winter boots.

it is mid late january and I can say I am over my winter shoe collection. the same three boots on repeat.

but as most of the country heard loud & clear the past few days, winter is far from over.

I rarely buy snow boots. it feels like I’m giving into winter, and we can’t have that. but when I do, I couldn’t be happier. story time: when I moved to NYC, I didn’t own a pair of rain boots. [they weren’t a ‘thing’ necessity in Iowa]. so walking to work, I’d have to dodge the puddles. sometimes wandering well into the middle of the road. HUGE PUDDLES! finally I said enough is enough, and I purchased a bright pink pair. guess what I did? jump & walk through every puddle from then on.

that’s kind of what snow boots are for.

don’t attempt to avoid the snow that’s everywhere, show it who is boss with a great pair of boots. and walk right through it.

[*editor’s note: that could be a life lesson too. just walk right through it].

now let’s find us a pair ..

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1 // copper zip-up boots. 2 // red earth snow boots.

3 // leather + faux fur mocha snow boots. 4 // short snow boots.

5 // scrunch boot. 6 // rain bootsthat I rock in the snow.

7 // faux fur black boots. 8 // thermoball pull-on bootie.

I had every intention of filming a snow boot style post. and I still do. but when I was ready to film it, there was very little snow on the ground. thankfully the ground is now covered. so look for me in a pair of snow boots out in the freezing cold next week!

happy wednesday.

stay warm!

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!

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there’s something about shopping local. eating local. & sipping at a local coffee shop. you feel appreciated. among friends. and like you’re being let in on a secret. and as much as I love kohl’s, starbucks, & the cheesecake factory ..there’s no secret there. no mystery. very consistent, wherever you happen to be. which can be comforting. but you find the gems when you walk through new doors.

there is a quaint, locally-owned shop, called {spotlight style boutique}. just off a lively main street. in cedar falls, iowa. I was immediately drawn in by the bright, fun colors of the store. owned by a local family. who made me feel at home the second I walked in the door. pointing out new arrivals. grabbing my sizes. starting my dressing room. and helping me accessorize.

I went in to get my shop on. and I came out a verrrry happy camper.

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I adored everything I tried on, but guess what I ended up with ..

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drrrrrum rollllll please ..

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the moment I put it on, I didn’t want to take it off.

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the shop is now online!

& the ladies of {spotlight style boutique} are so generously offering 20% off to all LLinaBC readers! [with a $20 min purchase]. just use the code: littlelessons at checkout. [exp 7/31/13].

go get your shopping on!

disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. the opinions shared – as always – are my own.

and just for fun ..look what [J] made.

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happy tuesday.

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