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Neck Tie

Fabrics and metal tightly adorn the neck. It can be the instant ounce of edge. From choker necklaces to bandannas to this neck tie. Here are many ways I like to rock one in a hot, earthy shade of rust.

  1. Tie into a bow at the front with the bow in the middle or to the side.
  2. Cross the middle of the neck tie at the front of your neck, overlap at the back of the neck, and bring each end to each side to lay evenly at your front.
  3. Tie with a knot at the front with the knot in the middle or to the side.
  4. How I have it: Tie a bow at the back, so the ends cascade your back like the picture above!

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This tank top and neck tie set are not attached and come in four colors for under $10. Steal of the day!

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My beloved nephew, Newton, joins me on most of my photo adventures. When he saw me sit down, he hopped right onto my lap. I loooooove this happy guy so much!!!

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Let me tell you about some gems that I discovered at Pop Shop Houston over the weekend! Pop Shop is a craft and art festival that hosts different events showcasing local art makers and fair trade movers complete with DJ’s, live music, DIY workshops, food trucks, and art exhibitions. It was my first time attending, and I was there for hooours perusing and admiring the handmade, vintage, and one-of-a-kind pieces, like my latest babies, this agate ring and purse.

TIP: There was an $8 cover fee to enter that was good for both days. But! The vendors had promotions at their booths, so I got great deals on the items I purchased!

The sparkles (that pictures do not show…at all) of this rainbow druzy quartz ring caught my eye. I put it on and did not take it off. Welp, I just did not want to, and it is home with me now. It is beautifully made by a local artist, Kendra Jones. With the specific metals she used, I was happy to hear that this ring will not tarnish nor irritate my sensitive skin, and last for decades. And, this purse was handmade by artisans in India. I fell in love with the bright colors, the details, and the pom-poms.

Outfit Details

Top with neck tie – Forever 21 $9.90 

High-waisted jeans – GAP (I got mine on sale for $15 in store! Love their fits and washes.) A similar GAP one in a vintage wash. $69.95

Lilac wedges – Sole Society from Nordstrom Rack / Similar wedges from Sole Society: 1. Sole Society Sale $59.96 2. Dolce Vita from Sole Society Sale $83.97 / Similar in baby blue Steve Madden from Nordstrom Rack $49.97 / Similar in lilac Steve Madden Sale $48.98

Purse – Musae Imports

Nails – Butter London Cheeky Chops and Butter London Trout Pout $15

Velvet Matte Lip Color – NARS Cosmetics in Cruella $26

Bracelets – Gold screw Sterling Forever $84 (I got for more than 50% off at Nordstrom Rack!) and multi-colored yarn from Colombia

Rings – Agate K.Jones $66, gold cutout Forever 21 $8.90, rose gold tie House of Harlow from Nordstrom Rack, and gold mini squiggle ring Stern Design Works (I got this at Artists & Fleas in Chelsea Market in NYC!) $18

Photographer – Jenna Y

Texas summers last almost the ENTIRE year and are pretty brutal with heat indexes above 100 degrees and humidity more than Florida. I like how a choker can pull a look together, and that this neck tie adds a sophisticated finish, while soaking up major sweat. Double duty! :)

How will you dress your neck?

xo,

Teresa Thuy

 

 

[Mmm…Monday] Guacamole Toast

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Avocado toast. A healthy spin on the buttered toast! Why not take it for a few more spins and turn that avocado into guacamole? Yess! Guacamole toast is very easy to make, and, although avocados have gotten a bad reputation for containing a lot of fat, it is mostly monounsaturated fats a.k.a. … the good guys!

Our entire body needs fat to function. It is the key component of a single cell, which makes up everything from our hormones to our organs. Fat also aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, vitamins A, D, E, and K; provides cushion for our organs; insulates our bodies; and is needed for optimal brain function. But, remember! Too much of anything can be harmful. So, make sure to consume an adequate amount of foods rich in unsaturated fats like walnuts, almonds, olive oil, salmon, kale, and spinach, and less of the foods high in saturated and trans fat, like certain meats and processed foods. This will help reduce bad cholesterol levels and lower risks of heart disease and stroke.

Let’s get some of those monounsaturated fats, shall we? Here is a quick and easy way to add some healthy fats into your diet!

