2014: year in review.

2014: year in review c/o LLinaBC.com

oh, 2014. you were one for the books.

we moved into a new apartment in des moines. • I accepted a new job in march. • in april, I attended go blog social [a blogger conference] in kansas city. • we had the most magical engagement photographs taken. it was my pinterest dream come true. • I got married. which I’m sure you probably didn’t even know, because I barely spoke about it. not here, or here, and surely not here. I may have even forgotten to share our wedding video. insert: an overload of sarcasm. • we added a sweet, little furbaby to our family + named him Sir Rigby. • we spent the holidays in chicago. •

top four posts of 2014:

hot buttered rum • 10 things you must do in des moines • DIY coasters • bridal sparkle •

honorable mentions:

apple cider moscow mules • DIY housewarming basket • the opening of pinot’s palette • date night at malo •

I cannot wait to see what 2015 has in store. I am hoping for an amazing first year of marriage. filled with loads of traveling + adventures. more exploring the great city we live in. much health + happiness. and a lot of time with friends + family.

what were your favorite moments of 2014? what are you looking forward to in 2015?

happy monday!

apartment tour.

it is still very much a work-in-progress, but at least now you can see more than just stacks of boxes ..

apartment tour.

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

I call this [J]’s happy place, but I sure tried.

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

we’re still working on where to hang the items in our bedroom. and [J] made the dresser on the right for us ..we’re just waiting on warmer weather, so we can paint it outside.

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

apartment tour // LLinaBC.com

our guest room is our “war zone” currently. we refuse to open the door. so that’ll have to wait.

happy tuesday!

life lately.

life has been a constant buzz lately. and it only makes sense to take a moment + share what’s been going on.

if I can give one piece of advice for soon-to-be brides, it is that your wedding will consume your thoughts; day & night. I am 8 months from “the big day,” and have wedding dreams nightly. it’s not bad, but it is more than I expected. [J] & I are putting the finishing touches on our wedding invitations, and will be sending them out soon. I am shifting my focus to our Iowa wedding reception, and will be sharing details on the blog.

[J] & I are moving to a new apartment. in two short weeks. it’s only 5 miles from our current apartment, but is much more spacious. I can’t believe I have to box up our lives & need to stop procrastinating.

february is proving to be an exciting month; I have many events & blogger collaborations in the works.

after working on a project for jess at stamp in my passport, I have decided to regularly spotlight the wonderful city I live in, Des Moines. and all that it has to offer. so look for that feature coming soon.

yesterday my computer & camera banned together and decided to take a day off. turns out, they’re still on strike today. so while frustrating, I’m thankful for tablets & camera phones.

it has been snowing since 5AM and refuses to end until tomorrow. which means I’ll be drinking more than my share of coffee to keep warm, and staying inside.

ideas grow here // LLinaBC.com

a notebook & groom-turned-stress-ball are the ideal companions on a snowy afternoon.

happy tuesday!