miscellaneous four.

after 110+ friday’s of the week in photos, I’ve decided it’s time to retire it and start something new.


miscellaneous four.

the idea behind it is to share four things I’ve collected throughout the week. it can be anything from a quote I’ve held onto, a recipe I’m loving, exciting life events, a lesson I’ve learned, and of course ..photographs. I want it to become less of ‘recap from my week’ and more of a takeaway for us all.


1 // which brings me to the new finally defined direction of little lessons in a big city. throughout the past few years, I’ve been working to transform this creative space from a personal journal to a full-blown lifestyle blog. I don’t want it to be necessarily about my day-to-day, but rather a collection of things that make each day better. many people start the new year with huge, often times unattainable goals, but I’m asking all of you to shift your focus with me in 2014.

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and those little things will be what you can find on LLinaBC. a collection of how to’s, do-it-yourself projects, recipes, fashion + beauty tips, and the occasional life update.

you don’t have to make drastic changes to better your life, it’s all about the little things. like a handwritten note from a friend, a good glass of wine, a new piece of artwork, or a successful DIY project.

2 // pretty, little snowflakes. aren’t they beautiful?

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3 // santa put this water bottle in my stocking and it has not left my side yet. I’ve definitely been drinking more water. and even eating quite a bit healthier. I have pictures of wedding dresses + bikinis dancing in my head. only 9 months to go.

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4 // cheers to making 2014 the best year yet.

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happy friday.

have the best weekend.


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.

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[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!


it’s the little things in life.

[valentine’s day edition].

did you know it’s tomorrow?

thankfully it is not a holiday [J] & I lose sleep over. because if it was, we’d both be in big trouble. we’ve been so busy moving & getting settled in, we didn’t even know it was this week. until our parents reminded us.

“it’s the little things in life”

[J] & I make it a point to do little things for each other allllll year long. because on the random days, they mean more.

but ..

that doesn’t mean you can completely skip the hallmark day of love. it’s the perfect opportunity to drop a friendly reminder of how much you love the person you share your life with. how much you appreciate & are thankful for them. [friends included].

here are some of my favorite ways to deliver love notes. on the fly.

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  • “his fav things” love note: out running errands? grab a 6-pack of his favorite beer. or soda. or snack. stick a quick ‘love note’ on the item ..& voilà!
  • written love note: you can’t beat a traditional handwritten love note. make it pretty with colorful card stock, a fitting quote ..& a personal message.
  • chocolate love note: grab a bag of his favorite candies ..& strategically place them to spell out a sweet [pun intended] message. I don’t know what [J] was more excited about: the thoughtful “I ♥ U” or the thirty-five dove chocolates.
  • sneaky love note: get your sherlock holmes on and put a surprise where he least expects it. in his car. in his work bag. in his wallet. I snuck a bag of treats & a love note into [J]’s suitcase before his last work trip.

so whether you’re still searching for the perfect way to say ‘I love you’ on valentine’s day. or looking for ideas to make the ‘random’ days a little happier ..I hope these help!

go ahead. send this to the mister in your life. you can never have too many good ideas.