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.

Review of Kohl’s x Reed Krakoff Collaboration

Kohl’s fashion collaboration with designer Reed Krakoff arrived in stores last week. The collection consists of apparel and brightly colored handbags.  Reed Krakoff is an extremely talented American fashion designer. Who can forget the beautiful coat he designed for Michelle Obama? Sadly, you won’t see anything remotely like that in his apparel for Kohl’s.  I […]

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Spring Sales 2016: Fashion Deals from Top Retailers

The seasons are finally changing and Spring is officially here.  If you’re changing up your wardrobe for Spring, you’ll want to check out these weekend sales from some of our favorite fashion retailers like Saks, Barneys, Tory Burch and alice and olivia.  Here’s a little round-up of the deals, focusing on our take on the […]

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Recycle Clothing at H&M and save during Global Recycle Week

It’s Global Recycle Week and H&M is offering fashionistas the chance to bring in their old clothes and receive a coupon for 30% off a new item at H&M.  The offer is good at US stores until April 27th, 2016. I’ve been recycling clothing items at H&M for awhile.  It’s a great way to get […]

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Alice + Olivia Pay Homage to the Grateful Dead for Spring 2016

Alice and Olivia designer Stacey Benet sent her alice + olivia x the Grateful Dead collection down the runway in Hollywood last week.  Celebrities in attendance included Kourtney Kardashian, Misha Barton and Emily Ratajkowski. The alice + olivia collection features 60s styles that are a fitting style pre-cursor to the Coachella music festival happening now.  This […]

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Marimekko for Target Review: Cute Summer Fashions & Swimwear

This morning I went to my local Target to check out the new Marimekko for Target collaboration. For fashion items, there is more for kids than for women and the women’s plus-size fashions are online only.  So what’s good? The swimsuits and rash guards.  The cover-ups are loud, but if you are comfortable with the prints, […]

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Oscar de la Renta Bridal Barbie Doll is Right off the Runway

Oscar de la Renta has introduced a new Barbie Doll outfitted in a replica of a bridal gown from the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 bridal collection.  The doll is truly a collector’s item with 10,000 of these special dolls made.  The Oscar de la Renta Barbie is for sale on the designer’s website […]

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Project Gravitas Makes Shapewear Part of the Dress

Ever worn a dress with shapewear underneath that keeps slipping down or up? Or maybe the shapewear under your dress is so tight, it makes it difficult to breath or even sit down? Project Gravitas puts a stop to all that discomfort with a line of beautiful, fashionable dresses that have the shapewear inside the […]

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Caroline’s Cart for Special Needs Kids Comes to Target Los Angeles

If you have a special needs child, and you shop at Target stores in Los Angeles, here’s some good news. Since mid-March 2016, Target’s general merchandise stores in Los Angeles now each have at least one Caroline’s Cart. Caroline’s Cart is designed to help parents and caregivers shop with older kids or adults with special […]

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Paper Source: Adorable Calendars and Gift Items

Recently I had the opportunity to do a little shopping and decorating at Paper Source. Paper Source just opened a new store in Los Angeles at El Segundo Plaza—and it’s full of adorable items. Everything is just so cute! I didn’t realize that the stores offered calendars that you could decorate with your own stamps, […]

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Take 25% off at Shopbop! Get your favorite designers on sale

The Shopbop friends and family sale has officially begun for Spring 2016.  For a limited time, you can save 25% off everything on the site.The Shopbop Friends & Family sale begins April 5th, and runs through Thursday, April 7th at 11:59 PST.  Men’s fashion (East Dane where the sale is 30% off) and women’s are all on […]

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