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May 20th, 2014 No Comments

You know what I mean: going into the brick and mortar store Neiman Marcus and browsing their curated collection of designer deliciousness.

It’s a rare occurrence for me these days and always a pleasure.

A few treats from yesterday here:

SUMMER STAPLES

Designer Shoes Summer 2014

For the past year my style has been dominated by monochromatic outfits  in either white and nude or blue and black All of the pieces are neutral with a little attitude.  Yesterday I was on the hunt for a sassy black mule but didn’t find anything that needed to come home with me.  On the lighter side, I found several stems I love: (top left clockwise) Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Lawrence Dacade, Jimmy Choo.

I’m a huge fan of the ankle sleeve (white Jimmy Choo) although I wouldn’t buy it in white.  A few nights on my feet and those babies would be black!

TOM FORD

Tom Ford Handbags 2014

I wish I could have the same adoration for TF’s new handbags.  Despite the fact that they’re made of the finest leather and hardware, the styles are unattractive to me.  On the left, I see an oversized cigarette case folded over.  My grandmother was a smoker, so maybe that’s why???  On the right a lazy Birkin being held up by a Celine Edge backbone.  It’s almost like TF gave all of his sex appeal to the clothing and had nothing left for the accessories.

BALENCIAGA

Balenciaga Summer 2014

Looks like there’s been a shift to the sophisticated side.  While the classic City Bag still hangs on the racks, she’s looking a bit slouchy next to the very structured Tube design.

LET’S PLAY HIDE AND…SALE!

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Here are the rules.  You, Mr. Sales Associate, hide this Fendi bag in the back room.  Don’t tell anyone where you’ve put it.  Then when she goes on sale, you run run run to the phone, call me, and I’ll find you to ring her up.

 

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Peace, love, and music bring out the best in barely-there outfits.

April 15th, 2014 No Comments

For those of you unfamiliar with Coachella, it’s a two-weekend alternative music festival held outside Palm Springs, California.  Think Woodstock for hipsters as this chick would indicate.

Even though the music is alt, the attire is all-out hippie and natural.   Emphasis on natural.  If you look too good, you look like that chick that tried too hard.  And if you have on too many pieces, you’ll burn alive in the desert heat.

Usually, I’m a HUGE proponent of keep yourself covered and show off one “money-maker,” but since the bands rock out their fans in the heat of the desert it’s only fitting clothing is minimal.

Below are a few of the more tame looks (that’s right) we can learn from and incorporate into our spring wardrobes.

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)

Julianne Hough Coachella 2014 (Photo by Michael Simon/Startraks)

TRENDS:

  • Double denim
  • Cut-offs with pockets
  • Fringed cross-body bag
  • Flat ankle boots

Alessandra Ambrosio Coachella 2014 via StarStyle

TRENDS:

  • Bustier top
  • Middriff exposed
  • Matching top and bottom
  • Shorts + boot combo

Diane Kruger with Joshua Jackson and Jason Wu. Coachella 2014. Photo via STS/WEN

TRENDS:

  • Wide-brimed hat
  • Graphic tee
  • Inka + curt-off shorts
  • Shorts + Boot combo
  • Cross-body bag

Jared Leto Coachellla 2014 via JustJared

TRENDS:

  • Long hair
  • Loose fitting tank top
  • Patterned pants
  • Toned arms (just throwing that out there :))

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue

TRENDS:

  • Embroidery
  • Cut-off shorts
  • All white
  • See through
  • Cross-body bag

Coachella 2014 style via Vogue

TRENDS:

  • Patterned pants
  • Red
  • Cross-body bag

 

 

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Bob ‘n weave

March 18th, 2014 No Comments

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Whether you like it or not (that would be me), the woven trend resurfaces every spring and hangs around until September.  This year is no different.  Go trendy, preppy, indie, or hippie with it.

From top left clockwise:

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Is that what I think it is?

February 4th, 2014 No Comments

Chanel sneakers

Yep, that is a Chanel “running” shoe. Or, as some of you call them ,sneakers.  Whether or not you can actually use it for jogging is unclear (I don’t think anyone has even asked the question or cares).  What we do know is that they caused more of scene than exposed nipples when they hit the runway…paired with suits an gowns.  Ummmm….what?!

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If you’re a New Yorker and walk to work, the suit-sneaker combo isn’t uncommon for you.  It’s the only comfortable way to hustle around the island.  But no one needs expensive sneakers.  So it’s not that we need them, it’s that we want the little luxury.  Nike has done a good job supporting our feet with cute, functional activewear and our wallet with a more affordable price.  Now Chanel is upping the anti, just like they did with suits and bags.

The bottom line for me: if I’m buying Chanel, my money certainly isn’t going to sneakers.

