Tuesday, August 12, 2014

DSW Shoe Hook-Up: Back to Class Part #3 + Contest Winner Announced!

oversized sweatershirt: c/o boxie tees / dress: base exchange (old) / backpack: forever21 (borrowed from my sister) / teva sandals: c/o dsw / spike earrings: c/o calypte collection

with all the rain that we were getting last week, we actually felt some cooler temperatures for a change. we still experienced some humid southern afternoon weather over the weekend, but the cool morning air was delightful - to the point that i was able to grab myself my newest favorite over sized sweater. it's the perfect shade of powder blue and is oh, so comfy! plus it's the perfect layering piece to go with my go-to black cotton dress turned skirt. and while we are talking favorites, i love my spiky earrings that add the right amount of edge to this outfit, don't you think?

and please, can we flashback to jr. high for just a moment?! who ever said the 90's would never make a comeback?! the recent fashion trends continue to prove that person (buzzer sound insert here) wrong!

these tevas are the perfect touch of continued comfort. sure, they are perfect for those wild outdoor adventures (and for jr. high flash backs) but the pop of bright blue plus pink plus comfort made this a must for this ensemble.

and btw today we are announcing the winner from the photo/video back to school contest! wait for it...drum roll, please!...the winner of my DSW contest is Elyse Tooley who featured her sweet Back to Class via Twitter HERE! congrats, Elyse! i'll be shooting you an email with the details so you can start shopping!

but hey, to all those who entered, you're still a winner in mine and DSW's eyes since part of your entry included joining DSW rewards! you're pretty much a winner with all the great perks you get for being a pat of the coolest back to school group ever. and if you aren't a member, don't wait a second longer! click HERE to join in on all the fun! you don't want to miss out!

last but not least be sure to check out the rest of the DSW Back to Class gang! this is our last and final week of back to school outfits and more DSW contest winners to be announced - so be inspired as we wrap up this super fun series:

this post was sponsored by DSW though all my opinions are def my own! thanks for supporting the sponsors that keep this blog rolling!

much love.
{happy wednesday, friend.}

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

DSW Shoe Hook Up: Back to Class Part 2 (and a contest to win FREE DSW shoes!)

dress: c/o lulu*s / camera bag: c/o jototes / necklace: yellow heart art / sneakers: c/o dsw / lipstick: radiant cosmetics (moscow)

there was a time in my life, i kid you not, that you would not catch me dead rocking a pair of sneakers with a dress. heels, yes. wedges, yes. flats, yes. but sneakers then, no. absolutely heck no.

but people change, don't they? and lately, sneakers and dresses are becoming a routine favorite especially when it comes to these classic white converse sneakers. i love how you can rock them with anything. they are comfortable and just too cute to pass up with a pair of cut off shorts, cuffed jeans, and - wait for it! - even caaaaa-uuuute dresses.

and did you know dsw is giving you a chance to grab your own pair of converses? or really any pair of dsw shoes 'cause they are giving away a $50 DSW gift card. i say that's better than money! here's why:

1) you hafta to spend. with gift cards, you can't put in a bank account or spend it on food or rent or gas (unless you have a gc for those things, duh).

2) you hafta to spend it on shoes. dsw shoes to be exact. second duh.

and this is a super easy contest to get in on! first, like i mentioned last week, sign up for dsw rewards. super easy! sign up and DONE! first step complete. i'll even include the sweet link HERE to make it easy for you and the link to the actual registration form HERE. and then the fun part: take a picture of your back to school style and upload it to facebook, instagram or twitter and hashtag it with #DSWShoeHookup.

and BAM! there's your chance for that $50 FDW gift card. come on. you are uploading back to school pictures already (i know you!) so just enter already, folks!

once you've done all that, enter RIGHT HERE, not here...but HERE (or the other right here) and i'll draw a winner next week. i'll be announcing on August 13th! enter as many times as you want! and be sure to tag @muchloveilly in your posts 'cause i wanna see!

and last but not least, don't forget to check all the other sweet bloggers continuing to show off their back to school style. seriously, they are some of my favorites!

this post was sponsored by DSW yet all my opinions are completely my own! 

much love.
{happy wednesday, friend.}

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DSW Shoe Hook-Up: Back to Class!

top: c/o Boxie Tees / skirt: c/o Lulu*s / boots: c/o DSW / glasses: UO

back to school. yes, i was one of those nerds that actually loved going back to school. i love going back to school shopping with my mom and sister. i held tightly to that shopping list that the school distributed. and i still can't help but reminiscence those days when i run into a target and see all the students and parents scrambling over the discounted notebooks and crayons.

but i have also been a sucker for back to school trends. it also means that fall is just around the corner which means time for sweaters and scarves - oh, my! i also love me some nerd glasses (neeeerd! i told you!) and backpacks and plaid! and last but not least, i love me a good pair of booties that i can transition to from the warmer days of summer and into the early days of fall. and here in the south, we don't deal too much with snow (sorry, Chicago friends!) so the Steve Madden Rubin booties in cognac that i'm rocking with this outfit is the perfect pair for that exact purpose! they are comfy and i actually remember owning an very similar pair back in my old-school (literally) days.

