des moines // summer slowdown.

you’re never going to believe this …

it’s august.

the last full month of summer. the month I turn one year older wiser [my ‘golden’ birthday, to be precise]. one month closer to [J] & I’s impending nuptials. the month of my first dress fitting & first bridal shower. that happened fast.

I have been diligently working down my summer bucket list. and I’m scratching quite a few off the list, but I still have work to do.

here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to ..

dined [twice] at malo. neither times al fresco though. oops.

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attended + loved zoo brew with [J] + his dad.

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

went to the farmer’s market [the breakfast burritos aren’t there anymore .. I don’t want to talk about it]. but my mom got the largest bouquet of flowers.

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des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

and last weekend, [J] + I FINALLY got our engagement photos taken. the whole experience was amazing. [I cannot wait to share]

happy august!

hope you’ve been busy enjoying summer & crossing stuff of your bucket list. football season fall will be here before we know it.

des moines // malo.

on friday night, [J] + I had date night reservations at a new restaurant downtown des moines, malo. let me just say, it was so good ..it will be hard for me to NOT want to go there every date night. the craft cocktails, the scrumptious food, the great service [ask for amelia!], and the fun atmosphere.

[J] + I determined it goes down as one of our top 10 best dinners. ever.

[we even contemplated going there for brunch the next morning, but concluded that would be a bit excessive].

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des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // malo c/o LLinaBC.com

the highlights besides the entire meal: [J]’s cocktail – the templeton mule, the tacos, the complimentary chips & salsa always a win in my book, the extra-large silverware, and the cheeky “cigars & coffee” dessert [which was chocolate cake balls formed into cigar shapes, and served with thee most amazing coffee gelato].

take me back, now.

happy monday.

des moines // major leagues.

being from iowa, I have come to expect certain questions when traveling. the number one is without a doubt, “what do you do there?”. and number two ..

“who do you root for? you have no professional teams”.

the person asking the question assumes it’s a negative. I, on the other hand, quite enjoy it. the state of iowa is home to zero professional sports. which leaves the decision up to me. the person sitting next to you at buffalo wild wings could very well be a texas fan, and next to him a california fan. then the person says, “well that’s sad, the state doesn’t have that comradery that only comes with intense love for their team”. I’d beg to differ. we take our sports very seriously.

plus I’m willing to bet the red sox fan living in new york city wishes he had the freedom to choose without fear.

no, we do not have any professional sports teams. but we do have sports. every sport you could possibly want to see.

including the iowa cubs, who feed straight into the chicago cubs.

and believe me, a day at the baseball stadium is much cheaper in des moines, IA.

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des moines // major leagues c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // major leagues c/o LLinaBC.com

much, much more to come from des moines, IA.

happy tuesday.