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, 2016

California Road Trip | Day 3/10: Avenue of the Giants

Forever 21 Men's Bomber Jacket (similar), Madewell Boyfriend Chambray Shirt (similar), Madewell Hi-Riser Skinny Jeans in Lydia, Converse White All-Star Canvas Sneakers

...and now to finally continue on our California adventures from a month ago. Ahem.

Instead of immediately heading south from San Francisco, to continue towards our final destination of Los Angeles, Jeremy and I made a "quick" 4-hour detour up north to go see some redwoods. Now before you west coast residents say, "you know you can see redwood trees south of SF, right?", the answer is "No," we didn't even bother to check. And why didn't we?

Because we were determined to see the redwood trees along the Avenue of the Giants, also known as one of the settings for the forest moon of Endor from Star Wars' Return of the Jedi. And once we arrived, after that treacherous detour, we spent a good 30-minutes filming a terrible Star Wars reenactment on our Snapchat channels. We laughed hysterically throughout the entire filming process and then spent a good couple of hours thinking about how pathetically lame the end result actually was. Time well spent, for sure.


April 25, 2016

When Sickness Crashes Down

Urban Outfitters Black Knit Cardigan (similar), Skylark Olive Green Shift Dress (similar), H&M Black Thigh High Socks (similar), Urban Outfitters Black Mini-Backpack (similar), Volcom Olive Green Felt Hat (similar), Madewell Bolo Necklace

Oh hello again, world. Lately I've been caught up in the whirlwind of life to the point of exhaustion and this morning it all came crashing down on me. Instead of jumping back into the work week, I spent the day dragging myself from the bed to the couch and back again, taking too many naps to count because my body didn't know how to do anything else. Luckily for me, Bubba was feeling extra affectionate and switched up his nap spots according to where my body made a home for itself.

Also, also luckily for me, I can get back on track with my California posts and old, neglected outfit posts while I sit around my home healing (and looking like an actual bag of shit) and no one will be any the wiser.


April 16, 2016

California Road Trip | Day 2/10: The Golden Gate Bridge + Lands End


H&M Tan Knit Sweater (similar), Forever 21 Gray V-Neck T-Shirt (similar), Madewell Hi-Riser Skinny Jeans in Lydia, Converse White All-Star Canvas Sneakers, Urban Outfitters Black Mini-Backpack (similar)

Welcome to the Golden Gate Bridge! [Insert the sound of glitter exploding from canons and baby unicorns parachuting down from the sky.]

So maybe it wasn't quite that exuberant of an occasion, but there's still something so magical about seeing the Golden Gate Bridge every single time. I haven't set eyes on it for almost two decades, when I used to live in the bay area, so in a way it felt like a reunion with an old, old friend. Then again, I'm pretty sure my memories from my childhood have already faded away so I'm just pulling these feels from old photographs where I'm standing next to it, cheesin' it up.

Instead of our original plan of biking across the bridge to Sausalito (who's name always makes me crave some spaghetti and tomato sauce), we decided to make the trek to Fort Point, which served to defend the bay area back in the day and now lives on as a historic site. Let me tell you, those winds up at the top of the fort were WILD. I felt like I was going to be blown away at any second so I kept holding on to everything I could possibly hold on to.

After leaving the bridge, we continued to keep abusing our poor, tired legs and decided to wander over to Lands End, a rocky park by the shoreline that was known for housing the Land's End Labyrinth, constructed by local artist Eduardo Aguilera (most likely not related to Christina, but who's to say). The greenery was dope, the rocks were dope, the views were dope, and this stupid silly hiking partner down below was dope. All around, very dope and highly recommended if you're into dope things.


April 15, 2016

At the Old Ball Game

Old Navy Men's Zip-Front Hoodie stolen from JeremyUrban Outfitters Gray Ringer Tank, Madewell High-Riser Skinny Jeans in Lydia, Converse White All-Star Canvas Sneakers

Take me out to the ball game, and fill my lap with hot dogs, cotton candy, dippin' dots, and a few rounds of beers. I'm one of those baseball game attendees that always shows up just to eat a lot, drink a lot, and cheer for the visiting team (just because it always seems pretty rough to have to play in a stadium where no one is cheering for you). But since I had a leftover Yankee's hat from last year's Halloween costume (s/o to Indiana Jones' Short Round), I figured this time I'd be a good game-goer and at least root for the home team. Not to mention I really should be loyal to the city I currently call my home. So here I am, sans Yankees hat but adorned in Yankees colors, ready to watch some men run around in squares tonight and hit some balls.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with that time I took self-portraits at my middle school's baseball field in 2010. Alone. Because that doesn't seem sad...or creepy...or strange.


April 13, 2016

California Road Trip | Day 2/10: The Interval

Despite a long night out on the town, we managed to wake up in decent shape in order to make our way to the Golden Gate Bridge. Jeremy and I jumped into an Uber Pool and ended up sharing our ride with a local on his way to church for Easter. On realizing we were just visiting the area, he decided to dump all of his local wisdom on us of things to do and what to see. We ended up exiting the cab a little overwhelmed; but the one piece of advice that we actually took, was to spend our morning at The Interval.

Our weak bodies gave up the idea to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge before our brunch plans and, instead, we settled into a nook of The Interval and treated ourselves to some of the best tea we've ever had. But not only was the tea incredible, the space itself was just full of badass mechanical, functioning pieces of art. It was hard to peel our butts off the cozy leather seats, but we eventually had to leave to continue on our SF shenanigans.

The next time we come here, we're bringing a good book and an ample amount of time to just read and drink tea like classy motherfuckers.


April 11, 2016

Pseudo Athlete for a Day

Gray Sweatshirt c/o Dresslink, Gap Black Overalls (similar, similar), Converse White Canvas All-Star Sneakers

Wearing clothing that has vague undertones of athleticism makes me feel more adequate at sport-related activities than I actually am. 

In fifth grade I was hands down the fastest runner in my class by far. That was the peak of my career as an athlete. Then I went through puberty and my body decided that enough was enough; running was a big no unless I wanted all my muscles to cramp up. Sure, I dabbled in tennis classes and had the most pathetic tryouts for the junior varsity team. Sure, my dad made me play baseball and basketball outside our house everyday during the summers in an attempt to be well-rounded. But none of it stuck and now I spend more time in front of a computer screen than with sporting equipment in my hands. 

But these outfits...they give me a chance to pretend and to believe. Olympics 2016, here I come. 

...and yes. I do think that just adding four stripes on my sleeve qualifies as sporty. 


April 9, 2016

California Road Trip | Day 1/10: Afternoons at Ampersand

After a long and well-spent morning hiking at Bernal Heights, and working up quite the appetite, we met up with some of my old friends (dating back to middle school) at Loló. I didn't treat myself to a mimosa (as I was prepping myself for a rage fest later that night - note to self: never accept shots of Fernet) but I indulged in some incredible tuna tacos and watched everyone else shovel down some beautiful avocado toast. This would be the start of everyone telling us how great California avocados were, which was almost daily in California.

The rest of the afternoon was relaxed as Jeremy and I made our way down Valencia Street in the Mission District. Between small boutiques, old bookstores, long lines for pastries, and a tasting of sour beer at The Monk's Kettle, my favorite stop was definitely Ampersand, a small flower shop and design studio hidden away on a side street.

We were immediately greeted by the friendly staff and were encouraged to hang around and relax. If only I could travel with a bouquet of flowers because I would have made twenty on the spot with their insane selection.

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