Top Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015

On July 17, 2015 the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the general public, not just Nordstrom Cardholders.… [more]

Top Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015 Top Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2015

Rory Beca Partners with Jergens for a California Girl collection

Designer Rory Beca has partnered with Jergens (yes, the beauty products) for a cute Jergens x Rory Beca… [more]

Rory Beca Partners with Jergens for a California Girl collection Rory Beca Partners with Jergens for a California Girl collection

ISSA Restocks Kate Middleton's Blue Engagement Dress

Ever wonder if it's worth paying over $600.00 for a dress? While ISSA proves that it is--their Phyllis… [more]

ISSA Restocks Kate Middleton's Blue Engagement Dress ISSA Restocks Kate Middleton's Blue Engagement Dress

Jean Deal: Target Offers $10.00 off Denim in-store and online

If you're like most of the world you live in your jeans.   I've even seen studies where women say a… [more]

Jean Deal: Target Offers $10.00 off Denim in-store and online Jean Deal: Target Offers $10.00 off Denim in-store and online

Best July 4th Sales for 2015: Fashion, Beauty & More

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The OutNet is having a great Fourth of July sale on apparel, handbags and more.

Because you asked, yes, there are many sales going on this weekend for the Fourth of July.  Generally, it seems like any American holiday becomes an excuse for retailers to have a sale.    And I do know that some of you like to shop :)  So, we’ve taken a look around the web and at the store circulars to aggregate some of the deals we like.   Here are some sales of note on The Recessionista’s Radar for July 4th, 2015.  Shop at your own risk! :)  I can’t be responsible.  Choose wisely.  One thing we like this weekend, are the sales on quality high-end designers that you can find at the Outnet, Net-A-Porter, Neiman Marcus, Last Call and Saks.   We’re not as high on outlet deals  or TJ Maxx and Marshalls as we often find them to just be using the designer’s name  ( via a licensing agreement) rather than offering consistent name brand, quality goods. Continue reading »

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Donna Karan Steps Down as Head of Donna Karan Int’l

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Donna Karan at New York Fashion Week DKNY show (photo copyright M. Hall)

Designer Donna Karan has decided to step down as head of Donna Karan International, to focus on her Urban Zen line according to the New York Times.  So what will happen to the fashion house that bears her name? The future is uncertain.  According to the New York Times, “LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the French conglomerate that bought the house in 2001, said there were no immediate plans to replace her as a designer.”  There will be no Donna Karan show at New York Fashion Week this year.  It seems that the company will reorganize under their lower-priced line DKNY, which is where 80% of the  Donna Karan International revenue comes from.  That makes sense.  Here at The Recessionista, we are long-time DKNY fans.    To us it’s always been about quintessential New York style and the Big Apple of our eye!   Donna will certainly be missed at the helm of DKI, but at least DKNY will go on and her laid-back style will continue with Urban Zen.  If you’re a fan of DKNY, you might want to snap up some DKNY pieces now on sale as the  DKNY collections and style will undoubtedly change under LVMH group.

 

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Make-up Contouring: Change Your Appearance without Surgery

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With the right technique you can contour your face to slim your nose and enhance your cheekbones using make-up.

If you’ve been on Instagram lately or read Vogue, you may wonder how celebrities are able to change their appearance dramatically in minutes with only make-up.   One of the secrets is using make-up to contour facial features to enhance them.  Recently we sat down with celebrity make-up artist Jen Fleming to get tips on how to do contouring.   It’s a lot easier than we thought, and you don’t need any special products.

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COVERGIRL Launches Longer Lasting Makeup

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  COVERGIRL has launched a new line of make-up products for Summer designed to keep you looking great all day long and into the night.

If you’ve visited your local drugstore lately, you may have noticed that COVERGIRL has some new products on the shelves with some new packaging. The new line offers foundation, primers, and even lipsticks and lip stains designed to keep your make-up looking fresh all day long. It’s a great idea because, if you’re busy, like most of us are, you want to apply our make-up once in the morning and have it stay fresh throughout a busy day. That’s what Outlast is designed to do. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with COVERGIRL’s Dr. Sarah Vickery, Principal Scientist for COVERGIRL and makeup artist Jen Fleming to learn about the research behind the new products and how best to use them.  Since meeting with the experts, I’ve been using the products and they do work as advertised.  The Outlast Primer and the new 3 in 1 Foundation keep you looking fresh all day, even in hot, sticky summer weather.

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Special Lilly Pulitzer Sale on July 3, 2015

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Lilly Pulitzer will offer a special “Extending Summer Since 1959ish ” exclusive one-day promotion on July 3rd.