Chanel high tops black

I suppose Chanel just wanted a foot in the crazy kicks game.  Although Lagerfeld has been quoted saying, “I don’t do sneakers.”  You know who does though?  Los Angeles.  I’ll see these all over the streets…and, honestly, I’ll stop for a moment of envy and then get on with my latte.

Here’s a sneak peak at the Summer collection:

Chanel sneakers 2014 summer

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Comeback trend alert: Mules

January 14th, 2014 No Comments

Mules Spring 2014 Wall Street Journal

 

For a few seasons (since Spring 2012), fashionistas have been lamenting about mules strutting down the runway of their favorite designers.  Now apparently the open soled shoe can no longer be ignored.  Mules are officially back in style.

Thankfully the designs are more fun and feminine.  Not so clunky and loud.  According to the WSJ article by Meenal Mistry, this new breed of mule doesn’t slap against your heel like the older models.  And your toes don’t have to hold onto the shoe for dear life.

Here’s a little preview about what’s coming.

Altazurra

Gianvitto Risso

Victoria Beckham

 

 

via Elle

 

 

 

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The Big Shoe Shift of 2013

October 22nd, 2013 No Comments

Celebrity pointy toed booties

 

I’ve been wondering when the platform craze would die down and my coveted rounded toes would be replaced.  Now, my fashionista friends, is the time.

It doesn’t matter what your personal style mantra is, what the day calls for, what the attire is for the occasion, your shoes should have pointed toes and your feet should be securely on the ground.

Jessica Alba Fall 2013

So unfortunately all of the platform Louboutins and YSLs with rounded toes we’ve been collecting for the last five years will have to hide out in a dust bag while pointed toes take center stage again.

For someone with a size 10 foot, the silhouette is so defeating. I make every effort to make my feet look SMALLER, not longer! That being said, I’m a fan of the style because it adds attitude to an outfit.

Let’s see how the celebs are adopting the shift, shall we?

 

Pumps with an ankle strap are an obvious fave.

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Boots and booties evolved as well.

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And let’s not forget flats.

 

Celebrity Fall 2013

 

(all photos via PeopleStyleWatch.com)

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It’s worse than the capri comeback. Uglier than Uggs…

October 1st, 2013 No Comments

That’s right.  Birkenstocks are back!

I saw one pair in NYC and then the trend spread like the plague in front of my eyes.  And I hate hate hate to admit it, but they look really cute paired with a feminine outfit.

Honestly, I don’t think I had a pair when they were popular the first time around.  Besides Uggs, there can’t be a more unflattering shoe for someone with a sasquatch-sized foot like mine.  Sigh.

 

Celebs seem to favor the Gizeh, the more feminine t-strap style.

INamed after the second largest city in Crete, the Chania style looks a little more edge.

Click here to browse their selection.  Prices start at $130.

I’ll let you know when I jump on the bandwagon.  My shoes or choice right now are Valentino flats, croc sandals, and these Phillip Morel gold sneakers.  Nothing fancy; no wedge or spikes.  They just make me smile.

Gold sneakers mary rambin

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My spring uniform

May 28th, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin Denim Vest 2013

As soon as the warm weather sets in, I ditch my jeans for skirts/shorts and don’t bring back full length pants until fall.  I have no idea how men deal with heat in denim.  From a fashion perspective, pants in the summer is probably one of the only major drawbacks I can see to being a man….

I digress.

Mary Rambin accessories 2013

My real clothes “uniform” (as opposed to my spandex one shown right) follows a pretty simple template as you can see.  I just swap out the bottom and I’m good to go. This year’s combinations include a denim vest to give the outfit some casual character and then top it all off with statement sunnies and cuffs. As much as I love scarves, I can’t handle them in the heat.  The ballet flats are often exchanged for wedge sneakers, but both will be replaced with sandals soon (like my new favorite Crocs!)

Wedge Sneakers Spring 2013

 

The wedge sneakers are HUGE in NYC right now.  Every other person at SoulCycle has a pair and I see them all over the street.  I bought my white Ashes at Intermix to jump on board and give my look a little edge.  They go with everything, especially sporty spandex, but I don’t LOVE them.  At least when I bought into the Ugg trend way back when the furry boots were comfortable.  I am almost willing to go on the record saying my stilettos are more comfortable than the wedges.

Below are my head to toes for these pics.  Links are provided in case you want to snatch up one of the pieces.  I get at least ten compliments on the Helmut Lang skirt every time I wear it .  Yesterday a mother and daughter pulled over on the side of the street to ask who made it!

Helmut Lang Kinetic Wrap Skirt

My Uniform: Swap Out The Skirt Head to Toe

Funking it up

Wedges: My Ash BeaWedge Sneaker top left.  Others were spotted around NYC.

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