Guacamole Toast

Ingredients

  • Slice of whole wheat bread
  • 1 egg
  • Half an avocado
  • 1 tbsp. of chopped red onions
  • 1/2 a tbsp. of fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 2 slices of tomato
  • Sprouts
  1. Toast the bread.
  2. Heat a small nonstick skillet on medium heat. Spray with olive oil cooking spray, crack the egg onto the skillet, and cook for a few minutes, until the white of the egg is set and opaque.
  3. Spoon the avocado into a bowl.
  4. Add and mix the red onions, lime juice, salt and pepper in. Add more salt and pepper, if desired.
  5. Spread the guacamole onto the bread. Add the tomatoes, the egg, and the sprouts.

Easy, right?! At around 300 calories, guacamole toast makes a great breakfast with a small fruit (approximately another 100 calories, depending on the fruit) on the side.

Let me know, if you enjoy this, or, if you already do, what you like to put on your avocado toast!

People dread Mondays, but it can be as great as any other day! Let’s make it productive and set the tone for the rest of the week. Do some work, maybe try something new, and get a good workout in! :)

HAPPY MONDAY, guys!!!!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

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Cut it Out

Heyyy, shoulders!!

I am not one to bare too much skin, unlessss I am near a body of water, then I’m down to a bikini! That is why I am loving the cut out trend. Pieces of cloth are removed from the shoulders, sides, back, and even above the belly to cause some serious googly eyes. Cut out shoulders are a modest way to reveal just the right amount of skin. This top has a low back with a tie at the back, and it is still available at Zara. I found other cute summery tops and dresses that show those sexy shoulders off, too!

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Top: Zara Low and Tie Back Cut Out Shoulder $35.90 Similar Zara Ruffle Cut Out Shoulder $35.90 Similar Topshop Keyhole Cut Out Shoulder $60.00 Similar in DRESS Zara Ruffle Cut Out Shoulder Dress $22.90 Similar in JUMPSUIT ASOS Cut Out Shoulder Jumpsuit $80.88

High-waisted jean shorts: UO Similar Bullhead Denim Co. Ripped Cuffed $39.95 (Buy one, get one 50% off!) Similar Bullhead Denim Co. Cuffed $39.95 Similar Madewell Bo Wash Denim Shorts $69.50

Hat: Forever 21 Similar Sole Society Tan Wide Brim Sale $15.98 Similar F21 Black Fedora $17.90 Similar F21 Camel Fedora $19.90 Similar Free People Camel Wide Brim $58.00

Photographer: Amy Yang

Alright, go and brush those shoulders off. Show the world what you and those shoulders are made of!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

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Swim Season

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Memorial Day weekend is here!  *clap clap clap clap*  Many of you have trips planned to sunny, blue skies with calming, clear beaches.  Looking for affordable swimwear? Great news!  All of the swimwear at Victoria’s Secret, excluding the Pink collection, are 40% off right now.  What?!  Yep, reduced priced and regular priced items.  Word on the street is they will no longer sell swimwear after this year, so get on it!

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I personally like to find the best deals on things.  Surprise, surprise.  I purchased the top and bottom last year, during the end of the summer season sale.  I knew the high neck style and high-waisted bottom looked way too good to not make a comeback.  Guess what?  They’re baaaack!

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The mesh fabric, high neck, and crisscross back from this Victoria’s Secret piece whisper, “Look at me. I’m sexy, but classy. I’m claxy.”  It also gives me the support I need for my adventures in the ocean and the pool.  Winner.  Unfortunately, this exact style is sold out, but I have found similar ones from their website!  I knew the top would match the mesh high-waisted bottom from PacSun.  They truly are the perfect pair. Also, the bottom is back in stock on their website and less than $23, guys.  Woo!!

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Palm prints are my jam.  They have me feeling like I am home in Florida and that I am amidst a garden of palm trees.  I like to keep them really close… like all over my legs close.

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These metallic gold sandals are a stunner.

Bikini top – Victoria’s Secret // Love these ones! Similar VS Striped & Strappy High Neck Sale $22.99 / Similar VS Embroidered and Floral High Neck Sale $23.40 Similar VS Crochet and Surf High Neck Sale $23.99 Similar VS Striped and Printed High Neck Sale $31.50 / Similar Forever 21 White Mesh High Neck $14.90 / Similar Billabong White Mesh High Neck with Keyhole Back $49.95

Bikini bottom – LA Hearts Mesh High-Waisted Bottom $22.95 (Buy one, get one half off!)