If you missed getting your Lilly for Target thanks to stampeding shoppers, then good news, a special Lilly promotion is coming! Lilly Pulitzer is hosting an Extending Summer Since 1959ish exclusive one-day promotion next weekend to celebrate the summer season and 4th of July holiday!  The deal is that when you shop, if you spend $200.00 you’ll get a special Lilly Pulitzer towel.   You can shop the online sale on July 3rd for apparel, and if you spend the $200, you’ll get the towel.   Continue reading »

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Nordstrom Announces TextStyle: Shop by Text Service

An example of how Norstrom text style.

An example of how Nordstrom text style works from an Instagram post.

Nordstrom, Inc. is making it easier for customers to shop with their mobile phones via a new texting shopping service.   The store has launched TextStyle in all of its 116 U.S. Nordstrom stores.  TextStyle is a seamless, secure way for customers to make curated purchases from their salesperson or personal stylist using text messaging. With the launch of TextStyle, Nordstrom is now the only retail company in the U.S. that offers customers who opt in the ability to shop and buy with a text message.   With the Designer Final Sale and Summer Clearance on now, this maybe something you’d like to try to shop at Nordstrom.   Continue reading »

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Anti-Aging Secret: Dr. Halland Chen’s Pure Glow Laser Facial

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Sample Laser Treatment on the Face

One question I’m starting to receive from readers is “What are the best anti-aging treatments for the face ? ” Well, there are many things you can do to strengthen the muscles in your face via products. Diet and hydration also are very important. But one new treatment I recommend and have now done twice is the Pure Glow Laser Facial by Dr. Halland Chen.  Dr. Halland Chen is a Specialist in Regenerative  Medicine.  When I go to him, I know that he has the expertise to take care of my skin, do a thorough evaluation my skin and tailor the laser treatment to my particular skin issues. I get fantastic results from this facial.  I see a lot of so called “medical spas” and small laser treatment facilities springing up that offer everything from “lipo-light laser” treatments for weight loss to laser facial treatments.  All I can say readers, is if you are going to have a laser treatment on your face, please go to a trained dermatologist who is board certified like Dr. Chen.  Here are some of the unique differentiators about the Pure Glow Laser Facial and new Organic Enzyme Peels offered  at Dr. Halland Chen’s New York City office on Park Ave (conveniently located near Grand Central Station.)  Continue reading »

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Anthropologie Summer Clearance -Up to 50% Off of Retail

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Anthropologie Announces their Summer Sale.

Anthropologie has just announced their Summer 2015 sale and it’s a great one. There are savings up to 50% off of retail on unique designer pieces at this sale. Our spies tell us that this is a “megasale” that only comes once a year at Anthropologie. Look for deals on one of kind clothes, shoes, accessories and housewares (they have the best coffee cups and knick knacks.)  Check out one of my favorites from the sale, the Calliope Embroidered Swing Dress for an idea the good deals at Anthro right now.

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Lady Gaga’s Dog Models for Coach

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Lady Gaga’s Dog models for Coach Pups.

Yes, Lady Gaga’s dog is now voguing for Coach. We all know Coach handbags and accessories has a reputation for delivering gorgeous durable handbags. So is the brand literally going to the dogs? Gaga’s dog is the star of “COACH PUPS,” a new campaign that features canine stars in a series of portraits photographed by Steven Meisel. Here’s the best part. Gaga’s dog has a name benefiting a member of Burke’s Peerage. Wait for it. No the dog is not named La Petit Gaga. The pooch is simply called Miss Asia Kinney.  Continue reading »

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Designer Sue Wong Launches Fragrance and eCommerce

Sue Wong has launch a new ecommerce site to feature her vintage styled creations and new fragrance.

Sue Wong has launched a new ecommerce site to feature her vintage styled creations and new fragrance.

Los Angeles fashion designer Sue Wong has recently launched online shopping so that fashionistas everywhere can buy direct from Sue Wong.   She’s also launched a new fragrance, Sue Wong Eau De Parfum, that matches her vintage styled fashion creations.   The website, fittingly called SHOP.SUEWONG.com, now features shopping categories to help shoppers find her exquisite designs.  Visitors can browse dress and  gowns in four diverse categories: New Arrivals, Cocktail, Evening and Wedding.  You can also sort the offerings by size and price, which makes for easy shopping.   I had the opportunity to test the fragrance at a recent event in Hollywood.  The Eau du Parfum reminded me of an Edwardian styled fragrance like Coty used to do so well.  In addition to the perfume, the fragrance collection features shower cream and body cream.

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