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December 11th, 2013 3 Comments

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Readers, it’s that time!  Most of you should know the one very simple rule by now.  Share this gift guide on your social platform and be entered to win one of four gift bags stuffed with my favorite goodies.For each platform you share on, you get an entry.  Share AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT!  If you add a gift with a link to purchase in the comments, you’ll get two entries.  Easy enough?!

To enter, simply share something like this:

@MaryRambin just posted her #MTMgiftguide giveaway. LOVE some of her ideas and great products to win! http://ow.ly/rFLFy

SHARE TO ENTER BY 12 PM EST DEC 20, 2013

**Make sure to include the link and tag @MaryRambin #MTMgiftguide so I know to enter your name.  Remember, you can post as many times as you want.  Each post puts your name in the hat AGAIN!

There will be one grand prize winner (who will receive goodies below along with Sol Republic headphones and a Glow and Go Mask from January Labs), 2 runner up gift bags with all of the following products, and one goodie bag for a guy.

3 WINNERS RECEIVE:

MEN’S GIFT BAG GIVEAWAY:

The Gift Guide

My Top Picks for Women

My Top Pics for Men

Electronics anyone would love:

Accessories for athletes and active people:

Discount sites to browse

Brands to shop for…

Still stumped? How about random stuff my family loves:

 

 

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Before you buy those new boots…

October 30th, 2012 No Comments

Consider buying shoes with a little attitude.  You’ve collected at least a half dozen pairs of new boots over the last few years.  Unless there is snow on the ground for the next 6 months, let’s consider some of your other options. This year, designers are offering you basic, every day styles with a sense of style you will appreciate.  Below you’ll find a few examples I found at Barney’s in NYC.  Because they’re all made by your favorite designers, you can find the same elements across different high-end and mainstream brands at a variety of price points.

Sculptural Heels (Miu Miu)

Wedged Ballerina Flats (Lanvin)

Blue Suede (Prada)

Winged Pumps (Casadei)

Colored Python (Pierre Hardy)

Embroidery (Miu Miu)

 

All shoes available at Barneys.com.

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All shoe departments in NYC are not created equal

August 7th, 2012 2 Comments

 

Therefore, shop them all :)

The latest and greatest on the island is Barney’s new shoe floor (above) to compete with Sak’s offering that bears its own zip code.  I wasn’t that impressed, and the lady helping me agreed their selection was a bit boring. Overall, Saks wins in terms of variety for me.  Barneys has more unique styles, but you have to want to go out on the edge, which is where I often venture.  Bergdof plays in the middle somewhere.  Due to how many shoes I’ve bought from Bergdorf, it has a soft place in my heart.

If you know your goal then you only need to hit one or two shoe department. Here’s my list on where to shop for your specific goals:

  • Saks – When you don’t know what designer or style you’re looking for – winter sale is the best time to shop
  • Bergorf Goodman – Wben you’re ready to spend $700+ on a fabulous shoe – best designer shoe sale in town in winter
  • Barneys  – When you’re looking for something unique and don’t mind throwing down $$ for it
  • Loheman’s 8th Ave or UWS – best high-end designer discount
  • DSW – middle-range to low end designer discounted shoes.  Great place for basics or something adventurous.

 

 

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Fall Shoe Trends: Square Toes + Metal Accents

August 7th, 2012 2 Comments

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YSL

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YSL

See the more affordable Rag & Bone here.

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CASADEI

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MIU MIU

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GUISEPPE ZANOTTI

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PRADA

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PRADA

Shoe departments are flooded with square toe shoes marked with bright metal pieces.  It sounds good on paper…needless to say the room in the toe and thicker heel would make the shoe comfortable…but I am not a fan.  I think I would like the concepts separately, like in the Casadei stiletto or YSL flats, both of which have round toes.  The square toe is just so unflattering.  Paired with a thick heel, the shoe is overwhelming visually.

You’ll notice I don’t have photos from Lanvin, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Sergio Rossi, or Givenchy because they don’t have these elements in their fall lines.

If I really wanted to incorporate the square metal toe into my wardrobe I’d choose the first YSL and pair it with skinny jeans and a chunky sweater.  I don’t think I would accessorize a dress with them because they would steal the ensemble’s feminine nature.  Possibly a high-waisted, full skirt, but not a suit. This style would steal your womanhood with a suit.

Now, are you curious to see what trends I did buy?? :)

(All photos from my trip to Barney’s NYC, August 2012)

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DENIM DESIGNS

July 28th, 2008 No Comments

Meet Merrit Elliott and Emily Current, stylists to the stars and now denim desingers. I’m in love with their new collection of soft vintage-inspired denim. Their first fall collection is in Barneys and other boutiques now. Both girls are in their own designs — Merrit in the boyfriend jean and Emily in a denim jacket. I’m in Charlotte Ronson. All in denim, very LA. Video of their collection coming soon!

Barney’s Sale

June 13th, 2008 No Comments

BARNEY’S SALE

Today they marked down sale items from 40% to 60%.  Woohoo!!

