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.

New Markdowns at NET-A-PORTER: Up to 70% off

Today designer NET-A-PORTER website has announced further reductions on their clearance sale. Markdowns are now up to 70% off and new items have been added to the sale.  Warning, things are still pricey, but there are some top designers on offer and perhaps the chance to find a great Christmas gift.   Here’s to hoping the […]

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Christmas Ordering & Shipping Guidelines for 2014

Today was the last day for items shipped by regular USPS ground shipping guaranteed to reach recipients by Christmas.  That makes sense if you are an early bird who has all their shopping done and got to the post office early to get things in the mail.  But not all of us are ahead of […]

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Princess Kate’s Pink Coat: Splurge or Save?

Like Princess Diana before here, Kate Middleton now the Duchess of Cambridge is the perfect ambassador for British fashion. Last week in New York, she looked comfortable and chic in Mulberry’s Double Breasted Coat of Cerise Wool Silk Double Crepe which retails for  £1,500 or over $3,000 US.  Since Princess Katherine was photographed in the stunning hot […]

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Los Angeles Freebies on Dec. 13 from UNIQLO LA

Here’s a hot tip  on how to enjoy some great Los Angeles attractions on Dec. 13th courtesy of discount fashion retailer UNIQLO.  In celebration of opening their new Beverly Center store UNIQLO is offering some cool free stuff to Los Angeles based shoppers & fans of the brand. 

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Inside M.A.C. Cosmetics Holiday Ready Heirloom Mix Collection

For the Holidays M.A.C Cosmetics has launched a new collection of festive make-up called the Heirloom collection. The advertising is very Marie Antoinette meets the millenium.  M.A.C  says the new Heirloom Collection puts a classic cameo in a contemporary, glittering light, mixing the irreverent with tradition.  Recently,  I received an inside look at the Heirloom products […]

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Green Monday 2014 Holiday Sales: Get the Deals for Christmas

In case you hadn’t heard, tomorrow Dec. 8th is Green Monday.  Green Monday is a sale day  for the holiday that the National Retail Federation (NRF) says that 70% of retailers will participate in.  Is it worth your time? Well, yes.   Some of our favorite fashion & beauty brands are offering nice discounts on […]

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Win a Shopping Spree at a Simon Mall on Dec. 6, 2014

If you planned to do some Holiday shopping over the weekend , you might want to head to a Simon Mall near you.  On Saturday, Dec. 6th randomly selected shoppers will be surprised with a $250 Simon® Giftcard to keep plus a $25 card to Pay It Forward.  In Southern California you can get in […]

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eBates Holiday Shopping Survey: Shoppers Prefer Online Purchasing

I used to enjoy Black Friday.  The thrill of the hunt.  The promise of the deal.  In the early days of The Recessionista, I got up at the crack of dawn to shop Black Friday doorbusters and specials with the enthusiasm of a concert goer.  Now, I’d rather do my shopping online.  No pushing and […]

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Loehmann’s Returns as Online Only Shopping for the Holidays

They’re back.  One of of favorite discount stores has returned.  Yes, Loehmann’s is back in the retail game with a website offering deals on fashionable apparel, shoes and handbags.  I was sad to see Loehmann’s close it’s brick and mortar stores last year and spoke to the New York Times about the closure as an […]

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WIN an Engagement RING! Holiday Jewelry Twitter Party with Robbins Brothers

The Holiday season is upon us and it’s a special time. We’re all shopping for our families, friends and that special someone.  Who doesn’t love a special piece of jewelry for the holidays?  A beautiful bracelet, a pair of earrings, or a pendant for a special occasion.  Did you know that it’s officially “engagement season” […]

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