Monday, January 3, 2011

bring it on, two-zero-eleven.


shorts: forever21 / long gray cardi: forever21 / lace cami: urban outfitters
tights: target / boots: kristen davis / satchel: fossil

i'm very much in love with my fossil satchel. got it for christmas - and it's so perfect for errands or when i dont feel like carrying a ton of junk. love its shade of brown, too! and errands or not, you can't forget the kermit-green tights. love.

and...so i didn't write up any new year resolutions this year - especially since i already have my list of 30 things to do before i turn 30 to complete (and that is a monster in itself). but i def. have a list of things that i'm looking forward to in the coming year! 

1. getting married to my best friend
2. flying out to AZ and spend a weekend at Creative Estates
3. expanding the Much Love, illy shop with new designs and products 
4. challenging myself even more so with 2 Peter 1
5. tackling my list of 30 things to do before 30


and today, sadly my sis and her ryan head back home to iowa. boo. i'm going to be hit with the christmas blues. a little delayed than most since i think everyone i know headed back to work last week and moved on with their lives - while i lived in a week of bliss with family, food and lots of just dance 2. so now i'm going to be hit harder with reality than everyone else. double boo. 

but i can't complain. we had so much fun. and i feel beyond blessed to have such an incredible family. so thankful for some sweet memories from this holiday season.

so here is to a new year! 

what do you look forward to most in 2011?  

and guess what's happening on the blog this week?

be on the lookout for a giveaway from yours truly! it'll feature a few of my favorite things and shop goodies. i thought it might be a good way to kick off the new year - and a way for me to say thank you for your support from the past year. can't wait! 

[happy monday, friend.]

p.s. celebrating the new year! use coupon code HAPPY2011 for 20% off of your order from the muchlove-illy shop!

45 comments:

  1. can't wait to hang out with you again at CE, woohoo!! i really need a 30 before 30 list too hehe! and can't wait for your giveaway!!!!! :D

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  2. Happy 2011! Oh and you're getting married this year? That is exciting! Congrats!

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  3. yay you're going to have such a great year!! xoxo

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  4. You are so gorgeous inside and out! Looks like 2011 is going to be an amazing year :D

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  5. This year is going to be great, I can tell!

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  6. Yay for 2011!!! And woohoo that I get to meet you in person next week!! So exciting!! I got Just Dance 2 for Christmas too but can't get anyone to play it with me!! ;-) now that I'm home I guess I'll play by myself. Haha! Good workout either way!!

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  7. Looks like this year is going to be a spectacular one for you! :)) You're absolutely gorgeous!

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  8. Happy New Year! I'm pretty sure nothing I'm looking forward to can top your wedding! :) But, I will be celebrating my 8th anniversary this year. That's exciting.
    I'm a new reader and I can't wait to read your 30 before 30 post.

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  9. Time is going to fly for u! I bet ur so excited to get married!
    Love ur tights <3
    can't wait to see ur givaway ;)

    love,
    Kristin

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  10. you and your sisters are so cute! happy new year!!

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  11. So glad you got lots of sweet family time this week! You and your sissies are adorable! ;)

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  12. i've been in bliss for an extra week too! tomorrow is back to work and I am sooo not looking forward to the holiday blues! any good suggestions to get rid of them.. pass em along!

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  13. you are so pretty and i love the satchel....knew it was fossil from the first pic...guess i've stopped in the fossil store one too many times lately ;)

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  14. I look forward to new adventures!! Happy New Year doll!

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  15. Happy 2011! I'm super excited for you, Ilene, getting married and all of that fun. :)

    I have several definite goals for this year (post coming soon!), but simply put? I want to choose happiness & contentment. It's easy for me to get discouraged about life, and unhappy with my situation. But I want 2011 to be a year that's remembered fondly. One of my favorite quotes {I heard it from Miss Gussy} is, "If you want to be happy, BE." That's my goal. :)

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  16. you + your sisters are adorable. happy twenty-eleven! hope it's filled with peace, love + joy!

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  17. You always seem to have so much FUN! So I'm sure the fun will continue even though Christmas time is over. Here's to an awesome 2011!

