2013: year in review.

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I’d say 2013 was one for the books. [J] & I moved to des moines, IA, and made our apartment a home. we traveled to minneapolis for a weekend with amazing friends. and celebrated mother’s day in one of the sweetest, little towns the amana colonies. my dad, [J], & I banded together to throw my mom an unforgettable 50th birthday. megan of the thread affect + I finally met/went to a blogging event in chicago. I fell in love with des moines, especially the farmer’s market breakfast burritos. attended my family reunion in small town iowa. took the most amazing 16 day cross-country road trip, #LLontheBIGroad. GOT ENGAGED at mount rushmore! celebrated my 26th birthday & [J]’s golden birthday. [J]’s parents threw us an engagement party in chicago. and we can’t forget christmas.

enjoy the last two days of 2013.

[ps: it’s snowing!].

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the week in photos.

when you’re in the air conditioning, packing for a weekend of college football & drinking pumpkin beer ..your brain screams “FALL!!!“. then you open the door and 100° temps slap that crazy idea right out of your mind. oh well. nothing can bring me down – football is here!!  and fall will come soon enough.

[J] & I are headed to our college town of iowa city, IA to join in on the festivities.

it has been so long since I’ve been back. I’m excited to spend the weekend wandering our old stomping grounds. and cheering on the football team, of course.

[we’re also going to dinner tonight at the spot of our very first date. almost 6 years later].

before I leave town, let’s do ..

the week in photos.

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while [J] was away on business, I took myself to the downtown des moines farmer’s market. 

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I was on a mission for fresh flowers. perfectly placed in my {thursday friday} tote.

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and I couldn’t leave without my standard iced coffee + breakfast burrito, which I got in “bowl” form. to switch it up a bit.

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I also picked up some fresh blueberries. to vodka infuseI’ll be sharing a recipe using blueberry-infused vodka next week.

week in photos, Aug 30 // LLinaBC.com

and this is what happens when your fiance’s golden birthday rolls around & you get the bright idea to DIY. thankfully the majority of the glitter is either so deep into our carpet we’ll never see it again or sucked up by the vaccum. but those gold confetti stars are haunting me, wherever I go.

and with that .. it’s time to get this weekend started!

if you don’t already, follow me on {instagram} + {twitter}. I’m sure to be an unpredictable, pretending to be twenty-one again, ball of fun. maybe!

one more thing.

in “honor” of my birthday, I’m offering ..

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have the best weekend.

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a des moines weekend.

as much as [J] & I love to travel. and as much as he travels for work. we couldn’t wait to finally spend a weekend together in des moines.

it was grrreat.

[warning: food & alcohol were heavily involved].

we started out with an amazing BBQ dinner at {jethros}.

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des moines weekend // LLinaBC.com

dinner for two: brisket, sausage, smoked turkey, pulled chicken, waffle fries, mac & cheese, baked beans, potato salad, & corn bread. yum!

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des moines weekend // LLinaBC.com

des moines weekend // LLinaBC.com

then we spent some time in the east village. [of des moines].

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and had to stop at {RAYGUN}. [the greatest tee shirt shop].

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des moines weekend // LLinaBC.com

[I’ll be sharing what I got next week. outfit post!!!!!!!!!!!].

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and of course, we went to the farmer’s market on saturday morning.

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it was his first breakfast burrito experience.

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des moines weekend // LLinaBC.com

they’re a tad messy. hence the taco sauce on my foot.

des moines weekend // LLinaBC.com

I said: “two iced coffees. your biggest size“. assuming that was 12-15oz, or so. never assume. we each received 32 full ounces of coffee. [I drank it all].

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des moines weekend // LLinaBC.com

my coffee showed this bouquet of flowers who’s boss!

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des moines weekend // LLinaBC.com

chocolate chip scone.

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resulting in ..

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one pretty lookin’ coffee table.

and an amazing weekend.

we’re off to my hometown today .. for a lot of family time. and a fun little project with a local boutique. [more on that later].

welcome july!

[happy monday].

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