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.

Vente-Privee Offers Deals on Luxury Brands

Long before there was Gilt Groupe or ideeli, there was French e-commerce designer flash sales website vente-privee. vente-privee translates as private sale in French.   vente-privee started in France in 2001 offering European consumers a way to buy top designers at affordable prices. In 2011, vente-privee opened its website to customers in the United States.   […]

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Product Review: Love + Grace Loungewear Made in USA

It’s always great to learn about new fashion labels with products made in America by American workers that deliver quality for price.  Love +Grace is a California brand founded in 2013 that makes luxury loungewear that is uber comfortable.  The brand recently sent me a piece for evaluation. I’ve been test driving the one of […]

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UNIQLO Brings Back the Jil Saunder +J Collection

Here’s some great budget fashion  new for fall:  UNIQLO is bringing back  a  ‘Best of the +J collection’  on Oct. 3 in Philadelphia and at other locations and online on Oct. 10.   The relaunch of the popular  +J pieces is in “response to overwhelming customer demand.” The collection will range in price from $39.90 – […]

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The Recessionista Reviews Elie Tahari for Kohl’s

Elie Tahari‘s limited edition fashion collection for Kohl’s is now available in stores.  Yesterday, armed with my Kohl’s coupons, Kohl’s cash and Yes2You Rewards certificate, I stopped by to check out the collection.    There are some good pieces in the collection, but overall this is not a collection I fell in love.  The color palette […]

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MILLY by Michelle Smith coming to Kohl’s Spring 2015

Here’s some good news to end the week with, the next Kohl’s Designer collection will MILLY by Michelle Smith. Michelle Smith will be the sixth designer for the retailer’s DesigNation limited-edition collection.  As part of the Kohl’s DesigNation concept featuring premier designer fashion based on international inspiration, the collection will draw creative influence from Smith’s recent […]

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Best Buy Launches Tech Fashions from Top Designers

Looking for a way to match your tech devices to your clothing? Or maybe you just want a better looking iPhone/Smartphone case.  If so Best Buy  may have just what you want. A new line of tech accessories – created by celebrated fashion designers Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui, and Isaac Mizrahi New York.  The collections are now available […]

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London: Topshop Plans Fashion’s Night Out with Vogue

In the US, Fashion’s Night Out at New York Fashion Week is  a thing of the past.   Not so in London.   Vogue and Topshop are planning a shopping extravaganza in London on Sept. 23, 2014.   They’ll be special deals,  beauty tips, a prize draw and entertainment at my favorite Topshop store, the Oxford […]

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New York Fashion Week: Budget Fashion on the Runway

Budget Fashion is now part of New York Fashion Week. Anna Wintour goes to a show to see a collection sponsored by HSN (the Home Shopping Network), HSN shows off their new Fall  “Fashion Edit” collections, ELLE Editor Joe Zee joins with Old Navy for a fashion presentation,  Kohl’s shows their ELLE Collection, Target throws […]

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HSN Previews Fall Fashions at New York Fashion Week

HSN (The Home Shopping Network)  showed their new fashions, beauty products and costume jewelry for fall at an exclusive preview during New York Fashion Week at the Empire Hotel.   The preview featured  appearances from HSN collaborators Giuliana Rancic, Iris Apfel, June Ambrose, Julie Macklowe, Tina Craig (BagSnob’s Snob Essentials Handbag) , Hal Rubenstein, Fern […]

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American Express MADE Fashion Week VIP Experience

If you believe like I do that fashion can be entertainment as well as art (and of yes a business too) then you might enjoy the pampering experience of attending a MADE Fashion Week show via the VIP experience that American Express offers their cardholders.   For over a year, American Express has offered cardholders […]

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