Coachella Fashion: Hot Styles to Keep You Cool in the Desert

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Alexander Wang Announced as the next H&M Collaboration

Today at their annual Coachella party H&M announced that their next designer collaboration will be… [more]

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Karen Kane Offers Classic American Style for Spring 2014

Los Angeles designer Karen Kane's new Spring 2014 collection is full of comfortable and stylish American… [more]

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New Conscious Collection Arrives at H&M: Sustainable & Chic

The latest installment of H&M's Conscious Collection is now in stores and online. I stopped by my… [more]

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The Recessionista Reviews Peter Som for Kohl's

It's taken me a few days to be able to review all the pieces in the Peter Som's collection for Kohl's.… [more]

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French Chic: Inès De La Fressange at UNIQLO

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French model and designer Inès de la Fressange models dresses from her UNIQLO line.

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 “idle jersey” wrap dress for $29.99.   The printed lawn shirt dresses are also very charming and well priced at $49.90.  Early reviews from UNIQLO shoppers are very favorable on this collection.  It sounds like some of the dresses run long, but it’s easy to hem them to make it work if the rest of the fit is good.  Another plus on this collection is it’s very professional, you can wear the dresses to work.  It’s great to see a a stunning and stylish 50 something year old women modeling and designing such a well-priced fashion collaboration. More UNIQLO stores are steadily opening around the US with a new Southern California store scheduled to open this fall in South Coast Plaza.

 

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Sponsored Post: SUSU Handbags on Sale at Hautelook Today!

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Colorful SUSU Handbags at the recent LuckyFabb conference

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 Angeles and they are top notch. I particularly like the “dome satchel” (pictured above) and the two tone shoulder bag totes. The bags retail for several hundred dollars due to the quality of the materials.  The bags are made from genuine Saffiano leather.  If you’re not a member of HauteLook, use my invite to join the club and shop the sale.  The sale is live on Hautelook at 8 am PST/11 am EST today April 10, 2014.

 

Note: In the interest of full disclosure, I do earn a small referral fee if you shop and buy using my HauteLook invite. I was also gifted with a SUSU iPad case at the recent LuckyFabb conference for evaluation purposes.  I am posted about this sale because I believe it is a good deal for my readers.

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Adam Levine Launches Womenswear for Kmart

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Fashions from Kmart’s forthcoming Adam Levine collection

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, 2014.   Our spies tell us that Coachella ready sundresses,  tanks and shorts will be key collection pieces. Other collection highlights will be floral adorned kimono tops, colorful twill shorts, crocheted bralettes and an assortment of denim. Additionally, the line offers unique pieces, including a demure lacy sheer blouse and a summer Aztec maxi dress. Continue reading »

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Modcloth is Coachella Ready with Festival Fashions

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Modcloth Offers Festival Clothing and Accessories

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 to have a look at the Modcloth collection. Modcloth is a fashion site, but also a community site, where shoppers post their reviews of the fashions and even pictures of how the clothing looks on non-models.  The feedback is very helpful in helping consumers select garments best suited to their body types. Continue reading »

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Tax Savings & Tips from Financial Expert Alexandra Lebenthal

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Tax Season is here. Get some deals to help you save.

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 need professional help, check out H&R Block.  For a limited time H&R block is offering  free Tax Filing, or save 15% on premium versions of their tax packages at H&R Block Online.  The deals are valid until 4/15/2014.  Other deals on financial planning software include Intuit and Mint. Continue reading »

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Peter Som for Kohl’s Pre-Sale Online

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Peter Som for DesigNation Presale

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 of the collection is available on April 10.  Continue reading »

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Nicole Richie Launches Bo-Ho Chic House of Harlow Fashions

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New fashions from Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow line are now on sale.

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 to sell clothing along with accessories at House of Harlow?  ‘It’s been so gratifying to see the fan base that has grown for our accessories over the years, so I’m thrilled to provide our loyal customers with fashion to complete their look,” said Ms. Richie in a statement. ” It’s exciting that House of Harlow 1960 is now one step closer to being a complete lifestyle brand.” Continue reading »

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Beauty Review: Fernando Romero Bio Ionic Agave Hair Products

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Bio Ionic Agave Oil (photo M. Hall)

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 and Vanilla.   As you might expect, the resulting own smells wonderful. The scent is light and sweet.   The sweet smell comes from the sugar in the Agave plant.   Sugar seems to be the magic ingredient in the Agave plant.  It’s the sugar in the Agave that moisturizes hair when used in Mr. Romero’s line of Bio Ionic shampoo , conditioner and healing oil that helps to calm coarse and frizzy hair.   I recently had the opportunity to try the Bio Ionic products at Mr. Romero’s salon in Beverly Hills on Canon Dr. Continue reading »

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Chic and Cheap Pick: Mark Girl Statement Necklace & Earrings

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Mark Girl’s striking Major Mix Necklace is priced at $36.00.

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  (the Mark Major Mix necklace) and matching (Wow factor)  earrings and I’ve been wearing the jewelry everywhere.   These pieces really brighten up any outfit, particularly a little black dress, a navy, bright blue or green top.  Best of all these inexpensive pieces look luxe and add a truly glamorous touch.   Continue reading »

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Beauty Product Tips from Make-up Artist Jamie Greenberg

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Make-up artist Jamie Greenberg shows off her MarkGirl Statement Necklace

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 plain to glamourous in a few easy steps.  Make-up artistry fascinates me because if you learn the right techniques, you can really transform your face to make cheekbones look higher, eyes look bigger or lips look fuller in just minutes.  In contrast, transforming your body with weight-loss takes much, much longer.  Ms. Greenberg started making-up her model  at the Simply Stylist demonstration by applying hydration serum, before applying make-up.   Then she applied primer, foundation and under eye concealer.  Once the model’s skin was “primed” she moved on to applying blush, mascara and lip color.   To help our readers get the look at home,  Jamie Greenberg shared with The Recessionista the contents of her make-up kit. It’s a surprising combination of pricey and affordable brands.   Here are the brands Ms. Greenberg keeps on hand. Continue reading »

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