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Don’t forget to tip the band

October 29th, 2014 No Comments

(Press play!)

Noisetrade is a new music discovery website that allows bands to post their awesome music online and fans to download it for free.  We get our heads and hearts flooded with great songs and in return we tips the bands to say thanks.

There must be some sort of team behind the scenes working to filter the good from the bad and making playlists.  For example, this playlist of songs from tv shows. I hear songs on tv all time time that instantly strike a cord and I can’t find them anywhere. So frustrating.  Noisetrade is hunting them down and making playlists I can stream and download for free.

The site is mostly “easy listening” electronic and indie rock, my faves.  You can follow me on it here to see what I’m listening to.

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My essential makeup on sale

October 10th, 2014 No Comments

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My favorite makeup line is having a sale!!  I love the brand because they make a quality product in shades and weights I can wear everyday.

Make sure to snag these essentials that are great for fall.  Truth be told, I wear them all year round.

Follow them @jouercosmetics on Instagram.  They’re a fun addition to my feed :)

(Full disclosure: I work with Jouer Cosmetics because I love the brand.  They send me samples of their new products and my favorites…when I ask nicely :))

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Pre-order your holiday party show-stopper now!

September 30th, 2014 2 Comments

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I’m not one to fawn over accessories, especially ones with your name emblazoned across the front, but when Kristen walked into the house with this clutch, it opened a floodgate of compliments.

After I stopped gushing, Kristen filled me in on the details. The custom-made acrylic clutch is from Edie Parker, a line started by Brett Heyman.  Before starting  EP, Brett did PR for Gucci and worked at Elle.  The inspiration for the “wearable sculptures” comes from the showgirls and socialites of the 50′s and 60′s.  Due to the fact that they’re all hand-made, prices start at $895.

Considering I’m the girl who started a line of handbags based on functionality, I am as surprised as you are to hear myself say:

“Let’s forget the fact it’s totally impractical and cumbersome,

it’s a show-stopper and that’s all that matters.”

With all of the parties you’ll be going to over the holidays, an EP clutch will not only make you stand out, but also be a great conversation piece.  

Coupled with its unique nature, the versatility makes the price point more justifiable.  Kristen paired it with jeans, a white t, and Chloe wedges for a casual evening out.

If you’re going to spend the money, I say go Bespoke like Kristen and create your own clutch ($1595 or $1795).  Delivery takes 8-10 weeks so that’s why you need to order it now!

Edie Parker Bespoke Clutch

or shop the collection (starting at $895).

Edie Parket Clutches

 

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Crazy pants make me feel stronger + Discount Code

September 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin crazy workout pants by Onzie

 

Don’t ask me why the crazy pants are empowering, it’s a mind game….like with most things in life.

I was reminded of this when I wore my fire orange Nike pants for a 5:30 am workout this morning.  The color is like visual stimulation, an energy source, a playful reminder of the fact that I ENJOY the challenge!

For as often as I work out, I need quite a collection.  Just to show you a few:

Graphic workout pants

The two on the left are Nike, the two on the right are Onzie.

Recently I’ve discovered two new fun resources: Alter Ego and Carbon38.

Carbon38 workout pants

I love Carbon38 because they carry Onzie and a great selection of other brands.  You won’t find anything boring on their site so it’s fun to browse.

Use my discount code and get $25 off your order of $100+.

DISCOUNT CODE: WPY4D6

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The easiest and fasted way to get the new iPhone

September 16th, 2014 No Comments

iPhone 6 at Radio Shack

 

If you’re like me and DYING to get rid of your temperamental iPhone 5, you’ll appreciate how easy Radio Shack’s system is for you to make the switch!  I learned this trick randomly when I was picking up an extension cord in Atlanta a few years ago.  For some reason, they don’t advertise it.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go into your local Radio Shack and choose the model iPhone you want.
  2. Put down a $50 deposit which they will return in the form of a gift card.
  3. Sign your declaration of intent.
  4. When it arrives, you have 3 days to pick it up.
  5. Sell your old iPhone on the spot.  If you have a 5 or 5S, you will get over $100 for it.

That’s it!  No line, no hassle, no FedEx sticker saying you missed the delivery on your door.

Just to give you an idea of the cost of the new iPhone 6:

I chose the 64GB iPhone 6 (not the Plus).  With my upgrade the phone is $300.  My iPhone 5 will trade in for $110 (or possibly more).  Now my phone is $200!

