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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THE OUTNET Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Designer Collection

One of the original outlet stores on the web, THE OUTNET is about to celebrate five years of web sales.… [more]

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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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Sue Wong Shows Edwardian Romance for Fall 2014

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Model Brandise Danesewich shows off Sue Wong’s new Edwardian Romance collection for Fall 2014 (image via Sue Wong)

On April 11, 2014  at her Atelier in the Mid-Wilshire district, designer Sue Wong will show her new collection for Fall 2014. This year’s collection, called Edwardian Romance,  continues Ms. Wong’s theme of Hollywood Glamour but adds a touch of Downtown Abbey vintage style. Before next week’s  show I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the collection.  The designer’s trademark touches are evident in this collection of slim silhouettes heavy on lace and embellishments designed for evening wear or a special occasion.  The collection features a muted palette of sandalwood, taupe, ivory and platinum, jewel tones such as sapphire, turquoise and amethyst and traditional fall colors like  chocolate, red and black.  Describing herself as “Everywoman’s Couturier” Sue Wong always provides quality fashion at an affordable price.

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Old Navy Tank Tops on Sale for $2.00 March 29, 2014

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Old Navy $2.00 Tank Top Sale In-store only 3/29/2014

If you’re looking for a good deal on casual clothing or even work-out gear, check out the  Old Navy $2.00 Tank Top Sale available in-stores today. Womens’ Tank Tops are only $2.00 each (reg $8.50), This is a one day only sale on Saturday, March 29, 2014, so you must shop today to get the deal. Please note, the deal is on select styles only and you can’t shop online.  The discount will be applied at the register. If you shop online at Old Navy, check out their spring sale with many items under $15.00.

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LuckyFabb West 2014: Why I Am Attending Lucky Magazine’s Conference

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Next week, I’m heading to Lucky FabbWest in Los Angeles. The conference is April 4-5 at the SLS Hotel. As a fashion blogger, this is an important conference for anyone who loves social media and has a passion for fashion. Why am I making an investment of my precious time & money in this conference? It’s not to see celebrities like Nicole Richie although she will be there. (Although, I am very interested to hear about Nicole’s new House of Harlow fashion line.)  Other celebrities slated to appear at this year’s Lucky Fabb Conference include model Coco Rocha, Actress &  Mad Men star January Jones, plus supermodel Karolina Kurkova.  Those big names can be a be draw because they are fashionable celebs frequently photographed. Sometimes they are there to promote a new make-up line, a new movie or to just get blogger press and why not?   They don’t usually have any enlightening Social Media tips to pass on. But, the celebrities are second to the conference learning for me.  I go to Lucky Fabb to hear sessions on Search Engine Optimization (SEO), the business of blogging and to network with my peers.

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Advance review of Peter Som for Kohl’s DesignNation fashions

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Peter Som for Kohl’s Romper- $64 and
Charmeuse Halter Dress- $70

This week Kohl’s sent me a few samples from their upcoming capsule collection with Peter Som. I received samples of the two garments pictured above, the romper and the halter dress. I also received a tank top from the collection with a St. Barths inspired print on it.  Overall, I’m very impressed by the prints, colors and the feel of the fabric (high grade polyester close to silk) that the designer has created here.   It’s not easy to make a budget priced collection that looks good and feels good on the body.  From the samples I received, I can say that fit will be inconsistent in this collection.  Continue reading »

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Laura Geller Beauty’s Semi-Annual Sale

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Laura Geller Beauty’s Semi-Annual Sale is on.

If you love quality beauty products, but are looking for a deal, check out Laura Geller Beauty  for a special sale today and tomorrow. Kicking off on Tuesday, March 25 and lasting through Wednesday, March 26, you can buy Laura Geller Beauty must-haves online and receive 30% OFF! The online beauty sale kicks offers shoppers 30 hours to scoop up major savings of 30% off ALL products. But,there’s also a special gift included with each order.  Shoppers who buy during  over $50.00 worth of products during the sale will receive a  FREE Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer in Bronze sample with every order, FREE shipping AND a FREE Mini Color Drenched Lip Gloss in Raspberry Roast.  Customers who order $75 or more will receive a FREE Deluxe Beauty Gift.   That’s the deal.  So if you like Laura Geller Beauty head over to her website. The online sale ends at 11:59 EST on Wednesday, March 26

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Happy Birthday to Designer Tommy Hilfiger

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Happy Birthday to American Designer Tommy Hilfiger

Today, March 24th, is designer Tommy Hilfiger’s birthday. Tommy’s simple American style, built on the red, white and blue has been an affordable and relatable staple in our fashion wardrobe since it launched in 1985. Tommy Hilfiger made preppy look cool. Where I went to college at Mimi University in Oxford, Ohio, if you wore Tommy Hilfiger to class or a weekend party, you were an instant success. “The preppy lifestyle has gone global,” said Tommy Hilfiger.” We feel that our business has grown so well because preppy travels so well. It’s all-American classic.”
Mr. Hilfiger was one of the first designers to use emerging musical artists like Lenny Kravitz in advertising for his label. Later Beyonce became the face of the brand’s perfume called “True Star.” Mr. Hilfiger is to be admired for not just his designs and marketing savvy, but also his resiliency. Through the years, like many fashion brands, his business has had made ups and downs, but his firm never went under. Happy Birthday Tommy from all the Tommy Girls and recessionistas who love your style and your fabulous outlet stores! icon smile Happy Birthday to Designer Tommy Hilfiger If you shop Tommy’s website today, take advantage of the 30% off sale on shirts for men and women. Here’s a look back at Tommy Hilfiger through the years.
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