gift guide: for the host.

it’s nearly the time of year holiday parties begin to consume our nights + weekends. although, you will not hear me complaining about scrumptious cocktails, plentiful food, and amazing company. you do not want to show up empty handed. so for my first gift guide of the year, I’ve dedicated it to the host of the best party you’ll attend this holiday season. or better, to every single one of them because you don’t have a boring party on your calendar. 

gift guide: for the host c/o LLinaBC.com

• pack a metal beverage tub with your favorite holiday brews. don’t forget to include the skeleton key bottle opener.

• or a serving tray that states it’s “time to drink champagne and dance on the table” with gold stemless flutes.

• how about gifting a night of hot chocolate + gingerbread decorating?

• or make a holiday twist on the classic cheese + wine combo, with warm mulled wine in a festive mug.

happy tuesday.

 

fashion // every day attire.

if I were stranded on a deserted island going on vacation and could only bring one outfit, it’d be this. I could rave for days about maxi skirts [+ dresses]. paired with this beautiful floral top. it easily takes me from an afternoon wandering main street + it’s shops, to a nice dinner with my fiance.

fashion // every day attire c/o LLinaBC.com

fashion // every day attire c/o LLinaBC.com

fashion // every day attire c/o LLinaBC.com

fashion // every day attire c/o LLinaBC.com

fashion // every day attire c/o LLinaBC.com

maxi skirt // floral blouse

[floral blouse + statement necklace are from my favorite little boutique in cedar falls, IA – spotlight. see last summer’s shopping trip here].

fashion // every day attire c/o LLinaBC.com

if you were allowed one outfit, what would you pack?

happy thursday.

life // pool day essentials.

it’s almost memorial day weekend. and here in iowa that means, the pool is opening!

I don’t know what I have against lounging poolside during the warm summer days, but I rarely ever do it. this year, I’m giving myself no choice. I already packed my bag. as if I was expecting a child, and must rush to the hospital at any unexpected moment. but this is my pool bag. that will remain sitting in our coat closet, ready for that unexpected day that the sun is shining & I am not busy.

my snow white skin needs to be introduced to the sun before it visits the dominican republic. basically I don’t want to be ghostly white or a lobster on my wedding day. please.

life // pool day essentials c/o LLinaBC.com

what’s in my bag.

bikini top + bottom // the fewer the straps the better. crazy tan lines you’re not my friend.

sunscreen // an absolute must for snow white me.

insulated beverage holder // sometimes it’s for water, sometimes it’s not.

the brightest nail polish you can find // I can get quite bored sitting poolside for hours.

beach towel // make sure you remember this one.

romance novel // because this is the ultimate poolside activity.

beach bag // to carry everything for you.

am I forgetting anything? what’s in your pool/beach bag?

happy thursday.