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.

French Chic: Inès De La Fressange at UNIQLO

If you haven’t heard about Parisian designer Inès de la Fressange’s collection at UNIQLO, you  will want to head to a UNIQLO near you.  The designer/model has turned out a great looking collaboration with UNIQLO with wrap dresses, sweaters, jackets and even coats.  The styles are paired down and simple.  My favorite is the striking midi […]

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Sponsored Post: SUSU Handbags on Sale at Hautelook Today!

Shopping club HauteLook is having a sale on gorgeous SUSU Handbags  today.  If you haven’t heard of SUSU, you’ll want to check out these luxe looking handbags by Shanghai designer Susu Zheng. SUSU was developed for the modern working woman. I had the chance to check out the bags at the recent Lucky Fabb conference in Los […]

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Adam Levine Launches Womenswear for Kmart

Adam Levine, star of The Voice and Maroon 5 frontman, has announced plans to bring his rock n’roll style to Kmart in a womenswear collection. The collection, which ranges in price from $12.99-$29.99 for apparel and $6.99-$29.99 for accessories, will be available exclusively in 500 Kmart locations nationwide and website Shop Your Way launches on April 10, […]

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Modcloth is Coachella Ready with Festival Fashions

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a preview for Modcloth’s Spring and Festival Fashions.  Their assortment of everything from garland headbands, to boho chic dresses and jewelry is impressive.  Even better, the prices are quite affordable. Whether you’re heading to Coachella April 11th or just want to channel the festival vibe, you’ll want […]

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Tax Savings & Tips from Financial Expert Alexandra Lebenthal

The Recessionista team hates doing our taxes! I sense we are not alone. But we need our refund desperately, so we are all about doing our tax filing in the most economical way possible.  To do that, we’re using some online tools we have found to help us and some free tools too. If you […]

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Peter Som for Kohl’s Pre-Sale Online

Kohl’s has announced a special online sale of their upcoming Peter Some for DesigNation collection. Twenty pieces from the collection are now for sale online at Kohl’s.  If you shop sale and sign-up for Kohl’s email alerts, you can get a $10.00 off coupon from Kohl’s to come back and shop some more when all […]

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Nicole Richie Launches Bo-Ho Chic House of Harlow Fashions

If you’re getting ready for Coachella or another upcoming music festival  then here’s some good fashion news. Nicole Richie has launched her first clothing line for House of Harlow 1960, and it’s perfect festival fashion.  The collection is already on sale at her House of Harlow website. So why did the former reality star decide […]

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Beauty Review: Fernando Romero Bio Ionic Agave Hair Products

When I think of the Agave plant, I think about its most famous by product:  Tequila.  But recently I discovered that Agave has other uses. Beverly Hills Salon Owner  Fernando Romero learned how to use Agave from  his grandmother when he was growing up in Mexico to create organic hair and body products using Agave, Coconut […]

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Chic and Cheap Pick: Mark Girl Statement Necklace & Earrings

Although the Mark Girl brand from Avon has been around for over 10 years, I haven’t been wearing their fashions or using their make-up until recently.  They recently sent me some of their jewelry for evaluation and I have to say I am so impressed.   Mark Girl gifted me with a stunning statement necklace […]

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Beauty Product Tips from Make-up Artist Jamie Greenberg

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Simply Stylist conference in Los Angeles at the Grove. One of the highlights of the conference was the breakout session about Beauty and Make-up with a demonstration by expert Jamie Greenberg.  Ms. Greenberg showed her make-up artistry techniques on a model and showed how a transform  from […]

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