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Sequin Bralette

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Finally, had the opportunity to dine at the cute, little cafe, The Honeymoon, for my most favorite meal of the day — brunch. I instantly felt whisked away to New Orleans, the moment I walked inside. The marquee lights along the arches, the gold accents around the bar, the marble countertops above wicker chairs, and floral wallpaper stretched to the high ceilings took me back to a place that I love visiting for great food and good vibes. You get both of those here!

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The Honeymoon is known for their fine coffee, and I asked for their sweetest one. Coffee connoisseurs, I know what you’re thinking… sugar water with a hint of coffee bean sounds great. The barista recommended that I try their latte. I took it down in maaaybe a gulp and a half.

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These pretty pieces from Richly Clad had heads turning and people staring. The sequined bralette subtly peeped through the sheer top. Had to keep the outfit 100% cotton to stay cool.

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 I came back again a few days later for brunch. I ordered the jambalaya risotto, and my boyfriend ordered the smoked salmon. Both were so delicious that I finished mine and the rest of his!

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And, this. I am a fan of dining outdoors. There are plenty of wicker chairs and tables to bask in the Texas heat and wave at the red double-decker buses driving by.

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Agate ring – K.Jones $66

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The entire look can be purchased at Richly Clad. // Sequin bralette – EastNWest Label $70 / Top – Gypsy Junkies / Skirt – Swildens $234 / Rose gold sunglasses – Pared $240 

Heels – BCBG SIMILAR: T-strap pointy heels with fringe – GoJane $37.70 / T-strap pump –  Steven by Steve Madden $64.50 / T-strap sandals – Chinese Laundry $69 / Glitter t-strap heels – Betsey Johnson $69

Photographer – Martin Ruiz

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I relaxed a little at the pool, worked a bit, and cooked dinner with great friends!

It’s a new week. Let’s make it a fabulous day and welcome the last week of July with open arms!

Happy Monday!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

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Nude Layers

Sexy layers of nude colored silk, lace, and chiffon. They make for an ethereal, monochromatic look from head to toe.

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I found this outfit at Richly Clad, a charming boutique set inside a house. Yes, a house! It is cozy and inviting, just like a house with the prettiest owners should be! Cara and Kahia, have had several years managing boutiques together and curating fabulous looks for their clients. In March, they opened Richly Clad, where you will find beautifully-made, unique pieces that you won’t find anywhere else in Houston. They support their local artists, and they are quite creative themselves! Cara enjoys making jewelry, and her dad builds the furniture you see in the store. Kahia’s husband creates some of the paintings hanging on the walls. All are available for purchase.

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To complement the nude attire, I did a soft brown smoky eye using the colors, Naked and Buck, in the Urban Decay Naked Palette $54 and a berry brown on the lips using Too Faced Pink Chocolate $22.

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I got these linen heels for 10 whoppin’ dollars. They were marked down an additional 40% off, and I used an old birthday gift card! Saved $88, so I was quite the happy girl. :)

Outfit Details

Entire look can be purchased at Richly Clad. // Silk slip dress – Gold Hawk $188 / Shirt dress – LACAUSA $110 / Turquoise earrings – Mineral Method

BRACELETS: Gold – vintage / Crystal white leather wrap – She.Rise  $40 // RINGS: Rose gold ring – House of Harlow 1960 from Nordstrom Rack / Stone jeweled ring – Ann Taylor / Agate rose gold ring – K.Jones $66

Heels – Charles by Charles David at DSW $59.95

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Aaaand, I am all smiles, because it is my baby’s birthday week! I enjoy showering the ones I care about with love, hugs, and kisses every day, but I like to multiply that by infinity and beyond on their birthdays! I am thankful to have you in my life, mi amor.

Photographer – Martin Ruiz

Have a wonderful day, my friends!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

 

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Silk Dress

Wake up, roll out of bed in your silk dress, and go about your day, ladies.

Have a hot date like I did? Heels turn up the heat factor. Meeting up the girls for happy hour, instead? Pair the dress with sandals or booties.

I was ecstatic to find this dress on sale for 80% off at a Nordstrom Rack store. I mean…this Free People piece was originally $98! I found a few sites that still carry this dress on sale in this color and a few others below!

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Dress – Free People at Nordstrom Rack $39.97Free People at GILT $55Free People at Largo Drive $78.40 SIMILAR Silence + Noise at Urban Outfitters $89 SIMILAR Rory Beca at REVOLVE Sale $157 

Heels – Steve Madden at Nordstrom $79.95

Clutch – vintage

xo,

Teresa Thuy

[Mmm…Monday] Açaí Bowl

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Do you ever sit there and wish a bowl of all things sweet could be good for you, too? What if I told you such a bowl exists, and it provides a good amount of fiber, protein, and carbohydrates to adequately fuel you for your busiest days! I had my first açaí bowl at Blenders and Bowls in Austin late last year, and it changed my life. I had to learn how to make it!

Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a fruit that grows 20-60 feet high on palm trees in Central and South America. Since they perish quickly, after they are harvested, they are found in health food stores frozen and in powder form. This fruit is a rich supplier of antioxidants, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. In this bowl, I blend açaí with fruit and protein-packed Greek yogurt and almonds, and pour that into a bowl. Then, I sprinkle the blend with more fruit and other nutrient dense toppings, like chia seeds and goji berries, to increase the fiber and protein content to make it more of a complete meal!

Let’s whip up a bowl!

Ingredients

Açaí Blend

  • Açaí puree packet (A 4-pack is sold at Whole Foods in the frozen food section.)
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 oz. almonds
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries
  • 1/2 banana

1. Blend all of the ingredients together.

Toppings

  • 1 strawberry
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 oz. goji berries
  • 1/2 oz. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. coconut flakes
  1. Slice the strawberry.
  2. Pour the açaí blend into a bowl. Place fruit on top, and sprinkle the coconut flakes and chia seeds on top.

Enjoy all of these benefits below!!

Nutritional information: 455 calories / 55.4 g. carbs / 12.95 g. protein / 16.95 g. fiber

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend!! My great friend, Jessica, visited from Florida, so, of course, lots of exercise, eating, dancing, and relaxing by the pool was done and then repeated. :) My mom is here for one more day, so I am going to hug her all night, and, hopefully, find her a dress for my sister’s wedding in October. I am so grateful for these moments with my loved ones!

Happy Tuesday!! Make it a great one!!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

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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