Anyone who knows me knows that I am just as keen on food as I am on fashion – what better way to pay tribute to that than with an editorial spread? Cheers to Rachel over at The Style Line and Marie Turnor for dolling me up with a fabulous Dinner bag and letting me dish on all things dinner, dress, and more. Read on for my Q&A (and say hello to the pup!), and click here to check out the rest of the editorial.
My name is Jaclyn Siu, and I am a Pokémon Master! In all seriousness, though, I am fortunate to find myself living on the intersection of two of the world’s most fabulous industries – fashion and entertainment – in the world’s most fabulous city. I love baking food, eating food, taking pictures of my food, but not grocery shopping. I also love writing, Instagramming, catching up on tech news, and exploring the city with Nala. I’m also trying really hard to like salad. Life is always better when you’re eating well.
Dinner, in my opinion, is the best meal of the day because that’s the one time of day when I don’t feel guilty about eating steak (though a great brunch is tough to beat too). My ideal dinner would probably be getting down and dirty with a Porterhouse, cooked medium rare, with creamed spinach and mashed potatoes on the side and a nice glass of Malbec. Loose pants with an elastic waistband or flowy skirts are a must to deal with the inevitable food coma.
Many things: Outdoor seating lets me spend time with Nala, salmon is always a good idea, and couscous is such a delicious treat since I don’t know how to make it on my own, and it’s not the most common thing in the world. Very funny story, actually – the first time my best friends took me to Mogador was the first time I ever had couscous, and I had no idea how to pronounce it because English is weird.
I was convinced it would sound pseudo-French, so I said I wanted some “koo-koo” to the waitress, only to be met with fits of hysterical laughter from everyone. It’s been four years since that unfortunate pronunciation blunder and I certainly know how you say it now, but they still won’t let me live it down!
Dressing for nighttime, especially in the warmer seasons, is more my thing because I don’t have to worry as much about layers or wearing too much black! Going out for dinner is always somewhat of an occasion for me personally – I’ve taken to staying at home and making dinner for myself and Nala these days – so I do make an effort to look nice.
One thing I love about personal style is exactly that – it’s personal. As cliche as it might sound, fashion has always been said to be an extension of yourself, and I’ve really seen my wardrobe and style evolve as I moved from fashion into music. My typical outfit is now much more sporty and casual, I’ve started embracing snapbacks, and I always somehow end up wearing sneakers. Most definitely embracing the Roc!
Address: 126 E. 7th St. New York, NY 10009
Transportation: L to 1st Ave./F to 2nd. Ave/4, 6 to Astor Place
GO-TO DINNER DELICACY: You really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu: EVERYTHING from their bread and olive oil, all of their homemade pasta, to their insanely delicious cappuccino dessert (seriously, it’s heavenly beyond words) is worth a try.
Address: 103 Avenue B New York, NY 10009
Transportation: L to 1st Ave./F to 2nd. Ave
GO-TO DINNER DELICACY: Because who doesn’t need a dose of Paris (and steak tartare) now and then? Also, escargot. I live for that garlicky buttery goodness. Mmm…
Address: 536 E. 5th St. New York, NY 10009
Transportation: L to 1st Ave./F to 2nd. Ave/J,M,Z to Essex St.
GO-TO DINNER DELICACY: In my opinion, one of the best and most authentic ramen I’ve had outside of Japan. Thick, soupy, and always hits the spot. Everything on the menu will make you fall in love.
What I’m wearing:
First look: Åland Korea mesh top // J Brand leather shorts // Marie Turnor dinner bag in Tapestry
Second look: Roc Nation snapback // Bailey 44 leather tank // Vintage asymmetrical hem dress worn as skirt // River Island Chelsea boots // Vintage bangle // Marie Turnor dinner bag in Tan