LOVE DAY: Lace Embroidered Top + Frayed Hems

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Happy Valentine’s or LOVE Day!!!

PSA: Tell the people you love that you care and appreciate them. Of course, this should be expressed every day, but we often get too busy to do these simple things. Today is a reminder to stop, fill our hearts with love, and show(er) our parents, our best friends, our nieces, our fur nephews and babies, our coworkers, our significant other, our siblings… ( the list goes on) with L O V E through small acts: a hug, written note or text, hand-picked flowers, or quality time! Love doesn’t stop there. We can stop by the local animal shelter, nursing home, or homeless shelter and donate our time or goods to those who may never receive any form of love.

All we need is love.


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Lace Embroidered Top – Available in Zara stores in this light pink, black, and beige $25.90; Long sleeved version – Zara $15.99

Mini Flare Frayed Hem Jeans – Zara $49.90

Nude Heels – Steve Madden $79.95

Cheetah Print Clutch – Ceri Hoover $225

White Jade Drop Gold Earrings – Liana Paula $75

Gold Crystal Wrap Bracelet – She.Rise $40

Druzy Ring – K.Jones $30

Photographer: Don Lee at Misun Photography


Hope you feel loved today and every day! Let’s shower others with love!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

Travel to Tulum – Day 1: SEAFOOD

T U L U M  –  DAY 1 : S E A F O O D

Before I tell you about my amazing trip to Tulum, let me tell you about the person who made the trip possible. On my birthday, Marty surprised me with the (greatest of) news: a getaway to Tulum! I burst into tears. This is a very thoughtful gift for many obvious reasons. Not as obvious reasons: I grew up in Florida living just a few miles from the ocean, so I prefer all outdoor activities in a swimsuit in the water and sand. Secondly, I would eat seafood for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, if I could, but, unfortunately, blue crabs and octopus don’t live in the Buffalo Bayou. Lastly, I get to spend an entire weekend with my baby!

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My love!!!

So, yes, let’s travel to Tulum! Allow me to fill you in on all the goodness: where to visit, how much to expect to spend, and where to eat!

Where is Tulum?

Tulum is a Caribbean town in the state of Quintana Roo in the country of Mexico. Cancún is the closest international airport to Tulum. Cancún is a 2.5 hour flight from Houston and a 90 minute drive north of Tulum. We had planned on finding a ride with a taxi driver at the airport. Our flight was delayed two hours, due to a mechanical issue on our first plane that caused us to fly back and hop on another plane. Our Airbnb host, Diego, was very helpful throughout our trip and recommended taxi drivers that he knew to get us around. For example, a random taxi driver approached us, while we were outside the airport in Cancún. He offered us a ride for $56 USD/person to Tulum. Diego knew someone that could get us to Tulum for $195 USD round trip! DONE!

Tip: There is no wifi at the Cancún airport, so you may want to figure out transportation (shuttle, rental car, or taxi) in advance. Luckily, Marty had phone service that allowed us to communicate with Diego and our driver. OTHER PRICES: Rental car- $800 pesos/day or about $40 USD/day; Gas – $56.4 pesos/gallon or about $2.82 USD/gallon

Solomon, our driver, was 30 minutes away. No problem! Marty and I ordered two margaritas ($10 USD each) at the Margaritaville stand right outside the airport doors and maaaybe a Miami Vice ($14.50 USD each) inside. They tasted like vacation! These were the most expensive drinks we had all weekend, but we were at the airport. We were ready to hit the road! Solomon asked what music I wanted to listen to in the car, and I quickly responded “bachata!” He played the Romeo Santos station on Spotify, and, lucky me, the first song was “Promise” featuring Usher. A road trip is not complete without singing and dancing in your seats!

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Money, money, money

Conversion: $1 Peso (MXN) = $.049 (USD)

We brought $600 USD for this trip and spent exactly that. We exchanged $200 USD at the Cancún airport for $3133 pesos. I would research this prior to my next trip and compare how much the exchange fee is at a bank or ATM, because the airport currency services desk charged us $46 USD.

We received bills and coins. Paper currency comes in denominations of 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 pesos. Coins come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 pesos. Every place that we went to accepted USD, and most did not accept credit card transactions. We ran out of pesos near the end of our trip. When we paid in USD, establishments would give us change in pesos. To convert pesos to USD quickly, I would multiply the amount by $.05 to get the approximate USD amount.

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It was 3 p.m., and we hadn’t had lunch yet. Solomon recommended a place called La Floresta near the highway in Playa del Carmen, which is one hour south of Cancún. This outdoor restaurant had about 20 red tables with red plastic chairs that were almost all taken. Glanced at the menu and saw in bold letters, Ceviche. YESS!!! My favorite. We ordered the shrimp and octopus (pulpo) ceviche, shrimp tacos, and crab tacos. All of that and two waters was $17, including tip!

Back on the road to Tulum!

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The walkway to our door

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By the infinity pool

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Bedroom

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This is everything that I packed for our four days. Makeup is in the big pouch, and jewelry is in the small pouch. Not pictured is the chambray button up that I wore on the plane and in the evenings. Weather during the day was in the upper 80’s and upper 60’s in the evenings, and it didn’t rain!

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Time to feast! Look at the amount of ceviche! I’ve never had crab tacos, and they were stuffed with crab meat. All the food that we ate in Tulum was delicious, and La Floresta made my favorite salsa!

