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Pick the perfect holiday dress: be seductive without being too sexy

December 3rd, 2013 No Comments

So you’ve been invited to office parties , family dinners, charity events, the list goes on for the holidays.  Now  you need to find something that will be suitable across the board.  I believe the key to a dress that’s appropriate for all occasions is one that bares ONLY one area.  Pick your money spot and dress around it!  Below you’ll find some red carpet examples, but the rule applies to more casual dresses and 2 piece combos as well.  Follow it or…

Kendall Jenner 2013

Look like Kendall Jenner.  I’m sure your boss’ wife will love that!


If you have bigger boobs, I will tell you to stay away from a plugging neckline.  Cleavage is too obvious of a play and a little bit overboard for most formal holiday functions. Plus you get to use it all throughout the year. Because you have size on your side, you can wear something with a high neck and let the shape speak for itself.

Taylor shows off her figure in this Herve Leroux dress without showing any skin.

If you’re on the smaller size, go for a lower neck, but with modesty.



Not to be mistaken for a halter (which is not on trend), the inverted neckline of this Stella McCartney dress makes it look stylish instead of prudish.


So, Paula Patton doesn’t this Versace dress justice, in my opinion.  But you see where I’m going with this.


Everything is covered except for Elizabeth Banks’ beautiful back in this Bill Blass dress.  The color is helpful as well, but even a black sequined dress would have been stunning.


If you have no interest in showing off anything, I get it.  I feel that way a lot.  So, if that’s the case, let your accessories shine!  (Just please don’t match them perfectly like Eve).

Need some help putting the outfit together?  

CLICK HERE for my video checklist to help you get dressed up without getting stressed out!

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Be fabulous, why not?!

April 16th, 2013 3 Comments

Fady at Tootsies 2013

I know, I know, Fady is a little bit much, but isn’t that the fun part about fashion?! I love going into Tootsies to see what he’s wearing that day. As a manager of the store, the man has to have style and I love how he always takes it above and beyond.  He turns heads and that’s what style is about.

I’ll admit I get a little intimidated to ask for his opinion when I’m trying things on, but he’s always sweet to help and without fail adds the perfect finishing touches to take my outfit to “ensemble” level.

For example, he picked out a killer bangle to “funk up” this very traditional Reem Acra gown I got from RentTheRunway.  For the life of me I can’t find the professional photos from Nick and Dominique’s wedding so this one will have to do.  Trust me, that bangle I’m wearing is absolutely fabulous and it made me feel complete from head to toe.  (Watch my video: How to get dressed for an event – black tie, wedding, etc – on a budget.  I have a little checklist to help you!)

Mary Rambin in Reem Acra RentTheRunway

What I’m loving about being back in LA and NYC is feeling comfortable incorporating a little more flare into my outfits.  The South can be so traditional, and in the life I was living, I didn’t want to, care to, or dare push the envelope too far.  Now, I’m running around in spandex and hooker boots, throwing on necklaces and heels instead of simple studs and Uggs, silk blouses instead of tank tops, bright lipstick instead of chap stick, and having fun with fashion again.  And with that comes a big smile – our best accessory :)


Mary Rambin smile 2013

(Full Disclosure: RentTheRunway generously provided the gown in exchange for an honest account of my experience using the service.)




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My method to beat the anxiety of getting dressed for an event.

September 25th, 2012 4 Comments

Over the years so many of you have come to me for advise on getting dressed for events, in particular reunions and weddings.  The biggest obstacle being choosing a dress within your budget.  To make this video, I teamed up with your best resource for designer dresses on a budget:  RentTheRunway There still seems to be a barrier to order due to the size factor, but that’s why they send you two sizes.

What’s next, you ask?  In this video I offer you a checklist to make sure you have everything you need.

When looking for makeup artists and stylists in your city, I have two suggestions: referrals from friends and recommendations from the sales associates on the designer level of clothing stores.  They send their biggest spenders to the best, and they’ll be happy to do the same for you if you simply ask.  You can also check my list of contacts hereThe Dry Bar will give you a great blowout for $35 or $65 for an up-do. If you’d like to refer your stylist, please leave their contact info in the comments below.  Your stylist and MTM readers would greatly appreciate it!

As always, I’m always happy to help you personally if you have specific questions.  Simply email me mary@morethanmary.com.


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Help! Which dress should I wear?!

May 15th, 2012 14 Comments

This weekend is Dominique Sachse and Nick Florescu’s wedding at Becca Cason Thrash’s house and I have NOTHING to wear!!! I realize those names mean nothing to most of you, but let me put it this way, it’s the Houston event of the year.

Back in the day when I lived in NYC or LA, getting a dress at the last minute was easy because I could just call a showroom and have a few delivered.  Well, those days are LONG gone.  I would call local designer David Peck, whose designs I adore for their style and price, but I heard through the grapevine (aka my Mom) that the entire city bought at least one at his Tootsies trunk show.

Thankfully I, you, we all now have RentTheRunway at our disposal!

Last night I browsed through their selection of gowns (the wedding is black tie) and found two I like.  My absolute favorite was unavailable, but I love these for their classic silhouettes and bold color.




I’m leaning towards the first one – it’s a little more me while the second is a little more Julia. I guess it will come down to fit.  Thankfully they send 2 sizes.

But I want to hear what you think! If you would be so kind to leave your thoughts in the comments, I would greatly appreciate it!!

(Full disclosure: RTR is generously sending me the dresses for free in exchange for an honest video review. I’ve never tried the service before.  It seems like the dress will be wearable, but I’m hoping for amazing and not total disappointment.)

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Up to 80% off on RentTheRunway.com

January 23rd, 2012 No Comments

All of their fabulous designer dresses from last year are on sale for up to 80% off.  That’s better than a rental for sure!  Be proactive for wedding season and grab a couple dresses for Spring and Summer.  You know you’ll need them. Shop now here.

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Discount codes for unique handbags + RentTheRunway

January 17th, 2012 No Comments


The swag bag at the CultureMap “Fashion on Sale” the other night was light as feather but full of goodies!  In other words, there was a collection of gift cards and discount codes for some of our favorite stores around town.

The two you’ll find the most useful are for my two favorite local handbag designers.  What I love about them is that their quality is impeccable and style is unique.  Plus, not many people I know outside of Houston have these bags, which is ALWAYS a plus in my book.

Mary Nichols (who I actually went to high school with) makes classic totes (pictured above), jeweled clutches, and even a few pieces of jewelry.  Shop her site here and use discount code: CULTURE MAP for 20% off your entire purchase.

You might recognize Elaine Turner. Her designs are often in the press.  In the last few years she’s updated her look while maintaining her aesthetic.  I ALWAYS find something I love in her collections.  Shop her site here and use code shop35 for $35 off your purchase.

Finally, you know I love RentTheRunway as the easy and affordable option for your next event.  Enter code GIFTFORYOU for 20% off your order and free shipping!

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Dress High, Pay Low

November 9th, 2010

Two very helpful websites for when you’re hunting for the perfect holiday party dress:

Runway Rundown which offers styles you saw on the catwalk at affordable prices.

Rent The Runway lets you rent dresses from this season for a fraction of the retail price.

This post combines the best of both worlds: RunwayRundown found the Victoria Beckham dress for rent on RTR.  Nice!

Happy online shopping!

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