bright brocade


There’s a few styles of fabric and prints that have my heart (denim, toile, houndstooth, to name a few). Brocade has always been one of my favorites, but I rarely find brocade prints and fabric, let alone in metallic! So, I was, of course, super excited to find this skirt at BCBG over the summer. It hung in my closet, just waiting for the perfect fall day to make its debut- which was yesterday. I even got to pull out my first pair of fall tights. Sigh. I’m a happy camper. Bright brocade for a bright day.


Blouse: L.K. Bennett via thrift ($1, retails for $300)

Cape: Nordstrom Rack ($25 marked down from $50)

Skirt: BCBG Max Azria ($40 marked down from $195)

Shoes: Vince Camuto Signature via Saks Off 5th ($50 marked down from $300)

Necklace: House of Harlow via Saks off Fifth ($15 marked down from $50)

Tights: Simply Vera, Vera Wang for Kohl’s ($7 marked down from $14)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) There’s always a few pieces that become somewhat surprising staples. I definitely feel that way about my Nordstrom Rack cape/blanket from last season. As soon as the cool weather hit, my cape was back in action. There are so many capes around these days, you can easily find one for around $20. I actually saw this same cape at Saks off Fifth a few weeks ago. So, clearly, they are widely distributed. I personally like that this is a piece you can wear indoors and out, versus a coat, which is a bit more limited in terms of being worn indoors. Below are pictures of how I’ve style this cape in the past. 


2) Cream tights. You would think they look a little juvenile, but I’ve found my cream patterned tights to be quite versatile. However, I strongly recommend wearing cream tights with very “grown-up” clothes- such as with heels, dresses, and very clearly mature pieces, to avoid the risk of looking like a little girl. Unless, of course, you are a little girl, in which case, you go! My 4 year old niece looks fab in white tights without the worry of styling them properly :).

Anyone else loving capes or cream tights this season? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

pausing in plaid


Okay, seriously, I feel really confident that I’ll be caught up with life and the Fashion Huntress in about 12 more days, after our wedding! I can’t believe how fast the time has flown! I hope everyone is having a great start to fall- and was able to see the super sweet lunar eclipse last night! I saw it for a bit, as the clouds passed. To add to the magic, I even caught a glimpse of a heron in the early morning near our house when we were up north this weekend, and a deer just sitting around and relaxing! It may sound a little odd, but it felt like sort-of a magical day. I am a major nerd when it comes to nature and couldn’t help but take a few moments to take it all in. As quickly as time passes, it’s refreshing to just take a pause and breathe. This is my taking a pause in plaid look.


Blazer: Juicy Couture via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Top: unknown via thrift ($4)

Skirt: Soprano via Nordstrom Rack ($16 marked down from $60)

Necklace: TJ Maxx ($15 marked down from $60)

Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff via Saks off Fifth ($115 marked down from $350)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) For any other nail polish fans out there, I recently tried out the new Sally Hansen “Big Peel Off” base coat. You can see the results below. I LOVE glitter on my nails, but hate removing it. I tried the peel off base coat (only about $5 at Target) and found that it definitely easily peels off. Though, my nails looked “chipped” after day one in spots where I must have rubbed the polish off. Meh. I’ll give it a few more days, but so far, I find it only so-so in terms of longevity, though do agree that it does come off easily (maybe a little too easily!). 


2) Flannel season has begun again, readers! If you’ve followed my blog through the change of seasons before, you know I’m a huge fan of plaids. I like the versatility of the black and red plaid; you can last see it featured below. I love finding plaid at resale shops. It’s so easy to thrift; just go straight to the “button down” section and look for flannels. Always check for 1) holes 2) missing buttons and 3) pilling. You generally can’t fix pilling well, so I always skip anything that is already pilled.


Anyone else have tips for the peel off base coats? Loving fall fashion? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

friend and faux


Well it’s been, per usual, a whirlwind week leading up to the wedding (now less than three weeks away!). Between work and planning, I’ve been sneaking in a few blog photos when I can!! I was loving the dreamy-fantasy look in these photos, given the early morning sun. The sitting area ended up looking, to me, like a cozy sun drenched cave. Add in my faux fur vest, and it was quiet cozy indeed. This my friend, and faux, fur vest cave cozy look. That’s a mouthful! But feels totally fitting to me.


Dress: Gap ($13 marked down from $60)

Vest: Nordstrom Rack ($40)

Leggings: …I can’t remember!

Belt: Old Navy ($1.99 marked down from $7)

Necklace: thrift ($5, retails for $40)

Shoes: Not Rated via DSW ($50 marked down from $75)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) Faux fur vests…they always look cool to me, but I wasn’t sure if I could pull one off. Pssht, what was I thinking? Anyone can pull off a faux fur vest! It’s so much more versatile than you might think! I found that I’ve been wearing mine like I would a coat, but a coat that I can wear indoors. This vest looks especially great with dark skinny jeans and booties, so it can easily transition from a work look to a weekend look. Nordstrom Rack and TJ Maxx had the best selections at the best prices that I’ve seen thus far. So if you’re contemplating a faux fur vest, I say go for it!

2) I wear this dress a LOT. As you will see in the photo below, I’ve also styled it with tights, booties, a statement necklace, and a sweater on top. Shirt dresses are, by far, one of the easiest transitional pieces you can. You can wear them pretty much all year round and style them in very different ways. Almost all of my shirt dresses are from Gap. While the quality of them isn’t quite what it used to be a few years ago, I do find that if you look for the thicker material shirt dresses, they are quite durable. I recommend the “double ply” versions at Gap, versus the thinner one layer of fabric dresses. The thinner dresses have ended up with small holes after multiple washes. It’s nothing that can’t be easily sewn up, but save yourself the trouble and look for the thicker dresses.


