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.

Zendaya Channels Marilyn Monroe & Madonna at Teen Choice Awards

Teen star Zendaya Coleman turned heads at the recent Teen Choice Awards in a custom made pink dress by Madonna’s Material Girl clothing line. The affordable junior’s Material Girl clothing line is sold at Macy’s, but sadly, fans won’t be able to buy a copy of Zendaya’s pink Teen Choice dress. The dress was a one […]

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The Recessionista Reviews Roland Mouret for Banana Republic

If you’re wondering if the new Roland Mouret for Banana Republic collection is worth investing in, the answer is yes. The dresses are form fitting but have lots of stretch in them.  They fit like a dream—elegant and slenderizing.  The Midi cut elongates the figure, making us look slim and sleek.  Today was a good […]

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Avon’s Mark Fall Jewelry: Vintage Inspired & Affordable

Avon’s Mark line  is putting out some impressive and super affordable jewelry for Fall.  This week the brand sent me three pieces from their Fall line of fashion accessories and I’m really impressed by the designs.  As you can see from the photo above the pieces I received are : the Circle around Necklace, the Cube Effect […]

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How to Shop & Save on Roland Mouret for Banana Republic

Roland Mouret’s capsule collection for Banana Republic officially arrives in-store and online on Aug. 7th, 2014. It’s impressive that Banana is partnering with Mouret, but to be honest some of the dresses in their collections have owed much to Mouret’s designs for well over a year.    The highest priced item in the  Roland Mouret for […]

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Take a Bow: Kate Spade Bow Bracelet Giveaway

Our friends at Inspirations & Celebrations are doing a cute giveaway of an adorable Kate Spade Bow Bracelet. We love this bracelet and of course we entered and thought you might like to too! The kate spade ny skinny bow bracelet retails at Nordstrom for $78.00 US.   Look for more kate spade jewelry on […]

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eBay Fashion Collective offers Alex & Ani on Sale

eBay is stepping up the offers and designers on their fashion collection microsite.  This week, they are featuring one of our reader favorites Alex and Ani bracelets and bangles.  Most bangles are on sale for $38.00.   The sale also features pendants and earrings.   If you check out the eBay Fashion look for deals […]

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Net-a-Porter Launches Calvin Klein Capsule Collection

Online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter (Ready to Wear) has announced a new 14 piece capsule collection of Calvin Klein apparel. The garments are exclusive to Net-a-Porter, offering 14 ready-to-wear pieces from the Calvin Klein Collection. The capsule is comprised of slip dresses and easy, wearable separates inspired by the Hamptons and  cool , streamlined style associated […]

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Get Kerry Washington’s Look from BlogHer14

Actress Kerry Washington took the stage Saturday morning at the BlogHer14 convention in San Jose to talk about how social media has driven a large following for her hit ABC show Scandal.  As you might expect from an actress who plays the fashionable Olivia Pope, Kerry looked smashing at BlogHer.  Many of you have asked […]

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Post BlogHer Vacation Escape: Carmel by the Sea

This week I’m at the BlogHer ’14 conference in Carmel, CA. It’s a great conference for women who love to blog.  It’s day 1 and my feet are already aching, but I’m enjoying learning about new social media tricks and meeting fellow bloggers. After the show, I’ll be taking a few days of vacation to […]

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Inside Downton Abbey’s Dazzling Jewels with Andrew Prince

One of the highlights of the FIDM Exhibit of the Costumes from Outstanding Television Shows, is the display of beautiful and historically accurate jewelry  from “Downton Abbey.”  The jewelery is meticulously researched and reproduced for the show by jeweler Andrew Prince. Many of us watch the show and wish we could have a piece of […]

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