Black Friday | Weekend Essentials

November 28, 2014

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

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

Style File: Uniform

November 17, 2014

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

Coveting: Totême

November 13, 2014

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.


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.

Style File: Back to Basics

November 09, 2014

Once in a while I feel it's necessary to go through a whole-life cleanse. Purge the negative and unnecessary and infuse more of the essentials. When times are particularly stressful or hectic, I take simple baby steps - eating less sugar,  trying new workouts, simplifying my beauty routine, de-cluttering my mind and surroundings, reconnecting with friends and family, and also taking a few minutes to myself. These all help re-energize my spirit and keep me going. At the same time, I like to ignore the trends and fall back on my closet staples - the tried and true classics that I feel confident and comfortable in. Most of the time I resort to my relaxed tee, dark skinny jeans and heels formula.

Recently discovered and added to my closet's hall of fame (and hoarded in all the possible neutrals): The Perfect Tee. Finally. We all have our own preferences when it comes to the elusive white t-shirt. I personally love the borrowed-from-the-boys fit. This Skargorn tee comes in a perfect over sized cut and drapes beautifully - it's not sheer and feels like you've worn and loved it for years.

This current cleanse I'm going through was brought about by a handful of incredible changes I'm going through career-wise - thanks to this blog, which has opened so many doors for me. While I'm busier than ever, I couldn't be more grateful. I couldn't have gotten this far without all your support throughout the years. Thank you so much for following along and cheering me on!

shirt:  SKARGORN   |   jeans:  JBRAND   |  heels:  ZARA (similar)  |   watch: LARSSON JENNINGS