Thursday, December 24, 2009
With so many parties and get-togethers during the holiday season, it can be hard to know what to bring to the hostess with the mostess. These women are champions of baking, and socializing alike. When I think of a Betty Homemaker, I think of lovely aprons that match each outfit. I love the Extra Ingredient apron from Anthropologie. Finished with a corsage and adorable pleats, your friend (or you) will look darling while preparing a delicious meal! Next up is a gift that is also from Anthro. The Dining Room Measuring Spoons are an elegant way to spruce up any one's cooking utensil drawer. With so many modern measuring tools, it's refreshing to see ornate details on a practical kitchen accessory. I don't know about you, but I am nothing but a sugar fanatic. If you have a friend that enjoys sweets and baking, they will love this giant cupcake mold. This big mama is the size of a cake, but has all the charm of it's miniature counterpart. Lastly is this monogrammed soap. For someone who has guests over frequently, it is a nice touch to have personalized soaps in the bathrooms. Just remember: for Betty Homemaker...make it peachy keen!
Friday, December 4, 2009
There is nothing better than giving throughout the holiday season, so leading up to the holidays I will be featuring some gift guides. The first on the list? Mom! So what to give to the woman that gave you the gift of life? Indulge your mom with a cashmere wrap from nordstrom. This cozy and luxurious gift will be perfect for lounging near the fireplace, holiday travel, or a family dinner. Next up is a gorgeous pearl necklace from Dogeared. With a simple elegance that is truly a classic, this necklace will show your mom how much she means to you. And for under 50 dollars, you can give mommy dearest a gift that she will treasure for a lifetime. I don't know about your moms, but mine loves to pamper herself with beauty products. A brand that is always a pleaser, is Philosophy. Their lush products are multi purpose, serving as a bubble bath, shower gel, and shampoo! I just love this set, with all the comforting scents of the winter season. This way, Mom can indulge in hot cocoa and marshmallows without the guilt! Last on the list may not be fashionable, but I am certain that your mom will enjoy the gift of comfort. The Coquette Slippers from UGG Australia are a great present for all the moms that have slaved over holiday dinners and family get-togethers. No matter what you choose to give your loved ones, remember that the best gifts are the ones filled with love.
More gift guides to come soon!
Monday, November 16, 2009
One of my guilty pleasures is watching QVC or the Home Shopping Network. I can't help but indulge in the beauty demonstrations and friendly hosts. Although I tend to hide my sad little addiction, there was one QVC line that I was proud to tune in for: Rachel Zoe. Albeit a tad overpriced for something I can't try on before I buy, Zoe's line is filled with beautiful and opulent jewels, faux fur and fabulosity. I fell in love when I saw this cocktail ring, and knew that it had to be a part of my collection. After a month of contemplating, I finally gave in and purchased it. It looks like an amazing estate piece, yet is so easily accessible. I am so excited for it to arrive, and to wear it to lots of holiday celebrations. Buy it here.
In my last post, I highlighted the amazing Uncrate website for all things cool and guy related. Soon after, my boyfriend and I made another discovery. The same people that created Uncrate have come up with a female counterpart: Outblush. Think of it as a few of your best friends with all the shopping advice in the world...or internet. The lovely ladies of outblush highlight the best on the web ranging from home decor, to fashion, and even delicious food. Another favorite feature? Doubtblush, where the editors discuss some of the 'wtf' products available online. Be sure to check this out, and be prepared to waste hours upon hours craving everything on the site.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
My boyfriend has a knack for finding all things interesting on the Internet, and he shares his wonderful discoveries with me. One of his uber-cool findings was Uncrate- a website devoted to (and I quote the website): "guys who love stuff". With everything from style, to culture, every boy is sure to find themselves enamored with the outrageous gadgets featured on the site. Whether you are looking for a great guy gift, or just finding ways to waste time on the Internet, Uncrate will have you mesmerized for hours.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
When I was little, I would close my closet doors before I went to bed, to make sure that the monsters wouldn't come out of it at night. Now, I would be happy to have monsters in my closet...in the form of Wild Things inspired outfits from Opening Ceremony. These pieces, created for the release of Where The Wild Things Are, are truly amazing pieces. Whether it be a full jumpsuit inspired by the character Max, or skirts, dresses, and jackets influenced by the wild things in the film, each piece is sure to be a fabulous addition to your fall wardrobe. I personally, wish I could afford the pajama suit for my Halloween costume, but it's a hefty price tag to go with it's amazing-ness. Be sure to check out all of the beautiful pieces at Opening Ceremony.
