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How to get to the best beaches in Los Angeles:   Our Malibu Beaches App

May 22nd, 2015 No Comments

Here’s the quick scoop on the beaches you hear about in Los Angeles:

  • Santa Monica is over-run with tourists and inland-dwellers who trash the beach.
  • Venice is cleaner, but touristy and crowded. I prefer to eat and shop when I’m in the neighborhood.
  • Marina Del Rey, just south of Venice, has a very quiet and beautiful beach, but parking is challenging.
  • Manhattan Beach is a bit of a trek south if you’re just in town for the weekend. It’s by far my favorite.
  • Malibu beaches are the prettiest and the hardest to get onto…UNTIL NOW!

People frequent the first four because they’re accessible and seem to be open to the public.

What most people don’t know about California beaches:  They’re ALL PUBLIC.  You are free to pull over on PCH (Pacific Coast Highway that runs along the coast) and pop in wherever you want.  Set up your umbrella, sprawl out towels, build sand castles with the kids even if it’s in front of Steven Spielberg’s Malibu mansion (he fought the state for a long time about entry point laws).

Tourists and locals will be happy to discover the Our Malibu Beaches App that designates every entry point for you to get onto a Malibu beach, which is the hardest part!

 

 

If you’ve been directed to a certain beach, use the List feature to find it and get all the details.

Once you’ve figured out where you want to go, pack EVERYTHING you could possibly want, even toilet paper.  Some of them will be a hike to get to and you don’t want to have to go back to the car.

This App is part of a larger group called Know What that has a library of other guides that might be useful around you!

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My bikini diet isn’t so bad

May 21st, 2015 No Comments

I’ll be honest with you…I’ve been hiding under slouchy tanks and sweaters since I saw you last.  Thankfully my limbs are pretty lanky so no one can tell what has actually been going on underneath my clothes.  One guy I dated recently called my body soft and I almost started crying…not really, but I complained to my trainer for weeks about it.

In my heart I believe that the extra weight around my tummy has come on because:

  1. I don’t teach as much as I used to (I’m burning about 1000 less calories/wk)
  2. I eat out and drink more than should.  Hey, I’m still single over here.
  3. I’m getting older.  Technically, the body’s metabolism isn’t supposed to slow down until 35, but I’ve always been one to jump the gun.

Instead of FaceTuning all of my photos this summer, I’ve decided to take a little action and get the look and feeling I really want out of my body.

That being said, I hate to diet, so I’m just going to clean up my act.  From my experience, the smallest changes can be the hardest and always pay off the biggest.

Here’s my plan:

1. Eat cleaner.

None of this:

R+D Ding’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Some of this:

Seabass with Mushrooms at Baltaire

More of that:

Roast Deli Brentweod Tuna Salad and Veggies

And of course more cooking at home.  I also want to eat less bars.  As clean as they are these days, there is always more nutritional value and fiber to fill me up in real food.

 2. Exercise with a mission.

I’m strapping my heart rate monitor back on and committing to 600 calories per workout.  Three days in Zone 3, the fat burning zone, and 3 days (7 classes, 600 per class) in Zones 4 – 5. So total, I’m at about 6000 calories for the week.

3. More water during the day.

I don’t know why, but I absolutely hate drinking water.  Unfortunately, I think it’s finally affecting my digestion, if you know what I mean (TMI sorry!).  Arrowhead’s Black Cherry water has been a good way to ease into this new habit.  It’s really flavorful and filling.

4. No wine at night.

Come on, you know you’re with me when I say it’s sooo nice to unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine. These days, I’ve been unwinding to the tune of 2-3 glasses a night! EEK.

Soooo, instead, I’m going to hit up Kreation daily and pick out ANY juice to drink at dinner.  Yes, they’re loaded with sugar, but they’re alcohol free :)

Last night I only drank half of one juice….and then ate half a cookie.  But I was happy, and I think that’s an important factor when you’re making changes.

Because this diet is not about abstinence, the rule is drinking only on the weekends.

5. In bed by 10:30pm.

More sleep makes your body more efficient and everything somehow becomes easier when your rested. Nothing is more powerful than natural energy.

And ta dahhhhhh!

 

Holiday weekend is the perfect time to start, right?! Who’s with me???

 

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Hostesses, meet your new wooden friend.

May 20th, 2015 No Comments

I was introduced to Honey Boards through my longtime childhood friend Julie Soefer, who is one of the most talented photographers I know.  After working with Annie Lebowitz and being a natural behind the lens (as she proved in high school), how could she not be.  Julie shot that amazing picture above, posted it on her Instagram, and this little southern girl who loves to entertain melted into her iPhone.

A little investigation led to learn about the company.

 

 

Honey Boards, are made from cypress knees of trees that have been cut down for lumber by a cute couple in Louisiana.  They come in all shapes and sizes and their price point is reasonable.  Unfortunately, since they’re all hand-crafted and one of a kind, they’re often sold out!  See what’s available here.

