfriend Chambray Shirt (similar)Urban Outfitters Mustard Skirt (similar, similar), Orange Plaid Scarf c/o Persun Mall (similar), Urban Outfitters Black Fern Suede Tote Bag, Urban Outfitters Fleece-lined Full Tights, House of Harlow 1960 Arabella Suede Boots c/o LuLu*s (similar)

This past Saturday was abnormally beautiful to the point of being strangely uncomfortable. The sun was beaming down and blessing us with temperatures in the high 50's. This also happened to be the day that I went skiing in upstate New York.

At first I was pretty pumped to go skiing without a heavy jacket and being able to strip away layer after layer until it felt like I was skiing in early spring. Then once we hit the slopes and started seeing patches of mud peaking out from under a thin layer of snow, I realized perhaps it would be better suited if it was ten degrees colder. But regardless, we made the best of the slope conditions and still walked (or limped) away with a good number of bruises and sore ass calves. But now I'm back to bundling up; who knows though, I'm pretty sure this bipolar weather will end up throwing us back to temps in the 60's in no time. it weird that I'm a little upset that winter didn't get enough time in the spotlight?


February 16, 2016

The Classics with Rothy's

I know I say this over and over again, but the older I get the more I stray from trendy pieces and trade them out for classic, high-quality pieces. Half of it, honestly, is being too lazy to keep up with what's "in" and "fresh" these days. The other half is having quality pieces that don't fall apart in seconds that can still be worn years down the road, making the price tag worth it. I wish teenage Jen had that kind of mentality so I wouldn't have gone through so many shirts that read "Abercrombie & Fitch", because we all know how cool that was back in the day. Wearing those shirts definitely didn't make me any cooler if we're being honest with ourselves.

By now I've invested in classic denim, like my beloved 501's, some tops, and some coats. But dude, am I slacking in the shoes department. I always think to myself, I wear them almost every single day so they're bound to get ruined quickly no matter what...why buy nice shoes? SO WRONG, GRL. It makes all the difference. Like 100% of the difference. With good quality shoes, my heels and soles don't hurt, which ultimately means my back doesn't hurt, which ultimately means I'm a pretty happy Jen. Oh, and even if my shoes get dirty (because I'm a horrible shoe-wearer), they'll still keep on strutting along for years. Yus.

I've finally invested in some top notch black boots and now I've got my classic pair of black flats (that aren't those cheap $20 ones that are made of super cheap faux suede). Rothy's is blowing my mind with these flats because not only are they incredibly comfortable (seriously like little foot clouds) and fit like a dream...but the fiber is made of 100% recycled water bottles. Guys, I'm wearing water bottles on my feet and it's so confusing but it's also so beautiful. That also makes them pretty damn breathable and able to survive in moist situations (heh heh, moist).

Check 'em out because they're 100% worth it. Excuse me now while my feet go cuddle their Rothy's and my eyes go feast on their Instagram.


February 11, 2016

"Jen, Stop Talking."

Forever 21 Gray Longline Coat (similar), Madewell Rust Cardigan (similar), H&M Black TurtleneckH&M Gray Knit Skirt (similar), Urban Outfitters Fleece-lined Tights, Brown Combat Boots c/o LuLu*s (similar), H&M Gold Curve Bar Necklace (similar)

These photos were from a few weeks ago, back when winter storm Jonas had just finished wrecking havoc on the city. By now the snow has already melted and it has been replaced with a bitter, windy cold. I'm pretty sure I preferred the winter wonderland to the chills being sent down my spine and through my chattering teeth.

But what's a bigger deal? I'm wearing a necklace. I'm the biggest slacker when it comes to wearing jewelry and I never accessorize beyond my usual set of rings and the earrings I wear every single day. Honestly, it probably came down to not wanting to put in the extra effort to match yet another piece to my outfit. But this necklace I made an exception for since it's pretty perfect in so many ways. It's just the way I like all my jewelry: gold, minimal, and an anti-statement piece.

I feel like this is the perfect opportunity to say, "In many ways, my taste in jewelry reflects who I am as a person." But that's just absolute crap as I'm more flesh than gold, loud and annoying, and unintentionally usually a statement person (mainly after a few drinks). Which now makes it a perfect time to say, with my pinky up in the air, "In many ways, my taste in jewelry contradicts who I am as a person."

Which then makes it a perfect time to say, "Jen, stop talking."


February 9, 2016

Same Dress, Different Everything Else

H&M Gray Open Cardigan (similar), Red Polka Dot Dress c/o SammyDress (similar)Urban Outfitters Gray Slouch Socks, Urban Outfitters Fleece-lined Tights

This dress always reminds me of when I first moved to NYC. At the time it was a new addition to my closet and I was in such a different place. I just started my first job out of college and I was living in East Harlem with two roommates, only one of which I knew prior to moving in. I spent so many nights at bars and I spent so many dinners eating ramen.

And now, over three years later, I find myself still wearing the same old dress; but when I look around me, everything is different. I moved on from my old job, which I fell head over heels in love with, and challenged myself with a new opportunity. Then I moved in with Jeremy and a stumpy old man of a cat and now reside in Astoria. I still spend many nights at bars, but now Netflix and cuddles seem to take priority. And I still spend a lot of dinners eating ramen, but my ramen game has stepped up it's game, yo. Like, hardcore...or as hardcore as ramen can get (which is pretty damn hardcore).

I feel like life just moves so fast sometimes that it's hard to take a moment to really take it all in. But then once in a while you revisit something that's been there for so many years, and it gives you that bit of perspective as to "the shit that thing has seen". And let me tell you, this dress has seen some shit.

Here's to dragging out this dress' lifespan for another three years!


February 5, 2016

The Punta Cana Diaries: Resortin'

Urban Outfitters Pink Fit + Flare Dress, Express Tropical Bikini Top (similar), Aldo Heart-Shaped Sunglasses (similar), Urban Outfitters Morgan Sandal (similar)

The slight tan I gained from our short trip to Punta Cana has already faded at this point and right now that's all I can think about as I sip my coffee and attempt to ignore the snow that's falling outside my window. I'm 99% sure there were no snow predictions whatsoever for today when I last checked the weather. Then again, I can't remember the last time I checked the weather so now I'm just making up lame excuses.

But despite how beautiful this winter wonderland that's accumulated is lookin', I'm just going to spend the day dreaming about warmer weather, palm tree-lined beaches, and mediocre resort food.

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