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What’s new in cars??

January 14th, 2013 No Comments


That’s what I’m in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show to find out. I’m honored Jeep brought me up to be one of their brand ambassadors to cover the event because I’m such a huge fan of their brand. The Grand Cherokee was my first car and we have a 2011 Wrangler I absolutely love.

The other day I took a ride in my friend Philip’s new fully loaded 2013 Grand Cherokee. It was beautiful inside!! And as you’ll hear more about later, their 2014 models are even better.

Today and tomorrow, I am posting the latest and the greatest designs and innovations from all the brands on my tumblr , twitter, and Facebook , and instagram (maryrambin). Follow wherever you want! Better hurry up though, I’ve been at it since 7:30am.

Next week I’ll post a review of cars and trends I think will be relevant for you. If you’re on the market for a new ride, hopefully you’ll find this helpful.


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Nice Buds

December 12th, 2012 No Comments


Along with sending 2 pairs of “amps” (in-ear headphones starting at $59) for you guys in the MTM Holiday Gift Guide Giveaway (have you entered yet, it’s quick and easy!), the generous people at Sol Republic sending sent me a pair too!

I’ve been wearing them daily for my workouts and absolutely loving them over my Bose pair.  As you can see, the bud shape looks a little funky the way it’s curved.  Instead of hugging your ear like you think that curve would do, it actually makes them stand away from you ear while the rubber tip holds the speaker part steady in your ear.  And the sound is LOUD – I love that!

I also have a pair of their famous headphones called “Tracks” (starting at $99). These bad boys are super comfortable and great for plane trips. Michael Phelps wore them before every race in the Olympics.  (I wonder what he was listening to??)

Needless to say good quality headphones are a great gift for music lovers (tracks) and athletes (amps).


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The winner of the new Samsung SH 100 Social Media Camera is….

June 19th, 2011 1 Comment

Last night I did a drawing for the winner of the new SH 100 Samsung camera.  I put in one slip of paper for every picture submission and reader comment made on the Samsung posts.

I want to thank you all of you for participating.  It was fun to read your reactions and see pics from your life.  Here are a few good ones:

“Crinkle Nose” from @LisaBagg

“Where Dad Proposed to Mom” From @TheMrBlyth

Tree from @SDornon

One of her own designs from @leMelDesigns

And now for the winner….!!!!

(I wish someone else was here to share the excitement with me!!!)

The winner is @LisaBagg!!! I am honestly shocked the winner submitted a picture because comments counted as an entries.  I feel like I wrote down reader names Phil, Serena, Classy & Fabulous, and Tiffany so many times!!!  Many thanks to all of you for reading and writing back.

Hopefully more contests to come!



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Wisdom, cookies, and a free camera!

June 16th, 2011 1 Comment

On my second night at Dos Brisas, they left me words of wisdom and two delicious oatmeal raisin cookies by my bed.  I took the opportunity to whip out my Samsung SH 100 and make a cool pic with one click.

You have one day left to win the camera by doing the same thing!

Replicate this effect or three others and submit it by 12 PST tomorrow.  Click here for the entry details.

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It’s too easy to win the Samsung camera. Enter a pic!!!

June 15th, 2011 No Comments

Here’s an example of one of the effects you are going for in your picture submission.  It’s called a “vignette” where the perimeter is darkened to draw your eye towards the center of the picture.  On the camera, this feature also saturates the colors.

Click here to see the rules on submitting a photo.  You have three days left!

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Snap a quick pic and win the new social media camera from Samsung here!

June 10th, 2011 10 Comments

For the last couple of weeks you’ve seen pictures and posts here about the new Samsung SH100 camera.  I don’t know if it’s THE BEST on the market, but it’s pretty impressive for $200.  Features include:

  • 14 megapixels
  • HD video
  • Touchscreen navigation
  • Wifi connection
  • Uploads pictures to facebook and photobucket
  • Emails pictures to contacts (and tumblr!)
  • Wireless back up to a PC
  • Fun filters to enhance photos before or after the shot
  • Basic editing – “beauty enhancement” and red eye

Did I mention it just takes a crystal picture picture? Well, you can see that for yourself

Want one???  For free???

As I mentioned in my Samsung intro post a few weeks ago, those of you who commented on any photo taken with the camera that was relevant to the picture or content will be entered into the drawing to win.  For every comment you made, your name will get an entry.  And you can still participate in the contest.

** The Contest **

Review the four pictures below. I enhanced each picture with one click on the SH 100 itself.   Here’s what you have to do: Take a picture of anything you want and recreate the effect in one of the pictures below using any means you need to (Photoshop, Instagram, etc).

Here are your four options:

Your replica of the effect doesn’t have to be perfect, but close.  For every picture you submit that achieves the effect, you’ll get one entry into the drawing.  So snap away! Because the objective of the camera is to not only take a good picture, but also to share them with friends:


“I’m entering this pic to winthe new social media @SamsungCameraUSA camera from @MaryRambin.You can too here: http://bit.ly/kHSa8E

I will post a couple of favorites on the blog unless you specify you would like yours to stay private.


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The Samsung SH100 in action

June 1st, 2011 4 Comments

Love this pic of Hasti I took  using the “Old Film” filter on the Samsung SH100 backstage at a fashion show I was in recently.

There are 12 filters you can use to enhance your photos instantly a la Instagram. I only like 5, and so far this is my favorite.

My friend’s Olympus has something similar, but it’s more expensive and doesn’t connect to the internet.

(Full Disclosure: In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that my time and efforts have been compensated by Samsung for my participation in the Coast to Coast Photo Post campaign, and I was also provided a Samsung SH100 camera. Although I have a material connection to Samsung, any publicly stated opinions of Samsung remain my own.)

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High calorie fashionista breakfast

May 24th, 2011 3 Comments

Delicious, isn’t it?!  Lanvin usually is.

The price isn’t healthy, but neither are pancakes, so if you’re looking to indulge, you can click here to devour the pair!

Still hungry…

Giambattista Valli Fall 2011.  The skirt with “muff” pockets is obviously sweeter than a Krispy Kreme doughnut.  Saw this lovely color-blocked model at the Tootsies trunk show (yes, a far cry from NYFW, but I’ll live).

Now, just be happy the prices aren’t calories and go along your fabulous Tuesday guilt-free :)

(Both taken with my Samsung SH100 )

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