If you'll excuse me, I am off to go howl at the moon!
Posted by Ilyssa at 8:26 PM
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Hey guys! So yesterday me and the boyfriend went to Disneyland, and had an amazing time. Disneyland is all decorated for Halloween now, and it's so fun to see the pumpkin Mickey decorations throughout the park. I have always been the biggest wimp I know, and have never been one to go on thrill rides. I enjoy a leisurely stroll through main street, some shopping, and fireworks. Not the case yesterday. Shockingly, I faced my fears and went on every ride I have ever been intimidated by, and conquered all of them. I could not be prouder of myself! On to the fashion portion of this post: I found some unlikely fashion inspiration in Tomorrowland. Maybe it's my partiality for ninja style, but I could not help but stare at the female Jedi costumes at the Jedi training camp. The kimono style top was cinched at the waste, and had amazing drapey sleeves...who knew Star Wars wear could be so flattering? In addition to the fantastic top (and totally sweet light saber), our female Jedi had a very easy and chic updo. It kept the hair out of her face, which is imperative when you are facing the forces of evil.
I really had an amazing time yesterday, and can not wait to go back again.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Hello all! I hope you can forgive me from my lack of posting lately. As soon as I began getting better from my health issues, I got a new job! I now work at Rob Dyrdek's fantasy factory as an administrative assistant. Now that I have a job I can finally afford the pretty clothes of my dreams...Anyhoo! It is the time of year that plagues me like no other: Halloween! I can never decide what to be, even though I spend most of my year contemplating it. So, I turn to you for advice and suggestions. Should I be a Flower Child, Mystical Witch, or a Pin Up/Military girl?
OR, do you have a great suggestion for a costume? Comment or let me know at email@example.com
What are YOU going to be?
Posted by Ilyssa at 4:28 PM
Friday, September 4, 2009
With the economical climate the way it is, saving money is on all of our minds. Although bargains are great, why spend hundreds on throw away items that won't last when you could invest in pieces that will stand the test of time? Looking at clothes as an investment is important, because you truly get what you pay for. A classic item that costs more, will last for years to come, whereas that forever 21 top you just bought probably won't. That said, there is nothing wrong with buying cheaper items- I do it all the time- but they usually end up atbuffalo exchange or crossroads trading company within 3 years. As I am getting older, I realize that my wardrobe should grow with me, and my favorite items seem to be classics. I have chosen 4 classic items that will eternally look good. Most importantly, you will never look back and say "what was I thinking?" in one of these!
The classic wrap dress: You can find one of these at nearly any price point, and will always look polished.
The trench: This chic classic will never go out of style.
The pencil skirt: A pencil skirt can be paired with a multitude of pieces to look corporate or party-worthy.
Trouser jeans: Trouser shaped jeans flatter every figure, and can easily be dressed up for night.
Posted by Ilyssa at 8:43 PM
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Hello all! This is another apology for not posting lately. I am still sick (which I have been for almost 2 months). I am finally getting some answers from my doctors, but it's a slow recovery process. The diagnoses at the moment is inflammation of the stomach and colon (lovely, I know) which has caused me lots of pain, and 2 trips to the ER. No fun at all! Despite being home sick for so long, it has been hard to sit up and keep the computer on my lap without hurting, so that has cut into my blogging. Hopefully I will be better soon, and back to sharing fabulousness with you.
