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.

Marchessa and IBM Team for Dress at Met Gala 2016

Last night’s Met Gala drew a variety of beautiful creations from fashion’s top designers to the red carpet, but one had a truly unique technical twist that was appropriate for the current exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum.  The current exhibit at the museum is   Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, so it […]

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Topshop at the Met Gala 2016

Once again, Topshop dressed some of fashion’s superstars at the Met Gala this year.  Models Taylor Hill, Stella Maxwell, Kate Upton, Maryna Linchuk and  Sofia Richie all wore bespoke Topshop.  The emphasis was on old Hollywood type glamour with lots of sparkle.  Unlike last year, I don’t see replicas of the dresses on sale at Topshop. […]

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Virgin America Travel Sale

If you’re planning a summer vacation in the US, check out the great fare sale on now at Virgin America.  Airfare Watchdog reports that Virgin America has lowered fares for late spring/fall travel.  Dates will vary slightly by route, with most sale fares valid for travel from May 14 through June 14, and again from September […]

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The Lane Bryant/Christian Siriano Collab

The Christian Siriano fashion collaboration with Lane Bryant is now in stores and online.  Here’s a look at some of the items in the collaboration modeled by actress Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee in “Orange is the New Black.”   So what can you expect?  Let’s start with the bright colors and bold whites.

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Spa & Skincare Offerings at London’s Jumeirah Carlton Tower

If you’re in London looking for a bit of pampering and relaxation, then put The Peak Health Club & Spa, at Jumeirah Carlton Tower, in Knightsbridge on your itinerary.  We’re putting their new menu of skincare and beauty treatments on our London travel list.  As a somewhat frequent traveler to London and an Anglophile, I’m […]

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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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