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

December 12th, 2014 2 Comments

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‘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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Give ‘em a rockin’ bod for Christmas

December 8th, 2014 No Comments

Amazing body in a bikini

Every year I do one looooong gift guide.  This year, you’ll get five different lists based on MTM daily themes.  Monday has been and will always be fitness.  And who better to be the model of hot bod than my SOULCYCLE rider and HOT 8 yoga enthusiast Amanda. Here’s what I love about her lifestyle: she exercises once a day, eats right, works hard, and doesn’t overindulge.  Hence her lovely backside :)

Now, there was a time when giving a gym membership was considered insulting. However, with the advent of our private studio addictions – whether it be SOULCYCLE, pilates, yoga, barre, etc – giving a pack of classes is the perfect gift.

Here are options for my favorite studios around that I know your peeps will love too.

For more studios in your area click here and THE BEST deal on a package hit up GROUPON or GUILTcity.

CLASSPASS GIFT

If you live in one of the cities below you can buy a CLASSPASS.  This allows them classes at any studio that is affiliated.  They can go to each studio 3 times a month!  The links below will take you to a map of the city with the studios pinpointed.

Now, if you’re looking for something more tangible, I suggest:

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Finding the perfect shade of red isn’t easy

November 18th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin Red Lips

A red lip will make your smile shine at a holiday party, but the shade has to be juuuuuust right.  We could spend a fortune buying tubes of Tom Ford, but I like this new option better.  Lipstick Queen came up with a “Red Carpet” set of three shades – one warm, one cool, and one  shiny.  Total cost $36.  That’s like what Revlon charges at CVS these days.

Lipstick Queen Red Carpet Set

Grab it for holiday parties or gift it to the Meghan in your life who rocks the red lip everyday.

For more of my tips on wearing red lipstick, click here.  And here for my trick on how to keep your color on all night long.

(Product provided via PR.)

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Get your fat-burning engine revved up BEFORE the holidays.

November 17th, 2014 No Comments

Desserts at Mastro's

Oh you know it’s that time.  All of the most delicious food on the planet is coming for your lips, your hips, and your saddle bags.  So let’s get ready!!!

We always talk about burring OFF the food AFTER we indulge.  But the best way to keep the weight off is about what we do BEFORE we eat pie and drink until dawn.

Four words: High Intensity Interval Training.  

Taking your heart rate to the roof and then back down to where you left your lunch on the floor burns fat, burns sugar, builds strength, increases your cardiovascular ability, and revs up your metabolism for 24 hours.

Sounds rough, I know.  Personally, I love a kick-ass, go-all-out workout, my favorite being BLAST in Atlanta. Total exhaustion is almost as a satisfying as an orgasm for me.  (When the workouts are daily and the Big O’s are so few and far between, it doesn’t feel like such a stretch….)

Ok, so let’s not make this sound so intimidating by using the Tabata method.

You choose your exercise.  It can be a cardio move or free-weight lifting.  

Do 20 second intervals of 100% exertion, 10 seconds of rest.  

Six to eight rounds.  

Your workout can go between 4 and 20 minutes.  Then you’re done.  

I’ve never incorporated HIIT with Tabata precision until recently.  Trainer, spinning instructor, and hot mamma Judi Brown from Daily Burn SWEARS by Tabata.  She gives all of the credit for her rock-hard wall of abs to this method of exercise.  Check her out, pretty convincing if you ask me:

Judi Brown abs

She made me dingo renegade rows the other day with 8 pound weights for 6 Tabata intervals.

My lats were sore for week!  I loved it :)

Here’s how you do a renegade row.  Remember to keep your core tight and hips facing the ground.

 

Remember, you can do anything!  Burpees, jump squats, punches with weights, the list goes on.

PopSugar has a great collection of Tabata workout videos you hit up at home as well!

 

 

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Don’t forget to tip the band

October 29th, 2014 No Comments

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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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