Things to look forward to after I am better? Disneyland, spa trip, and eating food again!
Love you all, and hope to be back to blogging regularly very soon!
Posted by Ilyssa at 11:12 PM
Thursday, August 6, 2009
The motorcycle jacket has been a wardrobe staple for years, and although there are many options if you want to invest in a leather jacket, there is no need to break the bank with this trend. Each of these leather, or faux leather jackets hits the trend on the nose, without hitting your wallet hard.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Hey guys! I want to apologize for my absence lately from the blog! Life has thrown a few curve balls at me, and I will be back to blogging soon, as soon as my life is a bit more in order. I'm in the process of moving, due to my previous apartment flooding from a leak the unit above us. On top of all that, I am going through some health issues. I just want to assure you all that I will be back very soon, so keep tuned!
Posted by Ilyssa at 5:45 PM
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
So, this is my first outfit post! I usually forget to get a picture when I get dressed, but I will make a conscious effort from now on. My boyfriend is a little confused as to why I would want a picture taken of my outfit...but he agrees to play photographer anyways. We went to the beach yesterday, and this is what I covered up with. Nothing that cute or complicated, but it kept me decent walking to and from the car!
Free People Jumper, Urban Outfitters Hat, Forever 21 sunnies.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Pade Vavra is a Los Angeles jewelry designer, that creates amazing and unique pieces that have been seen on the likes of Rachel Zoe, Joy Bryan, Mila Kunis, and Gwyneth Paltrow. In addition to her extensive clientele, Pade's work has been featured in Lucky, W, Japanese Vogue, and WWD. One of my friends works for Pade, therefore I always get to admire the gorgeous jewels when I see her. I own 2 pairs of earrings by Pade, and the quality and detail that goes into each piece is amazing. This is a double shank ring my friend was wearing (on loan) from the Pade Vavra fine jewelry collection. It has a one-of-a-kind quartz with pave diamonds encrusting the top of the 14kt peach gold bands. It is truly amazing. The PADE by Pade Vavra collection is much more affordable, and both can be found here. I just had to gush over the stunning rock that I had the pleasure of ooh-ing and aah-in over tonight.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
It's been a of couple weeks since I graduated, and I have yet to post pictures from the big day. The ceremony was held at the Staples Center in LA, and it was PACKED! I wore the dress that I had posted earlier and it was a hit. Everyone looked great, and I got to show off my studded cap and gown (sorry I don't have a better shot of it. If you can tell, the collar of my gown has small silver studs, and the top of my cap had big ones). The picture on the bottom left is me and my dad! I love this picture, and because he is always behind the lens, I never get a photo of him. By the way, he hates this picture because he looks fat... I told him it wasn't the picture lol!
HAPPY 4th OF JULY!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
One of my passions in life (aside from fashion) has always been beauty. I love the cosmetics industry, and my dream as a dorky little girl, was to be a sleek MAC girl at Nordstrom. As an adult, I still find myself behaving like a kid in a candy store when I visit the makeup counters. Being the beauty geek that I am, I decided to compile a few key items that will help you survive the summer heat, while looking great. #1 on my list is Bumble & Bumble's famous Surf Spray. This texturizing hair cocktail will leave your hair with beachy waves, even if you are miles from the sea. Next up are 2 self tanners. Anyone who knows me will say that I am a self tanner junkie. If you look in my bathroom cabinet you will see a slew of orange and brown bottles, with the purpose of making me a little more bronzed. Out of all the tanners I have tried, these 2 seem to give the best results. Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel and Jergens Natural Glow Express really do the job. The last thing you need for your summer beauty routine is a great waterproof mascara. Benefit's Bad Gal waterproof mascara is great. The fat brush gets every lash coated, and plumps them up. Now go make all your friends jealous with your fabulous beachy look!
