The Start of Something NEW!



New Beginnings…

Good Morning!! Did you happen to notice something looked a little different when you came over here? I’ve been working really hard (secretly for months!) on re-branding the site. There is a new name and a fresh site! I’m SO SO SO excited to finally share this with you all!! It’s been a crazy process but I’m sooo happy and relieved to finally have it out in the open.

This wonderful blog of mine has evolved a lot over the past two years and it’s so much more than I could have possibly imagined. So many incredible friendships have been made, and I’ve learned an incredible amount about this blogging world and myself too. The learning process is tough and it can be brutal. There have been some tears shed but no regrets at all. Throughout this process I have evolved as a person and feel a little more ready to embark on the next journey. It was time for a change. A more grown-up (as I approach my 30th birthday nonetheless) site that really spoke true to what I do, what you all enjoy, and all the little loves in between.


The Details…

My blog’s initial name was young and only really shared a small part and the things I love. There is so much more I want to share with you. I’ve been traveling a lot recently and want to share that with you. The new site will now have a travel guide section for you guys because you know I’m always scoping out the best places to eat at. Speaking of eating, my recipes are really coming along and I love sharing them! There will be so many more coming and of course all the cocktails too. Don’t worry they won’t be complicated. I strive on making my recipes easy, because my belief is that everyone should be able to cook. Thanks Julia for always inspiring me <3

The fashion portion of the blog has always been there and will continue to be there. It’s how my blog started. I wanted to shop until I literally dropped and then my wallet would scream at me “NOOOO!” Thus the small wallet had to figure out a way for a stylish and “trendy” closet. Makes sense now, right? Being young and married and both myself and hubby beginning our careers didn’t make shopping a priority. I remember playing dress-up in my mom’s and grandma’s closets at a very young age. That’s where the love started and it followed by grabbing every fashion magazine I could get my hands on as a young adult. The love affair has never stopped nor will it ever. I never thought I would actually get to share tips and budget friendly outfit options like I do now. This is a dream becoming a reality. 🙂


What’s Next…

Truffles & Tassels! It feels so much more appropriate for me, right?! Like a more put together, grown-up version but still with all of the shenanigans in tact. Truffles & Tassels will cover all the things I love and you guys love too. Sharing all the recipes while I secretly drown myself in truffle oil and traveling the world in style. Frommer’s isn’t going to tell you everything you need to know! I’m still on a smaller budget but I think it’s half the fun to score great deals and share them. Also if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been stealthily posting things with tassels on them for a while now. Sneaky I know! 😉


Oh and don’t worry about having to re-subscribe. You will be automatically re-directed to the new site and all my social media handles are staying the same! Clean and simple. I hope you all enjoy this site even more now and will stay along for the journey. I also hope it will bring you tons of inspiration, advice, style, happiness, full bellies, well planned trips, and a lot of laughs. It’s all the reasons why I want you to keep coming here.

So I’m raising a glass to a new start, many incredible journeys to share, and all of your continued support. Please leave me some feedback and any suggestions on the new site so I can make it even better for you guys. Thank you again for all of the support and friendships <3


P.S. It’s almost Fridayyyyyyy!!! YAASSSSS!!

xo, Ilona


*A huge thank you to my friend Pam for helping create the new logo and an even bigger thank you to Boris (hubby) for doing all the other hard work on this site <3


Photos by Bora Images


17 Replies to “The Start of Something NEW!”

  1. Loving the new site Ilona! 😊 It looks great! I love the new logo and site name! Wishing you all the best with the rebranding.


  2. Lovely post, happy for you. Can’t wait to see what your new journey looks like along the way!

  3. what a great rebranding! i love the name and everything this blog entails! xx toby

  4. Love the new site and name, Ilona!! I can’t wait to see what you bring to us! Xo ~Anna

  5. Stefana Silber says: Reply

    Beautifully done! All the best to you on your venture!

  6. Everything looks beautiful!! So happy for you and the site 🙂 Will definitely continue to keep coming back! And a huge thank you for supporting Energii

  7. Congrats gorgeous the new site looks amazing!!! Xx, Donna

  8. Love the new name and the logo! It’s fits you so well! Can’t wait to follow along 😘

    Cheers to all that hard work,


  9. Congrats on your new site and journey! Very smart of you to rebrand and add other passions into the mix. Wish you the best of luck. Xo

  10. Oh, my gosh! Congrats, on the new re-branding! I absolutely love it! The change is great! Though, your last blog was wonderful too! Wow, you have done this for two years now! You are a pro! I am so excited to have met you – and it will be so fun and to see you grow even more! Your hard work on this site has definitely paid off! Enjoy!!!
    xo Debbie |

  11. Amazing, like you!!!

  12. I love love love the new site! The name made me giggle and is SO perfectly you babe. Congrats!!! Hugs, Kait

  13. I love the new site Ilona! The name is perfect and I love the direction it’s headed in. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. I, for one, have been enjoying your posts so far and all your delicious recipes. Congratulations love and best of luck on your journey! Xoxo

  14. So excited for you beauty! You and your husband are such the dream team!!

  15. I love the new site and the new name. So pretty. Good for you for a new change. It will be beautiful!


  16. So excited for you! Site looks amazing. Can’t wait to see your next postings!
    Please tell Boris the pixs are amazing! Wonderful collaboration!
    Lots of luck to you both! 🙂

    1. ilonashabovta says: Reply

      Thank you so much!!! I will let him know 🙂

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