Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Everyday Obsessions {21} - Therese Gibbons, Alora Ambiance

Good Morning! I'm finally reviving my much loved and much neglected Everyday Obsessions series...and what better way to start it off than with someone right here in Minneapolis...Therese Gibbons is one half of the sister team behind the super yummy home fragrance line Alora...(check out their fantastically dreamy backstory - 15 yrs in Lake Como Italy to number #1 bestselling home fragrance at Barneys!)  I'm a huge fan...it makes my home smell amazing but in a super subtle, non synthetic way and Therese also happens to be a super cool girl - so Thank you for sharing your favorites!!

 In My Closet:
tee – Classic muscle T by Alexander Wang.

jeans – I wish but at 21 weeks pregnant I’m living in my first pair of Lululemon groove pants, pilled like crazy but I love them.

on my feet – Sue London slippers, love love love. Although with the snow looks like my Tecnica boots are the new norm.

accessory – Lucy Barlow Kid Classic Hat, treat myself to a new hat each winter and am loving this one.

jewelry – watch, wedding band and the traditional Hawaiian gold bracelet my sis gave me when my daughter was born.

Beauty Secrets:
Skin –
Crème de rose face cream from By Terry
makeup – By Terry Baume de rose lip balm and Lizzie at Ophelia’s Salon who waxes and tints my brows/lashes every 6 weeks.
scent – Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan

 In My Kitchen:
cookbook – Marcella Hazan Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking

15 min easy recipe – pesto from Marcella book above.

can't live w/o ingredient – Garlic from our Hogsback Farm CSA share, no comparison to anything bought at the grocery store.



walls -
my hubby bought me a couple of Samantha French’s pieces last year. We’d discovered her work at the MCAD art sale - she is from Minnesota but living in NY and making a living as an artist
bedding – John Robshaw, a dear friend and terrific guy. We joke that my home could be a Minneapolis showroom!
flowers - tulips

favorite design source – Elle Decor


Pop Culture Extra Credit:
on my nightstand – A stack of Elle Decor and World of Interiors mags.

No cable, no ipod, does pandora on the TV count?

Now that you've had a chance to check out Therese's picks head over to The Advice Gals for today's Recipe Exchange - Chocolate Peanut Butter Buckeyes - Whoa!!
xoxo, M

ps - I happened to peek at Alora's website this morning and noticed they have 25% off all orders through today!! I can't imagine a better hostess gift this holiday season than their Festa fragrance or their new triple milled soaps - my favorite scent is the lovely citrusy Agrume.. 



  1. I'm not pregnant, but would really love to lounge around in those pants (especially after last week)! And I've been wanting that book, but have yet to officially add to the wishlist, until now.

    Those slippers remind me of these slip-on flats-

    ...another 'want' :).

  2. I must get my paws on a pair of those slipper flats. Love!

  3. Love ya sis. All your favorites are my favorites too. Thanks for the Alora plug Michelle.

  4. yay! i love this series. happy to see it back. :-)

  5. Love these. I'll have to check out the flats!

  6. The gals in my Pilates class have been trying to get me into the Lululemon showroom for weeks! Those looks worth it!
    I'm digging those gold flats as well...and I missed this little series!
    P.S. I know I am a day late, but I did manage to post my contribtution for the recipe exchange today...so sorry!

  7. These are always fun...glad to see the series back!

  8. I was just looking for a new hat and I am loving this one here. Thank you for sharing this list!


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