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Time to grab groceries! Tulum town was only 8 blocks away.

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Our Airbnb provided 2 bicycles, and we rode them everywhere. This was one of my favorite activities and memories!

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We pedaled on the service road through Tulum town.

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Súper San Francisco de Asís supermarket was at the edge of town. We purchased bananas ($10.81 pesos), yogurt ($24.95 pesos), and frozen berries (6 cups that were individually wrapped by a cup for $73.50 pesos) to make smoothies for each morning and late afternoon. We also picked up 2 packages of 4 large 32 oz. water bottles ($52 pesos total), Bacardi rum ($169 pesos), and Pepsi ($14.50 pesos).

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The seafood feast continues!!

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For dinner at La Nave Pizzeria, we had spinach pizza ($6.12 USD), seafood salad topped with squid, octopus, and shrimp ($6.60 USD), two waters ($1 USD each), and fresh lemonade ($1 USD). Dinner was $340 pesos or almost $17 USD, before tip. $20 pesos was the standard tip, but we gave 15-20% in tip.

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To the corner market we go! We can’t forgot sunblock ($10 USD) and travel sized toothpaste ($1 USD). We were ready for the beach the next day!


Sunglasses – Ann Taylor | Sandals – Old Navy


Thanks for following me in my travels to Tulum! In Day 2, we swim the beautiful Gran Cenote and Tulum Beach, indulge in more seafood, and discover live music!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

 

 

 

Black and Gold

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When in doubt…

1. Black it out.

2. Add a plunging neckline.

3. Sprinkle some gold.

Mission Black and Gold : Accomplished.


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Photographer – Lily June Photography

Bodysuit –Express

Jeans – Old Navy

Purse – Express | Similar Target Similar Fossil Similar RM

Heels – Steve Madden


I am so ready for this weekend’s getaway! My boyfriend and I spend most of our weekends working, so it’s nice to spend an entire weekend together. Follow my beach adventure on Instagram!

To everyone that is enjoying the Super Bowl festivities in town this weekend, be safe!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

Red for Kawasaki Disease!

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On January 26th, we wear red. But, whyyyy? Today is Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day! Aria, daughter of a dear friend/talented photographer/amazing mom, was diagnosed, when she was five months old. It causes inflammation of the blood vessels, and the symptoms include an extremely high fever that lasts for days, a body rash, and red, swollen lips, tongue, hands, and feet. If these are overlooked for too long, it can affect the arteries of the young one or be deadly. Let’s show support and raise awareness of this rare childhood disease!


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Top – Beehive | Similar Free People from Revolve Sale!

Jeans – GAP

Heels – Betsey Johnson

Purse – Express | Similar Target Similar Fossil Similar RM

Photographer – Lily June Photography


xo,

Teresa Thuy

Fringe Up Your Life!

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How do you take a basic sweater to the next level? Cover it completely in FRINGE. Then, the perfect pairing of a leather mini skirt and OTK boots to finish off the winter look. Since this sweater is no longer available, I have added links to other fringe-tastic ones!


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Sweater – Forever 21 SIMILAR Only $15.50 Sale, Rebecca Taylor from Nordstrom Rack $119.98 Sale, Maven from Anthropologie $130, French Connection $134

Mini Skirt – Forever 21 $14.90 SIMILAR Free People $48.99 Sale

Boots – Vince Camuto $118.77 Sale, SIMILAR Chinese Laundry $99.99 Sale, SIMILAR BCBGMAXAZRIA $84.45 Sale!!

Purse – Vintage

Photographer – Lily June Photography


You guys… 2017 is less than 48 hours away!! I have been making a short list of measurable and realistic goals, so I will be sharing how I will rock next year soon! I want to welcome 2017 the way that I want my year to look, so I will be surrounding myself with wonderful people tomorrow night and starting new year’s morning with a mega workout at my gym!

Be safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

Dress Well, Live Well

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As an enthusiast of anything fitness related, what really motivates me to hit the pavement and put 110% into my workouts is a cute, very sweat-resistant, and durable outfit… and maaaybe the rush of endorphins and energy that I feel afterwards! Looking good and dressing well should not just be reserved for special occasions. What I wear to exercise, work, or even run errands in sets the tone for the day that I will have. So, I put something on each day that I feel confident and beautiful in. With the right outfit and mindset, I look and feel To the Nines!

To making every day an amazing day to match our amazing selves.


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Crop top and joggers – Fabletics / Shoes – Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 $110 / Watch – G-Shock $150

Photographer – Lily June Photography


Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, and that it was filled with much love, food, happiness, and joy!

xo,

Teresa Thuy

Make a Statement!

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Sometimes you find a top so bold that you let it do all the talking.

*radio silence*


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Top – Chicwish  Sale $44.97

Jeans – AG Jeans Sale $138.60

Nude pumps – OLD Similar Steve Madden $99.95 Similar J.Crew Sale $148.80

Purse – OLD Similar Forever 21 $17.90

Lip – NARS Plato’s from Mind Game Velvet Lip Set $45

Photographer – Lily June Photography


The holidays are here! I love this time of year, because it means spending time with the people that I care about. Last night, my work holiday party was at Main Event. We felt like kids again bowling granny-style and left-handed, challenging ourselves on the ropes course above the arcade on tight ropes and beams, and playing laser tag! TONIGHT… the celebrations continue!

Counting my blessings aaand down the days, until I see my family!

xo,

Teresa Thuy