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Your Holiday Hair – let’s change it up.

December 3rd, 2015 No Comments

Braided hair

I think we can all agree we’ve been blown out enough.  I’m not sure if this is your problem too, but my beachy curls fall way too fast.  On the other hand, a funky and fun braid won’t move all night long!

The other night I went to a party at BRAMBILA salon in Santa Monica.  Mary, the owner, is very popular amongst the westside crowd.  During the event, she had someone give a braiding lesson so that I might be able to braid my own barely-there hair at home.

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I’m sitting there watching with my jaw on the floor.  I would be lucky if I could do that to someone else.  When I found out BRAMBILA charges the industry standard $20-$50 to do it for me, I was relieved.  Sign me up and charge my card, no way I’m doing that to myself!

Here are some styles I found to inspire your stylist!

 

 

 


  

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The necklace you all loved on Facebook, buy it now with my discount code!

November 23rd, 2015 No Comments

Mary Rambin Nameplate Necklace 2015

 

Last week I posted this pic on Facebook to share my post about a new 3D mascara and all of your comments were questions about my necklace!

The beautiful and delicate nameplate necklace is a design by Ana Corporan of Brevity Jewelry.  Leven gave one them to all of her bridesmaids before her wedding.

Brevity Jewelry Custom Signature Nameplate Gift

My super-trendy hipster sister wears hers everywhere so we had all been fans of it for a while.


With a quick visit to Ana’s website, I found out you choose from one of their fonts or customize the signature with your own writing!  You can also write a message instead of a name.  Pricing starts at $195 depending on what kind of metal you want (stainless steel, silver, gold, etc).  Click here to explore your options.

It’s the PERFECT gift for someone special – your friend or spouse you’ve already bought everything else.

Brevity Jewelry Custom Nameplate

 

 

From now until Nov 30,

get 15% off your purchase using discount code:

MORETHANMARY15

If you want it for Christmas, you need to order by December 8.

 

Stay tuned, Holiday Gift Guide where everything is under $150 on the way!

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The “LOW” Leather Leggings That Keep Up With “HIGH” Fashion

November 17th, 2015 No Comments
Club Monaco Leather Leggings
For years now leather leggings have been a winter essential.  Why have they not made their way into my closet:  they’re so damn expensive! For the $1k price tag I want something that fits like a Saint Laurent stiletto: comfortable, snug, and sexy. This year I resolved to hunt down a pair and hand over my card happily.  After weeks of shopping, I had tried the standard J Brand, Rag & Bone, Vince, Helmut Lang, and a handful of boutique designers.  None of their cuts fit my chicken legs and tiny ass.  Even my Intermix stylist was shocked.
It wasn’t until I was browsing for work clothes in Club Monaco (my vote for conservative chic corporate attire) that I stumbled upon this front panel leather and spandex combo.  When I first saw them I thought to myself, “Those are cheap….and totally cheating.  I want the real deal.”  Then I saw the price tag…. “Well, for $99 on sale, it wouldn’t hurt to try them on.”
 Club Monoco Leather Leggings 2015  Mary Rambin

I actually love the way the panel cuts in and gives my legs more definition.  The spandex is just what I needed to hug my barely-there bum!

For 1/10th of the price I now have an edgy, sophisticated pair of “leather” leggings I love MORE than anything I tried from the contemporary powerhouse brands.  People stop me and ask if they’re IRO or Rag, when I tell them faux by Club Monoco, fashionista jaws drop.

High Low Leather Head to Toe:

UPDATE: YOU LOVE THEM TOO!

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Club Monaco Accessories Winter 2015

Other things I loved pictured with Mason:

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Screw the glue. A new way to make your lashes fabulous.

November 10th, 2015 No Comments

 
 I studied makeup application in high school and college, and I still can’t put fake lashes on myself.  Even when I have an artist apply them, they look a little too….Tammy Faye for my personal taste.

So, recently, when I was approached to test, review, and purchase (which is highly unusual) a new mascara system that promised dramatic lashes, I threw down the $30 for Younique’s 3D Moonstruck Fiber lashes.

The application is a three step process using two tubes.  First, you coat your lashes in the very lightweight black gel; then gently add black fibers from the second tube; finally, you lock them down with the gel.

I’ve been using Younique for months now because I wanted to make sure I really LOVED the effect before I passed it on to you.  The fibers were weird to work with the first couple of times.  Now I’m pro and love the dramatic look for going out at night and special events!

The pics here are from my sister’s wedding. I used my favorite Jouer cosmetics for a natural look and little pop from the fiber lashes.  A close up for ya here:

 

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Hours in the sun without an inch of sunburn!

July 7th, 2015 No Comments


After countless hours of the Mexican sun over the Fourth of July holiday, I’m happy to report there is not an inch of skin on my body that is burned!!

I coved myself neck to toe in Nivea.

Nivea Invisible Protection, SPF 50

Spray on oil I rubbed in. Survives beach runs and shower rinses.

