Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Inspired by Julie and Julia

My inspiration is the movie Julia and Julia, and rather than making me inspired to create an outfit on polyvore or photoshop, I find myself wanting to do something- like blog daily. My question to you is this: WHAT should I be blogging about daily. Sure, I could just do random posts, but I really like the idea of having a constant theme or goal. I am brainstorming what I should blog about daily- some sort of project. Let me know if you have an idea!

I am uploading a new video tonight, so I promise that I am not a huge failure when it comes to youtube videos. Irregular with posting? Sure, but not a total failure!

Alright world! Let me know if you have an idea of something you want to read on a daily basis (fashion or otherwise).

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Splurge vs. Save

Saturday, October 16, 2010

So beautiful, I could cry.

These are my new obsession. I will hope to get my hands on these for the holidays or my birthday, but for now, it is just an obsession.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


So sorry for lack of posts and videos but I have been really busy! Even if I have the time, I still am too exhausted to film or write. I am hoping to start back up soon though, so stay tuned and please bear with me!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

It's A Mad World

Yes, I know I am way behind the trend being that I have just gotten into Mad Men, but I am loving it right now. I love the fashion and my boyfriend loves Christina Hendricks, so we can both agree on enjoying the show together. These are a few pieces that reminded me of the show, and I think would be great to add a bit of glamour to your wardrobe. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Busy Lady

Sorry for the lack of posts as of late! Working on more videos for the youtube channel! Be sure to watch the shabby apple video and enter the contest for a chance to win a gorgeous dress. Keep tuned, and I'll see you guys soon! Busy Lady

Busy Lady by ilyssa Brickman featuring christian louboutin pumps

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shabby Apple Giveaway!

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Spotlight On:

I don't know about you, but sometimes I wish there was a guide to life. Something that would make my day just a little easier to navigate. I recently found a website that is just that- it's a shopping guide! When it comes to shopping guides (be it back to school, or just fabulous shoes)'s website is designed to make shopping the web a little less overwhelming. For someone like me, who is often a tad indecisive, this helps point me in the right direction. I hope that helps you guys and gals. Now go forth, and comparison shop!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

What's In My Bag

Getting To Know You- on my new youtube channel!

Double click the video below to jump to the full size version!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Wu Me.

I love the layers and deep colors that fall brings, and can not wait to transition into autumn appropriate clothing. A dress that speaks to my more demure and buttoned up side is the Aslot Dress by Jason Wu. The color and shape is just gorgeous, as is the leather belt that it comes with. I also have a feeling that the pleats make the skirt dance a bit.

I would definitely buy it...if only the price tag were not more than my rent.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

No title can live up to this jacket.

In the eternal words of Rachel Zoe, "I die." This jacket is so beyond insane, and looks like a certain leather jacket that costs much more! There are ribbed sleeve insets that make it easier to move in, but the main attraction is the shape. I am officially obsessed. Aren't you?!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Shameless self promotion!

If you are reading this, you must love shopping, fashion and style tips. The exciting thing that I have been putting off for months and months is finally happening! The Style Edge is finally going to have it's own youtube channel! Get ready, because it will be launching on August 7th! Keep tuned, because there will be a giveaway soon after the launch for all of my subscribers.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mock Croc

Please excuse my recent absence. I have been so busy and tired lately, that blogging has taken a back seat. I thought I would just gush about my newest desire: the architectural reptile satchel from Deena & Ozzy at Urban. I can't tell if it is going to be too large for me, but by the looks of things, it seems like the perfect structured bag for fall. It can be worn on the shoulder or as a cross body bag (and lord knows I love a cross body bag)! Only time will tell if this makes it into my closet, but it is a huge contender due to the amazing price. Enjoy the lusting!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

All Nighter

I am currently back home, visiting my parents. As usual, when I am home my mom loves taking advantage of having a shopping buddy, and last night we hit up the local makeup counters. She treated me to some much needed products, including Urban Decay's All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Spray. I have not found a primer that I absolutely love, and the girl that was assisting us suggested I use a setting spray instead. The spray claims to keep your makeup in place for 16 hours, and keep it from melting or dehydrating in all types of bad weather! What could be better? All Nighter spray is also vegan, cruelty free, and dermatologist tested.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


As you may remember, one of my best friends visited me in July. (She and I share the same guilty pleasure- youtube beauty gurus.) We had a fantastic time talking makeup, fashion, and about the future of our blogs. Kim has always been talented when it comes to makeup, always one to be doing other girls' makeup before dances and has a killer eye for color. She just started a new blog about beauty and being on a budget (something we can all relate too). I highly recommend you check it out! She and I will be collaborating with our blogs soon, so stay tuned for that!

