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.

H&M Previews Bizarrely Sporty Alexander Wang Collab

H&M and designer Alexander Wang previewed their new collaboration on runway at the Fort Washington Avenue Armory in New York City.  The entire show was livestreamed on HM.com and you can watch the replay on  of the Alexander Wang X H&M show at your leisure via the web.  I watched the show from Los Angeles […]

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Product Review: LEVI’S dENiZEN Jeans at Target

For the last two months, I’ve been on the road traveling.  From New York City, to Las Vegas, to Los Angeles to Monterey, there’s been one staple in my wardrobe: Levi’s dENiZEN Jeans.   I purchased these jeans at my local Target for under $30.00.  Best of all, a few months ago, I bought a pair […]

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Jewelry Giveaway: Join us for a Robbins Brothers Twitter Party

With the holidays coming up, now is the time to start thinking about gifts and maybe even a little bling? It’s never too early to plan for that special someone, even if that special someone is you.   That’s why we thought it would be fun to work with our favorite jeweler, Robbins Brothers to […]

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Experience Kohl’s YES2YOU Rewards & enter to win a $250.00 Giftcard!

Shopping at Kohl’s just got a little bit sweeter with Kohl’s Yes2You Rewards program.  Kohl’s has announced the shopping equivalent of  a Kohl’s frequent flyer program.  If you sign up for the program, then you will earn points every time you shop at Kohl’s. With the holidays coming in just a few short months, this […]

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Vente-Privee Offers Deals on Luxury Brands

Long before there was Gilt Groupe or ideeli, there was French e-commerce designer flash sales website vente-privee. vente-privee translates as private sale in French.   vente-privee started in France in 2001 offering European consumers a way to buy top designers at affordable prices. In 2011, vente-privee opened its website to customers in the United States.   […]

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Product Review: Love + Grace Loungewear Made in USA

It’s always great to learn about new fashion labels with products made in America by American workers that deliver quality for price.  Love +Grace is a California brand founded in 2013 that makes luxury loungewear that is uber comfortable.  The brand recently sent me a piece for evaluation. I’ve been test driving the one of […]

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UNIQLO Brings Back the Jil Saunder +J Collection

Here’s some great budget fashion  new for fall:  UNIQLO is bringing back  a  ‘Best of the +J collection’  on Oct. 3 in Philadelphia and at other locations and online on Oct. 10.   The relaunch of the popular  +J pieces is in “response to overwhelming customer demand.” The collection will range in price from $39.90 – […]

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The Recessionista Reviews Elie Tahari for Kohl’s

Elie Tahari‘s limited edition fashion collection for Kohl’s is now available in stores.  Yesterday, armed with my Kohl’s coupons, Kohl’s cash and Yes2You Rewards certificate, I stopped by to check out the collection.    There are some good pieces in the collection, but overall this is not a collection I fell in love.  The color palette […]

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MILLY by Michelle Smith coming to Kohl’s Spring 2015

Here’s some good news to end the week with, the next Kohl’s Designer collection will MILLY by Michelle Smith. Michelle Smith will be the sixth designer for the retailer’s DesigNation limited-edition collection.  As part of the Kohl’s DesigNation concept featuring premier designer fashion based on international inspiration, the collection will draw creative influence from Smith’s recent […]

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Best Buy Launches Tech Fashions from Top Designers

Looking for a way to match your tech devices to your clothing? Or maybe you just want a better looking iPhone/Smartphone case.  If so Best Buy  may have just what you want. A new line of tech accessories – created by celebrated fashion designers Nanette Lepore, Anna Sui, and Isaac Mizrahi New York.  The collections are now available […]

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