Norma Kamali

Sunday Savvy: Sales & Celebrity Stylings

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Pictured : The Gap’s CFDA/Vogue Khaki Collection hits the sale racks.

Happy Sunday readers! It’s time for a little coffee, a little kicking back, and of course a little shopping. The first item that has turned up on The Recessionista’s Radar tracking system is the CFDA Gap Khaki collection. The collection has hit the sale racks. Since Gap sells worldwide, hopefully all readers around the globe will benefit from the savings. I waited, I hoped and I prayed that the Vena Cava khaki dress with the black accents would go on sale, and the day has finally arrived. Hooray I say–I am going off to Gap with my $10.00 shopping rewards coupon coupon. Check out my “target quarry” the VC dress. The dress is reduced by $18.00 from it’s sale price. I wonder if Nicky Hilton waited for the sale before buying the one she was just spotted around town in.

My next deal, is a reminder to you to check out the Loehmann’s clearance sale. Check the coupon on the right side of the blog under my Top Picks for additional savings! I have to get a birthday present today, so this is a golden opportunity. With the coupon, you get an additional 20% off any second clearance item. One reader who read yesterday’s post on summer hairstyles already wrote in that they are on the run to Loehmann’s looking for the hair products mentioned in yesterday’s post. If you didn’t know, Loehmann’s sells beauty products as well as great clothes for men, women and children.

If you’re looking for a little Audrey style, I have a treat for readers all around the world. International shopping club Beyond the Rack has a sale on Kenneth Jay Lane accessories and watches today. I already own this gorgeous Lady Bug watch pendant or I would be snapping it up on the sale. Sadly, I did not pay $39.00 for mine, but I did get it for much less than retail, so that is some consolation. This is a classic piece, and the wrist watches are equally beautiful. It’s no wonder Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor were fans.

Pictured Kenneth Jay Lane Lady Bug pendant from Beyond the Rack shopping club.

I finally found the Norma Kamali green peasant dress that was shown on ABC news when I appeared with the designer on TV back in May. The lovely garment was hiding in a Walmart in Cary, NC!

Pictured: The Recession-iecesta models her new Norma Kamali dress from the Walmart collection.

Leave it to the littlest fashionista, my niece, to discover this low-priced treasure. The dress is $20.00 and she is shown here modeling it in a woman’s XS. Her Mom and I agreed that the dress looked adorable on her, and did not look inappropriate. I bought this for her birthday dress, and she was quickly on the phone speed dialing her friends to tell them that she now had a dress from a famous designer. Not a bad thing to give a little fashionista when you’re on a low budget. Stay tuned, I’ll let you know when they are available from Walmart online.

Celebrity Fashion: The Anti “Mom Jeans” Look

Meanwhile, while some of us are on a low budget, celebrities are living out our champagne and caviar dreams. I had to laugh this week, as President Obama was reprimanded by the fashion police for daring to appear in his comfy, “mom jeans” while Georgia May Jagger (the child of Mick Jagger & Jerry Hall) was chosen as the new face of Hudson jeans. Hudson is sold at stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods and Selfridges. Hudson is a nice, well made brand sold at the more upscale retailers. Below is an exclusive sneak peek of the still teenage Georgia in her jeans. How ironic, to see these two dramatically different takes on jean fashion in the same week!:)

Pictured: Ms. Georgia Jagger in her Hudson jeans, definitely not “mom jeans.” I wonder if Michelle told Barack about this look?

In other celebrity fashion news, my favorite spectacle in the movie Troy, Australian actor Eric Bana wore a Burberry suit, shirt and tie to the premiere of his new film Funny People, in Los Angeles this week. Check out his look. Definitely not low budget. But certainly classic. Burberry is an investment, as I’m sure OOo00 would attest to.

Pictured: Eric Bana in Burberry this week in Los Angeles.

It seems fitting to close this edition of Sunday Savvy with the Kink’s Classic, “Low Budget.” As Ray Davies sang, “I’m just a cut price person in a low budget land.” This song is dedicated to Gov. Schwarzenegger to thank him and the great State of Cali-fornia for sending me a voucher for my tax return instead of a check.


Since 2008, Mary Hall has been the author of The Recessionista Blog, which is read by thousands of regular readers in over 160 countries. An internationally recognized expert on the art of the living the good life for less, she has been a commentator on local, national, and international radio and TV shows. Her advice has been featured in over 2,000 media outlets, including The New York Times, Reuters, Life & Style magazine, ABC News, NBC News and now The Huffington Post, among many others.


  1. CailinMarie

    July 27, 2009 at 6:14 am

    gotta hand it to you – you are full of info! I'm psyched about the gap kahki sale – I need to go shopping! and snazzy designers at WalMart! who knew??

  2. Target-Addict

    July 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks for the tip on the Vena Cava dress! I just ordered it from; I have no idea how it'll look on me (or exactly what size, so I order two diff. ones) but it's just too snazzy to pass up, especially now that it's on sale.

  3. Anonymous

    July 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    I think the green dress looks wonderful and is just the right size for her. She was very smart to have picked that out. I think it was a good idea for you to buy it for your neice. Lily Anderson

  4. Susan

    July 28, 2009 at 12:56 am

    You must be visiting NC! Hope you're having a great time. Another place you might luck out around here is Rugged Wearhouse (also in Cary) where I recently got some Banana Republic jeans for $9.99, a J Crew shirt for $12.99 (that's on sale online for $49.50) and a bunch of Ann Taylor and LOFT pieces for $4.99 and $9.99. It's hit or miss, and you have to dig (my jeans were on a huge wall with tons of other brands), but there are treasures to be found! (I've been listing them for my sisters and friends at Have fun!

  5. Angela

    July 29, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Hi there. Great site. Thanks for the tip about Beyond the Rack. I hadn't heard of them before but will be sure to check it out.

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