coffee love.

leave it to a monday morning to have me thinking about nothing but coffee ..

things have been so hectic around these parts, as of late. and no matter how many times I tell myself “the early bird gets the worm,” when my alarm starts buzzing, I think just a few more minutes. snooooze! it is my worst habit. and it must be broken. but that’s for another day.

[side note: the blog is changing + moving. all will be revealed on friday].

one thing I do not hide along with many other things is my love of coffee. so I am sure this will catch you all off guard. I feel compelled to share my favorite coffee-inspired products ..

coffee love; favorite coffee-inspired products.

coffee love; favorite coffee-inspired products.

coffee love; favorite coffee-inspired products.

coffee love; favorite coffee-inspired products.

coffee love; favorite coffee-inspired products.

coffee pajamas: forever 21.

coffee mug: target.

dark chocolate covered espresso beans: world market.

coffee love; favorite coffee-inspired products.

may your day be filled with coffee + the power to take on the world.

see more of my favorite coffee-inspired items ..

blue flannel.

since when did the weekends become less about relaxing + more about catching up on life?

blue flannel

when friday at 4:00PM rolls around, I’m in a mad dash to attack a list I’ve been building throughout the work week. but the tasks are so much more fun. they typically consist of exploring the city I call home [des moines, IA], spending time with my husband, and designing + shooting photographs for this blog my happy place. but in order to tackle said list, I need an outfit that is dinner + hard work appropriate. for me, this outfit accomplishes just that. it’s colorful + fun, yet comfortable + practical. [speaking of the blog, stay tuned. big things are happening behind the scenes. cannot wait to unveil].

blue flannel

blue flannel

blue flannel

blue flannel

blue flannel

what I’m wearing ..

blue plaid flannel: old navy.

dark denim: the loft.

yellow cross-body: phillip lim x target. old. [similar here].

ankle boots: LC lauren conrad x kohls.

lip color: sugar plum by NYC.

nail color: red my lips by sally hansen

blue flannel

oh bacon.

you fill + fill your weekend with plans, and the next time you open your eyes ..it’s monday. shoot! thankfully, the underestimated snow storm that made its way through iowa this weekend has caused my office to delay opening until noon today. [I think I can drink enough coffee + ready myself to take on monday by noon].

so back to the jam-packed weekend ..

a snow storm was rumored to hit des moines at 5PM on saturday, continuing through sunday. and leaving behind it over a foot of snow. but we would not let it ruin our plans ..the show must go on! 

we had tickets for the blue ribbon bacon festival. it is exactly what it sounds + quite the spectacle in des moines. they had so much to see + do, but more importantly ..restaurants from all over the metro serving their finest bacon creations. I could not believe my eyes + ears. the creativity was impressive. and although, I’m not the most adventurous foodie ..when in rome.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

above: grilled cheese on a stick with bacon + spicy chili, made by the cheese shop of des moines. below: bacon banana scotcharoos, made by gusto pizza.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

above: bacon ice cream, made by the machine shed. below: a handmade ice cream sandwich molasses bacon cookies + vanilla ice cream, made by thelma’s treats.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

above: bacon-wrapped pork wings, made by big city burgers & greens. below: bacon nutz [bacon-wrapped bacon sausage], made by big fork brands.

blue ribbon bacon festival in des moines, IA c/o LLinaBC.com

we had so much fun and will certainly be going again next year. this is a must-attend in my book.

I hope all of your weekends went by at a much slower than mine. and were filled with fun, friends, entirely too much food grazing, a little super bowl action, and A LOT less snow.

happy monday.