the week in photos: special edition.

we’ve been back home for four days. and they’ve flown by. filled with unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, 100’s of emails, and settling back into our ‘routine’. as much as I loved our escape, it’s nice to be home. plus there are so many fun things on the horizon, to keep us busy & not sitting still.

[J] & I both have birthdays at the end of the month. a day apart actually. [I’m the 27th & he’s the 28th]. that’s always fun. two jam-packed days of celebration.

my favorite time of year is quickly approaching: autumn FOOTBALL SEASON. you can guarantee I’m already planning a couple trips back to our college town to relive our glory days tailgate! we did, after all, receive the “award” of {#1 party school this year}. but don’t judge us, because des moines, IA was ranked {#1 best place for business & careers}. this practically says: iowans know how to work hard, play hard.

and ..

J & I are engaged // LLinaBC.com

which is incredibly exciting. and means, we have a wedding to begin planning!

on that note, let’s do the week in photos: special proposal edition.

it all happened on DAY ONE of our trip.

we set up our campsite. and headed to mount rushmore, for the nightly lighting ceremony.

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the sun set. the moon came out. and the ceremony began.

engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

a lady spoke, they played a 20 minute video, and everyone in attendance stood to sing the national anthem ..

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then the spotlights came on.

and simultaneously, [J] got down on one knee ..

I immediately began crying. the happiest cry I’ve ever cried. I was speechless. [excluding a couple “are you serious?”]. after a really long hug, a kiss, & a crazy amount of tears ..

I said “yes”!!

and the family sitting next to us insisted they take our picture, to capture the moment. so generous. and sadly, such poor photography skills ..

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it’s the thought that counts.

another girl offered to take our picture later. and by later, I mean, after about 15 minutes of more tears. my eyes were so red, blotchy, & puffy ..

engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

the next morning, we had breakfast at our campsite. [breakfast burritos over the fire, and french press iced coffee].

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and we went back to mount rushmore. to re-capture the moment. 

engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

engagement edition // LLinaBC.com

and then we took off to our next destination ..

as an engaged couple.

woo hoo!

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engagement party.

not mine, obviously. ;)

two days after moving to des moines, IA ..we headed back to chicago. to celebrate the engagement of [J]’s sister, Jen & her fiance, Ryan.

we also got a chance to meet up with a friend for lunch. and …take a trip to ikea. it’s the happiest place on earth. we found some gems. [I’ll be sharing].

the party was beautiful. & so much fun.

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faux grass [I’ve been dying for a pot of faux grass. thanks to ikea & [J] ..my dreams have come true].

moving purse[J] & I had the best weekend. but we could not wait to get back to our new place ..& finish unpacking. I am happy to say, we’re almost done. and so excited.

[plus: as of this morning ..we have internet].

thank you all for the well-wishes. moving is not fun, but worth it in the end.

let our next chapter begin.

[tomorrow: a few last minute valentine’s day ideas].

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currently ..

[J] kept me up until 4AM, working on the fine print of our {TwoCoins} etsy shop [shipping details, return policy, etc]. then proceeded to wake me up at 9AM, slightly redeeming himself with a venti starbucks coffee. & off to fedex we went! to ship our first order! it’s imperative our first customer receives their order before christmas.

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two ‘not-so-dainty’ margarita glasses.

now that that’s done ..am I climbing back into bed for the additional three hours I need to be a semi-pleasant human? nope! because..

it’s party day!

[J]’s mom’s infamous 9th annual ornament party is tonight. it’s my first time attending. big effen deal. and [J] has been recruited head bartender. [I’m going to the bank to stock up on dollllla, dolllla bills. extra tips will ensure I don’t end up on the “cut off” list].

in true “what to wear” fashion ..I prepped my outfit yesterday. here’s a sneak peek.

more pictures to come tomorrow.
more pictures to come tomorrow.

and my [so simple] holiday-inspired manicure.

silver + red mani.
silver + red mani.

the idea came from {TheBrunetteOne} [an iowa, fashion blogger. that I love]. then last night her manicure got some added sparkle ..

happy engagement!!
happy engagement!!

congrats samantha! my manicure is officially envious :)

now time to get ready. & brew a pot of coffee. dang my business partner for keeping me up all night! [love saying ‘business partner’].

5 day 'til christmashapppppy thursday.

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