 

 

According to their instagram @honeyboards, VERY SOON, we will be able to find them in West Elm.  However, I’m the kind of girl who likes to go to the source.

 

 

What I love most about this serving platter is that I would (and will as soon as I buy one) use it as a decorative piece where I could see it and smile daily.

(Photos via Honey Boards Instagram)

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Reflecting on your sunglasses style

May 19th, 2015 No Comments

 

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I’m a proven sunglasses whore.  I would hate to tally my running total on designer frames.  After the past two years of shopping at Selima et Benjamin in the Brentwood Country Mart, I’m embarrassed to realize that most of that money I spent previously went towards flashy brands like Chanel, Gucci, or Tom Ford instead of well-made frames and lenses sold by brands like Salt, Benjamin, Dita, Tavat, Randolph Engineering, Thome Brown, to name a few.

 The other thing I love about the boutique, owned and operated by local Cindi Montoya and her sunglasses-designer husband Benjamin, is that their collection is always on trend (if not ahead) AND secures designers’ exclusives.

So what better place to explore some of the summer’s best trends for us to adopt?!

 

Wham, GLAM, Thank you Thierry Lasry.

 

Theirry Lasry

Thierry Lasry is like the Tom Ford of the sunglasses world, a trend in himself. He creates “elite-looking” frames for women that make even a mommy trucking around soccer gear feel sexy.  Every woman on the westside owns at least one pair.   His oversized cat-eye is fabulous, and the acetate which comes in bright translucent hues, striking opaque colors, two-toned ombre, and multi-colored tortoise make them the statement piece of your outfit.  Thankfully as flashy as they are, you won’t see a brand in sight.  You’ll know them by their  signature metal temples, the latest of which is matte as seen on his biggest fan, Anne Hathaway below.

Anne Hathaway in Theirry Lasry

Prices start at $435.  Buy them at Selima, certain Intermix stores, and online at ShopBop or EyeGoodies

 

I bought my mamma a pair for her birthday!

#InstaCool

 

A little pop of reflective color goes along way, ladies who love Lulu.

Wildfox is like the instant solution to updating your outfit.

In one pair, you can combine any of the popular trends you want:

Thick acetate
Reflective
Cateye
Wayfarer
Aviator
Bright colors

I love the Catfarer pair I bought above because it takes my very plain workout wear to being fun and funky.

Their whole collection is that way, so hit up Wildfox.com and shop around.  Prices start around $160.

Along with Beyonce and Alessandra Ambrosia, my sister is a huge fan.

 Leven Rambin in Wildfox sunglasses

 

Trendy, Tactful, and Timeless

 

Salt Summer 2015

Salt, started by 8 guys from Oliver Peoples, delivers a variety of trendy designs in a much more subtle way.  You’ll pay more for them and wear them for a lot longer than a pair of Wildfox.  All of their lenses are polarized.  I adore the Odin avaitors I’m wearing in the opening shot of this post.

Other trendy options you should try:

 

Round metal frames by brands like Ralph Lauren, Benjamin, and Wildfox. You can find some great vintage ones too.

Not many people will tell you to get heavier, but when it comes to Jacque Marie Marge, that’s his schtick right now.  The French designer turned LA local only distributes his frames to a few retailers, so if you find a pair, grab them.  Otherwise, many other popular designers are going heavier on the frame.

Celine New Pretty Sunglasses

I’m sure you’ve already seen the cross-bar on these Celine frames (which Cindi is usually sold out). Now you’ll notice that little connecter everywhere.  Historically on an aviator or a throwback style, the cross-bar has befriended the hipsters and subsequently the fashionistas.  Like the thicker acetate above, you’ll either love it or hate it.

Bouncing Around Brentwood Head To Toe

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Long time no see readers :)

May 18th, 2015 No Comments

Hello to my very loyal MTM readers, thanks for sticking around!  After a 5 month hiatus while I started a new venture (read about that below), I’m looking forward to writing and sharing my experiences with you again.

Before I get going, I want to step back for a second….I’ve been blogging since 2006.  So much has happened in the space since then. To give you an idea, I’ve been taking selfies since before the word selfie existed.  The first iPhone hadn’t hit the market yet. (Can you even think back to your life without a smart phone?!)  Tumblr had just launched.  Facebook was so foreign to me I had my intern running my page.   Instagram wasn’t even in conception.  I was the first person to ever livestream New York Fashion Week…I could go on, but you get the idea…Now all of that is integrated into our everyday lives.

I’m looking forward to posting in this new blogosphere, but I’m gonna lay it out au natural.  Kinda the theme of my 30s living the casual life in Santa Monica.  You won’t be scrolling down pages of professional photography to glamorize my life (how I wish I had time for that).  As you have for 6 years on MTM, you’ll read about pieces of my life, products I love, places I go, genuine feelings I have…and see it all through the lens of my iPhone. That picture above is me right now writing to you!

My hope has always been that you’ll find my tips and tricks helpful.  Very simply just that.

