Wednesday, February 23, 2011

BLOGIVERSARY PARTY cont'd: you asked, i answered. that's how it works.

 top: base exchange / shorts and belt: f21 / tights: hue
shoes: madden girl / nails: OPI jade is the new black 

to keep up with this week's blogiversary celebration,
 i thought it might be kind of fun to answer
some of the FAQ's that i get in comments or via email.
so here we go, folks!! let's roll!!

where does the name much love, illy come from?

my finace nicknamed me illy as a joke. he called me lil' illy and then it kinda stuck. he wrote it to me in emails or when he would jokingly greet me. also a little etsy connection, my etsy shop started as a card shop - so it seemed appropriate to name it with a closing signature. like i mentioned yesterday, the blog got the name from my etsy shop. and hey, it just fit!

what kind of camera do you use?

started out with a canon powershot. loved it but then it got killed by an ocean wave. it was  sad day but it gave me a chance to upgrade to a canon rebel which i am utterly in love with. i also shoot with my 50mm lens which i use all the time.

who takes your pictures?

i take all photos if they are non-outfit related (totally hope to study more photography one day). outfit pictures are taken by my little sister, ashley when i'm home in SC and by my fiance, Ryan when i'm in GA or when we're off on one of our crazy adventures.

do you edit your pictures?

not too much. i play around a teeny-tiny little bit with picnik.
wish i had photoshop. maybe one day.

are you full or part Filipina?

i am 100% Filipina! my parents are both filipino. i grew up in the American culture but lived all over since we were a military family. that def. doesn't mean that i don't live the Philippines or filipino food! love it all!

were you really homeschooled?

this question cracks me up - but yes, i actually was! i was homeschooled from the 4th grade through high school. i think people are surprised because my sisters and i are really social (or i guess more social than most homeschoolers people know). mom and dad kept us super involved in sports, the community and our church. because of their wise balancing, i feel like my homeschool experience was a very good one and i am beyond grateful for it.

do you have any tips for blog growth or etsy shop success?

with how i often i get this question, i'm working on a couple blog posts on this. i defintely do not know everything on this, but i'm happy to share what i've learned and am learning so far!

how do you do your hair?

i do whatever it wants me to do. it has it's on mind. drives me nuts.
to prove it to you, i think this calls for my first video tutorial!

and that's a wrap!!!
and hey, if there are more questions you have that i didn't answer,
include them in the comments and i'll try to include some of them in later posts!


oh and a huge thanks for making yesterday super special with all of your amazing comments!
we hit over 400 comments in the first day, so you all def. made my day.
keep spreading the word - and if you haven't entered, click HERE for your chance at 5 giveaway packages. they are some pretty good ones if i may say so myself!!

thank you, thank you, sweet friends!!

much love.
[happy wednesday, friend.]


  1. I love these shoes!!

  2. yayyyyyy!! love learning more about ilene!!

    1) what is your favorite ice cream flavor? (i have probably asked you this before but i want to know publicly on your blog)!

    2) if you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

    3) what is your favorite fruit?

    4) if you could have any superhero power, what would it be?

    that's all for now!
    thanks, friend!! :)


  3. love your outfit! i love shorts with tights but i don't know if i can pull it off. ;-) hm. questions:

    where all have you lived?

    seriously you started out with a card shop? how did you switch to accessories?

    what's your favorite color? color combination?



  4. I love the shorts + tights! And all of your answers to these sweet questions.

    I guess my only question is how do you look so comfortable in front of the camera in your outfit posts?

  5. love this outfit!
    your so cute!

    theresa xoxo

  6. That is so interesting, I would love to home school my kids, but my husband doesnt agree. He is flip too. ha ha Our kiddies are half.

    I'd love to hear about blogging tips.

  7. so funny about the homeschool question. one of my good friends was homeschooled and she always gets asked, ''were you really homeschooled?! but you are so FASHIONABLE.'' she laughs about it and loved her upbringing too!

  8. Lovely outfit.. Love the high waisted shorts
    Lee x

  9. This outfit is so cuuute absolutely love those shoes :)

  10. Wow! You were homeschooled? That is so wonderful. It's so great how your parents were able to balance everything out so well. LOVE that shirt!


    - What inspired you to start blogging?

    - Do you plan on continuing your blog before, during, and after your wedding?

    - Are you planning on adding more items to your Etsy shop?

    - Who are your fashion icons?

    - How do you SERIOUSLY prioritize your time in blogging, your Etsy store, and loving your boo?

    Have a great day friend!

  11. It's so nice to learn a little more about you :)

    Have a great week!

  12. Happy blogiversary! It fun to learn a bit more about you!

  13. You totally need to do a hair tutorial. I am in love with your hair!

  14. Haha, I get that "were you really homeschooled" question all the time! I myself never set foot in a classroom until college!

    Happy blogiversary! :]

  15. how fun! thanks for sharing all of these q/a's :) happy bloggyyy anniversary girl! xoxo jcd :: cornflake dreams

  16. very fun to read these answers lady!

  17. Oh you were homeschooled?! How awesome it that! I am homeschooled. ha! So cool. =]


  18. Cute! Loved reading you answers :)

    I love the homeschool question..people are ALWAYS so surprised how social when i tell them i'm homeschooled ;) It use to annoy me, now it makes me laugh :)

  19. Happy blogiversary! And I definitely think a vlog is in order re: your hair!

  20. Great answers. Always nice to learn a little about fellow bloggers.

  21. Love this post; always so fun to learn more about my online bloggie pals. :)
    ps: not fair your hair naturally looks this awesome and styled!
    Congrats again on your blogiversary!

  22. Congrats on the wonderful blog anniversary! This is a great post and I'm thankful to get more blog insight. Already looking forward to your future posts on how to create more of a community and your video hair tutorial!

  23. Great answers and happy blogiversary!

    1. What is your most favorite piece of clothing you own?
    2. If you could do anything in the world as a career, what would it be?

  24. Love learning more about you!! And I love your outfit for today!! I really want to get some trouser have inspired me!

  25. LOVE these answers AND that outfit! Way too cute. And I can see that you're into grey & brights. It looks great! xoxo

  26. CUTE!!!! Love the shorts and grey tights! :) Somehow I didnt realize you were fillipino! But it totally makes sense good friend is fillipino and I can see the similarities! BEAUTIFUL! <3

  27. I started home schooling in the fourth grade too. :)

    I have a few questions: Who is your biggest inspiration? And, who is your favorite actor/actress? :)

  28. How fun to get to know you more. I love grey colour lately and this outfit is really pretty. Totally smitten with your shoes, darling

    Ps: I’m hosting a stunning Ruche GIVEAWAY today! Hope you’ll join in :)

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  32. Congratulations on your blogiversary, Ilene!

  33. oh I got a question how did you get to be so cute, did your mommy make you with a lot of love? LOL. I love this post it makes me feel like were friends. We are friends right? insert cheesy smile.

    Write it in Lipstick

  34. Super cute! I love tights + shorts - perfect for early spring!

  35. bahaha....the homeschool question...i die!

  36. cute outfit! i love your hair and you have a gorgeous smile.

  37. i love love love your shorts babe**

  38. always happy to see other filipino bloggers! cheers to you lovely!

  39. I was homeschooled as well... but just in a 5th grade... it was something new in Czech republic and my sister had problems at school so she was homeschooled. I wanted to try it as well so my mus said: why not? :D and everybody was so surprised because I didn´t have problems at school :D it was quite cool experience :)) but I got very lazy because I had everything done quickly and then had so much time :D

    love your outfits and also answers to questins and just love your blog! :)


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