What are you waiting for? Check it out!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Spotlight On: Free People Jewelry

I was browsing the Free People website and stumbled upon so many great finds, especially in the jewelry and accessories area. I am loving the tribal influence in these pieces, and truly wish I could buy all of these necklaces! Unfortunately some of these are out of my price range, but they are great inspiration for vintage shopping.

Fortunes Told necklace

Fringe necklace

Anhelos necklace

Pocket Knife necklace

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Guest Post: Oliver the dog

Hi! My name is Oliver and I am Ilyssa's new dog! I thought I would introduce myself and do a bit of guest blogging. I love walks, playing with toys, sleeping, and chicken treats. Below are some things Ilyssa and I found that looked like fun for a cool dog like myself. Woof!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Get excited: Shabby Apple giveaway!

Shabby Apple is an amazing company that makes fabulous dresses (among other things) for affordable prices. I am definitely a budget conscious babe, and was thrilled when I took a look around their website.
I am so excited to announce that at the beginning of August, I will be launching a youtube channel featuring style advice, and Shabby Apple will be doing a giveaway for the launch! Keep checking in and when my youtube channel launches, you will have all the details on the fantastic giveaway!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fitness Friday

Image and video hosting by TinyPicI am on a little health kick right now, and wanted to share a few fitness themed favorites with you. I love these pants by Hard Tail. My boyfriend isn't a fan of the maternity style rollover, but they are incredibly comfy and great for working out. Next is a great little sweater perfect for lounging in or wearing as a warm up. The bow makes it so much cuter than your average sweat top. Lastly, If you are trying to get healthy like me, you need a bag to tote around all your water bottles and protein shakes in. May I suggest the Puma First Round Shopper? It's got the athletic feel, while keeping a sleek and stylish edge.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Destination Dreaming

Lately, I have been dreaming of traveling. The boyfriend and I keep brainstorming of all the places we want to visit. Although it's not possible for us to go anywhere right now, a girl can dream right? This is what I imagine wearing on our plane trips around the globe!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Her Name Is Summer

As a girl living in Los Feliz in LA, I see a lot of indie/hipster girls. I love the effortless style that they have, but due to my curvy figure, loose fitting clothes just don't always work on me. I realize that there is one indie icon that has amazing style, and also looks polished- someone that I really admire. Ms. Zooey Deschanel. With her dark bangs, and endless stylish skirts and dresses, Zooey Deschanel is the epitome of indie chic.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010


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I love feathers. Whether it be a single one intertwined in a headband, or a feather pattern on a blouse, I can't get enough. Alkemie Jewelry decided to revamp the feather earring of generations past and truly create a statement. Their Om earring will have you breathing deep with excitement. Sitting at 8 inches long, including a reclaimed metal 'om' symbol, this head turner will have everyone in the room asking how to get your style. Meditate on that thought.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Game of Catch Up

As I mentioned in my last post, my amazing friend Kim visited and we had an unbelievable time. We were catching up and reminiscing on old times the second she arrived. This is just a little outfit post (I know. I never do these! Let me know if you would like more of them.) to show you what I wore to pick Kimba up from LAX and go shopping. We had a terrific shopping day, followed a day later by a trip to Disneyland. Terrific staycation for me with the people I love. To read Kim's blog entry about our first day of hanging out and shopping, click here!

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safari jacket: Gap
Skirt: Urban Outfitters
Belt: Urban Outfitters
Shoes: Seychelles
Watch: Michael Kors
Bangle: gift

P.S. I don't have grey roots! I have brown roots that look odd in this lighting!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Summer Excitement!

