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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:


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 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 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.



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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MTM gift guide giveaway 2013

December 11th, 2013 3 Comments


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


**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.



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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Eeeeeeeeewwww. Yucky.

February 28th, 2012 2 Comments

Kitten heels….really? Again? Didn’t they get it when no one started wearing them 2 years ago?

I’m still not getting on board.

Next trend please.  And let’s make it a good one.  Like round toes, platform stilettos, cut-out wedges, or big bows.  Yes, you heard me right, I’d choose a bow over a kitten heel.

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Good morning color and commentary

February 27th, 2012 No Comments

Instead of a cup of coffee, I’m waking up this morning with a pop of color from Erdem’s Spring 2012 collection.  LOVE the pattern. Thanks to Neimans’ “new” tumblr?  I’m not sure if it’s new, but I discovered it this morning via their twitter.  It’s pleasant, nothing revolutionary.

Speaking of tumblr, I don’t go to my dashboard as much anymore.  From the countless articles, Pinterest seems to have stolen the social spotlight these days (despite David Karp, tumblr founder, on the cover of Fast Company this month).  I pin on my 7 boards every once in a while.  But, I’m committing to using it more, if only to find new recipes which seems to be the activity all the rage from the women I follow on Twitter.

Did anyone find the Oscars as uneventful I as did?  I’m even bored by the dresses.  I swear J Lo wears the same dress – absolutely the same hairdo – to every award show.  Thankfully Gweneth was there to save us with her refined and simple elegance.  Those mermaid cotton candy dresses even had my sugar tooth throbbing in pain.

I am happy for The Artist, such a brilliant piece of work.  Now we know that excellence will trump celebrity, even if he is George Clooney.

Ok, I’m about to make a little video to say hello again. Just let me get out of my pj’s and I’ll meet you back here in an hour or so.


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Duke’s style-infused gift guide for guys

December 9th, 2011 1 Comment


As I’ve written about several times, Duke Hagenburger (at Neiman Marcus in LA) is THE most stylish man I know personally.

I had him pull a few of his favorites right now that every man would love and appreciate for years. Quality classics worth the price point!


Any Zachary Prell button down, $198. We love the slim fit, unique patterns, and collar variety for an off the rack dress shirt.

Neiman Marcus cashmere sweater with two-tone collar, on sale for $298. Great price!

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Vince neutral, goes-with-everything cardigan. Blended yak and sheep’s wool. $275. Another steal for the quality.


John Varvatos military inspired jacket. Olive leather with canvas accents. Needless to say manly. $1198.


Duke insisted on suggesting a splurge. For good reason. These two items are AWESOME.

Brunello cashmere sweater for $885. Comes in 8 colors.

Santiago Gonzales (son of handbag designer Nancy Gonzales) travel shaving bag….wait for it…$1295. As Ali says, “he would have that forever…he better!”

For more info, styling questions, or you just want to meet Duke to style your man, shoot him an email at dhagenburger@me.com.

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Sale on jeans at Neimans!

October 27th, 2011 No Comments

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Choose a side in the white collar dress shirt debate

June 21st, 2011 4 Comments

Growing up in the south I’ve seen my fair share of stripped shirts topped off with a white collar.  My aversion to the combo probably stems from the fact that southern men wear a size “large” or bigger.  So generally speaking, their shirts swallow them, even the ones with whiskey bellies. Pairing the blousy shirt with over-sized pleated slacks or jeans, the man has no chance at style.  I’m being pretty harsh right now, but I’ll tell you, it’s the truth.

Recently I’ve started developing a little crush on the white collar.  Obviously the Tom Ford shirt I saw at Neimans (above) is drop dead fabulous, but even the mass market brands are showing adorable options.

Aside from the fit, the only other criteria to pull it off is a jacket of some sort.  Whether it’s a suit jacket a or blazer, the look doesn’t seem complete without it, in my opinion.

What are your thoughts?  Love it?  Hate it?  Why?  Please do tell below!! I honestly can’t wait to hear your thoughts.  Kind of like cargo pants, this shirt draws a line in the sand and demands you choose a side.

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The lipstick you LOVED!

April 19th, 2011 3 Comments

As much as you loved the artistic cat eye that Karla created, you went crazy for the lipstick!

After looking at the pictures again, I did too.  So I went back to Neimans and asked Karla what color she used.  Like any good artist, she mixed and matched a few to get the perfect shade.

  • YSL Rose Romantique #146
  • Chanel “Chance”
  • Chanel “Boy”

The main color was the first YSL.  So I tried that one on by itself and I’ll tell you, it’s BOLD.  Like, a nighttime party pink with a matte finish; not something you would wear everyday.  Although, it’s a statement that will make an outfit – like bright red or hot pink, just softer.

For more frequent use, I bought “Evasion” from their new Coco Shine collection and “Genie” Rouge Allure gloss.

Evasion (on the left) is much more neutral and sheer than what I wore that night, but it has a nice pink hue that I don’t have much of in my arsenal already.  (For some reason it looks more orange here than pink.) The coral Genie gloss is THE COLOR of the season and enhances your lips (without being too aggressive) against blue, yellow, white, and black clothes.

(BTW…those are my lashes!!!)

*Karla works at the Chanel counter at Neiman Marcus in Houston.  If you’re looking for the most talented artist in your city, here’s my suggestion.  Go up to the designer floor and ask a sales woman who she refers her clients to.  It’s they’re job to know who the best is so they won’t lead you astray.

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