want your own pair? be sure to rush over to DSW and snag your own pair! DSW is my personally one-stop shop when it comes to a great pair of shoes at affordable prices. i don't think i've lived in a town where there wasn't one at least in driving distance, but if you don't have one in your area, they have an awesome website with the exact same shoes in stock at the same discount prices.

and one more thing: if you are a DSW Rewards Member, you get even more discounts?! i don't know about you but i am all about saving money. every penny counts, right? get started HERE and join me to getting a ton of perks (including points galour that can add up to a new pair of DSW shoes and even a sweet birthday gift and even more!). it's a super sweet program - and get this: next week, i'm hosting a contest next Wednesday that does require you to be a DSW member! but it's total win-win 'cause 1) you'll get the perks of being a member to a super cool programs 2) you'll be eligible to enter a contest that may or may not (but more may) include a pair of DSW shoes!

i mean, come on. it's a total win-win-win, as michael scott would say.

don't forget to follow all the other bloggers involved and see how they've styled their DSW hook-ups! check out their blogs below or follow the hashtag #DSWShoehook all across social media!

thanks to DSW for sponsoring this post. all opinions are all my own.

much love.
{happy wednesday, friend.}

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

thank goodness, i'm not a celebrity.

top: c/o taylor and stylist / shorts: aeropostle / necklace: c/o eve's addiction / trainers: c/o jd trainers

where to even begin? this has been one caaaaa-razy summer. i feel like i have overused the word whirlwind to describe my summer...but that does not make it nonetheless true.

soooo whirlwind, it is.

from the madness of a fast-paced job to preparing for an awesome ministry opportunity this upcoming fall to visiting my parents and sister in South Carolina over 4th of July weekend to (last but not least!) moving to a new apartment over this past weekend. (raise your hands to the roof!)

whew. i feel like i need to catch a breath even after typing all of that.

which made me randomly thing: can you imagine a life of a celebrity? whether an actress? to the president of the US? to anybody who's schedule is jammed packed by their agent or publicist - or really someone other than yourself? you want to go take a nap and somebody is like um, no. you have to go hang out with barbara walters for that interview. or you want to just go get a quick work out in but then someone else is like no, you have to go hang out with taylor swift even though you don't want to but it'll get your instagram likes up and you can use the extra exposure! 

and you just want to say, i'll hang out with taylor swift when i want to! i just want to take a freakin' nap!

but because i'm not a celebrity and though my life is crazy busy, i can still go take a nap and go work out or read a book of snuggle with my husband because i freakin' can.

thank goodness, i'm not a celebrity.

p.s. and though i'm not a celebrity, who can give away millions of dollars, i am your friend and a blogger who can let you know of super sweet coupon codes like the one that my friends over at Eve's Addiction is offering exclusively to Much Love, illy readers! check out my swaaaaag monogramed necklaed from them that i am absolutely obsessed with it. i wear it like every day. so if you want your own sweet swag necklace, you can use coupon code MUCHLOVE20 for 20% off of ANY order through July 31. happy shopping! 

Thursday, June 26, 2014


striped tee: forever 21 / maxi skirt: h&m / heels: c/o Blowfish Shoes 

loving: this black maxi skirt. it's become my goal every week to come up with a new outfit centered around this skirt. it is also my goal not to wear it every day of the week. 

reading: just finished The One, the third book in The Selection series by Kierra Cass. it's a super, light fluffy fun read but worth it for the story and for team Maxon. and last night, i picked up my copy of The Glass Castle that has been sitting on my nightstand, collecting dust for years until a friend recently recommended it so i decided what the heck! let's get the dustbunnies to find another place to land. and even though i'm only a few chapters in, the writing is fantastic and the story intriguing so will def follow-up with a review either here or on instagram once i finish. 

eating: cherries, blueberries and despicable me fruit snacks. no joke, the despicable me fruit snacks are the best fruit snacks ever (thank you, tanya and robertson boys.) and this is not necessarily in the eating category, but i have been drinking a lot of cucumber water. i'm obsessed. it's a great for detox but i just love the taste of it. so much better than plain, boring water!  

watching: not the World Cup. sorry. watching paint dry might be more exciting. (sorry to offend 75% of you all.) as i type, i'm currently re-watching When Harry Met Sally. old school Meg Ryan and Nora Ephron writing. sigh. i never get tired of it. and oh! got super giddy about season 4 of Pretty Little Liars on netflix. finally. 

listening: The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack on repeat. can't stop listening to Boom Clap and Let Me In. and oh, when is the DVD coming out again 'cause that needs to be on repeat in my DVD player, too.

looking forward to: so so so much! there are some exciting changes and opportunities on the horizon *giddy clap* that Ryan and i are anticipating this summer. (nope, not pregnant. just gonna throw that out there 'cause i know what some of you are already thinking. ha! and we are moving along.) can't wait to share more as these adventures unfold!

what are you currently up to? do share! and as always inspired by the lovely Danielle of Sometimes Sweet

much love.
{happy friday, friend.}