short and sweet in summer


For those of us in the US, this is a short work week due to the 4th of July, which means I’m dressing fairly casually all week long. I may just show-up in sweats by the end of the week. Just kidding, just kidding (sort-of). In keeping with the shortened theme of the week, I’m keeping this post short and sweet; the only thing I’m not planning on cutting short are my naps and thrift shopping this weekend…and probably my consumption of red, white, and blue themed snacks.


Top: Forever 21 ($20)

Skirt:  Anthropologie via consignment ($16 marked down from $88)

Shoes: DSW ($11 marked down from approx $70)

Long necklace: made it! (Michael’s charm was a $1)

Snake necklace: Nadri via Nordstrom Rack ($14 marked down from $50)

Bracelet: made it!

Watch: gift


Fashion Huntress tips:
1) I can’t say it enough, readers. I basically live for all things denim. I’ve found that the quality at both Gap and Forever 21 cannot be beat in terms of washing and wearing their denim tops countless times. The only thing I’ve noticed with Gap is that many of my button downs have shrunk up in the dryer, so it might be best to line dry them (unless you don’t mind them shrinking a little). I have not had this experience with Forever 21 tops. I also love finding various shades and styles of denim tops via thrift stores. Head straight to the “button down” section (if there is one), and look through the “blues,” as that is often where denim is stocked. Because denim is so durable, I generally find the tops in great conditions with no holes or tears, but do make sure to look over the entire top prior to purchasing. There always seems to be an endless stock of button downs from places like Gap, Express, J Crew, and Forever 21 at thrift shops with the tops generally costing about $3-$6. 
2) I’ve been reading a lot about purchasing discounted gift cards online. I’m intrigued by this concept, but have not yet tried any of the sites.  A couple that I am aware of are: and . Both sites enable visitors to sell and buy gift cards at a discount and guarantee their cards. Discounts vary from about 5%-35% off the purchase price of the gift card, thus enabling visitors to save at least a few dollars on each card you purchase. I think this option might be good for people who tend to shop at some of the same stores fairly regularly; you can always keep purchased gift cards on hand and use them when you are sale shopping and save even more between the purchasing of the gift card and the sale prices.  
Does anyone have experience with purchasing discounted gift cards online? How has your experience been? Do you have any tips? Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so much!

38 replies to “short and sweet in summer

  1. Such a gorgeous skirt!

    I’ve used before to both sell and buy discounted gift cards. The higher discounts always seem to be on cards I don’t want, but it’s still kind of nice to get a few extra $$ to Nordstrom’s for nothing. One thing–I wouldn’t recommend buying a discounted card to give to someone else because they scratch off the code on the back, and the cards often look a little beat up (or they have a Christmas theme when your friend’s birthday is in July).

  2. What a gorgeous outfit! I love it! I love the blues and white design on the skirt, and the shoes are super fun.

  3. Oh, Melissa, another outfit I am falling in love with!!! I am going to start throwing out and getting new. YOU are my inspiration!!! Thank you SO much! Love, Amy

  4. Wow Melissa you look stunning! I really love this skirt and looking at you I think I should wear more skirts at this upcoming Summer:)))

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