Monthly Archives: December 2008

Bon Prix: Sweet Scents from Paris – Diptyque Candles for Less

Joyeux Noel to Recessionistas around the Globe! This is a favorite picture of mine showing the Arc de Triomphe & the Champs-Élysées all light up for the holidays. I’ve enjoyed some great shopping & dining in the City of Lights and have many found memories of my trips there. This afternoon, I’m having a great […]

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Christmas Gifts for Men: Dear Santa I Really DID Try!

Now begins one of the most challenging tasks on my Christmas shopping list….the gift for the man in my life (the BFF). Every year I sigh, I really DID try:). Buying for the BFF presents a singular challenge. There is an essential difference between what I want to give, and what he wants to receive. […]

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Online Shopping & Shipping: Christmas on a Budget

New York’s Rockefeller Center I’m in a New York state of mind as I write this morning. I feel as though I could be on the east coast today. Why ? Because baby its COLD outside! It feels like winter here in California as we prepare for a big Pacific rainstorm that is blowing in. […]

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Beauty on a Budget

The topic du jour is Beauty on a Budget. This subject is very much on my mind as I sip my morning coffee and review my holiday gift list. First of all, I received the unkindest Christmas gift ever : property taxes were due to LA County this week on Dec. 10th. I have to […]

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Season’s Greetings from California Just for Recessionistas!

Seasons Greetings from California! Above is one of this year’s Christmas Cards from my Recessionista grab bag. I purchased all my cards at last year’s Swoozie’s sale for 80% off the retail price. Nice, huh? And I’m just smarmy enough to brag about it here on my blog:). I’ve just returned from a great party […]

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The Recessionista’s Holiday Fashion Sale Round-Up

Good morning Recessionistas! Today’s post is to share some great sales with all of you that have come to my attention. As we all get ready for the holidays, its great to have some extra deals in your shopping arsenal. So here’s a little list I’ve compiled to help make our readers shopping a little […]

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The Year of Living Frugally: The Art of Thrift Store Shopping

Dolls in the Window of the Yellow Brick Road Thrift Shop in Carmel, CA Recently, my sister & I took a little trip down memory lane to visit some thrift shops. I had been a thrift shop & vintage clothing junkie through college and then later in graduate school. There was a time in graduate […]

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The Recessionista’s Holiday Style Guide: Fashion for Less

Cynthia Steffe Holiday Emerald TopFortified by Pinot Noir, I’m pleased to say that this morning, my tree is up, the wreath is on the door and a poinsettia is on my living room table. The Holiday is officially on at Recessionista HQ (headquarters). With these milestones accomplished, its time to turn my attention back to […]

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Holiday Preparations Begin: Recessionista Revived with the Pinot Noir!

As an English major in college, I loved the poetry of Lord Byron. I’ll always remember that he said: “Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil. And I believe that, “Life is too short to drink bad wine.” So I am home this Saturday making some holiday […]

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Holiday Shopping for a Good Cause: Divine Design

Today is the beginning of the fabulous Divine by Design sale in Beverly Hills, CA. The sale benefits a cause that is near & dear to my heart: Project Angel Food. Project Angel Food is a free meal-delivery program that serves men, women and children debilitated by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses throughout Los […]

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