Thursday, June 30, 2011

some major JUNE SPONSOR LOVE is happening (psst! exclusive coupon codes included!!).

it's been another uh-mazing month over here on the blog. i couldn't ask for a better group of fantastic bloggers and business owners to consider as friends and sponsors. they continue to amaze me with their talents, their sense of humor, and their creativity. check. them. out. stat.

Sandy of Sandy a la Mode
Sandy a la Mode is all about the little scoops of life that are delicious, homemade, crafty, savvy, inspirational, and fun!  I blog about my outfits, foods that I make, my journey in photography with my Canon 50D, inspirations found on the web and basically anything else I want to share about my life!  You'll never find a post without a picture, so come on over and join me for some fun!

if you could be any super hero, who and why?
I would love to be Susan Storm Richards, aka the Invisible Woman from Fantastic Four!  If you were invisible you could practically to anywhere in the world!  You could get on a plane without paying for the flight, you could remove yourself from a sticky situation if you ever find yourself in one, and you could probably just get a lot of free stuff. ;)

Kam of Campfire Chic.

Campfire Chic is both a blog and shop! The shop focuses on all things outdoors, nature, and travel! I sell one of a kind notebooks, embroidery patterns, and more. I talk about my adventures on the Campfire Chic blog :)

if you could be any super hero, who and why?
My mom! She is the best super hero I can think of...she beat two types of cancer, works really hard, raised a family, introduced me to the outdoors, and supports everything I do. She would send Wonder Woman back to her room for a sweater and would need to remind Poison Ivy to water her plants. I love my mom.

exclusive discount code:
use coupon code MUCHLOVE for 12% off of your entire Camp Chic order!

Erika of Rouge and Whimsy.

I make whimiscal flower and feather accessories for special days and every day.  I blog about my shop and creative inspiration, my crazy little puppy and life in Seattle. Come say hi on etsy or on the blog :)

if you could be any super hero, who and why?
And if I could be any super hero I would FOR SURE be Elastigirl from Disney's The Incredibles. First off, we both have red hair anf secondly-- you know when you're trying to get that lost sock behind the dryer or your cellphone from under the car seat while driving? I would have the ability to help you.

exclusive discount code:
use coupon code MUCHLOVE15 for 15% off of your entire Rouge and Whismy order!

Polly of Pixie Mama.

Hey! I’m Polly – full time crafty mama to 3 home-schooled girls. I can usually be found with glue on my fingers and glitter in my hair, crafting my days away! I design and sell bohemian jewellery, art and upcycled clothing in my Etsy Shop – This Enchanted Pixie. I also blog at Pixie Mama about my life, my crafts and my inspirations - stop by and follow my daily adventures!

if you could be any superhero, who and why?
If I could be any super hero I would be Wonder Woman – just so I could wear the costume

exclusive discount:
use coupon code MUCHLOVEILLY for 25% off of your entire This Enchanted Pixie order! 

Chelsea of Tea Talk.

Hi everyone! I'm Chelsea from Tea Talk. I run a lifestyle and personal style blog. I am a Phoenix native who is obsessed with coffee, spending time with my wonderful boyfriend, Scott, going on adventures, and finding the perfect cardigan. Come stop by my blog to check out my daily outfits and adventures!

if you could be a superhero, who and why?
Oh, and if I could be any superhero it would probably be a female version of Super Man.
I would love to fly!

Malori of Sunday Morning Sugar.

My blog is your daily dose of sugar! 
Food, fashion, crafty goodness, and all of the other things that make me happy. 

 if you could be any superhero, who and why?
If I could be any superhero, I would be wonder woman.  
Because, let's be real, she was a total babe.

Hannah and Rachel of Etta Grace.

We're two sisters who are so different from each other, that they've actually circled back around to being exactly the same. 
We live a handful of states apart and share a blog and etsy shop to stay connected... 

if you could be any superhero, who and why?
if we could be any super hero in the world, we would be Winnie the Pooh and Piglet...mostly because their super heroness is so beautifully understated...and no one else in the world can pull off horizontal stripes quite like Piglet...that in and of itself is pretty powerful!

exclusive discount code:
use coupon code ILOVEMUCHLOVEILLY for 10% off of your entire Etta Grace shop!

aime of sense and sensibility.