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  18. Happy New Year! Ugh and I hate the blues you get after a perfect family vaycay. Always a sense of sadness when you're back to reality. But, on the flip side, you've got so much goodness to look forward to this year. Best wishes to you and Ryan on a beautiful and adventure-filled year!

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  19. happy new year! i have to say i'm kind of desperately in love with that bag! adorable.

    and i feel like i have so many things to look forward to in 2011! you're so lucky to be able to go to creative estates, how fun! i feel like this might be one of the most exciting years yet. :)

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  20. You are all SO adorable!!!
    HAppy New Year friend!!
    xo

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  21. Looks like 2011 will be amazing for you!! Happy New Year!

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  22. Cheers to a new year!!! Cute pictures :)

    xoxoxo <333

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  23. Sounds like you have a fab year ahead of you! I'm most looking forward to GRADUATING!!! It is SO time!! Who would have guessed it would take so long to get a silly little PhD! ;)

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com

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  24. happy monday :) looooove the optimism :) christmas blues can be super brutal

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  25. Beautiful girls!
    I love your resolutions and look forward to seeing you accomplish them!

    I am going to be going through Christmas blues too after leaving my fam:(

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  26. Looks like your gonna have a great year! I really don't know what to look froward to in 2011:) Graduating is probably the one thing I'm looking most forward to ;)

    Love the satchel bag! So adorb

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  27. Ca't wait to hear all about your wedding plans! It's going to be an exciting year for you :) And just dance is probably one of my most favorite things ever!

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  28. I am just looking forward to this year being better than last year. It just HAS to be!

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  29. I still have to order from your shop! Lol! It's been so busy with the holidays, but now I can finally claim my giveaway prize :) I have my 30 Before 30 List I want to tackle too. I already have 2 items I crossed off the list!

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  30. 1 brother flew back to Seoul, the other back to school up North, and my little sis leaves in a week- ahh ..the holidays so wonderful and so short! I'm exhausted! Cheers to 2011, Illy :) xoxo

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  31. Hope you had an awesome New YEar and 2011 will be better for you!! I really love the grey color mix with your green tights!! that is amazing color combination
    <3
    http://reserveradefashion.blogspot.com

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  32. So cute! Love these photos- and that cardi is awesome!

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  33. You and your sisters are so freakin' adorable! :) Sounds like 2011 is going to be an awesome year for you. :)

    The things I am most looking forward to this year are graduating and {hopefully} a trip home to Georgia. :)

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  34. you are going to even have a better year, i just know it! so happy to see you with your seesters (sisters)- lol. and looking fab as ever!

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  35. love the sister pictures!! xoxo
    and i've always loved that sweet tank you have from urban... i'll have to keep my eyes peeled for more. :) excited for your giveaway! i think rigging is fine when there's a girl walking the streets of chicago who just loves to show off all your designs!!! LOL :)

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  36. Ohh sweetie, I loved reading your blog for the past few months and I am so looking forward to this year! Happy New Year,darling
    Kisses

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  37. Um hello gorgeous tights. Mmmm love that color!!

    I love shorts with tights paired with cute boots. Love this look.

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  38. i can tell you had a great time with your sisters by that contagious smile of yours!! i had the post-Christmas blues big time last week. hope they don't hit you too hard! i've been encouraged by the start of a new year :)

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  39. Cute post :) That's exciting about your wedding this year!

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  40. I'm looking forward to rockin' more legwear a la you!

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  41. Love the satchel! You're looking gorgeous, darling! XX!

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  42. what a lovely list! for me 2011 may include moving to a brand new city...we'll see!

    :)

    xo Alison

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  43. ilene, you and your sisters are simply beautiful!
    i hope your holidays were incredible :)

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  44. Hahaha man am I late or WHAT?! Love your outfit! I want that cardigan (even though I have something VERY similar in like three other colours! Hahaha you can never have too many!) and I love love LOVE Fossil!!

    I'm so excited for your wedding! It's just going to be so amazing. :)

    I just heard about Creative Estates! I wish it was in Buffalo, NY or something! Hahaha. You'll have an amazing time! :)

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