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One of our all-time favorite bands drops a new album

September 3rd, 2014 No Comments

Just when I thought “Los Angeles” would be my last love note from Adam Duritz, Counting Crows resurfaces with a new album!

In an interview with Billboard magazine, Duritz said he “wanted to make a record-record, something digestible…more imaginable.”  That got me a little scared until I heard the songs themselves.  Thankfully, they’re totally analogous to our favorites from the past!

  • Earthquake driver –> Hanging Around
  • God of Ocean Tides –> Perfect Blue Buildings
  • Scarecrow –> Anna Begins
  • Cover Up The Sun –> Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby
  • Possible Days –> Sullivan Street

It’s his voice and writing style.  But we love it, so if it ain’t broke….

I’m not saying this will be my new favorite album, but I look forward to listening to it cover to cover on Rdio.

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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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We’re all nominated #ASLicebucketchallenge

August 28th, 2014 No Comments

“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord….The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”  — ALS.org

At the end of January, they had raised over $90million dollars.

I can’t imagine this happening to me or you.  We need to find a cure.

Once you post your video, donate here.

 

 

 

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Sun’s out guns out

August 27th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin Summmer 2014

 

Literally.  Haha.

I took this picture on my vacation that JUST ended.  If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the pics from NYC and Montauk.  What a magical trip.

Usually, when you come home from vacation, you’re exhausted and discouraged to get back to the grind.  For me, thankfully, neither are true.  My body is totally refreshed, and I could not be more excited to work on my new venture!

So, in this case, I’m firing on all cylinders to get the plan done for the business and secure the funding.

I’ll be back on the blog after Labor Day.  As I always say when I leave, there is 6 years worth of fitness, fashion, recipes, travel guides, etc for you if you need some guidance.  And of course, you’re always welcome to send me questions directly at Mary@MoreThanMary.com.

Have a wonderful holiday!

 

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There’s no shame!

August 13th, 2014 No Comments

I’m not ashamed to admit…I LOVE Nick Jonas’ new single Chains.  Sappy pop lyrics with a heavy beat.  It’s been the opener for several SC classes recently!

The album, which will feature a duet with girlfriend Demi Lavato, will drop this fall.

(Just so we’re clear, those are all facts I found out with a Google search.  I don’t think I could pick Demi Lavato out of a lineup let alone know who she’s tied to.)

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You don’t need pasta when you can make veggie noodles so easily

August 7th, 2014 No Comments

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Here’s my rule of thumb with pasta:  only eat it when it’s made by hand, that day, in legit Italian restaurants.  In other words, the flour noodle (usually Parpardelle for me) has to be WORTH IT!  Same rule applies for bread. 

Last night, Kitty Ball (yes, that’s a nickname), invited me over for Spaghetti Bolognese.  Since she’s Paleo, I knew dinner would exclude gluten and be totally healthy.  I’ve posted her delicious paleo BBQ sauce in the past.  Everything she makes is hearty so you never realize how healthy it is.

Now, let me back track for a second: A year ago I had dinner party and served Raw Zuchinni Ribbons with Almond Pesto which I make using a mandolin to slice the veggie thin. Kitty was at that dinner party.  Months later, I posted my hand-cut raw zucchini noodle bolognese.

Now, as my BFF, Kitty knows I get kick out of kitchen gadgets.  When she busted out this guy, I flew out of my seat to investigate!

So…if I put two and two together…

That crazy cat just had to one-up my little ribbons with her fun spiral noodles!

Paderno World Cuisine Spiral Noodles

 

Obviously I’m kidding :)

Overall, I don’t know if the spiral noodles are “better,” per se, but I like the presentation.  The thicker spiral noodle  holds up better under the meat sauce.

If you’re asking my first question, “How much is it?” you’ll like the answer: $36 on Amazon.

You need about 3/4 zucchini per person.  I prefer the green ones.  Kitty takes the skin off and sweats them in the oven.  I prefer to leave the nutrient-dense skin on and eat them raw.  They will soften if you put a warm sauce on top.

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Undeniably the best “flip flop”

August 6th, 2014 No Comments

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I wrote about new favorite shoe last March, and here I am over a year later still wearing THE SAME PAIR everyday.  In fact, I threw away all of my Havaianas because they’re no match for my Crocs.

Yes, you heard me, these sandals are made by Crocs.  Pushing your look of disgust aside, let’s be practical.  These lightweight rubber sandals are more comfortable!  Let me explain why:

  • The straps wrap around your ankles so your toes don’t’ have to hold on to the sole.
  • They’re so light and effortless they feel like you’re wearing nothing.
  • They neutral color and simple design is super cute and goes with every summer outfit you wear.

Winner!  My color combo (Espresso with gold studs) is not available online so you would have to call a store to get them (which you can).  Otherwise this charcoal pair with silver studs is cute.  They’re on sale for $25.

Because no one really has them, I give them as birthday and baby shower gifts.  They are ULTIMATE mommy shoe.

Walking in the Palisades the other day, a woman stopped my mom and I, both wearing our Crocs, and said, “Don’t you just love them?!”  We knew exactly what she was talking about :)

 

 

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Work out on vacation without exercising

August 4th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin, Malibu, California 2014

Last week, I spent my day off on the beach in Malibu.  By Saturday my body is so exhausted I try to be as inactive as possible.  I imagine you feel the same way when you hit the beach for a week off…with the exception that you feel guilty for making excuses not exercising at all.  Maybe that’s me projecting how I feel on vacation, but it seems to be the consensus amongst my friends.

While walking down beautiful Paradise Cove, I thought about all of the beach workouts I have posted over the years, but as I said, Saturday is my day of rest.

Then I remembered the tip I give my NYC readers who hustle to work and claim they don’t have time (or energy) to workout.  I tell them, when you’re walking:

  1. Engage your core and don’t release it.
  2. Lift your knees higher than normal.
  3. As you step down, follow through with your step, and squeeze your glutes at the end.

One of my readers says she lost 10 pounds just by changing her walk.  Even if that is an exaggeration, half of that would be an accomplishment!

I started walking this way down the beach and my buns were burning by Point Dume!  With this in mind I came up with several other ways you can workout without changing your actual movements.  (I wish I had made a video, but I was alone on my stroll…)  Please note that all of these require you to tighten your abs.

  • Walking: High knees + glute squeeze
  • Walking: Stand up straight, engage your rear delts (behind your shoulders) and rhomboids (between your shoulders)
  • Laying out: Leg raises 6 inches off your towel.  Hold at the top for three breaths.
  • Building A Sand Castle:  Squat down low and dig with your hands, not a shovel.
  • Sitting in a chair:  Knee raises in and out.
  • Reading a magazine:  Holding magazine directly above you, extend behind you and then “pull” it down to your belly.
  • Fetching More Beer:  Go up and down the stairs to the house 3 times each time instead of 1.
  • Playing with the kids: Playing with the kids!
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