Posted by Ilyssa at 2:43 PM
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
I recently came across the lovely designs of Hello Robertson, and knew I had to feature them. With tons of versions of their adorable hair accessories, and the option to design it yourself, the headbands made by New York girls Kelly Reynolds, Hannah Robertson and Angela Francine are sure to take the fashion world by storm. With all of their designs under $30, these hair accessories are the perfect (and wallet friendly) way to add a little oomph to a simple outfit.
Can be found at hellorobertson.com
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Being that I just graduated, I have a few extra bucks in my pocket from gift money. I thought I would seize the moment, and buy a few things I was eyeing at Anthropologie. The first purchase I made, was this Aim High pullover. It has bat wing sleeves, that I adore. If I thought my boyfriend said I dressed like a ninja before (harem pants & jumpsuits), I was in no way prepared for the jokes that will be soon thrown my way. The next thing I had really wanted was this statement necklace. It is huge, and such a gorgeous color. I am thinking of pairing it with a black maxi dress for the wedding in a few weeks. Lastly, I bought this plaid tunic. I will admit that this was an impulse buy. The moment I tried it on, I felt like I was channeling MK a bit, which made me instantly want to buy it. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some ninja moves to practice.
Posted by Ilyssa at 5:21 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
As I said in my last post, my parents are in town. Although they can get on my last nerve, I love them very much, and they love me. I am an only child (if you don't count the dog) so they enjoy spoiling me when they can. My Mom misses taking me shopping on a regular basis, so today she didn't hold back when it came to spending. It was so so sweet of her to buy everything for me, and I am so appreciative. As you can see, I did end up getting that AMAZING necklace from Free People that I desired. It is so gorgeous in person, I can't tell you!! I also bought a few things at MAC that will really enhance my summer look. Now all I need are those Ann D. inspired sandals that I will probably get with some grad gift money. Starting to love my closet again...
photos from freepeople.com, urbanoutfitters.com & maccosmetics.com
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
My parents are in town for my graduation (p.s. I am officially done with college! My last day was yesterday!) and they have been so kind, as to help pay for furnishing my home. For the past 5 months, my boyfriend and I have been living in a lovely apartment, with barely any furniture, so it's about time to furnish this baby. With all of my graduation gift money, I am turning this house into a home. Both my boyfriend and I are artistic people, so an eclectic sense of style works for us. I thought I would share with you some of my home inspirations. I apologize that I don't know where each picture is from. I have them all jumbled in an inspiration folder on my desktop, so it's all mixed together. I can tell you that many of these images came from Domino Magazine (may it rest in peace). I hope you enjoy the home decor porn!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Despite the fact that it rained today, I refuse to get out of the summer mindset when it comes to clothing. I only own one of the items in this look (the BDG convertible skirt- which I love) and the rest are items that I wish were in my wardrobe. As soon as I have a job, I think I will be buying the shoes and the necklace. This is essentially, my ideal summer look.
The tank: Organic roll edge racer tank, from La Carconne. 58 bucks too much to shell out on a tank? There are some great alternatives at Forever 21 and Urban.
The necklace: Pearl Crown Necklace from Free People. For only 38 dollars, you can get this gorgeous statement necklace! What a deal!
The bag: Sabina Simone Satchel from Urban Outfitters. This stunning leather bag comes in black and a vibrant purple shade, and is sure to be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
The Skirt: BDG Convertible Skirt from Urban Outfitters: This skirt is such an easy, go-to piece in my wardrobe, and with so many color choices, you are bound to find the perfect one for you!
