The Recessionista's Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

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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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Inside M.A.C. Cosmetics Holiday Ready Heirloom Mix Collection

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Princess Kate's Pink Coat: Splurge or Save?

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Preview of Lela Rose for Lane Bryant: Beautiful Dresses

Lane Bryant has released the lookbook from their upcoming Lela Rose for Lane Bryant collection and the… [more]

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Burberry’s Christopher Bailey accepts Rodeo Walk of Style Award

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A view of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style from the Burberry Beverly Hills Flagship store on November 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Burberry)

The charming CMO of Burberry, Christopher Bailey was on hand tonight in Beverly Hills to accept the Rodeo Walk of Style. As a part of the induction ceremony on Rodeo Drive, Burberry was honored with a permanent bronze plaque in the sidewalk of the world-renowned street featuring the Burberry core values, ‘Protect. Explore. Inspire’, as well as the signature of the company’s British founder Thomas Burberry. The on-going award honors style legends for their contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment.  Continue reading »

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Design Your Shoes at Nordstrom with Shoes of Prey

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Design your own shoes at Nordstrom in the Shoes of Prey studio at select stores.

Nordstrom is known for their wide array of shoes and superb customer service. Now the brand is delivering even a higher degree of custom service by allowing  customers to design their own shoes via a partnership with the  Shoes of Prey Design Studio. Shoes of Prey  enables shoppers to design their own shoes  The company has been successful at identifying the demands for customization, but also believes that this current trend represents an underlying movement of behavior for customers demanding more from their shopping experiences.

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The Recessionista Reviews TOMs for Target

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TOMS for Target toe-stitch slip on shoes priced at $48.00 for adults, $38.00 for kids

The TOMS for Target collection  (on sale Nov. 16, 2014) was previewed tonight in Los Angeles for media and bloggers. This is a cheap and cheerful holiday collection that I think Target customers will like.  It’s unpretentious casual wear that is reasonably priced.  Is it Target’ s best collaboration even? No. But it’s  easy to love Toms mission of charitable giving and the idea that you are doing good by do good, providing nourishment, warmth and shoes to a person in need.   The prices are just a bit below the prices on Tom’s website for similar items.  TOMS  shoes are $58.00 for adults on their website, the Target price is $10.00 less at $48.00.  The material is substantially similar, although the rubber soles are the Target shoes don’t look as sturdy as their Target  doppelgängers.  The collection features some holiday sweaters and beanies, great looking canvas wallets & pouches, mugs, t-shirts and sweaters.   The woman’s poncho sold out tonight at the preview party.  Most  of the TOMS for Target items were enthusiastically received by the invitees who were allowed to shop the collection in advance. Continue reading »

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Macy’s Doorbuster Specials for Black Friday 2014

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Macy’s After Thanksgiving Door busters will feature apparel & accessories for Black Friday 2014.

If you have the endurance needed for traditional Black Friday shopping then you’ll want to get up early the day after Thanksgiving and get to Macy’s  Macy’s has announced their after Thanksgiving doorbusters and there are some good deals on the list.  Macy’s top Black Friday doorbusters, available while supplies last. Doorbuster hours are from 6 p.m. Thursday, November 27 through 1 p.m. Friday, November 28, and Saturday, November 29 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Here’s the list of deals for you shopping list. Continue reading »

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Best Veterans Day Sales for 2014

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The Nordstrom Clearance Sale is on until Nov. 11, 2014.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 is Veterans Day in the United States.  This is a day of remembrance for those who have served in the US Military.   Some of us will have the day off, and some of us will have to work and then try to go shopping at the Veterans Day Sales to get a head start on holiday shopping.   In my experience, some of the Veterans Day deals can be better than Black Friday deals.  As always, you have to do your research and compare prices to find the best deals.  Here’s a round-up of some of the 2014 Veterans Day sales on our radar.  These sales offer some great pre-holiday savings.  Continue reading »

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Fall Fashion Trends We Love for 2014

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The New York Fashion Week runways were alive with fashion for the next season, Spring/Summer 2015. But the season that is here and now is Fall/Winter 2014. What are you looking to wear now? That’s the question many of my readers are asking.  With the 2014 Polar Vortex on the way, you want to pick fashionable clothes that are also warm and functional.  Here’s what The Recessionista is loving for Fall Fashion. Continue reading »

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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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