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September 2020

Fall Fashionista

We’re so sad that summer’s over that we need a little retail therapy. These AskMelissa Best Kept Secrets could be the cure—and they can be combined into one fabulous look! Buy one, buy them all, but buy. Trust us, you’ll feel better.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Stretch Wool Dress

Channel Audrey Hepburn in this updated classic that will become your go-to dress for day or night. Pair it with any variety of accessories—you’ll make the look your own. And the bow detail on the shoulder adds that distinctly feminine touch that Jacobs does so well. We snapped ours up at Bloomingdale’s on their fab second floor.

Price: $398

Available at Bloomingdale’s, 800.232.1854

Faux Leather Jacket

Set your inner biker chick free cruising in this motorcycle jacket by Forever 21. With its edgy meets elegant vibe, we pair it with a dress or t-shirt and we’re good to go. We’re loving the zipper details, dark buttons and recession-friendly price tag. Who could resist?!

Price: $32.80

Available at Forever 21 stores. Go to www.forever21.com for store locations.

Jessica Simpson Collection Tulip Boot

Get ready for a whole different view of the city when you don these fantastic platform boots with 4½” heels from Jessica Simpson, available through Piperlime. The sky-high heels, fold-over cuffs and pointy toes are irresistible. We loved our black leather pair so much, we couldn’t help but order them in chocolate brown as well. Kick up your heels!

Price: $198.00

Purchase Jessica Simpson Collection Tulip Boot

Tylie Malibu Runaway West Suede Bag

You want to look fashion forward, not fashion victim, right? Then, rock out the stud trend and spice up your wardrobe with this splurge from Tylie Malibu. Made from imported Italian suede, this buttery-soft bag features double shoulder straps, zip-top closure and lots of interior pockets for our oh-so-necessaries.

Special: Receive 10% off with promo code “askmelissa”. Only valid Saturday, September 12th.

Price: $460

Purchase Tylie Malibu Runaway West Suede Bag

Simply Vera Vera Wang Crosshatched Scarf

Always a bridemaid, perhaps a bride, and now you can wear Vera Wang day and night with this crosshatched scarf. We’re not fond of sacrificing fashion for warmth, and now we don’t have to. Fringe trim makes this piece a chic addition to any girl’s outfit, while the soft fabric feels yummy against our skin. Available in grey or purple, there’s nothing we can’t pair it with!

Price: $16.80

Purchase Simply Vera Vera Wang Crosshatched Scarf

Textured Chains Necklace

Want to look like a million bucks without spending it? Don’t we all! How happy were we to find this mixed-metal necklace from Forever 21. We love the texture of the chains’ different lengths and widths coupled with the convenience of the single clasp. And at this price, we grabbed a few for our friends!

Price: $8.80

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True Faith Jewelry Sunburst Earrings

Are you a real NYC housewife with dreams of being a “Real Housewife of NYC”? We can’t get you a spot on the show, but with these earrings designed by Ramona Singer from the Real Housewives of NYC, you’ll be ready for your close-up. We love their fun yet elegant shape, and the sparkly crystals give the look of real gemstones without the “real” price tag. Now, that’s a real Best Kept Secret.

Price: $49.95

Purchase True Faith Jewelry Sunburst Earrings

Curations with Stefani Greenfield Butterfly Cuff

You can put the cuffs on us anytime if they’re as chic as this one from Curations. The repeating rows of tiny butterflies add a delicate touch to this cuff, which is fashion friendly in silver or gold. And, we’re all about the feminine flair of its scalloped edge. Save that layered look for your necklace—less is more with this single stunning cuff.

Price: $69.00

Purchase Curations with Stefani Greenfield Butterfly Cuff

Nebulous Rose Ring

The ring’s the thing with this rhinestone find from Forever 21. (This just might be one of our new favorite stores!) We were really excited when we came across this bargain—an understatement at under $7. The ring has just the right amount of sparkle and style for a night—or day—on the town. Bet Beyoncé would like this ring on her finger!

Price: $6.80

Purchase Nebulous Rose Ring

Milly Cashmere Drape-Neck Column Dress

Nothing says Fall like cashmere, and no one does fashionable yet flirty like Milly. So we’re thrilled for fall if it means we get to wear this sumptuous cashmere column dress. We plan to layer it over a sheer long sleeve t-shirt, opaque tights or skinny leggings, and the draped neckline is perfect for our so-this-season layered necklaces. A bonus—made in the USA.

Price: $315

Purchase Milly Cashmere Drape-Neck Column Dress

Elie Tahari Brie Embroidered Necklace

We gave up our BeDazzler long ago (that’s our story, and we’re sticking to it!), so we’re thrilled to satisfy our dazzle desire with this three-tiered necklace, hand-embroidered with shiny threads, metallic beads and shimmering crystals. It’s satisfying weight is secured with a sensuous black satin ribbon so we can adjust the length. It was love at first sight at the East Hampton Tahari boutique, so expect to see us wearing it with everything we own!

Price: $448

Available at Elie Tahari boutiques. Go to www.elietahari.com for store locations.

DKNY Holiday Openwork Tights

Give your gams a great look with new black tights for fall. These patterned DKNYs are our new favorites because they give a little texture to our look. By day, try them with tall slouchy boots and a long cardigan, by night a hot pair of booties and a dress. You’ll want more than one pair.

Price: $20

Available exclusively at Bloomingdales, 800.232.1854

Daddy Long Legs Denim Leggings

Summer just ended and you’re not quite ready for jeans? Say hello to stretchy denim leggings that make our legs look long and lean. In black or blue, we’ve been pairing ours with tunics, long sweaters and the occasional minidress. Just promise not to call them jeggings (an unfortunate combination of “jeans” and “leggings”)—otherwise we can’t talk to you.

Price: $38

Purchase Daddy Long Legs Denim Leggings

Through the Loops Flower Buckle Belt

You need to belt it out with some of this seasons hottest trends, and we love this black leather number with its chrome flower buckle. We envision this belt slung low over our hips or slipped through our jeans’ belt loops to complete any number of ensembles. Love other belts and buckles from this line? They’re all interchangeable. Now, that’s flower power.

Price: $165

Available through Deborah Ribner, dzribner@nyc.rr.com or 917.593.2232

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