Palm printed culottes – H&M // Similar H&M Jungle Print Culottes Sale $34.99 / Similar Palm Printed Tie Front Dress $39.90 Similar ASOS Tie Front Cut-out Palm Print Romper $43 Similar BCBGMaxazria Palm Print Blocked Sheer Lace Top Sale $79.80 / Similar Lulus Tropical Print Maxi Dress with Two Front Slits and Low and Strappy Back $72Similar TopShop Palm Print Strappy Jumpsuit $75

Gold crisscross sandals – Mossimo from Target // Similar Kenneth Cole from Shop Spring Sale $34 (free shipping!) / Similar Wanted from Belk $50 Similar Dolce Vita from 6pm $77.99

Photographer – Amy Yang

Had a chance to finally visit Galveston Beach.  There is something about having your feet in the sand and swimming in the ocean that make all the worries in the world just disappear.  If you are traveling anywhere this weekend, I hope you have a safe trip and tons of fun!  Also, let’s remember those who died serving our country.  <3

xo,

Teresa Thuy

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Kickboxing 101

Looking for a way to de-stress and get a quick, full-body workout in 30 minutes?  Fitness kickboxing does it for me.  I was apprehensive at first, but the guys at Houston Muay Thai set my mind at ease and taught me proper feet and body positions and how to deliver an effective kick and punch.  If you are interested in trying out a class, here are a few things that you will need to know!

1. Prepare yourself to sweat.  I don’t mean just a few drops… I am talking every square inch of your body will be covered in sweat.  Core exercises are thrown in between the nonstop punching and kicking combinations on the bag and padwork with the trainer. You will feel your heart rate go up really fast!

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2. A key thing you must do to prepare yourself to sweat is to HYDRATE.  The Institute of Medicine recommends that men drink 13 cups and that women drink 9 cups of water a day.  Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise.  Dehydration will not be an issue!

3. What to wear?! Wear comfortable clothing, and no shoes are needed, during class.  Most women will wear capris or shorts and a loose or fitted tank.  These will allow you to kick and punch freely without any restriction.  Most men wear shorts and a t-shirt.

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4. Arrive to class 10 minutes early to wrap your hands with boxing hand wraps, before putting the gloves on.  This is an important step to protect the bones and muscles of the hands and to stabilize the wrists to prevent injury.  My gym, Houston Muay Thai, provides the wraps and gloves for rental.  Remember… safety first!!

5. Traditionally, kickboxing uses the 4-point striking system, in which both hands and feet are used.  Being at a Muay Thai gym, you will use the 8-point striking system, where both hands, feet, elbows, and knees are used to fight.  Muay Thai is an advanced sport and requires you to be quick in motion and thinking, because you will not know your opponent’s next punch-kick combo.  Once you get the mechanics of kickboxing down, you can give it a try!

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Why Houston Muay Thai? First, it is conveniently located in downtown Houston.  Secondly, fitness kickboxing has allowed me to learn a method of self-defense, while gaining confidence, strength, and balance.  Two to three visits are recommended each week to deliver the best results, so I go twice a week.  Houston Muay Thai offers four classes in the early morning, around noon, and after 5:00 p.m. every day (except Sundays), so there is a time slot for everybody’s schedule.  The first class is free, so there is nothing to lose… but a lot of toxins in your sweat!

As for a bit of background on the owner, Michael Corley lived and competed in Thailand for two years.  He returned to Houston and opened the gym in October of 2014.  Whether your goal is to learn a new way to get in shape or to gain expert training in Muay Thai, Michael is very qualified to help you achieve these things!

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Act fast!! Time’s a-ticking!

Visit Houston Muay Thai for the full schedule and more information.

Hope to see you in class tonight at 5:30 p.m., if you want to get your butt kicked! :)

xo,

Teresa Thuy

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Skinny Overalls

Winter feels great here in Texas! With highs in the 70’s and 80’s and lows in the 40’s and 50’s, all you need is a good, sturdy pair of overalls to get you through the day. Yea, sure, they can look like you’ve just gotten back from a trip to the countryside or your closet back at your parents’ house. But! With a curve-hugging update of a skinny fit in a variety of shades, they are looking less daunting than ever! Of course, a little shoulder and torso action help!

Read more for my current favorite off-the-shoulder tops and overalls!

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Crop off-the-shoulder top – Forever 21 SIMILAR ASOS Metallic stripe – Sale $21.00, Zara Cut out – $35.50, Forever 21 Large ruffle – $19.90, ASOS Ruffle sleeve – $52

Overalls – Old Navy Still available in white at Old Navy – Sale $27.00 and two shades of denim at Old Navy – Sale $22.50, H&M in black – $49.99

Purse –  Forever 21 SIMILAR ASOS – $28, LOVE Marciano leather w/tassel – Sale for a limited time $80!!