Sense and Sensibility Designs offers jewelry that is easy to wear all day, every day, or once in a while for some very special occasions.  Everything is handmade by me, Aime, using the highest wuality materials like sterling silver, semi-precious stones, and Swarovski crystal. Influenced by the glamour of California and the laid-back lifestyle of Hawaii, there is something for everyone!  And custom orders are always welcome! 

if you could be any superhero, who and why?
Even as a kid, I always loved Jean Grey's character from X-men...I'm pretty sure I'd have to go with her.  The old school cartoons were so cool!!!  Especially when she turned into the Phoenix!  Even though she was sort of bad when she did change.  But I'm still sticking with Jean Grey.

exclusive discount code:
use coupon code MUCHLOVEILLY15 for 15% off of your entire order.
(All regular items ship free in the US. Fundraiser items have minimal shipping costs.)


Vannessa of Hello Vanny.
blog / twitter

Hi I'm Vanessa and I run a lifestyle blog over at! I'm a 22 year old baking and pastry recent {GRADUATE!} living in Las Vegas with my boyfriend and our dog Molli. I have an extreme passion for design, food, fashion, sugar and photography! 
Stop by my blog and say hi!

if you could be any superhero, who and why?
And Wonder Woman{DUH!} because she's gorgeous and gets to wear a pretty gold crown! 

Sarah and Olivia of S and O Productions.

Hey there! Our names are Sarah & Olivia and along with being sisters we are the author's of S & O Productions, a blog where we share/chat about nearly everything from food and delicious recipes, to photography, crafts, DIY's, music, our daily adventures, name it!

We absolutely adore the blogging community and enjoy sharing a little bit of our story with you.

if you could be any superhero, who and why?
Mmmm...I would go for Wonder Woman just because she's super awesome and has great style. And Sarah says she'd be the Human Torch because he's a true 'rock-star' and has a motorcycle (I mean, it doesn't get much cooler than that)!

Adrianna of Le Mode Accessories.

Le Mode Accessories is your source for trendy and affordable fashion jewelry, accessories, and handbags. We're constantly on the hunt to find the best items. Make sure to stop by frequently! New items are added weekly.

if you could be any superhero, who and why?
If I could be a super hero, it would be Super Woman because I would be able to do things at record speed!

exclusive discount code:
use coupon code ILLY to save 15% off of your entire Le Mode Accessories order!


and that's a wrap!
aren't these ladies beyond fantastic?!
i've closed comments here on this post so that you can head over to their beautiful spaces in blog world and show them lots love. 
and duuuude, totally take advantage of those sweet discount codes!

much love.
[happy thursday, friend.]

adventures of the wandering whippy cakes cont'd: house puppet // south carolina.

 tee: Dressing on the Side / capri's that look like pants on me: aeropostle / boots: Blowfish Shoes
socks: c/o We Love Colors / House Puppet hair clip: Whippy Cake

and the adventures of the wandering whippy cakes continues.  my dear tardy whippy cake traveled on over to the mountains of Colorado, while sandy's  house puppet boarded the U.S. Postal plane and made it's way over to my long, black tresses. 

this whippy cake was actually the one i was eyeing when we were all giddy and surrounding the Whippy Cake booth. i love how whippy cakes are so versatile. so with this lovely, i removed the lace headband (as pretty as it is) and used it as a clip instead. so don't tell anyone but this little lovely might be hanging out in the South longer than planned - ssssh!! 

be sure to check out the other wandering whippy cakes making their way around blog-world:

Lindsay at Aisle to Aloha
Moriah at Josiah's Nest
Sandy at Sandyalamode

much love.
[happy thursday, friend.]