Pretty amazing stuff.

(Please excuse alignment, WP apparently hates me right now.)

Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 55

Not one spot on my face is red thanks to Neutrogena.

And after the sun set, I rehydrated with Darphin on my face and neck so I could do it all over again :)

Darphin Revitalizing Oil

Darphin Revitalizing Oil

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The newest anti-aging procedure doesn’t involve surgery

June 23rd, 2015 No Comments

 

Preface: I really struggled to find a photo to headline this post.  Beauty and confidence is such a personal, internal matter.  Please take this post as an update on the anti-aging industry, not a comment on exteral appearance, and do with the info with what you see fit.

The neck is one of those stubborn areas that changes according to our genetics and age.  Unfortunately we can’t exercize our neck to tighten it up.  A cleaner diet and a little more cardio will help, but not even veggies can reverse the result of time on our neck or get rid of a premature “double chin.”

Enter Kybella 

An injection of acid (already present in your body)

below your chin that destroys the fat cells

so they can no longer accumulate or store fat.

Kybella before and after

When I read Dr. Angela’s (a my client of mine) article about this simple procedure my mouth dropped!

Dr. Angela Sturm is a young plastic surgeon in Houston who keeps herself on the cutting edge of the anti-aging trends, focusig a lot on preventative and non-invasive procedures that help us to stay looking our best.  She is my favorite for botox :)

A couple weeks ago, she wrote a piece for MyRedGlasses (a notable fashion blog in Houston helmed by Roz Pactor) on the latest technique to keep us looking younger.  Below are a few experts, click here to read the whole article.

“Kybella, also known as ATX 101, is deoxycholic acid that is already in your body.  It is made by your liver to help dissolve fats in your diet to aid in absorption.  When it is injected into the submental fat, this substance disrupts the membrane on the fat cells and permanently dissolves those cells.

  • Small amounts injected into multiple sites under your chin.
  • Number of series can vary depending on the person, amount of fat and your goal. 
  • Some people may only need one session, but others may need up to 6 treatments at least a month apart.

Dissolving fat in a progressive way that most people won’t notice that you did anything.  That sounds pretty good.  So, what’s the downside? 

  • Swelling and bruising at the injection site (which is true with any injection),
  • Injury to nerves or glands in the area (why you should have someone very familiar with the anatomy as the injector, like a surgeon)
  • Difficulty swallowing due to swelling in the area (which always resolved and most within a couple of days).

In the hands of a skilled injector, the product is still relatively low risk and avoids surgery

Kybella is scheduled to be on the market this summer and I think this could change the way we think about fat!

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A summer shopping list for the boys + discount code

June 16th, 2015 No Comments

For some reason, men have trouble dressing for casual activities.  They take “casual” to mean “anything goes.”  Sigh. Beach days, in particular, came to mind today.  If men only knew how sexy a simple t paired with a nice pair of swim trunks looked, I don’t think they’d mind wearing the outfit for a few hours before we rip it off later.

The issue I think lies in that when men think “outfit” they think “uncomfortable”  and “expensive.” IF THEY ONLY KNEW how tight our skinny jeans really are!!!

Below are 4 brands you can shop that your man will love and look amazing wearing this summer.  And , they won’t cost either of you a fortune.

The Basic T

Alternative Apparel $46

Wear Anywear Board Shorts

SaturdaysNYC – Shop the collection $75-$85

  

 

Katin $81 – found on StagProvisions with tons of great brands

The Flip Flop

 

Hari Mari Flip Flops

Hari Mari from $60 (all rubber) to leather and canvas $65 (first pair)

$80 (here in leather)

The Bag

Rare Form Tote

 

Rare Form – backpacks, totes (mine above!), and surf bags made from recycled billboards, each one is unique. Prices $45-80

USE DISCOUNT CODE Mary at checkout for 25% off!

The Bracelet

Miansai bracelet

 

Miansai – starting at $65

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Truly effortless protection

June 9th, 2015 No Comments

No, I’m not talking about condoms, but I gotcha with that photo didn’t I?? :)

Sunscreen is important protection you should wear everyday!

The thing that sucks, about both sunscreen and condoms actually, is they’re such an effort to put on and uncomfortable to wear.

Most sunscreen is packed with chemicals, takes minutes to rub in, and irritates your precious skin.

Not Radical!  It’s super thin, weightless on my face, chemical free, and doesn’t irritate my eyes when I sweat.

 

A friend of mine works for the two sisters who started the brand and hooked me up with the Radical daily regimen and their sunscreen.  I love it all, but the sunscreen is a god-send.  It’s main properties:

  • Diamond Powder: Capable of redirecting light. Wrinkles and imperfections appear less pronounced
  • Titanium Dioxide: Mineral based sun protection that doesn’t leave white streaks
  • Zinc Oxide: Protects against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light
  • Coffee: Protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation

For more info, click here.

(Headline photo by Kelly Fajack. Product provided via PR.)

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