Friday, December 12, 2014

New Essentials & Holiday Gifting

Growing up in a tropical climate meant I was always dreaming of layering up and keeping warm. Hence, my weakness for luxe coats. I also thought that purses (alongside some fab heels) were the ultimate female essential - you can tell a lot about a woman by the kind of bag she carries. Always the practical type, I look for functional minimalist details and craftsmanship. There has to be plenty of room for a cell phone, wallet, keys, glasses, sunnies, and a small water bottle (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate). One can never have enough black - so I'm delighted to add this Petra crossbody from Everlane to my collection. I'm loving the easy-access pouch, roomy interior and the contrast of suede and leather. Another fab Black Friday score - this coat from Toteme, which was on the top of my wish list. The kimono wrap styling and over sized fit is perfect for a relaxed yet refined ensemble. I'll be pairing it with high-waisted distressed skinnies, chunky knits and some booties all winter long. 

Toteme Coat
Everlane Purse

I did most of my Christmas shopping online this year and scored some amazing deals. Here are a few items I've picked up for friends and family:

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Spaces: Clean & Cozy

The challenge in creating minimalist spaces lies in finding the perfect balance between simple yet intriguing, raw yet refined,  clean yet cozy. I'm loving everything about this space - the muted tones, rich contrast, the mixture of finishes. Layers of linen frame the platform bed creating a room within a room without sacrificing light or precious square footage. The juxtaposition of the low frame and the drapes hung all the way from the ceiling gives the illusion of a taller space. Bright, airy and extremely relaxing. The cave-like sleeping nook draws you in with the contrast of dark linen lining the interior. I cant get enough of the seamless storage cabinets and the fine, well-thought out details (like the discrete inset drapery mechanism). It seems like the ultimate blend of practical, livable and luxe simplicity. 

Design by Architect Rick Joy. Image Via
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday | Weekend Essentials

I've been living in these trousers. Technically, they are workout sweatpants. While they were meant to be worn to and from the gym - I've actually worn them to work, with heeled booties and even pumps! No shame when they are styled so perfectly with the drape front detail, and are deceptively comfortable (ie loose and streeeeetchy). I've gotten lots of compliments on them - and most are shocked that they are from Lululemon. You heard that right! It was only fitting they were the first things I grabbed on Thanksgiving morning. Paired them with my fave cashmere sweater and these slides (such a steal right now) for a relaxed yet polished hostess ensemble - perfect for our informal family gathering(s) yesterday. We stepped out for a bit this morning to witness the madness in Union Square- this sleeveless coat and my fave backpack meant I was comfortably warm, yet had my hands free for hot chocolate and browsing the sales racks. While I spotted a few good things, I was there for the fun of it all. I'm waiting for the better deals, coming in the next two weeks! I did however, snag a few items I've been eyeing online:  this coat at 25% off (patience pays off!) and this dress (such a steal, very Olsen-esque). 

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving - have a great long weekend and thanks for dropping by!

sweater VINCE (SIMILAR)   |   trousers: LULULEMON (SIMILAR)   |  slides:  SEYCHELLES   |  coat: ZARA
purse: MANSUR GAVRIEL   |   sunglasses: CELINE   |   watch:  LARSSON AND JENNINGS

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

We kept things extra simple at home. Each year I make the turkey, stuffing, gravy, and mashed potatoes. My in-laws come over for lunch, then we head out to my side of the family for dinner. Looking forward to a relaxing next couple of days, enjoying what I'm most thankful for every year - my family. 

Here's a nice little treat - my Thanksgiving tabletop from last year was featured on Apartment Therapy recently. Check it out here.

Thank you so much for your love, encouragement and support throughout the years! SO blessed and extremely grateful.

Xo, Therese

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Style File: Uniform

What would I do without the colors black and white? And, I'd like to personally thank whoever invented sweatshirts. This cashmere one I picked up at a thrift store (men's section) last year is the perfect blend of luxe and casual. I've worn it so much, I'm already worried I'll need a back-up soon. Since I've been obsessed with black denim, I invested in this distressed pair by Madewell. They have just the right amount of give, do not bag out, and have the perfect "high" rise and length. Not ashamed to say I've worn this look and variations non stop these past couple of weeks. 

Thanks for dropping by and hope you have a great week!

sweatshirt Thrifted (SIMILAR)   |   jeans: MADEWELL   |  sneakers:  CONVERSE   |   purse: Celine (SIMILAR)
  sunglasses:  CELINE   |   watch:  LARSSON AND JENNINGS
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Coveting: Totême

Elin Kling and Karl Lindman's fresh new label Totême is everything. Their debut collection embodies "refined yet casual luxury" - timeless staples that I can never get enough of. On the top of my current wish list is their Chelsea coat - recently spotted (in black) on super cool babe Emily Weiss during our casual meet and greet last night. I'm obsessed with the greige shade, drop shoulders, the cozy kimono-effect, and the fact that the sash belt is set-in (separate ties tend to slide off and it constantly bugs me). Another tiny detail that won me over is the structured simple collar - I have yet to come across a great wrap coat that doesn't have a shawl collar or over sized lapels. This is definitely an investment piece - one I'm willing to splurge on since it's basically my dream coat.

Totême Chelsea Coat available here.


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Steal It: PS11

Currently contemplating this classic, multi-functional little number! Enough edge and tough-luxe styling that'll surely add polish to any ensemble.  

Proenza Schouler PS11 Tiny ON SALE here.

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