ilse livelearnluxeit connecticut blogger

Hi beauties! My name is Ilse (ill-say) and I’m the writer behind LIVELEARNLUXEIT! I was born in Mexico, raised in Arizona and now reside in good ol’ Connecticut with my hubby of five years. We met in college (a very original sorority-girl-meets-fraternity-guy love story) and after graduating and doing the long-distance thing for about a year, we got engaged and got married in Arizona – a trade-off for moving across the country 😉

I graduated with a degree in journalism and began my blogging journey after moving to Connecticut and craving a creative outlet. This space started as a beauty blog, but a little over two years in, it’s evolved into more than that – it’s now a place where I share all aspects of my life in hopes of inspiring one another to become the best version of ourselves. You’ll find my main focus to be empowering women to not only dream, but work toward their goals! I also love to spark creativity in life, beauty and style.

And now for a little fun Q&A



FASHION ICON: Jennifer Lopez (She’s my “everything” icon)

ALL-TIME FAVORITE SHOW: Would I be a girl if I didn’t say Friends? Also Breaking Bad.


CURRENTLY ON REPEAT: Maroon 5’s “Cold” ft. Future

I WILL NEVER GET SICK OF: Avocados, lattés and pretty candles. Just not together.

DREAM VACATION: Somewhere tropical, relaxing in an overwater bungalow

DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE: A mix of feminine and classic

FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP: I love Asos.com – can’t complain about free shipping and returns!

HOLY GRAIL BEAUTY PRODUCTS: You can check out THIS post for my 2016 faves. I also link what I’m currently obsessing over toward the bottom of the front page.

Any other questions? Feel free to e-mail (ilse@livelearnluxeit.com) or ask me on INSTAGRAM


LIVELEARNLUXEIT is a blend of my tried-and-true beauty products, life lessons I want to share (think #girlpower, marriage, entrepreneurship) and fashion tips to help navigate busy lifestyles.


I come from a single-parent home where money was stretched thin so I always found ways to do a lot with a little bit. My mom did such a great job instilling in me that money doesn’t make the (wo)man and no matter your budget you can always have style and I still hold that mantra to this day! That’s why I decided to call my blog LIVELEARNLUXEIT! We all have different definitions of “luxury,” and I believe when you live authentically and learn from your beauty, life and style experiences, you’ll be able to define your version of LUXE!


The LIVELEARNLUXEIT girl is a savvy, sassy and stylish modern woman. She knows a deal when she sees one but isn’t afraid to splurge on timeless and quality products. Luxury products don’t define her, but they do excite her. She might drop some serious cash on the newest designer bag but also rave about her latest drugstore obsession. She’s navigating life with intent and passion, and learning to live life by her own rules.

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you stay awhile! We can also be friends over on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK and TWITTER <3</p