Heels – Zara

Photographer – Amy Yang

Enjoy the spring temperatures and a pair of overalls! :)

xo,

Teresa Thuy

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Start Fresh and Be your Best!

Happy, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

It is 2016, and it’s time to think about how we can make this year the best year yet! The regrets and troubles of 2015 are behind us, and now, we have a fresh, clean slate to accomplish anything that we want to do and improve on! I round up five personal goals to help bring out my best self to make that happen. Let’s go! newyear20163

1. Keep moving. Physical activity has always been a part of my life, since playing soccer in grade school or tennis as a child with my dad. As we age, physical activity is important to maintain or gain muscle mass, which decreases body fat content and burns calories more efficiently (um, awesome!), strengthen the body and bones, increase oxygen flow to our organs and brain, and release endorphins, which help us feel more relaxed and happier. What’s the regimen? I will exercise for at least 30 minutes at least four times a week and continue to mix up my favorites: barre, yoga, running, cycling, and strength training.

I also like to register for a new race each year. It gives me something fun to look forward to, and I can train to shoot for a personal record. This year, I want to run a race in the Nike Women Victory Tour. They range from 10K to half marathon races and are held all over the world in 20 cities, like Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, and Taipei, and two locations in the U.S.: Atlanta and Los Angeles. Check out their site tomorrow on the 29th! They will release the dates for these locations. Aaand, you get a pretty sweet Tiffany and Co. necklace as a prize for running!

2. Do something every day that inspires me and create. I feel it is necessary to stay inspired to keep our creative juices flowing and our good energy going. Once this is blocked, it definitely affects the work we do and lack of work we put out. Find inspiration in everything, and create, create, CREATE! Take lots of pictures to make a collage, try a new makeup look or hairstyle, produce music, dance to a song with a good beat, cook a new dish, and draw or paint a masterpiece for that empty space on your bedroom wall. Anything. Everyday.

3. Read one book a month. I have noticed my once keen memory, where I would be able to regurgitate any and everything that I read, is dwindling. So sad! I blame it on not having the desire to read books. It may be the books I am selecting. So, this year, I will read books about subjects that I am interested in learning about and apply that information to my life. I have a few days to finish “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. So far, so good! It is a book about accomplishing what you have always wanted to do. I have a few books that I have received as gifts for my birthday, and the “Modern Romance” by Aziz Ansari, “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch, and “The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World” by The Dalai Lama are on my list, too! If you have any recommendations, please let me know!

4. Travel and explore. I am always up for an adventure and new experiences. There is so much out there that I want to see. Traveling allows me to try new food, make new memories, learn about others’ traditions and their land, make new friends, and take a break from the fast-paced world we live in. It’s freeing to not have internet or WiFi access, and just be present and live in the moment.

So, first trip for 2016 will be my FIRST time on a snowboard next week! I will be in the Rocky Mountains with an awesome group of friends. Ahh! I have not seen snow, since I was a child, so I can only imagine how cool (or cold) the snow will feel between my toes. You must think I am crazy, but I have to take the snow in with all of my senses!

5. Give my time to others. I need to get back to making this a regular thing. It feeds my soul to put a smile on someone’s face and give them something that they did not expect that day, whether it be a hug, a meal, or a conversation. I plan on volunteering at the local Boys & Girls Club, Houston Food Bank, or the Star of Hope Women and Family Shelter. I believe that people do not know their true potential or can’t be the best they can be, because they lack the nurture and love from a good home or support system. I want to be that for somebody!

What is also important is making the time for the people we care about. Make the time to call our parents regularly, visit our grandparents more often, and catch up with good friends. Express how you feel and tell them how much you love and appreciate them! 

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Sports bra – Without Walls from Urban Outfitters – I got it for $4.99 in store, but it sells for $58 online. / Pants – 32 Degrees from Macy’s – $9.99 / Shoes – SIMILAR NIKE ONES – Perforated Suede Blazers from Net-A-Porter On sale for $70 and Suede Mulberry Mid Top from Foot Locker On sale for $59.99

So, that’s it. In short, strive to be the best person you can be.

Make the most of each day and moment we have with the people we love!

xoxo,

Teresa Thuy

P.S.  Thank you to all that have helped make my 2016 so great, so far! I have been shown so much love this birthday (month), and I am happy I got to spend my birthday and time with you! I am grateful to have every single one of you in my life. :)