Guest Posting on Jennifhsieh

Hello all! Today I’m guest posting for one my favorite personal style bloggers, Jennifhsieh. Jen was one of the first style bloggers who befriended and inspired me, and I’m so excited to be featured on her blog today! Jen is based out of the New York City area and has such a fun sense of style.

For my guest post on Jen’s blog, I wanted to do my due diligence representing San Francisco and my love for sequins. Head over to her blog to see my post featuring the outfit below!

Sunset Sequins

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Tahoe Snaps

Snowshoeing in Tahoe

 On Christmas Day, while sipping hot cocoa in 70 degree Marin County, I realized that I simply could not say goodbye to 2012 without seeing snow. I’d ice skated, I’d consumed gallons of hot cider (and a hot toddy or two), and I’d decorated a Christmas tree to end all Christmas trees, but it wasn’t enough. Forget sugarplums- images of frigid air and blinding snow danced in my head.

So, with less than 48 hours’ notice, Jim and I booked a room at a slightly seedy 70’s-era casino and rented a Zipcar. The next 36 hours were exactly what I needed- crisp, cold, and so full of snow.

Lake Tahoe in Winter

In lieu of dropping $250+ on lift tickets and rentals, we made my native Minnesota proud and strapped on snowshoes.

Sarah Snowshoeing

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Snowshoeing in Tahoe Snowshoeing in TahoeA little corny snow art was necessary, of course. I’m the first to admit I’m a straight-up sap!Snowshoeing in Tahoe Naturally, we finished the day with bracing beverages.SlurpeeHot Toddy at MacDuff"s

And, of course, some classic entertainment.Sex and the City Slot Machines  We even made a new friend!Mini Snowman

Tahoe TripDriving home across the Bay Bridge and seeing the city lights, I realized I had butterflies in my stomach. That jumpy, happy sensation was the same feeling I had two years ago when our little Honda Civic crossed the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. We were only away from the city for a day, but it reminded me of why I love it here. I tell ya, snow is good for the soul!

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New Year’s Resolutions, inside & out

Every year since I turned 13, I’ve made 10 New Year’s resolutions. The following year, I go through my old resolutions before I write new ones and evaluate how well I’ve done on them. Some resolutions have obnoxiously carried over year after year *cough*daily yoga*cough*, but I’ve been able to cross some off for good, which feels amazing.

My resolutions are usually self-confidence and relationship-related, but I’ve had change in my appearance shift into something deeper. Even though the resolutions were technically about changing a superficial part of myself, I was surprised at the lasting internal transformations. Who knows, they might do the same for you!

Sanfranista's hair transformation
Sarah’s haircuts: June 2006, July 2006, September 2012

Resolution #1: Cut your hair. I’m the first to admit that I can be a bit evangelical about “a pixie cut for every woman!” after a glass or two of champagne, but a haircut of any sort can be transformational. Whether it’s adding long layers or chopping off fourteen inches, a change can be refreshing and inspiring.

Again, short-hair bias here, but I truly became a different person when I cut off all my hair. I had hid behind my “trademark” princess curls and accompanying shyness for years, and making the chop forced me to come out of my shell and figure out who I was.

NYR Lip CollageResolution #2: Wear bright lipstick. In high school, I was super self-conscious about being skinny and having large lips (I know, WTF?). I avoided lipstick well into my twenties, afraid that I would look like a clown. It took working near the cosmetics department at Nordstrom and being goaded by a beautiful man from Chanel before I was willing to try something bold. Now, if I’m having an off day, a swipe of fuchsia is a guaranteed game-changer.

Resolution #3: Find a tailor. This is one resolution that I need to call myself out on neglecting. I’ve been afraid to take the plunge and pony up the cost, but I’ve never regretted having a good pair of jeans or dress tailored to fit my body. Personal tailoring can be the difference between a pretty dress and a knockout frock that looks couture. My confidence goes way up when I feel like the clothes fit my body, not the other way around.

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Resolution #4: Shop for the body you have, not the one you want. I’m guilty of squeezing myself into too-tight pants because I refuse to acknowledge that my hips are not my circa 2006 hips. Even though there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get in shape and be healthy, it’s unfair to punish your body by expecting it to look the way it did before. I mean, my mind is no longer the mind I had when I was 17 (thank God), so I shouldn’t expect my body to be, either.

Resolution #5: Know (and be) thyself. For all my advocacy for shaking things up, there’s so much worth in knowing yourself, your style, and what makes you feel amazing. Trends can be fun, but forcing yourself into something that’s not “you” or makes you feel uncomfortable never works out. Get inspiration where you will, but just do you.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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