an ode to [J], of sorts.

[*editor’s note: this post was originally titled “weekend snapshots”. once I finished writing + read it ..I realized “an ode to [J]” was exactly what it was. and a more appropriate title. he was a DIY building, early morning shopping trooper this weekend].

sometimes when you least expect it, you have the absolute best weekend. I’m happy to report – mine was unexpectedly amazing, except for my fantasy football team. nothing life altering, but ‘it’s the little things in life’.

since I’m not quite ready to give into monday, I want to share a few of those “little things”.

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[J] & I officially reached gold status at starbucks – & our sparkly card arrived in the mail. iced coffee addicts at their finest.

I mentioned on friday, after [J]’s success with our DIY wine racks ..I wanted more. so I created a “man list” for him. little did I know he’d surprise me & tackle the entire thing this weekend ..

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our DIY toothbrush + hand towel holder.

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I have a thing for pallets ..& I blame pinterest. but after months of pondering what we should do with the pallet we acquired, [J] turned it into this beauty ..

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to compliment our grey + yellow bedroom.

the ode to [J] to continues ..

I was so surprised to receive a package on friday, containing an article of clothing I had re-pinned on pinterest earlier in the week. that I did not purchase.

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“I NEED COFFEE” long pajama tee.

[this was very sneaky of you [J]. and I love it].

another surprise ..

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LLinaBC business cards that [J] created // from moo.

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they are amazing.

and last, but certainly not least ..

on sunday morning, I bribed [J] with iced coffee to get out of bed at 6:30AM and go to target with me, for the launch of the 3.1 phillip lim collection. I had my eye on the black pashli doppelganger, and needed my hands on it. so I sacrificed sleeping in on a sunday. and kindly made [J] do the same. when the doors opened at 8AM ..we went straight for the handbags. and five minutes later, they were all gone. but not before I got the bag I wanted, plus a yellow crossbody. & the BOOM sweatshirt.

weekend snapshots // LLinaBC.com

[they’re both sold out online, but may still be available in your target store].

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see more photos of the phillip lim + target adventure on LLinaBC’s facebook page.

bonus: my college team, the iowa hawkeyes beat our instate rivals.

so there you have it. what makes a great weekend in my book.

have the best monday.

see you tomorrow!

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colorado. [part two].

even thinking about colorado, makes me want to start planning another vacation.

what is better than throwing every responsibility out the window, eating whatever you please, and being in awe of your surroundings? vacation.

I made sure to do all of the above while in colorado. we were only there for four days, but we took full advantage. {part one} was all about our ski trip to copper mountain. and [part two] is about everything else, in no particular order.

in awe of the mountains ..

beautiful scenerySONY DSCcan you imagine? I want this.

german gluhwein pagefor the cold nights. so scrumptious. [thank you chicago {christkindlmarket} for the introduction].

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all of the christmas gifts my brother received from my parents, were iowa-related. after 5 years, she wants to make sure he remembers where he’s from!

top hatsI think it’s time!!

my aunt introduced us to thee most creative, delicious burger place – called {crave}. I gathered up my parents & [J] ..and off we went.

crave menu

crave menu closeupthe luther: “bacon, cheddar, egg & onion with two glazed donuts as the bun.” WHATTT??

the popperI sure as heck ordered the burger with jalapeno poppers on it. ahhh-mazing! [to say the least].

J's burger

and leave it to [J] to order the “fatty melt“. but I may have forced him to order the gravy on his fries. #foodgasm.

J eating

can you consider yourself a foodie if you have an inability to say no to extremely tasty, high in calorie food ..while on vacation in general? ok, probably not. but regardless, I enjoy it.

let the next vacation planning begin.

[orrrrr: the job search. in a big way.].

happy monday all.

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the week in photos.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

that’s how excited I am to be in my hometown today, with my FAMILY.

and now, only mere hours away from being in iowa city. the hometown of my college days. for the iowa vs penn state football game. plus a whole lot of tailgating!

I’ll be snapping hundreds of photos. look for those on monday. in the meantime ..

the week in photos.

[J] & I made a beef stir-fry, jam-packed with veggies, atop quinoa. with a side of green beans. so scrumptious.

I got a new air freshener for my car. & I’m in love. [it’s the little things in life friends]. meet the febreze car air freshener vent clip [thai dragon fruit].

I painted my nails with my all-time favorite polish – OPI’s my private jet. it has the power to improve my mood.

have a grrrrrrreat weekend!!

[wknd recap on monday. if I survive!!]