2013: year in review.

2013: year in review // LLinaBC.com

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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wknd in minneapolis.

[J] & I traveled to minneapolis, MN last weekend. to reunite with a group of girls I met in ’09 during an internship in london. I love when we get together. it’s always an adventure. and this time was no different. we ate seafood on a rooftop, called {stellas}. saw a frozen lake, it was 75° outside. ate an amazing dinner at {chino latino}, that ended with dessert saki bombs. the next morning we devoured brunch at {the lowry}. did a little shopping in uptown. went to the twins vs. rangers baseball game. had dinner at the trendy {bar la grassa}. and spent the remainder of the evening chatting on a balcony.

then I got sick. flu sick. it began early, early sunday morning. and is just starting to subside. I tried to be a champ and go on with our plans for the day. but guess where that got me ..throwing up at the mall of america. twice. [I successfully made it to the restroom each time. which I call a major accomplishment. it’s a needle in a haystack trying to find a bathroom in there].

but regardless, it was the best time.

stella's fish cafe.
stella’s fish cafe.
fish tacos. @ stella's.
fish tacos. @ stella’s.
frozen lake calhoun.
frozen lake calhoun.
dinner at chino latino.
dinner at chino latino.
sake bombs. @ chino latino.
sake bombs at chino latino.
complimentary sake bomb headbands.
complimentary sake bomb headbands.
the lowry.
the lowry.
breakfast burrito at the lowry.
breakfast burrito at the lowry.
[J] rocks shark socks.
[J] rocks shark socks.
the books you find at urban outfitters - the weenie book? really?
the books you find at urban outfitters – the weenie book? really?
twins vs rangers game.
twins vs rangers game.
the girls + [J] at the game
the girls + [J] at the game
martinis at bar la grassa.
martinis at bar la grassa.
dinner at bar la grassa.
dinner at bar la grassa.

we’re already discussing our next reunion. and thinking austin, TX.

cannot wait.

happy tuesday all.

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