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.

Fashion Week: Son Jung Wan Shows Old Hollywood Glamour

Oscars weekend is a great time to talk about the glamorous Hollywood inspired collection that designer Son Jung Wan presented for  Fall 2015 during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center. Inspired by the romantic MGM films of the 1950’s and the fashion photography of Gordon Parks Son Jung Wan presented a collection best described […]

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H&M Invites New Yorkers to Times Square for Oscar style nails

H&M is inviting beauty junkies an fashionistas into their new Times Square store this weekend for some pampering and nail care.  It’s been so cold in New York this month, some of you might want to enjoy some free nail care as a treat.  Here are the details.  Famed nail blogger Miss Ladyfinger will be […]

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Oscars 2015: Fashion Week’s Top Designers Break Down the Red Carpet Trends

This week at New York Fashion Week ExtraTV interviewed a number of designers about their collections and what will turn up at this year’s Oscars on the red carpet.  Extra spoke to designers Jason Wu, Rachel Zoe, Naeem Khan, Jenny Packham, Michael Kors, Carmen Marc Valvo, Carolina Herrera, Reem Acra, James Mischka, and Angel Sanchez about […]

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Costume Designers Guild Awards 2015: Fashion & Film

This week, I had the pleasure of attending the annual Costume Designers Guild Awards in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton.   This event honors the film costume designers who make the apparel or coordinate the costumes that help to give voice to characters in film. The Costume Designers Guild Awards is one of the […]

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Fashion Week: Badgley Mischka Fall 2015

Yesterday  designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka showed the Badgley Mischka Fall 2015 Collection in the Theater at Lincoln Center.   For me Badgley Mischka is always Cinderella time–their gowns are like the ultimate dream for any woman.   This year’s collection  was The collection was inspired by Spain, and in particular the Spanish bull fighting […]

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Fashion Week Beauty: Backstage with Maybelline at DKNY

If you saw any of the pictures or the runway show from the DKNY Fall 2015 show, then you know the models had distinctive make-up drawn around the entire eye perimeter.  Make-up artist Yadim showed us how to recreate the look with Maybelline products.

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President’s Day 2015 Sales & Deals

Some of us have the day off today and can indulge in a little President’s Day shopping. Of course if you head out to the shops, or prefer to shop online, you always want to get the best deals. Below are some of the sales on our radar at The Recessionistai s Presidents Day shopping worthwhile? […]

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UNIQLO Launches UU Kid’s Collab with UNDERCOVER

  Stop by a UNIQLO store this Monday February 16 or on the brand’s website and you’ll see new items for kids. February 16. UNIQLO is launching a new children’s fashion collaboration with UNDERCOVER.  The cute collection features fashions in both kids and toddler sizes.  Toddler sizes* are available for the first time, in a collection […]

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Fashion Week: DKNY Fall 2015 , the New York Uniform

On a freezing cold day, designer Donna Karan presented her Fall 2015 collection with warm coats and turtlenecks that ran straight up to chin level. The warm looking outerwear was presented in gorgeous colors like cyan blue and rich red.  As always with DNKY there was an ease to the entire collection. The clothes were […]

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Fashion Week: Desigual Fall 2015 Celebrates Creativity

It’s true literally and figuratively: Desigual bought the warmth to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week for Fall 2015.   Colorful, energetic and above all positive the Desigual show is always a departure from the spartan runways and grim  faces of most runway models at New York Fashion Week. With this collection, Desigual and Monsieur Christian Lacroix decided to […]

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