On of my best and oldest friends is coming to visit tomorrow, and I can not contain my excitement! She is having a whirlwind summer of traveling the U.S. (you can read about it on her summer 2010 blog). As soon as she arrives in LA tomorrow, we will be having an amazing shopping day! Kim is looking to add some versatile pieces to her current wardrobe, and hopefully we will find some budget friendly options on our adventure. Kim and I are hoping to chronicle our 3-4 days of fun together, so keep an eye out for updates.

Unrelated, but just as awesome as ever.....the shoes video:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Catching Rays

The other day my boyfriend uttered the words, "No offense, but you look better tan". I didn't take offense, because at the time I was super tan. All year round I feel the need to have some level of color. I am naturally fairly pale, but I look like I need color because I have larger features (people think I am Persian or something but alas, I am just a white girl). I know that tanning beds cause cancer and premature aging, so I stick mostly to faux tanning lotions.

My self tanning quest began years ago when I used the neutrogena tanning lotion. That stuff makes me look super orange but I didn't realize it (I looked a little like Snookie from Jersey Shore). A couple of years later I invested a bit more and bought 'Faux Tan' lotion by Bare Essentials. This stuff was dark as you put it on, and smelled like almonds. It was perfect. Guess what? They discontinued it! *Insert sad face here*
Eventually I came across Xen Tan (which I am convinced has the same formulation as the aforementioned Faux Tan). It makes you super dark and brown (not orange). The key is that it is green based in it's undertone. It creates a natural tan look and smells like almonds or marzipan as well.

So where can you get your hands on Xen Tan? I buy mine from I think it's a few bucks cheaper than buying from Nordstrom (correct me if I am wrong). Plus, sometimes they throw in free shipping.

Now go forth and be bronzed!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Untimely Resolution

I know it isn't the beginning of the new year, but I am making a new resolution (or renewing an old one). I am going to be more active on this blog, and make it as interesting for you all as possible. Coming in August, will be a youtube channel for The Style Edge, and I hope to connect with you guys on there as well. I am so excited for this renewal of the blog (which I sort of neglect)!

Feel free to comment, or email me ( what you would like to see on here or the youtube channel!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Perfectly Pueblo

I work for Anthropologie, and every time I see this dress, I find it incredibly hard to resist purchasing it. By the time you read this, I may have already caved in and bought it! The canvas-like material on the Pueblo dress is perfect for summer, and could easily be your go to dress all season long. I love how this could be dressed up for a party, or worn with casual accessories for an every day look. I always enjoy a hint of rainbow, so the color combo in this dress is right up my alley. I can't say enough about it! The super flattering fit makes this ideal for all shapes and sizes.

Bonus: although it's a strapless dress, it comes with detachable straps so you could add them on for a different look.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Arm Candy

In my childhood, I had a favorite watch. It was a bubble watch with Ariel from The Little Mermaid on it. I loved looking at my watch- pretending to be a big girl (even if I couldn't tell time yet). When I spotted these Marc by Marc Jacobs watches, I instantly had a flashback. The candy colored hues of these watches remind me of the girly watches of yesteryear. I think these would be gorgeous along with an armful of bracelets this summer. Which color is your favorite?

Where to buy: Turquoise, Pink, Purple

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lovely Lilac

I am not really in the mood to write a lengthy post, but I had to tell you about my favorite new nail polish. It's called Lilacism by Essie. I actually bought it at J Crew (they had bottles at the cash wrap) and I was so excited to try it out! I had been dying to find a go-to nail varnish for the spring, and the stars aligned today- this purple is absolutely perfect!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Dead Man Tell No Tales

Whenever I go to Disneyland, I go on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride numerous times. I always search the pile of gold as I pass by it, for treasures I hadn't seen the last time. I recently came across a necklace that is in the spirit of the Pirates ride- and I am in love. The Bottled Treasure Pendant from Free People is the perfect delicate necklace to add to your collection. My favorite version of the necklace has a turquoise feather and gold flecks inside- and for $24.00 - it doesn't get much better! To conclude: Yo ho! yo ho! A pirates life for me!