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.

Bryce Dallas Howard Wows in Balmain at Critics Choice Awards

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is getting a new kind of attention on the Red Carpet as she continues to show up looking fabulous in her size 6  fashion choices which she purchases herself.  That’s right, Bryce revealed at the recent Golden Globe awards that she dresses herself and buys off the rack for her red […]

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Katy Perry Makes a Hillary Clinton Fashion Statement

There’s never been any doubt about who Katy Perry supports for the next president of the United States–Hillary Clinton.  The singer used her Instagram about to show her support tonight, posting a picture of her wearing the HILLARY FOR PRESIDENT SWEATER from alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet tonight, Sunday, January 17, 2016 during the Democratic Debates.   I […]

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Barneys New York to Return to Chelsea

Barneys New York is set to open a new store on the same block as their original Chelsea store (first opened in 1923 by namesake Barney Pressman.)   One of our favorite readers sent in a hot tip on the new Barneys opening in February and is very excited to return to lower Manhattan to […]

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Rent the Runway Clearance Sale Offers Red Carpet Fashion Deals

Fashion rental website Rent the Runway is having their winter clearance sale.   The site is selling gently worn rentals at deep discounts.  If you’ve been inspired by all the designer fashions at the recent Golden Globe awards,  Rent the Runway allows you to get red carpet ready without pay high fees. The sale features […]

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Golden Globes 2016 : The size 6 on the Red Carpet

Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is a US size 6. –according to her, that means designers who dress the stars at Award ceremonies don’t have a lot of options for her. That’s because Ms. Howard is not a sample size 0 or 2, the more typical sizes (runway sizes that) designers loan to stars in exchange […]

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Burberry Autumn/Winter 2015 Fashions on Sale

When Burberry goes on sale, it’s our duty to let you know. The Burberry sale on fashions from the previous season is on and offers a great way to get a Burberry trench coat, beauty products and amazing dress or handbag for the new year.  If you’re a Burberry lover (like moi) now maybe the […]

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The 2016 Golden Globes Best Dressed & Fashion Trends

This year’s Golden Globe Red Carpet was all couture, but often trendy and not good looking.  There were plenty of dresses with cutouts, big statement necklaces and even fringe (Cate Blanchett.)  Giuliana Rancic modeled an Alex Perry dress with  cut-outs that displayed her painfully thin frame, and certainly anything but sexy.  For hair, many actresses […]

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J Lo Claims to Love a Bargain at Marshall’s

Jennifer Lopez showed up on Jimmy Kimmel this week wearing a very expensive Michael Kors gold jumpsuit but claiming to love to shop the bargain aisles at Marshall’s. How ironic is that? The marketing executives at Kohl’s have to be cringing and wondering why she didn’t take the opportunity to plug her Jennifer Lopez for […]

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Travel: AKA Beverly Hills Offers Luxury Stays for Award Season

AKA Beverly Hills is a discreet luxury residence located in the heart of Beverly Hills, but you don’t have to be a Real Housewife or a celebrity to enjoy the serenity and creature comforts that this luxury residence affords. Recently, I had the good fortune to be treated to tour of AKA Beverly Hills. The […]

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Neiman Marcus After Christmas Sale 2015 Offers 60% Off Savings

Neiman Marcus is offering further reductions to customers at their after Christmas  sale.   The luxury retailer is offering up to 60% off regular prices with an extra 25-33% off sale items at Neiman Marcus.  If you have time to shop the sale, you”ll find big savings on top designers, great beauty and skincare items and even […]

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