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Five fashion tips for the bride-to-be

March 11th, 2014 No Comments

Obviously I have no idea what it’s like to be a bride.  But I do have plenty of experience  getting dressed for big events. So with years of successes and failures, here’s some advice I think you might find useful.

1. Don’t buy off the rack.

David Peck Wedding Gown 2014


Let’s be honest here. Most women want a dress they feel like a queen wearing on their big day.  That seed is planted on the searching for a dress, yet there is nothing glamorous about sifting through racks only to choose one that is out of your price dance.

These days there are so many wedding dress designers who will make you a gown at the price point you’re looking for.  So, instead of wasting time looking for the perfect dress, hunt for a designer.

The dress above was made by David Peck in Houston.  He has a contemporary collection and has just started bridal. Looks like he’s killing it in my opinion.

2.  Wear “natural” makeup.


By all means hire a makeup artist, but don’t try to be someone you’re not.  Ask for warm, bronze hues to enhance your features in a natural way. This is a pic of me from a recent event wearing a creme dress and warm-toned makeup (by Edward Sanchez) that looks glam without being an overkill.

3.  Buy fabulous shoes  you’ll wear forever.

Jimmy Choo and Valentino Wedding shoes

You can’t wear the dress again, so let the shoes steal the show on a regular basis just like you did on your wedding day!

4.  Skip the necklace.

I can’t recall ever seeing a wedding dress that demanded a necklace.  Most have a dramatic neckline and don’t need extra bling to draw attention.

5.  To veil or not to veil?

When deciding whether or not you want a veil, ask yourself one question.  “Do I need it?” As we know, men get overwhelmed and turned off by too many things going on.  The dress is dramatic enough, do you really need to pile more tulle on top?  Just a question, the answer could be yes.  But consider the “no.”


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In which your dream wedding ring comes true

February 26th, 2014 No Comments

DeBeers recently launched an app that lets you design your own engagement ring and matching eternity band.

Maybe I’m old fashioned, but isn’t the man supposed to drop down on a knee and surprise you with a ring that he picked out?

Just writing that I realize that probably only happens in the movies now.  My friend Tony and I were just discussing how his soon-to-be fiancé “finally decided on what she wants.”

Designing the ring yourself is certainly more practical.

I read an article in the NYTimes called “With This Torch, I Thee Weld”  about jewelers who work with couples so they actually make each other’s rings with their own two hands.  Since then, that fairytale gets played once in a while in my mind.

As I always say, to each her own happily ever after.  I certainly think this app has the best interest of you and your prince charming in mind.

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Wedding bells should be ringing new ideas in your head

July 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Since weddings are thought out meticulously by the bride and her entourage, the events themselves are loaded with great ideas we can use for our own parties.

Below are few from McCall and Devidas’ wedding in Palm Beach. Hope you find them helpful!

wedding flowers


Less can be more – as in more chic – when it comes to flowers.  No need to stuff the vases.  Pick flowers you love and let them fall where they want.  It will give your tables a more modern look.



Hire a local restaurant to create a unique dish.  Less work for you and a pleasant surprise for your guests.




New summer cocktails!  I’m not one for mixed drinks, but both of these were delicious. Google search for recipes – it’s worth the effort for these two refreshing drinks.



Koozies are one of my favorite party favors.  They’re useful at the party and for years to come.  You’ll have to plan ahead to have them printed.  Last year, I had some made online at CustomInk.  Easy and cheap for the big smiles you get in return.




Always great dresses and shoes on display at weddings.  If you see something you like, compliment the girl and ask where she got it.  You’re sure to be able to find it (and maybe even on sale). I felt like every other girl at the wedding (including me!) was wearing a coral colored dress. I paired mine with white Guiseppi Zanotti sandals (above).  When you can’t wear a white dress, I think white shoes are a great way to make any dress pop.



Many thanks to McCall and Devidas for all the great ideas!



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Win THEIA wedding dresses – #THEIAgiveaway

April 20th, 2013 No Comments

THEIA wedding dress giveaway

THEIA dress giveaway

Click either image to go to the THEIA facebook giveaway.  Share it on twitter as well using the hashtag #THEIAGiveaway.  The gown is the one you’ll see in the new movie The Big Wedding coming out next week.

The Big Wedding THEIA giveaway

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Prepping your face for wedding season

March 6th, 2013 2 Comments

Dr. Angela Sturm O'Brien Wedding

My beautiful and talented client – Dr. Angela Sturm O’Brien – a plastic surgeon in Houston (yep, that’s her right there), just wrote a post on timing your facial treatments in preparation for a wedding/big event.  She went through my 3 month social media training program and I have to say, I’m so proud of her content.  Her blog is informative, educational, and entertaining!  Check it out here.  She writes everything you’ve ever wondered (in other words, the truth) about non-surgical treatments (Botox v. Dysport, Fraxel, lip injections, laser hair removal, Thermage), plastic surgery (her own nose job),  great products, etc. You can see the video we made to demonstrate her botox techniques here.

