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.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales at H&M

Black Friday deals are already on at H&M.  This year, Black Friday continues to be a season, not just one day of the year.   As always, H&M is a leader in fast fashion knocking off the runways of the world and the latest fashion trends.    Plenty of winter wear and holiday party dresses […]

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Travel: Deal on Cathay Pacific First Class Flights

If you could afford to fly first class on a long flight, you would right? I can’t say it’s affordable, but Cathay Pacific is about to deeply discount first class travel on their airline with a special sale this week.  If you’re looking to give the gift of travel this holiday season, you might be […]

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Maje Announces Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale Deals

Fashion brand Maje has announced their upcoming seasonal promotions and sales.  Yes, Maje will have deals on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  They are also partnering with an artist to design special holiday greeting cards that will be given with every purchase starting Black Friday, so clients can share the card with their loved […]

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Ready for Endless Summer with BIC® Soleil® Glow® razors

Living in Los Angeles just a few blocks from the beach means you have to be ready to face the sun year-round.   There are many advantages of living near the beach and having year-round sun.  A few things I enjoy are being able to go to the outdoor pool year-round, swim in the ocean, or […]

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Balmain for H&M Returns Trickle Into Stores

A few Balmain for H&M returns have started to trickle in.   My local store has several pairs of women’s pants (velvet and suede), bandeau tops (which probably never sold), oversized clip-on earrings,  caged booties, over the knee boots and men’s boots. The surprise for consumers is that if you buy one of these Balmain […]

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THEIA Dress Giveaway

THEIA dresses (by Irish designer Don O’Neill) are beautiful and frequently seen on the red carpet from Nora Jones wearing a THEIA dress at the GRAMMY’s to Country Singer Lauren Alaina wearing a THEIA art deco-inspired dress at the recent CMAs.   Now you can have a chance to get your own THEIA dress.    To […]

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Lilly Pulitzer Offers Birthday Deals for Shoppers

Lilly Pulitzer is offering fans a chance to get complimentary gifts with purchase in celebration of the founder’s birthday.  So if you’re a Lilly Pulitzer lover, you may want to do some early Christmas shopping before midnight tonight, Nov. 8, 2015.   There’s everything from $98.00 pullover tops, to   shift dresses to distinctive Lilly Pulitzer […]

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Missed Balmain at H&M? Shop the Nordstrom Fall Sale

If you missed getting your Balmain on at H&M, have a look at the Nordstrom Fall Clearance event on in stores and online now. There are no stampedes or crazy shoppers to fight with, just quality merchandise. Nordstrom also offers petites, misses and plus sizes, so there is something for everyone at this sale.   […]

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The Recessionista Reviews Balmain for H&M

By now you’ve heard the story of the sales of Balmain for H&M–the website crashed, the H&M mobile app connected to the website failed and there were massive  lines all around the world for the collection. Not a surprise, the collection sold out quickly.  But was all the drama worth it?  H&M customers were not […]

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Balmain for H&M Press Preview Event is a Sellout

Tonight I was invited to the press preview for the forthcoming Balmain for H&M collection. I was very disappointed as the event was sold out about 30 min after it’s 7:00 pm start time.   After waiting in the cold, windy weather on Sunset Boulevard for a half-hour, I finally was admitted to the store […]

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