If you have any questions, you can reach me at Mary@MoreThanMary.com.  For updates on new posts, I don’t do newsletters, so follow me on Instagram and Pinterst @MaryRambin.

Gotta run now, roasting up some brussels sprouts for dinner later. See you tomorrow!

Back To Blogging Head To Toe:

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Where Have I Been? Where Have YOU Been?!

May 18th, 2015 1 Comment

Mary Rambin Cycling Studio Santa Monica

Obviously I’m kidding, but I got your attention!  I do hope you’ve been well, and I appreciate your patience while I’ve been away.

I’ve been MIA on MTM for a whopping 5 and half months now.  However, I think most of you know I haven’t been sitting on the beach drinking rose.  Ok, there’s been a little of that, but mostly I’ve been launching a new business!

RYDE4 postcard

RYDE4 cycling studio information

 

Two of my favorite things things in life – starting a business and teaching spin –  are now under one roof…and under the sun!

RYDEoutside

RYDE4 is an indoor and outdoor cycling studio with dynamic classes for all levels. The workout is challenging based around 4 levels of intensity so you know how much gear you should have on the bike at any time. We use RPM monitors to help RYDERS keep the beat, and we inform them WHY they are doing certain movements.  The studio is small, holding 24 bikes; sometimes it’s dark, sometimes it’s bright.  Because of that, our music is not quite so intense and easy to sing along to.  It’s a good time and a kick ass workout and a means to RYDE 4 what you want out of life!  I have 5 instructors who teach a distinctly A-MAZING RYDE.

I know you’re dying ask, “What about SoulCycle?” I have the upmost respect for SoulCycle.  In fact, I still ride with my friends from time to time. SoulCycle is a brand lead by people I consider my mentors.  They’ve changed countless lives, including mine.  Their philosophy INSPIRED my heart, pushed me to my limits at so many times in my life, and solidified that I wanted to take their philosophy to a different demographic.  In this vain, I designed RYDE4 to be more approachable, in terms of the exercise, the mindset, and the results.

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Here’s a look inside the studio.

RYDE4 Santa Monica

And our crew, unfortunately Michael is’t in this shot :(

RYDE4 instructors

Needless to say, I’m having a blast!

Mary Rambin spinning collage

So, now you’re filled in.  I hope if you’re in LA, you’ll come RYDE with me soon.  Your first RYDE is free! Follow me/us on Instagram @RYDE4 where you’ll get great nutrition tips, local hot spots, and gorgeous pics of the California Coast.  Otherwise, I’m BACK on MTM! Come see me hear weekly for all of my favorite new things.  I’m been cashing them in the back of my brain until all the dust has settled. That’s now. I’m excited, I hope you are too!!!

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LAST minute guy gifts

December 21st, 2014 No Comments

After years of training from my mother, I’m shocked I’ve waited until the last minute to buy Christmas gifts.  This girl has been buuuuusy!  But, you already know that since I’ve been so absent on the blog.

Well, hopefully this little hit list comes through for you in the clutch.  Aggregated by one the best men I know, here is a list of things you can grab easily online.  Noooo holiday traffic rage for you.

Harry's Shaving Set

Harry’s Shaving Kits (I bought these for everyone) – $15 for the set.  Much better quality than Gillete, much better looking, and refill blades are under $2, delivered to your door.

Jaybird bluebud earphones

 

JayBird BlueBuds ($169) are supposedly THE BEST for working out.  I’m getting a pair for myself :)

Blanton's

 

Every man appreciates good Bourbon, and Blanton’s is exceptional.  Plus it comes in a beautiful bottle.

Hershel Duffel Bag

 

Herschel is all the rage in LA.  Thankfully their designs are classic enough to fit any man’s personal style.  Tons of colors to choose from.  $79.  Shop here.

SuitSupply Double Monkstrap Shoe

I’ve been singing the praises of the Double Monkstrap for years!  Get your man on board with this affordable pair. $299 at SuitSupply online.

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How to wrap your present perfectly: it’s all about the bow!

December 12th, 2014 2 Comments

Christmas present wrapping by Mary Rambin Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 10.07.00 AM

 

‘Tis the season to wrap my friends, so below are my two How-To videos.  I would make new ones, but since they ain’t broke, and have 500k views, I’m keeping these guys alive.  I’m so glad to know you find them helpful.

I love getting pics of your pretty packages, so when you’re done send me some.  They always make me smile :)

Mary@MoreThanMary.com

More gift guides to come!

WRAPPING THE BOX PROPERLY

MAKING THE BIG BOW

 

In order to make this bow, it’s crucial you buy the right ribbon:

 

I buy C&G ribbon from the Container Store.  The seem to sell it in TONS of colors online now, but the brand isn’t marked.  I would call customer service first just to make sure you’re getting the right one.  Either in the store or online, you’ll notice it’s pricey, but the spool goes a long way.

Another source for ribbon is Costco.  Buy the thicker ribbon with wire in it and you can make the same bows.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me: mary@morethanmary.com.  I’d also LOVE to see how it goes for you.  Send me pics of your pretty packages!

 

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