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The rules of cut off shorts

June 2nd, 2015 No Comments

At the ripe old age of 33, I feel like I’m too old and have become too conservative to wear cut off jean shorts of the super-short, ripped-to-shreds, pocket-hanging-out variety. Totally ridiculous, especially since I live in a beach town and I’m a stone’s throw away from West Hollywood where anything goes.

I think it’s time I lighten up!

@PeaceLoveShea (“a global talent and fashion influencer” per her website) has become one of my favorite fashionistas to follow on instagram,  I don’t really care what she does for a living, but I love living and dressing vicariously through her.

She exemplifies how this trend should be worn.

 

 

RULES TO ROCK THIS TREND

  1. Loose-fitting top

  2. Flat shoes

A few other examples from IG.

    

 

One thing you need to watch out for are the high-waisted shorts.  They look good from the front, just don’t take the tags off until you make sure they look good from the back.  I have a severe case of pancake butt in anything high waisted.  These two below pull it off beautifully.

 

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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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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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LAST minute guy gifts

December 21st, 2014 1 Comment

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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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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Men and women can get hooked on Miansai

September 2nd, 2014 No Comments

Miansai bracelets

Welcome back from vacation MTM readers!  It’s been a lot of work (on a new venture) and a lot of play in Montauk.  One of the things I brought home with me from the East coast was my first piece from Miansai, a jewelry collection of wrap bracelets, metal bangles, and necklaces for both men and women.

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Two years ago I ran into the line as it was growing up in Saturdays SoHo store.  My bf had read about them in GQ and insisted on picking up a bracelet while in NYC.  As we were choosing one, I thought to myself, “I like this for me.”   The brand has blown up in NYC, opened their own storefront on Crosby in SoHo, and even had a pop up airstream at Navy Beach, which is where I ran into them again.

Miansai Airstream Montauk Navy Beach

My friends and I browsed all of the pieces.  Prices for bracelets start at $55. So many options between the different color bands (leather, python, or rope), dipped metals (gold, rose gold, or silver), and clasps (hook, anchor, loop).  They give you the opportunity to mix in a little color to your everyday wrist wraps.

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I also love the bangles.  Substantial and heavy, they look good solo on your wrist or in your favorite group of bracelets.  Other accessories include a new line of watches (starting at $495) and canvas shoes called Saludos.

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In the end, my friends bought bracelets and I went with a gold anchor pendant on a sterling silver chain.  I haven’t taken it off since!

 Mary Rambin wearing Miansai

What I love about their designs is that they’re simple yet noteworthy.  They draw attention and respect without bling or a high price.

Shop on Miansai.com  and follow them on Instagram @Miansai.

Visit the store at 33 Crosby, NY NY.

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This year’s swimsuit can be a safe and even sexy place to hide.

June 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Celebrities in one piece bathing suits

I wore a shirt today in my SoulCycle class that said, “I eat cake for breakfast.”  If I took that shirt off, by the looks of my tummy at the moment, you would believe that’s true!

Thankfully, me and my love handles can hide out his summer in a one-piece.  It only took 3 years of celebs strutting around in them to overturn the soccer-mom stigma and resurface as a suitable. Bad pun interned. (Quick side note: I applaud moms for dressing on the conservative side around children.)

Since one-pieces are now trendy, I figured it would be easy to find a few sexy styles.  Such is not the case!  My favorite retailers either only have a couple cutes ones to choose from, a big selection of “slimming” and full coverage styles, or the side cut-outs.

Can we talk about this for a second?  What is the point of a one piece suit without any sides?  If you’re going for exposure, why not wear a bikini and save yourself the ridiculous tan lines?

Enough of that.  Here are the one pieces I found online.  My suggestion would be to go shop the mall if you want a big selection.

One pièce bandeau bathing suit by Vix

Vix $194

Minkoh one piece bathing suit

Minkoh on Shop Intermix $205

Marc by Marc Jacobs one piece bathing suit

Marc by Marc Jacobs $160 – Sold Out on ShopBop

In White on Bloomingdales ON SALE $96

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Shopping the old-fashioned way

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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