life // keep caffeinated.

don’t waste the remainder of your summer by drinking hot coffee.

especially when it’s so easy to make home-brewed iced coffee. using items you already have; coffee grounds, water, & a coffee filter. [I use the one that came with my coffee pot]. just remember: 1 cup of coffee grounds to 4.5 cups of water. let them marry in the refrigerator for 8-12 hours. and you’ll be a happy camper.

life // keep caffeinated c/o LLinaBC.com

life // keep caffeinated c/o LLinaBC.com

my favorite part: taking it to work ..in a mason jar. because it’s more fun that way.

life // keep caffeinated c/o LLinaBC.com

happy tuesday.

fashion // farmers market.

all saturday’s during the summer should start with a trip to the farmer’s market. should, not always. [occasionally my love for sleep gets in the way]. the earlier you arrive, the better. you beat the heat, the crowds, and get the best pick of produce. my trips always start with a stop at java joe’s for a large iced coffee. from there, I’m on a mission for the freshest fruits + veggies. and I rarely leave without a bouquet of pretty flowers.

a short summer dress is essential. it’s effortless [which I need before my morning coffee]. it’s quick [because I wake up minutes before I must leave]. it’s breezy. and it’s fun.

fashion // farmers market c/o LLinaBC.com

fashion // farmers market c/o LLinaBC.com

another essential, a crossbody bag. your hands need to be free for your iced coffee + fresh produce. bring your own reusable bag or basket for your purchases.

fashion // farmers market c/o LLinaBC.com

sorry I’m not sorry that I couldn’t put my iced coffee down long enough to snap these photos. it was early. ish.

happy monday.

see my favorite farmer’s market summer options ..

des moines // summer slowdown.

you’re never going to believe this …

it’s august.

the last full month of summer. the month I turn one year older wiser [my ‘golden’ birthday, to be precise]. one month closer to [J] & I’s impending nuptials. the month of my first dress fitting & first bridal shower. that happened fast.

I have been diligently working down my summer bucket list. and I’m scratching quite a few off the list, but I still have work to do.

here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to ..

dined [twice] at malo. neither times al fresco though. oops.

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

attended + loved zoo brew with [J] + his dad.

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

went to the farmer’s market [the breakfast burritos aren’t there anymore .. I don’t want to talk about it]. but my mom got the largest bouquet of flowers.

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

des moines // summer slowdown c/o LLinaBC.com

and last weekend, [J] + I FINALLY got our engagement photos taken. the whole experience was amazing. [I cannot wait to share]

happy august!

hope you’ve been busy enjoying summer & crossing stuff of your bucket list. football season fall will be here before we know it.