Author Archives: Mary Hall

Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.

JustFab’s Fall Fashion Preview: Fabulous & Affordable

Last week I attended online fashion website Just Fab’s Fall Fashion preview.  Just Fab offers some great fall fashion finds, most of them for under $50.00.  Since the website launched, the brand has also expanded to include a brick and mortar store in Glendale, California.  Just Fab’s line-up of fall fashion trends is hard to […]

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Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockerey’s EMMYs 2014 Look

Michelle Dockery stepped out on the EMMYs Red Carpet last night in a midriff baring dress that would scandalize the Dowager Duchess and the other Downton Abbey inhabitants.  Only Ms. Dockerey’s hair bore any resemblance to the aristocratic style of Downton’s Lady Mary. The slender Ms. Dockerey looked striking in a white Rosie Assoulin gown with […]

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Taylor Shilling L’Oreal Paris Beauty Tips from 2014 EMMYs

Last night during the EMMY Awards Broadcast, L’Oreal Paris held a live Twitter chat with their fans and artist Katie Rodgers to discuss the hair, make-up and fashions worn by nominees and presenters.  If you loved the looks on the red carpet, L’Oreal Paris make-up and hair stylists have tips to help you recreate them at […]

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Emmy’s Best Dressed: Julie Roberts in Elie Saab

How great did Julia Roberts look on the Emmys Red Carpet tonight? Ms. Roberts looked playful, yet elegant in a dress from Elie Saab’s  Fall 2014 couture collection.    She may have been wearing the only short dress at the Emmy’s, at least the only one I saw.    Look for affordable pelum dresses with sparkle […]

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Beauty Products inside the 50k + Emmy Swag Bags

  This weekend in Los Angeles, as the city geared up for the Emmy Awards, a series of gifting suites were going on all around town. According to such reputable sources as CNN,  the Emmy presenters and nominees can receive luxury gift bags offering products and vacations worth $50,000 USD.  S0 why do actors & actresses […]

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Juicy Couture Headed to Kohl’s for Fall 2014

Juicy Couture, once the hot fashion label of the ’90s founded by  Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor is switching gears to mass retail via Kohl’s.  It was reported back in 2013 by the Business of Fashion that Juicy Couture had been sold once and then sold again, finally finding a soft landing at Kohl’s. “Fifth […]

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Solange Rocks H&M at the Video Music Awards

Solange rocked the red carpet last night at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood in Los Angeles last night.  Beyonce’s kid sister looked classic in an H&M Studio Collection tuxedo jacket and tuxedo pants at the VMA’s. Beyonce has fronted campaigns for H&M in the past, but this is the first time […]

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Lane Bryant Announces Fashion Collab with Lela Rose

Lane Bryant has announced plans to bring designer Lela Rose to their stores for Summer 2015.  Special size ( I hate the plus-size label) fashionistas who are disappointed by the lack for size variety in the upcoming Altuzarra for Target collection might take their shopping dollars over to Lane Bryant.   Designer Lela Rose is […]

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Peanuts Fashion: Snoopy Heads to New York Fashion Week in 2014

Some unlikely fashionistas will appear at New York Fashion Week this September, Snoopy and his sister Belle. These characters from Charles Schultz’s beloved Peanuts comic strip have made the fashion scene before.  In the 80′s many famous designers including Diane Von Furstenberg, Karl Lagerfeld,  Oscar De La Renta, Giorgio Armani,  and Norma Kamali designed creations for […]

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Relaxation Bali Style in the OC: Hylunia Wellness Day Spa

There’s a new day spa in Orange County, and this is no ordinary spa. Hylunia Wellness Day Spa offers not just beauty treatments but a taste of Bali.   The spa’s beautiful fixtures were all imported from Bali and designed to create a sanctuary from the stresses of everyday life.  Believe me, you’ll want to […]

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