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

wanna rock out in some We Love Color goodies?!

if you hang out over here long enough, you know i love my colorful tights and knee-highs.
thanks to my lovely sponsor, We Love Colors, i'm able to rock these babies all season long.

and if you love them as much as i do or maybe don't know if you like 'em or not since you don't have your own pair to rock, 
then today is your lucky day!!! 

today We Love Colors is giving away...

 one pair of Matte Leggings and one pair of Opaque Knee Highs
in your choice of colors ($30 value) 

talk about an awesome giveaway, wouldn't you say? (oh and side note, did you know that Rhianna (yes, the pop star) rocks out in We Love Colors. a little random fact for free.) the matte leggings are made of cotton and are super comfy! as for the tights, they are just colorful and cool to wear even during the summertime! 

{how to enter:}

visit We Love Colors and comment below which colors you would choose if you won!

{really, really wanna win?}
keep in separate comments to count as individual entries!

- be a public follower of Much Love, illy
- "like" We Love Colors via facebook
- follow @WeLoveColors via twitter
- follow @muchloveilly via twitter
- tweet about the giveaway 
(be sure to include @muchloveilly and @WeLoveColors so we can track your tweet!) 

{one more thing...}
We Love Colors is hosting a contest Facebook with a chance to win $250 and a Fuji Instax Camera. check it out HERE!

Giveaway is open to ALL Much Love, illy readers thru Thursday, July 6th.
Winner will be announced on July 7th.
much love.
[happy wednesday, friend.]

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

a few blasts from the past movie-wise.

 tee: urban outfitters / skirt: from my mom back at my college graduation / sandals: madden girl, belk 
bracelets: flourish and DIY friendship bracelets / watch: fossil / HK sunglasses: hot topic / cross over bag: c/o Le Mode accessories

this is my first real summer in a really long time. though life is still pretty busy, i do have more time on my hands than i've had during past summers (as long as i budget the time wisely). this is also the first summer that i've spent with my youngest sister in a long time, so we are excited about the different things we want to do together this summer.

and with that said, my sister and i are creating a list of things to do before the summer is over. one of those things on that list are "old" movies that we watched years ago and want to see again or movies that i enjoyed as a kid (which she likes to note as "old" movies - aka 80's and 90's flicks, folks. i really am not that old.)

1. E.T. (not the Katy Perry song)
2. The Mighty Ducks  (just finished watching this -she loved 'em)
3. Father of the Bride I and II (again, another winner. gotta love Fraaaaank. he's my fave.)
4. Good Burger (Welcome to Good Burger, Home of the Good Burger...)
5. The Paper Brigade (a total B-movie but my other sister and i loved it) 
6. The Return of the Pink Panther (not the Steve Martin version) 
7. The Boy Who Could Fly (and yet another B-movie but loved it then)
8. Transformers (obviously not an oldie but we wanna watch this before seeing the Transformers III - eeek!!)
9. Back to the Future trilogy (love and seen multiple times)
10. House Guest (with Sinbad)

 what are some of your fave childhood 
summer movie favorites?

and if you are Nora (#68) of Two is Better than One, you just won the After Nine to Five giveaway. so shoot me an email at muchloveilly[at]gmail[dot]com to claim your suh-weet prize! congrats, Nora and thank you, Ashley for a fab giveaway!!

much love.
[happy tuesday, friend.]

p.s. don't forget to enter the Casey Wiegand giveaway for ad-space on her fantastic blog!

Monday, June 27, 2011

through the eyes of a cowgirl: what life was like last week.

cowboy hats. scarves. boots. gold mines. 
ropes. prospectors. horses. sheriffs.

last week, our church hosted a Vacation Bible School and my mom, sister and i volunteered to help out. i've helped out in past VBS' before but didn't really know what to expect for this week, especially since i didn't know too many of the kids here. but it turned out to be a blaaaast! i also got to co-lead a team of the sweetest and smartest 5 year olds ever with my teen assistants, Ashley (my sister - who isn't in the pictures above 'cause she was sick the day i brought my camera - bummer) and Arianna. 

and i personally was refreshed about the week. it was a privilege to serve and to be reminded about what Christ did for us. and seriously, i totally get a kick out of hanging out with the kiddos and dressing up in cowboy attire. and i think i'm gonna have these VBS songs in my head for the rest of the summer, but the time with my Mavericks (the name of our team) was so worth it!

much love.
[happy monday, friend.]

p.s. don't forget to enter today's amazing giveaway from Casey Wiegand! 

sponsor love: interview and giveaway with Casey of Casey Wiegand Art!!

meet casey.

and of course, you can't miss meeting her precious family! casey has been such a joy to get to know through her blog posts and her twitter updates. she seriously is as real as a person can be - opening up her heart in more than many ways. casey writes beautifully and openly about her love for God and for her family. it is so refreshing! she is just so darn cute all around!

three random facts about casey.

