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.

Kate Spade NY Style Essential Sale Event

kate spade new york is having a surprise clearance event offering savings up to 75% off apparel, bags and shoes. You can save even more if you shop this by using the eBates sale portal. If you shop via eBates, you’ll not only get the savings off the retail priced, but you’ll also get 3.5% […]

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The Recessionista Reviews Altuzarra for Target

For a Target collection made in China, Altuzarra for Target is stunning.  It’s really as good as it gets.  This launch really is like Christmas morning for the fashionista on a budget. Having said that, some garments are better than others and some of the fabrics in the collection are more comfortable to wear than […]

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Giveaway: Enter to Win a Hammitt Handbag from Sterns & Foster

Who doesn’t love the chance to carry a gorgeous handbag?   Some of you know how beautiful the Lockland bag from Hammitt Handbags is.  These handcrafted handbags are designed in Los Angeles and are made with authentic leather.  Celebrities like Angelina Jolie have been spotted carry Hammitt bags. Now Hammitt is having a giveaway offering […]

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Shopping Tips to get your Altuzara for Target

The long awaited Altuzara collection for Target arrives at Target store, Target.com and Net-a-Porter tomorrow, Sept. 14, 2014.  I’ve had a few requests from regular readers of The Recessionista about the best ways to get the items on your shopping list.   If you want to get your Altuzara for Target, it’s going to take […]

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Desigual : Spring-Summer 15 collection “Say Something Nice”

In a fashion world where models don’t show expression on the runway, and sometimes white and black are the only colors, a Desigual show is as refreshing as a breath of fresh air.  At both their recent New York Fashion Week show & Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid, Desigual showcased a collection that paid homage to women […]

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J Crew Heads to Ibiza & the Mediterranean for Spring 2015

J Crew showed their Spring/Summer 2015 collection at New York Fashion Week this Tuesday in a presentation at Lincoln Center.  J Crew fans maybe in for a surprise when they see what’s in store for next Spring.  The collection looks very much like resort wear with a distinctly Mediterranean  twist.  For Spring/Summer 2015, J Crew […]

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Kevyn Aucoin & Beauty.com at NYFW: LELA ROSE & MILLY

  This year at New York Fashion Week, I had the opportunity to go backstage at several fashion shows to see the make-up and hair styling artists prepare the models for the runway show.  It was literally an eye opening experience, there’s so much going on backstage.  Just as every fashion collection has a style […]

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London Fashion Week: TOPSHOP Plans Social Media Blitz via Instagram

Every season the savvy marketing folks at TOPSHOP plan a social media blitzkrieg around their London Fashion Week show.  While the folks  who run Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York continue to cut show attendance and ban bloggers from New York Fashion Week, TOPSHOP looks for ways to be socially inclusive with their audience and bloggers. […]

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Target Partners with TOMS for Holiday Collaboration

Today Target announced that they are teaming up with TOMS for a limited-edition collection for the holidays. My first thought is this sounds much more practical and accessible than the ill-fated Target & Neiman Marcus Holiday collaboration.  T-Shirts and cool slip on shoes will sell better than overpriced designer imitations.   Our spies tell us […]

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Altuzarra for Target Fashion Week Launch Preview

Actresses Naomi Watts and Keri Russell turned out at Target’s A-list media and celebrity Altuzarra for Target launch party to kick-off New York Fashion Week.  Each actress was appropriately attired in, you guessed it, Altuzarra for Target. Naomi looked gorgeous in the line’s red dress. Ms. Russell wore the Altuzarra for Target  trench coat, no mean feat […]

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