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.

Burberry’s Christopher Bailey accepts Rodeo Walk of Style Award

The charming CMO of Burberry, Christopher Bailey was on hand tonight in Beverly Hills to accept the Rodeo Walk of Style. As a part of the induction ceremony on Rodeo Drive, Burberry was honored with a permanent bronze plaque in the sidewalk of the world-renowned street featuring the Burberry core values, ‘Protect. Explore. Inspire’, as […]

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Design Your Shoes at Nordstrom with Shoes of Prey

Nordstrom is known for their wide array of shoes and superb customer service. Now the brand is delivering even a higher degree of custom service by allowing  customers to design their own shoes via a partnership with the  Shoes of Prey Design Studio. Shoes of Prey  enables shoppers to design their own shoes  The company has […]

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The Recessionista Reviews TOMs for Target

The TOMS for Target collection  (on sale Nov. 16, 2014) was previewed tonight in Los Angeles for media and bloggers. This is a cheap and cheerful holiday collection that I think Target customers will like.  It’s unpretentious casual wear that is reasonably priced.  Is it Target’ s best collaboration even? No. But it’s  easy to […]

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Macy’s Doorbuster Specials for Black Friday 2014

If you have the endurance needed for traditional Black Friday shopping then you’ll want to get up early the day after Thanksgiving and get to Macy’s  Macy’s has announced their after Thanksgiving doorbusters and there are some good deals on the list.  Macy’s top Black Friday doorbusters, available while supplies last. Doorbuster hours are from […]

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Best Veterans Day Sales for 2014

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 is Veterans Day in the United States.  This is a day of remembrance for those who have served in the US Military.   Some of us will have the day off, and some of us will have to work and then try to go shopping at the Veterans Day Sales to […]

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Fall Fashion Trends We Love for 2014

The New York Fashion Week runways were alive with fashion for the next season, Spring/Summer 2015. But the season that is here and now is Fall/Winter 2014. What are you looking to wear now? That’s the question many of my readers are asking.  With the 2014 Polar Vortex on the way, you want to pick […]

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Early Black Friday Deals at Nordstrom Clearance Sale

Looking to do some early Holiday shopping, then check the Nordstrom Women’s Clearance Sale. The sale features all the top Women’s designers, regular and plus size sizes, shoes, handbags, accessories and more.  The sale has just begun, so there is still a good selection on many items, so do check it out for some early […]

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The Recessionista Reviews Alexander Wang for H&M: Dreadful

Tonight I attended the press preview in Los Angeles for the Alexander Wang x H&M Collection. The collection goes on sale tomorrow, Nov 6, 2014. In a word, this collection is a miss. It’s dreadful. Cheap fabrication, poor fit and dreary.  Most designers launch colorful holiday collections at this time of year.  Remember L’Wren Scott […]

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Shopping Alexander Wang for H&M? H&M has Rules

It’s not news, if you want to shop the Alexander Wang line for H&M on Nov. 6, then you’ll have to get up early and wait in line OR devote part of your morning to trying to access the H&M website to order.  H&M has now officially published their guidelines on how to shop the […]

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Black Friday 2014 Starts Nov 1 for Amazon, Walmart & more

Halloween is over and now some retailers are telling us that Black Friday starts as November begins.  Anxious to pump up the  peak retail season, Amazon and Walmart are already proclaiming their Black Friday deals.  I’ll be interested to see if consumers take the bait, because usually, the deals get better later in December the […]

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