The Shoes: Sweet Life by Dolce Vita Lace-Up Sandal. Such a perfect budget-friendly version of the Ann Demeulemeesters! Buy at Urban Outfitters.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
When I was 3 or 4 years old, I was Minnie Mouse for Halloween. Even years after, I would go into my costume box, and pull out that polka dot hair bow, and prance around the house in it- just for fun. I still love many of the things I liked as a child, and often wish that I could incorporate my childish desires into my wardrobe, without looking foolish (I am only 5 feet tall- and could be confused with an actual small child). Who else, but my sartorial soul mate- Diane von Furstenberg, would make giant hair bows, so sophisticated? Every season, I look to DVF's runway and wish I had every piece in my wardrobe. For the past few seasons, DVF has included some amazing hair pieces to go with the outstanding clothing, and her most recent show is no exception. If you are like me, and don't have the most padding in your wallet, a great DVF bow alternative is this 'Jersey Bow Headband' from Urban Outfitters. This sweet headband is budget friendly, and comes in 3 colors. If 18 bucks is out of your price range, try DIYing a bow with your favorite scarf or a big piece of material. All I know is that I am a very happy girl, knowing that I can sport a giant bow on my head, just like Minnie.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
I recently was the assistant stylist on a photoshoot for Who What Wear (you can see the story by clicking HERE). It was an amazing shoot, and I got to work (for the second time) with Angela Fink- a fantastic stylist. I just wanted to share with you guys some pictures from behind the scenes of the shoot.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
My boyfriend- embarrassed to be seen there!
Last night me and my boyfriend went to see Dane Cook at the Staples Center. Although I have enjoyed some of this other stuff more, it was a good show. We had amazing seats, thanks to my uncle, and overall, had a really good time. Having said this, the Dane Cook fan is a scary sight. I enjoy his stuff, but the majority of his fans that were there last night were horrific looking. DEAR LORD. Every douchebag in LA came out of the woodwork for this show. We are talking about affliction graphic tees everywhere you looked, with enough Ed Hardy to blanket the greater Los Angeles area. I do believe this is what hell will be like. The girls weren't exactly "natural" beauties, if you catch my drift. The picture here is basically what every girl looked like. Scary, I know. The man in the picture below is a compilation I made, of the Dane Cook fan we saw a lot of last night. Guido hair, sculpted facial hair, graphic tee and embellished jeans. A real class act. Just had to report to you on the scary world of douchebag fashion. It was too good to not tell you about!
Dane Cook's female fan:
Dane Cook's male fan:
Posted by Ilyssa at 5:53 PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Forget what they say.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Hellooooo all! I have been playing around with the whole DIY jewelry thing, and have come to the conclusion that I can rock when it comes to anything with chains, charms, and jump rings (I put clasps on everything I make)...but I suck with anything string related! I just made these and know I will be wearing them a ton. The first was this GORGEOUS geode thing- I have no clue what type of stone it is, but I am in love with it. It is an amazing periwinkle color, and looks as if it were torn from a huge rock. There is a ton of texture to it. The next necklace I made has a peace sign and an elephant on it...I love elephants! I bought some other charms, and stones, so when I make those, I will let you know. Let me know if you want me to make you something, and if I have enough requests, I will set up an Etsy account for them.
The title is sort of random, but I can't get that song out of my head! Check it out here!
I think the best invention next to toilet paper is target. That place has EVERYTHING! If the world comes to an end...that is where you will find me! I recently went to the magical superstore to pick up a few household items, and ended up making some personal pampering purchases (say that 10 times fast)! The first picture isn't of a purchase...just the view from my corner, on the way to 'tarjey'. Can you spot the hollywood sign? YAY! You Found it! hahah! So down to the good stuff: 2 adorable nail polishes in fun colors- perfect for toes and fingers of the daring! The neon green comes out looking like a highlighter, but I am okay with that. The Mediterranean body scrub was one I had seen in the shower before, but that was because my old roommate owned it. She loved it, so I thought 'why not?'- it's delicious! Exfoliated so well, and preps my skin for going to the Bahamas (not actually going to the Bahamas, but that's what I call it when I use self tanning lotion)!
Now, if you'll excuse me I have a date with some Jergens tanning lotion...