Hi, I’m Ilona, and I want to help you live more with less.


I’m a self-starter and a fixer.


I believe that with a little bit of ingenuity and not a lot of money, you can elevate your everyday surroundings into something joyful and dignified.


I believe in financial empowerment for all, and that you do not have to sacrifice all of life’s little pleasure in pursuit of your dreams.


I created this website as a way to share ideas for saving money while still taking care of yourself. Here’s a few of my favorite little luxuries:


  1. Driving with the windows down

  2. Walking barefoot on morning dew

  3. German beer

  4. Sauna time

  5. Recognizing any song that's playing in < 5 seconds (my friends call me a human Shazam)

An Introduction to The Little Lux

I was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised between Russian and the United States. I claim Louisville, KY as my home town although I haven’t lived there in a while!


After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, I worked in finance at jobs that took me from San Francisco to New York City. I am currently finishing up my MBA at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and will be moving to Philadelphia to start a new job!


What energizes me the most is giving people advice, and helping them to solve their problems. I hope to one day blend my professional experience in finance with this passion to create a resource for people to live smarter, happier, more fulfilled lives.

About Me