Anyone else have recommendations for vests or shirt dresses? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much! Happy Monday!


ombre with a vintage vibe


So there I was at my local thrift shop, looking for some vases, when I saw this gem of a dress. I swear, I wasn’t even clothing thrifting but this dress was just calling my name. I couldn’t believe it: a vintage ombre dress! I was so excited to try it out! Despite the fact that it’s still summer in Chicago…I’ve decided to embrace our current lack of fall and embrace the sunny days with colorful dresses. I’ve got all my tights and sweaters on stand-by in the meantime. This is my ombre (summer) dress with a vintage vibe.


 Dress: vintage via thrift (Saver’s) ($10)
Shoes: Derek Lam via TJ Maxx ($60 marked down from $350)
Belt: Urban Outfitters ($5 marked down from $25)

Fashion Huntress tips:

1) The dress is definitely big in the top half, but fits well in the bottom half. You know my easiest solution for a baggy top on a dress, readers: a belt! I belted the dress and called it a day. Yes, I could alter it, but honestly, it’s probably more trouble than what it’s worth; a belt on a baggy/bigger top half of a dress is almost always most easily solved with a belt. My recommendation is not to shy away from dresses that you can belt. If you are in a thrift shop and aren’t sure, go grab a belt and try on the dress with the belt! If you’re like me, you have a few belts at home that will already work.
2) Sheer dresses pretty much always call for slips, in my book. I have one slip that is a dress slip and I wear it ALL the time. This dress is lined, but the lining on the top is a little low cut for work, so with the slip dress, I felt a lot more comfortable. You really don’t need more than 2-3 slips. My recommendations are as follows: one “dress” slip (cream colored), one short slip that is a skirt, one long skirt slip. My favorite places to find them are Nordstrom Rack, Marshall’s and TJ Maxx.
It’s also time for Monthly Manis again!
These are my pure glitter and autumn nails!
Check out the other manis this month!
Kristi from Delightfully Krist
Jacki and Lesli from Sistas from Cali
Thanks for stopping by, readers! I appreciate it so very much!

planning and planning…and more planning!


Happy Friday, readers! As you may remember, I have a lovely friend, Andrea, who came to visit a few months ago. These photos were taken by her, Andrea of A Spoonful of Sugar Baking, during her visit. I met Andrea many years ago while living in Sevilla, Spain…and our friendship has blossomed since then. It’s hard to believe you meet someone for a few months and then become friends for life, but that is our story! Anywho, these are the remaining photos from her visit. In the meantime, I’ve been crafting and planning away for the wedding…can’t wait to share those photos when the day finally arrives!


Dress: Betsey Johnson via thrift ($5, retails for approx $150)

Shoes: Cole Haan via Saks off Fifth ($40 marked down from $250)

Necklace: Asos via giveaway from Windy City Wardrobe


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I like how this dress really can be paired with a variety of tops. Below you can see how I paired it with a vest, a short sleeve blazer, and a long sleeve blazer. The vest is definitely the “edgiest” look, while the short sleeve blazer and long sleeve blazer add a more “casual” touch. Most dresses can be styled in the same way- so expand your options by pairing different accessories with your dresses!


2) In spite of all the changes and planning, we did manage to sneak in a relaxing weekend over Labor Day! Annabelle the dog took her first long road trip and boat ride. She loved the boat ride so much, we couldn’t get her off the boat! (Not a fashion tip, but I did want to share nonetheless)!


Anyone else layering and prepping for fall? I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by; I appreciate it so much!

Wonder Woman

The Fashion Huntress:

Shout-out and thank you to Dasha from the Windy City Wardrobe blog for such an awesome post-! Happy Tuesday, readers!

Originally posted on Windy City Wardrobe:

Happy Friday Friends!

I think everyone knows by now what this series is all about, but just in case you don’t click here for more info.wonder woman


Without further ado, I give you our Wonder Woman of the week, Melissa AKA The Fashion Huntress! During the day you will find her assisting those is need as a social worker and thrifty style blogging by night.


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time flies (and fun ahead)!


WHOA, September! Between getting married in five more weeks, changing jobs, and opening a business, time is FLYING! …and The Fashion Huntress again takes a back seat. But I am here, readers! And I appreciate so very much all of your support! This is an exciting time, and I love being able to share it, and even manage to squeeze a few photo shoots in with my trusty tripod and remote. Happy (albeit early) Autumn, readers!


Jacket: Banana Republic (gift)

Denim blazer: thrift ($4)

Jumpsuit: Corey Lynn Calter for Anthropologie ($17 marked down from $170)

Belt: thrift ($6)

Shoes: Coach via DSW ($45 marked down from $345)

Ring: Tory Burch via Nordstrom Rack ($10 marked down from $100)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I last featured this jumpsuit during some warmer weather (photo below). I featured a smaller belt, mint heels, and lightweight short sleeve blazer for indoors. I also added layered bracelets and accessories when I last wore it. For this look, I kept it simple by wearing a bigger belt, but keeping the rest of the accessories minimal. Despite it being the same jumpsuit, the looks seem quite different to me solely by changing out accessories, layers and shoes. You can do the same with your own jumpsuits, dresses, etc!


2) I was quite surprised to find the Coach mules featured on this post at DSW. And, even more surprising, they were marked down quite a bit, and then on extra sale! I didn’t find them in the clearance section, where I normally start my shoe search (and find most of the best markdowns). DSW sneaks a few additional markdown clearance items along with the other shoes (not in the clearance section in the back of the store). So, I recommend a quick scan for the colored signs (normally green or blue) in the main part of the store to ensure not missing some great clearance finds.

Anyone else loving this fall weather? Pulling out their layers? I hope everyone has a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by readers! I appreciate it so very much!