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Introducing the Kicheko Woman: Ally Tseng

This week, we're featuring our west coast model and friend, Ally Tseng. Bright, generous, funny and hard-working, Ally embodies the Kicheko woman and our chat will give you a glimpse of her personality, vision, compassion and sense of humor. With a recent career opportunity moving her across the country, Ally now lives in Los Angeles and works as Senior Marketing Manager for DreamWorks Animation, the studio responsible for gems like How To Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, Puss in Boots and Madagascar. We hope you enjoy getting to know Ally! 

Let's start with some fun rapid fire. What's on your playlist?

I’ve been listening to a ton of throwback artists lately! I love anything 90’s hip hop/R&B but recently I went to a Taking Back Sunday concert and I’ve spiraled back to my teenage angst/emo-loving phase! Dashboard Confessional all the way!

What books/podcasts/TV shows are you loving right now?

I’m obsessed with Scandal (#TEAMFITZ ALL THE WAY), but now that the season is over, I need a new show!  I just got rid of cable so I have been binge watching all the shows on Netflix (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of my favs ).

Most used app on your phone? YELP (duh!)

What recipe can you not get enough of? 

Anything with cauliflower .. oh! And avocado toast.




Next place you want to travel?

I love the idea of traveling abroad, but there are so many options and I get overwhelmed thinking about it! This year I’ve made a goal for myself to travel to 3 US cities- Austin, Portland, & Sedona!  I just came back from Austin and loved it! Next...maybe Portland!

Name three of your style mavens that inspire your own aesthetic? 

Olivia Palmero has always been one of my favorite fashion icons. I also follow Jules Sarinana from Sincerely Jules and Aimee Song from Song of Style.

Which Kicheko design do you love in the new collection?

My favorite is the Kedge Hollow piece because it is a statement necklace but looks delicate at the same time.

If you weren’t at your current job, you would be...


Tell us a little about what you do. What do you like about it? Why do you do it?

I work at DreamWorks Animation doing Retail Marketing for their Consumer Products division.  I love what I do because I get to work on fun entertainment properties and my job allows me to be super creative. I love it here at DreamWorks (not only for the free food) but because the people are so great and very supportive.

What is the best thing you learned last year?

One of the major reasons why we fear change is because of the discomfort and anxiety you feel during that transitional phase but once you realize that that phase is only temporary, change doesn’t seem that scary. 

Best thing you have learned so far this year? 

Never treat someone like a priority when that someone treats you like you’re an option.

What is one unique advantage of being a woman right now? 

We have a more diverse range of shoe options ;)

What is one disadvantage of being a woman right now? 

The lines to the woman’s bathroom when you go out!

What injustice breaks your heart?

The non-support of same sex marriage.  Everyone is human and should have the right to love and marry whomever they chose.


What is one misconception about yourself that you would like to clear up?

Just because I am Asian doesn’t mean I am good at math!  

What is your biggest challenge right now?

Learning how to balance both work and life has always been a huge challenge for me... I’m still working through it.

What makes your heart happy? 

The thought of my family and friends back east.

What is something silly that makes you laugh uncontrollably?

Anything that thefatjewish posts on Instagram.

Best advice someone has given you or you have given someone….

Your career is your responsibility, not anyone else’s.


Kicheko Travels: Los Angeles

Kicheko traveled to the city of angels and oh my, was it heavenly.

El Matador Beach Staircase
El Matador Beach
El Matador Beach

The beaches, the architecture, the food, the sunlit everything. Between our lovely host, Ally, and our friends' recommendations, we had a lengthy list to see, explore and eat from Orange County to Malibu. 

Often, there are weeks that just seem to go by in a blur but our time in Los Angeles seemed to stretch and leisurely meander like it was having a picnic of Roscoe's chicken and waffles in a sunlit field of poppies. Being fully present for each moment helped us see and experience the city with greater detail and needed pauses to just breathe it all in and bask in the rays.

View From Perch
Venice Beach Skatepark
Venice Beach
Getty Museum

I'm excited to share more about the trip including our upcoming lookbook, which we shot in a few iconic places around the SoCal area. We will also share about our meets with some incredible people and organizations that truly inspire our work and mission. I think they'll inspire you too!

Bradbury Building

Work brought us out and I hope it brings us out again. California, I am vibing on you hard. 'Till next time. XOXO. 

Follow us on Instagram for more views and fun snaps of our trip