Product Review: DENIZEN from the Levi’s brand at Target

For the last two months, I've been on the road traveling.  From New York City, to Las Vegas, to Los… [more]

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Ageless Beauty: Helen Mirren is the new face of L'Oreal Beauty

Dame Helen Mirren has been announced as the new face of L'Oreal beauty products. It's a stunning move… [more]

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The Recessionista Reviews Alexander Wang for H&M: Dreadful

Tonight I attended the press preview in Los Angeles for the Alexander Wang x H&M Collection. The… [more]

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The Recessionista Reviews TOMs for Target

The TOMS for Target collection  (on sale Nov. 16, 2014) was previewed tonight in Los Angeles for media… [more]

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Design Your Shoes at Nordstrom with Shoes of Prey

Nordstrom is known for their wide array of shoes and superb customer service. Now the brand is delivering… [more]

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Early Black Friday Deals at Nordstrom Clearance Sale

Looking to do some early Holiday shopping, then check the Nordstrom Women’s Clearance Sale. The sale features all the top Women’s designers, regular and plus size sizes, shoes, handbags, accessories and more.  The sale has just begun, so there is still a good selection on many items, so do check it out for some early holiday savings.

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The Recessionista Reviews Alexander Wang for H&M: Dreadful

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Alexander Wang x H&M jacquard-knit dress priced at $99.00 US

Tonight I attended the press preview in Los Angeles for the Alexander Wang x H&M Collection. The collection goes on sale tomorrow, Nov 6, 2014. In a word, this collection is a miss. It’s dreadful. Cheap fabrication, poor fit and dreary.  Most designers launch colorful holiday collections at this time of year.  Remember L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic? Or H&M’s Lanvin Collection with all the beautifully colored holiday dresses.   This is the opposite.   This is goth athletic wear. The color palette is gray and black.  There’s no sparkle or bling,  just big WANG branding on the pieces.  That’s right, you wear these garments, you become a walking WANG billboard.  Although H&M is one of my favorite budget fashion destinations, I can’t recommend Alexander Wang x H&M to my readers or H&M shoppers.   And this collection is not cheap. Dresses start at $59.00 US and there are jackets for $349.00 US.   Continue reading »

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Shopping Alexander Wang for H&M? H&M has Rules

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Alexander Wang x H&M collection

It’s not news, if you want to shop the Alexander Wang line for H&M on Nov. 6, then you’ll have to get up early and wait in line OR devote part of your morning to trying to access the H&M website to order.  H&M has now officially published their guidelines on how to shop the Alexander Wang x H&M collection this week.  This is no news to aficionados of the H&M collections or eBay sellers. If you love this  sporty, fashion scuba diving homage then you just might want ot got the details on what you need to do to purchase Alexander Wang x H&M. Continue reading »

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Black Friday 2014 Starts Nov 1 for Amazon, Walmart & more

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Black Friday– A Man Made Monster is on the Lose

Halloween is over and now some retailers are telling us that Black Friday starts as November begins.  Anxious to pump up the  peak retail season, Amazon and Walmart are already proclaiming their Black Friday deals.  I’ll be interested to see if consumers take the bait, because usually, the deals get better later in December the closer we get to Christmas.   Since Black Friday is no longer just one day, consumers just keep waiting for the prices to drop.  So what are Amazon and Walmart doing to bring in customers.  Mostly specials on electronics and toys.  Look for deals at Walmart at their upcoming “Cyber Event” on Monday, Nov. 3rd.   At Amazon, the deals will roll on through the holiday season with two special deals each day.

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H&M Halloween Deals – Fashion Deals Online Only

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H&M is offering deals on Halloween related merchandise via their website.

If you love a deal, you might want to check out H&M’s website today for clearance priced Halloween related fashions. From now until midnight EST  you can shop cool styles with an attitude for up to 70% off. Valid on hm.com only. Some prices are reported as low as $1.00 US, which is hard to resist.  It’s too late for this year’s Halloween, but you can shop and get ready for 2015. Most of the deals range from $10.00 to $15.00 US.

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Kohl’s Yes To You Rewards Winner

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Kohl’s YES2YOU rewards program offers customers the opportunity to get perks fro shopping.

A few weeks ago we had a giveaway of a Kohl’s Gift Card in the amount of $250.00. The giveaway was to promote of Kohl’s new rewards program.  Kohl’s Rewards offer shoppers points for every dollar they spend at Kohl’s.  And just like a Frequent Flyer program you can accumulate points which turn into rewards you can use to shop at Kohl’s for free.  The response to our giveaway was overwhelming, we had over 6, 950 entries!  Rachel B was the winner of the giftcard giveaway, and she is super excited to go shopping at Kohl’s.  She can’t wait to get a head start on her holiday shopping with her gift card. Congrats to Rachel and thanks to all who entered! Watch this space for more great deals at Kohl’s.

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Ageless Beauty: Helen Mirren is the new face of L’Oreal Beauty

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Dame Helen Mirren , the 69-yr-old actress is the new face of L’Oreal.

Dame Helen Mirren has been announced as the new face of L’Oreal beauty products. It’s a stunning move for a global brand to chose an older woman in today’s youth obsessed culture to be the face of their brand.  In an era when so many women are obsessed with aging and using fillers and botox, it’s so refreshing to see the natural looking Dame Helen looking gorgeous and natural in the photos L’Oreal has released.  I’ve reviewed L’Oreal products here on The Recessionista and I think their skincare products are affordable and effective.  Their labs have been innovative in developing Retinol products for anti-aging.  Dame Helen is a great choice for any ad campaign, she’s a great role model, someone who looks good, but isn’t altering her appearance dramatically as she ages. Continue reading »

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Burberry to Receive Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award

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A tribute to the best known Trench Coat in the world:Burberry Autumn/Winter 2014 Campaign

The maker of the world’s best known trench coat, Burberry,  will be honored with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style® Award on November 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills.   The award is the Los Angeles’ equivalent of an Oscar for fashion.  The Rodeo Drive Walk of Style celebrates style legends for contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment.  Burberry will be the twenty-second honoree. The British luxury brand deserves this honor, they weathered the great recession, maintained their quality (while so many others have not) and they continue to produce beautiful, classic clothes. Continue reading »

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H&M Announces Retrospective Book on Designer Collabs

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H&M Celebrates Their History Of Designer Collaborations In An Exclusive Book, The First Ten Years.

H&M has announced a new book available in select stores on November 6th to coincide with their Alexander Wang x H&M launch.   Entitled, The First Ten Years, this one-hundred and forty page collector’s edition will feature the designs and imagery from Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, Commes des Garcons, Matthew WilliamsonJimmy Choo, Sonia Rykiel, Lanvin, Versace, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela, Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang. The book will retail for $34.95, available for purchase November 6, 2014 at select H&M store locations throughout the US. 25% of the cover price will go to UNICEF.   Continue reading »

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Fashion and Jewelry to Support Breast Cancer Research

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Ralph Lauren’s Pink Pony Soft Ricky 27 bag , one of our fav pink items donating proceeds to Breast Cancer this month

The month of October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.   In case you forgot , it’s time to schedule your Mammogram and get checked.  If Breast Cancer is detected early, the survival rate with treatment is a very high 98%.  So please take the time to schedule your exam.  I am doing this myself this month.  It’s not pleasant and certainly nothing we look forward to, but it is necessary.  For the month of Oct. 2014 some fashion retailers and are donating proceeds from Pink items to Breast Cancer research or their own charities.  Here’s a round-up of what looks good and supports a good cause. Continue reading »

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