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Hands down the best yogurt on the shelf

September 11th, 2014 No Comments

Greek Pastures Yogurt

 

Flying through the Whole Foods in NYC, I did a 180 when I spotted my FAVORITE yogurt on the shelf.  ”Greek Pastures” used to be “Atlanta Fresh” so to my knowledge it was only sold there.  Until now!!!! Thankfully when I got back to Los Angeles, my little cups of protein were also stocked up in my local Whole Foods.

Besides tasting like dessert, they’re a healthy choice for  snack:

  • Made in small batches from grass-fed cows
  • 130 calories + 15 g of Protein + 11g of sugar per cup
  • The fresh berries are stewed in just a touch of sugar so there’s no “syrup”

I mix in a little plain yogurt so it’s not so sweet and increases protein.  Raw almonds add crunch and good fat.

My favorite of the flavors is the mixed berry.  Port wine and cherries I’ll eat for dessert :)  Unfortunately they no longer seem to be making Vanilla or Plain or Low-Fat….Check out their website for more info and locations.

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What you’re looking for in a good trainer isn’t easy to find.

September 8th, 2014 No Comments


All professional trainers are educated on the muscular and structural system of the human body.  Good trainers know how to exercise those systems efficiently and safely.  The best trainers have a strong personality to challenge you physically and release your mind emotionally. And they never take life too seriously. That’s what I loved about our group on SELF’s BURN100 series.  We don’t stand around counting reps, we give you good reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing.  And then we have fun with it!

SELF Magazine just posted this bleeper reel of us shooting the series.  We had so much fun doing what we love and working with a great crew to deliver our workouts to you!

The question then remains, if we want a good personal trainer of our own, how do we find him or her?

Trial, error, REPEAT.  When you inquire at a gym, don’t simply go with whoever they assign you to.  YOU TELL THEM FIRST what you’re looking for and ask politely to be set up with someone whose style might suit your needs.  If you’re not a good match, MOVE ON and try another one.  Your time is precious and valuable; your satisfaction physically and emotionally is what you’re paying for.  INVEST wisely.

In the meantime, feel free to get your workout in at home using the BURN100 series or my archives.  My beloved trainer Cederick and I put together some great workouts for you to do at the gym.

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The key to the perfect smoothie

September 5th, 2014 No Comments

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Ideally a smoothie is packed with nutrients, satisfies our hunger, and tastes great.  So…how do we go about making that happen?  Well, taste is a matter of…taste.  I tend to think if you add a little banana it will be manageable.  In this post, I’m focusing on the other two parts.  However, should you make the smoothie above, I can assure you it’s yummy.

As we learned years ago, each meal and snack needs to have the same number of protein, carbs, and fat to fill us up and keep our metabolism in gear.  (Click here to read about figuring out portions) For my body and activity level that’s:

  • 20-30g of protein
  • 25g carbs
  • 7-10 g of fat
  • About 250-300 calories total

After a workout, we need to get this in our body within 45 minutes.  Honestly, the sooner the better.  It’s also important we feed our body with protein it can easily absorb and dispatch to our muscles asap. A smoothie is our best option!

So let’s break down my smoothie:

Protein: Grass-fed organic whey is 20g of protein. If you ‘re dairy free, look for pea protein and avoid soy.

Carbs:  1/3 of a banana (9g carbs and potassium), a few frozen blueberries (10g carbs and antioxidants), and 1/2 pack of sugar-free Acai (superfood with 2g carbs, 2.5g fat).

Fat: 1/5 Avocado is 4g fat.

You need the fat to satiate your hunger.  It also slows down your digestion so your body has time to absorb the nutrients.  Since I’m incorporating two handfuls of spinach (one veggie serving for the day), I use avocado as my fat source.  Besides the fact it makes the drink super smooth, avocado has also been proven to help your body absorb 200-400% more of the nutrients in vegetables.  Another option is a dollop of coconut oil or flax seed oil.  (I try to stay away from nut butters because I eat almond butter and nuts throughout the day.  They’re really hard to digest and high in calories.)

Now that the nutritional portion is taken care of, I can add on things like glutamine or Philosophie  superfood powders which taste so good on their own.

Vega Protein Performance Pack

If I’m on the run and can’t get home to make a smoothie, I take a Vega Sports Protein Performance pack and a bottle and shake it up with cold water.  Don’t worry, it tastes great!

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