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August 2021

Summer Best Kept Secret Gift Items

Summer is filled with fun in the sun and outdoor soirees to attend. Check out some of AskMelissa’s Best Kept Secrets for this sultry season.


Juliette Longuet Exotic Excess Multi Purples Dress

French designer Juliette Longuet has made a stylish dress that is perfect for summer. Pair it with flip flops or heels and jewelry—you can’t go wrong. The silk chiffon feels great against your summer skin, and the graphic print adds a funky touch.

Price: Normally $365.00, but if you call Boutique on 57 at 212.247.2229 and mention AskMelissa, you will pay $185.00.


United Nations World Food Program FEED 1 Bag

Help fight world hunger with this stylish, reversible FEED 1 bag designed by Lauren Bush and made of sustainable burlap and organic cotton twill. The beaded version, FEED 2 Kenya Bag, is sold exclusively at Bergdorf’s (212.753.7300) for $195.00. Each bag sold provides meals for an entire school year for one to two children in need.

Purchase FEED 1 Bag.

Price: $60.00


Tory Burch Jelly Reva Shoes

A vacation essential, the comfortable Reva jelly flat is back, but with a new shape. Choose from orange, pink, yellow or navy. Revas ship free when you order from Tory Burch. And, through June 30th, Tory Burch is offering free ground shipping for online orders of $150.00 or more.

Purchase Tory Burch Jelly Reva Shoes.

Price: $95.00


Michael Jurick Photography

Michael Jurick is an AskMelissa favorite. Melissa Meyers has even used this New York-based photographer for personal family photos. Talented, personable and energetic, Michael Jurick captures special moments, whether posed or candid, and offers custom-designed storybook photo albums that make excellent gifts for friends and family. Call 917.544.1871 for an appointment.

For more information: Michael Jurick Photography

Price: $600.00 for approximately 1-hour session, which includes three 4 x 6 prints, three 5 x 7 prints and one 11×14 print as well as an online gallery; book, $325.00. Mention AskMelissa and receive 10% off one session.


Artist Beach Towels from the Art Production Fund

Invited to someone’s house this summer? These beach towels make the perfect hostess gift. Choose from vibrant designs by artists like Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Karen Kilimnik and Raymond Pettibon. All proceeds go to the Art Production Fund to support their public art projects.

Purchase Artist Beach Towels from the Art Production Fund.

Price: $50.00 per towel


SoLUXE Monogrammed Lucite Tray

A fabulous housewarming gift, this clear Lucite tray can be personalized with your host’s initial at the bottom of the tray. We love it for everything from organizing a desk to serving cocktails in style. Choose from an array of trendy patterns, colors and fonts for the bottom of the tray.

Purchase SoLUXE Monogrammed Tray.

Price: $120.00 with personalization


Solar Recover Save Your Skin Spray

This refreshing, all-natural spray is perfect for saving your skin from the ravages of summer. A great product for calming sunburn pain, you can also use it to moisturize hands and face or even as an aftershave. And there’s no greasy residue on the skin.

Purchase Solar Recover Skin Spray.

Price: $11.00


SodaStream Home Soda Maker

Quick, easy and fun for the whole family—the SodaStream turns water into soda in under 30 seconds and offers over 60 flavors (regular, diet, fruity, natural, ice tea and more). Enjoy the drinks, and feel good going green eliminating bottles and cans from store-bought brands.

Purchase SodaStream Soda Maker.

Price: $89.99


Harrah’s Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival “After Dark” Package

Gamble on a great time with two nights (July 31-August 1) at the newly renovated Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City and access to highlights at the AC Food & Wine Festival. Sample the delicious offerings at chef Tom Collichio’s “Food & Wine Spectacular by the Pool,” or mix and mingle with Ace of Cakes frontman Duff Goldman and chef Emeril Lagasse at the “Malibu Rum Beach Soiree.” Transportation to and from Atlantic City is not included.

Purchase “After Dark” Package.

Price: $800.00 (Two people for two nights)

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