LLinaBC // currently crushing.

it has been awhile since you’ve heard from me. and I will assure you, I am working to eliminate my bad habits. and give my blog the attention it deserves, again.

between wedding planning, a full-time job, a weekend part-time job, my 3 ABC family television show obsessions [pretty little liars, chasing life, and young + hungry], paying attention to my soon-to-be husband, and sleeping .. I am exhausted. but the truth is, this blog is not a side hobby. it’s essential. it’s my space to be creative and let my mind wander to the places my 9 to 5 job doesn’t let me go. if only I worked 9 to 5 every day. and when I’m away too long, I miss it. so even though things are growing even more hectic around here [just over two months until our wedding] ..I want to get LLinaBC back on track. it’s my sanity. and believe me, I need it.

let me share with you what I’ve been crushing lately ..

LLinaBC // currently crushing c/o LLinaBC.com

LLinaBC // currently crushing c/o LLinaBC.com

baublebar // the lovely ladies that make up baublebar’s SWAT team are my heroes. they helped me select my bridesmaids’ jewelry. and after I waited a tiny bit too long to place my order, one of the pieces was sold out. so they worked with me. and I could not be happier. not to mention, they sent me a surprise bauble just for me.

essie “she said yes” // brides insist on hair tutorials. add nail tutorials to that list for me. I have been testing various shades of polish for [J] + I’s big day. and I’ve got a thing for this one. the cute name helps.

absolut citron vodka // you’re never going to believe this, but using absolut citron in your moscow mule recipe makes them even better. just try it.

YSL glossy lip stain // thank you to the sweet sales associate at sephora who spent [at least] an hour with me, experimenting with ‘possible’ wedding day looks. this is a winner. it’s a lip stain & gloss in one. it’ll provide the right amount of lip color I want, without having to apply it every 10 minutes, and not leaving too much on [J]’s handsome face.

happy thursday!

see you in august tomorrow :)

how to: at home manicure.

my finger nails are my favorite accessory. hands down. [pun intended].

keeping them pretty + polished takes work, but I make my best effort to make it happen. as a child I fell victim to nail biting especially when nervous, I found the only remedy was to keep my nails painted. because habits are hard to break, but chipped nails are worse. and I’d leave my nails alone only if they were painted. the routine has kind of stuck with me into adulthood.

7 steps to the best at home manicure.

at home manicure // LLinaBC.com

1 // remove nail polish with 100% acetone nail polish remover. it gets off any polish [glitter included] so much faster + easier. once you go acetone, you won’t go back.

2 // file your nails to your desired shape. I tend to keep mine fairly square-shaped.

3 // lather your hands up with lotion.

4 // use an eyeliner brush, dip in acetone, and clean excess lotion off your nails.

5 // paint a base coat on each of your nails. I am a fan off essie’s grow stronger.

6 // two coats of your favorite nail polish. lately I’m loving: get in expresso lane.

7 // finish with a top coat. essie’s good to go is the only one I’ll use. it provides a glossy shine + it dries so fast. I can be a bit impatient.

my go to winter polishes.