3 Things To Do Before Summer Is …

Life has been like whoa lately! From BBQs to birthdays to work, weekend after weekend the hubs and I have been on a crazy Connecticut tour! Or so it seems from all the things we’ve got going on. It’s all fun stuff so I can’t complain! But it has left little time for us to plan our own activities!

So this weekend I made a list of all the things I want to do before summer is over. We’re fortunate we live in a really fun city where there’s not a shortage of events around us so I decided to choose my top, practical favorites (planning a mini road trip now is out of the question!). read more

Danbury, CT

Why You Should Trade Expectations For …

Today I wanted to chat about something I struggle with so much. I’ve mentioned it before but if you’re new to these parts, hi I’m Ilse, and I tend to overanalyze and create perfect scenarios in my head. If the moment doesn’t go as planned, I get pretty upset. Not visibly but internally. And it doesn’t have to necessarily be directed at a person, it can just be an overwhelming feeling I get. What I’ve done is given up my happiness over little things I can’t control. 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!


How to Host a Summer Soiré…

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #Chardonnation #NotableSummer #CollectiveBias

Last week I invited some of my best girlfriends over to see our new place and have ourselves a little summer soirée! (Can we all agree adding “soirée” to anything makes it sound super fancy?) Our guest of honor was Notable Wines because when my friends and I get together it’s all about good conversation and even better wine! read more


Traveling To London For The First …

If you’re traveling to London for the first time, I’m so jealous! It’s a beautiful city and you’re about to have the time of your life! But before you can hop on a plane and start your overseas adventure (assuming you’re traveling from the U.S), there are a few things you’ve gotta do to prepare properly.

My husband and I just traveled abroad together for the first time. We started in London, then Paris, Barcelona and ended in Madrid (I’ll be doing a travel guide for each city so stay tuned!). I definitely did my fair share of stalking the internet for all the travel tips I could find. I researched hotels, neighborhoods, top tourist attractions and even made a list of the most raved about restaurants. Some of our days I planned out to the last minute, others I gave ourselves wiggle room to explore and be a little spontaneous. 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


The Perfect Paris Moment

When my husband and I stepped foot off our long flight abroad, we both glanced at each other with huge grins. The excitement definitely took over the exhaustion we felt and we were so happy to be experiencing Europe together for the next 10 days – something we both dreamed of for a very long time. I’ll be honest and say I was most excited to check Paris off my bucket list. I mean, come on!? How do you not wanderlust over the beauty and history of this city? And when I saw the Eiffel Tower for the first time? Well that was the perfect Paris moment! read more


Our 5 Year Wedding Anniversary

Today is our 5 year wedding anniversary and I really can’t believe it. The time has flown by and I find myself more in love with my husband than I’ve ever been. I ask myself (daily) what I did to deserve such a good man. I don’t know the answer but I thank my lucky stars our paths crossed 9 years ago.

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I can truly go on and on and on about the wonderful man my husband is but I’m going to save that for him. He’s not really the mushy, post-it-on-social-media type anyway so I’ll respect that. read more


Casual Spring Weekend Outfit + 3 Things I’…

Ah Monday, we meet again and this time, I’m actually happy to see you. This week I’ve got something really fun I’ve been waiting, what seems like, forever to share with you all. Keep your eyes on my Insta because you’re gonna love it!

Another thing I know you’re going to love? Pairing distressed jeans with duster jackets for a casual spring weekend outfit. I’ve styled this olive duster so many times on the blog (find the looks here and here) and that’s because it’s one of my favorite ways to “chic-up” an outfit. I love throwing leggings and a sweatshirt on as much as the next girl but sometimes they can be too casual. This simple weekend outfit works because the boyfriend jeans are not restrictive and the duster jacket is a light, flowy fabric that moves with you and doesn’t fit too tight. Everything about this outfit says you’re in chill mode and ready to enjoy your weekend plans. read more


5 Keys to Success from Top Entrepreneurs

Trying to build something out of nothing is a very daunting task. The will, the passion, the courage all have to be there, and they have to be greater than your desire to quit when times get tough. And times will get tough. More often than not you’ll hear “no” rather than “yes” and people will dismiss your work before praising it. Especially if you’re new and trying to prove your worth.

This past weekend I got the chance to attend a Power Brunch in NYC. The panelists included top entrepreneurs in the food, blogging, fitness, beauty even tea industry. They shared their journey, struggles and accomplishments and gave us tons of real-life advice on how they found success. There were so many good points made but a few kept coming up so I thought I’d share with you, what I’ve dawned, 5 keys to success from top entrepreneurs. read more


Friday Favorites 4.7.17 + GIVEAWAY (Closed)

It’s been a slow week around the blog and that’s because it’s been a crazy week in real life. If you follow me on Instagram (or read this post) then you know we’ve been searching for a new apartment. We love the place we have now but it’s too far from my husband’s job (he has a four hour commute – two hours each way!). Bless his heart. But we finally settled on a place {cue the confetti} and I’m pretty excited about it. I’m the type of person who likes to turn every stone before making a decision, which is good (and sometimes really bad), and finally I just let go and went with the place that felt the most home-y. read more