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Peachy suggestions for your summer table

May 28th, 2015 No Comments


Peaches, my favorite fruit, are back in season! And while I love to just devour them straight from the fridge, we should have a little patience and incorporate them into some dishes.  A few of my favorites along with other ideas below.  The best thing about peaches, they don’t need much!

  

  • Appetizer: served on toast with salty blue cheese
  • Salad: chopped with arugula, avocado, toasted sliced almonds, and a tangy dressing. Protein of your choice!
  • Dinner: Peach chutney over chicken (Recipe is from Cardamon Hill, AMAZING Indian in Atlanta)
  • Dinner: Grilled with grilled shrimp or PORK CHOP!
  • Dinner: Sautéed with my pork tenderloin
  • Side: Grilled or lightly sautéed with green beans, toss with slivered almonds and sherry vinegar (via bon appetite)
  • Dessert: Don’t fuss over cobbler or pie. Roast sliced peaches with butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, and agave. Served with cashew ice cream, sprinkle sea salt. Or with homemade whippedcream. My easy instructions for both here.

 

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Don’t stress about Dad

May 27th, 2015 No Comments

I think the reason we stress out about shopping for Dad is because we don’t fully understand the things they really enjoy in life.
Hence I reach out to my go-to “guy” who is corporate but not too conservative, stylish without being flashy, Southern but not a cowboy, enjoys all sports and plays golf. A very well-rounded, happily married father of two. In other words, he seemingly fits the bill for every man in some way.

Below we have come up with a gift guide for you that hopefully takes the stress out of your thoughtfulness :)

A more affordable option to the Big Green Egg: The Weber Smoker Grill

 

No fire pit? No problem. This Light ‘n Go Bonfire lights up anywhere.

 

 

His weekend watch has to be durable and cheap, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish.  Timex has totally rebranded and has plenty of attractive styles like this one to choose from.

 

Oversized board shorts belong in the trash. It’s time for your man to show a little leg too!

We love Saturdays because they’re well made, unique, and the price point is perfect!

It’s come to my attention that women now dominate choosing the restaurant. So, on Dad’s day, find the biggest and best new burger in town and take him to devour it!


RAREFORM backpacks and totes are made from recycled billboards so they’re all one-of-a-kind and super durable. Again, starting at $50, totally affordable.

 

For the hubby who likes to host: honeyboards are also one-of-a-kind.

If you’re still on the hunt, hit up TouchOfModern, my favorite website for stylish accessories, chic furniture, and awesome gadgets. And, it’s all on sale :)

You can also check out my previous Men’s gift guide from Christmas here.

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Flat-tastic

May 26th, 2015 No Comments

It’s the season of flats and by the looks of the shoe floor at Bergdorf’s, anything goes!

Below a few eye-catchers from my last trip to NYC. 

Christian Louboutin

Nicholas Kirkwood

  

Schouler

  

Aquatalia

Givenchy

Charlotte Olympia

  

Celine

  

Celine

  

Chanel

  

Chanel

Tom Ford

  

Gianvito Rossi

You know me, most days I’ll be running around in these, but I am on the lookout for a new sandal to spice up my life.  The main requirement: ankle strap. Since I’ve started wearing sandals with straps, I’ll never wear another flip flop or slide again. It’s so much easier to walk when your toes don’t have to hold on to the shoe!
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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!

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