Favorite Spots in LALA Land

June 3rd, 2008 No Comments

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As promised, here is the list of my favorite LA spots, for pretty much everything.

(Kiss from the fabulous Andy on my 24th Birthday at the Beverly Hills Hotel)

Equinox West Hollywood

99.9% of the people who work out here are beautiful with perfect bodies.  Some people don’t like the atmosphere and find it pretentious.  But I’m motivated to get my ass in gear when I see a woman twice my age wtih rock hard abs.  Amazing spin classes (Instructors: Keith, Rich, Eileen), challenging yoga taught by Kristin, and a tough toning class called All The Right Moves taught by Grace.

Runyon Canyon

If you prefer an outdoor workout, go hiking in West Hollywood. You’ll get an amazing view of the city, and on a clear day, you can see the ocean.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

Sit poolside and enjoy a serene poolside atmosphere with your McCarthy Salad.  Ridiculously expensive, but you’re paying for the whole package.  I also love creating my own omelette – they’ll pretty much make anything you want.  Ask for Louis. Skip the Polo Lounge, it’s stuffy and boring.

Golden Nail

Despite the fact that it’s located across the street from the Peninsula Hotel(my favorite hotel in LA), it’s not expensive at all.  And everyone there does a spectacular job.  Get a mani/pedi from Christine or Tua, and an eyebrow waxing from Ana for only $45.

Il Tramezzino

For the best chicken sandwich in town, hit up Il Tram on Canon and Little Santa Monica in Beverly Hills.  Order, The Chicken Special, extra hot, with extra sauce on the side.  It’s heavenly.

Peet’s Coffee v. Coffee Bean

For straight up coffee, go to Peet’s. For an Ice Blended (the Vanilla Ultimate being the best), go to Coffee Bean. End of story.

Toast

Brunch in West Hollywood doesn’t get better than Toast.  You’ll have to wait a while, but it’s totally worth it.  Great food and people watching.

Mastro’s

My favorite steakhouse in LA.  On Canon in Beverly Hills, Maestro’s has the best bone-in fillet and pecan pie.  For the best people watching, sit upstairs (although it can get loud, just try to sit away from the piano). Spago is really good as well (sit outside).

Trattoria Amici

For low-key but delicious Italian, I love Trattoria Amici at the Beverly Terrace hotel. You really need to get a table outside on the small patio.  Last time I ate here, the place was empty with the exception of the table next to us: Penelope Cruz, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, and a couple producers.  Order the turkey entre, yum!

Asia De Cuba

The LA restaurant at the Mondrian hotel is much better than it’s NYC location.  Sit outside and get a great view of the city. Go for lunch or dinner.

Koi

Again, much better in LA than NYC.  Love the food, love the scene. Reservations in advance are a must!

Mr. Chow

What a scene! You’re sure to spot a handful of celebs here.  Just make sure you’ve brought your celebrity budget to pay for the meal. Forget about ordering and trust your waiter to do it for you. (Again, much better in LA).

AOC

Gourmet tapas with an amazing wine list.

Pace

More incredible low key Italian nestled up Laurel Canyon.

Magnolia Grill

At Magnolia in Hollywood, you’ll find affordable, delicious American food in a modern but warm setting.  A great place for a fun group dinner.

Cobras & Matadors

Delicious and casual tapas in West Hollywood.  Bring your own wine.

Bossa Nova

Very casual and VERY good.  The food is Brazilian, but you could argue some Italian as well.  3 locations in LA, but I like the West Hollywood location the best, then Robertson, don’t bother going to the one in BH. My favorite thing is the Bossa Salad, with chicken, no onions, chopped.

El Compadre

Under the radar Mexican food on Sunset that’s really good.

Best Fast Food: Whole Foods, In-N-Out (order your burger “Animal Style.” trust me), and Baja Fresh (delicious taco salad)

Best Expensive Shopping: Robertson(between 3rd and Melrose), Melrose Place(east of La Cienega), Montana (a lovely stroll in Santa Monica), Neiman Marcus and Barney’s

Best Bargain Shopping: Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica), Loehmann’s(La Cienega), Century City Mall

Places to See: Venice Beach, Sunset Strip at night, Rodeo drive, Hollywood Boulevard, a hike up Runyon Canyon, hmmm….

Fun lounges: 1912 (at the Beverly Hills Hotel), Peninsula Bar, Wilshire bar, The Bowery, Jones Bar (good food too!), Brass Monkey (karaoke), Teddy’s, Cabo Cantina (sports, day drinking, happy hour)

Places to skip: The Ivy (the food is awful), the bar at the Four Seasons, clubs in general, The Little Door, Trader Vic’s

I’m sure I’ll think of other stuff and update my list. Hope this helps!

Shoe Browsing

April 7th, 2008 No Comments

Loving these Chanel flats, but alas, neither Bergdorf or Barneys has my size.

Other shoes I loved while browsing yesterday:

Brands I found boring:

  • Christian Louboutin
  • YSL