Hey, Sesame! We are Amy & Ellen, sisters only 15 months apart.


AboutAmy @ HeySesame.com

The big sister. Lives in Shanghai.

Former Deputy District Attorney in Oakland,

now Operations Director for a tech company.

Believes in statement pieces and dramatic decor.

Lover of history and culture.


AboutEllen @ HeySesame.com

The little one. Lives in Los Angeles.

Licensing Manager in entertainment industry,

and total nerdaholic.

All about classics and nautical themes.

Can’t live without ramen.

Born and raised in San Francisco, we grew up loving black sesame soup, our favorite Chinese dessert.  The “hey” in “heysesame” is a play on the Chinese word “hei” or “黑,” the color black.  Besides our obsession with anything black sesame flavored, we share a passion for fashion, decor, and even more food.  So here we are, chronicling our adventures as we navigate the amazingly different cities we live in.

While we used to fight for the same pair of leggings back in the day, our personal styles have since split off into two directions.  But we both still hold the same philosophy that style should exude a personal identity, be simple to put together, and bring your life experiences to new heights.

Today, we live half a world away from each other (6,479 miles apart to be exact), but we’re always on the same page, so visit often!  Here, we pay homage to the fact that although we hold individual views of fashion and lifestyle, we’ll always share the same taro roots.


  • Reply Shabana December 4, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Hi AMY & ELLEN …we are Mavi Artisan Chocolates & Gourmet Desserts Shanghai. Would like to know if you could get in touch please direct – +86-15801791601. Thank you

  • Reply Amy @ HeySesame.com October 13, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Hey Alice! Amy here.
    Thank you so much for introducing yourself! We love that you’re liking the LA-SH vibes!!! I’m currently visiting Ellen in LA and sometimes wish I could combine SH and LA into one place! 😉 We appreciate your sweet comments! And let’s definitely meet up in Shanghai!

  • Reply Alice October 9, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Hey Amy & Ellen, loving the SH/LA vibes here!

    I lived in LA for the past 5 years and just moved back to SH. Reading these LA-SH posts is making me feel a little like I’m living at both places at once (wouldn’t that be the best combo or what). Looking forward to read more! And would love to meet up in SH (hi Amy) or in LA when I return (hi Ellen) if you guys want.

    Keep up the good work.


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