Stamford, CT

The Not-So Basic White Shirt You …

As soon as I stepped out in this outfit my husband said, “I really like that.” I looked at him quizzically because if you really think about it, this look is nothing more than a white shirt and jeans – except it isn’t.

My top is the quintessential not-so basic white shirt and it takes the look to a whole ‘nother level! I’m talking chicy-deeky status and now you look like a bad ass fashionista who’s got it going on! Yes this shirt is powerful and you need it now ūüėČ read more

Greenwich, CT

What To Wear To A Polo …

This past Sunday the hubs, our westie Scottie and I put on our chic Sunday best and headed to the Greenwich Polo Club. If you live in Connecticut it’s a must! It’s one of my favorite summer events and we make it a goal to at least go once during the season. (Though I’ll be honest and say I know very little about the sport.)

The atmosphere is lively and classy, and there’s never a shortage of glamour – especially in the fashion!

I like to err on the side of sophistication when deciding what to wear to a polo match and this year I had the pleasure of being dressed by Hobbs London. read more

A Little About Me, Ilse

Hi beauty! I'm Ilse (ill-say)! Welcome to LiveLearnLuxeIt! A place where I share a medley of my loves - from fashion and beauty to lifestyle topics like marriage and #girlpower! My passion is to cultivate honest conversations between the women who are the doers and shakers of the world (or aspire to be!), and provide a source of inspiration for the modern woman.

I currently live in Connecticut with my husband of five years but have a special place in my heart for Arizona (my home state), where I graduated from ASU with a degree in Journalism.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you decide to stay awhile!

Stamford, CT

The Outfit For Every Summer Event

Adios staring blankly at your closet. Hello jumpsuits!

Jumpsuits are the one-and-done solution to all my “I don’t know what to wear!” problems. Seriously. They’ve quickly become my favorite (an obsession really) and now it’s my go-to outfit for every summer event I’ve got planned.

Putting aside how, um, interesting? it gets when you have to go to the bathroom, jumpsuits are super cute and you can find casual and dressy options everywhere! But my true love for this onesie one piece comes from its weather versatility. read more

Stamford, CT

How To Make This Summer’s …

Crop tops, gingham and culottes: They’re some of this summer’s biggest fashion trends. And somehow I managed to squeeze them all in one outfit! I know, rebel, but I think I pulled it off?

I’ve always believed that if a current trend doesn’t flatter your body type or style, there’s no harm in taking a pass. Just because it’s a trend doesn’t mean you¬†have¬†to wear it. And that’s probably the best advice I can give you. Make the trends work for you, not the other way around. read more

Stamford, CT

Trendy Work Clothes On A Budget

Dressing for an office setting while still showing off your personal style can be a little complicated at times. You want to be professional (I mean, it took long enough to land the job!) but you also don’t want to lose your fashion sense in what can sometimes¬†be a stuffy corporate world.

If you work in fashion (or any creative) space you might have some wiggle room, but for the most part, adapting to the office dress code and adding your personal flair can be a tricky balancing act.

Add sticking to a budget and we’re in a whole ‘nother world of fun! read more


4th of July Outfit Ideas

Hey hey it’s Monday! And I’m back with a quick inspiration post! 4th of July is two weeks away (what?) and I’d be lying if I said 4th of July outfit ideas come easily to me. Depending on what your plans are, you either choose to go all out decked in red, white and blue or you pay homage in a more subtle way. If you’re celebrating with a significant other you might even choose to coordinate, with one wearing the blue and the other red. I’m a little of both. I like to wear the colors but not in a very in-your-face way. read more

Stamford, CT

Easy Summer Look To Copy Now

I seem to have an #ootd type. Comfortable. Stylish. Easy. It’s a running theme with the looks I gravitate toward. Can you blame me? I want my outfits to look¬†like I spent hours thinking them over but really it was a 1, 2, 3 decision. Especially for summer! The weather’s hot, it’s sticky and sometimes looking good is the last thing on my mind. (I’m talking to you, Arizona weather.)¬†But¬†I seem to have found the solution to this dilemma – maxi skirts! They work every time and it’s an easy summer look to copy now because you probably already own and have all the pieces in your closet! read more

Stamford, CT

How To Wear The “Shirt Around …

It took 29 years for me to finally give into the shirt around the waist trend – which, let’s be honest, really just shows how stubborn I can be.

I didn’t give into it as a kid when all my friends were rockin’ their big puffer jackets around their waists, and I didn’t give into it just recently when 90’s fashion made a roaring comeback.

I gave into it just this past weekend when this super simple (and affordable!) nude tank dress just so happened to be hanging next to my very loved jean jacket. I looked at the two and something just clicked. The outfit isn’t revolutionary by any means but it felt right, and most importantly, it didn’t feel super young. It just gave laid-back, yet chic vibes which instantly convinced me that the shirt around the waist trend¬†will be a repeat offender all¬†summer – you’ve been warned ūüėČ read more

Stamford, CT

Small Ways to Update Your Summer …

Happy Monday beauties! This past Saturday was one of the most beautiful Saturdays¬†in Connecticut – and then the rain came on Sunday. But for a brief moment we had summer and it hit me that my wardrobe is far from summer ready. And don’t even get me started on beach body ready. Have you seen that meme that says “The beach gonna get¬†whatever body I give it“? Ya, that’s me right now.

But back to my closet woes, it’s been going through a transition – partly because some days are still light sweater weather and also my closet is in shambles from my recent move. Since I’ve been having to update my summer wardrobe on the fly, I thought I’d share some small ways to update your summer wardrobe that don’t cost much and take minimal effort! read more

Stamford, CT

How “Grit” Might Be The Best …

I was listening to a TED Radio Hour podcast (you guys, I’m currently obsessed with podcasts!) and I decided to play one named “Success.” How appealing right? Teach me all there is to know about being successful! They went through different definitions of “assumed” success, discussed why we’re so obsessed with it and how we should perhaps look at success less objectively. I loved all the speakers (including Tony Robbins) but today I want to focus on psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth¬†and her concept on¬†how grit might be the best trait for success. read more

Greenwich, CT

June Goals

Before the start of a new month, it’s always helpful¬†to sit down and re-evaluate the month before. Especially if you work for yourself, it’s important to have a clear understanding of the highs and lows of the previous month, what worked, what didn’t, and what you want to accomplish in the upcoming month. After all, how do we succeed and grow without paying attention to our past behaviors and their outcomes? That’s why before I jump head first into June I thought I’d share my June goals, both personal and professional, in hopes of inspiring¬†you to do the same. read more