1. I am obsessed with hershey bars.
2. When my kids laugh, I actually lose my breath. It's so sweet.
3. I wish I lived on a beach.


and check out what sweet Casey is giving away to a lucky Much Love, illy reader...

 if you aren't familiar with her blog, you're gonna want to check it out like um, now.
and if you are a business owner or run your own blog, then this giveaway is perfect for you! 

{how to enter:}

be a public follower of The Wiegands blog and comment below that you are following!

{really, really want to win?}
keep in separate comments to count as individual entries!
- be a public follower of this blog
- "Like" the Casey Wiegand Art facebook page
- follow @caseywiegand via twitter
- follower @muchloveilly via twitter
- tweet about this giveaway and be sure to include @muchloveilly and @caseywigand so we can track your tweet!

{special discount to Much Love, illy readers:}
 15% off of any Casey Wiegand Art painting! 
just mention this giveaway post in your email at purchase.

Giveaway is open to ALL Much Love, illy readers thru Monday, July 4th.
Winner will be announced Tuesday, July 5th. 

much love.
[happy monday, friend.]

Friday, June 24, 2011

these ladies make me proud (and psst!!! a giveaway winner!!)

Much Love, illy the shop all started out as a creative outlet back in November 2009 - and today it continues to be an extension of creativity and expression. last month, i asked for some readers to send in their photos of them rockin' their Much Love, illy products. i thought it'd be fun to see how they styled their illy-goodies and highlight some loyal readers and incredible friends. every single one i received made me giddy-excited. all of these friends look gorgeous and are too cute for words. and also i think that there is something special about seeing your creation being loved by someone else, ya know? it means a lot to me.

Lindsay of Aisle to Aloha

Leonora of Yellow Heart Art

Casey of Casey Wiegand Art 

Rilynn (is she not the cutest?!) of Sparkle Pants Girl
 grape purple poppy garland headband

Steph of Femmena Mala
crushing on you poppy garland headband

Gracie of Gracie Bella Butterfly 
blushing pink pearl poppy headband

and be sure to show these incredible bloggers some love!
seriously, these are some suh-weet blogs to add to your reader if you haven't already.
each of them are inspiring, creative, and beautiful (i mean, check out their photos - hawtness and cutie pies galour!!!).

want to join the club?
visit the shop this weekend and take 15% off of your order with coupon code: SUMMER15.

thank you for all your support, friends.
seriously means a lot for this girl.

and psst!! if you are Tara (#176) of Military Mama/Skippin' Rope, welp, you just won the uh-maaaazing Shabby Apple cider giveaway! so shoot me at email muchloveilly[at]gmail[dot]com with your mailing address and the choice between the selected dresses - to make sure you get your hands on your Shabby Apple goodness ASAP! congrats to Tara and thank you, Shabby Apple for a fantastic giveaway!!! 
much love.
[happy friday, friend.]

p.s. be sure to enter the After Nine to Five shop credit giveaway! don't miss out!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

current obsession wednesday: it has to do with that same cute kitty and big red bow!!

i found these awesome hello kitty glasses at hot topic when the family went shopping in savannah last week. i never realized the sweet collection they had of hello kitty stuff. i normally only go in there when ashley wants to look for justin bieber loot. 
and lo and behold, i discovered these babies.
what totally makes them is that adorable red bow i'm so in love with.

see?! even my sister is pretty psyched over them.
what are you psyched over lately?

much love.
[happy wednesday, friend.]

p.s. just a couple more days to enter the Shabby Apple giveaway!
also be sure to enter the After Nine to Five giveaway for shop credit!