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.

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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Oscar de la Renta Bridal Barbie Doll is Right off the Runway

Oscar de la Renta has introduced a new Barbie Doll outfitted in a replica of a bridal gown from the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013 bridal collection.  The doll is truly a collector’s item with 10,000 of these special dolls made.  The Oscar de la Renta Barbie is for sale on the designer’s website […]

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Project Gravitas Makes Shapewear Part of the Dress

Ever worn a dress with shapewear underneath that keeps slipping down or up? Or maybe the shapewear under your dress is so tight, it makes it difficult to breath or even sit down? Project Gravitas puts a stop to all that discomfort with a line of beautiful, fashionable dresses that have the shapewear inside the […]

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Caroline’s Cart for Special Needs Kids Comes to Target Los Angeles

If you have a special needs child, and you shop at Target stores in Los Angeles, here’s some good news. Since mid-March 2016, Target’s general merchandise stores in Los Angeles now each have at least one Caroline’s Cart. Caroline’s Cart is designed to help parents and caregivers shop with older kids or adults with special […]

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Paper Source: Adorable Calendars and Gift Items

Recently I had the opportunity to do a little shopping and decorating at Paper Source. Paper Source just opened a new store in Los Angeles at El Segundo Plaza—and it’s full of adorable items. Everything is just so cute! I didn’t realize that the stores offered calendars that you could decorate with your own stamps, […]

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Take 25% off at Shopbop! Get your favorite designers on sale

The Shopbop friends and family sale has officially begun for Spring 2016.  For a limited time, you can save 25% off everything on the site.The Shopbop Friends & Family sale begins April 5th, and runs through Thursday, April 7th at 11:59 PST.  Men’s fashion (East Dane where the sale is 30% off) and women’s are all on […]

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Neiman Marcus & Alice and Olivia Partner for Pre-Coachella Runway Show

Alice + Olivia is about to launch an in season (Spring 2016)  runway show and collection in the build up to the Coachella music festival.  The show will be held in Los Angeles and streamed live on social media. Alice and Olivia by Stacey Bendet in partnership with Neiman Marcus, will hold their first ever See-Now-Buy-Now […]

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Get Gwen Stefani’s Affordable Jewelry from her SNL gig

Gwen Stefani appeared on Saturday Night Live this weekend looking like a futuristic Degas ballerina. Complimenting her pink, sparkling top and tulle skirt the singer wore a very affordable  selection of bracelets including Swarovski’sDistinctWide Bangle, Distinct Bangle’s, Ethic Narrow Bangle and Ethic Wide Bangles from the Fall/Winter 2015 and Spring/Summer 2016 collections.  

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Kendall + Kylie launch upscale fashion line–will consumers buy it?

Kendall and Kylie Jenner have launched a new fashion line, boldly going where no Kardashian has gone before to–namely to  Neiman Marcus and beyond.  Kendall + Kylie is no Kardashian Kollection (previously sold at Sears.) The new fashion line, fronted by the Jenners girls will be sold at Neiman Marcus (featuring exclusive pieces just for […]

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Minimalist Chic: the Capsule Wallet

Like many women, I sometimes struggle under the weight a good handbag with a good wallet inside.  My doctor has even told me several times to start paring down the items I am carrying inside my bag to put less strain on my back and my joints.  Finally, I found a solution.  The Minimalist Wallet […]

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