life // keep caffeinated.

don’t waste the remainder of your summer by drinking hot coffee.

especially when it’s so easy to make home-brewed iced coffee. using items you already have; coffee grounds, water, & a coffee filter. [I use the one that came with my coffee pot]. just remember: 1 cup of coffee grounds to 4.5 cups of water. let them marry in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours. and you’ll be a happy camper.

life // keep caffeinated c/o LLinaBC.com

life // keep caffeinated c/o LLinaBC.com

my favorite part: taking it to work ..in a mason jar. because it’s more fun that way.

life // keep caffeinated c/o LLinaBC.com

happy tuesday.

fashion // farmers market.

all saturday’s during the summer should start with a trip to the farmer’s market. should, not always. [occasionally my love for sleep gets in the way]. the earlier you arrive, the better. you beat the heat, the crowds, and get the best pick of produce. my trips always start with a stop at java joe’s for a large iced coffee. from there, I’m on a mission for the freshest fruits + veggies. and I rarely leave without a bouquet of pretty flowers.

a short summer dress is essential. it’s effortless [which I need before my morning coffee]. it’s quick [because I wake up minutes before I must leave]. it’s breezy. and it’s fun.

fashion // farmers market c/o LLinaBC.com

fashion // farmers market c/o LLinaBC.com

another essential, a crossbody bag. your hands need to be free for your iced coffee + fresh produce. bring your own reusable bag or basket for your purchases.

fashion // farmers market c/o LLinaBC.com

sorry I’m not sorry that I couldn’t put my iced coffee down long enough to snap these photos. it was early. ish.

happy monday.

see my favorite farmer’s market summer options ..

travels // chicago weekend.

courtesy of my telephone.

[J] & I packed our bags, loaded up the car, and headed east on friday. destination: Chicago, IL.

we were going to spend time with [J]’s family. and so I could attend his sister’s bridal shower. but whenever we make it to chicago, we cram as much as possible into our two short days. so there were strolls through the city, late night cocktails with friends, and early brunches. let’s just say I slept like a baby last night.

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

travels // chicago weekend c/o LLinaBC.com

on our way home, we were quite literally driving into the heart of a massive thunderstorm. dodging tornadoes. not really my cup of tea. then we woke up to snow on the ground. which tends to put a damper on your already ‘monday’ morning. but I’m two cups of coffee in, and have high hopes for this week.

hope you all had the greatest weekend.

happy monday.