Keep up with her latest posts on twitter, facebookPinterest, and tumblr.

Without further ado, her post:

Timing Facial Treatments For The Big Day!

I frequently get asked “I have “X” weeks/months until the big event.  What can I do?”  Just like planning the event itself, you will want to allot time for any of the rare, but possible things to happen.  Planning ahead pays off in beauty, as well as weddings! Here is a timeline to help you decide what is the best way for you to “freshen up.”

Days to weeks before the event

Soft tissue fillers, like Restylane, Juvaderm, Radiesse, Belotero, have immediate effects.  You will be able to see softening of lines before you leave the office!  Keep in mind that you will probably swell the next day and even with the most meticulous injection techniques bruising can occur!  You should allow 7-10 days before an event to let any bruising subside, should it happen.

One month

Botox/Dysport take 3-7 days to take effect.  Just like the soft tissue fillers, bruising can occur and can take 7-10 days to resolve.  Because you will want to look your absolute best, you may want to allow 3-4 weeks before the event in case a touch up is needed.  Botox/Dysport lasts about 3 months, so you want to make sure you don’t wait too long after the injection or it can start to “wear out”.

Three months

Facelift surgery, laser resurfacing or skin-tightening treatments, like Ultherapy, can be considered at this point!  We always tell our patients that the downtime with a facelift is about 2 weeks or 4 weeks for an event.  Personally, I would allow 2-3 months if it is a once in a lifetime event, just to be safe.  This way, most of the swelling and all of the bruising has resolved.  The incisions should be difficult to see already!  Other procedures can be combined with a facelift, like an eyelift, browlift or laser resurfacing!

For people who prefer a noninvasive method, skin tightening treatments, like Ultherapy, are available.  These depend on the creation of new collagen.  Therefore, they improve over a period of months.  Generally, the effect peaks at 3-6 months.  So, you want to plan for at least this amount of time after the procedure before showing off your new look!

Beyond 3 months

With more than 3 months of recovery time, in most cases, you will be in the clear for most facial rejuvenation procedures.  When considering rhinoplasty, you want to wait at least 3 months.  Ninety percent of swelling resolves in 3 months, but the remainder persists for a year.  So, you are not at your final result until a year later, but (with most people) you should be ok to take pictures at about 6 months.

Planning makes for beautiful weddings and faces!  Any of these options can be combined and work best tailored to the needs of each patient!

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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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More creative gift wrapping ideas

May 23rd, 2012 No Comments

As I always say, if the package is pretty and the gift is thoughtful, the cost of the gift doesn’t matter.  Due to your effort and the beautiful presentation, the person will love it!

I’ve done several videos on gift-wrapping, the “how to make the perfect bow” being the fan favorite, and now I have one more to add to the mix.

In this particular video I was presented with the challenge of going to a wedding shower that required the gifts to be viewable.  Um, what?!  Come to find out later Lauren, the bride, had asked the hostess to tell people not to wrap gifts to spare all of the waste!  Not knowing this at the time AND being fully aware of the affluent company I would presenting this gift in, I went all out on wrapping these washcloths (quite pricey little pieces of terrycloth at Restoration Hardware).  My washcloths ended up being notable amongst the rest of serving platters and crystal, so I considered my extra efforts a win.

Obviously the gift being viewable was a unique scenario, but you can still use the concepts to make your package special.  Here are the ideas and a few more:

  1. Use a glass or crystal vase, lamp, or bowl to put the gift in and decorate around it.
  2. Adorn a package with fresh or silk flowers.
  3. Fill parts of a chocolate box with little gifts. 
  4. Wrap gifts in interesting paper:  their favorite magazine, newspaper, etc.

This is a birthday gift I wrapped for Kitty to give you an idea.  I tore pages out of Elle and wrapped each thing in a different piece.  You can’t really tell, but there are three packages here.  The black and white Chanel ad is the base, and the two pictures of shoes are little gifts  I stuck on top.  Cute, right?!

If you have any creative ideas for wrapping please share them below.  Also, send me a pic if you try out one of my tips.  I’d love to see what you come up with.



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To each couple, their own love.

January 8th, 2012 1 Comment

My friends Becca and David got married this morning!!!  Both head to toe in Lululemon.  In front of the Starbucks.

They met at Starbucks, and David proposed there.  One day last week, they decided it was finally time to get married, and Starbucks was the obvious choice. A text invite was sent to their friends and that was it.  Wedding planned!

Surrounded by a group of friends and complete strangers who just wanted to witness the joyous event, they exchanged heart-felt vows and were legally married within minutes.

The scenario wouldn’t be my choice, but it wasn’t my wedding.  The point is that they loved it.  It suited their style.  So many people get caught up in the fanfare.  Who cares.  The point is to love and laugh and be genuinely happy.

I believe they nailed it :)


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