cozy night in.

when it comes to winter, I prefer to stay in. especially at night. and now, while the weather is still nice, it is the perfect time to prepare my wardrobe, living room, and kitchen. the snowy nights are coming.

cozy night in //

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nothing over $27.

[don’t forget your man].

a bottle of peppermint schnapps is always a good idea too. delicious in hot cocoa. [and I’ll be sharing a few cocktail recipes that feature it]. whether we like it or not, the holidays and winter are sneaking up.

happy monday.


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”.

weekend snapshots //

[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.

weekend snapshots //

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.

weekend snapshots //

“I NEED COFFEE” long pajama tee.

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

another surprise ..

weekend snapshots //

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 //

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

weekend snapshots //

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!


the week in photos.

I have a one-track mind. straight to next week ..

and I cannot wait to welcome it with open arms a happy dance.

why you ask?

I draft my first ever fantasy football team on monday night – with a group of fellow bloggers, led by the sweet {karoline with a K}. [side note: I’m creating a football sunday costume; you’ll see].  and I wake up the next morning, a year older. hello 26th birthday. followed by [J]’s birthday on wednesday. and in case that wasn’t enough excitement for one week football begins next saturday! which hopefully means a trip to the university of iowa ..for a little tailgating + family time.

now that my mind is entirely focused on next week, let’s take a look at ..

the week in photos.

week in photos: Aug 23, 13 //

[J] & I reached gold level at starbucks this week. it clearly means we go there entirely too often, but what else it means ..I’m not quite sure? free iced coffees for a lifetime? I’d like to think.

week in photos: Aug 23, 13 //

hello new {kendra scott} earrings.

[from the MSB brunch].

week in photos: Aug. 23, 13 //

we have officially entered our “two week birthday celebration” period. I’d settle for one week, but [J] & I’s birthdays are back to back days a week for him & a week for me is how it is justified. as if it needs to be. we kicked it off on tuesday with a good ol’ fashion date night; cocktails, followed by a movie, and a delicious seafood dinner with our friends.

week in photos: Aug. 23, 13 //

and last night I put on my party shoes. and went out for dinner with my aunt.

week in photos: Aug. 23, 13 //

oh and had another alcoholic beverage. I’m celebrating. orrr mourning the loss of my early 20’s. not quite sure where they ran off to so quickly.

regardless twenty-six can’t be so bad. as long as I can remember my actual age. I’m a serial “24 year old”. but never on purpose, seriously.

happy weekend.